When hailstorms hit Madison, Wisconsin in July, the damaged roofs they left in their wake prompted experts to warn city homeowners about roofing repair companies. Soon thereafter, yard signs and flyers from roof repair companies littered the neighborhood. In response, Channel3000.com reported, "Local contractors and consumer protection experts urge homeowners to do their homework first and check a [roofing] contractor's history to avoid signing with a so-called 'storm chaser' who might come swooping through the area."

The report went on to state, "State officials said that they urge consumers to learn more about any company." More specifically, Wisconsin's Bureau of Consumer Protection "warned that residents should be cautious of groups who might be trying to rush the deal." Officials from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection further cautioned, "Nearly every time there's a big weather event somewhere in the state, the office does get calls about questionable contractors."

Meanwhile, in Denver, Colorado, the damaging storms the city received earlier in the summer season was prompting officials to echo Madison's sentiments. A KDVR report titled "Tips to avoid storm repair scams" revealed that in the month of June, "the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau says 85 percent of inquiries it received were related to roof repair."

To prevent homeowners from falling victim to such scams and to save itself the headache of dealing with the resulting complaints, the BBB issued a list of suggestions to "avoid getting taken as far as [roof] repairs are concerned." They included:

1. Take your time in choosing a roofing contract. Although the repair may seem urgent, signing on the dotted line with the first company who knocks on your door is setting yourself up for disaster. "Always get three bids and check each company out with your BBB," the Denver Better Business Bureau advised.

2. Now is not the time to be trustworthy. Just because someone looks the part or says he is a roofing professional doesn't mean he is. "Get [his] business card and contact the main office for the company [he] say [he] works for and verify the person's employment," the BBB cautions.

3. Try to stick to a roofing repair contractor in your own state. Out-of-state businesses are more likely to be fly-by-night operations that will be near impossible to track down, let alone dispute, down the road when a shoddy roof repair job becomes apparent.

4. Don't sign anything without reading it thoroughly. If something is unclear to you, seek legal counsel. The BBB recommends that "you clearly understand what you and the contractor are both responsible for."

5. Your home insurance company is your best friend on the heels of roofing damage. Contact them immediately and "conduct an inspection with the claims adjuster before involving any contractor."

6. Make sure you contact your insurance carrier yourself. Never divulge "your insurance information to a contractor and do not allow them to file a claim on your behalf."

7. Check with you county building department to ensure that the roofing contractor you're considering is licensed.

8. If you've already signed a contract "that locks you into paying even if no work is done," admit your folly and "contact your attorney immediately."

The roof of the house, when properly designed and constructed, should protect the house from the elements for hundreds of years, maybe indefinitely. As a rain gutter contractor here in Michigan I have seen many roof designs that fail at this basic job: protecting the home from the elements. Many of the older homes have stood the test of time though where an addition was added water infiltration, rot and mold is a frequent occurrence. Older homes were generally smaller and complex roof designs were avoided because the basic shape of the house was rectangular. Contemporary, mass produced "spec homes" are mazes of wings, odd shapes, kicked-outs, dormers, gables, cathedral ceiling great-rooms and other features built for no other apparent reason than curb-side "Wow" factor. Living in and maintaining these homes will be an expensive endeavor for the homeowner.

"The roof shall protect the home from the elements". Start with this basic idea and the appropriate design will become apparent.

1. The roof should channel and collect water for irrigation of landscaping; drywells are required by code in many places and protect our fresh water supply.
2. Avoid long roof valleys at all costs. Short valleys for dormers should be of metal. Never bend shingles into a valley; these shingles will fail long before the rest of the roof.
3. The slope of the roof should always be oriented away from decks, patios,
entrances and driveways; the gable end must be over these areas or a small "doghouse" or dormer be used to channel water from the entrance area or porch.
4. A valley must never end next to a vertical exterior wall.
5. Gutters should be kept to a minimum and always be accessible from the ground with the average home owner kept in mind for cleaning. (see my articles on gutter design)
6. Avoid flat and low slope roofs at all costs!
7. Choose the appropriate slope for the climate the house will be built in.
8. Avoid vertical walls next to a roof surface where snow can swirl and drift.
9. Be generous with eves and soffit for ventilation and insulation. Eves also protect the widows from rain and give shade to keep the house cool and save energy.
10. Consider investing in metal roofing.

The house designed with these features will be moderate in size. The savings realized from a smaller house with a simple roof can be used to upgrade to such things as metal roofing, larger windows, built-in cabinetry, hardwood floor, high quality plumbing fixtures and better heating and cooling equipment. This will create long-term value for generations to comes.

"Form follows function". The beauty of the design in found in its functionality.

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Roof maintenance is a crucial part of overall house maintenance. Irrespective of whether your roof is made of wood, tiles, metal materials or shingle, to ensure a long life for your house you must maintain your roof well.

The usual problems that occur with roofs can be manifold. Leakage is one such problem. If not fixed in time, the leakage might make water sip through into your walls and weaken the base of your house. The entire structure of your house is threatened. Hence it is important to check regularly for evidences of leaks in your house such as mold, moisture and stains of water, and take action at the earliest if such evidence is found.

In case of wooden roofs you would want to ensure that the wood does not show any evidence of cracking. For tile roofs, watch out for cracked and broken tiles and replace such tiles immediately. And it is advisable to fix such problems with professional help, since improper finish might lead to further problems.

To detect issues with your roof, there are some symptoms to look out for. For a flat roof, a good drainage system is critical. Watch out for missing shingles, tiles or nails. Ensure there are no cracks and noticeable decays. Dry and dirty-looking areas on your roof may be a sign of the roofing material on those areas are at the end of their life span and require replacement. Make sure that the mortar and bricks of your chimney are all in good shape.

Last and never the least, make sure every repair that you make meet the desired quality standards - else it would hurt your house more than it would help.

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Knowing common roofing terminology will enable you as a homeowner to make an informed decision about roofing materials that are good matches for your home's style and the region in which you live. It will also help you understand the contract with your roofing professional and the project updates.
Some key roofing terms are listed below:

Asphalt: A waterproofing agent applied to roofing maerials during manufacturing.

Asphalt plastic roofing cement: An asphalt-based sealant used to bond roofing materials. Also known as flashing cement, roof tar, bull or mastic.

Back surfacing: Granular material applied to the back side of shingles to keep them from sticking during delivery and storage.

Base flashing: That portion of the flashing attached to or resting on the deck to direct the flow of water onto the roof.

Built-up roof: Multiple layers of asphalt and ply sheets bonded together.

Butt edge: The bottom edge of the shingle tabs.

Caulk: To fill a joint to prevent leaks.

Closed valley: The valley flashing is covered by shingles.

Coating: A layer of viscous asphalt applied to the outer roof surface to protect the roof membrane.

Collar: Pre-formed flange placed over a vent pipe to seal the roof around the vent pipe opening. Also called a vent sleeve.

Concealed nail method: Application of roll roofing in which all nails are covered by a cemented, overlapping course.

Counter flashing: That portion of the flashing attached to a vertical surface above the plane of the roof to prevent water from migrating behind the base flashing.

Course: Row of shingles that can run horizontally, diagonally or vertically.

