Fence Solutions for a Roofing Company

There is no doubt that a roofing company needs to keep a lot of materials on hand for their customers, both commercial and residential.  The need for storage space is a huge concern for a roofing company.  Often, massive warehouse are required to house all the materials that a roofing company needs to keep on hand.  Is outdoor storage a viable option for these roofing companies?  That all depends on the type of material, climate, and local security concerns in that particular area.  Sometimes a secure, well built exterior fence is all that is needed to handle these storage concerns.

So what kind of fence are we talking about here?  Chain link.  Chain link is affordable and comes in all sizes, including very high sizes that are perfect for keeping unwanted guests and thieves away from your roofing materials.  A 12 foot chain link fence with a strip of barbed wire atop it is just as effective as a 12 foot concrete wall.  Of course there is always the possibility of someone cutting a hole in your chain link fence, however, high grade chain link fencing is incredibly difficult to cut through.  Still not convinced with chain link? Get yourself a guard dog and a security camera system.

Climate is another concern when it comes to outdoor storage.  Humidity and high temperatures can wreak havoc on wooden materials and even some plastic composites.  However, some metal roofing supplies would be fine left outside in most climates.  Also, flat roofing materials, such as tar sheets and rubber materials should be fine if left outside in the elements.  A simple shelter could also be placed over the materials.  Of course no one wants a warped wooden roof, so I highly recommend keeping all wooden roofing materials inside for long periods of time. Overnight storage of wooden material should be fine as long as the materials are treated for moisture resistance.

The goal of all of this, of course, is to reduce the need for massive warehouse storage.  Most roofing companies take advantage of both outside and inside storage of their roofing materials.  It all depends on the individual roofing companies needs.  I recommend contacting a local fencing company in your area to discuss the possibilities of installing a fence to handle some or all of your storage needs.  The benefits could far outweigh the costs of a simple chain link fence.

Posted in Carpet Cleaning | Leave a comment

Selecting a Roofer: Tips

So you need a new roof.  Oh boy.  The first thing that comes to mind when you need a new roof is “oh crap. How much is this going to cost me?”  Well, unfortunately there is no such thing as a good cheap roof.  However, with a little research, you can find a reputable roofing company that will do a great job and not leave you bankrupt.  There are a few things to look for when selecting a roofing company.  I’ll try to outline some of those things in this article.

Often, word of mouth is the greatest way to find a good roofer.  Do you have any friends or family members who have recently had some roofing work done?  Call them.  See what company they used and how they liked the service they received.  Hopefully they had a good experience and can point out a good roofing company.  Let’s say they had a bad experience with a roofing company.  Bad news for them, but at least you can get the name of the company and avoid them.  Also, if you know any good realtors in your area, give them a call.  Realtors deal with roofing companies all the time when closing housing deals.  Often, new roofs are part of the deal in a house sales contract.  They know who to call to have good work done in a timely manner.

Another good source for a referral are contractors in other areas of specialization.  When I had my roof replaced, I asked the guy who helped me with some garage door repair problems if he was aware of any good roofers.  He knew several good roofers in the area and even called one for me and got me a great deal.  Sometimes it not what you know, but who you know.

When you do research on roofing companies in your area, google is a great tool.  If the company is registered with Google, they will have several reviews from customers of that particular company.  However, there is always a chance that some of the reviews are fake, or written by the company owner’s friends.  So be on the lookout for phony reviews.  There are a lot of lies on the internet, but I’m sure you didn’t need me to tell you that.

Once you find a company that you feel comfortable with, always have them come out for a free estimate.  You will be able to get a feel for the company and see if you are comfortable with them.  Also, if you feel that their estimate is too high, you can tell them no thank you and they should go on their way.  There’s always the possibility that they will lower the price in an effort to get your business.  It may be worth a shot.  Make sure they include all of the charges in the estimate, including parts and labor.  Also, ask for a timeline as to when they can start and when they can get the job done.  It could be a nightmare if they end up taking 6 months to install your roof.  Believe me!

If you are still unsure about the company, you can always call the Better Business Bureau and see if they have any “dirt” on the company.  They can be a great resource and they are always happy to help.  The BBB keeps a file on all companies with any and all complaints from consumers.

Good luck and I hope your new roof looks great and doesn’t leave you with an empty bank account.

Posted in Carpet Cleaning | Leave a comment

How to Maintain a Tile Roof

Tile roofing offers significant benefits compared to other roofing types. Tile roofs are not only durable but can also withstand harsh weather conditions and are resistant to pests. The installation of tile roofs is quite expensive hence the need for repair rather than replacement in case of damage. The most important thing with roofing materials is ensuring the installation is done correctly. This will save you valuable money which you might have to spend in future.  

Here are guidelines that can help you maintain a tile roof:

  • Periodic inspections

Although tile roofs can last for over a century it is necessary to inspect your roof occasionally. Inspect for any tiles sections that are either chipped or cracked. If you find any sections that are damaged make sure they are replaced immediately.  Call NormanRoofingCo.com today if you need immediate help.

  • Cleaning Debris

An important way to properly maintain any roof is to cut back any overhanging trees. This reduces shade and debris over your roof and slows down the growth and development of algae and moss. You should clean the valley sections of the roof because these are the parts that are particularly prone to debris build up.

  • Replacing and fixing broken tiles

Walking on a roof tile and improper roof installation often result in damaged or broken tiles. Other factors that can damage tiles include high winds and large hail. Avoid walking on the tiles by all means. Work from a roof ladder or on the planks. At times you may see undamaged tiles being shed off the roof for no reason. This is an indication for improper installation and you may have to use proper nails or use an adhesive to solve the problem.

  • Fixing metal flashings

During your inspection you may identify metal flashings that need fixing. To repair these flashings, lift the tiles around the area, replace the flashings and then return the tiles. This could be a good time to replace any broken tiles on your roof. Safety is paramount when handling a tile roof hence the need to hire a professional.

Posted in Carpet Cleaning | Tagged | Leave a comment

Signs for Immediate Roof Repair

The roof is an important part of your property and home since it not only protects the structure but also ensures you and your family are safe. Your house and everything in it are subject to damage and destruction without a roof. Having a sturdy roof takes away all the worries and ensures everything in your house is protected. There are, however, some circumstances that can result in a compromised roof hence the need for repair.

  • Shingle Problems

As soon as you discover any abnormality in the appearance of your shingles contact a roofing expert for an inspection. Inspect for Curled or cracked shingles and missing shingles. If your shingles are dirty or look dark there could algae growth caused by high humidity. Look for any signs of sagging or buckling in your shingles.

  • Spots on the Ceiling

Spots on your ceiling are most likely to be an indication of water damage arising from roof leakage. However, it is vital to contact a roofing professional for an inspection to find out if the problem is extending from the roof. You need to act quickly to avoid further damage on your structure. If you seel dark spots on the wooden rafters it might also be an indication of a roof leak.

  • Unwanted Guests on Your Roof

Animals such as raccoons and squirrels are not the kind you want to see nesting on your roofing. Their presence might just make you plan for a roof repair.

  • Rising energy bills

A roof damage will most likely result in the sudden increase in the cooling or heating costs. Inspect to find out if you have a leaking roof. Immediately you suspect a roof leak contact a professional roofer to inspect for any damage.

Posted in Carpet Cleaning | Tagged | Leave a comment