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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.


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.


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.


Nashville Roof Repair Safety Measures

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Admin

In case you haven’t realized it yet, working up on roofs and in any elevated surface is dangerous. One fatal mistake that homeowners often commit is being so confident to do roofing projects on their own. Some roofing jobs may be simple but they still require you to climb up your roof. Here are some safety measures to observe when doing do-it-yourself roof repairs.

1. Run an inspection on the roof. Before starting with roof repairs, assess the damages first to see whether you can fix them on your own or you will be needing help from a Nashville roof repair specialist. If only simple repairs are needed, list down the damages that you need to work on and the tools that you will be using. Remove all objects that can cause you to trip and cover open holes such as skylights to avoid falling into them while you work.

2. Wear the right pair of shoes. This does not refer to the pair of shoes that perfectly suits your fashion. When working up on the roof, wear rubber-soled shoes instead of slippers, leather shoes, or any other material that would not hold you firmly up there.

3. Work in a clear weather. Consider the weather when doing roofing jobs. Don’t climb your roof if there are any possibilities of rain, snow or high wind. Do not also walk on the roof surface if it is slippery or wet. Before climbing up, make sure that it is completely dry. If there are any repairs needed to be done in the middle of the storm, call up a Nashville roof repair specialist and don’t opt to do it on your own. Professional roofers are experts in roof repairs and can work under such conditions.

4. Make sure you’re safe with the ladder. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA have posted in their website safety measures to prevent falls in construction work. According to a study, falls are one of the leading causes of construction-related deaths. Before stepping on the ladder, make sure that it is securely placed on a level ground. Do not stand long on the top step of the ladder while working. Do not also overreach. Always wear a safety harness to ensure your security while you work on top of your roof.

5. Use equipment of good quality. Before using the equipment, make sure that they are all working well. Do not use defective equipment as they can be the cause of any untoward incident. Plan and prepare ahead so you will have the time to buy new tools and equipment and even learn how to use them.

If you are not confident about climbing a ladder and working on your roof’s surface, you can always call up a Nashville roof repair specialist to fix the damages on your roof. Always prioritize your safety.


Preventing Falls When Working On Your Roof

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Admin

Working on a roof is not a job that every homeowner can do. It requires adequate preparation and knowledge for one to successfully and safely do the job. Speaking of safety, roofing jobs are risky and their dangers are fatal. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, falls are the leading cause of death in construction work. However, OSHA also insists that these deaths can be prevented. Here are some safety guidelines you should keep to prevent falling off your roof and help reduce the number of construction fatalities.

The Harness

The harness is one of the most important safety equipment that you should have when working on your roof. Whether you are doing inspection, simple repairs, or a major job on your roof, make sure that you are wearing a harness to hold you. Don’t remove it or disconnect from the lifeline unless you’re done with the job. Moreover, make sure that the harness you are going to use is not faulty or defective.

In addition, cover or protect skylights or any holes and openings on the roof which can cause your fall. Do not also work near them if they are not protected.

The Ladder

There are different types of ladders for construction work. Use the right one for the specific job you are going to do. Secure the ladder and make sure that it is standing on level ground. Always climb the ladder facing it and with your two hands holding each side. Do not overreach, especially when removing snow from your roof or cleaning the gutters, while stepping on the ladder. Do not also work on the top step of the ladder. Otherwise, you could easily fall if you lose your balance.

The Plan

OSHA urges that roofing or construction jobs be planned ahead of time. Know what tools and equipment you will be needing for the job. List down also the tasks that you need to do. Planning also includes inspection and getting estimates of the job cost. Plan also carefully when to do the job. It is important to consider the weather when planning for a roofing job. You cannot work when there are high winds, snow, rain, or storm because the roof surface is slippery and working on top of it is highly dangerous. If you need to do some complicated repairs, hand the job over to roofers Nashville.

Hire professional roofers Nashville if you are not comfortable about climbing up a ladder and working on the top of your roof. In choosing which contractor to hire, check out BBB’s database for a list of accredited and registered roofing contractors.


Siding Maintenance: Repainting Your Sidings

Posted on: July 11th, 2012 by Admin

Wood sidings need regular maintenance and repainting. An advantage of having to frequently repaint them is that you can always change the color of your house according to your preferences. Here’s a how-to in repainting your sidings.

Removing Paint

Smooth surface is important in painting your sidings to achieve a smooth and perfect finish. Before applying the primer and the paint on the siding surfaces, make sure that you have removed the paint well and have smoothed out the surfaces.

There are more than a couple of ways by which you can remove the old paint. One is by pressure washing the sidings, but this may not remove all the paint and leave a smooth surface. Another way is scraping the paint off by using a putty knife. You can also use a heat gun to remove thick and hard-to-remove paint. Smooth out the surfaces and remove remaining paint by using a sandpaper or power sander.

Preparing the Surface

First, pressure wash the sidings downward to remove loose paint. Allow the surface to completely dry before painting it. If there are any stubborn paint remaining, use a putty knife to scrape them off. However, be careful not to scrape too hard so the siding surface won’t get damaged.