Cricket: A peaked water diverter installed at the back of a chimney to prevent accumulation of snow and ice and to deflect water.

Deck: The top surface of which a roof system is applied, surface installed over the supporting framing members.

Double coverage: Asphalt roofing whose lapped portion is at least two inches wider than the exposed portion, resulting in two layers of roofing material over the deck.

Downspout: A pipe for draining water from roof gutters to drain. Also called a leader.

Drip edge: L-shaped flashing used along the eaves and rakes to allow water run-off into the gutters and to drip clear of underlying construction.

Eave: The part of the roof that overhangs or extends outward and is not directly over the exterior walls or the buildings interior.

Exposed nail method: Application of roll roofing where nails are driven into the overlapping course of roofing. Nails are exposed to the elements.

Fascia: A wood trim board used to hide the cut ends of the roof's rafters and sheathing.

Felt: Fibrous material used as an underlayment or sheathing paper, describes roll roofing materials.

Flashing: Pieces of metal or roll roofing used to form water seal around vent pipes, chimneys, adjoining walls, dormers and valleys.

Gable: The end of an exterior wall that comes to a triangular point at the ridge of a sloping roof.

Granules: Ceramic-coated and fired crushed rock that is applied as the top surface of asphalt roofing products.

Gutter: The trough that channels water from the eaves to the downspouts. Usually attached to the fascia.

Head lap: An overlapping of shingles or roofing felt at their upper edge.

Hip: The fold or vertical ridge formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes. Runs from the ridge to the eaves.

Ice dam: Condition forming water back-up at the eave areas by the thawing and re-freezing of melted snow on the overhang. Can force water under shingles, causing leaks.

Interlocking shingles: Individual shingles that mechanically fasten to each other to provide wind resistance.

Laminated shingles: Strip shingles made of two separate pieces laminated together to create extra thickness. Also called three-dimensional and architectural shingles.

Lap: Surface where one shingle or roll overlaps with another during the application process.

Mansard roof: A design with a nearly vertical roof plane connected to a roof plane of less slope at its peak. Contains no gables.

Mineral stabilizers: Finely ground limestone, slate, traprock or other inert materials added to asphalt coatings for durability and increased resistance to fire and weathering.

Nesting: A method of reroofing, installing a second layer of new asphalt shingles, in which the top edge of the new shingle is butted against the bottom edge of the existing shingle tab.

Pitch: The degree of roof incline expressed as the ratio of the rise, in feet, to the span, in feet.

Low Slope - Roof pitches that are less than 30 degrees.

Normal Slope - Roof pitches that are between 30 and 45 degrees.

Steep Slope - Roof pitches that are more than 45 degrees.

Rafter: The supporting framing that makes up the roof structure; immediately beneath the deck; the roof sheathing is nailed to the rafters.

Rake: The inclined edge of a sloped roof over a wall from the eave to the ridge. They can be close or extended.

Ridge: The horizontal external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping sides of a roof at the highest point of the roof, hip or dormer.

Run: The horizontal distance between the eaves and a point directly under the ridge; or one half the span.

Selvage: That portion of roll roofing overlapped by the application of the roof covering to obtain double coverage.

Sheathing: Exterior grade boards used as a roof deck material.

Shed roof: A single roof plane with no hips, ridges, valleys or gables, not connected to any other roofs.

Slope: The degree of roof incline expressed as the ratio of the rise, in inches, to the run, in feet.

Smooth-surfaced roofing: Roll roofing that is covered with ground talc or mica instead of granules (coated).

Soffit: The finished underside of the eaves that extends from the fascia to the siding and hides the bottom of an overhang.

Soil stack: A vent pipe that penetrates the roof.

Span: The horizontal distance from eaves to eaves.

Specialty eaves flashing membrane: A self-adhering, waterproofing shingle underlayment designed to protect against water infiltration due to ice dams or wind driven rain.

Starter strip: Asphalt roofing applied at the eaves as the first course of shingles installed.

Tab: The weather exposed surface of strip shingles between the cutouts.

Telegraphing: Shingles installed over an uneven surface that show distortion.

Truss - A combination of beams, bars and ties, usually in triangular units to form a framework for support in wide span roof construction.

UL label: Label displayed on packaging to indicate the level of fire and/or wind resistance of asphalt roofing.

Underlayment: A layer of asphalt based rolled materials installed under main roofing material before shingles are installed to provide additional protection for the deck.

Valley: The internal angle formed by the intersection of two inclined roof surfaces to provide water runoff.

Vapor barrier/retarder: Any material that prevents the passage of water or water vapor through it.

Vent: Any device installed on the roof as an outlet for air to ventilate the underside of the roof deck.

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Once you have made some preliminary decisions about your roofing needs, here are some things to consider when beginning the process.

1. How to find a qualified roofing contractor.

Qualified roofing contractors should have the appropriate licenses for your area. Each state has its own license requirements. If the contractor does not offer proof of their license, call your local contractors board to find out. Your roofing contractor must be properly insured with both workers compensation and general liability. Be sure to get references from the roofing contractor's previous clients to determine their level of workmanship.

2. What caused your roof to be damaged in the first place?

Was your roof damaged due to wear from the elements such as wind or moisture? Are your roofing problems due to improper design? Has your roof not been properly maintained over the years?

3. Information about roofing styles, materials and maintenance requirements.

The most common roofing styles are gable and hip. Other, more unique styles include mansard, bonnet and shed. There are two categories of roofing materials, pitched and flat. Pitched roofing materials include slate, metal, tile and shingles and shakes. Flat roofing materials include tar, rolled roofing, rubber and gravel.

Preventative maintenance is key to making needed repairs before you have a roofing emergency. Have your roof inspected twice a year by a professional roofing contractor.

4. How to create proper roof ventilation.

Proper roof ventilation is important to prevent ice dams and it will lower your energy costs because you will not be needlessly heating or cooling your attic space.

5. How to protect your roof and home from harsh weather and ice dams.

Your roof will be protected from ice dams with proper ventilation which keeps the roof's surface at a constant temperature, not allowing ice dams to form at the eaves. Also, waterproofing underlayment will help protect your roof from water damage and leaks.

In some states they do not let you collect the water from your rain gutters and roof, and then reuse it in your yard to water plants or the lawn. Their reasoning is they do not want bacteria, algae, and mosquitoes to breed in the water that you have collected. But if you are careful in how you do it this won't happen.

Further, many states are relaxing their rainwater collection rules for homeowners, as they know many homeowners are collecting the water anyway and they really have no way to enforce that. Plus, after years of severe droughts, well, those old laws really need to be taken off the books anyway.

You should check and make sure that the state that you live in allows you to collect rainwater from your rain gutters and roof. If it does, I recommend getting a couple of barrels and putting them below the downspout of your rain gutters. All you have to do is pull off one section at the bottom of your rain-gutters and place the barrel below it before a storm.

Then after the storm passes simply tilt the barrel a little bit and roll it out of the way and put a new barrel there, for the next storm. You can use this water, very easily if you put a small water tap at the bottom of the barrel with a garden hose attachment. Then take a small pressure washer and hook it up to the barrel and shoot the water anywhere you want it.

If you cover up the barrel once you've collected the water you could use that water in the summertime to water plants. This helps everyone with the drought and is especially good for those homeowners that are on wells. Please consider all this.

