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How To Keep An Asphalt Shingle Roof Durable

Posted by on 11-11-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep An Asphalt Shingle Roof Durable

Are you considering replacing your current roofing materials with asphalt shingles? If you can’t make up your mind due to being unsure about the durability of asphalt shingles, there is nothing to worry about. In the end, it will be up to how well your roof is taken care of as to how long asphalt shingles will last. Find out in this article what can be done to prevent an asphalt shingle roof from facing untimely wear. Never Allow Trees to Hang Over the Roof One of the most detrimental things to an asphalt roof is a large tree that hangs over the roof. What makes the tree a problem is the amount of shade that it provides on the roof. Basically, you don’t want too much shade on asphalt shingles because it creates an environment for algae to grow. Algae spores can quickly spread across the shingles and cause a lot of damage. For example, as the spores spread, they consume the limestone that is contained inside of the shingles and cause deterioration to take place. Keep the Rain Gutters Clean So Water Can Flow It is very important for rainwater to be able to flow freely through the rain gutters. A major part of the recipe that makes the perfect environment for algae to grow is moisture. If you don’t keep the gutters clean enough, it is likely that rainwater will sit in them for long periods of time and create moisture on the shingles. You can actually keep the gutter clean without having to hire a professional if you desire to do so. All you will have to do is scrape out debris with a trowel or other small gardening tool, and then you should spray water from the garden hose throughout the gutters. Make Sure Damaged Shingles Are Replaced Once asphalt shingles have been installed on your roof, make sure occasional inspections are done. It is wise to keep an eye on the condition of the shingles to make sure they are not in need of a repair. Your goal should be to prevent rainwater from making under the shingles and sitting on the roof deck. Water will not only cause damage to the shingles from prolonged exposure, but you might end up needing to get the roof deck reconstructed from mold eating into it. Tell a roofer about your desire for asphalt shingles to be installed. Go to sires like for more...

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3 Patio Enclosures That Can Give Your Home More Space And Functionality

Posted by on 10-10-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Patio Enclosures That Can Give Your Home More Space And Functionality

If you want to have a backyard area with more functionality, you may want to consider a porch enclosure for your home. There are different styles and designs that can meet different needs and budgets. You may want a partial enclosure for a pool or an outdoor expansion of your living space. Here are some porch enclosures to consider for the different needs of your home: Bringing Greenspace Into Your Home With A Solarium Solution If you want to have more greenspace in your home, you may want to have something a little different than a conventional porch enclosure. You may want to have something like a greenhouse and be able to enjoy the sun or have indoor plants. For this, you will want to have a solarium, which is a mostly glass and metal structure added to your home. A solarium can give you the sunlight you want and benefits like passive heating for your home during the winter months. It can even include an indoor patio and combined garden area. Retractable Enclosure Solutions To Give Your Pool The Perfect Cover Retractable enclosures can also provide a variety of solutions for your outdoor needs. You may want to consider them to give you an outdoor space that can also be enclosed in bad weather. They can also be a good solution for a pool cover, which will not only help keep your pool clean and reduce maintenance, but they can also help to extend your swimming into the cooler months. There are various designs to choose from, which can be a system that folds up completely, or it can be a retractable enclosure with some type of fixed roof. Expanding The Space Of Your Home With An All Season Patio Enclosure You may want something more with your patio enclosure, which can add space to your home. This can be done with something like an all seasons room. The all seasons room is an addition that is connected to your home and can have features like cooling for the hot summer months. It can also be built in a way that conforms to the existing design of your home. This integration of design will make your new enclosure look less like an addition to your home. These are some different porch enclosure ideas that you may want to consider for the different needs of your home. If you are ready to expand your home into the great outdoors, contact a metal roofing contractor from a company like BCI Metal Roofing and talk with them about some of these ideas for your patio with...

