If you’re evaluating your roof, be aware that shingles wear out faster on the south or west sides of your home where the direct sun can dry them out. High winds raise shingles and allow rainwater to seep through. Moss can rot your shingles and snow can wedge below them and force cracking. Take time and be patient during roof installation. With the help of a garden hose, you can find a leak. There is some common cause for roof leaks clogged gutters, dry rot, wet ceiling. Make sure the roof boots fit snugly. Cracks may lead to big roof disasters. Valleys are familiar places for leaks as it is a place where the water from the entire roof goes to, and it will start sloshing back and forth. Here are some home improvement tips for you. Safety First Fussing to try and find a leak as soon as it happens is something that could put you in danger. Interfere on a roof while it’s raining or covered with snow isn’t the ideal way to find a leak. Temporarily fixing a leak could be highly dangerous. If you want to fix it right, there is no quick way. Just take your time and be very patient and careful to wait for Mother Nature to give you the green signal for roofing. Take Precautions Don’t move or reposition a ladder while a person or equipment is on it. Being on a roof may put your body in positions that are not comfortable or safe. Always wear rubber sole shoes to prevent slipping. Also, use a harness and still work with a buddy who takes excellent care of you and understands your signals. Spray The Roof Garden hose is one of the best tools to spray on the roof, go up to the roofs and start spraying in different locations to find the leak. Wait if it’s winter season running because it’s not safe to run water on the roof when it’s freezing out. Keep Gutters Clean Clogged gutters are the most common areas and causes of roof leaks. Gutters that have not been cleaned can cause the water to build up during rain, make sure your gutter is clean. Hire professional gutter cleaners to fix this issue. Avoid Dry Rot Dry rot doesn’t relate to any water damage, but lack of ventilation. The roof will sag in or may cause the […]
Rainy season is coming up soon, so it’s definitely smart to start looking for roofing contractors to help protect your home against floods. Choosing the right roofing contractor may seem like a daunting task, when in fact, it’s fairly simple. Here are a few steps you can follow to make sure you choose a legitimate and trustworthy roofing contractor. 1. Check for business licenses Before choosing your roofing contractor, verify that they have fulfilled the business licenses required by the local and national government. You can check for their TIN (Tax Identification Number), their official business address and contact number. 2. Check for past clients There’s no stronger proof of a legitimate roofing contractor than previous clients. If possible, check out recommendations online or feedback on Gawin.ph’s platform to see what past customers have to say about the service provider. You can also ask your contractor for a list of references of past clients and their contact details. 3. Ask for proof that the contractor is licensed by the roofing manufacturer In some cases, roofing manufacturers provide certification and training for contractors who are to install their products on customers’ homes. This is to ensure that quality is maintained during installation. If possible, ask for proof of training or certification to make sure that your potential contractor has been vetted by a trusted manufacturer too. 4. Ask about the scope and manpower needed Don’t be afraid to ask for details about the project. Questions like “How long will the project take?” and “How many people will be working on the project?” are valid questions whose answers you need to know. This will help you figure out how the work will be supervised and the duration of time you can expect workers to be in your home. 5. Ask for a detailed contract laying down the details of the project and agreement between you and the contractor Ask for a contract where you and the contractor (or the company that the contractor belongs to) can sign so that if things go south, there’s written proof on who’s accountable for what. This contract should include information about warranties, the timeframe of the project, daily start and end times, materials, equipment and tools to be used, safety protocols, payment amount and method, date of payment, and procedure for cleaning up. 6. Do research before signing Before signing or agreeing to any payment scheme […]
Icicles may be pretty but they can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up into your house. Learn these fast fixes for ice dam removal, long-term repair, and prevention tips. Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble. That’s because the same conditions that allow icicles to form—snow-covered roofs and freezing weather—also lead to ice dams: thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Why are Ice Dams Bad? Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house. When that happens, the results aren’t pretty: peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in the attic, which loses R-value and becomes a magnet for mold and mildew. If you’re wondering how to fix an ice dam on your roof, here’s how you can prevent them altogether or remove them if they’ve already formed. How to Prevent Ice Dams Use Heated Cables Attached with clips along the roof’s edge in a zigzag pattern, heated cables help prevent ice dams that lift shingles and cause leaks. This solution allows you to equalize your roof’s temperature by heating it from the outside instead of blowing in cold air from the inside (as we mention next in “Fast Fixes”). Just be sure to install the cables before bad weather hits. How to Get Rid of Ice Dams Fast Blow in Cold Air Hacking away at ice dams with a hammer, chisel, or shovel is bad for your roofing—and dangerous for you. And throwing salt on them will do more to harm to your plantings than to the ice. Short of praying for warm weather, here are stop-gap measures we recommend. Take a box fan into the attic and aim it at the underside of the roof where water is actively leaking in. This targeted dose of cold air will freeze the water in its tracks. “You’ll stop the leak in a matter of minutes,” says TOH general contractor Tom Silva. Rake It Pull off snow with a long-handled aluminum roof rake while you stand safely on the ground. A rake with wheels, like the one shown here, will instantly change the exterior temperature of your roof without damaging shingles. De-icing Methods You can also diminish the damage after the dam has formed with…pantyhose! Fill the leg of discarded […]
Metro offers four unique roof profiles made from stone-coated steel that range from the graceful curves of MetroTILE® to the deep wood grain of MetroSHAKE®, the sleek low-profile finish of MetroSHINGLE® or the timeless beauty of MetroROMAN® all of which create a strong, weather-tight, environmentally-friendly metal roof that will beautify and protect virtually any property for years to come.
Whether your needs are focused on finding just the right roof for your home or a perfect color for an upcoming architectural or multi-family project, a Metro steel roof is the smart choice, and we’ve made the process simpler by providing an in-depth video online for you to view. Take a look at our “Why Metal? Why Metro?” DVD video, along with a brief explanation on the benefits of “Batten” vs. “Batten-Less” installations. Feel free to contact us for more information on Metro’s Smart Roofs for Smart People™.
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