Whether you are installing a new roof or want to replace an existing one, the question of “slope” will always arise. You have to figure out which style of roof is suitable for your home, what benefits it has to offer, and the challenges it might pose during installation and in the future. Knowing this helps you choose the right roofing material and contractor.
Tornado Roofing Co has taken care of low slope roofs in the Florida area for the past three decades. We understand the fact that choosing a roof is not just about aesthetics and costs, which can be confusing to some property owners. The good news is that our crew is always willing to educate you on everything about roof styles, slopes, materials, and anything else roofing. In this article, we help you understand re-roofing low-sloped roofs.
Wood fascia boards are the most common of all fascia board materials because they are cost-effective to buy and install. They could be anything from fir, pine, or spruce. Wood is susceptible to rot when exposed to water. But there is a solution to this through finishing and regular painting. Most homeowners also agree that wood is versatile as a decorative material for fascias than any other material on our list. Cedar fascia boards have recently become an attractive choice for homeowners looking for rustic appearances, and the fact that it’s water-resistant is a big plus. They become even more durable when stained.
The biggest disadvantage with wood fascias is the continuous maintenance and repair costs. You have to periodically prime and paint the boards to keep them in top shape. Replacing fascia boards is an urgent exercise immediately you sport damages and includes removing gutters as well, which increases the costs.
Aluminum Fascia Boards
If you are looking for an upgrade from the common wood fascia boards, then aluminum is the next solution. The biggest positive about this material is its longevity. They are resistant to water and responds well to weather variations. They are often used alongside wood fascias to weatherproof them. The Tornado Roofing teams bend and reshape aluminum to wrap wood fascia.
Aluminum fascia boards are very easy to install thanks to their easy-to-cut and lightweight nature. Unlike wood, they are also maintenance-free. When it comes to aesthetics, you can get them in a wide range of colors to suit the theme of any home. If you are able, buy thicker aluminum to avoid easy denting.
Their drawback is in the initial price. But you can compensate for this, in the long run, thanks to their low maintenance costs. Though durable, they still get scratches and marks during heavy storms. Then if they are installed with steel nails, they might react and lead to rot which will force you to call for repairs.
Vinyl Fascia Boards
Vinyl is another material you might want as your fascia because it’s durable and easy to install. They don’t rust or rot. Financially, they save you more than wood boards owing to their lower maintenance costs. So even though you’ll spend more during installation than wood to install vinyl, you save in the long term because they require minimal maintenance work. If you must repair vinyl, you’ll still spend less than aluminum and wood. While they can discolor when exposed to sun rays, vinyl boards only require spraying and wiping down to get them back to shape.
You can get vinyl in any color you choose. Most importantly, vinyl fascia boards come in kits ready to install – and they are readily available in local stores.
The biggest undoing for vinyl fascia boards is their response to weather condition variations. They expand and contract drastically to respond to the heat changes in the environment. A good roofer will ensure they use the J and F channel during installation to curb this issue. They must also seal every joint tightly to prevent moisture from penetrating into the inside of your home. And to avoid fading during exposure to the UV rays, we seal vinyl fascias.
Composite Fascia Boards
If you are looking for an eco-friendly fascia material, then composite will work great for you. Composite is a combination of several materials including plastic, wood chips, and dust held together using epoxy resin. These boards are cut and installed just like wood boards. But they are resistant to rot and very durable compared to other solutions. And all along, they require minimal maintenance.
If composite fascia boards get damaged for some reason, they are very difficult to repair. It’s impossible to refinish this board material as well. Their price is also very high compared to other fascia board materials (except aluminum) that’s why they are not as common as other materials on this list.
Why Get a Roofing Expert for Your Fascia Board Installation?
Installing fascia boards is an easy task that can be tempting for some people to climb their roofs and do the job on their own. But before you do this, you should know that it’s equally a challenging task. Removing the existing fascias can easily damage your roof if you don’t know what you are doing. Besides, there is no one simple way to install all types of fascia materials. Individual material has its own way of being installed.
Hiring an expert who is aware of all these types of fascia materials and understands the best way to install them is the way to go. With a professional handling your job, you don’t have to worry about accidents on your property. Even if it happens, the contractor is insured. Above everything else, you get quality results that will last to the maximum.
Reliable Fascia Installation and Replacement by Tornado Roofing
Fascia boards, even though not visible in most homes, are very important installations as part of your roof. You therefore need to install them using the best material you can afford. Once they are up and functioning, you want to regularly inspect them alongside your roof to make sure they are working as they should. Whether you want to install new fascia boards or need to replace worn-out fascias, you should contact a professional roofer to do the job. Reach out to us at Tornado Roofing for quality craftsmanship.
We recently got a call from a client at Tornado Roofing Co offices.
“Hey there! I just realized my ceiling in the living room has softened and looks like it’s bulging. When I stood on a stool to touch it, my finger left a mark there. Does that mean my roof is leaking?” he asked hysterically.
Situations like this happen when either the plumbing system is broken or the roof is leaking. So his guess could be right or wrong. We scheduled a checkup meeting later that day and one of our crew members visited his home. Our expert ruled out the plumbing problem because the plumbing system wasn’t passing anywhere near the living room ceiling. In fact, no water pipe was running anywhere in the roof deck. And given that it was a rainy season, his flat roof could be having a crack, a hole, or any other leak issue that was causing the problem.
Fortunately, discovering a roof leak on a flat roof is easier and quicker compared to other roofing designs. A professional is able to identify the issue and the extent of the damage. Our client’s roof had a hole at one end of the roofing material. It was leaking but not at the point he was seeing wetness on the ceiling of his living room.
Water was traveling across the roof membrane right above one of the bedrooms, through the roof deck then dripped on the living room ceiling. It was a small hole problem that would not cause any issue on a normal day but the heavy rains made its effects visible. Thankfully, our client’s quick response arrested the issue on time and he wasn’t going to spend a fortune to repair his roof.
If he had decided to ignore the leak, water would seep through his wooden roofing frames and ceiling to cause rot over time. This would compromise the integrity of the entire roof structure, requiring him to install a new one.
When you decide to diagnose a leaking issue in your home, partner with experienced contractors who are able to identify the source of the problem for a better repair approach.
Sometimes roof leak problems are easy to solve because all they require is patching with adhesives. That was the case with our client. Sometimes roof issues are complicated and need replacements of the components. While all roof leaks are problematic, a leaky flat roof comes with a specific set of challenges that if not treated carefully can worsen the situation.
