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Protect Your Home With Routine Roof Maintenance

Posted by on Jul 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protect Your Home With Routine Roof Maintenance

Though your home may seem to be in perfect condition, chances are the next winter storm could cause some serious damages to your home without any warnings. This is why routine roof maintenance is critical for homeowners. Taking precautionary measures can potentially save you from costly and major home damages that go beyond just roof issues. So, to make sure that your roof continues to protect your home, there are many roof maintenance services that you will want to hire a contractor for, like the following: Have Your Shingles Inspected: Because your roof shingles are the surface of your roof, they offer a great deal of protection to the structure and foundation of your roof. Chipped or missing shingles can expose the lower aspects of your roof and during heavy rain seasons, this could potentially be the source of your roof leaks. So, if you want to be certain that your home remains dry during rain conditions, be sure to protect the foundation of your roof by providing excellent production with quality shingles. A roofer will be able to replace and install new shingles, or at least repair them. This is why you should be sure to have him or her provide an inspection while working on your roof.  Realign Your Rain Gutter: If your rain gutter is not properly positioned, then the slope of your gutter may not be steep enough to drain rain and snow off from your roof. This can cause rain back-up on your roof and allow rain or snow to sit on your roof for a long period of time can potentially cause moisture damages. So, when hiring your roofer, make sure that he or she corrects the slope of your gutter and that a thorough cleaning service is done to ensure efficient drainage for the next winter storm.  Improve Durability To Your Roof: A great way to improve the durability of your roof is to have the support beams and foundation layer inspected. If cracks or slant issues are present, your roofer will be able to install new support beams or lay down sealant to repair any cracks. These roof repairs can be great and efficient fixes for your roof, so be sure to have them done on an annual basis.  By hiring a contractor to service your roof with these factors in mind, you can do a much better job at protecting your home from very expensive, time-consuming, and stressful damages. So, even though your roof doesn’t look damaged, many of the major problems can’t be seen by staring at your roof from your front yard and need to be evaluated by a professional contractor. This inspection can be a major money saver, so make sure you hire a roofing contractor on an annual basis....

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Own A Business In A Windy City? Here Are The Most Wind-Resistant Roofing Options

Posted by on Jul 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Own A Business In A Windy City? Here Are The Most Wind-Resistant Roofing Options

Technology has changed over the years. You should consider the options for your business’ roof based on a few facts and suggestions. Rolled roofing dates back to 1893 in the United States which consisted of long strips of felt covered with asphalt and a fine layer of stone (crushed). Individual shingles were added by the early 1900s, but in the 1950s, the 3-tab variety was introduced, making it a popular organic/natural choice for roofing material. However, the 3-tab choice could only withstand 60 mph winds. Things have changed as you will see from the following descriptions and explanations. Laminated Shingles: As a moderate type of roofing material, the laminated shingle has added thickness and weight because of its backing made of padding. However, it isn’t eco-friendly because it contains petroleum based products. The shingles overlap each other and are nailed to the roof during installation. If you see what appears to be a shingle, it is a tab. With technology, the roof is formed with various widths and random gaps. It can withstand 110 to 130 mph winds. Metal Roofing: Metal roofs are adhered with screws to make it more wind-resistant. Homes in Florida are a good example of how metal can withstand the hurricane pressures. A witness with a metal roof on their Florida home stated that out of 92 homes, only 2 homes were saved during a hurricane, and one was theirs. The roofing carries ratings of 140 mph wind-resistance. Concrete Tiles: Winds in excess of 125 mph can remain under warranty for 50 years. The tiles are sturdy but the adhesive used can cause problems if they aren’t properly installed. Asphalt Shingles: You can receive a wind warranty if the shingles are installed as indicated by the manufacturer’s requirements. Asphalt shingles are capable of resisting wind up to 130 mph. Protect the Structure: You can do several things to ensure your roof will remain intact. For example., you can brace the roof trusses. Check to be sure the plywood roof sheathing is installed correctly. Finally, if you are in danger of hurricane force winds, it is essential to install hurricane straps. Before you make a decision, you need to have the underlayment and shingles removed so the sheathing can be inspected. The screws should be stainless steel if you live in an area that is around 3,000 feet from salt water. With these suggestions, your business should be well-advised concerning which roof will be the best for your windy city. Go to websites that discuss roofing for more...

