Answering Common Questions About Getting The Most From Your Home’s New Roof

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answering Common Questions About Getting The Most From Your Home’s New Roof

The roof is easily one of the largest parts of your home, and it is an unfortunate reality that you may not have a very thorough understanding about this part of your home. To help you avoid problems while getting the most from your roof, you may benefit from learning the answers to some of the more routinely asked roofing questions. Is It Harmful To Have Moss Growing On Your Roof? There are some homeowners that might enjoy the sight of having beautiful green moss growing on their roof. However, it is an unfortunate reality that moss can be extremely damaging to your home’s roof as it will keep the surface of the roof damp. For this reason, you will want to have any moss that is growing on your roof removed. If you are wanting to have live plants on your home’s roof, you will need to upgrade to a green roof. These roofing systems are designed to withstand the moisture rich conditions that plants can create. Are There Any Steps To Reduce The Heat Absorbed By The Roof? On a hot summer day, the roof of your home can quickly reach sweltering levels. Sadly, this heat can start to radiate towards the home’s interior. When this occurs, it can cause the interior temperature to become rather unpleasant. To help prevent this source of heat gain, it may be worthwhile to apply a reflective coating to your roof. These coatings prevent the roof from absorbing the sun’s most intense heat and light, which can dramatically lower the temperature in your home’s interior. What Should You Look For To Know When To Replace Your Roof? One of the more expensive and important types of maintenance that your home may require will be needing to have a new roof installed. Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult for homeowners to know when this type of work is required, but there are a couple of warning signs. An obvious sign that this work is needed may be many missing shingles or tiles. Another warning sign may be noticing an increase in small black granules around your gutter system’s drains. These granules wash off of the shingles, which can compromise the protection they offer your roof. By having your roof serviced by a professional each year, you will be able to help extend the life of your roof, and these professionals will be able to let you know when the time is approaching to replace the roof. These two benefits may make it more than worth the added expense of hiring roofing professionals from a company like Empire Roofing for this...

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Moss On The Roof? Oh No! Here’s How To Handle It

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moss On The Roof? Oh No! Here’s How To Handle It

If you’re seeing green when you look up at your roof, that’s not good news! Chances are, the greenery is moss. Its short, barely existent roots allow it to grow on and between shingles where other plants would surely languish. Moss is not just ugly, either. It can cause your shingles to break down prematurely, leading to leaks and the need for extensive roof repairs. Don’t just ignore the moss and hope it goes away on its own. Take action with the following moss eradication steps. Step 1: Moisten the roof. The moss will be easier to remove when its roots are moist. You can wait until after a rain shower to start the removal process, or you can moisten the moss yourself by spraying the roof with a garden hose. If you have a very large roof, you’ll want to opt for the hose method and wet only one section of the roof at a time so you can climb up on the still-dry sections safely. On smaller roofs where you can pretty much reach the peak from your ladder, you can wet the whole roof at once. Step 2: Scrape off the moss. The goal here is to scrape off as much moss as possible without scraping off the shingles. Start with a kitchen broom, as these tend to be pretty gentle. Rub it back and forth over the moss, loosening the moss and then sweeping it off the roof. If there are stubborn chunks of moss that don’t respond to the broom, you can use the end of the broom to push them off more aggressively. Just don’t scrape too roughly against the shingles, as you don’t want to damage them. Step 3: Spray the roof with bleach water. There may still be some little bits of moss and moss root matter left after you’ve swept the roof. To kill and keep the moss from growing back, fill up a big garden sprayer container with a 50/50 mixture of laundry bleach and water. (Use plain, regular concentration laundry bleach, not the super-concentrated or gel kind). Spray the roof starting at the peak and working your way down. Step 4: Address any shade issues. If there are any tree branches shading your roof, cutting them back will help keep the moss from growing back. This is because moss loves shade, but won’t last long in the sun.  If the overhanging branches are large, be sure to hire a professional to trim them for you as they may cause damage if they fall onto your roof. For more information, contact Ray’s Accurate Roofing or a similar...

