Roof Repair

Roofing Estimates and Contracts

Published on July 25th, 2014 by Sam in Roof Contractors

Roofing Estimates and Contracts

When looking for a local roofer to re-roof your house or make repairs to your existing roof you will want to check the estimate for the level of details. The more details listed in your roof repair quote, the fewer surprises and misunderstandings. Things to look for; • Clear, understandable language and terms • The [...]

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History Lesson on Alaska Roof

Published on July 11th, 2014 by Sam in Historic Roofs

History Lesson on Alaska Roof

In Sitka Alaska, volunteers removing gravel from a roof at the Hames Center got a history lesson when they found about 20 rusty iron balls mixed in with the pebbles. The 1 inch balls are believed to be grapeshot or canister shots fired by cannons. The local roofing volunteers broke the monotony of shoveling gravel [...]

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Energy Star Label and Your Roof

Published on July 2nd, 2014 by Sam in New Roof

Energy Star Label and Your Roof

When it comes time for a new roof, looking for products that have the government’s Energy Star Label can save you money in energy costs. The government created the Energy Star program to encourage the use of the energy efficient products. On the Energy Star website, you can find products that qualify for the rating [...]

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Titanium Dioxide Roof Coating

Published on June 18th, 2014 by Sam in Green Roofing

Titanium Dioxide Roof Coating

Researchers at UC Riverside say roofs coated with Titanium Dioxide can reduce smog forming pollutants. Engineering students sprayed ordinary clay tiles with titanium dioxide and it removed 88% – 97% of the nitrogen oxide pollution from the air. Ozone, the main ingredient in smog is created when nitrogen oxides react to sunlight. Nitrogen Oxides are [...]

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Green Roof Maintenance

Published on June 6th, 2014 by Sam in Green Roofing

Green Roof Maintenance

There is no such thing as a no maintenance roof and that includes a green roof. Even roofs designed to be low maintenance will require 1 or 2 visits a year to remove dead plants and clear gutters and drains. While some roofing contractors that install green roofs will offer maintenance for a specified period [...]

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Solar Panels Back on White House Roof

Published on May 23rd, 2014 by Sam in Green Roofing

Solar Panels Back on White House Roof

Four years later the White House has finished installing solar panels on the roof. In 2010 President Barack Obama said solar panels will be installed to provide some electricity and to heat the water. While it took a couple of years, in 2013 the project to install the solar panels finally began. On sunny days, [...]

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Fire Ratings and Your Roof

Published on May 6th, 2014 by Sam in Roof Materials

Fire Ratings and Your Roof

Some parts of the country live the threat of wild fires near their homes. With high winds of spring time it can be a real danger of embers igniting on your roof top. Roof systems must meet and hopefully exceed the minimum requirements for building codes and insurance purposes. Certified testing laboratories will rate a [...]

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Spring Storms and your Roof

Published on April 24th, 2014 by Sam in Weather Roofing

Spring Storms and your Roof

In some parts of the country springtime brings on severe thunderstorms. Checking for damage from winter storms and snow weight now could save you in repairs instead of replacing an entire roof. The cool sunny days are good times for inspecting your roof to determine if it will withstand the high winds and heavy rains [...]

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Installing Roll Roofing

Published on April 17th, 2014 by Sam in Roof Materials

Installing Roll Roofing

Roll roofing is inexpensive and easy to install yourself although it usually needs to be replaced sooner than other roofing materials. It is most suited where cost is more important than appearance and is generally used for garages and storage sheds with gradual pitched roofs. Since roll roofing can crack in cold weather, it should [...]

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Tar and Gravel Roofs

Published on April 11th, 2014 by Sam in Roof Materials

Tar and Gravel Roofs

Used mostly on roofs with no to very low slopes, tar and gravel roofs, also called built up roof or hot mopped is made by alternating layers of asphalt, tar paper and adhered with molten asphalt. Then a top layer of gravel is applied, some of which gets embedded in the hot asphalt and some [...]

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