Roofing Tips for Designer Homes

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 […]

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 […]