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Attic Ventilation Tips By Gil Strachan

With regard to summer cooling, I was prompted to peck out a few words on attic ventilation. In addition to keeping us warm, and preventing condensation & mildew in the winter, an adequately insulated and ventilated attic space will reduce the summer heat load in living spaces. A well ventilated attic will function much like a big shade tree! The general rule of thumb is “one square foot of unobstructed ventilation area for every 300 square feet of ceiling space; no less that 50% of the total inbound through the soffits or gable vents, and no more than 50% outbound via roof or ridge vents. The bird and bug screens can diminish the effectiveness of the vents by as much as 50%, so double this amount.

For example, a 1500 sq. ft house requires a minimum of 5 sq. ft of unobstructed ventilation area (min. 10 sq. ft. of screened vent area). This would likely be accomplished with 5 (1 sq ft) roof vents (or a larger number of smaller vents) and in most new homes, a continuous vented soffit covering. In older homes with wooden soffit coverings incorporating individual soffit vents, subsequent covering with vented aluminum will drastically impede air flow through the original openings. The wood soffit covering should be removed prior to installation of the aluminum soffit covering. If aluminum has already been applied over plywood, temporarily remove this covering to introduce more openings into the wooden soffits.

To determine whether or not your attic is adequately ventilated, first survey the number of roof vents. Then lift the access hatch inside the house (usually found in a closet or hallway ceiling). If the attic temperature is extremely high, especially on a cooler day, this means heat-loaded air is not being sufficiently vented. Also, you may notice a rush of air entering up through the access hatch. This means you might have enough roof vents, but not enough soffit (or gable) vents. The relative heights of roof versus gable vents will also be a determining factor. The higher the roof vents are above the gable vents, the more effectively the attic will ventilate.

A minimum of R20 (approx. 8”) of insulation over the upper floor ceilings is required to effectively isolate the attic from the living spaces, and continuous vapor barriers behind walls and ceilings will stop infiltration of hot outside air, and exfiltration of cooler (hopefully) inside air. Check that your soffit vents are not obstructed by insulation materials.

Without air conditioning, it helps to open all the windows overnight, and then shut down the house and close the window coverings all day, just like grandmother did it! Aluminum foil, or commercially available tinting, can also help when applied to south and west-facing windows.

 

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About Author…

Copyright Gil Strachan – All rights reserved.Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994. For more information about home inspections visithttp://www.electrospec.ca

 

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Remove the Complex From Cost-Efficient Roof Replacement

If anyone ever claimed that cost-efficient roof replacement is simple, turn your back and head in the other direction. Getting the best pricing while still ensuring quality roof installation doesn’t mean that you opt for the cheapest Charlotte roofing contractor and the lease expensive roofing materials. It just means that you must do your homework.

In any home improvement venture, making the most of your money demands that you inject personal time and energy into the project. Knowing what to expect in costs and services provides you with access to cost-efficient Charlotte roofing. Twelve years ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, roofing contractors spent over 8-million dollars on components, fuels, materials and supplies (1). During the first eleven months of 2013, construction spending exceeded $828 billion (2). Residential construction accounted for $345 billion.

Home improvement defines the term “competitive.” Low-ball roofing service centers dot the industry. Poor craftsmanship further compromised by second-hand roofing materials leave many Charlotte homeowners in the financial pinch of an inefficient roofing job. Cost-efficient roof replacement is available but sometimes difficult to grasp.

The following simple tips establish the guidelines for quality-roofing services using top-of-the-line materials and roof replace cost-efficient contractors.

Locating a Quality Charlotte Roofing Contractor

Roof replacement is not cheap. If you are looking for a ‘cheap’ roofing contractor, this is the wrong website. However, you can find a Charlotte roofing contractorwho is able to provide durable and cost-efficient roof replacement. The search involves three schools of thought:

  • Old School – Looking in the newspapers and the yellow pages
  • New School – Digging into the abundance of information available on the Internet
  • Decision School – Closing via reliable referrals.

