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May
04
Creating a Roof Maintenance Plan

Regular roof maintenance is an extremely important part of being a homeowner. Regular maintenance is the best way to get the most for your money, as it extends the life of your roof and prevents expensive problems from popping up. Every homeowner should have a roof maintenance plan in place; here are a few things to include in yours.


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Roof maintenance should be performed at least twice a year, ideally once during the spring and once during the fall. Performing maintenance in the spring and fall will allow you to evaluate your roof and make any necessary repairs following the two most extreme seasons, winter and summer.


If you are able, you should climb up on your roof to perform maintenance. T...


Apr
06
Benefits of Roof Insulation

Insulation in your home is vital to maintaining comfortable temperatures. Not only will you stay more comfortable with sufficient, quality insulation, but you will also have lower energy costs as well. Typically, insulation is found in the walls of your home, but that is not the only place it can be installed. Roof insulation is another option for homeowners seeking more comfort, but what added benefits does roof insulation provide?



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The most common roof insulation forms installed are either fiberglass or spray foam insulation. Fiberglass is the most common form of insulation you will see. However, the spray foam insulation performs better than the fiberglass and it also hardens quickly so pa...


Jan
11
Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Leaking roofs can be a big pain for a home or business owner. The time and money required to repair a leaking roof can be a tough pill to swallow. Knowing what signs to look for ahead of time can go a long way in preserving your sanity and your wallet. Here are a few common causes of roof leaks so you can stay ahead of the game.


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One cause of roof leaks in the wintertime is ice dams. Ice dams form when snow or ice melt at the top of your roof and refreeze at the bottom. This prevents the roof from draining properly, and the water can end up in your house. This commonly occurs when gutters are clogged and cannot drain properly.



Poor skylight installation can also cause roof leaks. If the hol...


Dec
08
Pros and Cons of Black Roofs

Black roofs are a common choice for homeowners and for good reason. They look great, giving your house a bold pop of color and plenty of curb appeal. In addition, black roofs match a variety of paint colors on houses very easily, making them a versatile choice for the long haul. However, are there any negatives to having a black roof on your home?


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The summer months can get exceptionally hot, especially in Oklahoma. On hot days, your attic can reach upwards of 150 degrees. A roof that can reflect heat (lighter colored and white roofs, among others) will keep some of that heat out of your attic and ultimately lower your energy bills. Black roofs, however, do not reflect heat very well. Compare...


Oct
13
Are There Different Shingle Patterns?

Asphalt roofs are the most common form of roofing used on residential buildings. While they are durable and will protect your home, they can be lackluster. Is there a way to get some extra curb appeal when having a shingle roof installed, especially in a neighborhood filled with homes that have shingle roofs? In fact, yes! Roofers can install shingles using various methods and patterns to create a unique look that generates curb appeal.


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Most asphalt shingle roofs are installed using three-tab shingles in a brick pattern. Roofers can avoid repeating this classic pattern by alternating tab sizes. They may use a ½ tab or a ¾ tab alongside a regular-sized tab to create a look that i...


Aug
11
How to Increase the Energy-Efficiency of Your Roof

Energy-efficient homes can greatly help the environment and save you money in the process. Having an energy-efficient home starts with your roof, but what should a homeowner be looking for when trying to increase the energy-efficiency of their roof?


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Ventilation:


Ventilation is of great importance to the energy-efficiency of your roof. If your roof is not properly ventilated, hot air has a difficult time escaping your attic during the summer. Ultimately, this increases the temperature of your home as hot air becomes trapped inside your home. When the temperature of your home is elevated, your cooling system has to work extra hard to maintain comfortable temperatures, raising your energy costs....


Aug
11
How to Safely Climb Your Roof

Sometimes, simple roof maintenance requires accessing and climbing out on your roof, putting you in a dangerous situation. However, there are techniques you can use when climbing up your roof that will ensure you safely get the job done.



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1. When heading out on your roof, make sure to make an anchor for yourself by tossing a rope over your roof and anchoring it on the other side. Additionally, purchase and wear a safety harness and attach the rope to the harness instead of tying the rope around your body. This will make sure you are anchored more securely. Finally, do not tug on the rope as you climb the roof. The rope is not there to help you climb your roof, but is there to act as a lifelin...


Jul
09
Different Roof Styles

There are many different types of roofing material to choose from: asphalt, metal, wood, tile, and even plants. Of course, each of these styles will vary in cost, but the focus here will be on the composition of each roofing material and how they affect your roof.



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Asphalt shingles are made up of asphalt layers that are coated in ceramic granules. Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common roofing style in residential areas. Granules on these roofs help protect the asphalt underneath from breaking, which ultimately protects your home from leaks and other damage. These shingles can also be reinforced with fiberglass that makes them lighter and more heat resistant.


Metal roofs are typically mad...


Jul
09
What Causes Rust on Roof Flashing?

Roof flashing is a vitally important part of your roof, even though you do not really see it. It is usually made of metal and is used to seal edges where the roof meets an outside wall, around a vent, or near a window. This performs an essential function – protecting against leaks and dry rot. Just like any other piece of metal that is exposed to air and moisture, however, flashing can weaken over time and even rust.



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Flashing is extremely important to the structure of the roof. Without it, your roof is essentially worthless. This means we should keep an eye on the roof flashing and make sure it is still in good shape.


Flashing can be damaged by sun and time, wearing it down, weakening i...


Jun
08
Should You Roof in the Rain

When you are on the verge of completing a roofing project, it can be tempting to urge your roofing company to get the job done as quickly as possible – even when poor weather is rolling through. This can be exacerbated by the thought of bad weather messing up the work that has already been completed. It can be nerve-wracking for a home or property owner, and you may be tempted to have your roofer finish the job immediately. However, is this a good strategy for your roof? Can you roof amidst rain and poor weather?


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While it may be tempting to have your roofer come to your property to finish the job in the rain, it is usually not a wise decision. One of the most important reasons is safety...


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