Know Your Roofing Materials

There are many roofing materials available on the market and making a selection for your roof can get overwhelming if you don’t have knowledge about the materials you have to choose between. The purpose of this blog entry is to equip you with some basic knowledge on various roofing materials to help bring some ease to your selection process. We will briefly outline various materials in the following paragraphs.

Metal: Usually constructed with aluminum or steel and considered the strongest overall option when it comes to durability and longevity. Zinc, titanium and copper are also sometimes used in metal roofing although they can be more expensive.

Thermoplastic Polyolefin: Blends of plastics or metal alloys, TPO’s are commonly used on both residential and commercial buildings that have slopeless roofs. They can be applied to slight slopes as well. They are very durable and the membranes come in varying thickness.

PVC: A long lasting polymer PVC is a flexible and UV resistant. Most commonly used on commercial buildings, PVC membranes are thick and ideal for long term use.

Shingles: The most common roofing material, shingles are affordable and durable. Shingles are made of several materials including wood, cellulose and asphalt. Found in almost every neighborhood in America, shingles are the king of roofing materials and they aren’t unseating the throne any time soon.

Synthetic Tiles: An alternative for wood and slate, synthetic and composite tiles are an efficient and more environmentally friendly substitute for other roofing materials. To the naked eye these tiles are almost indistinguishable from the genuine materials they are imitating. These materials can save you money on your power bill as they can add a considerable amount of efficiency to your homes energy use.

There are tons of options out there and innovations are always being made. Having even basic knowledge on roofing materials can help you construct the roof that best fits you and your building.

How Will Your Roof Hold Up Against High Winds

Wind is one of the most powerful forces on our planet and it has the power to devastate and destroy anything in its path. Your home is definitely no exception to the rule; in fact, it’s probably more at risk than most objects the wind can affect.  The force of the wind against the exterior of your home should be accounted for in its design. In an efficiently build house, the idea is to transfer the energy of the force generated by the wind against your house to the ground through the foundation.  There are steps you can take to augment your homes ability to transfer the force and energy efficiently in order to protect your family as well as your investment in your home.

Since knowledge is power, the first thing you should do to enhance your homes ability to endure high winds is find out what kind of roof your home has.  The roofs that you see shaped like the letter A are gabled roofs. The side of the roof that looks like the ‘A ‘takes and absolute pounding when wind hits it directly and if proper bracing isn’t present on those sides, the walls could collapse from the force of the wind against it. There are usually trusses in place that have been manufactured for the exact purpose of keeping the walls braced on the exposed sides of your gabled roof. Making sure these trusses are properly installed can be the difference between making minor home repairs and replacing a wall, let alone anything that may end up as collateral damage from the wall collapsing.

A trip to your attic should afford you the perspective you need to be able to see if your home has quality reinforcement where it needs it. Make sure your home and family are safe by arming yourself with the knowledge necessary to be aware of the type and condition of your roof and how it will withstand high winds.

Keeping Your Roof Healthy in the Valley of the Sun

The Phoenix, Arizona area presents some unique environmental challenges to your home, especially your house’s roof. The Valley of the sun sees extreme sun, rain, wind, and hail; all of which wreak havoc on the materials that make up your homes structure. Being that your roof is the largest surface area on your home and is perpetually exposed to the elements, it will absorb the effects of the environment more than any other area of your home. We are going to go over a few of the things your roof will probably see throughout its lifetime in part 1 of a two-part blog entry.

AZ’s Famous Extreme Heat:  Phoenix is often the hottest area of the country when you see national weather reports. This heat speeds up the deterioration of shingles and roof cement. Knowing what materials do well in the heat will do a lot to extend the serviceable lifetime of your investment.  Making the right material decisions and hiring a knowledgeable and reputable contractor will ensure your satisfaction with your roofing decisions.

Desert Pests: Common pest related fears and concerns often times have to do with inhabited areas of your house. While that is definitely a very real possibility, your roof is also an area that can easily come under attack from damaging pests. Termites, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and birds can all do a number on your roof in their own ways. Making sure your ENTIRE home is properly prepared and treated for pest prevention, because they can and will access those hard to reach and out-of-mind places on and within your house.

As mentioned above, this is only part 1 of our 2 part blog on things to look out for involving maintaining a healthy roof in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Check back next week for part 2!

Green Building Practices Benefit Everyone

Having an energy efficient home or business facility is a beneficial trend that is becoming more and more prevalent in modern times. Many new homes and facilities are built along green-friendly guidelines and are equipped from the onset for maximized efficiency. On the flip side, many home and business owners who have been in their homes for some time  are renovating their homes and businesses in order to reach the same level of efficiency and green friendly practices as new homes and buildings. One area of the home that plays into the overall efficiency of you home more than any other element is your roof.  We are going to go over some key points on improved energy efficiency and how it can benefit your home life and business.

  1. More money left in your budget: One of the main benefits to the owners of businesses and homes that go with green, energy efficient building methods and practices is saved money on energy bills. The savings add up over time and can greatly benefit other areas of your business or contribute that trip you and your family have been dreaming about.
  2. Help strengthen the economy: Many of the commercial business facilities in the United States were built prior to 1980. That means they were constructed long before our current understanding and practice of green-friendly living. A lot of money could potentially be saved with the conversion and upgrading of older buildings which could spill into other areas of the economy.
  3. Peace of Mind: Knowing that you are contributing to the greater good of society as well as improving your personal situation for you and your family or business. Going green is truly a win-win for everybody and the more people who adopt green practices; the sooner we will see a healthier society and ultimately a healthier planet.


Reasons Roof Maintenance is Important

The Roof is one of the more involved and integral components of any home. The health of the roof is often indicative of the health of the entire house and the level of protection it can provide from the elements. Being that your roof is such a majorly important and sizable element of your home, it can be extremely expensive to repair and/or replace and being prepared for such a financial undertaking is hard to do comfortably.  This blog entry will outline some reasons why you want to pay attention to your roof’s well being.

Outside Elements: Your attic is a very desirable destination for various animals to seek out for shelter.  Raccoons, squirrels, rats, possums and more are all commonly found setting up homesteads in attics across the country. Plants and debris from trees can grow and collect on your roof and between your shingles creating separation where water and other materials can collect. The more areas of your roof that become compromised, the more chance you have of your home being invaded by pests as well as having your homes central heating and cooling systems significantly impacted in their ability to efficiently control the climate in your home.

A lack of proper inspection and maintenance on a regular basis could lead to some serious financial hits coming your way. Not only is it very costly to have roof work or replacements done, your monthly energy bills will continually climb as the problems with your roof persist and intensify over time. Save yourself the hassle of dealing with any of these potential maladies by taking the proper steps and checking on the condition of your roof from time to time. A small investment in time can save you a major financial investment in the future.