Common Roof Materials and What you Need to Repair Successfully
The type of roof materials and tools you’ll need depends on the type of damage your roof has and the type of roofing materials in use. Also, the age and the existing condition of your roof must be a consideration when you want to make repairs. Some of the most common roofing materials for flat roofs include:
Most flat roof Florida homes and around the United States use rubber. Its components include propylene and ethylene like in tires. This roofing system is easy to repair and can give service for 10 to 15 years. Some of the common problems you’d expect from EPDM roofs include:
Cuts and holes resulting from impact or vandalism
Shrinking of the edges which detach from the walls of the house
Poor detailing of the joints or flashings
Modified Bitumen roofing is a combination of asphalt, solvents, and a variety of rubber. This roofing material type is applied using an open flame. You can enjoy its value for more than three decades. Some of the common problems that this roof type encounters include:
Blistering because of rough weather
Cracking, wrinkling, and splitting
Shrinking and sagging
BUR (Built-up Roofing)
Also known as roofing tar and gravel this roofing material is made using fabric and bitumen. This material can last for about 30 years. The most common issue with BUR is:
TPO Roofing results from a combination of ethylene-propylene rubber and polypropylene. The roofing type is mechanically attached together with a reflective membrane during roofing. Some of the issues to expect include:
Though concrete roofing is not an attractive roofing option for most homeowners because it requires waterproofing, it’s still one of the most durable and easy to repair. Some of the common problems you’d expect from concrete include:
As the name suggests, its composition is layers of PVC roof materials attached together with polyester plus other additives between the two. The additives make the material durable, capable of handling UV rays, and adds flexibility to the roofing material.
All these roofing materials can be repaired when they get damaged in one way or another. All you need is the right materials, tools, and roofing skills. Here are some of the common tools and materials you’ll need for the repair work.
A hard bristled brush to clean the roof before you repair it
A rag or towel to dry your roof after cleaning
A utility knife to slice blistered spots and cut out repair areas on your roof
A trowel to even and smoothen the floor surfaces during repair
Fiberglass mesh to reinforce and waterproof the repairs
Gravel to absorb UV rays after repair
Reflective floor coating to protect against sun damage
Roof patches (Some roof patches come with sticky backs which can save your roofing cement)
Caulk for sealing cracks
A pair of scissors to cut roof patches
A roller stick to spread solutions over your roof
Stirring stick to mix your repair solutions
Method 1: Flat Roof Repair
Diagnosing a Flat Roof Damage
You should first measure how far the roof leak is from the two closest walls. You do this by identifying your wet or stained ceiling. Sometimes it’s a smell of dampness during the rainy season. Then measure the distance from the stain to the nearest walls using a tape measure. Climb up your roof and use the same measurements to identify the damaged part of the roof. The damage is most likely within the measurements you got or anywhere close.
But keep in mind that it’s possible that the damaged part of the roof is far from within your measurements. The reason is that not all flat roofs are perfectly flat. This feature is allowed to let water to flow. Like in the case of our client above, damage can happen at the highest point of the roof then lets in water to flow to the lowest part of your home (where you see the problem).
Examine the Slope
When you get on top of the roof surface and identify the position of the damage, examine the slope. The problem might be a crack, a tear, a puncture, or a missing part of the roof. Find out how it’s possible for the leak to penetrate the roof structure to reach the ceilings below. If your roof has been around for many years, you might realize there are multiple damaged spots. In this case, classify the issues so that you have problems you can tend to immediately and those that can wait. Whatever is letting in water is an emergency – whether big or small.
If the Roof Looks Fine…
Check the seams. The sides of your roof may be the source of the leak. So go around the edge of the roof to identify any weaknesses. You might notice leak problems where the walls attach with the roof, around the vents, or chimneys. There could also be a problem with the water repellents, metal flashing strips.
Clean the Damage
Now that you know what the problem is, it’s time to prepare the place for repairs. A dirty surface makes it hard to get quality results when you decide to repair the damage – the repair material might not bond properly. Also, cleaning the area provides the opportunity to see the problem better. So clean the damaged area by removing the debris, dirt, gravel, and stagnant water. A tough-bristled broom and a mop will come in handy for this purpose.
After cleaning, dry the target area using a piece of cloth or towel. While you can use mechanical ways to dry your roof, it’s better to let it dry on its own for a day or two. Then use a sealant, roofing caulk, or cement to cover it. Ensure you press your repair material so it reaches every corner of the damage, then level it so it’s even with the rest of the roofing surface.
Method 2: How to Seal Small Cracks and Holes
If you realize your roof has blisters, that’s as a result of trapped moisture and overheating. Pop these swollen or blistered parts on your flat roof using a utility knife. Ensure the cut is shallow so you don’t puncture the roof material. Then scrape off any protruding roofing material and throw it away. If it feels wet, wipe the area using a rag until it’s dry before applying a sealant.
In some instances, forcing a sealant on these areas can be difficult requiring you to create a shallow “pothole” for the sealant to stick. So take your knife and curve a shallow cut as you remove the material around the area. Alternatively, cut narrow strips on the damaged spot so it’s capable of holding and bonding with the sealing material. Again, be careful not to slice through the roof material.
Apply a Coat of Roofing Cement
Fill the section you’ve cut out on the roof with a layer of roofing cement. Push the cement into the carve then level it so that it evens the rest of the roof. Cover about 15 cm wider than the damaged area. If the holes or damage is 2.5 cm or less, seal it using caulk. Afterward, take a piece of fiberglass mesh and cover the patch to waterproof it. Make sure the mesh is holding down onto the cement by tapping and pressing it in place.
Open up your can of roofing cement again and cover the fiberglass mesh. This should be thick enough to hide the mesh underneath it. Then use a trowel to smoothen the surface. Don’t leave your repair as it is because UV rays might destroy it by breaking the chemical bonds holding everything in place. Take ballast and spread it over the cement patch then use your trowel to spread it over evenly and to cover all the cement patch. This absorbs UV rays to allow the repair to last longer.
Another important ingredient you shouldn’t forget is applying a layer of a reflective coating. As the name suggests, it will help reflect the sun rays that can break down the chemical bonds in the cement.
Method 3: Using a Roof Repair Kit
You can buy a roof repair kit that contains everything necessary to patch your roof damages. Most kits contain patches that help solve leaking problems from larger surfaces and caulk for sealing cracks and small holes. With a kit, you have everything you need to successfully repair your roof. Make sure you compare the color of the patches with that of your roof color.
Use your utility knife to cut out the damaged area, removing any loose particles, dirt, and grime. You can cut into the roofing membrane as deep as two and a half centimeters. If the damaged roofing material isn’t removed, you can still go deeper but make sure you don’t puncture the lower layers of your roof.
Fill the Damage on the Flat Roof With a Layer of Roofing Cement
Shop a can of roofing cement (make sure it’s labeled for the type of roofing you have to effectively repair the damage). Then spread the appropriate amount of the cement on the damaged area so it doesn’t overflow or is too little. Use a trowel to press it in the damage as well as make a smooth surface, even to the rest of the roof. You want to apply cement around the damage for about 5 centimeters from the damaged section.
