Answers to Your Home Roofing Questions

Knowing What to Ask For in a Roofing Contract

Nobody looks forward to the idea of replacing their roof, yet it’s one of those things that has to happen sooner or later. Unfortunately, since they only have to deal with this once or twice in their life, many people don’t understand all of the things that should be addressed when replacing a roof. If your roof needs to overhauled soon, read on. This article will discuss three things you should be sure to write into your roofing contract.

Kick Out Flashing

Most homes contain one or more areas where a roof and a wall intersect. These represent particularly vulnerable places. That’s because water coursing down the roof is often able to penetrate the behind the sheathing on the walled side. When this happens, expensive and damaging leaks often ensue. Likewise, you may end up experiencing rot, mold, and mildew damage.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to avoid such repercussions: …

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Keeping Your Business’s Metal Roof Looking Like New

Owning a business with a rooftop made of metal ensures that your structure is protected with a hardy medium that tends to last for a long time. A metal rooftop is a beautiful addition to a building and will last for many years if it is cared for properly. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure your building’s new roofing medium looks its best while providing ample protection to your business at the same time.

Clean Your Roof To Minimize Damage

A metal rooftop will need to be cleaned to remove any twigs, leaves, pine needle clumps, and dirt from its surface. Failure to clean a metal roof will lead to the possibility of a flawed appearance. If water gets pooled up underneath debris, it can lead to unfortunate rusting. This will alter the aesthetics of your roof in addition to weakening the metal. Using a soft-bristled broom on a metal roof is best as it will not …

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Want To Protect Your Roof In A Storm? Start With The Garden

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 …

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New Roof Gutters Under A Tree? Use Guard Gutters To Keep The Gutters Cleaned Out

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.

Gutter Guards

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 …

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Do the Environment a Favor: Opt for a Metal Roof

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 …

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Is Your Roof Ready For Spring Showers?

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 …

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