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Laminate Roofs Offset Higher Cost with a Longer Warranty

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Choosing a new roof can be a confusing process, but the decision shouldn’t be taken lightly. A roof can dramatically affect the appearance, energy efficiency and structural stability of your home, and it’s best to consider all of the available options when choosing one.

With so many options including strip shingles, interlocking shingles, asphalt shingles, slate or cedar, the sheer volume of materials, colors, styles and other features can make the entire process daunting. But there is one type of roofing material that you should strongly consider: laminate shingles, also known as three-dimensional or architectural shingles.

What Are Laminate Shingles?

Until about 20 years ago, residential roofs were almost exclusively made from 3-tab shingles. A 3-tab shingle is a one-foot by three-foot wide shingle slab with slots at one end to create three tabs. These tabs are overlapped and nailed in place and are often mistaken for individual shingles. Laminate shingles are made of the same basic materials, asphalt, granules and fiberglass, and have the same basic construction as a 3-tab shingle. The key difference between them, however, is the extra layer under the laminate shingles’ lower half. This additional thickness (about twice that of the upper half) gives laminate shingles a natural depth, especially from the ground, and explains why they’re sometimes called architectural shingles.

Why Are They Better Than 3-Tab Shingles?

Because the laminate shingle is thicker than a traditional 3-tab shingle, it creates a more dimensional and textured appearance on roofs. Some styles even come in varied shades of the same color to enhance the natural and rustic quality. You can also use laminate shingles to mimic the look of slate or cedar roofs, making them a versatile and aesthetically-pleasing option that is much more durable than their lighter counterparts.

Laminate shingles outperform other shingles in nearly every category including fire, moisture, hail and wind resistance. Although they are initially more expensive to install, they will save you money in the long term because of their longevity, especially in extreme climates with high heat and humidity or heavy snowfall and hail. Laminate shingles come with a wind warranty three times longer than that of 3-tab shingles; plus, laminate shingles come with a lifetime product guarantee.

Color, price, durability and aesthetics are all things to consider when choosing a new roof for your home. Make sure to take all of these factors into account when researching online and speaking with a roofer about your options. Contact Findlay Roofing today for a consultation about the best option for you and your home.

How to Choose a Memorable Roof

Friday, October 27th, 2017

A roof is a major part of your home. The look and feel of a home’s roof can dramatically change the overall aesthetic. For instance, a memorable roof can set your home apart in the neighborhood, make a lasting impression on visitors and brighten up your daily life. Choosing the right roof for your home can easily be one of the most important investments that you will make as a homeowner.

Options, Options, Options

A critical part of choosing a new roof is knowing all your roofing options and determine which fits your personal style the most. With countless different materials, styles and colors to choose from, it’s best to have a broad understanding of the process before you start making selections.

If you’re unsure where to begin, one of the best places to start is with your home’s existing architecture. Will a traditional or modern roof look best? Is a neutral or bright color better? Should you go with an interesting texture or a minimalist look? All of these kinds of questions are important to ask.

Look Locally

If you need some inspiration, look around at the houses in your community or on your way to and from work. See something you like? Take note of it! Browsing will help you narrow down your preferences, which will make the final decision easier.

Some questions to consider include whether or not you tend to like natural colors. Do you love slate or cedar tiles? For a bolder look, we suggest going for a brighter color such as textured red clay tiles or wood shake roofing. Slate tiles or asphalt shingles correlate best with a more traditional look. If you’re most interested in durability, choose laminate shingles that have a textured, three-dimensional design. All of these options can work for your home. It’s just a matter of choosing the right combination of material and color that speaks to you.

After you’ve narrowed down the styles, colors and textures that you like, the next step is to find samples of your favorites. Contact a roofing company for professional advice on potential selections. Take shingle samples home and examine them next to your existing style. A bright color that you love in the store may look very different when you see it on your home.

Once you’ve made your selection, your local roofing professionals at Findlay Roofing are more than happy to offer their opinions, advice and a cost estimate to get started on this new and exciting investment in your home.

5 Reasons Why Fall May Be the Best Time for a Roof Inspection

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

An annual roof inspection is an important part of home maintenance. An inspection will alleviate any concerns you may have about your roof and will ensure that your roof is safe. While any time of the year is better than never, there are a few good reasons why a roof inspection in the fall is the best.

