How to Maintain Your Roof: Saving Time and Money

How to Maintain Your Roof: Saving Time and MoneyRoof maintenance does not have to be difficult, disheartening, or impossible without shelling out tons of money to cover unwanted costs. In fact, quite the contrary, regular maintenance, and a quality roof setup are more than likely to last you at least 15 to 25 years on average. And, if you’ve just purchased a new home, then, one of your first major steps should be having either someone knowledgeable you trust, or a licensed professional come out and inspect it, to prevent any future excessive costs.

Regular inspections and basic roof maintenance like cleaning out the gutters or keeping an eye on things up there can make all the difference between making or breaking your roof.

On average, a roof will cost anywhere from $10,000 – $20,000 or more, depending on the type of roof you decide to go with, and the size of your home’s roof. For starters, an excellent routine to get into is checking the condition of your roof before and after every major season change. Also, inspect the condition of your roof tiles, gutters, and look out for any anomalies right before, and after any major storm or weather change. Often, you will be able to notice things like peeling, shattered tiles, missing tiles, cracks, or granules on your own – as you’ll know your roof better than anyone else. Although, ultimately, regular roof maintenance should include you putting special precautions in places, such as gutter screens, regular cleaning, and the unclogging of any irrigation systems tied to your roof.

Other common and effective roof maintenance are regularly inspecting your ceilings and roof for any unusual or unsafe wear and tears, such as mold – or breaking and cracks which could be serious cause for concern. Often, loose bolts or flashings are the culprit and can be easily fixed or replaced for just a few dollars – as opposed to the thousands of dollars it could cost you later on.

As far as cleaning and roof maintenance goes, you may be surprised to learn that there are several Do It Yourself (DIY) methods available using simply a broom and hose to clean up. Also, moss and mold removing cleaning agents can be helpful, and, in most cases, the majority of this type of regular cleaning and maintenance can be done for a fraction of the cost of a professional. Although, for those with less experience or a lack of tools and “know-how”, results can be poor, and it may very well be more affordable to have a professional come out and do it for the sake of preventing any accidents.

Speaking of assistance, always ensure you have a partner, or a “spotter” when using a ladder, and don’t ever rest your ladder on the gutters themselves. That is, as they are typically made of a thin metal which can bend (damaging your irrigation system), and can cause you to fall off your ladder.

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How to Tell Whether You Need a Roof Replacement or a Simple Patch Up

The rooftop which shields you and your family from the elements as well as protects the interiors is that part of the home which is vulnerable to suffer the maximum damage in the long run. However, when it comes to renovating the home, most homeowners or property developers tend to focus more on revamping the inner sections, postponing upkeep of the roof. The rooftop, needless to say, is the most significant structure of your dwelling that not only shelters you from the vagaries of weather but also help maintains the market value of the residence.

So, you can afford to continue avoiding taking care of the top of your house at your own peril. But how’d you make out whether you need to opt for a routine repair job or go in for roof replacement? Of course, reroofing either partially or wholly might be rendered a futile exercise and an expensive affair if a simple patching solves the issue. However, the line that demarcates patching from replacement can get blurry sometimes and therefore it is necessary to conduct research to get to the root of the issue. There are some tell-tale indications based on which you can decide whether roof replacement would be more feasible than repairing or vice versa.

1. Has your roof become too old showing signs of decay?

The roof serves as the protective layer or shield that weathers maximum wear and tear as well as damage from inclement weather. The rooftop braves the ravages wrought by rainwater, sultriness, heat, and snow in order to keep the inside of your home comfortable throughout the year. There must have been times when a snowstorm or hurricane wrecked heavy damage to the shingles and there are signs of the rooftop creaking as it not able to keep out hot or cold air with the same effectiveness as it once used to.

In case you built or purchased your dwelling in the seventies or eighties and didn’t carry out repair jobs periodically, it is high time you started considering roof replacement.

2. Is your roof simply leaking?

Don’t get unnerved if droplets of water fall on your head or if you spot dampness on the walls of your living room. It could be that leak or leaks may have developed on the roof or under the attic beneath the rooftop. After carrying out a thorough inspection if you find that only a particular section on the top, either on the eaves or an area between the shingles (or in the loft) is leaking, only a simple patchwork that plugs the seepage will fix the problem. In such a scenario, going in for reroofing will simply not be required.

