Most Common Reasons for Roof Leaks

December 2, 2014 by  
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4 of the Most Common Culprits of Roof Leaks

When you notice a roof leak, it can be hard to pinpoint the exact area of the roof where the leak is occurring. There are so many different factors that could contribute to your roof leak, such as the age of your roof and the quality level of the roof installation. Regardless, here are four of the most frequent reasons your roof will leak:

1. Rotted Fascia Board

Fascia board is the part of your roof that covers the eaves and is located above your gutter system. When debris builds up in the gutter, it can cause the fascia board to rot. This is because it stays wet all the time. When your fascia board is leaking, it needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the rot and mold can spread resulting in much larger problems. Eventually, it could lead to structural problems with the roof. If left untreated, you’ll need a new roof.

2. Deteriorated Shingles

Most roofs are expected to last about 30 years, but that’s only when it is taken care of properly. You need to keep an eye out for granules in your rain gutters, as this is one of the first signs of shingle deterioration. When you leave failing shingles on your roof, you are just asking for trouble. As the shingles deteriorate more and more, it is more likely that moisture is going to seep through and into your attic. This will result in damage to the roof decking, and eventually, the interior of your home.

3. Clogged Gutters

In cold climates, a clogged gutter can contribute to the formation of ice dams on the roof and gutters. Ice dams will not allow rain and melting snow to fall off your roof. Eventually, this will lead to major leaks that will seep into the home from the water building up on the roof and under the shingles. Plus, when water just sits in the clogged gutters, it is sitting right against the edge of your roof. It will eventually penetrate your roof resulting in significant roof damage.

4. Deteriorated Pipe Boots

A pipe boot is a piece of roofing flashing that is designed to snugly fit over your vent pipes. Shingles cover most of the flashing, but some of it is visible. If the pipe boot begins to crack and deteriorate, which could be from extended exposure to the sun or extreme weather, it will create an area for moisture to seep into the roof, resulting in leaks and water damage to the roof and the interior of your home.

The best thing you can do to avoid unnecessary roof leaks is to have a professional roofer inspect your roof on a regular basis. When a problem is detected, it’s important to take care of it immediately instead of putting it off. The longer you put that problem on the back burner, the more damage that is being caused, which means more costly repairs.

4 Tips for Ensuring Your Roof Is Ready for Winter

November 2, 2014 by  
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residential roofing huntsville al 300x268 4 Tips for Ensuring Your Roof Is Ready for WinterIt won’t be long and winter will be here. Are you ready? Is your roof ready? Here are four tips to ensure that you roof is indeed ready for the impending cold weather season:

1. Do You Have Missing or Cracked Shingles?

Take a look at your roof. Do you see any shingles missing? Do you see any that have been damaged? If so, then you need a roofer to come out and repair that damage before winter arrives. Otherwise, the cold weather will only result in more serious damage and more costly repairs down the road.

2. Do You Have Any Leaks?

Unless it’s raining, you don’t know if you have leaks or not, right? Not true. Although rain is helpful, you just need a flashlight. Grab one and head on up to your attic. Look up at the roof and see if you see nay water stains or any outside light coming through. If you do, then call a professional immediately for a full inspection and repair.

3. Have You Cleaned Your Gutters Lately?

When your gutters are clogged by leaves, tree limbs and other debris, it won’t allow the rainwater to go anywhere. Instead, it will turn all the debris wet, which increases the weight that your gutters are trying to hold up. This can cause your gutters to become loose or collapse. You want to make sure that they are clean and clear of debris before winter arrives to ensure that snow, ice and water can successfully leave your roof.

This is something that you can do on your own if you don’t want to spend the money on a professional. However, a professional can probably get the job done quicker, safe and more efficiently.

4. Have You Trimmed Your Tree Limbs?

As previously mentioned, tree limbs can fall on your roof and make their way into your gutter system. This isn’t good. To help prevent that from happening, you can grab a pair of tree trimmers and start cutting away any long branches that are hanging over your roof. Otherwise, the weight of the snow in the winter may put too much stress on the limbs and cause them to break off and crash onto your roof.

The best thing you can do for your roof to ensure it is ready for the upcoming winter is to call a professional roofing company for a full blown examination.

