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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.


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.


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.


Attic Ventilation for Homeowners: Why is it Important?

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Admin

Attic ventilation adds comfort to your home and helps you save on energy costs. But most importantly, it regulates the air movement in your house. How?

During hot weather like summer, the heat coming from the sun directly hits your roof, making the attic extremely hot. This heat travels to the attic floor and then to the lower rooms. Attic ventilation makes your house cooler in such weather as it prevents heat build up. Moreover, you will also be able to save on air conditioning costs.

During cold weather like winter, attic ventilation prevents moisture build up. Remember the basic physics: hot air rises while cool air descends. However, in a cold weather, hot air rises with moist and travels to the attic. If you don’t have adequate ventilation, that hot, moist air gets trapped in the attic causing trusses and rafters to rot and can even ruin the roof insulation. Aside from the natural hot air that rises, some home activities such as cooking, bathing, and laundry also produces water vapor.

Attic ventilation also prevents the formation of ice dams. Ice dams are formed when a warm attic, which is caused by hot air traveling upward the attic, melts the snow on top of the roof. Since the lower part of the roof remains cool, the melting snow freezes again on the edge of the roof, forming ice dams. As the process repeats, water gets stuck in between the ice dams and the melting snow and seeps underneath the shingles, causing leaks.

Attic Ventilation: Getting it Right

Attic ventilation must be balanced by installing adequate and appropriate intake and exhaust vents. Intake vents like the soffit vents allow fresh, dry, cooler air from outside the house to enter the attic, while exhaust vents release hot air. Most roofing experts deem ridge vents as the most cost-effective and most efficient exhaust vent because they don’t need power to operate and they can vent the entire sheathing as long as they are installed at sufficient length.

However, if you’re thinking that installing several vents on your roof is good to release as much hot air from your house, you are wrong. If you have too many exhaust vents installed—for example, a ridge vent and more than a couple of powered fans—they can get the intake from each other, which is air with rain, snow, or dirt, instead of getting it from the soffit vents.

A Nashville, TN roofing contractor can help you choose and install effective attic ventilation system for your home. The Nashville, TN roofing contractor that you’ll be working with must have an experience installing vents in your region. This is because of the possibility that what works best in other regions might not be the same as effective in your region.


Choosing the Right Contractor…and Why Hire One?

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by Admin

Many homeowners fail to hire the best TN roofing contractor. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) are receiving a number of complaints against roofing contractors each year. The fact is, scam artists and storm chasers exist and that’s why you need to be extra careful in hiring a contractor.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

Experience. Experience counts in hiring a TN roofing contractor. There are some roofing jobs, such as roof replacement and stucco siding installation, that should be done by experts only or those who have experience in doing them. Take your time to research about the contractor’s experience by checking out their previous projects. Make sure that they have enough experience in the type of roofing job that you need. Ask for references or a list of their customers so you can ask about the contractor’s performance. You can also ask the roofing contractor about how long have they been operating in the industry.

License. The local government of Tennessee urges homeowners to hire only licensed roofing contractors. You can check a contractor’s license status online as made possible by the Board for Licensing Contractors. The license has to be in active status and not yet expired. Keep in mind that licensed contractors are legitimate contractors. Contractors with no or expired license definitely cannot work for you.

Contract. The contract is an important part of your working relationship with the contractor. Do not let the contractor start with the project without drafting a contract first. Keep in mind that verbal agreements and promises are useless and can be easily retracted. Some important details that a roofing contract must include are the exact amounts of all the fees and charges involved, types and brands of materials that will be used, tasks that need to be accomplished for the project, warranties, and insurance. You should also insist on having the project supervised to ensure safety and quality of work.

Why Hire a Professional

Many homeowners think that simple roofing jobs are easy and can be done without hiring a professional. However, they may be underestimating the difficulty of roofing jobs. When you do DIY roofing jobs, some areas of concern would be the using right tools and learning the skills needed for the project, following instructions, and knowing and understanding roofing basics. Many homeowners fail in these aspects and that is why, the job sometimes cost too much or took a long time before it was completed. In this case, a homeowner didn’t really save cash and time at all.

Therefore, hiring a professional roofer for your roofing jobs is a better idea. Although you would sometimes have to shell out a lot of money, it will only be a one-time-big-time expense because the solution is long-term. Just make sure that you hire a good contractor by keeping the guidelines above.


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.


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.


General Roof Replacement Guidelines

Posted on: June 15th, 2012 by Admin

Roof replacement is needed when your roof system is already deteriorating or when your roof was wrecked by a storm. The job is not easy and cheap and would take some time before it is completed. Getting a new TN roofing system is also not an easy decision to make, especially if you are not knowledgeable about it. Here then are some general guidelines in having your roof replaced.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

When choosing a TN roofing contractor to do the roof replacement job for you, check with the Better Business Bureau and National Roofing Contractors Association first if a roofing contractor is legitimate or not. Work only with those who have the proper licensing, certificate, and permits to do roofing jobs. Check also their track record by asking their previous clients or reading about them in the Internet. You can also ask from around your neighborhood those who have hired roofers before for recommendations. Learn also how to identify roof scams so you won’t get ripped-off by them.

Filing an Insurance Claim

You need to file an insurance claim when having your roof replaced as this is included in the dwelling coverage of your home insurance policy. The insurance claim process includes inspection of the damages on your roof. You can do this on your own or hire a roofing contractor to climb your roof for an estimate. The insurance claim process also involves an appointment with your adjuster to discuss the damages with him. The adjuster would normally run a separate inspection on the damages and then write the first check to get the job started. A roofing company can help you go through the process. Keep in mind, though, that it is good that you understand the process and don’t miss out on any important detail. Keep a good communication between you and the contractor and the adjuster. Don’t also hesitate to raise any concerns.

Selecting the Roofing Material

Remember that you cannot just choose the roofing material that you want. You have to consider the location of your home, the climate, the slope and pitch of your roof, the life span of the roof, the architectural design of your house, and many more. You will be needing the assistance of your roofing contractor in choosing the right material for your roof. Asphalt shingles are the most economical of all roofing materials. They work on almost all roof designs. However, they have the shortest life span. On the contrary, metal roofing has a very long life span. It does not also need a lot of maintenance. It also proves to be the most durable of all the roofing materials. Meanwhile, slate roofs, despite their elegance, are known to be the slipperiest to walk on.

 


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.


 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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