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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Preventing Roof Valley Failure In An Older Home’s Roof

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preventing Roof Valley Failure In An Older Home’s Roof

If you have an old roof, chances are that you may experience some leaking in the roof valley. The reason this area is prone to leaks is that water usually flows through the valley to get to the gutters, often seeping through any cracks. Ice and snow could also accumulate in the valley, causing some leaking. Read on to learn what could contribute to the failure of your roof valley and how you may be able to fix the problems so as to maintain a watertight roof. Aging shingles and old repairs Shingles on an old or poorly maintained roof valley can slowly dry out due to exposure to wind and sunlight, causing them to shrink and create fissures that allow water to seep into your roof. Eventually, badly damaged shingles may actually be blown away by high winds, leaving underlying roof structure exposed to water damage and leaks. Scheduling regular roof maintenance can help catch broken or missing roof shingles so they can be replaced. An old roof valley may also be prone to serious leaks due to old repairs. Old sealant and flashing may deteriorate over time, creating spaces for water to seep into the shingles. Your roofer can apply new roof cement or sealant and replace cracked flashing to seal the source of the leaks. Roof valley debris and improperly placed nails Another probable cause of roof valley leaks is accumulated roof debris. The valley can trap leaves, dirt, twigs and snow, eventually obstructing the smooth flow of water down the roof. This can in turn cause water to accumulate inside the valley and seep through the shingles. Removing debris from the valley and gutters regularly will allow for water to drain down the roof quickly, increasing the lifespan of your shingles and flashing. Roofing nails that are located within the seam areas of the roof valley can also cause leaks, as they tend to draw moisture through the shingles. Have your roofer inspect the nailing and ensure they are placed a few inches from the seam to prevent leaking. Missing ice and water shield It is crucial that your roof valley have an ice and water shield installed beneath the shingles for a watertight seal. You can climb up the roof and lift the shingles on the roof valley to see if the ice and water shield is installed or inspect the roof from your attic through the spaces in the boards. If the shield is missing, have a roofer like Darnell Construction place it and re-shingle the roof...

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3 Main Factors To Take Into Consideration When Choosing Plants For Your Extensive Green Roof

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Main Factors To Take Into Consideration When Choosing Plants For Your Extensive Green Roof

If you are thinking about turning your roof into a green roof, you need to think carefully about what types of plants you want to put on your extensive green roof. Extensive green roofs are roofs that have shallow growth mediums, which means you need to choose the plants that you put on your roof carefully. Here are the three main factors that you need to think about when choosing plants for your roof. How Your Plants Will Look The first thing you need to do is pay attention to how your roof is constructed. Walk around your property and pay attention to how visible your roof is from the street and how visible the top of your roof is for your neighbors. If you can easily see your roof from the street or if your neighbors can easily see the top of your roof, you need to think about how the plants you put on your roof will look.  There are some plants that will look more attractive when they are dormant than other plants. Be sure that you think about how the plants you choose will look on your roof not only when they are in-season, but when they are out-of-season as well.  The Depth & Structure Of Your Growing Media The second thing you need to think about when choosing plants is the depth and structure of your growing media. If you have a shallow growth media, it may dry out more quickly, so the plants you choose needs to be resistant to drought conditions. If you have a shallow growth media, you also need to choose plants that have a short root system. Plants with deep root systems will not thrive on a shallow media.  The Environments Where You Live The third thing you need to take into consideration is how your environment will affect the plants that you choose to grow on your roof. You need to take into account the average temperatures that your area experiences in each season, as well as the amount of sunshine, wind and precipitation in your area. You need to choose plants that will grow throughout the year. You will want to vary the variety of plants species that you put on your roof so that you have growth throughout the year occurring on your roof. You will need to consult with a residential roofing and gardening specialist in order to choose the right plants for your extensive green roof. Make sure that you take into consideration environmental factors, the set-up of your roof as well as aesthetics when choosing plants for your roof....