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Planning to Install Gutters? 3 Tips to Avoid Problems in the Long Run

Posted by on 9-09-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning to Install Gutters? 3 Tips to Avoid Problems in the Long Run

A home without gutters is at higher risk of developing foundation issues. But, some homeowners go without this particular feature because they believe they can keep things under control. If you now own such a home, you may be interested in minimizing the chances of something major going wrong. So, you should make plans to install gutters around the home, and this is ideal when you prepare for the long run. It is essential to consider the various issues that could happen along the way and do what you can to prevent them from happening by making certain decisions regarding how you handle the landscape early on. Avoid Growing Pine Trees Pine trees look great, drop interesting pinecones, and provide pine needles that can be used as mulch, but they also are an enormous problem for gutter systems. These needles get stuck in gutters, and this can get so bad that you may need to have the gutters cleaned as often as every three months. This can either get costly or time-consuming if you were to take cleaning matters into your own hands. It is better to just avoid this type of tree and opt for something that will not wreak havoc on your newly installed gutters. Plant Trees Strategically Before you start planting trees that are not of the pine species, you should understand the importance of strategy. It is still possible for tree leaves to fall off right into the gutters. So, you should plant trees on the edge of your property lines to minimize the chance of leaves floating all the way to the gutter system. You may also want to look at smaller trees that will not let any leaves fall from great heights. This will naturally reduce the chance for leaves to get stuck in the gutters, and that will save you both time and money. Get Proper Drainage Gutters will take the water that would normally drip down right next to your foundation and bring it all through downspouts. But, the problem may resume again, sometimes even worse, if you do not have a solution for draining the water, containing it, or directing it away from the area around your home. One solution is to get rain barrels for each downspout, or you can grow plants that soak up the water. An ideal choice is the Cardinal flower, which loves water and is able to handle hardiness zones 1 through 10. With these property considerations, you can install gutters with confidence. Talk to a company such as Alaka’i Raingutters & Supplies for more...

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Dealing With Three Common Skylight Problems

Posted by on 9-09-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dealing With Three Common Skylight Problems

Skylights have numerous benefits; they increase natural light, reduce energy consumption, and are visually appealing. However, skylights have some potential problems that you should prepare for if you are planning on installing one. Here are three examples of such potential problems, and how to deal with them: Effect of Glare on Furniture  Skylights may be useful for letting in natural light through the roof, but sometimes they let in too much light and cause glare. Too much glare can cause fading in some materials, which may make your furniture and furnishings (such as carpet) age faster than usual. Here are some effective solutions for skylight glare: Install remote-controlled skylight blinds that you can use to reduce glare when there is too much sunlight. Use glazing with low solar heat gain on the skylight. Install a skylight with a diffusing dome; this sends the light into different directions instead of focusing it on a single place, which reduces its intensity. Increased Risk of Water Leaks Roof installations are notorious for causing water leaks, and skylight is not an exception. Use this tips to reduce the risk of leaks: Have a professional contractor install the skylight. This is important because poor skylight installation is a leading cause of water leak. For example, poor workmanship may result in improper sealing of skylight flashing, which leads to leaks. Keep the skylight clean; debris collected around the edges of the skylight will trap moisture and snow to damage the skylight and cause leaks. Choose high-quality skylight designs that are meant to prevent leaks; talk to your contractor for recommendations. Increased Risk of Ice Dams The third problem associated with skylights is that of ice dams. This happens if the skylight loses more heat than other parts of the roof. This causes the snow around the skylight melts faster than snow on other parts of the roof. This creates a situation where a pool of water (from the molten snow) surrounded by a wall of ice (on the cooler parts of the roof) stagnate on the roof. Any standing water on the roof increases the risk of water leaks. These are potential problems, meaning you don’t have to experience them. In addition to the above tips, you should be wary of DIY maintenance on the skylight apart from cleaning it. An experienced roofing contractor has dealt with similar problems before and will know how to preempt...

