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Winter is here and the temperatures are definitely getting lower and lower. As much as you enjoy the winter, you start to get sad when you notice that your utility bills get higher and higher. You want to keep your house warm and cozy during the winter months, but not when it comes at the expense of your wallet. Following the tips below will guarantee that your home gets all the heat it needs and your wallet keeps hold of that money.

Adding insulation

The most important thing to consider is adding extra insulation to your home. When winter comes we throw on extra clothes, and it is no different for your house. Start with your attic and if you see ceiling joists as you look up, then it is a good idea to get insulation put in. The best type to use is fiberglass blowing insulation because it is able to reach all those tough spots that love to let warm air out and cold air in. It is also a good idea to add insulation to any exposed pipes especially those on the outer walls, crawl spaces, and the garage.

Top tips and tricks

Check the outer roofing or loose shingles and replace any that are worn out.
Remove any debris like leaves or branches from the roof and gutters. These can cause ice dams once snow has fallen.
Turn off all water supplies to the hoses and faucets outside.
Put humidifiers throughout your house because they add moisture to the air. Damp air feels warmer and helps to protect you from catching a cold.
Get your furnace looked at by a professional to ensure it is working properly. You also want to make sure you change your furnace filters every 1 to 3 months.
Reverse the actions of your ceiling fans because hot air rises and this allows you to bring that trapped hot air down to you.
Remember to keep drapes and curtains closed as much as possible because this helps to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
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It’s no secret, when it comes to lighting the popular choice is natural light. And there is no better way to bring this into your home than with sun tunnels or skylights. Skylights are known for their excellent ventilation, energy efficiency and their ability to bring natural light into even the darkest areas. Sun tunnels have a smaller footprint but have been known to cast light in areas where skylights would be considered impractical. So which is the better option? Well, before you make your final decision, let’s take a look at the pros and cons.


If you are considering installing skylights, here are a few things that you should know in advance. One of the most important features is that skylights have changed quite dramatically over time. Therefore, you can erase your previous images of acrylic bubbles from the 1980s and the dripping skylights of the 1960s. Instead, you can replace these images with improved energy efficient versions and new designs, with ventilated options that functions at the touch of a button. One style, in particular, can be described as a no-leak skylight that fits into your custom décor.

Additionally, these updated versions of skylights also feature several different options. For instance, you may want to choose solar blinds to improve the energy efficiency of your building. Or, you may decide to select an electrically operated skylight instead of the manually operated styles and these come in a wide selection of light blocking materials and light diffusing alternatives.

What You need to Know About Skylight Installations

As you make your selection, it is important to consider any concerns that you may have about skylights and the associated installations. For instance, the price of these installations will vary based on the type of glass installed, size, presence of new drywall, paint, framing insertions and alterations. While the price of these modifications may appear to be quite hefty to any building owner, you must also factor in the financial benefits in energy efficiency that you will gain. You can easily recoup the cost within 2 years or less when switching from artificial lighting to natural lighting.


Skylights are attached directly to the roof of commercial buildings
Minimizes cooling, heating, and lighting costs
Skylights can be open and closed to release humidity and to allow fresh air into your space


Initial installation (out of pocket) cost can easily add up. So, you must be prepared to pay for the front end cost before recouping the financial benefits.

Sun Tunnel

If you are considering installing a sun tunnel, here are a few things that you should know in advance. One of the most important features, is that the sun tunnel can be classed among the newest trends in natural lighting. Also known as a tubular skylight and sun tube, they are used in green-lighting projects and are very simple to install. Designed to simply bring the natural light into your buildings, they are made to act like a mirror which channels the light in via a sheet metal tube that has an interior polish.

What You need to Know About Sun Tunnel Installations

As you consider your options, it is important to remember and address any concerns that you may have about Sun Tunnel and the associated installations. For instance, these installations can be completed at a fraction of the cost that’s normally required for a skylight installation. Therefore, the average cost of these installations is much less than skylights, especially if you are concerned about the initial out of pocket expenses.


