One of the least exciting things that can happen to a homeowner is roof rot. It might not sound like much of an issue, because “out of sight, out of mind” right? When this problem becomes evident by water spots on your ceiling or even plaster falling off, you know its past time to check in the attic for the cause. Here at Beneficial Roofing, we are experts at not only dealing with this problem, but also preventing it.

What causes Roof Rot?

There are a lot of things that can ultimately lead to roof rot, but the three main causes are:  humidity due to temperature changes in the attic, moisture from the condensation caused by the temperature, and ventilation problems. You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is roof rot?” Roof rot, or dry rot as it is commonly known, is what happens when there is too much moisture in your attic. Another cause could be a water leak somewhere in your roof, allowing water to seep into your attic.

Whatever the cause, our technicians can find it and help you move forward with fixing the problem and helping to ensure that it won’t happen again.

How do you deal with Roof Rot?

It is possible to “repair” dry rot, if the areas that are affected are not responsible for structural stability. If it is not a beam, joint or flooring, it might be worth looking into repairing instead of replacing. Before dealing with the damaged wood itself, make sure you find the cause of the problem. Whether it’s a leaking roof, poor ventilation, plumbing leaks or a damaged gutter, once it is fixed, you can focus on the wood.

Should you Repair or Replace Roof Rot?

The repairing process starts with removing as much of the damaged wood as possible. The best tool to use is a wood chisel. Injecting a consolidant into the wood will help reinforce the affected wood that you might not be able to reach with the chisel. This will help the wood fibers bond with the undamaged wood, making them strong again. To finish the repair, apply a wood patching product, a putty like material. Doing this yourself could be dangerous. Not removing all the affected wood could lead the rot to seep deeper into the rest of the wood. This will eventually causing the same problem.

The replacing process is a little different. You will need to remove all the rotted wood, including three feet of surrounding wood. Then remove the plaster, skirting paneling, linings and ceilings to make sure you got all the fungus. Next you must clean all the surfaces and steel pipes in a five-foot radius of the rotted parts. Next, you will need to apply a fungicide to all the surface area in that five-foot radius. Then you replace the wood you took out, preferably with one that has a preservative coating already on it. Lastly, you have to re-plaster and paint, typically with a zinc oxychloride product.

All of this is a very complicated, tiresome, and sometimes dangerous process that is best left to professionals, so you don’t have to stress and worry.

How can Roof Rot be prevented?

The best way to make sure that your roof is rot-free is to have regular inspections done. Having a professional come to check your attic will insure that if there are any signs of moisture, leaks or excess humidity, you will be able to take measures to rectify these problems. Another thing to do is to make sure that you have a proper roof ventilation system. Without a ventilation system in place, the moisture from the humidity has nowhere to go, thus sinking into the wood and causing this problem. You should also keep track on how your shingles are holding up. Make sure that there is no debris on your roof preventing water from running off the roof.

Don’t let the troubles of a rotted roof weigh down you and your family, give us a call! We are more than happy to help make sure that roof rot won’t bother you again.

Is your ceiling leaking? Are you noticing water damage on your ceiling? Has the plaster on the ceiling started to warp and fall off? If that’s the case, then it might be time for a new roof. Investing in a new roof is probably one of the most important things a homeowner will do to ensure the longevity of their home. This whole process may seem daunting.  But don’t worry. With our help, it will be the easiest thing you’ll do in your home improvement journey.

How do I get a new roof installed?

This is a great question. It might seem like a simple task, but by yourself, it could be very hard and costly. If you’re thinking of installing the roof yourself, try a few simple steps to see if you’re prepared for it.  Practice going up the ladder multiple times in a row. Then go stand up on the roof and see if you can do it comfortably. If those two things work out, try lifting a few 60 lb weights over your shoulder. Imagine doing all this the ENTIRE day, or over the course of several days. Instead of trying to do all of this alone, possibly causing more work for yourself, look into having it done professionally.

