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All You Need to Know about Getting a Skylight Installed

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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Installing a skylight is a fantastic way to let natural light into the top floor of your home. This is especially useful in cases where you don’t have adequate room for more windows. The presence of natural light can bring a whole new essence to a room and make it feel far more livable. It’s also a way to improve ventilation and increase the value of your home. (more…)

What Is a Gutter Cover & Why Do I Need One?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

A gutter cover, also known as a gutter guard or a gutter grate, is a covering installed on the top of your gutters. It has an opening, usually a slit or a mesh-like web of holes, that allows water to pour off of the roof and enter the gutter while blocking large bits of debris. Basically, gutter covers help keep your gutters from getting clogged with leaves, needles, twigs and other annoying bits that can cause damage to your roof.

These covers come in a variety of different materials (nylon, metal, and plastic are common choices) as well as a number of different styles. Each type of gutter cover has its own advantages in different climates. If you have a Georgia house near any trees or tall bushes, then you consider gutter protection like these covers!

Clogged Gutter

Gutter Guard and Cover Advantages

  • Cleaning benefits: Whether you hire a professional to help clean your gutters or tackle the project yourself (gutters should be cleaned about twice a year), cleaning gutters can be an expensive and time-consuming process. A gutter cover cuts down on the debris that gets in your gutters, making the cleaning process much easier. Without those decaying leaves and other bits of debris forming thick gunk at the bottom of your gutters, cleaning is more effective and a whole lot faster – silt and dust will still build up, but a guard can make a big difference.
  • Moisture damage prevention: When leaves pile up in your gutters, they can eventually get clogged and start spilling over. This is dangerous for the edge of your roof and for your upper siding. Constant exposure to moisture like this can lead to rot and leaks, which can require extensive repairs. The right gutter guard will prevent clogs and help avoid this type of moisture damage.
  • Pest control: Debris building up in your gutters tend to attract pests— from birds looking to build nests to insects that may damage your roofing materials. A gutter cover helps prevent build-up and pest access that leads to these problems.
  • Snow protection: Cabins and high-elevation houses may experience snow that lingers for days or longer. When snow fills your gutters, it can eventually back up and start pressing against your shingles, driving moisture up underneath the shingles where it can damage your underlayment and more. Gutter guards can be designed to encourage snow to easily slide off instead of building up in your gutters and causing this situation.

Leaves and Gutter

Additional Considerations

Choosing the right type of gutter cover is important! Some curves have specific curves designed to help leaves slide off instead of remaining and blocking the grate. Covers with openings that are too small can become blocked or overwhelmed, causing your gutters not to work at all. Pick the right type of cover for your area, based on how much debris your gutters encounter. Not sure where to begin? Findlay Roofing can help you find the right covers for your house.

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Employee Spotlight: Steve Findlay

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Sometimes personal success comes about unexpectedly. Steve Findlay, owner and founder of Findlay Roofing, didn’t set out to be in the roofing business. However, his unexampled background helped to instill his business principles.

“I entered the food industry right out of high school and wanted to own my own restaurant,” he said. “Coming from the food industry where quality and customer satisfaction were huge keys to success, I wanted to bring that into the field that had practically zero of those things.”

The Findlay Standard

Findlay has a passion for having each job done correctly and in the right way. This is one of the reasons that Findlay Roofing has a 10 year warranty, 6-7 years above the industry standard:

“My thought was, if the job is done correctly, there is no reason why it will not last 10 years. We do what we say, when we say we will. Your satisfaction is very important to us.”

Partnering Up

Not only is he zealous about the quality of work his company produces, he also stays involved as the owner and founder. He helps to manage the team and pass on the knowledge he has gained from 15 years of corporate experience. When it comes to the day to day, his partner is his go-to.

“It is not easy to find someone that is as dedicated and determined as you are. Tony Wyss was a perfect fit. He brought a lot to the table, but was also eager to learn everything I could teach him.”

When it comes to the other members of the team he admits he and his customers are a little bias.

What About the Customers?

“I put together a great team here at Findlay Roofing. Our customers will agree that we have superstars in all of our divisions.”