1. Look for Summer Damage and Prevent Winter Damage

The constant summer heat and humidity can damage and break down your roofing material. Schedule your inspection for the fall to see if any material needs to be replaced before snow, ice or cold temperatures harm your roof. A fall roof inspection will ensure that your roof is prepped and ready to prevent leaks and drafts during the cold winter months.

2. Sunny Weather and Mild Temperatures

Unlike summer and winter, fall is known for its pleasant temperatures and usually sunny skies. These conditions make it more likely that your roof will be easily accessible for an inspection throughout September, October, November and maybe even into December.

3. Objects Will Likely Fall on Your Roof During the Autumn

Leaves, branches and acorns are constantly falling during the autumn months, peppering your roof with debris. Sometimes larger branches or other potentially damaging objects can fall as well. Schedule your roof inspection during autumn so that any potential damage can be resolved in a timely manner.

4. Ample Time to Fix the Problem

Some roof repairs take time to set, especially replacement shingles that need time to seal and become airtight. Replacing these in the fall allows time to create that weather barrier before the rain of late fall and potential snow showers of the winter months begin.

5. Plenty of Sunlight Hours Allows for Full Work Days

If your roof does need to be repaired or replaced, fall allows plenty of work hours. Shorter days in the winter and spring can sometimes prevent roofers from working as many hours during the day. Although the days are becoming shorter in the fall, there is still enough daylight each day to get the job done quickly, which is more convenient for you.

With winter right around the corner, now is the time to call in the experts for any roofing questions you may have. The professionals at Findlay Roofing are happy to answer any questions and provide a free roof analysis at any time.

Which Type of Roof Vent Is Best for Your Roof Style?

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

There are many different types of roof vents for many different styles of roofing, so it can be difficult to know which is best for your home. However, properly ventilating your roof can lower your energy costs, help eliminate moisture and increase air circulation. That’s why it is important to know which vent is best for your roof.

Architecture, climate, roofing and square footage are a few of the factors that can influence which roof vent is best for your home. Your best option is to find the vent that will remove the hot air from your attic in the most efficient manner. Here are the four most common roof vents.

Box Vents

Box vents are considered static vents since they have no moving parts. Box vents are open-air vents and are among the least expensive roof vent options. For roofs with lower pitches, these vents are often more efficient because there is no fan to move the heat and moisture out of your home.

Soffit Vents

Soffit vents are installed in the eaves of your roof. Often made of aluminum, vinyl or PVC, these vents increase the circulation and ventilation in your attic by letting outside air flow into your attic.

Roof Ridge Vents

These vents, as the name implies, run the entire ridge of your roof. The center of the vent is solid, while there are open vents on each side allowing for circulation and ventilation. Like box vents, roof ridge vents are static and have no moving parts. They help create an even temperature in your attic and work best on pitched roofs. Understanding how they compare with the next option, turbine vents, can help you choose which is the best option for your home.

Turbine Vents

Unlike box and ridge vents, these vents are not static. However, they also don’t require electricity, relying instead on the naturally occurring breeze. When there is a strong breeze, these vents offer ventilation and air circulation, but they are much less effective when there is no breeze. Although the natural movement of the vent is efficient, some models are may produce loud, squeaky noises.

Consult a professional roofer, like those at Findlay Roofing, to help you choose the best roof vent for your home.

Why A Roof Project Is the Best Time for New Attic Insulation

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

As a homeowner, you welcome the chance to save money and take care of multiple problems at once. That’s why getting new attic insulation at the same time you are tackling a roof project may make sense. An attic insulation solution is often the perfect accompaniment. Here’s why the two could go together.

Costs and Work Are Easier With the Contractor Already There

By combining the two projects, you can save both time and money. A skilled contractor is already on hand to make inspections, create an estimate and arrange for the right supplies. With labor already on site and ready to go, costs may be lower than if you treated them as fully separate projects.

This also has additional benefits when it comes to clean up since there is one mess instead of two. You also experience less noise and less intrusion when the projects are combined, which is healthier for your home life – something that’s hard to put a price on.

Attic Problems Are More Likely to Be Discovered

Since the roof is right next to your attic, a roofer is likely to notice any significant attic insulation problems. This includes roof damage that may have affected your insulation. Roofers may also notice serious problems like mildew and mold growing on insulation, which need to be fixed quickly. Once these problems are noted, it’s efficient to correct the issue with new attic insulation.