Small businesses dominate the home improvement industry. Most of these will fail within the first three years of business. According to the Small Business Administration, small business failure occurs for the following reasons (3):

  • Insufficient capital
  • Lack of experience
  • Low sales
  • Misuse of business funds
  • Poor location
  • Poor service
  • Superior competition
  • And More.

When searching for a Charlotte roofing contractor, apply all three methods. Be careful of super-sized newspaper ads, Internet sites that serve only to promote roofing companies and on-site referrals. Many web-based “Yellow Pages” and “Service Referral” sites claim to be impartial. According to the Bureau of consumer Protect, business directory scams litter the Internet (4). Business payments to so-called unbiased Internet advertising sites make the scam possible. So ask yourself how the so-called “expert” finders stay in business without having what is typically called a “premium” advertiser list.

The best resource for finding a reputable roofing company comes via the referral you get from someone you trust. Back that up by investigating how long a business has been in operation, and various other business reports. Finding the Internet age of a business is as simple as typing:

whois http://zimmermanenterprises.com or any other business name. The “Whois” report supplies you with a domain creation date as well as various ownership details.

Interviewing Roof Installation Contractors

During any interview process, learn to Watch out for that “gut” feeling. Interviews are designed to educate buyers and instill trust for the roofing company. The “gut” feeling can be positive or negative. But remember: for you the interview is about information, finding what meets your roofing needs and getting cost-efficient roofing replacement from a quality company. Don’t permit a “gut” feeling to blind your common sense.

Trust is indeed a major concern. What begins with a “gut” impulse must be reinforced by:

  • Presentation of a building license
  • Evidence of insurance and bonding
  • Membership in professional trade organizations
  • And a host of satisfied customers.

 

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Accidental Electrocution Listed In OSHA 2013 “Fatal Four” Report

In order to avoid accidental electrocution during home roof repairs, homeowners should learn and follow OSHA warnings pertaining to electrical safety. Whether repairing a roof leak or repairing a leak related electrical problem, learn the associated risks and avoid watts of pain.

Troubleshooting electrical systems is always risky. Factor in the possibility of accumulate water from a leaky roof, and the possibilities of electrical shock takes a sharp upward spike. According to the 2013 OSHA construction “Fatal Four” report, 8.6% out of 828 total 2013 construction-related deaths were by cause of electrocutions (1). Furthermore, three hundred and two of those deaths were due to falls – some of which were triggered by an electrical shock.

Not all electrical accidents result in death, but a lasting scar or a disabling wound can induce a similar type of extended family trauma. So… If you are not sure how to avoid accidental electrocution during a roofing installation or roof repair project, consider leaving the task in the hands of professional roofers.

Electricity, Dangerous On or Off the Roof

Although sometimes connected via underground cable, electricity typically enters homes through a lead wire that suspends between the eaves of the roof and a nearby utility pole. In either event, careless handling of electrical wires and components can result in serious electrical shock.

For roofers the risk of accidental contact with exposed electrics is a daily job hazard. Working with hammers, nails, ladders and other metal work tools proportionally increases the chances of an avoidable electrical accident. Even taking handhold on a metal gutter can result in an unexpected discovery: somewhere around the corner, that very gutter system may be in contact with an open and live wire.

Other electrical hazards include:

  • A improperly grounded roof antennae or TV dish
  • A shorted roof-mounted air conditioning unit
  • And even a collection of water that links to shorted outlet in the attic.

How to Avoid Accidental Electrocution

Sometimes the wires around a roof get old, worn and exposed to destructive weather elements. It doesn’t take much to let injurious energy into the roofer’s world. Furthermore, not all home electricians perform their duties with care. It is possible that even in a brand new home, the electrician to correctly install the electrical system. This can mean that even a roofing nail could penetrate a hidden electric line.

Water leaking into an attic electrical outlet can also result in serious roofer injury. So, if you have any concerns about the electrics in your home, consider having a professional electrician come out for a wiring check.

Shutting down power at the c-panel box eliminates most of the risk factor. And, if necessary, your local power company will gladly come out and disconnect the lead line into the house if necessary. But remember also that certain appliances store energy in on-board capacitors. Thus even a dead lead line is not absolute assurance that all dangers are removed.