Start the process

First thing you will want to do is contact a verified inspector to come look at your roof. They’ll be able to give you a fair assessment, which will help you get started on a new roof. The next thing you will want to do is contact several contractors and get bids on the job. Once you find a contractor you feel comfortable working with, have them draw up a contract and go over it together.

A few things to look for in the contract is start and end date, itemized description of costs and total amount for the bid. Make sure to ask all your questions before signing the contract. During this process, ask about any permits that might be needed before you get started. The company installing your roof will be able to answer this question. In most cases, they will get the permits for you.

After that, the only thing left to do is wait for the roofing company to install your new roof. On the day of installation, the foreman will contact you and let you know that they will begin working on your house. He or she will be your advocate and your source of information. Make sure that your children and your pets maintain a safe distance from the workers while they install your roof. This is not only for your family’s safety but that of the workers as well.

How long does this process take?

This question won’t have the same answer for everyone. This depends on several things that all factor into the finished product. If your roof doesn’t have any serious damage done by water, moisture, pests or old age, you should be able to expect a one-day installation job. It will also depend on the size of the roof and possibly weather conditions. Your installer should be able to give you an estimation on how long the installation will take.

How much does it cost?

This is also different for everyone. Some people might have more damage to the roof foundation than can be seen before tearing the old shingles off. In this case, this will affect the total amount that you were first quoted. Most companies will plan for this, and might be able to give you a hypothetical price, in the event they’ll require more materials. It also depends on the size of your roof, and the roof of your garage if it’s unattached.  A standard-sized house should cost between $10,000 and $16,000. With financing options available, this would be a great way to maintain or even boost your credit.

Conclusion

If it looks like YOUR house needs a new roof, contact us today to get a consultation visit scheduled! We have licensed professionals ready to help with all your roofing needs.

As a homeowner, it’s safe to assume you know the color of your roof. But do you know the color of your next-door neighbors’ roof? Or how about three doors down? The color of your roof has more relevance than just aesthetic appeal.  The color of your roof shingles can affect the overall efficiency of your utilities throughout the year. This article will help shed some light on the benefits of having either light or dark colored shingles.

How do Light Shingles Affect Your Home?

One of the most important things to realize about roof shingles, is they are your roofs’ first line of defense against harsh UV rays. The light-colored shingles help to reflect heat rays more than they absorb. That might not sound like such a big deal, but you can save a lot of money in the long run, especially during summertime. This will result in your air conditioner using less energy, which means less money spent on utility bills. If you live in an area that is prone to lots of sunshine and heat, it might be worth it to consider getting a lighter colored roof, if you don’t have one already.

How do Dark Shingles Affect your Home?

Since light shingles reflect heat, its only logical that dark shingles absorb it. This fact might not make dark colored roofs ideal for sunny states. However, it would make them ideal for places that don’t get as much sun, or that have long winters. Just like light shingles help lower utility bills in the summer, dark shingles can do the exact same thing in winter.  During the fall and winter months, they can help lower your monthly heating bills, by absorbing the heat from direct sunlight. Since they can absorb heat, that means that they can help melt the snow off your roof faster, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work like that. For the dark shingles to absorb the heat, they must have direct exposure to the sun. This can be a problem in the winter months, as the days seem shorter due to lack of sunshine.

Should You Get Light or Dark Shingles?

The easiest way to decide which color of shingle to have installed is to consult with a reputable roofing agency. A technician can come out and go over the options, pros and cons for your area and so forth. It is also largely based on your personal preference and any restrictions you might have from your HOA. Another thing to consider is how a dark roof might benefit your family in the spring and fall months. Depending on where you live, there might not be much snow during these times. This will mean more exposure to the sunlight, which will help to heat your home in a natural way.

Ultimately, it is up to you when choosing between light and dark shingles. If you have questions about what color shingles you should put on your house, contact us today! We would be more than happy to help you on your home improvement journey.

