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Roofing Contractors and the power of the internet

The net has changed the roofing industry significantly. Several years ago someone interviewed me and stated “hi, exactly how would the internet ever affect the roof industry. I said I don’t see how it can possibly influence the market. However I was wrong, it has been fantastic, due to the fact that the internet has actually created a resource for home owners to go out and find products that perhaps aren’t easily available in their area or items that maybe again the market establishment doesn’t always want them to understand about. You can do a great deal of study on the net, go to producers website, go to trade association internet site, the metal roof individuals have a couple of trade associations, metal roof lines, metal construction association, the asphalt roof individuals have the asphalt roofing associations, the concrete roofing guys have the concrete and tile institute or something like that, there’s even a wood shake bureau.

There are trade associations out there and a great deal of times, they will provide you practically straight and impartial details on their products and on their industry. That is a good place to do your research – go to individual makers if you discover a product that you think you want, go to the manufacturer, call them, inquire for information, or send them photos of your home even and state ‘hello, will your item work on my house before I head out and find a contractor or get somebody to put this on. I wish to know will your item deal with my residence?’. I am going to inform you a little trick right here, if anytime during your roofing research, you reach out to somebody who does not react to you, that need to throw up a big red flag. If they do not reply to you throughout your purchasing process when they should wish to respond to you, they desire to offer you things … believe me.

Can you possibly expect them to respond to you down the road if you have an issue or a concern or a problem. If you do not get any feedback upfront from a contractor or from a producer, or even a trade association, that has to be a red flag that these men are not going to assist you now and they are not going to assist you later. Think genuine difficult about that. What kinds of roofing products that are out there that you could want to consider.

Contributing Contractor:

Ken Stockwell

Wichita Roofing Contractors

3105 East Central Avenue

Wichita, KS.


316 202 2232

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How to Avoid Emergency Roof Repairs

In this Video I’m attempting to provide solid information based up my 30 years of experience, insider information if you will, to help guide you to the process of making a good roofing decision as well as a decision that is going to be good for you and also for your home. Anyway, this particular segment of our Video series is going to talk about how to choose a roofing product for your home and hopefully avoid an emergency roof repairs in the future.

Source: Louisville Roofing Contractors 

How do you choose the right product? At fist couple of segments of this Video series is dealt determining your criteria, what is important to you as you buy your new roof and also we would look at special circumstances that maybe make your roof a little bit different than other roofs and could affect your decision on what type of roofing that you buy. Those things are vey important to think about at the time that you determine what sort of material/ roofing material you’re going to have installed in your roof. you may want to go back and make sure you choose a product that meets the criteria you established, you also want to make sure you buy a product that can accommodate and can work well with those special circumstances we talked about in part 2 of these Video series.

Why choose your roofing material before you choose a contractor? I am a strong believer; you want to choose your roofing material first before you choose a contractor. Let me tell you a couple of reasons, one and I talked about this before, the roofing industry have built a lot on recurring income. the roofing industry like you to get your roofing product and build/ sell you another product in 15, 16 , 17 or 18 years.

There is huge infrastructure out there of roofing manufacturers and roofing contractors and they need that recurring income to support the industry. if you rather choose your product first, if you just go to a contractor an say ” hey, what kind of product should I use?” they’ll probably in a lot of cases, not all, they’re going to stir you towards a product that they know is going to bring them recurring income to have to replace that product down the road. They’re not necessarily deceiving you. They’re just doing it because that is the way the industry works. I don’t want to necessarily say that your contractors are trying to do something really deceptive here but it is the way the industry works so they’ll probably push you towards another short term product.

The other thing that happens in a lot of times, if you go to your roofing contractor and say “hey, what product do you think I should use?”, and believe me you do want their inputs. I’m not saying you don’t want their input but a lot of times, you know they buy their products from distributors and wholesalers and a lot of times those distributors and wholesalers may have a particular shingles on sale, or they also may have a special program where if a contractor buys a certain no. of squares of that product during the course of the year or that manufactured product during the course of the year, maybe they get sent on a trip or a cruise or something like that.

Those types of things, like what’s on sale, what maybe builds them up some reward points, those types of things can determine what type of product they suggest you put on your house. I don’t know about you but I don’t know if that is the way I want it to be determined what sorts of roofing materials is going to be used on my home. we talked about your criteria in a little bit, one of your criteria may might be, hey I want a product that is going to be durable and last. I want to tell you that is really important in my book. here is the reason, I’ve been in the industry for over 30 years and one of the things that I’ve seen is the cause to re-roof your home both materials and labour doubles every 10 years. That is significant. if you buy a product Today that only last 10 years, it is going to cost twice as much to replace it in 10 years.

