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Roofing Tips

Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

The key to making sure your roof is “winter ready” is maintenance and repair. Being proactive can mean the difference between having a small repair vs. a full tear off and replacement. Keep your roof safe throughout winter by covering a few key steps.

1. Eliminate Low-Hanging Tree Branches and Other Vegetation

During the winter, ice and snow can weigh down trees and branches. That’s a problem if they happen to be located near your home. The last thing you want to hear during a winter storm is a crash that means a branch has taken a tumble onto your roof. This could also have an impact on the cable and phone lines that go into your home. Save yourself some stress, and have branches trimmed back before Mother Nature does it for you.

2. Check for Pests

It’s a good idea to check your roof for signs of pest infestation as part of your winterization plan. That’s because things like mice, squirrels, and raccoons might see your home as a welcome respite from cold winter weather. These kinds of animals can cause big, expensive problems for you if they decide to call your house home. Check your roof for any signs that animals have already taken up residence somewhere up there. You should also check for weak spots that a chilly animal might exploit to get warm.

3. Remove fallen leaves and other debris

If you have a lot of trees and plants on your property, you may notice that during the fall your roof quickly becomes covered in leaves, acorns and branches. It’s really important that you get those things off of your roof as soon as you can. Leaves and other debris can help trap moisture on your roof, which can lead to other problems. They can also clog your gutters.

4. Clean your gutters

Even if you don’t have a lot of leafy green trees on your property, it’s important that you clean your gutters as part of your roof winterization process. Your gutters are important to the overall health of your whole home. They help ensure that water flows away from your home so that it can’t do any damage. However, if they’re clogged they can’t do their jobs. Clean your gutters yourself using some water and a hose, or bring in professionals for a more detailed gutter cleaning.

If you need to complete roof repairs, have your gutters cleaned or update your roof coatings, please contact “Your Roof Leak Detective” today.

Ladders & Lights

“Ladders & Lights: Ladder Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating”

The holiday season is about to be in full swing with many of us decorating early this year pulling our Christmas decorations from the attic and hanging lights on our trees and roofs. But before you set up your ladder and put yourself at risk, remember to follow these important steps to keep things merry and bright.

Initial Inspection: Regardless of how new your ladder might be, always inspect the conditions before climbing. Look for cracks, corrosion or loose parts, and immediately tag and discard any ladder that might be hazardous.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Different jobs require different-sized ladders. While it may be frugal to have a “catch all” size, it’s not safe. Be sure your ladder extends at least three feet above where you need to reach. If your ladder size requires you to stand on the unstable top rung in order to hang holiday lights, it’s time to go shopping.

Know Your Metals: Remember that your holiday lights are just that– lights! They have electricity coursing through them, and need to be handled properly. This means to avoid the use of aluminum ladders. When working with electricity, opt instead for a non-conductive fiberglass or wooden ladder.

No Stretching: Stretching is a good thing before and after a workout, but it can be a huge risk when on top of a ladder. Similar to some cartoon scenarios, if you over-stretch on a ladder, it’s likely to slide out from underneath you, leaving you hanging from the rooftops.

Spread the Word: Before climbing up to the skies, be sure to let your family or roommates know where you’ll be. This way, not only is your risk of being startled lowered, but the chances of your ladder being tousled underneath you by an opening door are diminished.

Proper Positioning: This may sound like the most simple of our rules, but it can also cause the greatest injury. Always place your ladder on a flat, level and solid ground, and try to avoid doorways as much as possible.

Ladder-related incidents lead to hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. Follow the above rules to stay safe, and remember to always call in professionals (that’s us!) to handle your roofing problems.

How To Choose A Roof Color

November 2, 2020

The Right Roof Color

A roof is typically considered a utilitarian asset to your home and accounts for as much as 25-40% of your home’s visible exterior. Your roof color plays a key role in how your home is perceived from the street. It has the potential to add or detract a significant amount of aesthetic value to or from your home. This makes the already weighty decisions you must make when replacing your roof even more important. That’s why the color, materials and style you pick will tremendously impact your home’s curb appeal.

Six Tips When Choosing A New Roof Color

When choosing a new roof, take these six recommendations into consideration to help you choose the perfect look to complement your house.

