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Common Problems For Older Roofs

Residential roof repairs are one of the most difficult issues to deal with as a homeowner, and at times can be very expensive. It’s common for old roofs to face complications, and problems that might arise with an old roof are unavoidable and usually minor, but when left untreated these issue can become major.

Moisture and Leaking

Generally the type of roofing on your home does not matter because moisture and leaking can be caused for many reasons. One of the most familiar causes as to why an old roof might have moisture and leaking issues is because of rain. In an older home, another common reason why your roofing is experiencing moisture and leaking is because of poor TPO roofing installation. This is one the major reasons to know the age of your home, so you are aware if your roof needs constant evaluation.

Blow-Offs

Another common problem that older homes, especially in windy areas, are blow-offs. Depending on the conditions of your roof, blow-off could be cause by heavy storms, or even a light breeze. Other reasons for a blow-off can be that either the roof was not installed properly, or if shingles on the roof weren’t fastened down tight enough. These come off very easily, and even the slightest of winds can rip them off the roof.

Poor Installation

Although it might not be the case, poor installation of roofs in older homes is in fact quite frequent. Reasons for poor installation in older homes include the lack of material, technology, and skill when the homes were built. The state of the roof is typically gone unnoticed until it is the cause of severe damage, and by then, most of the time, the situation is unable to be easily repaired. Home with older roofs need inspection by the homeowner, of what is recommended, at least twice a year and after every heavy wind and storm.

Lack of Maintenance

One of the most important job as homeowner is to make sure to never neglect your roof. Although it should not be considered a daily chore, you shouldn’t forget to give your roof attention every once in a while. If you live in a hot climate it’s important that you watch your roof carefully throughout the summer months. This is because the hot climate can cause the adhesives on your roof to melt. When this happens, the shingles and other materials are usually ruined, and water will soon start to leak through them. So, make sure that you inspect your roof often, because it’s less expensive to call roofing contractors, such as Ray’s Roof, to fix a minor repair than to need to have your entire roof replaced.

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The Importance Of Having Gutters On Your Home

Many homeowners wish to save most of what they can when buying, renovating, or updating their home. This process, most of the time, results in cutting corners, and gutters usually end up on the back burner. Gutter are considered just as important of an addition to your home as your front door. Similar to your front door, gutters shelter your home from many things that you wouldn’t necessarily think of.

Water Damage

The most sizable problem that gutters defend you from is water damage. Water can disfigure your roof, foundation, and exterior of your home even when it seeps through the smallest of cracks. It can start out as a small amount of water, but overtime the build up can a large amount of harm. Water has the ability to get under your roof, and as a result, roof as well as ceiling damage occurs. Additional damage may occur to the exterior of your siding and can get under it, causing it to rot.

Erosion and Flooding

Sitting next to your foundation is topsoil, which is what protects your foundation from the elements. When water is failed to be redirected away from your home faultlessly, the topsoil is likely erode away. Not only does this process deplete nutrients away from your lawn, it also leaves your foundation vulnerable. If water is not directed away from your home, aside from causing damage, it makes it easier for a flood to take place. Not only are floods inconvenient, they ruin your belongings, are expensive and time consuming to clean up and repair, and the damage that they do is lasting on your home.


Infestations and Mold

Standing water on the ground around your house, not only will it cause injuries to the foundation of your home, it also serves as a breeding ground for infestations of insects that can make their way into your home. Infestations are not fun to deal with and can even be quite expensive. Mold is the same way – with a damp foundation, cool temperatures and little to no light, mold cultures can easily spread through your foundation and even into your siding and ceilings, if not taken care of properly.

These are just a few of the (extreme) examples of what occurs when you do not own gutters on your home. The cost of getting gutters is considered small compared to the many home repairs you will have without them.

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5 Common Reasons Your Shingles Are Curling

Perhaps you were entering your driveway when you noticed the shingles on your roof. “Is it supposed to look like that?” you had probably wondered. When taking a detailed overview, you realize that the shingles on parts of your roof appear to be curling upwards. Curling shingles are an indication of a problematic situations, and it is a sign that you must repair before bad weathers worsens the condition of your roof. But on another note, you’re probably pondering how your roof came to be in the condition it is now.

