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Common Mistakes Made with Roofing

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Taking the Cheapest Route

If you are considering a private contractor, typically this route is chosen because it is the cheapest option to replace or repair your roof. When you take the cheapest route, you sacrifice the quality of the job and the materials used to be efficient. Lower quality materials will cut the life of your roof extremely short and its durability will be very temporary. A red flag that your contractor may not be up to par is if he asks for all the money for the roofing up font instead of a deposit to get the job started. Beware!

 

Hiring a Handyman or Doing It Yourself Without any Roofing Experience

Most times a handyman doesn’t have the knowledge, licensing, insurance or expertise needed to repair or install your roofing system. A lot of times, handymen or private contractors can specialize in other areas like kitchen, bathrooms, etc. and if you are willing to pay, they are willing to work on your roof with minimal experience in the area you need an expert. If a handyman doesn’t have a roofing license, he may not be legally able to perform work on your property. In addition, if the handyman is not insured, you can be held liable if he ends up getting injured on the job.

 

Improper Care and Maintenance 

It is extremely important to pay attention to your roofing system because it can give you a proactive approach towards preventing damage before it is detrimental to you and those in your home. If you consistently maintain your roof, it will extend its life and prevent damage from coming sooner rather than later. Although you want to maintenance your roof, proper maintenance is even more important because it can also shorten the life of your roofing system. Pressure washing an asphalt roof is typically done to give it a clean new look, but it can also damage the granules that are present to protect the roof from leakage. Also, lifting your shingles up to look for signs of leaking can seem like a good maintenance technique, but its also know to create leaks as well.

 

NCE Homes provides quality and affordable roofing services within the Maryland state, and if you are need of maintenance please contact us today for a free inspection! Call us at 443-400-5210.

Actions To Take if Your Roof is Leaking

#LetYourHomeDoTheTalking

#LetYourHomeDoTheTalking

Your roof has a job to do; Keep you warm and dry.  If your roof isn’t doing the job once the rain begins, you will deal with water dripping into your home.  If you are having this issue, it is important you find the treatment immediately.  Here are some DIY remedy’s, but please be aware that eventually the problems will grow larger.  

 

Tarping the Roof

The first thing most homeowners due when experiencing a leak is to put tarp on the roof during a storm. This will be like a band-aid over a cut, but unfortunately it doesn’t heal the wound. It will temporarily stop more rain from coming in until consulting a professional, but it should never be considered a permanent solution.  

Poke a Hole

If your roof is currently leaking, the first thing you want to do is attempt to minimize your ceiling damage. Wherever you notice the biggest bulge or wettest spot on the ceiling, you want to poke a small hole in the middle to drain and air out the area. Keep in mind the damp drywall will never safely dry out, instead it will start to form mold and mildew. 

Consult a Professional 

Unfortunately, no matter what DIY treatment you pursue you will need to consult with a professional when experiencing a roof leak. It is extremely important to take proper action sooner rather than later to avoid more expensive damages. A professional will give you the immediate service needed, and if you need to wait a while for your ceiling to be fixed that can come secondary to the immediate need of servicing your roof leak. 


NCE Homes can help you understand on the best options. We will consult you on all of your options and detect a solution that keeps you and your family safe in your home.  If you are in need of a consultation, give our team a call at 443-400-5210. 

 

#LetYourHomeDoTheTalking: Warning Signs of Needing a New Roof

Missing Shingles Due to Winter & Wind

Missing Shingles Due to Winter & Wind

Warning Signs of Needing a New Roof

Some of the most common misconceptions of not needing a new roof are typically the sayings, “I’m not having any leaks” or “If my roof were leaking, I would see stains on my ceilings”. Both of these hazards are indeed a sign of needing a new roof, but there are many more danger signals that can result in you needing a new roof on your home.

Blistering or Peeling Interior or Exterior Paint

Due to poor ventilation. Moisture gets trapped in the house with nowhere to escape, causing exterior paint to peel and blister. 

Exterior Decay in Sheathing and Siding

Excess moisture is the most popular cause of decay. 

Missing, Curled or Cracked Shingles

If shingles are cracked or easily break, it means they have reached the end of their productive life. 

Dark Streaking on Roof

Some of the most common visual signs of roof damage is vegetation, fungus, mold or algae growth. These visual signs result in dark stains on your roof and sometimes mean your roofing structure is vulnerable.

 

High Energy Costs

Trapping hot air in your attic is a result of poor ventilation.  It can drive up your household cooking costs and also cause attic moisture that can drip into your insulation, reducing its effectiveness.  

 

A Leak in the Attic

The best time to check in your attic for a leak is during or after a strong storm. If you see any signs of leaking, it could be the result of damaged shingles, and a deficient underlayment.

 

Stains on Interior Ceilings and Walls – Mold or Mildew Growth

Moisture trapped inside attic caused by leaks usually results in the appearance of stains and mold on your ceilings or walls in your home.

 

To take precaution, inspecting most of these issues can be done on your own.  If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, NCE Homes can be of assistance. Call us today for a complete inspection of your roof, windows, and siding at 443-400-5210.