Your roofing system is your first layer of defense against nature. Modern roof materials are designed and manufactured with fire, wind and hail resistance in mind, but many homeowners are still in the dark how these features are measured and rated.
Looking at the overall performance of your roofing system from an energy perspective, insulation plays a big and important role. Poor insulation can lead to massive heat loss during the winter and increased heat gains during the summer. As a result, your home or building will often have to consume more energy to make up for the difference.
While the roofing options already vary from one building to another, hotels, in particular, stand out for their very unique requirements. Hotels can vary from large national chains to small bed and breakfast establishments out in the country. Modern designers have been giving hotel roofing much thought, and with the number of new and additional uses we see in buildings all around, it shows that these commercial roofs are more versatile than what once was thought.
Keeping a roofing file can help you make informed decisions about your roof. A roofing file contains vital information about your roof, from its warranties right down to its history of roof inspections. Contractors need such info to determine the current state of your roof.
Basic Roof Info
A roofing file should contain the dimensions and the type of roofing system your home has. Your roof’s basic info should also include any noteworthy remarks made by contractors during previous inspections. Roofing Materials
Details regarding the materials used to make your roofing membrane as well as your roof’s other components can come in handy during a re-roofing or roof repair project. Include the name of the manufacturer; using the same brand for re-roofing projects can help keep the quality of your roof consistent. Warranty Info
National brands and large manufacturers like GAF usually offer special warranties for roofing systems or gutters installed by certified contractors. Keep all the relevant documentation in a roofing file. Maintenance Receipts
Keep in mind that failure to maintain your roof may void your warranty, not to mention your insurance coverage. The receipts serve as proof your roof was well maintained before it was damaged. Inspection Reports
As the frequency of roof inspections can be tracked through these receipts, you need to have a set schedule for inspections and maintenance work. The results of previous roof inspections give contractors an idea on which parts of your roof haven’t been thoroughly inspected yet, helping them pinpoint roof damage faster and more efficiently. A Trusted Contractor’s Contact Details
You never know when you’ll have a roofing emergency, so it’s a good idea to include a trusted contractor’s contact details in the roofing file.
Garlock-French Corporation, a GAF Master Elite® contractor with more than eight decades’ worth of experience, offers roofing and gutter cleaning services. To request a quote, call (612) 722-7129, (651) 429-2335 or (952) 473-1017. Or, fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Minneapolis, MN.
By now, you must have heard of the different ways to waterproof your roof. A lesser-known but equally effective waterproofing method is the drip edge. Here’s what drip edges can do for your roof.
A drip edge is a piece of metal that’s installed at the edges of your roof. This moulded metal strip diverts water to the gutters, preventing it from spilling onto the fascia or the wooden board holding your gutters as well as the underlying parts of your roof. Waterproofing Underlying Roof Components
The fascia, or any underlying part of your roof for that matter, is one of the most vulnerable parts of your roof. Take for example, the case of curling shingles. Normally, rainwater would slide off the shingles and into the gutters. But since the edges of the shingles now bend downward, the rainwater spills onto the fascia board, which may eventually suffer wood rot from excess moisture. If drip edges were installed, rainwater would instead be diverted to your gutters.
Drip edges have other benefits as well. Pests and small animals tend to prefer making nests in the fascia boards. Drip edges, serving as a metal barrier, can prevent these pests from hollowing out portions of your fascia board. Drip edges can also help keep the fascia board and roof deck in place, preventing the formation of gaps through which water can enter. Not Necessary but Highly Recommended
Now, you may be thinking, ‘If drip edges can do all of this, how come I only come across it a few times?” That’s because the installation of drip edges isn’t required, except for shingle roofs. The 2012 International Building Code (IBC) requires drip edges for that type of roof. Regardless of the kind of roof you have, we highly recommend installing drip edges.
Keep in mind that improper installation of any roofing component can create gaps, rendering any waterproofing solution useless. To make sure the drip edges are installed properly, only hire experienced roofing contractors.
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Garlock-French Corporation, a contractor with eight decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide range of premium roofing options and accessories, including drip edges and metal roofing as well as gutter cleaning services. To request a quote, call (612) 722-7129, (651) 429-2335 or (952) 473-1017. Or, fill out this form. We serve homeowners in St Paul and Minneapolis, MN.