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What to Do About Roof Leaks from Storm Damage

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, thankfully a tropical storm by the time it hit metro Atlanta, countless area homeowners suffered damage to their roofs, though many of them may not know it yet. Here’s how to make sure that any leaks in your home don’t turn into much larger and more expensive problems and what steps to take to protect yourself from future storms.

Do a Visual Check

As soon as possible, access your attic and check the ceilings and drywall throughout your home (including closets) for any signs of water leaks–streaks, wet spots, drips or puddling. If your shingles are damaged or not installed properly, they are compromising your home by letting water below your roof deck and into your attic. As the water sits and seeps into the ceiling, it causes the brown ceiling stain you may recognize as the outline of a small puddle. Also be sure to check around your fireplace for any signs of water.

Outside your home, walk the perimeter to check for any sign of roof damage, including shingles that may have blown off or that look loose, as well as any displaced flashing around your chimney or damage to the chimney itself.

Contact the Professionals

If your investigation shows any sign that your roof has been compromised by Irma’s strong winds and heavy rain, please call a professional immediately for a thorough examination of your roof. We offer a free roof analysis to assess the extent of the damage and recommend repairs, and can help you communicate with your insurance company.

Beware of Storm Chasers

In addition to fallen limbs and power outages, storms can also bring predatory businesses to your home. Storm chasers are roofers–often unlicensed, unbonded and uninsured–who are looking for a quick buck from anxious and vulnerable homeowners. As a rule, it’s a bad idea to work with a business that shows up at your door, uninvited. Instead, it’s best to use only known, reputable roofing companies to work on your home.

Protect Your Shingles for the Future

Cutting down trees and trimming branches near your roof will help eliminate the proximity of shingle-damaging material near your home. But it can also limit shady spots on your roof that can encourage the growth of algae and moss, which can compromise the integrity of your shingles.

Keep Gutters Clear

If you can’t remember the last time you removed debris from your gutters and downspouts, it’s time to schedule a cleanup. Neglecting gutters can cause water to back up, soaking into eaves and other part of your roof and home. This inability to drain properly can eventually lead to a roof leak and can perpetuate water damage. If gutter screens and covers aren’t enough to keep debris out, routine gutter cleaning and repair can keep your home protected from water damage.

Being able to recognize any of these early signs empowers you to stop water damage from becoming a big problem. Contact Findlay Roofing for a free roof analysis today.

Why It’s Important to Remove Roof Mold

Friday, September 8th, 2017

This summer, Greater Atlanta’s rainy conditions and high humidity created the ideal conditions for roof mold. When allowed to grow unchecked, mold stains and damages roofs.

Mold is usually the result of algae growth. In rainy, humid weather, algae (and other botanical growths like moss and lichens) can take hold and grow quickly on your roof. This causes the roof materials to remain damp, which promotes rot. When rot sets in, so can mold. Even with no rain, warm, humid weather creates ideal conditions for quick mold growth.

Roof mold thrives in shady, moist conditions. The problem commonly occurs on the northern section of the roof and in areas that remain shaded throughout the day from surrounding plants or buildings. Throw in excessive moisture from rain and humidity, and you get mold overgrowth.

Here are five good reasons to remove mold and moss from your roof as quickly as possible.

Roof Mold Is Unsightly

Roofs are the most visible element of the home. Drive down the street, and you’re likely to notice a home’s roof from a distance. Mold is often black and creates streaky, ugly stains on your roof. These stains can make an otherwise attractive home seem neglected.

Mold Can Travel

Mold can wash off your roof in the rain and get tracked into your home. Indoors, mold can take hold and create health problems. If there’s a great deal of rotting on the roof because of moss, mold can penetrate roofing materials. Mold promotes wood rot and erodes the asphalt in shingles. It can also spread onto adjacent structures.

Mold Is Stubborn

As a fungus, mold is pervasive and persistent. The more entrenched mold becomes on your roof, the more difficult it’ll be to control. Clean the mold from your roof when you first see it, or have a roofing professional take it off. The sooner you deal with the mold, the better.

Mold Can Attract Rodents

Roof mold provides an inviting habitat for rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels. These unwanted critters climb up gutters to reach the roof. If the roof is moldy, damp and soft, rodents often chew on roofing materials, causing serious, costly damage. They may even cart off portions of your roof to create nests.

Mold May Result in the Need for a New Roof

Let a mold situation linger and the damage may become irreparable. Mold left to feed on rotting wood can create an unstable roof that requires replacement. Avoid this expensive project by having regular maintenance done on your roof. Keeping your roof clean helps to increase its longevity.

