The roof of your home is something that is often taken for granted, at least until a problem arises. Constantly being exposed to the natural elements of sun, wind, rain, ice, snow, or sleet can take a toll on your roof and you may find yourself in need of a roof repair. As a homeowner, it is wise to educate yourself about roofing terminology, so you will know what to look for when seeking roof repair help. One aspect of roof detail that is an important element is the flashing.
Flashing refers to a thin layer of material that is installed on the roof that acts as a weather resistant barrier and helps prevent leaks from the roof into your home. Flashing is especially important around protrusions, or joints, on the roof, such as: around a chimney, around attic fans, or around vent pipes. Water is directed away from joint areas, such as the above mentioned, due to properly installed flashing.
Flashing can be made of a variety of materials, including metal or plastic. Metal options include stainless steel, copper, and aluminum. Thin sheets of metal can be pliable, yet very strong. Metal is the most durable flashing material. Plastic, such as a PVC-based material, can also be used for flashing, but may not withstand exposure to natural elements as well as metal flashing. Sometimes, a more flexible flashing material is needed for particular roofing situations. Some flexible flashing materials include butyl rubber or rubberized asphalt.
Flashing can be installed so that it is visible to the naked eye, or it may be completely concealed by other roofing materials such as shingles. Proper installation is vital in order to achieve the optimum amount of protection from leakage, so it is important to work with a professional roofer if your roof requires repairs, or if you are replacing/adding a roof. Improper installation of flashing, or flashing that has been damaged, can be disastrous to your home. Flashing that isn’t functioning correctly can actually draw water into your home and can cause extensive water damage to your home’s roof, and everything beneath it.
If you are seeking professional help for your roof, then Bill White Roofing and Specialty would love to hear from you. We have the knowledge and experience to help you with all of your roofing needs, not to mention our dedication to quality and customer satisfaction.
Proper insulation in the attic of your home can not only help regulate the temperature inside your house, but it can also save you a lot of money on your monthly utility bills. Insulation helps to keep your home warm in cool seasons, and cool in warm seasons. With rising prices of both electric power and natural gas, attic insulation is vital for helping with energy bills, as well as keeping you and your family comfortable all year long. According to the Department of Energy, proper installation of attic insulation can save homeowners approximately 10-50% on their energy bill. Proper attic insulation is basically a win-win for any home and homeowner.
There are two basic types of insulation: loose fill insulation and blanket insulation (also known as Batt insulation). Either type of insulation can be used in your home’s attic, but they each have their own nuances that you may wish to consider. Either one can be added to an empty, previously uninsulated attic, or they can be added to an attic that already has some insulation present.
Loose fill insulation is packaged in large bags and consists of loose fibers that can be easily spread in the desired location. Loose insulation is great for attics that have a lot of obstructions that need to be maneuvered around, or for attics that have unusual joint areas. Loose insulation is also preferable if there are small air pockets or gaps that need to be filled in and covered. It is also desirable when working in attics that have a low-clearance, because the loose fibers can simply be blown around the attic, without having to crawl in to tight spaces.
Blanket insulation is packaged in rolls, and can be cut to fit any desired length. It is offered in a variety of thicknesses, and has width options between 16-24 inches. Blanket insulation can also have a vapor barrier attached to it, usually made of a paper or foil material. This type of insulation is perfect for attics that have a lot of space to maneuver within, and in attics that have a standard layout with not too many obstructions.
The main choices of material that comprise either type of insulation include fiberglass, cellulose, or mineral wool. If you would like assistance in deciding which insulation is best for your home, then please contact Bill White Roofing and Specialty. We would love the opportunity to help you with all of your attic insulation needs or questions.
Shingles protect more American homes than any other type of roofing material. Over 80% of homes coast to coast have asphalt shingle roofs. Even if you’ve always lived under a shingle roof, you might not know a whole lot about this material and what makes it so popular. When it comes time to replace your current roof, you’ll find these facts about asphalt shingles helpful:
1.Shingles are Cost-Effective
Asphalt shingles are much more affordable than other roofing materials like slate, metal, and wood shakes. They are much easier to work with, making installation costs cheaper too. They come with manufacturers warranties against defects for anywhere from 15 to 30 years and some manufacturers offer an extended warranty on higher grade products if they’re installed by a roofing contractor who is factory certified.
