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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.

Biggest Effects of Different Weather Conditions

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Heat

We normally assume that the brutal weather conditions during the winter are the one and only cause for damaged roofing system. Although it is true that the winter is very detrimental to a roofing system, it isn’t the only cause for vulnerability. The summer weather can be just as hazardous as winter weather or spring storms, but while the birds are chirping and the sun is shining, chances are we let it slip from our attention. Excessive heat can cause materials on your roof to swell and cause immediate damage, and as they begin to think it can cause further problems in the future. Excessive heat can be extremely damaging to the roof and your property in general.

Rain

Unfortunately, rain is a year around element and it requires you to pay attention to your roof year around. Small cracks or holes start to allow water into your home and without treatment, a minor problem can quickly escalade to a larger one. Since the attic separates your ceiling from your roofing system, it is common for homeowners to notice the damage that rain has done at the moment their attic is in need of immediate attention. A good suggestion would be to take a peak in your attic during a heavy rainfall just to be sure.

 

Wind

Although underestimated, wind storms can be a very damaging element to your home. We tend to only give special attention to conditions like hurricanes, but a strong wind storm can essentially leave your home exposed. Your roof is most likely to be the victim of heavy wind storms, causing shingles to move or blow off and the force of trees rubbing against the roof.  

Snow

There is a long list of ways a roof can be damaged by different weather elements, but snow has one of the strongest effects on your roofing system. We all have a love-hate relationship with snow, but if you aren’t consistently evaluating your roof, it can cause major issues and disruptions to how your system can operate. During the snow we can experience the same issues of wind and rain, but pounds of snow sitting on top of your roof for a long period of time can add weight that you're system can’t handle. The weight of snow can cause parts of your roof to collapse or your gutters to fall, and that is the last thing anyone wants to deal with.  In extremely low temperatures, ice tends to develop and can clog your gutters and cause damage to your roof and how it operates. Snow can often cause the need for professional attention to be accelerated, but as long as you are on top of things you’ll be fine.

If you are in any need of assistance, NCE Homes can get you educated on how to move forward with caution to avoid these elements damaging your home.


Actions To Take if Your Roof is Leaking

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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.