Tracking Down Roofing Problems

Three Simple Roof Repair Tasks You Can Perform Yourself

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Simple Roof Repair Tasks You Can Perform Yourself

Putting an entirely new roof on a home is a huge undertaking, and probably not a project you’re up for tackling on your own. However, if all your roof needs is a few minor repairs, you may be able to handle this yourself with some basic DIY skills and the help of a friend. Here’s a look at three simple roof repair tasks you can tackle yourself. Peeling Shingles If you see shingles that have begun to peel up around the edges, this is a problem you should address immediately. Otherwise, those shingles may peel off completely — and you’ll need to call a roofing contractor to replace them. You can secure a peeling shingle by taking a 1 ½-inch roofing nail and pounding it into the edge of the shingle. If the shingle is really peeling up, you may need to use two nails, spaced a few inches apart. Pound the nail down until the head is flush with the shingles. Then, use a paint scraper or a popsicle stick to spread a little roofing cement over the nail head. This will keep water from seeping in around the exposed nail head. Exposed Nails If a shingle or two peels off of your roof, but the layers underneath it are still intact, you may be able to get away without replacing the shingle for a while. But what you will need to address is any nail heads that have become exposed when that shingle peeled off. Use a hammer to pound the nail down completely, and then apply a dab of roofing cement. Make sure the cement fully covers all sides of the nail head. Do this on a dry day so the cement has time to dry before it gets wet with rain. Loose Flashing Flashing is the metal sheeting that forms a barrier between the shingle roofing surface and a chimney or other item that protrudes from your roof. Sometimes, it may start to become un-welded, leaving a gap around the protrusion. This gives water the perfect place to leak in. Replacing flashing is a big task, but you should be able to seal the loose flashing well enough to get another year or two out of it. Take a glob of roofing cement, and place it on the protrusion, behind the flashing. Press the flashing against the protrusion, and hold the pressure on it for a minute. Then, let go. The flashing should stick to the protrusion, sealing the gap....

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Don’t Let These Myths Keep You From Choosing a Metal Roof

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Let These Myths Keep You From Choosing a Metal Roof

Metal roofs are becoming more and more common. They are inexpensive compared to other options like tile and slate, and they do a great job of reflecting sunlight, leading to lower AC bills. Still, some homeowners are afraid to explore the option of a metal roof because they’ve heard some false myths about them. Here’s a look at these myths — and the actual truth. Myth: Metal roofs are noisy when it rains. Perhaps you’ve been in a pole barn or garage with a metal roof when it’s raining. The noise can be pretty loud! However, the metal roofs on homes are not nearly as noisy. They are placed on top of a wooden underlayment, which absorbs a lot of the sound. Plus, the layer of insulation beneath your roof absorbs more noise. The average person cannot tell the difference in rain volume in a house with a metal roof and one with a conventional shingle roof. Myth: Your metal roof will rust. Metal roofs are specifically made to resist rusting and corrosion. You can find a galvanized steel roof, which is coated in a zinc compound that will never rust. Another less expensive option is aluminum — a metal that does not rust. Aluminum on its own will eventually corrode, but this can be prevented by remembering to paint or coat your roof every ten years or so. Having your roof sprayed with rust-proof paint is a simple endeavor. Your roofing contractor can tackle this task in an afternoon, and then your roof will be set for another decade. Myth: Metal roofs are ugly. Chances are, you’ve driven past hundreds of home with metal roofs. You just didn’t realize it because these metal roofs don’t look like you’d expect. There are so many colors and styles of metal roofs. Some are made from individual metal shingles that may even be textured to look like wood or slate tiles. Others are made from larger metal panels, which can be painted any color and also textured as you desire. Of course, if you want the metallic, shiny option, roofing companies offer this, too. If you’d like to learn more about metal roofs and their benefits, contact a roofing company in your area. They can evaluate your home and provide you with estimates for various types of metal roofs. Regardless of which you choose, you can bet it will be quiet, attractive, and...

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Different Types Of Traditional Siding Options To Give Your Home A Historical Look

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Different Types Of Traditional Siding Options To Give Your Home A Historical Look