Roofers Can Note Problems With Attic Ventilation

Attic ventilation is one of those features that roofers frequently observe, because they routinely deal with eave and roof vents. It’s also an issue with older or poorly constructed attics: If venting isn’t properly installed, condensation from warm air can build up and create conditions that promote mold and rot. Roofers are in an excellent position to both suggest better venting and install new roof-based attic vents to solve any condensation problems they discover.

Renovations May Require New Attic Insulation

If you are adding new roof space and gables or changing the slope of your roof, your attic insulation will also be affected. A major renovation requires additional insulation or new insulation tactics to keep your house warm and safe.

Your Insulation Requires a Roof Fix

This doesn’t always happen, but sometimes your attic insulation and roof are inseparable. For example, if your attic is protected with rigid foam insulation panels, those are installed right underneath the roof. If you have to remove the roof, you must fix or update the insulation as well. This makes a roof replacement the perfect time to address insulation issues. The same may be true of moisture barriers and other roof-related features.

5 Common Places for Roof Leaks

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Roof leaks are a major hassle for homeowners, and a costly one at that. Locating a roof leak can be frustrating if you try to tackle the problem yourself; fortunately, a professional roofing company is trained to find and repair leaks efficiently. Here’s what you should know about the five areas most likely to leak on a roof.

Chimney Leaks
A common location for roof leaks is the chimney. Some chimneys do not have covers and rain can fall directly into the chimney. Condensation in the chimney, cracks in the chimney crown and worn flashing are other causes of chimney leaks. Chimney flashing is metal that keeps the area between the chimney and roof watertight. Because flashing wears down over time and may be incorrectly installed, it is important to have your chimney inspected once a year to make sure that flashing is intact and secure.

Broken Shingles
Another cause for leaks is broken shingles, especially if your house is older or still has its original roof. Storms and strong winds can rip shingles from the roof and create exposed areas that you can’t see without the help of a professional. Your roof may have a few broken shingles or several. Leaks caused by a severe storm may require extensive shingle repairs, especially if hail or strong winds caused a lot of damage.

Improperly Sealed Roof Valleys
A roof valley is an area where two planes of the roof come together. If the valleys are improperly sealed, a leak may result. A roofing professional can detect this problem by carefully looking for wet areas near the seams of your roof. Due to the complexity of this type of leak, sealing roof valleys should be done by a professional. Findlay Roofing can provide a free roof analysis to determine the location of your leak.

Cracked Roof Vents
Another important part of your roof is the vents, which look like small pipes that protrude from your roof. Although these pipes might look strange, their job is to get rid of excess moisture from the inside of your home. A roof vent often has flashing around it and a rubber boot to help seal the top of the vent. Over time, flashing may become worn and can crack, causing a roof leak. Your roof professional will inspect the roof vents and may replace the cracked rubber boot to resolve the problem.

Ice Dam Leaks
Ice dam leaks affect people who reside in the snow belt, where cold temperatures and ice are common. Similar to icicles, ice dams are bands of solid ice that form along the eaves and block the normal flow of water down a roof. When this happens, major problems can result. Dams can rip off gutters, damage shingles and cause water to back up and flow into your home. They are rare in north Georgia, but if you own a vacation home or rental property in a snow belt state, you may want to consult a professional who can show you how to keep ice dams from forming.

Call Findlay Roofing to evaluate your roof leaks today.

Important Home Maintenance Tasks for Fall in Metro Atlanta

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Now that fall has arrived in the Atlanta area, it’s time to take care of some vital home maintenance tasks. Deal with issues like clogged gutters now, and you ensure that your home stays safe and secure over the coming months.

Here are a few home maintenance tasks to fit into your schedule during Atlanta’s refreshing autumn weather.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

When gutters and downspouts are clogged, water builds up and can damage your roof. If enough water collects on your roof, you can get leaks inside of your home. Cleaning out the gutters allows the water to flow freely away from your home.

Ensure that downspouts direct the water at least six feet away from the house. This helps keep the foundation from becoming saturated during wet weather.

