When you build a home, it is likely that you will focus on keeping your costs down. After all, building a home is a huge cost, and the more expensive your home is, the more your mortgage will constrict your budget, but as devastating as mortgage costs can be, things only get worse when you add in maintenance and repair costs. If you want to avoid high future costs, you should use premium materials in your home wherever you can. For example, using slate shingles for your roof can add to the curb appeal and overall value of your home.
The Weaknesses of Asphalt Shingles
To better understand the value of slate shingles, it helps to have something to compare them to. Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials on the market. Their popularity is mostly due to their low initial cost. The problem with asphalt shingles …Read More
It’s not unusual for roofs to leak once they’re 20 or 30 years old. However, when your brand new roof starts leaking, you’re bound to be alarmed. While having the deal with the hassle of a leaking roof is unfortunate, the good news is that your roofing company can likely come out and make a few quick adjustments to solve the problem in a flash.
Causes of New Roof Leaks
It’s important to note that just because your new roof is leaking does not mean the whole roof is faulty or the roofing company you hired is unreliable. Often, leaks in new roofs are caused by failure to properly seal a gap around a chimney or between two roofing sections. They may be caused by small nail holes the roofer simply forgot to patch. Your roofing company will not have to rip off the roof and start over. Likely, he …Read More
If you are like many homeowners, you probably don’t pay a lot of attention to your gutters. Your gutters can seem like something of an afterthought on your home, but keeping them clean, clear and free of debris is important if you want to prevent damage to your roof. Although a lot of people don’t know much about taking care of their gutters, there are things that you can do to keep your gutters in good condition. Follow these maintenance tips, and you can help keep your gutters in excellent shape.
1. Brush Away Debris Regularly
Several times a year, you should take the time to brush away any debris in your gutters. You can invest in a special tool that is used for this purpose, or you can use the handle of a long broom or rake. This will help you push out the leaves and other debris so …Read More
If you are considering getting, or already have, a foam roof on your home, you probably already know how environmentally friendly they are. They reflect sunlight, keeping your home cooler in the summer, and they lack seams where heat can escape in the winter. And the polyurethane foam used in these roofs is also completely recyclable.
So what’s the next step? How can you take a green roof and make it even greener?
Skylights allow more natural light into your home—as well as giving you a nice view of the sky. And if you can get more daylight into your rooms, you may be able to greatly reduce the amount of artificial lighting you use. Beyond just lowering your energy usage, this also means more healthy sunlight—which is good for the mood and helps the body produce vitamin D.
Skylights work very well with foam roofing. It’s easiest …Read More
Keeping your roof properly maintained is an essential responsibility for every homeowner. Once the roof starts to fall into disrepair or suffers major damage, it may be necessary to completely replace it. Unfortunately, you may be intimidated by this process, but learning the answers behind a couple of important questions may help you feel less stressed and be more informed when arranging for this work to be done.
What Is A Layered Roof Replacement?
Many homeowners are under the impression that they will have to have the entire old roof torn off the building and a new one installed. Luckily, this is not the only option, and there may be a chance that you can have a new layer added on top of the damaged roof.
When this process is done, only heavily damaged portions of the roof are completely replaced. The rest of the roof will simply have a …Read More
If you are simply looking at initial cost, then the cheapest roofing material on the market is asphalt shingles. In terms of overall costs, asphalt shingles have hidden costs that can make them more expensive to use in the long run. When you compare asphalt shingles to metal panels, you will find that although metal comes with a higher initial cost, you end up saving money in the long run.
Lifespan and Durability of Asphalt Shingles
No matter how much you wish it were true, no roofing material will last forever. The best you can do is find a roofing material that will last for a good, long time. Asphalt shingles will last for about twenty years, sometimes less. Moreover, shingles are susceptible to wind and hail damage. Even if you just barely put a new shingle roof on your house, a windstorm can sweep through and wreak havoc. Thus, …Read More