Tracking Down Roofing Problems

Reasons That You Should Not Ignore A Roof That Shows Signs Of Leaking

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons That You Should Not Ignore A Roof That Shows Signs Of Leaking

The roof of your home can develop a leak for a wide range of reasons, but most relate to the water being allowed to soak under the shingles, through the plywood sheathing, and into your home. While it might be tempting to ignore signs of this problem — perhaps you’re just naturally a procrastinator, or maybe your budget is tight and you’re nervous about the cost of having the problem repaired — doing so will only lead to further complications. This simply isn’t a problem that will go away on its own, and you’ll need to hire a roofing contractor to repair the damage. Here are some specific reasons that you shouldn’t ignore the signs that your roof is leaking. Increasing Cost When you act quickly upon noticing that your roof is leaking, it’s likely that your roofing contractor can fix the problematic area at little cost. Left unattended, though, the repair estimate for this job is apt to increase. When a leaky roof is ignored, large sections of the plywood sheathing will get saturated and ruined. The roof trusses, too, can take on water and begin to warp. The water that drains into your attic will ruin the insulation and, upon making its way through the insulation, will eventually damage the drywall on your ceilings and walls. You can avoid all this damage, and the associated expense, by acting quickly and hiring a roofing contractor. Reduced Air Quality Another concern about failing to address a leaking roof in a timely manner is that the water that soaks into your attic and beyond will eventually lead to the growth of mold. Even if only your attic is moldy, the mold will be able to travel through the air and into the living quarters of your home, harming the overall air quality. This can pose a risk to the health of every member of your family, but is especially detrimental to people who have breathing-related health issues, such as a child with asthma. Recognizable Signs Knowing the risks of ignoring a leaky roof, it’s important that you’re able to identify the symptoms of this issue. If you have roofing shingles in your yard after a windy day, it could mean the roof is susceptible to leaking. Of course, an obvious sign is wet insulation in the attic or wet sheathing overhead in the attic. It’s a good idea to call a local roofing contractor, such as those found at B & B Roofing, right away if you encounter any of these...

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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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Understanding The Key Differences Between Slate And Asphalt Roofing

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding The Key Differences Between Slate And Asphalt Roofing

When you find yourself in need of a new roof for the home you are planning to build, you will be faced with a wide variety of choices and options. There are numerous different materials that can be made into roofing, including some as wacky as old vinyl records and license plates. However, if a traditional-style roof is what you are looking for, then you may have narrowed your decision down to slate roofing or asphalt shingles. Get to know some of the differences between the two and how they compare so you can decide which roofing material is right for your brand new home. Comparing The Environmental Impact Of The Materials Slate is a natural stone (rock) that can be shaved down and shaped into roofing shingles. It is not a man-made material. On the other hand, asphalt is a petroleum based product that combines several different aggregates, binders, and fillers to create the product. As such, if you are environmentally-conscious, the creation of new asphalt shingles is far more energy-intensive than harvesting and cutting slate into roof shingles. Slate roofing requires less energy to create and therefore could be considered the much more energy efficient option. It is also important to note, however, that both types of roofs can be recycled and reused if you want to purchase materials that are recycled, which can offset any environmental impact. Understanding The Difference In Costs Slate roofing, because it is a heavier material and a natural stone, is often quite a bit more expensive in both the materials and labor costs for installation. This type of roof can cost anywhere from $9 to $40 per square foot (including labor and materials) depending on your type of roof and the exact style of slate that you choose. Asphalt shingle roofs are significantly less expensive than a slate roof. The costs of both labor and the materials for an asphalt shingle roof are around $1 to $4 per square foot on average. This is because asphalt shingles are much lighter weight and use man-made materials that are less expensive than standard natural stone. Knowing How Long Your Roof Can Last When it comes to your roof’s longevity, asphalt shingles simply cannot compete with the durability of slate roofing. Slate roofing can last over a century if well-maintained and taken care of. This is because the earth takes hundreds or thousands of years just to create these types of stones. They are made to last. Asphalt shingles, for their part, can last several decades if you make sure to perform regular and routine maintenance. However, because they are lighter and more susceptible to damage from the elements, they cannot compare to slate shingle roofs. Now that you know more about some of the key differences between slate roofing and asphalt shingle roofing, you can make the best choice for you and the home you will soon be building. For more information, visit sites like...

