Checking Your Roof For Repairs

If you know that it’s been 15 or more years since the last time you had your roof repaired by a roofing specialist, then it’s about time to get one out to your home or business and have them take a look. Otherwise, you can do a decent job of inspection yourself. Why spend money on having a roofer look for problem areas in your roof that you can find yourself?

A good place to start, before ever climbing a ladder (which, by the way, make sure to always use precautions when climbing a ladder and have a second person spot you if possible), you can give your roof a once over from the ground. Use a pair of binoculars to look for any obvious trouble areas- missing shingles, dark spots, and misshaped lines in the roofing material. Also, while on the ground, check downspouts for shingle granules that may have washed off.

Once you’ve decided to go up to have a closer look at your roof, the first thing to look for is missing or loose shingles. Be very careful as you do your inspection! Shingles can be easily damaged, so you should avoid stepping on them whenever possible. Being loose isn’t the only sign of a bad shingle. You should also look for loss of granulation (which may expose the fiberglass mat underneath to UV light), mold and decay, and curling.

If you have had work done to your roof in the past, there’s a chance that the roofer used tar or a patch to fix any small problems. You might see this during your close inspection. The patch might be an obvious hardened blob, or it might be covered with shingles of a slightly different color than the rest of your roof. The roofing cement used in these patches may only last for a few years, so you may also want to check these areas from below-in your attic.

Another thing to give a closer look to is any flashing. Flashings are metal pieces used to waterproof spots of the roof where there may be an interruption in the roofing such as a skylight, a chimney or smoke stack, vents, or any protruding piping. Things to look for here are tears, buckling or puckering in the material, and looseness. Flashings on chimneys are prone to damage more-so than other places. The reason is the chimney will settle and shift separately from the house. While looking at the flashings, be sure to also inspect your chimney for any leaning, damaged bricks, and cracked joints.

Some more general things to look for are any signs of sag or unevenness to the roof. Cupping and buckling could be indicators of weak framing and should be give extra attention. Also check your gutters for rust, and clogs.

If you find any of these problems while inspecting your roof, it’s best to have a good roofing repairman come out to fix it, rather than attempt to do it yourself.

Improving Thermal Resistance Through Roof Insulation

One of the best ways to improve the thermal resistance of your home is to have your roof insulated. There are many significant advantages of having a under roof insulation installation. The process is reasonably simple to carry out as roofs generally have spaces for easy access to carry out the insulation work.

Affordability is one of the primary reasons for the growing popularity of roof insulation methods. You can add as much insulation thickness as you want because they cost less and there are no constraints of space under the roof to make your insulations thicker and more effective. The insulations are also popular for their durability. They are not affected by the vagaries of weather.

In some situations, roof insulations can lead to accumulation of moisture especially in places where the outside temperature is cooler that the temperature inside. If the outer roof surface is porous at any place it can trap and hold moisture. In the long run, this can damage your roof structure and can even cause it to collapse. This however does not occur commonly and can be easily overcome by providing drains and vents to ensure that trapped moisture have some room to escape.

According to conservative estimates, over a quarter of your home’s heat loss is through the roof with the walls and poor ventilation and draughts contributing in significant measures. Insulating your roof is a one-off cost to save on your energy bills for many years to come without making any further investment. In areas where the climate is dry and hot, you need not even spend any money on maintenance of these installations.

Homes that have insulated roofs are valued at a higher price by real estate professionals. Your home rating can improve dramatically because of the energy efficiency factor. There are some myths that roof insulation makes your home warmer in summer. The system works by slowing down heat transfer which means it keeps the house warmer during winter and cooler during summer.

Insulation helps you save money because every bit of heat you lose can add to your bills. You can ask roof insulation experts to inspect your roof situation to suggest an appropriate solution that meets the needs of your home.

Thermal roof insulation regulations apply to new buildings and to extensions of existing properties. You must make sure that local rules are complied with before you carry out insulation works to your roofing to improve thermal resistance of your home.

The Impact of Construction on the US Economy

With the current state of markets and the downgrade in the US credit rating, it is natural for the construction industry to a take a hit. In fact it was a good construction industry that actually kept the American economy afloat during the recessionary period recently in 2007. And with it now plummeting, America’s only saving grace can take a major hit.

Recently the US commerce department released figures which showed that residential construction had come down and this gave it a small.6 percent gain in the last financial quarter of the year gone by. With the number of new houses constructed coming down and with less than half the number of houses being sold compared to the year earlier, the construction industry has fallen to 12-year low.

What acted as the saving grace was the increase in construction spending. There was a great deal of non-residential construction which rose as high as 16 per cent. The investment of the local government in infrastructural growth such as that of roads and schools increased by almost 10 per cent, helping keep the industry afloat. This prevented the economy from going into a slump, though by a few decimal points.

In fact currently the contrast is at a unique stage – the current market share of the residential sector has come down to an all time low while that of non-residential construction is the highest since 1988. Also the share that is going to the state and local governments has peaked.

It is quite evident that in the coming year residential investment will continue to dip. But what is sure that non-residential construction will not come under any pressure. Garnering financing in this difficult market is what is making most builders hang on to their development plans.

With the current state of the market, local and state governments are finding it very difficult to maintain a stable investment in development. What can grow rapidly in one year will slow down drastically in the next. The fall in value of real estate values too means a reduction in property tax that the government is able to collect.

There will be continued pressure to hold back on investments considering the current state of American markets. The markets are volatile and it is bound to be this way for a while to come. However, this last quarter of the year can prove to interesting especially with the way the current markets are.