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Read This Before Filing A Roof Replacement Insurance Claim

(Adco) Read This Before Filing A Roof Replacement Insurance Claim

Many people dread the idea of having to repair or replace their roof.  Filing insurance claims and working with adjusters and getting reimbursement is a tedious process.  Most people are not sure how to complete insurance forms or which types of documentation they need, let alone what to expect.  When it comes to home insurance, the roof is a major player because it is the gateway for more damage.  With most high wind or hail damage claims, the payout ends up relative to the roof cover.  Insurance companies are thorough with roof claims and expect you to provide all necessary documents and information.

Get to know your policy

Contact your insurance provider to learn exactly what is covered in your policy.  Some policies look at the age of your roof when it is damaged.  Younger roofs may not be covered for the full cost of repair or replacement.  Older roofs may only be covered for the depreciated value which takes into account the aging and wearing of the roof. Its value typically will have decreased before the damage even occurred.

Some policies only cover damage up to the depreciated value regardless of the age of the roof and some cover the full cost of the repairs at the time of the damage.  Insurance companies typically send out inspectors to your home to verify your claim.  If the inspector finds that the damage is from regular wear and tear, aging or poor roof condition, then repairs will not normally be covered by the policy.

Documents for your claim

To make the claim process as smooth as possible and to get the right settlement, be sure to take regular ‘before’ photos of your roof and property.  Any time you get repairs or maintenance be sure to get new pictures and once any damage occurs you need to get the ‘after’ photos.  Make a note of the damage and estimates and invoices you get.  The more information you have ready, the easier the process will be.

Get the right contractor

Before any work done under an insurance policy can be done, you need to have a professional estimate completed.  You can usually choose the roofing contractor to use for the evaluation and they can typically help you with the insurance claims process.  Some roofing companies even use Certified Public Adjusters that can deal with the insurance agents on your behalf.  You want to get a contractor that has experience with roofing estimates and insurance claims because it will help smooth the claim process for you. It is important to remember that you need to seek help from an experienced roofer as soon as you suspect your roof has been damaged.  The quickler the damage is identified and inspected, the quicker and easier the process for filing a claim will be.  It also ensures that no further damage can be done which may not fall under your policy.

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Checklist For Professional Roof Inspection

(Adco) Checklist for professional roof inspection

Every homeowner should regularly inspect their roof. You need to be prepared for there to be damage sometimes that your untrained eye cannot see. If you have concerns about your roof but do not notice any obvious signs of damage, schedule a roof inspection. A professional is the best way to make sure your roof is secure.

If you notice that your roof is leaking or you see water damage it is important to find out the cause and extent of the damage right away. In particular, after heavy storms, you want to check for leaks and damage. Even though you are capable of identifying some damage, there might be more subtle causes that you miss such as shingle deterioration, rot, and improper flashing. Additionally, if you are not used to climbing tall ladders, then this is not a job you want to take on. Falls from ladders account for 43% of deaths according to the CDC. You need to consider hiring a professional.

An accredited roofing company will have the knowledge and experience to thoroughly inspect your roof and assess any damage. They will also provide a quick and simple report of what you need to do next, which saves you time and money. There are a number of key factors that will be part of any roofing inspection.

  • Obvious signs of damage: Roof inspections look for visible deformations in structure as well as any dirt or debris that may have built up. They look for standing water and damaged gutter systems as these are all in need of immediate attention.
  • Exterior components: The chimney, vents, decking and drip edges need to be looked at to make sure there are no missing components or rot. Leaks form easily around chimneys and skylights and if left untreated, they can cause severe damage to the underlying materials. This will end up being a much costlier repair.
  • Visit the attic: Without regular maintenance and inspection, the interior of a roofing system can be seriously damaged. Even when you see signs of water damage, the actual cause can be located in an entirely different area. The longer the roof goes without inspection, the more damage you are likely to have, so all interior and exterior parts need to be thoroughly checked.

Getting a Reputable Roofer

It is extremely important that you hire a reputable and experienced roofer. There are ways to avoid roofing companies that may be running scams so you want to take this seriously. Always ask to see the business license up front and do some research on the company. You can check with the Better Business Bureau as well as look up testimonials. Any trustworthy company will be able to show you their license and insurance paperwork without question.

