We are coming into the colder part of our winter, this means more wintry weather like ice storms and snow. This can lead to issues with you roof, especially if your roof is over 15 years old. When we have freezing rain and snow accumulation it can cause what is called ice dams on your roof. When this happens water from melting ice and snow flows down the roof and refreezes along the eave, creating a dam. Then the rest of the water pools on the roof behind that dam. The water then backs up under the shingles and enters the infrastructure of your home. This process also causes the bond strip between the shingles to deteriorate, especially on a older roof. Now that this bond is broken it may not reseal properly and will allow the shingle to be more susceptible to wind damage leading to the shingle getting blown up by the wind, breaking, and eventually coming loose. If your roof starts to leak during these storms we highly recommend you have your roof inspected as soon as possible. We would like to help you take care of any of your roofing needs. Feel free to use the contact form on our site or give us a call at (828) 290-0301
Your roof goes through a lot of wear and tear within its average life. the sun can increase the temperature on your roof by 50 to 75 degrees. This can cause your roofing materials to crack and blister. The heat produced is not the only problem, the sun is also a source of UV radiation. UV radiation can cause the asphalt layers of your shingles to degrade. A layer of protective granules, some also have a coating of a Scotch Guard, to help reduce the suns effect. "Acid Rain", sound scary? It can be for your shingles. As moisture collects in the atmosphere it also picks up the pollution in the air, then it condenses into rain and all those toxic chemicals are carried down and deposited on your roof. When this happens the asphalt in the shingles degrade. Those chemicals gradually eat away at the components of your roof.
Basically all the elements that your roof is exposed to will cause it to fade, degrade, deteriorate, and eventually cause leaks. when you do start developing those small leaks i would recommend having your roof inspected so that you may make an informed decision on repair or replace.
I have included an example picture below to show the difference in worn and new shingles
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. (828) 290-0301 or use our form at the bottom of the page
There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night to find that you have water dripping on your head. What is your first thought? ...... Mine would be to call someone who could repair it as soon as possible. Lets think about that for a minute. Would it be in your best interest to patch that 25 year old roof? or should you look into options in replacing that worn out roof?
The first thing I would do is give a qualified roofing contractor a call to asses your damage. The next thing I would do is get estimates on both repair and replacement. Here is a comparison of repair versus replacement to help in your decision.
Employee Versus Independent Contractor Policy
Generally an employee relationship exists when the person for whom services are performed has the right to control and direct the individual who performs the services, not only as to the results to be accomplished work but also as to the details and means by which it is to be accomplished. That is, an employee is subject to the will and control of the employer not only as to what shall be done but how it shall be done. In this connection, it is not necessary that the employer actually direct or control the manner in which the services are performed; it is sufficient if he has the right to do so. The right to discharge is also an important factor indicating that the person possessing that right is an employer. Other factors characteristic of an employer but not necessary in every case, are the furnishing of tools and the furnishing of a place to work, to the individual who performs the services. In general, if an individual is subject to the control or direction of another merely as to the result to be accomplished by the work and not as to the means and the methods for accomplishing the result, he is an independent contractor. An individual performing services as an independent contractor is not as to such services an employee under the usual common law rules. Individuals such as physicians, lawyers, dentists, veterinarians, construction contractors, public stenographers, and auctioneers, engaged in the pursuit of an independent trade or business or profession in which they offer their services to the public are independent contractors and not employees.