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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.

 

Six Wonderful Tips For Avoiding The Cost of Professional Roof Service

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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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Clogged Gutters, Leaky Faucets, and Other Mosquito-Favorable Environments

Mosquito prevention: the core process that helps avoid the risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-related infections. Although any time of day can be mosquito time, dusk and dawn mark the typical danger zone. When untreated water accumulates, so too do the bloodsuckers that help spread the viruses. For female mosquitoes, calm air opens the window of opportunity for biting humans. Successful prevention of the “little fly,” as the word means in Spanish, requires that you eliminate and/or reduce the breeding pits. However, spotting standing water is not always easy. Water that accumulates due to clogged gutters, under-the-house A/C drippings, and even a leaky downspout can be difficult to notice.

Anywhere that untreated water meets mosquito-favorable weather conditions the bugs will breed. In a nation populated by around 175 various species of “little flies,” homeowners in Charlotte, NC and neighboring cities run a bold risk of infestation. The bugs lack teeth in the sense of other biting critters, but they do have a “proboscis.” This long, pointed mouth-part helps the female of the species pierce a victim’s skin, locate a suitable capillary, and then suck blood at a rate of up to three times the mosquitoes body weight.

Clogged Gutters, A Life Support System For Blood Sucking Devils

The typical female “little fly,” also called “Mozzies” whether male or female, can lay up to 300 eggs at a single dropping. Deposited in “rafts” or clusters if you prefer clearer understanding, the eggs may be dropped onto the surface of stagnant water. However, they are also sometimes laid in a standard flood path. Hatching takes place in as little as one inch of untreated water. And that old female, that bitter and breeder, well… she can drop eggs up to three times before she dies.

They normally thrive for ten days before ready to leave the water. For mosquitoes, life begins as larvae, often called a “wiggler.” And although birthed and thriving in stagnant water, wigglers breathe surface oxygen. In time, they develop into pupae. Whereas the wigglers feed off the organic matter that accumulates in stagnant water, the pupae are partially cocoon-cased. Thus they need no food. After a few days in the pupae state, the bug exits as a full-grown adult bloodsucker. Thankfully the typical female mossie lifespan is but two months – males usually only life 10 days or so. However, hibernating females can live up to six months.

Clogged gutters, toys, and junk piles are among the many places where mosquito life-support is readily available. Junk piles are easy to see. Toys, old tires and planter buckets are typically easy cleans. However, gutters clogged can be more difficult to notice. One test: when rain comes, check for gutter overflow. Unless your system is undersized for your home, gutter overflow should be relatively non-existent.

Preventing Mossie Accumulation – Eighteen Tips

Being cold-blooded bugs, mosquitoes hibernate. When Charlotte regional temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the adults are ready for bed. Sometimes rather than hibernate, a female mossie lays eggs in freezing water and then simply dies. The cold water doesn’t prevent the birth cycle. When warm weather returns, the eggs hatch. So winter, spring, summer or fall, applying the following eighteen defensive methods will help rid your home of mosquito infections.

1. Eliminate the junk
2. Cover the trash container
3. Clean gutters
4. Keep up with the swimming pool
5. Unblock the storm drains
6. Ensure solid runoff around the downspouts

7. Eliminate water accumulation in the crawl space
8. Clean up the bird baths
9. Check the saucers around potted plants
10. Set small boats, canoes and kayaks top down
11. Check the air conditioning air handler run-off and drain pan
12. Seal cracked or broken concrete slabs
13. Make sure the ground beneath your deck is properly drained
14. Install caps on any open fence posts
15. Control home irrigation so as to prevent excessive water detainment
16. Install and/or repair window screens and vent screens in the attic or the crawlspace
17. Repair any leaky faucets outside as well as inside your home
18. Call Right Way Exterior Solutions for installation of an efficient and effective gutter guard system.

For gutter cleaning, now may be your best time to respond. We’re pushing for this business, seeking to provide quality and timely prevention of clogged gutters in homes anywhere within our range of service. Or, perhaps your Charlotte regional home has suffered from storm damage. If so… Call now for a FREE roof inspection by the professionals at Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC. We will work for your business.

