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What do you do when your roof is leaking?

Woman holding a bucket and collecting water from a leak in the ceiling.

Dealing With a Leaking Roof

Summer rains are wonderfully relaxing, aren’t they? The temperature drops, things get quieter outside, and you hear the pitter-patter of raindrops. Well – it’s all relaxing until you hear larger drops, almost like running water coming from a leaking roof. And then, suddenly you’ve gone from relaxing to reacting to a leak in the roof of your house. If you’ve found yourself in need of help with a leaking roof in Augusta, GA, contact the Raborns Roofing & Restorations team by calling (706) 814-3207 today.

Is a roof leak an emergency?

Every leaking roof, from the occasional drip to rain pouring in, should be handled as an emergency. Why? Because water, while it is a natural resource we need, can also be damaging. Consider what water did to the deserts of Arizona over the years – it created a natural beauty we call The Grand Canyon. 

While that may seem a bit extreme compared to a leaking roof, it helps you get the idea that a leaking roof can lead to bigger issues, right? Here we have three things that are big indicators your home’s condition has been compromised due to a leaking roof. 

The Ceiling: Dripping and Discoloring 

If you notice a discolored area on the ceiling after a few days of heavy rains, you have probably identified a leaking roof. The sooner you have this repaired the better – and keep in mind that you may not be able to wait a few days, either. The roof decking and underlayment are going to be overwhelmed by all that rain, and that discolored area will get even bigger and even lead to drips coming into your home.

The Flooring: Puddling 

If you walk through a puddle of water during the night where there shouldn’t be water, or find it in the bathroom or kitchen but don’t see any signs of leaky pipes or faucets, you could have a leaking roof on your hands. And as the rain continues, that puddle will only get larger as the leak in your roof grows. 

The Walls: Moist and Peeling Paint

If you notice water running down an inside wall, or see paint peeling and wallpaper buckling, you could be dealing with a leaking roof. This is true especially if there is also a discolored area on the ceiling and walls. 

Additional Indicators of a Problem

If you notice discoloration in multiple spots or find several areas where there is water dripping from the ceiling, you have more than a leaking roof on your hands. You now have extensive damage beyond a leaking roof, and a temporary fix is needed ASAP. After the rain subsides and stops, walk around the outside of your home and look for possible causes of a leaking roof. Note that repair may not be immediately available, even with massive external damage like missing shingles, so call a roofing contractor to schedule an inspection and repair as quickly as you can. 

What do you do if your ceiling is leaking?

First, contact a roofing contractor. A leak is possible if it has been raining a while, and you probably aren’t the only one with a leaking roof, so they may be booked up with emergencies. That’s why you’ll need to take emergency action after scheduling the appointment, and we’ll review how to take that emergency action here. 

It’s time to contact your insurance company and file a claim. An adjuster for the company will contact you to schedule a time to inspect the leaking roof and damage. If they offer you a list of contractors, you can advise them on whether you have one or take the information to get more than one estimate. 

Now – a temporary leaking roof repair!  

  • To cover a large area, spread a plastic tarping over the area of the leaking roof. Nail 2×4’ board around the edges, creating a square. 
  • Apply a flexi-tape around the edges of the tarp. 
  • Nail any loose shingles in place and apply roofing cement around the edges. 
  • Put your flexi-tape over any small holes without shingles, and then cover the area with roofing cement. 

How do you fix a leaky roof?

A leaking roof will cause a lot of interior issues as well as exterior damage and damage to the attic. It is important to get leaking roof repair quickly to maintain the structure of your home. Repairing the exterior of a leaking roof is best left to a professional, but if you’re up to this labor-intensive repair, use the following steps as a guideline: 

1. Locate the Leak

Starting at the lowest point, like the stained ceiling, inspect upward toward the attic. With a flashlight, access the attic searching for signs of water, and then follow any drips in a vertical upward direction. You’ll see where there is water damage on the under decking, possibly even finding mildew and mold if you’ve had a leaking roof for a while. 

Now, with your flashlight follow along the roof vent around your attic fan, plumbing pipes, turbines, or other elements extruding from the roof that could have metal flashing. 

2. Examine Roof Vents

If you discover the leaking roof stems from these areas, you’ll need to inspect them from the rooftop. There could be bent, loose, or missing flashing, along with issues such as torn rubber booting or loose and missing nails. 

3. Remove Damaged Vents

From the roof, remove any damaged roof vents with a pry bar, pulling the nails out. Then, with the pry bar, raise up any shingles that cover the vent base and remove any nails left from holding the vents. After that, remove the vents. 

4. Replace Roof Vent

Apply a thick string of roofing cement or sealant along the vent flashing. Then slide the new vent under the shingles. Place metal flashing over the shingles around the vent and nail the flashing and vents into place. Next, put roofing cement or sealant over all the nails. 

5. Remove the Old Roofing Shingles

If the leaking roof has roofing deck damage, remove at least two rows of shingles from that area using a pry bar. 

6. Replace the Roofing Felt 

Remove any roofing felt from the damaged area using a utility knife. 

7. Mark the Roof Deck Area

With a chalk line, mark the location of the roof rafters on both sides of the leaking roof damage of the roof deck. Mark the center of the roof rafters as well. 

8. Cut Out any Damaged Roof Decking

With a circular saw, follow the chalk lines, cut out the leaking roof’s damaged area, and remove any nails with a pry bar. 

9. Cut a New Roof Decking Patch

10. Attach the Roof Decking Patch

Place the new roof decking patch where the damaged piece was removed and nail it into place with 8d nails along the rafters.

11. Lay New Underlayment

Starting at the bottom, work upwards, nailing down new roofing felt with 4-inch overlaps. 

12. Install the First Row of Shingles

Start at the bottom and lay your first row of new shingles, maintaining the established rows from left to right. Apply roofing cement in a bead along the shingle bottoms and nail the top of the shingles into place. 

How do you fix a leaking roof from the inside?

It may be a while before the exterior of a leaking roof can be patched or repaired. So, in the meantime, you should take the following steps to seal the leaking roof on the inside.

