If you need a new roof installed on your home due to excessive weather damage, then you have many different options to choose from when it comes to a replacement material. Asphalt shingles are a good choice if you have a small budget. However, if you have a little bit more money to spend, then consider cedar roofing instead. Cedar shingles will last for about 10 to 15 years before they need to be restored. The shingles also have natural preservatives to keep them from rotting and deteriorating. They offer superior protection against insects as well due to the natural oils within the wood.
If you have decided that cedar shingles are a good choice, then make sure to ask for the following things from your contractor when the new roof is installed so you can get the most out of your investment.
Cedar shingles will need to …Read More
If you are performing repairs or tile replacement on your slate roof, then you need to know how to cut slate tiles to make the repair. Making mistakes is costly, since slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials available. Fortunately, making cuts in slate is fairly straightforward as long as you exercise patience and pay attention. Here is what you need to know to be successful:
Slate roofing tiles are soft, so cutting them doesn’t require much force. Specialty cutting tools make the job easier in some respects, but if you are working with only a few slates, then it may not be worth investing in expensive tools. In fact, you may already have what you need around the house to perform perfectly-acceptable cuts.
How to cut thin slate tiles
For thin pieces of slate less than ½-inch thick, you can cut them using a hard, …Read More
Roofing nailers are a necessity for laying a roof quickly and efficiently, but they require more care and maintenance than a claw hammer. If you are performing a roofing job on your own home or other structure, then you need to understand the basics of taking care of these invaluable tools. Here is a guide to keeping your roofing nailer operating smoothly:
Take care of your air compressor and hose
One of the first and most important considerations to keep in mind is your roofing nailer is no better than the air supply that provides the power for driving nails. Poor-quality or ill-maintained compressors can cause nailers to skip, drive nails partially or lag behind when you are driving nails at a good rate of speed. Worse, air compressors that aren’t properly filtered for moisture removal can introduce water into your nailer and cause corrosion and other significant damage.
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Winter can be a stressful time for your roof. Ice and snow can lead to a number of complications that can cause your roof to leak, crack, or buckle under the strain. Since replacing your roof during the winter is often more expensive and not advisable, taking preventative measures is the key to helping your roof survive this winter.
Here’s a quick guide to help you winterize your roof to avoid costly repairs:
Water can fit into just about any size crack or fissure in your roof’s shingling, flashing, and/or seams. Because water also expands and contracts when it freezes and melts, even the smallest crack can become a major roofing issue during the winter.
The easiest way to prevent these types of winter roofing issues is to seal your roof before the snow starts falling. After choosing the right type of sealant for your roof, …Read More
Asphalt roofs are among the most popular home covering materials in the United States. You can expect asphalt shingles to last around 15 to 20 years. However, if your house is exposed to full sun throughout the majority of the spring and summer, then your asphalt shingles are likely to crack and become brittle from the effects of the UV rays. If sun damage is a concern of yours, then think about adding some sun protection to your roof.
Add More Granules
Most asphalt roofing shingles are made from a base mat constructed out of organic or fiberglass materials. Cellulose fibers, recycled paper, and wood pulp are a few examples of the organic types of materials that make up the shingles. This organic material or fiberglass is then covered with an asphalt sealer. The petroleum based sealer is a waterproof cover that helps to protect your roof from …Read More
If you need a new roof placed on your home, then you may consider your options and pick a metal roof. Metal roofs are usually installed much quicker than shingle varieties and they can last for 15 or 20 years. The roofs help to reflect heat in the summer as well as reduce your cooling costs. However, if you live in an area that sees a great deal of snow during the winter months, then the reflective nature of the metal may cause snow to cascade off the roof and pile up around your gutters, eaves, or roof valleys. This can lead to substantial home damage. Thankfully, you can prevent issues by doing some of the following things.
Add Snow Guards
One of the easiest ways to prevent the free-fall of snow from cascading off your roof is to install snow guards. Snow guards are small constructions that are attached to the roof at …Read More