 

Have you ever looked at your neighbors’ roof and wondered why it’s so shiny? Have you driven through a neighborhood with futuristic-looking roofs and wondered what in the world their roof is made of? While it’s possible that what you saw were solar panels, it could also have been a solar tiled roof. In this article, we will discuss what solar tiles are, what they are made of, how they work and are installed, and a short list of pros and cons. Buckle up and let’s go!

What are Solar Roof Tiles?

solar tiles on roofMuch like their cousins, the solar panels, solar tiles are thin, photovoltaic sheets that can either replace or lay on top of your shingles. Just like the solar panels, solar tiles harness the energy they create from sunlight to power your home. A very interesting fact for this type of shingle is that it can be installed in any climate. This type of roof shingle is really a testament to how far technology has advanced and opens doors for even more possibilities for the future of roofing.

How do they work?

Great question! The sunlight hits a solar shingle that has been coated with a special surface that knocks off an electron from particles of light. Then, the free electron goes through an electrical circuit where other electrons are being stored. This compilation of electrons is then used to generate a current. That is how all our solar electricity works, no mater what form the photovoltaic device is in.

What are they made of?

They are about 12 inches wide and 86 inches long and weigh about 13 pounds per square foot. The thin-film solar cells are made from copper indium gallium selenide. This is a semiconductor that allows the cells to be thin and flexible. They are usually less than an inch thick, so they won’t look big and bulky like a solar panel.

How are They Installed?

Since these high-efficiency energy savers are so high-tech, it is best to have a professional roofer install them for you. Having a professional do it also helps assure the best return out of your investment. The way they are installed requires a lot of labor and TLC. Your roofer will put in shingle after shingle while wiring each one inside your home. This is a tedious job that should be done ONLY by professionals. There are a lot of permits and paperwork that go into owning solar powered anything. This is something professionals can handle for you, as well as saving you time and energy on doing the project yourself.

 

Pros and Cons of Having Solar Tiles

The benefits of installing solar tiles to your home are awesome! But as with a lot of things in life, nothing is perfect, which means there are some downsides to installing solar tiles. Below is a list of just a few pros and cons to having solar tiles:

Pro: Save Money! Like the solar panels, solar tiles will help cut your electricity bill in half, and you may even be able to make money from your electric company for excess power that your roof supplies back into the grid.

Pro: Solar tiles bring a certain je ne sais quoi to your overall home aesthetic. They have a more modern to futuristic look to them that a lot of prospective homeowners will find appealing. This is something to keep in mind if you envision yourself moving in the future. These tiles are designed to match existing roofing, so they will blend in making a nice finish on your roof.

Con: It’s true that solar tiles are quite energy efficient, but they cannot completely compare to the solar panels. Panels can be tilted for best sun exposure whereas tiles cannot. This may result in purchasing more tiles down the line to reach the same energy output as your neighbors with panels.

Con: While they will save you tons of money in the long run, the initial cost of installation can be quite a hefty chunk of money. This can cost anywhere from 10k to 20k. However, most states have grant programs to help with initial costs.

Ultimately it is your decision whether solar tiles are right for you. We would be more than happy to help you with your home improvement journey, so call us today!

A roof is a big investment. Ranging anywhere from $450 to $700 per square foot, a new roof is no small expense. When searching for a roofing company, you need to make sure they are reputable. What types of things indicate a reputable roofer? We’re glad you asked!

Things to Look for in a Good Roofer

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  1. Licensed. Although not all states require roofing companies to have a license, a license is important to ensure all employees are properly trained. Be sure to ask for proof of licensing before any work is done.
  2. Insured. Always ask for proof of insurance and make sure the insurance covers not only their employees or contractors, but also any potential damage to your home or surroundings as a result of the roofing work.
  3. Bonded. Being bonded ensures that a company takes its responsibility to its customers seriously. As with licensing, bonding is not a requirement in any of the states, but it does help to indicate the integrity of the company.
  4. Good online reviews. In the age of technology, it is now easier than ever to check the satisfaction rate of customers. However, keep in mind that some people are never satisfied. Check multiple reviews. Read them thoroughly, don’t just check star ratings.
  5. BBB. Check their Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. The BBB website is a fantastic resource to find information on local companies, even if they don’t have a website. If the business has a low rating on the BBB, don’t use them.

