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Apr 8 16

SHG Blog: Unique Kinds of Roofs

by Sherriff-Goslin

You may think of roofs as necessary but boring — and frankly, you’re not alone. While most roofing systems are fairly standard and don’t stand out from the crowd, we’ve found three ideas that will change your view of what a roof can be — read about these three radically different roofs.

1. A record roof? Only in Music City!

You’ll need to visit Nashville to see it in person, or you can click here for more photos. Artist and musician Matt Glassmeyer created a roof from 350 vinyl records — yes, the old-school ones that play on turntables — arranged in an overlapping pattern similar to roofing shingles. He installed his unique record roof over an existing regular roof, so his building is still protected. So while the vinyl “shingles” won’t last forever, for now, Glassmeyer’s got an eye-catching roof that surely sets a record.

2. Best doghouse roof EVER.

When Jess Bachman’s pup Rocky needed a new doghouse, Jess decided to build it himself. Because Rocky and Jess live near the coast in Hong Kong, a main objective was to create a cozy doggie chalet that provided ample lounging space and took advantage of the gorgeous ocean views. The result? A great looking dog house with a truly “green” roof made from bamboo. Rocky’s review? He gives it four enthusiastic paws up.

3. Go Blue! This barn did.

Who said barns should look boring? Not this guy. He turned his Ann Arbor-area barn into a tribute to his beloved alma mater. When it’s time to reroof the neighborhood church or a family barn, turn the building into a work of art. Sherriff-Goslin makes it possible, and their professional contractors do the tricky part — the design. All you provide is the idea. For decades, Sherriff-Goslin roofing contractors have helped transform roofs into cool signs and artistic designs with Art-Loc® diamond-shaped roofing shingles — see more roofs here, or connect with a local Sherriff-Goslin contractor to learn more.

Apr 7 16

The Historical Look Of Slate Roofs

by Sherriff-Goslin

The slate roofs that crown famous 17th- and 18th-century American buildings were put in service because of their durability and impressive appearance. They also were popular, especially in the eastern United States, because this rock form was a plentiful natural resource.

Over the millennia, minerals that comprise slate were created when mixed with underground water to form clay. Natural pressure gradually turned this mixture into shale, a laminated rock that under further pressure transformed into slate. This pressure changed the position of the mineral grains to become a rock that could be split into shingle-shaped slices.

North American Slate Production

To this day there are geologic deposits currently producing roofing slate found in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland in Canada. In the past, during the late 19th century, other North American slate deposits were quarried for short periods of time. However these slate beds, located in Georgia, Arkansas, Utah, Wisconsin, and California, are no longer quarried.

While slate is formed in several striking colors, the most common and most popular is called Semi-Weathering Gray/Green. Some roofers also market it as Sea Green. It exhibits a green or gray/green color when first quarried but, after being installed on a roof and exposed to the elements, it weathers to shades of buff and brown. The degree of weathering characteristics slate exhibits will vary from quarry to quarry.

Other available colors of slate include Semi-Weathering Vermont Gray and Variegated Purple. There are also types of slate that don’t show weathering and these are called “unfading” slate. These come in shades of green or purple and may have markings called “mottle.” At one special quarry in Washington County, New York, a slate called Unfading Red is mined. This dense slate has a bright red color that will not change over the years.

The Look Of Slate

A slate roof is very expensive and requires an extra-strength frame system to withstand the weight of the tiles. But you can get the impressive appearance of slate without the added construction requirements and cost, with an asphalt shingle. Sherriff-Goslin Roofing offers StormMaster® Slate, a Class 4 impact resistant shingle manufactured to withstand hail and hard-driven rain. These shingles also can stay intact in high-force winds and come with a 130 mph wind resistance Lifetime Limited Warranty and are made with Scotchgard™ Protector that resists algae streaks that make a house appear old and dirty, and reduce its curb appeal.

