Roofing Tips for Designer Homes

Preparing Your Roof For A Leak-Free Winter

The performance and integrity of your home’s roof can play a critical role in determining how well the roof is able to withstand the hardships of winter. Snow and rain can flood your roof with water, resulting in an increased risk of leaking. Here are three simple things that you can do to prepare your roof for a leak-free winter in the future. 1. Take the time to clean your roof. As the trees on your property begin to shed their leaves during the fall, many of these leaves find their way onto your home’s roof. If allowed to accumulate, dead leaves can soak up and retain large amounts of water during the winter. A pile of soggy leaves left sitting on your roof could cause the shingles and roof decking to begin deteriorating, which could compromise the waterproof seal of your roof. Using a push broom to sweep away any leaves or other debris from the surface of your home’s roof before winter arrives can help you avoid pesky leaks during the cold winter months. 2. Give your rain gutters a good cleaning. In addition to clearing away debris from your roof’s surface, you should also clean out any leaves or branches that are clogging your rain gutters. When your rain gutters are plugged up, water cannot drain into them and be transported away from your home’s roof properly. This results in the pooling of water on your roof’s surface. As winter temperatures set in, pooled water can freeze and create ice dams. These ice dams have the potential to wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your roof, so taking the time to eliminate them by cleaning out your rain gutters before winter allows you to avoid leaks in the future. 3. Upgrade the insulation in your attic. When poor insulation allows heat to escape through your home’s roof during the winter months, this heat can cause snow on the surface of your roof to begin melting. Melting snow can penetrate your roof’s waterproof membrane, causing your home to spring a leak. You can eliminate heat transfer by upgrading the insulation in your home’s attic. A contractor will be able to determine which type of insulation will be best suited to protect your home’s roof during the cold winter months. Paying special attention to your home’s roof before winter arrives can help you avoid the stress and financial […]

3 Reasons To Install An Industrial Foam Roofing System

There are several different types of roofing that you have to choose from, many of which have their own benefits. One type of roofing that is a bit different than most regular types, and has many awesome benefits, is foam roofing. This type of roofing is excellent for industrial structures that have flat roofs. This article is going to discuss 3 reasons to install an industrial foam roofing system.  Cost Efficient  One excellent reason to have a foam roofing system installed on top of your industrial building is because of how cost efficient it is. The cost of installing the roof is going to be less expensive than most because it can be installed on top of the existing roof. This means that the roof isn’t going to need to be removed initially, so the time it takes for demolition, as well as the cost, is going to be non-existent. After the foam roofing is installed, it is also going to be cost efficient because it is great for blocking both the hot and the cold from entering the building through the roof, thus reducing both the heating and cooling costs.  Easy To Repair And Replace  Because the roofing is made out of foam, it is going to be very simple for you to either repair portions of the roof where the foam is damaged or to replace the entire foam roofing system after several years or severe damage has occurred. You are simply going to need to replace the portion of the foam that has been damaged or place a new layer of foam on the entire roof. You are then going to have a coating placed on top of the foam to ensure that it is resistant to further damage and will last for quite some time.  Watertight One of the main issues that can occur with a roof is leaking. Since the roof is the barrier between the elements and the interior of the building, it is very important that you do all in your power to ensure that your roof is resistant to leaks. Using a foam roofing system is excellent for this because the foam is going to be watertight. This means that there are no holes or gaps in the foam that the water is going to be able to travel through. This fact, coupled with the resistant coating placed on top of the […]

