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How To Know If It’s Time To Replace Your Roof

Having a good roof over your head is a major feature of having adequate shelter. When you’re building a house, you want to make sure your roof is built with quality the first time. A great roofing company can give you a roof that will keep you warm and dry for years and years. A great roofing company will know the climate of your area and give you an excellent recommendation on which materials to select so that your roof will be able to last any storm. Other areas of your house may suffer from regular wear and tear, but a roof needs to stay reliable against the elements. When building your roof, be sure to work with a great company. Contact your local contractor or Flat Roof Specialists, which serves the DC area.    

Roofers for Repairs
 
If your roof has a leak, you can put your pots and pans back to their proper use when you get professional repairs from a roofing company. It’s important to get leaks in your roof repaired quickly. Water damage can be more than just a nuisance. The presence of moisture can encourage the growth of mold or even threaten the wiring in your ceiling. A roofing company can act fast and minimize the potential damage that may happen because of a leaking roof.

A Good Roof Overhead
 
A poorly built roof may not just be leaky, it can also be costly. The construction of your roof can have a big impact on the insulation of your house. If you have bad insulation, you power bill will rise. By having a well-built and appropriately insulated roof, you could save thousands of dollars over the course of living in your home. If you have any concerns about the energy efficiency of your roof, be sure to contact a great roofing company, such as Flat Roof Specialists. 

Home Additions – Going Green With Your Home

If you’re planning on some new home additions and you’ve had green remodeling on the brain then this is the perfect opportunity to start moving in a new direction with your home. There’s a different take on going green though; while saving the environment is great there are also a number of health benefits that come from doing a green remodeling and building home additions with the environment in mind.

Arsenic, volatile compounds and even vinyl chloride fumes might seem like things you wouldn’t normally encounter but these are common chemical additives and byproducts that are associated with common building materials that were used to construct your home. When you consider remodeling from a green standpoint you’re making your home safer for everyone living under your roof – especially your pets.

Here are proven green strategies for remodeling and building home additions that ensure a safe environment for your family:

Formaldehyde free insulation: Use recycled fiberglass, rock wool or cellulose insulation as the products are very much environmentally friendly and don’t contain any formaldehyde – the common additive in fiberglass batt insulation.

Use Low or No-VOC paints, sealants and wood treatments: Most manufacturers are going this route but you still need to be careful about your selection. Most finishing compounds used on walls, flooring and other locations in the home traditionally emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for a long period after they’re applied – even when dry. Low or No-VOC products minimize these contaminants and in some cases get rid of them completely

Avoid MDF (medium density fiberboard): MDF and particle board are common materials used in budget countertop and cabinet construction. They also give off urea formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). If you use these products, sell exposed areas with a no-VOC sealant or paint.

Avoid vinyl: Don’t install vinyl floors. Splurge a little where you can and get an FSC-certified wood like bamboo, cork, stone or ceramic tile. Vinyl gives off vinyl chloride fumes. Even carpeting gives off toxic fumes from the bonding materials that are used, the dyes, fire retardants, anti-static treatments, etc.

Choose the right windows: Invest in quality windows that allow in and retain heat within the home. The more heat that’s collected, the less the furnace runs. Forced air stirs up pollutants, dust and allergens which can cause chaos with your family. This is also a great way to reduce your heating costs around the home.

Properly ventilate your home: You might think an “airtight” home is the best choice but poor ventilation can lead to moisture and mold problems if moisture becomes trapped. Mold tops the list of harmful indoor contaminants so it’s important for your home to be ventilated properly. When building new home additions it’s easy to design a system to improve airflow and properly ventilate your home.

When you’re building new home additions, you have the opportunity to start improving the quality of life for your family. It’s also a good way to research what you may need to do to start improving the existing structure of your home so it meets the standards of current green living. For better design ideas and green remodeling trends, talk to a general contractor in your area.