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3 Thermal Roofing Solutions To Reduce Heat Loss And Gain For Better Energy Management

Posted by on 8-08-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Thermal Roofing Solutions To Reduce Heat Loss And Gain For Better Energy Management

Eventually, you will need to replace your roof and you may be considering improvements for this major maintenance project on your home. Today, there are many different options to improve the energy performance of your roof, with things like light cool roofing, insulated sheeting and other thermal improvements. Here are some of the best thermal improvements that you may want to consider doing with your roof replacement project: 1. Choosing A Light Cool Roofing Material That Reflects Heat Choosing a lighter colored roofing material can be a great way to make your roof more energy efficient. The lighter colored roofs are often termed cool roofs because they reflect heat to keep your home cool. This is often done with synthetic material, and today there are also some asphalt shingle products that can be used for your roof replacement to help make it a cool roof. If you want to use conventional shingles and colors, choose colors that are lighter and reflect heat, such as greens and light greys. 2. Adding A Thermal Sheathing Underlayment To Reduce Energy Loss The sheathing beneath your roof can also affect thermal performance. Old roof decking with boards can cause leaks due to boards warping, as well as air leaks. Modern plywood has improvements but lack energy performance. This is why backed OSB plywood and rigid thermal sheathing materials have been developed. These materials help to reflect heat and keep it out of your home and in your home when it is cold. A new layer of thin materials can be added to your roof for these improvements. 3. Better Performing Moisture Barriers For Better Energy Performance And Durability  The moisture barrier beneath shingles is a thin asphalt paper, which helps to prevent moisture from condensation. It can also give a roof added protection from leaks. If you are replacing your roof, you may want to consider newer synthetic materials rather than asphalt paper. These materials are good because they are stronger and they also help to give your roof more thermal protection. These materials can cost a little more than conventional felt paper, but they can make a different in the energy performance of your roof. These are some of the best thermal roofing improvement to help save energy with your new roof installation. If you are ready for a new roof, contact a roofing contractor, such as those at Jerry’s Roofing, and talk with them about some of these thermal improvements for your...

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Winter-Ready Roof: Take A Look At These Surrounding Situations

Posted by on 8-08-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter-Ready Roof: Take A Look At These Surrounding Situations

It may be hot now, but soon it will be winter, and your roof needs to be prepared. If you live in an area where snow and ice are regular visitors, you know you need to ensure you have a roof rake at the ready, along with getting the roof inspected. But it’s not just the roof itself that you have to pay attention to. The roof’s surroundings also need attention because they work with the roof to protect you and your home during the winter. Clear out the Gutters and Downspouts Spring storms, summer winds, and autumn leaf fall can fill up a roof gutter quickly. Having the gutter open and able to accommodate the flow of rain and melting snow off the roof is essential, unless you like having icicles form all around your roof. The icicles can also signal the formation of an ice dam, which can trap snow and rain, leading to leaks in weak spots on the roof. Ensure that the gutter channels are all clear and that nothing is blocking the downspouts, either. Check All Flashing and the Chimney Don’t assume that just because you never use or rarely use your fireplace that all is well up there. The flashing connecting the chimney and roof can warp and lift out slightly, creating gaps where water can leak through. The chimney itself can be cracked, and the cap can be rusted out. No matter how good your roof is, if the chimney is in bad shape, you can end up with leaks that are just as distressing as those that occur through damage to the roof shingles. Check Your Home’s Insulation Bad insulation that lets warm air inside the home leak up through the roof is partly responsible for the formation of ice dams. The warm air melts the bottom layer of snow on the roof, which then refreezes into ice when the temperatures drop at night. Good insulation keeps the warm air in, preventing that melt-refreeze cycle. Along with inspecting the roof, chimney, and gutters, you’ll also have to get the insulation in your attic or crawlspace inspected to ensure it’s in good shape as well. Roofing contractors can help you identify other issues that you need to address. While the contractors will be able to work on the roof, they can also point out any other problems they see while up on top of your house, giving you time to call other contractors before cold weather...

