Answers to Your Home Roofing Questions

Two Signs That It May Be Time To Replace Your Rain Gutters

Of all the fixtures on your house, the rain gutters may be one of the most valuable, but least attended.  Rain gutters help to channel water away from your house so that the structure and foundation of your home won’t be damaged.  Although it may seem like your rain gutters can go on for years with no problem, it may be time to replace them.  Use this information to learn more about the warning signs that it’s time to install new rain gutters on your house.

Standing Water Around Your Home

One of the telltale signs that your gutters are no longer working properly is standing water around your home.  If you notice this, it’s definitely time to call in the professionals so you can have your rain gutters inspected and replaced.

The purpose of rain gutters is to get the water away from your house.  You don’t want the …

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Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Creole-Style Home

Creole-style homes evoke the spirit of New Orleans, with its French-influenced architecture. The homes, which are found throughout the south, are best known for the roomy front porch and parallel upper balcony that cover the entire front of the house. The porch, balcony, and the roofline are highlighted with ornamental accents including iron railings and woodwork. The structure is topped off with a flat-style roof.

Do you own a Creole-style home and need a new roof? There are a few key roofing materials that are best – or worst—for this style of roof. Here are a few options to discuss with your roofing contractors.

Best: Metal Roofing

The flat-style roof isn’t completely flat; there is enough of a slope to help rainwater off the roof and into the drainage system. But in areas that receive heavy amounts of rain, this slope might not be sufficient at getting the water off …

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Four Ways A Metal Roof Can Benefit You

Travel on any average neighborhood street and it’s likely that most of the houses will have a traditional asphalt roof. Just because it’s the most common choice doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box by installing a metal roof on your home. This roof style can offer you a number of benefits that you may have overlooked.  

Good For The Environment

When it comes to the environment, once asphalt shingles are worn, there is little that can be done with them. Oftentimes, the shingles end up in a landfill somewhere only contributing to the pollution problems in many cities. Metal roof disposal is just the opposite. The materials used for a metal roof can be recycled and used as for another roof or for some other purpose. However, the main takeaway is that the roofing materials don’t end up in a …

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4 Signs You Need To Replace Your Gutters

Your home’s gutter system is essential to ensuring proper water drainage, and if it fails, can lead to flooding and leaks within your home, which can be expensive to repair. Thankfully, there are a number of warning signs that your gutters will exhibit as they reach the end of their lifespan. Knowing what to look for can help you replace your gutters before they end up failing.

Sagging

Over time, physical pressure, weather exposure, and debris can loosen the fasteners and screws holding your gutters to the side of your home. This can result in your gutters sagging or bending outwards from your roof, leaving a gap between them and the edge of your roof. This gap can allow water to flow down the side of your home and pool near the foundation, where it can enter your basement and cause water damage. Thankfully, this is also the easiest warning …

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Take Care Of Your Home By Taking Care Of Your Roof

Make time to watch for signs of a deteriorating roof; this may include leaking, gravel or asphalt around the yard, or stains on the exterior of your home. Make necessary repairs imminently to maintain the condition and integrity of your roof, or contact a roofing contractor for repairs, sooner, rather than later.

Protect your home’s roof with these tips:

Replace and repair shingles. If you notice missing shingles, replace them and repair the roof promptly; ignoring this situation may result in property damage from water. Water can seep into the roofing materials beneath the shingles, and into your home which may cause the growth of mold. Avoid these potential issues by checking your shingles periodically, and fixing any issues quickly, before the season changes.  

Make your roof off-limits. Extra weight on your home’s roof can cause it to leak; avoid situations that could lead to potential issues. Use a …

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Metal Rooting And Mountainous Terrain

When you live in the mountains, snow can pose a real and costly threat to your home. Snow might seem like a beautiful white blanket as it accumulates on the ground, but as it accumulates on your roof, it can cause either roof collapse or ice dams. In either case, you can be looking at thousands of dollars worth of damages. In order to protect your home without having to climb up on your roof to shovel the snow off, you should install metal roofing. 

How Metal Roofing Defeats Ice Dams

An ice dam forms as snow melts over the body of your roof then freezes over your eaves. As layer after layer of ice accumulates, it creates a dam that can cause water running off your roof to pool up. If the pool gets deep enough, it can run under shingles, which are designed with the understanding that gravity …

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