  1. Consider the style of your home.

The style of your home should heavily influence the colors you consider for your roof. Do you hope to create a warm, welcoming vibe or a bold, dramatic statement? Traditional homes typically look best with a dark neutral color. A French country house may look beautiful with an earthy tone. Of course, a dark, rusty red almost always completes the look of a Mediterranean home

  1. Don’t be “too monotone.”

Matching your roof color too closely to your exterior wall color will result in a boring, monotone look. Strive for complementary colors, not matching. A few suggestions would be if your house color is light grey the recommended roof shingle color would be grey, black, blue and white. If your home is white, the best matching roof shingle colors are almost any color including brown, grey, black, blue and white.

  1. Find inspiration in similar homes.

When looking at other homes for inspiration, try to find houses in a similar style and size to your own. This helps you avoid falling in love with a certain roof color that looks amazing on one home, but doesn’t turn out well on yours. For example, you may see a photo of a smaller home with a dramatic, dark roof that looks stunning. If you put that same color on a large, highly visible roof with a steep pitch, the home will look too dark and gloomy.

  1. Ask about roof color change.

Many roofing and exterior wall materials change color over time. Before choosing your colors, ask to see examples of what the roofing and siding will look like in a few years. This will help to avoid the unpleasant surprise of a home with two different colors than what you originally pick out that in no way complement each other.

  1. Pay attention to lighting.

Look at the color you are considering in different lighting before making your decision. This tip is especially helpful in choosing the perfect color once you have your choices narrowed down to two or three.

  1. Think resale.

If you don’t plan to resale your home in the foreseeable future, you may not need to think about resale as much. But if you plan to sale your home before the roof will need to be replaced, pick a classic color such as black, brown and gray that the majority of buyers will like.

Here To Help!

We, at P.I. Roofing, recommend taking the time to pick your roof color, whether it’s for your home or for a commercial roofing project. We are here to help you make smart and aesthetically pleasing choices you’ll be happy with for years to come! Give us a call at 501-707-3542.

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5 Reasons You Really Should Clean Your Gutters

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You clean the windows, mow the lawn and switch out wreaths depending on the season; but gutter cleaning? That continually gets pushed further and further down on many homeowners’ to-do lists. While we understand it might not be the most glamorous chore in the lineup, it’s an important one nonetheless. Don’t believe us? Here’s why you should.

 

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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You’ve unstuffed your stockings and torn open all of the boxes under the tree… or so you thought. Our team at P.I. Roofing found one more gift that missed the Christmas morning mayhem, and trust us– it’s a doozy. It’s peace of mind that you, your home and most importantly, your family, are safe. Learn about how we gift this to you each and every year below.

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How to Buy a Roof

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Roofs aren’t something that the average homeowner purchases regularly. They don’t add it to their grocery list or pick one up on a whim while waiting in line at the cash register. It’s a nerve-racking, expensive investment on its own; and when you add “on the spot” decisions, like major storm damage, it can be nearly debilitating. That’s where P.I. Roofing comes in. Read on to learn how to buy a roof before you ever need to.

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Is Your Roof Emergency-Proof?

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The truth is, disasters happen. And even worse, they don’t plan ahead. Your family, on the other hand, can. In the spirit of National Preparedness Month, the team here at P.I. Roofing has some recommendations for making sure you (and your roof!) are ready.

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Sun Damage: Roofing Edition

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We all know the effects the sun can have on our skin. But what about that other outer layer that protects us? That’s right– we’re talking about your home. More specifically, your home’s roof. Read through our list of the top 4 signs that the scorching sun is assaulting yours.

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Myth Busters: Roofing

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Unlike paper towels, milk or even a new home; a new roof is something that many homeowners will only purchase once in their lifetime. Because of this, there are a lot of industry unknowns that result in incorrect information being passed around. That’s where we come in– to demystify the world of roofing and clear up any myths that may have been created.

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3 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Roof This Spring

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According to the calendar, it’s been spring for a while, but it’s taken Central Arkansas a little longer to get the message. Now that the weather is warming, we’re finally ready to say, “Spring has sprung!” Before you whip out your mops, brooms and rubber gloves to start your spring cleaning, start from the top– your roof, that is.

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