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The #1 key ingredient to a good roof is proper installation. The best roofing materials in the world are worthless if they are installed incorrectly. That is why Freedom Roofing is your best option!

 

GETTING READY FOR WINTER

  • Check all gutters and make sure they’re clean. You may want to consider a gutter guard or leaf covers. This will help keep ice from building up inside the gutter. The extra weight can tear them down.
    Make sure your gutters are securely fastened.

  • If you have a flat roof with roof drains, make sure the drains are functioning.

  • Check the mortar and brick on your chimneys and call a mason to make any repairs.

  • Check all flashings. Flashings are the metal pieces used to waterproof interruptions in the roof plane such as pipes, chimneys, skylights, etc. If you suspect a deficiency and are unsure about how to fix it, call a roofing contractor. Snow leaks can wreak havoc on a house’s interior during the winter - spending a nickel now and save a dime later, as the adage says.

  • Check all areas of caulking. Touch up any suspected deficiencies.

  • Don’t use a snow-blower on your roof. Snow blowers are dangerous and can also tear up the roof.

  • If you get up on the roof to remove snow with a shovel or similar tool, be careful that you don’t damage the roofing materials.

  • NEVER use an ice pick to remove ice build up.

  • Yes, heat tape works but be careful and buy a high quality product. Heat tapes have been known to catch fire and burn down houses. Also be careful about how you install it. You don’t want to poke a bunch of holes in your roof.

ALGAE DISCOLORATION
The following piece of advice refers to all types of roofing. Never install insulation up against the underside of a wood roof deck. This will expedite deterioration of the deck and cause it to weaken and warp. This will happen in about a five to fifteen year time span depending on your geographical location. The expenses that this will incur are: (1) Re-decking your building. These expenses will usually start at $1.50 per square foot and go up from there, depending on the type of wood deck that you use. (2) You'll have to reinsulate the building. Because the insulation was on the backside of the roof deck, when the deck is torn off, the insulation will go with it. (3) You will be reroofing the building prematurely. Insulation installed on the underside of the deck rather than at the ceiling level will not only lead to premature deck deterioration but also to premature roof system deterioration. No roofing manufacturer will warrant roofing materials with insulation installed on the backside of the deck.

Why is it detrimental? Heat absorbed by the roof system gets trapped at the deck level. This heat will cause the decking to warp and, in the case of plywood, the laminates used to hold the plywood layers together will fail.

Information provided courtesy of Roofhelp.com

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