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How Poor Ventilation Can Lead To Roof Damage

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Poor Ventilation Can Lead To Roof Damage

Poor roof venting leads to several problems, including poor energy efficiency for the HVAC, but did you also know that it can lead to roof damage? Here are four ways in which poor ventilation can cause roof damage: Roof Material Damage Due To Overheating As you probably know, poor ventilation places more stress on your air conditioning system since the house will be overheated. However, this isn’t the only effect of overheating; it can also lead to roof damage. When the roof overheats, its materials weaken and become susceptible to damage. For example, wood shingles may crack, asphalt shingles may melt, and roof trusses may warp if exposed to too much heat. Rust Due To Too Much Moisture Poor venting may also cause the metallic parts of your roof to rust. If your roof isn’t properly ventilated, moisture may collect on the underside of the roof during the cold season. This happens when the hot air inside the house rises and meets the underside of the roof, which will be cold due to the snow or ice on the roof. The moisture-laden hot air then condenses and affects the metal on your roof, which may then weaken and give way prematurely. Moisture Damage Due To Ice Dams Ice dams form when the hot air inside the house rises and warms the roof. The snow or ice above the roof then melts and runs down to the edges of the roof that are still cold, where they refreeze. The frozen water then traps more water behind it forming a dam. The weight of the ice dam may damage your gutters or cause water to backup and penetrate the roof. Roof Damage Due To Mold Mold on the roof is another thing to expect if you don’t ventilate your roof properly. This is because poor ventilation increase the amount of moisture on the roof, and mold thrives on moisture. Most people find moldy roofs unsightly, but that isn’t the only disadvantage associated with mold on the roof. The mold acts like a sponge and soaks up water, which may then wick its way under the shingles and damage the underlayment. By trapping moisture, the mold will also make your roof (the parts made from wood) more susceptible to rot. Therefore, you should consult your roofing contractor if you suspect your roof is poorly ventilated. Don’t delay until the roof becomes too damaged and necessitates a serious repair or replacement...

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The Step-By-Step Process Of Professional Leaky Shingle Roof Repair

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Step-By-Step Process Of Professional Leaky Shingle Roof Repair

Is your shingle roof suddenly leaking water into the home? While this may have come as a surprise to you, it is important to take swift action to protect your home and fix the problem before it has a chance to get any worse. A leaking roof that does not get repaired could turn into a massive problem the next time a storm occurs. Contact a Contractor to Perform an Inspection Once you have taken precautionary measures to keep the water from damaging your home by placing canvas tarps on the floor and using buckets to collect any water that is dripping into the home, it is best to call a contractor who can inspect the roof and determine the cause of the problem. In most cases, the shingles are damaged because they are old and were installed decades ago. If those shingles were already installed when you bought the home, you may not even know how long the previous owners had them, and that means it may be time for new ones. If you need to have your shingle roof replaced, there is a step-by-step process involved. The contractor may take the following steps to complete the replacement process: Inspect the roof and the quality of the shingles to determine the extent of the damage. Carefully remove each of the shingles from the roof using a shingle remover tool and then place them off to the side or into a trash bag. Remove the nails that were once attached to the shingles and are still stuck to the roof. The best way to remove the nails is to carefully pull them out with the end of a hammer. Carefully remove flashings if they are installed around any pipes that may be on the roof. Look around for any damage underneath the shingles and then remove any buildup of dirt and debris that may be found, including wet leaves. Attach felt paper to the roof using a handheld staple gun to keep the rain from seeping through the new shingles and into the home. Install an aluminum drip edge directly against the baseboard to get water to run down instead of staying on top of the shingles. Install shingles of your choice on top of the home using a roofing nailer. There are several styles available, but asphalt options are one of the most commonly used shingles. Once you have water leaking in your home, acting quickly is important because additional damage could occur. You can quickly prevent the water from making its way on your floor and belongings by using buckets and canvas tarps while contacting a contractor to inspect and replace the...