Why You Should Opt for Vinyl Siding

October 22, 2014 by  
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vinyl siding huntsville al Why You Should Opt for Vinyl SidingIf you drive around your neighborhood, you will likely notice that more and more homes have vinyl siding. But why? Here are five of the most important and common reasons you should opt for vinyl siding over other types:

  1. Maintenance – Vinyl siding is practically maintenance free. You won’t have to constantly re-paint or re-stain it. You won’t have to worry about rotting or flaking. The only type of maintenance your vinyl siding will need is an annual power wash.
  2. Cost – Vinyl siding is probably the most affordable siding material on the market today. It’s definitely cheaper than wood, brick, stone and aluminum. However, you don’t have to sacrifice quality by going with a cheaper material. You’ll save more upfront and save more in the long-run.
  3. Durability – Vinyl siding is one of the more durable types of siding because of its plastic composite, which is incredibly strong. It is designed to last for extended periods of time. Plus, it’s resistant to fading and rot, which makes it even stronger.
  4. Style – Many think because it is so affordable that there are fewer styles to choose from, but this is far from the truth. It is available in light colors, dark colors and even bright colors. You can even purchase textured vinyl siding, which provides the appearance of a different type of siding, such as wood.
  5. Energy Efficiency – Some vinyl siding comes pre-insulated. It has a very protective foam underlayment that is over an inch thick. It helps keeps your home insulated, which means you save more money on your heating and cooling costs. In fact, the R-value of your home may be increased to as much as 25 percent.

After reading the above five things about vinyl siding, can you come up with one reason not to buy it? Probably not. Take the time to speak to your local roofing or siding company to find out more about vinyl siding and to take a look at the different styles available.

What to Expect and How to Prepare for the Installation of a New Roof

October 12, 2014 by  
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prepare for new roof 300x199 What to Expect and How to Prepare for the Installation of a New RoofThe big day is here. Your new roof is being installed. Do you know what you should expect and how to prepare your home for installation process?

What to Expect

Essentially, your home is being turned into a working construction site. Therefore, you need to ensure you, your family and pets are kept safe throughout the entire process. There will be a lot of debris, such as lumber and shingles. There will also be a significant amount of dust. There is also going to be a substantial amount of noise so young children may want to be kept at a friend or family member’s house.

At the end of the installation, the roof will receive a full and final inspection. This is to ensure that the project has been completed successfully and that all debris has been picked up and removed from your property.

How to Prepare

Make sure that your driveway and yard are both fully accessible for the roofing crew. You want to put your cars in the garage or park them at a neighbor’s home. If there is anything close to your home that could cause the roofers problems with accessing your roof, then these items should be moved elsewhere.

You need to ensure that your children and pets are indoors at all times while the crew members are present. If at all possible, it’s recommended that you keep your pets at an off-site location.

You want to ensure all of your valuables are covered and safe from damage. If you have any plants that cannot be moved  and are important, then make sure the roofers are aware. You may even want to take the time to mow your yard a day or two before the project starts so that it is easier for the crew members to see any small debris, such as nails, that they need to pick up at the end of the project.

Make sure you have removed your satellite dish, solar panels, basketball goals and anything else that is attached to your roof. Don’t forget to also take down all important keepsakes and photos that are hanging on the interior walls, as these items will be susceptible to damage while the roofers are working on the roof.

Commercial Roofing: Understanding What TPO Is

October 4, 2014 by  
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tpo commercial roofing 300x216 Commercial Roofing: Understanding What TPO IsTPO is a very common roofing application for commercial roofs. TPO is short for Thermoplastic Polyolefin and is actually a synthetic rubber compound.

Benefits of TPO Commercial Roofing

There are numerous advantages to using TPO on your commercial roof. Here are the most common:

  • It can be fused to create seams that are long-lasting and reliable.
  • It successfully reflects the heat.
  • It is energy-efficient.
  • It can withstand the effects of UV rays and chemical exposure.
  • It is a cost-effective roofing solution.

How TPO Is Installed

This particular type of roof is available in a variety of thicknesses, depending on what it is that you need for your roof. It can be fastened to your roof mechanically, ballasted or fully-adhere. It all depends on the quality of your current roofing structure. As a general rule, the color of TPO is white when it is applied. This is for maximum efficiency since white TPO is able to reflect heat and light more effectively. It helps to keep the roof from absorbing the heat and bringing that heat inside the building.

