How to Replace a Flat Roof

When your roof is leaking it should be fixed as quickly as possible to prevent further damage from occurring. If left unevaluated for too long, severe damage can be caused to the foundation or internal structure of your roof which will lead to a higher cost in repairs or in some cases, an entirely new roof.

Of course there are many different types of roofing however, in this post we will be focusing on how to replace flat roofing. The following guidelines should help you easily identify the materials and procedures to get the job done as quickly and easily as possible.

Step 1. Decide on a type of roofing

Before beginning though, you will need to decide which type of flat roofing you prefer to install. Each come in the form of a roll that measures 1 yard or by 1 meter. All types will need a periodic inspection to check for punctures, cracks, or any other forms of damage. Each roofing roll falls into the following categories:

  1. Sprayed Polyurethane Foam – Applied by spraying or squeeging onto the roof surface
  2. Modified Bitumen (aka Asphalt) – A single layer of asphalt treated & granule coated felt is either hot sealed or cold cement sealed to a base sheet or primed decking
  3. Built-Up Roofing – Treated felt that uses hot tar or asphalt overlaps the roofing surface, but can crack easier over the years
  4. Self-Adhesive Rolls – A single layer is applied, aligned, and then smoothed down

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Tutorial: How to Perform Roof Cleaning Without the Professionals

Many people don’t ever think about that fact that like many other items on the inside and outside of their home, their roof needs to cleaned as well.  Not only does it need to be cleaned for appearance sake, but in order to prevent the lifespan of your roof. But why, you might ask.

If you begin to black spots anywhere on your roof, it may be a cause for concern. From a distance, this could look moldy or streaky however, neither one are quite what it is. These black spots and streaks are actually algae colonies that form in and on top of your shingles, and feed on the limestone filler agents and moisture. Most shingles are treated with a algaecide and typically keep this kind of algae from showing up for around 10 years.

Once it finally does wear off, your roof essentially becomes a possible target for housing these pests. It gets even worse from here though. Eventually, these algae dig deeper into the asphalt (or other roofing material) and eat away at the light reflecting granules of your roof. Needless to say, the problem is almost out of hand at this point and a new roof could be the only option.

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9 Common Roofing Problems That Can Affect Anyone

Roof problems can occur at any time, place, or location. Most people aren’t prepared for such a situation and find themselves in a world of stress when it occurs.

There are many factors that pose as threats to the roofs of homeowners everywhere. Know what they are and how to respond if and when they ever take place can prove to be essential for saving money, further damage from occurring, and prevention of needing a whole new roof. Read further to see the top 10 roofing problems to look out for.

1.) Cracks and Punctures

Extreme weather such as strong winds and hail can sometimes be quite damaging, and sometimes go as far as puncturing your roofing or leaving cracks. Even if these aren’t visible to the eye, they can still be present and cause further damage the longer they go unfixed.

2.) Standing Water

Water that remains on your roof for an extended period of time is a sign of roof damage. Some problems that usually cause this include improper drainage of gutters and HVAC units, or debris buildup.

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How to Paint a Roof – Without Pictures

Adding paint to your roof can be an aesthetically pleasing way to add value to your home. Even better news, it’s a task that you can do yourself without having to spend hundreds of extra dollars hiring a professional.

If you feel like you are up to the challenge, we have outlined the process for adding paint to both tile and corrugated roofs.

Step #1: Cleanliness First: Like anything else you might paint in life, cleaning beforehand is a must if you want to achieve the best results, except the main goal here is to remove any debris or stains that may be present.

Using a pressure washer may be the easiest way to go about doing this, but a broom and hosepipe can work just as well. For tile roofs, sweeping has proven to the most effective because of it’s ability to get a deeper clean between the tiles.

For an ultra clean roof, grab a bottle of roof cleaner from your local hardware store or Walmart.

Step #2: Evaluate: Before you begin painting, it’s best to do an evaluation of your entire roof to check for any tiles that may be broken or missing.

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5 Common Roofing Questions and Answers

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and one that can cause a lot of extra stress to fix.

When your roof is having problems, you want answers and fast. This guide is designed to provide general answers to the questions you may be asking.

These are brief answers and not to be taken specifically as stated, as the area you reside in and type of roof you have are only a few of the factors that will determine the exact answer.

How Much Will it Cost to Replace My Roof?

This is one of the most common questions that will vary upon each different situation. This price will be based on:

  • Your roof’s accessibility
  • The size of your roof
  • The pitch of your roof
  • Whether your home is 1 or 2 stories
  • Roofing materials needed
  • The square footage of your home
  • Amount of labor
  • Roofing permits and city licenses
  • Whether your roof can be fixed or needs a full replacement

These costs have been known to range anywhere from $2,000-$12,000, of course all depending on the factors mentioned above. Which brings us into the next question.

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Can Strong Winds Damage Your Roof?

When the area you live in is experiencing strong winds, it pushes against the exterior of your home. The strength of the wind can force it’s way through the outer walls, and then work it’s way into the foundation of your home.

When this force isn’t transmitted properly to the ground, it can cause damage to different parts of your home. In this post, we want to cover what you can do to protect your home from strong winds.

First things first, you want to find out what type of roof is on your home from slate, to tile, to ceramic, etc.

Many roofs these days are referred to as gabled because of their A-shaped frame on each end, and are the most likely to be subjected to wind damage. Those with flat roofs don’t typically have to worry much about the wind damaging them because of the flatness, which essentially lays down against it’s pressure.

