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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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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