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2 Roofing Alternatives To Asphalt Shingles

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Roofing Alternatives To Asphalt Shingles

If you are considering a new roof for your home, you may already be looking at the cost of asphalt shingles at the hardware store. However, there are other roofing alternatives that may provide better durability and protection for your home. Here are two of them: Metal Roofing Metal roofing can last for the entire lifetime of your building, so once it is applied, you are unlikely to have to replace it. Additionally, the color and style of a metal roof can be selected based on the design of your property. Metal roofing can even be fabricated to look like other roofing materials, such as wood shakes. The finish can be matte, shiny or somewhere in between, so you have lots of options.  This style of roofing can also add value to your property. It may be preferred by potential homebuyers due to its energy efficiency. Metal can reflect heat during warm weather and absorb it during colder months.  Metal roofing may also provide greater protection than asphalt shingles due to the material’s lack of water absorbency. Metal readily reflects rain without absorbing any moisture, and snow tends to slide off of the smooth material. It also resists mold, mildew and insects.  Foam Roofing Polyurethane foam roofing can also be used as an alternative to asphalt shingles. The foam is sprayed onto a roof as a liquid and hardens to a solid within a few seconds.  It can be applied over existing roofing materials, and the liquid polyurethane expands as it hardens, filling in cracks and crevices on your roof to prevent leaks. Even irregular areas around chimneys and skylights receive an airtight seal. The roofing material is extremely lightweight and can be used for practically any roof, regardless of its shape. Since the foam is highly insulating, the energy efficiency provided by the spray foam roofing material can help lower the cost of energy bills all year long.  Foam roofing is extremely durable, and if the material ever becomes damaged by a falling limb or other severe trauma, more foam can simply be sprayed into place. The application is so simple that it is unlikely to disrupt activities, even at a commercial building. If you are considering a new roof for your home, you don’t have to choose asphalt. To learn more about roofing options that may be suitable for your property, contact a roofing specialist, like Advantage Roofing, in your...

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2 Protective Features That Go Below The Shingles On Your Roof

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Protective Features That Go Below The Shingles On Your Roof

A well-built roof is made up of many parts, all of which increase its degree of water resistance. Yet many people still labor under the misbelief that shingles are the only thing needed to keep a home dry. If you would like to improve your knowledge of the materials and strategies used in roofing today, read on. This article will introduce you to two protective elements installed below the shingles. Drip Edge This is a T-shaped piece of sheet metal that is attached with nails to the decking at the edge of the roof. There it serves three important purposes. First, it prevents so-called blow-under leaks. Such leaks are common during rain storms accompanied by high winds. Should the direction of such winds be right, they will blow the rainwater up below the shingles at the edge of the roof–unless a drip edge is installed. Second, a drip edge acts as a support for the shingles at the edge of the roof. Otherwise, these shingles simply hang off into open air. This makes them especially vulnerable to the weight of ice in wintertime. Finally, the drip edge helps to guide rainwater down into the gutter, rather than letting it curl around the edge of the shingles and run down the vulnerable wall of your home. Without this vital component, your gutters simply won’t be able do their intended job. Ice And Water Shield An ice and water shield consists of a three foot wide waterproof strip. It is attached along the edge of a roof so as to just overlap the top face of the drip edge. One side of an ice and water shield is coated in an extremely strong adhesive. Once pressed into place, this keeps the shield firmly in position without the need for mechanical fasteners. The purpose of an ice and water shield is to prevent leaks caused by ice dams in the winter. Because such dams tend to cause areas of ponded water, they often result in water leaking around the roofing nails and into the attic, where costly forms of damage ensue. Ice and water shields prevent this by sealing your roofing nails with a waterproof barrier. In many parts of the country, local building codes mandate the installation of ice and water shields. Homes that do not comply with such features may not be eligible for insurance benefits should leaks become a problem down the line. Protect yourself–and your home–by researching the particular building codes in your area. For more information, contact Hogan  Roofing or a similar...

