Will insurance cover the cost of replacing or repairing a roof?

Insurance may cover some or all of the costs of having a new roof put in or an existing one fixed, but this normally depends on the homeowner’s insurance policy. People should contact their insurance provider to find out about policy coverage, what type of damage is covered and their deductible.

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Roofing FAQ

When do rain gutters need to be replaced?

Rain gutters should be replaced when dents or separations have developed due to wear or damage. Runoff water that overflows is another sign that the gutters are no longer draining water properly off of the roof. Old rain gutters will also cause pools of water to develop around the foundation of the building.

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Roofers answer a question

Flue

An opening on a chimney where gas is released outdoors from a fireplace. The flue is often constructed out of metal or clay tile and will vent the products of combustion in the building.

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Term & definition

How warm do roofs become during the summer months?

The temperature on roofs is influenced by the amount of sun exposure that the shingles or tiles experience. The roofing materials are often 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the outside temperature, which can increase the temperature of the home and cause the building to use more energy during the season.

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Roofing FAQ

Blistering

Blistering is the formation of bubbles that cause shingles to lose their durability due to high outdoor temperatures and excessive sun exposure. This can reduce the lifespan of the shingles and cause them to become loose on the roof deck.

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Term & definition

How can homeowners look for leaks?

Inspect the attic of the building to identify any areas where stains have developed on the roof boards. The roof can also be hosed off to allow water in where holes or cracks have developed. Roofing cement will need to be applied underneath tiles or shingles to seal off the leak before the roofing material …continue reading »

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Roofers answer a question

Pipe Boots

Pipe boots are a type of vent flashing that seals off the home from moisture to prevent leaks from developing on the roof throughout the year. Moisture often leaks into the property when the material begins to lift over time.

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Term & definition

How does algae damage roofs?

Algae feeds on moisture that is present in roof shingles and will begin to eat the limestone. This causes the granules on the shingles to become loose, which will reduce the amount of protection on the building and can cause leaks to form. A garden sprayer can be used to remove the algae with a …continue reading »

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Roofing FAQ

Algae

Algae is fungus that forms on roofs due to moisture on the roofing materials or in the air. This can cause black streaks to form, which can damage the appearance of the roofing structure.

Oct 23, 2018 | Posted in Term & definition