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Wind Damage Creates Cumulative Problems For Roofs

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Roofers do not just pull a number out of the air when promising a “30-year guarantee” on the construction of a new roof. A solidly built roof is supposed to last several decades even after experiencing with normal wear and tear. Not all effects on a roof can be deemed normal though. Hurricanes and severe storms can cause serious, out-of-the-ordinary  damage to even the strongest roof. Major weather events are not the only major threats to roofs. Lesser weather — but still problematic weather — can create a cumulative effect and should be effectively responded to in order to avoid more significant and costly damage over time. Wind Damage Facts Severe winds of, say, 55 mph or more really do put a lot of stress on a roof. Slight damage might occur due to the pressure inflicted by the winds. Shingles, for example, could become slightly loose. Mercifully, a year or so may go before heavy winds hit the roof again. The one-year respite from heavy winds, honestly, means nothing. The loosened shingles are not exactly capable of healing themselves. The second blast of heavy winds is going to loosen the shingles even more. In doing so, the nails and nail holes between the shingles create openings for water. No Such Thing as Minor Damage “Minor” roof damage may exist in the sense the holes in the holes in the roof are small. Small holes are big problems — the imperfections are enough for some water to drip through. Once water starts to breach the interior of a roof, the process of severe damage — mold growth and wood rot — commence. Over time, the roof’s structure may become unsafe as a result. The wood supporting the roof might become extremely weak from rot. Hence, the wood won’t be able to support the roof. Check Out the Roof Any time there is a serious windstorm, call a local roofing contractor to check the surface of the roof out. The quick inspection could take only a few minutes and issues such as loose shingles or small problems could be detected and fixed right away. The roofer might even discover serious damage that has been occurring for years and years. The roof may be past the point in which a new replacement would be strongly advised. Immediately replacing the roof at this point could prevent a tragedy in the form of a collapsed roof. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Columbia Roofing...

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3 Reasons to Take Roof Maintenance Seriously

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The roof on your home is the one main thing that protects your entire home from storms, rain, and wind. When a roof is in good condition, it does its job well; however, when a roof has issues, it can lead to leaks and other damage. A roofing company can come to your home and perform maintenance tasks on your roof each year, and here are three good reasons to take these tasks seriously. You Can Avoid Water Damage in Your Home The main reason to take care of your roof is so you can avoid water damage to your home. Roof maintenance consists of cleaning the roof, inspecting it, and making any necessary repairs. If, for example, shingles blow off from a storm, your home will be at risk. When the shingles blow off, there will be parts of the roof exposed, and this can lead to water leaks. Water damage is a very serious problem in a home, and you can reduce the risks of encountering this problem by taking the necessary steps to keep your roof in good condition. Minor Repairs Are Less Expensive Than Major Repairs Fixing minor problems on a roof are always less expensive than fixing major problems, and good roof maintenance will help you avoid developing major problems. For example, if you lose some shingles, the wood underneath will be exposed. If the wood is exposed too long, it can soak up water and become damaged. If you need to replace the wood, you can expect to pay a lot of money. This is something you could have avoided, though, if you had replaced the shingles right away. Your Homeowner’s Insurance May Deny Claims If Your Roof Wasn’t Cared For Finally, if you do not maintain your roof and you experience water leaks due to missing shingles or broken parts, you may have trouble getting your home insurance to pay for the water damage repairs. Home insurance will cover water damage in some situations, but they will not cover the costs for repairs that were due to negligence or lack of maintenance. If you want to get the most out of your home insurance, you must care properly for your roof. If your roof has not been inspected, cleaned, and maintained within the last two years, you should consider hiring a roofing company to come to your home to see if your roof needs any work. To learn more, contact a roofing company in your...

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Broken Roof Tile Repair Methods

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Tile roofs are becoming more popular, in part due to their attractive appearance and even more so because of their durability. Although durable, they aren’t impervious to damage. It is possible for a tile to become cracked or loose. The following can help you determine the best course of action if you have a damaged tile on your roof. Can the tile be repaired? Clay tiles don’t always require replacement. A small hole or crack can be repaired if you act quickly. Wait too long, though, and moisture will work its way into the crack and destroy the tile. To fix a crack or small hole, begin by removing any dirt on the tile with a small wire brush. Then, fill in the crack or hole with roofing cement. This is a special epoxy that is made to expand and contract with temperature changes so it doesn’t pull away from the tile. It is available in several colors so you can usually find a pretty close match to your tiles. Is the damage beyond repair? Major cracks or a fully broken tile cannot be replaced. Instead, you will need to remove the old tile and replace it with new. Fortunately, the process isn’t too difficult, as the following steps indicate: Lift the bottom edge of the tile directly above the broken one. Be careful, as you don’t want to break it, too. Slide a rag beneath it to hold it up and to protect the edge. Tap the broken tile with a ball peen hammer to break it up into smaller pieces. You can then slide these pieces out from beneath the above tile. Feel under the tile for any remaining nails, which may have helped hold the tile in place. Remove these. Spread roofing cement along the top edge on the underside of the replacement tile. Slide the tile in place beneath the tile above it. For the amateur, adhesive is easier to use than to attempt nailing the new tile into place. You can then press down on the above tile to help tamp the replacement in place. It will take several hours for the cement to cure, so it is best to perform a replacement when the weather is dry. Care is needed when working on a tile roof, as you don’t want to cause more damage. If you need help, contact a roof repair contractor. They can perform these small repairs for you, thus ensuring your roof is...

