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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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Taking Care Of Your Gutter System

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If you have just purchased a new home, you will soon find out the importance of caring for its gutter system to avoid moisture building up around your foundation. Caring for your gutters can be done in conjunction with other roof maintenance procedures. Routine maintenance steps will ensure that your gutter system protects your home so there is no risk of flooding as a result. Here are some steps to take to keep your gutters working up to par year round. Schedule Checks Bi-Yearly It is a good idea to check your gutter system in its entirety at least two times a year. Doing your maintenance in the springtime will help you find areas needing attention due to the wear and tear that the gutters may have experienced from excessive snowfall and ice. Checking them again in the fall will allow you to remove debris and prepare them for the inclement weather ahead. Clean Out The Gutters Thoroughly Getting all debris out of the gutters is the most important part of maintaining them. If debris builds up, the gutters will not work properly. Water may pool up, pushing itself under your bottom layer of roof shingles. Water could also spill out over the edge and end up along the very area that you are trying to protect along the foundation. While using gloves on your hands, climb on a ladder and scoop out all of the debris from the gutters. Dispose of the waste in a wooded area or with other landscaping refuse. Scrub the interior of the gutter with a mild detergent mixed with water. At this time, inspect the interior for any areas needing repair. Fixing Cracks And Tears With Caulk When you find spots that are not intact, you will need to take the appropriate steps in repairing them so the gutter does not drip water. Use caulk to seal up smaller cracks. After it is placed over the crack, push it down with your finger to seal the crack underneath. Small holes can be patched with pieces of flashing. Cut a piece to cover the hole completely and adhere it to the interior of the gutter with caulk. These are quick fixes to allow the gutter to last a bit before you can get new pieces installed. Adhere To The Home Properly If your gutters are pulling away from your home due to an overload of debris, they will need to be pushed back into place and secured with gutter hangers. These can be purchased at a hardware store and will hold the gutter rigidly underneath the bottom of the roof so that they can do their job correctly. Simply slide a hanger underneath the portion of the gutter that’s bending; secure it to the home with the appropriately sized screws. For more information or assistance, consider contacting a professional like those at Suncastle Roofing...

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3 Tips For Cleaning And Maintaining A Roof Vent

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Most homes have roof vents, yet most homeowners have no idea what they are or why they are there. While there are a few different types, they all need to be cleaned properly and efficiently. Without proper maintenance, the vents get clogged, increasing the temperature inside the attic and also increasing the risk of fire. Take a look at three simple tips to help keep one of the most important and overlooked features of the home clean and working well. Never use water.  While this may feel counterproductive, water will only worsen the issue. The wet dust becomes sticky muck that is extremely difficult to remove. An air compressor is the best tool to be used when cleaning any vents. There are many cordless air compressors on the market, some of them using gas for fuel, others are powered by a battery. Be sure to get an effective hose and compressor powerful enough to blow away any left behind debris. Being ill equipped for this job is not only costly but dangerous. Blow away from the vent. It may be first instinct to point the hose directly into the vent and blow, assuming the debris will blow out along the sides. However, this is the complete opposite of proper procedure. It’s important to blow the debris out away from the vent, preventing anything from making its way inside or even perhaps damaging the vent. Some people choose to wear a respirator mask for this chore, which is understandable as the floating dust and debris can certainly agitate allergies. Many people also avoid cleaning the vents on windy days, as this exacerbates the dust issue. Clean often. One of the biggest tips as far as cleaning attic cooling vents goes is clean frequently. Especially if the home is in an area that experiences extreme heat, the ultimate efficiency of the vents will be important. This is also an important tip because air vents are often forgotten about or unknown. Thus, they are not paid much attention, which can lead to some pretty catastrophic consequences. The worst scenario, of course, being that the insulating material in the attic gets too hot and combusts. Keeping the vents cleaned twice a year will ensure the highest possible working efficiency and safety. Just because the vents are often overlooked does not mean they are unimportant. There are many different types, but all need a proper cleaning to keep working correctly. Not only will this keep the family safe, it will also give the roof a longer life, keeping the shingles at a reasonable temperature even while it’s hot outside. Keep a close eye on the vents of the roof and be sure they are cleared of all debris and dust. It will give peace of mind through hot, rough summers. For help from a roofing contractor, click this link http://www.empireroofingnm.com or do an online...

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Could A Metal Roof Be Right For You?