We are fully licensed, bonded and have years of experience and happy customers. You can have any references or testimonials you need and we are listed in many local and national databases as a solid recommendation for your roofing needs.

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Tips For An Energy Efficient Building

(Adco) Tips For An Energy Efficient Building

It never takes long for winter to settle in and as the temperatures drop, your heating bill rises.  Luckily, there are ways to keep your home warm and toasty during the winter months without having to make your wallet cry.  The tips below are guaranteed to heat up your home in the most energy-efficient way and keep that money in your wallet for the hot cocoa and marshmallows.

Get some insulation

Adding insulation is a great way to lower utility bills.  When you are in your attic if you notice any ceiling joists as you look up, then it might be wise to get some extra insulation.  Fiberglass blowing insulation typically works best because it reaches and fills all the hard to reach spots that attics tend to have.  Those spaces are the major culprits for air leakage so you want to get them filled.  Exposed pipes, crawl spaces, and the garage are additional places you should consider adding insulation too.

Prep the outsides

Be sure you check the roof for old shingles and replace any that are worn out.  You want to remove any debris from the roof and gutters because they are likely to cause ice dams once the snow falls.  You also need to shut off all water supplies to the outdoor hoses and faucets to prevent any freezing.

Additional tips to remember

  • Have a professional service your furnace to be sure it is in good working condition.  Ideally, you want to change the furnace filters every 1 to 3 months.
  • Bring a humidifier into the house to create extra moisture.  This helps to make the air feel warmer and helps lower your chances of getting a cold.
  • Warm air rises and gets trapped by the ceiling, so you can get that warm air to come down by reversing the actions of ceiling fans.
  • The most simple thing you can do is to keep drapes and curtains as this will prevent drafts and any warm air from escaping.

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How long will my roof last?

(adco) How long will my roof last


You can’t assume that your roof is the same age as your building and it is a good idea to know the exact age. For the most part, a well taken care of roof can last decades providing harsh weather does not cause serious damage. Whether your roof is old or new, it is good practice to start looking after it regularly. Any damage you may find needs to be addressed right away otherwise it can damage the structural integrity of your home. Get to know your roofing material so that you can prepare yourself for how long it will last and learn the best ways to care for the roof you have.

It’s all about the materials

The majority of homes have asphalt or composite shingles which can last up to 20 years. Premium brands can even last as long as 50 years. Fiber cement roofing will last close to 25 years and architectural asphalt and cedar shake lasts about 30 years. For really long lasting roofs, you want metal which can last between 40 and 80 years. And lasting even longer, with a range between 80 and 100 years is slate and tile.

Weather can damage anything

Even the most durable of materials like metal and slate can be damaged by harsh weather. Exposure to certain conditions can gradually wear away anything. Harsh winds can puch shingles up across their edges or pull them off completely. Missing shingles allow those nearby to become more vulnerable to the elements. Strong winds can cause suction and pull materials from the surface depending on the airflow of your home. It can also cause other objects such as trees to come down on the roof, loosening or cracking them.

Hail is the number one cause of damage in terms of weather because it is the equivalent of stones being thrown at your building. The ice balls can dent metal, crack tiles and wear away asphalt shingles. Even though most materials can stand up to small hailstones, it is recommended that you check your roof after any storm.

Most roofing and endure snow and ice but heavy conditions can lead to cracking. When the snow melts, it can seep into the cracks and refreeze once underneath. This expansion causes shingles to shift to shift out of place and can weaken tiles. The sn can even case wear over time because the string UV rays can break down materials with constant exposure.

When it’s time for repairs

It is a good idea to regularly check your roof for signs of aging or damage. Check to see if the shingles have curled at the edges or buckled and look for any cracks or missing pieces. If you have an asphalt roof, damage can be detected if you notice granules in the gutter. Slate and tiles can end up with punctures and when weakened will show surface flaking.