Inspect the Roof

Only if you can safely do so, take a look at your roof. Check for potential problems like loose or missing roof tiles or stains. If you see an area that looks suspicious, have it professionally checked by a roofing company. You may discover a small problem that would have gotten much larger during rain. If you aren’t able to get a good look at your roof, consider having a professional check it out.

Trim Trees

Avoid damage to your home, including your roof, by trimming trees before storms strike. During inclement weather, weak tree limbs can break and fall onto your home. Or worse, top-heavy trees can uproot and fall over.

Thinning trees, known as lacing, removes about one-quarter to one-third of the branches. This creates a laced effect that allows for wind to blow through the trees. This keeps trees from falling or breaking limbs during stormy weather.

Check Foundation Vents

If your home has a crawl space, it’s important that the vents along the foundation walls are not blocked. Sufficient air circulation helps remove the excess moisture that’s so common in humid Atlanta. This prevents mold growth along the home’s foundation and in the crawl space.

Look in the Attic

Now is a good time to check your attic for problem areas. Take a good look around for signs of rodent intruders, cracks in the ceiling and drafty areas. If you discover anything that appears problematic, have a roofing company inspect the attic and roof.

Protect Outdoor Pipes and Remove Hoses

Water expands when it freezes. That means pipes containing water can crack and burst. Burst pipes can damage your home and are an expensive plumbing fix. To prevent this from occurring, winterize your pipes. Drain water from all outdoor faucets and the sprinkler system, and disconnect the hoses and store them. Finish by covering each outdoor faucet with a foam insulator.

If you have any questions about how home maintenance tasks might affect the integrity of your roof, call Findlay Roofing. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Time for Tree Removal? Signs Your Home Is Threatened

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Trees add beauty to the landscape and cast refreshing shade. They also provide habitat for wildlife. Unfortunately, tree removal is sometimes necessary for metro-Atlanta. This occurs when large trees, best grown in open areas, are planted too close to homes.

When a large tree grows tall and becomes unstable, the plant can threaten the integrity of your home and property. A tree planted in the wrong place can also cause problems for nearby landscapes. Weak trees are susceptible to falling during storms.

Large Trees Best Grown in Wide Open Spaces

Some commonly planted trees grow tall and wide when mature. This occurs even if they’re grown in tight spaces. Here are some large trees often planted in Atlanta yards. The feet indicate height at maturity. Many of these trees also have wide canopies.

Ash: 50 to 80 feet

Bald Cypress: 60 to 100 feet

Black Walnut: 75 to 100 feet

Hickory: 100 feet

American Holly: 20 to 50 feet

Maple: Some species can grow 120 feet

Oak: 40 to 100 feet

Southern Magnolia: 60 to 80 feet

Sweet gum (Liquidamber): 80 to 100 feet

Yellow Buckeye: 110 feet

Signs a Tree Threatens Your Property

If you can spot that a tree might fall or lose a limb, you can call in an arborist for tree removal before disaster strikes. Here are some signs that a tree is compromised.

  • Dead wood – A small amount of dead wood is normal. When you see a lot of dead wood, that’s a sign of tree failure. Dead wood is brown, dry and brittle. Dead branches won’t bend.
  • Decay – Fungi will attack trees and can cause decay. Signs of fungi include conks and mushrooms that often appear at the base of the tree. Other signs of decay are deep cracks and hollowed out portions of the trunk or branches.
  • Weak branch unions – The tree has a problem if a branch or branches seem loosely attached to the trunk.
  • Cankers – These are localized areas on branches where the bark appears to be missing or is sunken. Cankers are caused by disease or wounding.
  • Root problems – Disease in the roots causes off-color or smaller than average leaves and excessive twig die-back. A leaning tree is also a sign of root failure. Roots may also grow into your home’s foundation creating another dangerous situation that requires tree removal.

Replant With Small Trees

A wide variety of trees exist that are appropriate for small Atlanta yards and tight spaces. Replant with trees that grow 15 to 30 feet. Some good options for Atlanta include crabapple, white fringe tree and sourwood.

    Call in a Professional

    Protect yourself and your home by calling in a tree professional. An arborist can determine if a tree is indeed threatening nearby structures and people. Such an expert will also be able to safely remove the tree from your landscape.

    If you feel that your roof has been adversely affected by a tree, contact Findlay Roofing for a free roof analysis.