Call a Professional Roofer for Help

It is not recommended to install TPO on your own. This is because it is important that your current roof is assessed thoroughly to ensure it can withstand the application of TPO. In some cases, repairs may need to be done to the existing roof structure before TPO can actually be installed. Even if repairs are not necessary, your roofing company may still need to prepare the roof’s surface to ensure that the TPO adheres properly.

If you have any questions regarding TPO as a roofing material for your commercial building, contact a local roofing company in your area for assistance.

Factors to Consider When Considering a Roof Replacement

September 30, 2014 by  
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roof replacement 300x220 Factors to Consider When Considering a Roof ReplacementWhen it comes time to replacing your roof, it isn’t an easy job nor is it an easy decision. In fact, there are several factors that you should consider before you go through with a replacement.

1. Your Location

Your location actually has a lot to do with how you choose the materials for your roof. If you live in an area with frequently high winds, in a large, open field, or by the water, then you may want to consider high quality materials for you roof instead of standard 3-tab asphalt shingles. Metal can be affected by salt water from the ocean. However, there may be sealants available that will keep your metal looking good.

2. Your Budget

Money is almost always an option when home renovations are being done. When it comes your roof, it can get quite expensive. However, if you have the money, you always want to get the highest quality material possible so that you can end up with a quality roof. Higher grade roofing materials will be able to withstand weather elements better than lower grade materials. In many cases, it is worth spending a little more on your roof.

3. Your Living Situation

You should also consider whether you plan to stay at the property for years to come because you are buying it. You may want to spend more on the roof. However, if you are simply fixing the roof on a rental property, then you may not want to spend as much on a higher grade material. It all depends on the return on investment (ROI) that you are looking to achieve.

4. Style of Roof

There are numerous styles of roofs that you can choose from, including slate tile, flat roofs, metal and shingles. When making your decision, make sure that you select something that you like, is within your budget, will last and compliments your property as a whole.

For more considerations or to schedule an inspection, speak to a qualified roofing professional in your area.

Why Fall Is The Best Time for Roofing

September 18, 2014 by  
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roofing in the fall 300x222 Why Fall Is The Best Time for RoofingRoofers can work in virtually any type of weather, no matter how bad it is. However, there are certain times of the year that are safer for them as well as your roof and roofing materials. The best time of year for roofers to safely tackle roof repairs and roof installations is the fall. Fall is also the best time of year for homeowners to decide to have repairs done. Here’s why:

1. Winter Preparations

Your roof will receive damage at any time of the year. However, it generally undergoes more abuse during the winter than other seasons. This is because of the heavy snowfall and exceedingly cold weather. If we’re going to have another Polar Vortex in 2015 like we did last year, then you definitely need to prepare for winter.

By having your roof inspected by a professional during the fall, any damage can immediately be detected so that repairs can be scheduled to be made before the temperature and weather changes, causing more damage to your roof.

2. Avoid Damage to Materials

Cold weather can cause shingles to crack because they turn brittle. Hot weather causes shingles to get pliable. Neither of these things are good. It just makes your shingles less effective, especially if they are installed anyway. If you are having an asphalt roof installed or repaired, fall is an ideal time of year for it since the best temperature for asphalt shingles to be worked with is between about 50 degrees and 80 degrees.

3. Save a Lot of Time

Manual adhesion is often necessary during the summer because of the heat. During the winter, your warranty may be at risk if your roof is installed in less-than-perfect weather. Both of these things slow the project down. But, in the fall, since the roofers won’t be working around poor weather conditions, the installation or repair project is sped up significantly.

As you can see, fall is the best time to have your roof worked on – for your benefit, your roofers’ benefits, and your roof’s benefit.

When You Should DIY and When You Should Call a Pro

September 15, 2014 by  
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roofing 001 300x225 When You Should DIY and When You Should Call a ProWhile you may want to do everything yourself to save money, sometimes it is easier and safer to hire a professional. However, how do you know when you should do-it-yourself or call a professional?

3 Tasks to Tackle Yourself

  1. Paint Interior Walls – As long as you have a couple drop cloths (tarps or plastic), blue painter’s tape, paint and some free time, then you can easily paint a room in your home a new color. Make sure to remove furniture, or at least cover it up, and use tape around the crown molding and baseboards to avoid unnecessary accidents.
  2. Replace Broken Tiles – As long as you have the tiles in the attic, basement or storage, you can replace broken tiles in your bathroom or kitchen yourself. You will need some grout and any other necessary tools before trying to do the repair.
  3. Power Wash Your Siding – If you own, know someone who owns one or can rent a power washer, then this is an easy project to do on your own. Just make sure your doors and windows are all securely shut to avoid washing the inside of your home.

