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Should You Replace Your Roof Before Selling Your Home?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Replace Your Roof Before Selling Your Home?

When it comes to selling your home, there are many things that you need to consider to ensure that you get the best price for your home and attract the right buyers. One thing to consider is the roof of your home. How do you know whether or not it should be replaced before selling your home? Get an Inspection: The first thing that you should do is get an inspection done by a professional roofing contractor. He or she will be honest about what a home inspector will say about your roof. If they feel that a home inspector will seriously devalue your home because of the roof, then the roofing contractor will tell you it needs to be replaced. However, most of the time, a roofing contractor will end up finding minor problems that can easily be fixed, which will ensure that your roof passes inspection and keeps the value of your home high.  Replace the Roof Before a Buyer Has a Say: If the roofing contractor has suggested that you do replace the roof, it’s important to do so before you put your home up for sale. This is because if a buyer is interested in your home and the home inspector they have hired tells them the roof needs replacing, then they will have a say in what type of roofing material they want. This can seriously devalue your home since the buyer will expect you to either pay out of pocket for the replacement that they want or to take that price off the total price of the home. If you replace the roof before you sell, you can control how much you spend by choosing an affordable roofing material.   Enhance Your Curb Appeal: One of the most important aspects when it comes to selling your home is the curb appeal. After all, the curb appeal is what drags potential home buyers in. If a potential buyer comes to your home and finds the curb appeal to be less than appealing, they may not even bother to consider your home for purchase at all. If the roof on your home is cracked, frayed, or flaky, it’s going to make your home look much older and many potential home buyers may pass it up. At this point, it’s best to consider replacement of the first layer of the roof, as long as there are no structural problems on top of that.  When you know whether or not your roof needs replacing, you can be sure that you are thoroughly prepared to sell your home at the right price. Contact a company like Leon Construction to learn...

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Sneaky Signs Of Asphalt Shingle Roof Damage Every Homeowner Should Know

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sneaky Signs Of Asphalt Shingle Roof Damage Every Homeowner Should Know

If you are like a lot of homeowners, when you think about a damaged roof you envision things like shingles showing up in the yard or other problems a bit more obvious. However, when it comes to an asphalt shingle roof, there can be damages that are not so apparent. As a homeowner, it is a good idea to get to know the not-so-obvious signs that your asphalt shingle roof is in trouble, as the faster you tackle issues, the less likely it will be that you see further problems. Here are a few of the sneaky signs that your asphalt shingle roof is in need of a few repairs. You notice a sudden spike in your cooling or heating bills.  In some cases, the damages to a roof will be so well hidden that you will have no idea that anything is happening until you see a major spike in your heating and cooling costs. It is not uncommon for damages in a roof that are unseen to lead to heat loss in the winter or allow more hot air in than usual in the summer. So if you see a sudden and unexpected jump in how much your heating or cooling costs are, it is best to check out your attic inside the house and the roof on the outside to look for signs of damages.  Your roof appears wavy from the ground.  Asphalt shingle roofs are installed in a way that the end result is a completely uniform and level appearance. Therefore, if when standing from the ground you notice the roof seems wavy or uneven, there is a good chance something is awry. It could be a few missing shingles throwing the surface off kilter or something as simple as a few shingles which have curled or bowed. Either way, it is important to have any discrepancies checked out right away.  You start noticing a hefty amount of roofing granules in your gutters.  The sand-like granules that are adhered to the surface of asphalt shingle roofs are fairly resilient, but if a shingle itself gets damaged by wind or excessive amounts of moisture or ice, these granules can detach and make their way to the gutters. While a lot of granules will show up naturally as a roof ages, if your roof is fairly new and you start seeing this symptom, it is a good indication that something is...

