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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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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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How Can You Protect Your Roof From Damage During Summer Storms?

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Summer is a time when many heavy storms occur. High winds and driving rain can be hard on your home’s roof, leading to leaks, broken shingles, and damage. Knowing how to protect your home’s roof at this time of year can help you preserve your property and prevent water damage.  Have a Roofer Look at Your Home ​At the beginning of the summer, have your home’s roof inspected by a reputable roofer in your area. Your roofer will be able to tell you if your home’s roof is ready to withstand typical storms that occur in summer. If your roofer recommends repairs to be made, schedule the roof repair as soon as possible because summer is a time when many roofers develop a long list of clients. Delaying the roof repair could leave your roof vulnerable to this summer’s storms. Inspect Your Property’s Trees Diseased trees can develop weakness in their trunk and branches. In a strong storm, sick trees can be uprooted or knocked down by high winds. Inspecting your trees for signs of disease can help you protect your roof from falling trees and branches. Signs of illness in your trees include: Cankers on the trunk or branches Fungal growth (including mushrooms) on the bark of the tree Unseasonal loss of leaves and bareness on the branches  If any tree near your home displays these symptoms of illness, talk to a certified arborist to seek treatment for the tree, or talk to a tree trimmer to have the tree cut down.  Trim Overhanging Branches Branches that hang over your home, even if they look healthy and are attached to healthy trees, still represent a danger to your roof. Have overhanging branches cut down before storms pick up for the summer. To avoid the possibility of damaging your roof during the branch removal, have the branches cut down by a professional tree trimming company with proper equipment. Watch for Signs of Roof Distress After Storms Roof deterioration is often most obvious after storms. Inspect your roof after storms occur to look for signs of wear and tear. Signs of roof distress include: Curling or missing shingles on the roof Shingles laying loose in the yard Piles of shingle granules collecting in the gutters  After inspecting the exterior of your roof, go up into your attic to inspect the roof joists for signs of a roof leak. Signs of a leak include: Dampness on the wood Water damage, including dark water spots Mold If you see signs of roof distress after summer storms, contact a roofing company in your area for repair. For a roofing company, click the link or do an online...

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How To Address Ponding Issues On A Flat Roof

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Flat roofs are subject to a number of unique complications and problems. One of the most commonly experienced such problems is water puddles–or “ponds”—gathering on the surface of the roof. If you own a property with a flat roof that has been experiencing ponding, read on. This article will introduce you to some of the basic ways to address and eliminate unwanted ponding. Attend To Any Leaks Or Blockages If you’re lucky, you can solve your ponding problem by attending to some simple issues. First of all, head up to your roof to determine whether there are any water leaks being caused by air conditioners or drain lines. Even if you don’t notice a puddle of water around such items, look closely to see whether there is residual dampness. After all, water escaping from such leaks can easily migrate to a different part of the roof and there form a pond. Likewise, check all of your roof drains for signs of blockage. Leafs, twigs, and dead animals may cause a drain to become blocked, thus exacerbating your ponding problem. Often resolving such blockages is all it will take to help that excess water drain from your roof. Apply Puddle Plaster If your ponding issue still continues to be a problem, consider applying so-called puddle plaster in order to eliminate the declivity that’s causing the pond to form. This thick, water-resistant paste consists of a variety of ingredients, including asphalt emulsion, fiberglass, and structural filler. It can be used to raise the depth of ponding areas by one to two inches; ponds deeper than this will require more serious structural repair. Puddle plaster can be successfully used on a variety of flat roof styles, including built-up, modified bitumen, and metal roofs. In order to reach the required depth, be prepared to apply two or more layers of puddle plaster. Be sure that the area is completely dry before applying the plaster. Once it has fully cured, it can safely be exposed to water without re-emulsifying. Hire A Contractor To Repitch The Roof The most serious types of ponding may require a yet more involved solution: repitching your roof. Due to its complexity, and the large amount of labor involved, this task is often best left to a qualified roofing professional. The first phase of a repitching job involves removing the existing covering so as to expose the wood sheathing below it. Then, panels of rigid foam are installed. The thickness and taper of this foam will vary, depending on how steep of an angle is required for your particular roof. Finally, the foam is attached by means of either mechanical or adhesive fasteners, a vapor barrier is installed, and a new roof covering put on. At this point, your roof should be able to withstand even the heaviest of rainstorms without developing unwanted...