Final note:

According to the author of “Mosquito Facts – 33 Things You Didn’t Know About Mosquitoes,” bug zappers are no help in the prevention of mosquitoes (1). More often than not, such devices kill harmless and even beneficial insects – but very few bugs that bite.

1) http://www.megacatch.com/mosquitofacts.html

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Seasonal Attention Prevents Roof Problems Charlotte

Although many roof problems are easy to fix they are typically ignored until damage has accumulated into a costly Charlotte roof repair expense. Sure. Addressing household maintenance issues can be a pain. However, if your fail to give your Charlotte roof seasonal attention, you may be permitting a minor roof failure to expand into a full-fledged water problem. Yet simple seasonal roof maintenance can prevent so much cost, waste and internal home damage.

The following list is not a self-diagnostic roofing repair guide. It is, however, an informative list of roof problems that are most common causes of roof failure:

1) Substandard Installation

Being a highly engineered construction means that your Charlotte roof has many points where failure can occur. Reputable roofing contractors know and follow the roof construction standards and laws appropriate to the Charlotte Metro regional home system.

2) Lack of Flashing

Flashing is essential to creating a reliable roofing system. However, some Charlotte roofing contractors have been know to save money by ignoring the need for installed flashing. Don’t get caught with your flashing off.

3) Roof leaks and moisture

Roof leaks can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes it has to do with a lack of flashing, a nail in the wrong spot, or even a built-up roof (BUR) that your Charlotte roof installer failed to fasten properly. Your seasonal roof inspection should include examination of any point where moisture infiltration has occurred.

4) Use of Mismatched MaterialsIce dams on a Slate roof

It’s a sad thing, but some home improvement contractors have no sense of aesthetic shingle, metal and tile matching concepts. But mismatching roof materials involves even more that looks and curb appeal. Certain mismatched roofing components such as copper and iron can even promote radically quicker deterioration of your roof. Thus, roof failure becomes an early certainty. Quality roof service contractors don’t make such foolish mistakes.

5) Third-Party Damage

Look out for and check behind third-party vendors. If the satellite man or the siding contractor damages your roof, you need to catch the damage early. Immediately behind such services, you should schedule a roof maintenance checkup. Why pay for a roof failure that belongs in the expense bucket of the cable provider?

6) No Preventative Maintenance

Be it a car engine or be it your Certainteed roof shingles, lack of preventative maintenance is a primary reason for product failure. This is a worthwhile investment: Have a professional Charlotte roofing contractor walk your roof once per year. Early spotting and fixing of potential roof problems is much less costly than replacing the underlying wood framework.

7) Blow-Offs, Tenting, Reduced Wind Uplift Resistance, And Billowing

Leakage is only one aspect of incorrectly installed roof flashing. On hot-bituminous roofs, poorly installed flashing can result in gaping seams and faulty laps. The end result: blow-offs, code violations, and damage due to an ineffective puncture resistance. Likewise on torch-applied mod bit roof systems as well as hot-bituminous roofs, ineffective gravel embedment coupled with inadequate use of fasteners in the base sheet can result in excessive roof failure. .

8) Poor Installation And Unsatisfactory Workmanship

Roof installation – a work of crucial beginnings. You pay good money for a quality roofing product and a supposed reliable installation job. The life expectancy of the product is 30 to 50 years – if correctly installed. Seek proven quality workmanship. Ask for documentation on bonding, insurance and licensing. Investigate the references. And get your guarantee in writing.

9) Improper Repairs

Many roof failures are a direct result of application of materials not designed for a specific type of roof. Professional Charlotte roofers know the distinctions between components necessary for repairing an asphalt-shingled roof versus a metal roof. Likewise it is with other roofing materials. Using improper roofing repair components are at best, a temporary solution, and at worse can make the prevailing roofing problem even more severe.

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Ponding Water

raindrop background plugWater that cannot runoff in the conventional manner eventually seeps through all obstacles so that internal home damage is the only outlet. If your failed roofing system includes ponding water, find the cause before fixing the leakage.

11) Shrinkage And Blistering

Blistering and delamination often accompany spray polyurethane foam installation over wet substrate. Even if a blister is not worth fixing, trained roofers understand the symptomatic roofing problems associated with BUR systems. Blistering, ridging, splitting and surface erosion may not demand critical attention, but yourCharlotte roofing contractor most know the when and the how of any given situation.

