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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

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When you leave snow and ice on your roof for a longer period of time, you run the risk of dealing with leaks, and this may cause further damage to the other parts of the house. This will mean higher repair costs and a disruption to your daily routine.

When snow piles up in the roof, a lot of things can happen. This can lead to ice dams, which can tear off gutters, disentangle shingles, and cause air leaks and water damage to ceilings, interior walls and insulation. Ice dams are formed from snow melts and clogged gutters or insufficient insulation in your attic space. Ice dams prevent melted water from flowing off your roof. These are the thick ridges of ice that you notice building up along your roof’s edges or eaves.

Removing snow from the roof is the key to preventing ice dams from forming. In a worst-case scenario, it is not recommended to repair interior damage until you are sure that your ceilings and walls are dry. Here are some long-term tips to lessen the risk of ice dam formation:

  • Install gutter guards. They are available in various types: screens, surface tension and fine mesh. You can save money if you want to install them yourselves, but professional installers can do the job for you, especially if you are not confident doing the task.
  • Schedule a regular roof inspection. Roofers can conduct several tests to check the health of your roof. First on their list is looking for possible material degradation or any major structural damage.
  • Protect your home with a properly-installed insulation. All ceiling insulations must be installed following the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Verify your state code requirements for ceiling or roof insulation levels.
  • Consider natural roof ventilation if you want to keep uniform room temperatures.
  • Recessed lights, heating ducts and complicated roof designs increase the possibility of ice dam formation.

Alabama has gone through hail, wind, ice and snow storms. Seek expert assistance on how best to maintain your roof. It is your first line of defense against the natural elements and protecting it will keep you and your home safe from possible accidents and damages.

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

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If you are planning to install or replace a roof, there are various types of roof surfaces that are available in the market, depending on your budget, design preferences and the environment where the property is located. Coating can also be applied so you can extend the life of your roof and reduce heat energy costs. A roofing system that features a coating designed based on the building’s key attributes will ensure long term assurance that your roof is protected from both natural and man-made elements in the best possible way.

Almost all types of roofs, including metal roofs, modified bitumen and single ply, can be coated. There are some though, such as ballasted and gravel surfaced membranes, that are not recommended to be coated without applying special treatments.

A Reflective Roof Coating, commonly referred to as white roof coatings, is mainly comprised of silicones, acrylics and urethanes, among others.

  • Silicone Roof Coating. Silicone coated roofs are generally the most expensive choice in terms of material costs, but this makes up for the roof’s strong and UV resistant properties.
  • Acrylic Roof Coating can tolerate stresses caused by external factors and water contact for longer periods of time. An acrylic elastomeric roof coating requires resistance to ponding water, flexibility at low temperature and reflectivity properties.
  • Urethane Roof Coating is the ideal choice for almost all commercial roofing substrates. It is one of the most durable roof coatings available on the market, with its flexibility, superior adhesion and excellent UV protection. This type of coating, however, produces a strong odor, has a shorter shelf life and can sometimes be challenging to spray.

While solvent-based roof coatings can last longer, water-based roof coatings generally emit fewer odors and are less expensive. Note, however, that water-based coatings may run during rains before they have even dried. Thus, they should not be applied in colder weather.

Make sure that you get in touch with the right roofing experts when considering coating your roof. It will save you time, energy and money as compared to the possible rework if otherwise.

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Destructive storms come in many different forms and occur in particular regions. If you’re living in the Midwest, your area is most likely prone to tornadoes. Hail storms on the other hand, usually exist in the central plains and southern states. This region is known as hail alley, and lies within the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. But just the same, hailstorms have been noted in places where thunderstorms occur. Snow is most commonly felt in places with high altitudes and high latitudes, specifically among the mountainous parts of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. These storms can bring about substantial damage to your homes, thus the need to take preventive measures for such occurrence.

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How do you ensure your home’s safety from these storms? Installing a reliable and durable roofing system may be the best way to start with. These tips may go a long way in mitigating possible damages brought about by tornadoes, wind, hail, ice and snow storms:

  • Conduct regular preventive repair and maintenance by scheduling semi- and annual inspections.
  • Keep your roof clean at all times. Some debris can do significant damage to your roof when water freezes around them. This applies to the roof’s gutters, downspouts and scuppers.
  • Check the exterior and ceiling and interior walls as well for leaks, stains and cracks.
  • Try looking for possible areas that may be infiltrated by moisture or may accidentally act as entry points for air when extreme wind occurs.

Your roof is your first line of defense from unforeseen dangers, particularly those caused by natural calamities. It is only natural then to ensure that it functions according to your expectations. If you haven’t done so, it may be best to seek professional help and let roofing experts assess the quality of your roof. There are damages that can go unnoticed over time and may result to more severe damage if left undiscovered.

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Roof replacement options vary state by state since there are several factors to consider before deciding on your final preferred choice. In Alabama for example, roofing systems in residential structures are required to make use of special nails instead of staples for better protection and asphalt shingle roofs need to undergo a specific certification in an approved testing agency. If you haven’t undergone roof replacement yet or are thinking of initiating one, here are a few roof replacement basics that can help you plan this important stage of home renovation.

Roof Replacement Average Cost

Roof replacement estimate will depend on the type of materials to be used, the extent of work required, and on whether your roof needs repair or would require complete replacement. All factors evaluated, a new roof can cost between $2.60 and $7.50 per square foot installed. In some cases, the total cost may even reach as much as $10,000 or more. To help calculate roof replacement average costs in Alabama, ProMatcher has outlined the average roofing costs and prices based on the materials to be used, including estimates for roof inspection, roof painting, and roof cleaning.

Financing A Roof Replacement

Homeowners can explore various avenues in financing a roof replacement project. Some of the possible solutions include government loans and rebates, credit cards and a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Of course, saving for this type of home improvement is still the best way to go about it.

How Long Does A Roof Replacement Take?

Realistically, replacing a roof may take 2 to 3 days to complete, depending on the size of your home, the available labor resources, and assuming the weather permits it. The process may be prolonged if structural repairs are discovered along the way or additional protective work is needed. The roofing materials that you will eventually choose may also affect the duration of the repair/replacement. Some are easier to install and some are a bit more complicated.

 

Your roof replacement experts should be able to give you a more detailed discussion of these important considerations so you can plan effectively and make informed and wise decisions.

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