Learn to Listen Your Roof

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Protection Roof, Roof Repairs | Comments Off on Learn to Listen Your Roof

Learn to Listen Your Roof

Is your roof trying to tell you something?

There are lots of things that can go wrong with your roofing system. Gutters filled with granules, missing shingles and ceiling stained by water after every rain means that you have roofing problems on your hands. After talking with an owner of a local roofing company,  he told me about main things every homeowner should pay attention to if they wish to keep their roof in the best condition possible and their home secured.

Stained Ceiling

If you have stains stretching across your ceiling, your roof is probably trying to tell you that it has a leak. Leaks can be hard to fix and even harder to detect at the source. Small leaks are always much more difficult to find than big leaks. Your roofing contractor will have a difficult job at locating a leak if it only drips a few drops at a time. Leaks can usually end up 15 feet away from the source. If you notice warning signs that there might be a leak present in your home you should contact you certified roofing contractor as soon as you can.

Granules in Gutters

What does it mean to find shingle granules on your sidewalk or in your gutters? Well, that means that your roofing material is near the end of its life cycle. As the time passes, your roofing material will become weaker and sooner or later you will have to replace it with a new one. If your roofing material has spots in a different shade or even color, that means that your shingles are losing granules. Contact your roofing contractor and have your roof inspected to see what you should do next or clean your gutters if you are not afraid of heights.

Cracked Shingles

When your shingles start to crack that means that there are no more protective granules covering them. Instead, your shingles are now brittle, and they can easily crack. Best thing to do is to contact your roofing contractor and schedule an appointment for the roof inspection. Granules are there to protect your roofing material from heat, cold and UV rays. If there are no granules left, your shingles will get exposed to the harming environment, and they will break. If that starts to happen, chances are you will require complete roof replacement.

Missing Shingles

If you notice that your roofing material is missing in some places, chances are you are dealing with a critter or a damaged sealant strip. If you have tree branches hanging near your roof, small animals can easily access your roofing system, and the can easily rip off your roofing material to enter your home. If you notice areas with missing roofing materials or if your shingles are getting loose, you should have them replaced by a roofing professional to avoid dealing with expensive damage caused by animals and outside elements.

If you notice any of these signs happening on your property, you will know what to do. Your roof is regularly communicating with you; you just have to know how to listen.

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What’s New in Roofing Industry?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Protection Roof, Roof Structure | Comments Off on What’s New in Roofing Industry?

What’s New in Roofing Industry?

How advances in roofing technology affect roofing industry

Installing a new roof today is not a nightmare everyone believes it is. Roofing materials and tools are different than they were 25 or 30 years ago. Today, you will be glad to hear that your asphalt shingle roofing system can last up to 30 years if regularly and properly maintained by a professional. In addition to that, a new roof can boost your home’s market value up to 30% and it can yield an ROI of up to 75%- That profit can be compared to adding a 1, 000 square feet to your home. Thanks to constantly advancing roofing technology, your new roofing system can be eco-friendly, more sustainable, more economically priced and energy efficient. Today I will talk about advances in roofing industry as well as technology and why it is not that bad to have your old roofing material replaced with a new one.

Improved traditional asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in the United States thanks to their low price, various color options, patterns and more. Today, contractors and homeowners are more often choosing laminate asphalt shingles opposed to standard asphalt shingles. Laminated asphalt shingles offer more durability, and they are available in great variety of color and style blends. Some composite shingles today can contain cooling granules which mean that they are more energy efficient and that you will experience lower energy bills.

Solar Roofing Materials

While it is true that solar panels are getting more popular with each passing year, they are not the only roofing material capable of harnessing the sun’s energy. Tile solar roofing, photovoltaic roofs, photovoltaic modules and solar shingles use the thermal energy of a sun which they convert to electricity, just like solar panels. This will help you to save up on your energy bills since you won’t be dependent on the electric grid that much. There is a chance that your solar roofing material will generate enough power that you will be able to sell excess power. If you think about changing your old roofing material with a new one, definitely keep this option in a mind.


The color of the roofing material has always played the vital role for homeowners. Everybody wants their roofing material to match colors with the color of their property. That is not that strange since it gives more curb appeal and it can even boost the market value of your property. If you live in a warm climate, you should go for a ”fresh” colored roofing material since it will absorb less heat which means that you will save money on air conditioning. However, if you live in a cold climate, you should go for a ‘darker’ colors which will absorb more heat.

So that would be it.

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Shingle Roof Installation

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Roof Structure | Comments Off on Shingle Roof Installation

Shingle Roof Installation

How to prepare yourself and your home for a shingle roof installation

Sooner or later the day will come when you will have to replace your roofing system with a brand new one. In this post, we will talk about shingle roofing system to be precise since shingles are one of the most common roofing materials. They are popular because they are light in weight, they are easy to work with, they are available in many colors and patterns, and they are budget-friendly roofing material. So let’s say that you have already opted for shingles as your roofing material of choice, you have already picked a color, and you have reviewed the extent of the work which will be required to finish the project. Roof installation project will turn your home into a construction site for some time, and there are steps you can take to make yourself and your family prepared for what’s to come during the roofing project.

You need to free the space around your home

Roofers will have to get close to your home in order for them to get up on the roof. All of their tools and materials will also have to be as close as possible to your home and your roof. Make sure that you clean out anything that might be in the way of roofers and ensure that you free-up the driveway. Park your car little further from home so that your roofing contractor can easily access your home and your roof.

Pets and kids

It is always highly recommendable to keep your children and your pets away from the project site. It would be best if they were to stay indoors or away from the job site. There are many things that can go wrong if you have pets and children running all over the roof construction site, and nobody wants that to happen. Safety is always the priority.