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Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular, but is it the right choice for you? If it’s time to replace your roof, a new metal roof could be an attractive and practice choice. Positives Metal roofs are extremely long lasting; most come with a manufacture’s warranty for at least 50 years. The longevity of metal roofing means that a major home maintenance burden could be off your to-do list nearly for your life time. Metal roofing is designed to interlock and thus become nearly impervious to weather. The interlocking sheets or panels are waterproof and wind resistant. Snow can accumulate on a traditional asphalt roof, adding weight and creating a potentially dangerous situation. Snow simply slides off metal roofs. Embers and sparks from nearby fires that land on your metal roof will die out, rather than ignite your roof. For those who live in humid and hot areas of the country, mildew and rot are on-going concerns. Metal roofs won’t rot or mold. You will never have issues with insects, such as termites, with a metal roof. You may be able to save time and money by installing a metal roof directly on top of your present roof, without the need to “demo” the old roof. Metal roofs come ready-to-install in large sheets, which means quick installation. This perk becomes especially important when you need a new roof quickly, such as when bad weather is approaching. The naturally reflective nature of metal roofing means that heat is reflected off your home, instead of adding heat to your home and your air conditioning expenses. Negatives You must plan on a higher initial outlay for the cost of a metal roof, which must be balanced with the durability factor. While some people love the sound of rain on a metal roof, the sound can be deafening and annoying to some. You can mitigate this issue somewhat by installing panels of foam insulation beneath the metal sheets. Metal roofing is slick and dangerous to walk on, which may pose a problem for workers who need to access your roof. For example, plumbers sometimes need to access your roof vent for cleaning purposes. Additionally, walking on a metal roof can cause unsightly dents and dings. Although no studies have confirmed that metal roofing presents a greater danger in the event of lightening, you can have a lightening protection company install grounding if you feel uneasy with the possible conductivity issue. For additional information about the positives and negatives of metal roofing, contact roofing contractors in your...

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Three Questions To Ask Before Having Your Roof Replaced

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If you need to have your roof replaced, then it’s important to do your research prior to settling on a roofing company. Making sure that a company has good reviews and offers a competitive price are good first steps. But, before you actually sign that contract, there are a few other questions that you should ask potential roofers to ensure that your job is going to be done properly. Will you be doing a complete tear-off or a recovering? Most homeowners assume that when they ask for a new roof, the old roof will be torn off and a new one will be put in its place. However, if you fail to specify this, you may find that your roofing company simply puts a new roof on top of the old one. Known as recovering, this process does save time (and money), but it is an inferior option to tearing off and replacing the roof. A roof that has simply been recovered will begin degrading rather quickly since moisture will build up between the two layers of shingles. Thus, you won’t save any money in the long run with a recovering, since your roof will need to be replaced sooner. Always ask to make sure a roofing company plans to do a complete tear off and replacement before allowing them to replace your roof. Will you apply an ice shield? An ice shield is a special, waterproof material that is placed along the edge of the roof. It keeps water from seeping in should ice overflow from your gutters. It also protects your home from leaks if your gutters become clogged with leaves or other debris in the warmer months. Some roofers will skip an ice shield unless a homeowner specifies that they want it, since the materials are costly. However, this may lead to water damage in your walls and ceilings. Make sure that your estimate includes an ice shield, even if temperatures do not fall below freezing in your area, since it protects against both ice and water. Do you use nails or staples? Nails have always been the standard in roofing. Recently, however, some roofing companies have begun trying to save time by using staples to hold shingles down instead. While staples may hold up in fair weather, they are not always strong enough to hold shingles on during high winds. Unless you want to be calling your roofing company to replace your shingles after each big storm, make sure they use nails. They’re longer, stronger, and a tried-and-true option. If a roofing company that you’re considering hiring does not provide good answers to the questions above or is not willing to accommodate your requests, consider working with a different company. A roofing job that’s done without a complete tear off, an ice shield, or proper nails is not the best roofing job for your home. For more information, reach out to the professionals at Griffin Bros....

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Five Early Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Roof