Look for damaged flashing around your chimney, vents and low valleys because rust and dents can allow water to seep through. You also want to check for mold or fungus growth. Wood shake is vulnerable in wetter climates because over time it absorbs water so it can grow mold quickly or start to split. Be sure you check the roof from the inside too by checking the attic for leaks. Use a flashlight to find any stains or wet spots.

If you discover any damage, there is no need to panic because you may not need to replace the whole roof. You need to get the damage looked at right away and assessed by a professional so you can evaluate the repair options. We will thoroughly evaluate your roof and provide a fair estimate of what needs to be done. The most important thing to remember is that regular maintenance and inspection is the key to a long life for your roof.

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Skylight or Sun Tunnel Pros And Cons

(Adco) Skylight or Sun Tunnel Pros And Cons


Everybody would like a room that is filled with natural light. Installing a sun tunnel or a skylight is a good way of adding the natural light without too much renovation. Before deciding which option to go for, you should first understand the differences between the two.



Formerly the available skylights were the dark bubbles and leaky inserts. In the 1960’s the skylights available were the dripping skylights with an evolution to acrylic bubbles skylights in the 1980’s. Manufacturers have come up with new designs which provide buyers with a huge variety of no-leak, energy-efficient skylights and by just touching a button, you can ventilate a room.

The current skylights can also be used in corporation with solar blinds as a way to improve energy efficiency. These blinds can either be operated electrically or manually and are available in numerous varieties of light blocking or light diffusing materials.


Skylights are directly attached to your building’s roof and allow ventilation and sunlight to reach all the areas where you need light. Skylights tend to provide some warmth which in turn helps to cut of cost spent on lighting, cooling and heating the building. Additionally, this will add space to your building by freeing up space which would be occupied by temperature controlling devices. The market as well offers some skylights which open, thus releasing humidity and hot air and allowing fresh air to get into your building.

Concerns when it comes to installation  – Cost of installation

During installation, the cost differs according to the glass type and skylight size you go for. Additionally, as you install skylights, some other common requirements include framing alterations, paint, and new drywall all need to be considered. Although this may sound costly for the owner of the building, skylights are a great investment for your building as they can last for up to 2 years. Within those 2 years you will not need artificial lighting, so you can save in the long run.

Sun tunnel

Sun tunnels can be defined as tubes made from metal sheets, whose inside is polished.  It works like a mirror which alongside its length, channels light all while keeping the intensity of light preserved.


The sun tunnel on the roof is capped using a plastic globe which is weather resistant, and the tube ends in the ceiling’s diffuser of your building directly below. This diffuser resembles a recessed or portable light. It is the globe which gathers light which is then spread out by the diffuser into your rooms.

These tunnels are like tubular skylights which capture light during the day and then distributes the light to the building areas which other traditional skylights cannot typically reach. Such places include bathrooms, laundry rooms, dark hallways, and closets. In addition, these sun tunnels occupy very small roof space and also minimize summer heat gain as well as preventing loss of heat during winter season.


Also called tubular skylight or sun tube, this is among the most recent natural lighting trend. These tunnels strictly serve the purpose of allowing natural light into the building.  They cannot be opened to allow for ventilation. Sun tunnel installation is very easy and they are often used in specific building projects known commonly as green projects.

Concerns when it comes to installation

Compared to skylights, this is a more economical option of naturally bringing light into your building. Typically installation costs are lower than installing a skylight. However, if your sun tunnel is to extend to several floor levels from the roof, you can expect the installation cost to increase. Compared to electric lighting, sun tubes produce less heat, so the savings on energy achieved through reduction in electrical lighting dependency exceeds incurred installation costs.

Considerations while choosing the best option for natural lighting

Natural light comes with several health benefits which are associated with getting regular fresh air and sunlight exposure. SAD condition is linked directly to insufficient light. Therefore, before making the choice of which one to go for, consider the following things:

  • The heating potential of passive solar.
  • Accessibility of the convenience controls as it should be very easy.
  • Over heat control and also control of produced interior light.
  • The glass’ glazing level for energy efficiency and visual comfort.
  • Cost to be incurred during installation.
  • Energy efficiency whether it will conserve energy hence reduce on energy costs.
  • The overall style and quality of the channel.

