Selecting the right roofing materials makes a dramatic difference in the lifespan of your roof. This includes, but is not limited to, underlying and unseen elements as well. When selecting your roofing materials, there are many things to consider. As an article on This Old House points out:
As well as keeping the house dry, the roof contributes greatly to the look of the house, so when building a new house, adding on, or re-roofing, it may pay to consider the options.
So where do you begin when you select roofing materials? With the shingles, of course.
Because not every roofing shingle can be used on every type of roof, it’s important to select a shingle that works for your structure.
For example, a roof with a lot of slope and sharp angles will need a different material than a flat roof. Similarly, structures that can’t handle the load of slate or tile could collapse over time due to their extreme weight.
Also, while most people choose single-thickness asphalt shingles, they aren’t always the best option for a property. Yes, it’s true that they are the least expensive, but their lifespan differs from the laminated, thicker asphalt shingle by nearly a decade.
Further, it’s not always wise to select simply on price alone. You should also consider how long you plan to remain in your current residence as well. In which case, given its lifespan, a metal roof might benefit your situation more than asphalt ever will.
Last, materials like flashing shouldn’t be ignored. A quality roofing job will never ignore proper flashing installation. When installing all exterior work, it’s just as important to a roof’s life that all abutments are water-tight and sealed, no matter their location on the home.
If you would like additional information on how we can help you with your roofing project, please contact Frost Roofing today to schedule an appointment.
Frost Roofing wants to teach you the fundamentals of how to inspect your roof for hail damage. We will inspect your roof for free also, but watch this video to find out what we look for during these inspections.
The summer days are cooling off, the kids are starting a new school year and we are reminded that the long rainy season is about to return. Fall is a magical season, and it’s the time of year when we should button up our homes as well as our jackets. Between now and the first freeze of winter, there are four things you can do to prepare your roof for bad weather.
CLEAN THE GUTTERS
When leaves and debris collect in your gutter system, eventually, it will create a clog in the downspouts. Rain water will overflow the gutters, damaging your roof, trim and siding. The added weight of the wet leaves and water could also cause your gutters to pull loose from the anchor point or collapse.
To prevent these problems and unforeseen repair costs, make sure to keep your gutters relatively clear through the fall. And, once the trees around your home are bare, do a thorough cleaning. You can also get out ahead of the fall season and have gutter screens or guards installed to prevent the collection of debris in the first place. We recommend Master Shield gutter protection system.
Clear Off Debris
It’s important to remove leaves, pine needles, and other debris from the surface of your roof as well as your gutters. Even small bits of debris will hold moisture and possibly rot or mold, which will break down your roofing material.
If you’re confident and experienced in walking on your roof, get up there and broom or blow off the debris that has collected on your roof, paying special attention to the valleys, which are most vulnerable to water damage. Make sure they are free and clear of debris so as to allow water to flow.
As part of our roof evaluation and maintenance services, we also treat roofs for moss, which is certainly not a bad idea in our moist climate.
CHECK FOR DAMAGES AND DETERIORATION
With a clean roof, scan the surface for missing shingles or ones that have cracked curled or frayed edges. You can use binoculars to inspect from the ground or climb up to the roof to have a look.
Also check for damaged flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights. These areas are the usual suspects when you have a leak. Repairing flashing yourself may not always provide the results you expect, so give us a call and we’ll make sure everything is sealed properly before the rain hits.
ATTIC INSULATION AND VENTILATION
Without adequate airflow in your attic, you could be looking at higher-that-necessary energy bills and roof leaks emerging in a snowstorm. During the day, sunlight hits your roof and heats up the air in your attic. Without vents located at the soffits, ridges, and/or gables of your roof, the hot air condensates, causing moisture damage and possible mold or rot in your roof’s supports.
This heat can also cause ice dams in higher elevations, inviting leaks when snow accumulates on your roof.
Additionally, when that hot air has nowhere else to go, it will seep into and overheat your living space, asking you to use your AC more than you have to. This is one of the reasons why insulation is so critical to an energy efficient home.
To evaluate your attic insulation and ventilation, you can hire an energy auditor or weatherization contractor to do an inspection and make modifications. And, if you make these changes before the end of 2013, you could be eligible for an energy efficiency tax credit.
Need a roofing evaluation or repair? Contact Frost Roofing.