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Own A Metal Roof? Know About Potential Problems And How To Fix Them

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Own A Metal Roof? Know About Potential Problems And How To Fix Them

The durability, minimal maintenance, and heat reflectivity of a metal roof has made it a popular choice for roof installations in commercial and residential settings. The material is fire-retardant, and has versatility since you can paint it any color you want. Unfortunately, problems can occur with your metal roof that will require repair. Here are problems that you may run into with a metal roof, and how to fix them. Punctures and Cracks A big problem with a metal roof is that it doesn’t withstand the additional weight of foot traffic very well, which can cause it to form a crack that will let water into your home. If there is some tearing that occurred during the installation, caulk will do a great job at sealing the cracks and gaps. Know that this will only be a temporary fix, because changing temperatures will cause your metal roof to contract and expand, which could cause that caulking to loosen over time. Damaged metal shingles will eventually need complete replacement. The only way to prevent a puncture and cracks from forming is to avoid having people walk on the roof whenever possible. If a repair needs to be done, have a local roofing contractor take care of it for you, since they will repair any damage that they cause during the repair process. Sections that have bad punctures or cracks may need complete replacement, or have a metal sealant applied to fill in the places where the metal is separating. Loose Seams and Blow-Offs Since metal will contract and expand in extreme temperatures, the screws and fasteners can come off. Not having these issues repaired promptly can cause metal shingles to become detached, which compromises your home’s roof. A potential side effect of having a metal roof poorly installed is blow-offs, which is when flashing has not been attached properly, and causes shingles to get caught underneath a gust of wind and blown off the roof. It will leave a noticeable gap where water can get to your roof deck. Have the roof inspected occasionally to make sure that there are no problems with fasteners and screws coming loose, or areas where flashing is failing. Fasteners can always be replaced with brand new ones that are rust-resistant, and missing shingles are simple to replace. Just make sure you catch the problem early before serious damage is caused. If you need help with any of these things, contact a roofing contractor in your area, such as one from Pyramid Roofing...

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2 Tips To Prolonging The Life Of Your Roof

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips To Prolonging The Life Of Your Roof

Whether your roof is new or years old, keeping it in good shape is essential to preventing leaks and premature damage. A roof replacement is a costly proposition, so maintaining your current one is the best way to save money and keep your indoor space safe and comfy. Read on for practical measures you can take to ensure your roof stays intact for longer. Get rid of leaves and overhanging branches A roof that is surrounded by towering trees can have a major problem with piling leaves, which can collect on roof valleys or near chimneys, obstructing the free flow of water down the roof. This can in turn result in leakage problems as water collects on shingles and infiltrates small cracks on the roof. Leaves can also harbor pests, create fertile ground for moss and mildew or even trap moisture, causing shingles to decompose. The best way to reduce the buildup of dry leaves on your roof is to regularly remove them with a roof leaf rake or blow them off the roof with a leaf blower. For wet leaves, use a garden hose to gently wash down the clutter. Avoid using a pressure washer to clear the roof, as it can force water up under loose shingles. A little tree-trimming can also go a long way in preventing the piling of leaves on your roof. Overhanging branches can dent gutters and damage shingles in high winds or even grant squirrels and other rodents that gnaw on shingles easy access to your roof, so trimming them can help prolong the life of your roof. Trimmed branches can end up falling on your roof and damaging shingles, so this task is probably best left to the pros. Prevent ice dams Ice buildup on your roof during winter can cause serious roof problems. Ice dams that form a few feet from the gutters can obstruct the flow of water off the roof, causing leakage concerns. Too much snow on the shingles can also add stress to the roof, causing damage to supporting structures or even prompting a collapse. To prevent such complications, pry off loose snow on the roof surface between storms using a roof rake. You should also try to dislodge ice dams that are near the gutters to prevent water pooling on the roof. Be careful not to forcefully scrap off ice that has already formed, as this could lead to serious shingle damage. Once the snow storms pass, you should consider calling in a roofer to repair up your roof’s insulation, as poor insulation can increase the probability of ice dams forming on the roof. To learn more, contact a roofing company like Emerald...