In conclusion, remember that whether your choice is sun tunnel or skylight, you will want to hire a professional for installation. A professional will have the necessary experience and will know how to repair any current problems as well as install the new skylight or sun tunnel. Both of the two can bring natural and warm light into your building and will benefit you and your wallet in the long run.

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What to Do in Case of a Roofing Emergency?

(Adco) What to Do in Case of a Roofing Emergency


When it comes to building protection measures, the roofing system plays a critical role in protecting a building’s interior valuables. With its upward location and exposure, the roofing system often encounters unpredictable situations that lead to roofing emergencies. The major cause of roofing emergencies is adverse weather conditions.

Storms including hurricanes, heavy downpours, tornadoes, and thunderstorms cause huge cracks on the shingles. Heavy winds could blow away a huge section of the shingles exposing the building’s interior to severe damages. A storms ripple effects can include a tree falling on roofs or electrical fires on roofs. Incidences of pests attacks like termite and rats feeding on the roof structure are also significant.

Signs of a damaged roof

During a storm, incidences of water dripping from the ceiling are a common sign of damaged roof. You should consider the rate and the strength of the drip. Small drips could be because of small cracks on the shingles. A drip that grows into a huge downward flow is an indicator of a massive damage to the roofing system. You should consider inspecting the ceiling for signs of collected pools. This is easy through the presence of discoloration (brown/gray color) of the ceiling in areas with collected water.

Presence of shingles scattered on the yard after a heavy storm is an indicator of a damaged roof. You can make a closer investigation of the roof through climbing a ladder. When on top of the roof, you can see the cracked or displaced shingles and note the specific regions. Through the storms ripple effects, the presence of storm debris like tree branches, and other objects present on the roof indicate potentially damaged sections of the roof.

Conducting a personal roof damage inspection is important but might be a risky affair. You should avoid conducting roof inspection in the midst of a storm. Incidences of heavy downpour could cause a slippery roof surface and slippery ladder steps which can cause you to slip and fall. Heavy storms could push you off the ladder or cause you to fall on the roof which can cause injury to you and additional roof damage.

Response to mild roofing emergencies

Mild roofing emergencies are majorly evident through small roof drips. Through identification of the specific section in the roof causing the leak, you can follow the three simple but crucial steps below.

Step#1 – Manage the water puddles

Roof leakages lead to the collection of water puddles on either the ceiling or the building’s floor. Such puddles can cause extra damage such as a malfunction in electrical appliances that might lead to electrocution of the user. Discoloration of the ceiling is common roof leakage damage. Huge puddle collections could lead to the collapse of the ceiling/roof and damage to any wall paintings. You should consider swiping the water or creating an outlet away from potential high-risk items. You can also use buckets to collect the dripping water from the ceiling to prevent any further spread.

Step#2 – Locate specific roof leaking sections

Presence of a puddle or a drip will not necessarily indicate the specific leaking shingle or section of the roof. You can follow the waterway that leads to the drip or investigate the attic of the building, which is much closer to the roof hence easier for locating leaks and problems.

Step#3 – Fix it

Small cracks in the shingles are fixable through simple creativity using tools that vary from duct tape to sealants, and others. It is possible to fix from inside the building or on top of the roof. This is a temporary fix. An effective and durable fix is accomplished by ensuring the immediate area around the cracked shingle is cleared off and any dirt and wetness is reduced through wiping/drying. Temporary fixing buys time as one awaits services from a credible roof repair company.

Response to severe roofing emergencies

If the signs of the damaged roof are intense, you should consider securing any valuable items in the building and contact an expert roofing and repair company. Acquiring services from roofing repair companies ensure professional roofing inspection through highly skilled workforce and application of effective technology. You are able to fix areas that one’s personal assessments could not identify, eliminate any doubts, and you earn a guaranteed durable roofing system.