12) Shingle Deterioration

Worn shingles tend to curl, split and decline in efficient water repelling effectiveness. Structural rot and interior home damage will soon follow suit. Catching the situation before the signs of roof failure become apparent to the casual observer will almost always reduce the cost for roof repair.

Right Way Exterior Solutions – Fixing Your Charlotte Roofing Problems Today

For professional, timely, and reasonably priced home roof installation or home roof repairs, contact Mark Zimmerman at Right Way Exterior Solutions (mark@zimmermanenterprises.com). Ensuring a quality installation or repair is our job. Ensuring that your Charlotte home roof receives yearly maintenance is your job. Early detection of roofing problems saves your home from excessive damage due to a failed roofing system.

 

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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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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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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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Six Wonderful Tips For Avoiding The Cost of Professional Roof Service

Although professional roof service remains among the most reasonably priced areas of exterior home improvement, following these tips can help you save even more cash. Roofing-related horror stories abound wherein homeowners share the tales of encountered problems and accumulated roof and interior home damage. A compromised roof can lead to tons of problems – problems that extent throughout your home. The following tips are designed to help you prevent and/or reduce the need for professional roofing repairs.Bonus tips cover critter damage to your entire home as well as the roof.

 

Roof Service -- Not Just keeping out water

1) Ventilation Pipes

Even on a relatively new roof, the boots around ventilation pipes can result in water seepage into the interior of your home. So do a yearly inspection. Even a little seepage around the pipe boots can result in long-term serious water problems. If your inspection turns up a problem with the boot on any of your ventilation pipes, roof service becomes an immediate necessity. For best assurances of a proper repair, call in a pro roofer, but if you do choose to do the roof repairs on your own, make certain that you get the right sized boot for the pipe in question.

TIP! Aside from leaks and other roof problems, you also have to worry about unwanted critters stopping by to visit or even to stay for a spell. On occasion, go through the foundation and roof of your house to ensure that there are no cracks or holes that pests can get into. If you find any, make sure you seal them up as soon as possible.

2) Attic Inspection

Whether your attic is roomy or tight, yearly inspections from inside the attic may help you avoid the expense of a major inside/outside interior/exterior home repair job. One great way to identify slow leaks:

A) Wait for a rainy night
B) Go into the attic at night
C) Turn out the attic lights
D) Use a flashlight and look for the glimmer of falling water, glittery beams, and even spot flashes on the insulation.

Respond with purpose and authority over any sign of leakage. If you can’t pinpoint the source of the leak on your own, call in a reliable roof service or exterior solutions contractor.

TIP! Rats, mice and bats. Avoid  planting trees near the house. When trees are too close, rodents can climb them and get into your attic and roof. Next thing you know, roof service becomes a necessity.

3) Choosing a Roofing Contractor

As in any business, experience plays almost as great a role as does licenses and insurance. When checking out a roofing company, question their level of experience as well as their legal documentation. Ask for older references so that you can physically confirm the age of the business. Run a WhoIs Domain check to see how long the company website has existed. Look for the line labeled “Creation Date.” And don’t go by the images displayed in the website portfolio. Online reviews, testimonials, images of previous jobs can be easily faked. The longer a roof service company has been in business, the less likely that the website displays incorrect information. So just use every-day common sense.

Even on work performed via insurance coverage, legitimate roofing or exterior solutions contractors do not demand upfront payment. Also, legitimate roof inspectors don’t mind working under the eyes of the homeowner. Finally: Legitimate roof service contractors never do random door-to-door sales and they always put the contract on paper.

4) DIY Roofing

Wet roofs can be deadly roofs. Avoid any DIY roofing services during bad weather – including high winds as well as rain, sleet, and snow. Plan your job with wisdom. Sometimes installing a tarp for temporary protection is better than making roof repairs in a rush. One fall can set you back far more than any DIY roofing project will ever save. If you don’t have the right equipment, proper safety devices, and reliable climbing aids, call for a professional roof service company. It will make your life easier.

