With snow and ice storms expected to hit the Northeast over the next few months, Rhode Island Slate Roofing had decided to share some tips on how to inspect your roof for any damage. Older roofs are more likely to see damage caused by these types of storms, but new roofs can also have damage to them. In Rhode Island and Massachusetts we also see older tress cause damage to roofs. As we covered in a previous post, make sure to get those taken care of during the Fall.
After a snow, ice, or wind storm pasts your property take these steps to inspect your roof:
Start with your attic. If you see any sunlight showing through the interior, this could be an indication of holes that need serious repair. Use a flashlight to inspect the inside of your roof. Be on the look out for dark stains or streaks that could be caused by moisture. If you see no issues, move on to the next step.
From the ground level you should be able to get a pretty full look. Be on the look out for missing shingles that could be flown over your property. See if there are any cracked or curled shingles caused by ice or high winds. Inspect your flashing, the metal strips that seal parts of the roof, if any is detached or curling, that will cause future issues.
If you do find any of these issues, take note of them and call Rhode Island Slate Roofing. By repairing damage caused by winter storms, you’ll save yourself considerable money in repair bills later on down the line.
Growing up, you were probably told by your parents how important it was to wear a hat during winter. You may of heard some stat like, “75% of your heat escapes your body from your head!”. It makes sense, heat rises right? We cant confirm or deny these old wives tales, but when it comes to your roof (the head of your house) it is true that heat will escape it. That’s right, your roof does play a role in the cost of your utility bill.
With that being said, lets take a look at how different types of roof affect your energy bill.
Tiled roofing is more effective at reducing energy costs than more traditional methods like shingle roofs. These materials are usually made to be resistant to thermal heat, making them great for homes that are in direct sunlight for most of the year.
Metal roofs can be expensive, but they are extremely durable and have low maintenance costs associated with them. Because metal has a reflective nature, the sun’s heat naturally bounces off the metal rather than be absorbed into your home.
Slate roofing is considered a green roofing product. Slate roofing will reduce your energy use and your utility bill. Slate roofing has a natural insulating quality to it. Studies show that slate roofing can provide 10% on energy savings.
One of the biggest factors for energy use for your roof is how well it is insulated. When we speak about insulation, your attic also comes into play. Remember, the old wive’s tale about heat escaping from your head? Keep that in mind when picking out a new roof, or looking at new homes.
This morning, across New England, residents were greeted with frost on their lawns, and in some instances slightly frozen windshields. As we enter into the Winter of 2017-2018 your roof will be open to the weather that follows. As homeowners, you should be aware of the issues that can be caused during the winter season in New England. The following are coming issues we see in Rhode Island & Massachusetts
On your roof, Flashing is the strip of metal that are placed along the front edge, ridges, and corners of your roof. When installed correctly, they protect your roof from leaks. If they aren’t installed properly, they can start to peel away and expose your roof to risks. Check your flashing every few months to make sure they are still creating tight seals.
High winds + old trees near your house = potential disaster. During Nor’easter winds can approach speeds north of 50 miles per hour. If you have trees near your house, you should evaluate if they could put your roof, or home at risk during a storm. Limbs or whole trees breaking in half can completely destroy your roof.
Icicles form during the winter on days when the temperature goes above freezing. And while they may look pretty, they pose a serious threat to the structural integrity of your home, and are a danger to people and pets. Ice dams and their heavy weight can cause gutter and roofing damage. Make sure you remove icicles before they cause a problem.
If you notice any damage to your home during the winter, contact Rhode Island Slate Roofing to perform maintenance and stop and potential roofing disaster.
Even though it seems like summer is lingering around this Fall, with temperatures in the mid 80’s recently, we in New England know that Winter temperatures are right around the corner. With winter temperatures, come winter conditions, and snow storms will be here before we know it. In recent memory, the winters of 2014 and 2009 proved to be some of the worst in the last few decades in New England. From a two week ice storm, to historic levels of snow, New England homes felt the consequences. Hundreds of roofing issues were reported in these winters. From collapsed roofs to leaks the damage cost homeowners thousands.
Rhode Island Ice Dam Removal
Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining off the roof. Ice dams can create havoc on a home. The ice will slowly melt, eventually leading to leakage in the roof. If the leaking is not taken care of right away, the potential of a roof collapse increases. Damage can also be had on your walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas of the homes structure. Rhode Island Slate Roofing provides Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents and business owners with Ice Dam Removal services to make sure you can avoid a devastating situation.
Roof Snow Shoveling
Just like ice dams, snow build up on your home can lead to some serious repair or replacement bills for homeowners. Depending on the slope and style of your roof, there is only so much weight-age it can hold safely. Additionally, the build of snow can lead to ice dams as well. Don’t end up like the multiple people every year who injure themselves trying to remove snow from their homes their selves. Contact the insured professionals at Rhode Island Slate Roofing.
Enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather New England. And as Winter comes, contact us for all your snow and ice dam removal projects.
Your roof is one of the most expensive aspects of your home. But due to the life expectancy of modern, efficient roofs, they can often go forgotten about for years. The last thing any home or property manager wants to wake up one day and realize they need a completely new roof due to years of neglect. Even the most basic of maintenance can add a few years on to the life span of your roof. So lets take a look at the 3 things you should be aware when it comes to the overall health of your roof.