Specifics of Outdoors Electric Wiring

Although performing the same primary function, outdoor electrical cables are constructed differently than interior cables. According to electrical installation standards released by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and adopted in one form or another by all U.S. states, the code for outdoor wiring is slightly different than the code for indoor wiring (2). Although not all states apply the same measure of NEMA standards, many communities do require a a licensed electrician for outdoor wiring projects. However, some regions merely demand that a licensed pro handle the final inspection of a finished electrical project.

What makes outdoor wiring different? Outdoor wiring needs protection from the elements. It is subjected to wet and icy conditions, drastic changes in temperature, and corrosion. Also, overhead cables must be kept high enough to avoid posing a hazard to ground traffic. Generally a height of 12 feet is adequate for residential work, but not always practical, and does nothing to guard against dangers such as falling trees, limbs and swinging ladders.

Weatherproofing Outdoor Electrics

Outdoors electrical materials and equipment such as fixtures, electrical boxes, receptacles, connectors, and fittings are manufactured not only to meet code requirements but also as resistant to the elements. Outdoors electrical equipment must be weatherproof and sometimes fully weather-tight as well.

 

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Value-added Charlotte Exterior Solutions At Reasonable Prices

Buying a new roof in Charlotte, replacing the roof on an older Charlotte home, or upgrading worn siding is one of the most important investments a Charlotte homeowner can make. Yourroofing and gutter system protects your home and family. Vinyl siding eliminates painting while adding curb appeal at the same time. You should take as much care in selecting a Charlotte Roofing contractor, gutter guard provider, or siding installer as you would with any other important home or business decision.

 

Let An Straight-Up Charlotte Roofing Contractor Repair or Replace The Shingles On Your Home or Business

Many Charlotte Roofing Contractors do not perform roof repairs. Their warranties often depend upon installation of a brand new Charlotte roof. But your budget or the actual problems with your roof may have not require the installation of a new roof. You need a Charlotte Roofing Contractor who places you and your family ahead of higher profits and greater job turn-around. At Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC Charlotte contractor services, we inspect your home or business using our personally developed roof inspection plan. Trained to find all of the issues associated with Charlotte roof repairing or Charlotte roof replacement, we help you determine the best solution to your specific home or business roofing needs. A careful Charlotte roof inspection helps prevent problem coverups that can cause high-dollar future complications.

You take home and roof seriously. So do we.

Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC does Charlotte roof repairs, Charlotte roof replacements and new Charlotte roofing installations for a living. As a Value-Added Charlotte Exterior Solutions Contractor, we know and understand the local weather conditions, the yearly climate changes and the local zoning laws. We understand how these issues relate to your home’s roof. But even more than that, Mark Zimmerman is also a Piedmont area homeowner. He has lived in the Charlotte area for over fifty years. He knows the hazards that your Charlotte roofing system must endure. He employees local roofers who also understand the environmental conditions around Mount Holly, Stanley, Iron Station and other Charlotte areas. These professional Charlotte Roofers know how local conditions affect Charlotte roofing materials and Charlotte roofing installation practices. The Zimmerman roofing team knows how to remain focused on quality roof construction and waterproofing. Right Way Roofing & More, LLC represents professional home and business roofing services. Mark Zimmerman represents Right Way Roofing & More, LLC quality. We are dedicated to providing the best available roofing services throughout the area.

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Let vinyl siding preserve the underlying structure of your historic Charlotte property.

If you are fortunate enough to own a historic property in Charlotte that has a wood frame, you are also aware of how labor-intensive wood maintenance can be. Even when using the best of paints, wood siding requires routine inspection and occasional touch-ups if not a complete redo paint job. How do you get around it? Invest in products that can provide exterior protection in a semi-permanent format.

To get the best protection while enjoying the unique treasure of living in a historic Charlotte home, many homeowners install vinyl or aluminum siding as an economical solution that is not detrimental to the current state of the wood. In many cases vinyl siding in Charlotte historic buildings proves to be the best way to fight early signs of deterioration. However, if applied without sufficient planning and consideration “vinyl siding preserves” can become “vinyl siding contaminates.”