  1. You probably have a bulging ceiling where water is accumulating from the leaking roof. Give the water a path to drain by placing a tarp and bucket under that area. Then poke a nail or screwdriver in the bulge and let the water run into the bucket. 
  2. Allow the area to dry and then go into the attic to locate where the leak in the roof is coming from.
  3. Mark the area with chalk so you’ll know where it is later. 
  4. Using a rubber roof patch material, apply liberally over the roof leaking area and spread over it evenly, covering the entire area. 
  5. Allow the patch time to dry, and then place caulk along the edges and over any holes you see around the area. 

Can a leaking roof cause mold?

Among other things, a leaking roof will lead to mildew, create mold, and more. That mold can spread throughout your home and into your HVAC system. Once there, it will spread through the vents into the area, allowing your family to breathe it in as it invades the carpeting, furniture, and more. 

A leaking roof will also cause your utility bills to increase as mold makes HVAC systems work harder. Any electrical wiring in the attic is also at risk with a leaking roof, which is a possible fire hazard, and as the attic becomes compromised, so does the entire structure of your home. 

Who can fix my leaking roof?

Calling a roofing contractor is always suggested. While you can take the temporary repairs we mentioned here, remember that they are just temporary. A professional roofing contractor that is certified, insured, and licensed, as well as local to the area, is your better option. 

Is a leaking roof covered by homeowners’ insurance?

Most homeowners’ insurance policies will help with repair expenses from a leaking roof caused by acts of God, fire, and hail. This will fall under the dwelling coverage of your homeowner’s insurance policy. If any contents are damaged, that will be covered under personal property coverage. 

If you have a leaking roof and water damage that the insurance adjuster finds to be caused by homeowner neglect, meaning you should have replaced or repaired the roof prior to the damage, then your claim will likely be denied.

 

Man working to repair a leaking roof.

In Closing 

Our best recommendation is always to take care of your leaking roof as soon as possible. If there is any missing roof, seek safe shelter and then call your insurance agent. Remember that the safety of you and your family is always paramount. And if you find yourself in need of help with a leaking roof in Augusta, GA, contact Raborns Roofing & Restorations today at (706) 814-3207.

Can I leave my deck untreated?

untreated deck

How do you maintain a wood deck?

Aaahhh … summertime in Georgia!  After a year of quarantine, we’re all ready for some partying on the deck. In between your entertaining times and relaxation times, make sure you keep a regular deck maintenance or next summer won’t be as much fun. Proper deck maintenance and repairs are pertinent to having the longest life possible for this outdoor extension of your home. 

By knowing how to maintain a deck and keeping deck board maintenance done, you’ll preserve your deck for years, protecting that investment.  Decks are exposed to the climate and elements year round, and without proper routine deck maintenance, you’ll be faced with expensive and extensive repairs every summer before you can use the deck. Here, we offer a brief and simple deck maintenance routine:.

Springtime Deck Maintenance: Wash the Deck

Mildew and mold love an unwashed deck and that leads to rot. The following steps are recommended for washing your deck:

1. Use a putty knife to remove all the debris in between the deck boards, making sure to get clean around the cross the joists and structural members on the underneath side of the decking.

2. Cover plantings and shrubs with plastic sheeting then sweep the deck thoroughly before applying the appropriate cleanser for type of deck you have: 

  • Wood deck can be cleaned with a standard deck cleaner, making sure to follow the directions. 
  • Composite deck use only a specially formulated cleaner. For grease and oil stains, use a commercial degreaser and detergent.
  • Vinyl deck can be cleaned with mild soap and warm water. .

3. Clean on a cloudy day so your cleaner doesn’t disappear using the following methods: 

  • Wood decks can be cleaned with a garden hose and sprayer, stiff push broom or a paint roller. Don’t allow the water to pool and don’t dry the deck until you have cleaned the entire deck thoroughly. Follow the instructions on the cleaner for soaking time, then rinse with clear water. 
  • Composite deck cleaning use a soft brush but never use a pressure washer Use an oxalic acid deck brightener to remove any leaf and rust stains
  • Vinyl decks should be cleaned with a round motion scrub using a stiff broom, then with clear water, rinse thoroughly. Allow time for deck dry before applying a sealant, two days is recommended. 

Springtime Deck Maintenance: Seal the Deck

One gallon of a sealer or stain will cover up 250 square feet of decking. A clear sealer will let the natural color and grain of your wood to show through. A sealer with toner will add some color but maintain the grain and protect it from the UV rays. You can also choose a semi-transparent stain that gives the wood a tint or a  solid stain that seals it from the weather and covers the grain.  The steps for the sealing part of your deck maintenance are: 

  1. Have two days set aside with clear skies and moderate temperature. Start by lightly sanding the deck with 80-grit. This will remove the furriness the washing process created. 
  1. Replace any nails and screws that are missing or popped, using a pry bar to remove them. If they won’t come out easily, pound them in all the way.  
  1. Using a paint roller, apply your sealer or stain, cover 3 to 4 boards at once, then use a small brush to fill in between the boards, the benches, planters, and railings. Never let the sealant dry or puddle up and apply 2 thin coats. 

Midsummer Deck Maintenance: Inspect and Repair 

  1. While you have dry and warm weather, inspect your deck, for any repair issues. The area six inches above the ground and where close to water need special attention. Look for rot on the structural members, stairs, stringers, and the perimeter posts. 
  1. Check the ledger using a flashlight for the underside, especially the framing  where the deck attaches to your house. Check all beams, joints, and posts, the hardware, with special attention to the joist hangers. Any rusted hardware should be replaced now as well as any joists and posts that are rotted.  
  1. Check all deck boards for cracks or rot and replaced as needed. Inspect the railing and any damaged or loose posts should be replaced with the connections retightened. 

Fall Deck Maintenance: Preventive Measures

Fall is the time to wash and seal the deck if you didn’t do it during the spring. Trim back any nearby bushes and trees at least 12 inches from your deck. Keep any debris ad leaves cleared off, especially out of corners. Rearrange the chairs, planters, and table periodically so they don’t discolor the decking.  

Should you pressure wash a deck?