Price of Initial Installations are a lot more affordable
Energy Savings achieved when comparing to electrical cost


Generates less lighting than electrical lighting
Cost varies significantly when the price is based on multiple floors and sun tunnel extensions

Selecting Best Option for Your Needs and Preferences

Energy efficiency
Installation cost
Style and Quality Preferences
Solar Heating Potential • Convenience in Control and Accessibility
Amounts of Light Generated
Multiple Floors Vs Single Floor Installations

Choosing the best option for your needs is essential to making the right choice. Aside from this, you should also make sure that you hire a professional to complete the work properly in order to prevent leaks ans well as to reap the ultimate energy performance benefits. By doing your homework in advance, you can achieve the best financial benefits and best lighting for your building.
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When it comes to building protection measures, the roofing system plays a critical role in protecting a building’s interior. With its upward location and exposure, the roofing system often encounters unpredictable situations that can cause a roofing emergency. The major cause of roofing emergencies is adverse weather conditions.

Storms that include hurricanes, heavy downpours, tornadoes, and thunderstorms cause huge cracks on the shingles. Heavy winds could blow away sections of the shingles, exposing the building’s interior to severe damage. The storms can also have ripple effects including a tree falling or electrical fires on roofs among others. On rare occasions, you may get pest attacks like termite and rats feeding on the roof structure, and these too can be very significant.

Signs of a damaged roof

During a storm, if you notice water dripping from the ceiling, this is a common sign of damaged roof. You need to make note of the rate and the strength of the drip. Small drips could be because of small cracks on the shingles. A drip that grows into a huge downward flow is an indicator of massive damage to the whole roofing system. You should consider inspecting the ceiling for signs of collected pools. This is easy through the presence of discoloration (brown/gray color) of the ceiling in areas with collected water.

Presence of shingles scattered on the yard after a heavy storm is an indicator of a damaged roof. You can make a closer investigation of the roof yourself by climbing a ladder. When on top of the roof, you can look for the specific cracked or displaced shingles and note where they are. The presence of storm debris like tree branches and other objects occur as part of the storm’s ripple effects and indicate potentially damaged sections of the roof.

Conducting a roofing damage inspection is important but might be a risky affair. You should avoid conducting roof inspection in the midst of a storm. Heavy downpours could cause slippery roof surface and slippery ladder steps which increases your risk of falling. Heavy winds can also push you off the ladder or cause you to fall on the roof which will only create additional damage.

Response to mild roofing emergencies

Mild roofing emergencies are usually evident through small roof drips. Through identification of the specific section in the roof causing the leak, you can follow these simple but crucial steps to handle the situation.

Step#1 Manage the water puddles

Roof leakage leads to the collection of water puddles on either the ceiling or the building’s floor, or both. Such puddles can cause further damage, such as a malfunction in electrical appliances and possible electrocution. Discoloration of the ceiling is common when the roof is damaged. Huge puddle collection could lead to the collapse of the ceiling/roof which will damage the wall paintings and other interior decoration. You should consider sweeping away the water or creating an outlet to steer it away from potential high-risk items. You can also use buckets to collect the dripping water from the ceiling thus preventing continual spread.

Step#2 Locate specific roof leaking sections

Presence of a puddle or a drip will not necessarily indicate the specific leaking shingle or section of the roof. You can follow the waterway which leads to the drip or investigate the attic of the building, which is much closer to the roof so more ideal for locating the actual source of the leak.

Step#3 Fix it

Small cracks in the shingles are fixable through simple creativity, using tools such as duct tape and sealants among others. You want to fix from within the building roof or on top of the building roof and this will only be a temporary fix. An effective and durable fix is accomplished through ensuring the immediate area around the cracked shingle is cleared off any dirt and all wetness is reduced through wiping/drying. Temporary fixing buys you some time as you wait for services from a credible roof repair company.

to severe roofing emergencies

If the signs of the damaged roof are intense, you should consider securing any valuable items in the building, then contact an expert roofing company. Acquiring services from Alta Roofing ensure professional roofing inspection through a highly skilled workforce as well as application of effective technology. We can identify and fix areas that your personal assessments could not identify, eliminate any doubts, and ensure you a guaranteed durable roofing system.
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There are various reasons water will leak through your roof. If you ever come across any water stains on the roof or within the walls of the property, then you might need to have your chimney maintained. Chimneys are prone to leaking with one of the common complications being leakages through the metal flashing. The chimney flashing might be an essential aspect of the chimney but not everyone is aware of this particular fact.

