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Energy Saving Tips For Your Roof

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Quality comp roofingHave you ever really given any thought to how your roof can save you energy? It can! With the increase of people becoming eco-friendly, we are all looking for ways and products that will help reduce carbon footprint in our world. Saving money is always everyone’s priority, but saving the environment has become a number two priority in most households today. Energy star appliances and hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular. Today, homeowners are looking at how they can save energy with the roof over their heads. This will help them be more eco-friendly and save a lot of money.

Choosing Your Roofing Material – The material you choose for your roof plays a big part in the cost of heating and cooling your home. If you have an asphalt roof, it tends to absorb and attract heat. The heat is then dispersed inside the home. In a multi-level home, this is not good because everyone knows that heat is going to rise. This means that the upstairs level of your home will always be warmer. If you are someone who does not like sleeping in a hot bedroom, you will have to leave a fan on or the air conditioner running to stay cool. During the hot summer months, your air conditioner and fans will be running hard to keep the house cool. If you live in a place that is normally hot all summer, an asphalt roof is not the best idea. A metal roof will deflect and disperse the heat, which will help reduce the cost of cooling.

Insulating Your Roof – Another great way to reduce costs is to insulate your roof. Roofs are not constructed in the same manner they were years ago. If you have recently purchased a new home and live in the suburbs, it is likely that the roof has the bare minimum insulation so that it just passes inspection. If you want to reduce costs, add more insulation to the roof. In the colder months of the year, the extra insulation will keep the heat inside the home and the cold air outside. You will be able to reduce the need for the furnace and heater running so often.

Adding Solar Panels – Another good way to reduce costs is by adding solar panels on the roof. Throughout the day, the solar panels will collect sunlight and change it over into energy. This will help power the house. Of course, the initial cost for installing solar panels might be high, but they will still save you money be reducing costs over the long run.

Knowing which material to use on your roof and how to insulate it better will keep the temperatures inside the home better regulated. By doing so, you will reduce energy costs.

Peter Wendt is an article writer residing in Austin, Texas. He is always finding ways to cut his costs of living down. Recently, he has moved into a ‘green’ phase. Peter would like to create a very green home for his family and has found great tips from these expert Austin roofing contractors on how to improve his roof and quality of living.

Facts About Tile Roofing

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

tile roofingMany homeowners are hesitant to consider a tile roof because of misconceptions about this material. However, this is actually the most popular roofing material across the globe. Here are some facts from the Tile Roofing Institute that deliver the straight scoop.

Weight Not Usually a Problem

Clay and concrete tiles are heavier than many other types of shingles. It’s a feature – not a bug. The weight of the roof material is a key factor in its stability and strength. This is especially important for areas where ice buildup is common. Most modern homes are able to support a tile roof. For houses that can’t handle traditional tile, lightweight varieties are available.

Resistance to Extreme Weather Events

When properly installed, air penetrates through the tile layer – reducing stress on the roof. At the same time, tile sheds water very well. Because of these characteristics, tile holds up better than asphalt shingles to tornadoes, hurricane force winds/rain, and hail storms. These weather resistant features have been lab tested with wind tunnels and ice cannons. Tile is also the only roofing material that has been tested for its ability to withstand earthquake activity. Class A fire resistance is another attractive benefit of tile.

Minimal Maintenance

Maintenance is required, but generally restricted to areas such as the gutters and flashing. Because of the modularity of tile roofing installation, damaged tiles can be replaced individually. Warranties on this material are generally 50 years (or longer). The color of the tile may fade a little over time, but the process is very gradual since the pigment is usually incorporated into the material itself.

Cleanup After Roofing Repair

Friday, November 26th, 2010

roofing-debrisA complete cleaning up after roofing repair is absolutely necessary for safety reasons and to make your property tidy again. A professional who does the repair for you should perform this service as part of the contract. You should sign off on their work only after you have inspected your yard to make sure they did a thorough job. It’s not unreasonable for you to ask them to check the yard one more time for nails before they leave.