Despite being difficult, cleaning the roof is also dangerous. Thanks to the available roof cleaning contractors, you can now excuse yourself from cleaning the dirty roof.

Start your search now before more algae stains and dirt flock on your roof. There are various ways you can find a good roof cleaning contractor. Maybe some of your friends, neighbors, or relatives know a good roof cleaner. If not, try searching through your local newspaper or telephone directory. Of course, don’t forget to seek help from the major search engines.

But be careful when picking a roof cleaning contractor. There are certain skills a good contractor should have in order to give you a good cleaning service.

The roof cleaning contractor should:

only use non-pressure methods

Using pressure methods might damage your roof. Ask the contractor the kind of cleaning methods they will do to your roof. These should only include simple application of bleach or other chlorine-based solutions to remove the algae stains on your roof.

Some roof cleaning contractor might suggest high-pressure methods like power washer only for old roofs with very thick algae stains. This can be accepted but better get services from those that will not use any high-pressure methods.

have a reliability report from your local business organization

Through this, you will know the past cleaning services done by the contractor. This will also give you peace of mind that your chosen roof cleaner is a reputable one.

be a member of a business organization

Check if you have a local business group of roof cleaning contractors. See if your chosen contractor is in the list.

It is better for a business to be a part of an organization because it gives them added credibility since business groups have certain code of ethics to follow.

have liability insurance

Make sure that whatever foolish idea done to your roof will be repaid. That can only be done if the contractor has liability insurance. With this, you can feel at ease that no matter what happens to your roof, the contractor will still cover the damages.

work in team

Cleaning the roof is ineffective, slow, and difficult with only one person doing it. Ask the potential roof cleaner if he will work alone or with a group. Pick the contractor working with a group.

Feel at ease only if your roof cleaning contractor has all these qualities. If not, well, expect to have problems, maybe with the cleaning itself or the dealing. You surely don’t want to suffer that. Better follow these guides and your house will certainly be on its way to a cleaner roof.

The Importance of Good Hygiene in the Working Place

Washing our hands is perhaps the simplest way to have a good hygiene. You might be doing this in your house or in other places. You office also needs to have employees with good hygiene. Although this can be an individual effort from employees, you can also do some things to encourage cleanliness in the working area.

Why a Good Hygiene in the Working Place?

Think about this, there are many people in your office using the same comfort room. These people may be working in one area but you cannot still erase the fact that they might have gone on other places. These can be dirty places.

Also, some of your employees might be suffering viral infection or other virus attacks. They may not notice it or even you may not notice it. If they touch the door knob of the comfort room, all other people who will touch the same door knob might get his viruses too.

But if your office maintains and promotes a good hygiene, all these health concerns will be prevented.

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Asphalt shingle roof problems:
Thermal cracking: This not so common defect is caused by the fiberglass mat being too thin. As a result it becomes more vulnerable to tearing. The bonding adhesive that helps prevent uplift may be too strong. This will allow one continuous flow of roofing materials without the required room for some expansion and contraction and movement. These defects contribute too more roof shingle damage and wear. When these defects are present any changes in weather conditions will significantly effect the useful life of the roof.

Cupping: Roofing shingles gradually lower in the center and raised at the ends, almost like a U-shape. Cupping is a signs of an older and well worn shingle roof. Cupping is a normal wear pattern that progressively gets worse as the roof get older. A cupped roof surface will be very fragile and should not be walked on because major damage will occur to the asphalt shingles

Granular loss: The purpose of the granular material on top of the mat is to protect the asphalt shingle from ultraviolet rays. These granules give the asphalt roof covering its color. Some loss of protective granular material is normal. This normal condition can sometimes be viewed as granules laying in the bottom of the gutters. As the roof gets older granular loss may increase where ultimately areas of roof mat are fully exposed to the elements. These exposed sections of shingle mat will wear out at a much greater rate because of the exposure to ultraviolet rays and other weather conditions.

Curling: Another condition that becomes worse with age is curling. The edges of the roof shingles curl under as the roof ages. As with a roof that is cupping the curling roof is very brittle. A roof that is curling requires replacement as soon as possible in order to avoid water infiltration.

Fish mouthing:
Fish mouthing is a roof wear indicator where the space in between the tabs of the shingle spreads apart and becomes wider at the bottom of the shingle then the top. Fish mouthing condition exists when the roof shingle above the key way under it raises up and looks like an open fish mouth. Fish mouthing is usually bought on by high moisture conditions inside the building and poor roof venting. Having this wear/ indicator points too a larger issue within the dwelling as opposed to normal roof shingle wear.

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Are you looking for roofing for your company? Maybe you are in need of repairs or a whole new roof? Well did you know that the materials you can use for roofing are not just limited to one type. There are quite a few different materials that can be used for commercial roofing; below I will write about the materials available:

The materials I am writing about are for weatherproofing, that it the outermost or topmost layer if the roof:


This is a type of roofing that has overlapping layers and is made from plant material

  • Straw - This straw if from wheat and is mainly used in parts of Europe especially France and England, often used on buildings of an older age adding a weathered, periodic look to the building.
  • Seagrass - This is used on places like Scotland where there are estuaries (usually around coastal areas). It is said that Seagrass has a life expectancy of over 60 years making it more hardwearing than Straw.

In North America these are known as Shakes, it is basically the generic name used for roofing materials that have a lot of sections that overlap, not really dependant on the materials nature.

  • Redceder - Lasting for about 30 years, this material is quite expensive considering the shorter life span.
  • Hardwood - Normally found in Australian architecture this material is extremely durable but mainly used just for restoration projects.
  • Slate - This is one of the most expensive materials you will find but also has one of the longest life spans of around 150 years. Due to its weight the structure it is used on must be very strong.

Imitation slate is a less expensive option for replacement of an original slate roof. It looks like real slate and is acceptable in most every city for use in historic districts. The benefits of using manufactured slate are numerous. One excellent reason to use is because it weighs less than real slate, which is a benefit for previously non-maintained older homes with questionable roof structures.

Probably the biggest reason the imitation slate is chosen is because of the cost factors involved. It is approximately 4 times the cost of architectural asphalt shingles, but is significantly less than real slate, both in material cost and labor for installation.

There are basically two companies that manufacture imitation slate. There is Eco-Star Majestic Slate by Carlisle and the Lamarite Slate Composite Shingles by Tamko. It is a personal choice as to which brand to chose as both have very good warranties when installed by a certified installer, as well as very similar characteristics.

Both brands come in various options such as color, width and style. If your home is a Victorian Style then perhaps the beveled, beaver tail or chiseled point from Eco-Star will your best choice. There are many older Victorian homes that have different patterns of color and style. These patterns are many and very unique, they also will require extreme skill in both the layout and installation.

As a general contractor specializing in historic restoration, I recently asked my main slate repair guy to check out a barn roof that has real slate on the front and imitation slate on the back. To save time the typical way to inspect an existing slate roof is by using binoculars, looking at the roof from the ground. This method minimizes more broken slate from walking on the roof during the inspection. I had forgotten to tell him about the imitation slate on the back and received a call from him expressing amazement at the excellent condition of the slate on the rear of the barn, in comparison to the numerous repairs that were needed in the front.

