It may be summer now, but in the words of one very popular television show, “winter is coming.” Cold weather, extremely cold wind and ice may be the farthest things from your mind right now, but in a few months, you could have a serious problem on your hands if you don’t take care of a few simple things now and in the coming months. Remember, those who fail to plan have planned to fail!
First of all, if you can’t remember the last time you had your roof inspected call Rite Price Roofing right away and get a your roof inspection date set up with one of their highly experienced and professional roofing inspectors. The reason we always suggest to homeowners in Adelaide or South Australia in general to regularly have their roofs inspected without any delay is because your roof could have weak points and leaks that you don’t even know about. Those may not be causing a big problem now, but Australia in general is well known for her extreme weather conditions and you don’t want to give anything to chance, so get your roof inspected or get an inspection date organised today.
If you have composition shingle roofing that’s nearing the 20-year mark and even though it doesn’t look to you as if your 20-year roof is getting weaker and yelling for inspections and internal repairs or hidden damages, we suggest you should consider replacing it now, rather than waiting another year. It’s an expensive investment, in the $7000 – $20,000 range, depending on the size of your home and the materials you choose. However, it’s a much better deal than replacing your roof after it collapses during a winter storm. And because roof collapses can cause you more than more; this could cause lost of life and properties in a very devastating way than anyone could account for.
Be a Leak Detective, your personal roofing technique
Even if you have gotten your roof inspected in the recent past and it isn’t old enough to replace the whole thing yet, you should still take a good look at your ceilings. If there’s water damage and/or the insulation in your attic is collecting moisture, then you have a leak somewhere in your roof. Get that lead repaired now while it’s small and you won’t have a much larger, more expensive job later.
When we advocate early inspections to homeowners, we do so out of the love we have for our community. We do so because we want our community to live in good, safe, healthy environment and more importantly, we do so because we don’t want you to wait until things get out of hand or wait until things get too expensive before you act. This is an act of love not a selfish ambition to make more money off the homeowners.
Take a Look From the Outside
Now, whether you’ve discovered any leaks or not, take a look at your roof from the outside. Are there any places where the shingles seem to be loose or have come away? If you have a chimney, check it and the area around it, too. A gap between the roof and the flashing can cause a major leak into your home.
If you have a flat roof, be especially careful during your outdoor inspection. During rain, flat roofs bear a lot more weight. For this reason, they typically don’t last as long as pitched roofs. So, if yours is approaching the 15-year mark, you may want to get one of the roofing experts from Rite Price Roofing to inspect it and see if they suggest a replacement yet or not. The suggestion from Rite Price Roofing expert is very reliable and can be trusted, the reason being that they have been in the business of roofing, roof repair, roof maintenance, gutters repairs, etc. for decades. The roofing professionals from Rite Price has been working with Adelaide homeowners for decades and so they are best qualified to look after your roof and make accurate suggestions for you on what to do and what not.
Clean Away Potential Ice Dams
Leaves and debris piled up on your roof create dams for water to turn into damaging materials that sit heavily on your roof. If a pitched roof is clean, leafs and debris are more likely to slide off when they become too heavy, rather than causing the roof to collapse.
Give us a call today, or complete our online estimate request form and leave it to the area’s leading roof experts. Rite Price Roofing is here to help.
Seamless gutter systems, also known as, “continuous rain gutters,” are a popular choice for residential homes and commercial buildings. You probably are more familiar with the common sectional gutters, which come in 10 or 20 foot lengths. Each such section must be joined to the adjacent one to cover longer runs. Thus, a typical house will require dozens of such joints that are connected by slip fittings and a gutter seal. Consequently, there are also dozens of potential leak sites that may well need attention as time goes on.
Until the 1960s, rain gutters mostly were made from galvanized metal, which would eventually rust and leak. Subsequently, seamless gutters began to dominate the market and since they typically are made from aluminum (or copper) they don’t rust.
Seamless gutters are just what the name suggests – they are made to fit the dimensions of the house and the only seams are those at corners and downspouts. Thus, there are significantly fewer troublesome leak sites to contend with and new joining material reduces the likelihood of even those leaks. Furthermore, they come in many colors and are painted inside and out with baked-on enamel, a finish that won’t need repainting.
In addition to selecting the color, you also will need to decide on the thickness of the gutter material. As you can appreciate, thicker material is less likely to sag or bend under a heavy load of water from a storm. A typical 5-inch gutter is the thinnest at 0.027 inch while a 6-inch gutter may be 0.032 inch thick. Naturally, the thicker the material the more it costs but, as is usually the case, you get what you pay for.
So, how are seamless gutters made to custom-fit your house? Your installer will bring a portable roll-forming machine to your site, along with a suitable spool of pre-painted aluminum. (A new spool may weigh in at 350-450 pounds and can yield around 1000 feet or more of finished gutter.) Usually the spool is supported over the top of the machine so that the material may easily be drawn in at one end while the finished K-style (a common choice) gutter is extruded out the other end. Internal cutters shear the gutter at the predetermined length. The machine produces on the order of 30-50 some feet per minute, so it doesn’t take long to prepare the needed runs.
Rite Price Roofing years of experience in designing, building and repairing seamless gutters are evident on every job. Our professionally trained gutter installers are dedicated to your 100% satisfaction and we use only the best gutter materials. Let our experienced staff assist you today. Give us a call today to make an appointment, or complete our online quote form for a free estimate now!