Cut a patch that is slightly wider than the area you are repairing. Then take and place it on your freshly spread roofing cement. Press the patch to make sure it sticks. If necessary, cut the patch so it’s the right size to the area covered with cement. After the patch, cover your repair work with a layer of roofing cement. Make sure this coat covers past the patch. Then smoothen it so it’s at the same level as the rest of the floor surface.
To ensure the surface is not exposed to water damage, add another patch to the area you are working on. This time, the patch should also be slightly longer and wider than what you’ve already laid on the floor. You might realize the repair work more protruding this time considering that the last repair layers were leveling the rest of the roof. While it might affect the aesthetics of your roof, it’s a move that makes your work more long-lasting. The good part is that most flat roofs are not visible to the public. The protruding part won’t be a big problem.
Just like before, press this patch on the roofing cement surface so it sticks. Try and make it level your roof surfaces as much as you can. The edges must bond with your roof material to prevent water damage and moisture from penetrating the patch. So get your roofing cement, add it around the edges (while they are dry) then press the edges of the patch to attach it to the roof.
It’s now time to add the final layer of roofing cement. Scoop it and add a thin coat to the patch. Try as much as possible to make the layer even to the roof materials. Then protect the surface from UV rays that can potentially break the chemical bonds in your patch by adding ballast to the repair mark. Alternatively, find a reflective coating material and apply it to your patch to protect against sun damage.
Method 4: Resealing Your Entire Roof
Clean the Roof
Resealing your roof is the option you go with if there is too much damage to your roof. You begin the process of cleaning the roof surface. Use a hard-bristled broom and clean away debris, dust, and clear all the damaged surfaces. Dispose off the dirt according to your local government requirements. Roofing contractors already understand this that’s why you should involve a roofing company from the onset of your repair project.
Apply a Bitumen Primer
Get ready with a paint roller, then pour a generous amount of bitumen primer on the roof surface – from one of the corners. Use your paint roller to spread the primer on the surface. Ensure your spread is even, about 1 cm thick. Coat the roof surface neatly from one end to the other. Add another pour of the bitumen primer when the initial one depletes until you cover the whole roof.
After you’ve successfully spread a coat of bitumen primer on the roof surface, give it time to dry. Not less than 20 minutes. The drying time might take longer during cold seasons. Also, read the manufacturer’s drying recommendations to be sure your bitumen primer coat dries properly. Try the primer after the dry time is over by using your finger to be sure it’s properly dry. If you use a bitumen primer that’s not set, expect the sealant not to bond with it properly, which will result in poor quality work.
Layer Your Dry Primer With a Sealant
Mix your sealant to create a smooth semi-liquid substance. Use a mixing stick to stir through the can so that its components mix properly – the solid part will rise from the bottom to mix with the liquid part. It should be easy to pour and spread across the roof surface.
Then just like you did in the first step, begin by pouring it in one corner of the roof then use a paintbrush to spread it evenly as you move to the other end of the roof. It’s important to work in one direction so your work is smooth and about 1 inch thick all around.
Lay a Fiberglass Mesh Over the Wet Sealant
You can get fiberglass mesh in big rolls. So measure your roof and buy one that fits well. But be careful the size you buy because carrying the mesh up the roof can be an uphill task, literary. If you already bought a big mesh that is making it hard to take to the roof, ask for help from a friend or cut it into manageable bits. When you get it up there, use a pair of scissors to cut its edges so that it fits on the roof accordingly. Clamp one end of the fiberglass mesh to allow you to spread it effortlessly.
Unroll the mesh over the wet sealant if it’s in a roll or unfold it if it’s folded. Use any weights you can find around you to secure the mesh flat on the roof as you cover your surfaces with it. By the end of it, let the mesh be at the same level as the roof surface without bumps or uneven spots.
Cover the Mesh With Another Sealant Coat
Once your fiberglass mesh is in position, take your sealant and brush it over the mesh. This should be another half an inch of sealant coat. Doing this not only holds the mesh in position but also completely seals out moisture in the future. You can let the mesh overlap your roof surfaces for about 2 inches.
Depending on the size of your home, do this process severally until you cover the entire roof. Finally, let your work dry for the next 12 hours. If possible, let it stay for a few days before you can apply another coat of sealant. If you think the roof is dry enough, it’s time to spread your sealant. Then give it time to dry and check your work afterward.
You will notice dark patches and small holes which indicate that the specific sections are not waterproof. So, seal these isolated marks as well as fill the holes. Then spread another layer of sealer all over the roof, half an inch thick.
Add a Reflective Coating
A reflective coating ensures that your work is protected from the sun’s rays. If you leave your roof exposed, UV rays hit it to break down the chemical bonds. So open a can of reflective coating and stir it using a stick to make an even paste. Get a paintbrush to help you reach the hard-to-reach areas of the roof with the reflective coating. Then take a paint roller to quickly spread a layer of reflective coating on the rest of the roof. Ensure your work is even and smooth all around the roof.
You could choose to use rocks or ballast which absorb the UV rays instead of reflecting them away. Your reflective coating might take more than eight hours to dry depending on the weather conditions.
When to Replace Your Flat Roof instead of Repair
Roof repairs are temporary precautions that can help you stay dry in your home but not for long. You’ll realize you have to do regular repairs to the roof over and over as the damage becomes worse. If your flat roof needs complete resealing now, then chances are that it will need replacing soon. So, as you repair it, make arrangements to have it replaced within the coming few months.
Ideally, flat roofs should last for more than two decades. That’s if they are properly installed and the proper regular maintenance is done. Over time, the materials then start to break down and disintegrate. You might start seeing roof leaks when the roof is about 12 years old or more. If you suspect that your roof damages are a result of age and disintegration, repairs will not do much to protect it. Just consider replacing it as s
A single damage to your roof might give you a few months of service, but when there are several leaks, it makes economic sense to replace it soon. The situation can be worse if the initial installation wasn’t done properly.
Comparing the cost of repairs and replacing your roof is another important thing to do when a roof problem situation occurs. You need to add up the material costs and contractor charges. When a roof repair takes as much money as installing a new one, then it’s better if you replaced it. Consult a professional roofer to compare the costs in light of the condition of your home.
Sometimes even a roofing expert is not able to rescue your roof through repairs. The sooner you know your roof’s limit the quicker you will repair it and save yourself the hassle and loss of money.
When to Stop Wasting Money and Time on Roof Repairs
Some roof surfaces look good on the surface but their deck has been weakened over time. In such instances, you are better off replacing your roof than repairing it. It doesn’t matter what the roof surface looks like when the deck is in bad condition.