Some Crucial Tips For Maintaining Your Roof

Taking great care of your roof will let you own your house for years, getting the performance from it that you need. Whether you have a roof that is crafted with Atlas Chalet shingles or any other brand of material, you’ll want to follow a set of tips that will ensure your roof lasts as long as possible. If you take it upon yourself to put these tips into action, you will keep your roof in excellent condition and get the most out of your house as a result.  Thoroughly Look After The Care Of Your Shingles In many situations, before your roof deteriorates completely, you will notice some telltale signs with the shingles. Every so often, climb a ladder and look into the condition of your shingles. Look for signs that your roof might be in need of repair, such as noticing shingles that are discolored, crumbling or falling apart altogether. It’s best to stay on top of fixing your shingles piece by piece, rather than letting all of your shingles degrade, since re-shingling your entire roof can cost upwards of $11,000, depending on the material of shingles that you are utilizing; however, keeping up with fixing your shingles may not be possible if you have Atlas Chalet shingles. In this case, replacing the Atlas Chalet roof shingles is the direction you’ll need to go.  Keep Your Roof Free And Uncluttered If you let clutter build up on top of your roof, you will weigh it down and will make it more difficult to ward off problems related to moisture and parts coming up. You can inspect your roof and sweep it free of materials that are unnecessarily building up, such as leaves. As a roof owner, you should also give yourself the best roof maintenance possible by cleaning your gutters. When your gutters are free and clean, you’ll keep water flowing through it freely, as opposed to letting the water seep into your shingles and boards. Seek Constant Professional Maintenance It’s one thing to maintain your roof on your own, but you’ll take your roof maintenance to another level when you hire roof contractors. These roof contractors will visit your household to give you an estimate on anything you need — from a roof leak to patching and replacing missing shingles. Getting a typical roof repair for something like a leak can cost you approximately $650, depending on […]

Three Things To Consider When Buying A Roof Through A Professional Roofing Company

To be sure that your home stays valuable and continuously protects you, place some significant focus on keeping your roof intact. Even when you do your best to take care of your roof, you might be better off making a new purchase, as opposed to trying to continuously patch up an old one. Consider these points below to learn when it is time to buy a new roof, what you should look for in a new roof and a few other important steps that will guide you.  Know When To Cut Your Losses And Buy A New Roof As you maintain your roof over several years, you should keep up with how old it is and document how often you’re having to get repairs. There comes a point that it is time to purchase a new roof as opposed to fixing an old one. For instance, if your shingles are constantly falling apart or if you’re experiencing leaks all over your home, you might need to consider purchasing a brand-new roof. You should also remember how long the roof has been installed to see if it is exceeding the expected lifespan of the roof. You can expect a new roof to cost somewhere between $4700 and $9000 in most situations. Search For The Best Roof And Roof Installer Make a short list of roof installers in your area and set up appointments to speak with them. Doing this allows you to check on their certifications and have them walk you through what the roofing project will entail. When speaking to these roofers, they will also be able to walk you through their merchandise so you can decide on what materials you would like your roof to be constructed with. Asphalt roofs are inexpensive and very energy efficient. They can last between 20 and 30 years. Metal roofs are thermally efficient and can last as long as 50 years. Check your budget and decide on the best roof and roofer to serve you. Maintain Your Roof To Protect The Investment Keeping your roof up to par is a responsibility of every homeowner and will help you to protect your roof investment. Doing things like changing shingles, cleaning the gutters, and preventing moisture damage will help you to maximize the value of your roof. You should also consider purchasing a repair and maintenance plan from roofing maintenance professionals. Take heed to these […]

3 Ways To Protect Your Roofing During The Winter

Regardless of how sturdy your commercial building seems, winter weather can be harsh on its structure. To avoid or lessen the damage that can occur, it is important to winterize your building before the temperatures drop. To help ensure that your building’s roof is prepared, here are some winterization tips to put into action now.   Install Deicing Cables Snow and ice buildups on your building’s roof can lead to a number of issues. One of the most damaging is that it can significantly add to the weight of your roof and cause it to be structurally weakened. To prevent this issue and other related problems, you should have deicing cables installed.   The cables are a cost-effective measure that works by heating your roof’s edge. As a result, the roof is kept free of ice buildups. The cables can be installed at your roof’s edge and only require access to your electricity to keep the surface warm. To ensure they are installed properly, consider hiring a professional.   Apply a Roof Coating Older roofing material is more vulnerable to the impacts of winter weather. The elements can shorten your roof’s lifespan and lead to the need for a new roof sooner than you probably planned.   To help protect your roof from the elements, consider having a coating applied to the surface. The coating is not only protective, but it can also be restorative for older roofs. There are various coatings that can be applied. Which is better for your building depends largely on the type of roofing material you currently have.   Check the Insulation Depending on the condition of your roof and whether or not you take measures to prevent the buildup of snow and ice on your roof, your home’s insulation could prove to be a problem. Ideally, the insulation helps to keep you and your customers warm under the roof, while helping to keep cold air out. However, if water from outside manages to get through your roofing, you could be left dealing with wet insulation that could be a breeding ground for mold and mildew.   Before the weather changes and periodically throughout the season, you need to check the insulation. If the insulation is wet, there could be an issue with your roof. You might need to replace the insulation and also have your roofing inspected and repaired by a professional before the problems grows.   Talk to your roofing […]