While a pressure washer can clean a deck effectively, it can also cause damage. If you feel your deck needs power washing, it is recommended to hire a professional contractor. They have the commercial brand of power washers and the expertise to do the job without causing damage. 

Should I stain or seal my deck?

It’s a matter of personal choice.  After you’ve completed your deck maintenance, a deck sealer is clear and will either penetrate into the wood or form a clear film. A deck stain has the water-resistant quality as well but will give your deck some color. 

treated deck

How often do decks need to be sealed?

The industry recommendation is no less that every three years, but an annual application may be needed depending on how much the deck is used, the weather conditions, and how much sun exposure the deck is subjected to.

What is the life expectancy of a wood deck? A deck built with untreated wood can last up to 30 years but with little deck maintenance, you can expect to replace it within 10 years. If you want a deck low maintenance, choose a composite material, or treated wood and you can expect up to 50 year lifespan. Call (706) 814-3207 today for your deck maintenance needs in Augusta, GA.

How to know when to replace vinyl siding

vinyl siding on a townhouse

Quality siding for your home

In the 1960s when aluminum siding was introduced, it was the be all to end all in homeownership. Nothing could be any better other than brick, until vinyl siding came along. Vinyl siding companies promised it meant no more painting every few years, your home would look good forever! 

Until it got hit by a football a few times, or hail stones played racquet ball on your house during a spring storm. For the first few years, the hailstones and footballs didn’t do any damage, but as the sun baked the vinyl siding, it became brittle. It would dent pretty easy, then it would actually break, and all of the sudden your vinyl siding doesn’t look so good anymore. 

Now it’s time to get new siding, but things have changed over he past 50 years or so with vinyl siding. First of all, there are different grades of vinyl siding, some are thicker than others and it is all made to be more durable and longer lasting. 

Or maybe you’ve purchased an older frame home recently and you’re not sure if you want to have it painted or have vinyl siding or fiber cement installed instead? Either way, there is an investment to be made, but which is the better option for you and your home? Read on as we answer some common questions about vinyl siding and hopefully it is information that will help you make your decision. 

Does vinyl siding help insulate a house?

Vinyl siding with insulation will not only give your home’s appearance a new look, but yes, the insulation added to it will help with your utility bills too. Vinyl siding today is installed with a foam board type insulation that provides a home with three things: 

  • Durability
  • Stability
  • Insulation

Does vinyl siding make house warmer?

It is almost summer here in Georgia, but before we know it, Fall will be here again with winter right behind it, and after the winter of 2020/2021, we know we need to be ready early!  So, before the days and nights start getting cold again, and that heating bills goes on the rise, maybe getting new vinyl siding is something to consider. 

Yes, vinyl siding will make your home warmer in the winter which will improve the energy efficiency because vinyl siding with insulation increases the R-factor. Less heat is escaping through the walls with foam board insulation and the cold air that normally comes in around the wall studs is stopped. 

Another bonus to having vinyl siding installed before winter, your home will be better protected against the cold, harsh winds, and hailstorms that often comes with those cold fronts. Vinyl siding is damage resistant against ice too! 

Is thicker vinyl siding worth it?

Vinyl siding thickness is an important factor to consider when you decide to go that route. The thickness dictates how heat is retained and kept away from the interior of your home. Unintentionally, installing vinyl siding improperly with the wrong thickness can cause insulation problems. 

Siding is divided by thickness with the thicker it is, the more durable it is and the longer it lasts. However, the climate where you live is a factor to consider too like the precipitation. The grades of vinyl siding are as follows:

  • Builder’s  –  This is the siding for a tight budget at .40 mm thickness, only provides a limited insulation and protection. Easily breaks, cracks, and doesn’t weather well. This is not the grade of vinyl siding without sheathing you want. It definitely needs sheathing installed before the siding. 
  • Thin Residential – This grade measures at .42 mm and is an inexpensive option that provides some insulation and protection, but heat still penetrates this vinyl siding. 
  • Standard Residential  – A thickness of .44 mm and is a commonly used siding that offers some balance with the insulation factor and sturdiness yet stays cost-effective.
  • Thick Residential  – This vinyl siding is .46 mm thick offering an adequate insulation at a cost-effective price level.
  • Super Thick  – At .50 mm thickness, this is a more expensive line of vinyl siding, but the cost is ROI with the savings in energy and a better level of weather protection. 
  • Premium – At a thickness between .52 – .55 mm, this is the most expensive grade, offering a high level of insulation and protection with a high resistance penetrative heat and low temperatures.  

Georgia homes are for the most part in a warmer climate. The thinner siding is often recommended because of the possibility of overheating that will create moisture, leading to mold and rot. 

Do I need house wrap behind vinyl siding?

Contractors and homeowners that are working on a tight budget will often take a shortcut and skip the house wrap, but experts will tell you that isn’t a good reason. In some areas, it may be mandatory in fact, depending on the climate. Insurance companies may require it as well. 

Yes, the vinyl siding is waterproof for itself, but there are several gaps and many seams where air and moisture can get through. So, while the vinyl siding is the outer layer of protection, the house wrap is a second line of defense.

blue vinyl siding

What happens if water gets behind vinyl siding?

Moisture is a home’s number one enemy and if it gets behind your vinyl siding, the following possibilities are going to create costly damage. Moisture behind vinyl siding isn’t noticed right away, which means these thing will be happening and getting worse by the day:

  • Sheathing Begins to Rot
  • Mildew Forms
  • Mold Begins Growing 
  • Foundation and Walls Are Damaged
  • Insect and Rodent Infestations Form

As you gather quotes for vinyl siding, make sure house wrapping is listed and if not, request it. The price difference isn’t worth the future cost you’ll face with these things happen, and no, your homeowner’s insurance most likely won’t pay for repairs and replacement needed. Call (706) 814-3207 today for your vinyl siding replacement needs in Augusta, GA.

Which roof type would a single ply roof membrane be installed on?

black flat roof

What is a single ply membrane flat roof?

Single ply roofing can be found on commercial and industrial structures.  There are many reasons that single ply membrane for roofing on these structure is recommended by single ply roofing contractors. The answers we’ll provide to commonly asked questions will give support to those choices.  