If the deck is bad, you will notice dips and hollows on the roof surfaces, especially on roofs with timber as their structure and bitumen materials that have lost elasticity.
Sometimes a professional will climb up there to assess the situation. They must be very careful when walking up there.
How to Maintain Your Flat Roof After a Repair Job
We encourage you to invest in a sealer after successfully repairing your roof. It might raise the repair costs but worth the investment. If you properly apply a sealer on your roof, maintaining it becomes easier. All it will demand from you is to regularly clean the dust and debris from the gutters and surface. Also monitor if the flashing is working properly.
Schedule overhaul cleaning every time a storm happens or after every six months. If trees surround your home, you want to make periodic cleaning at least after three months. And considering that flat roofs accumulate leaves faster, which later rot as they collect moisture, keep an eye on your roof anytime you have a chance then clean it.
Whenever you notice a crack, make sure you seal it with caulk immediately. Also replace the flashing pieces to prevent leakages.
The Cost of Flat Roof Repairs and Replacements
The costs of roof installations, repairs, and replacements vary in a big way depending on the materials involved. EPDM, TPO, and PVC roofing materials are costly to repair and replace even without including the contractor costs. The strange bit about flat roofs is that they cost higher to repair if you compare to other roofing designs. This happens because they take longer to repair and requires double the effort you’d put on a sloping roof.
A contractor will charge you according to the current condition of your roof and the work they anticipate doing. The material type will play a big role in determining how much you’ll use. For materials and labor charges, this could be anywhere between $4 and $9. So if you have a 1000 square foot building, you might need to part with between $4,000 to $9,000.
Some of the costs that most people don’t expect include the dirt removal fees and the disposal charges as well. Including ventilation, roof drains, and extra underlayment also raises the costs.
Also, expect commercial flat roofs to have a slightly higher cost to repair and replace. The reason is that most materials used to roof commercial buildings are expensive.
Contact Roofing Professionals at Tornado Roofing Co for Flat Roof Repairs
Going up a ladder onto your roof, identifying the problem, and doing a perfect roof repair job is not as easy as many homeowners would wish. There’s a lot that could go wrong if you decide to do this by yourself. It’s always better to contact a professional roofer to help you do the roof repairs and get quality results. Tornado Roofing Co is your partner when it comes to all your roofing needs. We are affordable and provide quality results on all our roofing projects. We are only a phone call away.
Regardless of the roofing system you choose, you want it to be installed properly by an expert roofer. That way, you enjoy the full value of your investment. At Tornado Roofing, we give free quotations on roofs for all types of buildings and do the best installation to achieve durable and visually pleasing results. If you need to install a metal roof on your home or business premises in Florida, reach out to us.
When your roof is not in a condition to protect the interior from elements, then ideally it should be repaired or replaced. But you might not have the money to fund a roof repair or roof replacement project right away, or even time to do the project. That’s perhaps the reason you are considering to tarp it. Proper tarping protects the interior of your home from damaging elements for a while as you ready yourself to tackle the cracks, missing shingles, punctures, and or any other roof weaknesses. For a while, you will also be preventing further damage to your roof.
At Tornado Roofing, we’ve received calls before or after a storm to give a temporary solution for a damaged roof. Tarping often makes sense in most situations because it keeps your home dry as you prepare to repair or replace your your leaky roof. So what goes into the process of tarping a roof?
Just like any other roofing project, to successfully tarp, your roof requires tools and materials. This project needs the following materials at a minimum for a professional roofing contractor to handle:
A tape measure
A pair of boots
2 by 4 Boards
Step 1: Assess the Roof Damage
Start your assessment from the attic with your torch. Look for water stains or light coming in through the roof to get an idea of where the problem is. This could be several places on your roof. Then use your ladder to climb up the roof so you can assess the roof condition. It’s safer to examine the roof from your ladder to avoid falling off. As you do this, take lots of photos of the damaged sections of your roof; from within the attic and outside as well. You’ll use these for insurance claims.
Measure the extent of the roof damage using your tape measure. Move closer to the damaged area of the roof, then carefully kneel close to it and measure. Take the exact dimension on each side of the damage. This helps you determine the size of tarp you’ll need. If your roof is too steep, you should just call a roofing expert to do the job rather than risk climbing up on it. Also don’t work on a wet roof.
Step 2: Buy the Right Tarp
Tarps come in varied sizes and colors. So because you have the damage measurements, choose a tarp with a size that’s larger than the damaged area. Some people go for tarps that can cover most parts of the roof, but choosing the right fit for the damaged part is better. If possible find a vendor that customizes tarps for specific needs. Then instruct them to make a tarp that is capable of covering the problem spots, leaving three feet of the excess tarp around the damaged area. Consulting with a professional roofer or tarp vendor will also help you make the right choice here. You might also want to consider the color of the tarp and its thickness.
Step 3: Cover the Holes in the Roof
If your roof is badly damaged and has big holes, use plywood to cover these potholes. Secure this sheet of wood using screws. Doing this prevents creating pools of water after you’ve installed your tarp.
Step 3: Cover the Holes in the Roof
If your roof is badly damaged and has big holes, use plywood to cover these potholes. Secure this sheet of wood using screws. Doing this prevents creating pools of water after you’ve installed your tarp.
Regardless of the metal roofing system you choose, you want it to be installed properly by an expert roofer. That way, you enjoy the full value of your investment. At Tornado Roofing, we give free quotations on roofs for all types of buildings and do the best installation to achieve durable and visually pleasing results. If you need to install a metal roof on your home or business premises in Florida, reach out to us.
Installing a metal roof costs more compared to the usual roofing materials like asphalt shingle systems. But the high costs come with a lot of benefits. You can expect beautiful styles, weather-resistant interlocking abilities, a cooler home, a fireproof roof, more than a half-century of service with little to no maintenance. Investing in metal roofing provides you with about 85.9% return on investment in America. To install metal roofing, you’ll spend between $1.80 to $15 for every square foot.
The roofing costs of a metal roof will depend on your material choice. You can select aluminum, copper, standing seam metal, steel metal, tin, or zinc metal roofs among other options. Corrugated metal roofs are the cheapest, costing between $1.80 – $2.50 per square foot. Tin and Zinc roofs are some of the expensive metal roof options, with the installation costs ranging between $3.25 to $14.65. Steel metal roofing is the most popular roofing option in America and costs between $3.35 to $4.50.
Looking for precise pricing for your home’s roof? Contact Tornado Roofing to get advice from our in-house metal roofing experts.
