What Can You Pressure Wash?

man pressure washing a shingle roof

What is Pressure Washing?

What is pressure washing?  Is it the same thing as power washing? This is a common question, and in conversation, the two terms are used interchangeably, and while their basic function is similar, to remove dirt and more with high pressure of water, they aren’t exact to each other.  

Once we have answered a few questions here and provided some information, you’ll have a better understanding of the differences. So, the next time you need something cleaned, you’ll know whether you need a power washing or pressure washing service. 

Regarding the water pressure of these two, they have similar pressure, it depends on the machine. As with most motorized things, a household version isn’t as powerful as an industrial unit. The key element that differentiates between a pressure washer and a power washer is the heating element. 

A power washer and a pressure washer both create a high-powered stream of water, but a power washer goes one step further. It heats the water. Does that make much difference?  Pressure washing is what you are probably the most familiar with, like having your home pressure washed. It has the same level of pressure blasting, but the water isn’t heated. And while this will still clean your home or driveway, it can’t remove the tough stuff like mold, moss, or stains on your concrete driveway. 

Power washing is done with a machine that creates high-pressure water that is heated. With the high pressure and heated water, it will blast dirt and other materials from outdoor surfaces, including stubborn stuck on things. Where there is a salty residue after the winter, or mildew and mold on the outdoor surfaces like your deck, driveway, patio, and more, the heat will clean even stuck-on chewing gum. 

What can you power wash?

Power washing is ideal for large jobs because it is heated high-pressured water. Some surfaces that power washing is the way to go are: 

  • Any large commercial space
  • Extra big driveway
  • Large patio spaces
  • Any large concrete surface

Power washing these types of surfaces, the heated water will help the job go faster because the heated water loosens the debris and dirt. 

Can you power wash your house?

Absolutely! With caution. Power washing your home twice a year is a practice that can provide value. However, it can also cause damage and harm if you’re not careful. Don’t forget the value in power washing a driveway too! 

What are the Benefits of power washing?

There are several benefits to power washing your home, among them: 

  • Property Value: Your home will appreciate over the years, but as it ages, it gets dirty and can sustain damages, making it look old and rundown. Regularly scheduled power washing will ensure to maintain the higher value you want your home to display. 
  • Curb Appeal: A dirty house that is looking old and worn doesn’t have the curb appeal you want. From the house itself to the driveway, patios, and other components, having power or pressure washing will improve the curb appeal. 
  • Family Health: With algae, mildew, and mold on the exterior of your home, the interior is affected as the wind-blown particles enter opened doors and windows. Power or pressure washing will keep these cleaned off and minimize what gets inside your home. 
  • Repairs Reduced: With power or pressure washing, the layers of debris and grime that have built up are removed, making it easier to see what may need repair before the small issues become a big problem.

Other benefits of power or pressure washing are those annoying, unsightly cobwebs are removed. Any graffiti on your home is removed, if you’re planning on painting, this will prime the surfaces, and when it comes time for spring cleaning, it speeds up the process! 

Is pressure washing dangerous?

It can be if isn’t done properly, but that isn’t something that everyone realizes. There are four things that pressure washing your home could happen: 

  • Water in the Walls: An industrial pressure water starts at 1500 psi and goes up to 3300 psi. The higher the pressure, the more likely water will blast through any asphalt, concrete, or wood.
  • Missing Mortar: People living in brick houses should be just as careful with pressure washing, especially in older homes. As the mortar and brick age, they get soft and high-pressure washing can be blasted away easily. 
  • Gouged Wood: Pressure washing will knock off any loose paint, experts will use 3000 psi water to make this happen. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can cause holes in the surface, damaging the siding.
  • Lead Paint: The older the house, the more likely there is lead paint lurking under the surface. Pressure watching will remove that lead paint and the chips will be blasted everywhere, including in the air where it can be inhaled. 

Can a pressure washer destroy concrete?

