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Roof Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

When it comes to your home, leaks and creaks just won’t cut it. We’ll help you take care of your greatest investment with these simple tips for maintaining the integrity of your roof over time, suggested by Jasper Contractors, Inc.

Shakes, shingles, panels … every roof is different. But they all need to be cared for the same way: regularly. To keep your roof at its best year after year, inspections are necessary (and sometimes, so are repairs). Whether you’re a DIY homeowner or prefer to hire a professional, it’s not hard to keep your roof in tip-top shape.

How to inspect a roof

It’s a good idea to check out the condition of your roof every fall and spring (if not every season). Keep in mind that the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends having a professional assist you in your inspection, even if you want to do a preliminary inspection of your own.

Ladder safety

There are some no-brainers when it comes to using a ladder properly (keep it steady, make sure it’s on level ground, etc.), but here are a few roof-specific tips by Premier Roof Repair AZ  you might not have guessed:

  • Extend the ladder at least 3 feet above the edge of the roof, and angle it a foot away from the house for every 4 feet in eave height (the eave is the overhanging edge of the roof). Sounds complicated, but this simple ratio will give you the stability and depth perception needed for a safe inspection.
  • Make sure the ladder is secured at the top to keep it from shifting while you’re on it.
  • Don’t step on any rung above the roof level. The base of the ladder is much more likely to slide if you top-load the ladder with your weight.
  • Only ever take one hand or foot off the ladder at a time in order to keep your balance.

What to look for and how to make repairs

A good time to inspect your roof is when you’re cleaning the gutters (not to mention that cleaning your gutters even twice a year can help protect your house from large-scale weather damage, like rotting wood or a cracked foundation).

An employee from Jasper Roofing, suggests some tips to help you go about inspecting — and cleaning — your rooftop safely.

Debris

Sweep away any twigs, leaves, or dirt. These things can damage a roof over time, and sometimes cause algae to grow, which is a pain to remove and can clog your gutters.

Algae

Putting zinc strips on the roof can also help prevent the growth and buildup of algae or moss. The strips, when combined with rainwater, wash the cleansing chemical down the roof (preventing algae building up in the first place).

Already have an algae problem? A good solution is a cleaning product specifically designed to rid your roof of algae, which you can find at a home improvement store. Just be sure to use chemical cleaners sparingly — an overabundance of chemicals can cause your roof to deteriorate.

Damage and wear

Check for signs of wear around pipes, your chimney (if you have one), and obvious damage like holes or loose material.

Make sure all flashing (the technical term for the weatherproofing materials that seal your roof in places where the roofing material itself ends) is in good condition, without any damage, missing parts, or rust.

Leaks and clogs

Use a hose to push water through the gutter to get rid of leftover dirt or tiny bits of debris. You’ll be able to see if the water flows easily down the downspout as it should. If it’s blocked, use a drain snake (or hire a professional to clear it for you).

Avoid power washing your roof because it can only shorten its lifespan. Though a swift power wash might rid your roof of unwanted moss or debris quickly, it’ll also wash away parts of the roof, damaged or not.

Protect your house with homeowners insurance

Insurance for your home is a necessity for you, your family, and your house itself — especially if covered incidents like wind or hail wreck the roof you’ve worked so hard to maintain.

Disaster is expensive, but fortunately home insurance can help you pay to repair or replace certain damages to your home. Speak with one of our licensed agents or grab a quote and see how easy it is to get great protection for your house, roof and all.

Original Post found at: Maintenance Tips

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Florida Building Code Updates

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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