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3 Reasons To Consider A Copper Roof

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Consider A Copper Roof

One of the best roofing materials that you can consider for your home is copper, mostly because it offers a range of benefits that most other roofing materials would be hard-pressed to match. Listed below are three reasons to consider a copper roof. Light An issue that often comes up with many high-end roofing materials is that they are too heavy for many homes to support. This is often the case when trying to build a slate or ceramic tile roof. In that situation, homeowners will typically have to opt for a lesser roofing material or spend quite a bit of money reinforcing their roof structure in order to cope with the weight of the roofing materials. However, copper tiles can help you avoid that issue as they are among the lightest roofing materials available to you. Due to their light weight, copper tiles are ideal for use on just about any structure without any modifications or reinforcements being necessary to support them. Reflective One of the more useful benefits provided by a copper roof is that the copper tiles can actually make your entire home a few degrees cooler in the summer. This is because the copper itself is highly reflective which allows it to reflect sunlight away from your roof. Since the light is not being absorbed by your home, the entire home will be a bit cooler in the summer, which will lead to lower cooling costs in the summer as well as less strain on your air conditioner.  Long-Lasting Finally, copper is a great option because it will last for a very long time, usually just under 100 years. This is a big advantage over some other roofing options that will typically only last a fraction of that time before needing to be replaced.  One of the reasons for the long lifespan offered by copper is that it is not really affected by the things that commonly cause damage to other roofing materials. Copper is one of the most fireproof roofing materials available, so a neighborhood fire is unlikely to be able to damage or ignite it. In addition, copper is not an organic material so boring insects such as beetles and termites will not be attracted to it or attempt to bore into the material. Contact a roofing contractor today in order to discuss if copper roofing is a good choice for your home and budget. Copper can provide you with a light, reflective, and long-lasting roof for your home.  For roofing services, contact a company such as Cloise & Mike Construction...

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Metal Roof Rust: Why It Happens And How To Protect Against It

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Metal Roof Rust: Why It Happens And How To Protect Against It

Metal roofs are popular not just because of their good looks, but also because they are supposed to be durable and low maintenance. So why do they sometimes develop unsightly rust or corrosion? The following guide can help you ensure your roof remains in good condition. Check your metals When other metals touch a steel roof, a slow electrical charge occurs that can lead to corrosion and rust. The simplest way to avoid this is to make sure that gutters and other rooftop items are either not made of metal or also made of steel. Your roof should also have a galvanic coating applied to it before it is installed. This cuts down on the chances of metal-on-metal corrosion, although it doesn’t eliminate the possibility since coatings can become damaged over time. Keep it clean in salty areas If you live near the ocean, there is another threat to your metal roof – salt. Salt in the air can eat away at paint and coatings on the roof, eventually leading to pitting and rust. This is similar to the types of salt damage you see on cars in ocean front areas. If you don’t get a lot of rain in your area, take the time to rinse off your roof with the hose every few weeks. This will cut down on the chances of pitting. Fix any trauma Even in areas far from the ocean, paint damage can occur. The most common cause will be trauma, such as from hail or falling branches. Water can work its way into a small scratch, making it worse and eventually revealing bare metal. Once bare metal is exposed, rust is a possibility. Inspect your roof visually for damage at least once a year or after any major storms. You can purchase touch-up paint that matches your roof in case you need to make any repairs. Consider a re-coating A durable silicone coating is clear and prevents all types of rust and corrosion. It can be applied over your roof as it is, or you can have the roof repainted first. Silicone forms a barrier against water and other metals and protects against minor trauma, such as from smaller hail stones. Talk to a roofer like Acoma Roofing to see if a silicone coating treatment sounds like a good option for your metal roof. They can also help you with inspections or any other maintenance needs you have with your metal...

