The Roofer’s Blog

Roofing Glossary

Roofing Glossary Asphalt – organic bituminous compound used in the manufacturing of composition shingles. Asphalt Roofing Cement – used to bond roofing materials Base Flashing – the piece  of the flashing which is attached to the roof deck Blend– mixtures of various colored granules on the surface of shingles Blind Nailing – nails hammered so that their heads are hidden by succeeding layers of roofing materials. Blisters – bubbles that form on the surface of asphalt roofing. Bridging – a method of reroofing where newly placed [...]

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Before You Accept A Roof Warranty…

Before You Accept A Roof Warranty… If you aren’t told about a roof warranty when first talking to roofing contractors, don’t just assume that it’s included, because this definitely isn’t always the case.  Take the time to ask your roofing contractor specific questions: what type of warranty it is?  What it cover?  Etc. Things to Know About Roofing Warrantys If you aren’t told about a roof warranty when first talking to roofing contractors, don’t just assume that it’s included, because this definitely [...]

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Things to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

Things to Look for in a Roofing Contractor When it comes to finding the proper contractor to fix your roof, not just anyone will do.  After all, this company will be taking care of the most important structure in your home.  Your roof keeps you and your family safe from the elements, as well as intruders.  It’s clear that you’re going to need the best. The Basics Any decent roofing contractor will be an established business with a phone number, permanent address, [...]

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Places That Roofs Tend to Leak

Places That Roofs Tend to Leak Of all the structures that make up your home, your roof is undoubtedly the most important.  The proper functioning of your roof protects your valuable investment, but it also keeps your family safe – and what could be more important than that?  Whether there’s a little water dripping down from your ceiling, or a new pond has been created in your living room, chances are, your going to want to know where that leak [...]

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Caring For a Tile Roof

Caring For a Tile Roof A tile roof adds a sense of elegance and charm to a home, but as you probably know, the tiles tend to break easily.  Being a tile roof owner, you ought to be pro-active in caring for your roof in order to protect your investment, and keep your family safe from the elements.  This is not a difficult task by any means, but for long-term tile roof preservation, it must be done properly.    [...]

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Roof Replacement To Save Energy

Roof Replacement To Save Energy When it gets cold outside, it can affect the energy costs of your home, whether you’re aware of it or not.  As you continue to look for ways to keep your energy bill down in the nippy weather, remember that your roof can be a main source of heat loss.  So, why don’t you ask yourself, “is it time for a roof replacement? The Cost of Your Old Roof When your hat has holes in it, extreme [...]

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Maintaining A Shingle Roof

Maintaining A Shingle Roof Sure, your shingles might look nice, but are they going to last?  Will they help prevent leaks?  Whether you have the most expensive shingles on the market, or some very cost effective ones, practicing proper shingle maintenance is the key to maximizing their lifespan and efficiency. Clean out your gutters, drain pipes, valleys and downspouts, annually Build-ups in these areas cause drainage problems, which causing mold and leakage.  Pay special attention to areas where leaves accumulate, because [...]

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Flat Roof Leak: How To Deal With It

First Things to Do When Your Flat Roof Starts Leaking… Set up buckets to collect the leaking water, so that it does not cause any more damage to the interior. Put a tarp on your roof to prevent water from making contact with the roof in the first place Estimate the cost of your flat roof repair: what does it entail?  Can I ignore the problem any longer?  Answering these questions will help you determine whether or not it’s feasible to do [...]

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Which Asphalt Shingle System to Choose?

Few things in home maintenance cost more than a roof replacement. Choosing which shingles to use for the replacement can be overwhelming due to all the factors that need to be considered. Appearance, wind resistance, and how long you plan to stay in your home are three major things you need to take into consideration. One basic guideline to follow is that shingle weight, thickness and wind resistance increase with the length of the manufacturer’s warranty and price. So, [...]

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12 Steps to Choosing a Quality Roofing Company

12 Steps to Choosing a Quality Roofing Company There are lots of roofing companies out there vying for your business, and with the arrival of spring storms, roofing company sales reps will be knocking on your door every chance they get. But with new roofs costing thousands, and even tens of thousands of dollars, it’s important to do a little homework before you hire just anyone eager to do the job. You want to know that your money (whether it’s coming [...]

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