TIP! Make sure your home’s roof and water sills are draining properly. Standing water can lead to pests.

Roof Damage Watch For Critters5) Other Signs of a Leaky Roof

Although some roof leaks are difficult to track, many leaks result in telltale interior home damage. If you notice water stains on your ceilings, bubbled paint in the upper regions of the outer walls, or sponginess along any wall or ceiling, check for a leaky roof. Spotting these warning signs early may save you bundles on interior repairs as well as exterior roof service work. A postponed roof repair is a guarantee of higher future expenses.

6) Roof Repair

Before beginning your roof repair project, inspect the entire roof. At first glance, damage may seem limited to an area around a skylight or a venting fan, but this may merely be the most obvious trouble spot. Walk the entire roof. A localized leak can be the breakout point of a problem that begins elsewhere. A careful and complete outside roof inspection helps ensure that your roof service project doesn’t come up short on solving the problem.

Also, when working on the roof, siding, windows or any other exterior region of your home that requires use of ladders, off-ground services or any other risky home repair activities, work in teams. Even if you work alone in the high areas, plan that someone remains available to keep routine check on your safety. An ounce of prevention is the best medicine, but quick discovery goes far toward preventing the need for even longer-term medical treatment.

TIP! When you find earwigs in your home, this means there is a point of entry they’ve located outside. Fill any cracks or holes you see on your home, from roof to foundation, to stop them from getting inside.

Roof Service Is Never a Minor Issue

It may seem that a slight drip that produces minor damage does not require immediate repair. That is an error in thinking. Once a shingle or two have blown off, it’s much easier for the wind to get underneath the rest and blow them off too, one-by-one. Service your roof quickly. Minimize the damage. Save yourself money in the short-haul and the long haul.

Many a sad homeowner can tell a painful tale of delayed roof service and the costs thereof. Heeding the tips in this article can help keep your roof intact, secure, and reliable. When it comes to home exterior solutions, a little care goes a long way toward reducing the need for more serious home repairs and home maintenance expenses.

TIP! Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood; therefore, if you notice an increase in carpenter ants, check your pipes and roof for leaks. Once you have found where your problem is located, fix the leak and replace the wood to help quickly rid your home of carpenter ants.
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6 Pre-Construction Stages As You Plan New Deck Projects

Decks constructed without forethought… Ugly. Short-lived. And Untrustworthy. We’ve all seen it, the results of what can happen if a homeowner fails to plan new deck projects. Complications develop. Poor ground preparation results in one corner sinking lower than the rest of deck. Lousy choices in material result in a nasty mismatch in the décor of the associated home. Shoddy craftsmanship ends up with stumped toes, floating nails, and oversize drainage gaps. Failing to plan your new deck may be a home disaster in the making.

So…

Before starting deck construction, take a look at the following 6 pre-construction thoughts and objectives. Besides, planning for a new deck before you make contact with Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC assures that can relay to our sales team a more perfect idea of your goals for the finished deck project.

Step 1 – Purpose for the Deck

Sometimes people think that all decks are crafted for entertainment, relaxation, or weekend cookouts. But what if you like to observe the stars, maybe even plan to setup a telescope on the deck? Ah… Now the availability of darkness becomes a major factor in the plan new deck projects scenario. For some folks, those who live on the waterfront, a deck must be designed to double as a boat dock. For others, a deck may be crafted with plans for future expansion into a sun-room.

Before ever starting on the plan for how to build your deck and what materials must be used, determine the purpose of the deck.

Step 2 – Ideas for Deck Designs

Simple Deck LayoutTo get ideals for deck designs, take a stroll around your own neighborhood. Observe the various home styles and the choice of deck design and decking materials most popular within your community. You don’t have to copy anyone, but fact be known, the homes in many Mount Holly and regional areas tend to follow a standard community design that conforms to the given neighborhood. Thus you need a good understanding of what works best on a similarly styled home. Pay attention to the shape of the homes and the associated deck styles. Notice how each style works in the attachment to the house. Put together a mental image of how to fit the same deck to your own home, as well as how you could modify it to make your home unique.

But even if you have a custom designed Charlotte home, a look around the neighborhood can help you develop an eye that enables you to plan new deck projects with vision and imagination. And remember: Right Way knows how to help you work up a great looking layout for the deck of your choice, no matter how distinct the layout of your home.

