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Need a new roof? Thinking about tackling your roof replacement yourself? Think again! There are major reasons–from safety to roof performance–to leave installing new shingles to the pros.

Roof shingles are just one of those things that eventually need to be replaced. Even with today’s highly engineered roofing materials, you’ll find the average life span of an asphalt roof is typically only about 35 years. When the time comes to replace your roof, many avid do-it-yourselfers tend to take the “how hard can it be” approach and tackle their own roof replacement. But if you’re considering that route, make sure you think it all the way through before grabbing the nail gun–roofing installation/replacement gone wrong can have some serious repercussions for your health and the safety of your home.

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that between 2008 and 2009 (the last year for which statistics are available), some 890,000 people went to the emergency room for fall-related injuries. The simple truth is that getting up on the roof to replace your shingles is dangerous. Especially if you have a multi-story home or a steep roof, you’re putting yourself at risk for a major fall if you try to handle your own roof installation. Professional roofing contractors are both trained and experienced, and they have the know-how to handle the heights safely. If you’re still not worried about the safety risks, remember, that you’ll be doing a lot more than just walking around on the roof: tearing off the old shingles, rolling out new felt, handling the new shingles and nail gun, etc., are all hard jobs that can easily throw your balance off. And just a momentary shift in balance can mean you’re headed to the ER with a broken leg or worse!

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Beyond the safety aspects, it’s also important to keep quality in mind. Your roof is what protects your whole house from the adverse effects of water damage caused by precipitation, so it’s particularly critical that this project be done right. Roofing installation has many steps, from putting down the felt underlayment to actually nailing down the shingles themselves. Add in ridge vents and installing flashing around chimneys and vent stacks, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed fast. Each step has to be done correctly and at the right point in the process or you risk making a mistake that could lead to water penetrating your home.

With do-it-yourself projects like painting or gardening, typically the worst side effect of a mistake or incorrect approach is aesthetic (dripped paint or dead bushes, for example). However, when roof installation isn’t done right, it can mean water leaking into your home. And with water comes possible structural concerns as well as mold and its related health issues.

So it’s just not worth it. Instead of trying to be a weekend warrior with your roof, call in the pros instead. You’ll reap the benefit of safety for your home as well as yourself by letting professional roofers handle the project. Roofing contractors have the training and tools to get the job done right, so don’t hesitate to call them in for your roof replacement today.

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Common Roof Flashing Problems And Solutions

If you own a business then it's inevitable that some day you'll need to have a roof replacement. Years of exposure and wear and tear will take its toll, especially if routine maintenance was not done, and you'll ultimately face some tough decisions regarding your roof. In the best case scenario, you may not need a total roof replacement and will only have to repair select damaged areas; if more serious damage has occurred then a total roof repair replacement will be your only option. You may not be an expert in roofing replacement, but an experienced professional commercial roofing company can assist you in addressing your roofing needs and on ways to save on the cost of roof replacement as well.

Many business owners procrastinate or totally ignore regular roof maintenance and repairs, until it is too late, which is a costly mistake. It is much cheaper to take preventative measures to ensure that your roof lasts than it is to incur the cost of a total roof replacement. What may initially seem like a minor leak or small hole in your commercial roof can cause major problems both on the roof and inside your building sooner than you think. Whether you need a metal roof replacement or a flat roof replacement, both can be a large undertaking depending on the nature of the roof damage.

Common causes of roof damage are varied, but aside from typical weather exposure can include roof overload, blocked gutters, and even fire. A more serious cause of roof damage is asbestos exposure, which is extremely dangerous and harmful once the asbestos is airborne. Asbestos roof encapsulation is available if asbestos was used in the roofing materials but has not been exposed. In this process Insultec, a heat reflective membrane, will be used as a protective barrier to eliminate the possibility of the asbestos fibers becoming airborne and subsequently inhaled by humans. In the unfortunate event that the asbestos is proven to be airborne, then asbestos roof replacement will be necessary and you will need to seek the help of asbestos removal professionals. It is not advisable and is even against the law in some areas to remove asbestos on your own.

Insultec is not only an effective asbestos roof encapsulation product but can be used in various ways during any roof replacement project due to its ability to serve as a protective barrier from heat and water damage. On areas where major damage has not happened, it can serve as a very cost effective method of even avoiding total roof replacement. Using Insultec is a win-win situation, no matter what your roofing needs are.

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