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2 Special Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material For An American Bungalow House

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Special Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material For An American Bungalow House

American Bungalow houses are simple but charming architectural delights that were predominantly built between the early 1900s and 1930. The homes feature one or one and one-half stories with clean lines topped off with a modified gable roof that has lower slopes that overhang the sides of the home. The roof also often features windowed dormers for added interior space, particularly when there’s a half story present. The roof on an American Bungalow plays a major role in the visual aesthetic so your choice of roofing material can completely change the look of your home. There are a couple of Bungalow-specific considerations to keep in mind when choosing a new roofing material with your roofing contractors. How Much Actual Bracing Exists Under the Roof? American Bungalows have an unusual feature in that there are often wood beams extending from the roof that appear to be the roof’s bracing. But these beams are often decorative and don’t actually run under the roof or support the roof in any way. The roof will still have some type of bracing, or it would collapse, but might have the minimal bracing common with gable roofs that aim to preserve maximum interior living space. Why does the amount of bracing matter? You need to make sure your roof’s bracing is strong enough to support your chosen roofing material. It’s a non-issue if you plan to use a lightweight material like asphalt, but slate and clay, in particular, are heavy materials that can add a great deal of weight to your roof. You need to make sure the bracing exists to support those materials or ask your roofing contractor to install additional bracing for the roof to be safe.    Do You Want the Dormers, Main Roof, and Porch Roof to All Match? An American Bungalow home is small but has several roof elements going on that can be considered independent parts or one whole unit when choosing roofing materials. The deciding factors can include how visible the dormer roofs are from the road and whether the main roof extends to form the porch roof or there’s a separate porch roof present.   If the dormer roofs are visible and the main roof is also the porch roof, you will want to use the same material all over or the difference will be stark. But if there’s a separate porch roof that stands away from the main roof, and the dormer roofs aren’t visible, you can save money on your project by using a cheaper material on the dormers and porch while using a more expensive material on the main roof....

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3 Top Roofing Materials for a Hip-Style Garage Roof

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Top Roofing Materials for a Hip-Style Garage Roof

Hip-style roofs have four equal sides that slope upward to form a peak. The shape makes the hip roof a great choice for garages that are subject to frequent high winds or heavy snows in the winter since the hip has good supports and great weight distribution. If you need to replace your hip-style garage roof materials, there are a few choices that could prove the perfect fit for your project. Here are a few options to discuss with your roofer. Asphalt Shingles Hip roofs have fairly large surface areas and the amount of roofing material required can drive up prices quickly. If budget is a major factor, you might want to consider asphalt shingles. Your roofing contractors can provide asphalt shingles in numerous color options and even textures to resemble higher-end roofing. The key downside to the otherwise durable asphalt is its extremely light weight. The light weight means the shingles are more vulnerable to wind damage than heavier roofing materials. But repairing loosened or removed asphalt shingles is still relatively affordable and an easy fix, so you might consider the trade-off worth the maintenance for the lower initial price. Metal Roofing Hip roofs have a lot of corners due to the four sections coming together both at their sides and at the peak. Sharp corners are one of the trickiest parts of roofing because many roofing materials aren’t designed to be cut to size and bent around those types of corners. Metal roofing is one of the exceptions. Standing seam metal roofing involves long metal tiles that have raised sides. When two parallel tiles are snapped together, the roofing has a series of standing seams interspaced with valleys. The pieces can be cut and molded around sharp corners and the valleys help with water drainage. Metal roofing, particularly standing seam, might not have the same regal quality of slate or clay. But the metal comes in a variety of colors that can help disguise the seams and make your roof meet your home or garage’s design scheme. Wood Shingles Want a more classic look on your garage? Consider wood shingles, which offer a natural charm but a lower price tag than slate. The shingles can be stained a number of different colors, and the textured nature of the shingles can help break up the sharp angles of the hip-style roof. Wood can stand up to wind damage and snow, though frequent freeze-thaw cycles can cause the wood to warp over time. You also need to watch for insect damage. Note that you might not want to go with wood if you plan to store a lot of flammable materials in your garage since wood is also flammable and could compound problems if a fire were to break out. Speak with a contractor at a company like Kingston Pro Roofing for further advice or to schedule your new roof...