For a roofing expert to conclusively provide a quote for your metal roof, they need to determine the size of your home. The second thing to look at is the shape of your roof. Unique shapes, designs, and additional details make a metal roof installation costlier. Also, metal roofs come in varied qualities as well as thicknesses so this will impact the installation pricing as well.
Bringing the current roof down and the reason why you want to remove it, as well as the existing weather conditions will contribute to the installation price. Another thing you might forget is the season your metal roof is being installed. After events like tornados and hailstorms, roofing contractors are often in high demand making the market costly. If your project can wait, consider installing it in seasons that are less busy for roofers.
That said, we recommend to start estimating the cost of your roof by measuring the square feet of your home (which could be anywhere between 1500 – 2000) at $10 per square foot. With this, your estimation won’t be far from the target. But because there are many metal roofing options, the installation pricing will vary.
Metal Roofing Costs Vs. Shingles
Installing metal roofs costs double or triple the installation of asphalt shingles. While both metal and shingle roofing depends on location, the size of your property, style requirements and other variables, metal roof installations offer more advantages.
Metal roofs have a higher resale value. Also, metal roofs are more energy efficient because they significantly reduce heating and cooling costs. And depending on the type of metal you choose and the quality of installation, maintenance becomes optional and multiple times easier if necessary. You shouldn’t expect repairs or premature failures until you decide they have served you long enough. If you live in a place where wildfires and other fire disasters are common happenings, you can count on metal roofs to protect your home.
Types of Metal Roofing
There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to metal roofs. If you are not decided yet on the best metal roofing for your home, here’s a list of the common metal roofs out there.
Corrugated metal roof
Metal slate roofs
Standing seam metal roofs
Zinc metal roof
Metal tile roofs
Steel roofing is a common choice for property owners because they produce roof surfaces that effectively shed snow and rain. When you choose this option, you should hire a professional roofer to install them properly. Otherwise, the results will be noisy when it rains.
Regardless of the metal roofing system you choose, you want it to be installed properly by an expert roofer. That way, you enjoy the full value of your investment. At Tornado Roofing, we give free quotations on roofs for all types of buildings and do the best installation to achieve durable and visually pleasing results. If you need to install a metal roof on your home or business premises in Florida, reach out to us.
Repairing damaged property after a hailstorm can be very costly especially if you ignore the damage the first time it occurs. The best approach is always to inspect and repair your roof damages immediately after a hail storm. That way, you avoid the subsequent roof problems which eventually saves you a lot of money.
Those who ignore repairs no matter how small the damage might look, allow it to worsen over time. An unrepaired roof can lead to serious secondary problems like leaks or even wood rot. By the end of it, you might need to replace your entire roof which could cost a fortune. A damaged roof further lowers the value of your home.
If you are not skilled enough to identify and deal with hail roof damage, you should contact roofing experts in your locality to help with the situation.
The damages caused by hailstorms are different depending on the type of roofing material and structure you have, not forgetting how powerful the hailstorm is. Other factors are the age of the material, the direction of the hail, and the surrounding buildings or trees.
The extent of damage varies from minor damages that are not easily visible to total damage of your roof. They can also be obvious dents and breakages that you can clearly see. The type of hail storm damage on asphalt shingles is different from the hail damage on wood or even metal. Here are the types of damages a hailstorm can cause on your roof:
Loss of Granules
Your roof can lose granules in a rough hailstorm. When a hailstorm hits the asphalt shingle roof, the force knocks off granules from the roofing material. This leaves the asphalt exposed as the granules are washed away. Exposed asphalt is affected by the UV and other elements which make it to age quickly due to the hail storm damage.
Cracks and Tear
Hailstorms hitting the shingles can crack and damage them. The force and pressure from the hailstorm especially when the speed of the wind is high causes tears and even cracks. Cracked or torn shingles cannot perform their function well because they let moisture and sun rays in. A professional roofer can identify such damages and provide the best repairs of the damaged spot.
A hailstorm on a wooden shingle roof can cause extensive damage by splitting the shingles. The damage is mostly random and cannot be easily noticed unless a thorough inspection is performed by a professional roofer. Mostly the damaged shingles will have sharp pointed edges. Once you’ve identified the affected pieces, you have to follow a special procedure to fix or replace them.
The impact of the hailstorm on the asphalt shingles roof can be seen by the exposed and damaged fiberglass mat. When the hail hits the surface of the shingles, it exposes the fiberglass mat and this can cause further damage like cracks. This type of damage is not easy to notice. Because of this, hire a professional who is trained and can spot such damages and repair them to help save your roof from further damage.
Hail Damage Roof Inspection Guide
After every hailstorm, it is advisable that you inspect your roof for any hail damage roof signs. Some hail storm damage may seem cosmetic but over time they lead to more serious damages. And as you might know by now, an unrepaired roof can eventually cause stains, mold, and leaks which can be more dangerous for residents and costly to repair. Here are some indicators to show you that your roof has been damaged by a hailstorm and needs repair.
Check the Gutter
Inspect your gutter to see if you can spot any visible dents caused by the hailstorm. A dent on your gutter is clear evidence of damage on your roof. Also, check to see if your gutter is clogged or if it’s overflowing. A clogged gutter can be caused by knocked off granules that have been swept away by water. If you discover the clog is caused by granules that’s a sign that your roof has been damaged and needs repair.
Check-Siding and Deck
Check for any noticeable damages on the siding and the deck areas. Damages in these areas will show you that there is a chance your roof shingles are torn or cracked and needs fixing. Consult a roofing specialist to help you inspect and make repairs.
A contractor has the technical expertise to accurately assess your roof and recommend the needed repairs. Damages can vary and roof repairs also vary depending on the level of damage. A contractor is able to identify the right repair for your roof, from a simple fix to a complex repair of replacing the entire roof.
Tornado Roofing Your Best Team of Roofing Contractors
Tornado Roofing is a reliable roofing contractor for you and offers the best quality services when it comes to roof maintenance, roof repairs, re-roofing, and complete roof replacements. Tornado roofing has been in operation for the past 20 years and has a lot of experience in roofing and quality safety inspection services. If you suspect that your roof has incurred damage during a hailstorm, reach out to us so that we can identify the problems and recommend the best solution for you.
By Tornado Roofing|2020-10-14T10:17:12+00:00October 16th, 2020|Roof Repair|Comments Off on Identifying and Dealing with Hail Roof Damage
You are probably being rained on right now, and that’s why you’re searching for ways to fix your roof from the inside. Good for you because you are in the right place. Fixing roofs can happen in many ways, including doing the project from the inside of your home. If you think this is impossible, contact Tornado Roofing roofing services experts to learn how we can get help. But if you still want to understand the fixing process, here’s your guide.