What about DIY Roofing?

If the repair is a do-it-yourself project, you’ll need to really know what to look for when you do the cleanup. Loose shingles and packing materials are the easy things to spot and pickup. 

Look on top of the roof too. Some items such as tools or leftover materials might be left in places where they can subsequently be moved by wind and rain. These can damage the repair job that you just completed. In addition they can clog or damage your gutter system. Speaking of which, remember to check the gutters. Nails can easily find their way there during construction or repair work. From there they can end up near downspouts on the lawn below.

Check for nails on the lawn anywhere near the edge of the roof. Most will fall within a few feet of the edge, but you need to look six to ten feet out to make sure. This is especially true for a multiple story home. If there are slopes in the landscape or paving, then loose items can travel even further. Any leftover materials strewn out on the grass can damage your lawn equipment. Nails can also turn into dangerous projectiles if you hit them with a mower or weedeater.

You can usually purchase or rent a magnetic sweep from a home improvement store. This tool will help you locate nails more easily and effectively than searching visually.

Faux Roofing Tile Overview

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

1411675698_9f0e2f5b42_tThere are many types of roofing tiles that are manufactured to resemble other (usually more expensive) materials. For example stamped metal may be used to make faux terracotta or clay tiles. This material is sometimes preferred because it is much lighter than clay. This means the underlying roof structure does not require additional reinforcement to support the weight of the tiles. Metal also does not require quite as much care in handling as clay products do.

Composite roofing slate is an example of what some people call semi-fake roof tiles. Powdered slate can be mixed with polypropylene (plastic) to form a composite blend. With a 60-40% ratio mix, it can be molded into almost any desired shape of shingle. The mixture tends to be color stable and usually no further additives are needed.

As with metal, the advantage of plastic-based composites is that they are much lighter than real slate roofing tiles. Quality throughout the composite slate tends to be very consistent from one tile to the next – a feature not found in all-natural stone material. These semi-fake roof tiles are fire resistant just like slate and have the added bonus of being 100% recyclable.

Not all imitation tiles are considered “fake”.Concrete tiles can be made to look like most other roofing materials and are quite durable.In fact, these represent an entirely different category of roofing product. You don’t get the weight advantage provided by other imitation tile or shingle products, but you do get premium performance. Some concrete tiles have lasted for more than a hundred years.

How To Avoid Roofing Repair Scams

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

roof-ridgeA little knowledge will help you identify the common warning signs of a roofing scam. Here are some basic ways to protect yourself:

  • Be wary of any company that contacts you out of the blue.
  • Follow up on any references and check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints.
  • Get a least 3 competing estimates and don’t always take the lowest bid.
  • Ask contractors to justify their bids listing what work/materials it includes. This will allow you to make valid comparisons between any estimates.

Here are descriptions of common roofing scams and how they work:

Elevator Ride – You take the lowest bid from competing quotes for necessary roof repair. As the agreed work is done, additional problems magically appear. The contractor won’t get started on the additional work until he is paid for work already done. This cycle repeats several times until the cost of the entire repair is more than the estimate from the highest original bidder.

Free Inspection – In a door to door operation, representatives canvass the neighborhood near where there has been a tornado, high wind, or hail damage. Since work crews are already in the area, they claim to offer free inspections and special deals on repair for any roofing problem they find. These guys prey on the elderly and the handicapped because such customers cannot personally verify any damage on the roof. The scammers draw up contracts for unnecessary repair work.

Insurance Scam – The contractor convinces the homeowner that they can claim more damage than actually occurred. He will write up an estimate for insurance reimbursement. The problem is that insurance investigators look for exactly this kind of fraud. It’s too easy to get caught as a willing participant. The illegality will also tend to silence the owner against any other problem associated with the contractor. He cheats the customer and blames the homeowner if any fraud is discovered.

Take the Money and Run – These guys will ask for full compensation upfront and take shortcuts with inferior material or never do the job at all. Sometimes they will ask the customer to sign over their insurance check for the damages and then disappear.