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
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
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 …Read More
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 …Read More