The good thing about repairing your roof from the inside is that you can do it as a solo project, and don’t require a complete set of professional tools to complete the process. Some of the tools you’ll need include:
Roof tar (patch)
Here’s How to Fix a Roof From the Inside
It’s worth noting that fixing a roof from the inside is a temporary measure. Once you are done with the fixing, consider getting a professional roof repair or replacement expert to give you a permanent solution. In other words, doing this helps you buy some time for the current rainstorm to pass or get a better roofing solution the following day. All this depends on the age and condition of your roof. So what should you do?
Access the Attic
You want to get past your ceiling to reach your damaged roof. That means you should remove part of your ceiling and find your way through. The next thing to do is to get rid of any stagnant water. Use sponges or rags. If the water is a lot, drain it into a bucket big enough to accommodate all of it. If the ceiling has seeped water, be careful when moving around it so it doesn’t fall through due to your weight and tools.
Identify the Leak and Seal Them
You want to make sure your work area is dry, and you are in a position to see all the leaks plus remain safe. If it’s during the rainy season, you can identify the leak by the damp places on the ceiling. You might also spot mold or dark patches on the ceiling board. Do this with the help of your flashlight. If it’s daytime, you’ll probably see light penetrate through the holes. Once you’ve spotted the damaged areas, mark them with chalk.
The next step is to ensure the area is dry so that your roof tar can stick. Prepare a proportionate roof tar to the leak and smear it across the damage with a knife. After doing this, place a piece of plywood on the tar and spread more tar around the edges. If you want to reinforce your patch, use rubber on the outside of the leaking area.
Emergency Leaking Roof Fixes When You Don’t See the Leak
In some situations, you won’t see the leak. What do you do? You should try the alternative method, which involves the use of a plastic roof covering from the outside.
Purchase a Roof Plastic
Your local hardware store should have roof plastics. These are specially designed from polyethylene to unfold and cover a leaking roof. You’ll get then in 4-foot rolls from a local vendor or wider alternatives, depending on the size of your roof. What you want is a big enough roll that can cover your roof surface from the ridge to the eave of the affected area. Also, get anchors that will help you position the roof plastic during the installation.
Cut and Install
Measure your roof then cut the roof plastic in a slightly bigger measurement to the roof surface area. Then roll each end of the plastic roof to the anchors by using the utility staple gun to position it tightly. With some help from a partner, lay it on from one end to the other side of your roof. This process will require some guts from you because you’ll have to climb your roof and move around it.
If there’s lightning or a storm, you want to avoid doing the work without professional help. Call experts who have the equipment and knowledge to do it.
What if I can’t fix the roof? Roof work can be challenging, particularly if you have little knowledge about what to do. And when risks like lightning and storms are involved, it becomes an impossible mission for some individuals. If you are in such an instance and unable to do the work on your own, contact professional roofers.
Tornado Roofing is your ideal partner in such a situation. Contact us so we can assess the condition of your roof and provide relevant solutions. Here’s how to go about the contractor hiring process. We guarantee quality roof repairs and installations and interestingly low prices for our services. Reach out to us at any time.
The best roofing material for a low pitch roof is one that is not only aesthetically designed but one that can withstand the hard elements of weather. When you choose a roofing material, you need to first understand the type of roof you need so that you can make the right choice materials. One of the choices you’ll encounter is a low-pitch roof. This roof, also known as a low slope roof, is an almost flat roof.
Of course, this roof is not completely flat, but the low slope roof has a slight pitch or is slightly raised to give the impression. However, water does not drain easily, which can cause damage and leaks to the roof. Plants like algae can also grow on the deck of your roof.
What is a Low-Slope / Flat Roof System?
A low-slope roof system has roof material designs specifically designed for it. The roofing system is made up of materials that will enhance roofing efficiency and withstand weather conditions like rain and even the UV rays from the sun. Qualified roofers will install this specially designed system for you and also guide you on some of the best materials that you can use. By the end of the day, you want a contractor that’s able to use different roofing materials to make your project successful Here are some of the roofing materials for a low-slope roof.
1. Built-up System or Roofing
Built-up roofing is used for low-sloped roofs because it offers watertight functionality. It comprises multiple layers and uses asphalt to make it functional for this type of a roof. This material is also known for its strength and high performance. You can reach out to Tornado Roofing for the best pricing when it comes to build-up system installations. We dare say that we have the best roofers who will install and offer professional advice on roofing systems.
2. Rubber Membrane
Just like its name suggests, this roofing solution uses rubber components. The rubber is professionally installed by expert roofers who use strong metal anchors or special roofing glue to put it in place. As you might tell, this product requires expert hands to make sure it doesn’t leak and works to its best ability.
3. Modified Bitumen
This system is known for its high performance and reliability. Our devoted team of experts will not only install it for you but also furnish you with relevant information on the material to keep in good shape. This is a durable waterproof system that makes it perfect for a flat roof. If you intend to reinforce it further, you can insulate it.
4. Single Ply
Single-ply is an excellent material for low-pitch roofs. It is produced in the factory set up and comes in white color. This is a perfect way to reflect the UV rays of the sun and offer protection to the material. It is made up of thermoplastic, which is gaining popularity with low-slope roofs in America. We pride ourselves on our reliability and experience in the installation and repairs of such roofing systems.
5. Roll Roofing
Roll roofing material is mixed with asphalt and granules and is installed on your roof deck as one of the roofing solutions. However, it does not offer high performance, and it is not among the best roofing material for a low pitch roof. So unless it’s the last resort for your roof, don’t go with it.
Low-Slope Roofing: How Roof Pitch Affects your Choice of Roof Material
When choosing the best roofing material, you need to consider the type of roof you are interested in. The number of inches a roof is raised determines how flat or how steep a roof is going to be. The low-pitch or flat roofs are slightly raised and almost flat, which disqualifies them for some roofing materials. Slate shingles, for instance, are not suitable for low-pitch because they’ll leak. Wood is also not a good option for low-pitch roofs because they can soak and quickly deteriorate. However, you can use them for the steep-slope roofs because they will be able to drain water. The best materials for low-pitch roofs need to be durable and waterproof.
At Tornado Roofing, We Comply with Florida Building Codes
At Tornado Roofing, we are compliant with all Florida Building codes and offer reliable roofing installation and repair services. We will perform a new roofing installation, depending on your needs, at affordable costs, and offer expert advice on all your roofing needs. Contact us and get your roofing solution.
A low pitch roof requires materials with special functionalities, including “cooling roofing,” to make it more effective. Low pitch roofs are susceptible to water clogging and leaking, which can lead to constant repair and frustration. Installing a new low-slope system from the start with the help of experts guarantees quality results and gives you peace of mind. Feel free to share your roofing needs with us.
