Answering Your Questions About Roofing

  • 3 Characteristics That Make Metal Roofing a Superior Choice for Harsh Winters

    16 November 2016

    Although the roofing material that you use can have a big effect on your energy usage during the hot summer months based on whether it retains or reflects the sun's heat, you may not know that it can also have a big impact in winter and that this can actually be more important than the summer impact when you live in a cold climate. If you have long harsh winters in your area but you don't have long hot summers, your roof's winter characteristics may be one of the most important things about it.

  • Hire A Roofing Contractor For These Jobs In Advance Of Putting Your Home On The Market

    16 November 2016

    In advance of listing your home on the market, hiring a roofing contractor for some work can lead to favorable results. Although there is an up-front cost to this work, it may help you sell your home for more money, as well as encourage quicker offers once your property is up for sale. Prospective buyers are often leery about roof issues, so having a contractor complete the following jobs prior to your home going up for sale can make people confident in submitting an offer.

  • Putting Christmas Lights around Your Home? Clean Algae off Your Asphalt Roof First

    16 November 2016

    If you are planning to put up Christmas lights, you should consider cleaning your asphalt roof to remove algae first. Your lights will draw people's eyes up, and they will see your roof. If you have a lot of lights hanging, people may notice them during the day. Your lights will look even more beautiful if they are hanging off a clean roof. Below are some tips on how you can get rid of algae so you can have a beautiful home this Christmas.

  • Small Siding Problems Could Indicate Larger House Issues

    15 November 2016

    Have you noticed warping or cracks in your home's siding lately? If so, have a siding or roofing contractor (roofing contractors often work on siding as well) to take a look at what's happening. It's always possible the cause is something minor, but many times, those small siding problems are symptoms of a larger problem with your home. Shifting Foundation and Soil Possibly the scariest scenario is that the cracks, warping, and other siding damage are due to the foundation of the house shifting because there is something wrong with it or because the soil around it is unstable.

  • 3 Flashing Mistakes That Could Damage Your Roofing System

    15 November 2016

    Flashing is one of the most important components of your roofing system. It is responsible for creating a barrier that prevents water from leaking through the roof. Unfortunately, mistakes made during the installation and upkeep of the roof can cause the flashing to be less than effective. Here are some of the most common mistakes that can occur with your roof's flashing.  Improperly Securing the Flashing One of the most vulnerable spots on your roof is the point at which the flashing ends.

  • How Hail Can Damage Your Roof, And What You Can Do About It

    14 November 2016

    When you hear hail hitting your roof, it's not okay to assume your roof can easily handle it. Hail can definitely damage a roof. It can also damage anything else on the roof. You should know a little about how hail works, and what you can do about it before, or after, it hits your roof. What Determines the Damage Caused by Hail? An average hailstorm may not cause you any roof damage at all.

  • How to Easily Spot Hail Damage on Your Roof After a Storm

    14 November 2016

    If a hail storm has just come through your area, one of the first things you need to do when it is safe enough for you to go outside is check your roof for hail damage. If your roof has hail damage, you will want to file a claim with your homeowner's insurance company right away so that they can process your claim and fix your roof. Here is what you need to look for to determine whether your roof actually has hail damage before you contact your insurance company.

  • Worried About Your New Skylight Leaking? Know How To Prevent It

    14 November 2016

    If you have an interior room in the middle of your home without any windows, a skylight is a wonderful way to bring natural light into a room that wouldn't ordinarily be able to get it. Unfortunately, many homeowners still shy away from skylights because they have once had a history of leaking. Skylights have come a long way from how they used to be, with there being many ways to prevent leaks from occurring.

  • 4 Tips For Adding A Rainwater Barrel To The Bottom Of Your Gutters

    11 November 2016

    Harvesting rainwater is becoming a popular way for people to keep their lawns and gardens watered while keeping rainwater away from the foundation of their home. Most roofing contractors will help you install rain barrels at the end of your gutter system so they look good, are safe, and can be used efficiently to collect and store rainwater. However, if you are installing the barrels yourself, here are some things you should keep in mind.

  • Five Benefits Of Green Roofs For Commercial Buildings

    9 November 2016

    Whether you own an apartment building, a warehouse, or another commercial building type, the green roof movement can be a great way to make your building more eco-friendly and demonstrate your company's commitment to the Earth. But in addition to being a great PR point, a green roof can also add value to your building and bring monetary benefits to your business. Here are five things that a green roof can add to your commercial building.