Posted on October 4, 2009 by Elizabeth Crane
Around your home’s chimney is one of the first places that can have a roof leak. Changes in weather can cause the chimney flashing to separate from the chimney. Even a very small gap can cause a leak and allow water to enter your home. Rain entering through your chimney can damage rafters, roof decking, shingles, and your ceiling.
Sealing a Chimney
Chimney leaks require an expert roofing contractor. It may seem like a simple task but sealing around the chimney has to be done just the right way to prevent further leaks. Roof cement and flashing applied incorrectly can even make the leak worse.
Choosing a Roofing Contractor
Always choose an experienced company for your roof and chimney repair. Don’t even think about having your brother, the self-proclaimed handyman, undertake this job. Find a local company with great references. Beware of traveling roofing companies that are only in town for a short time. You want to make sure the job is done right and your home is protected from the weather.
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Posted on October 3, 2009 by Elizabeth Crane
Gutters: Exterior Home Protection
Gutters provide an exterior drainage system for your home. Now that we are in the fall season and leaves are falling, you need to make sure your gutters are clean and able to drain.
A clogged gutter can cause several problems for your home:
Rotting Wood Fascia Boards
If water builds up in your gutters, the fascia board wood will start to decompose causing serious problems. Replacing your fascia boards is a much bigger project than keeping your gutters clean.
Clogged gutters can cause water to pool around your home’s foundation. This can lead to potential penetration areas. Repairing cracks in your foundation can be a monumental task, and one not normally recommended for a do-it-yourself project.
If your gutters are full of leaves and debris, ice can easily form and damage your shingles and wood. Snow can sit and penetrate your once sturdy roof. A leaky roof is the last thing you want in the middle of the winter when the snow and ice make any repairs difficult.
All your hard work making your landscape luscious and attractive can be for naught if your gutters are clogged. The force that water exits the gutters is surprisingly strong and can dig holes in your gardens and flowerbeds and cause excessive watering to your once beautiful landscape and unattractive dips in your yard.
Clean Your Gutters Now
These are just a few of the problems that can result in your gutters being clogged. Make sure, before the bad weather arrives, that your gutters are clean and flowing properly. You will save yourself money and aggravation.
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Posted on September 29, 2009 by Elizabeth Crane
Protect Your Home
Fall has already arrived and the winter months are fast approaching. It’s time to protect your home from the rain, sleet, ice, hail, and snow. St. Louis, Missouri and St. Charles, Missouri are well known for changes in the weather, sometimes within just a few hours. A St. Louis roofing company must be capable of protecting homes from all these types of weather.
Fix Your Roof
Your roof is your home’s protection. Without a weather sturdy roof your whole home is in danger of damage. Chimney’s must be sealed properly and your roof’s valleys must be installed properly to prevent leaks. This is the time of year you, as a homeowner, need to secure your roof to keep warm and dry during the fall and winter months ahead. Whether a roof repair, or a whole new roof, now is the time to prepare your home for the winter.
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