• Snow & Ice Shield Installation

    By:Steven Briesemeister

    As homeowners, we always concern ourselves with the harsh weather that accompanies the winter season. The cold temperatures and build-up of snow and ice can cause a wide array of roofing problems. Installing snow and ice shield installation is one way to protect your roof from the worst Mother Nature has to offer. Snow is a beautiful thing, but not if it’s sitting on our roof and costing us big bucks in repairs

    Snow & Ice Shield Protects Your Home

    By choosing snow and ice shield installation, you will be protecting your home in an efficient and budget conscious way. grace ice and water shield You can also have snow guards installed, which will protect from heavy snow slide-offs. These guards will hold the snow in place to allow for controlled melting. If left alone, snow can cause a lot of weight on your roof and carries the potential to damage the structure of your roof. It can cause leaks, rotting and other problems. In addition, heating costs may rise due to the presence of moisture.

    Hire A Professional Roofing Contractor For this type of job, it’s best to seek the assistance of a professional roofing contractor. Walking on the roof can be dangerous, especially if there is a presence of water, snow or ice. If the roof is wet in any way, it will become slippery and pose a risk to anyone working on it. Professional contractors know how to apply snow and ice shield installation and they will know to schedule such work on the best day possible in order to avoid working on a wet roof.

    Roof Care & Maintenance

    Regular maintenance and check-ups are key to promoting your roof’s longevity. This is especially true during the winter months. Inspect the roof, or hire a professional to do it for you, several times each year. Be sure to conduct an inspection after any major snow storm and in early spring.

    Applying Snow and Ice Shield Installation

    When you are ready to apply snow and ice shield installation to you home, contact a qualified roofing contractor. When choosing a contractor, ask for references, confirm that the contractor is licensed, check with the local Better Business Bureau, etc. It’s also important that the contractor provide you with a written proposal, which should detail the work needed, a budget and completion time. The contractor’s duties should be spelled out specifically in order to avoid confusion. Ask for warranty information on any/all products that the contractor intends to use and make sure that you keep a copy of any such information. Finally, ask about liability insurance and for proof of it’s existence.

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  • Dealing With Storm Damage Repair

    By: Steven Briesemeister

    Why you might need storm damage repair.

    The roof is the one part of a house that really protects occupants against the elements. Wind, rain, snow, sun and any inclement weather is constantly beating down on the roof of your house and this combination can have dire effects. Using a quality roofing firm and superior roofing materials means that you will be protected from all but the harshest of these conditions. However, when the weather really strikes there is very little we can do to ensure the integrity of our roof. Storm damage repair can be costly, however, it is much cheaper than leaving it to get worse and worse.

    Why you shouldn’t do storm damage repair yourself

    Regardless of the quality of your roofing and how well you look after it, certain circumstances invariably lead to damage that must be replaced as quickly as possible to avoid further, much more costly damage to the roof and to the structure of the home itself. Paying for good storm damage repair is absolutely essential in maintaining the integrity of your home, and having the storm damage repair done quickly is also vital. Small cracks or holes can quickly lead to bigger problems so you should get a quote from a trusted and respected company as soon as you possibly can.

    Very few people really know anything about storm damage repair and unless you have been in the unfortunate circumstance of needing it done it is unlikely you will know where to start. Attempting storm damage repair yourself can prove more costly than paying a professional to complete the job properly. Obviously, though, you will want to stop the rain and the wind from getting inside the house and if the storm has hit several houses in your area it may be a short while before you can get a roofer to come and fix your problems.

    Temporary storm damage repair

    Temporarily you might want to consider securely fixing some tarpaulin over any holes. It is important that you do this very securely and that you don’t leave any gaps, no matter how small the gaps may be. If you do leave even a small hole then the wind can easily get underneath the tarpaulin and rip it up taking yet more of the roof with it. You should fix the tarpaulin to the outside of your roof because while fixing it inside may prevent it from catching in the wind, rain will collect and run into the house, making your temporary storm damage repair useless.

    Adequate temporary storm damage repair

    The tighter you can pull the tarpaulin over the hole the better, so tightly secure one end and then gradually move around pulling it tight and securing it in place with plenty of roofing nails. If you get it tight enough with no holes there is no reason that you will take on further leaks while you wait for a professional roofing contractor to come out and complete the required storm damage repair. Bear in mind that full storm damage repair will first involve a thorough checkup of the whole roof and simply fixing the holes that have appeared might not be the full picture of what is required.

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  • 10 Tools Roofing Contractors Shouldn't Take for Granted

    Number One Tool Any Roofer Should Have on the Job

    The best tool that a roofer should have is a good nail gun. While most nail guns are quick, some are definitely quicker than others. By using a coil nail versus a stick nail gun, jobs can get done quicker. They also work great with any pipe support system.