But no matter which of these types of roofing you have, it’s always important to have them inspected by a professional so you can officially know if all the supports are in the proper place. When they are loose or not properly installed the first time, winds can do much more damage than it would otherwise.

Damaging Winds

Different wind velocities can do different types of damage to your home however, these can cause the most damage.

47-55 mph: Trees can become uprooted, shingles can blow off, and structural damage can occur

53-63 mph: Widespread structure damage

64 mph +: Severe structural to homes, trees, large buildings, and landscapes

Each time a strong set of winds come through your area, best practices suggest doing a thorough inspection of your roof. Shingles could be broken and not doing much good on your roof, and in many cases you won’t be able to tell until you actually perform an inspection.


Finding the Right Roofing Contractor For You

Roofing is a big industry, and with that comes more people starting businesses. There may be a plethora of roofing contractors in your area to choose from, but that doesn’t mean that they will be qualified to handle your repairs. All homes and buildings are of different sizes and made of different materials, and many won’t have the experience to handle them the same. But that doesn’t mean you should eliminate them right away.

In this article, we want to discuss some of the things you should look for when it comes to finding the right roofing contractor to work on the roof of your home or commercial building.

First things first, I want to explain that a contractor should be one that sets you up with a roofing system rather than some simple repair work. Attention to detail is key and if they don’t have their process aligned, they may have no system at all and possibly inattentive. We emphasize this because we have seen sloppy roofing work that was done quickly just to meet a time schedule. While that’s important, it should never jeopardize the quality of their work.

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Should Roofers Also Perform Gutter Cleaning and Repair Services?


Roofers sometimes offer services that don’t just pertain to roofing such as window cleaning or gutter cleaning and repairs.

This doesn’t always mean that the business is desperate for work, and some can actually be just as good at these services as they are roofing. Hiring someone that can get all of these jobs done at once can be of great value, and come with a certain level of professionalism.

Turns out, it doesn’t take a whole lot more training to learn the business of cleaning, repairing, and installing gutters, so the transition isn’t as drastic as some roofers may think. It can make for good side work and you can even hire on an extra guy that can specifically perform these gutter repair services while your current crew continues their business.

To some roofers it may seem stupid to add gutter services to your list of business services, but hey, the idea isn’t for everyone. But for those that do want to try this technique, we wish you luck and hope that you will contact us to let us know what kind of a difference it has made for your business.


How to Find the Best Roofing Contractor in Your Area

There are plenty of ways to find a great roofing contractor in your area, whether it’s a small city in Mount Juliet or a large one like Nashville. There are plenty to take care of your roofing needs, but that doesn’t always mean that some will complete the job as well as others.

When it comes to finding a quality contractor, there are a few different things you want to look for the in companies that pre-qualify for your business. With the help of the internet, there are many things you can learn about how well a company operates. In this article, we would like to name some of those things for you.

Since we will be using the internet, we will have a few different avenues to check out these roofing companies from. The best way to perform a search is by typing in a popular key phrase such as Nashville roofer, roofer in Mount Juliet, roofing Mt. Juliet, Nashville roofing company, etc. This way you will be returned the most accurate results which means you will get a view of the top dogs in the area.

Just remember that you get what you pay for so in choosing a roofing company with lower web credibility, you could also be choosing one of low quality. This is just a precaution if you are looking for a company that is one of the best in the area.

To do an in-depth review of a roofing contractor or their company on the internet, you want to look for the following things.

1.) Check Out Their Website

How long have they been in business? In the content of their website, is it apparent that they know what they are talking about when it comes to roofing jobs?

Many companies are now posting testimonials on their websites and even linking out to third party website directories that contain reviews, which you should definitely check out.

2.) Check for Reviews

Speaking of reviews, you should be checking for reviews on your potential roofing companies on sites like Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook, and especially Home Advisor. These are where previous real live customers will be leaving reviews about companies that have worked with, which can provide all the insight you need in itself for the best company to choose.

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Is Your Roof Getting the Ventilation It Needs?

There’s no better time to check the ventilation in your home than when you are already hiring a professional to perform a roof maintenance check on your home.

Ventilation has changed a lot over the years, and many homes today still have the same systems in place as homes did decades ago, which is why it’s important that you see how updated yours is. The job of a ventilation system is to make sure your attic isn’t too hot or too moist. This can cause great damage to your home and other unwanted problems including mold, condensation, higher energy bills, rotting wood, shortened shingle life, and more.

A properly working ventilation system is balanced, meaning the intake at the eave should be equal to the exhaust at the ridge. This allows there to be an even flow of air to keep the roof deck and attic in the best shape possible.

 If you aren’t sure what type of ventilation system you have or what kind of shape your current one is in, it’s a good idea to call a professional to come out and make an assessment. Not only will this educate you more on your home, but it allows you to see how well your ventilation system is doing, and how far along you are until it can be expected that you replace or maintain it.

As mentioned above, many houses these days still have older systems that may no longer be sufficient enough to handle the changes in the weather. An older system could also mean that you will soon need a replacement so again, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out so you can be more in the know of what’s taking place in your home.

It’s also important to note that bad ventilation can avoid any warranties you have, not to mention it can shorten the life of your roof.

Better safe than sorry is what we always say. It may seem like a pain now to have all of these things checked out, but it can end up saving a ton of time and money in the long run.