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Extending Your Roof’s Life Span with Regular Maintenance

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by Admin

Roofs have long life spans, but this should not let homeowners be lax about the durability of their roofs. If roofs are not maintained properly or given adequate care, they will deteriorate quickly or have problems more frequently. To keep a healthy roof and extend its life, care for it intentionally with regular maintenance.

Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts work hand-in-hand in maintaining a good drainage system for your roof and home. However, they also deteriorate or get damaged. At least twice a month, check up on your gutter and clear it off from leaves and other debris which can cause clogging. During winter, don’t let the snow sit on the gutters for too long as it can cause it to sag. Make sure that the water flows freely along the gutters and into the downspout. Meanwhile, make sure that the downspout is always in correct alignment with the gutter. The downspout’s end should never be near your house’s foundation to avoid a wet basement and cracked foundation.

Attic Ventilation

Too much heat and cold can cause damages to your roof system. Moisture can get trapped in the attic and may cause roof frames, especially those made of wood, to rot. A warm attic can always start the process of ice dam formation. To ensure a well-regulated flow of air in your home, use exhaust and intake vents in balance. In this way, the temperature in your attic will neither be too hot nor too cold. Moreover, it also makes the living space more comfortable. If you don’t think you have the right types of vents in your home, consult with a Nashville, TN roofing contractor.

Regular Roof Inspection

Roof inspection must be done at least once a month or as needed especially after a storm or hail. Check if there are missing shingles, damaged flashings, protruding shingle nails, and mold growths. Examine also the quality of your shingles. Asphalt shingles, for example, lose too much granules or curl when they are already near the end of their life span. In such case, you may need to replace them already. Damaged flashings and nail holes allow water to seep through the roof surface, causing leaks. To prevent this, caulk tiny openings and seal holes. And don’t take molds for granted because they can accelerate the deterioration of your roof. If you are not confident about working at the top of your roof or even climbing a ladder, you can ask a Nashville, TN roofing contractor to help you perform regular roof inspection.


Having a New Roof Need Not to Be Costly

Posted on: September 19th, 2012 by Admin

Roof replacement is costlier than roof repairs simply because it requires more work and purchase of new materials. If your roof gets severely damaged, roof replacement may be the only way to restore your shelter, but it is more expensive. However, you can do something to save on the roof replacement job. Here’s how:

1. Understand the costs.

Labor and materials largely constitute roof replacement costs. If the roof replacement job includes tearing off the old roof, if the materials you chose are difficult to install, if your roof is more complex, or if there are additional repairs needed, the labor cost will be higher. However, you can lessen the charge on the labor aspect of the roofing job by doing some of the easy tasks yourself.

Meanwhile, understand that the prices of roofing materials vary. Asphalt and wood are the most affordable while slate and metal can sometimes be the most expensive. Shop around and buy the roofing material that you want when it is on sale.

2. Get multiple quotes.

The Better Business Bureau advises homeowners to get at least three estimates before hiring a roofing Knoxville contractor. If an estimate is too high, contact the contractor and ask what makes it expensive. Do likewise when the estimate is too low. Get competing prices. If you tell a contractor that you were able to get a quote of an offer lower than theirs, they could make their offer more competitive. In this way, you can get the lowest offer possible.

In finding a roofing Knoxville contractor, only consider those that are legitimate and experienced. You would want to get the best job for your home, wouldn’t you?

3. Negotiate.

Keep in mind that the prices and terms in the quote are not yet final. So, do not just nod yes to the first offer. Negotiate for better terms.

4. File a home insurance claim.

If your roof gets damaged by a storm and you need a new roof, your home insurance can cover for the expenses. But many homeowners do not want to file a claim because it takes time and effort. But don’t worry. Some roofing contractors can help you go through the process quickly and smoothly. To successfully file a claim, inspect your roof for damages after the storm. Then, take photos of the damages so you can present evidence when you meet up with the insurance guy. Read your home insurance policy and paperwork to learn about the coverage, terms, and conditions.


Green Roof Systems: What Are They?

