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5 Suggestions For An Ashalt Shingle Roof

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Suggestions For An Ashalt Shingle Roof

After investing a large amount of money into getting your roof replaced, it is important to make sure you don’t end up with untimely repairs being needed. Anything that can cause damage to the asphalt shingles should be taken care of in a timely manner. You don’t want to find out in a few short years that your roof deck is damaged and that simple repairs to the roof are not possible. This article provides a few suggestions that can be considered to make sure your new asphalt shingle roof will last for many years before falling into irreparable shape. 1. Don’t Neglect the Rain Gutters on Your House Home rain gutters are important because they keep water from accumulating near the foundation. Basically, your foundation lasts longer when it is protecting from the pressure of rainwater. However, rain gutters can be detrimental to your roof if they are not taken care of. You should get the gutters cleaned to prevent rainwater from sitting in them and overflowing onto the shingles. 2. Pay Attention to the Amount of Granules on the Ground A sign that your roof is falling into bad shape is when you begin to see granules on the ground. Asphalt shingles are covered in the granules in an effort to protect them from ultraviolet radiation damage. A small amount of granule loss is normal, but you should consider replacing shingles when the problem is severe. 3. Look for Damage Inside of Your House Get into the habit of observing the condition of the ceilings and walls in your house. Being that you are not likely to be on the roof a lot, you can find out if it is damaged from walls and ceilings. For instance, you might notice water damage, such as discolored paint, bubbles, and mold on the walls and ceilings. 4. Always Inspect for Missing Shingles After a Windy Day You can never predict when wind might knock a few shingles off of the roof deck. Unless you climb up on the roof and check for missing shingles, you can end up with severe deck damage without knowing it. The shingles cover the deck to protect it from outside elements, which is what prevents a roof from having to be completely replaced. 5. Watch for Algae Spores Growing on the Shingles One of the most important things that you can do for your roof is to watch for algae growth. Be on the lookout for lack streaks that get bigger as time passes by. Algae spores are detrimental because they can quickly destroy asphalt shingles. A roofing contractor can inspect for algae growth if you don’t want to climb on top of the roof too...

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3 Main Causes Of Flat Roof Leaks

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Main Causes Of Flat Roof Leaks

A flat roof is generally considered the best way to go for a commercial property. Not only does it allow a convenient place to house HVAC equipment and other large building necessities, but it also makes servicing such equipment a relative breeze. Yet like all roofs, a flat roof is subject to certain problems–leaks being chief among them. If you would like to learn more about what tends to cause such leaks, read on. This article will discuss three of the most common sources. Ponding Ponding refers to the phenomenon of water that remains on a flat roof in excess of 48 hours. Water that is allowed to hang around that long is almost sure to cause problems down the line. Sooner or later, it will find a way to penetrate beneath the covering on your roof. Not only that, but it will greatly hasten the rate of moisture-related damage to the roof itself. In the simplest case, ponding will occur as the result of roof drains, gutters, or scuppers that have become blocked with debris, thus preventing water from adequately draining from the roof. Ponding may also occur should the insulation sitting beneath the roofing membrane become excessively compressed by heavy weight. Areas of ponding will only tend to grow worse with time, since the weight of the water will gradually cause the decking beneath the roof to deflect downward, leading to a water-gathering declivity. Perimeter Flashing Unless it has become ripped or torn, a roofing membrane represents a highly waterproof barrier. Yet even an unblemished roofing membrane has its Achilles’ heel: the place where the edge of the membrane meets the edge of the roof. This vulnerable line is generally protected with flashing designed to keep water from getting beneath the membrane. The problem is that such flashing is generally much less reliable than the membrane itself. Even small installation errors may allow leaks to penetrate. Likewise, flashing has a tendency to come loose during periods of high winds. It is also subject to develop cracks or tears when exposed to sunlight and temperature changes over many seasons. Penetrating Elements A commercial roof will always contain a handful of structural elements that penetrate the surface of the roof. These may include such things as skylights, plumbing vents, and pipes. The places where these features come together with the roof have to be carefully protected using pitch pans, rain collars, pipe boots, and other protective features. These features must be carefully monitored to ensure that they have not become compromised in such a way that will allow water to penetrate beneath the outer surface of the roof. For more tips, contact a company like BCI Metal...