Likewise, take time to review current and old home improvement magazines. The styles of yesterday have a tendency to come back over and over again. Thus you could, in yesterday’s home improvement magazine, find the new style for today.

Things to look for:

  • Kit based deck railing versus custom designed deck railing
  • Location of stairs, both the deck stairs and existing house stairs
  • The use of post caps, rail lighting, and lighting on the deck steps
  • Choices of materials and how those materials fit into the décor of the associated home
  • Mode of craftsmanship: Is the deck freestanding or is it attached to the house, and why the distinction in a given situation.

Step 3 – Testing the Layout of Your Deck

You know the purpose and that defines the primary shape of your planned new deck project, the best on-site location for the deck, and any considerations that must be included to enable perceived future expansion, modifications, or further deck construction and perhaps even a new roof. You also now have the ideas that define the desired characteristics for lighting, rails, roofing and stairs.

Now you need to calculate the best size. Aid the process by cutting out some cardboard silhouettes of benches, chairs and planters. Also weigh in for a fire pit, grill, and hot tube as the case may be. Use twine toe mark out the outer perimeters of the purposed deck’s framework and then place the silhouettes as necessary to suit your goals and living style. To get final measurements, modify the visual as necessary.

Step 4 – Selecting Deck Materials

Time has arrived for deciding on types of deck materials. During the stages of layout and location selection, Lay Deck Constructionyou likely gathered some key thoughts about types of materials best suited for your deck. But situations differ and not all types of decking materials suit every planned new decking project. So keep in mind that your choice in materials may force a modification or reshaping of your perceived outdoor sunning deck.

The most common deck building products include:

  • Green Treated Pine – Least costly and easy to stain or pressure wash and re-stain
  • Cedar – More expensive but long lasting and stainable if desired but also weathers to a beautiful gray.
  • Redwood – Weathers nicely, but can also be stained or treated
  • Composite Decking – Noted for low maintenance but not to be considered maintenance free. Also has a bit of a reputation for crumbling over time.

Step 5 – Deck Lighting Options

Time to consider deck lighting options. Concerning color and style, choices abound thus you can easily match any home décor scheme. Consider low voltage deck lighting to the post caps, the deck railing, and the deck steps. You can also include recessed deck floor lights. Keep in mind that installing deck lighting will affect the deck construction process, and may even force certain design changes.

Step 6 – Starting Deck Construction

3D Deck Design Software by Big hammerWhether making this a DIY deck building project or ensuring polished quality by hiring in professional carpenters, consider dropping $79 for the HGTV Ultimate Home Design with Landscaping & Decks or just make use of the free online Home Improvement3D Deck Design Tool.

These programs and others like them use a simple drag and drop interface to enable plan new deck projects customers to see their visions in various sizes and styles. Most of them even enable users to calculate the ballpark cost of before starting deck construction.

Professional Deck Design, Deck Repair, and Deck Construction

Perhaps these six tips have triggered your desire to get your deck project on the move. Right Way Exterior Solutions can make your vision of a new deck on your home into a real world Charlotte home deck solution. Call for further details. Or merely complete the attached contact form. We are certified reliable, price efficient, safety minded, and focused on complete customer satisfaction.

 

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Repairing Roof Damage – Simple Advice From a Charlotte Roofer

Weather in the Charlotte/Gastonia area can be erratic and damaging to roofs and other home components. Rain, sleet, snow, and hail come at random intervals, in season and out. Many Charlotte area homeowners can bear first-hand witness to the dangers of high winds, downed trees, and hail the size of golf balls. They have seen dimpled shingles and dented copper. They know what happens when the wind rips away a roof crown.

But how many people really pay attention to the less obvious sources of roof failure?

This article addresses the obvious roof problems, but it also provides advice concerning the overlooked issues such as poor maintenance routines, basic exposure to long-term weather patterns, airborne chemicals, and the things that kids throw into the sky. Shoddy craftsmanship during an initial roof installation can also cause problems. Incorrectly installed Flashing may result in a slow leak that takes months or even years to become self-evident. Eaves and overhangs are also points of difficulty. These are the places where leaks sometimes go unnoticed for long periods of time.