What is Chimney Flashing?

This refers to individual strips of metal that are placed on the front edge, corners and nooks of the chimney. These are designed to provide waterproofing where the roof and chimney meet. However, if the flashing was not well installed you could end up with serious complications. During harsh weather conditions including storms, you may end up with severe damage. There are various types of roof flashing and the one you choose will depend on various factors. Some of these factors include your budget as well as the design of your chimney as well.

How to evaluate a Chimney Flashing Leak

There are various methods through which one can evaluate the performance of a chimney flashing. This includes installing a low-pressure hose around the chimney and roof intersection to check for the presence of water. You have to ensure that the water is poured on the flashing which will indicate if there are any apertures. This process is more successful when its conducted by two individuals. One individual should be operating the hose while the other controls the water flow in the attic. You need to maintain communication through the use of walkie-talkies or perhaps by talking loudly to each other. Both individuals will be of evaluating the flashing for any seepage or identifying full leaks as well.

When to Replace Chimney Flashing

Similar to all the important aspect of any property, the flashing will require replacement or maintenance at one point. For those who are not aware, the chimney is by far one of the most important aspects of the contemporary home design. It provides convenient ventilation benefits and it also contributes towards the market value of the property as well. Although there is no specific timeline for replacing your Chimney Flashing, a good recommendation is every six months. This works well in mitigating the effects of leaks and preventing damage to the home. More so, if the flashing is comprised by rust or notably separated from the chimney, then you might be in line for a replacement procedure. Additionally, you can replace the shingles on your roof and install new flashing for improved performance.

How to Repair Loose Chimney Flashing

Once you are sure that the only complication with your flashing is to replace the sealant, then you might consider various DIY procedures. The following are some of the high-quality tips for you to consider:

Scrape away any leftover or hardened roofing cement by using a chisel
Apply a sufficient amount of roofing cement behind the flashing to seal any gaps or apertures
Ensure the flashing is tightly positioned against the chimney with special screws or nails
Cover any exposed sections or screw heads by using roofing cement
Smooth the roofing cement over any joint by using a special tool such as a paint stirrer
Remove any leaves or debris that may compromise the structure of the gap in between the chimney and flashing

Any leaks that are found around flashing can be difficult to determine and repair. In fact, just a small aperture on the openings can let in a significant amount of water, particularly during harsh rains. If you have repaired the flashing and the roofs still leaks, then you might need to consult with a roofing contractor to provide reliable services for your roof repair needs. Alta Roofing has the special skills and resources to help you achieve long-lasting results. More so, we have the appropriate knowledge and competence level required to help you achieve a fully functional chimney and identify any potential complications or problems
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Just because there has not been any snow or hail during a storm does not mean your roof will not sustain any major damage. Sometimes wind can cause more damage than you realize. If damage has occurred then it is important to find it early and get it repaired so that further problems do not occur.

How the Wind Damages Your Roof

Different parts of your roof will be affected in different ways by the wind. Most of the damage will occur at the corners of the roof and around the perimeter. These areas become damaged easier because the wind can get underneath the tiles which loosens them. If no action is taken then it will not be long before this problem spreads and you have loose tiles across the whole roof. If the insulation on the roof becomes exposed, then rain water can soak through into your property which can cause more serious problems such as mold and damp. The edge of your roof should be checked on a regular basis for any damage and if any repairs are needed they should be done so immediately.

Flying Debris

Another way your roof can be damaged in a storm is if the wind blows some debris onto it. This can cause more damage than the wind itself. The best time to inspect your roof for this type of damage is once the storm is over. Remember that just because there is no debris left on your roof, does not mean there was not any at all. There could have been something that hit, caused damage and then was blown away.

How To Check For Damage Caused By Wind

There is a simple process that you can follow when checking your roof for damage to ensure that nothing has been missed.

Carry out an outdoor inspection – You will need to get up on the roof to look for signs of damage. The most obvious signs will be shingles that are missing or cracked. You should also check the area where the majority of the damage has occurred because it is likely that a repair may be all that is needed rather than a replacement.
Carry out an indoor inspection – You should also check the inside of your home to make sure that no moisture has leaked through the roof. Signs of this will include brown or yellow stains on the walls or paper peeling from the walls.
Call in a professional – If you are unable to carry out the inspection yourself, or you would rather have a professional opinion then you may want to contact a professional roofing contractor. They will know exactly what they are looking for and will also have the relevant equipment to be able to inspect the roof safely.