3. Keep an eye on shingles

The shingles or pebbles on the roofs of homes situated in hot climes harden up and crack over time. In case you spot this issue, you can assume that the deterioration or damage is spreading underneath. Only a roofing contractor can tell you what’s going on, so hire one.

4. Repair and save

If you spot a leak, plug the seepage without delay and start saving for a roof replacement that may become unavoidable in the future.

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Shingle Roofing Repairs and Your Wallet

Shingle Roofing Repairs and Your WalletUnderstanding shingle roofing can mean all the difference between you preserving, maintaining and repairing your roofing accordingly or reaping the consequences of neglecting to do so.

In general, roofing and shingle roofing can be quite expensive for an entire roof – although can be affordable for a simple repair or replacement of a few shingles or row.
That is, barring you’ve had your shingle roofing done by a reputable professional, in the right ways, and it hasn’t outgrown its anticipated life-span.

Homeowners will often notice that the true potential of life-span and maintenance of their shingle roofing materials will come down to the weather and conditions it undergoes over the years. Naturally, the more winds and rain-storms the more likely deterioration will take place – especially in climates where there are extreme wet, hot, and cold shifts in the temperature. This is why shingle roofing tiles are often made of different materials, dependent upon the location or your budget.

Sometimes, home-owners might find roofing shingles sprawled out over their yard or the front of their property after a big storm or other powerful weather pattern or natural disaster. This isn’t ever really a good sign, but all hope isn’t lost! Contacting a professional – as well as insurance adjuster- to come out to your home to ensure the fastening mechanisms, safety, and efficiency of your shingle roofing can make all the difference between paying a small amount of money now, or thousands of dollars (or more) later!

It’s important to ensure that if you suspect you have coverage through your home-owners insurance for such damages, that you reach out to a professional and the insurance company itself as swiftly as possible so that you maintain accountability. Make it a point to take pictures of the tiles laying in your yard or ion your property, and if possible snap photos of the damages of the roof, including from up top – if possible and safe only.

A lot of people in these types of situations fear that the reporting and filing of a claim for such an incident is going to negatively impact their homeowner’s insurance premium. While such a worry is understandable, it’s not quite as probable as one might think. In fact, an insurance company is going to likely be much more pleased with repairing a small – weather related – damage to your shingle roofing than having to replace the entire roof due to neglect, lack of maintenance, or reporting. It’s most often those that don’t maintain their home and property, account for changes or necessary repairs, or come up with questionable scenarios and claims that insurance companies seemingly reject most often

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That Tile Roof Responsibility

That Tile Roof ResponsibilityWe all love tile roofs. They’re not only attractive, but efficient, and for many a way to be nostalgic with the home’s general appearance. Tile roofing requires certain responsibilities however. There are several ways for a tile roof’s structural integrity to become compromised, and there are steps to both prevent such damage as well as repair it.
This is all done on a gradient level. Let’s realize that although there are things you can do, hiring a professional in the tile roofing industry is always a wise choice.

First of all, tile roofing is tough, but it can get damaged by weather, accidents, debris, and even animals. You don’t want objects smashing into the tiles because in some key areas of the roof, just one compromised or damaged tile can cause a cascade calling for major roofing repair. Make sure that there aren’t any overhanging trees that allow for debris from the trees to fall or allowing animals access to your roof. Believe it or not, even animals as small as squirrels can damage a tile roof by prying around and weakening the seals. Animals are curious and might find your tile roofing something worth investigating and also a means of play. Opossums, cats, squirrels and other arboreal creatures might store food or objects under the uplifted tiles. This could allow water and more debris inside. Birds can be a menace too if you live in an area where the birds get big. They can land on your roof and actually break tiles. Shooing them away often helps as they realize rest won’t be easy on your roof. Watch out also for kids and adults playing around. Some flying toys or yard toys can fall on your tile roof and cause enough damage requiring repair. If possible, keep the playful family and friends at a good distance and ask them to take special care regarding the roof.

Once you’re comfortable with the preventative measures, you now should be concerned with what to do should damage occur. Don’t try to fix things yourself if you’re not experienced. The reason being is tile roofing is specialized roofing. Installed or repaired incorrectly and it can turn into a major headache to repair. If your roofing is properly waterproofed then it calls for a professional to look at any damage that has occurred. This will ensure that if repairs are done correctly, your home or business won’t suffer from the ravages of leaks. Leaks not only damage the structure but can invite a robust environment for molds to grow which can damage the structure or compromise the health of the occupants.

