Repair or Replace Your Roof

Repair or Replace Your Roof

If your roof has sustained damage, you’re probably thinking “Will a repair be sufficient or do I need to replace it?” It’s important to know the correct answer. Replacing your roof is certainly more expensive, but it’s not as expensive as repairing a roof which actually needs to be replaced. Here are some tips so you can have an informed conversation with your roofer.

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Inspect your roof, siding and windows to ready your home for winter

Preparing Your House for Winter: Frequently Asked Questions

As we rocket through the end of November we can already feel the temperature dropping and, if we listen closely enough, we can hear Santa’s sleigh bells beginning to ring. With this brings not only temperatures below freezing, but also snow and ice. Last year was a busy year for homeowners who realized during the Nor’easter was playing havoc with their homes, businesses, and heating bills. Today we answer some of the common questions we’ve seen since last year for preparing your house for winter.

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Homeowners Insurance for Roof Repair or Replacement

Homeowners Insurance for Roof Repair or Replacement

One of the most common question roofers get from customers is “Will my insurance cover this?” This is, like all questions related to all types of insurance, a complicated one. If you’re looking at your damaged roof and asking this question, you need to do three things: get an inspection from a qualified roofer, read over your homeowner’s policy, and find all your paperwork for the roof. This will give you the knowledge you need to answer this and – if they are a good roofing contractor – give your roofer the ammunition they need to go to bat for you with the insurance company.

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Letting Your Home Breathe with Roof Ventilation

Letting Your Home Breathe with Roof Ventilation

“Thermal Comfort” is a buzzword of modern home building and renovation, aimed at making the environment as perfect as possible when it comes to the temperature of the home. This is done in two major ways: isolating the home against the outside temperature with insulation and airtight double/triple paned windows and doors, and through regulating the internal temperature through heating and air conditioning, ideally with an HVAC. All this technology however can lead to complications that can damage your home and make life miserable for you and your family.

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Roof Replacement: Tear Off or Roof Over?

Roof Replacement: Tear Off or Roof Over?

So you’ve decided to replace your roof. Maybe it’s because it is beyond repair. Maybe it’s because the roof is past its useful lifespan. Maybe you’re planning on moving and you know that replacing your roof will increase your house’s sale value. Regardless of how you got here, you still have another important question: should you shingle over the existing layer or tear off the existing roof and install the new one directly to the roof’s deck? In many ways this is a question of now verses later. Learn which camp you fall into, and the pros and cons of either choice.

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Protecting Against Wind Driven Rain

Protecting Against Wind Driven Rain

Have you seen occasional stains on your ceilings or upper floors after a rain storm? It could be that you have developed a leak. However, if it only happens after a really big storm, you might not actually have a leaking problem. Instead, it’s probable that the high winds created a rare situation which caused the water damage. Instead of the rain coming down straight, like normal, it is coming down at an exaggerated angle due to the high winds. Sometimes the rain is actually coming in almost sideways and getting at the undersides of the roof, which are normally protected by overhangs. This is known as wind driven rain.

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GAF architectural shingles

Architectural Shingles vs 3 Tab Shingles

A majority of homes and houses in the US use asphalt shingling, and within that camp most shingles fall into two categories: the standard 3 tab shingles, and newer architectural shingle. Many older houses and mass housing use the 3 tab types, while many newer homes have made the change to architectural shingles, also known as dimensional or laminate shingles. Below are comparisons between the two types of product, so that you can figure out which type of shingles will be better for your project.

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roof inspection

A Guide to Interior and Exterior Roof Inspection to Determine Condition

When was the last time you took a second glance at your roof? Most people barely notice their roofs until there is an unmistakable problem and at that point, it may be too late for a simple repair. It is important to conduct a roof inspection at least once a year. Depending on your region’s typical weather conditions and the wear and tear that it causes on your roof, you might want to conduct an inspection before and after the harsher seasons.

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GAF Timberline® Cool Series Shingles

What Is A Cool Roof?

Among the many worries of a building owner or manager, staying cool in the summer and cutting costs are two things which always present themselves. Unfortunately, they seem to be in complete contradiction of each other. However, with the growing popularity and availability of “cool roofs,” this might not be the case anymore. While cutting costs and staying cool might seem a little too good to be true, it’s based on the scientific concept of albedo.

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