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Upgrading Your Roof

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If your old roof has worn out, your first impulse might be to replace it with a roof that looks just the same as the one you are replacing. This may not always be the best option. If you have the budget to do so, you should consider upgrading your roof to something that provides better protection from the hidden costs of less expensive roofs. For example, a metal roof provides protection against snow and high cooling costs that you just can’t get with an asphalt-shingle roof.  Metal Roof vs. Snow Snow can cause problems for a roof in a couple of ways: 1. As more and more snow builds up on a roof, the weight on your roof can get so intense that it collapses your roof.  2. As snow melts over the body of your roof, the runoff can freeze on your eaves. As layers of ice build up on your eaves, they can create dams which cause further runoff to pool up over the body of your roof and then run under shingles.  Metal roofing protects against both of these problems. For one, it has a low-friction surface which will allow snow to slough before it has a chance to build up. Furthermore, metal roofing panels run from ridge line to eave, so even if ice dams did form, water would not be able to run under your roofing.  Metal Roofing vs. Heat Gain Asphalt shingles will absorb the sun’s energy and can get as hot as 150˚. Insulation in your attic should stop some of this heat from getting into your house, but some heat can still get in and increase the strain on your cooling equipment. Metal roofing will reflect much of the sun’s energy away from your home and can, thus, reduce your cooling costs by up to 40%.  Metal roofing will cost more to install than asphalt shingles. Thus, you might think that asphalt shingles are the more cost-effective option. On the other hand, when you look at the long-term cost and risks associated with asphalt shingles, it is easy to see that you are actually saving money by installing a metal roof. In fact, as long as your energy savings cancel out the financing costs of your metal roof, you may not have to strain your budget to buy your new roof. Once you have paid off your roof, you have pure savings. Thus, you should at least discuss what options you have to upgrade your roof with a roofing contractor like those found at Affordable Roofing & Gutters before you purchase a new...

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Weathering Your First Big Severe Thunderstorm in Your Midwestern Home: Tips for You

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When you move from another area of the country to the Midwest, you may not fully know what to expect from the unpredictable weather. Severe thunderstorms are a relatively common occurrence during the Midwestern summers and can do major damage to your home. To be sure that you take the best possible care of your home when severe thunderstorms hit, get to know some of the steps that you can and should take to maintain and repair your home in case of storms. Then you can be sure that your first year in your new Midwestern home is successful and as safe as possible. Make Sure Your Rain Gutters Are Always Clear and in Good Shape The rain gutters on your home are a vital component during any storm, whether it is severe or not. However, in severe storms, rain gutters can mean the difference between staying safe and dry in your home and having a flooded basement and a severely damaged roof. When you know that severe weather may be coming your way, it is important to get up on the roof (assuming you have time before the storm hits) to check your rain gutters for debris. Any leaves, branches, or other muck and debris should be removed from those gutters before the rains start. This will help to prevent overflowing, which can cause that debris to get pushed up under your shingles and cause rot and other damage as well as flooding and water pooling around the foundation of your house.  Periodically, as well as after storms, you will also want to inspect your rain gutters for any signs of damage. This can include gaps between the edge of the gutters and the structure of your roof as well as sagging or holes in the gutters themselves. Check and Repair Your Roof and Siding Your roof and your siding are two of the aspects of your home that will suffer the most extreme damage during a severe thunderstorm. As such, they are two areas that you will want to focus much of your attention on to prepare for storms and during your storm-damage repairs. Damage to your roof and siding can cause serious structural damage to your home if it is not repaired quickly. When it comes to your siding, look for cracks, bulging or warping, and (of course) missing panels. Even a small crack can be serious if you do not address it right away, as water or storm debris can get inside or underneath your siding. Similarly, minor roof issues can cause leaking and flooding that could cause serious damage in your attic and the rest of your home, even causing total roof collapse. After every storm has passed, remove debris from your roof and inspect it from both the exterior and interior of your home. From the inside, you can look for signs of water damage as well as for any light that might be seeping through your roof. Outside, you can look for missing or broken shingles, warping, bulging, or shingles that are curling up around the edges. The sooner you repair these issues, the better your home will fare the next time bad weather rolls around. Now that you know a few of the steps that you can take to keep your...