Choosing a color for your new metal roof is an exciting process, especially today, when you have more options available to you than ever before. It is important not to get lost in this sea of choices and keep in mind that the color you choose will greatly affect the overall look and feel of your home. Therefore, take your time and research a variety of color options, as well as consider a number of practical and aesthetic factors that are associated with various colors.
Sample Chart of Kynar 500 Metal Roof Colors
Here are a few considerations to keep in mind to help you successfully navigate all your metal roof color options, and pick the one that will be the best fit for your home:
Quality of Paint Finish: Kynar 500 vs. Acrylic Paints
It is crucial to select a high quality paint for your metal roof that will stand up to the elements, while looking fresh and new for years to come. Make sure to choose a paint that has been treated with a special acrylic resin that blocks ultraviolet light. It will help prevent premature fading, peeling, corrosion, rust and water infiltration. It is also possible to apply different types of coatings and sealants as an additional protective layer, which will make the paint last longer, and will protect the metal from sun rays, moisture and mildew. The current industry standard is “Kynar 500” paint finish that comes with a 30 year warranty. You will probably discover other paint finishes that don’t have the Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 label. — If you don’t see the EnergyStar and Kynar 500 label or its equivalent, then you are probably looking at lower quality acrylic paint finishes that should be avoided for residential applications.
Style of Your Home
The color of metal that you choose for your roof needs to match the overall style of your home. Choose a color based on all the elements of your home’s exterior design, such as the color of the siding, doors, windows, landscape, etc. Remember that a metal roof will keep its original color for years, so you should choose a color that you will be pleased with for many years down the line. As a general rule of thumb, it is best to go for a roof color that complements your home’s existing colors, creating a unified and balanced look. Take a look at different color samples during different times of the day to make sure that you like a particular color both during bright light hours, as well as when the sun is going down and colors look more subdued.
Today, color choices available in metal roofing are virtually limitless, so it is up to you to decide what effect you want to achieve with the color of your roof. Choosing a color for your roof that contrasts with your home’s siding or brick color will instantly help your home stand out and command attention. On the other hand, choosing complimentary colors will create a monochromatic scheme that will convey a more classic look and feel.
Another option is to go for an ultra-modern look of bare metal. Steel, aluminum, copper, zinc and other exotic metals all have a natural distinctive color that sets them apart, and can create a beautiful and unique look for your home.
It is also important to know that dark vs. light colors have a tremendous impact on the look of your entire home. Having a lighter color roof will make your house appear taller and may be a great option if your home has a low roof, or if it has a shallow pitch. By contrast, darker color can make a tall roof seem less overwhelming.
Sample Charts for Standing Seam Metal Roof Colors:
Englert Custom Colors
Englert Metal Coils
Englert Light Color Standing Seam
Englert Architectural Steel Standing Seam
4. Drexel Metals
5. Affordable Metal
Trends in Your Neighborhood
While you want the overall look of your home to reflect your personal aesthetic taste, it is also important to consider the general trends of roof colors in your neighborhood. Walk around and get a sense for the “unwritten aesthetic rules” of your neighborhood. Certainly you should pick the color that you like the most, but also make sure that your home does not become an eyesore on the block.
The color of your roof plays a major role in helping make your home more energy-efficient, so taking this into consideration will help you save money on your monthly electric bill. Lighter color roofs reflect sun’s heat much better than darker colors. In fact, a white metal roof is Energy Star rated as a cool roof, and can be 50 to 60 degrees cooler than a dark color asphalt shingles roof. It is best to choose a light color metal such as white, light bronze, beige, peach, light green or blue, if you live in a region that has a lot of sun and a hotter climate.
A lighter color of the roof will protect your home from unpleasant heat, as well as help lower your monthly energy expenses by as much as 20-30%, as well as help reduce the load on your AC systems in the summer. On the other hand, if your home is located in a cooler climate or you happen to live in a house that has a remarkably well-insulated and ventilated attic space, then choosing a darker color won’t have an impact on your home’s energy performance.
Did you know? Many modern metal roofs boast high energy efficiency and CoolRoof ratings even for darker colors. 😉
The beauty of metal roofing is that it comes in a virtually limitless variety of colors and profiles. If you want to achieve a highly sophisticated and original look for your home, it is possible to order custom colors in just about any profile that will match a specific palette. You can even order custom levels of gloss or shininess for your metal roof. In addition to custom, solid colors, new technology makes it possible to produce a number of two-tone and variegated colors that can add a lot of aesthetic appeal to your roof.