As an old-timer in the slate trade, he was shocked and slightly embarrassed when he was informed that he had mistaken imitation slate for the real thing. Yes, the look alike slate had been on the roof for over 8 years and had developed the typical weathered look that real slate always has, so he couldn't be faulted.

Keep in mind though, that whether you pick real slate or imitation slate, the snow will slide off fairly easily, so you should spend the money for the correct snow guards or when the winter snow comes, someone could get hurt by the ton's of snow avalanching off the roof.

Which ever brand you wish to be installed on your home, make certain the installer follows closely to the manufactures installation instructions and you will have a roof that will last and look great for many years.

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Renovating your house can be an expensive business both in monetary terms and in it's impact on the environment. The majority of our household waste ends up in landfill sites, even re-usable materials are often thrown out because there is no infrastructure to accommodate their recycling. Choosing Cast Iron Gutters as your rainwater solution is the greenest option to choose compared to materials such as aluminum and PVC and has many other benefits too.

Cast iron gutters are made from 97% recycled material and in turn are 100% recyclable. There are two options to choose when disposing of cast iron; taking it to a scrap metal merchant or taking it to a recycling plant where it can be melted down and turned into new cast iron products. It even has the approval of Greenpeace who recommend the material over alternatives as the ONLY green rainwater solution. Its impact on the environment is also reduced by its longevity.

Whereas aluminum is built to last only 30 years, and PVC unable to withstand any longer than approximately 15 years, the century-long lifespan of cast iron gutters and the little maintenance they require would make them more environmentally friendly even if they couldn't be recycled!

Cast Iron Gutters are also the only material to be recommended by both the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and the Department of National Heritage as the most suitable material to maintain a building's aesthetic appearance, especially important if your building falls under conservation regulations or planning laws. The matte effect of cast iron allows the gutters to blend into the house whilst enhancing the traditional characteristics of the property. Glossy materials such as metal and plastics can stand out and look cheap.

Research by estate agents has found that compared to other types of rainwater gutters, cast iron has the effect of increasing the perceived value of the property. The large variety of profiles available means that you can match your gutters to the architectural style of the building, and as these change very little over time, if a section of the gutter needs replacing, a small piece can be replaced as opposed to replacing the whole system.

However, repairs are very unlikely due to the strength of the rainwater systems. It can easily withstand heavy snow fall and strong winds. It will not twist or crack as a result of temperature changes and it is a high impact material meaning that it can withstand accidental or intentional damage, making it ideal for inner cities and locations prone to vandalism. Because it can withstand high winds, its noise impact is reduced as it will not rattle or bang against the side of the building.

It also has sound deadening qualities which also reduces the amount of noise it causes such as dripping rain or flowing water. All of these factors make cast iron gutters the most aesthetically, acoustically, labour-efficient and cost effective form of guttering available on the market. The green qualities of the material over other types of rainwater systems make cast iron the only choice for those of us wanting to reduce our impact on the planet whilst adding to the value of our house.

A recent roofing repair job led to more than what the property owner bargained for - and not in a feel-good bonus kind of way. The "Times-Georgian" recently reported that "a roofing repair 'hot spot' may have been the cause of a ... fire that destroyed a building due to be reopened soon."

Just 45 minutes after roofing crews had wrapped up completion on the roof repair, the blaze reportedly broke out. What is a roof hot spot? It's is a section of the roof that contains moisture. The heat such a spot accumulates during the day is then released at night. Even when a hot spot doesn't flare into a full-fledged fire, the lost heat it contributes to a building can significantly impact the cost of heating and cooling for the property owner.

The pitfalls of a roof hot spot don't stop there, however. Roofing hot spots most typically are found when a new roof system is installed over an existing roof. Because the old roof is laden down with moisture content, the addition of the new roof causes the moisture to get trapped inside the structure. Over time, that new roof you spent thousands of dollars on begins to rot from the inside out. What's worse, it's a case of buyer beware, because even when you shell out extra dollars on a roof warranty, you'll receive no payout if your new roof system was installed over a moisture-laden existing roof.

How can you avoid all these expensive and sometimes dangerous side effects? Your best option is to hire a reputable roofing professional who will get the job done right. You can also request a thermal imaging scan of your existing roof. A heat spy thermal imaging camera can uncover hot spots easily and quickly. This scan should be performed on any core samples of your roof that have a history of leaking.

A core sample is taken when a small section of your roof is removed and examined for moisture content. Using infrared photography, a thermal scan can then detect any hot spots in your roof.

Hot spots also have a less insidious but just as irritating definition in the roofing industry. Most typically, they occur with tile roofs. The way in which the tiles are taken off the pallet on which they are delivered, the way in which they are installed on the roof and, most notably, the way in which they are stacked on the roof can all contribute to hot spots. When several tiles of the same color are installed too close together, a layout hot spot can occur. While they won't cause your roof to burst into flame, if left undetected, they can mar the blended effect you've spent hard-earned money to achieve.

Whether it's the threat of physical conflagration, the potential for expensive overhauls or merely a cosmetic headache you're forced to endure, a roofing hot spot is nothing to play fire with. For these reasons, it's important that your new roof be evaluated and installed by a professional roofer.

Any home improvement project usually includes installing a new roof for the house, or replacing the existing dilapidated one. Though an integral part of home improvement, it is definitely one of the most expensive and tedious of all the tasks.

The kind of roof you install depends largely upon the climate of the place you stay in. remember that a roof is not something that you change everyday. A well planned installation usually lasts a minimum of ten years.

One of the most stylish kinds of roofs is the Clay tile roofing. This style is associated with Spanish architecture. Make sure that this style of roof goes with the architecture of your house and also suits the weather. A roof made of this material has many advantages. For instance, Clay tile roofing lasts much longer than the other types and doesn't require a lot of maintenance.

A well installed roof of this particular design can last up to fifty years at a time! However there is one major drawback of this variety of roofs. They need special materials and expertise, and therefore cannot be done by anyone and everyone. Also the cost of installation is much higher than the other types of roofs. This type of roofing is also meant only for the hot climates. Hence it is very famous in states like California, Florida and Nevada, where it can hold up easily against the scorching sun and heat because of their remarkable endurance.

So the first thing to remember while installing clay tile roofing is that it should suit the weather conditions, and secondly, you need to hire professional help. Once installed the correct way, the roof of your house is going to last a very long time without the need for much maintenance.

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Metal roofing used to just be a standard galvanized steel or aluminum roof that was silver. However, with the growing trend of being eco-friendly and saving money on building homes, metal roofs have now been created in a variety of colors and designs to make them much more aesthetically appealing to homeowners.

They are still just as functional as they always have been, but now they are much more stylish than ever before. You can find a huge selection of metal roof colors to choose from. If you've decided to install metal roofing on your home, having a stylish and functional roof can give you the best of both worlds.

When it comes to choosing metal roof colors, your options are seemingly limitless. The way that metal roofs are colored is through a polymer paint that is applied to the surface, which means that you can mix up just about any color that you can imagine.

It doesn't matter whether you want your roof to match your house, to stand out in the neighborhood, or to make a bold statement. There is something for just about everyone with all of the different styles, designs and metal roof colors that are available.