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Special Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material For A Tidewater House

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Tidewater homes were originally designed in the 1800s as people continued to move into the hot, wet, southern states. The homes have lower levels built up on pilings or stilts to keep out moisture, large wraparound porches and parallel balconies to enjoy the view, and wooden siding or accents. The Tidewater home is topped off with a hipped style roof. The roof style on a Tidewater helps determine the best roofing materials should you need a new roof on your home. There are a couple of particular concerns that come along with the hipped roof that you can discuss in detail with your residential roofing contractors. Hipped and Porch Roofs Equal Large, Visible Surface A hipped roof essentially has a rectangular shape with two sets of parallel sides that have slight slopes upwards to meet at a shallow roof ridge. The shape creates a raised roof style that’s highly visible from the ground even on taller Tidewater homes. If you are also putting new roofs on the porch and balcony so that everything matches, you are going to have a lot of very visible surface area to cover with roofing materials. The sheer size of the roofs added together can make your project costs skyrocket regardless of your chosen material. If your budget Is quite tight, you can go with an affordable roofing material like asphalt shingles on all of the roofs. If even that would stretch your budget, you can use the asphalt on the main roof now then come back and put new roofs on the porch and balcony when you can afford the project. Don’t like the look of asphalt and have more wiggle room in your budget? Consider wooden shingles that will still keep the costs lower than something like slate tile. And the wood will also compliment the wooden siding or ornamentation on the main house. Roof Corners Create Waterproofing Concerns The shape of the hipped roof creates corners where each side comes together. The home also has corner roofs where the wraparound porch and balcony turn around the sides of the house. All of these sharp corners can create some waterproofing concerns particularly since Tidewater homes tend to be located in humid, wet climates. You could provide the ultimate waterproofing for your Tidewater home by choosing metal roofing as the main material for your project. The shingles or standing seam planks have flat surfaces to help drain off water and can be bent around tight corners so there are no gaps in coverage. Metal can be tinted a variety of colors to suit your décor needs. Don’t like the look of metal roofing? Your roofing contractors, such as Bob Behrends Roofing & Gutters LLC, might be able to use small pieces of the roofing, called metal flashing, to simply cover the corner areas. Your main roofing material can then be installed over the...

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Three Reasons You Should Hire A Commercial Roofer To Make Repairs

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The roof is one of the most important parts of a building. It’s one of the main components of a building that is there to protect the people inside the building from outside elements. As a commercial property owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure your building is safe. So, if your building needs roof repairs, you have a responsibility to make sure those repairs are completed. Sure, you could hire any licensed roofer or contractor to make repairs. You could potentially even attempt repairing the roof yourself. However, hiring a commercial roofing company to repair the roof on your commercial property has several benefits. More Experience While some commercial buildings have a slight slope or dome shape, many commercial buildings have large, flat roofs. Because of this, different materials are used on many commercial roofs. Instead of using materials, such as asphalt shingles, commercial roofers can work with materials such as: Tar and gravel Asphalt Metal panels Polymer-modified bitumen sheet membranes Spray polyurethane foam Ply sheets Chances are, you won’t find a residential roofer that has enough experience working with these types of roofing materials to make repairs properly. More Options If your commercial building has a rubber, metal, or built-up PVC roof, a commercial roofing contractor may be able to restore your existing roof instead of replacing all or part of it. Something as simple as this could end up saving you a lot of money. Additionally, many older flat-roof buildings have asphalt roofs. These roofs are known as “hot roofs” and they typically have around a 10-year lifespan. Once an asphalt roof reaches its lifespan it’s typically replaced. However, an experienced commercial roofer could be able to save you money by applying an energy-efficient coating over the asphalt, which will convert it to a “cool roof.” This saves you money on the roof replacement and leaves you with a more energy-efficient roof that will continue to save you money. Safer When you hire a commercial roofing company to repair the roof on your commercial building, you can rest assured that the people working or living in your building are protected by a roof that’s up to current building codes. Hiring a roofing company to make repairs on a commercial building is about more than choosing the company with the lowest bid. By choosing a commercial roofing company with experienced workers, chances are, you’ll save money in the long run and keep the people in your building...