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To Repair Or Replace A Shingle Roof

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If you have an asphalt-shingle roof, you need to inspect your roof from year to year for signs of damage, and then make repairs as needed. While you can extend the life of your roof by making timely repairs, your roof does have an effective lifespan; thus, the day will come when repairs are no longer an option, and you have no choice but to replace your roof in order to restore peace of mind. To know when to repair and when to replace, you need to know what to look for.  The Extent of Damage No matter how long you have had your roof, extensive damage can total your roof. As is the case with a car, “totaling” a roof means that the damage to the roof is so extensive that it would be more feasible to replace the roof than make repairs. How much damage is too much? A square of shingles—enough to cover 100-square feet—will cost around $100 dollars. If the plywood decking under your shingles is damaged, it will cost another $80 to buy new wood. You also have to factor in costs like roofing nails and cement. You can then pay up to $76 an hour in labor costs. Thus, if you are only replacing a few shingles per square, making repairs is the less expensive options, but if you are replacing most of the shingles in each square of your roof, you should probably just have the roof replaced.  The Service Life of Your Roof An asphalt-shingle roof will typically last for only twenty years. If you have to make repairs in the first several years after installing your roof, repairs are the best option because they will help you to reach the full expected life of your roof; whereas, damage left unchecked could undermine the integrity of the rest of your roof. On the other hand, if you have to make repairs a few years before your roof will need to be replaced, you need to consider your options. You could pay out hundreds of dollars to get your roof in working order only to pay thousands of dollars to replace your roof a year or two down the road. This is a case where you should at least consider replacing your roof which will eliminate the cost of repairs, so it will be the less expensive option in the long run.  If you are having a hard time figuring out just how damaged your roof is or how much it will cost to make repairs, you should at least call in a roof inspector. Many roofing companies will offer free inspections and give you recommendations with obligation to make repairs. You can then decide if you want to make repairs on your own, hire a professional for asphalt shingle roof replacement, or replace your...

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Three Ways To Help Keep Your Slate Roof In Great Shape

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If you have just bought a house with a slate roof, you likely know that caring for the roof is going to be somewhat different than caring for one that has asphalt tiles or that is made of metal. Slate can last a long time, but it has its weak points. Proper care and maintenance can help you keep the roof in good shape, and here are three things you can do that will make the job a lot easier. Annual Inspections and Winter Debris Removal Even if you never experience obvious problems with the roof, you should inspect it twice a year — once in spring as a full annual inspection to ensure the roof survived winter, and once in fall before cold weather starts in to remove any debris that landed on the roof. The annual inspection gets you ready for the rainy season and lets you know if there are cracked tiles, loose flashing, or other problems that have emerged as the cold winter weather has eased up. The fall inspection shows you if any debris like sports equipment or branches have landed on the roof, possibly cracking tiles. Another reason to remove the debris is that it can block the flow of rainwater off the roof, causing ice dams if temperatures drop below freezing. Ice can cause slate tiles to crack. No Basketball Hoops or Other Sports Items If you decide to play catch, badminton, or anything else where something could land on the roof, do it away from the house so that you don’t end up with those items sailing up onto the slate tiles. If the items have any weight to them, they can crack the tiles. If the items are light but get stuck, they can cause the aforementioned ice dams if not removed. Also keep basketball hoops off the garage portion of the house — there’s too much of a risk that the basketball will end up bouncing onto the roof. Immediate Repairs If you do see a cracked tile, get it fixed immediately. Do not wait for other tiles to break so you can get them fixed in one swoop. All that will happen if you do that is that water will be able to get into the roof and house through the cracked tile. Replacing cracked slate tiles is a quick job, so getting the work done immediately should not be a problem. For more information, contact Three Rivers Roofing or a similar...