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Concrete Tile Roofing Is Well Worth The Cost

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Concrete Tile Roofing Is Well Worth The Cost

When you need a new roof, costs can be intimidating. The idea of paying $4.50 or more per square foot for concrete roofing tiles may seem preposterous, especially when you can pay much less for a standard asphalt shingle roof. The truth is, however, that while concrete tile roofs are expensive, they offer an array of benefits that make them very worth that cost. It lasts longer than most other roofing materials. Asphalt shingle roofs may be cheap, but they’ll only last about 20 years. (You might get 50 years out of a high-end asphalt shingle roof, but these are more costly.) Even metal roofs can need replacement in as little as 40 years. But when you purchase a concrete tile roof, you’re buying a product that is rated for a life expectancy of 100 years by the National Association of Home Builders. Choose concrete tile, and you will never have to replace your roof again – and the homeowners who follow you probably won’t, either! It won’t blow off in high winds. A high wind can rip shingles or even metal panels off a roof, leaving your home prone to leaks and water damage.  This is not an issue with concrete tiles. They’re so heavy that even harsh storms are unlikely to loosen them, so you can feel safer and more secure in your home while also avoiding repair calls to a roofing company following a big storm. It’s not attractive to insects. Wooden roofing can attract insects, and with asphalt roofing, insects can sometimes get underneath the shingles, especially once they’re aged, and cause damage to the wooden roof underlayment. Concrete tiles, on the other hand, are not attractive to insects since they’re made of inorganic materials, and they’re too thick and sturdy for bugs to work their way through. It’s easy to wash and clean. Especially if you live in a moist area, you may get some mold or algae buildup on your concrete roof. However, this is easy to scrub away. You don’t have to worry about damaging the roof since it’s made of sturdy concrete. You can scrub it with a brush and use a power washer from your ladder. The concrete also maintains its grippy texture when wet, so you can get on the roof more safely without worrying about it getting slippery like other materials tend to. Don’t let the cost of concrete roofing tiles deter you. They’re sturdy, long-lasting, bug-resistant, and easy to maintain. In the end, you’ll really get your money’s worth when you invest in a concrete tile roof. Contact a roofing company, such as Jerry’s Roofing, for more information....

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Move To An Area With High Winds And Bad Storms? Trust Your Gut And Replace The Older Roof On Your Home

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Move To An Area With High Winds And Bad Storms? Trust Your Gut And Replace The Older Roof On Your Home

If you’ve recently moved to an area with high winds and frequent storms and you’re worried about how the weather is going to affect the older roof on your property, it may be time to upgrade the roof to metal. You don’t want to risk living in an unsafe home because the roof is bad. Metal roof panels are ideal for poor weather conditions because of their design and durability. Here are a few of the reasons why you should consider a metal roof for your property, and how it can help you down the road. Longevity The metal roofing panels are a long lasting product for the home, and you can expect to get anywhere from 40 to 80 years of life after installation. This could likely be longer than you own the home, reducing the amount of money you have to spend as the homeowner to replace the roof over time. Choosing a long lasting material also improves the value of your property, and if you want to sell later on it can be a great marketing feature. Interlock Strength Metal roofing panels are connected together and installed with an interlock design. This makes the roof impact resistant against high winds, hails and fallen objects, and it prevents pests and water from getting to the base of the roof. The fire is also fire resistant, making it a great protective covering for the property. Low Maintenance The metal roofing panels aren’t going to warp, blister, rot, or get worn in the sun like other roofing materials, so there isn’t a lot of maintenance. The roofing panels are covered with a powder coating to look like tile, wood or other roofing designs, and won’t need painted or sealed. This is a roofing material you don’t have to worry about spending money on to maintain regularly, but you’ll want to have it inspected occasionally to check for problems over time. If you worry that a high wind storm is going to come through and rip the shingles off your home, or that your roof can’t handle the heavy rain and snowfall that can occur where you live, it’s time to make an upgrade. There are a lot of advantages to installing a metal roof on the property, and you can get estimates from multiple metal roofing contractors in the community to see who will provide the most competitive price for the project. Contact a business, such as Premium Metal Roofs LLC, for more information....