Signs that you might have found a Bad Roofer

The roofer tells you to get your own permit. This is a huge red flag. A roofer who tells you to get your own permit, is probably not insured or licensed. Once you, the homeowner, get the permit yourself you are completely liable for the job. You are left holding the bag if anything goes wrong, .

The person or company can’t provide proof of insurance or license. As discussed above, a roofing company that cannot give proof of insurance and licensing may be trying to skirt around regulations and should not be trusted.
The roofers don’t inspect the attic. It is critical to inspect the underside of the roof (if at all possible) to get a complete and accurate estimate. After all, the roof sits on the attic.
They don’t give a “presentation”. The average homeowner only needs to replace a roof once or twice during their entire lifetime, so they don’t know the finer details of the roofing process. A roofing company who does not give you a presentation may not actually know what they’re doing and you could end up with much greater roofing problems.
They want cash only. This is another huge red flag. If the roofers only want cash, may be trying to avoid having a paper trail.  Always keep a paper trail for your own records, such as receipts, quotes, contracts, and bids.Image result for roofing clipart

Conclusion

When looking for a roofer, you have to consider their reputation. If they don’t have a good reputation, you can bet that they will not provide quality work. In addition to that, you’ll be out a few thousand dollars, and stuck with a bad roof. A good roofer will be reputable, licensed, insured, and bonded. Save yourself from wasting time searching for a roofer. Give us a call for all of your roofing needs.

Repairing or replacing your home’s roof can be one of the most daunting home repair projects a homeowner can face. On the one hand, you’re probably not qualified to do the job yourself, so you’ll have to hire a professional roofing company to do it.

One of the most important things to do to find the best roofing company is to ask around for recommendations. Some of the best advice you will get will come from local friends and family. Here are some questions you should ask every potential roofing contractor:

Do you offer the services that are required to do the job that I need?

It’s not enough to assume that every roofing company can tackle every roofing job. Be specific about what you need (ideally by showing the roofer where the damage is) and ask whether the company feels they can handle the job. If you detect hesitation or get a vague answer, move on to another candidate.

Do you offer a free quote?

You should never have to pay for a quote or sign anything up front to get a quote. Reputable companies will be confident enough in the quality of their work that they will happily provide you with a free quote.

What kind of warranty is offered on the job?

Does the warranty cover labor and products use? Get this information in writing, too.

When can you start the work?

If your roof is leaking, you need it fixed urgently. But what if the company you are considering does not have an opening in their work schedule for another six weeks? Be sure they can tackle the job on the timetable you require.

How long have you been in business?

It may be a good idea to do business with a company that has been established for a while rather than a new start-up.

By taking the time to ask for recommendations from people you trust and by asking the right questions, you should be able to find the best roofing company.

There are many times of gutter products that are meant to make their maintenance easier for you and allow you to clean them out less. These products include systems of gutter covers, gutter guards, and heating systems for colder climates. Other products for making cleaning easier include tongs, vacuums, sprayers, and more. There are many factors to consider here. First you have to consider which products will actually work with your current home or gutter system. Not all products will fit your home’s design and current gutter structure. Some solutions might even suggest you replace your entire gutter system like a gutter and cover in one product. The next thing you need to consider is your budget. Are you willing to spend less and clean more? With any solution you consider, you should thoroughly research and review products before purchasing. Most professionals can agree that there are pros and cons to every single option and you should weigh them heavily before deciding. To make things easier, you might make an appointment for your trusted roofer to assess your situation. They might be able to help you with other roofing recommendations, installation, or gutter cleaning if you choose to put off making the decision. Here are 4 of many really good products to consider.

