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April 2013

Hand Split Cedar Shake Roof Maintenance

Wood cedar shake spot in, illustrating a specific shake extraction where areas of exposed felt paper have been targeted to prevent splitting or weathering in the felt paper which causes leaksOlder blown off wood cedar shake showing a crack over crack area which allows felt paper to be exposed to the weather and other elements, causing a leakThis week's blog is directed to all of our past, current, and potential new customers with hand split cedar shake roofs.  Keeping your best interest at hand, before the heaviest of the Spring rains come, it would be advisable to have your roof inspected on a dry day.  Your inspection should focus on any missing or loose shakes and preformed ridge caps.  Most importantly, areas of your roof having southern exposures should be carefully looked over for any underlying exposed felt paper (a BIG red flag).  Exposed felt paper weathers due to the age and environmental elements (especially the sun's rays), causing splitting or tears.  This is a potential major leak for the simple fact that under the shake is spaced sheating (1"x4" planks) which will allow water to directly seep into the splits / tears, drip down to the insulation, and pool on top of the ceiling material of the interior of you home causing more damage and expense.  We can
greatly reduce the
Wood roof spot in at completion; the felt paper is now contained and protected from the elements and further weathering.likelihood of this
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prevent further
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Note:Wood roof repais cannot be done if your roof is damp or wet.  If you have any questions, concerns, or are just not sure, call Roof Doctor, Inc. today & schedule an inspection during the next span of dry days.  We'll meet you soon after your call, granted the weather provides.  We are a simple phone call away!  816-356-5463

Rodent Proof your roof and attic!

Mother and baby raccoons
Mother and baby raccoons
Once a litter of baby racoons are born, it can take up to 4 months for them to leave the nest, duirng which time they reak havic on your attic and draw many parasites, especially fleas.
Black Snakes inhabiting an attic
Black Snakes inhabiting an attic
Snakes often drop from trees and enter your attic through open voids in your roof, as small as 3/4". Snakes see out shelter and follow prey which may be nesting in your attic.
Hornet nest in the roof of an attic
Hornet nest in the roof of an attic
This nest has an opening from the roof top most likely under loose shingles or a hole caused from any number of concerns you may be faced with from an aging roof.
Opposum family nest in an attic
Opposum family nest in an attic
This mother opposum found its way into an attic & gave birth to her young in the insullation. During the period before the young leave the nest, there is ample time for feces deposits, drawing in worms, maggots, fleas and other parasites.
Plastic Sewer Vent Pipe Flashing
Plastic Sewer Vent Pipe Flashing
Compromised by a roof rat or squirrel, this void allows entry to a dry, warm, safe haven. Additionally, a major leak is now presented and damage is occuring further into the home interior.
Bats in the attic sleeping
Bats in the attic sleeping
A colony of bats has made its way into this attic and return to the same spot each day to rest, as bats are nocturnal. Bats and bat guano carry many diseases and produce a very foul smell.
 
Its that time of year for rodents to be on the move. With spring coming, nesting areas will be sought out, and your attic is a prime target for rodents to move in to and raise their young.
 
In our many years of experience, we have seen even the smallest entry areas become a gateway for rodents such as bats, roof rats, raccoons, squirrels, and opossums. Even bees, wasps, hornets, birds, snakes, and spiders will be looking for a dry, warm shelter from the spring rains.
 
The most effective way to take preventative measures against rodent infestation is to have your annual roof inspection completed. Measures which should be taken include checking all roof protrusions, such as vent pipes, chimneys, and furnace flues, for adequate seals.
 
Roof rats destroy everything; wiring, insullation, wood, shingles, plumbing, etc.  They will enter your home interior and carry infectious diseases.A roof inspection should also include a thorough check under all soffits and eaves to ensure the areas remain in tact and show no signs of open voids. The bottom of roof ridges, siding, and also trim boards should be looked over as well for structural integrity.  The large roof fields should be inspected for any damage that may have been caused by tree limbs or storms.
 
For more in depth information on rodent proofing, rodent types, and rodent disease / parasites, simply visit our rodent proofing page using this link:  http://www.leakyroofs.com/Rodent-Proofing.html.  If you have a rodent concern, will will be here to assist you with the correct extraction service and work along side them to correct and close off the entry points to your home interior.
 