As for the customers, he loves to hear from the people who have partnered with his business. Findlay says there is no better feeling than meeting someone on the street who is pleased with the work that was done on their home.

“It’s important that our customers feel that we did exactly what we said we were going to do, and had the same expectations relating to the outcome.”

So what would he say to a customer considering Findlay Roofing?

“Call our referrals. They will tell you we do everything we say we will do. We are the largest residential roofer in Georgia, and that did not happen by accident.”

Weather Conditions that Most Affect Your Roof

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Which weather conditions are the worst for your roof? You may be surprised. Here are your roof’s health’s top enemies. Check out the damage they can do:

Heavy Rain

You may be surprised that something as common as rain would be one of the worst weather conditions for your roof. That’s one of the reasons why it is so dangerous. Heavy rainfall can happen nearly anywhere, in any season. Heavy rainfall is also an expert at finding the weakest spots on your roof and infiltrating them. Leaks happen shortly after heavy rain and they can be tough to pin down before they do significant damage. Small cracks and flaws across your roof may be exploited.

Heavy rain also comes with a few other roof dangers. First, long-term rainfall does not give your roof a chance to dry out, which means materials will be more susceptible to rotting even if you don’t have any leaks. Second, rain can cause pooling on flat or commercial rooftops, which leads to moisture damage. It’s no wonder that bad rainfall is responsible for so many roof repairs across the country.

Windstorms

From tornados and hurricanes to the average winter flurry, wind is especially dangerous for your roof. Common shingles and tiles are light enough to be torn away by powerful winds, especially if they are old or already loose. After a bad storm, you can expect an important patching and repair project to protect your roof from following storms. Strong winds can also hurl debris at your roof and cause punctures, tears, and other problems.

Hailstorms

Normally, hail is worse than rain. However, hail is also rare, so the typical roof doesn’t suffer much from it. However, if you live in a climate that gets nasty hail weather conditions with large hailstones, then one good storm can cause widespread damage. Heavy, fast-hitting hail can indeed hurt shingles. Hail can even tear at the underlayment underneath the shingles. Then, when rain falls, you suddenly find a dozen new leaks to worry about. This is in addition to the damage hail can do to your windows and siding.

Snow and Ice

In some ways it seems like snow isn’t a major problem for your roof – after all, it provides a barrier for protection and it takes a whole lot of snow to cause a roof collapse, which is very rare. The real problems begin when snow and ice start to melt. This can create ice dams at the edge of your roof and can force moisture up under your flashing and shingles. It can also quickly wear down more fragile roof materials. Because the damage is covered up by snow, you may not even notice the problem until you start seeing leak damage.

If you’re fearful your roof can’t stand up to the conditions laid out above, contact the experts. Reach out to Findlay Roofing to main sure your roof remains maintained, ready, and in-tact.

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Brushing Up on Roof Terminology Helps You Understand the Replacement Process

Monday, November 16th, 2015

If you’re thinking about a new roof, but aren’t sure exactly how the process works, it’s a good idea to first brush up on common roof terminology. Understanding the parts of a roofing system will help you to select the product that works best for you and your home. Rest assured, a good contractor will take the time to answer all your questions along the way. However, you may feel more confident if you’re familiar with some basic terms. Here are a few definitions that can help you through an initial conversation with your contractor.

Shingles

Shingles are the small individual pieces that form the top layer of your roof. Different types of shingles exist and some roofs are covered with tiles. The most popular shingle material is asphalt, due to its durability and relatively inexpensive cost. Architectural shingles add a three dimensional look, but are generally more expensive.

Underlayment

The underlayment is an added barrier below the shingles that offers heat resistance and protection against moisture. The underlayment can be made of felt paper or a synthetic material.

Deck

The base layer of the roof system is referred to as the deck. Substrate boards are another part of roof terminology that you may hear in reference to the deck. The substrate boards provide the foundation for the underlayment and shingles.

