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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.

What Roofing Felt Do You Need for Your Roof Project?

Friday, June 26th, 2015

That layer of tiles or shingles on the top of your roof is supported by moisture barrier, a second layer of what is usually made from a felt material. What type of roofing felt does your roof need? Read on to learn the basics:

Types of Felt

Roofing felt has evolved over the years. Now there are several different kinds available for your roofing, including:

  • Asphalt Felt: This is the traditional type of roof felt. It is made from felt paper that is dipped or otherwise saturated in asphalt. This gives the felt greater durability and also makes it water resistant, which is why the process is used. As for the felt itself, it can be made from either fiberglass strands or cellulose materials.
  • Rubberized Asphalt: Roof felt can also refer to rubberized asphalt sheets. These sheets are a much more modern version of felt that often comes with an adhesive layer that allows the sheets to be swiftly applied. These rubberized layers have polymer coatings and tend to be more waterproof than traditional roofing felt.

Roofing Felt Weight

If you see numbers attached to felt, they are probably referring to its weight. The weight of the felt is very important, because it controls both how much felt can be safely applied to the roof, and how much protection the felt provides.

Most residential rooftops use 15 or 30 pound roof felt. In drier areas, lighter roofing felts may be used. Your top layer of roofing materials is also an important factor: Shingles are typically installed with 15-pound felt as a matter of course (the thinner felt gives the shingles room to “breathe”), but alternatives may require heavier felt for additional protection.

The felt layer may also be available in a number of different widths – a common width size is 36-inches. While smaller widths may be necessary for delicate work, larger widths are advantageous because you can cover a roof with felt and leave fewer seams behind. Fewer seams means fewer possibilities for those weak points to develop leaks.

The Best Type of Felt for You

What type of felt underlayment do you need? That depends on your situation, so contact a professional if you aren’t sure. Generally if a rooftop has a slope of 4:12 or higher, a single layer of 15-pound roofing felt is ideal. Lower slopes generally need a double layer or weightier felt, because it is easier for water to seep into these rooftop areas instead of quickly draining down into the gutters.

Weather also plays an important role in felt decisions. Heavier felt or extra layers are important if you live in an area that gets snowfall each year, or one that faces heavy winds, which can drive water up between shingles. Ice and snow may also be a sign that you need extra membrane layers, especially at the edges of your roof.

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Do You Need a Roof Repair? Know the Best Season for One.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Waiting on a roof repair for just the right time? The season that you start your project and hire a contractor really does matter: Some seasons are better than others for roof work, especially large projects.

Let’s take a look at the seasons and which best fits your project.

Fall

Fall tends to be an intensely busy season for roofing contractors and builders. The weather starts getting worse, and many homeowners are reminded of the rain, snow and storms that winter will be bringing. They look at their rooftops, find flaws and weak points, and rush to get them fixed before the worst of the weather hits.

While fall is a busy time for roof repair and replacement, you should still try to avoid roof work during this season. Schedules are full and getting work done quickly can be an issue. Additionally, demand is very high and contractors may be charging higher fees during this time.

Winter

Contractors will get calls during winter to fix serious damage, but as a rule roof replacements, upgrades and repairs slow down or stop altogether during winter. Roofing contractors may go on hiatus or wait for the warmer months to take on large projects. The weather is not conducive to roof work, and it may be more difficult to get the supplies necessary for the job.

Spring

Spring is often one of the best times to get that roof repair or renovation job done. Roofing professionals will be looking for new business, so not only will schedules be more open, but you will also have an opportunity to find plenty of discounts and lower fees.

The weather in spring (in many areas) is also friendlier toward roof work than in fall or winter. However, you do not want to wait too long to schedule work: Eventually homeowners will start their spring yard work, note any damage done to their rooftops over winter, and start scheduling repairs of their own.

Summer

Summer is an ideal time for lengthy roofing projects. Rain is least likely to be a problem during summer weather, allowing contractors to finish work quickly. Also, summer is the season of vacations, so it is easy to leave for a week and let roofers tackle a large project without being inconvenienced by it. However, summer schedules may get a little crowded if a lot of people have the same idea.

Final thoughts

Additionally, note that many of the differences between seasons are based on changes in the climate. If you are in an especially mild area (think Southern California) or in an area that experiences much the same weather year-round, then roof repair is not dependent on seasons.

If you have any more questions about what season is the best for roof repair, call up Findlay Roofing and ask their opinion – the trusted roofers have plenty of first-hand experience.

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Roof repair: Knowing when to repair and when to replace

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Worried about whether your roof problem might grow into a major replacement project? Here’s how to tell if your problem requires just a repair or if it’s time for a full roof replacement.

Problems that can be fixed with repairs

A single leak on a new roof: If you notice a damp patch in your ceiling, don’t panic immediately. Examine your attic or crawlspace for other signs of damage. If the leak appears to originate from one spot in your roof, this problem is likely a minor issue that a roof repair expert can find and fix. Single leaks are often caused by problems with unsealed flashing or past damage in roof membranes. Finding the leak and fixing it can take care of this problem. However, if your roof is more than several years old, a single leak may soon be joined by others.

Damage from a storm: Storm damage is not usually indicative of any widespread roof problem. Instead, storms and winds create spot-based damage, often from falling tree limbs or powerful wind gusts from specific directions. After the storm, assess the damage: Usually the roof repair will involve replacing shingles and patching spots damaged by falling objects.

A problem in only one section of the roof: Sometimes issues plague only a certain part of your roof. Moisture may be seeping into just one corner, a faulty rafter or beam may be causing issues on only one ridge or fasteners may be failing in only one location. In these cases, you can move forward with roof repair … as long as you know the issue is not widespread.

Signs of widespread problems

Moss and similar growth: Moss, lichen and other thick growth across your roof indicate a serious underlying problem. These plants need moisture to survive and are typically hiding some serious roof damage. If your roof has a lot of moss, consider replacing it entirely.

Worn shingles: Shingles (and other roofing materials) are only made to last so long. If your shingles are fading, cracking and falling apart, they have probably been on the roof too long. It’s time to replace them. Sometimes replacing the entire roof can be less expensive in the long run than replacing only the most worn-down part, Bob Vila notes.

Cracking and rusting around flashing: Flashing can succumb to rust and warping over time. If your flashing (and any visible metal strips in general) is starting to crack or show signs of rust, your roof may need an update to stop leaks before they take over and create more serious issues.

Long-term moisture problems: A single leak, spotted quickly, is easy enough to repair. But a long-term leak tends to create structural damage, rot, mold, pest problems and other issues. Leaks that have lasted a long time have often seeped into other sections of the roof. It may be better to look into a full replacement.

Homeowners in Roswell and beyond can call Findlay Roofing for a free roof analysis!

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