What To Do If Damage Is Discovered?

If any damage is discovered then you want to schedule repairs as soon as possible to prevent the issue becoming worse. The longer you wait the more expensive the repair is likely to be and it may even get to the point when a full replacement is the only viable option. You may be covered on your home insurance for any damage to your roof so it is important that you keep a record of any work that you have done and any receipts for this work. You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible after an inspection is carried out to find out what your options are.

How To Choose A Roofing Contractor

If there is a lot of work that needs doing then you are probably going to require the services of a roofing contractor. When choosing a contractor, often a local company is usually one of the best choices that you can make. The fact that they are local will mean that they can be easily reached if there are any problems with the roof further down the line. It id also more likely that this company has been used before by people you know, so you can do some research and get feedback before hiring them. You should always ask to see the license of any company that you are considering using, before hiring them.
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When you are having a new roof installed then there are many different aspects that go into the installation process. One of the most important aspects of a roof is the waterproofing and this requires the right underlayment.

What Is Underlayment?
The underlayment is the first thing that is installed when a new roof is being fitted. It goes above the roof deck and is installed before the shingles are put in place. Underlayment can prevent any rainwater from penetrating through into the roof deck. Roofers will install the underlayment quickly as soon as the roof deck has been put down because it also protects the deck before the shingles are installed.

There are several things that roof fitters look for when they are selecting underlayment for a roof:

Easy Installation – this is essential so that the roof can start to be protected as soon as possible. We will look to use an underlayment that can be simply be rolled out and then secured to the roof.
Durablity – It is important that the underlayment is durable so it will continue to protect your roof for many years after installation. This is the main reason that we only use the highest quality underlayment for our projects as we want you to be satisfied with the results for years to come.
Good Amount Of Traction – This is important when the roof is still being installed. We take the safety of our employees very seriously and it is important that they are able to work safely while installing the roof. Good traction also means that the roof tiles are more likely to stay in place.
Waterproof – The main purpose of underlayment is to keep the roof waterproof. We ensure that all the underlayment we use is fully waterproof and will remain this way for many years. We look for underlayment that sheds the water rather than absorbing it as this offers greater protection for your roof.
Our experienced and professional team have dealt with all kinds of roof issues over the years and we are confident that we will be able to help you as well. We have many satisfied customers that are delighted with the beautiful roofs that we have provided. We deal with all aspects of roofing service including repair and replacement. We will come and carry out a free inspection of your roof so that we can talk to you about what your options are. All estimates that we give you are without obligation so if you do suspect that there is a problem with your roof then you have nothing to lose by giving us a call.

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Your roof not only affects the appearance of your home, but it also has a major impact on the energy efficiency of your house. It also doubles as your main source of water protection. There are numerous roofing materials to choose from including slate, metal, asphalt and synthetic, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. The roofing of your home is a very important decision, so there are a number of factors you want to consider before making a selection:

You need to consider if the material you want will work for your house in terms of weight. Heavier materials may require special framing
Make sure that the material you want meets the local fire codes
Consider the weather you experience throughout the year. Can your roof handle it all?
Are there any special installation or maintenance issues to think of?
Research the cost, warranty and lifespan of the material you want
It is best to go with a product that has been utilized in the market for at least ten years, to ensure reliability
Remember that there are many colors and styles offered, so consider what best suits the home you are in
The Materials
The topmost layer of any roof is the weatherproofing material. This is the material that will be exposed to every possible element and it needs to be able to withstand all the seasons of your area. The most popular weatherproofing materials used will vary in pricing, installation costs and difficulty as well as longevity. It is therefore, advised to research the materials and choose what will work best for your home, budget and climate.

Wood Shingles
These are made from bolts of wood like cedar or pine and have been used for centuries. Many homeowners love the way that wood weathers and ages to a nice gray shade. Wood has a life expectancy of 30 years and is readily available. However, the fire codes in certain areas will prevent the use of wood shingles and some wetter climates are not ideal because of the potential for mold.