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Roof Leaking? It Might Be The Flashing

Leaking Roof Causing Flashing

The roof is arguably the most important part of a building because it protects occupants and valuables from harsh weather conditions. In most cases, roofs are erected, repaired and maintained by professionals because if you do it yourself, you might end up doing it wrong or create a new problem. Therefore, you need to hire an experienced contractor to help you fix your roof problems in the event you have any. If you have a leaking roof, some of the main reasons why include:

  • Cracked flashing
  • Broken shingles
  • Valleys that are not properly sealed
  • Cracked vent booting
  • Skylights that are improperly installed
  • Ice dam build up on your roof
  • Cracked chimney
  • Clogged gutters

If you happen to notice water stains on your ceiling near or above your fireplace, you need to inspect your chimney flashing because it could be the cause. Water can leak into a building through the metal flashings which are placed along the corners, front edges and ridges of your roof. It is important to understand that metal flashings are installed where your chimney and roof intersect to create a watertight seal. However, if they are not properly installed, have been subjected to a violent storm or the sealant used has deteriorated, you may experience water leaks inside the building.

How to detect a chimney flashing leak

After noticing water leaks in the building or seeing water spots on your ceiling, you need to establish the cause and have it fixed immediately. If you know that your roof is not damaged, you need to verify that your chimney flashing is the cause so you can have it fixed. To achieve this, you need to run a low-pressure hose around the leaking region (around the chimney and roof intersection) and then check for any water leaks inside the building. This should be done by two people (one on the roof operating the hose and the other in the attic). You need to have constant communication using mobile phones or walkie-talkies to clearly establish where the leak is. Remember, when using a ladder and whilst on the roof, you should exercise extreme caution to avoid any injuries. If you cannot do it yourself, you can hire a reputable roofer.

When to replace chimney flashing

Normally, you should inspect your chimney flashings every 6 months to make sure they are in optimal condition. By having regular inspections, maintenance and repair of chimney flashings, you reduce chances of having a leak inside the building. If you inspect the flashings yourself and you notice they are rusted, missing, covered with roofing tar or visibly separated from the chimney, you need to replace them immediately. Finally, you are required to replace your chimney flashings every time you replace your roof shingles. This is to ensure that the flashings you’ve installed last as long as the new roof. If you replaced your shingles and fail to replace your flashings, you might end up having roof leaks even though your roof is in good condition.

How to repair loose chimney flashing

If your flashing is not rusted or missing and it’s causing a leak, you may have to replace the sealant to prevent further leaking. Here are some tips to follow if you decide to caulk it yourself:

  • You are supposed to remove all the leaves or any other debris that may have accumulated between the flashing and the chimney. This will facilitate your repair by allowing you to see the flashing properly
  • Then, use a chisel to scrape off hardened roofing cement that was used previously so that you can apply a fresh roofing cement behind the flashing
  • After applying roofing cement, attach the flashing tightly to the chimney with screws or masonry nails. This helps to make it watertight even during storms
  • If there are any nails or screws heads that are exposed, you should cover them using roofing cement
  • You need to apply roofing cement to the joint between the brick and the flashing and then use a paint stirrer or a putty knife to smooth the roofing cement applied

Unless the pitch of your roof is relatively low and you have the necessary tools, experience, and confidence to do it yourself, it is advisable to hire a professional. Leaks around the flashing can be very difficult to find and repair because they require roofing skills and experience. However, if it’s a minor flashing problem, you can go ahead and fix it yourself. Even so, if you have resealed the flashing and your roof is still leaking, hire a roofing contractor to inspect and repair your roof.

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How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds?

(Adco) How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds


Whether your region experiences moderate gust or sustained winds, any high winds can cause havoc to your building’s roof. While most roofing systems are built to withstand common wind events, sustaining little or no damage, it’s the less obvious cracked, missing or damaged roof shingles, flashing or tile that actually causes the biggest problems during the next rainstorm.

Additionally, repeated exposure to high winds can create stress points on a roof, and over time, this can compromise the whole roof structure. Aside from age and missing pieces, another less obvious reason why commercial roofs can get overwhelmed during rainstorms is due to poor workmanship from a previous roofing contractor.

Nonetheless, regular maintenance and replacement of your roof is vital to prevent subsequent water damage as well as the high fuel costs that will inevitably result from a roof system which is not working as it should.

