Roofing Tips for Designer Homes

Don’t Panic: Three Things To Do If Your Roof Starts Leaking

A leak is one of the most dreaded roof malfunctions you can ever counter as a homeowner. You should know how to react if your roof starts leaking because it will affect the eventual cost of the damage you will have to deal with later. Here are three things you can do to mitigate the damage when you notice a leak: Trap the Water When your roof starts leaking during a storm or rainfall, the most obvious and immediate damage is that caused by the water on your houses structures and household items. For example, the water can fall on your home electronics and cause them to malfunction. Therefore, your first step is to place a bucket under the leak to trap the water. Locate the Leak After trapping the water and limiting its damage, the next step is to locate and plug the leak. This is easy if it is a big leak since the water will just be flowing vertically downward from a hole in the roof. In most cases, however, the leak will be small, and the water will be trickling down the roof instead of flowing vertically downwards. If that’s the case, the path followed by the trickling water will be wetter than the surrounding; follow the path until you find the origin of the leak Once you locate the hole, you can plug it temporarily by using roofing tar and a piece of shingle, plywood or any other suitable/comparable material. Push the tar into the hole using a putty knife, stick the shingle on the tar, and place more tar around the edges of the patch to plug the leak. Don’t go on the roof while it’s still raining. Take Care of the Wet Things Lastly, you need to mitigate the damage on the items that were already wet by the time you discovered the leak. This usually involves mopping the floor and drying the items; putting a fan near the wet items will speed up their drying process. You can’t do much drying before the rain stops, but you can get the items out of the way, so you don’t step on them and cause further damage. Once the rain stops, inspect the roof to gauge the extent of the damage. Note that the roof will be wet and slippery during this time, so do the inspections from the ground. If that isn’t possible, […]

Five Tips For Assessing Your Roof Damage Without Making It Worse

You don’t have to have a major storm blow through your neighborhood to suffer damage to your roof. Taking care of roof repairs immediately is essential to containing the damage and not compounding it with leaks to the interior of your home. However, trying to determine the extent of your roof damage, or even if there is any damage at all, can be tricky. Some types of roofs, such as flat roofs, can be damaged if you walk on their surfaces. Other types of roofs, such as steeply gabled roofs, can be dangerous to navigate. It’s important to be careful when you attempt to assess your roof damage after a storm. Here are a few tips for making this process a little easier and safer: 1. Wait until the storm has passed. As eager as you may be to see if your roof has been damaged, it’s just not safe to go outside or climb on the roof during a thunderstorm or potential tornado conditions. 2. Look for loose shingles. Shingles that have come unattached are one of the most common signs of storm damage. High winds, hail and tornadoes can lift individual or whole sections of shingles. You can often notice this from the ground without having to go up on the roof. In the most extreme cases, you may find shingles on the ground around your home’s perimeter. In either case, you’ll want to call a roofing contractor, 3. Check for water damage in your attic. Another sure sign that your roof has been compromised is water or dampness in your attic. This isn’t always as easy to find as you might think. Water can travel along your roofing joists for quite a distance before dripping or pooling on your attic floor. Make sure to inspect the entire attic, not just the area immediately beneath the suspected damage. 4. Look at the angle of the vents. Most all roofs have vents for the furnace gases, fireplaces, kitchens fans and bathrooms. These metal vents can often get blown out of their moorings during a serious storm. Take a look at the angle of these vents from the ground. If they aren’t perpendicular, then you’ll want to have a professional roofing company take a look at your roof. Storm damage can be difficult to ascertain. Be sure to wait until the storm has passed and then help prevent exacerbating the […]

