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What Weather Events Have the Biggest Impact on Your Roof?

The roof is the most exposed part of your home and it is the key piece that protects you and your family and possessions from the elements. It takes a beating day in and day out and is exposed to the elements every day. Geography can play a key role in how much weather affects your roofing system and how much maintenance and work needs to be done to combat these effects. Some parts of the country will be more vulnerable to certain factors than others. The north has snow and ice, the south has rain and storms, and the west has heat and wind. It is important to know how weather can damage your roof, and here at Stay Dry Roofing we help local homeowners deal with the following weather-related issues:

 preparing the roofHEAT 

Most people know that storms can damage roofing systems but even non-violent, normal weather can damage roofs. Even beautiful sunny days can lead to damaged roofing systems over time.  Excessive heat can make certain materials swell and stretch. And prolonged exposure to the sun can in essence bake roofing materials and make them crack or become brittle. Expanding materials and cracking parts can all lead to other more serious problems with the roofing system. It is important to know how weather can damage your roof even when the weather seems good. You need to conduct routine checks of the roofing system to ensure there are no visible signs of damage. If you live in areas prone to high heat and sun exposure then these checks need to be done every few months by a professional roofing contractor to ensure everything stays in tip-top shape.

rain damage to roofing systemsRAIN

When asked about the one weather system that causes the most damage to roofs, most homeowners will mention rain. Water damage is the single most common roofing issue we get calls about here at Stay Dry Roofing. Small cracks and holes and gaps can let water in and over time it will find its way into your home. Left untreated, a minor problem can escalate into a major issue and once the visible signs of damage have been detected it has often been going on for some time and the damage is often severe.  Quick detection is vital to addressing rain-related roofing issues effectively and minimizing the damage done. In rain prone areas or places that see a lot of storms, working with a professional roofing contractor to do routine inspections is often the best way to protect your roof from rain damage. Our team is ready to help so give us a call today!

damaged roofing shinglesWIND

Wind is one of those weather patterns we often don’t think about in terms of causing damage to our homes unless it is a severe situation like a tornado or hurricane.  However, even wind from a bad thunderstorm or a very windy day presents a prime example of how weather can damage your roof even when it seems innocent enough. Strong winds can potentially move panels and roof tiles, tear off gutters, send branches and limbs crashing into the roof, and wear down the materials on the roof. Even chimneys and other sturdy items may be damaged and put the roofing system at risk for further damage when they finally reach the point of falling. In areas that get a lot of storms or places that are exposed to prolonged and regular windy conditions, extra care needs to be given to the roof to ensure everything is in place and holding up against the force of the wind.

snow and ice damage on the roofSNOW

Snow is an unusual substance- we love playing in it and seeing it in nature but we hate shoveling it and dealing with it on our roofs.  It can cause major damage or your roofing system and there are only a few solutions that prove to be safe and effective for dealing with snow on the roof. Snow is water and if it gets too warm it will melt and present a water risk for your roofing system. The weight of snow and ice can quickly build to the point is exceed the weight-bearing limitations of your roof and the entire thing can collapse under the weight. Choosing roofing materials and designs that naturally reduce the risks is the ideal solution as is staying on top of snow removal and not hesitating to call in professionals when needed to help take care of your roof. In the north, it is vital to stay on top of winter maintenance in order to guard against snow damage.

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Now that you have a better understanding of how weather can damage your roof, you know it is important to have professional help and assistance. That is what we here at Stay Dry Roofing can provide. Call us today to set up a free consultation and see for yourself how we can help protect your roof from the effects of weather!

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Customization Options For Metal Roofing Systems

Many homeowners at some point and time will have to make a decision regarding a roofing system upgrade or replacement at least once. This can be an overwhelming thing to consider as there are many types of roofing systems for you to choose from today- from traditional asphalt shingles to ceramic tiles. However, one of the roofing options that is being seen more and more often is metal roofs. Here at Stay Dry Roofing we can help you take care of any roofing system you may have and we can help you determine if a new metal roofing system is the right option for your home.

The Popularity of Metal Roofing System

There are a number factors that need to be considered when looking at why metal roofing has become so popular these days:

metal roofing systemDurability- metal by nature is strong and is built to withstand a lot of impact and force. A metal roofing system can withstand years of weathering and impact without signs of wear and tear that normal roofing materials show.

Longevity- metal roofs have a long lifespan which makes them very attractive to homeowners who want a roofing system that will last them for years to come and that does not require a lot of care and maintenance.

Customization- metal is versatile and can be fashioned into an array of shapes and designs, making it a great option for a unique and customized looked to your home. It’s also good for providing the perfect custom style for your home.

Value- metal sheets and shingles for the roof make a great upgrade to any home and can add value to the sale price attached to your home because it is such an important part of your home’s aesthetic appeal.

roofing optionsSavings- with a metal roofing, there are options for paints and coatings that will help reflect the sun’s rays. This reduces the heat exchange that occurs between the roof and the rest of the home, thus reducing your energy usage and electric bills.

Affordability – if you can, the initial investment of a metal roofing system is well worth the money as it more than pays for itself over time with reduced care and maintenance, making it a very affordable option.

Customization of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is so popular today largely because of how much it can be customized to meet specific wants and needs of the individual homeowner.

Color- it is easy to find metal roofing in any shade you want, which means you can have a roof that is a perfect tone to meet your homes décor and style.

metal roofingStyle- our metal roofing can be fashioned into a range of styles so you can have shingles or panels or strips or whatever look you want for your home’s roof.

Size- most styles of metal roofs can be installed as large thin sheets and panels, which makes it a quick and easy installation job in most cases.

Metals- many different types of metals and alloys are used in the construction of roofs and popular choices including aluminum, copper, steel, brass, tin, and nickel.

Shape- you have the option of getting your metal roof fashioned to resemble square, round, scalloped, or custom shapes and it can all be done with relative ease.

Texture- it is possible to give some sort of texture to your metal roofing materials to give it more character and style and make it more visually attractive.

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If you have been considering metal roofing for your home and are looking for professional assistance, give us a call here at Stay Dry Roofing and set up your consultation appointment and get the roof you want and need.

Flat Roofing Systems You Can Choose From

There are many homes today that utilize flat roofing systems. When the time comes for a new roof or for some upgrades to your home you may be leaning towards a flat roof. If this is this case, you need to talk to a local roofing contractor and ask them about the types of flat roofs that are common in your area and the pros and cons of each:

Built-Up Roof 

This is the traditional flat roof system and used to made from layers of tar and plastic but today utilizes more advanced materials like fiberglass membranes and tar paper.

Pros: It is among the easiest to install and also the cheapest of the flat roof options.

Cons: Very heavy and is not something that can be done as a DIY project.

Modified Bitumen

A single-ply rolled style roof is made from water retardant material that is torched during install to bind and seal it in place and ensure a tight waterproof roof covering for the flat roofing systems.

Pros: Peel-and-stick style bitumen material is easy for homeowners to install on their own.

Cons: Torch-down application is a fire hazard and should be done by a local roofing contractor

Rubber Membrane

EPDM (short for ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a true rubber and can be used in flat roofing systems and is usually anchored with fasteners, tar, or glue.

Pros: Light yet durable and weather resistant, easy to maintain, resists wear and tear.

Cons: More expensive, especially the white energy efficient version that is most recommended.

 

If you need help determining the pros and cons of the various flat roofing systems that are available to you, call Stay Dry Roofing. Our local roofing contractor team is ready to go to work for you so call us today and get started!