Single-ply roofing is sheeting in wide width for fat or low slope roofs that have few seams. Single-ply roofing has multiple system assemblies, each with  unique benefits and membrane options. What is single ply membrane made of?  A single ply roofing material can be one of these with various factors determining the best for a specific structure: 

  • EPDM: Ethylene propylene diene monomer is a durable, long-lasting, strong membrane with a black surface that retains heat which speeds up melting snow off roofs. The elasticity of this single ply roofing membrane is excellent for cooler climates where freeze and thaw conditions exist or areas that are hail-prone.  Electric power isn’t needed to install EPDM single ply roofing.
  • PVC: This single ply roofing membrane is animal fat and chemical resistant, a preferred membrane for restaurants. With a high reflectiveness, it reduces air conditioning needs which helps with energy expenses, a popular single ply roofing membrane in warmer clients to the south. 
  • TPO: For single ply roofing, thermoplastic polyolefin is the most popular material. A heat-welded membrane that is durable and economical, and with its highly reflective nature, it helps reduce energy cost by lessening the need for air conditioning.

The adhering and fastening of these membranes are done by one of the following, which your commercial roofing contractor will discuss with you: 

  • Ballasted: An easy and fast installation that is economical and a common choice for large rooftops with no roof penetrations.
  • Mechanically Attached: An upgrade, this is a lightweight to attach a single ply roofing material and keeps the maintenance easy.
  • Fully Adhered: A stable single ply roofing material that offers an uplift protection, ideal and popular choice for locations that are a high elevation or lots of wind.
  • Metal Retrofit: This is a fully encapsulating single ply roofing attachment for existing worn-out metal roofing where building owner doesn’t want the old roofing removed. 

What is the best material to cover a flat roof?

Flat roofs are common with commercial and industrial structures, and there is an abundance of single ply for roofing materials for new and replacement. This can make the selection process not so easy.  As you research a single ply roofing material, there are several essential factors to be considered: 

  • Material
  • Installation cost
  • Life expectancy
  • Environmental concerns
  • Maintenance 
  • Aesthetics 

So, what material is best for a single ply roofing material? In general, all the materials available for commercial flat single ply roofing are good, each effective in their own way for a variety of roofing solutions. However, all commercial roofing environments are not exactly the same and to determine which one to use should be discussed with an experience roofing contractor. 

How do you apply single ply roofing?

If you are looking at replacing your commercial building’s roofing and single-ply roofing membrane is an option you’re considering, then you may be wondering how it is installed.  Well, this depends on your building and the material you choose. 

A single ply roofing membrane may come in rubber sheets or  other synthetics. Some are ballasted,  chemically adhered, or mechanically fastened. The choice you make can be based on the structure itself, the climate you’re in, and your budget. Each single ply roofing material and, how they are installed will have different advantages and disadvantages.

flat white roof

How long does single ply roofing last?

Single ply roofing pros and cons are many and varied between each single ply roofing material. The longevity you can expect to get from a single ply roofing material is one of the most important because you don’t want to be doing this again too soon. 

Between the different materials and methods of installing we have discussed here, the average life spa of a commercial single ply roofing material is up to 30 years. This can be affected by the installation process and the maintenance of the roof. Looking for single ply roofing in Augusta, GA? Call (706) 814-3207 today.

Benefits of Pressure Washing

pressure washing surface

Why do you need a professional for pressure washing?

Everyone and everything needs a bath at some point, even your home and the area surrounding it, like the deck, patio, or walkways. This is typically done by pressure washing and something you can do yourself with the high-pressured water nozzle attached to your garden hose, or you can buy a pressure washer that is specifically made for pressure washing. Or you can hire a professional to do the job and get results that will astound you. 

Well, nobody is saying your home “needs” a professional pressure washing. We are simply suggesting that when pressure washing is done by a professional, the results are usually better than they are with a DIY attempt. However, there are several reasons why hiring a professional for power washing may be the way to give your home and surrounding area a bath. 

  • A professional power washing service will know what to look for that needs to be leaned, like where insects live in next on homes, around driveways, and more. 
  • A professional pressure washing service doesn’t just point the hose and spray. They know the strength of the power to use on a house based on the type of siding. The technician will know how close to get to your deck, driveway, house, patio, and surrounding walkways without breaking anything and yet still get that stubborn algae, dirt, dust, and moss. 
  • Hiring a  professional pressure washing service, you’ll get the benefit of their commercial grade equipment and supplies. 
  • As a homeowner, you can save yourself time by hiring a professional pressure washing service twice a year and not take away any time from your family.  Every homeowner has better things to do on a Saturday or Sunday, especially when you have kids! 
  • Avoid future infestations with professional pressure washing because these technicians are trained and versed with what to look for with insect infestations around your driveway. 
  • A professional pressure washing can give your grease and oil stained concrete driveway a new look! This will also keep your driveway in health condition and extend its lifespan. 

Is it a good idea to power wash a roof?

By keeping a consistent pressure washing of your home’s roof, it will keep dirt, seeds, twigs, and wet leaves off of the roof that cause algae, lichen, mold, and other bacteria and contaminants to grow. This will prevent your roof from aging faster and require a new roof sooner than you’re ready. 

By having these consistent and regular pressure washings done by a professional, the appearance and curb appeal of your home will stay looking good, this is especially true of the roof.  A home with a clean and well-maintained roof say a lot about the owner and occupants. 

When a professional does the pressure washing of your roof they will also notice any areas of the roof that may need professional roofing contractor attention. A professional pressure washing service will help you preserve your home’s framework and integrity. 

Can I power wash moss off my roof?

You can, it is your home and your right to do as you please. However, doing your own pressure washing, if you damage anything in the process, you’ll be responsible for the repair or replacement, and you won’t have any guarantee or warranty. 

