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Florida Building Code updates roofing underlayment and installation guidelines

Florida Building Code updates roofing underlayment and installation guidelines

A change to Florida’s Building Code mandates roofing underlayment and updates its installation guidelines. The underlayment codes have been criticized as being confusing.

Many interpret the code to say that old D4869 regular felt can only be used in very limited situations of lower slope applications, according to a column in the Daily Commercial. For other applications, builders and roofers must use D226 Type II roofing felt or a synthetic felt that has met Florida Building Code approval. Florida’s code, with its emphasis on minimizing hurricane damage, influences the development of codes in other states.

Original Article At: Professional Builder

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The Hottest Trends in Roofing

As a homeowner, you may keep up with the most current fashions in interior design. You may also know about changes in ergonomic design in areas like the kitchen and bathroom. And if you have a green thumb, you may also follow what’s up-to-date in the world of landscaping.

But you may not even be aware of the trends in the roofing industry (or even that such trends exist). So if you’ll be needing a roof replacement in the near future, you may want to see what’s hot in 2014.

Lighter Colors

For example, maybe you’re tired with having to look at your drab, dark roof all the time. Here’s some good news: light-colored roofs are emerging as a very popular style. Many roof shingles are being produced in shades of soft greens, warm blues, and even neutral colors like taupe, beige and off white. In other words, you can add just a hint of color to your roof without turning it into a garish eyesore.

Concrete Roofs

Another frequently-used material on home roofs today is concrete. No, it’s not like the colorless concrete you see on schools and industrial buildings. Concrete tiles resemble traditional composite shingles but are much sturdier, heavier, and more durable and waterproof. If you live in an area that’s prone to violent storms, concrete roofing tiles are a very viable option.

Curves, Arches, and Gambels

Some homeowners who want to think outside the architectural box are turning to roof additions in curved or arched shapes. Others are opting for a gambrel shape, which consists of one soft slope and one steep slope on each side (like an A-frame with a bend in the middle) and are often seen in Dutch Colonial homes. In addition to how visually-appealing they are, these unique shapes produce attractive angles, utilize all shingle types, and create opportunities for attractive trim and gutter choices.

Energy Conservation

If you’re a homeowner who wants to conserve energy, you may want to take a different approach to your roof. Solar panels are becoming more popular in all climates, largely because of the accompanying tax credits and the sharp decrease in utility bills associated with them. But one of the fastest-growing segments in the roofing industry is the category known as the “cool roof.” These metal tiles are coated with a white glue and gravel mixture that reflect the sun’s rays to help keep homes cooler in the summer, thus reducing the need for air conditioning.

Ultra-Green Roofs

Finally, homeowners who embrace an eco-friendly mindset have several alternatives available as well. Instead of petroleum-based composite or asphalt shingles, environmentally-conscious folks may opt for wood shakes or clay tiles which are made from recyclable materials (and can be recycled after use on a roof). For those with a big budget, specially-made roofing tiles with tiny wind turbines in them can harness the power of the wind much like their solar panel counterparts do with the sun (without having to build a tall turbine atop the home). Finally, some extreme “green” homeowners are even turning to “plant roofs,” or those consisting of soil, grasses, and shrubs or flowers. That way, runoff water can nourish the flora instead of running off and getting contaminated as it passes into sewer systems or water sources.

Find an Expert in Your Roofing Option

Whatever roofing option you select, make sure you select a roofing contractor that’s well-versed in installing the type of roof that you want. Some companies will say they can do the job, but you should check their references or past projects to see how successful they were with using your chosen materials or working with your chosen architectural style. That way, you’re much more likely to wind up with a roof that is as durable as it is fashionable.

Original Article at: Harry Helmet-Hottest Trends In Roofing

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3 Common Roofing Questions Answered

Do you have a burning question you’ve wanted to ask about roofing, but you don’t know where to get the answer? At Jasper Contractors, we get all kinds of questions about roofing, and our philosophy is: “No question is a bad question.” So, call us and ask us anything. Our highly professional and trained employees are passionate and knowledgeable about all things related to roofing.

Here are a few questions we commonly hear.

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Architectural Versus 3 Tab Shingles

Sanford FL RoofersAt Jasper Contractors we want to make your vision for your roof a reality.

If you were to close your eyes and envision the perfect home for you, what would you see? Is a cozy front porch in your dream home vision? Or perhaps, you would like to see a Joanna Gaines inspired home appear before your closed eyes. Often times, we see a home, and we know we like certain aspects about it, and we’d like to try to make our home look like that.

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5 Signs You Might Need A New Roof

Orlando FL RoofersHave you been driving around and noticing other people in your neighborhood getting new shingles put on their roof? Sometimes seeing a roofing truck driving around town or in your neighbor’s driveway can make you wonder if it might be time for you to replace your roof as well. Your roof is unique in that you can’t really tell if it’s time to replace it because often it’s difficult to access it and evaluate it. Because of this, it is always best to call a licensed contractor.

Here are a few signs that it might be time for you to replace your roof.

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The Relationship Between Your Florida Roof And The Elements

Orlando FL RoofersIf you live in Florida, there are many things you want to consider. You want to consider what type of clothes to wear. Flip-flops, shorts, and bathing suits are “must haves.” The car you drive must have air conditioning to survive the hot summer heat. Your house needs the proper roof for the Florida elements as well.

Have you considered that your roof is the first part of your house that encounters any weather that Mother Nature blows your way? Your roof needs to be ready and waiting for each day’s Florida weather.

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The Role Trust Plays in Your Roofing Decision

Tampa FL Roof ContractorsIf you’re faced with the need for a new roof, it can be difficult to know what to do to get the best product and service for the most reasonable price. During your lifetime you probably are not faced with having to replace your roof very often. Therefore, when it does come time to choose a roofing company, you need to find a company you can trust to handle all of your needs.

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How Do You Choose The Best Shingle Color For Your Roof?

Orlando FL RoofersYou’ve done it before. You’ve driven by a mostly gorgeous home and thought to yourself, “There’s something I just don’t like about that house.” You then realize the roof color just seems “off.” It just doesn’t go with the style and colors of the rest of the house. You determine to never make the same mistake that homeowner did on your own home. But, the day comes when it’s time to choose a new shingle for your roof and the color choices seem daunting. How do you know which will be best?

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How Hail Damages Your Roof

Tampa FL Hail Damage Roof RepairWhen you survey the damage done to your car or roof after a hailstorm, it’s hard to imagine how in the world so much damage was done by one storm. Hailstorms actually can cause terrible damage to anything exposed to its path of destruction.

A hailstone can be the size of a pea and reach sizes close to softball. Due to the fact that most hailstones do not have smooth edges, each one can impact the type of damage they cause. It can cause small dings in siding, gutters or asphalt shingle, but it can also crack vinyl siding or wood shakes.

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