Asphalt Shingles
This is the most common residential roofing material consisting of a material known as bitumen embedded into a fiberglass mat. The mat is typically covered with man-made grit. Installation of this roofing is very quick so it ends up being a cheaper option for many. When properly maintained, the life expectancy can be 20 to 25 years and asphalt is also not well known for providing the same degree of insulation as other materials

Metal Roofing
These tend to stand up very well to most extreme weather conditions. Metal roofing is light-weight, durable and long lasting (lifespan averages between 45 and 70 years). Metal also offers high solar reflection and works great for rainwater harvesting. The major drawback to metal roofing is that it is very expensive.

Clay and Concrete Tiles
These tiles add texture to a roof as well as character and at the same time they are extremely durable. These are very common among Mediterranean, Mission and Spanish style housing. The tiles are energy efficient, can last up to 40 or 50 years but they do require professional installation. Additionally, these can be expensive and you will need to get additional framing because of the heavier weight to this material.

Slate has a very distinctive look and often beautiful appearance because of the range of colors available. Colonial, European and Chateau style homes often suit this roofing material best. Slate is fire resistant, can be recycled and has a long lifespan between 50 and 100 years. Unfortunately, this is the most expensive roofing material available and additional framing is required which adds to the costs. The quality of slate can vary, so be sure to go with reputable manufacturers and be wary of discounted pricing when comes to choosing slate.

Synthetic roofing
There are a number of options available when it comes to synthetic materials. New options give you the same look, texture and style off wood and slate but because they are synthetic, the materials are easier to maintain and are very durable. Rubber shingles is one of the more popular synthetic options. You want to make sure to look at other synthetic roofing installations in the area before installing. Check the quality and durability of those that have been standing for ten or more years to evaluate how well they last. These materials are not as expensive or fragile as others and can last for close to 50 years.

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Most houses are meant to have gutter systems installed. Without them, your home’s foundation and siding are more likely to deteriorate and fall apart. Given the importance of your home’s foundation, it is imperative to keep it dry and structurally sound. Understanding the importance of gutters is only part of the problem. With so many options to choose from, you might be unclear as to what system is most effective for your building or home. Let us help you in this article:

Do You Even Need Gutters?
You might find this surprising, but not every house or building even needs to have gutters installed. While yes, they do offer a lot in the world of water diversion, not all areas of the country are that exposed to heavy rainfalls throughout the year. Some areas see an average of 40+ inches of rain throughout the year, while others see less than 10 just like San Diego. Heavy rain areas must have gutter systems, or you will risk the structural integrity of your home.

Even if you own a building in San Diego and you think you don’t need gutters, here are some of the advantages:

Gutters and downspouts divert water away from areas like your foundation, patios or sidewalk.
They can help to prevent erosion of these structures from eliminating the presence of damaging water.
Keeps pooling water from discoloring concrete and masonry.
Will aid in limiting cracking and sinking of concrete slabs around the house.
Will prevent dirt from splashing onto foundation, siding and windows.
They add value to your home.
Can extend the life of doorways, garages and decks.
Which Gutter System Is Right For Me?
Making a choice like this is two-fold. You have to base your decision on the material that you think is best for the project, as well as the projected budget that you have to get the work done. Some of the common materials used are:

Vinyl: This is the cheapest of all the common materials used for gutters. While they are inexpensive, they are also far more prone to wear, tear and sagging over time.
Aluminum: Aluminum is also a fairly inexpensive choice. It is likely the most common of all of the materials listed here, as it is available in traditional gutter systems as well as the seamless designs.
Steel: This material is very durable, and can be painted to match your house’s color scheme more precisely. While this is a little pricier material to use, it is very durable and will stand a lot more years of use than the aluminum or vinyl.
Copper: This is a great, stylish option for older homes. This is a vintage look that also is very practical in how long-lasting and durable it is. The downside is that this material is easily one of the most expensive of all of your options.
Styles of Gutters To Choose From
K Style
This is the more common of the two for newly constructed homes. The K-Style has a wider frame, allowing it to hold far more water than the alternative style. In addition, this choice is far less expensive than the half-round option.