    Hammering Out the Details

    Another tool every roofer should have is a good hammer. The right size hammer can really make all the difference, especially with tough jobs. When working on a roof, it can be dangerous to go up and down a ladder just to get the necessary tools. Have a good hammer on your tool belt and it could not only save time but it can make the job safer.

    The Ladder to Success

    Of course, no roofer could do anything without a sturdy ladder. This item is often underestimated. Going up and down the same ladder can cause a lot of stress, which means it should periodically replaced.

    Nail Down Any Job

    Since roofing requires a lot of nails, a good magnetic sweeper is a must. These not only save a lot of time, they save a lot of money. Especially for the homeowner. Loose nails can be dangerous if left on the ground.

    Measure the Alternatives

    Any good roofer will tell you that they cannot do any roof without a good measuring tape. It should be at least 25 feet and very stiff. It will ensure that the tiles will be placed in the right area.

    Cut Tiles Without Fuss

    A utility knife is another must. There is no other way to cut tiles down to the proper size without one. A good, sharp blade will save time. It is vital that safety be observed while using it, though.

    Clean Old Messes

    Removing old nails, tiles and other items cannot be done correctly without a decent pry bar. It is easy to use and can remove a multitude of items. It fits in easily in a tool belt and really is priceless.

    Saw the Right Way

    A good hand saw cannot be underestimated. This is number 8 on the top ten list. It ca be used on the roof and is great for last minute cuts. Be sure to purchase a lot extension cord or buy one with a rechargeable battery.

    Perfect Seams

    The last two items are a hand seamer and seaming tongs. They are versatile and inexpensive. They are perfect for metal roofing. The better seamer you get, the faster any job will go.

    Reasons to Have the Right Tools

    Over all, these top 10 tools for roofers will help make any job easier. Placing them in a tool belt or a bucket can be sure that they do not get lost and can also make it more simple to take on and off any roof.

    Article Source: http://www.roofer911.com

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  • Asphalt Shingle Cleaning 101

    Reasons for cleaning include aesthetics, property values, energy efficiency, and increased longevity of the roof. Whatever the main reason, if it is going to be done, it is in your best interest to know what choices are available to you. A quality roof should last upwards of 30 years if cared for and maintained properly. Unfortunately, many roofs here in Florida (and increasingly throughout the US) are subjected to unnecessary stress while cleaning that greatly reduces the life expectancy of the roof. With repeated roof cleaning comes certain pitfalls that every homeowner, property manager, and professional cleaner should be aware of in order to avoid damage to property, unnecessary repair costs, and the premature replacement of the roof.

    WHY HAS THE ROOF TURNED BLACK? The black streaking typically found on homes in areas where moisture settles on shingles is not caused by mildew or fungus; it's roof algae.

    3M scientists have identified the most common form as Gloeocapsa Magma. Algae spores are carried by the wind, which is why so many houses in the same neighborhood can end up with this problem. During the last 20 years, this particular algae strain has become hardier and so has been able to migrate to less humid environments than it has in the past. And in areas where it traditionally has been found, the staining is showing up earlier, is more severe and settles on a greater number of roofs.

    HOW CAN IT BE CLEANED? Typical roof cleaning methods involve either pressure cleaning or chemicals solutions containing Chlorine Bleach or Sodium Hydroxide. If used properly, these methods will clean the roof with minimal adverse impact - but the effects can be very temporary and will generally have to be repeated every 6-18 months in order to maintain the appearance of the roof.

    WHAT IS THE BEST CLEANING METHOD? Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. A chlorine and water solution can be used followed by a thorough rinse. Of course, since chlorine can be toxic to people and plants, proper care should be taken to protect employees and the surrounding property from overspray and runoff. The benefits to using chlorine include a much faster cleaning process and minimal rinsing as compared to the other methods. This translates into much less wear & tear on the roof - particularly asphalt shingle roofs. Sodium hydroxide based cleaners are generally advertised as safer for the landscaping, but sodium hydroxide is caustic, very toxic, and care should also be used to protect employees and surrounding property. Sodium hydroxide is also a very effective degreaser. So high levels of sodium hydroxide in a cleaning product can cause damage to an asphalt shingle roof that can be irreversible. These products generally require much more rinsing than the chlorine method. The rinsing process is not only time consuming, but it can also be potentially damaging to the roof if not done correctly. A quality sodium hydroxide based product should not require any more than 100 psi to effectively rinse an asphalt shingle roof and even then some granule loss should be expected. Pressure cleaning is an option that should only be used on a concrete, barrel tile, or metal roofs. Pressure cleaning has the advantage of not requiring chemicals, which eliminates some of the cost - in addition to landscaping and chemical exposure concerns. The down side to pressure cleaning is that it is very time consuming and it exerts tremendous force on a surface that is not really designed to handle it. In addition, repeated pressure cleaning can wear away the surface of some tiles that are only covered by a thin layer of coloring. When this happens, the grey concrete color starts to show through and the roof must be stained or painted.