Custom colors cost more and there are minimum quantities of material that a manufacturer or supplier will require. However, the larger the job, the more reasonable the price for customization will be, and in this case the extra cost may be well worth the premium, custom look you will get.
Gutters and downspouts are installed along a roof’s edge to capture and direct runoff. A clogged or damaged gutter often fails to move water away from the structure efficiently and can lead to puddling, leakage and even structural damage. Clean out and inspect gutters at least twice a year or more frequently if damage is suspected or nearby trees lose enough leaves to potentially clog up the gutter or downspout. Always use caution when working on a ladder. Make sure the ladder is firmly planted on even ground and use a spotter.
1. Scoop leaves and major debris out of the gutter. Either place removed materials in a bucket securely attached to the ladder or drop them onto a tarp on the ground.
2. Flush smaller debris out of the gutters with a hose. As the fine materials move with the water, watch the underside of the gutter for leaks and make sure water exits freely through the downspout.
3. Unclog the downspout if water is not flowing freely. If the downspout connects to an underground pipe, remove it from the pipe. Use a strong spray of water to loosen debris. If the hose fails to clear the downspout, use a plumber’s snake to break up the clog.
4. Check for standing or extremely slow-moving water in the gutter. If water fails to flow toward the downspout efficiently, the slope is inadequate. Spikes or hangers require relocation up or down to create a slight slope toward the downspout.
5. Look for space between the gutter and wall or fascia, especially if water runs down the side of the wall during rain events. The spikes or hangers can work themselves loose over time and may require replacement or resecuring so the gutter is securely attached to the structure’s rafters through the fascia, if present, and the roofing material overhangs about one-third of the gutter.
6. Identify seams, ends or other parts of the gutter where sealant is missing or leaks are observed. Leaks along the seams or end caps are repaired by removing old sealant and applying new material. Holes in the body of the fiberglass or aluminum require more extensive repairs or replacement of the section.
Things You Will Need
Tarp or bucket
Plumber’s snake, if needed
Tip: It is often easier and less messy to clean out gutters when no rain events have occurred for several days and debris is dry. If debris is soggy, wear latex or rubber gloves under regular work gloves.
Warning: Always use caution when working on a ladder. Make sure the ladder is set on level, firm ground and have another person hold the bottom steady.
Whether you’re putting a roof on a new home, or your existing roof requires a total makeover, there are many materials available. But no matter what roof style you have, metal roofs can be an attractive option because of their longevity, minimal maintenance, and energy efficiency. And you can choose from tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel — just make sure your metal roofing material is tested and labeled by UL, FM Global, or the equivalent, and that you check with your local building department for any code requirements.
Advantages of metal roofs
Metal roofs offer many benefits, including:
Longevity. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12-20 years.
Durability. Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack, and may be impact-resistant (depending on which metal you choose). In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require. However, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.
Safety. Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike.
Energy efficiency. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%.
Environmentally friendly. Metal roofs not only have 25-95% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In contrast, most shingle tear-off waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream — up to 20 billion pounds per year.
Disadvantages of metal roofs
Despite their many advantages, metal roofs have some potential drawbacks.
Affordability. Metal roofs can be as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials. While the life of a metal roof is much longer, investing in a metal roof only makes sense if you plan to stay in your home long enough to enjoy the cost benefits.
Noisiness. Metal roofs can be noisy, especially during a heavy rain or hailstorm. Adding more insulation during installation usually solves this problem, but that may increase costs.
Expansion and contraction. Metal roofing materials that are attached as large panels tend to expand and contract. If they are not properly installed with fasteners that allow the metal to ‘breathe,’ the panels may loosen.
Inconsistency of color match. If a repair is required or a home extension is added years later, it may be difficult to find an exact match to the existing metal.
Performance. If water accumulates anywhere on the roof because of poor-quality installation or repair, it can eventually cause serious damage. Low-grade metals may also be thinner and less durable. Some metals rust in certain climates or dent more easily than others during hailstorms or installation.
Call Frost Roofing Today to get a quote for a roof upgrade to a metal roof.
AH summer. Balmy weather, picnics, and vacations. It’s no surprise that we’ve already felt the temperatures rising, and had brief snippets of our fantastic summer weather already.
As the heat continues to rise, there are a few things we can do to prepare our homes for the season, specifically overhead. These tips will help you keep your cool, as the temperature rises.
