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  1. Roof insulation tips

    Winter is here and that means cold temperatures, and maybe even snow. As temperatures drop you can expect your heating costs to rise. Thatís inevitable. However, if youíre noticing that theyíre even higher than usualóhigher than they should beóit could be a sign that your insulation is insufficient. If your home isnít properly insulated, heat (and your hard earned money) is literally escaping out of the roof.) Insulation is the key to keeping heating costs down this winter so here are some tips to keep in mind.

    Maintenance

    Before we talk about insulation, letís talk about basic roof maintenance. Though insulation is often to blame for high heating costs, other common roofing issues could be to blame as well. Itís important to keep your roof in good shape by inspecting it regularly and replacing any *****ed or warped shingles as it becomes necessary. Also be sure to take care of any rotted wood or gaps in the fascia or flashing as these are ways hot air can escape your home.

    Cold vs. warm roof space

    There are two ways to insulate your home. The first is to insulate along the rafters. This will allow for a warm roof space because warm air can heat up your attic space. The advantage of a warm roof space is better heat retention in your home and lower heating costs. The down side to a warm roof space is that it could cause ice dams to form on your roof. For a cold roof space, you insulate at the joist level to keep your attic space cooler. If you live in a colder climate where snow is common, this is the better option though it will result in higher heating costs.

    Blanket insulation

    Blanket insulation is probably the most common form of roof insulation. Blanket insulation is typically made from fiberglass. The contractor will make sure that there is a vapor barrier and then the blanket insulation will be rolled out flush with the roof joists or rafters to ensure that there are no gaps ...
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  2. Properly Preventing Roof Problems

    The roofs of our homes serve an important purpose, and it is our responsibility as homeowners to take care of our roofs to make sure that they can continue to keep us and our families safe. *Depending on the type of materials your roof is made out of, much maintenance is not required, but regularly roof checks should be a priority to make sure that problems do not arise. *Unfortunately, roofs are often forgotten about despite how important their purpose is, and homeowners comfortable trusting that their roof is holding up just fine without proper maintenance. *If you want to avoid spending a fortune on roof repairs and problems, here are a few ways you can take care of your roof with little effort and little money. *

    Common roof problems

    It is only natural for roofs to wear over time, no matter what they are made out of. *No roof can completely withstand all the elements without proper maintenance. *Water particularly has a major effect on roofs of all types, and can cause leaking and mold problems that you are not aware of until it is too late. *Shingles are the most popular roofing material, and they often *****, curl or fall off after a while. *Colder seasons have more of an effect on roofs, as ice can often build up and cause problems with draining. *While all of these problems are common, they are also easily fixed if caught in time, which is why regular roof maintenance is important.

    Checking for damage


    There are obvious problems like gaping holes, missing shingles, *****s, and clogged gutters, but there are also problems that are harder to spot. *Dark spots on your roof usually indicate water damage and possibly mold. *Venture into your attic occasionally to catch any water damage or mold problems before they turn into major problems. *Max Real Estate Exposure suggests that you regularly inspect your ceiling for sagging areas or discoloration because these are clear signs of major water damage that ...
  3. Better Business Bureau warns homeowners to be wary of springtime scams

    They say April showers bring May flowers, but the onset of spring brings other things too. Unfortunately, one of those things is scam artists. For one reason or another they tend to come out in full force just as the winter season comes to an end. Among the door-to-door scammers that come knocking, some will be offering roofing services. The Better Business Bureau calls these scammers ďstorm chasersĒ because they tend to come in the wake of nasty weather. While these scams vary, they usually have a few things in common. They ask for payment up front (usually in cash), they either do a very poor job or they do no work at all, and finally they skip town before the police can catch up with them. The Better Business Bureau has offered the following tips to protect yourself from being taken in by a roofing scam.

    ∑ Ask to see their roofing license. Almost all communities require roofers to have a license to work in that community. Donít agree to any work if the roofer canít supply a license.

    ∑ Get at least three quotes. Thereís no way to know if the price youíre being charged is fair unless you have other bids for the same job. Donít go with a roofing company just because theyíre the one already on your doorstep.

    ∑ Donít pay in advance. Reputable roofing companies can afford to pay for roofing materials up front. They collect their payment when the job is done. Storm chasers demand payment up front because they have no intention of finishing the work.

    ∑ Watch out for high pressure sales tactics. Reputable roofers make a bid and will honor that price even if you take a week or two to decide. Storm chasers use high pressure sales tactics like saying you have to agree to the work on the spot to lock in a certain price for the work.

    ∑ Check with the Better Business Bureau. Ask for a company name, then look up that name on the Better Business Bureau website. If there ...