Winter storms will soon be gripping the region. You’ll be shoveling out your car, driveway, and sidewalks. But don’t stop there. Take a look up at your roof and check things out. A wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain, and ice is not only troublesome for driving conditions but can also cause serious damage to roofs. Here is what to watch for once Old Man Winter gets your roof in his icy grasp. (more…)
As time progresses, there is a good chance mold will grow on your roof. If you leave roof mold alone, it will eventually damage your home. Let’s take a look at how you can identify mold on your roof, why it forms and what can be done to stop it from spreading.
Does your gutter seem to be a waste of money by collecting very little to no rainwater at all? If your answer is yes, then a gutter apron is definitely missing in action. A gutter apron is a specialized drip edge design meant to direct rainwater directly into the gutter. The apron is normally installed over the roof edge, while folded at about 120 degrees, and hangs into the gutter.
Rooftops are among the large contributors to excessive heat issues since most of them are built with heat-absorbing materials that have low solar reflectance. This situation is common in densely populated areas and the reason for the adoption of the term ‘heat islands’. In light of this, cool roofing is one of the main strategies used to control the temperature of buildings and areas. This roofing system reduces heat transfer to the building by reflecting the sun’s heat and efficiently cools itself by emitting the radiation. Cool roofs are able to create a cool and comfortable indoor environment.(more…)
Flashing surrounds your chimney and adjoining roof to keep rainwater from entering your home. A leaking flashing is a common problem and can cause a lot of damage if left unattended. By understanding the aspects of flashing, you can determine if your flashing is leak proof or in need of repair or replacement.(more…)
Have you noticed ripples in your roof and keep wondering what could be causing them? If your roof has ripples, you should be concerned. This could be a sign of a bigger problem in the future. Rippled shingles can quickly over time lead to a leaking roof. Ripples can also expose the wooden portions of the roof to moisture that could lead to deterioration as well as rotting. Understanding the core of the problem and how you can fix the issue is important. (more…)
It is a simple fact of physics that dark roofs retain more heat from sunlight than do white or lighter colored ones. For this reason and others, these so-called “cool” roofs offer a host of benefits over their darker colored cousins. Here is a quick rundown on the most notable of them: (more…)
After several years, your roof will start showing signs of wear and tear. This could lead to uncomfortable conditions in the house due to improper heat flow. To fix this, you can opt for a roof replacement or insulation. The former is usually an expensive project and presents many risks. This leaves roofing insulation as the viable option. Proper roof insulation offers an affordable way of improving your house.