Installing a metal roof will save you money on energy costs because the material reflects heat and sunlight, which keeps your home cooler and can lower your cooling costs in the summertime when in hotter climates.

Additionally, a metal roof generally has a lifespan of about 50 years, which is more than double the life of a typical asphalt roof. Given all these great benefits, along with the option of a rainbow of colors that you can have your roof painted, there really is no limit to the benefits of metal roofing.

If you're going to install your roof by yourself, you will need to visit a local building supply store and find the roofing materials that you need. If they don't have a particular style or color in stock, you can check into ordering them so that you make sure that you are able to get exactly what you want for your new roof.

If you choose to work with a professional contractor, you will probably have less involvement in the process, aside from choosing the color and design of your roof. It doesn't really matter which one you choose, because the point is that metal roofing can provide many different advantages and benefits, including being able to be made in just about any color that you could want.

In order to obtain the area of a hip roof, take the entire outside measurement of the building, including the projections of the cornice. This is multiplied by the length of the principal rafter, and one-half of the result is the area of the roof. In making an estimate for a hip roof, it must not be forgotten that at least 30 percent extra must be added for extra labor over an ordinary saddle roof in preparing and setting the rafters.

For covering the roof with rough boards-labor only-the average cost for labor is about six times as that of the cost per square. If the roof boards are matched for tin or slate allow a little bit more per square for labor.

If there is a deck on the roof add 2 percent, to the gross estimate, this being about the cost for extra cutting and fitting around eaves of deck. There will also be a waste of material in a hip roof that will amount to at least 5 percent, on the total amount of stuff employed, and a further waste of 1 percent, if the roof terminates in a deck.

The standard width of a shingle is 4 inches, and a quarter bunch of shingles is supposed to contain 250, each 4 inches wide, which when laid cover a line 1000 inches long, or they would lay one course 83 feet 4 inches long. When shingles are laid 4 inches to the weather each shingle will cover an area of 16 inches, so that 900 so laid would cover an area 10 feet square. Proper tape measures and distance measuring wheels along with precision measurement tools will be necessary at this juncture.

Shingles, however, rarely hold out what they are supposed to cover, so that it is better to estimate 1000 shingles for each square of roofing than to confine ourselves to the actual measurement. In hip roofs 5 percent should be added, owing to the great waste in cutting about the hips; the same rule should obtain with a roof having four or more valleys in it.

Cost of Tin Roof

In estimating the cost of a tin roof, the timbers, boarding, paper-if any is used-and ribs must be considered. Generally a tin roof is a "flat roof," and the timbers employed in supporting it are, as a rule, heavier than are the timbers in an ordinary saddle or hip roof. The boarding, which is generally matched, will cost as much to lay as will the boarding of a saddle roof, so those figures may be taken as a guide. Don't forget to include pricing for measuring wheels, private label tape measures, and basic measuring tape in the budget.

Then add paper or felt, or whatever may be laid under the tin, and charge a set amount per roll for laying. The cost of ribs, besides cost of lying same, will figure up to slightly less a square. A sheet of roofing tin is 14 x 20 inches, and a box of tin contains 112 sheets. Allowing a fair percentage for covering the ribs, and for top and bottom laps, a box of tin will cover approximately 182 square feet. The estimator must ascertain for himself the actual prices current in the locality in which he resides
and change the figuring to suit.

In preparing tin valleys for shingle roofs, the tin should in no case be less than 14 inches wide, and where the pitch is low a wider tin should be used. For a slate roof 20 inches is the narrowest that should be employed. The average price for tin valleys with tin put in place will vary slightly per square foot. On an ordinary roof that is not very steep a man will lay about 150 square feet, but if the roof is steep, with the valleys short and much cutting and fitting required, one square properly laid maybe considered a good day's work.

For tin flashings about chimneys, or where the work requires such in the junction of buildings, or where a roof adjoins a brick wall, set a fair price per foot for the work finished. If step flashing is required, which means that the mortar is to be cut out of the joints of the brick work, the flashings inserted and the joints filled up with Portland cement, the work should be worth slightly more per foot completed, according to the character of the roof and the measuring wheels, measuring tape, and other tools required.

In all cases the tin should be measured before being cut, as the "laps" flashings are uncertain factors, and vary in almost every case. The work of the tinsmith, in all cases, should be well thought out before prices are decided upon. In making prices for gutters it should be borne in mind that the ordinary tin gutter that generally forms the crown molding of a cornice does not cost as much as a gutter that is enclosed in wood on the three sides.

Roof cleaning is becoming more and more popular especially in the Southeastern United States because of an airborne algae called "Gloeocapsa Magma". It is identified by the black streaks and stains that are mainly found on the north facing side of the roof, but does spread to the entire roof eventually.

For Gloeocapsa Magma to grow, it has to have heat, moisture and a food source. The heat and moisture source is easily provided by the warm and humid Southeastern climate. The food source is mainly provided from limestone fillers found in asphalt shingles.

Limestone was introduced to the shingle manufacturing process when oil prices started to escalate some years ago. Asphalt impregnated material was used in the shingles to add weight and substance to the shingle. To save on rising petroleum cost, and ultimately shingle costs, the manufactures substituted limestone in place of some of the asphalt material. Limestone being relatively cheap and dense was an ideal substitute. However, limestone also feeds Gloeocapsa Magma. Feeding off of the warm temperatures, high humidity and limestone in the shingles for food, if left unattended, the algae can cause some significant damage over time.

In the beginning this algae is more of an eyesore than anything, and can be easily removed. Left on the roof, it will keep spreading until it covers the entire roof. At this point it becomes food for mildew and lichens and this is where the real trouble starts. Be careful! Many times a roofer will be called in to inspect the roof and some roofers will tell the homeowner that they need a new roof and in some cases, that may be so. But, too many times just a cleaning will suffice saving the homeowner thousands of dollars.

However, left unattended, the mildew will build up over time until there is a substantial layer of which can breed mildew. The mildew builds up to a point that moss will begin to grow. Moss can the lead to Lichens and Lichens have little tentacles that grow down into the shingle. Once the tentacles get established, they are very hard to remove and in the process, some of the shingle grit will be dislodged leaving pits or holes in the shingles.

So it is recommended to remove the stains before it gets that bad. The best time to clean the roof is in the warmer months and when the algae covers 30% to 40% of the north roof. By this time it is likely that is has spread to other areas of the roof and will only be a matter of time before it begins to show. The longer you wait, the harder and more costly to remove.

Now the question becomes, how do you remove it. In part two we will discuss the two most popular removal techniques, and the right removal technique.

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Are you planning to build your own home or purchase a new one? Then you need to learn a little about roof truss design and how it can help you create a perfect structure for your home.

The ABC of roof truss design begins with a definite sketch. The architect will rough draft the design idea of the ceiling and then trusses will be positioned at the sides of this structure in order to support the walls. A home with merely straight walls would not be supported by anything and can collapse due to wind and environmental loads. Also, if your home comes in a high probability earthquake or seismic zone, it may not be ready to withstand the impact. Hence, it becomes apparent to make use of trusses in the roof design.

The four most popular roof truss designs are:

<1> Raised Heel truss
<2> Dropped Chord truss
<3> Scissor truss and
<4> Parallel Chord truss

Each of these design has its own pros and cons, so it is essential to discuss your structural requirements with a licensed roofing designer before choosing right roof truss layout for your home.