Bouncing Around Roofing Ideas? The Benefits Of New Rubber Roofing

From improving your home’s appeal and value to reducing the risk of leaks, the benefits of a new roof are easy to see. Unfortunately, selecting the best material for your home’s roof can be overwhelming due to the different options available. While asphalt shingles are a traditional option, many homeowners are seeing the value behind rubber roofing shingles. To improve your home’s look and durability, consider the following benefits of rubber shingles. Eco-Friendly and Energy Efficient Rubber shingles are an eco-friendly option for your house. These shingles are constructed out of recycled tires, slate dust, and saw dust. Using recycled materials to create these shingles reduces the amount of waste in local landfills. However, rubber shingles are coated with a membrane that can also help the environment. Each rubber shingle is coated with an eco-friendly, protective membrane, which is resistant to moisture. In addition, this protective coating is heat and cold resistant. Considering that your roof accounts for about 25 percent of your heat loss, adding an extra layer of insulation with rubber roofing shingles is a great way to conserve energy and reduce heating and cooling costs. Easy to Maintain When compared to asphalt, cedar, and metal, rubber shingles are a great deal easier to clean and maintain. Roof stains are common on asphalt and cedar, since dirt, debris, and algae can discolor these materials. Also, moisture can cause the cedar to warp and rot over time. Metal roofing is also difficult to maintain, since rain, hail, and debris can dent the material. The exterior coating of rubber shingles is stain resistant, which ensures that your roof will not discolor. However, rinsing off your rubber roof with a pressure washer is smart for preventing the buildup of dirt, leaves, and pine straw. In extreme temperatures, the rubber may contract and expand, causing spaces in between each shingle. Due to this possibility, contractors may suggest applying a liquid sealant over the roof for extra protection. Longer Lifespan A rubber roof has one of the longest lifespans possible. With a thickness between .75 to 1.5 millimeters, rubber roofing provides a durable shelter for your home and family. Your local climate and weather may affect the lifespan of your new roof, but rubber roofing can last up to 25 to 30 years, ensuring you have made a smart investment. To restore you home’s roof in an eco-friendly, easy-to-maintain, and durable nature, invest […]

3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For An Eastlake Victorian

Queen Anne Victorians have a lovely asymmetrical style complete with turrets, bay windows, and ornamental spindles. Eastlakes, a subset of Queen Annes, bump up the ornamentation a few notches with lacework style décor on the eaves and spindles. The Eastlake Victorian retains most of the other aspects of the Queen Anne including the multi-gabled roof. If you have an Eastlake Victorian that needs a new roof, the house style and roof shape can help determine the best and worst roofing for your home. Discuss your options in detail with your roofing contractors. Best: Wood Shingles or Shakes Woodwork comprises the distinctive ornamentation on the Eastlake Victorian. You can reflect that style element on to the roof with the use of wooden shingles or shakes. Wooden shingles and shakes differ in texture only since both come cut from the same type of tree and come in a variety of stain colors. The shingles have a cut that’s more compressed and flatter than the shakes, which have a more rustic look and a thicker texture. Shingles tend to have a lower price than shakes. But the prime difference comes down to your stylistic preference. Best / Worst: Asphalt Shingles Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and textures that can even mimic the look of wood shakes. The material is durable, easy to install, and could serve as one of the best or worst roofing materials for your Eastlake Victorian depending on how much frequent, direct wind your house receives.   The gabled segments on your home roof each have two steep sides. If the oncoming wind hits those sides directly, the slope can speed up the wind and potentially damage a lightweight material like the asphalt shingles. On some homes, this problem is easily solved if you have a windbreak on the sides of the home where the roof slopes are located. But an Eastlake potentially has slopes in nearly every direction. If you have windbreaks on all sides, asphalt could work well for your roofing needs. But if a section or sections of your roof receive frequent, direct wind, you should stick with a heavier roofing material like wood. Worst: Slate Tiles You want to avoid going too heavy with the roofing materials on the gable roofs because the roof design has minimal bracing to provide maximum interior space. The bracing might not support the weight of heavy roofing […]

Need To Replace Your Garage’s Roof? What Are Your Most Cost-Effective Options?

If you’ve started to notice condensation on the windows of the vehicle parked in your detached garage — or worse, actual puddles on the floor following a heavy rain — you may be doing some research into your replacement roofing options. While replacing the roof of your home can be an extensive (and pricey) project, you may be reluctant to sink huge amounts of money into your garage’s roof. However, you will need a roof that can easily repel water and keep out the elements without requiring much maintenance going forward. What are the best roofing options for your garage? Read on to learn more about your choices. Rubber roofing tiles Made from recycled asphalt, tire scraps, and other crude oil byproducts, these tiles are both water-resistant and eco-friendly. Recycled rubber roofing tiles can come in a variety of colors, and many are treated with UV-resistant chemicals to make them essentially impervious to the drying and bleaching effect of the sun’s rays. These tiles are an especially good choice for a garage, as they’re great insulators and shouldn’t require any additional insulating underlayment to keep your garage warm during the winter and cool during the summer. These roofing panels should also help protect your vehicles and tools from outside moisture for decades to come, with only minimal maintenance. Recycled aluminum panels Another wallet- and eco-friendly material that can provide some specific benefits for garages is recycled aluminum. To make thes panels, aluminum cans, auto parts, and other light metal products are melted and the resulting mix is rolled out into corrugated sheets. These sheets are then placed on your roof, often with a thin layer of spray-foam insulation beneath to prevent heat loss in the winter (and to keep your garage from turning into a sun oven in the summer). Recycled aluminum sheets are water-repellent and not prone to rusting, allowing them to maintain their appearance and function for decades without too much maintenance on your part.  Like recycled rubber, recycled aluminum can be transformed into a variety of colors and treated with UV-resistant additives that should keep your roof looking brand new for years, regardless of your area’s climate. You’ll also pay much less for this type of roof than for a brand new aluminum or steel roof, even though these recycled panels will provide the same level of protection (and the same attractive appearance) as panels made from non-recycled […]

