Details That Need to Be in Every Homeowner’s Roofing File

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. 

Necessary or Optional?: The Benefits of Drip Edges

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.

Drip Edges 

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. 

Don’t have a contractor yet? 

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. 

An Energy-Efficient Edge: The Advantages of Roofing Tiles

With power prices on the rise, more and more homeowners are being drawn to the practical benefits of an energy-efficient, green home. First and foremost of these benefits are reduced power costs. 

An energy-efficient roof is a must-have in any green home, but with the wide variety of choices on the market, how do you know which is the best one for your home? We recommend installing tile roofs. 

The Advantages of Roofing Tiles 

Roofing tiles are the only materials currently available on the market that possess the two qualities essential to energy-efficiency: thermal resistance and above-sheathing ventilation. Natural Thermal Resistance

The thermal resistance or the R-value of a roofing material gives you an idea on its insulation capabilities. The higher the R-value, the better an insulator the material is.

Roofing tiles have a high degree of thermal resistance, which means they’re able to block a large amount of heat from leaking out your roof. By installing roofing tiles, you can help reduce the strain on your HVAC system in the colder months. And, since roofing tiles inherently have a high R-value, you won’t have to spend as much on additional insulation layers on your roof. Above-Sheathing Ventilation 

Solar heat can be easily transferred to your roof through the sheathing, on which the materials are placed. But in the case of roofing tiles, there’s an airspace between the material and the sheathing. This airspace helps prevent the transfer of heat to the sheathing, significantly reducing your cooling costs. 

If you’re considering installing roofing tiles, make sure to only hire an experienced roofing contractor. Improper installation work can leave behind gaps, which out of which heat and cool air can leak. 

Haven’t found a roofing contractor in your area yet? 

Garlock-French Corporation, a contractor with more than eight decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide variety of roofing products, including roofing tiles 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. 

The Risks of DIY Commercial Roofing Projects

The number of homeowners conducting DIY roofing projects has spiked alongside the popularity of DIY home improvement shows. However, the risks of DIY commercial roofing projects far outweigh the money building owners can potentially save. 

The Problem With Flat Roof Installations 

Low-sloped roofing systems and commercial flat roofs are more susceptible to damage than roofing systems with higher pitches. Flat and low-sloped roofs are more exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays, not to mention that water tends to pool on flat surfaces. 

To ensure no gaps are left behind after the installation, professional roofing contractors usually apply the roofing membrane in one go. This is to ensure there are no seams in the membrane. For DIYers, this means there’s little to no room for error. 

What’s more, specialized equipment and training are needed to spread asphalt and tar, two commonly used flat roof materials, evenly. Inexperienced DIYers would have a hard time spreading the tar and asphalt roof – let alone acquire the needed equipment to install a flat roof. The Risks Involved 

Given that flat roofs are already vulnerable to leaks, even the slightest installation error can result in moisture damage. And, for businesses, these leaks can be costly. Apart from replacement and repair costs, any disruption to business operations is sure to result in a loss of revenue.

Considering all the risks involved, DIY commercial roofing projects are simply not worth it. As a rule of thumb, it’s always better to leave commercial roofing work to the professionals. And, since flat roofs are harder to install, it would be better to hire a contractor with extensive experience in the industry.  

Garlock-French Corporation, a contractor with more than eight decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide range of premium roofing products, including flat roofs 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 Minneapolis, MN.