Answers to Your Home Roofing Questions

What To Do About Flat Roof Leaks

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 …

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Preparing Your Roof For Winter

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 …

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3 Common Types Of Roof Damage That You Can Prevent With The Right Steps

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, …

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Three Improvements You May Want To Consider When Having Your Roof Replaced

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 …

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Asphalt vs Wood Shingles

Shingles are a great option for residential roofing in that you get good value for your money. You also have a couple of main choices for shingles. You have wooden shingles, which have been in use for centuries, and asphalt shingles. While asphalt shingles come with a lower installation price, wood shingles still hold an advantage in a couple of areas. 

Longevity

One key to choosing a roof material is to consider future costs. The less often that you have to replace your roof, the more money you save in the end. Asphalt shingles will typically last for about 20 years. Wood shingles will last for at least 30 years, but they can last for much longer depending on how thick your shingles are. Thin shingles are prone to cracking and breaking, but thicker shakes can last for even longer. You should also get more life from a …

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Preventing Wildfire Damage By Preparing Your Vacation Home’s Roof

Having a vacation home in the wilderness can be a great way to escape the demands of daily life. Unfortunately, these second homes are often placed in danger due to wildfires. Over 100,000 wildfires occur on average in the United States each year, which means that it’s important you take precautions to prevent fire damage if you own a home in the wilderness.

Since your home’s roof is a great access point for fire, here are three methods a professional roofing company can perform to prevent wildfires from entering through your vacation home’s roof in the future.

1. Upgrade to a roof made from fire-resistant materials.

When it comes to selecting roofing materials for your vacation home, you should keep fire prevention in mind as you make a final decision. If you want to provide the maximum amount of protection for your vacation home against wildfire, you might want to …

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