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.
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
Replacing a roof can be a costly project, which is why you should take the right steps to keep your roof in good condition. Doing so will not only lengthen the life of the roof, but it may also reduce the need for roofing repairs. If you know what types of things damage roofs and can avoid these, you may be able to avoid needing roofing repairs to your roof. Here are three common causes of damage to roofs, and the types of maintenance you should do to avoid roof problems.
Moss and trees
While trees near your home may look nice and offer shade for your house, they can also cause damage to your roof. Each year, you should inspect the trees that are near your house and trim any branches that might be touching your house, or nearly touching. Tree branches can fall and cause damage to roofs, …Read More
It may soon be time to replace your roof, and when you do, there are improvements you may want to do. Things like adding better flashing, gutters and improved ventilation which can help protect your home from leaks, while others can help prevent erosion or dry rot in the attic. If you are ready to have your roof replaced, here are some improvements you may want to do while the work is being done:
1. Installing Better Flashing To Avoid Leaks
If your home has different rooflines and valleys, these are areas that have a lot of water runoff. This means that they are also areas of your home that have more of a risk of leaking. When you have your roof replaced, you may want to have better flashing installed here. You can even have two layers of flashing, one with a rubber membrane and a metal flashing over …Read More