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Products That Will Enhance The Life And Appearance Of Your New Roof

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If you’re getting ready to embark on a new roofing project, you’ll want it to be a sound investment that will improve the value of your home. Not only that, you’ll want it to stand out and look beautiful too. There are more diverse roofing product options on the market today, and you may want to look past traditional cookie-cutter designs and delve into top-quality roofing materials. Here are just a few examples of taking things up a notch when it comes to your roofing project. High Profile Shingles Instead of going after the most economical and run-of-the-mill shingles for your home, try looking into some high profile shingles with more of a distinct design. A new shift in the roofing design trend is asphalt shingles that resemble other materials. This allows for ease of installation when comparing asphalt shingles to heavier materials such as slate or cumbersome metal sheets. It also gives you as the homeowner, an opportunity to present specific colors that match the color of your home’s exterior. Common designer shingle styles and types include: Wood shake that resembles wood but with the longevity of asphalt. Camelot design that gives off an old-world appearance. Slate shingle look that’s more affordably priced with an asphalt base. European clay tile style offering several different shapes and sizes. Bold, shadowed lines along with tapered cut-outs lead to a variety of options to match your individual style. Seamless Gutters If you plan on using your existing gutters with your new roof, you may want to reconsider. Adding new seamless gutters after you apply your new roof will help decrease the chances of hidden leaks and gaps in your roof line. Seamless gutters offer a unique design that prevents debris from reaching inside the unit. This helps water run off more easily during a rain or snow storm. It also eliminates the need to clear out your gutters on a regular basis. New seamless gutters can help improve the longevity of your new roofing system and decrease the chances for major roofing repairs in the future. New Roof Venting System You may think that your existing vents on your roof will suffice for your new roofing system, but you should consider upgrading. Your soffit vents are the main vents that help air circulate within the attic area of your home. Make sure your roofing contractor checks these vents to ensure they are functioning properly. Failure to do so could lead to trapped moisture and eventually mold, mildew and structural rot damage. Replace Wooden Soffits And Fascia If you have older-style wooden soffits and fascia, now is the time to upgrade to vinyl or aluminum. This will prevent the spread of rot and help reduce the risk of your roof failing a few years down the road. There are many design options today, including bold colors that can help make the trim on your home stand out in your neighborhood. For more information, visit http://www.allamericanroofing.com or a similar...

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Going With A Green Roof To Save Money

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In order to increase your bottom line, you need to do whatever you can to save money. Keeping a commercial space cool and inviting is an important way to make customers feel at home in your business; thus, you can’t very well get rid of your AC unit. On the other hand, you should do whatever you can to make your building more energy efficient. Installing a green roof can help to improve the barrier between your business and the outside world, and thus, help you to reduce your cooling costs. A Metal Roof The term green does not necessarily apply to color. Any roofing material that helps you to use electricity more efficiently can be called green, and in that sense, a metal roof can be a green roof. Metal is naturally reflective, which means that it will deflect the sun’s energy before it has a chance to heat up your building. To get the most from metal roofing, you need to make sure that your metal roofing is treated with a high emissivity coating. Such a coating will release what heat the metal does absorb back into the atmosphere. With these combined features, a metal roof can decrease your cooling costs by up to 40%.  A Green Roof There is also a type of roofing material known as green roofing. The term here does not simply apply to a roof which has been painted or dyed green. Instead, a green roof is made from living plants. Such a roof offers a few money-saving features. For one thing, the planting medium protects the underlying roofing membrane, so you decrease the need to maintain the membrane. The planting membrane also adds a layer of insulation, which will keep heat out in the summer and keep heat in during the winter. The plants themselves will absorb the sun’s rays and convert them into energy to grow, so even less of the sun’s energy gets to your building. In fact, a green roof can reduce your cooling costs by up to 75%.  Of the two green commercial roofing options described above, metal roofing will cost less money initially, so if money is tight, you can save money on installation costs by installing a metal roof. On the other hand, you will save more money over the long run with a green roof, so if you can afford a green roof, it is definitely the way to...

