Roofing Advice

Everyone Needs to Know About Roofing Advice

Do you have some questionable sections on the roof of your house? Do you see some shingles that make you anxious? Taking proactive steps to fix faults early can help you to increase the lifespan of your roof. Here are some valuable tips and ideas to help you to monitor your roof’s condition and prevent major roofing problems.

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Do a Roof Inspection Annually:

Make it a duty to do a thorough inspection of your roof every year. Bear in mind that most roofs take the greatest hit from the weather during winter and in spring. So you should contact your roofer to help you check your roof during these months or just before summer.

Fix Your Leaking Roof Promptly:

If you observe any leakage while it is raining, you should call your roofer to fix it immediately the roof gets dry. Do not attempt to climb a wet roof to fix any leaks because climbing a wet roof is very dangerous. You can only fix a leak safely when it is dry.

Use Heavy Plastic in an Emergency:

If you have called your roofer but he cannot come immediately to fix your leaking roof, you should take steps to provide a temporary fix. An effective method is to nail a heavy plastic sheet unto the affected area. This is not a permanent solution but it will help to reduce the effect of the leak till your roofer comes.

Avoid Crawling on Your Roof:

It is very dangerous to go on your roof when it is wet to look for damaged spots or shingles. If you do not have the experience, training, and safety gear to climb your roof, you should allow a professional to inspect your roof for you. Roofing professionals can easily identify damaged spots on a roof and they can walk on a damaged roof without it caving in.

When you climb on your roof, ensure that you put on shoes with rubber soles. Such shoes will provide adequate grip and enhance your safety while walking on the roof shingles. It is very important to stay safe so you don’t slip or fall down.

Make Sure Your Roofing Contractor is Insured:

Ask your roofer to provide insurance certificates that show that they have both liability and worker’s compensation insurance. This is essential because it will prevent you from being liable for damage to your home or for medical bills to treat an injured employee.

Hire an Experienced Roofer:

It is better to hire a roofer that can show you several completed jobs that their company has done. If you happen to know a homeowner whose roof has been fixed recently, ask them to recommend the roofer to you. Hiring a licenced and experienced roofing contractor will help you to avoid shoddy workmanship and unethical practices.

Replace Your Roof Every 25 Years:

Most asphalt roofs are only guaranteed to last for 25 – 30 years. Find out the age of your roof and plan to replace it once it is 30 years old. Remember that insurance will no longer cover a roof that has exceeded this age and having a very old roof can drastically reduce the value of your home when you want to sell it.

The tips and advice provided here will help you to take better care of your roof. Take the right steps to ensure that minor faults and leaks are fixed early so your roof will remain in top condition throughout its lifespan. For more information about professional roof maintenance or to have a free roof quote, please give us a call now +1 866-380-7663 or fill out the form on our website.

Questions to Ask Your Commercial Roofer

Here Are a Few Things to Ask
Your Commercial Roofing Contractor

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When you discover that the felts on your roof are disappearing rapidly, it is time to replace the roof. We have put together a short list of important questions you need to ask a commercial roofing company before you attempt to sign a contract. These questions will help you to ascertain that the company you choose is competent and able to fix your roof at the first attempt.

1. Do You Hold a Commercial Roofer’s License?

Most states require a commercial roofer to obtain a license to do business in the state. Each state will have unique code requirements. Do some research to know the code requirements in your community. If roofers need to be licensed in your state, make sure you work with one that has a current license.

2. Do You Have Adequate Insurance Cover?

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Every employer or roofer is required by law to have both workman’s compensation insurance and liability insurance. These two forms of insurance will protect you, the homeowner, if an accident occurs. Workman’s compensation insurance will protect you if an employee of the roofer gets wounded and the liability insurance protects you from any damage caused by the roofers. Without worker’s compensation insurance, you may have to bear the cost of medical bills and any other costs connected with an injury. Make sure you ask for the insurance certificates to confirm the two types of insurance.

3. Will You Take Off My Existing Roof?

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Some roofing contractors try to save time and cost by installing flat felt on top of the old roof. But if the old felts are not taken off, you will not know if there are bad spots and rotten wood underneath. If these bad spots are left behind, they will lead to more expensive repairs in future.

4. Can You Provide Commercial References?

Ask the roofer to give you local addresses of commercial job sites that you can easily visit to check the quality of their roofing work. You may also request for references, even though many commercial customers may not want their details given out for security reasons. You should visit the sites, and where possible, ask the owner to tell you if they are pleased with the roofing job performed by the contractor.

5. Do You Provide a Container for Refuse from the Roofing Job?

All the debris, old shingles, and refuse from your old roof will have to be gathered somewhere. The roofer you hire should provide a dumpster or container to hold the refuse. You should not be asked to provide this container, nor should you be required to handle all the debris and thrash after the roofing job has been completed.

6. What Type of Warranty Do You Offer?

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Find out how long the commercial roofing company will guarantee the work done. A typical roof warranty should last for at least one year. Some roofers, however, provide extended warranties. The warranty of the manufacturer usually covers the materials used for the work. These two warranties have different terms so you should know what each one covers and how long each one will last.