Let’s take a look at some important factors to consider and questions to ask before you install aluminum or vinyl siding on your historic Charlotte home.

Be careful not to ignore underlying problems

Before attempting to preserve historic Charlotte properties with wood siding, seek to ensure that you do not conceal problems by merely applying aluminum or vinyl sidings as a coverall. Some problems can go on to affect the very foundations, like water entryways that lead from the roof to the wall and rotting behind the siding were it used to only be a minor problem.

While it may cure pealing paint or the ugly discoloration of the wood, installed vinyl siding on top of such problems can lead to bigger problems – and if moisture is trapped between the barrier and the wood siding you will eventually encounter even bigger problems.

Whereas such possibilities does not mean that you should discount the use of aluminum or vinyl siding preserves, it does mean that you must work with a company that is fully trained in all matters concerning home structures, historic properties, and when and how to rightly install vinyl or aluminum siding.

Durability and Cost To Vinyl Siding Preserve Your Historic Charlotte Property

The inquiries of toughness and relative expenses of aluminum or vinyl siding contrasted with the support expense of notable materials are intricate. Both types of siding offer long life, dependable service and low upkeep. Aside from abuse, quality substitute sidings typically age well even in severe climates. However, time will produce some changes in the shading and gleam of the materials.

Under typical conditions, installation of either component will cost out at several times that of quality paintwork on wood siding. However, the low maintenance and the extended life of vinyl or alum will quickly repay the cost of installation.

A touchy application, holding existing trim, will cost more. Along these lines, to earn back the original investment on cost, the new siding ought to keep going the length of a decades before considering upkeep. On wood two layers of good quality paint on a legitimately arranged surface can last from 8 to 10 years. Let’s say a realist average of seven years is expected for paint on wood, then aluminum and vinyl siding ought to last 15 to 21 years prior to obliging extra upkeep, to earn back the original investment with the support cost for painting wood siding. Once painted, the aluminum and vinyl siding will get repainting with the same recurrence as wood siding.

While aluminum siding can bend upon contact and the effective resistance of vinyl siding gets worse in lower temperatures and, hence, is liable to crack under heavy pressure, these materials are for the most part not any more liable than wood siding and shingles. Every siding material is liable to harm from the elements and potential vandalism; in any case, there is a noteworthy contrast in the repair-ability of wood siding versus substitute materials, for example, aluminum and vinyl. In spite of the fact that they can all be repaired, it is much less demanding to repair wood siding and the repair, in the wake of painting, is for the most part unavoidable. Likewise, a noteworthy issue in the repair-ability of aluminum and vinyl siding, as said above, is getting it to look like the original shade of color it was before it was damaged. Coordinating the paint for wood siding has a more noteworthy probability of matching

Conservation – Energy Efficiency of Vinyl Siding

With the rising cost of oil and gas, it comes as no surprise that the ability to retain energy is an important factor for historic Charlotte wood sidings. This alone makes a big plus concerning the installation of vinyl or alum siding. Although the insulation capabilities built into modern siding materials often include extra thermal backing, on their own vinyl siding preserves are not great insulators. Yet the thermal material, when correctly installed, and the newly added air pocket can offer some slight increase in your homes energy conservation capacities.

For more information, or to schedule your free estimate, contact Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC, asap.

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Fire, Shock, and Leaking Roofs

Leaking roofs increase the structural potential of electrical fire hazards. Even roof leaks that appear minor on the surface can result in serious home damage such as an accumulated growth of hazardous molds, rotted rafters, and even a short in a nearby electrical outlet.

Don’t let minor roof problems magnify into a home or business disaster.

Homeowners often hear promises of a roof lifespan touching 15 to 20 years. And such news leaves one with a feeling of security and peace of mind. Yet total dependence on a written guarantee can sometimes lead to premature roof failure. Never let maintenance of your Charlotte roof slip into the back corners of your mind. When thoughts of repair and maintenance pass through your thinking without provoking personal attention and action, a minor leaking roof can result in major home damage.

