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Can a Roof Be Replaced in the Winter?

Can a Roof Be Replaced in the Winter?

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: January 11, 2020

Roofs have been designed in keeping your homes dry and away from moisture for decades. Just like every other material that’s used to build your home, shingles, tiles, metal roofs, have a definite lifespan. Sooner or later, you’ll need to replace your roof once you find that there is irreversible damages that have started to build up over time.

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Will Your Roof Leak With One Shingle Missing

Will Your Roof Leak With One Shingle Missing

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: January 11, 2020

Just like every other building material that we use for our home, there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ roofing material. Almost all roofing materials are susceptible to hailstorms, high winds horizontally propelled rain and several different elements of the weather. Although most manufacturers would advertise their roofing materials as almost impervious to leaks and high winds, there are still factors that we have to consider.

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Best Roof for High Wind Areas

Best Roof for High Wind Areas

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: January 11, 2020

Roofs have been designed for snow and flowing rainwater so that these materials won’t penetrate the interior of your roof and your home’s foundations. For centuries, roofs have protected families from the different forces of the climate. However, not all types of roofing designs and materials that are used can easily withstand high winds.

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What To Do When Your Roof Leaks in Heavy Rain

What To Do When Your Roof Leaks in Heavy Rain

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: January 11, 2020

When rain has started pouring and you have started to notice water start to drip from your ceilings, you might probably have started worrying about all the costs to roof repair. Unfortunately, a leaking roof is a clear sign that your roof has some damage and is in need of repairs. Even minor leaks can tell you that there has been areas that are no longer protected.

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Effects of Water Damage Behind Vinyl Siding

Effects of Water Damage Behind Vinyl Siding

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: November 28, 2019

For people who are not well-versed with repairing roofs or spotting damages on roofs and walls, it can be difficult to find damages on a house’s eaves and sidings. Most of the time, damages on roofs and sidings can be subtle and hard to spot. It takes a skilled roofer with years of experience to identify problems with your roof and your sidings.

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How Much Does it Cost to Install Cedar Shake Siding?

How Much Does it Cost to Install Cedar Shake Siding?

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: November 28, 2019

At first glance, most people would not know what the difference is between shingles and shakes since they both have the same functions as well as appearance. The difference between the two depends on how they were made and processed. In most cases, the two materials are used for different eras of architecture since shakes create a more rustic motif while shingles are more precisely sawed which gives out a more precise Victorian-era theme rather than a more irregular rustic theme of shakes.

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Vinyl Siding Thickness: Does it Matter or Not?

Vinyl Siding Thickness: Does it Matter or Not?

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: November 28, 2019

There has been a long-going debate if the thickness of vinyl sidings can make a difference in the function of sidings. Roofing experts would say that the thickness of vinyl sidings, which is usually made out of shakes, are quite important to the overall health of your sidings.

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When is the Best Time to Buy Replacement Windows?

When is the Best Time to Buy Replacement Windows?

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: November 28, 2019

If you’ve recently bought a new house, then you’re probably experiencing an array of emotions ranging from happiness to enthusiasm to fear. New homeowners are excited about the prospect of personally owning a space that they could legally call their own. Depending on the type of house or home that you purchased, it may be quite a few years before you would have to do any kind of maintenance unless you already have home improvement projects scheduled ahead.

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Cedar Shingle Roof Life Expectancy

Cedar Shingle Roof Life Expectancy

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: November 01, 2019

Your roof is a large structural component in your home. Its main role is to provide the rest of your property protection from the outdoor elements, specifically the rain, snowfall, hail storms, and other types of falling debris that could damage the structure of your house. It also prevents insects from freely entering your home or damaging the external structure. Lastly, it also keeps the heat in during the cold seasons while keeping the direct heat from the sun out during the summer. In this way, it functions in conserving energy inside your home in order to maintain a comfortable living environment for you and your family.

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Should I Stay Home During a Roof Replacement?

Should I Stay Home During a Roof Replacement?

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: October 25, 2019

One major home improvement is undergoing a full roof replacement. Aside from taking a lot of time to plan and schedule, the actual roof replacement can take anywhere between a day to weeks. The time it takes to get your roof replaced varies greatly, depending on the roof materials, type of replacement, size of the roof, and a number of other factors.

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What is Roof Overhang?

What is Roof Overhang?

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: October 18, 2019

The roof overhang refers to how much the edge of the roof goes beyond the house siding. Under the overhang is a structure known as the soffit. Most homes have an overhang, however, length varies greatly depending on the architectural style of the roof, with slate roofs having longer overhangs typically.

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Walking on Slate Roofs - How to Stay Safe

Walking on Slate Roofs - How to Stay Safe

Author: Brian Carpenter|Date: October 02, 2019

Once in a while, certain parts of our home will need maintenance. If you’re the do-it-yourself kind of person, this won’t be a problem, especially with the plethora of instructional guides and videos all over the internet. With a little bit of elbow grease, things like replacing fuses, installing shelves, and repairing doors can be done by the average person.

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