Roofing systems fall under either low slope or steep slope roofing category. When you purchase shingles, a professional dealer will ask whether your sloped roof is a low or steep slope. Low slope roofing includes slopes ranging between 2:12 and 4:12 of the run.
Low slope roofs drain water at a slower pace compared to steep slopes. The materials used in the two categories are different. Please don’t buy asphalt or slate shingles for your slope roof just because their color impressed you. They require mechanical drainage and thus not suitable alternatives when it comes to low slope roofing.
So what are the factors to consider when selecting materials for your low slope roof system? We invite you to read on and learn a thing or two about low slope roofing.
Here are some of the factors to consider when you look to purchase roofing materials for your low slope roof:
Because low-pitch roofs drain water slower, rainwater can form small pools on your roof. Therefore, consider materials that can tolerate water. Membrane materials are good due to their ability to hold stagnant water without getting damaged.
Roofing materials function differently at different slopes. Some modern roofing materials indicate the slope range they function optimally. It is advisable to inquire from your roofing contractor about the finer details of your low slope roof. The information will help the manufacturer to guide you on the suitable material for your roof.
If you live in an environment that experiences snow often, consider the material that can withstand the snow. Thawing impacts low slope roofs.
A good roof should be energy-efficient. The color of the material you choose should be suitable for your environment. Choose light colors that reflect light when you live in arid areas. Dark colors are suitable for cold environments.
Types of Low Slope/Flat Roof Systems
Types of roof systems are determined by the covering used. There are five major types of low slope/flat roof systems, namely:
Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer
Built-up roofing (BUR) membranes are made of bitumen and felts. The membranes are spread on a base sheet attached to the roof. The popularity of BUR low slope roofs is diminishing.
Modified bitumen are sheets made from bitumen that have been improved using a polymer like Styrene-butadiene (SBS) or atactic polypropylene (APP). The polymers add rubber qualities to the bitumen. The modified bitumen sheets are joined using an adhesive and heat.
PVC low slope roofs are common in restaurants. They are used for roofing kitchens and can tolerate different types of chemicals. PVC can also bend and keep your house cool during summer because it is a poor conductor of heat.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin TPO is typically a single-ply membrane. It is lightweight, resistant to chemicals, and has impressive impact resistance. TPO low slope roofing systems are commonly found in the commercial industry. Homeowners love the white color TPO membranes for their ability to reflect heat and keep the interior of the house cool.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM)
EPDM rubber roofs adhere to an insulation board, and they are mostly black, although there’s white color. The rubber covering can also be held down using ballast or boulders. This type of roof can tolerate both hot and cold weather. The rubber can withstand different chemicals.
Low Slope Roofing: Lessons Learned
We’ve picked lessons from the 20 plus years we’ve been providing roofing solutions to our Southwest Florida clients. It’s a continuous learning curve as technology continues to evolve.
Many clients have come to us with complaints about their low slope roofs. There are many cases where clients hired contractors to install new roofs or replace steep slope roofs with a low slope. And they ended up with flat roofs full of drainage issues. Low slope roofs are likely to gather lots of dry leaves resulting in clogged drainage. If the slope is 0” it becomes a mess.
Another common problem is the use of the right material in the wrong environment. It is important to know the material to use if you need an energy-efficient roof. Not all contractors know that. Using black membranes in a place that is ever hot adds to the heat in the interior of your house. You’ll incur huge power bills trying to keep your air conditioner on most of the time.
Tornado roofing is a major player in the roofing industry in Southwest Florida. We’ve been providing cutting-edge roofing solutions to both commercial and residential landholders in this region for the last 20 years. Contact us whenever you need to repair your roof or overhaul the entire roof. Our team of highly gifted roofing professionals is eager to serve you.
With residential properties, there is always something that appears to require the attention of the homeowner. The toilets that hardly flush, air conditions that don’t cool, leaking faucets, and more, are always on top of the list. Unfortunately, many people often neglect the roof over time. You can ignore them when something important is competing for your attention. That is why you need the best residential roofing installation company that can maintain or replace your roof and ensure that it serves you for the longest time possible. That would be a job for Tornado Roofing and Contracting Inc.
There is no group other than our well-trained and experienced contractors to trust. We provide dependable roof installation services, use quality roofing materials, such as slate tiles, asphalt shingles, and impact-resistant shingles. Most importantly, unlike other roofing companies, we follow the approved steps to offer you the best residential roofing installationservice. Here are the steps that we follow when replacing your roof.
Step 1: Roof Installation Begins With a Pre-plan
Like any other important work, we start your roof replacement with smart-pre-planning to ensure you get optimal results. Our experienced contractors carefully inspect your property to determine how much materials you need and the best way to handle it from the beginning to completion. This way, you get all the information you require, including a solid start date, to plan.
Step 2: Ensure Property Safety
Because we are ensuring you get the best residential roofing installationservice, we embark on ensuring your property is adequately protected during the installation once you approve our plan. We prioritize the safety of your walls, siding, windows, trees, houseplants, bushes, and more. We bring on the job site roof jacks, ladders, a dumpster, protection plywood and tarps, and the roofing material.
Step 3: Remove the Old Roofing Materials
At this stage, our experienced contractors remove the old shingles to inspect the wood decking properly. We also do this and take it seriously since our policy prevents us from putting new roofing materials over the old ones. The experts here at Tornado Roofing and Contracting Inc know that doing that would prevent us from laying the new shingle on the deck as required. Besides, it would weaken and reduce the lifespan of the new roofing materials. As such, since we guarantee you the best residential roofing installation service, we remove the old shingles and roofing nails and flashing at once.
Step 4: Inspect the Roof Deck
Our team of experts thoroughly inspects the wood decking to determine whether we need to come up with a better base for the new roofing structure. This is essential as we use the best shingles, and you need them to remain intact for several years. If we notice any rotten, wet, or softwood during this process, we mark them for replacement. We also inspect the wood sheeting to find the best ways to make it adequately attached to your roof rafters.
From our experience, this is where many roofing contractors go wrong. Instead of taking their time to check for any missing nails at this stage, they start doing other things that they consider more important. Here at Tornado Roofing and Contracting Inc, we re-nail the old wood decking to ensure you get impressed after the installation process. Besides, we guarantee you will never see bumps on your roof at any moment after we leave your premises.
Step 5: Prepare the Deck
After completing the inspecting, our roofing professionals prepare the deck for the new shingles. This means we install a drip edge. This metal that mends at a right angle (90 degrees) is designed to prevent rainwater from finding its way underneath your roofing materials.
Other than installing the drip edge, we install the ice and water shield. This exclusive roofing underlayment sticks to the decking and, therefore, effectively prevents water leaks. To give you the best result, we install it at the bottom of your roof and all your roof penetrations, which include the roof connections, chimneys, and more.