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2 Common Flat Roofing Methods

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Common Flat Roofing Methods

Flat roofs are especially common in hot, arid parts of the country. Yet even those who own flat roofed dwellings fail to appreciate the different methods of covering a flat roof. If you own a home with a flat roof that you are considering upgrading, read on. This article will introduce you to two of the most common flat roofing methods.  Built-up Roofing Built up roofing is the oldest means of protecting a flat roof. As its name would imply, a built-up roof consists of multiple layers applied one atop the other. Each layer is comprised of two elements: underlayment and hot asphalt tar. In most cases, so-called roof paper is used as the underlayment.  Roof paper is actually a thin sheet of felt that has been thoroughly impregnated with asphalt. This creates a tough, durable sheet with strong resistance to both water and vapor. This water resistance is further enhanced by the application of hot asphalt tar–and also by the addition of further layers of roofing paper. Finally, the roof is finished off with a layer of fine crushed rock or gravel. This provides additional protection against the elements. A complete built-up roof consists of between two and four layers of roofing paper and asphalt tar. As you can imagine, the installation of built-up roofing can be somewhat time-consuming–a fact which can increase its installation costs. Luckily, the durable nature of built up roofing means it is highly impervious to the elements and will last for many years before needing to be replaced. Rubber Membrane Rubber membrane roofing possesses one huge advantage, compared to built-up roofing: it consists of but a single layer. This layer may be made out of one of the following materials: neoprene PVC chlorinated polyethylene polymer-modified bitumen ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM for short Of these materials, EPDM is the most commonly used today. Once cut to the appropriate size, the thin sheet of synthetic rubber must then be affixed to the surface of the roof. This may be accomplished in one of three ways. The simplest is to weigh the EPDM down with ballast–usually a layer of rock. Yet some roofs simply don’t have the structural integrity to bear this heavy weight. In that case, the membrane may be either mechanically attached or fastened by means of an adhesive substance. While effective, mechanical fasteners require holes to be made in the surface of the membrane. Even when properly waterproofed, such installation points represent potential liabilities, by increasing the chances of water penetrating below the membrane. Securing with an adhesive, while an intensive process, is the best way to ensure that the membrane stays in place without compromising its waterproof...

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Keep Your Home Cool With Clay Roof Tiles

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Your Home Cool With Clay Roof Tiles

If you look out into most neighborhoods across this country, it would appear that asphalt shingles are the default choice for roofing material. But if you want to give your home a little curb appeal, you should consider using a premium roofing material. Clay roofing tiles will not stand up well to impact damage, but they will otherwise last for decades and keep your home cool all the while. If you live in a moderate climate, then clay roofing is worth looking into.  Longevity Clay roofing can last for decades if not centuries. They don’t rot, they are not subject to insect damage, and they will not blow off your roof—in other words, they are impressively long-lasting. On the other hand, clay tiles can be brittle. An abnormally large hailstone can break clay shingles, as can a falling branch. You will also need to be careful how you walk on your roof if you ever have to access it. To avoid damage, step in the valley between the ridges of S-shaped tiles, and if you have flat tiles, step on the bottom of a shingle where it rests on the shingle below it instead of on the unsupported middle of the shingle. Energy Efficiency If you live in an area that gets a lot of sunlight, then you will want to use S-shaped tiles as they will help to keep your home cool. Because of their shape, these tiles will create natural channels under their ridges. As the tiles absorb heat, it will transfer through the tiles and into these channels, where it will rise up your roof and escape through vents in the ridge tiles. Thus, clay tiles will help to prevent heat from leaking into your home, which will help to keep your cooling costs down.  Aesthetics In a sea of sameness, clay tiles will help your home to stand out like a Mediterranean villa. Whether you are trying to dress your home up for sale, or you simply want a unique home, using clay tiles on your roof can help.  There are many roofing choices on the market, so there is no reason why you should box yourself into asphalt shingles. Instead, you should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. Clay tiles may not make sense in every climate, but if you live in the South or in the desert West, clay tiles are at least worth consideration. Not only will they help to dress up your home, but they will help to keep your repair and cooling costs down.  For more information and options, contact roofing contractors in your...

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