So the bottom line is, a tile roof is a specialized roof. It isn’t something that anybody can just construct and repair. Knowing your responsibilities in regard to them will make for better home ownership and equity all around.

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Why A Roofing Professional is BEST

Why A Roofing Professional is BESTThere’s a lot of DIY influence videos via the internet, as well as television when it comes to home make-overs, maintenance, and repair. Unfortunately, while it does work for very few, in reality it takes an individual with a certain level of experience, credentials, and funding to really bring these ideas, or “quick fixes” to life. Most of all, take into consideration—especially when it comes to roofing—that anything that’s labeled a “quick fix” is likely just that, will not be long-term, might be cheap, but also cost you more in the long-run.

Interestingly enough, it’s worth pointing out that for the same amount of money you spend on a “cheap fix” from the local market or ‘Home Depot’, that in the end, you’ll pay just as much to hire your own professional, or will likely need that money later on for your roof when you discover that the materials you purchased and used were only one third the value or purpose of the materials that professionals use.

Before hopping up on your roof and attempting a “quick fix” take into consideration the hazards associated with such—for example how simple it’d be to fall into, through, or off your roof due to a lack of experience or understanding of how the foundation of your roof works, and how to tread or work lightly and carefully on top without causing damage. The kind of damage we’re talking here is easily into the thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars for repair. In fact, it’s even possible to cause damage to your roof and not discover it until later on, when it’s too late and the leaks have already come into your home. Even worse, such roof leaks could lead to further monetary damage, most specifically the kind in which your insurance company is unlikely to cover if and when they discover an inexperienced or unlicensed “expert” was on top applying cheap, low-grade materials in efforts to “quick fix” roof troubles.

A common setback associated with attempting to repair or maintain or roof on your own is that you’re likely to use materials contrary to the purpose, compounds, or mechanisms of other materials and technology that were used originally on your roof. In turn, this disturbs the integrity of your roofing, and can even negatively impact its total life expectancy.

Ultimately, taking all of these various variables into consideration within the dynamic of attempting roofing repair on your own, suddenly it does not seem so worth it anymore, and in turn will cause more harm than good. Don’t be misled or underestimate the true demands or roofing repair, or “quick fixes” that involve your roof, or anything else in your life for that matter that has serious professional service and maintenance needs, and elements in which you really don’t have much knowledge or experience of prior to such an attempt.

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Understanding and Expanding the Life of Your ROOF

Understanding and Expanding the Life of Your ROOFCaring for your roof does not have to be a difficult task, however it is one that is often neglected or underestimated. The material or materials used to install your roof can make all the difference in any issues with maintenance and in general, it’s total lifespan.
Technically speaking, if an under-trained or unqualified professional improperly flashed the tiles, this could lead to trouble in the short or long-term, and also be weather bound to give you issues in the future. Understandably, overtime the fasteners under your tiles go bad as well. While routine maintenance of some of these essential pieces to your roofing should be regular, it ultimately comes down to where you live, the total condition of your roof, and what you realistically expect to get out of it and for how long.

While tile materials and designs are in fact one of the most reliable and practical for roofing, this is understandably not always the case, as various climates, natural disasters, and other variables play considerable roles in the total lifespan or any issues you may have with the materials and your roofing down the line. Those in Florida find especially beneficial the usage of tiling roofing, as it adds for a dynamic, durable, and weather-resistant material that makes sense. Irrigation systems for your roof is equally important however, as outlined below, and likewise the maintenance of such holds comparable significance.

Optimizing the materials, design, and contractors or company you rely on to install your roof hands down, although quite costly in some instances, the best long-term investment for your peace of mind, safety, and longevity of your roof. Generally speaking, a good quality roof, such as made of tiling material, should last between 50 to 100 years if installed properly—excluding acts of nature or other obstructions or unexpected damages caused by man.

Take into consideration the sensitivity of tile roofs and most materials, such as the presence of individuals walking around on them, something as simple as a cable guy can actually lead to the cracking and unwanted damage to your roof if he or she is inexperienced, unacknowledged, or careless.

Proper care of tiles overtime is essential to getting the most out of your roof, requiring minimal roofing maintenance, and in turn keeping your loved ones and your family safe. Neglecting to clean the gutters is a prime example how, neglect in particular, can lead to the unwanted damage or deterioration of your roof.

To ensure your roof remains as sturdy, strong, and reliable as possible try to periodically check up on it, especially after environmentally dangerous hazards or events. Repairing or retiling your roofing post-incident can make all the difference in preservation, and minimizing total costs associated with roofing repair or restoration.