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What Damage to Look for on an Asphalt-Shingle Roof

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A slow leak in a roof may never cause enough damage to show up on the inside of your home. A drip of water may run for a few feet down a roof joist before it is absorbed into the wood. You might not even realize you have a problem until you go into your attic and smell or see signs of rot, or you might see that your roof decking is sagging between the joists. In any case, it is better to catch damage early so you don’t have to pay for repairs later. Here’s what to look for: Flashing Foibles Flashing is a strip of metal placed along the edges of any structures that protrude from your roof and should also be found in valleys where two sections of roof come together. As you inspect your flashing, look for rust spots, sections that have pulled away from the surface they were attached to, and/or any areas of the caulking that have started to crack and separate. If you find rust spots, replace the flashing. If you find areas that have pulled away, reseat the nails. If you find damage to the caulking, buy a new tube of roofing caulk and place a new bead along the top of the flashing.  Bruises and Bullseyes Large hailstones can damage shingles in two ways: 1. They can scrape the protective granules off the shingles and smash the tar below. This smashing primes shingles to spring leaks. As the UV rays of the sun beat down on the shingles, it can cause the already damaged shingles to crack. 2. Hailstones can also punch a hole clear through a shingle. When this happens, the damage will look like a bullseye-shaped crack.  In either case, you will want to replace any shingles that are damaged in this way.  Wind Damage A strong wind can catch the bottom edge of a shingle and rip it off your roof. A missing shingle is the easiest type of damage to spot, and if you have a good view of your house from ground level, you should not have to climb up onto your roof to find signs of damage. There is no reliable, durable way to repair an asphalt shingle. Thus, whenever you find damage to a shingle, you should replace it. To make life easier, you should have a stack of shingles around that you can use to make repairs whenever you find signs of damage. On the other hand, if you are worried that you might be missing something, can’t access your roof, or don’t have time to make your own repairs, you can always call in the professionals to make repairs for you. Contact a representative from a company like HomeTowne Roofing to get...

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3 Best Roofing Materials For Gambrel Dormers

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Gambrel roofs are commonly associated with barns but the angular roof style can also provide a great functional accent to a home when perched atop a set of dormers. Gambrel roofs add even more natural light and living space to the standard dormer and add quite a bit of visual interest to the front of your home. If you are replacing the roofing material on your main roof and dormers, understanding the pros and cons of the gambrel roof shape can help determine your overall best material. There are a few materials in general that work best on a gambrel dormer roof. Asphalt Shingles Working on a tight budget? Ask your roofing contractors about using asphalt shingles on your project including the gambrel dormers. The affordable roofing material is also lightweight, which is a great selling point for gambrel roofs, which have few support structures and can suffer weight-related cave-ins if you use too heavy of a roofing material. Worried that asphalt shingles will look boring or inexpensive? Ask your roofing contractor to see samples of asphalt shingles crafted in a variety of styles that include replica wood shingles or slate tiles and a wide range of color options. Metal Roofing Waterproofing is a concern during any roofing project but can become a primary concern when dealing with dormers with gambrel roofs. The angles of the roof and the place where the dormer windows meet with the roof are all vulnerable to water leaking. There are a couple of different ways your roofer can ensure that the dormers and your main roof are adequately waterproofed. Metal flashing is a smaller scale option that can be used with any type of roofing. The flashing is small, bendable pieces of metal that can be used to waterproof only those tricky meeting points. Another roofing material can then be installed over the flashing. The other option is to use metal roofing as your main material. The metal roofing slats snap together to form waterproof seals across your entire roof and the slickness of the material makes it easier for water to run off the roof and into your drainage system. Wood Shakes or Shingles Slate and clay aren’t great roofing materials for a gambrel dormer roof but that doesn’t mean you don’t have any classic roofing materials available. Wood shakes and shingles are lighter in weight and can help bring out the rustic nature of the gambrel dormer roofs. While wood shingles aren’t great at getting around the tricky corners for waterproofing, the shingles can help out metal flashing. The thick shingles are laid in a way that allows water to drain down between the shingles without becoming trapped or causing water damage. To learn more, contact a company like Angle Ridge...

