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How To Choose A Roofing Contractor For Your Home Remodel

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose A Roofing Contractor For Your Home Remodel

When you open the phone book or look up roofing contractors online, you end up with many options of professionals to choose from. You want your roofing done affordably, safely, and in an appropriate timeframe — and the contractor that you choose to do the work can largely determine just how successful your roof remodel turns out. Here are some tips for choosing the best roofer for the job. Local service You want to choose a locally owned roofing company to do the work for you. Why? When a company is owned by a person in your community they know that a positive reputation is what they need to keep in business. Roofing companies that are franchised out or owned by a larger corporation elsewhere have many sources for income and thus don’t rely on customer retention as much. That isn’t to say that a larger roofing company can’t do the work well, but if you can choose a local professional you may notice greater attention to detail, more attention, and swifter response to your concerns. Another benefit to choosing a local roofer is they often have contacts to local construction companies in your area, such window experts, builders, and more who may have work outsourced to them or supplies purchased from them throughout your project. This can allow you to buy locally and build the economy in your community, which is beneficial for everyone involved in your roofing project. Experience in roofing repairs Go with a contractor who has experience not only in roofing installation, but in repairs as well. In many cases it is much harder to restore a roof to its original condition rather than building a new one from scratch, so a contractor who specializes in repairs can have more skill in what they do to make your remodeling project a huge success. In addition to having experience with more roofing concerns, an expert in remodeling and repairs can also give you a more true estimate of how much your project will cost and how long it will take to complete. Since they work with a variety of roofing issues they likely have done the type of project you have before and can educate you more readily than a roofer who strictly does installs. Before hiring any roofing contractor to do work on your home, get a free estimate from your top choices. Estimates and construction plans will vary from each one to help you make your final...

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How to Replace Rotted Rafter Tails

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Replace Rotted Rafter Tails

If you have a rotten roof-rafter tail, it should be replaced right away. Leaking is commonly a sign of damage. Leaving a roof rafter without repair can cause extensive damage. A DIY person should be able to replace the rafter, but it helps to have some carpentry experience. Here are tips to replace rotted roof-rafter tails. Prepare to Work For this project, you need: work gloves portable scaffold or extension ladder tape measure garbage bin waterproof wood filler two-inch deck screws 16D  nails hammer and nail bar pry bar cordless drill with screw tip reciprocating saw and metal cutting blade circular saw paint supplies (optional) replacement roofing material (optional) two-by-four boards Set the scaffold on flat ground and adjust it as you move along. If the roof is low, an extension ladder can be used. Get someone to hold it for you. Place a garbage bin close by to discard materials. Remove rain gutters by detaching the metal strap that holds them to the rafters; set the gutters and strap aside. Remove Rotted Tails Use the pry bar to remove rotted rafter tails. Remove nails with the claw end of the hammer or nail bar. You can cut tails with a saw, but take care not to damage other supporting wood. If you notice damage several inches beyond the tails, remove the shingles and underlayment. Pull nails with the hammer and nail bar. If damage is just on the rafter tails, leave the roofing intact. Use a metal cutting blade and reciprocating saw to cut metal roofing edges. Install New Rafter Tails Measure the length of the longest rotted section of the rafter tail with the most damage, and multiply this figure by two. Mark the measurements on the plywood and cut the replacement tail. Use this rafter tail as a guide to cut additional tails. Set the lower end of the new rafter tail on the bottom side of the sheathing between the cut rafter end and fascia. Attach a deck screw with the drill so it goes over the sheathing and through the upper edge of the rafter tail. Space screws four inches. Connect the upper end to a cut end of the rafter. Nail the fascia to the end of the rafter tail, using three nails spaced evenly. Seal the seam between the cut end of the rafter and rafter tail with wood filler, and let the filler dry. Sand and paint the tails, if desired, Replace roofing materials. If you don’t trust your skill, or if the roof is seriously damaged, contact a roofer. Talk to a company such as Berwald  Roofing Inc for more information....