Going above and beyond to keep the environment of your roof clean, unobstructed, and easy to flow through for your tiles makes all the difference when it matters the most in terms of functionality and reliability of your roofing setup. It’s likewise equally important to ensure that you cut any trees or nearby hazards that could fall on, or otherwise damage and interfere with the integrity of your roof.

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Maximizing Your Roof’s Lifespan

Maximizing Your Roof’s LifespanMany people underestimate the significance and value of a quality roof, as well as proper maintenance that should be applied for prolonging the life of your roof.

A roof is typically made out of either asphalt or tile materials, dependent upon the age and techniques used to build your home. Unfortunately, many people do not even know what their roof is made of, nor what reasonable levels of maintenance would consist of.

Knowing Your Roof

Your roof is designed to keep you and your home dry, first and foremost. However, over the years your roof, like the rest of your house, slowly faces erosion, deterioration, and falls victim to natural environmental factors, such as weathering and natural disasters.

In places where severe weather is common, such as thunderstorms, hurricanes or tornadoes it’s very important to follow up with a professional roofer post-incident, regardless if you believe or can see any physical damage done to your roof. Roofing costs don’t have to be astronomical for repairs or maintenance, but an unmaintained roof can easily run a homeowner into the thousands of dollars faster than you know it when it comes to inadequate maintenance.

Although it’s often looked past, cleaning the gutters in your roof, as taught by any credible roofer to clients, is essential to maintaining and prolonging the life of your roof. That is, without a clean gutter, you risk water flooding and repositioning to destroy your tiles slowly, as the water has nowhere left to run.

How to Make it Work For You

If you’re considering reconstruction of your roof, or repair, it’s worth taking into consideration the much higher lifespan and strength of tile roofing as opposed to the run of the mil asphalt roofing and tiles. Although the initial roofing cost may be expensive to upgrade or repair your roof with more sturdy materials, it’s an investment for you and your home in the long run.

However, like many other substantial responsibilities in your life, such as vehicle maintenance, finding a credible roofer and zeroing in on practical roofing costs can be a hassle.

Ultimately, it is up to you to perform your due diligence in ensuring you’re dealing with a credible roofer, and roofing company. Homeowners should be weary and hesitant to rely on run-of-the-mill or contract roofers without a strong reputation or official business label and location, as often used materials might be applied, ‘hack work’ might become prevalent, and that “cheaper” cost you achieved might cost you more in the long run.

While there are many roofing-material options, a professional roofer can better help a homeowner understand what materials are most practical and appropriate per the environment in which you live, in efforts to preserve and prolong the life of your new roof and its materials.

Even when using premium-tile roofing shingles, there are still natural elements to lookout for that can wear away, destroy, and even cause flooding if given the right circumstances—so invest reasonably in your roofing materials, perform regular maintenance, and count on a reliable, professional, and credible roofer to minimize roofing costs in the long run.

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The Common Sense About Roofing Insulation And Ventilation

The Common Sense About Roofing Insulation And VentilationIt doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that a home or any sound structure should have quality insulation and ventilation.  It saves on energy, provides comfort in response to weather conditions and protects the home from temperature extremes.

With the strange weather the world is experiencing with record cold waves, monster typhoons, snow, rain, even drought and high temps, the smart homeowner will see the value of putting in a quality installation and ventilation system.  It doesn’t take much and most people can do it themselves, sort of like a weekend family project.  It does call for asking an expert first to get the right materials and to know your home’s configuration so you’ll be getting the most out of your efforts.

Some homes are positioned where they can get the worst of a weather situation especially heat and cold winds.  In that event it’s wise to approach your home with the right strategy.  If it’s heat that is the main problem then make sure you’ve got a roofing fan and the proper intake.  You want the hot air going out and the cool air coming in but you also don’t want your air conditioning system to go into overdrive.  Proper planning is essential here and done right means you’ll have optimum results.

Laying down fiberglass insulation isn’t a major chore but it is to a degree dirty and laborious.  It also depends on how clean your attic is as well as any place else you might install the insulation in like walls that face the cold side of the home.  Talk to your local pros about the right kind of insulation and the simple tools you’ll need to install it.  Safety first so bring safety glasses, gloves, and masks.  You can get all of these at your local hardware store and quite affordable too.

