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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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Energy Conservation Starts With Your Roof

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Nobody wants to pay sky-high energy bills. But unfortunately, a lot of common energy-saving tips – like turning off lights when you leave a room and turning the thermostat down a few degrees – will only save you so much. Energy conservation really starts with your roof, since a lot of heat can be transferred through this sky-facing surface of your home. Here’s a closer look at why your roof is so important for keeping energy bills in check, as well as a look at some of the things you can do to make your roof more energy efficient. Why is your roof so important for energy conservation? Hot air rises. In the winter, this means that the warm air on your home naturally gravitates towards the highest floor in your home and is in a position to be drawn out through your attic and roof if something does not stop it. A well-insulated, well-sealed roof will keep this heat in, but a worn-out, poorly insulated roof will just let it escape. In the summer, the hot sun shines down on your roof, warming it up considerably. If your roof is not well insulated, this heat will be transferred right into your home, leading to higher AC bills and a warm second floor. How can you make your existing roof more energy-efficient? Make sure your current roof is well-insulated. An online insulation calculator can help you figure out how much insulation you need, according to your zip code. If you don’t have as much as is recommended, you can add another layer. Another option is to replace your fiberglass insulation with spray foam insulation. Spray foam adheres directly to the inside of your roof surface, forming a solid barrier. This means that it not only prevents heat transfer, but also prevents air from blowing through. You can also increase the efficiency of your existing roof by having it sprayed with a cool roof coating. These are light-colored coating that help reflect sunlight so that it has less of a warming effect in the summer. Finally, make sure your roof is kept in good condition. If shingles blow off, have them replaced immediately so that water does not penetrate into the deeper wooden portions of your roof and cause rot. Once these structures start to rot and break down, they make it easier for heat to be transferred through your roof, leading to increased energy bills. Contact roofing specialists in your area for more information and...

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Determine If Your Home’s Siding Needs To Be Replaced Or Pressure Washed

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The siding you have on your home can make a huge impact on the overall look of your home. It can be hard for a homeowner to know when it is time to replace the siding on their home and when it just needs to be cleaned. Use the guide that follows to determine if it is time to replace your home’s siding or if you simply need to have it cleaned. Look to See if the Siding Is Rippling The first thing you need to do is to look closely at the siding to see if it is rippling. Stand next to your home so that you can easily look down the side of the house in a parallel manner. If you can see any waves in the siding, it is time to have it replaced. As temperatures change, siding can contract and expand. These changes in size can cause the siding to ripple over time, especially if there was not enough space left between the nail head and the side of the home when the siding was installed. There is supposed to be a small space left between the head of the nail and the side of the home so that the siding can slide freely as it contracts and expands during changes in weather. See if Discoloration Can Easily Be Wiped Off Use a clean rag that has been dipped in hot water to wipe down a discolored area of the siding. The color of siding appears to change over time as dirt sticks to it. If you notice that you can easily wipe the discoloration off of the siding with a wet cloth, you should be able to simply have a professional power washing company come and wash the siding for you quickly and easily. The siding will look brand new when the company finishes power washing it. Check for Cracks or Breaks in the Siding Finally, you need to look closely at the siding to see if it is crumbling in any way. Small cracks or breaks can often be seen in siding that is old and worn. If you see that areas of the siding are falling apart, it is time to have all of the siding replaced on your home. After being exposed to the elements for an extended period of time, siding can become brittle and replacing it will be your only option. If you determine that you need to have the siding replaced, take the time to consider a new color scheme for the exterior of your home. Having your siding replaced presents the perfect opportunity to give your home a quick and easy facelift. For more information, contact companies like Buffalo...