If your roof has mold or moss, have it cleaned as soon as possible to minimize damage and staining. Contact Findlay Roofing today for a free roof analysis.

Tips for Hiding a Crooked Roofline

Monday, July 25th, 2016

A crooked roof: This is something many older, Cobb-area homes have. Why? As a home settles over the years, foundation can shift. This causes walls to buckle and the roof to appear crooked. Age is often the reason for crooked roofs, however there are other causes as well.

Here’s a closer look at what could be creating a roof’s crooked appearance:

  • The soil may shift, causing one side of the home to sink into the ground. In these cases, the roofline may look crooked when in reality, the issue is the foundation.
  • The foundation can crack.
  • Gutters may become loose, making the roofline appear as though it’s crooked.
  • Shingles may have been improperly installed, contributing to an uneven look.

What Should You Do?

When you notice a crooked roofline, you should hire a roofing expert. The professional should assess your entire home and look for signs of foundation issues or gutter problems. The pro should also carefully inspect the roof for problems (such as faulty shingles, a sagging roof, a problem with the ridges, broken collar ties, issues with trusses or warping in general).

If the issue stems from the roof, the expert can address those problems. If the problem is minor (such as sagging in one area of the roof), you should be able to get away with a minor, less-costly fix. However, if there are multiple issues (with the rafters, for example) you may need to replace the entire roof.

Hiding Trouble Spots

If you’re not able to invest in a roof replacement or a simple fix, you can attempt to adjust the gutters so that the roofline appears even. If the foundation is the root of the problem, it’s best not to leave this issue unchecked. Fix the foundation right away, and you’ll ensure an even roof at the same time. It’s also possible to remove siding and install wood, brick or cement board to overcome odd angles in an older home.

There’s not always a simple fix for a crooked roof. The most important thing to remember is that an uneven roofline is often the sign of a serious problem – either with the foundation or the roof. Always consult a roofing expert for help with a problematic roofline.

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How Big Should Your Roof Installation Team Be?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

When it comes time to replace your Clayton home’s roof, the roof installation pro you select will make all the difference. Factors like experience, knowledge and the size of the roofing team may affect the final outcome. Since a roof replacement is a considerable investment, take your time when selecting an expert.

Factors to Consider

To ensure a job well done, keep these things in mind:

  • Expertise. Expertise matters most— regardless of the size of the roofing team. Your roofer should talk to you about the types of materials that will work best for your roof and identify roof problems that need to be fixed.
  • Installation Know-How. The roof installation process isn’t a simple one. Skimp on key steps like installing flashing correctly and you’ll be looking at a roof repair before you know it. A skilled installation team will follow these steps: 1. Inspect your roof before the job starts 2. Take measurements 3. Order material 4. Schedule the work (many roofing jobs take between one to three days) 5. Protect your landscaping will installing the roof 6. Follow industry-standard best practices when installing shingles, decking and more 7. Thoroughly clean up the site.
  • The Team. Some roofers will send out a small team for a smaller-sized roof. For a larger roof, the installer will bring more labor to the site. In general, the more hands on deck means the job will get done quicker. Regardless of size, skilled contractors can easily navigate any size job. In general, however, you should ask your roofer how many team members will be part of the job and how long the work will take. Make sure to get this in writing.

Your new roof should last a while, so take the time to invest in a roofing professional that knows about installation, materials and how to get the job done quickly.

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Does an Attic Really Need a Fan?

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Having an attic in your home can help you cut costs. How? Attics help you save on energy and extend shingle life. However, do attics really require a fan? To answer this question, let’s first dive into what attic fans actually do.

What Are Attic Fans?

An attic fan is a fan whose primary purpose is to ventilate. These fans work to evenly distribute warm air in order to help cool down a home. These fans are typically controlled by a thermostat (similar those used on the main levels of the home). The thermostat tells the fan when it needs to turn on. Attic fans then take warm air and push it out. Cooling the air in the attic usually reduces cooling costs and helps to protect the roof.

There are two types of commonly used fans: whole house fans and ventilation fans. These fans use completely different methods to cool down the home. However, both can be used for the same purpose. Generally, whole house fans are used in drier climates.

Whether or not your home needs a fan depends on how your attic or home was built or structured. Typically, attics are not built with much natural ventilation. This makes it necessary to install something that will create air flow. However, in some homes, the roof provides the ventilation needed to increase shingle life and reduce energy costs.