Much like its name would suggest, the half round makes a semicircle with the shape of its body. This is more of a dated choice, and it can be a good option for those that are looking to maintain the vintage look to their home, or replace old gutters on an old home and attempting to match the former style. These are less available than the K-Style options, making them more expensive and harder to find in specific colors/materials.

What Is a Gutter Guard? Do I Need One?
A gutter guard is basically a variation of a screen that rests on the top of your gutters where water would be entering it. This is meant to keep debris and other things from getting into the actual gutter and preventing the flow of water. For those with houses that have more than one story, or have gutters that can be tricky to get to, this might be something worth considering.

It is important to consider all of your options though, as there are some products out there that simply are not that good. Take your time to research the best gutter guards before you make your decision.

Is It Easy To DIY Install?
There is a lot that goes into putting up gutters successfully that people don’t realize. While the literal hanging of the equipment might not seem all that tricky, there is a serious science and skill involved in getting it right.

For example, gutters have to be installed at a specific angle in order to function properly. If this angle does not pitch hard enough, the water will pool and not flow to the downspout as it should. If this degree of decline is too steep on the other hand, water will be too forceful to funnel into the downspout and will instead spill over the end of the gutter.

Experienced installers can ensure the quality of their work, as well as spot other potential problems and correct these issues before the job is completed. Also, for their own assumed liability for working on the ladders on your property, you will find that any installation cost is a good value.

New gutters for your home or building don’t have to be a headache. Now you are more familiar with the materials and styles that you can choose from, which can help you to make a more informed decision about the best option for your house.

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With the bigger push to “go green” and be more eco-friendly, some of the new roofing materials are also a lot more energy efficient as well.

Eco-Friendly materials for your new roof
You wouldn’t necessarily have thought of recycled materials when you think of roofing, but the staggering statistic is that around 90 percent of the materials for roofing these days are made out of recycled items. Metal roof sheeting is often comprised of recycled aluminum and steel. Rubber shingles, which are becoming a staple in the roofing industry, are most often created from old tires.

Composite shingles are another example of recycled materials, and they can mimic many popular styles like slate, shake or Spanish tile work. These shingles are not only fire resistant, but they can handle hail and other bad weather conditions better than a lot of other material choices. They are so effective, that most of them come with a 50-year warranty. They are among the most affordable of all of your options as well.

There are plenty of homeowners that really just don’t like the look of rubber shingles. Even if you do like the look, there is still the chance that they are harder to come by in your area or not yet permitted to be used on residential structures.

If you aren’t wild about the look of the composite shingles, this doesn’t mean that you are out of eco-friendly options. For those looking to save money and help the environment respectively, you can look into salvaged shingles from other buildings. Additionally, wood shingles offer a unique look and can be created in an environmentally friendly way from using re-purposed or reclaimed wood from old buildings and sustainably managed forests. For more information about these forests and what they offer, check out the Forest Stewardship Council.

Natural materials simply cost more than composites, not to mention heavier materials require more fossil fuels to transport. While wood shingles might seem like a good option, they cannot be guaranteed to function for more than 15-25 years at best. While aesthetically pleasing, slate and clay are brittle and far more susceptible to damages from hail and tree limbs falling.

If you want to save a little bit of money on your cooling costs, you can consider choosing a color of roof that is light. These lighter shades will reflect the sunlight rather than absorb them, keeping your house naturally cooler.

Might seem a little crazy, but if you really want to go green, you can choose a sod roof. This is a great insulation technique, and it can greatly minimize water runoff from the house. Best of all, the materials involved will never have to occupy space in any landfill. This can be a beautiful option for those that want to do something very different from their neighbors.

Unfortunately, this isn’t going to work for everyone. There are a few glaring concerns, starting with the design of the roof. If you have a pitch that exceeds 30 degrees, this option simply will not work for you. Additionally, there is a lot of upkeep to keep it looking its best and thriving. Lastly, sod roofs are very heavy, so it might require additional supports for your roof in order to sustain the weight.

But you do not have to choose to go all out to make more environmentally friendly choices. You will find options listed above that can show you some ways that you can help the environment, and yourself, as you tackle the upcoming new roof for your home.