On the Sherriff-Goslin Roofing website, you can see how these shingles will look with a simple slide of your mouse. After deciding which style of shingle would be best for your home, you can then click to the wide array of colors available. Once you examined the architectural shingle possibilities, the website has an easy to use contact form that will connect you to a local Sherriff-Goslin roofing contractor.

Mar 31 16

Beyond Dirt & Grime: Black Streaks Explained

by Sherriff-Goslin

As a homeowner, you understand that curb appeal is a huge factor to maintain the value of your home. If your roof is older than three to five years, you may have looked up and noticed unpleasant black streaks on a roof. They can give a home the appearance of being unkempt, dirty, old and neglected. This however is not necessarily the case. The most common offender of these black streaks is not dirt, but an indication of algae growth.

Gloeocapsa Magma

Gloeocapsa Magma, better known as blue-green algae, is very common in humid areas — and it is airborne. This means an entire neighborhood can become affected with just one roof and it is difficult to control. The northern side of the roof is typically the side most affected, as it tends to be the side with the least amount of sunlight and most amount of moisture present. Algae feeds off of moisture and minerals within roof shingles, such as limestone. The black color you see is actually produced by algae to protect itself from UV rays and may have a blue-green tint in lower lighting.

Physical damage to your roof from blue-green algae alone has not been proven and tends to just be aesthetically unpleasant. However, when algae and fungus commingle, they create a new organism called lichen. Lichen is much more troublesome and can cause early deterioration to your roof shingles. It is also more difficult to remove.

Cleaning

The best way to rid your roof from algae is to use a bleach solution. Apply light pressure to shingles and rinse thoroughly. Pressure washing will only damage your roof shingles and is not advised. It is best to hire a professional for this task as anyone without the proper experience or tools could potentially injure themselves or damage their home. However, there are much better solutions that can solve this problem before it even begins.

Prevention

While there are methods for ridding your roof of algae, they are sometimes harsh on your roof shingles and can potentially cause more harm than good. Moreover, these methods usually only offer a temporary, and potentially expensive, fix as the algae tends to come back after a few months. The best way to protect your home from this pesky growth is to prepare ahead of time when picking out the shingles to your roof. Shingles with Scotchgard™ Protector built into them offer the best deterrence from algae as they have copper granules uniformly distributed across their surface.

Sherriff-Goslin Can Help

Have more questions on preventing algae growth? Give Sherriff-Goslin a call today to schedule your free roof inspection.

Mar 30 16

Don’t Get Scammed – 5 Questions for Your Roofing Contractor

by Sherriff-Goslin

With the average lifespan of a roof lasting around 20 years, they are (hopefully) not replaced often. This makes it common for the average homeowner to be uninformed of typical practices since there is no point of reference. Scams are much easier to carry out when people are not used to handling this type of procedure and are unaware of what to look for. If you have plans to have your roof replaced in the near future, and are preparing to choose a roofing contractor, keep these 5 questions in mind.

Will you need a deposit or down payment to begin work?

A very common roofing scam revolves around this question. A company may agree to replace your roof but requires a down payment before they begin any work. They may claim it is to cover labor or material costs, and then never return after the check has been acquired and cashed. As convincing as they may be, refrain from handing over your check until materials have been delivered to your home. Another reason that a contractor may put pressure on a down payment would be that they have higher pricing compared to other companies. This is to get the homeowner in a legally binding contract and unable to research other companies with lower rates. When homeowners are taken advantage of, it is usually this first payment. If something seems off, try researching other companies.

Where is your office located?

Homeowners looking to replace their roof should visit the offices of contractors they are currently speaking with for their roof. If the company only has a post office box, this is a huge red flag. “Storm chasers” tend to follow the Weather Bureau reporting of areas with wind or hail damage as insurance companies will allow for roof replacement in these areas. This type of scam impacts the homeowner in that these storm chasers have absolutely no incentive to provide quality work or materials and the homeowner is left with a poorly built roof. These roofs tend to have a lifespan of 5-7 years before replacement is necessary, which is roughly 13-15 years premature! By the time the homeowner realizes the damage, they are only left with an awful roof and this storm-chasing roofer is long gone.

