Monday, 13 November 2017

Roofing material comes in plenty of options

Don’t underestimate the significance of choosing the right roof for your home.

A roof is the primary defence a home has against the elements. It provides protection against wind, rain and snow, as well as shields the interior from the heat. In addition to its function, it is also a key part of the curb appeal of your home.

Depending on the material composition, roofs can last anywhere from 10 to 50 years. Homeowners usually know it’s time to replace a roof without even venturing outside, due to the appearance of ceiling leaks or discolouration. Wet or darkened wood or rusty nails in the attic can also be a sign.

Water can run along a rafter often appearing on a ceiling rooms away from the location of the leak. This can make it a challenge to find a leak, but it’s best to do a thorough check anytime wetness or discolouration is evident anywhere in the home. Water leaks only escalate and cause more damage over time.

If you are choosing the roofing material for your new home or re-roofing an existing home, here’s a handy overview of the various types of materials available on the market.

Asphalt shingles: The three-tab asphalt shingle is available in a myriad of colours and is the most commonly used roofing material due to its reasonable price.

Architectural shingles: Similar to an asphalt shingle, it is thicker and the layers are staggered to give the roof a more architectural look. These shingles are only slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, which still makes them a good value.

Cedar shakes and shingles: Manufactured from either cedar or pine, they give an upscale appearance. Life spans differ depending on the availability of old growth cedar. They can be expensive to install, require periodic cleaning to remove mildew or moss, and may need re-oiling for preservation.

Metal roofs: An ideal choice for industrial or agricultural structures or country homes where snow is frequent. They can range from relatively inexpensive galvanized steel and light-weight aluminum to pricey copper. With life spans varying from 40 to 50 years, they can provide good value.

Slate: This hard stone material is very strong and sheds snow and ice very well. However, the weight of slate requires a more substantial roof structure, and the cost makes it less popular among today’s homeowners.

Ceramic: Tile roofs are among the most expensive due to specialized skills needed for installation of the heavy tiles as well as the roof structure required to hold the tile weight. Even with a life expectancy of 60 to 80 years, it is not normally a practical choice for most homeowners.

Concrete tiles are attractive, available in a variety of colours and can be custom-colour manufactured for an additional cost. They come with a 50-year warranty but have not gained the same popularity as they enjoy in Europe due to their more substantive appearance.

Synthetic composites offer the benefit of looking like a natural material with the added benefits of performance, durability and longevity; won’t rot, blister or crack; they are resistant to insects, mould and mildew; fire retardant and basically are maintenance free. As you would expect, they cost due to their durability.

Rubber/synthetic: Available in Canada for the last 10 years, these are growing in popularity due to their environmental value (manufactured from recycled tires and plastics), their similar look to slate or cedar shakes and durability that justifies a 50-year warranty.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Roofing companies still making repairs one year after windstorm

SPOKANE, Wash. – It has been a year since Spokane’s historic November windstorm and the City is still recovering, especially when it comes to roof repairs.

KREM 2 On Your side reached out to dozens of local roofing companies to see the extent of damage they are still repairing. Most of them said they are still booked with clients affected by the vicious blow from the storm.

Alpine Construction said 60-70 percent of their clients have damages as a result of the windstorm. They are booked with clients through February.

Workers from Spokane Roofing Company said they have 45 clients that are still dealing with windstorm damage. They have also repaired 400 roofs and re-roofed around 200 homes.

In October, FEMA reimbursed Spokane County $9.5 million to help cover the cost of the windstorm. The funding will be repaid in increments over several months.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Spring rain, wind causes roofing issues for some homeowners

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Employees at Dale's roofing have been doing a lot of inspections, replacements and repairs at homes across the Ozarks.

"It's been very busy this spring. We started off with the heavy rains around Christmas time and it's just stayed busy since then," said Jeff Elam, sales manager at Dale's Roofing.

And as warmer weather approaches, it's not only rain causing headaches for homeowners, high winds are a factor as well.

"Right now it's been a lot of ridge caps being blown off because that area of the roof is more susceptible to the wind. We are also seeing a lot of wind driven rain," said Elam.

Experts recommend homeowners periodically do a visual inspection of your roof to see if anything has blown off or is slipping. Roofing issues left untreated could lead to leaks.

"You'll notice stains showing up on the ceiling. It's always a good idea to call a roofer to come out and check on it," said Elam.

"A Roofer can crawl around in the attic and see where the stain is coming from. A lot of times with the wind driven rain the leak will be coming from one area but the wind blows it to another spot and that's where the stain shows up, so a roofer can come check that out as well," he explained.

 And if you have to replace your roof, do your research. Talk to professionals about which products will be best for your home and most resistant to the unpredictable Midwest weather.