Raised Heel trusses are widely used because they are built to span over a large area, thus leaving plenty room for maximum insulation. A Dropped Chord roof truss is designed in two sections and prevents roof uplift. The Scissor truss design is often used in cathedral ceilings and it does not require a bearing beam or bearing wall. The Parallel Chord design is similar to the Scissor design, only it offers more room for insulation and requires more work during installation.

Expert Roof truss design can help you spread out your rooms & make the entire home feel bigger. A professional roofing designer helps you make most of your roof square footage if you have a higher roof design. That's just good practice when you want to enhance the beauty & value of your home.

Many people wait till there roof needs maintenance before they do anything to their roof. What some people may not know is that when fall comes it is time to get the roof ready for winter. In doing this you are protecting the roof from needing maintenance as often. In doing this saves you from ending up with a big bill when something does go wrong from not getting the roof ready for winter.

One thing to keep in mind while you are doing this project is to always keep a good footing and be very cautious of your surroundings. The first thing you will want to do is clear all the debris off of the roof. You can very easily do this with a leaf blower. When you are doing this step don not forget to do the gutters. Make sure that there is not anyone down below because you don't want to be throwing the debris off your roof onto your neighbors or your family.

The next thing you want to do after you got the roof clean, is do a visual inspection. You want to check for any cracks or damage. It is good to do this so you have some kind of an idea on how much work actually needs to be done. Also with doing a visual inspection it helps you catch any problems before they start to get bad and you need to hire a contractor.

The next step in getting your roof ready for the winter is check the flashings of the roof jacks. This can cause it to leak into your home when it rains or after a heavy snow. Unfortunately you will first think that you have a plumbing problem when in fact the problem is up on the roof. This is avery important step because with water leaking into your home can cause many other costly problems. Also in this step you will want to check your gutters and downspouts, and any other metal crickets, roof to wall flashings, step flashings, or split pitch roof problem areas. And then check roof window areas, or direct rain exposure or anywhere where there is a possibility that some water can get in.

After you have done all of your inspecting now is the time when you begin patching the cracks in the roof. You want to use mastic to fill the cracks. Keep in mind when you are doing this that if you require more than 6 tubes of mastic then you are going to want to consider calling a contractor to get the roof replaced. You should start applying the mastic at the ridge. When you are patching up the crack you want to make sure that you fill the entire crack to make sure that you don't get any leaking.

And lastly you want to examine valleys, ridges, and gutters. When doing this examination make sure that you throughly check the valleys. The reason for this is because they get twice the amount of water. When applying the mastic to the roofing tabs make sure that you don't clog them. Make sure that the gutters are leaf free because if left full of leaves it can cause dry rot and that can run into a lot of money.

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If you are building a new home or renovating an existing how then choosing a roofing contractor will likely be an important part of your project. Not only does your roof keep you warm and dry, an attractive new roof can also add value to your home. Choosing a roofing company isn't always easy so here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Businesses often say that referrals are the best source of customers, however while that is true it can also be the best source of contractors too. Asking your friends, work colleagues and neighbours who have had their roof done recently who they used and whether they were happy with them is a great source of leads for a roofing contractor. Ask them questions like what was their price like? Did they use qualified tradesmen? Was there any quality controls and guarantees? Where their any problems and if so where they smoothly resolved? What was their customer service like? These kind of questions will give you good feedback of what you should expect from a roofing contractor and what to look for to meet your requirements.

Next it is important to ensure that the roofing contractor has the relevant licenses, uses qualified tradesmen and are fully insured. This is very important in the event of any issues such as injuries or accidents. Calling or visiting the website of any local builders or trade associations such as Master Builders is another good place to find a reputable company as there associations usually insure members meet certain quality standards and possess the relevant licensing.

By now you should have started to gather a list of contractors who you are going to call for your job. Usually its a good idea to have three or four quotes. Typically you will find there will be one high ball quote, a low ball quote and a couple in the middle. While price might be one of your determining factors remember that cost can often be a reflection of quality. In the roofing industry often low cost operators substitute qualified tradesmen with inexperienced labourers and cut costs and corners on the job. It is important to look at what you are actually getting in the quote from the company and guarantees are an important aspect of this.

Make sure you have a look through the fine print and actually understand the warranties given to you by your vendors. Many warranties may sound similar, you'll be surprised at what they do and don't cover when you read the fine print! A good warranty should offer to fix any leakages or problems free of charge with some obvious inclusions such as major natural disasters. Further more once you have had someone inspect your roof, they usually will show you some of their recent work. This is important as you can often go and see the jobs for yourself. On some occasions companies will even have a revolving list of references you can phone.

Other things you will need to know are:

- how long they have been in business
- do they require a deposit upfront
- does the company require the money upfront (likely red flag)
- are they qualified to remove asbestos safely (if applicable)
- are they liable for any damage caused to your property
- are their any financing options
- what their warranty covers
- are they insured
- do their staff have work cover

It can also be a good idea to check with local authorities such as the BSA (Building Services Authority) to see if their were any complaints and how they were resolved. While complaints may happen from time to time how they are resolved is a better measure of what it will be like to deal with the company.

While it may seem like a lot of work to go to all this trouble it is a lot easier than it sounds and remember the roof is one of the most important parts of your home. Your roof keeps you warm, dry and safe and improves the overall look and value of your home.

Roof Warranties

Your roof is an important part of your home and plays a vital role in keeping you and your family warm and dry. When you are paying between $4,000 and $15,000 for a new roof you want to make sure you are getting quality workmanship, products and a strong guarantee. The best way to protect yourself is to ensure the roofing company you choose has a strong warranty.

What should be included in a warranty?

Usually the guarantee is broken into two components the product component and the service component. The product component is usually the warranty given by the manufacturer which they usually break up into a material component of the warranty and a performance component. The material component usually guarantees the materials the products are made from for a certain amount of time for example Colorbond guarantees their roofing material for 30 years without corrosion and and up to 12 years against flaking or peeling of the colour. Manufacturers usually also attach performance guarantees which usually specific that the coatings or materials will stand up as long as certain installation conditions are met. This is why it is important to have a roofing contractor who understands the products that they are using. Just as you expect a doctor to understand the medicines they prescribe you expect a roofer to understand the coatings and materials they use.

So what can you expect from the service component of the warranty? Well first you want to ensure that all tradesmen are appropriately qualified and insured and that any apprentices will be supervised. Secondly you will want to make sure that the business operator or project manager has to sign off on the job before you pay the company the balance. Thirdly you will want to make sure the company will come back fix any problems you might have with the roof if it were to start leaking. Most good roofing companies will guarantee their workmanship for up to ten years and will come back and fix any problems free of charge. Many companies will insist that you do not pay a cent until you are entirely satisfied with the work complete while some even go as far as to offer to have another company complete the work for you if you are not happy with their work. When it comes down to it, you will here many different kinds of assurances made by roofing contractors the best choice you can make is to choose the one that resonates most with you. You will find most roof warranties are for 10 years and offer the same things however some companies truly go the extra mile to provide assurance to their customers. Make sure you read the warranty and know what you are signing for.

Other factors you should consider in making your decision.