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Remove Rust From A Garden Shed’s Roof And Apply Sealer To The Treated Surface

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remove Rust From A Garden Shed’s Roof And Apply Sealer To The Treated Surface

If the edges of the metal roof on your garden shed have rusted, treat the corroded areas by completing the steps below. After finishing, apply a coat of rust-inhibiting sealer on the roof’s surface to protect it from rusting again. Materials ladder roofing detergent water hose bucket scrub brush (with stiff bristles) cordless nail puller nail gun roofing nails hand sander sandpaper (low grit) naval jelly foam brush plastic sheeting scissors painter’s tape rust-inhibiting sealer mixing stick paint tray paint roller, frame, and handle Clean The Metal, Replace Hardware, And Remove Rust Lean a ladder next to the side of the shed. Prepare a cleaning solution inside of a small bucket by mixing detergent that is designed for metal roofs with water. After applying the cleaning solution to dirty spots on the rooftop, use a scrub brush with stiff bristles to assist with loosening each stain. If any of the roofing nails have a rusted surface, use a cordless nail puller to remove them. Install new nails with a power nail gun. Secure a piece of damp sandpaper to a hand sander. Move the sander back and forth over rust spots on the roof’s surface. Grip the sander firmly as you press against the back of it. Use a foam brush to apply a coat of naval jelly to any thick sections of rust that are difficult to remove with the hand sander. After the jelly begins to disintegrate the rust spots, move a scrub brush back and forth over each spot. Rinse the rooftop off with a hose to eliminate small flecks of rust or naval jelly that remain. Wait for the metal surface to dry thoroughly. Apply A Rust-Inhibiting Sealer Cover portions of the shed that are adjacent to the rooftop with pieces of plastic sheeting. Use painter’s tape to secure the edges of the sheeting. The sheeting will prevent sealer from getting onto the shed if the product accidentally spills. Mix a can of rust-inhibiting sealer that is formulated for exterior use, and add some of the sealer to a paint tray. Use a paint roller to apply a thin, even coat of sealer across the roof’s surface. Wait for the sealer to dry thoroughly and add a second coat of sealer to the roof in the same manner. After the second coat of sealer has dried, remove the strips of tape that are holding the pieces of plastic sheeting in place.  For more information, contact local professionals like BCI Metal...

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Questions To Ask When Extending Your Roof To An Addition

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions To Ask When Extending Your Roof To An Addition

Adding an addition to your home adds many building challenges, not least of which is how to put a roof over the area without detracting from the original home’s aesthetic appeal or practicality. Here are some of the questions that you can ask with your roof repair contractor during the planning process. What Will the Form of the Roof Be? The first thing to consider is what the new roofing structure will look like. Are you able to extend the existing slope of the roof to cover your addition? This may be possible if the existing slope is reasonable enough to give plenty of head space to your home addition. It would also depend on the structure of the previous roof, and whether your roofing addition would need to rely on more structure than that. There’s also the option of creating multiple peaks within the roofing structure. This can be great for keeping each area self-contained, and it may even add visual interest to the home when done right. How Can We Avoid Water Drainage Issues? Another thing that can come up is water drainage issues. Hopefully, your old roof was designed so that water would easily flow off at several points. If you change the slope of the roof, you may end up with an area where water pools or drains off more slowly. That’s why it’s important to have a professional look over your roofing plans to find practical issues. How Will the Roof Mesh with the Old? Planning a roof addition isn’t just about the new materials; it’s also about the old. If you have one side of the home that has brand new materials, and other side has missing shingles, it creates an imbalance. You might want to plan for a roofing renovation on your main home before you start with a roofing installation. The contractor would go through and repair damaged areas and put a new coat of finish on. These are only a few of the questions that may come up during the roofing design phase. As you can probably imagine, it’s much easier to work with a roof repair contractor from the beginning, so that they can point out any obstacles that may interfere with your roofing plans. With a great design in hand and solid construction throughout the process, you can build a roof that is an asset to your new, expanded...