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Copper Roofing May Not Be Popular, But It Offers Many Advantages

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Copper Roofing May Not Be Popular, But It Offers Many Advantages

You can probably drive down almost every street in your city or town and not see any roofs made from copper. Most will be made from asphalt or cedar shingles – or perhaps from clay tiles if you live near the coast. You might see a few roofs made from aluminum or steel, but copper roofs are incredibly rare. This is partly because they can be expensive and partly because homeowners simply aren’t aware of the benefits of copper roofs. Here’s a look at some reasons to choose copper roofing – even if you’re the only one in your town who does so! Your roof will be around long after you’re gone. Choose copper roofing and you’ll never have to put a new roof on your home again (assuming you don’t move). This type of roof often lasts for 80 years and may even last 100 years or longer if you take great care of it by keeping it swept off and by calling a roofing contractor at the first sign of a leak or a little corrosion. The only other type of roof that typically lasts this long is slate, and slate isn’t an option for many homes since it is so heavy. Copper roofing is much lighter, so your home’s structure should be able to support the weight even if it is aging or a bit weakened. Copper reflects light. The less heat that is absorbed through your roof, the lower your cooling bills will be. When copper roofing is new, it is very shiny, so it reflects a lot of sunlight. Later on, it will develop a light green patina. This light color still absorbs a lot less heat from the sunlight than a black or brown roof would. So, your AC bills will stay much lower with a copper roof. This is good for your finances and also great for the environment, since a lot of electricity is obtained by burning coal or oil (dirty, polluting processes). Plus, copper roofing can be recycled when it reaches the end of its serviceable life. This is good for the earth, too! Your home will be truly unique. There’s definitely a market for homes that stand out from the crowd in a good way. As soon as you have that copper roof put in place, your home will instantly be differentiated from all of the others in your neighborhood. The instant curb appeal should make your home easier to sell in the future. You’ll also serve as a glowing example for other homeowners who may be looking for an alternative roofing option. For more information and options, talk with roofing specialists in your...

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Tips And Tricks For Adding An Extra Layer Of Fiberglass Insulation To Your Attic

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips And Tricks For Adding An Extra Layer Of Fiberglass Insulation To Your Attic

Do you have enough insulation in your attic? If you live in a fairly cold climate and you only have one layer of fiberglass insulation, there’s a good chance adding a second one will help keep your home warmer and your energy bills lower. To find out for sure, use an insulation calculator to find out how much insulation you need based on your location. If you do find out you need more insulation and decide to add it, follow these tips to make sure you do so safely and effectively. Protect yourself. Fiberglass can work its way into your skin, causing painful splinters. You don’t want it in your nose, eyes, or lungs, either. Before you start unrolling the insulation, put gloves, a face mask, and long sleeves on for protection. If you have long hair, tie it back so you don’t end up with fiberglass in it. Keep kids and pets elsewhere. You wouldn’t want your kids to touch the fiberglass, and you don’t want your pets to bite it or play with it, either. Not only could this be dangerous for kids or pets, but they can scatter the fiberglass around your home, making a mess that’s tough to clean up. Have someone babysit the kids or watch them in a separate room while you work on the insulation. Put pets in a crate or lock them in the basement. Vacuum the area when you’re finished. Don’t unwrap the insulation until you get it into the attic. This will help reduce the amount that gets all over the carpet outside the attic. Either way, make sure you vacuum the area outside your attic entrance after you install the insulation. This way, if there was any fallout, you’ll get rid of it before someone steps on it or touches it. Unroll the insulation perpendicular to the other layer. When adding the second layer of insulation, make sure you place it crosswise across the layer that’s already in there. This way, it will be more effective at blocking the air that may seep between the pieces of insulation in the bottom layer. Adding another layer of insulation to your attic is usually helpful, and it shouldn’t take very long. Just unroll the insulation across your attic as you follow the tips above, and you’ll be all set. If your attic is small or hard to access, consider hiring an insulation contractor like Georges Roofing to tackle this task for...

