Is the Roof to Blame for a Ceiling Leak?

ceiling leakA ceiling leak shouldn’t be confused for a roofing leak. Just because water is emanating from the ceiling does not mean that the roof is the problem. The drip point isn’t always the source of the leak. Water follows the easiest path until it reaches an obstruction or the lowest point. We’ll consider possible sources of a ceiling leak if not from the roof.

Sources of a Ceiling Leak

Plumbing

Clogged drain pipes can cause leaks. If the water appears fresh, then bad piping is likely the culprit. If the water looks dirty, then it’s more likely a residential roof leak. Continue Reading →

Use a Data Warehouse Roof To Protect Your Information

data warehouse roofsMore businesses are beginning to store their data in the cloud. Even so, many still rely on in-house data warehouses for storing their digital information. Businesses need to safeguard their data not just from hackers, but from natural elements as well. A sturdy commercial roof protects your data warehouse from extreme heat and cold.

Why Roof Quality Matters

The roof may directly block sunlight, but the panels may also be collecting heat that causes the temperature to rise inside the data warehouse. Heat is the greatest enemy of anything made up of internal circuit boards. Too much heat can result in condensation buildup inside the circuitry and cause damage. Heat can also melt the capacitor and cause short circuits in motherboards.

Certain roofing materials, such as metal, are also known to collect heat and retain it long after the sun has gone down. This is especially true of darker-colored panels as well as the tar paper beneath. This isn’t to say that these materials are inferior. It’s just that they may not be the best choice for data warehouses and some commercial roofs. Luckily, Bellevue isn’t exactly known for blistering climates, so this isn’t a major concern for businesses in the area. Continue Reading →

Flat Roof Drainage Systems

Flat Roof Drainage SystemsFlat roofs have been around just about as long as sloped roofs. A flat surface, however, means the need exists for a more complex drainage solution. Otherwise, pooling can occur the minute the area experiences a rain spell. Pooling leads to leaks and premature deterioration of the roof membrane. We’ll go over the three primary types of drainage systems for flat roofs and how they work at keeping roof puddles at bay.

Gutters

Gutters are the typical drainage systems seen on residential roofs. They consist of an open pipe affixed to the edge of the roof and ends with a downspout. Gutters are just as applicable for flat roofs. Plus, they’re also a cost-effective solution since they can be installed without making any structural changes to the roof itself. Continue Reading →

The Benefits of a Butterfly Roof

butterfly roofThinking about rebuilding your entire roof? This is your chance to consider a new design that is equally as efficient as it is visually appealing. One style we recommend is a butterfly roof. It’s a somewhat unconventional design that appeals to some homeowners and even businesses.

What Is a Butterfly Roof?

Butterfly roofs slope inward. This is the opposite of typical roofs; they slope away from the center. Butterfly roofs somewhat resemble a butterfly lifting up its wings, hence the name. This design encompassed a lot of residential roofs in suburban homes during the 1950s. Continue Reading →

Different Types of Roofing Warranty Options

roofing warrantyIt only makes sense to obtain a warranty since roofing is such a big monetary investment. Like insurance, warranties come in various policies. We’ll explain the types of roofing warranty options available for both residential and commercial projects.

Roofing Warranty Types

Labor and Material

As stated in its name, this warranty covers defects associated with the materials and/or workmanship. There is usually a maximum limit on what the manufacturer is liable for.

Materials Only

Pretty self-explanatory. This is essentially a manufacturer’s warranty that covers defects associated with materials. This warranty is usually included at no additional cost to the homeowner. Continue Reading →

DIY Methods for Removing Ice Dams From Roofs

Ice dams on roofsSeattle isn’t exactly blizzard city, but it does see occasional snowfall. With winter still in full swing, you need to watch out for ice dams forming on your roof. Ice accumulation can cause extensive damage for residential and commercial roofs. We’ll lay out a few methods for getting rid of icicles forming on the edge of the roof.

How Ice Dams Form

Ice dams form when water collects on the soffit and gutters and then freezes. Ice dams are bad news because some of the ice can melt and leak into the interior, causing damage to the ceilings, walls, and insulation.

How to Remove Ice Dams from the Roof

Most people remove ice dams using the good ol’ hack-and-slash method. This requires some muscle power, but it’s effective. Simply break apart the ice using a hammer, axe, or icepick. We must stress that while this method works, you also risk damaging the roof panels or shingles if you apply too much force. Some homeowners have even resorted to homemade blow torches. We can’t recommend this for the obvious safety risk.

A viable alternative is to use a roof rake. You can get this nifty tool at your local hardware store. You risk little damage to your roof, and you can remove most of the ice without having to climb a ladder. Continue Reading →

3 Roofing Resolutions for 2017

roofing resolutionsHome remodeling is a common New Year’s resolution. However, we always stress that functional renovations should be given priority over aesthetic changes. With that in mind, why not kick start 2017 with a roofing resolution? This goes for both residential and commercial facilities.