You should always make sure the roofing contractor your using is using qualified tradesmen and not cheap labourers to cut costs. All of their employees should be covered by work cover and professional indemnity insurance in case of an accident to protect your liability. Most importantly you should choose a company that has a strong track record of quality workmanship and offers a roof that meets your needs.

High energy prices have been on the rise in the United States. There are ways that you can make your home hot weather ready while keeping cool in the summer.

The first thing you may want to do is get an energy audit to see how energy efficient your home really is. An energy auditor will come to the home and check all major appliances, heating and cooling systems, as well as windows, doors and insulation. The entire structure of the home will be assessed and get an overall rating. This rating will also come with a report that will give suggestions on how you can change the home, or make improvements to it so it is more energy efficient.

There are some things you can check in your home to identify areas that are in need of improvement. Check your garage walls, basement, attic and attic stairway to see if there are any major drafts or areas where the insulation is old or in need of replacement.

Check your central air conditioning system every spring and have it serviced. This will make sure that it is working properly and efficiently so that money is not wasted on leaks. You may also want to clean or replace the filter once every two months and always seal any leaks or holes around pipes, whether they be plumbing or heating.

Hire a contractor to seal any leaky ducts so that airflow is distributed equally and the equipment is operating at peak efficiency.

Are your windows single or double pane? If they are single pane, you may want to consider installing double pane windows with high performance glass. This ensures that there are fewer drafts in the house.

Consider a programmable thermostat that can regulate the home's temperature even when you are not home. That way, the air conditioning will not cool the home when you are not home, or in the evenings when the air conditioning may not be as necessary.

When you install window coverings, curtains, drapes or blinds, it helps seal off the windows and doors from both any drafts and the sun. It can help keep your house cool in the day by protecting the home from the sun's hot rays.

Consider ceiling fans as an alternate source of cooling. These ceiling fans do not use as much energy as air conditioning and keep a bedroom very cool.

If you have room around the property of the house, consider planting a tree. A tree can act as a natural cooling system for a house or bedroom window so that the sun is not in direct contact with the home. When the sun is not shining directly on the home, it can greatly decrease the heat that enters in the house.

If you can not plant a tree to shield the house, you may want to invest in applying a reflective coating to the roof. This reflective coating will redirect the sun's rays, bouncing the heat off of the home. A dark roof absorbs a lot of heat, so if you have one, consider getting a light roof that will also reflect the sun's rays.

There are many options for energy-saving appliances. Some of them can be great investments, but always check the energy claims to see if it really is saving you energy and if it is something that you could use in your home.

If you feel that energy conservation in your home is something that you can achieve, but need help with the investment to make all the improvements in your home, you may want to check out an Energy-Efficient Mortgage (EEM). You can get a loan towards the improvements of your house if the overall savings in the utilities are greater than the cost of the home improvements. Ask your energy auditor to help you determine the break even point where your costs match your savings, and savings will begin to take place. In the long term, great savings can be reaped by performing these home improvements.

Energy-Efficient Mortgages are a lot like normal mortgages, except you use the money for home improvements. Interest rates are usually low and payments and terms are negotiable. There are many lenders who offer this mortgage, so ask around or go to your local bank to see if there is someone who can help you. There are more papers to fill out and you must get an energy audit before applying for an EEM. The energy auditor can assist you and the lender in getting everything ready for the application process of the EEM. It takes the work off of both you and the lender.

By making home improvements you can save a lot of money on your utility bills and at the same time conserve energy. It's a win-win situation for both your pocket book and environment.

Most homeowners don't spend much time thinking about the cleanliness of their roof. As long as it's not leaking the roof is fine isn't it? Well the truth is actually rather alarming. Leaving the roof uncleaned can lead to a number of issues that if left neglected can cause considerable damage to the pointing and tiles. This neglect will eventually lead to the deterioration of the roof far faster than if it had been cleaned in the first place. This article will discuss some of the signs of trouble, the causes, and some of the cleaning methods used to eliminate potential problems. Preventative measures are always less expensive than repair or replacement costs.

Black Algae also commonly misleadingly referred to as 'mildew' or 'fungus' is usually found on the slope of the roof which has the least sun exposure. There are shingles made with zinc or copper that are designed to inhibit algal growth. The most common way to help avoid black algae is to stop branches overhanging the roof allowing more sunlight to shine on your roof. Some people pressure wash the algae which is often a good solution however traditional methods such as cleaning with a brush can also be used so as not to damage a delicate roof. There are also chemical solutions to remedy this problem which will prevent algae and fungus from growing. It is best to contact a professional roofing contractor to help make the right choice, both for you and your roof type.

Debris Staining is a common problem on low pitched roofs with surrounding trees with overhanging branches. Staining occurs when debris such as tree leaves collect on the roof. These piles retain moisture and can cause serious damage if left unchecked. Both algae and fungus originate here as well as the growth of plants which eventually can cause large roof leaks. Moss, lichens, and other plant life will thrive on a neglected roof and the best method of fixing this problem is usually roof cleaning. Care should be taken not to damage any shingles or other roofing material.

Black Streaking occurs on your roof in the form of streaks which is usually caused by bleed through of the bituminous material in asphalt shingles which begins to break down and bleed from the shingle. This is usually a sign of faulty materials or that your shingles are in need of replacement.

Why Clean the Roof?

There are a number of roof cleaning issues that if left unchecked, can wreak havoc on your roof. Shingles, shakes and tiles eventually deteriorate due to weathering and the effects of mould and affect the roof structure itself. It is important to be able to notice the signs that your roof needs cleaning and the causes that lead to the deterioration of your roof. Preventative measures such a roof cleaning are much cheaper than repair or replacement costs associated with restoring a neglected roof.

In a May 2009 report, the "Denver Post" reported that "400 Coloradoans [had been] taken in [a] roof-repair scam." This article shed light on a problem that unsuspecting homeowners across the country face every single day: Not all contractors-roofing or otherwise-are who they claim to be.

Sad but true, consumers must take a proactive stance and investigate the (so-called) professionals they hire before putting down a cash deposit, or worse, paying in full for a home repair upfront. Of course, faced with an emergency situation like a leaky roof in the midst of a snowy January or a downpouring April, such detective work often falls by the wayside. In a rush to get the job done, many a homeowner will fall for what might otherwise present itself as an obvious money-robbing scheme.

In the case of the scammed Coloradoans, a roofing company approached "residents about inspecting their roof for possible damage, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department." In other words, the victimized individuals were sought out instead of doing the seeking, thereby giving them plenty of opportunity to do their research before swallowing the crafty bait hook, line and sinker.

Here's how the roofing repair scam played out.

1. A representative from the alleged roof repairer "asks the homeowner to sign a release prior to inspecting the roof, explaining the release is a normal, routine procedure."
2. When signed by the homeowner, the form allows the scamming roofing contractor "to act as an agent for the homeowner regarding the roof."
3. "Once workers inspect the roof and find damage, they inform the homeowner that their homeowner's insurance will cover the repairs."
4. The roofing scam artist then "instructs the homeowner to ask their insurance company to have an adjuster come to the home to estimate the cost of the repairs."
5. The insurance company performs the estimate and "sends a check for the repair work."
6. Once the roofing scammers convince the victim to sign "the check over to [them] to begin repair work," they slink away without ever completing the repairs.