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Natural Roofing Solutions And Deciding What Will Be Best For The Roof Of Your Home

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Natural Roofing Solutions And Deciding What Will Be Best For The Roof Of Your Home

With green designs becoming a standard for construction of homes, you may want to consider an environmentally-friendly solution when you have a new roof installed on your home. Natural roofing materials give you the benefit of renewable resources, durability and energy efficiency for your home. Here are the natural roofing solutions that you will want to choose from for the new roof on your home: 1. Stone and Slate Tiles for A Durable and Attractive Roof Stone and slate materials are a durable choice for a natural roofing material. These materials have the benefit of being extremely durable and will last for many generations with a minimal amount of maintenance. The downside to using slate on your home is that these materials are mined and not a renewable resource. Alternatively, you may want to choose to use fiber-cement tiles or synthetic slate products, which are a renewable resource and can be more affordable than using real slate. 2. Wood Shakes to Give Your Home an Environmentally-Friendly Roof Wood shakes are one of the few roofing materials that are made from a completely renewable resource because the trees are replanted. In North America, cedar shakes are the most popular material for shake, while in England and Europe, oak shakes are more common. Shake roofs last for generations and give your home an attractive natural finish. With a shake roof, you must do regular maintenance and repairs to ensure your roofing lasts for many years. Wood shakes are also an energy efficient solution for your roof.  Today, you also have a choice of unique shake materials made from tropical hardwoods, but you will want to make sure that they are certified as being supplied from sustainable forestry management practices. 3. Thatch, Sod and Green Roofs That Provide a Thermal Barrier for Your Home Thatch is another type of natural roofing material that is used on the roofs of homes, which it provides a thermal barrier to help insulate homes. In addition to thatch, living and sod roofs also provide a great thermal barrier. These homes with thermal barriers are great for homes in Northern climates with extremely cold temperatures. Living roofs can be a great way to add green space to the roof of a home with a contemporary design. With a natural roofing material, your home will be greener and more energy efficient. Contact a roofing contractor like David Saner Roofing and talk with them about installing some of these natural materials for the roof of your...

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Tips For Roofing Materials And Hiring A Commercial Roofing Contractor

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Roofing Materials And Hiring A Commercial Roofing Contractor

The installation of a new roof on commercial property is a significant investment, and because of this, it’s important to choose the appropriate roofing material and commercial roofing contractor to ensure it is installed per code requirements for your location. Roofing Materials Several of the most commonly used commercial roofing materials include: Metal (aluminum, copper, and steel) Tile (clay) Asphalt Concrete For longevity, metal roofing is the prime choice. Although more expensive than other roofing materials, metal roofs have a lifespan of at least 50 years. Metal roofing is lightweight when compared to tile or concrete material. When it is properly installed, the material is fire resistant, can sustain high winds, resists mildew, rot, and insects, and reflects radiant heat resulting in lower energy bills. Lighter than concrete, tile roofing provides the opportunity to match the material with the architectural style of the commercial property. Tile is durable, long-lasting, resists high winds and severe weather, economical, and requires little maintenance. Asphalt is the least expensive material making it a popular choice, but the initial low cost can end up costing more, over time, as it has a life expectancy estimated from 12 to 20 years. Depending on the climate where the commercial property is located, asphalt may not be the best choice for areas with extreme weather. Concrete carries the same positive attributes as tile but the material is heavier. The material reflects heat versus absorbing it like asphalt shingles, and is rated Class A for fire resistance. Tiles are not applied directly to the roof, the way shingles are, which provides a layer of insulation to the building. Commercial Contractors Hiring the right commercial contractor goes hand in hand with choosing the right roofing material. Both are critical steps in a successful commercial roofing installation. To ensure you’re hiring decision is the right one, consider these tips. Contact more than one licensed, bonded, and insured commercial contractor for an estimate Ask for proof of a valid commercial license for your state/area Do online research using your state’s licensing database to verify the roofing license of each potential contractor Obtain the contact information for the home office Ask for references and follow up with a phone call Contact the Better Business Bureau for information about each contractor Before signing on the dotted line, be prepared by doing research and asking the contractor pertinent questions including what type of roofing material is recommended for your...

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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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