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Leaks In A Slate Roof: Things You Should Know

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Leaks In A Slate Roof: Things You Should Know

If your home has a slate roof and you have recently noticed a few leaks when it rains, you may be wondering what this is going to mean to your bank account. Odds are pretty good that you were not around when the roof was first installed since a slate roof will last anywhere from 60 to 125 years with little maintenance. If the roof was installed recently and it is leaking, there was some mistake made with the installation and your product and labor guarantee will most likely cover any costs to fix the problem. So if the roof is older, here are a few things you should know that will help when you contact a roofer to do any repairs. Flashing Luckily, the most common leaks in a slate roof are due to the flashing. This means you are not going to have to have any of the slate replaced. The flashing is the metal pieces around any breaks or openings in the roof, such as a chimney, dormers, or the edges. In most cases, the flashing is going to wear and deteriorate faster than the slate. If the leak is due to old flashing, it is usually a good idea to have all of the metal replaced.  This way you will not have to redo a different section of the roof next year; it will all be done at once. Replacing the flashing is much less expensive than having to replace the whole roof. If you ignore the leaks (if they are not bad enough to be dripping from the ceilings) the water will eventually rot the wood of the roof under the slate and you will have to replace the entire roof and the slate too. Tiles You do not have to replace the whole roof because of a leak. You can have only the damaged tiles replaced. However, when you have the roofer up there, have him or her look at all the tiles, and not just the ones where the leak is located. It would be much better to have all the damaged tiles replaced at the same time, so you do not need to worry about a new leak in the near future. In fact, it would be a good idea to have the roof inspected annually, replacing the bad tiles each year. This way, you will not end up needing to have the whole roof replaced at once, costing many thousands of dollars. While eventually you will pay to have the whole roof done, having it done in pieces will be much easier on the bank account. The important thing is to contact a professional with experience in slate roof repairs. Not all roofers have the experience and they may try to make the repairs with a sealant or by using a different type of roofing. When your home has a slate roof, you should keep it that way to maintain the integrity and feel of the...

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Two Tips to Help Maintain Your Metal Roofing

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Tips to Help Maintain Your Metal Roofing

If you’ve built or purchased a home with a metal roof, you’ve made a great choice. Metal roofs are fire resistant, so they won’t support combustion, and you can typically count on them to keep going long after roofs made out of things such as asphalt shingles have deteriorated. However, the key to keeping your metal roof in good condition is proper maintenance.  Use this information to learn about two maintenance tips that can help keep your metal roofing in good condition for as long as possible. Keep Your Rain Gutters Clear One of the most important things you can do for the health of your metal roof is keep your rain gutters clear.  This is vital, since you wouldn’t want an accumulation of water to start rusting out the metal prematurely. It can be very easy to forget about cleaning the rain gutters, especially if you’re a busy professional or are raising a family. However, you want to make this a priority because if the gutters become full of leaves or other debris, rain waters could become trapped within the device.  Although you may still see remnants of water dripping out of the bottom of the gutter, don’t let this fool you into thinking that all is well, since there could be a blockage further up that needs to be addressed. Take the time to check your rain gutters to make sure that there is nothing that would impede the water from flowing through.  If you’re too busy for the task or are leery of using a tall ladder to peer inside the gutter, have a professional come out and take care of the task for you. Purchase a Roof Rake A roof rake is an invaluable tool to have when you have a metal roof.  You can use it to sweep away snow and ice after a heavy storm so that they don’t have a chance to accumulate and weigh down, dent, or rust the metal. Roof rakes are available in a number of different handle lengths, so you may be able to purchase one that has just the right amount of length for your house. You can buy one of these rakes at a local hardware store or even online. Keeping your metal roof in good condition doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to do. Start using these tips right away so your metal roof can stay in great shape, and talk to a company such as Acoma Roofing for more information about maintaining your...