Granules

Granules are small particles on the surface of your shingles which give your roof its unique texture. The granules improve the look of your roof and also serve to protect against sun exposure. As your roof ages, uniform granule loss is expected. Sometimes, severe weather events cause premature damage by loosening the granules on your shingles.

Flashing

Flashing is a material placed at the end of the roof. Flashing prevents water infiltration.

Gable Roof

A gable is the triangle shape created by two sides of the roof slanting downward from one point.

Hip Roof

A hip roof has slopes rising from each side of the house. Thus, a rectangular shaped house would have 4 sides to it, rather than the two sides on a gable roof.

Eaves

The part of a roof that extends past the walls of the house. Picture the section where icicles dangle in cold weather climates.

Deck

The base layer of the roof system is referred to as the deck.

Once you’re clear on this basic roof terminology, you’re ready to begin looking for a new roof. Contact a local professional to inspect your existing roof and discuss your replacement options. You may be surprised by the many new features and shingle colors available today.

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4 Tips for Cleaning Pollen and Avoiding Allergies

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Do you suffer from bad pollen allergies and fear the warmer months of spring and summer when the pollen count suddenly rises? Use these tips to get rid of pollen in your house and cut down on your allergy medication.

1. Cleaning pollen out of your house

Pollen in your house is a big problem, because it can be difficult to remove entirely and your HVAC system may circulate the same pollen particles through the air over and over again. Pollen particles are often so small that normal household filters cannot always trap them. If you have realized too late that pollen is being tracked into your house, it is time for a major spring cleaning:

  • Be thorough: Pollen can settle anywhere, and the best way to remove it is to thoroughly vacuum your entire house. In spring when pollen is a problem, vacuum once or twice a week to remove pollen as more frequently.
  • Target the right areas: Understand how pollen gets into your house. Family members, friends and pets who spend a lot of time outdoors are important vector points – as are their fur and clothes. Contain sources and try to clean up pollen as quickly as possible.
  • Use the latest filters and technology: There are vacuum cleaners and air filtration systems designed to help filter out pollen and other small allergens. Cleaning pollen may be easier if you use these technologies to help out.

2. Control pollen entry points

In addition to people, pollen enters your house when outside air gets inside: Simple right? Open doors and open windows are the big culprits. If you are in the habit of leaving windows open for fresh air, you may want to close up in the pollen months. If your weatherstripping – the felt around your windows and doors – is bare, you may want to replace it to stop leaks, too. Make sure your attic insulation and air vents are also properly installed.

If you love your open windows, try to open at night and close early in the morning. Mornings are one of the worst times for pollen, so try to have the house closed up by the time the sun is shining.

3. Use a pollen index

Yes, pollen indexes exist! These are local reports about the pollen count in the air and they often include both real-time data and forecasts for the expected pollen count throughout that day. Take a look at your sources for local weather information for a pollen index or pollen count – the data is often bundled together. The pollen library may also be helpful.

4. Take practical precautions

When cleaning pollen from your house during the worst days, you may want to wear a mask – cleaning stirs up a lot of latent pollen into the air again. Likewise, when going outside something as simple as sunglasses can help keep pollen from blowing in your eyes as often. A little planning can go a long way!

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Fiber Cement, Cement and Fiber Siding: Know the difference.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

What do people mean when they talk about fiber siding? Typically this refers to fiber cement, a popular siding material, but there are other options as well. Here are the possibilities:

Fiber cement siding

Fiber cement siding is a widely recognized type of siding that is, as the name indicates, made from cellulose fibers, sand, water and other cement materials that are cast into the shape of siding boards. The result is siding that looks much like wood, can be painted any color and has incredible durability.

While often expensive, fiber cement siding makes up for it with its resistance qualities. The material is mostly fireproof, rated Class 1(A) in American fireproofing jargon and cannot be damaged by insects or rain. It does not rot, it is nearly impossible to crack, and it is not phased by drastic changes in temperature or humidity. UV radiation rarely bothers it, and it can last for more than 50 years.

Given all this, it’s no surprise that fiber siding like this is used in areas that received a lot of exposure to elements or endure sharp changes in temperature. It is also an ideal option if you want long lasting siding. One of the only downsides is that fiber cement siding is heavy and, because of the materials involved, a bit more difficult to install and replace than other types of lightweight siding.

