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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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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 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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