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Metal Roofing Is Great For Cold Climates

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Metal Roofing Is Great For Cold Climates

Snow can cause problems for a roof in a few different ways. For one, snow that melts over the main body of your roof can freeze over the eaves and create ice dams. For another, snow can build up over the body of your roof and create enough weight to cause the structure of your roof to collapse. In order to prevent these problems from destroying your roof, you need to choose a roofing material that will stop snow before it can pose a threat to your home.  Metal Roofing versus Ice Dams When snow melts over the main body of your roof, it can freeze over your eaves. As layer after layer of ice builds up on your eaves, the ice can dam up water, and as water pools up behind the dam, it can run under your shingles and cause serious water damage to your home. Metal roofing comes in panels that run from ridge line to eave. Because you have one continuous panel of roofing, melt water cannot run under your roofing.  Metal Roofing versus Roof Collapse If you choose a roofing material that has a rough surface, it will create a lot of friction between snow and your roof. This means that even as snow melts, it will remain in contact with your roof. If snow falls faster than the heat escaping from your house can melt it, snow will accumulate. The weight of the snow can overwhelm your roof, especially if you have an older house. You can climb up on your roof and shovel snow off, but you put yourself in harm’s way. A metal roof has a low-friction surface that will allow snow to slide off your roof before it has a chance to cause collapse. In fact, you shouldn’t have to even worry about ice dams forming on your roof.  If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, then you should seriously consider installing a metal roof. Even if you don’t get a lot of snow where you live, a metal roof can protect you from high winds and other extreme weather. Not only can a metal roof protect you from extreme weather, but it can improve the looks of your home. If you are not sure about installing a metal roof on your home, you should at least talk about installing a metal roof with a residential roofing contractor to determine if installing one is right for your...

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A Few Reasons To Consider Installing A Vegetative Roof On Your Commercial Building

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Reasons To Consider Installing A Vegetative Roof On Your Commercial Building

If you own commercial buildings, you have responsibilities to your tenants and to the community. Your tenants deserve to have an energy-efficient unit to run their business from. The community deserves good, clean water to drink and water to breathe. One way to fulfill your social responsibilities is by have vegetative roofing installed on your commercial buildings. Here are just a few of the benefits you, your tenants, and the community will have when you do. Energy Efficiency Water evaporates from the leaves on the vegetation on the roof. This water cools the air around it. During the hot summer months, this cool air reduces the amount of hot air that will flow into the building through the roof. In the winter, the growing medium and the vegetation provide an extra layer of insulation to prevent the heated air inside from escaping. Both of these will result in a lower energy bill for the tenants. Improved Water Quality If you are in area where heavy rains cause the overflow of sewers, vegetative roofs can be a big help. When sewers overflow, it can cause sewage to flow into the waterways. In addition, it causes the filtration systems at municipal water treatment centers to become clogged, causing some of this contaminated water to flow around them and get into the water you get when you open a faucet in your home. By absorbing some of the rain water, a vegetative roof will reduce the amount of water filling the sewers. Improved Air Quality Commercial areas contribute to the urban heat-island effect. All the blacktop and concrete generates heat, making the area hot and uncomfortable. This increased heat also increases the amount of harmful pollutants that settle around the ground. These noxious compounds are carried by the air that you breathe. A vegetative roof helps to reduce the temperature of the area, thereby reducing the ground ozone levels and giving everyone cleaner air. When you are a socially responsible landlord, you will have no trouble keeping tenants in your buildings. They will appreciate that you are doing something to keep their heating and cooling bills at a minimum. Community members will see that you care about their health and are willing to do something to help them. This will create loyal customers for your tenants. In addition, taking your responsibilities seriously can go a long way in helping your real estate business grow. The business community will be more willing to help you knowing that you are giving back to everyone. Click here for a commercial roofing service or do an online...

