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
If you’re thinking about having new siding installed on your home, you may want to consider fiber cement materials. This type of siding is popular because it is so durable and versatile. It can be used on all types of homes, and even though it is a newer type of siding when compared to wood or aluminum, it can be used on historic homes since it mimics the appearance of traditional building materials. Here are some more reasons to think about buying fiber cement siding.
Material Is Durable
Fiber cement is not easily damaged. It is most like masonry in that regard. It’s fire resistant and it is not damaged by insects or rot. Fiber cement is made with wood fibers, cement, water, and a filler such as ash or sand. These materials give it the unique combination of being very durable, yet still somewhat flexible thanks to the wood …Read More
Do you have huge icicles forming in your gutters and thick layers of ice at the edge of your roof? As common as these ice formations might be, they’re not good for your home. Known as ice dams, these icy mounds are known to form when attics are poorly insulated. Snow melts on the warm roof, and the water trickles down before re-freezing along its edges.
Ice dams lead to a number of roofing issues. They can work their way under shingles, causing them to detach once the ice melts. They can also lead to water leaks, which may cause the underlying roof structure to mold and rot. If your home often forms ice dams in the winter, here are two actions you can take to fend them off.
Make sure your attic is insulated adequately.
If you don’t have enough insulation in your attic, your roof will warm up, …Read More