Bottle Brush Gutter Guard

A bottle brush gutter guard is a less expensive option to consider making your gutters efficient longer between cleanings. The brush product you insert into the gutters collects debris and keeps it from clumping and preventing the passage of water. It seems to work really well for people who’ve chosen to use this product. Just like gutters, it needs to be cleaned out periodically, but less than gutters usually do and it shouldn’t cause you any problems (clogging) in the mean time. Other gutter guards are made of a mesh or foam material that catches debris as well, but getting the proper fit for your gutters might be problematic and each product seems to be hit or miss about doing its job.

Gutter Cover and Heat Cable System

Only homes in cold climates will need to consider this option. When ice and snow build on the eaves of the home, it can cause icicles and build up and potentially damage the home. The gutter cover and heat cable system will heat the ice and snow and send the melted water away from the home, preventing water or damage from the heaviness of sitting snow. If sitting ice and snow has been problematic for you in recent years, you may consider installing this system to prevent the costly damages in the future. The only con is that the installation is best done by a professional. Ask your roofer if they recommend the system and if they are able to order and install it.

Gutter Tongs

Cleaning your gutters is recommended twice per year. If you don’t mind doing it yourself, there are products available that can make your life easier. Many people just climb a ladder and use their hands to remove debris that has clogged their gutter system. Gutter tongs can save your hands and prevent you from injuring yourself by being an extension of you and preventing imbalance and falling from the ladder. Extensions of the tongs might be available to keep you from even having to climb a ladder, but seeing if you’ve removed all the debris could be problematic if you don’t get up there yourself.

Gutter Vacuums

Again, if you clean your own gutters and have a shop vac, you can purchase a gutter vacuuming extension. This might do a better job than tongs can do and make the task easier for you. There is definitely an extension for this product so you won’t have to climb a ladder to do it, but you run the same risk of not seeing whether you’ve removed all the debris.

If money is a non-issue, support your local roofing company and employ them to clean your gutters the twice per year that’s needed. The average cost is 175.00-275.00 and depends usually on the size of your home and gutter system. Don’t forget that properly maintaining your home will prevent costly damage later on and can improve resale value in the future.

A living roof, or sometimes called a green roof, is a roof covered by a waterproofing membrane and then covered partially or completely by vegetation and growing mediums that retain water and transfer it back into the atmosphere through natural means. Installing green roofs conserve a notable amount of energy, but have additional benefits such as beautifying a building and increasing it’s value and improving the air quality around it, among other things.

Benefits

Commercial building owners as well as homeowners can benefit from installing a green roof. Aside from being a green concept that keeps other roofing materials out of landfills and has its own recycled products, the green roof can save you money on your energy bill. Roofs are the main culprit for retaining unwanted heat in the summer and letting wanted heat escape in the winter. With a green roof, you can expect a significant drop in your air conditioning needs (up to 75%) and heating as well. This is because the plants absorb the heat. Rain and storm water is also absorbed by the substrate, then sucked up by plants that need it, and evaporated back into the atmosphere. This reduces the risk of water damage, and slows the run off process and purifies the water naturally on the way down. Having a green roof also improves the air quality and reduces electromagnetic radiation tremendously (some studies report up to 99.4%). The plant matter acts as a natural fire retardant and can save a home significant damage if this unfortunate event occurs. The attraction of the green roof for commercial buildings is on the rise, due to city planning trends and goals. The industry could expect a lot more jobs made to meet the demand of people wanting these energy efficient and meaningful statement roofs.

Types

A living roof or green roof goes by even more names. You might hear it being called a roof garden or a garden roof as well. Like the tiny house movement, there are endless possibilities for design. Roofs can be designed with aesthetics heavily in mind, or made of plants chosen for different purposes. Some look covered in strictly grass, others spotted with flowers, some even have small trees. Some look tightly groomed and others, wild. In some cultures this clever roofing is as old as the 19th century. Sod roofs were the most common roof type in Scandinavia at the time. They were made of loose roof boards covered in layer upon layer of birch bark and sod as the final layer. Green roofs today might employ additional modern technologies to care for the roof such as drainage and irrigation systems.