Then, inspect the surfaces for any damages and rot. If you found any, make the necessary repairs and remedies. You can ask assistance from a Nashville, TN roofing contractor for more difficult repairs. Smooth out the repaired surfaces by using a sander or a sandpaper.

Applying Paint and Primer

Pick the perfect season and time of the day to paint. Definitely, you can’t paint on rainy days and even when it is windy. It is dangerous to work on a ladder when a strong wind is blowing and it will also blow dirt on the newly painted sidings.

When you have chosen the perfect day to paint, make sure that you buy the right kind of primer and paint for the job. You can ask the manufacturer for assistance if you are not familiar with the varieties and unsure of what to pick.

In painting lap sidings, paint the bottom edges first of each siding board using a paintbrush. After that, paint the faces starting from the top board all the way down. Paint as much surface as you can. However, do not overreach, leaning to the sides of the ladder or extending your arms above the ladder to avoid accidents or injuries.

For board and batten or vertical sidings, paint the edges first using a paintbrush. Then, using a roller, paint the faces of the boards.

Repainting the siding may be a hard work considering that it covers the entire house. If you don’t have enough time to do some job, you can always hire a Nashville, TN roofing contractor to do it for you.


What are Roof Vents and Why are They Important

Posted on: July 4th, 2012 by Admin

Roof vents basically function by simultaneously releasing warm air into the atmosphere and pulling in fresh cool air from outside, preventing warm air to cause damages and problems to your house. Yes, warm air is a problem. It makes your house hotter and more humid especially during summer. It also causes too much moisture which could cause the roof framing to rot and molds to grow. Moreover, a warm, poorly ventilated attic triggers ice dams to form.

If you have inadequate ventilation, your attic would get really hot in the summer and because there is no other way for the warm air to come out, it would come down through your ceiling, making your house hotter and more humid. Moreover, if you think that ceiling fans will regulate the warm air up there, you are wrong. Ceiling fans actually pushes the warm air back down, only contributing to the warmness you are already experiencing.

On the other hand, moisture will be a problem during winter if you have inadequate ventilation. If you notice that there is too much condensation on your windows, consider this a sign that there might be too much moist building up already in other parts of your house. Too much moisture causes molds to grow on your walls, ceiling, roof framing, and other parts of the house, triggering deterioration and wood-rot.

Warm attic is the main cause why ice dams, and eventually roof leaks, happen. When your attic has not enough ventilation and the warm air is stuck in there, the warm attic will melt the snow on the roof above it causing it to drip down to the gutters, where it freezes again as the roof temperature gets cooler, forming icicles or an ice dam. The cycle would repeat until there is water stuck between the melting snow and the ice dam thus, causing roof leaks.

See how poor ventilation can shorten the lifespan of your roof and house. Therefore, roof vents are crucial in protecting the health of your house. They help your Nashville roof last.

There are several types of roof vents. Some of them are ridge, gable, and soffit vents. Ridge vents, as the name suggests, are installed along the ridge on top of the roof. Gable vents regulate the air in the attic. They are installed on the wall under the peak of the roof or the gable. Lastly, soffit vents are installed underneath the eaves which help cool the inside of the house and the roof space. Roof vents normally do not need electricity to operate; that is why, you can save a lot of energy in using them.

If you think your house has inadequate ventilation, call a Nashville roof specialist to inspect your home and guide you on how you can improve it.


How to Achieve an Exceptional House Painting Job

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by Admin

Painting your home on your own is backbreaking. However, some homeowners find fulfillment in it as they save more money than hiring roofing Nashville services. If you are planning to do a DIY house painting job, consider the following tips.

1. Be prepared.

Before you take on the job, you need some weeks of preparation. This basically includes knowing how much paint you will need by taking wall and ceiling measurements, getting familiar with the tools, and preparing the rooms.

A rule of thumb: A gallon of paint can cover 400 square feet of a wall. To find out how much gallons you will be needing, measure the length and height of the longest wall or use an online calculator to help you compute.

Basic tools include paint brushes, which should have soft bristles rather than coarse and stiff, and foam rollers. You will also be needing a masking tape in taping off trims and ceiling.

In preparing rooms, make sure that your floor and furniture are covered with drop cloth. Do not also forget to clean the walls first before painting on them.

2. Be an expert in cutting in.

Before you apply paint on your walls and ceiling, cut in first. When cutting in, always use a paint brush and not a foam roller. To do this perfectly, tape off the baseboards, trims, and ceiling. Make sure that you are finished with painting the trims before proceeding with this. After you have painted on all the walls and ceiling, let the paint completely dry for at least 24 hours. Then, using a knife, cut the tape while you pull it off so the dry paint won’t go with the tape.