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Many homeowners falsely assume that if their roof is not yet leaking, they do not need a new one. However, it’s really best to replace your roof before it springs a leak – since leaks can cause costly, permanent damage to your walls, ceilings and personal items. To know when it’s time to replace your roof, look for these early warning signs. Shingle granules in your gutters. A granule or two is not a sign of anything serious, but when you start to notice a constant stream of shingle granules running out of your gutters (or accumulating and clogging them) this is a sign that your roof has begun to deteriorate rapidly and you should make plans to replace it promptly. Without these granules, your roof won’t offer as much protection from rain and the elements. Shingles or chunks of shingles in your yard. By the time shingles actually start coming off or breaking on their own, you can bet that your roof is in pretty bad condition. You may want to get up on a ladder and check for missing shingles, however, since there is a chance that shingles you’re finding in your yard came from a neighbor’s home. Discolored wallboards. Sometimes, small amounts of water may begin to trickle in from damaged areas of your roof, but you never actually see a puddle because the leak is still so small. Your wallboard, however, may begin to discolor near the top. This is because it has been absorbing little bits of water over time. Even if it does not feel wet to the touch, discolored wallboard means it’s time for a new roof before more water starts coming in. A musty smell in the attic. Once again, this is a sign that a small, unnoticeable amount of water has begun to trickle in, causing mold growth in the attic. You may also notice that your insulation has begun to look moldy or discolored as a result. Peeling, cracking paint. If the interior paint on the outer walls of your home has begun to crack and peel, this is a sign that water may be seeping in near the edge of the roof. This often occurs when ice dams have worked their way under the edge shingles, allowing small amounts of water to trickle in. If you notice any of the signs above, it is time to call a roofing contractor and make plans to have a new roof installed. Waiting until you have a major leak will just make the experience more expensive, since you will then have to pay to repair water damage,...

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Pine Needles On Shingle Roofing – Is It Damaging?

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Do you have pine trees that drop their needles onto the roof of your home? Could those pine needles be causing damage to the roof? How can you remove those needles without damaging the roof? Prevention is the most affordable way to handle roof damage. Below, you will learn what damage can be caused by the pine needles and what you can do to prevent damage from occurring because of them. Do pine needles damage roofing shingles? Any organic material on your roof will lead to damage. Leaves, dirt, limbs and pine needles will eventually cause the roofing shingles to break down and rot the wood sub-roofing. When left on the roof, the moisture from rain, condensation and dew will cause the debris on your roof to become wet and stay wet much longer than it should. Another problem that you may have to deal with because of the pine needles on your roof is algae and moss growth. The excess moisture trapped in the debris will cause the algae and mold to grow quite rapidly. Once it starts growing, it can be a big project to put a stop to it before the roots of the algae and moss penetrate the shingles and sub-roofing. How do you remove pine needles from a shingle roof? Most people don’t know that the more that you walk on your roof, the more damage you can do. This is because if you don’t walk on shingle roofing just right, you could cause the granules that protect your roof to come off. This will leave the roof exposed to moisture and UV rays. To walk on the roof without causing damage, use sure steps. This means that you should never drag your feet across the shingles. Do your best to plant your foot firmly and don’t twist, turn or shuffle to the next area that you need to work on. Now, to remove the needles from your roof, think about using a leaf blower. Start at the top of your roof and work your way to the eaves. This way, you aren’t blowing air under the shingles, which could cause the shingles to lift and split. If the needles won’t blow off, using a roofing rake is your next best option. These rakes are lightweight and made in a way that will not damage the shingles as you pull the needles off of the roof. If this is something that you cannot do on your own, talk with your local roofing contractor (such as Skywalker Roofing) to learn about services available to keep your roofing clean and in great condition for many...

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4 Questions To Ask When Hiring A Roofing Contractor

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If you’re looking to get some roofing work done, hiring a professional contractor, such as those at Western Roofing, affords several advantages over trying to do it yourself. When you work with a contractor, you protect yourself from possible injury, the use of low quality materials and having to extend the job timeline because of novice mistakes. That said, you shouldn’t just hire the first contractor you find, or even the one that offers the lowest bid. So keep reading to find four smart questions you should ask before deciding to hire a roofing contractor. Can I have some references? References are the best way to figure out exactly the kind of work you can expect from a contractor. You don’t have to rely on just second-hand testimony either; if you can, drive out to see similar projects completed by the contractor and talk to former clients about how well the contractor’s work has held up over time. If the contractors you’re planning on working with are proud of their past projects, they won’t hesitate to give you a long list of references. What is your insurance policy? Every credible contractor is insured, but it’s a good idea to ask for insurance documents before hiring anybody. Things like liability policies and worker compensation are important to every job, and making sure that things are in order on the contractor’s side of the deal ensures that you won’t have to take any potentially crippling financial risks. Who do you employ? Even if the working relationship between you and the contractor seems like it won’t be an issue, you should still inquire about the employees who will be doing the actual heavy lifting. Find out how extensively the contractor’s employees are trained — not only in their respective specialties, but also in basic safety procedure. A good contractor should have no problem telling you about the experience and certifications his or her employees possess.  Can I see the written contract? Before you shake hands or verbally commit to hiring a specific contractor, ask to see a standard written contract. In it, all of the agreed-upon terms should be clearly stated, and a guaranteed installation warranty should be one of the things included. Without an installation warranty, you may be stuck having to hire an additional contractor to fix or replace hastily installed roofing. All credible contractors should be able to provide you with a written contract (or at least an outline of one) on short...

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