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What Every Homeowner Needs To Know About Roofing And Lightning Damage

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If you’ve always been the type to enjoy thunderstorms, you may not truly appreciate the threat that can come along with them. In fact, the lightning that accompanies thunderstorms can be devastating to your home’s roof, nearby trees and more. As a homeowner, it’s important that you protect the roof from the risk of lightning damage. Here are some things you should know about this risk and what you can do about it. Why Does The Roof Need Protection? With more than 25 million ground strikes of lightning every year, that’s a lot of risk for any home to face. The direction of a lightning bolt is impossible to predict, and the electricity discharged from that strike can be significant and damaging. Many homeowners believe that only homes with metal roofing are vulnerable to lightning strikes. The fact is that lightning can strike any type of roofing material. In addition, lightning can even strike pipes and utility lines, following the path of that line or pipe until it reaches your home. Whether your roof suffers a direct or indirect strike, you’re at risk of things like fire, structural damage and leaks. There’s also a significant risk of roof collapse if the strike does enough damage. What Kind Of Protection Is Necessary? The best way to protect your roof is to install a protection system designed to dissipate lightning strikes. Your roofing contractor can help you do just that. These systems are designed to intercept lightning voltage and dissipate it to a safe destination. They typically route that charge to the ground so that your home is protected. You’ll need to be sure that your roof can adequately support a structure like this, though. Lightning strike termination systems can be heavy, so your roof may need extra support to reinforce it. You may also want to integrate things like surge protection and suppression to prevent current from surging through your roof into your electrical system and causing damage. Understanding the importance of lightning protection is an essential part of owning a home. Talk to your local roofer like Alpen Roofing about what your choices are and evaluate the structure of the protection system to ensure that it is comprehensive. Summer marks the beginning of thunderstorm season, so it’s the perfect time to get started. The more proactive you can be about this now, the better chances you’ll have of weathering the next thunderstorm safely....

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Three Reasons To Shade Your Roof

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You may have heard that shade can help you cool your house naturally to help reduce wear and tear on your AC unit. But growing a shade tree takes time, and using shade sails or shadecloth is quite an investment. How are you to know if it’s worth the time and effort and expenditure? Here are three reasons shading your roof is worth the time and effort. 1. Thermal shock Thermal shock is a phenomenon that can cause damage to your roof such as cracking, buckling, premature aging, and more. It’s caused by the natural shrinking and expanding that your roofing material experiences when it changes temperature. Like the freeze-thaw cycle in nature, the hot-cold cycle that occurs when day changes to night and back again can cause drastic expansion and contraction. You may not be able to see the difference in size, but your roofing shingles can feel it. They try to contract fast enough to match the cooler temperatures, and the next morning they try to expand enough to match the rising temperatures, and it puts a lot of strain on them. Cracking and buckling occur when the shingles can’t expand or contract fast enough or evenly enough and the tension deforms them or rips them apart. If you shade your roof during the day, you can help prevent this type of damage. 2. AC expenses Energy bills aren’t the only expense your unit can incur. New AC filters, coolant recharging, repairs when an overworked unit malfunctions, and more are all possible expenses whether your unit is overworked or not. However, keeping your house cooler naturally reduces the number of crises your AC unit has to handle on its own and makes its job easier overall, so that it’s less likely to suffer from the additional wear and tear that an overworked unit is subject to. Shade can also help you save money by reducing the amount of work your unit has to do. In fact, shading your roof (and then supplementing that by shading windows and walls as well) can help you save as much as 40% on your cooling bill. 3. Environmental considerations If you’re an environmentally responsible citizen, you’re aware that using fossil-fuel-powered energy sources means that the more you use your AC unit, the more emissions you’re creating. Of course, you may be able to switch to a naturally powered energy company, but what if there’s not one in your area? You can use shade to help take a load off your AC unit’s energy use while saving money on the energy bill. You can even put away that saved money towards a solar panel fund so you can eventually take your unit entirely off-grid and eliminate emissions almost completely.   These three reasons demonstrate how cooling your house naturally with shade can improve your roof’s condition and lifespan as well as your AC unit’s, in addition to saving money and helping you reduce your environmental impact.  For more information, visit a website...

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