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Anatomy of a Roof Anatomy of a Roof

Anatomy of a Roof

With fall a few short months away now is the time to consider you roof. Crisp temperatures often bring higher utility bills, not to mention drafts. Once winter delivers snow and rain, leaks can become evident.  Ignoring a leak can worsen and could result in interior damage or even mold or roof deck rot.

While replacing a roof can be a significant decision, it also helps protect your biggest investment; your home. It gives you the chance to start fresh with a new exterior look and offering a great way to express your individual personality and add real value.

So, you are ready to consider it, but where to begin? We are here to help take the mystery out of the roof replacement process.

Roofing System Components

Before meeting with a contractor or salesperson, it is helpful to understand the basic roofing system components to better be able to understand the roofing jargon.

 

Deck: The structural base for the roof, usually made of wood or plywood
Dormer:  A structure containing a window that projects vertically through the slope in the roof
Eave:         The lower border of the roof that overhangs the wall
Flashing:  Sheet metal or other material installed into a roof system’s various joints and valleys to prevent water
Gable: The triangular section of the outer wall at the peak of the roof. Also a type of roof.
Hip:           The intersection of two roof planes that meet to form a sloping ridge running from the peak to the eave.
Off-ridge exhaust vent: Individual exhaust vents usually located on the upper half of the roof that allow warm, humid air to escape from the attic. May be round, square or resemble a pipe or stack.
Rake: The outer edge of the roof from the eave to the ridge
Ridge: An intersection of two roof planes forming a horizontal peak
Ridge vent: An exhaust vent that runs horizontally along the peak of the roof allowing warm, humid air to escape from the attic
Sheathing: Boards or sheet material that are fastened to roof rafters to cover a house or building
Square: One “square” of roofing material equals 100 square feet of roofing area. Many roofing materials are bought by the square
Under-eave Vent: Intake vents located under the eaves of the roof that help draw cool dry air into the attic.
Underlayment: A layer of protective material between the deck and the shingles
Valley: The intersection of two sloping roofs joining at an angle to provide water runoff

 

Understanding Ventilation & Insulation

One of the most critical factors in roofing longevity is proper ventilation. Without it, heat and moisture can build up in an attic area causing rafters to rot, sheathing to rot and mildew and even mold. An ideal attic has:

  • A layer of insulation that that is gap-free along the attic floor to regulate heat loss and gain
  • A vapor retarder under the insulation, and next to the ceiling to stop moisture from rising
  • Open & vented space to allow air to pass in and out freely
  • Minimum of 1” between insulation & roof sheathing

What Roofing System Is Right For Me?

This is the million-dollar question for many homeowners. It really depends on how much you are willing to invest in your roof. The right answer for your home is the one that answers these 5 considerations:

  • Cost
  • Durability
  • Aesthetics
  • Architectural Style

While asphalt shingles take up more than 50 percent of the market share, there is an emergence of new and alternative materials on which people are willing to spend the money, due to style and longevity benefits. If you are looking to break away from the “sea of sameness” found in most residential neighborhoods, explore these options:

Synthetic Slate:

A newer product on the market, synthetic slate has gained popularity. Some features of synthetic slate are that it is lightweight and easily customizable in color, which is not possible in natural slate materials.

One drawback to synthetic slate is that due to its relative newness to the marketplace, the warranty is largely unproven. The materials could last upward of 50 years, but that has not been proven at this time.

 

Cedar:

Cedar shingles are a very durable product, and are very resistant to wind. Western Red Cedar is the most popular style of this type of roofing material, typically seen in Northwestern states like Washington.

While cedar is beautiful, there are several things to be aware of with this type of roofing material. They largely cost significantly more than asphalt roofing, have a poor fire rating and often need breathing room to swell and dry out in seasonal weather.

 

Asphalt Shingle:

The most widely used roofing material is asphalt. Most typically, the shingles are a mix of fiberglass and cellulose mix. They can be easily customized to various color schemes and generally can be found for a quick DIY project. They offer a moderate lifespan of 15 years if properly maintained throughout the year.

They are most commonly a B fire rating, which means that they are combustible. In the event of a fire, they are likely to burn and implode into the burning building.

Another concern with asphalt shingles is that they often will loosen around chimneys and pipes, as well as they can curl, buckle or blister in the elements like snow, wind or sun.

 

Metal Roofing:

It is a common misnomer that all metal roofs look like those found on a barn or warehouse. In fact, if you like the look of the above-listed roofing options, without the drawbacks, metal roofing may be for you.