Prep Your Attic
You attic is largely overlooked, but is a focal point for keeping your home cool during these summer months. Did you know your attic can reach up to 150 degrees during the summer? Yep. And, that heat above you can rob your of your cool air conditioning if it’s not properly insulated and maintained up there. It’s a must to inspect things like moisture in the plywood in your attic. As we know in the northwest; moisture can lead to mold. How about those exhaust fans from your kitchen and bathrooms? These, if improperly installed, can be a big contributor to the moisture buildup in your attic, ultimately causing costly repairs.
Correcting improperly-installed vent pipes can not only reduce moisture, it can also reduce heat build-up in your attic. Rerouting pipes or ductwork are fairly easy fixes for this issue. However, improper ventilation isn’t the only issue. Here are some tips to help make sure your attic and roof are ready for the summer season:
Check to make sure those exhaust fans are working well and are vented properly.
Make sure those drains and gutters on the roof are clean and clear of debris. This will help prevent an overflow and damage during a storm.
Make sure you check the attic and the roof for small signs of damage, and note them. These small spots can turn into large repairs if not attended to and monitored. Schedule a free roof inspection to catch anything before it gets out of hand.
Make sure there are no missing, damaged, or loose tiles or shingles.
Check your attic for any signs of pests. This (as we know) can turn into a major problem quickly. If you spot any signs, make sure to schedule an appointment with a pest elimination company as soon as you can.
As a note, make sure you have someone with you during your attic and roof check for safety. Feel free to schedule your inspection with us to identify and repair problems before they become major concerns. Small issues we find today don’t just go away, but become larger and more problematic if left unattended.
We are happy to schedule a free roof inspection to make sure your summer is a great one! Contact us today!
A roof over our heads provides us with a sense of security and shelter. For most of us, our home is the largest investment we will ever make. The best way to protect that investment and increase its value is to ensure that the roof is in good condition.
All roofs should be inspected twice a year in spring and fall to check for maintenance issues. Depending on the material and type of roof, the life span of most roofs is twenty to fifty years. Inspecting the roof from the attic for stains, mildew, or external light entry is an excellent way to determine if the roof needs repair or replacing. You should also inspect the roof from the outside to spot signs of missing or bald shingles or broken tiles. While minor damage can be repaired, if the roof has become weathered and damaged in substantial areas, it is best to replace it before sustaining greater water damage to the home.
BENEFITS OF REPLACING YOUR ROOF
A sturdy roof will ensure that the walls of the home as well as the items inside are dry and safe. A weak or unmaintained roof is susceptible to leakage during heavy rains and wind. This can cause extensive damage to the interior of the home and family possessions. Newer, eco-friendly roofs are now available to incorporate solar panels or improve insulation. If you are remodeling, replacing the old roof first before attending to the remodeling will ensure that the time and effort spent on the remodeling is not wasted by damage incurred by rain or snow.
COMPOSITE OR ASPHALT SHINGLES
The most common material for roofs in the United States is composite or asphalt shingle roof systems. It is an inexpensive roofing alternative that protects the structure from the elements. However, this particular roof commonly needs to be replaced after approximately twenty years. Often, the gravel on the asphalt shingles loosens or the roof can develop mildew and mold. These are signs that the roof will need to be replaced sooner.
Shake or wood shingles lend a more rustic and traditional appearance to a home and are often used to enhance the appearance of well-designed architectural elements. Although wood shingle roofs tend to be more expensive that asphalt shingle roofs, they typically last longer, often up to 30 years. When examining a wood shingle roof for maintenance or repair, check for dry wood or splintering as this is an indication that the roof may need to be replaced.
Clay tiles are an attractive and substantial roofing option. They improve the appearance of the house and are fireproof, making them a good alternative in areas that are prone to fires. Clay tiles can last up to fifty years, which compensates for their higher initial cost. Broken tiles should be replaced immediately as they will compromise the leak resistance of the roof. Care must be taken not to walk on the tiles for the inspection or cleaning as this can lead to broken tiles.
CONTACT FROST ROOFS
Inspecting, repairing, and replacing a roof should only be done by a qualified professional. You can rest assured that Frost Roofs will complete a thorough inspection and make sure the work is done properly, CONTACT FROST ROOFS US TODAY to maintain that investment that is your home.
Whether your roof is damaged by a storm, a fallen tree branch or flying object, you’re going to need to repair it. Even damage that doesn’t cause a leak right away should be fixed to prevent further damage in the future. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay for it; that’s why you purchase homeowner’s insurance.