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Diagnosing And Repairing Your Home’s Leaky Roof

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Diagnosing And Repairing Your Home’s Leaky Roof

Having a leak in your roof is a frustrating experience, and if the water is flowing quickly into your house, it is an emergency as well.  You’ll need to contact a professional to help you out, since if it is not repaired soon, it could end up costing you more in repairs.  Though if the leak is a slow one, you may be able to fix the problem all on your own.  These tips can help you do it. Finding The Leak’s Source Finding where the water is coming in isn’t guaranteed to be an easy process. Start off by inspecting inside your house in the attic.  You want to look out for stains that are light brown in color along the bottom of the roof. If you notice them, then water is definitely getting in somewhere through your roof and creating damage. With an approximate idea of where the leak could be originating from, examine your home’s roofing tiles in that area.  You want to note any tiles that seemed damage, which could mean that they are curling slightly, not securely nailed down, or even missing completely. Looking For Damage Inside Damage is likely to occur when the roof leak has gone unnoticed for quite some time.  It’s a good idea to thoroughly investigate the house for damage to ensure you don’t miss anything. You already know where the discolored parts of your walls and ceiling are, so follow them down to the floor below.  Your primary concern should be to look for wood that is rotting. That is because wood rot is more than cosmetic damage, and can put the structural stability of your home at risk since rotting wood has a chance of breaking apart easily.  Rotting wood may also feel damp when you touch it. Completing Repairs After the issues have been found, it is time to start performing repairs.  Start by replacing the shingles that have become damaged, since more water coming in can damage anything that you repaired.  Pieces of wood that are rotting should be replaced for safety, but they also pose the risk of growing mold inside it.  Then start working on cosmetic issues, like repainting walls and ceilings that have become discolored. If this seems like too much work for you, or the repairs are out of your skill level, know that you can always contact a professional to do the work for you. A local roofing contractor can handle all the hard parts that you may not feel comfortable doing on your own. Visit for more information....

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Maintaining Your Clay Roof To Extend Its Life

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintaining Your Clay Roof To Extend Its Life

If kept in good shape, your clay roof could last nearly 100 years. That will make it the last roof you’ll ever need to put on your house. Here are some of the ways that you can help get the most life from your clay roof. 1. Clean any dirt, debris and algae from the roof whenever you spot it. If dirt, sticks or leaves accumulate on the roof, water can be blocked from flowing off of it. The longer the clay tiles stay damp, the higher the risk is that they will develop algae growths. These plants thrive in damp conditions. They send tiny roots down into the tile, cracking the tile. Cracked tiles can break apart and let water leak under the roof. Sweep any debris off of your roof before algae has a chance to grow. If you spot a patch of algae, remove it as follows: Mix water and chlorine together in equal parts in a household pump sprayer. Soak the algae patch and the surrounding tiles with the solution and let it sit for several minutes. Scrub the algae off of the tiles with a soft bristled brush. Rinse the tiles off with fresh water from your garden hose. A note on using a power sprayer: Do not try using a pressure washer on the tile to remove the algae. You can crack the tiles and create another maintenance project. If you wish to use a pressure washer to remove debris from the roof, put it on its lowest setting and start at the top of the roof and work your way down. Do not point the sprayer up into the tiles or you may force them up off of the roof. 2. Repair any cracked tiles as soon as you spot them. A cracked tile can let water under the roof and into the house. If you live where the weather can get down to freezing, water in a crack will expand and can break the cracked tile completely apart. Repair any cracked tiles as soon as you can as follows: Remove any dirt and clay chips from the crack. A can of compressed air can help blow out any debris. Using a tube of clear silicone sealer, force the sealer into all areas of the crack until full. Wipe off any excess sealer from the surface of the tile. If done carefully, you won’t notice the repair from the ground. 3. Replace any broken tiles ASAP. A clay tile that has broken apart allows water to get under the adjacent tiles and cause a roof leak. Broken tiles cannot be repaired and must be replaced. If the tile is not easy to get to from a ladder, consider having a roofer, like one from Darnell Construction, replace the tile for you. The roofing contractor also knows how to do this without disrupting the tiles around the broken tile. Here is the procedure if you want to try this repair yourself. Break the tile up into pieces with a hammer. Be careful not to crack the tiles around the broken tile. Remove all of tile pieces from the roof. Remove the nails under the overlapping tile that secured the broken tile to the roof. Clean any clay fragments and dust from the area with...