Posted on: September 17th, 2012 by Admin

When a roof is referred to as green, it doesn’t mean that it has green-colored shingles. Rather, a green roof is a roof system that is mainly composed of vegetation and is designed to promote environmentalism. European countries are the pioneers of green or vegetated roofs but more than five years ago, North Americans have started adopting the same concept on residential and commercial rooftops.

You can think of a green roof as a garden installed on your existing roof. The top layer is the vegetation layer. Since plants are highly vulnerable to fire, choose plants that can withstand solar heat especially during summer. The next layer would be the growing or planting medium that is, the soil. The selection of the type of soil and the thickness of the layer depend on the type of plants you will be planting. Filter layer comes next which is often made from materials like jute or burlap. Under it would be the drainage layer which is responsible for maintaining a free flow of water to the drainage, preventing water to stagnate on the roof membrane. The last layer would be the waterproof roof membrane.

Some home owners and building owners have realized the benefits of having vegetation on their rooftops. One, a green roof is energy-efficient as it provides more insulation for the house or the building. Two, as has been pointed out, a green roof promotes environmentalism as it gives off more oxygen for breathing. Three, a green roof makes the temperature in your house cooler as it adds more protection and insulation. And finally, a green roof can make a house or building look stunning.

However, a green roof also has disadvantages. One major concern about green roofs is leaks. The drainage has to be so effective to make sure that the water would neither stay on the roof membrane nor drip down further to the roof system and cause water damage. Also, a green roof would require more maintenance than just a regular roof system. Installing a green roof could also be costlier but the long-term savings on your energy bills could outweigh this drawback.

If you are considering to go green on your roof, make sure that you have done enough research first. Choose also a roofing Nashville contractor who has already an experience in green roofs. You can also ask the roofing Nashville contractor for some advice on how to carry out the project. Consider also hiring a landscape contractor to professionally design the vegetation layer of your green roof.


When It’s Time to Have a New Roof

Posted on: September 14th, 2012 by Admin

Having a new roof is not as simple as what it seems. Compared with roof repair, replacing your old Nashville roof with a new one is more expensive with all the materials and labor costs. Also, Nashville roof replacement needs careful consideration before you finally decide that you need it done for your home. The following are some of the common reasons homeowners have when they consider replacing their old roof.

1. The roof is too old and deteriorated.

Roofs do not last forever. Each roof material has its own life span. For example, metal roofs last up to a hundred years while asphalt shingles last only for 30 years. With proper care and regular maintenance, you can prolong the life of your roof. However, in most cases, homeowners do not have enough time to take care of their roofs and neglect to maintain it well, curtailing a roof’s life. If your roof is already too old and has deteriorated much, it’s time to replace it.

2. The roof is outdated.

Another reason for replacing your roof is you don’t like the way it looks anymore. If you’re tired of your roof’s color, material, and overall appeal, you better have a new roof. However, make sure that the new roof will not only look better but will also function better. Aside from the color and material, consider the new roof’s energy efficiency, durability, and life span.

3. Roof leaks are recurring.

Roof leaks are one of the most common and most annoying roof problems. You can fix roof leaks with simple repairs and they’ll be gone. However, sometimes, after the quick fix, leaks go back again and you’ll have to repair it again, creating a wearying cycle. If roof leaks are this persistent, the damage that’s causing the leaks must be huge and severe. In such case, you need to replace your roof.

4. A great damage has been done.

Things like tree damage or blown off shingles are some roof damages that call for roof replacement. Obviously, these cannot be repaired by just some hammer and nails. When a storm hits your place, inspect your roof to find out the extent of the damages. In such cases, the roofing contractor would often suggest that you install a new roof instead of restoring the old one with repairs.

5. The house is for sale.

Some homeowners invest in tearing off their old and deteriorated roof and having a new one installed so they can sell the house at a bigger price. However, they will not get back all the money they spent for the roof replacement job. So, if you are planning to sell your house, you can replace the old roof to sell it more expensively but be well aware of the costs.