The last thing that we do to prepare for the shingles is to install your roofing felt. When we cover your roof with this material, your shingles will never stick to the roofing wood. A good reason we know that our team of contractors is offering the best residential roofing installationservice is that they use heavy-duty roofing felt that guarantees you the results.
Step 6: Install the New Roofing Material
At this stage, we lay out the roofing material professionally. We start from the bottom edges and work upwards. By working this way, we successfully overlap the new shingles to shed water. After that, we place special caps on the hip rises and at the peak. Next, we carefully cut the shingles over or around dormers and in the valleys.
Step 7: Clean Up the Site and Inspect the Roof
Our job is never complete until we remove all the wastes from the job site. Our contractors dispose of all of them and do not leave any cleaning work to do after they go. Once you are satisfied with the cleanup, we embark on conducting the final inspection. We have experienced supervisors who understand the unique quality that we know defines the best residential roofing installation.
We send them to conduct a meticulous and objective post-roofing inspection. As your top construction company, we believe it is our job to ensure that your roofing replacement meets and exceeds your expectations. In the unlikely scenarios that we discover that something has not been done to the highest standards or your complete satisfaction, we correct it at our own cost. In other words, here at Tornado Roofing and Contracting Inc., we offer our esteemed clients like you 100%-satisfaction guarantee. Moreover, we respect them and are committed to giving them a memorable experience.
Call the Experts for the Best Residential Roofing Installation
Do you needthe best residential roofing installation service anywhere in Florida? Feel free to contact Tornado Roofing and Contracting Inc. today. Our Well-trained and friendly contractors are on standby to give you the right feedback and quickly solve your roofing needs.
By Tornado Roofing|2020-10-11T12:11:32+00:00August 18th, 2020|Roof Replacement|Comments Off on Roof Installation: 7 Steps To Successfully Replace Your Roof
A roof replacement project is a big deal that requires input from both the owner and the roofing company. As the property owner, your part is to prepare the premises before the installers arrive. Once the roofers have come, the property becomes a busy work zone that cannot accommodate multiple activities. So, the preparation ensures that the roofing process is smooth so that everything happens within the set time limits, and everyone comes out safe.
So, what should you do to prepare for a roof replacement? Here are tips from our experts to help you have seamless roofing experience.
Your home is going to be a busy place during the roof installation process. From loud noises to endless traffic, this place will be an uncomfortable place for the elderly, kids, and pets. Expect interruption from your daily schedules and sleeping patterns in the meanwhile. Everyone else needs evacuation because only the workforce has the protective gear to be on site.
Talk to everyone that lives in your home before the roof replacement so they can prepare to evacuate. Children will require some explanation of why they shouldn’t stay or play on the property. If your place is small, find different accommodation to relocate your family during this time. Ideally, send them for a visit to your relatives and friends.
Leave the Gate(s) Open
The roofers working on your house will want free access to and out of your compound. Don’t make it difficult for them to ask for keys every time they need to move in or out. Open the gates or give the keys to the project manager to ensure every movement is flawless.
Relocate Your Vehicles
Your contractor needs space to work, and the parking lot is one of those places. That’s where the workforce will be moving, keeping their tools and materials, plus their company truck. Therefore, you need to find temporary parking where your vehicles will be safe. You might want to seal the garage doors to keep the falling roofing debris out.
Remove Wall Decor
Your home will be a beehive of activities during a roof replacement. There’s going to be vibration from machinery, hammering, and movement, which will shake up things a little. So if you have pictures, pieces of art, light fixtures, and any other hanging decor on the walls, remove and secure them in a place they can’t damage. Only leave decorations that are permanently attached to the walls.
Clear Your Furniture
Patio furniture can impede movement during a roofing process. The workers could waste their time moving it from one corner to the other or trip on them, which is an inconvenience. So, move them out of the patio to a shade, garage, or elsewhere. If you don’t have room in your garage, putting the furniture in your yard at a safe distance is good enough for the roofing operations to continue. Remember to cover them so they don’t damage under direct sunlight.
Everything needs to be at least 15-feet from the house during a roof replacement. Unfortunately, not all things can move. These could be stuff like gazebos, permanent decor features, kitchen cabinets, among other things. The safe way to deal with such is by covering them with tarps and curtains. So when shingles and building debris fall, they are safe.
Protect Plants and Flowers
If your compound has plants and flowers that you intend to keep, protect them through covering and marking. Use nets and tarps to cover flower beds and mark trees using an orange tape. Doing this will alert the roofers to be careful when working next to these. The best way to ensure care to your plants and flowers is to talk to the project manager about it.
Cut the Grass and Prune Trees
Long grass will hide fallen roofing debris, which might give a hard time to cleaners. Besides, nails could hide in the long grass and pose risks to those who walk through it. So, cut it a day before the construction and clear all the grass to make the debris cleaning easier and thorough. Also, if you have a tree with long branches that hang close to the roof, you want to prune it to give room to the roofers to do their work.
Your Neighbors Need to Know
Your neighbors should be aware of your roofing project before it starts. This way, they’ll understand all the noise, the flying nails, and the debris in their yards. They might need to remove movable stuff, cover their plants, and even give access to their property in case shingles fall in their compound.
Check the Electricity Connectivity
You don’t want to endanger the lives of roofers. Covering necked wires and removing some of the cables running too close to the roof is great. The roofing company might want to run their equipment using your electricity. In this case, ensure the power outlets are functional to avoid delays.
Antennas and Satellite Dishes are Not Needed
You must remove antennas and satellite dishes from the roof to pave way for the roofers to do their work. If you cannot do it by yourself, contact your cable and satellite provider to remove them for you.
Clear the Attic
If you have stuff in the attic, remove them. In situations they cannot be moved, use covering materials to secure them from dirt. And because most of the debris will gather in the attic, look for ways to lay coverings to make cleaning easier.
Protect the Windows and Fragile Items
If your doors and windows are glass, cover them with boards so they don’t get scratched by falling materials. You also want to secure fragile items like vases, glasses, and plates so they are away from the walls and placed in areas you cannot reach.
Turn Off the Sprinkler System
You should turn off your sprinkler system early enough so the grass isn’t wet during work hours. Doing this helps you avoid wetting the roofing materials as well as protect the workers from showers. If the piping is on the surface and too close to the house, move it away.
While some roofing installation companies do more than just installing the roof, it’s a good thing to prepare your property before they come. Doing this protects your stuff as well as gives ample time to roofers. The roof replacement will interfere with normal activities, and it helps if everyone in your home and neighbors know it. If you’ve taken prior preparation according to what we’ve discussed above, you can now call your roofing replacement services. Remember that these inconveniences are short-lived, and you’ll soon go back to normal.