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Tips For Identifying A Prairie Home – And How To Choose The Best Roofing Material

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Several different residential architectural styles have simplified forms meant to blend into the surrounding landscape—and that can also cause the styles to blend into one another. But if you suspect your home is Prairie style, there are a few hints that can help you be sure of the diagnosis. Knowing that your home is Prairie can guide materials decisions when working with roofing contractors on a new roof or replacement project. Here are a few tips for identifying a Prairie home and a couple of the best roofing materials for the job. Identifying a Prairie Home Prairie homes hide a smaller, boxy floor plan within a lot of architectural asymmetry. Varying sizes of large windows line most sides of the home. The front door is offset and perhaps recessed but accented with a small porch with large flanking supports. Brick or clay ornamentation can used as decoration along the windows, doors, and supports. The siding is typically brick, wood, or a combination of materials. The roof is likewise complex with the possibility of a single, flat-style roof or multiple low-sloped roofs that cross over one another. Identifying your type of roof or roofs can help you choose the best material for your job. Best Flat Roofing: Metal Shingles Flatter roofs have a mild slope that can help water go towards the drain system. The slope is enough to keep stagnant water from living on top of your house but might not effectively or efficiently move away large amounts of rainwater. Choosing metal roofing material can help the roof drain that water faster, while also offering more waterproofing protection. Metal shingles have a smooth surface and can be installed tightly together. This setup allows rainwater to quickly pass over the surface of the shingles without the risk it of soaking between the shingles and causing damage to your sub-roofing. Metal roofing requires little maintenance and is fairly affordable considering the advantages it provides. Best Low-Slope Roofing: Asphalt or Wood Shingles Low-slope roofs have more of a slope than the flat roof, so waterproofing assistance isn’t needed. These roofs are also more visible from the curb than a flat roof, so you want to choose a roofing material that offers both form and function. If you want to stick to a tight budget or want a low-maintenance roofing option, asphalt shingles might prove your best choice. The asphalt shingles install quickly, cost less than most other roofing, and don’t require much upkeep. The shingles can come fabricated in a variety of colors and textures to best suit your Prairie home’s décor needs. Want the look of real wood to match to your siding? Wood shingles offer an attractive option, though they do require some maintenance, as the natural material can warp after frequent exposure to harsher...

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3 Best – And Worst — Roofing Materials For A Saltbox Colonial Home

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Saltbox Colonial refers to any style of Colonial home that features a saltbox roof, which has a shorter, low-sloped segment in front of the house and a long, steep segment out back. The upper story of the house sometimes juts out over the lower story, but, other than that detail, the Saltbox Colonial has a fairly stark geometric shape with asymmetrical windows and little ornamentation. If you have a Saltbox-Colonial-style home and need a new roof, there are a few best – and worst – roofing materials to keep in mind while meeting with your professional roofing services contractors. Best: Wood Shakes Saltbox homes often have wooden siding or vinyl siding made to look like wood. Using wooden roofing can help tie the look of the materials together for a more unified-looking home. You do want to make sure that the wood on both the siding and roof don’t perfectly match, however, or you will lose visual focus. Wooden shakes pair particularly well with the saltbox roof. Shakes have a rougher, thicker cut than shingles, which imparts a rustic look. The shakes can help add dimension and the illusion of length to the shorter front roof while adding a storybook feel to the longer back portion of roof.  Wood roofing can need a bit of maintenance if you live in an area with severe weather like heat waves or blizzards. Significant weather changes can cause the wood shakes to warp over time. You can ask your roofing contractor to keep an eye on the material and to perform spot maintenance, as needed. Best: Asphalt Shingles Do you like the look of wood but can’t fit the material into your project budget? Ask your roofing contractors about asphalt shingles. The composite shingles can come fabricated to closely resemble wood roofing with a far lower price tag – and far less maintenance required. The one potential problem is that asphalt shingles don’t weight much, so if winds rush up that steep back side of the saltbox roof, the shingle can go right with the wind off the other side. If you have neighbors or trees behind your house, however, this shouldn’t pose a major risk of damage. Worst: Slate Tiles The roof’s asymmetrical design was done to provide the most interior living space possible within the Saltbox Colonial. The open design means that the roof has minimal bracing support, which would take up that interior space. So you don’t want to use a heavy roofing material like slate tiles on a saltbox roof. You could ask your roofing contractors to add more bracing to support the tiles. But the cool elegance of slate doesn’t really visually match the warm elegance of the Saltbox Colonial. For more information and advice, contact a professional roofing service like Stevens Roofing...