If you’re planning to attempt pressure washing your own roof, be aware of these inconsistencies: 

The output of the pressure needs to be regulated based on what you’re washing. When pressure washing is done without regulating the power, it can do severe damage to the roof, siding, or any area that you are pressure washing. Areas that need special attention when pressure washing are: 

  • Chimneys
  • Flashing
  • Skylights
  • Solar panels
  • Vents

Most roofing materials and the components on a roof are not meant to endure direct hit pounding high pressure. Some of the things that can happen to your roof would be: 

  • Shortening the roof lifespan
  • Breaking and loosening shingles
  • Removing granules from the shingles
  • Break or crack roofing tile type roofing materials
  • Spreading the algae, fungus, lichen, moss and other organisms around the roof
  • Compromising weak areas of the roof with pressure washing

What is the best way to clean moss off a roof?

If hiring a professional pressure washing service isn’t in the budget right now, you can do the following to clean that algae and moss off your roof:  Mix liquid laundry soap with chlorine bleach at a 50:50 ration and add water. Using a pressure washing system on low, apply the mixture to your roof and allow it to dwell for 20 minutes. Next rinse with the same low setting on the pressure washer with clear water. 

Does cleaning your roof damage it?

Not when it is done correctly. By neglecting the roof, you are leaving it subjected to damages and expensive repairs. Annual cleaning and inspection is the best way to prevent those issues from happening and will give your roof a longer lifespan. 

However, pressure washing a roof is tricky. If not done correctly, you can do more damage than if you’d just let it go without washing it.  This is why a professional pressure washing service is always recommended. 

Can I pressure wash my roof myself?

Well, it depends, How do you pressure wash a roof? if you don’t have the answer to this question, we would recommend that you don’t do your on pressure washing for the roof, your home, driveway, deck, patio, or any other area of you home.  When you call around for quotes on getting a pressure washing service, you want to ask them their process for pressure washing a roof. If they do not mention adjusting the power based on the roof type and condition, you need to call another service. 

How often should you pressure wash your roof?

Minimum recommendation is every two to three years. If you are noticing algae, lichen, moss build up in between those times, a professional pressure washing can be one more frequent, which if you have trees around your home, you can almost expect this to happen.  If you are preparing your home for sale, a pressure washing of the entire house, including the roof, deck, patios, driveway, walkways  is always a plus for the curb appeal and could be the difference in your house selling faster than the one down the street. 

pressure washing a roof

Are there pros and cons of pressure washing a roof?

We aren’t coming up cons to pressure washing your roof, but we can offer you the following pros: 

  1. Increase Your Roof Lifespan
  2. Increase Your Property Value
  3. Reduce Energy Costs
  4. All of the above will save you money over time!

Need help with roof washing for your building? Call (706) 814-3207 today.

Should I Repair or Replace My Fence?

A Technician Repairs a Fence.

Should I repair or replace my fence?

Are you noticing warped, loose, or splintering fence posts? Does your fence look discolored? If so, you might be wondering if fence repair is necessary or if it’s time to replace your fence.

Many problems like loose or posts or warped planks normally just require a repair. But, repairs could be overwhelming. You might have more than one loose post or panel or several damaged pickets. If this damage covers more than 20% of your fencing, you’re likely to save money by replacing the fence, rather than making more and more repairs.

Whenever you need expert fence repair and installation in Augusta, GA, you can always count on Raborns Roofing & Restorations. Get an estimate or book a service call by phoning (706) 814-3207.

How long should a wooden fence last?

Wooden privacy fences often enhance your home’s curb appeal while protecting it from intruders and keeping your family and pets safe. It’s been Raborns Roofing & Restorations‘s experience that most wooden fences last about 15-20 years before they start showing signs of weathering and wear such as splitting or rotting. It’s around this time you’ll begin to need fence repair more frequently. Maintenance, weathering, and usage will affect your fence’s durability.

Can you repair concrete fence posts?

If you have concrete footings supporting your fence posts, fence repair is possible in certain circumstances. First, determine whether or not the footing is still strong. If it’s cracked or moved, the best solution in most cases is to replace the post and the footing.

If the footing is still strong but the post is rotting, you can stabilize it and preserve its life for a few more years by driving shims in to support the post. You can also reuse the footing if the post is completely rotted away. All you need to do is replace the post by digging a new hole in the footing next to the old one. Or you can replace both the post and footings in the same location.

How do you fix a sagging fence?

Sagging is a common problem for backyard fences. It’s usually caused by vertical posts that rot or become unseated. It’s also a problem that requires fast fence repair to prevent the whole fence from falling. Follow these steps to get your fence upright again:

  • To keep the fence from sagging while you repair it, brace it with two-by-fours.
  • Reattach any rails that have come loose from firm posts. To tell if a post is firm, just push it from either side to make sure it won’t move.
  • Look for bad posts. These posts have lost anchoring so the fence will wobble or rock. These posts will need to be removed.
  • Dig new post holes. When digging the new holes, they should be at least two feet deep.
  • Cut a new post and drop it into the new hole you’ve dug. Secure the rails to it with 3 1/2-inch screws.
  • Once the rails are secure, new concrete is poured around the post. Before you pour the concrete, you can create a “nail tree” around the new posts for improved anchorage.
  • Reattach any pickets you had to remove to install your new posts.

How to repair fence gate

If you have a sagging fence, it’s also likely you’ll have a sagging fence gate. To make the fence repair on a sagging gate, you’ll need to install an anti-gate kit that will pull the gate’s sagging low corner toward the upper hinge.

  • Install the corner brackets from the anti-sag kit first on the gate frame. Put one bracket near the top hinge and the other on the diagonally opposed corner at the bottom corner opposite of the bottom hinge.
  • Fully extend the turnbuckle by unscrewing it before hooking it onto the upper corner bracket. The cable is then threaded through the turnbuckle to the lower corner bracket and the cable ends are secured.
  • The cable is cinched with take-up fittings and then tightened using the turnbuckle and adjustable wrench or pliers. This pulls the gate into a square. Make sure the gate closes properly and tighten the cable until it does.

Does homeowners insurance cover fence replacement?

Standard homeowner’s insurance packages do not cover detached structures like fences. Coverage for such structures falls under optional packages that are often limited. If you need to replace a damaged fence when you have this coverage, replacement costs will be for the actual cash value of the fence, which means the insurance company takes into account your fence’s condition and age. The damage also has to be caused by a covered peril, in other words, an event out of your control like a storm. If the damage is a result of neglect or poor maintenance, it won’t be covered.

