A water leak could signify roof problems, but there are other causes for leaks as well. Here are the main sources of water leaks around your home and some steps to take if you do have a leak.
1. A Spilled Drink.
If a family member spills a drink on your hardwood floor, water can leak through the cracks onto the ceiling below. This is simple to fix, but can cause staining on the ceiling depending on the type of drink and how long it is left there without being cleaned up. Since the leak is short term, it is not likely to cause any mold problems and if staining does occur, it can be primed and repainted when dry.
2. Leaky Pipes.
A sudden leak or a very slow leak over time can lead to damage in your home. When you discover the leak, it’s . . .
Summer can be a time for severe weather, with risks of thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes being higher than at other times of the year. While it may be impossible to prevent severe weather from ever threatening your home or causing damage, there are some things you can do to prepare — and plan for after the storm has passed.
Preparation for Severe Weather
Well in advance of severe weather, you can prepare by making sure your homeowner’s insurance covers damage from storms. Not all standard policies cover flooding or “acts of God,” as storms are sometimes called, so you may need to purchase additional coverage to adequately meet your needs.
If you live in an area that is especially prone to storms, it may be worthwhile to take steps to make your home more resistant to damage. Replacing your windows with storm resistant glass and . . .
For the Northeast region of the country, summertime is when residents can get the most benefit from a solar roof. If your roof is south-facing and is at a favorable angle, you could get 30 to 60 percent of your energy needs from solar roofing, according to Dow Powerhouse.
Is Solar Roofing Really Worthwhile?
Sure, residents of California or Hawaii can reap the benefits of solar roofing, but is it really cost-effective for the Northeast region of the country, where the sun’s rays are much weaker? Although it may take a little bit longer for the investment to pay off, solar roofing can still be advantageous for residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
The federal government is giving a 30% tax credit for solar installations until 2019, and a graduated smaller credit until 2022. This significant tax credit brings down the cost of getting . . .
The materials you select for your roof replacement can determine whether the roof will pay for itself with a combination of lower energy costs and increased home value. If you are interested in replacing your roof, the following information will help you choose the right materials and get the best value from your investment over time.
Benefits of a Cool Roof
There are several different ways to get a cool roof. If you are replacing your roof, you can choose light colored or white shingles, or shingles with a reflective paint coating that reflects heat and sunlight during warm weather months. You can even get the reflective coating painted onto your existing roof if you don’t need roof replacement but want to have the benefits of a cool roof.
Cool roof materials can keep a roof up to 60 degrees cooler than traditional materials, which . . .
If you’re considering a roof replacement in the near future, you may have looked into the kinds of roofing materials available. In recent years, some new and different materials have gained popularity, which can make roof replacement more interesting — and confusing. Here is a look at some of the more unusual options and what distinguishes them from traditional roofs.
Dimensional shingles are asphalt composite shingles that are made to have the appearance of cedar. They are available in many different shapes and styles that mimic other, more expensive roofing types. They are typically thicker and more durable than asphalt shingles and can last up to 50 years.
Concrete tiles are versatile and can be made to look like clay tiles, shingles, shakes and even slate, with greater durability and lower cost than at least some other types. Concrete roofing solutions can last . . .
It’s time to replace your roof, and there are so many choices. The government is giving major tax credits for installing solar roofing, but what is the cost and savings? There are also all the other roofing options — asphalt, metal, ceramic tile, slate, and copper. Here are some factors to consider when deciding what kind of roof to install.
Advantages of Traditional Roofing
Asphalt composite shingles are typically the most economical roofing materials, and they are widely available. Asphalt shingles vary in quality, with some lasting 10 to 15 years and others carrying 20 to 25 year warranties. In colder climates, asphalt roofs can help save on energy costs because they are typically dark colored to absorb the heat. Asphalt roofs are also easy to repair.
Pros and Cons of Solar Roofing
As technology advances, the price of solar roofing continues to fall. Additionally, the . . .
Shingles that are pulling up from the roof could allow water to enter your home.
Winter roof problems may not cause noticeable issues during the winter months, but you may notice leaks, loose shingles, or other problems come springtime when ice and snow melt to expose the shingles. Most asphalt shingle roofs begin to show wear after 10-15 years, with other types of roofs lasting up to 25 years before needing replacement.
Some warning signs of roof problems include the following:
Cracks in caulk
Rust spots on flashing
Curling, blistering, broken or missing shingles
Cracked rubber gaskets around vent pipes
Moss or lichen on the roof (black stains are not indicative of damage)
Damage on ceilings and walls inside (may be caused by something else but should be checked)
Any of these warning signs may signal a roof that is leaking and causing damage inside your home, even if . . .
A new roof can protect your home from damage.
When homeowners think of renovations that improve their quality of life, they might think of a jacuzzi tub, a modern kitchen makeover, or tearing down a wall to get that coveted “open concept” look. Chances are, not too many homeowners would think about a roof renovation as a great improvement to their quality of life.
In reality though, replacing your roof can have a significant impact how your home functions in ways you may never consider. Your roof is a barrier to rain, snow, sun and wind. As any camper knows, the weather can be devastating without protection. But protection from the weather is only the beginning of how a new roof improves your quality of life.
When an existing roof begins to wear out (which can be in as little as 10 years . . .
Solar roofing can be a cost-effective solution to high summer cooling costs.
Wouldn’t it be great if the power company started paying you rather than the other way around? What if instead of setting your thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer than what is really comfortable so that you can save money on your energy bill, you could afford to heat and cool your house the way you really want to?
There is an answer to the problem of high energy costs: solar roofing that is attractive as well as functional, and can be more affordable than you might think. And although consumers may typically think of winter as having the highest energy costs, summer costs can be even higher depending on the climate and the particular location and makeup of your house.
Summer Energy Costs
If you think about . . .
It’s easy to think that you would definitely know if something was wrong with your roof. Some types of roof damages are very obvious – if a strong wind rips off a chunk of your roof, you’ll notice it. Obvious leaks are another easy-to-spot sign of roof damage. But some signs of a roof problem are not so easily recognized, and learning to spot them can help you catch roof problems early. The earlier you spot the problem, the better your chances of minimizing the damage – and the repair bill. Take a look at some of the lesser-known signs of roof damage.
Have you noticed yellow spots on your ceiling or water stains on your exterior walls? These are both signs of possible roof damage. The yellow spots on the ceiling come from water leaks. While you may not actually puddles of water on the floor or feel dripping, . . .