Additional Information

Unlike a traditional roof, the green roof when properly cared for, can last you 35-50 years or more. If you’re interested in green roofing, you should know that in most cases you will need a permit to make one. Some people require the guidance of a landscape architect or architect and a pre-evaluation to determine whether your roof is strong enough to support a living system. You’ll be happy to know that you can start small. Many people try it first using a small building such as a garage or shed. If you try it out and decide it’s not for you, you’ll still have a beautiful sight to see on your property.

Gutters are channels added to the perimeter of your home’s roof to carry water and any environmental debris to a safe drainage area, away from the home and its foundation. If you don’t maintain your gutters they might fall apart themselves, but that damage can be easier repaired than the damage it can cause to your home. Here are the most common threats posed by under-maintained gutters.

Damage To The Foundation

If gutters aren’t cleaned out, they can build up with debris and overflow in places. The water and moisture build up will flow onto the roof, down the home, and eventually to the basement and foundation of the home since it is not being directed away from the house. If too much moisture sits near the foundation of the home, the surrounding ground can become soft, and the foundation can form cracks. Even worse, if cold weather ensues the water can freeze and cause the structure to contract and expand, causing cracks.

Damage To The Basement

If water is sitting near the foundation of the home over a long period of time, it inevitably will seep directly into the basement walls themselves. The moisture is hard to get rid of and will cause unpleasant odors and mold. In more severe cases the water can cause flooding and permanent damage.

Damage To The Roof

Overflowing gutters is the worst problem to have when winter is coming. It causes ice and snow to sit on the home, rather than falling or melting off of it. The additional weight and moisture on the roof can cause holes and penetrate the attic, ceilings, and walls.

Insect Infestation

The ideal home for an insect is in moist places where organic debris is rotting. The gutters are a great home for many critters to eat and nest. If winter is coming, the warmth of the home will be attractive and they will move inside. Termites and carpenter ants are some of the biggest potential threats.

How And When To Clean Your Gutters

Just as you’d inspect your roof once a month and after storms, you should check your gutters at the same time to look for obstruction of drainage. Clean out any debris you can and then take a hose to the inside to remove as much dirt as possible. If you are physically unable to perform the task or don’t have the supplies to do it, you can call your local roofers for gutter servicing.

Animals need shelter, just as humans do. When a creature is enticed by the warmth in your home and the food you might provide through garbage, per food, and bird seed they will find a way to nest in or around your home. The extent of damage these pests can do might be the least of your worries when animals can diseases, rabies, and parasites like fleas and ticks into your home. Damage can include ruined electrical wiring, insulation, damaged wood, infestation and feces. Here’s what you need to know.

Common Threats

Depending on where you live, different creatures will prefer dwelling in homes. Your State Wildlife Agency can be a resource for information about which animals to look out for and how to prevent them from being attracted to dwelling in or around your home. Common animals that can hurt your home are bats, birds, rats, raccoons, rodents, skunks, snakes, and squirrels. Common bugs that can affect your home are termites, carpenter ants, bees, wasps, and anything that nests.

Precautions

Occasionally inspect openings under your porches, basements, and your attic. If you find any evidence that an animal has been there, research further prevention and seal any openings as best you can. Keep tight fitting lids on your garbage cans and pet food containers if they are kept outside. Clean your pet’s bowls after feeding. Maintain your roof well. This includes trimming nearby trees so their branches don’t puncture the roof and allow an opening for creatures, and purchase a chimney topper that makes it difficult for animals to get in through the chimney.

After Infestation

If an animal has made a habit of coming and going from the home, has made it a permanent dwelling place, or has raised young there it’s time to get serious about preventing this problem from getting worse. Many cities and states have strict enforcement to protect certain wild life and endangered species, so check with your Wildlife Agency if you are thinking about capturing, poisoning, or killing any wild animal in or around your home. Also do proper research about your options with pesticides if you’re thinking about calling a pest control company. If at all possible use the lowest toxicity products possible first, and gradually introduce stronger product if necessary. Read labels and instructions thoroughly before handling any pest control situation on your own.