Who pays for fence repair between neighbors?

If you share a fence with your neighbor, unless otherwise specified, both you and your neighbor are responsible for fence repair. Should your neighbor refuse to cooperate with repairs you can take several courses of action ranging from writing the neighbor a letter to explain the problem to get the repair work performed and requesting the neighbor pay their part to going into mediation or filing a lawsuit against your neighbor.

A Fence Needing Repair

Fence repair service

No matter what kind of fence you have, when it’s sagging or otherwise damaged, and you need a reliable fence repair service in Augusta, GA, you can always count on Raborns Roofing & Restorations. We have the perfect repair solution to fit your needs. Call us at (706) 814-3207 to get an estimate or set up a service appointment.

How Do I Know If My Gutters Are Working Properly?

A Man Repairs a Gutter.

How do I know if my gutters are working properly?

Gutters are essential to protect your roof and home from water damage and you want to make sure they are working properly. The surest sign your gutters are working properly: water flows without interruption through the gutters and downspouts and gets diverted several feet from the house. When your gutters aren’t working properly, you may begin to see water pooling against the house and cracks forming on the walls or foundation. This could indicate several possible problems with your gutters: they could be clogged and overflowing; they could have leaks; they could have been detached; or they could be sagging. All of these issues will require gutter repair or replacement. If you are noticing any of these problems with your gutters or need new gutters installed and need reliable gutter services in Augusta, GA, look to the professionals at Raborns Roofing & Restorations. Learn how we can help you with your gutters by calling (706) 814-3207.

How long do gutters last?

When you maintain your gutters well—primarily by cleaning them—you can expect them to last a long time. Different types of materials, of course, will have varying life expectancies. Copper gutters can last up to 50 years, while aluminum and galvanized steel gutters tend to last about 20 years. Vinyl gutters can last more than 25 years.

Should I repair or replace gutters?

While gutters last a long time, they are, of course, subject to wear and tear. Of course, some problems like clogs or even sags can be prevented by cleaning them. When your gutters are damaged, you’ll have to decide between gutter repair or replacement. Usually, the decision boils down to the amount of damage that is present. If you have just a small section of your gutters that has problems, you may just need to make a few repairs. This is especially true if there are just a few hangers missing or a couple of fissures that are causing leaks. Usually, issues like this can be easily repaired.

If you are having consistent problems, however, it’s probably more cost-effective to replace the gutters. If a gutter section detaches from another, that might be a small problem. But, if it keeps detaching from a connection or several sections have become detached, you should consider replacing the gutter. Problems with fasteners continually coming loose or if you have large holes a lot of rust, your gutters need to be replaced. Anytime your gutters begin sagging, you’re also going to have to replace them.

How do you repair damaged gutters?

Gutters can become damaged in various ways. One of the most common problems that need gutter repair as soon as possible is leaks. Leaks tend to occur at the joints and seams and often require just a simple fix. Here’s how to repair gutter joint leaks:

  • Clean the gutter by removing all debris and then flush with a hose. Let the gutter air dry before starting the repair.
  • Use a flexible water-resistant seal for aluminum or vinyl gutters.
  • Force the sealant into the joint as you apply steady pressure.
  • Press materials together firmly. Use a clamp to hold them together as the sealant cures. 
  • Allow the sealant to cure for 24 hours.

How to repair gutter on mobile home

Gutter repair on a mobile home is no different than on a house or other building. The type of repairs you’ll make will vary depending on the type of damage involved. For instance, you can repair a joint leak with a flexible water-resistant sealant or repair a fissure with a patch.

Is it OK to bury downspouts?

While downspouts are meant to divert water away from the house, they don’t always do it as well as they should. Sometimes they are placed too close to the house and still affect the soil around the house. This can lead to serious problems with erosion around the foundation and lead to foundation cracks. One option to prevent this from happening is to bury the downspout. In this instance, you extend the downspout into a trench where a drainpipe is installed. The drain pipe extends at least eight feet from the house and exits in an area where it won’t affect your home or your neighbor’s.  The pipe is buried in the trench. Before burying your downspout in this manner, make sure to check local ordinances on digging.

Gutter repair and cleaning

Gutters catch more than rainwater. They get clogged with leaves and twigs and other dirt and debris. One of the most important things to do when maintaining gutters, and avoid expensive gutter repair, is cleaning them regularly. Most professionals recommend you clean your gutters at least twice per year, although you may want to clean them more often if you have several trees near your roof or if you live in a particularly rainy area or where you experience frequent freezes, as ice blocks gutters as much as leaves and debris. 

Someone Cleans Leaves From a Gutter.

Who does gutter repair?

If your gutters are damaged and you are in need of gutter repair in Augusta, GA, look to the professionals at Raborns Roofing & Restorations. We provide a full range of roofing and general contracting solutions. Find out more about our gutter services or schedule repairs by calling (706) 814-3207.

Should You Hire a Professional for Bathroom Tile Installation?

Tile being set and installed

Clean tile look

If you’re remodeling or updating your bathroom, the first thing you’ll notice about bathroom tiles and remodeling is the wide selection of materials and shapes that bathroom tiles come in today, not to mention the many colors! Surprisingly, not all bathroom tiles are suitable for wet areas – an oxymoron, it seems, right? What are bathroom tiles suitable for if they can’t get wet? 

There are two types of bathroom tiles: virtuosity and nonvitreous.  Vitreous tile is non-absorbent and is excellent for areas where the is splashing, like the bathtub and shower areas.  The nonvitreous absorbs water and best used for accent areas in the bathroom. Bathroom tiles come glazed and unglazed too, with the glazed bathroom tiles being impervious to water, the unglazed tiles aren’t. 

How do I choose a bathroom tile?

Bathroom tile will make the biggest impression when you’re done remodeling or updating your bathroom. From the bathtub and shower to the walls to the floors, the bathroom tile is where the design starts. With all the choices of bathroom tiles, these five steps can help you choose and where to start:  

The Budget. 