Leaks in your Roof
Leaks can start small and grow over time. Leaks that continue to develop in a homes roof is a sign that the roof in no longer protecting the interior from water damage. This could be solved with the replacing on tiles, depending on the severity.
Missing or Loose Shingles
Older roofs that are in the process of failing are prone to having loose or missing shingles. Maybe you notice after a bad storm or windy day your lawn is littered with roofing debris. You may want to make a phone call to a roofing contractor to check on the integrity of your roof.
The Age of the Roof
New homeowners sometimes neglect the age of their roof when they move in to their new house. Overtime, as the roof, ages, you should take into consideration the total age of the roof. Remember that most roofs last an average of 20 to 25 years. Slate roofing title last much longer.
Rhode Island Slate Roofing
If you notice any of these 3 warning signs, it’s time to call the experts at Rhode Island Slate Roofing. We have been in business in Rhode Island working on homes, properties, businesses, and everything with a roof! Contact us today to get your project started.
Slate Roofing is a natural stone that is an eco-friendly, durable, and beautiful roofing material. While it is typically at a higher price point that traditional shingle style roofing, the benefits far outweigh the cons. There’s a reason why many churches, libraries, government & university buildings use slate roofing. It is dependable as a long-lasting roofing solution and can save on heating costs.
Roofing slates are produced from natural stone that is formed under intense heat and pressure underground. A fireproof material that doesn’t saturate with water but has a characteristic that allows it to be split into pierces to form roofing slates.
The density of the slate material is what helps it be an energy reducing factor for larger homes, which is a reason why large government buildings use slate roofing when possible. The thickness regulates the temperature of your home, helping to keep it cool in the summer and retain heat in the winter. Other eco-friendly benefits of slate include how long lasting it is. Slate will outlast you’re your home, and is typically recycled during house demolitions.
Some of the top producers of Slate shingles are:
Buckingham- Slate Corporation- This Slate is blue-black and produced in Virginia
The first thing you should look at is the quality of the roofing slate. Natural slate roofing comes in three levels of quality. These levels are S1, S2, and S3. The highest quality naturally provides the longest life term before it starts to deteriorate. These quality levels are defined by ASTM International, a 3RD party company that takes slate through tests. In Rhode Island, and especially New England, you want to make sure your roofer contractor is using S1 slate. This will last the longest and protect your house against the harsh New England winters.
Lastly, you want to consider the experience of your contractor. Naturally in every profession there are intricacies that go into each niche. You want to make sure you have an expert in the field you are making your investment in.
Are you building a house and considering going with slate as your tile choice? Slate tiling provides a unique look to make your house stand out amongst your neighbors. Not only is it a durable material, slate roofing is a visually appealing roofing material for many styles of houses. In Rhode Island, there are many older looking homes with traditionally looks. Slate roofing is great for these types of homes.
When you are looking to select a roofer in Rhode Island for slate roofing it’s important to consider experience. You want to choose a roofing contractor that has experience in slate roofing because of slates unique properties. And when it comes to experience, the more the better.
Located in Smithfield, Rhode Island Rhode Island Slate Roofing has been the go to choice In Rhode Island for decades. Owner Doug Weiker has been working on slate roofs for many years now. He has done work on historic houses and new homes as well. Slate roofing maintenance is a specialty of Rhode Island Slate Roofing as well. A well-maintained slate roof will last much longer than traditional shingle roofing.
From new Roof Installation to regular maintenance, contact us today to get your project rolling.
Its been quite a busy week at Rhode Island Slate Roofing! We completed a job on beautiful house in Westford Road in Providence and started a new job and started another job nearby on Friday.
The first job was quite special. We did basic repair and maintenance work on the roof but we found something that surprised the homeowner. Hidden beneath a board was a beautiful sky light that was covered up by a previous owner of the building. We were able to restore it to its original state after the home owner decided he wanted to. The happy home owner now has stunning natural light coming into his home.
You can see members of our crew below working on roof repairs below:
Rhode Island Slate Roofing recently completed a slate roofing repair job in Historic Rehoboth, Massachusetts. We were selected by the Blanding Antiquarian Society to repair their Library roof last March. March, April, and May are great times of the year to take care of the tiles you may need repaired or replaced. After a long winter in New England your roof may have suffered some damage due to ice, water, and snow.
Rhose Island Slate Roofing enjoys the opportunity to not only work on residential slate roofing jobs, but also working on historical buildings, libraries, and any other building with slate roof tiles.
We have worked on many historic buildings in the past and always look forward to preserving the integrity of the building while completing restoration work.
Our Salvaged Slate Yard
Over our decades of experience we have accumulated a large mass of slate titles so we can accurately match the size and color for every slate repair job we take on. Pictured below you can see our salvaged slate yard. Accumulating this large selection of slate tiles has only been possible due to the vast array of projects we have successfully complete over the years.
One benefit of our salvage yard is that we can save money in the long run on your repair job. Instead of having to go out and purchase new slates, we can use our salvaged slates at a reduced cost to you.
If you have noticed your slate roof may have some broken or cracked tiles contact us today for an estimate! We have the experience, know how, and resources to complete any repair job on your slate roof!