May I view your roofing license and/or proof of insurance?

This will also assist with weeding out the scam artists mentioned above. If they refuse to show either of these documents to you, this is another huge red flag. While certain states mandate contractors be licensed and insured, this does not mean that they are. Ask to see their license and make sure it is up-to-date for your state, if applicable. Also make sure they are insured and ask about their coverage. This is important should anything go wrong while contractors are working on your roof.

Do you have a list of local references?

Any reputable company will gladly provide this. It is important to do your due diligence before you sign any contracts. Look into recently completed projects from your contractor. This will let you see their work in person as well as possibly speak with someone who has used their services before. Additionally, check online reviews and the Better Business Bureau for references.

Do you provide a written estimate?

Never settle into a contract without receiving a written estimate. The cost of roof removal, adding new roof materials, labor, and anything that could arise during the roof repair process along with a price sheet for each circumstance should all be included in the contract. It has been recorded that a company may come in with the lowest bid, then midway through the process add numerous fees that the homeowner was not made aware of. They may claim prices for materials or labor has risen. While this does happen even with the most reputable contractors, make sure there is a section in the contract explaining how every potential situation is carried out should anything need to be adjusted.

Sherriff-Goslin Can Help

Don’t fall victim to these roofing scams. Let Sherriff-Goslin help you find a reputable roofing contractor near you. Reach out to us today.

Mar 25 16

Ice Dam Prevention and Best Practices

by Sherriff-Goslin

Everyone living in snowy regions during the winter are susceptible to the havoc ice dams can cause to their roof and home. The best defense to combat ice dams is understanding what they are, how they form and the best practices to prevent them from ever forming.

What Is An Ice Dam?

Once snow has fallen, it will eventually melt and run off your roof when temperatures increase. However, when ice forms a ridge at the edge of your roof, it can prevent the melting snow from draining correctly. This ice formation is an ice dam, ultimately creating the opportunity for a leak to develop and find its way into your home and possibly causing severe damage.

How Ice Dams Form

The biggest factor that opens the door for an ice dam would be inconsistent roof surface temperatures. When snow is present on the roof and temperatures are higher than 32 degrees Fahrenheit on the upper end of the roof while the lower portion is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, this is a perfect storm for ice dam formation. As snow from the upper (warmer) segment begins to melt and drip down to the lower (cooler) end of the roof, it freezes. Then my friend, you officially have yourself an ice dam. The dam will continue to grow as the melting snow continues to feed it. Temperature inconsistencies on the roof are usually a result from heat escaping from the home.

Maintain a Constant Roof Temperature

There are steps you can take to avoid temperature fluctuations. Keeping your roof cool will have the snow on top melt slowly without making large amounts of water. Focus on keeping your warm air in the home where it belongs.

Check your insulation depth. If you have less than 8 inches and have had ice dam troubles in the past, add more as most building codes require 12-14 inches of insulation.

Locate any and all air leaks in the home and seal them. Also, make sure to have the space well ventilated between the insulation and the roof sheathing to help dissipate any warm air, should it leak through.

Added bonus: improving your insulation and ventilation will assist with lowering energy bills when heating your home!

When All Else Fails

Depending on the structure of your home or the amount of snowfall in your area, keeping your roof cold may not prevail. Should this be the case there are other alternatives. After heavy snowfall, use a snow rake to clear snow from your roof. Ice dams cannot form without snow.

If you have an area on your roof that is stubborn and continuously forms ice dams, heating cables may be the way to go. They are high-resistance wires that are mounted along the edge of the roof in a zig-zag pattern. However, this option does require additional maintenance to prevent water freezing in the gutters and downspout.

Call The Sherriff

Need more guidance dealing with winter home maintenance and everything it comes along with? Contact Sherriff-Goslin today to receive your free roof inspection.