Out With the Old Paint, In With a Fresh Coat

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by Admin

If you have just moved in, for instance, and the house has been in the neighborhood since the 70’s, you might want to take a look at its exterior paint. It might still look good at first glance but most of the time, it is already deteriorated and repainting is needed. In such cases, stripping the cladding bare is necessary before a fresh coat of paint is applied.

There are more than a couple of ways to remove the old paint from a house’s exterior: grinding, burning, and using chemicals. Grinding is the process of removing the old paint using a power sander disk or a clapboard sander. With the help of such tools, stripping the old paint is easy and fast. However, this method often works best in clapboard sidings and may occasionally scar wood surfaces if not used carefully.

The other method, burning, involves using heat to remove the old paint. Like grinding, it is also a fast and inexpensive way of stripping old paint. However, there is risk of fire especially when an ember is left under a clapboard. Thus, be very cautious when employing this method. However, a tool called infrared heat allows for a safer method of removing old paint. It works faster than other burning methods but it is not that widely available.

Lastly, using chemicals to strip the old paint is more expensive than the previous methods already described. Most TN roofing contractors would also agree that there is too much hassle employing this method, considering that some do not work. Methylene chloride is the most powerful chemical and peels off old paint quickly. However, you need to put on some protective wear for safety.

The New Color

Picking the new color for your house can be tricky. Most homeowners get indecisive at this point. To get some ideas on how you want your new home to look like, check out home improvement or lifestyle magazines and websites. Experiment also on various colors and shades to come up with the perfect color scheme that you want.

If you already have colors in your shortlist, buy small sample cans and paint the colors on different parts of your house. As you consider the lighting, see how they look on your house. You can do this test with your TN roofing or paint contractor so that he can also give some suggestions on what type of paint you should buy, how many gallons, and the right colors to pick.

Before you start applying a fresh coat of paint on your house’s exterior, make sure that the siding surfaces are clean, patched up or repaired, smooth, and dry. Otherwise, your paint job will not be successful or the paint will not last for long. Make sure also that the weather is perfect for a house painting job.


Fixing Common Gutter Troubles

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Admin

Gutters are important in a house’s roofing system because they mainly function to keep rain water away from the roof surface and the house’s foundation. Without gutters, rain waters dripping from the roof surface can spill all over the place which could cause water damage to the house’s exterior and foundation. If you are having some troubles with your gutters, roofers in Nashville are the right people to contact for help. However, let’s see first if you can fix some of them yourself.

Clogged Gutters. Leaves and other debris that collect in uncovered gutters are the common culprits for clogged gutters. If you don’t clean your gutters regularly, your gutters would really get clogged because of too much leaves and debris that are in it already. A modern and effective solution for this is gutter guards or gutter protection. These are materials used to prevent leaves and other debris from falling straight into the gutter. Their function is much like that of filters, allowing only water to proceed to the gutters. Moreover, to make sure that your gutters won’t clog anymore, clean the gutter guards and the gutters regularly.

Leaking Gutters. You may be wondering why your gutters fail in channeling water when you are certain that they are properly installed and not sagging. The reason could be that there are holes in your gutters. To check for holes, run down water through the gutter by using a garden hose and observe where the water exits along the gutter. You can caulk these holes or put sealants on them, but if they are too many, have new ones installed already.

Rusty Gutters. Galvanized metal is one of the common gutter materials used probably because they are the most affordable. However, metal gutter are susceptible to rust and they will indeed corrode as they deteriorate. But you can delay this process and prolong the life of your metal gutters by heavily applying elastic roofing cement, asphalt-based compound, or smokestack paint on them to prevent corrosion.

Retired Gutters. Gutters deteriorate over time and as they near the end of their life spans, the problems and damages get more severe and unrepairable by simple repairs. In such cases, call up roofers in Nashville to get some advice about what better gutter material you should now install. Make sure that you choose a better material this time so it will last longer. You can also ask roofers to install the new gutters for you and make sure that they will be properly installed.