Step one is that fits your budget. When you know you have a certain amount you can dedicate to tile, then you can narrow down your choice between a ceramic, natural stone, or porcelain. Each of these have their pros and cons, and you want to consider who is using this bathroom the most and the level of activity it will see day-to-day. A half guest bath will have light use compared to the hall bathroom that the kids use. 

The Color Scheme. 

Start creating your bathroom color palette with the cabinet and vanity. Once you have those selected, you can build the color palette from those. 

The Tile Size. 

Tile is in constant evolution. Once upon a time, small tiles were the way to go, but today 12x24s tiles are the new standard. A big tile will make a small bathroom appear more prominent.  

The Look. 

With your budget determined and your color scheme decided, time to visit showrooms. Bathroom tiles all have a certain aesthetic. For a classic and traditional style, Carrara marble is the better choice. Rectified tiles are the match for the metal and stainless steel modern bathroom. If rustic is your design taste, white walls with ceramic tiles are perfect with a wood floor. Take paint samples with you as well as pictures of the cabinets, countertops, and any specific bathroom accessories you want to create your desired look. 

What is the best tile for bathroom walls?

The tile around the bathtub and shower will be the first thing anyone notices, so you want to choose a tile that will be the decorative focus and vibe for the bathroom. Once you have that decision made, the rest of your bathroom will fall in line.  Slip-resistance isn’t an issue with wall bathroom tile. You do need to choose tiles that are made for a wet environment, though. There are many different choices: 

  • Ceramic / Porcelain: A popular choice and traditional types, these man-made material bathroom tiles come with a clear protective glaze that is baked-on, making them durable and low maintenance.
  • Glass: This bathroom tile is growing in popularity for a modern and unique bathroom look, and the color choices seem never to end. The transparency reflects light so that the color comes through and makes the shower look bigger.
  • Marble/Stone: A popular choice when appearance is the concern and durability isn’t, like the rarely used guest bathroom.

Other Notes: Small glass tile is better in the shower than large glass tile because of the possible moisture trapping behind them. Have a second choice in bathroom tile for contrast, like a feature wall, will give your remodeled, updated bathroom a point of interest. Tile the shower from the floor to the ceiling to give your new bathroom a high-end look, and remember, it’s not all looks when it comes to bathroom tile, there is the cleaning factor to consider too. Small tile means more grout lines to clean. 

What tiles for the bathroom floor?

Porcelain tile undoubtedly is the best and most popular choice for a bathroom floor. It is denser, harder, and less porous, more stain-resistant and water-resistant and a suitable bathroom tile for radiant in-floor heating. The design versatility that porcelain bathroom tile offers for flooring can’t be matched and can mimic a granite or limestone look. 

Porcelain tile come in two basic types: Through-bodied that offers color and texture through that disguise chips or scratches. It is durable and robust, comes without a glaze that will wear off, making it great for high traffic areas like floors or high use like countertops, and still looks great on the wall. Then there is the Glazed porcelain bathroom tile that has a hard finish that is dense, strong and comes in a variety of colors and designs. 

What is the cheapest tile?

Between the most expensive ceramic and most expensive porcelain bathroom tiles,15 percent are close in price, with the porcelain being the slightly more expensive of the two. With that in mind, once you below that top 15 percent, the prices have a dramatic diverge, making the ceramic bathroom tile the less expensive. 

Still, ceramic tile should not be used in an area that is consistently moist or wet, like around the bathtub or in the shower.  On the other walls, ceramic will be a great choice, and you can use the money you save to choose a higher-end bathroom tile for the bath and tub shower. 

Bathroom with freshly installed tile

Which color is best for bathroom tiles?

Again, your color scheme should be grounded by the cabinetry and countertops, as we discussed earlier if classic is your design style, navy, and white pair well together and makes a statement. Then there is harmonizing neutral colors and creating a statement wall in the shower with subway tiles in an eye-catching green. 

Many homeowners choose to do their own bathroom tiles installation after watching all the shows on television today. However, if you want a pristine finished look and you want to know that it is there to stay, then hiring a professional is recommended. Call (706) 814-3207 for tile installation today from the experts at Raborns Roofing & Restorations.

How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

asphalt shingles

How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

Are you looking for more information pertaining to asphalt shingle roofing? If so, you’ve come to the right place. If you have a wood shake roof, you should expect your wood shake shingles to last about thirty years. If you have an asphalt shingle roof where the shingles are made out of fiber cement, you can expect your roof to last about twenty-five years. One thing to factor in is the fact that weather conditions, such as snow, hail, and hurricanes, can cut the life span of many kinds of roofs.

Are Asphalt Shingles Good?

While asphalt shingles may not possess the longevity of metal roof panels, it is important to consider the fact that they remain extremely popular. One of the reasons why asphalt shingles are so extremely popular is because they are quite affordable and easy to install. It is also valuable to consider that there are many different types of asphalt shingles available on the market. Asphalt roofing is considered more durable than fiberglass roofing. Asphalt shingles are more likely to stay in place during severe thunderstorms and high winds.

What are the Best Asphalt Shingles?

There are a number of great asphalt shingle roofing materials on the market. For instance, a highly-rated brand is the GAF Marquis WeatherMax shingle. Another highly-rated brand is the CertainTeed XT 25. Yet another high-quality shingle is the Owens Corning Supreme AR. The best way to find out more about your preferred asphalt shingle is to consult with your local, reputable roofing company. A good project manager will be able to discuss all of your roofing options for your home and budget.

What is the Difference Between Architectural Shingles and Asphalt Shingles?

If you are looking for more information about the difference between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles, now is the best time to conduct some research. Please review the following bullet points to discover more.

  • Three-tab asphalt shingles have one shingle tab size and shape. This tab size and shape consists of three separate tabs that are twelve inches wide. 
  • Architectural shingles are characterized as being dimensional or laminate and come in different sizes and shapes.

How Long Do 30-Year Architectural Shingles Really Last?

Architectural shingles are the premier style of asphalt shingles. They can last anywhere from twenty-five to thirty years. While it is true that architectural shingles have some similarities to standard asphalt shingles, they are actually about three times thicker. This means that architectural shingles compose a more resilient and reliable roof.