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Roof Maintenance: Spring-Cleaning And Inspection Tips

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As the snow begins to melt, now would be a good time to focus on roof cleaning and maintenance. The winter months are usually very destructive to your roof, with storms and high winds damaging shingles and ice dams threatening to tear your gutters down. It is, therefore, crucial that you call in a roofing contractor to inspect the roof and fix any damage sustained during the cold months.   Furthermore, you can perform the following spring-cleaning tips to help prolong the life of your roof and potentially save money on costly repairs. Cut back trees branches Tree limbs that dangle close to the roof can cause extensive damage to the structure. Overhanging branches can dent gutters and scrape over the roof surface, damaging protective pellets on the shingles that shield the roof from sunlight and moisture damage. Tree limbs can also allow pests and insects to access the roof and cause damage to shingles. Furthermore, tall branches can block out the sun, causing the roof surface to remain damp and vulnerable to moss growth. Trimming any branches near the roof during spring can help prevent all such issues. Clear leaves and other debris Leaves, twigs and pine needles that have accumulated on the roof throughout winter should be removed from the roof come spring, as they hold moisture which can prompt moss growth, harbor insects or even cause water to pool on the shingles. Such debris is also dangerous, as it adds to the weight of the roof and weakens the integrity of the structure. A rake or an air blower can be effective at removing such clutter off the roof. Next, check the gutters for accumulated leaves and dirt. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool on the roof or dump rainwater right next to your foundation, causing your basement to flood. Use a garden spade to scrape off any debris and then rinse the gutter pipes with a garden hose. Check for roof damage Your roof has probably gone through numerous storms and snowfalls during winter, conditions that can damage flashing, crack shingles and dent gutters. Begin your inspection by looking for missing flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights and bends in the roof. Have loose or rusted flashing replaced and sealant applied around protruding structures to keep the roof watertight.  Finally, inspect the gutters for loose or missing nails that could cause the structures to hang loosely along the roof line.   Don’t let the harsh winter weather degrade your roof. Taking the above steps can allow your roof to stand strong through the rest of the year, and for many more years to come. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from US Roofing....

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4 Things To Know About Zinc Roofing

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When you are thinking about getting a metal roof installed, you might be thinking about zinc roofing. This is a type of metal roofing material that provides a beautiful, long-lasting roofing system. Read on to learn more about zinc roofing.  Zinc is a Type of Metal As you may have already guessed, zinc is a type of metal. You can get zinc shingles for a low or steep angled roof, or zinc in sheets which are often used for flat, commercial or industrial roofs. Zinc is among the different types of metal roofing materials, aside from aluminum, stainless steel, or copper. There are a variety of benefits to choosing zinc as an alternative to these other materials that are available. This is a Beautiful Metal One of the top benefits to choosing zinc is that it has a unique beauty that you can’t get with many other types of metals. Stainless steel is sturdy and great for coastal regions, but its appearance sometimes looks overly industrial. With zinc, you are able to get crisp lines, interesting textures, and a variety of different finishes. You can also get finished that have patina on them if you want to the metal roof to have an antique quality, depending on the age and style of your home. You can also have them fabricated to look like different materials, as well as detail work like grooves and wavy lines. It is Good For Different Pitches While zinc roofing isn’t the best for a completely flat roof, it is great for low, medium and high-pitched roofs. It is ideal for residential buildings that have a more modern or contemporary feel. Zinc shingles are soft and thin, so they are more flexible. This allows them to go over high pitches seamlessly and effectively. Some of the other metal materials, like stainless steel and copper, they are slightly less flexible, and don’t go over curves quite as easily. Zinc is Durable like other metal materials, zinc roofing is going to be very durable and long-lasting. It can handle a lot of different elements and weather conditions, including rain, snow, and ice. It can handle natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as fire and insects. You will see fewer repairs and maintenance with many other roofing materials. This can be seen as a good investment in your home since the materials last a long time. Contact a professional roofing contractor if you are thinking about zinc for your new metal roof....

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