 

Spring Roof Maintenance

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1.  Look at the ceiling inside. Any stains or spots could be evidence of water damage, indicating loose flashing (metal strips that seal connections) or shingle cracks or leaks. They can also be a sign of ice dams, which could mean a problem with insulation or poor home ventilation.
2. Shingle/tile check. Look for any missing shingles, and examine shingle condition for any that are peeling, cracking, or losing their grain. Asphalt shingles that are losing their grain are in danger of starting to crack and peel with exposure to sunlight. A few damaged shingles can be easily replaced, but many shingles in poor condition means a complete re-roofing is needed. Curling shingles could also be a sign of inadequate roof ventilation.
3,  Clean the shingles. If moss or algae is growing on or between the shingles, this needs to be removed. This can be done by spraying moss remover solution on the roof, then using a broom to remove the growth. Serious mold or rot needs to be addressed immediately by a professional, as the roof may need replacing.
4. Shingle granule buildup. Excessive granules in gutters, downspouts and around the roof area are a sign that the shingles are worn and need replacing to prevent leakage.
5. Chimney and skylight. Check flashing connections between skylight, chimney and roof. Snow and wind can cause flashing to loosen and leak. Repair or replace any damaged flashing strips and seal cracks. Check the masonry joints of the chimney for damage or presence of efflorescence, a calcium deposit that could indicate water leaks.
6. Roof bolts. If you have a metal roof, check for any loose metal bolts and tighten them.
7. Gutters and downspouts. Examine the home siding for any evidence of water damage. Climb the ladder and use a trowel to scoop out debris, dirt and leaves out of the gutters. Tighten any spots where the gutter had come loose and flush any residue with the garden hose. Flush downspouts.
8. Soffit and Fascia. The vents in soffit and fascia are a favorite nesting place for small animals, who are drawn by the warm air. Come spring, these critters begin to reproduce, and if they find a way inside, you could be looking at serious damage inside your attic and home.
9. Yard assessment. Remove any dead tree limbs near the roof and trim overhanging branches.

Preventive Maintenance: Check for Birds Bird Droppings

Preventive Maintenance: Check for Birds
Pest birds cause tens of millions of dollars of damage every year to buildings, roofs, ventilation systems, and much more. Bird droppings and nesting materials which are allowed to accumulate pose a host of physical problems which can become very serious if they are not corrected immediately.  Bird droppings are very acidic in nature. They actually eat away at many substrates, especially tar-based roofing materials. Droppings which are allowed to accumulate on roofs will eat into the material and eventually cause leaks. The life expectancy of a roof can be cut in half by just a light, but continuous, application of bird droppings.  Birds will get under eaves and soffits to get out of the weather and will nest in these areas as well.

Bird droppings stain and corrode roofs and other building materials.  Pest birds cause tens of millions of dollars of damage every year to buildings, roofs, ventilation systems, and much more. Bird droppings and nesting materials which are allowed to accumulate pose a host of physical problems which can become very serious if they are not corrected immediately.  Bird droppings are very acidic in nature. They actually eat away at many substrates, especially tar-based roofing materials. Droppings which are allowed to accumulate on roofs will eat into the material and eventually cause leaks. The life expectancy of a roof can be cut in half by just a light, but continuous, application of bird droppings.  Birds will get under eaves and soffits to get out of the weather and will nest in these areas as well.  Have your roof inspected today!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

This clogged gutter filled with water, left un-addressed, will eventually cause back up into the home interior and produce leaks.  The foundation of the home will be in jeopardy as well, as running water will overflow in the clogged areas and disturb the foundation.This clogged gutter filled with water, left un-addressed, will eventually cause back up into the home interior and produce leaks.  The foundation of the home will be in jeopardy as well, as running water will overflow in the clogged areas and disturb the foundation.Hello, Friends!  Today I wanted to remind you that gutter cleaning and roof inspections are of the utmost importance for our upcoming rainy season!  Protect your foundation from soil erosion, rotting wood, siding stains, and home interior with quarterly gutter cleaning.  Call Roof Doctor, Inc. today for special April pricing!  Now that the snow has melted, its time tohave your roof inspected before the rains come this spring.  Your chimney flashing, sewer vent pipes, loose valley flashing, and missing shingles are all areas of concerns to have checked out annually in order to ensure the integrity of your roof and deplete all leak concerns.  Call today to set an inspection time or fill our our estimate page and we will be right with you!