3 Tasks to Call a Pro In

  1. Remove Trees – While you can grab a chainsaw and try to tackle tree trimming yourself, it is safe to leave the tree removal tot he experts. This is just to ensure the safety of yourself, your pets and other individuals at the home. Plus, it is a very complex process, from cutting branches to removing the stump.
  2. Siding Installation – Your siding is an important part of your home, but it needs to be installed correctly or it won’t work effectively. You can choose the type, style and color that you want, but the installation should be left to the pros.
  3. Roof Repairs – It is dangerous to climb up a ladder and onto your roof. If you aren’t aware of how to maneuver on your roof without hurting yourself, you could really injury yourself. Plus, you may not know how to adequately repair certain damage, such as ice dams and leaks, but a professional will.

Patio Covers Huntsville Madison AL

July 22, 2014 by  
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A patio or deck makes a wonderful addition to your home. Having your own outdoor space that is easily reached from your home yet sits right beside your garden provides a lovely bridge between indoors and outdoors from which to enjoy the outdoors in comfort. Whether for entertaining, casual dining, or a place to spend time with your family, your patio, deck or porch can quickly become a vital part of your home.

If you love sitting out on your patio, you’ll understand the frustration of being affected by the weather while enjoying your patio. The heat of the sun in the summer and of course the rain and wind in the winter can be an impediment to making the most of your patio. That’s where a good quality patio cover comes in. A patio cover will protect your patio from the worst of the elements, meaning you can enjoy your outdoor space much more frequently.

A Cover That Fits In With Your Home

Whatever the shape or style of your home, there is a patio cover for you. Patio covers are available in a range of materials such as wood, metal and vinyl, and in many sizes, shapes and styles to fit in perfectly with the look of your home. Your patio cover doesn’t have to look like an addition – it can be modeled to look like it has always been part of your home.

Cost Effective And Convenient

A patio cover is an excellent way to extend your living space, making your patio or porch into another room. Protecting your patio from the elements means you can use it more frequently throughout the year. Keeping your patio covered also means protecting it from wear and tear, prolonging its life and cutting down on maintenance.

Tired of having to take your patio furniture in when it rains? A patio cover means your furniture will stay dry and protected without the inconvenience of taking it in every time the rain starts.

The Latest Patio Covers For You

For added convenience, why not try Solara adjustable patio covers? The handsome aluminum louvers can be controlled to give you as much daylight and sunshine as you want, while allowing you to quickly cover your patio if the rain comes.

A patio cover is a cost effective way to enjoy outdoor living whatever the weather. Give us a call to discuss the perfect patio cover for you.

Solatube Skylights Huntsville AL

July 21, 2014 by  
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There’s nothing quite like natural light. A lighter, brighter space is a great way to improve your mood, make a room more welcoming, and give your family the gift of more pleasant and enjoyable surroundings. As a homeowner, you know that most homes come with their darker corners, places where the light doesn’t easily reach. Now you can bring beautiful natural light into your home with Solatube daylight systems. Even in places where a skylight wouldn’t fit or wouldn’t be practical, such as a downstairs room, Solatube’s unique daylight system can lighten and brighten your room using natural sunlight.

Bringing The Sun To You

Solatube’s daylighting system starts with a small but sturdy dome on your roof, that captures the sun’s rays. The sunlight is then piped into your home through a high quality set of pipes until it reaches the desired spot in your house, where an elegant fitting will radiate the light into your room just as any light fixture would do. The only difference is that this light is brighter and clearer than any electric light, because it’s pure natural sunlight that will give your home a beautiful glow.

Quick and Easy Installation

A skylight can take days to install, but Solatube’s inventive and intuitive daylighting system takes just hours. Instead of passing through major structural barriers such as rafters or joists, Solatube’s tube system is designed to work around them, making installation much quicker which means no hassle or disruption for you.

Saving You Money

Once your Solatube is in place it will harvest sunlight and channel it to your room, which means you can reduce your power bill as you rely less on electric light and more on the freely available natural light. The light you need to brighten your room is available for free and Solatube gives you a way to harness that light.

If you’re looking for a bright, beautiful home with welcoming natural lighting no matter the age or layout of your home, call us today to find out how Solatube can brighten your day.

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