You must recognize that wind, trees and animals can cause imminent damage to your home – Damage that is often not covered by the guarantee of the roofer or the maker of the roofing materials.

Some of the causes of a leaky roof include:

  • Leaks around the chimney flashing
  • Missing shingles
  • Accumulated debris
  • Ice dams
  • AND general daily stress from heat, cold, water and ultraviolet rays.

What causes roofs to leak?

The roof on your Charlotte home constantly expands and contracts. In time, the roofing system weakens. We all wish for a permanent roof structure that last as long as the structure of our home, but this doesn’t happen. However, by dealing with roof leaks quickly and efficiency, you can help extend the life of your roofing system.

A leaking Charlotte roof can damage the roof itself as well as the walls, beams, framing, and insulation of your home or business. Furthermore, many of these problems can lead to an accumulation of toxic mold. Also, roof leaks can result in wet floors and other dangers to employees and family members.

Some people never go up into their attics. Thus they have no idea what is up there. Some Charlotte homeowners also use their attic as a spare bedroom, computer room, or exercise and hobby room. Many people use their attic as a place to store junk. As a result, many attics include electrical outlets, fans and any number of small electrical devices that could all be damaged by water dripping from the ceiling. And we all know that uncontrolled water and electrical components can be a lethal combination as well as an ongoing fire hazard.

For rapid professional help with your Charlotte leaking roof problems, contactRight Way Exterior Solutions.

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Clogged Gutters Among Common Causes For Charlotte Home Wood Rot

Despite all efforts taken to protect your Charlotte home from rotting wood, in all likelihood some measure of decay fungi is currently at work on your home. It can happen anytime and anytime and anywhere, even on new homes. And it is not limited to outdoor decking or other exterior areas that come into regular contact with water. Moisture can find its way into the most inconspicuous places. If you haven’t recently cleaned and secured your roofing drainage system, clogged gutters may at this very moment be a breeding ground for wood rotting fungi.

The first signs of rot or decay usually show up in the form of cracks or at seams where two pieces of wood meet. Rot is most commonly discovered along the trimmings of doors, window frames, windowsills, and etc. Caused by minute fungi, wood decay can become one of the most expensive home repairs in your budget. And even though the fungi are mere microscopic threads, noticing a cluster is rather easy. Not all fungi induce wood decay, but all should be treated as quickly as possible. This means you must:

  • Eliminate the cause
  • Repair the damage
  • AND take reliable preventive measures to stop future occurrences.

Replacing clogged gutters is expensive, but not near so costly as repairing rotted fascia, soffit, rafters and other exterior and interior Charlotte home roofing components is far more costly. Better still: Clear your gutters and install a reliable gutter guard system.

Repairing Wood Rot

The process of repairing wood rot can be a bit too involved and possibly too dangerous for the average homeowner. If you’ve only performed basic home repairs, you may be better off hiring a home repair contractor. In order to prevent water from re-entering affected areas, the pros work with special wood epoxy products. First the wood rotted surface needs to be removed completely. Second, the putty-like wood epoxy is filled in and sanded down to the appropriate size.

When it becomes too difficult to remove all of the wood rot, there is an alternative product known as a “consolidant.” This material is injected into the fibers of the wood using a highly advanced liquid compound, which reinforces the infected wood. Rightly applied “consolidant” essentially replaces the damaged portion of the wood with a higher density and water-resistant material. In order for “consolidant” to perform as expected, rotted wood must be completely dried out before work begins.

If you do decide to undertake this repair on your own, be very careful when utilizing these epoxy formulas. They can cause very serious skin damage and are toxic when inhaled. These industrial-strength super glues will also ruin any surface that they were not intended to come in contact with.

Preventing Future Wood Rot

No matter how well the repair goes, if you don’t fix the problem creating the symptom in the first place, then you’ll just end up with wood rot sometime again in the future. Check all cracks and trimmings that have caulking, make sure the seal is strong, or replace it with acrylic latex caulking. Problematic plumbing or fixtures may also need attention if the wood rot is located nearby. Moisture can travel some distance if there is a leak that can run along a compromised seal or cracking. Replacing of any moldings with more water-resistant versions in the kitchen, bathrooms, or laundry rooms can also keep moisture in-check. If poorly installed or clogged gutters are causing the problem, that too must be corrected.