Definitely!  As soon as you notice any visible damage from pressure washing, stop. This can cause damage that is irreversible.

What supplies do you need for pressure washing?

The first thing you should have for pressure washing your home is the right type of machine. If your home is painted, has a soft-grain wood siding, aluminum siding, or is stucco, nothing higher than 1,500 psi is needed. 

 For a home with vinyl siding or a rugged material like brick, steel, or stone, a maximum of 3,000 psi is recommended. If your home is sided with fiber cement, pressure washing should be avoided. 

Supplies you’ll need for a properly done pressure washing are:

  • Drop Cloths
  • Duct Tape
  • Mildewcide Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Five-gallon bucket
  • Brush for siding
  • Stiff cleaning brush
  • Safety Goggles
  • Garden Hose 

Can you pressure wash windows?

Yes, with certain precautions, yes, pressure washing windows simplifies the process! Wood-framed windows need special attention between the frame and glass. The glazing should be intact and in solid condition. Check the caulking and weather stripping around the frame where the siding meets the window. 

man pressure washing a metal roof

In Closing 

The information we’ve provided should help you in choosing the right method for your home. But what shouldn’t you pressure wash?

Never attempt any pressure washing humans, pets, or plants because the power of the water could penetrate the skin of humans and pets. And pressure washing will destroy plants!

How do I know if my roof has storm damage?

close-up of a damaged shingle roof

Dealing With Storm Damage

Spring has arrived in Augusta, Georgia, and the surrounding area, bringing spring storms. With those spring storms comes the need for roof storm damage repair on commercial and residential properties alike. How do storms damage roofs?

The type of damage that could require needing roof storm damage repairs will depend on the age and condition of the roof and the type of storm that comes through the area.  Specific weather issues can bring a different type of damage, but the most common among them are: 

  • Wind Damage: Thunderstorms and tornadic-type storms have strong winds that will lift shingles off, leaving them loose, or totally blow them off. The wind gusts can loosen flashing, moving gutters, and downspouts out of place. They can move the chimney or chimney cap, leaving the attic, chimney, as well as interior ceilings and walls susceptible to leaking. 
  • Hail Damage: When hail accompanies storms, common in this area of the country, it will break, crack, ding, and ding the roofs and any surfaces exposed to the outside. 
  • Fallen Debris: Tree branches and limbs are strewn about your property and sitting on the roof. Loose outdoor items like grills, lawn furniture, and toys can be tossed about, landing on roofs and other surfaces. Gutters and downspouts are bent or broken by falling and flying debris.
  • Ice and Snow Damage: Winter storms that bring heavy snowfalls can create excessive weight on a roof, causing it to sag and start leaking, even possibility of collapsing. 

So, what should you look for in a roof after a storm?

There are two things you’ll need to know how to do: 

Identifying roof hail damage: Hail damage that will leave you needing roof storm damage repairs can be from 1” diameter hailstones or larger. If your roof has dents and dings on the shingles, recognized by dark spots in an erratic pattern, a roofing contractor will recommend calling your insurance agent. 

Before you call a roofing contractor, you can do your own hail damage inspection from the ground, which won’t be as thorough, but will indicate you need a professional inspection for roof storm damage repair possibilities. The things to look at from the ground are: 

  • Downspouts dented and dinged 5 feet and above
  • Dings or strikes to the garage door
  • Holes in the window screens 
  • Dings on any painted wood 
  • Dings on the shutters 
  • Dings or splatter marks on the electric meter
  • Dings or splatter marks on the AC unit exterior component
  • Dings on the outdoor grill 
  • Dents on the mailbox and other metal surfaces 
  • Dents and dings on any vehicle parked outside of the garage

Identifying roof wind damage: When storms have come through the area with high winds, you want to check your roof for any of the following: 

  • Tree branches or limbs on the roof
  • Granules missing from the shingles
    Curled or peeling shingles
  • Missing shingles 
  • Cracks or tears on a flat rubber-coated roof
  • Damaged fascia or soffit
  • Chimney is leaning, the chimney cap is cracked or missing
  • Interior leaks in ceiling or walls

How do you deal with roof damage after a storm?