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Your roof is meant to withstand a lot of repetitive forces from storms throughout its lifetime. While it might be a strong and stable structure to your home, its gradual deterioration is something that a lot of homeowners tend to overlook. If there isn’t a present hole that is leaking into the house, they assume the entire roof must be fine. The more this damage is allowed to continue, the more it asks of critical stress points on your roof. This can eventually lead to major malfunctions, which come with a hefty repair cost. Here are some subtle (and not so subtle) damages to look out for after different types of harsh or inclement weather.

All roofs are meant to withstand normal rainfall. The threat comes from torrential downpours. This can impair the shingles on the roof, and can lead to pooling of water if your roof has flat spots or an inverted design scheme. With every inch of standing water being equivalent to 5 lbs. of force, and since your roof is only allotted to withstand 20 lbs. of pressure, it will only take 4 inches of standing water to cause your roof to completely collapse in affected areas.

Wind is kind of like a gateway for other types of damages to affect your roof. With any roof design, the corners and edges take the brunt of the force. Over time, the wind will eventually peel back these areas and expose the insulation. Once this happens, you have an opening to allow water to flow into your home.

Depending on the size and severity of the storm, hail can be nothing to worry about or incredibly destructive. If they are large enough, the hail can damage individual shingles, allowing them to deteriorate more quickly than the others. In addition, a sustained storm can damage the material underneath the shingles, compromising its ability to prevent future water damages.

Ice and Snow
In many areas of the country, heavy snowfalls are fairly common through the winter months. As was earlier stated, the roof is only slated to withstand 20 lbs. of force. Using the same comparison as earlier, you should know that an inch of ice, 3-5 inches of compacted snow, or 10 inches of fresh powder all equal about 5 lbs. To make matters potentially worse, snow can refreeze on the edges of the roof, which prevents water from easily being able to roll off the sides. This can lead to added stress from the weight of the pooled water and snow.

Tree Limbs and Debris
While it stands to reason that you would notice a tree falling into your house, you may not notice a tree limb breaking off and rolling off of your roof and onto your lawn. This impact from the falling limb can damage the shingles and the material beneath them. This can lead to a likelihood of water damage.

Solar Panels
This form of energy production is becoming more and more popular. The trouble is, a lot of times people don’t take the time to consider the damage that it could cause to a roof. While the installer might have done his job well, if you are concerned about the stress your unit could be putting on your roof, you should speak to a licensed professional to assess if there is any cause for concern.

Metal roofs are particularly susceptible to the damages caused by excessive heat. As metal sits in the hot sun, it flexes and stretches, putting stress on connections and seams. If these points become weak (as such conditions will do), they will be a quick avenue for water to penetrate the roof.

Spotting The Damage To Your Roof
Some people simply aren’t comfortable getting up on their roof. If this is the case for you, you should consider hiring a professional to do this checklist for you. If you are doing it yourself, here are some warning signs and damages you should be on the lookout for:

Shingles/Shakes – You are going to do a thorough inspection of your entire roof. Look for missing and damaged shingles, signs of molding, and otherwise suspicious looking shingles.
Flat Roof – Here, you will check for cracks and tears, irregularities in the seams, blistered areas and noticeable indentations.
Cement – Here you are looking for any signs of crumbling.
Flashing – Look closely for any tears or buckling.
Fascia and Soffit – Start by inspecting the vents for any clogs that might exist. Additionally, pay close attention to any nearby shingles for damages.
Chimney – Inspect the flashing that will go around the base of the chimney, also inspect bricks for damages or cracks.
Gutter System – You will want to get rid of any clogs immediately. In your inspection, pay close attention to sags, leaking, rust or loose fitting connections.
Ensure that you are taking a look through the attic of your house as well for any signs of potential damages. Good indicators of roof damage in the attic are moisture, mold, drywall crumbling and peeling paint.

Repairing This Damage
Roof repairs need to be something that you take care of immediately. Even if it seems as though certain issues you found were more aesthetic, there could be underlying damages that you cannot see from your point of view. There are many spot repairs that can be done, but based on the severity of the issue, it could be something that genuinely requires an entirely new roof.

It would benefit you to talk to your insurance company if recent storms might have caused damages that you found, as repairs to these areas might be covered by your home insurance.

Do what you can to prevent the problems on your own. You can help by reducing the stress on your roof by removing built up snow, regularly checking after storms for damages to your roof, and understanding how your roof works completely.

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