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Doing Smart Roof Maintenance

Doing Smart Roof MaintenanceRoof maintenance is of so much importance for the home that to deny it would be insane. Your roof is the first defense for your home and its upkeep is of the most paramount importance.

ROUTINE INSPECTION

The first of duties regarding roof maintenance is to do a regular inspection by yourself and your contracted roofing specialist. A quick glance is first to see if any objects are embedded in the roof. Look then for missing tiles or shingles. Look also for gaps and holes. Any of these could mean disaster if not repaired immediately. Even the smallest gap or opening should be investigated with scrutiny just to be on the safe side. Gutters along the roof should be checked for stability and clogging. Any indication of damage is a signpost for immediate attention. Your roofing contractor should have a routine inspection option and if not you should ask about it or make it a priority regarding your seeking a roof maintenance specialist.

ROUTINE ROOF MAINTENANCE

Routine roof maintenance means to tend to your roof on a yearly basis. Replace missing or loose tiles or shingles and keeping the roof clean. There are lots of tools for cleaning the roof but it may be wise to have a contractor do it. At a maximum once every five years should suffice but that is only if you do your roof inspections frequently, especially after extreme weather events like storms.

ANIMALS AND INSECTS

Only water damage and wind damage surpass the damage that animals and insects can do. Animals will find your roof the same protection priority that you do. They’ll notice how warm and dry it is inside your roof and will, if not prevented, tunnel in, dig in, upend your roof just to gain access inside your home and set up shop. Raccoon, possums, squirrels, bats, are the usual culprits here and they may be difficult to detect if you can’t hear them. This calls for inspecting not only the outside of the roof but the inside. Your attic should provide access here and looking behind and under everything in your attic to discover where the critters are hiding out. Once detected, don’t take them on single handed, let the professionals do it. You may need a pest control professional first, and then a roofing pro second. The pest control expert will dispatch the invaders without doing further damage and will recommend how to clean up afterward and prevent further incursions. Insects are the big nightmare here. They can lie inside your walls without detection until it’s too late to handle things affordably. Termites especially. Bees are dangerous and only a pro pest control should be employed. Animals and insects excrete both waste and other materials that can do considerable damage to wood and other materials so that’s why you need to take care of the problem under your roof as soon as you notice them.

WEATHER DISASTERS

It’s no surprise that weather is the number one cause of roof damage. That being said, after every storm of magnitude the roof should be inspected. Use the right weatherproofing and inspect the roof and repair anything prior to each season. We never know how severe the seasons’ weather will bring but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

FINALLY

Taking care of your home through proper roof maintenance means diligence and sharp eyes.

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Things to Consider When Choosing A New Roof For Your House

How to Choose a Roof for Your HomeIrrespective of the fact that you are installing a new roof from scratch or replacing the old roof, many materials are available in the market. The options are virtually endless with options ranging from asphalt, composite shingles, wood, concrete, clay tiles, slates, etc. The style is not the only important aspect, but you need to consider the weight of the material, the product costs and the necessary installation requirements. Hence, when you are going to choose a new roof for the house, always ensure you are considering the following points:

Square

Before finalizing the materials, it is important to check the specs. Instead of square feet, roofers measure the roof in squares. Here a single square measures 100 square feet (10x10ft) in the area. Hence, if the house measures 2500 square foot in the area and has a gable roof measuring 1,875 square feet, you need to buy 188-190 squares in total.

Cost Factor

Pricing of the material is the next important thing. The costs would substantially be high in case you are remodeling the house and stripping off the old materials. Additional expenses would also include the costs involved in repairing the supporting structure. Lastly, the shape of the roof will also be a major determinant too. While a gable roof having few breaks will be a simple roofing task, a house with multiple chimneys, turrets, intersecting rooflines skylights, etc. would substantially increase your costs.

Materials

It is not possible to use every type of roofing material on any roof. A flat roof or the one having a low slope will need a different material like a steeper pitch. The standard options that are available in the market include:

Asphalt Shingle: It is widely popular due to the minimal cost factor and the ease of installation. Made of fiberglass, it is impregnated with asphalt and comes with a surface similar to the sand-like granules. The prices start as low as $50 per square and go up with the kind of shingle that is selected and installed.

Wood: Use of wood for roof dates back to centuries and remains among the favorite options. The options range from redwood, southern pine, cedar, etc. Wood has a life expectancy of 25 years but costs twice as much as the other materials such as asphalt shingles.

Metal: Copper, steel, copper & asphalt, Aluminum, lead and other similar durable materials are also used for roofing purposes. Typically expensive, most of these are manufactured as seamed roofs comprising of vertical lengths of metal connected using a solder. Their range starts from $250.

Tile & Cement: Known as half cylinders of tile roofing, they are common on Spanish Colonial and Mission styles. They are expensive but highly durable and heavy.

Slate: Another durable material, slates are available from different quarries. They are sourced from Vermont, Pennsylvania and other states also provide multiple options. Starting from $800 a square, these can last for hundred years and above with low maintenance.

Finalizing your Choice

When it comes to remodeling, the existing roof of the house plays a most important role to complete the best roofing material. However, other factors such as texture, color, durability, weight, etc. will also be some of the crucial points to consider.

Key Installation Notes

Use flashing for exterior work on the roof and its siding. It is usually a metal or a plastic film that is applied in strips around areas where dissimilar materials are joined.
Irrespective of the choice of roof materials, coursing needs to be parallel to the edges. It is important that the joints are staggered from a course to the other to prevent any leakage.
Use cedar shakes or lengths of furring strips laid across the roof for allowing the roof to breathe.

For professional roofing services that are affordable and offered from experienced roofers, Kidder Roofing is a reliable name in the Clearwater area. For availing their services, dial 727-532-2300 or follow them on social media.

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Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL

Kidder Roofing just started a new project in Largo FL.
Roof sheathing and underlayment were replaced and new shingles will be placed in a couple of days.

Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL
Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL
Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL
Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL
Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL

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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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