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Benefits Of Attic Fans

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits Of Attic Fans

Attic fans are a form of roofing ventilation that help to move warm air out of your attic, and are much more effective at moving air out of your attic when compared to passive attic vents. This improved ventilation within your attic confers a number of benefits to your home. Understanding what the benefits of attic fans are can help you decide whether or not you should get attic fans installed within your roofing system. Increased Comfort Levels Attics can become extremely hot in the summer months, because of two reasons. Firstly, heat rises, which means that all the heat within your home will begin to collect in the attic. Secondly, the sun will warm up the roof and increase the temperature of your attic even further. Attic fans provide an effective way to cool down your attic by moving this heat out of your home at an extremely fast rate. This lower attic temperature will also translate into lower temperatures throughout the rest of your home, and create breezes and ventilation that will keep comfort levels high even during very hot days. Lower Energy Bills In the same vein as the above point, decreased temperatures and increased ventilation within your home will keep your home cooler. This will reduce the overall amount of stress placed on your central air conditioning system. As attic fans are much smaller appliances than air conditioners, they use much less energy, which means that running your attic fan more often and reducing your air conditioner use can save you money on your energy bills in the long run. Furthermore, some attic fans are solar powered, which means that they will offer even greater savings by not using your home’s electrical system at all. Extended Roof Life Heat within your attic can increase the amount of wear that is placed on your roof. This is primarily because of hot, humid air, which provides the ideal environment for mold and mildew to begin growing. Mold growth within your attic can quickly spread to your roof’s support system, insulation, and even to the roofing material itself, which can cause structural degradation that allows the elements to enter your home. This can result in expensive roof repairs or replacement. An attic fan will move hot and humid air out of your attic, increasing ventilation and making it much harder for mold to begin to grow in your attic or your roof, reducing the amount of roofing maintenance that you will have to do over time and saving you money.  For more information, contact a roofing contractor, like Heritage Roofing...

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Best – And Worst – Roofing Materials For A Shed-Style Home

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Best – And Worst – Roofing Materials For A Shed-Style Home

Shed-style homes were popular constructions in the United States between the 1960s and 1970s. The homes value asymmetry in all aspects from the varied window sizes to the recessed front door, and the differing number of stories in different segments of the house. The home style gets its name from the multiple shed-style roofs that sit atop each different segment. Shed roofs have one solid section of roof that’s tilted upwards or downwards on a steep angle. If you have a Shed-style home and are in need of a new roofing material, there are a few key roofing materials that you can discuss with local roofing companies. These are the best and worst roofing materials to pair with this architectural style. Best: Wood Shakes or Shingles The siding on a Shed home is typically wood shingle or clapboard, brick, or a combination of the two. These warm-toned natural elements call for an equally warm-toned, natural roofing material like wood shakes or shingles. Wood shakes or shingles are cut from cedar, and the only difference between the two is that shakes are cut to be thicker and more textured than shingles. The shingles can be stained in a variety of natural wood colors. If you have wooden siding, choose a color that’s a different shade than your siding so your house doesn’t blend in too much. Brick siding can be paired with any shade of stain you desire. Wood shakes and shingles are weighty, which is important to keep the roofing material firmly on the shed-style roofs, which can be wind magnets. The wood can be a bit more high maintenance than other materials if insects get at the wood or if freeze-thaw cycles start to cause the wood to warp. But many homeowners consider the possibility of maintenance worth it for the visual payoff. Best: Metal Roofing Shed roofs get the name for the garden structures those roof styles typically top. The roofs on shed structures are typically metal and you can bring that material to the roof of your Shed home, too. Don’t worry – residential roofing metal has come a long way and your house won’t end up looking like a cheap shed. The metal roofing is available in flatter panels or in standing seam panels that create walled valleys to help with water runoff. Shed roofs are fairly good at water runoff naturally, but the help could become important if the angles of your overlapping shed roofs create water-catching valleys between the roof and house. Worst: Asphalt Shingles Asphalt shingles have soared in popularity due to their low cost and decent durability. But asphalt is also one of the lightest-weight materials around. And that’s not a great fit for a roof style that can take on extra wind. The wind going up the sides of the shed roofs can damage, loosen, or remove those asphalt shingles. You can still consider asphalt shingles if your home has close neighbors or tall trees that would minimize the risk of any direct high winds going up your shed...

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