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When you make an investment in your home, you want to be able
to trust that it will be a quality job- one that will stand
the test of time. Bulloch Contracting,
is a Great Time to Upgrade Outside.
There is just something about a new deck or patio that makes
the outside more enticing. However, A well planned deck needs
to be designed and configured based on space, existing home
structure, codes and materials.
|Roofing - Choosing What
Type or Style
When choosing a new roof there are
a few things to consider. A few questions to ask would be:
1. How do you want the roof to look?
2. How long will it last?
3. What is the cost? value?
Firstly, many different looks can be achieved
to match the desired style of the home. There are a variety of various
types of roofing. The most common in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
region would be fiberglass asphalt shingles. Fiberglass roofing
shingles are made in many different styles. The three tab shingle
was the most popular in the '70s and 80's. Today, architectual shingles
are by far more common. They mimmic the look of a real wood roof
at a much lower cost. Also the way that the shingles are made in
dimentional layers gives extra stregnth to the roofing shingles.
Since there are so many other types of roofing, I will just talk
about fiberglass asphalt shingles now. I will cover the other choices
at a later date: metal roofing (standing seam,) wood shingles, and
flat rubber roofs.
The life span of the roof varies drasticly. Most three tab roofs
last between 15-20 years. Dimentional shingles life expectancy is
between 30-50 years depending on the thickness and wear layer of
the shingle. When you choose a roof that lasts longer, it would
be smart to put underlayment under the shingles that lasts longer
also. I always recomend using 30 lb. felt under 30 year+ shingles.
Thinner underlayment will most likely break down years before the
shingles need replacing. This can cause the possibility of moisture
finding its way to or past the roofing sheathing underneath. Also,
plan on using ice water shield over the soffits. The nails that
go throught the shield are sealed off and don't allow moisture from
possible ice damming damage in the Winter months. Consider using
a high quality ridge vent to allow the roof to breath and stay cooler
in the summer. Without proper ventilation you should expect the
roof to last half as long as it would otherwise and the sheathing
underneath will suffer from excessive moisture damage. One roof
I replaced two years ago needed over 23 sheets of roof plywood sheathing
replaced due to lack of soffit and upper roof ventilation. The panels
were falling apart.
Lastly, the cost can vary quite vastly from one type of roofing
material to another. Even with asphalt shingles roof prices vary
quite a bit. The lowest cost of all roofing materials would be the
3 tab shingles. 30 year architecual shingles do cost a bit more,
but the installed cost is almost the same, since they can be installed
faster than three tab shingles. Thicker and more durable 40 and
50 year shingles are usually and additional 20-30% cost increase
due to the cost of the shingles and the extra weight of the material
making it take slightly longer to install. There are also specialty
shingle that are the most costly that look like real slate roofing.
Even with the added cost, they are much lower than real slate and
they look very nice.
- Cost of putting off a Repair
If the rainy season is around the corner in
your part of the world, then there’s one worry that
you share with every single homeowner the world over and that’s
how much trouble a leaking roof is going to cause you when
the rain starts to come down. This is why identifying the
problem and repairing the leaky roof before the wet season
arrives is so important.
in York and Lancaster PA a leaking roof is not something to
let go and fester, water damage can be extensive and repairs
can be quite costly. When the time comes to fix a leaking
roof there are two basic ways of going about it, the do it
yourself approach or calling in the professionals. There are
advantages and disadvantages to either approach. DIY will
probably save you money on leaking roof repairs, but the end
result might not be a roof that has been repaired to the highest
professional standards and there’s always the danger
of injury due to inadequate equipment. Also finding roof leaks
might not be as easy as it sounds, and calling in a professional
to help might speed up the process. The opposite is true when
a professional roofing contractor is called in to do the job.
The end result is a professional job which will in all likelihood
come with a guarantee, but it’s also going to come with
a cost. So what is the best route to take?
Firstly, the best idea is to prevent the roof from leaking
in the first place. When building a home always make sure
that top quality sealant and roofing material is used during
the construction process. Choosing a quality builder or general
contractor that you can continue to use down the road is real
beneficial. If you end up with roof leaks in spite of this
precaution, and chances are that almost every homeowner is
going to come face to face with this problem at some point,
then there are some common sense steps to take. Repairing
a roof leak should not be a major issue, if you follow these
steps. First make sure that the materials that you purchase
for the repair are compatible with the roof type, there are
several different solutions for different roof types. What’s
right for a shingle roof will not be right for tile. Repairing
shingle roofs is simplicity itself, for shingles that are
curling at the edges heat them with a propane torch and apply
roof cement to each corner. Torn, missing or rotten shingles
need to be replaced. If large areas of shingle need to be
replaced it’s usually a good idea to bring in the professionals
for your leaking roof repair. Also, when there is more than
one area of the roof leaking, you should seriously consider
replacing the entire roof. Otherwise, you will need to perform
repairs on a regular basis and the cost will quickly exceed
the price of replacing the entire roof.
There are numerous types of flat roofs. For flat roofs which
are made up of layers of roofing felt and tar needing repair
first locate the area of damaged roofing felt, this will usually
be in the form of a blister. Cut the blister down its center,
being careful not to damage the intact roofing felt below,
and then squeeze out any water that has collected in the blister
and soak up the remainder of the moisture. Use a propane torch
to completely dry the area. Finally coat the bottom of the
edges of the blister with roofing cement and press down firmly.
If there are large patches of water damage the problem often
runs deeper than simple blistering and once again the services
of a professional roof repair company are recommended.
damage to the roof can very easily turn into a ceiling leak,
so it is essential to deal with a leaking roof as soon as
the problem is identified. Water damage from a ceiling leak
can be extremely serious. Another possible area of concern
when leaks are detected around vents. When checking the roof
for leaks always ensure that flashing around all vents are
carefully inspected for damage.