Repairing Cracks In Your Home’s Foam Roofing

If you have a foam rooftop on your home, you most likely enjoy the increased insulation it provides, helping you to reduce the amount you spend on energy costs as a result. If your foam rooftop gains a crack in its surface, moisture can make its way into your home. The insulation provided is also a bit compromised as air will be able to escape through this crevice. Here are some steps you can take to repair a crack in a foam roof. Clean The Rooftop Before Making Repairs It is a good idea to clean your entire roof before you undertake the repairing process. This will allow you to inspect its surface for additional areas needing to be fixed, saving you time and money in materials as a result. Cover any cracks you are aware of with pieces of plastic packing tape before doing the cleaning procedure. These can be peeled off when you have completed your work and will aid in keeping moisture from getting inside of your home. Apply a foam roofing cleanser to the rooftop using a sponge or soft-bristled brush by hand. Afterward, rinse it from the roof using a garden hose. You will now be able to see any additional cracks easily. Fill In Cracks With Foam Roofing Caulk Visit a local hardware or home goods store to pick up a tube of foam roofing caulk. This is placed directly in a caulk gun for easy application. Make sure to insert the gun’s nozzle into each crack as far as possible before you squeeze the contents of the packaging into crevices. When each crack is filled, draw a line of caulk on top of the cracked portion, sealing the edges of the foam underneath. The caulk will harden, creating a seal against moisture accumulation as a result. Cover Damaged Portions With New Foam Filled in cracks should be covered with a new layer of foam. It is important to purchase spray foam in the same type you had previously installed on your rooftop to ensure it adheres properly. Roofing foam is usually made from acrylic, urethane, or silicone. Check with your roofing contractor to see which type is applied if necessary. Spray the new foam over the areas you had filled with caulk. This will give your rooftop another layer of protection against moisture damage and will improve the appearance of your structure in the process. Be sure to wear appropriate eye and skin protection when applying this foam to your rooftop. Wait until a sunny day with […]

Storming? Roof Leaking? How To Prevent Major Damage To Your House

A leaking roof is not too much of a problem if it is not raining or snowing. However, when there is water coming through it, you have more to worry about than just repairing the leak. By the time you see water dripping in your living room, there is already damage to any insulation, beams, and/or drywall the water has been in contact with. While you cannot safely go up on the roof and stop the water from getting into the house, you can minimize the amount of internal damage it does. Here are a few steps to keep the cost of repairs to a minimum. Find the Leak The first thing you need to do is to find out where the water is coming into the house. You are going to need to get into the attic, crawl space, or the area under the roof. The water may have traveled along many beams to get to where it is visibly dripping. Once you find where it is coming through the roof, you can figure out a way to divert the water. Divert the Water You are going to need some type of collecting receptacle that can have a hose attached to it. This can be something as simple as a gallon jug that has the bottom cut off with a hose duct taped to the mouth. Run the hose from the jug to a window or vent to let the water flow to the outside. Make or rig some type of stand to hold the jug while keeping the hose from kinking. Release Any Trapped Water Now that the water is no longer collecting in the ceiling, you need to get rid of any that is there. Go to the place where the drip is and climb a step stool so you can touch the ceiling. Feel along until you notice any type of bulge. Using a sharp knife, punch a hole in the ceiling. Be prepared to have a lot of water pour down from the hole. This will prevent the water from spreading and damaging more of the ceiling material. While this will not stop the leak, it will keep the water damage to a minimum. You need to contact a roofing repair company to come and fix the problem once the storm is finished. Until then, it is a good idea to keep the diverting jug […]

