Roofing Information and Ideas for Homeowners

flat roof with rigid insulation Is a Flat Roof More Energy Efficient than a Pitched Roof?
Flip through the pages of an architectural design magazine, and you’re bound to see flat-roofed homes by the dozens. Flat or low-sloped roofs may garner designer accolades due to their edgy, modern feel, but there’s a lesser-known reason they’re gaining popularity: according to some building professionals, they’re more energy efficient, too. Flat roofs often get a bad rap for their tendency Continue Reading
cleaning gutters Home Improvement Projects that Will Extend the Life of Your Siding and Roof
Your roof and your siding—they’re your home’s literal first defense against the elements, so you want to make them last as long as possible. Unfortunately, those same elements can take an eventual toll on your home’s exteriors, particularly if you don’t put much maintenance into them. Like most things in life, when it comes to the lifespan of your home’s Continue Reading
A young woman is standing in a loft room and is looking at the insulation she has put in the walls Insulation Types: Pros and Cons
When it comes to insulating your home, you’ve probably heard about plenty of different methods. But it can be overwhelming to know which type is the best for your home, so we’ve broken it down into your 5 available options, with pros and cons for each. Before You Begin: Choose the Right R-Value Before you consider the kind of insulation, you’ll Continue Reading
roofing surprise Budgeting for a Roofing Surprise
There are all kinds of surprises. Receiving an unexpected compliment? Good. Finding out your roof needs structural repairs? Not so good. The trouble with roofs is that problems aren’t always obvious from the ground. Sometimes a roofer or inspector has to get up on a roof—or even tear off the shingles and asphalt—before they can fully diagnose problems. And by Continue Reading
roof trusses construction Can I Convert My Flat Roof to a Pitched Roof?
For all their aesthetic benefits, flat roofs can come with some serious downsides, too. Flat roof surfaces are more prone to leaks, water damage, and problems with mold. Not to mention, you’ll need to replace your flat roof more frequently and maintain it with waterproof coatings and seals. All that moisture exposure tends to wear down roofing materials, meaning a Continue Reading
Square cropped portrait of Eastern gray squirrel emerging from nest in the eaves of an old porch with left paw folded over chest facing camera.  The background is raw and green painted wood. Ask an Expert: How Can I Keep Wildlife Out of My Home?
Phil Ardizzone founded AT&R Trapping in 1986 in Montgomery County, MD to humanely remove animals from homes and businesses and provide long-term solutions to homeowners and commercial industries that are faced with problems resulting from nuisance wildlife. Ardizzone offered these suggestions if you find you have unwelcome wildlife taking up residence in and around your home or property. It seems Continue Reading
eyebrow dormer How to Install or Replace a Rounded Roof
Talk about rounding out your home’s design! A curved or conical roof adds an interesting architectural element to your home, bringing some historical authenticity to older homes, and a smooth, polished look to newer models. However, they come with their challenges as well. Roofing a curved roof takes skill and expertise—so you’ll want to choose an installer that is familiar Continue Reading
Facade and entry to a contemporary white rendered home in Australia. Our Top Roofing Trends Predictions for 2017
If there is one prediction for 2017 in terms of roofs, it’s that there will be more of them being built next year. Construction on new homes is expected to rise, and each of these homes will need a roof. The styles, materials, and use of the roofs will be aimed towards sustainability and energy efficiency even more so than Continue Reading
flat rubber roof How to Prevent Problems with Flat Roofs
If you’re the owner of a home with a flat roof, you know that they can offer some pretty serious benefits in terms of aesthetics and energy efficiency. Plus, a secondary outdoor space? Count me in! While that’s all good, flat roof owners do have to be more careful to prevent leaks, damage, and other problems. A leak in a Continue Reading
solar panels with ballasts What Is a Solar Ballast?
If you’ve looked into installing solar, you may have realized that your installation won’t be easy on your roof. The majority of solar mounts are attached directly to a home’s rafters, which means cutting into the roof. While installers generally take care to seal and flash holes to prevent leaks and water damage, those incisions could eventually cause a real Continue Reading

Get a New Roof Over Your Head

Sure, there are countless other improvement projects that are way more interesting, but few are as important than your home’s roof. Protecting your home primarily from rain, a roof is made up of a supporting structure and its outer, uppermost weatherproof layer. It can be made of a variety of materials like aluminum sheeting, precast concrete, wood, and even solar shingles. Shapes and design can vary greatly depending on the look you’re going for, but most agree that durability is a key factor in choosing a roof.

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