Planning a House Paint Job Like a Pro

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by Admin

If you are thinking about repainting your home, you need at least more than a month to start making plans. Planning a house painting job early is wise because by doing so, you have more time to choose colors, learn various painting techniques, buy equipment that you need, and accomplish a well-done prep work. Here are some tips on how to do carefully plan a house paint job:

Understanding Colors

Choosing paint colors is where homeowners get indecisive most of the time. To avoid this dilemma on having to spend so much time picking the colors you want for your house, start studying the color wheel. The color wheel features primary and secondary colors. Primary colors are blue, red, and yellow. Blends of these three colors are called secondary colors namely, orange, violet, and green. Meanwhile, analogous colors are those that are positioned side-by-side in the color wheel. Contemporary colors sit opposite each other which, when combined, produces a striking effect. When you already understand these basics, you can start playing with various combinations of colors and create your own color schemes.

Considering Your Preferences

Colors are great instruments of expressions and you cannot successfully create color schemes without considering what you want. Do you want warm colors for your room? Do you think neutral colors will look good in your living room? Are you cool with black? Answering such questions will help you come up with your final plan on how you want your rooms to look like. Stylists say that in most cases, homeowners painting their home their way achieves an impressive result without having to study much about color selection. You can also read about the psychology of colors to understand what each color says about you and your home.

Documenting Light

Light greatly affects how a paint color would look like in your rooms. Documenting light directions in your room can help you decide what color should you paint a room with. Buy small sample paint cans of the paint colors you like and paint them on a wall in a room. You can take photographs of how the paint color looks like in the absence of light and when it is hit by sunlight.

Working the Prep Work

Do the prep work at least 2 days before the actual painting job. This will allow you to do everything that needs to be done without being in a hurry and missing out on some details. If you are having a Tennessee roofing contractor come over to do the job for you, finish the prep work before they come. And just a piece of advice: Make sure to hire only a legitimate Tennessee roofing contractor.


Common Wood Window Problems and Solutions

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by Admin

Wood is one of the most affordable materials for windows. However, they are susceptible to rot and insect damage and may deteriorate more quickly than other window materials. Wood windows also need more frequent repainting. If you have wood windows, you may have already been experiencing problems with them. Here are some of the common problems on wood windows and some quick tips on restoring them.

Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is a strip of material used to seal the windows to prevent air leaks. It plays a vital role as it keeps windows insulated and airtight. However, weatherstripping gets deteriorated and when it does, it will make your windows drafty and allow moisture to get trapped. When you replace old weatherstripping, choose a better material and avoid felt weatherstrips as they absorb water.

Foggy Glass

Dual pane windows are likely to trap moisture and cause the glasses to fog. These windows are composed of 2 sheets of glasses and an air locked in between them. If a seal is broken, moisture will come in between the panes and cause the glass to fog. Cleaning foggy single pane windows with a soapy solution and a squeegee is easy. However, you may have a hard time getting rid of that fog in your dual pane windows. Ask help from your Nashville, TN roofing contractor. In most cases, foggy dual pane windows need to be replaced.

Mold

Molds grow in damp and poorly lit areas. You would know that your windows have molds when you notice black spots or any form of discoloration on the window sills and frames. Although they may not seem to cause any damage, molds produce mold spores which can be dangerous to health. If your wood windows have molds, use a vacuum cleaner to suck out the mold spores and dispose the bag to the trash outside. Clean the moldy areas with a soapy solution.

Inoperable Windows

This is a common problem not just in wood windows but in other window materials that need repainting. The main reason for the inoperability of windows is the dry paint that must have affected the window channels, causing the window to shut permanently. To avoid this from happening, be careful not to paint the jamb, sash cord, pulley, and the sides of sash when repainting your windows.

Meanwhile, wood damages like rot, gouges, deep scratches, and the like may not be fixed by simple repairs anymore. In such cases, ask your Nashville, TN roofing contractor for help. You may also consider installing new windows.


3 Ways of Storm-Proofing Your Windows

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012 by Admin

Your windows are one of the weakest and most storm-vulnerable parts of your house. Window panes can be shattered by flying debris and high winds. Having your badly damaged windows repaired or replaced after a storm can be too expensive. You can prevent these things from happening by storm-proofing your windows.