Damaging effects of the wind

High winds do not hit your roof evenly across the surface. The corners, edges of the roof and the ridge lines are more prone to wind pressure and damage, compared to the center of the roof. The National Roofing Contractors Association, NRCA ( asserts that most wind damage to a roof begins on the edge. The wind can get under a corner or small piece of the shingle, curl it or rip it off completely, leaving your roof exposed.

Another danger of high winds to your roof is “lifting.” Your shingles or tiles might look intact from the ground, but high winds coming up over your roof can create a suction effect and lift the shingles upwards, loosening the nails holding them into place. Once your roof is exposed, water can start leaking into the building, which can destroy your property. However, you can avoid roof destruction from high winds by ensuring that your roofs, specifically the materials on the edges, are robust and secured in place.

Flying Debris and Tree Damage

At times debris blown around by the wind ( tree branches, shard of glass, lawn decorations, garbage, deck furniture, etc.) can be more damaging to your roof than the wind itself. Falling trees and branches, in particular, can puncture, gouge, and scratch your shingles.  So, be sure to cut or trim any trees overhanging your roof before any storm, or high winds get the chance to hit it.

Checking for wind Damage

1) Perform outdoor inspection

In case there was any roof destruction after a windstorm, you should be able to spot “curling” shingles, cracked, torn or missing shingles on your roof or around your building. If the damage is localized and covers less than 30% of the total roof structure, you can arrange for roof repair. However, if the destruction is more than that, you might need a complete overhaul of your roof.

Aside from the roofing, keep in mind that the chimney, gutters, ventilation pipes and fencing can also become compromised so be sure to inspect them for damage as well. If you suspect your roof is damaged, here’s a list of what to look out for;

  • Flashing: look to see if the chimney flashing is torn, split or buckled along roof penetration
  • Soffit and fascia: look for decay and stains
  • Composition shingles: look for curling, loss of granulation, or missing shingles
  • Wood shake: Look for mold or decay and splitting or curling
  • Roofing cement: presence of excess cement and crumbling indicates roof damage
  • Gutters: Look for excessive shingle granule in the gutter, leaky seams and missing section
  • Chimney: loose, leaning or missing flashing may indicate roof damage

2) Perform indoor inspection

Some of the indoor signs to look for include moisture marks, yellow/grey stains, and peeling paint. You can also check the attic for leaks and damp rafters. Finally, if you experience a sudden surge in your energy costs, this could also be a sign that your roof ventilation is compromised.

3) Call an expert

Getting on your roof is not recommended, particularly after a windstorm.  You should call professionals who have the expertise and knowledge to properly and safely conduct a professional and thorough inspection.

Steps to take in case your roof is damaged:

In case your roof is damaged by the wind, it’s crucial that you seek professional help as fast as possible. First, you avoid further destruction to your property; remember the longer you wait, the more damage will occur. Roof replacement/repair is much cheaper when you do not have to add the cost of repairing the leak or water damage. And if you have insurance coverage for your property, you can contact your insurance provider to assess the situation and determine whether you should file a claim.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

Always tread with extreme care when choosing a commercial roofing contractor. Like any other industry, the roofing world is also full of sham roofers who do not keep up their word and are out there to fleece gullible property owners. It’s always recommended that you go with locally based roofers who have a history of being in business in one location. Additionally, they should provide you with their business licenses, certification and should help you with your insurance claim, should you need one.

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The Best Eco Friendly Options For Your Roof

The Best Eco Friendly Options For Your Roof (Adco)


Generally speaking, you want to replace your roof once every 20 or 30 years. This means we are not up to date on the latest in roofing materials. If it is time for you to consider a new roof, then you would be wise to familiarize yourself with how roofing products have evolved. In this day and age, energy efficiency and the environment dictate everything, and roofing is no different. Many new roofing products incorporate recycled and salvaged materials as means of fitting in with this green trend.

Recycled roofing

We love recycling because it keeps waste out of the landfills and is an effective way to manage natural resources. Most roofing materials are made from up to 90% recycled materials. For example, rubber shingles are often made from discarded tires and metal roofing materials contain recycled steel and copper.