2. Shingles are Long Lasting and Durable
If installed correctly, asphalt shingles will last for at least 20 years, often longer. Their lifespan depends on their grade, the quality of installation, and their maintenance over the years. Keep in mind that certain weather events can damage shingles or pull them from the roof, but they are typically easy to replace with the help of a reliable roofing contractor.
3. Shingles are Recyclable
Replacing your roof might raise some concern about adding a lot of waste to the landfills. Most asphalt shingles are fully recyclable, so you will be making an eco-friendly decision when choosing them.
4. Shingles Come in a Wide Variety of Colors
There are so many different shingle options these days, it is almost overwhelming to make a decision. They are available in a wide range of both solid colors and blends. You can choose from the traditional neutrals like black or gray, warm earthy tones, and even contemporary greens, blues, and reds. You can choose color blends that will have the appearance of tile, wood shake, or slate textures.
5. Shingles Can Be Energy Efficient
In the past, asphalt shingles were considered to be the least energy efficient roofing materials due to how much solar heat they absorbed. Today, however, there are many types of shingles manufactured that actually reflect the sun’s heat, which will help reduce your cooling costs.
At Bill White Roofing and Specialty, we are experts when it comes to asphalt shingle roofing. We have been in the business since 1969 and work with the leading shingle manufacturers to provide top of the line products to our clients. Whether you need some roof repairs or are in the market for a roof replacement, you won’t be disappointed with the quality of work we provide. Give us a call today!
Do I cut costs by hiring a less experienced contractor? Can I buy my own materials to save money? Should I do my own repairs?
Your roof is a major investment, so it’s important to weigh your options before making any major decisions. Avoid these mistakes when making decisions about roof maintenance and preservation:
1.Start a major roofing project by yourself
Unless you are an expert on roofing, it’s best to leave the work up to an experienced roofing professional. Just climbing up on the roof is dangerous and can cause serious damage if you don’t know what you’re doing. Tearing off a roof is even more dangerous. In our years in the roofing business, we’ve seen people start a project and quickly realize they were in over their heads. This mistake is often made when someone is trying to save some money, but it ends up costing more in the long run due to the damage caused by lack of knowledge.
2. Purchasing your own materials
We all like to shop around for good deals, but when it comes to roofing materials, it is best to allow a qualified roofing contractor purchase the materials for you. Many roofing contractors have long-term relationships with suppliers and are able to get a more competitive price than you could. Not to mention they will know exactly what you need and how much. Having a new roof installed is typically a package deal, so a reputable roofer will be able to provide a manufacturer’s warranty as well as a warranty on the workmanship.
3. Installing products that can cause damage over time
Just because a product sounds like it’s great doesn’t mean it’s always the best thing for your roof. For example, rain diverters sound like something every roof should have, but in actuality, they can cause more damage than good by forcing rain water up under the shingles. Another example is a flush mounted skylight. While they look great, they typically aren’t very sturdy and are unable to support large volumes of water. Be sure to consult with a professional roofer about which products will perform best with your roof structure.
4. Hiring the wrong contractor
It is extremely important to do your homework before hiring someone to work on your roof. Price shouldn’t be the only factor you consider when it comes to the quality of work being done on your home. Talk to friends and family, and ask your neighbors and co-workers for names of roofing companies in the area with a good track record of quality work. Check online reviews, social media reviews, and the Better Business Bureau to get a better feel of what customers say about them. Your roof is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, so spend the extra time to find a company with integrity and a high quality finished product.
Purchasing a new roof is a large investment, so it is extremely important to hire the right roofing contractor for the job. Just because a company promises they will do the job quickly and cheaper than others does not mean that they are the best option. In order to find a reliable and knowledgeable roofer, you must ask some important questions and do some investigating to ensure they will do a good job on what we think is the most important aspect of your home or business. Here are some questions you should ask before you sign a contract and pull out your wallet:
At Bill White Roofing and Specialty we are committed to quality and complete customer satisfaction. We always say “Your roof is our roof” and our work reflects that. We know the importance of a strong and sturdy roof so we go the extra mile to ensure it is in the best shape possible. If you have any problems with your roof, have questions about your roof, or just want a roof inspection to give you peace of mind, give us a call. We would love to hear from you!
Your roof is a very valuable investment that will last for a very long time if taken care of properly. While there are numerous things that you should do to help maintain your roofing system, here is our list of things you should NOT do to your roof:
The roof is your home or business' first line of defense against sun, rain, snow, or wind...but it is often forgotten about until there is a problem. As a homeowner, you will probably only purchase one roof in your lifetime. It is crucial that you make educated decisions on this protective barrier to avoid moisture problems and structural damage.
