Posts made in October, 2016

Preparing Your Roof for Winter

Typically, the colder months are especially hard on your roof and can cause serious damage that leads to costly repairs. Accumulated snow and ice dams can cause damage to your shingles, result in leaks, and even weaken the structural integrity of your roof.

Luckily, there are some preventative steps you can take to prepare your roof for the chilly weather and reduce the damage sustained during winter. Read on to learn what you can do to winterize your roof and hopefully prolong its lifespan. 

Inspect and clean the rooftop and gutters

Winterizing your roof should start with a thorough cleaning of the rooftop to remove leaves, twigs, and other debris on the surface that could trap snow or prevent water from draining off the shingles. Debris on the rooftop could also be pushed down to the gutters, resulting in clogging issues.

It is best to perform the cleaning with a long push broom in mid-to-late fall so the rooftop is relatively clean when the snow starts falling. Next, clean out the gutters with a pressure washer to remove debris and ensure that roof drainage isn’t compromised during winter. Clean-flowing gutters can also help reduce ice build-up and stress to the roof supports. If you live in an area that experiences severe snow fall, you may need to call in a roofer to install heating cables along your gutters so as to prevent the formation of ice dams. 

Additionally, you should inspect the roof for damaged or missing shingles that could leave your roof prone to leaks and replace corroded fasteners or damaged flashing, especially on the edges of the roof and around the chimney. Finally, consider trimming branches overhanging the roof to prevent wind damage to the shingles, gutters, and eave boards or the accumulation of leaves and twigs on the roof during winter. 

Repair the insulation

Your next focus after performing an outdoor inspection of the roof is to examine the state of your roof insulation. If compromised, the insulation can lead to a weakened roof that is prone to leaks and heat loss during winter, and that could lead to excessive ice damming and outrageous heating bills. 

Head to the attic and inspect the ceiling for water stains that essentially point to damaged insulation above. Next, call in a roofer to remove shingles above the damaged areas and replace the insulation. The roofer can also locate and plug any gaps on the shingles that could cause leaks that could damage the insulation.

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Why A Vinyl Window Frame Is A Great Choice

Are your home’s windows having issues with closing and opening, or are they very old and not looking attractive anymore? You may be looking to replace them with new windows. The biggest decision you’ll have when purchasing new windows is what sort of frame material will be used. With so many materials to pick from, know that you can’t go wrong with vinyl. Here is some information that will help reassure you that vinyl will be a great choice.

Maintenance

Many homeowners love vinyl for their window frames because it has relatively little maintenance. Vinyl doesn’t need to be painted to keep it looking good, which is a problem that is associated with wood frames. Vinyl will not have issues with corrosion either, which is a problem with aluminum windows.

A vinyl frame will be strong, with the ability to resist problems that can happen due to the weather. At most, you’ll need to clean the vinyl frame using water and soap to remove dirt that has gotten on the windows.

Energy Savings

You may be looking to get rid of your old aluminum windows because they don’t properly seal anymore. This problem lets cold air into your house and can cause drafts that make you want to change your thermostat in response. A vinyl window frame will be energy efficient and perform much better than materials like aluminum that are known to conduct heat fairly easily.

The factor that rates the energy efficiency of a window is its U-factor. If the U-factor is low, it means that it is able to resist the loss of heat. A vinyl window frame’s U-factor is between 0.3–0.5, and an aluminum frame has a U-factor that could go up to 2.0. If energy efficiency is a concern, vinyl will be ideal.

Price

Vinyl is a fine material for homeowners that are looking to not spend a ton of money on windows. They will be cheaper than alternative materials like fiberglass and wood. While aluminum frames are cheaper, you must remember that vinyl has many benefits over using aluminum and that it may not be the best choice for your home in long-term savings.

When you are ready to replace your home’s windows, get in touch with a window contractor at a company like Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. in your area. They’ll be able to provide you with cost estimates, as well as perform the installation for you.

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