Roof Damage That Springs From Immediate Conditions

Homeowners in the vicinity of Charlotte, Gastonia, and the surrounding areas can expect an extended share of high winds, hail storms, flying debris, and fallen tree limbs. These problem sources can generate an immediate situation of roof failure, or an impending condition of roof failure. Winds can rip away the cover ridge, chimney caps, roof vents, flashing, and/or shingles. Broken tree limbs or some other type of airborne debris can strike the roof with sufficient force to puncture shingles, felt, and even the wood beneath. Any of these damage types can permit an instantaneous leakage of rainwater.

 

However, the same things that cause on the spot emergencies can also cause long-term, unseen water damage. For example: A tree limb may not create an immediate leak. Yet if the limb is not promptly removed and the area of impact properly treated, the future effects may demand extensive roof care.

Whenever a heavy storm passes through the Charlotte area, you should take the time to examine your roof. Even if there are no obvious leaks, certain roof components may yet be missing or damaged. Furthermore, you should check to ensure that no foreign object is blocking the roof valleys or the gutter tracks. Here are some basic methods of checking:

  • Examine the roof, either from a distance that enables a full view of the housetop, or by a physical presence on the roof.
  • Look around your yard for any roof components that may have blown to the ground.
  • Question neighbors. They may have noticed something during the storm that affects the condition of your home.
  • If it seems reasonable, check the attic space for any signs of leakage.
  • If necessary, or for the assurance of adequate preventative measures, contact a Charlotte, Gastonia, or Kannapolis roofing specialists.

Roof Damage Related to Poor Maintenance

Too many homeowners ignore the obvious. Periodic roof inspections are critical to home maintenance. Be quick to repair problem or damaged areas. Stopped up gutters cause foundation damage as well as roof and wall damage. Applying leaf guards to rain gutters is one of the easiest fixes available. If you are unable to handle the installation yourself, hire a pro. The cost of maintenance is much less than the cost of major repairs. Here is a list of other primary maintenance issues:

  • Trees growing too near the home should be trimmed or removed
  • Although common in regions of high humidity, any sign of algae, fungus, or mold should be investigated.

Roof Failure Due To Inferior Craftsmanship

Flashing is designed to establish a watertight boundary between roof components, including roof sections, roof projections, and the joints of roof and external walls. Sometimes flashing gets damaged due to wind or hail or other force. Sometimes a contractor fails to install flashing. And sometimes a “craftsman” blotches the installation. Educate yourself concerning your home. Learn which areas of your roof require flashing, and then make flashing inspection a part of your routine home maintenance process.

Of course, flashing is not the only roof element that may involve inferior craftsmanship. Shingles do not always last as long as they should. A shady contractor may get a bargain deal from a local salvage yard. Whether building a new home, or replacing an old roof, make certain that you know from whence the materials were purchased.

Roofing Options

When purchasing roofing materials, homeowners typically seek durable products, aesthetic appeal, and quality installation at a reasonable cost. The options in material choices are many, ranging from cheap but popular asbestos to the unique beauty of copper shingles. Asbestos is typically low cost and easy to apply yet some roofers believe that metal roofing is a better choice. Several forces drive this conclusion. Metal roofs provide:

  • Efficient heat deference
  • Durability
  • A fire retardant nature
  • Low maintenance
  • Energy efficiency
  • Materials that can be painted
  • Resistance to mildew and algae.

Other roofing choices include:

  • Clay tile
  • Concrete tile
  • Hot mop roofing
  • Slate
  • Wood Shakes.

Certain evidences indicate that many of the high-end roofing materials are failing to live up to the stated warranties. If you are thinking of utilizing one of the new man-made products, take care to investigate the issue. Ask your Charlotte area roofer to confirm the track record of your chosen materials.

Roof Repairs and New Roof Installs

Although the correction of minor roof issues is not beyond the capabilities of many Charlotte homeowners, it may be wise to consult with a roofing specialist before moving ahead with the work. A structurally sound roof installation is critical to the stability of your home. Utilizing the right materials in the right way will protect your home and reduce the risk of future water problems.

 

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