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Exposed Fastener Metal Roof Mistakes To Avoid

Posted by on 8-08-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Exposed Fastener Metal Roof Mistakes To Avoid

Exposed fastener metal roofs are easy to install. The fact that they are also long lasting and easy to maintain makes them irresistible to most homeowners. However, mistakes made during installation can erode the durability advantage that these roofs have. They can also expose your home to water damage. The following are exposed fastener roof installation tips that will help you not only protect your home from water damage but also extend the lifespan of your roof. Using an abrasive blade to cut the panels Abrasive blades usually result in rough cuts. When used in cutting exposed fastener metal roofs, the rough metallic edges that the abrasive blades leave are usually vulnerable to rust that then damages the look of the roof. There is also the fact that during the cutting process, the abrasive nature of these blades usually leads to the production of metal fillings. These fillings sometimes get stuck in the roof’s paint, and when they get exposed to weather elements, they rust and thus cause ugly rust marks on the roof. Instead of using an abrasive blade, opt for shears. They usually make smoother cuts, something that usually goes a long way towards preventing rust problems. You can also avoid the cutting process altogether by ordering the panels in ready-to-fit sizes. This will not only help to make installation easier but also prevent most of the cutting-related rust problems. Placing the fasteners in the rib section When screwing the exposed fastener roof panels, you should avoid installing the screws on the ribs. This is because the distance between the top of the roof’s rib and the plywood deck is longer than that between the flat section and the deck. As a result, placing the screws in the rib section will leave a large length of the screw exposed. The screw is therefore easy to get snapped when the roof moves due to thermal expansion since the roof has a longer “arm” on which to exert the snapping pressure. There is also the fact that installing the screws on the ribs increases the risks of crushing the ribs of the panels. The deformation that results from this is usually enough to not only damage the look of the roof but also encourage the formation of pools of water, something that increases the risks of roof water leaks. Use the flat sections of the exposed fastener metal roof when screwing the panels in place. The small distance between the flat section and the deck will guarantee a shorter exposed screw shaft. This will make it harder for the expansion and contraction of the roof to snap the screws. It will prevent premature repairs and thus make owning such a roof not only less expensive but also...

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of TPO Roofing

Posted by on 8-08-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advantages And Disadvantages Of TPO Roofing

TPO (thermoplastic olefin) is an alternative type of roofing material that is made out of layers of plastics and rubbers to seal your roof from the weather, forming a roofing membrane on your home. However, because of its unique material qualities and method of construction, TPO roofing provides a distinctive set of advantages and disadvantages to your home. Understanding what TPO roofs can offer can make it easier for you to choose whether or not to have a TPO roof installed on your home. Advantages of TPO Roofing Durability: TPO roofing is an extremely durable roofing material that is resistant to mold growth, will not rust, and can withstand tearing and puncturing over an extended period of time. Some variants of TPO roofing come with reinforcing layers installed with them (at an extra cost) which help increase the amount of wear and tear your roof can withstand. Ease of Installation: Unlike traditional asphalt shingles, TPO roofing comes in large sheets. The benefits of this are twofold: firstly, the installation process is expedited, helping to reduce initial costs as your roof can be laid down quicker. Secondly, there are fewer seams on your roof, which helps to reduce the chances of a leak developing and the overall amount of maintenance that you will have to perform. Energy Efficiency: The top layer of TPO roofing is white, which means that TPO roofs are cool roofs: they will reflect sunlight away from your home and prevent heat from transferring into your house through the roof. This will help maintain the comfort levels within your home and keep your energy bills low during the summer months by reducing the amount of strain placed upon your air conditioner while still keeping the temperature manageable. Disadvantages of TPO Roofing Heat Resistance: TPO roofing is susceptible to increased wear and damage when exposed to heavy amounts of sunlight and heat. This means that TPO roofing may not be the most ideal choice for homes in extremely warm climates, as your roof may break down at an accelerated rate and will need to be replaced or repaired at an increased rate, which can become a significant expense over time. Longevity: TPO roofing is a newer roofing material, and has not been around for decades like asphalt shingles and other traditional options have been. This means that the actual lifespan of TPO roofing is yet unknown, and your roof may fail because of an as of yet undiscovered reason. Consult with a roofing contractor to decide if TPO roofing is the right fit for your home. For more information, visit sites...

