Roofing Materials: Slate and Tile

Roofing Materials: Slate and Tile

It seems like a lot of the new homes in Utah are being built with composite roofing materials. There are many reasons why builders might select this material as their default for roofing. For one, it’s cost effective. This is because it’s both relatively cheaper than other materials and it is also very easy to install. It is also very easy to work with once it has been installed as well. So, if anyone has to perform maintenance the roof, clean gutters, or do any painting, workers can easily walk across the shingles and reach everywhere they need to go. There are however, many different types of roofing materials besides composites. Many of them are very beautiful, but all of them have different strengths and weaknesses. Keep in mind that just about all roofing materials are going to be more expensive than composites and require much more attention. Slate and tile roofing are examples of two materials that can be the perfect touch on the right home. Both of these materials have very long lifespans. In fact, tile is often expected to outlast the building materials it is set on. Both of these materials are also highly fire resistant. Yet another benefit that both of these materials share is that they are both highly resistant to pests and other biohazards like rot from mold. There are however some drawbacks to using these roofing materials. For one, both materials are quite heavy. Sometimes, they may be too heavy for a particular structure and consequently require expensive modifications for support. Another large drawback to both of these materials is that they...
Making Sure Your Roof Is Safe for Santa’s Arrival

Making Sure Your Roof Is Safe for Santa’s Arrival

“Up on the housetop, reindeer paws. Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Up on the housetop click, click, click. Down through the chimney with good St. Nick.” Though it’s a fun jingle, this classic Christmas song is also a good reminder to make sure your roof is in good shape during the holidays. Winter can be the most damaging time of year for your roof and now is as good a time as any to make sure that your roof can handle the heavy snow and winter weather. If you suspect that your roof may need some maintenance, there are a few things you can check. Look in your attic for signs of leakage. The attic, a common place for roof leaks, is often overlooked, as you don’t go there very often. Grab a flashlight and check the ceiling and walls of your attic for water damage or mold, both signs that your roof is leaking. If your roof is not covered in snow, stand out on your front lawn and look at your roof with binoculars, if you have them. If you see sagging sections, missing shingles, or anything else that looks out of place, your roof probably needs some work done. Get a closer look at your roof for signs of rotting, pools of water or ice, and mold. Any of these things can seriously affect the security of your roof. As you do this, make sure you have someone hold the ladder and take all of the proper safety precautions. If your roof is covered in snow, climb up a secure ladder and take a closer...
How to Fix Your Leaky Roof

How to Fix Your Leaky Roof

Have you been noticing stains on your kitchen ceiling or dripping in your master bedroom? Leaky roofs happen to even the best of us. You should repair those leaks before fall turns to winter or you’ll find yourself with very costly repairs and very cold rooms. Fortunately, there are many DIY ways to repair those leaks. Here are few that will get your roof in tip-top shape. Finding the Leak It can be difficult to find that pesky leak. Start by looking for roof penetrations like plumbing, chimneys, or anything else that protrudes from your roof. These projections can be several feet away from the actual stain or leak. If you have an attic, go there with a flashlight and look for water stains or mold. If you don’t have an attic, you’ll have to go on the roof itself and examine the leaks from there. If you still can’t find the sneaky culprit, ask one of your friends for help. Then go on the roof with a garden hose and start soaking the area just above where the leak shows in your house. Isolate different areas with the hose water and wait for several minutes at each spot, letting the water run. Have your friend wait inside the house and holler when a drip appears. This process can take hours and you must be very careful when climbing on the roof. Small Leaks Even over a short period of time, small leaks can lead to big problems like mold, damaged ceilings, and rotted framing. Don’t ignore the leak even if it doesn’t cause any immediate problems. Here are...
What is Shingle Delamination?

What is Shingle Delamination?

Your roof is an extremely important feature of your home. Not only does it protect your home from the elements (and intruders) but it defines the overall look of your exterior. For this reason, you want to make sure that your roof is always in good repair. For homeowners with laminate shingles on their roof, one of the most common problems is shingle delamination. To help you understand this potential issue, here is our quick guide to shingle delamination. The most basic definition of delamination is the separation of the laminate layers of an object. In the case of laminate shingles, there are two laminate layers (the base and the overlay). While these two layers are sealed during construction of the shingle, if the shingle is not properly fastened, it is very easy for the layers to separate. This is known as shingle delamination. Manufacturers are fairly specific on the type and number of fasteners that are used for different types of shingles. In the case of laminate shingles, manufacturers ask for four fasteners to be used (six in high wind areas or roofs with steep slopes). To help roofers out, the manufacturer usually include color coded lines to guide the roofer in correctly fastening the shingle to the roof. Of course, it’s not only important that the shingles are fastened in the correct spot. It is also important that the fasteners penetrate all the way through the shingle and into the roof. Without that penetration, it is still possible for the layers to separate. It is fairly easy to spot shingle delamination. Some of the most obvious signs...
Sealing Your Leaky Concrete Roof

Sealing Your Leaky Concrete Roof

Concrete (flat) roofs are prone to cracking.  These can be small hairline cracks to larger, visible cracks.  These are a natural result of the concrete reacting with the elements. As concrete experiences wet and cold, it tends to shift, expand, dissolve, and contract, all which results in cracks along your roof. Often, these cracks will lead to leaks in your roof. Leaks are dangerous to both the structure of your roof and to the items located in your building. When leaks are left untreated, they tend to increase in size until items within the building are destroyed and the whole structure of the roof is compromised. Luckily, it is fairly easy to fill these cracks and to protect your roof from further damage. The way to protect your concrete roof is to place a concrete sealer on top of it. Concrete sealers are made up of special plastic and rubber coatings that attach to the concrete, creating a waterproof membrane that stretches with the concrete. There are several different types and varieties of concrete sealer, all of which provide different levels of protection.  These different levels are used in the two major ways to seal your roof: damp proofing and waterproofing. Damp proofing is a non-reinforced process that helps stop leaks that have been caused through absorbed moisture.  Damp proofing is the first step in roof protection and is a great choice for a roof that is just starting to form cracks. Damp proofing consists of thoroughly cleaning your roof and applying special layers of base coats, sealants, and topcoats.  You can talk to your roofing professional about the...
Roofing 101

Roofing 101

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