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, […]

3 Solutions To Give Your Roof Replacement And Energy Efficient Underlayment

Replacing your home’s roof can also be a good time to consider improving your building’s energy efficiency. There are many things that can be done with modern roofing products to prevent the loss of energy in your home. A lot of these improvements can be done with the underlayment and materials beneath your shingles, such as moisture membranes that reflect heat, energy-efficient decking, or insulation in your attic. Here are some of the ways the materials beneath your roofing can make your home more energy efficient: 1. Stopping Heat Loss and Ice Dams With Attic Insulation in Rafters Heat loss can contribute to energy costs as well as to winter problems with your roof. To prevent this, you may want to consider adding more insulation to your attic. This can keep the heat in your home and prevent it from melting snow that causes ice dams. Another option that you may want to consider is insulating rafters to keep heat from reaching the roofing of your home. 2. Reduce Problems With Heat Gain Using a Modern Reflective Plywood Decking Heat gain can also be caused by the rafters not being insulated, but you can reduce the heat that gets in your home using a reflective decking product. This is a type of plywood that has a foil on one side of it, which can improve problems with heat loss. During the summer months it can also reduce heat gain that can come from the shingles on your roof. If you use this material, it is important that the foil side faces down, because it can melt shingles during hot summer months. 3. Installing a Synthetic Membrane for Energy Efficiency and Protection From Moisture Problems There are also many modern solutions for the moisture barrier that is installed beneath shingles. Plastic roof sheathing like housewrap can be installed on the roof to reduce energy loss in your home and improve the roof installation. Another option is to use a thicker rubber roofing membrane, which can give your home additional protection from problems with leaks, but may cost a little more. Rubber membranes can be a great choice if you are using asphalt shingle alternatives like synthetic slate or metal roofing products. These are some of the ways that the materials beneath your roof can make your home more energy efficient. If you are ready for a roof replacement, contact a roofing […]

Benefits Of Using Rubber Mulch In Your Yard

If you’re thinking about using mulch in any type of application in your yard, you may be debating whether you want the wood to have a natural look or perhaps be dyed a different color, such as red or brown. It’s also advantageous, however, to think about the nature of the mulch itself — while many people use natural wood mulch, the alternative of rubber mulch is highly desirable. At first glance, this type of mulch doesn’t look much different than wood mulch. Beyond its ability to blend in well with the surroundings, there are several benefits of using rubber mulch in your yard. Here are some. Softer Underfoot A chief benefit of using rubber mulch is that it’s softer underfoot than traditional wood mulch. This can be desirable for a few reasons. If you’re using the mulch beneath a child’s swing set, play structure or tree house, the extra cushioning of the rubber softens the impact in the event of a child falling. If you’re simply using the mulch to line some walking paths around your yard, the springy nature of the rubber is pleasant to walk on and will absorb some of the impact of your steps — which is especially ideal for people who are suffering from knee pain. Longer Life When you use natural wood mulch, you have to remember that it’s always decomposing — albeit at a fairly slow rate if the mulch chunks are large. This means that you’ll need to replace the mulch every year or two, which can be an arduous chore, not to mention a chronic expense. This isn’t a factor with rubber mulch. Because it’s made of thick, durable rubber — often recycled from car tires — rubber mulch will last for several years, depending on the brand and quality of mulch that you buy. Less Need For Maintenance Wood mulch can have its issues. As the mulch decomposes, it can become fertile ground for grass, weeds and other vegetation that you’ll constantly be needing to remove. Additionally, wood mulch can attract bugs such as termites, which can chew through the wood and leave you dealing with a shortage of mulch and a pest problem. Rubber mulch requires little to no maintenance. Because it doesn’t break down, there’s little risk of vegetation growing up through it, provided that you place landscaping cloth beneath it. Additionally, the rubber isn’t attractive to […]