Roof preparation

You don’t have to worry about the debris falling on your lawn or in your yard. Professional roofing company will always collect all the debris once the project is done. The thing you should do instead is to cut off the power to any attic ventilation fans and if you have some valuable things stored in the attic make sure to adequately protect them since the dust will be falling all over the place. You can cover them with something, or you can even relocate them to another room.


Talk to your neighbors and let them know that you have a roof installation project on hands and that you hope it won’t be a problem for them. Hammers, nailguns, nail and other tools will be continuously used, and they will make loud noises. Prepare yourself and your close neighbors for that.

Once the project is over, your roofing contractor will inspect your roof to see if everything is okay. Once the inspection is over, roofing project is finished, and you can enjoy your brand-new roofing system.

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What to Look For When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Protection Roof, Roof Repairs, Roof Structure | Comments Off on What to Look For When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

What to Look For When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Everything you need to know before you hire a roofer

A new roof, whether you are building your house from scratch or renovating it is a huge investment. You cannot gamble with trusting just any roofing contractor to handle this huge investment. What are some of the things that you should look for when hiring a roofing contractor?

1.    Bids

If you have chosen to take bids for your project, do not always go to the lowest bidder. There is a high likelihood that poor quality materials will be used. There could also be sub-standard work. Sometimes, the lowest bidder can offer his services at the lowest prices because he has lower overheads or has a source where he can get quality materials at low prices.

2.    Experience

You need to know how long the contractor has been in business. An experienced contractor will have a grasp of the industry. They can borrow from their experience gained over the years to advise you accordingly and install a durable roof for you.

3.    Licensing and Insurance

It is illegal for a roofing contractor to work without a permit in most states. Inquire whether the contractor is licensed and insured. More specifically, inquire about liability and worker’s compensation. If a roofer is not insured, he is susceptible to all sorts of risks, ranging from liability for personal injury or damage to your property.

4.    References

Is the contractor ready to show you previous work? Could he even provide a list of those customers? Can you contact them? The contractor cannot give you a list of unhappy customers. If you can, contact the previous clients in person, and find out whether they were any hitches. You can check with the Better Business Bureau. You may find some unhappy customers here. Well, you will always find a few complaints. The question is, how did the company handle them?

5.    Communication

The contractor should be able to understand your needs, answer your questions and keep you up-to-date on their progress. How frequently do they communicate? What is their main mode of communication? How easy is it to reach them? What modes of communication are available? Are they transparent about all their charges? Do they have any hidden charges?

6.    Warranty

Your roofing contractor must offer a guarantee on your roofing project. The roofing manufacturer usually includes a product warranty. This does not cover installation. Get a guarantee (written) from the contractor that covers any problems with installation or defects in the materials.

7.    Personnel

The roofing contractor needs to work with a skilled workforce. Check the training or skill levels that they demand their workers to have. Inquire whether the company provides any safety training programs.

8.    Clean up

Will the roofing contractor clean up when they are done with the project? If you are renovating and they need to do roof tear-offs, is the clean-up included in the cost? You do not need hazards in your home when the project is complete.

Most importantly, ensure that everything is in writing: the contract, the scope of the project, dates for the beginning and the completion of the project, an itemized list showing the cost for materials and labor as well as the materials to be used and their specifications.

All in All

You now know what to look out for when hiring a roofing contractor. „Do not settle for anyone who calls themselves a roofing contractor. Your house it too valuable for that.“ You should live by that rule. Protect your home by hiring the best roofing contractor available.


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Protection and appearance of the roofs

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Protection Roof, Roof Repairs, Roof Structure | Comments Off on Protection and appearance of the roofs

Protection and appearance of the roofs

The roofs on many houses may have roof windows, may be straight, saddle, with misplaced roofs, smooth or colorfully covered, depending on the taste of the owners who live under them. In the contemporary building, there are variety of solutions so that the actual production is adapted to tile models and colors. The owners of properties expect much more than just protection against the weather from the roofs. In addition to nice look, on the roof can be found a place for solar panels and photovoltaic cells.

Many families have expressed a special affinity to the modern architecture and to the appropriate roof forms and warm color tones. Producers launched the new models of tiles: modified form of roof tiles, specifically intended to cover flat roofs that protect the house in areas with heavy rainfall like the roof slope below 20 degrees.

The big problem is the dirt of the roof that is caused by moss and algae and spoils the appearance of the roof. Glazed tiles could be one of the possible solutions but in some parts do not meet the norms of the spatial plan. There are special coatings that dissolve all harmful substances from the air, which then easily can be washed out by rain. These coatings have a palette of colors, which is also diverse and includes brown, red or black through to blue and green. So you can choose a color that you prefer most.


The new architecture and the way of covering of the roof are in close interrelation. Roof coverings, with elegant and straight looks, are particularly suitable for covering the modern buildings.

The most popular are roof coatings of zinc, aluminum, or more recently in stainless steel. All these covers require a high level of precision during the process of connecting the individual elements and can be placed only and exclusively by trained and skilled people. In addition, expenses for these types of cover are much higher than with modern tiles, but they last much longer.

Green Roofs

Ecologically oriented family can make a roof in a completely different way. They may look for an alternative in the form of a green roof. Considering that such roofs retain rainwater, sewage drains are not big problem. Moreover, green roof has additional benefits. Thanks to the higher thermal insulation, it’s pleasantly warm during the winter under such a roof, while pleasantly cool during the summer. It must be stressful that not every roof is suitable for planting herbs.

In addition to planting herbs, it is strongly recommended to pay attention to the types of plants that are planted. The choice is pretty simple: species that are resistant and which do not require additional care are the perfect. During the winter, green roofs look a bit messy, but during the summer the offer a full range of all possible colors with colorful plants.

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