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Want An Energy Efficient Roof? Consider The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Spray Foam

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want An Energy Efficient Roof? Consider The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Spray Foam

With so many energy efficient roofing options to pick from, one of the materials you may be considering is spray foam. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of using the material. Advantages of Using Spray Foam Many homeowners love spray foam because of its durability and strength, which is comparable to having a multi-layered roofing system. Spray foam is seamless, waterproof, and will completely adhere to an existing roof structure. It will even withstand hail damage since any damage will be localized to the top surface of the spray foam. The reflective coating will save on your energy bills by keeping heat inside your home during the winter. It is also highly wind resistant, and will help with the structural integrity of the roof that it is applied to. The installation process allows the foam to easily fit around protrusions in the roof, like flashing or challenging angles. It can also be applied to existing roof systems without the need to reinforce a roof because of the weight of the material. Disadvantages of Using Spray Foam Many of the disadvantages of using spray foam insulation come from the installation inside of things, which should not affect your roof once the installation is complete. It is still important to be aware of what they are since they can increase the cost of installation. Spray foam must be installed with precision since an even layer of spray foam needs to be applied for proper coverage. If there are dips in the spray foam, it can cause certain parts of your roof to be less insulated than others. That is why it’s important to find a contractor that has experience with the product so that it is installed correctly. It could put spray foam out of your skill range for a DIY installation if you are completely unfamiliar with the material. Be aware that an improper installation can lead to the spray foam roofing material potentially failing. The cost of the material itself will also be more than competing materials like asphalt roofing. While you will see a return on your investment the longer you own the building, you may not see the complete financial benefits of spray foam roofing if you plan on selling the building in the near future. Spray foam roofing material is also difficult to remove after application. If this is a concern, a 1-inch layer of ISO board can be installed under the foam. It allows the material to be cut out in small sections, if necessary, making it easier to remove. If you feel like spray foam roofing is the right choice for you, contact a roofing contractor in your area for an estimate. For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Armstrong Installation...

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3 Best Roofing Materials For A Skillion-Style Porch Roof

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Best Roofing Materials For A Skillion-Style Porch Roof

Skillion roofs are also called shed roofs because that is where these one-sided, steeply upwards sloping styles are traditionally found. But a skillion roof can also serve as the roof for a long but narrow front porch. Need new roofing material for your skillion porch under roof repairs?  If your home’s upper roof is visible from the road, you will want to match the porch roof to the home’s roof. If the upper roof isn’t visible, you have more design flexibility. Here are a few of the best roofing materials for a skillion-style porch roof that you can discuss with your roofing contractor. Standing-Seam Metal Standing-seam metal roofing can create a streamlined, flat-looking surface to the skillion-style porch. The metal is available in a range of colors that can help the roof blend in with the other colors of your home and won’t call all of the visual focus to the porch roof. Metal roofing is mid-range in price compared to other roofing materials such as asphalt, which is cheaper, and the higher-end slate shingles. Standing-seam metal is a durable and low-maintenance roofing material. The metal also absorbs light, which can help keep the porch cooler under the sun of the summer months.  Asphalt Shingles Asphalt is another low-profile roofing material for a skillion-style roof. The shingles are low-cost and low-maintenance. Asphalt roofing has become more sophisticated over time but can still look more simplistic than metal or wood. If budget is a concern, asphalt can cover your skillion without making the porch the focus of your home. Don’t use asphalt shingles if your skillion porch faces directly toward open and frequent winds. The winds can go straight up the steep slope and catch under the lightweight asphalt to cause damage or shingle removal. If your porch rarely receives direct wind due to a windbreak or other factor, you can likely use asphalt without worry. Wood Shingles Wood shingles are about as fancy as you would want to go with a skillion-style roof, as the simple lines are easily overwhelmed with the statement pieces like slate or clay tiles. The wood shingles are typically cedar and can be stained a narrow range of colors that are all found in nature. Using these textured shingles on the porch roof will bring more attention to the skillion shape, but that isn’t necessarily a problem if you want the porch to serve as a focal piece. Wood shingles are higher maintenance than asphalt and metal. The shingles are prone to warping due to weather changes and to insect damage. The relatively low visible shape of the skillion does mean that any occurring damage should be fairly easy to catch early so that you can call in your roofing contractor for prompt repairs.   For more information, contact Lakeside Roofing or a similar...