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Plants That Grow Well On A Residential Green Roof

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Plants That Grow Well On A Residential Green Roof

Traditional residential roofs have long been made out of wood, clay, asphalt, slate, tile, and various metals. If you need a new residential roof, you could consider putting in an ecological, self-sustaining green roof. Current climate changes in many parts of the world are now making a growing green roof a wise choice for residential homeowners because it can insulate a home in winter and shade it in summer.  Depending on location, residential roofs can be exposed to a fair amount of sun, wind, and other weather phenomena. If you install a green roof on your residence, you can take advantage of those weather conditions to grow and maintain living plants and grasses. Green roofs are basically self-sustaining and require no additional watering. However, if you wish to have the flexibility to manually water your green roof, you can add a fairly simple drip irrigation system that starts at the roof ridge and drains down to your roof gutters. Here are some readily available green plants that can tolerate many weather conditions and changes and grow well in shallow depths of soil on a residential green roof: Plants That Grow Well in 3″ of Soil on a Roof: Hardy Yellow Ice Plant (Delosperma Nubigenum) – This is a fairly compact evergreen ground cover that grows to 2″ in height and spreads out laterally to a distance of 36″ or more. When it blooms, this plant has yellow, white, and/or red flowers. Ice plant is easy to grow and prefers a dry growing medium.  Golden Carpet Stonecrop (Sedum Acre Diploid) – This hardy evergreen ground cover is sometimes called donkey tail. This plant has long thick green finger-like leaves that turn rosy pink in the summer. It has bright yellow, red, or purple star-shaped flowers and prefers full sun and well-drained to dry soil.  White Stonecrop (Sedum album Athoum) – This succulent grows in plump green stalks of thick leaves that spread out and not up. Its leaves change color from green to red to purple in the heat of summer. This plant prefers a light, well-drained soil and is very attractive to butterflies.  Plants That Grow Well in 5″ of Soil on a Roof: Wild Chives (Allium Schoenoprasum) – This perennial herb grows from a bulb to a height between 12″ to 20″ tall. It has purple flowers that grow in a starburst shape. Chives are naturally insect-resistant but attract bees and butterflies when they flower from April to June.  Bearskin Fescue (Festuca Gautieri) – The color of this species of evergreen grass varies from bright green to blue. It grows in spiky domes that cluster together and blooms with yellow and green blossoms from May through June.  Plants That Grow Well in 7″ of Soil on a Roof: Sky Blue Aster (Aster Oolentangiensis) – This drought-tolerant plant blooms in late summer and early fall with blue and violet flowers with yellow centers. It seldom grows more than 24″ to 36″ inches tall. Sky Blue Aster can add height to your roof with its hardy growth.  Hoary Vervain (Verbena Stricta) – This perennial plant grows to a height of 36″ to 40″ with light green stems and leaves covered with long white hairs. It blooms in late summer for about 2 months with pink or lavender flowers on long...

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4 Ways To Prevent Future Roof Leaks

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Prevent Future Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are one of the most expensive problems homeowners can have. This is because roof leaks not only cause extensive damage to the roof itself, but they also cause damage if the water gets inside of the home and causes water damage to the floors, ceiling, and walls. Since you likely want to avoid this expensive problem, you will want to know these four ways to prevent future roof leaks: Check the Flashings: One thing you will want to inspect regularly is the flashings on the roof. The flashings are what surround any structures on the roof, such as a sky light, chimney, and more. If the flashings are damaged or weathered, it’s important to have them replaced. This is because these structures are a common area for roof leaks to occur. If the flashings are not properly sealing the outside of the structure, water easily makes its way through and into your home. Check the Attic: Another source of roof leaks is the attic. The attic should be properly insulated and there should be no signs of moisture, which indicates that water is getting through somehow. Signs of moisture include mold and black rings surrounding nails in the attic. If there are signs of moisture, this means that the roof needs repairs. Sometimes, leaks can be hard to find, so it’s best to hire professionals to inspect the roofing system at this point.  Take Care of the Gutter: The gutter is one of the most common causes of leaks because many homeowners ignore the care and maintenance that gutters need. If the gutters are clogged, water is going to build up when it rains, which is going to allow water to sit on the roof and cause damage to the shingles and eventually seep into the roof itself and potentially into your home. The gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year.  Replace Missing Shingles: Missing shingles are another cause of roof leaks. This is because your roof is not receiving the protection it needs from the shingles and water is going to build up in these areas and cause damage to the surrounding shingles. If not taken care of right away, the water continues to build and makes its way into your home. If you have missing shingles, call a roofing company like Homestreet Roofing Inc. When you know these four ways to prevent roof leaks, you can be sure that you keep your home protected from both extensive and expensive...