Think of insulation and roofing and ventilation as a means by which you protect your home and yourself.  Heat and cold can do considerable damage to the structure of your house as well as the items inside.  If you value your possessions and want to keep them in good condition you’ll have to understand that exposing them to extremes in temperature can and will damage them.

So overall, it’s common sense to install ventilation and insulation regarding roofing and more.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Asphalt Shingle Roofing?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Asphalt Shingle RoofingShingle roofing is one of the most reliable and durable roofing solutions you can find. It’s one of the most popular and for good reason. Here is an outline of the pros and cons of shingle roofing so you’ll know what you’re in for should you chose it.

First of all is the cost. They protect the structure extremely well which means the time and money you invest in it will be well spent. The variety of shingle roofing materials and configurations leaves you with choices you can live with. Both performance and longevity, look and strength are all factors that you can rely on with the proper shingle roofing choices. They’ll last a very long time and aren’t that difficult to maintain nor replace.

They come with a Class A fire rating. That means should a fire start within or outside the structure the roof will hold intact considerably. This prevents the fire from spreading faster thus protecting the structure until firefighters can arrive to do their job. Usually they come with fiberglass-backed shingles. If you live in an area where fires are prone to occur these choices are advised.

They’re also relatively easy to install and many homeowners take up the task to do the job themselves. This saves money on hiring a contractor to do it but even if you do choose a contractor the installation is so easy that you won’t be spending an exorbitant sum to do so. The installation materials are easy to follow and all you need are some handy skills, safety procedures, and a comfortable weather condition day or two.

The shingles last long. Longevity is synonymous with shingle roofing especially the higher grade quality shingles. The high end shingles do cost more but the benefit is in savings and less problems in the short and long term. They also keep the structure sturdy enough for other modifications or duties as one can walk on the shingles and not do harm.

As for the cons, they start with the typical age issues. Over time the shingles can degrade especially due to weather like too much sun or harsh winters. Cleaning the roof with rakes after snow or leaves can remove the protective granules as well. Higher grade shingles will last longer but the truth is that the shingles will have to be replaced later at some time but with a good grade of shingle and smart care that won’t be for years or decades to come.

Although thinner or cheaper grade shingles might be more affordable, in weather challenging areas they won’t stand up to the battle. You’ll end up with either damage to the roof and perhaps structure as well as having to replace the shingles sooner than expected. This costs time and money and your home shouldn’t be left to such a possible compromise in safety and appearance. No one wants cracked shingles or shingles with holes and gaps as water and debris as well as animals and insects can gain entry and cause all sorts of havoc.

Overall the pros outweigh the cons which is why shingle roofing is the roofing of choice.

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Knowing How To Select The Right Roofing Company

Knowing How To Select The Right Roofing CompanySo a storm has come through your town or city and done quite a bit of damage.  It’s hit hardest on your roof and you need to get repairs done quick to avoid any water damage from upcoming storms or animals gaining access to your structure.  You’ll need a roofing company of some repute and that means learning how to pick just the right roofing company.

First of all, all reputable roofing companies have guidelines to follow.  They’ve got to be licensed, have several insurance policies, good to excellent reputation and credentials that can be verified.  This is because far too many scammers are out there trying to make a quick buck and ot fulfill their responsibility to provide top notch craftsmanship and service.  The guidelines are simple so let’s take a look.

Do they have a business license, roofing credentials, general liability insurance and written manufacturer warranties for the materials and labor?  Also how about insurance overall for roofing?  Are their policies for insurance in good standing?

Those are just a few of the questions and concerns and there are many more.

Don’t let the salesman for the roofing company rush you into anything.  Take your time.  Make sure they have and you have crossed every “t” and dotted every “i”.  If they start badgering you to pay for the job all up front then you’re dealing with an unprofessional or a con artist.  Don’t agree to pay for needless expensive small repairs and examine these so called damaged areas of the home yourself and not take their word for it.

The roofer shouldn’t be spouting insurance company policy jargon as they’re not a professional insurance company agent.  Roofing is a specialized construction craft and the repair end is equally specialized.  Professionals will go through a proper introduction, show their credentials do an inspection that you will thoroughly be aware of and then give you an estimate of the damage and costs for materials and labor.  They won’t rush you and will be happy if you take your time to verify everything they say and what they put on paper.

Remember, roofing is a major repair job for your home.  It can cost a good amount of money and if damage has been done and your insurance company is paying for the repairs they’ll help you in determining if a roofer is legit or not.  It’s a matter of paying attention and double checking everything.

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