In the realm of home improvement projects, a roof replacement is one of the most important and expensive projects you’ll undertake. So you want to make sure to do plenty of research before laying a single shingle. To help you get started, we checked in with Tyler Sinclair, editorial manager at General Roofing Systems Canada.
Tyler offered his insight on trends in roofing materials, and shared tips for picking the right roof for your home and hiring a qualified contractor. Here’s what he had to say:
What do you specialize in?
General Roofing Systems specializes in accredited roofing. Our company services all roofing systems for commercial and residential sloped or flat roofing. We are a quality provider with Red Seal Journeymen that services customers from Vancouver, B.C., to Toronto, Ontario and everywhere in between. We expect to be in the U.S. in mid-2016.
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An outdoor living space can extend your home and give you more space.
Many homeowners are extending their usable square footage by turning a deck, patio or overhang into an outdoor living space. During warm weather months, some furniture and decorative touches can make your space the perfect place to relax or entertain guests outdoors. For cooler climates, however, winter brings challenges with the use of an outdoor living space.
When temperatures drop and ice and snow invade, sitting on the deck or patio can be the last thing on homeowners’ minds. But some simple additions can make your outdoor living space a go-to destination for your family all year round, relieving some of that boxed-in, stir-crazy feeling winter can bring.
Roofs Provide Protection From the Elements
If your outdoor living space has a roof, the . . .
Stains on the ceiling may be caused by a leaky roof.
Ceiling stains are a major cause for concern for homeowners, whether they appear out of the blue or have been there for years. Home inspectors zero in on these unsightly blemishes as a sign of trouble that may possibly need repairing, and homeowners who are seeing new stains fear that they will need to spend big bucks to make things right.
Causes of Ceiling Stains
Leaking Roofs. Whether it’s from an old leak that has been fixed long ago or a current situation, the most common cause of ceiling stains is a leaking roof. One way to tell the difference between an old leak and a current one is to use a moisture meter to test the stain. If it is old, moisture won’t register on the . . .
Metal roofs can be attractive and offer many benefits to homeowners.
Replacing a roof is a major expense. If your roof requires replacement, you have many options for roofing materials from which you can choose. Asphalt shingles have been the norm for many years, but metal roofing has become more popular in many areas.
When evaluating the costs of a new roof, it soon becomes clear that metal roofing has a significantly greater cost for initial installation than its asphalt counterpart. There are different types of metal roofing to choose from, including aluminum, steel and terneplate (soft metal treated with a coating of lead and tin).
When deciding whether to install a cheaper asphalt roof or a metal one with a much higher cost, it is important to consider the cost in a broader way . . .
When it is time for a new roof, one of the last things you may think is important is the color you choose in roofing, but it is a valuable decision. Your new roof will be something you live with for the next 20-30 years and the color should complement your exterior, improve your curb appeal, and the shade you choose may even help your home stay cooler in the summer.
According to thelandofcolor.com, there is no perfect “neutral” color you can choose that will go with absolutely every color scheme available for your exterior. The trick is to pick a color that will coordinate with the fixed, permanent elements of your home and not blend in with them.
Consider more vivid shingle colors if
your home’s exterior is monotone in appearance.
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When it comes to complex jobs like replacing your roof, you need to know the facts before you can make the best choice for your home and your wallet. Roofs are as important as the home’s foundation and you need to educate yourself about what issues require repair and what types of damage require complete replacement of your roof.
According to bobvila.com, when it comes to dealing with roofing issues, the most important decisions for the homeowner should happen before they hire a contractor or start comparing shingle manufacturers.
Can You Simply Repair It?
If you lost a few shingles due to storm damage or tree branches falling on the roof, repair may be an option. The damaged or missing shingles can easily be replaced.
Things to know:
Unless your roof is relatively new or you saved spare shingles after the home’s last roofing, the repair job will probably not match the existing roof.
A repair . . .
A rolling stone may gather no moss, but your roof has no such mobility options — and a buildup of moss on the shingles can drastically reduce your roof’s usable life span. That’s why it makes sense to deal with any moss you see before you have to shell out for a major roof repair. Let’s take a closer look at this “green menace” and how to protect your roof against its effects.
The Problem With Moss
Moss is a seemingly innocent vegetative growth that many people regard as an attractive enhancement to old stone or brick garden walls. Its mass of tiny leaves creates the appearance of a green organic carpet. But this is one carpet your rooftop can most definitely do without. Moss grows not only on shingles but over the spaces between shingles — in fact, it actually favors these spaces because its spores naturally tend to collect there.
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Most of us are aware of the awesome power of Mother Nature, and never has this power been more frighteningly demonstrated than through lightning. A bolt of high-voltage electricity can not only injure or kill your loved ones, but it can also wreck your roof, especially if your home lacks the proper protection. Let’s examine how lightning strikes can disable your property.
Seeking a Path to Ground
While lightning sometimes seems to have a malevolent mind of its own, it’s really just the result of a thunderhead becoming charged with electricity as air masses within it rise and fall. The positive charge of the earth attracts a lightning bolt from a cloud that has developed a negative charge. The lightning mindlessly seeks a path to ground, which may cause it to strike the first object it encounters en route. If that object is the top of your house, what happens next depends . . .
Mold is ugly and smelly and it can pose health problems.
Mold is more than just an ugly, smelly inconvenience — it can actually pose serious health problems while also indicating the presence of unwanted water infiltrating your home. Depending on where that water is coming from, you may need to make alterations to your foundation, gutters, plumbing system or roof. Let’s take a closer look at this unwelcome fungus and what it might indicate about the state of your home.
What Is Mold, and Why Is It a Problem?
Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that tends to grow in damp areas. It reproduces by releasing tiny spores into the air, meaning that a patch of mold in one part of your home can spread itself to other parts through the ventilation system. Shower curtains are . . .
When people think of metal roofs, they might picture old rusty barns or tin sheds. What they don’t know is that you can have metal roofing for your home as well.
“Wait,” you might ask, “Isn’t that noisy? What would the neighbors say?”
The truth of the matter is, metal roofing is not what you think it is – ugly industrial building solutions that are only suitable for warehouses. Metal roofing can be aesthetic and attractive, as well as durable and affordable.
We talked to Todd Miller of Classic Metal Roofing Systems to learn more about metal roofing for the home.
How much have metal roofs evolved in the past decade or so, and in what ways?
Alternatives to traditional “vertical seam” or corrugated metal roofs have actually been around for over 100 years. Metal shingles that look like roofing slate were . . .