What If My Home Does Need Extra Ventilation?

If your home does need ventilation, the next step would be determining which type of system you should install. Again climate and the individual home structures need to be evaluated to determine which fan will have the best outcome.

If you’re unsure about the structure of your home, call Findlay Roofing for a free roof analysis. A trained and experienced Findlay Roofing Specialist will come out to the home to determine which options are right for you!

Insulation and Roofing: How Much Room Should I Leave?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Are you finishing off an attic or garage space in your Bartow home? Insulation plays a key role in keeping a room cool in summer and warm in winter. If you’re adding onto your home, you’ll need to insulate the roof area to ensure that the living space beneath it can be conditioned. In homes with a flat roof, installation can complicated. This is because there’s little room between the insulating material and the roof. Your installer should take into account best practices for insulating these spaces.

Insulating an Addition

When it comes to this type of space, insulating is a fairly straightforward process. Because the attic will generally have sufficient space between the insulation and roofing, the installers will not have to be concerned about air circulation between insulation and the floor.

Insulating a Flat Roof

In this scenario, installation is tricky. With little space between the attic floor and roof, special care must be taken to promote ventilation. Your installer may choose to install rigid insulation on top of and below the decking. However, they may choose a dense insulating product like closed-foam cell to minimize the amount of space it will take up. The installer may also use an air barrier to prevent moisture issues. In general, the insulation should be applied to the rafters, with sufficient space below the rafters and above the attic floor. This space will help ensure that air can circulate.

Insulating an Attic or Garage Room

Most often, the attic floor will already be insulated. However, if you’re going to condition this new space, you’ll need to remove the attic floor insulation. The Department of Energy recommends first air sealing the entire space to ensure energy efficiency. The next step involves insulating the knee walls. These are the walls that have storage or empty space behind them. In addition, you’ll want to insulate the rafters. In this case, the insulation should butt up against the roofing. Much like a flat roof, installers will consider the best scenario for ensuring ventilation when selecting insulating materials.

No matter the type of building project, insulation plays a key role in promoting energy efficiency. For help with your insulation project, contact Findlay Roofing today!

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Surprise Tornadoes: Is Your Roof Ready?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Tornadoes can wreak havoc on your Cherokee home. That said, it’s important that you prepare for the worst. The steps you take now to prevent damage will pay off down the line. After the storm rolls through, your roof will have largely withstood its powerful force. Most importantly, you’ll have saved yourself a huge headache and tons of money.

The Secret to Success

The stronger your roof, the better off your home will be. You see, when a tornado blows through your neighborhood, it exerts a tremendous amount of inward pressure against any wall facing the wind. The same goes for the sidewalls and leeward wall, as they experience outward pressure. In addition, the roof receives upward pressure from the wind. All of these pressures combined will tear through any weak connections binding the roof to the walls.

To prevent against damage, experts recommend securing the home with hurricane clips. You can greatly increase the strength of your home’s connections by hiring a roofing professional to connect the rafters or trusses to the top plate. This process can offer 300 to 1500 pounds of protection. Your home’s walls will explode once the roof comes loose without the strength of these clips. Thus, without the clips, your entire house will experience significant damage.

In addition to adding on the clips, ensure that your roof is in good condition. Loose shingles and damaged flashing only become more vulnerable during high winds. Flying debris can damage shingles and penetrate underlayment. This can even compromise the structure of the home. If rain accompanies the tornadoes and if the storm damages your shingles, you’ll also have to worry about water damage.

If you experience roof damage during a tornado, be sure to work with a roofing professional who can diagnose the structural damage as well as the superficial issues that need to be repaired. Findlay Roofing is happy to help ensure your roof remains tornado-ready. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

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Trees and Roof Damage: What You Need to Know

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Hail, wind, ice and extreme temperatures: These are just a few of the things that can cause damage to your Cherokee home’s roof. Did you know that trees can also inflict serious damage? While landscaping can drive the curb appeal of your home, you’ll want to keep an eye on tree damage. Here’s what to look for:

  • Weak tree limbs. While mature trees have strong roots that generally keep them tethered to the ground, a strong wind can snap weak limbs. If a tree is positioned close to the home, the limbs will inflict serious roof damage.
  • Debris. As wind and other weather elements pick up strength, smaller branches and leaves will gather on the roof. As the debris forms a pile, it acts as mulch on the roof. Underneath that mulch, moisture accumulates, deteriorating the shingles underneath and eventually rotting the roof structure.
  • Moving leaves and debris. Wind and rain make debris on the roof slide down into the gutters. Here, debris can cause serious problems. As the gutters become full, water will back up onto the roof (and water is another source of rot and shingle deterioration).
  • Shingle displacement. Strong winds cause trees to release limbs of any size. As they come tumbling down on the roof, they’ll dislodge or lift shingles. Once the shingles move and expose the roof’s underlayment, water damage begins. Rain will seep in, eventually making its way into the home’s ceilings and walls.

