Pressure Cleaning Precautions For Your Roof

When pressure cleaning your roof, customers face several challenges. The greatest challenge is that pressure cleaning companies do not guarantee against broken tiles and many take poor precautions to prevent breaking tiles.

Tile repairs can be costly and usually requires a roofing contractor to perform the repairs correctly. The second problem homeowners face with pressure cleaning is that the shooting water at high pressures directly at the tile roofs can also cause the underlayment to get damaged.

This is especially true for shingle and flat roofs where there is not a tile covering protecting the roofing membrane. Even on tile roofs, pressure cleaning can damage critical areas such as flashings, stucco, and valleys.

These areas are extremely susceptible to leaks especially if there is already some wear and tear evident. Shooting water at high pressure in these areas can seriously compromise the roof. There are several solutions to address these issues.

First, homeowners must cut back any tree branches or vegetation that is growing over the roof. This will greatly prevent mold and other dark areas from forming on the roof surfaces. Secondly, if the roof becomes dirty, there is an alternative to pressure cleaning.

Any roofing supplier should be able to provide the homeowner with a chemical based product that is applied over the roof and broom swept clean. Roofs that are older than 10 years old should not be pressure cleaned. Instead, vegetation and branches should be cut back in order to prevent darkening of the roof and if the roof needs to be cleaned, broom sweeping a chemical product available at any roofing supplier is definitely the option.

Please contact Bruce Tall Construction for all of your roofing needs.

Roof Maintenance

Roof maintenance is a topic commonly overlooked by many homeowners and building owners. However, performing preventive roof maintenance is the single most important factor in assuring the roof system lasts its expected lifetime.

Roof maintenance costs for a 2,000 square foot house range between $500 and $1,500 and for a 10,000 square foot warehouse they range between $2,500 and $3,000.

Roof maintenance is especially important for flat roofs where clogged drains and scuppers can cause ponding water which rots the roof membrane.

Ponding rainwater should be shallow enough to evaporate within 48 hours. In addition to rotting the roofing material, ponding water also cause strain to the roof deck which can result in structural problems such as deck deflection which also worsens the ponding problem.

Performing roof maintenance can spot and correct ponding areas before they create bigger (and more costly) problems. All manufacturers of roofing materials state on their warranty that if routine maintenance is not performed, the warranty will be void.

So performing roof maintenance is not only necessary to prevent premature roof failure, but also to ensure you’re covered if there is a material defect that should be covered by the roofing material manufacturer.

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Roof Maintenance Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a great time to perform the necessary roof maintenance you’ve been avoiding throughout the year and here’s why:

The fall rains wash out debris from your roof and the roof remains mostly clean.
Dry leaves from the change in season fall and collect on roofs more than any other time of the year.

Here are some do-it-yourself tips for some small things you can do for your roof that go a long way.

  1. Remove all debris off of your roof. Since it hardly rains this time of year, the debris you remove will stay off for a while. Debris and fallen leaves will collect and rot creating heat pockets as the vegetation actually begins a fermenting process.
  2. Unclog your gutters. Leaves in gutters hold moisture and create an ecosystem of insects and larva, which become a feeding and breeding ground for other insects. This is in the least, untimely.
  3. Inspect the ceiling in all areas of the house for signs of active leaks that have not yet been addressed.
  4. Inspect your roof (flat roofs from the top, sloped roofs from the ground) and look for the following:

Tile Roofs: Broken or missing tiles, cracked or missing cement areas, rusted or missing edge metal, damaged overhang boards or screens.

Shingle Roofs: Broken or missing shingles, objects penetrating the shingles (esp. nails), rusted or missing edge metal, damaged overhang boards or screens.

Metal Roofs: Objects penetrating the metal panels, missing or detached caulking from penetrations, oxidation of metal roof surface, damaged overhang boards or screens.

Flat Roofs: Granules missing from roof surface, open or loose laps, rusted or missing edge metal, damaged overhang boards or screens.

Performing these small yet effective tasks will ensure that your roof will not be victim to premature deterioration, which can make a necessary large investment (a re-roof) come due too soon. And lastly, active leaks should be repaired immediately to avoid the problem growing to a bigger problem when the rains begin in the Spring. Happy Holidays!

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Fall Rain Gutter Care Tips

As fall progresses to winter, and the trees completely shed their leaves, it’s important to consider our rain gutters. Rain gutters may not seem like necessary asset, but they are. Rain gutters are responsible for carrying excess water away from the home. A rain gutter system is working efficiently when it is situated at the edge of the roof line, and collects the water falling on the top of the home, and carries it away in its gutters to eventual downspouts. It’s a simple system. But the problem with gutters is that they can get clogged, by the leaves from the trees, by branches, etc. The water in the gutters may freeze and cause all sorts of problems to the roofline, or to the gutter systems in general. The gutters could become dislodged or loosened away from the roofline of the house, or an eventual ice dam could form, and an ice dam could have the potential of forcing water into your home.

So, what do we do about our rain gutters? First of all, you should clean the gutters. If the gutters are within reach of a ladder (please be careful when you are using a ladder, and make sure to have someone spot you, holding the ladder, hopefully preventing it from tipping over with you on it) go up and clean out the debris, the leaves, etc. Inspect the gutters from the ladder: determine if the gutters are in good shape, if they are sitting at the edge of the roofline, and are adequately catching the draining water. If so, you’re in good shape for the winter, if not, you might want to consider having the gutters fixed or replaced, before the long Montana winter sets in.

If you are in need of gutter repair, or for a whole new gutter system, Bruce Tall Construction can help. One possible addition to a new gutter system is a leaf guard, which situates over the top of the gutter, allowing water to still flow in, but preventing the leaves from getting in, thereby all but eliminating the need to clean the gutters next year.

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