Answers to Your Home Roofing Questions

Two Ways To Keep Ice Dams From Damaging Your Roof This Winter

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, …

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Buying A Foreclosed Home With Water Stains On The Ceilings? Get A Roof Inspection

If you are purchasing a foreclosed home and you can see there are water stains on the ceilings throughout the house, you want to pay for a roof inspection before you follow through with purchasing the home. A foreclosed property is a house that you have buy as is, and you want to make sure that you don’t have to replace the entire roof.

There are a few different reasons there may be water stains on the ceiling, some of them more serious than the others. Some roofing companies will even give a free inspection.

Leaks Around Vents and Gables

If the snow is melting or it’s raining and the water happens to get through a vent because of the way the wind is blowing, you could end up with a small water stain. If water is getting around the plumbing pipes on the roof, this could be another reason …

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Tips To Consider When Deciding Between Roof Repairs Or Replacement

When a roof sustains major damage, homeowners can feel an immense sense of stress, and this should not be surprising given the expense associated with replacing a roof. Unfortunately, many homeowners lack the experience needed to make informed decisions about these types of repairs, which can cause them to make some mistakes that can lead to higher than necessary costs. Luckily, there are a couple of tips that can drastically reduce the chances of you encountering these problems. 

Verify That A Replacement Is Necessary

Many homeowners assume that major roof damage will always result in a need to replace the entire roof. Unfortunately, these individuals may simply request a roof replacement without further considering their repair options. In fact, it is often possible to simply repair heavily damaged roofs. This is usually done by patching any holes and applying new shingles to replace the damaged ones. 

In order to make …

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Impact-Resistant Shingles: How To Make Your Roof Resistant To Hail

Hail is one of the biggest threats to a roof. Most common in the Midwest, hail storms can strike anywhere and typically cause more than $1 billion in damages each year in the U.S.

Hailstones can range from small bits of ice to chunks the size of a softball, and the larger the ice that hits, the more damage can be done to your roof. Common hail-caused issues include:

  • Holes and split seams that cause leaks
  • Missing or damaged asphalt shingles
  • Cracked or broken tile, slate or concrete shingles
  • Flooded gutters or clogged downspouts caused by accumulated shingle granules or other roof debris
  • Dents on vents, gutters or flashing

What can you as a homeowner do to minimize hail damage? If you install a new roof from scratch, you’ll want to make sure your roofing contractor installs a sturdy roof decking and slopes the roof to withstand more hail. …

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Three Alternatives To Slate And Clay Tile Roofing For Your New Roof

If you have a slate or clay tile roof, it may need to eventually be replaced. Even with these durable roofing products, there are some alternatives that you may want to consider. These modern roofing materials will provide you with a more durable roof and reduce repair costs on your roof. If you want to have the tiles on your new roof, here are three good alternatives to tile for your roof replacement:

1. Stamped Metal Roofing Tiles And Shingles

Stamped metal roofing can come in patterns that look like traditional shingles and shakes. These materials are also available in slate and tile patterns, which are good alternatives to tile roofing. They have the advantage of being light, which can reduce the cost and labor of installation. You can also use these on homes that are not designed to have a real tile roof due to weight constraints. If you …

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Eight Good Reasons To Opt For An Asphalt Shingle Roof

Choosing what material you want for your roof can get confusing. After all, there are so many products on the market today. Roofing materials range from cedar shingles to slate. However, one of the most popular products, asphalt shingles, is still one of the best. An asphalt shingle roof is not only affordable, but it’s easy to repair, if necessary, and adapts to most any type of design and architecture.

Benefits of choosing an asphalt shingle roof

1. Relatively low cost. An asphalt shingle roof is one of the most affordable types of roofs available, much less than clay, metal or slate. The average asphalt roof costs between $3,962 and $5,111, according to Home Wyse.com.

2. Lightweight. Asphalt shingles are much lighter than wood shingles, metal and slate. That means you generally won’t need to reinforce your roofing supports in order to carry the weight of this type …

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