Duct Tape

Some homeowners who do not have enough time to install storm shutters or impact-resistant windows resort to using a duct or hurricane tape to somehow protect their windows. However, this storm proofing solution only provides temporary protection and may not resist extreme storm conditions. Homeowners often have the wrong notion that duct taping their windows make the windows shatter-proof and protected. The truth is, duct tapes can never be reliable when it comes to storm-proofing your windows.

Storm Shutters

Storm shutters, also referred to as hurricane coverings, are used to cover windows during a storm. It protects the windows from flying debris, preventing them to get shattered. Storm shutters come in varieties: accordion, colonial, roll-down, plywood, awning, storm panel, and bahama.

Although they do not usually meet building codes and are the least durable, plywood storm shutters are the most commonly used material by homeowners to storm-proof their homes, because they are also the cheapest of all the materials.

Impact-Resistant Windows

Impact-resistant windows may not be that appealing to most homeowners as they are more expensive—almost double the price of regular windows. However, installing impact-resistant windows is the best way to storm-proof your windows. They are specially designed to withstand large debris and Category 5 wind conditions. (According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, storms with winds exceeding 156 mph are classified under Category 5.)

Impact-resistant windows are composed of laminated glass and layers of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). Unlike duct tape and some types of storm shutters, impact-resistant windows are permanent protection for your windows. They may be damaged by a strong impact but unlike regular windows, they will not be shattered.

Other ways to protect your windows from storm damage is ensuring that your trees and bushes are well-trimmed before a storm hits. Check also the weatherstripping of your windows. If the weatherstripping is deteriorated, they will not function well in preventing water to seep and making the windows airtight.

If you are just building your new home or having your windows replaced, invest in long-term protection for your windows. Ask your roofing Clarksville, TN contractor for some advice on the best window material you should buy. Make sure as well that your roofing Clarksville, TN contractor complies with the building codes in your state.


How Can an Attic Ventilation System Fail

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by Admin

Attic ventilation is responsible for the proper air flow in the living space of your house. If your attic ventilation system is not effective, you and your family will experience too much heat in the summer and too much cold in the winter. Regulating extreme temperatures is one of the most important functions of an effective attic ventilation system. The following are some reasons why your attic ventilation could fail.

Taking Ice Buildup for Granted

It is true that the attic reaches soaring temperatures during the summer, and this is the time that an attic ventilation system could work perfectly. However, do not be so focused on the summer months when designing your attic ventilation system.

In a cold weather, the greatest culprit for damages and rot in your roofing system is moisture. It is during this time that household members generate more water vapor than in summer. As you do household activities like cooking and bathing, water vapor rises to your attic and, when trapped, could cause rot and mold growth. Your attic ventilation is poor in winter when you notice too much condensation on your windows and recurrent mold growth on your walls and attic.

Ignoring Attic Bypasses

Attic bypasses are opening or gaps through which air can leak. If they are not sealed or insulated, they can cause excessive condensation in the attic and heat loss to the roof deck. The latter can further cause ice dams to form as the warm part of the attic will cause the snow to melt. Find attic bypasses in your attic and make sure they are sealed or insulated to prevent air from leaking unnecessarily. Common attic bypasses include plumbing vents, electrical boxes, lighting fixtures, and the attic hatch.

Too Much Exhaust Vents

Some homeowner have the notion that having more vents is better. However, you may not realize that if you use different types of exhaust vents on the same roof surface, the ventilation system will actually malfunction. To know how much roof vents should you have and the most appropriate types you should use for your house, consult a TN roofing expert.

Wrong Combination of Intake and Exhaust Vents

Intake and exhaust vents must work in perfect collaboration all the time. Otherwise, your attic ventilation system will never be effective; it will instead be the cause of excessive condensation in your attic, ice dams, energy loss, and other roofing problems. Keep in mind that intake vents—responsible for allowing fresh air to come in—and exhaust vents—flush warm air out of the house—always work hand in hand. Ask your TN roofing contractor about the right combination of intake and exhaust vents that should be installed in your house to ensure effective attic ventilation.


 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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