Metal shingles come in a variety of styles reminiscent to their asphalt and cedar-shake counterparts. They can be customized to a wide variety of colors, offer a Class A fire rating and offer a lifetime transferrable warranty. They will not buckle, curl or peel, and can withstand all that Mother Nature has to offer.

Additionally, metal roofs are energy efficient and can lower your utility bills year-round.

 

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Longevity Starts At The Top: The Top 5 Advantages Of Metal Roofing Longevity Starts At The Top: The Top 5 Advantages Of Metal Roofing

Longevity Starts At The Top: The Top 5 Advantages Of Metal Roofing

Are you interested in making your house more energy efficient, adding a unique and distinctive design element with the added benefit of the last roof you will ever need? Consider a metal roof.

The advantages of metal roofing allow homeowners to invest in their homes with products that will last a lifetime. We look to shed light on the benefits of cutting-edge metal roofing technology to those who may have never considered it, while addressing some of the most frequently asked questions with regard to this growing trend in the building materials industry.

  1. What Is The Cost Of Metal Roofing?

While the initial investment for a metal roof is more expensive than that of its traditional asphalt counterparts, over time, metal roofing costs can be economical with a high return on investment. In addition, there is an abundance of savings opportunities that will recoup some of the initial investment such as Energy Star tax credits, a reduction in energy costs, a decrease in homeowner’s insurance costs while increasing the resale value of your home.

Below is a chart of estimated costs and savings possible:

Traditional Asphalt Roof Metal Roof
Initial Investment $13,425 Initial Investment $19,000
10 years $20,137 10 years $0.00
20 years $30,206 20 years $0.00
Return On Investment
(National Average 2015 mid-range project 71.6% – http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2015)
$9,612 Return On Investment
(National Average 2015 mid-range project 62.9% – http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2015)
$11,951
Energy Savings N/A Energy Savings

(average savings figured from a bill that averages about $150/month over a 20 yr period of time)

$14,400
Insurance Savings N/A Insurance Savings

(average premium based on state of residency $540/yr – $1980/yr)

$3,240 –

$11,880

Actual Cost $54,156 Actual Savings $10,591 — $18,871

 

  1. Will The Style Make My House Look Like A Barn?

In a word, no. This misconception often comes from what is traditionally seen on commercial buildings. Residential metal roofing, however, offers a variety of distinctive, versatile designs with some that are reminiscent of traditional asphalt shingles. These beautifully crafted styles offer a multi-faceted appearance and allow for a broad range of colors, styles and inspiration that will rejuvenate the curb appeal of your home.

  1. What Makes These Environmentally Green & Energy Efficient?

Steel is one of the most recycled materials in the world, with more than 50% of the steel supply producing recycled content in the US. A new metal roof offers the advantage of being 100% recyclable, while being largely comprised of recycled materials itself. Ensuring this environmentally green, sustainable design will never end up in a landfill.

Additionally, due to solar reflectance and thermal emissivity, an Energy Star® qualified roofing style can dramatically lower the surface temperature by up to 50°F, which can lead to a significant reduction in your energy costs through the lifetime of the roof.

  1. What About Fire or Rust?

With traditional asphalt roofing, the roof can be at its most vulnerable. In a house fire, embers can quickly drift onto the roof, igniting the shingles as they go. This can be a catastrophic side effect. With metal roofing shingles, this is not an issue as they have a class A fire rating and are non-combustible. This means they are the most fire resistant.

With regard to rust, homeowners can rely on the innovative rust-proof technology that combines the strength of stone coated steel with the premium advantage of minimal maintenance.

  1. How Will Metal Roofing Hold Up In Extreme Weather?

Mother-Nature has had a remarkably fickle temperament in the last year. From bitter and snowy mid-west winters to torrential downpours at the start of spring and summer. Metal roofing is designed to withstand all environmental factors. With their lightweight durability, metal roofing shingles are crafted to resist rain, sleet, hail and snow. They are proven to easily shed snow and ice which protects the structural integrity of your home.

 

Your roof is the focal point, and the crown of your home. With the premium advantages of metal roofing and the lifecycle costs, stone coated steel roofing makes an attractive investment that lasts a lifetime. Give us a call today for your free estimate!

Nest Thermostat: Control your Home Anywhere Nest Thermostat: Control your Home Anywhere

Nest Thermostat: Control your Home Anywhere

The Nest Thermostat is the brainchild of Tony Fadell, one of the original creators of Apple’s iPod. This device is a full-service, internet enabled thermostat that enables you to control your home’s climate from anywhere, and it learns your patterns so it can anticipate your heating and cooling needs ahead of time. The more you adjust the dial and simply live in your house, the more the Nest learns about your preferences and schedule, and the more it programs itself to properly control your heating and cooling — and the more energy you save.

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