If you want to give your home an historic look, the exterior finish is important. Siding gives you many options for more traditional finishes. If you want to have a craftsman-style look, there are options like shake to give you the look you want. In addition, there are also materials for vertical siding that looks more traditional or log cabin siding veneers. Here are some more traditional siding solutions to give your home an historic look: 1. Shake Siding for Custom Features with An Historic Appearance Shake has been used for hundreds of years as an exterior finish of homes. Shakes are hand split wood materials that are installed on walls, roofs and other areas. Today, you have a choice of hand split shakes, wood shingles and synthetic materials to give your home the look of shake. You can use a modern material like fiber cement, but keep your home in line with an historic appearance that you are trying to accomplish. This can be good in historic neighborhoods where there are requirements for the appearance of new homes and restorations. 2. Lap Siding and Log Veneers for A Traditional Rustic Appearance Lap siding is another option that you will want to consider for a traditional appearance, which can also have raw edges. The raw wood materials are a great solution to give a rustic look to your home. In addition to unfinished lap siding, there are also many options for log veneer siding. The log finishes are a great choice if you want an historic log home in a rural area. The log veneers are more affordable than real log construction. 3. Board-And-Batten and Vertical Siding for A Traditional Appearance Board-and-batten is another type of siding that is going to give your home a more traditional finish. Vertical siding come in many different materials, which can be vinyl, raw lumber or modern composites. If you are going for more of a craftsman-style look for your home, using vinyl and composites will also give you many options for the color of your exterior. Raw lumber will give you the choice of painting it for color or staining it to give your home more of a natural wood finish. With these options for siding, your home will have an historic look and custom siding. Contact a siding contractor to help with the installation of your siding and talk with them about custom features to give your home more of a traditional...

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Tips for Installing Asphalt Shingles for the First Time

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Installing Asphalt Shingles for the First Time

If you have never worked with asphalt roofing shingles before but need to replace your home’s roof this summer, then you will be pleased to learn that installing them is fairly easy and straightforward as long as you use the proper technique. Once installed, your home’s new asphalt shingle roof will last for many decades and provide a water-tight seal from the elements for your home.  Here are some time-tested tips for working with asphalt shingles for the first time:  Tip: Have Your Roof’s New Asphalt Shingles Delivered Onto the Roof While you can always carry or hoist the packages of your roof’s new asphalt shingles up onto the roof, you should consider having them delivered and placed on the roof using a mechanical boom. Since each package of shingles will be very bulky and heavy, having them delivered directly onto the roof is a safer option and will save your back for the bigger job at hand.  Tip: Work from the Bottom Edge of the Roof When Installing New Shingles Once your roof’s new plywood sheathing and felt paper have been installed, then you should start installing the asphalt shingles starting from the bottom edges of your roof and working upward. The first layer of shingles needs to be installed completely level, so you will need to use both a level tool and a chalk line to accomplish this. Additionally, the first layer of shingles needs to hang over the edge of the roof by at least half of an inch. This allows rain water to properly drain off of the roof and into the rain gutters. Tip: Only Nail the Shingles Along the Top Strip When you nail the strips of asphalt shingles on your roof, you should only nail them along the top strip and never down on the shingle tabs. This is very important for two reasons. The first reason is that it prevents the nailheads from being seen on your finished roof. The second is that nailing only on the attachment strip helps to keep the roof watertight because there are no exposed nails for water to run down and into the roof’s underlayment.  Tip: Shingle as Close to Vents and Obstructions as Possible Finally, as you install the new asphalt shingles on your roof this summer, you will invariably need to work around vents, chimneys, and other obstructions. Make sure that you install the shingles as close to the obstructions as possible, and then install flashing over the top to prevent leaks....

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Spring Is Just Around The Corner: Steps To Help Get Your Roof Ready For Warm Weather

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Is Just Around The Corner: Steps To Help Get Your Roof Ready For Warm Weather

Now that winter is on its way out, it’s time to start getting your home ready for spring. Seasonal maintenance helps keep your home in proper working order. It can also prevent costly repairs. Part of your home maintenance routine should include your roof. Without proper maintenance, you could be looking at serious damage to your home and your roof. Here are some steps you should take to get your roof ready for the changing seasons. Get It Clean When getting your roof ready for spring, the first thing you should do is give it a thorough cleaning. Not only will cleaning your roof remove all the dirt and debris that’s built up over the winter, it will also allow you to get a closer look at your shingles. If you’ve never cleaned your roof before, here are some simple instructions. Supplies You’ll Need Ladder Slip-resistant shoes Garden sprayer Garden hose High-pressure nozzle Water Bleach Push broom Directions Put your slip-resistant shoes on. Fill your garden sprayer with water and add 1 cup of bleach. Climb up on your roof. Beginning at the lowest edge of your roof, apply the bleach solution to your shingles. Scrub the area with your push broom. Continue applying solution and scrubbing across your roof and up towards to the top. Use your garden hose to rinse your roof. Repair The Damage While you’re scrubbing your roof, make a note of the areas that will require repairs. Pay close attention to shingles and metal flashing – the metal strips along the joints that connect separate areas of your roof. Shingles If you have shingles that are curling along the edges, you can apply a generous amount of roofing cement to the underside of the shingles and press them down into place. Once they’re in place, use several roofing nails to secure them. Missing or damaged shingles will need to be replaced. For large sections of missing or damaged shingles, talk to a roofing contractor like those at HomeTowne Roofing about repairs. Flashing Loose flashing can cause leaks, which can damage your roof, and your home. If you see loose flashing, you can reseal it using latex caulking. Apply a strip of caulking along the edges of your flashing and smooth it into place using a putty knife. Now that spring is on the way, make sure your roof is ready for the weather change. Use the tips provided here to prepare your roof for warm...