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Roofing Services: Three Tips To Help You Prepare For Fall And Winter

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Roofing Services: Three Tips To Help You Prepare For Fall And Winter

As the summer days begin to cool, the telltale signs of fall begin to creep in. While fall is a beautiful season, it is also a rainy one. If not properly prepared, rain and snow of the cooler months can take their toll on your roof. Fortunately, preparing your roof for the cooler months isn’t too difficult. All you need to do is follow these three fall and winter roof preparation tips: 1. Clean Out the Gutters You might not think that the gutters can cause problems for your roof, but they can. If your gutters are filled with dirt and debris, water cannot roll off your roof. If water is trapped, it may begin to damage your roof. So to help keep your roof dry and clean during the cooler months, make sure to clean out your gutters. Remove any dirt, leaves, or debris so that water can easily flow off your roof—so that you don’t have to make a hasty roof repair call in the middle of fall or winter. Additionally, you might also want to make sure that your gutters are in good condition. If you find any damaged areas in your gutters, have them replaced before the rainy season hits. Also, take some time to ensure that your gutters are adhered to your roof and home. If you find any loose spots, re-secure them with a screwdriver. 2. Remove Debris Another helpful thing that you can do before the cooler month’s hit is to clean off your roof. During the summer and early months of fall, your roof may begin to collect debris such as leaves and foliage. Leaving this debris on your roof can cause serious issues, such as mildew and rot. So make sure that you spend some time removing any debris that is sitting on your roof before the harsh weather hits. 3. Apply a Sealant Finally, consider apply a waterproof sealant to your roof. Like many other areas of your home, your roof can benefit from a sealant. Once applied, a sealant will help protect your roof from water, snow, and ice. It can also help prolong the life of your roof by helping to protect it from the wind and sun. You can apply a sealant yourself with a roller. However, unless you have experience, you should probably contact a professional roofer, as walking around on your roof can be very dangerous. Maintaining your roof during the fall and winter months is not easy. Fortunately, you can prepare for the harsh weather of the cooler months by utilizing these three tips. If you do not feel comfortable doing any of these, please contact a professional roofer like one from Can-Tech Roofing Ltd for help. These contractors often offer maintenance packages that include all of these things, plus...

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Reasons To Have Your Roof Repaired In The Winter

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons To Have Your Roof Repaired In The Winter

When it comes to large-scale projects like roof replacement and repair, most homeowners associate these services with warmer seasons, such as spring or summer. You might be surprised to discover that it’s actually a good idea to consider having these services performed during the winter months of the year. Easier Diagnosis Winter weather can serve as a magnifying glass, making it easier to discover and diagnose problems. Take poor roof ventilation, for example. When looking at a roof, it’s hard to tell that there is a problem with ventilation, except for when it’s snowing. Snow that melts from a roof before temperatures rise above freezing is often an indication of a problem. This typically means that instead of the warm, moisture-containing air from your home being ventilated away from the roof, it’s being forced towards the roof, causing the snow to melt. Without the snowfall on the roof, it would be harder to recognize this problem. Less Shingle Damage One of the things that make asphalt shingles such a durable roofing option is the fact that they have tiny granules on top of them that are made from a ceramic material. These ceramic granules create a waterproof barrier. When installing a new roof, it’s normal for some of the granules to detach due to foot traffic. However, when it’s warm outside, the asphalt in the shingles will expand from the heat, which actually makes the granules more prone to damage. When walking on the roof in this state, it can be easier for the granules to detach than it would be during the colder months when the asphalt isn’t being stressed. Less Demand  Compared to the warmer months of the year, there is often less demand for roof repairs in the winter then there are during other seasons. Particularly during the spring, when heavy precipitation makes roof problems (such as leaks) especially evident, roofing contractors can be in high demand. Even with the valiant effort of roofing technicians to work as quickly as possible, higher demand can often lead to lengthier wait times for customers. For this reason, it can be more practical to have any necessary repairs or a roof replacement performed during the winter. The reality is that roofing contractors are able to make repairs any time of the year. Consider looking into roofing repair by Marshall Roofing Ltd or another similar company, and make sure you aren’t overlooking the benefit of having your roof repaired or replaced during the...