    THESE METHODS ARE NOT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION. While these methods are relatively safe and effective when done properly, repeated use will lead to premature aging of the roof. The natural erosion that occurs over time from the basic forces of heat, cold, wind, and rain alone are enough to weaken most roofs to the point where annual inspections and minor repairs are necessary to prevent significant repair costs. But when the roof is repeatedly subjected to high pressures or harsh chemicals, the aging of the roof structure is significantly accelerated. With repeated cleaning, tiles are more likely to shift, slip, or break and asphalt shingles are more likely to become brittle and crack. When this happens, there is a greater likelihood of tearing the roof membrane simply by walking on the roof. Once gaps are created in the roof and subsequent pressure cleaning or chemical cleaning takes place, these gaps provide the water or caustic solutions a path to the roof membrane and increase the chance of costly roof leaks.

    WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE? A proper program of preventative maintenance will eliminate the need for future cleaning and the potential for damage that comes along with it. Preventing the recurrence of the algae growth will require a light spray of chlorine and water or an algae prevention product. Most quality algaecides will last for approximately 6-12 months before reapplication of the product is necessary. Obviously, the longer the time frame, the better your chances are of minimizing any unnecessary damage to the roof. Prevention programs should be done in conjunction with neighbors whenever possible and many can be applied without a need for walking on the roof. One important note about algaecides: Algaecide products are regulated at both the state and federal level. Any algaecide product used on a roof requires EPA registration as a pesticide or biocide and approval for use on a roof. Contractors found violating the law in this regard could find themselves facing fines up to $10,000. per occurrence.

    Article Source: http://www.roofer911.com

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  • Sheathing A Roof

    By: Steven Briesemeister

    Sheathing a roof is like icing on the cake. Your home will not be complete if this roofing project is not done properly. The ability for roof sheathing to stay in place during a windstorm or other inclement weather is most important. It’s this connection that may fail during a hurricane or tornado, which causes water to enter the house while increasing damage to the structure of the home - both inside and out. If roof sheathing is torn off, the trusses may lose their strength and increase the likelihood of a collapse.

    To avoid having this happen, stay informed of your climate and the best possible method of protecting your home from damage. Consider the various types of sheathing material, the process by which it should be installed and inform your contractor of your wishes.

    Types of Sheathing Materials

    Every roof has one of two sheathing options across the rafters - solid or open. There are two types of solid sheathing materials, including panels and boards. Panels are typically sheets of plywood or a wood product called oriented strand board (OSB). These are preferred for most roofs because they are cost efficient and provide quick installation. Plywood sheathing offers a sturdy nailing base with a higher cost.

    Sheathing A Roof Step-by-Step

    If you are installing a solid panel sheathing, start with one sheet and place it horizontally at one lower corner across the rafters. If the area in which you live has high humidity, be sure to leave 1/8” gap between the ends of the connecting pans and a ¼” gap between the long sides. If you live in an area with normal humidity, use half of these spacing measurements for your work. The reason that this is important is, because during high points of humidity, boards may swell and the expansion gaps will be needed to allow them room to expand without damaging their neighboring boards. If you want to install starter boards, they should be added before the first few panels.

    If you want to add panel sheathing over existing open sheathing, consider removing the open sheathing all together and reinstall with thicker panels. This will give the home better structure, but it is possible to apply over already present sheathing if necessary.

    A Few Tips

    When sheathing a roof, take extra care to ensure the nail is connecting with the roof structure. If a nail gun is used, extra attention must be paid to make sure the nail is connecting properly. If it misses, just place a neighboring nail correctly. It is advisable that, because the heads are smaller and leave the sheathing panel susceptible to high winds, a nail gun should not be used when sheathing a roof.

    Sheathing a roof is one of the most important steps among the roofing process. When choosing materials and installation methods, inform your contractor of your concerns with high force windstorms, including hurricanes and tornadoes. If you live in an area that is prone to harsh winters, let them know of your concerns. This will help the contractor to be better informed and, additionally, will guide him/her in doing the job properly and to your satisfaction. Any information that you can provide will be of great assistance to any contractor when sheathing a roof.

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