Answers to Your Home Roofing Questions

Have A New Roof? 2 Simple Ways To Help It Last Longer

Your roof is brand new and you want it to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, you can’t always protect it from winds, rain or snow. However, there are still things you can do to help it last longer. In fact, with proper care, your new roof should last at least 20 years. Here are two tips that will help protect your roof.

Clear Away the Debris

If you have trees near your home, you’re going to end up with debris on the roof. When piles of leaves and pine needles sit on your roof for too long, they can damage your roof. One way is by creating the perfect environment for insects to build nests. When that happens, they can chew their way through your roofing material and into your home.

Another way is by creating moisture, which can loosen the adhesive on your shingles. Unfortunately, moisture can …

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Installing Christmas Lights On Your Metal Roof – Safely And Without Damaging The Roof

Hanging Christmas lights on the roof of a home is a tradition that goes back to the early 1960s in the United States. If you want to take part in this tradition but worry about hanging the lights on your metal roof, you will be pleased to learn that it is possible and quite easy to do. Below, you will find out how to do just that.

Hanging Christmas lights on your metal roof requires a few supplies:

  • Lights – tested and meant for outdoor use
  • Extension cords – also meant for outdoor use
  • Ladder
  • Rubber soled shoes
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Self-adhesive backed clips
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean cloth

Step 1: Inspect the Lights

Before you go through the trouble of lugging the lights up to the roof, test them, replace burned bulbs and inspect the wiring to be sure that they are in good condition. Never install lights that are defective …

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Why Homeowners Should Consider Overhanging Roofs

One of the most common home renovations is roof replacement. The average roof, depending on what roofing material is used, needs to be replaced every 20 to 50 years. There are a variety of roofing materials that can be used as well as a variety of roofing types. Overhanging roofs are a great option for homeowners. This type of roofing can provide many unexpected benefits. They can help with the energy efficiency of a home and even add new and exciting style options to a space.

Energy Efficiency

Recently the energy efficiency of a home has become more important than ever. There are many ways to make a home more energy efficient but choosing overhanging roofing can provide a lot of energy savings. One of the ways that overhanging roofs impact the energy efficiency of a home is by shading windows and doors during the hot summer months. This …

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3 Tips To Prevent Ice Dams On Your Roof This Winter

Do you live in an area that gets significant snow and ice in the winter? If so, then one of the biggest threats your home could face in the winter is the formation of an ice dam. An ice dam is an accumulation of snow and ice along the eave of a roof. When snow hits your roof, heat from inside the attic causes the snow to melt. The snow then slides down your roof to the eave. However, since the eave doesn’t cover the attic, it isn’t exposed to warm air. The snow then freezes along the eave, forming a dam of ice that blocks water from draining into the gutters. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent this from happening. Here are three ways that you can prevent ice dams this winter:

Clear your gutters and downspouts. Often, ice dams start in the gutters, slowing down water as …

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What To Do About Flat Roof Leaks

Flat roofs have many advantages, but leak protection isn’t one of them. Flat roofs are likely to have leak problems if they’re exposed to a lot of rainwater. Their flatness encourages water pool on them rather than sliding off; this can lead to a greater amount of leakage when there is a crack in the roof. These roofs are also vulnerable to the stress of snow and rainwater, since the weight can collect on the roof and cause it to buckle.

Thankfully, the flatness of these roofs also makes them a bit easier to repair, since you or a repairperson can stand confidently on the roof without worrying too much about fall protection. Here are some steps to evaluating your flat roof and correcting problems you find.

Step 1: Inspecting the Roof

Flat roofs often make it easy to climb the roof and inspect the surface yourself. The first thing …

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Preparing Your Roof For Winter

The best time to prepare your roof for winter is at the end of the summer storm season. You can inspect for possible damage from heavy rains, wind, and hail before the freezing temperatures of winter arrive.

Rain can enter your home in winter because of a small opening, then freeze and expand to create an even larger opening and the potential for major water damage. Similarly,snow can blow behind loose flashing or under compromised tiles. It will then melt in the daytime sun and freeze at night causing further roof issues.

Signs of damage to look for include:

Loose, broken, or worn tiles

Wind and hail can cause roof tiles to break or completely detach from your roof. Replace both broken and missing tiles as soon as possible.

The constant pelting of heavy rain or hail can cause already worn tiles to become too thin to be effective in …

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