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How To Clean The Moss Off Your Home’s Low-Slope Roof – Without Using Bleach

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Clean The Moss Off Your Home’s Low-Slope Roof – Without Using Bleach

Overhanging trees offer shade for your home but also risk dropping leaves, branches, and moss onto your roofing. Standing moss can stain your roofing material and trap damp materials like leaves, which can start to cause water damage. If you have a house with a high, sloping roof, it would be best to leave the cleaning process up to a roofing contractor due to the safety issue. But if you have a low roof in both height from the ground and slope, you can conduct the cleaning yourself.   Many tutorials will tell you to use a water-bleach mixture to clean the moss, but the bleach poses safety risks to you, outdoor animals, and your surrounding scraping. There’s a chemical-free way to clean the moss if you’re willing to use a bit of elbow grease. What You Need: Stiff-bristled push broom Cordless leaf blower Long hose (optional) Step 1: Loosen the Moss Loosen stubborn, dried-on moss using a stiff-bristled push broom. You want to use a firm enough hand to loosen the moss, but not so firm a hand that you risk damaging your roofing material. Err on the side of caution and start with a light hand and gradually add more pressure. Keep sweeping until the majority of the moss is loosened or until so much moss is loosened that you can’t see the underlying moss anymore. Step 2: Clear Away Loosened Moss Use a cordless leaf blower to blow the loosened moss off of your shingles and into either your gutter or out into your yard. You want to use a cordless unit even if there is an accessible outlet, because you don’t want to risk accidentally tripping over the cord while on the roof. Step 3: Sweep and Clear Again Now that you have the loosened moss removed, you can work to remove any remaining moss that might not have come up during the first pass. Clear the loosened moss away again using the leaf blower. You can then make a quick pass over the rest of your roof with your leaf blower to remove any dirt, debris, or fresh moss that might be sitting around.   Step 4: Hose Off Extremely Stubborn Moss Swept and cleared until your elbows hurt, but there is still some moss clinging onto the shingles? You can use a hose with a directional nozzle assuming you have a hose that reaches the roof. Be extremely careful not to get your feet wrapped up in the hose. Have someone pass the hose up to you, if possible, and stand in one position until the job is done, then drop the hose over the side. You will want to use a forceful setting on the nozzle but, again, not so forceful that the water will pool behind the shingle or cause surface damage. Start with low pressure and work up, if necessary. Point the hose stream towards your gutters so the moss washes in that direction when loosened. Click here to contact roofers in Winnipeg for assistance, if...

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Identifying Moisture-Related Roofing Problems

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Identifying Moisture-Related Roofing Problems

Water stains on an interior ceiling indicates a roofing problem that needs repair as soon as possible. Save yourself some time, money, and emergency roof repairs by catching signs of moisture-related roofing problems before the water gets to your ceilings. There are a couple of common problems that you can catch with simple visual inspections and a shorter, lower-cost visit from a roofing contractor to replace shingles or correct a drainage issue. Here are a few tips on identifying moisture-related roofing problems. Ice Dams Ice dams are the upper-roof destructive cousin of icicles. Water flows into the eaves and/or any valleys in your roof’s architecture and then freezes into a long solid dam. The pressure of the dam can start to loosen shingles or simply pool underneath and start to cause moisture-related rotting. If your roof has frequent ice dams, there are a few potential causes and corrections. You might have the wrong roofing material for the pitch of your roof. For example, wood shingles are great for a steeply pitched roof but not for a flatter roof where the water can become trapped between the textured shingles. The dams can also point to an indoor ventilation problem. Heated air in your home naturally rises to the top due to the chemical process called convection. If your roof doesn’t have adequate ventilation, the convection air will stay inside along the underside of the roof, which causes a large temperature disparity between the under roof and above roof temperatures. This disparity makes it easier for snow on the roof to melt and form ice dams. Contact a roofing contractor for the ventilation options that best suit your roof shape.  Buckled or Bowed Shingles Have the shingles on your roof started to buckle in or bow out without any other obvious damage? The shape change can be due to moisture becoming stuck under the shingles and causing rot. Combine the rotting with scorching summer heat or freezing winter weather and the shingles can start to bend out of shape. There’s no easy fix to buckled or bowed shingles. You need to call in a roofing contractor to completely remove the shingles, treat any moisture-related rot or mildew growth underneath, and install new shingles. Make sure the cause of the moisture is diagnosed before the new shingles are added. Causes can include ice dams, the wrong type of shingles, and shingles that weren’t properly installed. If your shingles are cracked or deteriorating, follow the same procedure as with the buckled or bowed shingles. The shingle damage could come from aging but the cracks will quickly become a moisture problem if you don’t replace the shingles now....