    How to choose the right porch roofing

    Monday, September 25th, 2017

    You might enjoy your Atlanta home’s front or back porch a lot more if it had a roof. Porch roofing means that you can enclose the porch with a screen or glass, so you can use it during all four seasons. Even if you don’t add screening or glass panels, having a roof over the porch gives you a bit of shelter while you scramble to get your keys out on a rainy day. If you’re stumped about what to consider when it comes to designing your porch roof, here are a few things to think about.

    Match the Slope of Your Home’s Roof

    As you might remember from high school geometry, the slope of a roof is the rise over the run, or how high the roof is compared to its width. For example, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, a roof that has a “4 in 12 slope” has a rise of 4 inches and a run of 12 inches.

    When considering your porch roofing options, you don’t need to know the math behind slope, you just need to have a clear idea of what the slope of your home’s roof is, as it’s a good idea to match the slope of the porch’s roof to the slope of your home. If the slopes don’t match, the result might be visually unappealing.

    Go Flat

    Although one option is to match the slope of the house and porch roof, there might be instances when this doesn’t make sense. For example, if you don’t want the roof of the porch to obstruct the view out of an upper story window, your options might be to install a low, sloped porch roof or to keep the porch roofing flat, allowing for more height.

    Take a look at your home’s architectural details when deciding on the pitch of the porch roof. A flat roof might be a better option if your home has many intricate details that a sloped porch roof would block.

    Complement the Materials on Your Existing Roof

    When choosing the material type and color of your porch’s roof, you have two main options. You can match your home’s roof by selecting shingles that are the same color and material as those on your existing roof.

    The other option is to choose either a color or material that contrasts with the existing roof. For example, if you have dark gray shingles on your house, you might choose ivory or light gray shingles for the porch. If you have asphalt shingles on your roof, steel or copper roofing might provide a nice contrast, both in terms of texture and color, for the porch.

    Whether you’re replacing an existing roof on your porch or adding a new roof entirely, contact Findlay Roofing today to learn all about the different materials and colors available.

    3 Durable Roofing Options for Your Home

    Friday, September 22nd, 2017

    If it’s time to replace your roof, one of the most important decisions you can make is the type of material to use. Materials commonly used to create shingles include metal, asphalt, concrete, rubber, wood and slate. Some of these materials last longer than others. If you’re specifically looking for a material that will live the longest life, the following three are among the most durable roofing options out there.

    stack of new concrete roof tile (gray color) at construction site

    Concrete

    Concrete is among one of the most durable roofing materials, with a lifespan of 100 years or longer, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). Along with having a very long life, concrete roof tiles also tend to be fireproof, since they are non-combustible. A concrete roof might also help lower your energy bills, as the material is able to help keep your home cool in a warmer climate. Another benefit of concrete is that it is made from a recyclable material. An old concrete roof can be recycled into a new roof at the end of its life.

    copper roof on store in banff township, banff national park, alberta, canada.

    Metal

    Metal roofs can be made of copper, steel or aluminum. No matter which type of metal you choose, you can expect a long life. According to InterNACHI, a typical metal roof can last for anywhere from 40 to 80 years. Copper roofs can have a lifespan of up to 70 years. Like concrete, metal roofing materials can help to keep your home cooler in the summer, as the metal reflects the sun’s energy instead of absorbing it. Metal is also a rather lightweight material, making it a durable roofing option for homes that aren’t able to support the weight of heavy materials like concrete or slate.

    Slate

    Slate might be the granddaddy of all durable roofing materials, with a lifespan of 150 years or longer. According to Bob Vila, slate is so durable that it will outlast the materials used to fasten it to the home. It’s also fully recyclable, meaning it’s possible to remove century-old slate from an older home and reuse it in a new roof. The big drawback of slate is its price: It’s one of the most expensive roofing materials available.

    Other Things to Consider When Replacing Your Roof

    Although lifespan is an important consideration when choosing a roofing material, it’s not the only thing. The style of your home can play a big role in determining the type of material that best suits the roof, as does the existing roof. Your budget is another important consideration. Some materials cost more up front, but since you don’t need to maintain or repair them as frequently, may end up costing less in the long run.

    The roofing specialists at Findlay Roofing can help you choose durable roofing materials that are just right for your Atlanta home. Contact us today to learn more.