As 2014 comes to a close you may find yourself contemplating a few goals for the upcoming year. If you find any of the following three resolutions on this year’s list of personal projects, it may be time you called Pacific West Roofing to get a head start on accomplishing the objectives you have in mind for yourself and your family.
The fastest, easiest, and most economical way to solve metal roof problems is to apply a system that involves metal roof coatings. Properly applied coatings will fix leak problems, increase your home’s energy efficiency, and provide you with a roofing system that is easier to maintain.
There is a lot of confusion with home and building owners alike when it comes to the felt layer of a sloped roof. Also known as tar paper or a felt underlayment, this material offers some benefits for roof protection. But once the roof is complete, felt fails to make your home more waterproof. This is especially important for those of us living in rainy climates, such as Portland, OR, and the greater Pacific Northwest. So, why exactly does your roof need felt?
Mold in the Attic! The Pesky Little Fungi
When was the last time you climbed into your attic? Cool summer mornings are perfect time for a check-up, especially if it’s been a few years.
However, since mold problems are so common here in the Pacific Northwest, anytime is a good time to check out how things are going — and hopefully not growing — in your attic spaces.
Metal roofs are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they are incredibly durable and last for decades, sometimes up to 40 to 70 years, if cared for properly. They’re weather resistant, easy to install, and very energy efficient, making them a great choice for a variety of homes. Metal roofs are also able to reflect the heat from the sun well, which means that they can minimize any heat that’s getting through to the inside of your home during the warmest part of the day. This in turn means you’ll likely be using your air conditioning less and be saving more of the earth’s energy. Metal roofs are considered a good investment for homes of all sizes and they’re also available in almost any style and color that you can imagine. Our team at Pacific West Roofing carriers a wide selection of metal roofing options, but which ones are right for you and your home? Here are some metal roofing options you should know about.
A new roof generally isn’t going to be a minor investment. But, there are few other components of your home that are more important. If you decide to do it yourself or cut corners in other ways, you could wind up spending more on repairs that you would have if you’d hired an experienced contractor to do the job right the first time.
Fall came in with a bang this year, didn’t it? After the storm we just had, homeowners should be concerned about their roofs. Those brutal, 90 mph winds and heavy rains caused a ton of damage to many roofs in the area, from a few missing shingles to gaping holes caused by broken tree branches.
It’s in your best interest to make sure that your commercial property has the right roof hatch installed. Not only will it provide safe and convenient access to areas on your roof, but you will also be able to utilize it to allow for proper venting while protecting the rest of your interior space from Mother Nature.
Here in Oregon, mostly blue-green algae grows on the outside of the house or on the roof shingles. The only way to take care of it is to use a high-base chemical solution, like zinc sulfate. We’ll explain more of that in a bit.
While some people actually like the look of moss on their roof, they may be unaware that it can damage your roof, even promote rot.
All kinds of critters and creatures can get to your roof and make it, or your attic, their home. Not only is their scratching and scampering around annoying, but their invasion into the structure of your home can cause damage and more inconveniences. We’ve heard all kinds of stories about birds, squirrels, raccoons, bats, bees and ants, and many homeowners want to know how to keep these pests away from their home. So, we’ll give you some advice on how to keep pests out of your attic and off your roof.
If you are tired of that steamy bathroom after your shower, or have “install bathroom vent” on your DIY list for your home, we’ve got some tips that will help you do it correctly and avoid some common mistakes that could cost you big in the long run.
If you’re thinking that you can use an existing vent, or even just vent into the attic, you’ll want to stop right there! If you plan to tap into an existing vent pipe, you could block the venting of the original source and create big problems at that location. Now, if you’re thinking about venting into the attic, you’ve got some problems just around the corner. You will be venting warm, humid air into your attic which is not a good idea, as it raises the temperature of your attic. As well, venting that warm, humid air into your attic in the winter causes even more humidity and moisture to collect in the attic, leading to possible damage to your attic, walls, and potentially worse.
Now that we are on the same page with “What Not To Do,” let’s get that vent installed!
- Figure out where you will install the vent
- Pick the spot in your bathroom where you want to install the vent.
- In the attic, make sure there are no obstructions for the vent pipe from the bathroom ceiling to the roof (make sure you have a truss or stud to mount the vent to in the bathroom from overhead).
- It’s a good ideA to drill a hole from the attic into the bathroom ceiling to mark your installation location.
- Mount the vent into the ceiling
- Cut the hole overhead in the ceiling (following the manufacturer’s instructions).
- Install the vent into the ceiling.
- Attaching the vent pipe
- In the attic, attach the vent pipe from the vent up to the roof.
- Mark the roof where you will cut the opening for the vent pipe and roof hood.
- Drill a hole in the center of your mark, and leave the drill bit in the hole so you can find it outside on the roof.
- Installing the vent hood
- Using a jig saw, cut a 4” round hole using the center point of the hole from your drill.
- Measure out a square around the 4” hole slightly larger than the vent pipe.
- Use a “hook blade” to cut away the asphalt shingles around the 4” hole.
- Pry up the shingles around the square gently.
- Using asphalt roof cement, apply a bead around the bottom of the vent.
- Slide the vent under the shingles, so they cover the vent flange.
- Nail the corners of the flange, and cover the nail heads with roofing tar.
- Install the vent pipe
- In the attic, install the vent pipe to the vent hood from the underneath.
If you have any questions, or find this is a project that you feel more comfortable hiring a roofing company to complete, feel free to contact us at www.pacificwestroofing.com to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. Since 1980, Pacific West Roofing has been the choice for roofing service in Portland.