Stop Tree Roof Damage

The best way to prevent roof damage from trees involves following these preventive measures:

  • Trim branches. Assess the condition of nearby trees and keep limbs trimmed. This action will stop branches from scraping the roof and gouging shingles.
  • Take precautionary measures. If you see shingles on the ground around the home, call a roofing expert to evaluate the roof’s condition.
  • Stay on top of maintenance. Prevent moisture and rotting damage on the roof with regular maintenance. Keeping the roof clear of leaves, branches and pine needles will stop the problem before damage occurs.
  • Hire a tree expert. This is particularly important if the area around your home is replete with trees. Remove unstable trees promptly.

Find out more about roof damage from trees and learn what you can do to maintain your roof. Contact Findlay Roofing today!

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Roofing Options: Why This Factor Really Matters

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Roofing options often come down to color. It’s not necessarily a style thing. Sure— a light-colored roof may be the best color to complement your Bartow home’s siding. However, it’s also the best option if you want to reduce energy costs—and that’s the real guiding factor when it comes to choosing the color of your roof.

There’s a more complicated way of discussing roof color and temperature. Let’s break these complex topics down:

  • Reflectivity: You can thank Ben Franklin for uncovering this scientific concept. He placed dark- and light-colored fabric swatches in the snow and discovered that the snow melted faster around the darker colors than the lighter colors. In many ways, this concept can be applied to your roof. Dark-colored roofs give off more heat, which is a bad thing for intense Atlanta summers.
  • Emissivity: As with any roofing material, the energy roofs absorb is eventually radiated back out into the atmosphere. However, not all roofing options re-radiate at the same level. A cooler roof will re-radiate the majority of the energy absorbed while a “hot roof” will keep most of the energy trapped.

When choosing a roof for your home, you’ll ideally want to select a material that promotes a cool roof – one that has a high reflectivity and high emissivity. According to roofing experts, a cool roof can reduce the amount of heat generated by as much as 60 degrees. In addition, a dark roof can soar to very hot temperatures (as high as 175 degrees). If your roof is hot, the heat creates a trickle-down effect. Here’s what happens:

  • The roof’s temperature soars.
  • The attic gets hot, especially if it’s not adequately insulated and ventilated.
  • That heat radiates back down into the home, creating uncomfortable conditions.
  • Your air conditioner runs more often to compensate for the heat.
  • Energy bills get higher and higher.

For more information about roofing options, contact Findlay Roofing. From roofing to attic insulation to ventilation, we’ve got our Bartow neighbors covered.

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Commercial Roofing Jobs: How Findlay Roofing Protects Your Business

Friday, December 4th, 2015

You shouldn’t hire just any roofer to do your commercial roofing job. Why? Residential roofing differs from commercial jobs. Contractors that don’t have the experience can do a shoddy job and can cost you big money. Here’s a look at what sets Findlay Roofing apart from other businesses offering commercial roof replacement jobs:

  1. We keep you in business during the repair or replacement. We know you can’t afford to shut down operations while we work on the roof. Closing your doors for even a day can mean lost revenue — and that’s unacceptable. We’ll go to great lengths to ensure that your business can operate as usual while we do our thing in the background.
  2. We go to great lengths to avoid damage. Landscaping, cars in the parking lot, and even your building can be easily damaged during a roofing job – but not with Findlay on the scene. We’ll cover landscaping and work around the property to ensure we take great care to avoid damage.
  3. We do a quality job, every time. We know the ins and outs of commercial roofing. Just ask our customers!
  4. We do commercial roofing replacement jobs and repairs. Just need new gutters? We can do that. Worried about leaks? We’ll check them out! Need a complete roof replacement? We’ve got you covered.
  5. We know your reputation is on the line. If you’re in charge of hiring a roofing pro to do the job, we realize that your company depends on you to get the job done. You can trust our expertise and unique knowledge of commercial roofing jobs.

For your next commercial roofing job, contact Findlay Roofing! Schedule a free consultation with one of our commercial roofing experts to talk about the best type of roofing material to use, the building’s unique needs and your finances. We’re happy to help!

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