The Most Important Roofing Repairs

The Most Important Roofing Repairs

While a new roof structure may last anywhere from twenty to thirty years before needing to be replaced, it is not maintenance-free and requires occasional repair work. There are five basic repairs which will be needed at some point no matter how well-constructed your original roof was.


The shingles that make up the outer surface of the roof bear the direct attack of weather and the damage it causes. Despite hail, rain, high winds, snow, and ice, the shingles on your roof must be rugged enough to withstand it all while maintaining their integrity over the years. Regardless of the quality of a shingle, repairs must be occasionally made to replace broken sections. Usually it works out to be less costly to replace the entire roof covering if more than one third of the shingles have been damaged.

Leak Repair

The hardest part of fixing a leaky roof is finding the place where the water is entering. It can be difficult for even a professional contractor to hunt them down. It can also be very expensive to fix a leak. It may involve tearing out a section of the roof structure or even part of a wall. Time is critical since the situation can only get worse and the longer the leak exists the greater the possibility of further damage by rot or mold.


Even without leaks, moisture can attack your roof from within. With heat and humidity, moisture can be trapped under your roof and create conditions ripe for mold. Excess humidity can also make the wood swell and buckle at the joints. Adding ventilation points can help improve air flow and structural health to your home.


The most common area of leakage tends to center around the flashing at the chimney, vent ports, and joints between roof sections. While re-flashing your roof can be time consuming and expensive, this critical part of water protection, when done right, can then last for decades with no further problems.


The greatest damage to your gutters is caused by leaves, dirt, and other debris building up in the gutters and not being cleaned out. This material can get very heavy on it’s own. Rain will weigh it down more as it is soaked up into the detritus. The guttering can bend, warp, or even pull loose completely. A full gutter cannot direct water away from your walls as well and can expose them to more direct water flow.

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Making Your Appliances Last Longer

Making Your Appliances Last Longer

Regardless of the appliance you bought, you expect that it will last a long time and provide you good service for your investment. Like any machine, a home appliance needs to be checked from time to time and maintenance or service repairs made. There are a few guidelines to follow that will increase the life and usefulness of your home appliances.


One of the most important refrigerator maintenances is to care for the gasket on the inside of the door that seals off the airflow between the inside and outside atmosphere. Using soapy water and a non-abrasive scrubber, wash any spills or food reside off the rubber. This will help keep it flexible for longer and provide the tightest seal possible. A hand-held vacuum cleaner can be used to clean the coils on your refrigerator. The slow accumulation of dust and dirt will eventually slow down the airflow around them costing you more electricity for less efficiency. It will also cause the motor to work harder and bur out faster.


Again, it is critical to keep the gasket around the door clean and elastic. The occasional running of the washer with a soap and water mixture to keep the inside clean will help prevent built up residue from diminishing the cleanliness of your dishes. Be extra careful of the plastic or vinyl coating on the racks inside.

Washing Machine

Never overload your washing machine. Extra heavy loads put more strain on the motor than it is designed to handle. Overfull loads also tend to throw the machine off-balance. The vibrations caused by unbalanced loads puts undo stress on the motor, the transmission, and the belts that provide the agitating motion. If the unbalance becomes too great it can even snap belts in the machine or throw the workings out of sync and ruin the machine.

Clothes Dryer

As with your washer, an overload in the dryer will cut down on the efficiency of the machine while putting extra stresses on the mechanical workings. Clean the lint trap after every load. By the time it is built up to the point of pulling the lint off the screen in a solid sheet, you will have stressed your machine and diminished it’s effectiveness while shortening the lifespan of the appliance.

Any actions you can take to make your appliances work better with less stress and strain will save you money in electricity and longer time before replacement is needed.

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Comparing Metal Roofs to Asphalt Shingles

Comparing Metal Roofs to Asphalt Shingles

While most people still regard asphalt shingles as the industry standard for roofing materials, metal roofing has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Since nearly 80% of the residential roofs in America are still covered by asphalt shingling, many professional contractors will automatically lean towards asphalt. There are, however, some very good reasons for the rise in metal roofing for the home and here are some of the very good reasons you may wish to research this sturdy roofing material for your home.

A major advantage is the durability of metal roofing. While asphalt shingles usually last from twenty to thirty years if not damaged, metal paneling can easily last for fifty years. There are some copper and zinc roofs in Europe that have been documented as having lasted for over a hundred years. This longevity can easily outweigh the additional cost over asphalt shingles.

Metal roofs are also much less likely than asphalt shingles to be punctured by tree branches or other flying debris from storm winds and the interlocking panels provide greater water resistance than the overlapping method of applying asphalt shingles.

Price is another factor to investigate. While metal roof panels can cost as much as three times more than asphalt shingles, they last three times as long and still provide much greater weather protection for the entirety of the structure. Asphalt shingles will slowly degrade over the years with extreme heat conditions and winter ice can loosen the edges of shingle overlap. Metal roofing can be treated so that the metal does not rust.

The environmental impact comparisons also weigh in favor of metal roofing. Approximately eleven tons of asphalt shingling goes into landfills every year. There are very few recycling options for asphalt shingles. Metal roofs on the other hand are highly recyclable. Depending on the specific alloy used, the recyclable amount varies from 25% up to 95% and metal reclamation is a widespread industry.

Another positive aspect of environmental savings with metal roofing is the increased energy savings from the heat reflection of metal over the heat absorption of asphalt. Depending on location, the heating and cooling energy savings can range from 10% to 25% less when using metal roofing.

While asphalt shingles will always have their place in roofing, savvy homeowners will continue to find more reasons to switch to the more efficient metal roofs for the long-term advantages of durability and efficiency.

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Reducing Mold That Gets in Your House

Reducing Mold That Gets in Your House

Whether you are a homeowner or just renting your living space, finding patches of mold growing in the home is worrisome. Molds are capable of creating numerous health problems. Molds can cause allergic reactions including runny nose, coughing, and sneezing to problems as severe as causing an asthma attack in asthmatics. Some molds can be so severe as to cause upper respiratory infections and pneumonia. The hype is real – molds can kill.

Even if you have not seem mold in your home, you can often detect hidden colonies by smell. If you notice a persistent musty smell and have developed any of the above mentioned symptoms, it would serve you well to call a professional mold inspector immediately. Mold spores can get everywhere and even small amounts of moisture can provide them enough nutrient to grow. It is impossible to completely remove all molds but a professional can help diminish the problem to minimal exposure.

The initial preparation for mold removal can look like something out of a bad science fiction movie. The workers will suit up in hazardous material suits, complete with breathing masks. The room to be treated will be sealed off from the rest of the house and fans will blow outward to help carry any disturbed spores out and away from your home.

Containment of the mold spores and safe removal is a significant part of protecting yourself from this danger. Since mold spores are easily spread, the first step in vanquishing the colonies is to gently spray them down with water. Wet mold spores are not as easily blown around. The next step is to wash down the areas with chemicals toxic to mold. Common treatments include bleach, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and ammonia. Once the surfaces have been well wiped with these solutions, the room is left to dry. The room will then be well-vacuumed with an HEPA filtered cleaner to clear away any residual debris from the destroyed mold colonies.

This process will continue from room to room until the entire structure is cleaned. Mold removal will also take place in crawlspaces, attics, and basements. Inspection of spaces inside of walls will need to be done. If the insides of walls have become infested, there is a possibility that the mold removal will include tearing out and replacing various structural components. While this can make the mold removal much more expensive, the health risks associated with mold will make it worthwhile.

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