4 Reasons To Choose A Metal Roof For Your Newly Constructed Home

If you are building your home from the ground up, there are materials that you are going to have to choose for different areas of the home. This includes the roof, which can be made of a number of different materials, such as asphalt. Asphalt is probably the most popular roofing type. However, here are four reasons to choose a metal roof for your newly constructed home: Easy Maintenance: Many homeowners want to look for ways to reduce the maintenance they have to do for their homes. Not only does this save them time, but also money. One way to save on maintenance is to consider installing a metal roof. Metal roofs do not absorb water, which means that when it rains, the water will just roll right off instead of causing potential water damage to your roof. Snow will also easily slide off your roof, as well. This is definitely something to consider if you are building your home in an area that has harsh winter seasons and heavier rains throughout the year.  Keeps Your Home Cool: Another reason to consider a metal roof, especially if you are building your home in an area that is hotter throughout the year, is the fact that metal roofs are going to help keep your home that much cooler. This is because metal roofs bounce the UV rays of the sun right off your home, which reduces the amount of heat sitting on the roof of your home. This will not only help you stay more comfortable in your home, but will also ensure that your electricity bills are lowered, since you won’t have to run the AC as often.  Eco-Friendly: One of the downsides to asphalt roofing is that they only last for about 20 years before needing to be replaced. When they are replaced, many of the materials that made up the roof sit in landfills because they are not recyclable. Metal roofing, on the other hand, can last for about 50 years before needing to be replaced and the material is 100% recyclable.  Customizable: Finally, you can customize the metal roof on your home to be any color you want and you can even choose metal roofing that appears to look like other roofing types, such as asphalt. This allows you to choose a roofing style you are happy with while still receiving all the benefits of a metal roof.  When you know […]

Stay On Top Of It: 4 Steps To Protect Your Roof

It can be quite expensive to replace a roof. That’s why it’s so important that you provide proper maintenance. With the right care, you can extend the life of your roof. Most of the maintenance your roof will need can be taken care of as do-it-yourself projects. Here are four simple tips that will help you protect your roof and prevent costly repairs or replacement. Inspect It Often One of the simplest ways to prevent extensive roof damage is to inspect it at least twice a year. To improve the effectiveness, you should also inspect after each severe storm – including, wind, rain and hail. Frequent inspections will allow you to identify minor problems, and get them taken care of, before they develop into costlier problems. You don’t have to climb on the roof to get a good view, either. All you need to do is use a pair of binoculars. The binoculars will allow you to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof without leaving the ground. Don’t Ignore the Missing or Damaged Shingles You might think that one missing shingle or damaged isn’t much to worry about but it is. Just one missing or damaged shingle can allow moisture, dirt, oil and even insects to penetrate under the surrounding shingles. If you located problems with your shingles during your inspection, you should have your roof repaired as soon as possible. Replacing one or two shingles as soon as you lose them will reduce the need for more extensive repairs later on. Avoid Power Washers To keep your roof in good condition, it should be cleaned from time to time. A good cleaning will remove mold and other contaminants that can damage your roof. When cleaning your roof, however, you should avoid using a power washer. It might seem that a power washer would provide you with a more thorough cleaning. However, the pressure of the water can actually damage your roof by forcing water under the seams of your shingles or tiles. Not only that but if you have asphalt shingles that are aging, the pressure of the water could cause them to tear. Keep Your Trees Trimmed If you have trees growing near your home, it’s important that you keep them trimmed away from the roof. Branches that rest up against the house can brush back and forth on the roof, causing scratches and gouges in your […]