Those are some of the important questions to ask before you sign the dotted lines with a commercial roofing company. The answers provided will help you to know whether the roofer has the capacity to do a roofing job that will stand the test of harsh weather for a long time. For more information about professional roof maintenance or to have a free roof quote, please give us a call now +1 866-380-7663 or fill out the form on our website.

How Long Should a Roof Last?

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roof last blogRoofs do not last forever. But it is possible to estimate the lifespan of a roof based on a number of factors. The principal factor that determines a roof’s lifespan is the quality of roofing shingles and other materials used to install the roof.

Other factors that affect the durability of your roof include the type of climate you live in, and the level of professional maintenance that you give to your roof. Here is a brief discussion on the lifespan of your roof and the factors that can extend its useful life.

Roofing Materials Should Last?

Each roofing material in the market today has its own typical lifespan. With a professional installation and a fair amount of maintenance, the following list should give you an idea of your roof’s lifespan:

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Asphalt Roofs: These roofs are the most common and they are about the most affordable for homeowners.
When high quality asphalt roofing shingles are installed, the roof should last for 15 to 20 years. Asphalt roofs require relatively low maintenance and they tend to perform better in cooler climates.

Shake Roofing and Wood Shingles: Wood roofs made of cedar, which is resistant to rot and insect infestation, may last longer than other wood varieties if it is kept clean and dry. But due to natural deterioration and weather changes, most wood roofs may not exceed 20 years.

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Metal Roofs: Metal roofs offer relatively higher durability and low maintenance. Although they usually carry a 20 to 40-year warranty, they usually last longer. As long as the roof is installed by a qualified roofing professional, the roof will serve as a good investment.

Tile and Slate Roofs: These roofs are extremely durable and they can withstand the effects of harsh weather. Slate roofs are quite expensive so they are not very common. On the average, they are expected to last for 50 years. But very high quality slate may remain intact without any serious leakage for up to 100 years.

Climate Affects a Roof’s Lifespan

Without any prior warning, Mother Nature can cause serious damage to your roof. Frequent rainfall, windstorms, and high humidity can cut the lifespan of a roof. Climatic changes have different effects on roofs, so you should know how the weather and climate in your environment can affect your roof. For instance, in a state like Florida, the hot and humid weather and the difference in day and night temperatures will reduce a roof’s lifespan.

In a state like Arizona, for example, the daytime temperature may be 100 degrees before it drops to 50 degrees at night. This sharp drop can create stress cracks or fractures on the roofing shingles. On the other hand, in Madison, which has a colder and more stable temperatures, roofs of the same material will last for a longer time.

Professional Maintenance Can Extend Your Roof’s Useful Life

Regardless of the expected lifespan of your roof material, you can extend its useful life through professional maintenance. A professional roofer can help you to inspect your roof at least once or twice in year. At this time, they will clear blocked gutters, remove debris, check the ventilation and insulation and help you to stop tree branches from damaging your roof. Your roofing contractor will also help you examine the sheathing, flashing, roof covering and structure to ensure that there are no parts that need immediate repair. Prompt repair will always save you the cost of more expensive repairs later on and it will help to extend the roof’s lifespan.

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In addition to calling a professional to do a routine inspection, you should also look out for warning signs that your roof requires repair. After any heavy rain or wind storm, look for any shingles that have curled edges or are buckled from below. Look for any cracked or missing pieces. If you have asphalt roofing shingles, check the gutters for any granules. If you see granules in the gutters, it means that the protective covering is gradually wearing off. If you have slate tiles, look out for roughness or surface flaking.

Check your chimney for damaged or rusted flashing as well as mold or fungal growth. If you observe any of these signs, getting in touch with your roofing contractor immediately.

For more information about professional roof maintenance or to have a free roof quote, please give us a call now +1 866-380-7663 or fill out the form on our website Ridge Top Exteriors

Ice Damming

Everything You Should Know About Ice Dams

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Every winter, we see ice dams hanging from roofs. This ridge of ice, which forms at the roof’s edge stops melt water from snow from draining off. Instead, the water stays behind the ice dam and leaks through the shingles into the home resulting in serious damage to ceilings, walls, and insulation.

Ice damming causes a colossal loss to homeowners and insurance companies annually. In order to prevent the losses caused by ice dams, we are sharing with you the reasons why they occur, how you can prevent them, and what to do if you have ice dams.

How Ice Dams Form on Roofs

Basically, ice damming occurs because of heat loss, or uneven heating and cooling of different parts of the roof. The center of the house and the rigdeline are usually at a higher temperature than the lower parts of the roof. This causes the snow that falls at this section of the roof to melt faster and flow downward.

However, due to the cooler temperature at the lower end of the roof, the melt water and snow cool down and accumulate there. This is the reason why you will see icicles and a large volume of snow at the roof gutters and eaves during winter. Unfortunately, as more snow melts, the water runs down and becomes trapped under the ice and it seeps into the building, causing a lot of damage.

What Can Make Your Home Vulnerable to Ice Dams?