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Spring Roofing Issues That Must Be Fixed

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Along with warmer weather, springtime months also bring about heavy rain showers. While the flowers welcome spring with open arms, this time of the year can pose a serious issue for your roof and overall home structure, if you have leaks.  Weakened roofing areas and gaps, can trigger leaks which may lead to flooding and interior home damage. Addressing roofing issues starts with identifying and fixing them as soon as possible. Spring is the perfect time to get up on your roof and take a look around. Here are a few problems to look for. Inadequate Drainage When rain begins to build up on areas of your roof, water pooling can lead to pressure damage on the underlayment, leading to roof rot. The cause could be from a dip in the roof itself due to deteriorating shingles, or gutters that are overfilled with organic debris. Remedy the issue by: Making sure that all gutters and downspouts flow easily Checking that the gutters are not loose and are properly attached to the home Ensuring that there are no flat areas on the roof You may have to hire roofers to replace worn out gutters or have flat roof areas rebuilt to allow for better water flow. Tackling the issue in the spring can help avoid catastrophic roof damage during a period of heavy rain later in the season. Missing Shingles Strong late winter and early spring storms can wreak havoc on your home’s roof and siding. Winds can also loosen shingles and rip them away from the roof. Getting up on your roof will give you a bird’s-eye view to locate any missing shingles. Replacing them and filling in any tiny gaps with roof wrap or spray foam insulation will help prevent water damage and leaks. You may have to consider replacing a worn out roof. Call a roofing pro if the damage is significant. Existing Leaks You may not even know that you have a small leak in your home until the damage is already done. Check your attic area each spring for mold growth and water damage spots. The next step will be getting to the root of leak. Look on your roof for any dips or holes that could allow water to seep into the attic. Fix this issue first and then replace rotting wood and water-saturated insulation to restore to a dry environment. Moss And Mold Growth If you live in a wooded area or have a few large, shade trees close to your home, your roof may be susceptible to moss and mold growth. Patches of green moss can occur in areas where there is a lack of sunlight. This can also contribute to mold growth. Treating these areas by using a mild soap and water along with a scrub brush should do the trick. If the problem is significant, you may have to call in a roofing contractor to professionally power wash and attack the mold with a chemical solution. Taking care of your roof now, in the spring, will save the hassle of expensive repairs in the future. To learn more, contact a roofing company like Gulfside Roofing...

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3 Tips For Preparing Your Roof For Hurricane Season

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Hurricanes are incredible forces of nature, but they are also incredibly destructive. If you have recently moved to an area prone to hurricanes, it is in your best interest to be ready for hurricane season. One important thing to do is prepare your roof for these powerful storms in case a hurricane hits your area. Use the following tips to help minimize damage to your roof during a hurricane:  Make Sure Your Roof is in Good Repair Prior to hurricane season, it is in your best interest to hire a roofing contractor (such as one from Absolute Roofing) to thoroughly inspect your roof. If any shingles are loose have them caulked or nailed down, and replace any shingles that may be missing. Doing so can help prevent water from leaking into your home during a hurricane, while also improving its structural strengths. Ask the roofing contractor to also inspect the flashing on the roof for rust and check for loose end vents and turbines. Have Hurricane Straps Installed Hurricane straps are a type of incredibly strong roof tie down system that connects the tops of the exterior walls of a home to the tresses of the roof to help prevent sections of the roof from uplifting, sliding, or flying off in the extremely high winds that are common during a hurricane. Some homes in hurricane zones are built with hurricane straps, but they can also be retrofitted for existing homes. If you don’t know whether or not your house has hurricane straps, contact a local roofing contractor– he or she can examine the roof and if your house currently does not have hurricane straps, they can be installed prior to hurricane season. In additionto minimizing roof damage during a hurricane, having hurricane straps attached to your roof may also qualify you for a discount on your homeowners insurance. Make sure you contact you insurance company to ask if you qualify for a reduction in your insurance premiums after you have hurricane straps retrofitted on your house.  Keep Trees Trimmed Large trees can make a beautiful addition to backyard landscaping, but they can also be a hazard if they are located too close to your house and room when a hurricane hits. Make sure that all trees are kept trimmed, and remove any branches or limbs that hang over your roof so they do not fall on the roof and cause serious damage during a...

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