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Three Choices To Give Your Home A Custom Look With New Asphalt Shingles

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Choices To Give Your Home A Custom Look With New Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles come in many different shapes and sizes. The most affordable shingles are single-tabbed materials that have a plain look and shorter life. Today, you have a choice of many other types of asphalt shingles to give your home more of a custom look with textures and 3D details. These materials can also last longer than the conventional single-shingles. Here are some of the choices you may want to consider when replacing your roof: 1. Decorative Roofing To Give Your Home A Classic Look Decorative shingles used to be very popular on roofs when asphalt was first used as roofing. These shingles can have diamond shaped patterns, curbed edges and other decorative features. Today, these types of shingles are becoming more popular and can also be textured and more durable than a common shingle-tabbed shingle. This is a great option to restore the roof on an historical home and make it look more authentic with a classic look. 2. A Durable, Textured Surface With Architectural Shingles There are also newer textured shingles. These are architectural or 3D shingles and they resemble shake roofing when they are installed on your home. This is a more affordable option, and these materials will usually have a guarantee that is much longer than single-tabbed materials. Architectural shingles can also be a great way to hide imperfections in roof structures. They will also help to give your roof more resistance to storm and wind damage. With architectural shingles, you will also have a choice of many different colors and styles. 3. Using Heavier Larger Tabbed Shingles For More Wind Resistance Heavier shingles with larger tabs can also be used to replace your old roofing. These can come in many different styles and designs to give your roof a custom look. The thicker shingles will also have a longer life and give your home protection from wind. If you live in an area with high winds and heavy storms, this is a good roofing option if you are considering using asphalt shingles to replace your roof.  These materials are also less likely to have problems from leaks caused by wind-blown rain. The larger shingles cover more roof area, giving your home more protection. These are some of the options that you may want to consider when replacing your asphalt shingles. If you are ready for a new custom roof on your home, contact a roofing contractor, such as Russ Lundin Roofing, and talk with them about some of these options....

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Pros And Cons Of Wooden Roofing Shingles For Homes

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Wooden Roofing Shingles For Homes

If you’ve begun to look into alternative, eco-friendly roofing options for your home, one of the choices you may come across is wooden shingles. While these shingles certainly are a green choice since they are made from natural materials, they are not necessarily the best choice for every home. Carefully weigh these pros and cons to determine if they’re right for your needs. Pro: Wooden shingles make for an energy-efficient home. Wooden shingles are a rather good insulator. This means they will do a good job of keeping heat in during the winter and out during the summer. The money you save on your heating and air conditioning bills may eventually make up for the extra cost of wooden shingles when compared to asphalt shingles. Of course, less energy use is good for the environment, too. Pro: Wooden shingles can withstand violent storms. They won’t get dented by hail or lifted up like some larger-paneled types of roofing. Wooden shingles also do not crack when pelted with heavy rain or wind, so you’ll have fewer repairs and leaks to worry about. This is why wooden shingles are so common in hurricane zones, but they work well in dryer, calmer areas, too. Con: Wooden shingles don’t have a very long life expectancy. The life expectancy of wooden shingles ranges from 10 – 20 years. If you live in a dry environment (and there is enough time for the roof to dry out between rainstorms), you can expect yours to last closer to 20 years, and thus, a wooden roof might be a rather durable choice. On the other hand, if your area has high humidity, your shingles will break down faster, and a wooden roof may not be such a good choice. Con: Wooden shingles require maintenance. Little maintenance will be required the first few years, especially if your shingles are made from insect and rot-resistant cedar. As the roof ages, however, it will become more prone to mold growth and insect infestations. You’ll need to have it treated for mold growth and possibly sprayed with pesticides. Even cedar is not impervious to insects and mold once it ages and its natural oils start to dissipate. If you like the look of wooden shingles, value energy efficiency, and don’t mind doing a little maintenance, this just might be a great roofing choice for you. Talk to a roofing company in your area or go to website to learn...

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