You want your home to be well-insulated to reduce the cost of heating and air conditioning. Equally important is the need for proper ventilation to ensure that moisture and heat can escape from your attic to avoid problems with mold and/or ice dams. Ridge vents (also called roof vent systems), working in combination with soffit vents, are … Read More
Roofing & Siding to Keep You Dry
Home roof repairs aren't optional, they're absolutely necessary. Homeowners can't see their roof without climbing a ladder. And if you do get up there, you can't see under the roof. That's where more damage occurs as water follows gravity down into your house. Water can soak insulation in the attic rendering it ineffective. Water stains in drywall ceilings and walls is often the first sign of a roof leak but it's only the tip of the iceberg.
Your current roof has an estimated lifetime before it needs to be replaced (click to learn your roof's projected lifetime). Inspecting your roof and making timely repairs will help you reach/exceed this life expectancy. Here are tips to help you make home roof repairs and plan for when it's time to replace your roof.
Why Home Roof Repairs Matter
- Inspecting Your Roof to Save Time and Money
- Roofing Layers – What’s Underneath Your Shingles
- Water & Wood Rot Repairs – Roof
- Roof Repairs vs Replacement, a Big Decision
Maybe It's Time to Replace Your Roof?
We all love watching birds and get excited when they visit us at home. One instance where homeowners would rather not have birds is when woodpeckers look for bugs in their fascia boards, leaving ugly holes in the wood. What I can’t tell you is whether bird houses will prevent this damage (but I love … Read More
When picking a builder in Florida, I had the opportunity to ask the building supervisor questions. One of the most important questions was “… tell me the three best ways to make the house more energy efficient”. Based on this discussion, I agreed to pay a surcharge for a radiant barrier on the roof. While … Read More
Drip edge is the flashing that protects the edges of your roof, both the eaves and the gable ends. It is required by the 2012 International Building Codes (IBS) for shingle roofs, and you should make sure that it’s properly installed with any new roof you get. Optional for years, drip edge is now required by the International … Read More
Roof repairs versus a new roof is a big decision. We’re all so busy and unlike our cars that we listen to every day we drive, we seldom look at our roof — we’re running late when we leave the house and coming home, we’re focused on what’s next like making dinner. That means most homeowners … Read More
If you’re building a new home, or thinking about new house siding for an older one, you’ve got lots of choices. There are natural and synthetic materials, and you may even replace what you’ve got with something that looks altogether different. Some are very high-end and custom while other siding materials allow you to achieve … Read More
Icicles might look magical but they signal that you have problems on your roof. Icicles mean melting snow on the roof is not able to flow freely off the roof, so the water freezes and causes ices dams. Ice dams are bad because
Advances in building materials mean homeowners have more choices in low maintenance siding that needs minimal care. Siding is what protects your home from the elements – the hot sun, howling winds, water in many forms plus extreme temperature changes. We can’t change the weather but
Fall is the time when most of us begin to roost; to settle in for winter and prepare for the holidays on the horizon. You might already have a fall maintenance or home improvement schedule, and that’s smart. If you’re undecided about your next project, exterior paint is worth considering.
Most homeowners are familiar with what a solar roof looks like today. It’s not easy to miss the solar panels which sit on top of todays roofs and many people don’t find them terribly attractive. So if you’re considering a solar roof today, you have to evaluate the cost versus savings on your energy bills, plus the impact … Read More