How can you avoid become the victim of a roof repair scam like this one? Hire a professional roofing contractor who can offer proven experience, a written estimate and worry-free installation. To make sure you're choosing the best roof repair company, arm yourself with a checklist before you sign a contract ... no matter how desperate you are or how urgent the repair work is.

At a minimum, that checklist should answer the following questions.

1. Does the roofing contractor have a good reputation?
2. Does the roofing contractor have adequate insurance coverage?
3. Does the roofing contractor know, explain and comply with local building codes?
4. Does the roofing contractor commit to supervise the job during all phases of work and inspect it completely when finished?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, stop and reconsider hiring them. The best way to vindicate yourself against a scam artist is not to become a victim in the first place.

Doug put a new roof on his colonial last spring. He wanted to update the look of his home and increase its resale value. He chose the color and style that matched his taste.

Doug knew that roof shingles serve a purpose other than to compliment a building’s architecture. They, more importantly, control the majority of the roof water by means of shedding water down their overlapping courses and into a gutter, or off the edge of a roof overhang.

However, Doug did not know how to properly care for and maintain his roof. He allowed water to sit in corners, leaves to back-up his gutters and he put a heavy satellite dish at a harsh angle right outside his bedroom window.

Soon, his roof began leaking and the shingles started rotting off. Not to mention he had slimy water dripping down the front of his house from the overflowing gutters. So next spring, Doug has to have his roofing company come back to make some major repairs.

It’s easy to forget about a roof until you have a problem. Don’t make the same mistake as Doug and pay for a roof that looks nice but cannot withstand the conditions that it will be exposed to.

Under extreme weather conditions the right kind of shingles at the right angle can uphold the integrity of your roof. The steeper the slant of the roofline, the better it will handle extreme weather conditions.

Here Are My Top 3 Tips to Maintain Your Roof and Keep Repair Money in Your Pocket

1. Conduct Periodic Maintenance of the Roof System

Every year, you should clean out all drain pipes, gutters, valleys and downspouts. Areas where leaves accumulate should be areas of special concern because decomposing material can rot your shingles over time.

Buildups cause drainage problems which lead to mold and leaks. Also, inspect all visible pieces of metal flashing as these can become dented and misshapen over time from falling acorns and sticks.

As roofs age, particular attention should be paid to the condition of curled and cupped shingles. An occasional “tune-up” by a licensed and qualified roofing contractor can extend the life of the roof significantly.

2. Avoid Installing Products or Fastening Items Through or to the Roof

Shingles are attached to the timber roof frame by large roofing nails but they are not always strong enough to hold up satellite dishes and other electronic receivers. If you do attach something to the roof, make sure it’s located on as close to a flat surface as you can manage as this will prevent pulling on the shingles.

3. Keep the Roof Well Ventilated

A ridge vent installed in the center peak of the roof is one way to accomplish this. Some problems that can be a direct result of a failure to do so are mineral loss on the shingle surface, heat loss, moisture buildup and mold spore growth.

Do not permit excessive access to the roof. When access is required adequate protection should be provided to the roof surface to prevent loss of mineral granules. Also, retain a qualified roofing professional to perform any addition or repair involving asphalt shingle roofs, hand-tabbing newly installed shingles, if necessary, to achieve proper seal to the underlying courses.

Following these simple steps will keep your roof looking newer longer and prevent the headache that improper maintenance brings.

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When selecting the roofing options for residential buildings in Brooklyn, you find yourself in the midst of large number of options ranging from asphalt or wood shingles, slate, roofs made from metal such as aluminum, tin, or metal, ceramic tiles, and so on. When deciding the best roofing options for the houses in Queens New York, consider the cost and the lifespan for each type of roof. You also need to consider the kind of roof that would best suit your housing architecture as not all the roofs are suitable for all kinds of houses.

Most houses in Queens New York have their roofs made of handmade slates which have an charm and elegance of their own. These slates are often used in large courtrooms and other Government buildings where they last a lifetime. Apart from such large buildings, slates are also commonly used in areas where they occur as a natural resource and are quarried locally. However, the use of this beautiful roofing option is becoming less popular due to its rising cost of production.

Also, the houses of Queens NY use vinyl siding to provide an attractive and economical exterior finish to their houses. Known for its durability and weather resistant effects the vinyl siding is used most commonly in almost all the houses and commercial buildings of Queens NY. Known for their durability, qualitatively rich looks, and economical prices, the vinyl siding are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and designs. What's more these exterior sidings are composed of chemical compounds that make this exterior finish highly durable along with increasing their panel strength to make the product sun and weather resistant.

Not only this, the vinyl siding exterior finish also provides a new look to both contemporary as well as modern houses alike. Apart from being very reasonable priced, this exterior finish provides a whole gamut of designs for you to choose from. However, ensure that you get this vinyl finish installed only from experts in the field of sliding your homes.

Roof renovation may mean repairing your current roof to be as good as new, or it may be that your roof needs an entirely new surface of shingles or tar. Whichever it is, roof renovation can be a tricky and dangerous process, so roof renovation for beginners needs to include safety.

Safety First
A fall from an 8 or 10 foot roof can lead to death or paralysis. Roof renovation for beginners is, therefore, somewhat dangerous. Use ladders when you are working on a roof. Make sure the ladders are firmly stabilized so that they will not sway or fall when you get on. They need to be so securely set that they can stay in place when you are climbing with full hands. Scaffolding can actually provide a more stable surface for a beginner working on roof renovation. If you are working near the edge of the roof, stand on the ladder or scaffolding, not on the roof reaching over. Roofs with a steep pitch are especially dangerous, particularly in wet weather. You need to use roof jacks and planks for safety. A roof jack is a bracket made of metal and attaches to the roof with nail. A board goes between the jacks to provide a more stable surface to walk on. It's a good idea to use roof jacks and planks, even on roofs that have a more mild pitch. You will also want to consider the safety of the occupants of a home as you complete the restoration. Clean up the nails as they drop, and don't put ladders and scaffolding over entrance doors, if you can avoid it.

A beginner may learn to replace flashing on the roof, the soffit and facia, or repair shingles. Replacing an entire roof is likely beyond the skills of a beginner, and shouldn't be attempted without careful oversight from an experienced helper or a professional. For a leaking roof, often the homeowner can do a roof restoration by replacing blown off or broken shingles. Note where the leaking point is in the home, and mark it. Then find the marker on the roof and make note of any damaged shingles there. If there are damaged pieces, then the leaking is likely a result of the damaged roof.

Replacing damaged shingles is generally a roof renovation for beginners. It can be done with a few basic tools and without a great deal of experience. First, find the broken or damaged shingles. If the roof is curling back, get a quality asphalt roof cement. The easiest way to work with it is in a tube made for a caulking gun.

In warm weather, go on the roof, flatten the shingle, and glue it down again. In the winter time, you may need to use a propane torch to slightly soften the shingle. Don't use such a tool on your roof unless you know to use it. Broken, torn or rotten shingles should be replaced. Hopefully you have a few spare shingles stashed in the garage; if not, roofers can usually supply a few. Pry off the old shingle with a pry bar and nail and caulk a new shingle in its place.

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