Fiber siding

If you hear someone talking about “fiber” siding chances are good that they mean fiber cement siding. However, there’s also a possibility that they are talking about composite siding.

Composite siding is made from compressed wood fibers. The result of uniform boards factory produced to be durable and hardy, but lighter and easy to install than fiber cement. Coloring is typically achieved through dye instead of paint, so colors are not lost as easily over time. However composite boards are not fire resistant. They are also less resistant to termites and rot, which can be a problem if you live in an especially rainy area.

Composite siding is a very brand-based material. Production companies include LP SmartSide, Everlast and others.

Cement siding

Again, if you spot a reference to cement siding, it probably means fiber cement siding. However, there’s a chance that people are talking about concrete siding, which is another matter entirely.

Concrete siding can refer to using concrete for your entire house, a trend that is beginning to gain more popularity in America. While this can look like a very modern way of protecting the outside of your home, you may be surprised to know that with the right tile patterns and paint, the results can look very traditional as well.

Resistant to fire, insects and other problems, concrete can prove a durable option for your home. However, it is also very heavy and requires specialized installation techniques. You may not be able to replace your old siding with concrete: Typically, homes must be designed to include concrete siding.

For answers to all of your siding questions, contact Findlay Roofing. Our experts will know how to help.

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How Can Ice Dams Be Reduced or Removed?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Every winter, homeowners in the Atlanta area see their roofs tested by cold weather. Even with the smallest amount of precipitation, ice dams can form on a roof that is not well insulated or ventilated. To remove the icicles you see on the roof in winter — or avoid them entirely — there are precautions to take. Here is how roofers can help.

Preventing ice on the roof

If you see icicles forming along the roof line on or below gutters, you have a problem with climate control on or below the roof. Without proper insulation on your attic floor, heated air will travel up to the roof in winter. That effect creates hot spots near the peak of the roof. Once even a small amount of snow hits a heated patch of roof, it will melt and run down the roof until it hits a colder patch — the unheated lower part of your roof.

This cold water freezes and hangs off the side of your roof in the form of icicles and other ice patches known as dams. If you have this problem, qualified roofers will look at your attic to see if the problem is insulation, ventilation or some other factor. Any remedies will help your roof function effectively throughout the year, especially when the heat of a Gwinnett County summer hits.

Removing and reducing ice dams

Icicles along the roof line are more of a potential danger than an eyesore when they break off and fall to the ground below. Running water that gets blocked by patches of snow will wear away shingles, cause water damage to roofing materials or leak through into your home. In any case, you are shortening the lifespan of a roof and inviting other problems by ignoring the ice. Gutters may also become severely damaged when ice forms inside, as they are meant to handle water, not the much heavier form that occurs when it freezes.

There are several ways to remove ice dams once they have hit your roof, but beware of anyone working on the job who is not an insured professional. Chipping away at the ice can create holes in the roofing and make the problem worse. Ask for an inspection to determine whether steam removal or another technique is best for your roof’s situation. As always, preventive maintenance in the form of insulation and attic ventilation will help you avoid these problems in the first place.

Findlay Roofing will help you find the right mix of attic insulation and ventilation to protect your home. Act quickly when you see icicles to avoid major structural damage in winter.

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History of Siding in Atlanta: Everything you want to know.

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Are you interested in matching your house siding to a particular era or classical style? Here’s a history of siding for Atlanta that may help you make your choice. Take a quick look through the time line of housing styles in the area, including:

1700s Plantation Style

For a long time plantation homes dominated the countryside of Georgia and had an impact on all housing styles throughout the state. For these homes, weatherboard siding was a common siding choice. This very traditional form of siding continues today. It looks like overlapping tiles of horizontal wooden boards continuing down the side of a house.

1700s-1800s Colonial Style

Colonial style homes existed alongside plantation style home and were a popular option for more urban-style houses at this point in the history of siding. These homes tended to use lap siding, or straight horizontal wooden boards lined up next to each other, often with grooves between each board and sometimes, like weatherboard, overlapping.