3 Environmental Benefits to Installing a Copper Roof

Picking a new roof for your home can be a complicated decision, but that task can become even more difficult if you are also considering a roof that is environmentally friendly. When looking for an environmentally friendly roof for your home, make sure that you do not overlook the many benefits of copper, such as the three listed below.  Recyclable One of the biggest environmental benefits of copper roofing is that it can and will often be recycled. This means that you can easily find recycled copper roofing tiles that you can use to build your roof. As a result, you will not be contributing to the demand for more copper to be mined and refined, which can help to reduce the amount of pollution that those processes create. In addition, the fact that you can recycle copper means that your roof will likely never end up in a garbage dump or landfill if you need to replace your roof or if the house is destroyed. In that situation, the copper will likely be reused on another structure.  Long-Lasting Another reason that copper roofing is environmentally friendly is that it has a very long lifespan. Many other types of roofing materials will have a fraction of the lifespan that copper enjoys, which means that you could easily end up replacing your roof and creating a lot of waste several times over the lifespan of your house. However, copper will most likely outlast your stay in that house and possibly the house itself. This is because copper roofing has a lifespan of just under 100 years. A metal roof repair specialist will give you a better idea of how long the roof will last on your home.  Reflective Finally, a copper roof is a big help to the environment during the summer months. This is because copper roofing will not absorb the sunlight that strikes it, instead it will reflect that light away. By reflecting the light away from your roof, the copper tiles will actually make the interior of your home a bit cooler. Since the inside of your home will be cooler, you can conserve energy by reducing how often you use your air conditioner. The saved money due to less energy use will be a nice added bonus. Contact a roofer or contractor today in order to discuss the environmental benefits of choosing to install a copper roof on your […]

Prevent Roof Leaks By Protecting Your Flashing

You might think the secret to preventing roof leaks is to keep your shingles in good shape – but while intact shingles are important, there’s another component of your roof that need to be in good shape to prevent water from coming in: the flashing. Here’s a closer look at what flashing is, how you can protect it, and what to do if you think your flashing is damaged. What is flashing? If you look up to your roof, you’ll see metal sheathing around the chimney and also around any other objects that protrude from your roof. You may also see metal in any valleys where different portions of your roof come together. This is flashing. It is meant to form a barrier along the edge of shingles so that water does not seep under the shingles. So as you would expect, if the flashing becomes damaged or falls off completely, water can easily seep under the shingles and into your home. How can you keep flashing in good shape? Make sure you keep your roof free from debris. Leaves can collect in valleys and around the flashing that secures chimneys and other structures; they trap moisture against the flashing, leading to corrosion and rust. Whenever you see leaves or other debris on your roof, use a long-handled broom or a leaf blower to clear it off. You should also inspect your flashing once a year. Spring is a good time to do this since the winter season can be hard on flashing with all of the snow and ice it brings. Wipe the flashing off to remove any small debris, and look for any small holes or corroded spots. If you see a speck of corrosion, you can apply a dab of roofing cement to it. Just squeeze some cement onto a little spatula, and wipe it onto the corroded area. As long as you spot the corroded areas when they’re still small, you can stop them from leading to leaks with this method. What should you do if your flashing develops substantial damage? There are several types of more serious flashing damage that you may spot while you’re inspecting your roof: Corroded areas that are larger than, say, the size of a penny Flashing that is bent and is peeling away from the chimney or another structure Flashing that is no longer attached to the roof as it […]

Three Common Problems That May Be Causing Your Roof To Leak

If you are unfortunate enough to be experiencing a leaking roof, it can be difficult to know what is causing the problem. This can be especially true for new homeowners that may not have much experience with addressing this type of a problem. If this applies to you, it is important to understand that leaks can be often be attributed to a few common sources. By learning more about these common causes of roof leaks, you will be in a better position to address this problem when it arises. Damage To Flashing Whether it is due to skylights, chimneys or simple ventilation fans, it may have been necessary to add a hole to the roof. While these areas are often closed with flashing, it is possible for problems to develop that may compromise the protection offered by these features. In particular, it can be common for flashing to develop corrosion. When this happens, you may find that your roof starts to leak. To help minimize the risk of this causing water damage to your home, you should regularly inspect the flashing for any signs of rust. If you notice rust forming, you should contact an experienced roof repair professional to replace it before it can lead to water damage. Compromised Shingles The shingles that cover your roof are among the most important features of it, but it can be easy for new homeowners to overlook the importance of keeping their shingles well-maintained. If the shingles become compromised, they can easily allow water to seep under them. For this reason, you should have any shingles that are misaligned or curling replaced to prevent your home from developing rot or other forms of water damage.   Rot If a roof starts to develop rot, it can pose serious structural issues for the home. When rot is allowed to become particularly severe, it can eventually cause the entire roof to collapse. Unfortunately, many new homeowners fail to realize that having their roof regularly cleaned can help to minimize the risk that it develops this problem. Over the course of time, it is possible for the roof to accumulate dirt, moss and other debris that can trap moisture. If these materials are not removed, this trapped moisture can eventually cause substantial rot to form. For the best results, you should consider having your roof professionally cleaned and sealed at least once a year. The […]