Shingle-ripping wind and roof-puncturing hail are often two of the aspects of storms that people think of most when imagining roof damage. However damaging those two can be, though, there’s a third aspect that can be just as bad: the items in your yard, from lawn chairs to loose branches. You can prevent a whole lot of damage just by taking care of your yard and garden, both right before a storm and over the long term. Doing so will reduce the chances of your having to clean up a giant mess.
Tie Things Down
No matter how sturdy those lawn chairs or fence panels look, if any of them are loose, or if you have anything else like toys left loose in the yard, you will have a bunch of projectiles during the next windstorm. It doesn’t take much for smaller items or those that allow for some lift …Read More
If you have installed new gutters on your roof and part of them are under a tree, you likely have problems with leaves building up on a regular basis. This can get very frustrating and time consuming. If you do not keep your gutters cleared out water will back up and this water will eventually get under the roof. Once this happens, it can cause a lot of damage to your roof and can even cause damage in your attic. Below is some information on how you can prevent this from happening.
One of the easiest ways to deal with this problem is by installing gutter guards on your gutters. These are generally very easy to install and is something you can do yourself. You can find them at most home improvement stores. You will find different types of gutter guards including:
Screen Gutter Guards
One option you …Read More
It’s everyone’s duty to preserve the earth, but it’s not always easy to make sustainable choices when remodeling or updating your home. Green building materials are not always attractive or affordable, even if you know they’re the right choice. One exception is when it comes to your roof. Metal roofing, which is attractive, affordable, and long-lasting, also happens to be a wise choice for the environment. Here’s why.
Metal roofs are typically made from recycled materials.
Few other residential roofing types are made from recycled goods or sustainable materials. Wooden shakes, for instance, are made from trees. Asphalt shingles are made from petroleum products. Metal roofing, however, is typically made from metal that has previously been used for some other purpose. Were it not used to make a roof, it would just sit in a landfill. So, opting for metal roofing allows you to reduce the amount of waste that …Read More
Many parts of your home need a spring cleaning, and the roof is no exception to the rule. You can begin inside of the attic for signs of mold and mildew. If you notice any discolored boards, you could have more serious damage that will require checking the entire roof and gutters.
Mold and Mildew: You may notice you have roof algae displayed as moss and lichens. Ignoring this is not the thing to do, because moisture can leak through the shingles and onto the roof of the home. Mold and mildew can cause health issues with family members and pets.
It isn’t advisable to use a pressure washer because it could damage the shingles. Instead, mix a combination of 50% bleach and water to remove the algae. Plants on the ground don’t like bleach, so you should wet them before and after you clean the roof area. You can …Read More
You can save a lot of money if you use salvaged materials for your tiny house, but roofing materials shouldn’t be in that list. When you choose new roofing materials, you should consider several options. You can choose from a traditional shingle or a quick-to-install roll of roofing. You get what you pay for, so that has to be one of the considerations in comparison to the roof’s durable features versus that price tag.
Cedar Shakes or Shingles: Cedar is durable, energy-efficient, and resistant to severe storms. It is beautiful whether it is in its original color or its rustic silver/gray tone. It does require maintenance. As with any wood roof, you will want to have the cedar treated with a preservative to limit the growth of fungi, moss, and mold. Treatments can also be offered in the form of a flame retardant. Shakes are thicker than shingles.
Roll Roofing…Read More
The fact that metal roofs are durable and require little to no maintenance usually makes them attractive for most homeowners. The fire-resistance and light-enough-not-to-compromise-roof-structure advantages only serve to make them irresistible. However, poor installation practices can erode these advantages and can cause the need for premature repairs. This can make having a metal roof not only frustrating, but also costly – especially if you end up with a leaking roof that exposes your property to water damage.
One of the things that most homeowners fail to provide for is the difference in expansion rates between the metallic roof and the wood strip that it is usually attached to. This then leads to fasteners backing out, metallic roof hole formation and loosening of joints. All this usually combines to make a roof that is vulnerable to moisture and which is in need of costly repairs.
Protecting your roof against expansion-caused damage …Read More