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Damaged Shingles Are Not The Only Cause Of A Leaking Roof

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Do you have a home with a drip in the ceiling? Are you getting ready to call your local roofing contractor so that they can reshingle your roof? There are actually other reasons why your ceiling might be leaking water besides the shingles themselves being bad. Some things that you might want to consider include: Leaking pipe: Even though your leak may appear when it’s raining and disappear when it’s sunny out, you could still have a pipe with a small leak in your attic or crawlspace. On normal days, it may be hot and dry enough in your attic that the water dries out instead of dripping down into your home. When it rains, your attic or crawlspace will become cooler and more humid. This will result in water not evaporating as quickly as before, potentially sending water dripping down into your home. Before you make arrangements to have your roofing replaced, make sure to check the attic or crawlspace above the leak. There should be water damage on the underneath of the roof above the leaking area. If there is not, you need a plumber and not a roofer. Damaged or missing soffits: You may not even know what soffits are, even if you have them. Underneath your eaves is a row of holes that lead into your attic or crawlspace. These are there for ventilation. In some areas of the country, this ventilation is hidden by flat panels on the underside of your eaves. These are known as soffits. If these soffits become damaged or you do not even have soffits in the first place, it can be extremely easy for strong winds to force rain into the attic ventilation holes. Good news for you is that this is a comparatively easy fix for your local roofing company. If you live in an area of the country where soffits are not common, your leak could be attributable to a freak storm. It’s up to you whether or not you want to install soffits to guard against such storms in the future. Damaged flashing: When roofers put down a roof, one of the things that they add before the shingles is something called flashing. Flashing consists of strips of metal that are laid over peaks, valleys, and around any vents cut in your roof. These strips of metal prevent water from entering through these areas. Unfortunately, a problem can arise when a roofing contractor decides to reuse the flashing in order to save money. Even though they may try to do so, they may not be able to put nails in all of the old holes. Missing a hole or having a nail be off-center in an old hole can create an avenue for water to enter. If this is the source of your woes, you may only need a small section of shingles replaced, along with the old flashing, instead of having to redo your entire...

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3 Improvements For Your Rooftop Deck

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If you want to have more useable space for your home, sometimes the only option you have is to go up. Second-story renovations and additions are becoming more common. Building rooftop green space and outdoor areas is another option that you may want to consider if your property does not have enough physical space. This can be things like rooftop decks, which you want to make sure do not leak. Here are some tips to help ensure your rooftop space is leak free for years to come: 1. Having The Roofer Create Diversions For Water Runoff The less water that reaches your deck area, the better. It is important to have systems in place that divert runoff away from these areas. You can have a roofing contractor help with adding these features to your roof to reduce the potential for leaks. In addition, it is also important for the finished areas to have an inclination to allow water to drain, which is something a roofing contractor will be able to help you with. 2. Prime Materials With A Latex Sealant Before Installing Membranes, Liners, And Flashing When you have a deck area installed, there may be raw wood materials that the roofing membrane is installed on. Before any other work is done, you can paint these materials with a latex sealant to help ensure that they are protected from water if there is ever a leak. You may also want to seal all the cracks with silicone caulking before doing this to help ensure the area is well sealed and protected from water. 3. Using More Layers Of Rubber Waterproofing Membranes And Flashings When you have a finished area on your roof, the system to keep your home dry is probably a system of layered rubber membrane. Adding more layers of this material can help to protect your home. You may also want to consider a coat of spray from to insulate the area. In addition, make sure that any penetrations like railing posts are sealed well around the base, as well as have more than one layer of flashing to protect them. Building rooftop space can be a great way to add usable space to your home when your property is running out of room.  If you are ready to start building on your rooftop, contact a roofing contractor to help with making the addition to your home watertight and with other improvements and repairs to your roof....