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Three Common Spots for Roof Leaks

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Common Spots for Roof Leaks

Although some roof leaks are very straightforward and easy to identify and remediate, others are sneaky and resist discovery. Instead of dripping or causing water damage directly under the problem spot, the leak may run along the underside of the roof for a long time before dripping. If you have a leak that you’re having a hard time identifying, be sure to check for damage in any of these three common trouble spots. 1. Flashing  The flashing around the edges of your roof and around anything sticking up in the middle of it (such as a chimney, a bathroom vent, or a stove vent) is vital to the health of your roof. The flashing’s function is to direct water around and away from the vulnerable area. If the flashing is missing, water can soak into the cracks uninhibited. Even more insidious is incorrectly installed flashing. If the flashing is present but is somehow not doing its job correctly, this type of leak may still occur, and it may be more difficult for a non-professional to spot.  2. Gutters Although the flashing at the edges of the roof prevents water from running down the roof and into the cracks where the roof meets the wall, it’s still possible for water to get up under the roofing shingles if it collects for long enough. Gutters that are blocked with debris can allow water to collect until it backs up all the way to the roof’s edge and seeps in under the shingles. This is why it’s important to keep your gutters cleared out, especially when a storm is on the way. Gutters that were previously functional before a storm can become more and more blocked as the storm progresses. 3. Valleys Valleys are areas where the lower edges of two roof slopes meet. If your roof has two or more peaks, check the valley area for any signs of damage. Because water and gravity are both working against the roof in these sections, any incorrect installation or flaws in the materials can allow a leak to develop. Because of this, a valley is still an area of interest even if there doesn’t appear to be any damage.  These three spots are all vulnerable to damage and leakage, so they’re good places to start when you’re hunting for an elusive leak in your roofing. If you still can’t find the source, be sure to have a roofing professional take a look at it for you so you can get the problem solved before you have water damage issues such as rot and mold to deal...

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The Best Color Combinations For A Gorgeous Roof

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Best Color Combinations For A Gorgeous Roof

You can sometimes repaint your roof if you aren’t happy with the color, but doing so can be an absolute pain given how hard it is to climb on top of the roof to perform the paint job. Therefore, it is a better idea to put a lot of time and effort into selecting the perfect color for your roof far head of time. Consider Your Climate One of the most significant decisions is choosing between a light colored and dark colored roof. Light colored roofs are more reflective, allowing for light to bounce off of the roof and helping to keep the home cooler. Dark colored roofs absorb heat, which makes them ideal for roofs in cooler climates where heat absorption would be beneficial. Choose A Roof Based On Your Bricks If your home is constructed using brick, the bricks are permanent. Make sure that the shingles on your roof are selected based on the color of the brick because the brick cannot be changed. Choose a color that matches the color of your bricks well. Great combinations for homes include the following: Dark grey or black with blue or light grey Brown roofing with cream brown or a tan-colored home Dark grey or black shingles with a white home Green, red or yellow homes with black, brown or grey roofs Choose Neutral Colors if You Want A Timeless Home If you intend to sell your home or if you are concerned about whether your home will look trendy in a few years, stick with neutral colors, which tend to stay in style. Do not use very colorful roofs unless you are more worried about whether your home will look trendy or if you are trying to achieve a specific look. For instance, if you would like your home to look like it would fit in a French countryside, choose a blue-green roof. If you would like a more Spanish-style roof, choose an orange-clay option. A red roof with blue and white siding is ideal if you are aiming for a more nautical look. It is difficult to create hard and fast rules for how to pick the best roof color because this is a very subjective process. However, these guidelines can make the process somewhat more simple. Spending some time looking at houses, especially the homes of your neighbors, can make the process of detemrining the best color roof for your home much easier. For assistance, talk to a professional like Durable Roofing...