Resolutions for Your Roof

Any roof upgrade begins with an inspection to determine where fixes and modifications can be made. Here are three of the common recommendations we make, based on what we often uncover during an inspection.

1. Total Roof Replacement

Roofs are designed to last anywhere from 20 years to a lifetime. If your roof is well into its golden years, then now may be a good time to replace it. A new residential roof will perform better functionally while also enhancing curb appeal. Perhaps a new tile or wood shake roof will provide a fresh appearance over the existing shingles that are peeling away. Continue Reading →

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Roof is Leaking

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Roof is LeakingBetween running for a drip bucket every time it rains and having to constantly check the weather forecast, a leaky roof makes living difficult. Dealing with a leak in the roof is inconvenient. A leak also indicates a larger roofing issue, one that generally requires an investment of both time and money.

Expert Roofing Tips

Catching a leak early saves you both time and money. The following 5 common roof issues will help you determine whether your problem needs a simple fix or requires professional repair.

  1. Condensation in the attic: Indicators of this malady are mildew or mold growth, as well as a strong musty odor seeping down into the living area. Treat mold growth first; then isolate the attic to prevent any large fluctuations in temperature. Finally, install a large ventilation fan.
  2. Clogged gutters: Look for the lack of water coming from the downspout during a rainstorm. You can try cleaning these yourself, though we recommend calling the experts, because it can be a very dangerous process.
  3. Cracked chimney: Sometimes this can be fixed by finding the source of the leak and replacing the missing mortar. However, we recommend that you hire a professional, because materials for chimney repairs are different than those used for regular roofing repairs.
  4. The flashing is cracked: Flashing, thin pieces of metal installed under shingles, can be exposed or concealed. When it develops large cracks, it will leak. Once you find the leak source, pry the nails up, lift shingles out of the way and remove the cracked section. Gently place and secure a new section of flashing in its place using roofing nails. Finally, apply a coat of roofing sealant on the nail heads.
  5. Improperly installed skylights: These are easy to spot—look for wet spots around the sides of skylights. Check for cracks in the window itself, and seal these with clear silicone. If this isn’t the cause, check the surrounding flashing and replace as necessary.

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How to Choose a Roofing Contractor in Greater Seattle/Eastside

Roofing Contractor Company Seattle BellevueRoof replacement, roof repair and new roof installation are important investments.  A quality roof installed by certified professionals will protect your home or business from weather damage for many years. A little extra research will help you choose a local roofing company that provides excellent workmanship and materials so you can rest assured for the entire lifecycle of your roof.  When searching for a roofing contractor in Greater Seattle and the Eastside, it’s important to consider their insurance, licensing, experience, warranties, references and customer reviews.  Here are 4 steps to follow for choosing the best roofing company in Bellevue/Seattle.

Step #1 – Inquire about Licensing & Insurance

Don’t run the risk of uninsured or inexperienced workers on your property. Make sure that the roofing company you hire is licensed to do business in your state and has insurance coverage for each and every worker on your property.  The roofing contractor should provide worker’s compensation insurance as well as liability insurance. This way you’re fully protected in the case of an accident on your property.

Step #2 – Research References & Customer Reviews

Always check references and reviews to discover the true colors of the roofing contractors you have to choose from.  Ask for a list of customer references in your area and search online for customer reviews.  Look for average ratings and be sure to read several reviews for each prospect. Continue Reading →

Best Roof Cleaning Methods for Stains

Comparing 3 Roof-Cleaning Methods for Stains

roof-cleaning, power wash, chlorine roof cleaning, bleach roof cleaning, eco-friendly roof cleaning, low pressure roof cleaningThere are many roof-staining organisms, such as algae, lichen, and moss, which feed off the organic material on roofs. The longer these organisms go untreated, the more damage they will cause to the roof. It can be difficult to find clear information when researching roof cleaning methods, which is why we created a guide to help you make an informed decision on which roof cleaning service is best for your home’s roof.

High-Pressure Power Wash Roof Cleaning

While this was a popular option, there are newer, safer, and more efficient methods of cleaning roofs now. This method can damage shingles; so if you must use a pressure wash, be wary of the PSI (pounds per square inch) advertised. Unfortunately, this method leaves the root systems of the organisms behind, resulting in quick regrowth.

Chlorine-Bleach Roof Cleaning

Using a mixture of chlorine bleach and other chemicals, such as trisodium phosphate (TSP), this method of cleaning is very cost-effective because the chemicals are inexpensive. By spraying the chemical mixture on the roof, waiting for it to dry, and reapplying it several times as needed, the stains and organisms will come off in the months ahead. We do not recommend this method for cedar shake roofs. Many roof cleaning contractors don’t advertise they’re using bleach. However, if they need to wet plants before, during, or after treatment; if they use a runoff recovery system; or if they cover plants during the cleaning process, they’re most likely using a harsh chemical such as chlorine bleach. Continue Reading →