Don’t worry about the appearance of the recycled materials. Recycled composite shingles mimic Spanish tiles and slate and they resist fire and bad weather just as well as their non-recycled cousins. Most recycled products come with warranties and as for pricing, rubber shingles is the way to go if you need to keep costs down. There are of course many people that do not like recycled shingles. Additionally, depending on the area you live, they may be hard to find or they may not even be approved for use.

Salvage your shingles

You may not particularly like the look of composite roofing but still, want an eco-friendly material like wood or slate. The best way to avoid high energy costs associated with slate is to use shingles salvaged from other buildings. Wood shingles can be made from leftover boards of old buildings or bridges. You can also buy wood shingles that are made from substantially managed forests.

There are a few drawbacks you should be aware of. All natural products cost more than composites and heavier items like slate cost even more because of transportation. You also have to be cautious with wood, because it is not fire resistant and only lasts around 15 to 25 years. The brittle materials like clay can easily crack from falling branches or harsh weather.

Go lighter

Whether you use natural or composite materials, the lighter the color is the more energy-efficient your roof will be. Light colors reflect the sunlight away, therefore, keeping your home cooler and by adding natural light to the house, saving you money on electricity in the summer.

Let nature do the work

Depending on just how green you want to be, you can consider a green color roof. This is an updated version of a sod roof with plants growing on it. Plants allow for natural insulation and cooling and the organic material requires no energy to manufacture. These green roofs make an unusual visual addition to the home being both efficient and a great talking piece.

Installation of green roofs is expensive and does not make a good fit for every house. You cannot have a roof that slants more than 30 degrees and it has to be positioned to get good sunlight. They also require regular maintenance and upkeep. You also need to consider reinforcing your roof because the heavy soil can cause damage.

Most people might think the green roof is a little too green which is why there are numerous ‘green’ options available without you having to cultivate your own. Contact us today for a consultation and we will help you find the right option for you and the environment.


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Signs That Indicate Roof Damage

Signs Of Roof damage (adco)

Roofs are prone to deterioration, and factors such as hail, sun and wind are known to cause problems. Understanding the signs to look out for will enable you to notice signs of roof damage. Here are what to look for:


Normal rainfall cannot damage the roof unless it has already been undermined by other adverse weather conditions. In case the shakes or shingles are damaged, water might find its way through the cracks and holes. On the other hand, heavy downpour might wash away the granules, impairing the shingles.

In case your roof was designed poorly or some areas are inverted or flat, the pooling of water on the rooftop might spike potential problems. Surprisingly, an inch of rain water has an equal effect on the roof as that of five pounds on the roof. An average roof is designed to withstand an average of 20 pounds of weight. That means that it can only stand four inches of water; in case more pours on it, the roof might collapse.


Roofs are made to withstand tension and weight by disbursing it over the rafters or trusses. When tough winds hit the roof, they will not do so uniformly. Instead, their major effects are felt at the corners and edges. As the winds grow stronger and hit harder, the roof will weaken eventually thus allowing it to heat beneath the roofing material. In case the insulation parts are exposed, you will start noticing leaks that will eventually damage the house.


Roof damage from hail

Hail can be either destructive or harmless, depending on how severe the storm will be. In case the hailstones are too large, they might knock off granules from the shingles. The result is faster deterioration of the shingles over time, and might cause leakage. The pounding could also compromise the membrane that lies below the roofing material. That makes the whole roof to be more prone to water damage.

Excess heat

If part of your roof is metallic, you ought to consider the effects of excessive heat on your roof’s stress points. As the metallic parts are heated by the scorching sun, the panels will contract and expand. This results in excessive stress on the fasteners and seams.

Solar panels

With time, solar energy has become a popular option. However, solar panel installation might cause stress to the roofing system such as the shingles, rafters or sheathing. Installers are thus advised to stick to manufacturer’s instructions and directions. Discuss the implications of the installation before choosing to have the panel installed.

Tress and debris

It is possible to notice when a tree hits your roof, but you might never realize when branches and small twigs fall on the rooftop. The small debris slide off without leaving any evidence on the roof. Whenever any material falls on the roof forcefully, it might damage it. The damage is bound to fasten your roof’s deterioration. This leads to leakage and other issues with time.


Article is courtesy of Roofers Essex

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