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Replacing a Roof on a Budget? Consider These Three Affordable Roofing Materials Made with Metal

Posted by on 7-07-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Replacing a Roof on a Budget? Consider These Three Affordable Roofing Materials Made with Metal

If your roof needs replacement, it is not exactly something you can keep putting off. Ignoring a damaged roof can end up costing you more money in the end when you consider the amount of damage a damaged roof can cause to your home. If you are looking to get away from traditional asphalt shingles, know that metal is a viable material that is long lasting and can cost less money in the long run. These are three materials that are affordable and made with metal. Corrugated Steel It’s very common to see roofing material on a home made with corrugated steel. This is because the material can be incredibly durable, lasting for 25–60 years. The material’s ability to withstand damage from wind and storms makes this material an excellent choice for any home. The material does need a protective roof coating on it to help prevent it from rusting. Maintaining this roof coating will be the primary maintenance you’ll have to do over the years. Textured Metal Metal does not need to have a flat look to it if you use it on a home. Know that there are options for textured roofing tiles. These metal tiles are designed to have the appearance of a textured tile, which can have a much more aesthetically pleasing look than other materials. It’s common for textured roofing materials to have a powder coating applied to them to protect the material. The coating itself is also made in many different colors, and this gives you the option to add color to your roof. If you do not want color, then you can have a metal finish applied with the powder coating. Most homeowners go with this style when they want metal roofing but don’t want the roof to obviously look like it’s made of metal. Sheet Metal A roof constructed with sheet metal uses standing seams to join pieces of metal together. The metal material also utilizes powder coatings for both color and protection from the weather. Sheet metal is best in areas that have many storms, since it protects the roof from wind and hail damage. These are only three options for an affordable metal roof. For more information, work with the contractor in your area that you think is the best roofing company. They can come out to your home and give you an estimate for a roof or give you information on other metal roofing options that fit within your...

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3 Best Roofing Materials For A New England Colonial Home

Posted by on 7-07-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Best Roofing Materials For A New England Colonial Home

New England Colonial homes have a geometric shape, minimal ornamentation, and a saltbox style roof that starts off shorter and flatter in front then lengthens for a steeper backside. The homes were among the first distinct styles built by British settlers in America and preservation, and revival styles, have kept New England Colonials alive today. Do you own a New England Colonial home that needs a new roof? There are a few key roofing materials that work well for both the home style and the roof style. Here are a few options you can discuss with your roofing contractors. Asphalt Shingles Asphalt shingles don’t have old world charm but do have low prices, decent durability, and fabrication methods that can make the shingles resemble other higher-end roofing materials. The pros can outweigh the cons especially if you have a tight roofing budget. The light weight of asphalt shingles can potentially cause an issue if the steeper, rear section of your roof takes on frequent direct winds due to a lack of windbreaks in that direction. The oncoming wind can speed up due to the roof’s slope and lift or damage those lightweight shingles. If your home has windbreaks or doesn’t receive a lot of high wind in general, the risk for wind damage will prove minimal. Wood Shakes or Shingles  Shakes and shingles both refer to types of wooden roofing cut from the cedar tree, and the primary difference comes down to how the material was cut. Shakes have thicker more rugged appearances while shingles are more compressed but still more textured than flat roofing materials like slate or some asphalt shingles. Shakes and shingles can both be stained your choice of color and come sealed with a waterproofing agent. Wood shakes and shingles can both compliment the siding of a New England Colonial home whether that siding has all wood, all brick, or a combination of the two. You can choose a color of stain that matches or contrasts with the siding depends on how much you want the roof to stand apart visually from the house. Wood roofing does require a bit more maintenance than some other materials due to the possibility of insect damage and eventual weather-related warping. Slate Shingles Want to offset the rustic nature of the siding and the simple geometry of the house shape with a bit of classic elegance? Consider using slate shingles, which your roofing contractors can install in a pattern to match or mimic the brickwork of your siding. Slate shingles have high durability and also a high price tag. But the total project costs for a saltbox roof tend to end up cheaper than many other roof types due to the minimal surface area. Slate shingles also come in a limited color range since the shingles are simply the natural colors of the stone. To learn more, contact a roofing company like Rainy Day...

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