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Why Metal Roofs Are Also Environmentally Friendly

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Metal Roofs Are Also Environmentally Friendly

Metal roofs are rarely mentioned where environmentally roofing materials are being discussed, but they aren’t that damaging to the environment. Metal may not occupy the top spot for the most eco-friendly roofing material, but these four reasons mean the material isn’t that dangerous to the environment: The Material Is Recyclable Most metal roofs are made from recycled materials. The percentage of recycled materials usually ranges from 25% to as much as 98%; the level of recycled content depends on the manufacturer. At the same time, when you eventually replace your metal roof, the old one will be a hundred percent recyclable. This means metal rarely fills landfills. You Can Install It Over An Existing Roof Roof replacement can be damaging to the environment if most of the old materials are taken to a landfill. However, this doesn’t need to be the case if the new roof is a metallic one. Metal roofing isn’t very heavy, and most building codes allow at least two layers of roofing. Thus, instead of tearing up your asphalt roof and taking it to a landfill, you can just cover it with the metal. It Is Durable As discussed above, replacing a roof harms the environment if most of the old materials are taken to a landfill. The more durable your roofing material is, the longer it will take before replacing it. This means that a durable roofing material is often more environmentally friendly than a less durable one.  The metal may not be the most durable roofing material known to man, but it compares favorably with many popular roofing options. For example, a metal roof can last for between 50 and 100 years depending on the type of metal, whereas asphalt roofs rarely pass the 30-year mark. It Has Energy-Related Benefits Metal roofing can reduce your energy consumption in several ways. For example, a reflective metal roof can reflect as much as 80% of the solar energy that falls on it. This is energy that would have raised your room temperature, requiring hard work from the air conditioner (hence energy consumption) to get rid of. You can also retrofit your metal roof with a solar thermal heat recovery system that harnesses the roof’s heat to warm up your rooms or heat your water, which reduces your overall energy consumption. In short, don’t dismiss metal roofing products if you are in the market for a roofing material that isn’t too harsh on the environment. For more information, contact Chinook Roofing or a similar...

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Thinking Of Switching To A Metal Roof? Here Are A Few Things You Need To Know

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thinking Of Switching To A Metal Roof? Here Are A Few Things You Need To Know

Many homeowners tend to go with roofing that they already have in place when it is time for a replacement. However, choosing a new roof should involve careful consideration of the different types that are available, especially since this is a roof you will be dealing with for many years down the road. Whether you have wooden shake, asphalt shingle, or any other type of roof now, if it is time for replacement, metal roofing is most definitely worth your time to consider. Here are a few things you will find useful to know about metal roofing as a homeowner who is in the market for your next roof.  Metal roofing has an incredibly long lifespan. Of all of the different roofing materials, metal is one that is highly admired in the industry for supplying the longer lifespan. If you have a tin metal roof, you can fully expect that it will last 40 or 50 years. If the metal roof you choose is made from galvanized steel, you could even get 60 years or more from one installation. While some other roofing types have long lifespans, none come close to this. Metal roofing goes on much more quickly than many other roofing types.  Metal roofing comes in large sheets or panels that are attached in place with fasteners, with the edges overlapped together. On the other hand, other roofing types can involve incredibly complicated installation processes. For example, asphalt shingles are basically small blocks of shingles that are individually attached and overlapped together until the roof is covered. All in all, a metal roof will go on a lot more quickly because of its simplistic design and easier installation. Therefore, choosing metal roofing means you will see your new roof complete in a lot of cases in just a few days.  Metal roofing can be installed right over a shingled roof for added insulation.  If you have ever dismissed the idea of getting a metal roof because you believed that all of the shingles would first have to be removed, think again. A metal roof can actually go on right over existing shingles in most cases. In fact, adding a metal roof over a shingled roof just adds an extra layer of insulation on your roof. Plus, having a shingled roof beneath your metal roof will ward off the usual sounds of rainfall that can come along with having a metal...