Most of the heat losses from the roof occur due to poor attic insulation, poor ventilation within the home, and gaps between the attic and the living space. It is almost impossible to totally stop heat from escaping through a roof. But it can be greatly minimized.

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There are other features that can increase the risk of having an ice dam on your roof. For instance, dropped ceilings, varied roof angles, a low pitched roof, or a split level home, can increase your vulnerability to ice dams. Homes with tree coverage, skylights and dormers are also more likely to have ice dams.

What to Do to Prevent Ice Dams

If you notice ice dams on the roofs in your neighborhood and you want to prevent them from occurring on yours, you should call on a roofing contractor to help you with the following:

  1. Clearing of all accumulated snow and debris from your roof and roof gutters
  2. Inspection and repair of attic insulation including sealing of gaps that permit warm air to pass into the attic or the underside of your roof.
  3. Sealing and flashing of your chimney
  4. Sealing and insulation of duct work.

What to Do if You Have an Ice Dam

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If you observe an ice dam on your roof, please contact us immediately. The earlier we inspect and correct the situation for you, the less likely you will encounter serious damage in your home. If you hesitate, the damage to your home could be become very severe and your home insurance company may not provide all the money you need to complete the repairs. Early repairs could save you thousands of dollars. Don’t attempt to climb your roof and remove the ice by yourself, the ice is usually very dense and it could cause serious injuries if it is not handled by a professional.

For more information about ice damming or for a quote for ice dam inspection or repairs, please give Ridge Top Exteriors a form fill. We treat all calls +1 866-380-7663 for ice dam repairs with prompt action, and we are fully equipped to provide all types roof repair services.

Siding Choices

What’s Good for Your Siding Choices?

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Are you planning to replace your home’s siding soon? If so, we have good news for you! There is a huge variety of materials, styles and colors available now than ever before.

The bad news? You have a wider variety of materials, styles and colors to choose from than ever before! But here are some key considerations to keep in mind to help you wade through all your options.

Think of siding as apparel for your home. Not only does it protect to your home, providing insulation and a shield from the weather, it also adds personality, color and texture to your house.

Consumer Reports describes four main types of siding, all of which we see in the North:

Vinyl Siding is the top most rating siding material due to its low price and minimal upkeep. It resists warping, insects and water, but can crackle, melt or rattle.

Plastic Siding is the siding that also requires little upkeep and can resemble cedar. It is thicker than vinyl and resists impact better in cold weather, but is more expensive than vinyl.

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Fiber Cement Siding is a siding that is increasing popular blend of cement, sand and cellulose. Fiber cement looks like wood, but is slightly more expensive than vinyl. Although fire and insect-proof, this type of siding can be damaged by water and typically needs to be refinished and repainted periodically throughout its lifetime.

Wood Siding is a traditional choice of siding material is the most expensive of these options, and while resistant to impact, it is vulnerable to warping, rot and insects.

How Do You Decide Which Siding is Best for Your Home?

What’s your budget? Obviously, you want to get the most for your money, but you may need to determine if you’re willing to trade a more expensive product, such as plastic, for a product that may need to be replaced relatively sooner, like vinyl.

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How long do you plan to keep your home? If you plan to settle in to your home, it’s worth investing in a siding that might be more expensive, but has a longer life.

What blends in with your home architecture/neighborhood style? If you have an older home, wood or fiber cement siding might look best with your home’s style, or with other homes in your neighborhood. On the other hand, wood siding may stand out in a neighborhood of colorful vinyl homes.

Do any homeowner association regulations affect your choices? Some associations have specific regulations regarding color and style of homes in the neighborhood. This could limit your selections, particularly of color.

What ongoing maintenance are you willing to commit to? If you love the looks offered by fiber cement and are willing to have the siding refinished periodically, this could be a good choice. For someone who does not want to worry about additional maintenance—say for a vacation home, vinyl may be a better choice.

All of These are Questions You Should Ask Your Siding Contractor

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Roof Snow Removal Tips

Removal Tips: Roof Snow

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An untouched cover of new snow can be beautiful, but can be a foe to your new roof. The strain on your roof as snow builds-up can create a heavy burden.

Additional issues can occur when it starts to thaw, then refreezes with successive snow falls. Before the heart of winter blasts into town, it’s advisable to have a roof snow removal plan scheduled with a licensed roofing contractor.

Snow Load is a Contentious for Roofs

One inch of water weighs 5 pounds per square foot. One foot of light snow weighs approximately the same weight as one inch of water. Your roof’s structure is taxed more extensively when the snow is packed, deeper or wet. Thawed and refrozen snow can weigh as much as 40-60 pounds per cubic foot. madison roofing top snow ice removalThree or more feet of snow in northern areas is not unusual; the additional weight of more snow can rapidly become problematic a roof.

Snow Overload Indicators

Probabilities of damage to the roof increase progressively with each new collection of snow. Snow pile up can easily wreak havoc on your roof’s structure if it’s not promptly removed. The blueprints of your home or business structure may have a notation for safe snow loads. On older buildings or already weakened roofs, the load limits might be hard to determine.

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