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2 Roof Styles That Work Well With Slate Tile Roofing

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Slate tile roofing looks elegant, requires little upkeep, and comes with a high price tag. If you have always wanted slate tile for your roofing material, you should know that the specific pros and cons of this material make slate best suited for some particular styles of roofs. Here are two roof styles that work well with slate tile roofing.  Hipped Roof A hipped roof has four sides that have similar lengths and modest slopes that allow the roofs to meet together at the peak. The shape creates a roof with a large surface area that is well supported with roof bracing and that’s mostly visible from the curb. Slate tile works well for a hipped roof, if the surface area requirements allow the tile to remain within your budget, due in part to the high visibility of the roof. You want an attractive roofing material on the hipped roof since the roof is so large and likely a focal point of your home. The bracing on a hipped roof is sufficient to support the weight of the stone tiles, so you don’t have to worry about any potential roof collapses the way you would with a less braced roof style like the gable. Mansard Roof A mansard roof is the style typically seen on Victorian revival or inspired homes. The mansard has an upper flat roof that connects with four nearly vertical sides that drop down over the sides of the house and are accented with ornamentation and protruding windows. The upper flat roof isn’t visible at all, but the side roofs are highly visible form the curb and can make or break the look of your home. Slate roofing works well on the sides of the mansard because there is enough bracing and the highly visible positioning makes the slate the star of the show. Your roofing contractors can even install the slate in a brick pattern to add more dimension and visual interest to your mansard roof. You don’t necessarily need or want to use slate on the upper, flat portion of the mansard roof. The flat roof needs help with water runoff and waterproofing, which slate can provide but at a pretty high project cost considering no one can see the top roof. Consider using metal or asphalt on the upper roof and sticking with slate only on the four visible sides. Discuss your options in further detail with your residential roofing services company....

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4 Questions To Ask When Contracting A Roofer

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Keeping your home in the best possible shape is sure to be important to you. This includes having a strong and sturdy roof on your home that will stand the test of time. Over the years, your roof may become old and more prone to leaks that could damage your home. It’s ideal to meet with a roofing contractor in your area and ask specific questions before hiring this individual to increase your confidence that your new roof will be durable and of high quality. Question #1: Are you fully insured? You will want to be certain that the roofing contractor and the entire crew have the necessary amount of insurance. It’s ideal for the roofing company to have workers’ compensation and liability insurance in place for the utmost protection. Workers’ compensation is necessary to protect the homeowner in the event any of the workers get hurt on the job and require medical attention. This will ensure the roofing company pays for this and not the homeowner. Question #2: Are you licensed by the state? It’s important that the roofing contractor is licensed by the state. There are varying requirements that must be met by each state when it comes to this. It’s ideal for you to physically see this license to ensure that it’s valid and up-to-date before hiring this person. Question #3:  What is the estimated cost for the job and the deadline? You will want to be fully aware of what replacing the roof will cost and when you can expect to have the job completed. In fact, you will want to draw up a contract that both you and the roofer sign in order to make certain that the job is fully completed and there isn’t any confusion. Question #4: Do you have any references? You will want to be sure to get some references that you can call and ask about the roofer’s reputation. This can enable you to learn if they’ve done a good job in the past and if it’s smart to hire this person now. Be sure to get a few names and numbers you can call to give you the most adequate portrayal of the roofer’s work. The benefits of hiring the right professional to do a job of this magnitude are many and you’ll be able to get it done with greater ease. To ask these and any other questions you might have, talk to a contractor like Kelley Roofing to get started on this...

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How A Tile Roof Can Keep You Cool

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If you live in a hot climate, then you should at least consider how the various materials you use in your home will contribute to keeping your home cool. Nowhere is this more important with your roof, which takes the constant assault of the sun’s rays all day long. One solution for keeping your roof cool is to use clay tile roofing. What Type of Clay Tiles Should You Use? There are a lot of different shapes of clay tiles. If you really want to keep your home cool, you need to go with S-shaped clay tiles. Every S-shaped tile will have a valley and a ridge just as would be the case if you laid an S over on its side. As it turns out, the ridge is the most important feature when it comes to keeping your home cool. How Clay Tiles Keep Your Home Cool The first thing you should look for in clay tiles is whether they have a reflective coating or not. If they do have a reflective coating, it will deflect some of the sun’s energy away from your home before it has a chance to contribute to heat gain in your home. On the other hand, whether your tiles have a reflective coating or not, they will heat up, and this is where the shape of your tiles becomes critical.  As your tiles heat up, the heat from the tiles will settle into the channel between the ridge in your tile and the roof deck. The hot air will then rise up your roof and escape through a special vent in the ridge line. The problem with roofing that lays flat against your roof is that there is nowhere for the heat to go, so it transfers through the decking into the interior of your home. S-shaped clay tiles correct this problem by giving heat an exit strategy.  Clay tiles do not look at home on any roof, so they might not be the right choice for every home. They are also brittle, so you need to be careful about walking on them, and you need to prevent limbs and other objects from falling on them. That being said, if you are looking for a low-tech way to help keep your home cool, clay tiles definitely fit the bill. Thus, they are a great choice for hot climates that do not see a lot of adverse...

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