Category Archive For "Roofing"
When Asphalt Roll Roofing Should Be Used
On the list of things that don’t warrant every day thought or attention, your roof probably ranks pretty high on the list. However, this can be a costly mistake, as roofing leakage or other failures can cost a pretty penny to correct. You don’t want to wait until you have water dripping on your dining room table …
DIY: Removing Moss from the Roof
If the roof of your home is in a cool, damp and shaded environment then there is a threat that you need to look out for: Moss. When left unattended, as roofs often are, moss can grow wild, putting your roof at risk for big repair costs down the line. Fortunately, with a little vigilance …
What is a Ridge Vent on a Roof?
A ridge vent is an opening along the peak (ridge) of a sloped roof which allows warm air to escape the attic, thus improving the energy efficiency of the home. It looks like this: Installation of a ridge vent typically increases the cost of the project by $200-300. If you have a lot of sunlight …
What is a Valley on a Roof?
A valley is formed when two section of the roof meet at an inside angle. A valley looks like this: To find out the number of valleys in your roof, take a look at your house on Google Maps.
What is a Skylight?
Skylight is a window installed in a roof. It looks like this:
What is a Chimney?
Chimney a vertical structure that conducts smoke and gases up from a fire or furnace through the roof of a building. It looks like this:
What is a Dormer?
Dormer is a window that sticks out from a sloping roof. It looks like this:
What are Flat Roofs?
Low slope roofs (sometimes called flat roofs) are usually found on commercial and industrial properties, such as stores and warehouses. However, many residential buildings, especially in urban areas, use them too.
Benefits of a Wood Roof
Wood roofs are usually made of cedar or redwood. They are preferred by some homeowners due to their natural looks and character. A wood roof also helps insulating the attic, allowing the house to “breathe”. However, wood roofs generally have shorter life expectancy than other kinds of roofs due to mold, rot and insects, unless …
Benefits of Slate Roofs
Slate is one of the oldest kinds of roof and nowadays usually shows up on upscale homes. It’s durable (natural slate may last 100 years), resists fire and wind quite well, requires almost no maintenance and offers a very natural look. Slate roofs are significantly more expensive than asphalt ones. They also cannot be walked …