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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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 . . .
It seems like such a good idea. Your roof obviously needs work, you happen to have a free weekend, the weather is reasonably nice, and you own a ladder. But before you climb up onto that roof for some “simple” do-it-yourself repairs, you really should just step away from the bottom rung of the ladder and contact the most skilled, experienced professional you can find. Let’s look at some of the disasters you can sidestep by hiring the right roofer for the job.
If you think hiring a professional roofer is too rich for your blood, wait until you see the medical bill you could receive after falling off the roof in a misguided home-brew repair attempt. Injuries are a very real danger on just about any kind of roofing job, even for skilled professionals. In fact, it’s considered one of the most physically risky jobs out there, with a . . .
Spring is all about renewal, from the welcome sound of birds chirping to the reappearance of leaves on the trees. It’s also a sign that it’s time to renew your roof following the ravages of winter storms and ice assaults. But should that renewal include a full-scale replacement, or can you get away with simple repairs? Let’s take a closer look at the issue of springtime re-roofing.
Winter Weather Leads to Spring Surprises
It’s not surprising that so many homeowners ride out the winter before addressing a roof repair. The do-it-yourselfers have no desire to climb up onto an icy roof and work in frigid temperatures, while the formation of solid ice dams can make gutter repair all but impossible.
Unfortunately, any little problems in your roof, such as pinhole leaks in the flashing or roof sheathing, are only likely to grow worse with continued exposure to winter weather, while the weight of . . .
Most roofers would quite understandably prefer to do repair jobs during the warmer months, and you too may be tempted to let minor issues go until then. But if your roof is leaking or has developed weaknesses that could cause imminent leakage, you’ll want to go ahead and make those repairs even during the winter months. Here are some examples of roof repair projects that needn’t (and shouldn’t) sit until springtime.
Shingle and Flashing Fixes
Assuming that your shingles and roof flashing aren’t buried under a mound of snow, you should be able to make repairs to these components even in the dead of winter. That said, it’s best to wait for a day when temperatures have broken the freezing mark before re-glueing or replacing your shingles, which can become inflexible enough to crack under conditions of extreme cold. As for . . .
Before Old Man Winter makes his triumphant return in a few weeks, it’s important that homeowners inspect their roof during these cool (or warm) autumn months. Taking a little effort now can help homeowners ensure they won’t have any unwelcome surprises between December and April.
Although roof repairs can be done throughout the winter season, it’s normally best to perform these roofing remedies or replacements now instead of later. After all, nobody likes to work for too long in the bitter cold while a blizzard is taking place (does last season’s incredible snowfall ring a bell?).
There are a number of roofing issues to be on the lookout for when you perform your inspection prior to the arrival of winter. Here are some things that can indicate the need for roof repairs or replacement:
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Have you ever noticed how inaccurate information is often the result of fear?
Take roof repair, for example. Some homeowners are uneasy about hiring roofers to getting their roofs replaced. Maybe they’ve heard a few horror stories about something going wrong, or perhaps they’re just anxious about the cost. This trepidation has led to some incorrect assumptions about roof repair. That’s unfortunate, because these viewpoints may be the reason people live with inferior roofs – which can cause other damage and problems to a home.
With this in mind, here are seven roof repair myths debunked:
My roof will last forever.
This one wins the “wishful thinking” award. No roof is made to outlast the house it covers – not even those made of heavy duty shingles, slate, or tile. Sooner or later, it will have to be replaced.
I can do a roof replacement by myself. It’s just . . .