Further Considerations

If your experience with leaks and wood rot is one with extensive history, it might be worth investing in new pressure treated wood solutions for the outside as well as the inside the home. Borates have been discovered to be a safe, non-toxic solution to protecting your wood, and this solution can be applied as simply as using a spray-attachment on your garden hose. Borates is an all-natural mineral solution that coats the wood to prevent moisture from entering, as well as borrowing insects like termites and carpenter ants.

If you need additional information, gutter cleaning or any other guidance, contactRight Way Exterior Solutions. From roofing to siding, and all the in-betweens, we have a thirty-plus year history of providing quality Charlotte home exterior repairs and installs.

 

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Necessity of Ladder Safety When Performing Charlotte Roofing Services

Performing Charlotte roofing services without practicing essential ladder safety can result in serious personal injury. Simple common sense precautions may prevent you and your family from having to endure the pain, frustrations and financial difficulties that can follow a fall-related disaster.

These Charlotte roofing tips are designed to make it safer and easier for you to work on your gutters, roof, siding and other home exterior projects. Failing to follow basic climbing safety procedures can also cause property damage. You don’t want to bend your gutters or scratch your cedar siding or watch a ladder crash through the kitchen window. When handling DIY Charlotte roofing services proper ladder safety helps you protect yourself and avoid beating up your home.

Charlotte Roofing Services Tips – Working With Ladders Safely

In April 2013, WCNC news reported an incident that expresses the dangers of error in ladder safety (1). It happened at Charlotte Douglas. The employee of an airport tenant fell from a ladder that was extended to the rooftop of the main terminal building. Enduring potentially life-threatening injuries during the fall, the victim ended up stranded on the roof. Help arrived in the form of the Charlotte Fire Department. The employee was eventually transported to CMC Main.

Charlotte roofing services can be dangerous. Working safely with ladders is critical to employees, DIY homeowners and the owners of Charlotte Roofing Contractor companies.

The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides the following recommended ladder safety do list (2):

  • Never climb or descend without facing the ladder
  • Practice the 3-point contact rule: 1) Both hands and a foot or 2) Both feet and a hand
  • Remain between the ladder’s side rails
  • Wipe away slippery substances or materials before placing the ladder for the climb
  • When possible, extend the ladder three-foot above the landing
  • Use caution when exiting the ladder at the top or the bottom
  • Avoid leaning sideways or stepping from too high so that you miss a rung.
  • Never climb or descend with objects in your hands.

OSHA reports also include a ladder safety DO NOT list. Do not:

  • Misuse an extension ladder. They are not horizontal platforms, temporary staircases or bridges.
  • Allow anyone to move of shift an occupied ladder.
  • Join two ladders together in any manner, including welding
  • Overload a ladder
  • Stand the ladder on any unstable surface, including barrels, soft ground or makeshift stands.

Other Charlotte Roofing Services Ladder Safety Tips

Although typically used for indoor Charlotte painting, no discussion of ladder-related safety issues would be complete without addressing stepladders. Portable, self-supporting ladders are typically designed as an A-frame with equal length legs. However, the modern handy-dandy adjustable stepladder may take on some peculiar shapes. This also increases the danger of falls.

When using a stepladder for your Charlotte roofing services, make certain that you do not exceed the ladder’s manufacturer-stated weight limit. Additionally, you should not:

  • Use a damaged stepladder
  • Stand on the top cap or the top step of the ladder
  • Place a metal stepladder near electrical wiring or electrical equipment
  • Extend your reach or your body beyond the ladder side rails
  • Unlock the ladder spreaders
  • Stand the ladder on unstable ground
  • Ignore the 3-point contact rule during climbing or descending
  • Use the stepladder for any purpose other than that recommended by the manufacturer.