3. Be in the know of various wall painting techniques.

The color of your walls doesn’t have to be so plain and boring. You can experiment on giving your walls a different texture, look, and feel by trying various wall painting techniques such as sponging, ragging, and dragging. Sponging is done by dabbing a sponge, preferably a natural sea sponge, with paint glaze on the wall or to dry the glaze after it has been applied. Ragging is quite similar to sponging except that a folded, scrunched, or twisted rag is used to create a leathery or velvety texture. Meanwhile, dragging requires a dragging brush and strictly straight vertical or horizontal strokes over the glaze to create texture. Brushing both vertically and horizontally creates linen weave effect.

Things to Remember

When choosing the color of paint, it is better to invest on small cans of paint samples for you to find out which color and shade perfectly suite your room. In addition, be safe always and never overreach or overextend, especially if you’re stepping on a ladder, just to get some parts painted. Finally, consider hiring roofing Nashville services for professional house painting job.


How to Ensure Right Selection of Roofing Contractor

Posted on: June 13th, 2012 by Admin

Getting a new roof system is a serious affair. Because the system serves as a crucial investment, it is a must for homeowners to choose the right contractor for the job. If you reside in Nashville, TN and are about to purchase a new roof system, you must know that you have your job cut out for you. There are plenty of Nashville, TN roofing contractors to choose from and selecting just one will prove to be a challenge. To narrow down your choices of roofing professionals in Nashville, TN and to find the best professional for the job, keep in mind the guidelines found below.

Start by Looking Into the Business

There are many professional roofers serving the Nashville TN area and most of them claim to do a great job. However, there are some roofers that have no business doing business in the Nashville, TN roofing industry. Hence, the first thing you should do is run a background check on the business itself.

Start by checking important details such as a permanent place of business, tax identification number, a business license and a telephone number. Also, see if the contractor is properly registered and bonded or licensed. Then, find out if the Nashville TN contractor you are hoping to hire is a member of regional or national industry associations such as the National Roofing Contractors Association. Membership to these associations is a sign of professionalism.

If you can, determine the financial standing of the company. You must only choose a roofing company that is financially stable.

Consider Insurance, Worker Welfare and Customer Service

One of the most important things you must do when choosing a Nashville, TN roofing contractor is to ask for proof of insurance. Without insurance, you may be held liable for accidents that happen in your property once the work begins. Ask the company to show you copies of liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates; you should be absolutely certain that the coverages are in effect through the duration of the project. As much as possible, also choose the roofing contractor which places much importance to worker welfare by providing safety training and industry education, among others.

You would know the quality of service you can expect from the roofing contractor by getting feedback from former clients. A reputable contractor would willingly offer you not only a list of completed jobs but also client references. You may also check with the local Better Business Bureau for complaints.

Think of the Job

Before considering hiring any Nashville, TN roofing contractor, determine first the roofing manufacturers with which the company is a licensed applicator. Lastly, demand a detailed proposal which features starting and completion dates, work descriptions and specifications, and payment procedures. Check if roofing warranties are offered and be on the lookout for provisions which void it.


Roofing Tips: Guidelines in Doing Your Own Roof Inspection

Posted on: June 4th, 2012 by Admin

Roof inspection should not just be done after a storm or a heavy rain. It should be done on a regular basis. Some homeowners choose to do it on their own. Although this is ideal, especially before hiring a Nashville, TN roofing contractor, you need to keep the following guidelines in mind first before climbing your roof.

First is to ensure your safety. Roofing jobs, even the simplest repairs, are dangerous. Even professional roofers take precautionary measures in climbing roofs. When the roof is slippery, it is definitely not safe to go up and walk on it. Slate roofs have the slipperiest surface and shingle and terracotta roofs are also among those that are not advised to be walked on. That’s why, professional roofers use a harness to hold and secure them while climbing such roof types. In place of a harness, you can use a sturdy rope instead to hold you and then have someone watch for you, also when you are climbing a ladder. The National Roofing Contractors Association or NCRA reminds homeowners to make sure that the ladder is placed on a solid and level ground.

When doing roof inspection on your own, do not be in haste to finish your work. Take time to and be careful in performing your tasks. Be also patient and wait for the right timing when it is safe to climb your roof.

Once you’re up there, check the shingles. Although shingles have long-time warranties, they can still get damaged and deteriorated. Check the shingles if they are curling, missing, or losing too much granules, which is a sign of aging shingles. Aging shingles are also dry, with edges chipping off, and can get easily blown off by high winds. Check also for nail holes which were not properly sealed and could cause roof leaks. To find leaks, get a hose and wash down the shingles to find penetrations . Look also for discolored shingles which indicate algae and moss growth. Moreover, check flashings as well as they could also be improperly installed or damaged and might no longer be effective in sealing transitions on your roof.

Aside from the shingles and flashings, check your gutters as well. Gutters are mainly responsible for channeling water and maintaining a good drainage system for your roof. Gutters could be clogged by debris, fallen leaves, and shingle granules. If they are left uncleaned, especially when ice dams have already formed, they could result in severe water leaks and water damage. Gutters also sag due to aging and heavy snow.

Running a regular inspection is important to preserve the life of your roof and prevent small damages to become worse. If you are not used to doing roofing jobs or worried about your safety, call up a Nashville, TN roofing contractor to work your roof instead.


 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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