1800s Board and Batten Homes

As the 1800s continued, siding grew more complex and board and batten styles became popular. Board and batten used quaint, vertical board panels interspersed with raised ridges (often on only part of the home). Clapboard, a more minimalistic form of lap siding, was also used during this time.

Early 1900s NeoClassical Revival Clapboard, Wood and Plaster

In the early 1900s history of siding, architects began to experiment and combine many types of styles and worked with many forms of clapboard, weatherboard and lap siding. They were also more willing to experiment with wood and plaster when it came to siding, pillars and more. This led to the proliferation of new experiment in plantation and colonial styles, but often on a smaller scale or changed to fit more urban environments.

1900s Ranch House

The Ranch house style, while present in the United States for a long time, became particularly popular in more urban and suburban areas like the Atlanta region in the 1900s. Ranch homes tended to use a combination of board and batten siding and lap siding, or a more unique wide vertical plank siding style. Prairie houses, with their traditional lap siding, also grew much more common during this time. Today, many modern houses use siding based on these designs, because ranch siding is both versatile and simple.

Late 1900s Materials Substitutes

As the 1900s progressed and multiple variants of ranch and prairie styles became common in the Atlanta area, different materials also grew in popularity. Vinyl was particularly popular because it could mimic classical styles at a very low cost. However sturdier materials, like cement fiber, could replace older wood materials and last much longer in tough weather conditions.

If you have questions about siding and how to draw inspiration from the past, call Findlay Roofing today.

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Looking for commercial roofing styles? We can help you in your search.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Picking the right kind of commercial rooftop is an important decision that can help you save significant money in your investment. A smart choice starts with understanding your alternatives, so here are some of the common options for commercial roofs.

An important note: Commercial rooftops tend to be flat or “low slope,” because they often look better on large business buildings and cost less at large sizes than sloped rooftops. The options for commercial roofing styles are based on flat roof materials and structures.

BUR (Built Up Roof) options

BUR or “tar and gravel” rooftops are very basic flat rooftops that use asphalt (not shingles, just asphalt) as a protective material. The asphalt is applied in several layers, together with layers of fiberglass felt for insulation. Because asphalt can grow very hot in the sun, a top coating, such is gravel, is usually applied after several asphalt layers have been installed.

BUR rooftops have several advantages. They are one of the cheapest options, and when installed correctly they can last for a long time. However, it takes a careful and experienced contractor to apply asphalt so that it does not develop cracks or warp with age.

Modified membranes

A membrane is a plastic material that is installed in the roof to help protect it and control factors like moisture. Polymer materials are mixed with asphalt to form protective barriers. This is much like the traditional BUR roof, but it may cost more and offer better long-term protection. The roof may be surfaced with a variety of materials for both convenience and appearance, including gravel, glass-fiber, cap sheets, aluminum coatings, or elastomeric coatings. Membrane commercial roof styles are some of the most versatile available.

PVC and TPO

PVC and TPO are both types of plastic. Plastic roof styles skip the asphalt altogether and create purely plastic layers that are designed to avoid problems with brittle roofing materials over time. PVC is a bit more flexible than the thermoplastic TPO, but the two materials provide similar benefits. Damage due to UV exposure or fires is a concern with these rooftops, so they need extra protection.

Rubber rooftops

EPDM is a synthetic rubber material that resists corrosion and is professionally attached to the roof framework with strong adhesives. They are particularly flexible, have high durability, and can be used with a number of commercial roofing styles. Installation is also relatively simple. However, they may not be as resistant to temperature or drastic climate changes as other options.

Green rooftops

Businesses that want to go green should explore green rooftops. These carefully constructed roofs use waterproof coatings and are designed to be used, at least in part, as “gardens” or lawns that not only look unique but help keep the building cool.

Solar panels

When looking for commercial roofing styles, it is a good idea to consider adding solar panels to your roof. They can help save you money and may also impress potential customers who notice them.

There are many options, if you have questions about what is best for your business, Findlay roofing would love to help.

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