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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Change may be coming soon!

I have a job interview this Thurs. hopefully work will pick up. The last thing I want is to sit home for another week. Hopefully this snow will stop soon. The weather after this so called storm looks good. Well anyway yesterday's house emergency turned out to be nothing like the home owner claimed. It was really a waste of time. I can't express enough though how important it is to take care of your home's roof. I know that when people hear there's a problem with there roof, they panic and think thousands of dollars. But by waiting as this homeowner did to take care of a problem, only makes the problem worse. They called and thought the snow on their roof was causing a leak, when it was really leaking from a problem of not taking proper care of your roof. And then they still didn't want to take care of the problem. Estimates are free, but to come out and say it's a service call is not free. My time is my money, I had to in five minutes get my crew together, my one guy had to drop his child off at the sitters and get to the home. What could have been avoided, now is going to cost the homeowner. For my company estimates are free, this would include putting a ladder up to the roof and doing a walk around to inspect it for problems. The roof of your home is a valuable asset, just like your water heater, and furance. You can live in a home with out them. So why let your roof leak. Patching with tar does not always work. You can only repair so long, then in the long run the price becomes more expensive. On general it only takes one day to apply a new roof. Compared to constantly repairing it over and over again. As I said appling a roof patch is only temporary, internal materials used to construct any type of house are not made to withstand water. Those roof patch products range from cement to spray-on materials, but once again they will only last so long. The cement type products will require you to remove the damaged area components and generally smooth the surface. This creates a palette for application of the hardening materials. These are usually applied in stages with drying times needed in between applications.
They will offer a longer sealing life, but are nonetheless still temporary. They will also require tools for damage removal and to correctly place the cement. It is strongly suggested that you research general instructions so as not to make the problem worse.
There are also simple, low labor roof patch options for a quick fix. There are spray-on products that contain flexible and durable elements for use around flashing, pipes and vents. These products require no site preparations and will meet your immediate needs. You can use them in any weather, and they will seal under wet conditions.
There are also simple, low labor roof patch options for a quick fix. There are spray-on products that contain flexible and durable elements for use around flashing, pipes and vents. These products require no site preparations and will meet your immediate needs. You can use them in any weather, and they will seal under wet conditions.
They expand and contract with the climate and offer a great solution to an immediate need. In spite of the claims of the companies carrying these products, they are, again, temporary solutions. That being said, it is better to use these options than to let your roof leak through even one more rain event.
There are times when you will need a roof patch due to storm or other environmental damage. If you have a shingle, tile or wood shake roof, the process can be more involved than the above scenarios. This will require the correct removal around damaged area. If you are unfamiliar with the processes required, contact me to ensure the proper procedures are used.
Replacing the damaged materials will require skilled labor and the know-how to match the surrounding surfaces. This, unlike the options above, is the permanent solution to your roof damage.

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