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What You Need To Do Before Removing The Shingles From Your Roof

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need To Do Before Removing The Shingles From Your Roof

Replacing your entire roof can be a very expensive job. One of the best ways to reduce the cost of having a new roof installed is to remove the old shingles yourself before the roofing contractor in your area comes. However, before you just go up on your roof and start pulling off shingles, you need to make sure that you have a few things lined up and in order first. #1 Get A Building Permit In most states, you are going to need to obtain a building permit from your local government body before you start removing your old roof and installing a new roof. If you are working with a contractor on this project, your contractor may be able to get a building permit that covers you tearing off the shingles on your house and them installing  your new roof. Either way, you need to make sure that you have a permit before any work begins. #2 Coordinate With Your Contractor Next, you need to coordinate with your contractor and finalize the date that they can come out and install your new roof. You should arrange to remove the old shingles from your roof in the day or two prior to your contractor coming out and installing your new roof. You don’t want your roof to sit, uncovered, without shingles for more than a day or so. If any inclement weather passes by, you could be in big trouble, which is why you need to coordinate your tear down of the old shingles with the start date your contractor will install your new roof. #3 Rent A Dumpster You are going to end up with a lot of trash when you remove the old shingles off of your roof. The best way to dispose of old shingles is by renting a dumpster for a few days. That way, you can just throw all the shingles into the dumpster and you don’t have to worry about making multiple trips to the dump to get rid of all the trash you’ll generate. #4 Protect Your House You also need to make sure that you protect your house. Put a board on top of any outside air conditioning units that are near your house so that no debris falls into the and compromises them. Put plastic sheeting over your flower beds to keep them clean from debris. If you can’t throw the roofing material directly into the dumpster you rented, you’ll want to lay out a few tarps so you have somewhere to aim for when you are throwing the roofing material down. It will also make clean-up a lot easier. #5 Protect Yourself Finally, you want to make sure that you protect yourself. You are going to need to need to purchase safety goggles and work gloves if you do not already have some. You are also going to want to purchase a safety harness, so if you lose your footing for some reason, you will not fall off your roof. Once you have completed all of the steps above, you are ready to get up on your roof and tear off your old shingles. Tearing off shingles is a labor intensive process, so you may want to get a friend or two to lend a hand or give...

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Home Renovations 101: Four Tips For Choosing A New Siding Color

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Renovations 101: Four Tips For Choosing A New Siding Color

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to update the exterior of your home is by changing up its color scheme. New paint colors for your home’s siding are quite affordable, and they can make a huge difference in your home’s curb appeal. While choosing a color scheme isn’t always as easy as it sounds, you can make the process simpler and more fun. Here are four tips to help you pick a new color scheme for your homes siding: 1. Choose Three Colors Ideally, you should choose at least three colors for your exterior color scheme. While you can paint your home a single color, it usually isn’t ideal. A single color may make your home appear dull and boring. It can also make your home appear very small or large, depending on the color you choose. So when shopping for paint colors, make sure you choose three: one color for the siding, one for the trimming, and one for the windows and shutters. If you are having a hard time picking colors, ask the person at the paint counter for help. Oftentimes, you can find a selection of pre-made color schemes. These color schemes can help give you inspiration, or you can use them for your own home—it’s entirely up to you. 2. Consider Roof Color You should always take your roof color into consideration when updating the exterior of your home. After all, the roof is large and it makes a huge impression on your home. You can easily identify whether a specific color will work with your roof by purchasing a sample size. Get the sample size, and paint it onto a thin board. Once dry, hold the board up to your roof and check to see if the colors mesh well together. 3. Opt For Complementary Colors When shopping for paint for the exterior of your home, try to use complementary colors. The difference between the colors will make your home interesting and beautiful. It will also ensure it doesn’t look like one big shade of whatever color you’ve chosen. For example, a standard gray roof looks beautiful with a white home. For trimming colors, a dark gray or a blue-gray would look clean and crisp, without being boring or dull. If you want to add a touch of color, a bright red or yellow door would look fabulous. 4. Use Neighborhood For Inspiration Finally, consider using your neighborhood for inspiration. Take a walk throughout your neighborhood, and snap photos of any home color schemes you particularly love. Use these photos to help you choose a color scheme that you’ll love. Updating the exterior of your home might be as easy as choosing a new paint scheme. However, choosing a new paint color is usually easier said than done. If you are struggling to find a paint scheme that you enjoy, use these tips to make it easier. Contact a company like Ryan Roofing if you decide that entirely new siding is a better choice than new...

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