15 Sep 2017

We want you to make an educated decision when it comes to replacing your roof. Below is a list of common roofing terms for your knowledge and benefit.

  • Architectural shingle –High quality roofing products composed of a fiber glass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are embedded in water-resistant asphalt. Multiple layers of these shingles are overlapped and laminated together to give them a “dimensional” texture.
  • Boot – A covering made of flexible material that may be pre-formed to be a certain shape, with the purpose of preventing dust, dirt and moisture from entering around a penetration.
  • Box vents – A static (e.g., not mechanical) vent that uses wind and convection to move hot air and moisture out of the attic into the air outside. Also known as louvers or low profile vents.
  • Cricket – A peaked water diverter installed behind chimneys or large roof projects.
  • Deck – The bottom-most layer of the roofing system, on which the roofing materials are applied. The deck is usually plywood, wood boards, or planks.
  • Drip edge – A metal flashing or other overhanging component with a lip that projects out to control the direction of dripping water and protect underlying materials.
  • Flashing – A strip of metal that is used to seal/weatherproof areas of the roof in which the roof covering (i.e., shingles) ends or changes slope. Thus, flashing is often found around chimneys, vent pipes, and walls.
  • Gutter apron – A type of drip edge that is installed over the roof edge and hangs into the gutter in order to direct water into the gutter system.
  • Ice and water shield – A type of roofing underlayment that acts as a water-proof barrier and is used to minimize the risk for water infiltrating the roof and damaging the structure of the home.
  • OSB – Oriented Strand Board is a form of decking material made from wood chips and lamination glues.
  • Permaboot – A vent pipe boot designed to prevent leaks around vent pipes.
  • Pitch – A numerical measure of the steepness of a roof.  This number is calculated by the number of inches the roof rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally. Roof pitches can range from 1:12 to 12:12. Pitches less than 4:12 are low sloped roofs. Low sloped roofs may require special roofing materials to prevent leaks.
  • Ridge vent – A ventilation system that runs the entire length of the roof peak, making it more efficient and more esthetically pleasing then alternative ventilation systems.
  • Valley – The “v” shaped channels that are created when two roof slopes meet. Open valleys are covered with metal, while a closed valley is covered with shingles.

Of course there are many many more, but that’s why we are here to help. If you are confused about the components of your roof, or simple want to learn more, give us a call for advice. At The Blue Roof Company we want you to be 100% confident in your roof project. Call today to speak with one of our friendly specialist. 859.869.4487

14 Sep 2017

A recent in-progress video of a job in Warsaw Ky. The homeowner used this home as the family getaway, and trusted The Blue Roof Company to do all the work while they were away. We sent frequent updates, videos, images, and more to the home owner and their family.

14 Sep 2017

A recent installation of Owens Corning “Duration” shingles in the color Sand Castle. This home owner had damage from a recent storm, and we were able to get their entire roof paid for by insurance. The Blue Roof Company handled all the paperwork and communication with the provider.

13 Sep 2017
roof leak

As a homeowner, one of the last things you want to see when you look up at the ceiling is a leak. While leaks that actively drip and require buckets to catch water happen more often in movies than in real life, it is not uncommon to notice a stain on your ceiling from water that has leaked in and pooled in a certain area. Whether your roof is old or new, here are some common reasons why your roof may be leaking:

1. Your roof is just old. Over time, roofing materials age and become less effective as they are subjected to the elements – including harsh weather and strong UV rays. Inevitably, they will become brittle and dry over time, begin cracking, and thus are more likely to leak.

2. Cracked flashing. Flashing are the thin pieces of metal installed under shingles and on the “joints” of your roof in order to create a water-resistant barrier. If flashing was installed and sealed with tar or caulk, the tar or caulk can corrode over time and the flashing can “crack.” Wind or rain can also wear flashing over time.

3. Broken shingles. High winds, heavy rains, and flying debris can break shingles or lift them off your home. If you see missing shingles on your roof (look for different-colored patches) or have shingles lying about in your lawn, this is likely the source of your leak.

4. Your roof slope is too flat. The pitch of your roof should be at least 4:12 for the installation of asphalt shingles. If it is lower than that and you have asphalt shingles, your roof is much more likely to leak. Other flat roofing materials (e.g., EPDM) should be used to properly seal low-pitch roofs.

5. Improperly sealed valleys. Valleys are the areas where two planes of the roof meet. Rainwater runs down these valleys, so it is important that they are sealed properly. If they are not, rain water can infiltrate inside the home and becomes noticeable as wet spots that correspond with the seams of your roof. In addition to improper sealing, rain, ice and snow can also erode the sealants that keep water out.

6. Cracked vent boots. Roof vents look like small pipes sticking out of your house. These vents are typically sealed with flashing around the opening and then a rubber “boot” over the vent. This boot can crack as it is exposed to harsh UV lights, making it more susceptible to leaks.

7. Wind driven rain. Sometimes, high winds during a rain storm can cause a situation in which the rain comes down at an exaggerated angle (almost sideways), making it more likely that the rain can get in vents or in at the undersides of the roof, all of which are normally protected. This is a rare situation and after the storm is over, the problem should cease.

8. Improperly installed skylights. Sometimes the flashing around the skylight was installed or sealed improperly. Alternatively, when the skylight was installed, it could have been improperly measured and fitted, leaving a gap that allows water to seep in. It’s easy to spot these leaks as they typically result in wet spots around the sky light.

9. Clogged gutters. If leaves and debris have clogged your gutters, rainwater will begin to pool in the gutter and is more likely to seep through any cracks.

10. Condensation in your attic. When your attic is trapped between steady indoor temperatures and extreme outdoor temperatures (e.g., very hot summers or very cold winters), condensation can form, moisture will accumulate, and a leak may start. These leaks often are accompanied by a strong mold or mildew odor.

Want to learn more about roof leaks and what can cause damage to your property? Contact one of our specialist today for more information or a free inspection.