Many industrial and commercial buildings find flat roofs to be an ideal choice. Because these types of roofs don’t slope in the same way as traditional roofs, they will require some additional maintenance and special care to prevent issues such as water damage. Thankfully, you can extend the lifespan of your flat roof by following these four tips.
Avoid Causing Surface Damage
It’s common to utilize the space of a flat roof by mounting heavy equipment on it. For example, a great place for the air conditioner of an HVAC system is a flat roof. There is nothing wrong with installing equipment on your flat roof, but you just need to take more care when installing and servicing the unit. Make sure that flashing around all the mounting points have been properly installed, and that sharp tools are not causing damage to the roof when doing repairs.
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When you decide that it is time to replace the roof on your home, you have several decisions you will need to make about your roofing project. If you are a person who is concerned about the environment and the impact that you have on it, you will find yourself wondering what you can do to ensure that your roofing project is as environmentally friendly as possible. Get to know some of the steps that you can take and the materials that you may be able to use to ensure that your new roof is as eco-friendly as possible.
Recycle Your Old Roof
One of the best ways to make your roof replacement project more environmentally friendly is to be sure that you recycle as much of your current roof as possible. As such, you will want to rent two dumpsters, one for materials to recycle and one for trash.…Read More
Asphalt shingles can be an affordable roofing solution, but they eventually need to be replaced. Depending on many factors, you may have to replace your roof sooner, rather than later. This can be due to things like excessive weather damage or because of shade and fungus. Your roof may have just reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Here are some tips to help you determine if your roof needs replacing:
1. Watermarks Inside Your Home Due To Roof Leaks
Watermarks are a sign of roof leaks. The watermarks can be caused by damage on the roof and can be found inside your home or on the soffit at the eaves. If you have just one watermark, it may just be a small leak that can be repaired. If there are many different areas with marks, it can be a sign that it is time to …Read More
Flat roofs are a sturdy alternative to the traditional sloped roof, but they do come with their own challenges. The flat surface can provide an optimum nesting site for birds. Birds can cause major damage to a flat roof, necessitating repairs. Understanding the basic flat roof issues associated with birds can help you repair any current damage and prevent future bird infestations.
Problem #1: Dropping Damage
Bird droppings are more than just unattractive and disgusting, they can also cause major damage. This is especially true if you have a high population of birds calling your roof home. Like most animal waste, bird droppings are highly acidic. The droppings can eat away at the tar-based substrate used on most flat roofs, which can lead to necessary repairs or replacement to prevent leaks. The droppings can also damage or clog up rooftop machinery, such as HVAC units, so that these also require …Read More
When most people think of eco-friendly roofing, they think of non-asphalt roofing options like cedar shakes and natural slate tiles. These options can be pretty expensive. If your budget limits you to a standard asphalt roof, there are still plenty of things you can do to ensure it’s as eco-friendly as possible.
Choose light-colored shingles.
In the same way that wearing a white shirt keep you cooler on a hot day, wearing a lighter-colored roof will keep your home cooler on a hot day. Light colors reflect more sunlight than dark colors, which will reduce the amount of energy it takes to cool your home in the summer. Instead of dark gray, brown, or black shingles, opt for off-white or even a light tan. These lighter shingle colors are becoming more popular because eco-friendly homeowners are beginning to demand them.
Choose shingles made from recycled materials.
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The tide may be shifting from building larger and larger houses to constructing truly tiny homes. Rather than live in the average 2600 square feet house that is typical for American families, some people are building homes that may be only 100 – 400 square feet, which frees them from burdensome mortgages and caring for yards and possessions. These tiny abodes can be quite attractive and contain all the necessities, but they give new meaning to the word “downsizing,” so before you decide to join the movement, you need to learn what you can live without.
Tiny Home Prices
The tiny home gives you financial freedom and often eliminates the need for a mortgage. The cost of tiny homes can range from $13,000 for a basic model to $65,000 or more for luxury versions. A reasonable estimate of the average price is $25,000 – $30,000. Of course, prices vary …Read More