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3 Steps to Prepare Your Gutters for Winter

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Steps to Prepare Your Gutters for Winter

If you live in a region that gets a significant amount of snow and freezing weather during the winter, you are going to want to make sure that your gutters are ready for the winter weather before fall wraps up.  #1: Clean Out Your Gutters The first thing you need to do is clean out your gutters. Gutters tend to get the most clogged up during the fall time, when leaves can easily fall into the gutters. You are going to want to wear gloves, attach a bucket to your ladder, and scoop all the leaves out of the gutters. This will help all the rain and snow flow more smoothly through your gutters.  #2: Secure Your Gutters Second, make sure that your gutters are secured to your home. Your gutters should held firmly against your home and fastened in place. Ideally, your gutters should be secured with gutter spikes. Gutter spikes should go through your entire gutter and into your home. You can also use gutter hangers to fasten the gutter to your home instead of gutter spikes. There should not be any gaps between your gutters and your home; gaps can lead to drainage issues. Snow will more easily slide off your home and over your gutters when they are secure and in place.  You should also make sure that your gutters are secured to one another if you don’t have seamless gutters. If the gutters are loose at a joint, you are going to want to reconnect the gutters together.  #3: Test for Leaks Finally, you want to test out your gutter and make sure that there are not any leaks. You can do this by putting a hose in your gutter and running water at a low to medium rate through your gutters. As you run the hose through the gutter, have someone else assist you in looking for leaks. If you find any leaks, note where they are located, as you will need to replace them. You can fit a small leak with gutter sealant and larger leaks with a gutter patch.  Additionally, watch how the water flows out of the gutters and through the downspouts. The water should flow away from your home. If the water does not flow down away from your house, you may need to add a gutter extension to your downspout so that the melting snow doesn’t damage the foundation of your home. If you need assistance with any of these steps, a local contractor such as Alaka’i Raingutters & Supplies can assist you with cleaning out and testing your gutters as well as fixing any issues that...

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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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2 Commonly Used Methods for Constructing a Flat Roof

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Commonly Used Methods for Constructing a Flat Roof

Flat roofs are a common feature of many commercial buildings in areas that don’t receive regular snowfall in winter. Yet even in such regions, many people fail to understand the basic materials used to construct a flat room. If you own a business or commercial property with a flat roof and are curious to learn more about it, read on. This article will discuss two common methods of constructing a flat roof. Built-up Roofing Built-up roofing involves the application of multiple layers of roofing material—literally “building up” the roof, layer by layer. There are two principal materials involved in each layer. First, there is the so-called underlayment, which generally consists of roofing paper. The second element is hot asphalt tar. The idea is that while a single such layer would not be able to provide adequate protection against water, multiple layers overlap in such a way as to provide an efficient and highly durable barrier.  To provide reliable protection, most built-up roofs consist of either three or four layers. Whereas three-layer roofs have a lifespan of between 10 and 14 years, a four-layer built-up roof can be expected to last between 14 and 22 years. Given the extensive installation process associated with a built-up roof, the added expense of a four-layer roof tends to be worth it, since it will defer both the timing as well as the inconvenience of its eventual replacement.  Membrane Roofing Rubber membrane roofing was developed as a way to cut down on the lengthy installation process of a built-up roof. Here, rather than successive layers of asphalt and roofing paper, there is just a single sheet of waterproof material. This sheet can be made from a variety of different materials, including: PVC chlorinated polyethylene neoprene polymer-modified bitumen ethylene propylene diene monomer Perhaps the most frequently used membrane roofing material is ethylene propylene diene monomer, also known as EPDM. EPDM is a type of synthetic rubber. It comes in a gigantic rolled-up sheet that must be cut down the size of a particular roof. The particular advantage of EPDM, if you haven’t already guessed it, is that only one layer is necessary in order to fully waterproof a roof. This greatly reduces the cost of the roofing, both by lowering the amount of materials needed and by cutting down on the time and manpower required for installation.  EPDM offers a number of distinct advantages aside from expense and installation time. EPDM roofs have an approximate lifespan of between 22 and 35 years. Additionally, EPDM roofs do not pollute the rainwater that passes over them. This is a problem with built-up roofs and other types of roofs that contain large quantities of asphalt. The chemically inert nature of an EPDM roof means that rainwater can be effectively gathered and reused for such purposes as irrigation, cleaning, and even personal hygiene.  Talk to a contractor such as Specialty Commercial Contractors Llc for more information about different types of...

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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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