If you buy a product that will last in say 20 years, it is going to cost you four times as much if you are going to replace it in twenty years. It is very expensive to re-roof, its getting more expensive all the time. One of your criteria might be to choose a product that is going to get it done once in for all, get it out of your hair for your lifetime perhaps even for the life of your home rather than going through this rapidly expanding price and cycle of re-roofing every few years. If you want to get a new result from you had in the past, you’ve got to follow your criteria that you’ve determined. How do you go out and research for roofing materials, because I’m saying choose your product first. How do you do that? that is a great question.  For more information go to Louisville Roofers Youtube Channel

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Roof Repairs

The Basics of Roof Ventilation

Basics of roof ventilation, you’ve got to have an intake, usually at the bottom of your roof. You’ve got to have exhaust usually at or some place near the peak or the ridge or the top of the roof. Other basics of ventilation, when you vent your attic, you must look at the amount of the free air flow. Basically, you’re looking at the amount of holes or perforations or vents that are in that area where the air comes in and you want to make sure that you’ve got a similar amount of free air flow at your ridge vent. Usually at your ridge vent, I’m going to talk in terms of ridge, but then again it could apply to other types of vents as well.

roof repair ventilation

Usually your ridge vent is going to be feeding 2 sets of soffits vents, 2 sets of overhang vents on opposing sides of the roof. You’ll add up the total amount of your sofa vents, your free air flow, venting products that you buy will tell you what the free air flow is. You want to make sure that the total amount of the soffit vents is very close to being equal to the total amount for free airflow through your ridge vents. You create this situation where air comes in, all the air that comes in can go out at the peak. as far as how much ventilation do you need, general rule of thumb is to look at the square feet of your attic and you look at how many square feet there are on the floor of your attic space.

Let’s say you come up at 3000 square feet on the floor of your attic, then you want to look at how much free airflow do I need for my vents and basically you want 1 square foot of net free air flow, one square foot for every 300 square feet of attic floor space. For example, on that 3000 square foot attic, you are going to need 10 square feet of net free air flow allowed through the ventilation of your ridge vent and your soffit vents. That net free airflow number is not the intake of soffits combined, its just one or the other. You want to have that much on whatever is the lower number of your soffits and your ridge vents.

Then again, hopefully your soffits and ridge vents numbers are about the same. The 300 square foot of attic floor space applies if you got a vapour barrier behind the ceilings on your home. I am going to explain vapour barriers in a second, but if you do not have a vapour barrier behind the ceiling in your home and that would be particularly a case of an older home perhaps a home prior to about 1970 or 1975. If you do not have a vapour barrier, then you’ll need to have one square foot of net free airflow ventilation per just 150 square feet of attic floor space. In my example, that 3000 square feet attic, you would need 20 square feet of net free air flow to serve as that amount of attic space. What is the vapour barrier? Well vapour barrier is basically and usually a sheet of polyethylene. A lot of times on home construction, before they put the dry wall up your ceilings, they will put this layer of polyethylene behind the dry wall. They do this on walls also. Basically, the purpose of that polyethylene is that what we call vapour barrier. It means that vapour which would be moisture does not pass through it. If we have this vapour barrier behind your dry wall, they’re never going to be a 100%, but they’re going to be very helpful in containerizing the moisture inside your home. Basically the theory is, or what we are accomplishing there is, we keep that moisture that is created or generated inside you home. we keep it inside the house, that vapour barrier blocks it and keeps it from getting into the attic. If does get in to the attic, we don’t need to vent it out. That is the reason that if you got a vapour barrier, technically, you probably need to less ventilate your attic than if you do not have a vapour barrier. if you do not have a vapour barrier especially again if it is an older home or if quite simply one wasn’t installed, then you’re going to need more ventilation in your attic because that moisture from the inside your home to a greater degree is going to end up in the attic and you need it to get it out there so it doesn’t cause problems like condensation, rot, mildew, mold and all that horrible stuff. Louisville Roofing Contractors do full roof inspections and quote free estimates.

Call us today and see if we can help get your roof in top condition

Louisville Roofing Contractors
624 E. Market St
Suite 2
Louisville KY
Phone 502 208 3778

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