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4 Tips To Help You Spot Damage And Repair Metal Roofing On Your Home

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips To Help You Spot Damage And Repair Metal Roofing On Your Home

If you want to have a roof that is more durable than asphalt, you may be considering metal roofing. This is a great roofing material that can be worth the extra investment. Metal roofing is not maintenance free though, and it will require some basic maintenance and repairs to get the most life out if it. Here are some tips to help you with the maintenance and repairs that your new metal roof is going to need: 1. Keeping Your Roof Debris Free And Cleaning Your Gutters Keeping your roof free of debris is one of the most important tasks that you will need to do. You will want to remove anything like windblown debris from trees that can cause damage to your metal roofing. It is also a good idea to clean the gutters regularly to make sure that debris is not building up at the eaves of your roof and causing the metal to wear or corrosion. 2. Protecting Your Roof And Touching Up A Finish Color On Metal Roofing You may also want to consider the color finish of your metal when you have your new roof installed. If you choose a raw metal, you will want to make sure that the roof is protected from spills whenever you do painting or other maintenance. If you have a powder-coated or painted finish, you may need to occasionally touchup any damaged spots to prevent excessive wear of your roofing. 3. Keeping Trees Clear And Preventing Dents In Your Metal Roofing Trees can also be a big danger to your metal roofing. Falling branches can cause dents and leaks in your new roof. It is a good idea to keep any trees far away from your roof. If you have trees that are too close, keep them trimmed to prevent debris from falling on your roof. You will also want to keep any other plants away from the roof, such as shrubs and climbing vines. 4. Repairing Damage And Leaks That May Occur In Your Metal Roofing There are problems that you may have with your metal roof over time. Many of these problems can be fixed by doing simple repairs. The problems with metal roofing may be a section that needs to be replaced or seals around fasteners failing. Doing these repairs to your roof can help ensure that it lasts for many years. Metal can be a great material for your roof, but you will want to take some of these maintenance tips into account to get the most life out of your roofing. If you are ready to replace your shingles with metal, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about some of the options for a new metal roof. Contact a business, such as Cumberland  Roofing Of Fayetteville, for more information....

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Three Weather Conditions That Can Lead To Roof Damage

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Weather Conditions That Can Lead To Roof Damage

As a homeowner, it’s important for you to take a role in ensuring that your roof is in proper condition. You don’t necessarily have to get out a ladder and inspect the roof’s condition—it’s best to leave this potentially dangerous task to a qualified contractor. Instead, you can play a proactive role in your roof’s health by being aware of how certain weather-related elements can potentially cause damage. By increasing your education in this regard, you’ll be able to assess the condition of the roof—even from a distance, such as standing across the street from your home—noticing if there’s a problem and scheduling a visit from a contractor. Here are three weather conditions that can lead to roof damage. Heavy Winds Prolonged periods of heavy winds can be detrimental to the roof in multiple ways. The immediate concern is that gusts of wind will whip against the roof and begin lifting shingles. When shingles are lifted off your roof, the wood sheathing below will be exposed to the elements. This means that the next time it rains, the shingles won’t be present to be a barrier, and structural damage to the roof can result. Heavy winds can also snap branches off overhanging trees and cause harm to your roof. As such, after a period of wind, it’s beneficial to look at the roof and see if you notice any missing shingles—they can often be visible even from the ground. Sudden, Heavy Snow Your roof is adequately built to handle a snowfall here and there, but if there’s a sudden, heavy snowfall of wet snow, it will accumulate on your roof. The weight of the snow can pose a hazard to the roof’s structural integrity. Although it should ideally begin sliding off before long, this won’t necessarily be the case if the snow is sticky. If you see a significant volume of heavy snow on the roof for several days, it can be beneficial to call a roofing contractor, such as Buffalo Roofing, for advice. Long, Heavy Rain If it has rained for an extended period of time at an exceptionally high rate, it’s possible that your home’s gutters will get backed up. This issue is especially a concern if the gutters aren’t cleaned regularly. When water backs up in the gutters, it can begin to get pushed under the edge of the roof and saturate the wood below the shingles. This will harm the structural integrity of the roof and might cause water damage in your attic. If you’re concerned that your gutters are backed up, arrange for a gutter contractor to address them and for a roofing contractor to check the roof’s...

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