"I would definitely recommend going with the architectural shingle, most of them have a 130 mile an hour wind warranty so that definitely helps out with the wind rating and extends the life of them," said Elam.

Experts say roofs older than 20 years are most susceptible to weather related damage.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

How to ensure your roofing has the same color

Most of the information you need to ensure your shingles match is on its packaging. (Metro Creative Services)

Most of the information you need to ensure your shingles match is on its packaging. (Metro Creative Services)

B.K. from Prescott Valley sent me a sweet note and asked, “How do you determine what’s outdated in roof shingles?”

With all of the hail damaged roofs being replaced I have noticed some roofs with large areas of different colors and tones than the rest of the roof and outdated colors. Here is the clue for ensuring you are receiving up-to-date shingles for your roofs.

There are many ways that the potential for color variation can be further reduced using some simple shingle installation tips as well.

  1. As a homeowner you should be aware of the “blend code” on the ends of the shingle bundles. When a shingle manufacturer changes the granule ratios in a blend, the blend gets a new “code,” which is an alpha-numeric designation after the color name; i.e., Heather Brown A02. Products with different blend codes should never be mixed on the same roof, as they will look different. Heather Brown A01 should not be mixed with Heather Brown A02. Although they will be similar multi-toned brown blends, one will be darker, lighter, sharper, etc. relative to the other one.
  2. Shingle bundles are also identified with a date code showing the date and time of manufacture; this is usually a six or seven digit numerical code on the end of the bundle. It is possible that shingles made one day will have a slightly different coloration than shingles made another day. Therefore, before the shingles are applied to your roof, take a quick look at the production date codes and the same blend code.
  3. Installation instructions for the application of shingles should be on every bundle wrapper. Not necessary but many manufacturers do this. These instructions have been developed to render what is the most functional and best looking finished roof system. In seeing several roofs in town I am almost sure that a different application technique was used and that is why some of these roofs show streaks, splotches, or patches.
  4. It is also important to know the manufacturer for the shingles that have been installed on your roof. Have the roofer give you a copy of the Limited Warranty. Provided shingles have been installed in strict accordance with the manufacturers written installation instructions, then the manufacturer will warrant that the asphalt roofing shingles will be free from manufacturing defects for the length of time as specified by the manufacturer.

Want to meet Wally?

Wally is a leak detection fellow that can save your family from experiencing a lot of water damage.

Many of our area homeowners have experienced a pricey water leak in their home. Water damage is one of the most common and expensive home insurance claims. To decrease billions of dollars in property damage nationally every year, and to help homeowners become more educated, aware, and preventive-centric regarding water damage disasters, Sensor Nodes Utilizing Power-line Infrastructure technologies (SNUPI), a Seattle based company, has developed Wally a device that is designed to detect leaks and moisture in residential structures.

How does Wally work?

Wally stands apart since it doesn’t require frequent battery replacement to operate, using a coin cell battery, the system is set to work constantly for 10 years. This is possible by creating an antenna by using ultra-low–power technology. Positioned in various areas where water could leak such as directly beneath a property’s sink, near an area where laundry is washed, around a structure’s water heater, or simply in a basement are the “small, clam-shaped wireless nodes.” An email or text alerts the home owner when something has been detected by the sensors so that an investigation into the potential problem can be immediately launched before any damage is done. Currently Wally is available through the Wally website –

Installation of Wally is simple. The Wally hub plugs into any electrical outlet and comes with six sensors which can be placed anywhere in the property. Installation must first be initiated by setting up a Wally account and naming the positions where you are going to designate your sensors. Next, the hub is plugged to your network and then you download the iPhone or Android app to use while activating the sensors. The sensors are unnoticeable and inconspicuous. It should be understood that in order for the device to detect water in the first place, either the vertical or horizontal metal contact points need to be touching a surface that could get wet.

Wally is innovative, easy to arrange and simple to use as well. Having such a system in place will clearly help watch out for water leaks, and facilitate fast treatment of any problems detected. For home owners looking to be proactive rather than reactive, the Wally leak detection device is clearly something to look into.

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Interstate Roofing Goes Above and Beyond Giving Away a Roof to a Church in Need!

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DENVER, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Interstate Roofing will be installing a brand new roof on Saturday, November 26, 2016 for the winners of the Roofs In Need contest But that’s not all! Photo – Father Andre and Interstate Roofing Interstate Roofing will be replacing all 3 of the roofs on the church property! […]


Coconuts considered as option for roofing

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Digital models of the coconut roofing sheets. From copra to piƱa coladas, the coconut has a wide range of uses. Now it is making an appearance as a possible roofing material. A team of students and professors at the Institute of Technology of Colima (Itec) has developed an alternative roofing product made from the husk of the coconut. […]