Will Asphalt Shingles Burn

Due to the fact that asphalt shingles are made from petroleum, they have a very high BTU value. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. BTU is a form of measurement that specifically measures energy. In terms of being a roofing material, that means that asphalt shingles will be especially susceptible to burning. Some kinds of shingles have asbestos, which is why it is important for asphalt shingles to be recycled properly. It is important to recognize that most asphalt shingles are Class A fire rated.

Are Asphalt Shingles Fireproof

Wood shingles are far more susceptible to fire than asphalt shingles are. Asphalt shingles can last two hours in a fire before catching fire. This means that asphalt shingles are not fireproof, but for affordable roofing material, they do have some serious advantages. If fires are not considered a serious problem in your location and climate, shingles are an excellent and affordable choice in terms of roofing materials. If a fire is a serious concern, you may be better off with a more resilient roof. For instance, metal roofs are quite fire-resistant and exhibit great roof longevity.

Who Makes the Best Asphalt Shingles

There are a number of excellent roofing manufacturers that produce asphalt shingles. These roofing manufacturers include GAF, CertainTeed XT, Owens Corning, and TAMKO. Your local, professional roofing company will have a number of different roofing materials on hand for you to review. A qualified roofing contractor will discuss which roofing materials are best for your home and for your wallet. They will also be able to perform a roof inspection and let you know whether your roof needs repairs or a complete roof replacement.

asphalt shingles

Where Can I Recycle Asphalt Shingles

Are you looking for a reliable recycling resource for your asphalt shingles? Apparently, shingles are available in most major markets in America. You can also speak with your local professional roofing company and discuss the shingle recycling option over the phone. Finally, you can also check out recycling websites online. There are recycling resources as long as you take the time to discover them. 

If you would like a roof repair or replacement for your asphalt shingles in Augusta, GA, please give us a call at (706) 814-3207.

Is it Better to Stain or Paint a Fence?

Wood Fences Gets Coat of Purple Stain.

Is it better to stain or paint a fence?

When you have a wood fence, painting or staining can enhance its appearance and help extend its lifespan. Either will help protect it from wear and tear, insects, and rot. But, fence stain is often the better choice because stain gets absorbed deeper into the wood and generally lasts longer than paint. While paint will chip and peel, stain will fade, and just need to be reapplied. You especially want to use stain on cedar, because paint prevents cedar from breathing, and actually may decrease the fence’s lifespan. Staining is just one of many options Raborns Roofing & Restorations provides when it comes to fence repair in Augusta, GA. Find out how we can help by calling (706) 814-3207.

How do you prepare a fence for staining?

Whether you have a new fence or one that is a few years old, one of the best ways to preserve it and ensure it lasts a long time is to add fence stain. Before you go out to buy gallons of stain and brushes, you’ll need to prepare the fence for staining. One question you may have is this: Should I pressure wash fence before staining? The answer is “Yes,” but it’s actually not the first step you want to take. Here’s what you need to do to prepare your fence for staining:

  • Check your weather: Make sure the forecast calls for weather conditions with temperatures ranging from 50 degrees to around 80 degrees over several days. No rain should be in the forecast and ideally humidity will be low.
  • Strip surface: If the fence was previously stained or finished an stain or finish stripper will need to be applied to remove the old stain. 
  • Sand new wood, if needed: Check new wood to see if it absorbs stain well by testing it with water. If you spray a section with water and it beads, you’ll need to sand it with the grain. If the water soaks in, sanding won’t be necessary.
  • Power wash the fence to clean it: Operate the power washer at no more than 2000 psi. A thorough wash will clear away dirt and grime and any remaining old stain.
  • Treat mold or mildew: Spot clean mold or mildew using a mixture of bleach and water.
  • Patch damages to the wood with wood filler: If slats are seriously damaged you may need to replace them, but the filler will do for gouges, chips or cracks.
  • Protect the area around the fence with tape and drop cloths: Any part of the fence you don’t want to stain, you’ll cover with painter’s tape. Use drop cloths to protect plants or other nearby items.

What is the best stain for a fence?

There are many brands of fence stain on the market today. Several consistently get good reviews. Among the top stains:

  • Ready Seal 112 Natural Cedar Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer
  • Ready Seal 552 Dark Walnut Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer
  • KILZ L832211 Exterior Waterproofing Wood Stain
  • Ready Seal 110 Golden Pine Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer
  • Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent Exterior Wood Stain

Which fence stain lasts the longest

There are generally three types of fence stain available, solid, clear, and semi-transparent. Solid stain looks the most like paint, and in tests, lasts longer than the others, around two to three years. Clear sealers last the least amount of time.  

Will fence stain fade

Yes, over time fence stain will fade. Solid and semi-transparent tend to last the longest. All-in-all stains though outlast paint, and won’t show obvious signs of wear like chipping or peeling. 

How many gallons of stain do I need for a fence?

If you want to make sure you don’t have to make more than one trip to the hardware store, you can make a simple estimate of how much fence stain you’ll need. You will first need to measure the length and height of the fence to get the square footage. Multiply this figure by two if you are staining both sides of the fence. You can check the side of the can to see how much each can of stain will cover per gallon and divide that figure into the square footage. 

Can fence stain be sprayed on

You can use a sprayer to stain a fence. You can either use a pump sprayer or airless paint sprayer for best results. While spraying on stain can make the job go faster, you still may need to use a brush to get the stain deep into the wood’s pores, especially if you use a pump sprayer. High-volume, low-pressure sprayers are also good for the job.

Can fence stain be rolled on

Although brushing is still one of the best methods for applying fence stain, you can also use a roller to apply it. Rollers, though, have a disadvantage when it comes to hard-to-reach spaces. For hard-to-reach areas keep a brush on hand.

Stain Gets Applied to a Wood Fence.

Call Us Today

If you need help with fence stain in Augusta, GA, turn to the professionals at Raborns Roofing & Restorations. We offer a complete range of fence repair services including fence staining, so if your fence has faded give us a call today at (706) 814-3207.