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3 Tips For Preparing The Outside Of Your Home Before Having Your Shingled Roof Replaced

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Preparing The Outside Of Your Home Before Having Your Shingled Roof Replaced

If you are preparing your home for having your shingled roof replaced, you may have already taken steps to protect the inside of your home, such as taking down any pictures and storing your breakable knickknacks. However, you should also prepare the outside of your home as well. Use the following tips to get your property ready for the construction on your roof. Move Any Outdoor Furniture Or Ornaments If you have any patio or lawn furniture, move them into your storage building or garage for the duration of the roof replacement project. This ensures that they will not only be out of the way of the roofers, but it will also keep them away from any falling shingles or dust that could fall from the roof during the job. Also, if you have any lawn ornaments, such as statues or a bird feeder, move them as far away from your house as possible. If you do not have any room in your garage, set them in the farthest corner of your property to keep them out of the way. Mow And Trim Your Lawn Once you have moved your furniture and ornaments, mow your lawn as short as possible the day before the project begins. Also, trim the grass and weeds around the foundation of your home and along the edge of your porch or deck. Since shingles and nails may accidentally fall during the roofing project, having your lawn cut short makes them easier to find. This helps the roofers in their cleanup efforts by making the debris easier to find, as well as making it safer for you after the job is completed. If your grass is too tall, a nail could be missed that could later poke you in the foot or become a projectile the next time you mow the grass. Cover Any Valuable Bushes Or Flowers If you have any valuable bushes or flower beds adjacent to your home, cover them with clear plastic before the roofing job begins. This protects your greenery from dust and debris. It also marks off the area and helps the roofers by letting them know where to be careful so they can provide their service without unintentional mishap. Following the above tips can help protect your outdoor property from the dust or debris that happens when having your roof replaced. If you have any questions or unique concerns, you may want to discuss them with the roofer who will be performing your home’s roof...

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Why A Green Roof May Be The Perfect Choice For Your Home

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why A Green Roof May Be The Perfect Choice For Your Home

If you’re looking to replace your roof, there are a number of considerations to make.  One of your primary concerns will likely be which material to use, with some of the more traditional options being asphalt or wooden shingles.  However, there is an alternative roofing option that may work even better for you:  A green roof.  As its name states, a green roof is covered in natural shrubbery such as grass or even flowers.  Learning more about the benefits of a green roof can help you determine if it should be your roof of choice. Green Roofs Are Good For The Environment As more and more people become environmentally conscious, they are looking for ways that they can do their part to protect the environment.  If you happen to be one of these individuals, you’ll be glad to know that installing a green roof is one way that you can contribute to the protection of the planet. In urban areas, many of the homes and buildings are situated in close proximity to each other.  If these homes all have darkly colored roofs, this could result in a phenomenon known as an urban heat island.  This occurs because the dark colors on the roof don’t reflect the rays of the sun.  This causes the heat to become trapped in the area, and this could actually change the climate in certain areas. When you have a green roof, the natural shrubbery atop your roof will absorb the sunlight and use it to nourish itself.  The heat doesn’t become trapped in the area, and this helps preserve the actual climate conditions of your town. Green Roofs Improve Energy Efficiency Another reason why it’s such a great idea to install a green roof is because it is a key way to improve the energy efficiency of your home.  The excess heat that would ordinarily be radiated into your home is absorbed by the greenery on your roof.  This means that your air conditioning system won’t have to go into overdrive because it’s using extra energy to maintain the temperature on your thermostat.  As a result, you may find that your energy expenses decrease substantially. Installing a green roof helps to make your home more unique amongst a sea of houses that go the more traditional route.  When you’re ready for new roofing, put a green roof at the top of your list so you can enjoy these benefits and many more. Contact a business, such as Advantage Roofing, for more...

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