Before you do anything, consider these 9 steps to filing an insurance claim.
1. Get your insurance documents in order and check to see if you’re covered. Review your deductible, too, so you’ll have a realistic idea of what it will cost and whether it’s worthwhile to file a claim.
2. Take pictures of the damage to your roof, and to any interior damage that accompanies it. This begins the documentation you need to file a claim. Make note of the date of the incident, particularly if the damage is caused by a storm.
3. Inspect the rest of your property to determine what else has been affected – cars, siding, windows and doors, driveway, fence, etc.
4. Contact your agent immediately. Many policies include a specific time frame for you to make a claim. The sooner you start the process, the better. Your agent is a good source of information about how to file the claim and what to do in the interim.
5. “Call and meet with a licensed and bonded roofing company that has a good reputation,” advises Gabe Frost, owner of Frost Roofing in Indiana. Ask them for written estimates on the cost of replacing your roof, and to indicate whether the roof needs total replacement.
6. Save the receipts for any temporary repairs you need to make in order to continue living in your house, or for any costs incurred from moving out of your house before the roof repairs are complete.
7. Follow the procedures outlined in your policy and file the claim as soon as possible. Provide all the information your insurance company requires. Don’t forget to include contractor estimates for any interior repairs you might need.
8. Arrange for an insurance adjustor to inspect the damage. “A good roofing company will accompany the adjustor and work with him on the assessment,” says Total Roofing’s Scott McIntyre.
9. Once your claim is approved,have the roof repaired or replaced immediately. You don’t want to wait and allow the next storm to cause further damage to a house with a roof that can’t properly protect it.
If you’ve suffered storm or accident damage to your roof, Total Roofing can help. To schedule a roof inspection or for more information, visit FrostRoofs.com or call +1 (855) 853-7678 today.
Home guttering systems are sturdier than they might appear at first glance. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, gutters made of galvanized steel or aluminum usually last for about two decades, and copper gutters tend to hold their own for about half a century. But these time periods may not account for problems like fallen tree limbs or damage for ladders. So if you don’t know when your gutters were installed, how can you tell whether or not it’s time to replace them? You certainly don’t want to rely on a guttering system that’s dysfunctional. But you don’t also want to rip down a perfectly-good set of gutters just because you may see a blemish or two (which some unscrupulous roofing companies may recommend that you do while they fix your roof so they can charge you more money). So here are ten signs to look for:
A large number of cracks, holes, or rust spots. A few of these can be fixed using some sealant and maybe a little flashing. But if you see more than half a dozen sections where this is apparent, then you may want to opt for all new gutters.
Several broken fasteners. These are the pieces of metal that hold your gutter to your roof and keep it level. If you can repair a few fasteners, great: but if these problems persist, the gutters themselves may be the issue.
Nails or screws on the ground. Sometimes, the nails or screws that fasten the gutter to the fascia can work themselves loose. Replacing them isn’t difficult; but again, repeated instances of this may indicate gutter wear.
Separated gutters. Guttering systems only function if they are fastened together in a continuous channel. If they begin separating from one another frequently, it may be time for a gutter replacement.
Gutters pulling away from the roof. You can hammer in the fasteners time and again, but if spaces continue to appear between your roofline and your gutters, the fascia boards may be rotting. A gutter replacement will fix the fascia problems along with giving you new gutters.
Sagging or improperly-pitched gutters. If a proper pitch is not maintained along your gutter system, the water will pool in certain sections and possibly spill over. Consider replacing your gutters if you are unable to fix this problem.
Peeling exterior paint. When gutters pull away from your roof, the water can seep down over the rear edge and onto your siding or trim. Peeling paint means this has been happening for a while and you should probably replace your gutters.
Dirt channels or pooling water. After a rain event, you may notice evidence that water is spilling over your gutters. Try to correct the problem, but consider a gutter replacement if the water doesn’t go away.
Eroded landscaping. You work hard to make your landscaping look good. If you must repeatedly invest time and money to repair water damage from malfunctioning gutters, bite the bullet and arrange for a gutter replacement.
Flooded basements. Water constantly pouring near your foundation can leak into your basements, where it can do some costly damage. While repairing your basement, you should go ahead and replace your gutters as well.
One final tip: if you do have to replace your gutters, think about installing a gutter protection system as well. Frost Roofing can not only replace your gutters but they can also put on gutter guards so you never have to clean your gutters again. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind that your gutters will last as long as they are designed to.