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The Basics of Gutters

The basics of gutters are simple: soft landing and drainage. Most people understand this, but there are many homeowners who don’t manage their gutters properly because they don’t completely understand the basics. In this article, the basics of gutters are laid out simply so that hopefully maintaining them is likewise simple. Guttering Basics If your…

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Roofing and Gutters Glossary

Algae Discoloration: Roof discoloration caused by the growth of algae. Also referred to as fungus growth. Asphalt Cement: An asphalt based adhesive material that is applied during the roofing process to bond roofing materials and seal the roof against the weather. Asphalt Shingles: Any roofing shingle in which an asphalt waterproofing agent is applied during…

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Gutters

Play it Safe with a Gutter Contractor

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably think you can clean your own gutters. If you’re like some homeowners, you might even think you can install your own gutters. Like so many projects, however, hidden costs can evolve from the DIY approach. You may not be able to safely reach your gutters. You may not…

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Gray Asphalt Shingle Roof

Repair Your Own Roof

Roof repair is an unfortunate fact of life for almost every homeowner. Thanks to the combined efforts of weather, natural disasters, accidents, and time, sooner or later you’re going to face the prospect of roof repair, or an entire roof replacement. You can repair roof shingles yourself in some cases, but it depends a lot…

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Tile Roof

Tile Roofing

In some areas of the country, tile roofing is quite common. Its distinctive appearance can be seen sparsely in many regions, but in the Southwest, tile roofing is practically a part of the landscape, giving a unique and identifiable look to the area. Tile roofs are initially a lot more costly to install than asphalt…

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Flat Roofing

Flat Roofing

Flat roofs are most common in areas with little or no rain, though they aren’t unheard of in other areas of the country, either. While they are an economical choice from a building perspective, they can be trouble when it comes water leakage and accumulation. In order to preserve flat roofs, and the homes beneath…

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Gray Asphalt Shingle Roof

How Durable Is My Asphalt Shingle Roof?

Asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most durable and cost effective roofing materials on the market. Furthermore, because it is so easy and quick to install (an average size asphalt shingle roof can be torn down and re-roofed by an experienced crew in a few days), choosing asphalt shingle roofing over other materials also…

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Roof Deck in San Francisco

Rooftop Decks: Building a Deck with a View

A lot of decks are essentially raised patios. Other than the convenience of walking out of the second floor of your home out onto your deck, one of the best reasons to build a deck is the view. You don’t get any better views than the ones from your roof. Whether it’s city skylines or…

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Asphalt roofing

Asphalt Shingles: Cost Effective Roofing

Of all the roofing options available for your home, asphalt is by far the most popular. An estimated 80% of all American houses are built with asphalt roof shingles because of their performance, and cost. But too many homeowners don’t realize that not all are created equal. Indeed, there are a handful of variations that…

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heating-cables

Roof Heating Cables

The top of your house is extremely susceptible to damage. Your roofing gets hit with rain, hail, snow, and direct sun. In other words, natural elements (including leaves and tree limbs) can sometimes collect in your gutter year round. Therefore it’s important to keep your gutter system free and clear at all times to prevent…

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