There is a lot of information out there about roofing, but not all of it is true. (You really can't believe everything you read on the internet????) Here are the most common myths about roofing and why they are just that, myths:
Myth #1: All asphalt shingles are the same.
All shingles are not the same. There are a wide variety of shingle types to choose from, and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. They are rated by durability and wind resistance, and some shingles are created to protect against specific issues such as black mold and algae. An important point to remember is that the price of the shingles is not always an indicator of their quality. Some inexpensive shingles are very reliable while other expensive shingles are known to have problems. At Bill White Roofing and Specialty, we will be able to help you determine the best shingles for your particular roofing needs.
Myth #2: You don't need to replace the flashing
Flashing is the metal material put in place to divert water away from roof openings. Because it is made of metal, most people think that it is indestructable. As time progresses, however, it can become loose or knocked out of place, become rusted, crack, or break. If your flashing is compromised, you will have major roof problems. It is best to inspect it twice a year to catch any damage at an early stage.
Myth #3: Pressure washing won't damage the roof materials
While you may think pressure washing is a great way to clear your roof of dirt and grime, it can actually harm the roof and cause its lifespan to shorten. High pressure washing will force water underneath the shingles and behind the siding, resulting in mold and mildew. It will also damage the texture of the shingles, causing them to deteriorate pretty quickly.
Myth #4: Insulation in the attic saves energy and aids in roof performance
While insulation in the attic is exremely important, it must be executed properly. Adding more than the necessary insulation will block ventilation and possibly trap moisture, resulting in mold and mildew growth and damage to the roof decking. It is best to consult with a qualified roofing contractor to determine the appropriate levels of insulation necessary for your roofing system.
Myth #5: Gutters are not part of the roofing system
Gutters are actually a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to diverting water from your structure, which is what your roof is designed to do among other things. The gutter system prevents water from dripping down the exterior walls and onto the foundation of the building. If the gutters are damaged or full of debris, water will build up and cause serious problems such as leaks and rotting wood in the fascia boards, soffits, and decking. You should have your gutters cleaned out frequently and inspected for damage to avoid costly problems.
We can't stress enough the importance of regular roof maintenance. Be sure to contact a reliable roofing company like Bill White Roofing and Specialty to help keep your roof in prime condition. It is one of, if not the, most important aspects of your building.
We are really into roofs here at Bill White Roofing and Specialty, and we enjoy sharing our knowledge and expertise with anyone who may be interested in learning more about the most important aspect of their building's structure. As a leading roofer in Birmingham, we feel that education and awareness are very important when it comes to prolonging the lifespan of your roof.
Here is a list of common terms and phrases that are used in the roofing industry with (hopefully) easy to understand explanations:
The decorative molding, usually metal or wood, found at the ends or edges of the roof. The fascia, frieze board, and rake are all types of cornices.
A relatively small peaked area of the roof constructed to divert water around projections such as chimneys, walls, and expansion joints.
The surface over which the roofing materials are applied. Roof decking is usually made of wood boards, plywood, or planks and is attached to the rafters. Also called sheathing.
A raised, framed section projecting through the sloping plane of the roof, usually with a window.
This metal strip is installed along the edges of the roof in order to help channel water away from the roof deck, eaves, and siding.
The lower edge of the roof, usually the area from the fascia to the building's outside wall.
A vertically positioned board or trim that is placed around the outer edge of the roof. It typically helps with waterproofing the interior of the building.
The material used to keep water from entering the roof system anywhere there is a projection or intersection. Examples of places roof flashing is installed are: chimneys, vent pipes, valleys, wall joints, perimeters, expansion joints, and any other place the roof covering is interrupted.
The triangular section of the building that is directly under the slope of the roof and above the eave.
The slatted devices that are installed in a gable or on the underside of the roof eaves to help ventilate the attic and regulate temperature and moisture.
The structural beams that extend from the ridge to eave in which the roof deck is attached.
Sloped edge of the roof that is adjacent to the outermost rafter
The horizontal line across the highest point of the roof where the two sloping sides intersect.
The enclosed area under the roof eave that extends past the building structure.
The material (usually felt) that is placed between the roof deck and shingles to serve as an extra layer of protection from moisture.
The area where two sloping roof sections intersect, creating a "V" shaped indention.
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