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3 Tips To Ensure Your Safety During Your First Roof Repair Job

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Ensure Your Safety During Your First Roof Repair Job

Most homeowners are pretty good about taking care of their house, but one area that can sometimes be overlooked is the roof. Your roof needs a regular inspection just like every other part of your estate to ensure it remains in good condition. If you’ve recently discovered that your roof is going to need a little bit of work, you have a couple of options: hire a professional contractor or do it yourself. If you insist on going it alone but you’ve never done any roof repair work before, you’re going to want to make sure you are prepared for the job. Here are 3 tips you should follow to ensure you get through the repairs without any safety mishaps. Keep the Ladder Stable You’re not going to be able to get up on the roof if you can’t climb up there safely. The first mistake some homeowners make when doing a roof repair is failing to buy stabilizers for the ladder. Ladder stabilizers will ensure that the roof stays in place if a gust of wind comes or if you suddenly shift your weight a little bit. Ensure the ladder is fully secured by shaking it a bit before climbing up and back down. Wear the Right Gear Safety while on top of the roof has a lot to do with what you’re wearing. You’ll want to start with some sturdy, no-slip work boots. Also, wear pants that are not too loose so that they don’t get caught on anything. Grabbing yourself a pair of safety goggles is also a good idea, as well as a helmet. Finally, a safety harness will allow you to move around the roof freely without worrying as much about taking a spill. You can find all of these items at your local home improvement store. Watch the Weather Closely Before and During the Job You never want to be on top of your house if the weather looks like it’s about to turn. But even if it’s not raining, you’ll also want to get a feel for what the wind is like. It can be much windier on the top of your house than it is at the ground level. If you begin to notice the wind picking up or storm clouds moving in, don’t be a hero, get off the roof immediately. Your first roof repair job will go off without a hitch if you ensure that you have the right safety equipment and state of mind beforehand. Ladder stabilizers, non-slip boots, and other safety equipment will ensure you are protected in the event something goes wrong. If after getting up on the roof you decide you just can’t hack it yourself, there’s no shame in calling a professional contractor, like Silver Bow Construction, for...

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3 Roofing Materials Well-Suited For A Georgian Home

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Roofing Materials Well-Suited For A Georgian Home

Georgian homes are a classic part of American architecture with the simple lines on the base structure, brought out by ornamental additions and a large hipped roof with multiple dormers. If you own a Georgian home that’s in need of a new roof, there are some architecture-specific considerations to keep in mind as well as your own personal preferences on style. What are some of the best roofing materials for a Georgian home? Here are a few of the options you can discuss with your residential roofing contractors. Slate Tiles Georgian homes have a natural regality that pairs well with the elegance of slate tiles. The tiles are only available in a narrow range of natural stone colors, but the natural swirls and color variations are a large part of the material’s charm. Slate tiles are extremely durable, low maintenance, and can help the hipped roof shape better shed off rainwater and melting snow. The hipped roof is well-braced to support the weight of the slate tiles, unlike some other, more open roofing styles. The only real downside of slate is the cost. But if slate tiles are within your project budget, and you like the look of the material, this might be the best choice for your roofing project.   Wood Shingles Wood shingles can also accent the regality of a Georgian home while also giving the structure more of a country estate look. The shingles are thick, textured, and can be stained several natural colors. The way the shingles are laid during installation helps water drain easily between the shingles and off the hipped roof.  Wood is a bit higher maintenance than many other roofing materials. The material constricts and expands with high heat or freezing temperatures, and frequent changes between the two can cause damage on the shingles faster. There’s also the possibility for insect infestation. But proper maintenance and spot repairs can keep these potential problems relatively at bay. You might consider the bit of extra work worth the visual impact that wood shingles provide. Asphalt Shingles The word “asphalt” might not bring to mind regality in the same way that slate tiles and wood shingles do. But asphalt shingles have come a long way over the years, and the shingles can look great on taller Georgian homes or on any Georgian home when budget is your primary concern. Hipped roofs do have rather large surface areas, so project costs can mount quickly. Asphalt shingles are not just affordable but also durable, easy to install and repair, and lightweight. The shingles can be fabricated to resemble wood or slate in texture or pattern and come in a variety of solid matte colors that can help keep the visual focus on the lines of your home rather than a specific building material. Contact a company like Spangler Roofing for more...

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