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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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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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Go Green By Using Solar Shingles On Your Roof

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Go Green By Using Solar Shingles On Your Roof

If having your home run on solar power is appealing, but those bulky rooftop solar panels are turning you off to doing it, know that there’s a very attractive alternative to get solar power into your home. Using solar shingles will combine power and protection without making drastic changes to how your roof looks. Solar Shingles Explained A solar shingle is a lightweight solar panel that integrates with the asphalt shingles on your home’s roof. They’re constructed as flexible sheets that are connected with wires underneath the shingle. The shingles collect the energy from the sun and send it to a device called an inverter, which transforms the energy into an AC current that is used to power your house. The great thing about these solar shingle sheets is that they can be integrated into your normal asphalt roof. They are strong enough to provide protection to your roof like a regular asphalt shingle would. This includes damage from hail, rain, high winds, as well as the weight of people walking on your roof to perform maintenance. Where Solar Shingles Can Be Used Your home doesn’t need to be in a sun belt in order to take advantage of solar energy. For example, Germany gets the same amount of sunlight as the state of Alaska, but is able to generate much more solar energy than the US does. What plays into the effectiveness of solar shingles is the size of your roof as well as its orientation. It needs to receive direct light from the sun for most of the daytime. Be aware of how landscaping could impact the effectiveness of solar shingles, which could involve trimming or even removing trees that are blocking the light from the sun. Drawbacks of Solar Shingles The solar shingles will be more than just roofing material. It’s a key part of how your home gets power, and can involve a lot of unexpected additional costs. In addition to the price of the shingles, expect to pay for an inverter that connects the solar shingles to the electrical panel in your home. Your electric company could require that a new electric meter is installed as well. Thankfully, there could be energy credits that can help offset these additional costs. For more info on solar shingles, speak to a professional roofing company in your area. They can assist with sourcing and installing the solar shingles for you, and provide you with an accurate cost estimate for the installation. Contact a business, such as Cloise & Mike Construction Inc, for more...

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How To Have An 80-Year-Old Roof

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Have An 80-Year-Old Roof

You can get nearly eighty years of use from your new metal roof. A few simple maintenance tasks will keep your roof looking good and protecting your home. Here is what you can do to make sure that you get the longest life from your metal roof. 1. Keep the roof free of dirt and debris. Wash or sweep off the roof whenever you spot dirt, leaves, sticks or other debris building up on the roof. These materials prevent water from running off of the roof. If the water pools on top of a metal sheet that has had its coating scratched through to the metal, rust may start. This weakens the metal and can lead to leaks under the metal sheet. 2. Keep the gutters clean. Water backed up in a gutter can lap against the edge of the metal roofing sheets. This can cause rust to develop there and work its way up under the metal sheets. The underside of metal roofing sheets are normally not coated, so the rust could slowly eat through the metal to the surface, causing one or more leaks. 3. Keep gutters in good repair. Besides the fact that intact gutters allow the water to flow away from the roof and house smoothly, there is another reason for fixing gutter problems. When different metals come into contact with each other, a chemical process occurs which can accelerate rust and corrosion. For example, if a galvanized steel gutter becomes bent and touches your copper roof, rust can form at that point. Repair any gutter problems quickly, especially those where the gutter and metal roof sheets come into contact with each other. 4. Tighten loose screws and replace missing fasteners. Wherever a metal roofing screw has become loose or is missing is a potential water leak. Check the roof after a storm, especially when there are heavy winds that have put stress on the roof. Screw down any fasteners that have backed out of their hole and replace missing screws with new ones. This may be a good time to have the help of a roofer. The roof repair may require walking on the roof panels if the screws are out of reach of your ladder. Working while on the roof itself is dangerous if you don’t have the right safety gear. Make sure to use the right screws for your type of roof. As noted above about gutters made of a different metal than the roof, screws made of a different material will cause a corrosion problem at the hole. 5. Make sure all flashings are intact and sealed properly against the roof panels. Flashings are the metal pieces that cover the place where an object has made a hole in the roof, such as a plumbing vent or fireplace chimney. The flashing should extend up onto the object and out onto the roof. Roof sealer prevents water from getting under the metal flashing and into the opening. If you notice a piece of flashing pulled up off of the roof and you can get to it from your ladder, force roof sealer under the flashing to seal it against the metal roof panel and tighten down the screws. If you can’t get to the flashing safely or the piece of metal is...

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Why You Should Consider A Rubber Roofing Membrane For Your Flat Roof

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Consider A Rubber Roofing Membrane For Your Flat Roof

Asphalt roofing is the most common material used to cover a flat roof. The main reason for its popularity is that it is the least expensive roofing material on the market. On the other hand, nothing more fearsome than the sun’s rays can damage an asphalt roof. Over time, UV rays will bake all the liquid out of asphalt tar, leaving your roof brittle and prone to cracking. If you want a more reliable roof, and/or a roof that will save you money on cooling costs, you should consider using a rubber roofing membrane.  Longevity Rubber-roofing is UV stable and weather resistant. Thus, it has the potential to last longer than an asphalt roof. On the other hand, to get the most from your roof, it must be installed properly. Rubber roofing comes in large sheets, and the most likely places for damage to occur are at the edges of your roof and at seams between sheets of roofing. Making solid seals at the edges and durable seams requires specialized training. Workers who install rubber roofing incorrectly give it a bad name. Thus, if you decide to go with rubber roofing, make sure that you work with a properly trained roofer who has a reputation for quality.  Cooling Costs One inherent problem with tar roofs is their color. Black tar will absorb heat from the sun and then transfer it into the building below. In this way, a flat roof can drive up your cooling costs. For a little extra money, you can purchase white rubber roofing. It may seem frivolous to pay extra for a different color of roofing, but white reflects more of the sun’s energy than any other color. Simply installing a white roof on your building can decrease your cooling costs by up to 15%. Thus, you will save money on cooling costs over the life of your roof; these savings should justify the extra cost at installation.  When you install a flat roof, you need to make sure that your roof is completely watertight so that any water that pools up on your roof cannot leak through. BUR roofs have been the standard choice for flat roofs for decades. They are inexpensive to install, but they do require maintenance, and they can drive up your cooling costs. While rubber roofing will cost more to install, a properly installed roof should lasts longer than an asphalt roof, and, if you choose the right color, can help you to save money on your cooling costs.  For more information, contact A-J Roofing & Waterproofing Co or a similar...

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