Ladder Safety, Charlotte Roofing Tips By Zimmerman Enterprises Charlotte Kanga Roof

This safety with ladders article is offered as a component of the Zimmerman Charlotte roofing tips project. We want Charlotte homeowners to know what to expect when dealing with roofing repair, roof replacement or roof installation. We want your business enough to share our experience on a no obligation basis.

Here are a few closing tips for working safely with a ladder:

  • Always use a spotter to hold the ladder stable at the base
  • If the ground is not suitable for level mounting, use wood blocks and stakes to ensure stabilization
  • When you must lean the ladder against your gutters, prevent damage by straddling the runners over spikes and hangers
  • Always tie off the ladder at the top
  • Never step on a rung that is higher than the fulcrum rest of the ladder.

 

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Ice Dams: Which Comes First, the Law of Gravity or an Unstable Roof?

Before dipping into the depths of this particular Charlotte roofing tip, Zimmerman Enterprises Kanga Roofing of Charlotte would like you to consider a strange phenomenon concerning ice dams: Water doesn’t always flow down hill. At times it backs up, accumulates and only then submits to the power of nature and gravity. The result may be a slow trickle that can be addressed and managed before major structural damage can accumulate. Or…

The submission to gravity may force your roof leak to explode with devastating and costly consequences to your home and to your health.

Ice dams can make water flow uphill. So too can clogged drains, gutters and downspouts. Back in 2006 while reconstructing the old Charlotte IRS building, a local Metrolina construction company encountered a major leak issue (1). It came about shortly after a summer downpour dumped inches of water throughout Mecklenburg. Within the hour, stories of flash floods, structural damage and leaky roofs dominated the news.

Next morning in the old IRS building on Albemarle Road, water leaks had sprung up all across the southeastern wing of the structure. Rather than mere drips, the leaks were like minor springs of continuous water flow. Ceilings, walls and carpets got damp, then soggy and then ruined. Repair costs mounted quickly as did material requirements.

When work crews reached the roof of the building, they discovered knee-deep water in all the lower sides of the flat roof building. Three roof drains were completely stopped up. The water pressure had backed up, amassed pressure and then forcibly found new ways for obeying the law of gravity.

Having a sturdy roof is essential to home protection from the weather and from the elements. To maintain the stability of your roof unhampered water drainage is an absolute necessity. You need to know how and when to check your roof. Regular roof inspections ensure that rainfall, sleet and ice do not backup, build up and eventually explode beneath the overwhelming law of gravity.

Ice Dams and Charlotte Roofing Tips For Reliable Prevention

Although often used in office and industrial construction planning, flat roofs are not standard on residential Charlotte homes. Most of you live in “A” frame structures. You have asphalt shingled or metal roofs – sometimes tile or wood shakes. Thus ice dams can be a common problem.

According to the University of Minnesota, the ridge of ice that accumulates at the edge of your roof is called an ice dam (2). Every article with a focus on Charlotte roofing tips mentions the roofing dangers associated with backed up water. When an ice dam prevents melting show from draining off your roof, the water temporary flows up hill. As a result of the backup, water eventually begins to seep, leak or explode into your home. The damage to your Charlotte residence can include structural collapse of the roof, ceilings or drywall. The accumulated damage associated with ice dams also includes wet attic insulation, electrical shorts and even exterior wall damage.

Stopping water leaks is critical to the stability of your roof and the protection of your Charlotte home. Preventing water from flowing uphill is one component of proper roof management. Don’t risk the dangers of ice dams, water backup and explosive leak damage. Act now to correct known problems in advance of the coming winter snows.

Even when explosive and immediate damage doesn’t occur, rainwater under your shingles results in long-term roof rot. Even when melting snow doesn’t create a technical “ice ridge,” trash in your gutter can result in blockage, refreezing and water backup. High winds sometimes lift shingles. Debris gets forced underneath. When the rain falls the wind forces the water into the gaps.

Preventing the Ice Dams and Ice Dam Damage

To prevent roof damage due to ice dams, follow two courses of action: 1) Immediate response to the situation and 2) Long-term solutions.