The first common reason for the curling of your roof’s shingles is poor attic ventilation. Inside of your home, hot, moisture-filled air commonly rises to the attic. If your attic is well-ventilated, this should not be a complication for the fact that the excess moisture will be circulated around and pushed back out of the attic. On the other hand, if your attic is poorly ventilated, all of the moisture from the rising air tends to get trapped in the decking, which will cause mold to form, and as a result shingles curl.

Another familiar reason your shingles might be curling because of is if you are the owner of multiple layered roofs. In many cases, homeowners opt to lay a second roof on top of an old, decrepit one. While it’s not frequently recommended, many people choose this option because it’s much cheaper than stripping the old roof and starting over. And although this action saves on upfront cost, this usually leads to premature shingle curling. The shingles on the second layer of the roof won’t be as secure, and are easily blown and curled by high winds.

Improperly installed shingles is one of the most common reasons that shingles curl. The problem begins when whoever installed your roof didn’t use enough nails per shingle, or improperly placed the nail. Either way, this will surely cause your shingles to curl. If there aren’t enough nails holding the shingle down or the nails are placed in the wrong spot, it’s likely to work itself out over time, leaving the shingle loose.

The cause of your shingles curling may also be because your shingles were not lined up correctly. There’s an adhesive strip called a tar line on each shingle. If the tar line isn’t lined up by a professional on each shingle, it won’t adhere properly. Which means your shingles will eventually curl or could potentially fly off.

Age is the most popular reasons for curling shingles. Putting it simply your roof just might be too old. If you have an asphalt roof that was done more than 12-15 years ago, and the shingles are curling, it’s probably time to get it re-roofed. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and money if you redo it now, before the shingles become a real problem and begin to let in water.

If your roof’s shingles have begun to curl, no matter the reason, it’s probably a good idea to get them replaced. Curling and missing shingles mean possible leaks in your roof, which can eventually lead to water damage – a much bigger problem. If you’re seeing curled shingles pop up on your roof, give Rays Roofing a call.

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Preparing Your Home For Winter

Winter is a savage time for many, not only for humans, as the swings in temperature and climate conditions may wreak havoc on both physical and mental health, and cause many inconveniences. Your home is the same way. As many of the cautiously calculated components used in the construction of your home are likewise affected by the unsympathetic freezing cycle of winter.

The two extremes of warm, humid summers and cold, dry winters, with a nearly 100-degree variation between the two has damaging effects that may be lasting on many natural materials. Numerous homeowners create a specific character for their dream home, an extension of themselves, and correct preservation from harsh elements is necessary to maintain its healthy appearance and functioning. Similar to human skin requiring extra hydration during the winter, nearly all materials used from woods, cement, stone and the joints and “glue” that keep it together are affected by this weather cycle.

An abundance of engineer testing and examination goes into detecting the material and structural solidity of any home. Engineers perform construction materials testing on all materials affected by new or add-on construction projects, such as ground soil, foundation, cement and retaining walls; however, failures do occur. Using concrete as an example of how the thaw cycle affects the material, deterioration occurs when concrete is critically saturated, roughly 91% of its pores are filled with water. When water freezes to ice, it occupies 9% more space than the water did and may cause distress in the concrete. The deterioration begins with the first freeze/ thaw cycle and continues through successive winters.

Icy, dry weather introduce a host of other complications that may affect even the newest custom built homes. Less humidity results in the contraction of wood flooring and cabinetry, just as the summer months result in swelling. When the damp content of wood changes from exposure to different temperatures and shifts in the environmental humidity levels, it may cause wood to shrink, swell and warp. If the moisture content changes occur frequently, it may eventually weakens the wood’s purpose. The density of the wood varies by species, and both the grain pattern and species determine the susceptibility to shrinking and warping. While all of this is taken into account during the building process, and wood is subjected to appropriate treating and finishes to be durable, there are inevitable shifts over time with the foundation, the structure, and the materials that hold it all together. One of the easiest ways to prevent indoor wood from being affected by the extreme shifts outside is to maintain consistent humidity levels in the house.
Other common cold weather home issues that are common include:

  • caulking may shrink, leaving gaps in the base or crown molding
  • stresses in the roof around penetrations and walls due to ice damming
  • snow accumulation against the side of house seeping into the side of building and crawl spaces
  • un-insulated water pipes freezing and bursting

 

Consulting with a home builder on any of these issues to prevent headaches in the spring may be the best course of action.

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