Immediate ice dam prevention demands that you get the snow and ice off your roof. In order to prevent shingle damage, use a push broom or a roof rake. But be very careful, for your own safety and for the safety of your existing roofing materials. If water is already flowing into your home, break channels in the ice dam. It’s a touchy job. Consider hiring a professional Charlotte roofing contractor.

Long-term ice dam solutions require special considerations. Start by eliminating any interior leaks of warm air into the attic. Moist interior heat on the inside of your roof structure promotes melting and refreezing of snow and ice. Have your attic inspected by a professional Charlotte roofer. Adding ceiling/roof insulation may eliminate all of your leakage problems related to ice dams. Don’t forget to repair the existing roof damage.

Zimmerman Enterprises is always on hand to provide you with free estimates on any full-home roof replacements or roof installations.

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Universal Focus on Historic Structures, Including Network-Wide Roof Repair Charlotte

In 2006, the General Assembly appropriated $222 million plus toward the repairs and renovations of ECSU, NCCU and UNCA (1). The allocated funds included $600,000 toward roof replacement at the UNCC for Public Television Bryan Center and an additional $75,000 earmarked for network-wide UNC roof repairs Charlotte. The funds also supported improved energy conservation measures, renovations of various classrooms and support facilities and improvements to the General Administration electrical infrastructure.

Agricultural Buildings: Roof Repair Charlotte Historical Barns

When repairing historic Charlotte roofs – even an old barn – most owners prefer to retain the original look and feel. From wooden shingles to slate and from shingles to metal, historic agricultural structures run the gauntlet in roofing materials. Maintenance is critical to keeping a watertight barn roof. When kept dry, those old pine rafters, roof boards, framing and floors seems to last forever. But failure to preserve the roof ensures that your historic Charlotte barn ends up making a somewhat large scrap pile.

According to the University of Vermont, the original roofing of historic agricultural structures fits into the following time frame:

  • Prior to 1850 – Wooden shingles
  • 1851 to 1940 – Optional slate and early metal designs
  • 1941 to Present – Asphalt shingles and current fabricated metals (2).

It may be that your historic roof has already deteriorated beyond reasonable maintenance or roof repair options. If correctly maintained, slate and metal roofing materials tend to last for ages. But sometimes roof replacement is the best choice. To retain the historic look and feel, stick with the original roofing material type. It may be cheaper to installed corrugated fiberglass roofing sheets, but it will never reflect the historic character of an old wooden shingled roof.

Inspecting Your Historic Roofing System

Whether on your home or on your historic barn, yearly roof inspections ensure a watertight surface. Unless experiencing roof leaks or other roof problems that demand the attention of a professional Charlotte roof repair company, you can handle the standard inspections without ever needing to climb a ladder.

Unlike the roofs on houses, barn roofs are generally free of any hidden areas. Inspection can be as simple as using binoculars to scan the outer surface of the materials. The process is simple: Going row by row, scrutinize overlaps, flashing, ridges, eaves and intersecting walls.

Follow-up the external scan with several inside walk-through inspections. Use the sun to your advantage when trying to spot pinholes of light. Use the rain and the snow to spot the difficult leaks. Look for water stains, loose flashing and rust where rust is a factor.

Knowing When Roof Replacement Is Better Than Roof Repair

Contrary to the whispers of the industry: It is not inevitable that a roof will leak, need repair or require replacing during your lifetime. Well-maintained metal and slate roofs can last for generations. But that is the problem with historical roofs: They have been around for generations.

The following simple questions will help you determine if your roof repair Charlotte project should change into a roof replacement project:

  • If possible, repair historical roofs that are original to the building
  • Identify the root of the roof problem
  • If replacement is unavoidable, seek to locate the historic roofing materials
  • If material availability is non-existent, consider custom fabrication
  • Can you still find a Charlotte roofing contractor with the skill to repair your historic roof?

Explore the options. When possible, retain the character of your historical structures. House, barn or any other legitimate structure, Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC is always ready to help you with your Charlotte roof repair, roof replacement or roof installation. For more information, click here.

 

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