Once you have confirmed everyone is okay and safe, take the following steps:

  1. Assess the damage by walking around inside and outside your home or business. Take notes, pictures, and videos if possible of the damage you find. 
  2. Make temporary repairs like plastic tarps over holes in the roof. 
  3. Have contractors, roofing, and others, inspect the damage, and provide estimates. 
  4. Contact the insurance company and file a claim according to what the contractors have found to be needed, like roof storm damage repairs.

Can you claim on home insurance for roof storm damage?

Yes, that is something you should always do after a storm, if there is file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance if the roof storm damage repairs and other repairs or replacement are more than your deductible. 

For example, if the estimate for roof storm damage repairs and other repairs or replacements total $2,500 and your deductible is $1,500, it may not be worthwhile. Or if your roof is old and the insurance payout is going to be reduced by the current value of the roof, you may not get as much help in the cost to repair or replace the roof. 

What roof damage does insurance cover?

Homeowner’s insurance will typically cover the cost of storm damage roof replacement or roof storm damage repairs caused by a hailstorm, high winds, and hard rains. Damage by fire and vandalism are usually covered by homeowners’ insurance.

roof covered in debris after a storm

In Closing

There are ways that you can minimize possible storm damage to your home and the need for roof storm damage repairs or replacement.  Here are a few ways how to protect your roof from storm damage: 

  1. Place plywood or other durable material on the roof when you know there is a possibility of hail and high winds coming.  
  2. Keeps trees cut back close to your home.
  3. Remove loose objects that can get blown away or damaged like vehicles, lawn furniture, grills, etc. 
  4. Keep your roof repaired and a routine maintenance system up to date.

These are all things that can be incredibly beneficial in the long run.

Do Metal Roofs Attract Lightning?

Metal Roof and lightning

How safe are metal roofs?

Both commercial and residential structures in Georgia need the best roofing material to withstand the varying types of weather all year long. Some building owners and homeowners consider going with metal roofing these days because of the many benefits they provide. But that consideration also gives them concerns and questions. 

Are metal roofs safe from lightning?

Because we all learn in 8th-grade science, metal conducts electricity. When it comes to metal roofing though, lighting does not make lighting more likely to strike than any other roofing material. In fact, it can make it less likely for it to strike, and it can keep lightning from striking. 

Lightning has been a topic studied for decades, and to date, there is basic information about how it works. However, how it forms or where it will strike, is still a mystery. We cannot predict that metal roofing on a commercial or residential structure will be struck by lightning any more than we can other roofing materials. 

In a quick, short summary, metal roofing is safe. There are not any additional risks if metal roofing is grounded or not, … in most circumstances. So, do you need to ground metal roofs? No. A full roof will ground out a lightning strike through the structure it is installed on and will not cause any interior damage or harm to the occupants. 

Can metal roofs be damaged by hail?

The preconceived thought that hailstones will beat metal roofing is ill-conceived. Most hailstorms do not have large enough hailstones to damage metal roofing. Many metals used in metal roofing like aluminum, copper, or steel are malleable materials. This means they change shape when under stress. What will determine if a hailstorm damages a metal roofing will depend on the storm’s strength?  Factors that should be considered in metal roofing are: 

The Thickness: The thickness of the metal used on metal roofing is the thickness. Metal is measured in gauge and the higher the gauge (number) the thinner the metal. Hence, a 22-gauge metal is thicker than a 29-gauge metal. 

Roof Slope: Cars dent easily in a hailstorm because of the contour. With metal roofing, the lower the slope of the roof, the more likely it will be dented by hailstones. The sharper the slope, the hailstones will more likely be deflected. 

Will metal roofing rust?

Aluminum, steel, and tin are all types of metal that do have an inherent characteristic of rusting. However, a protective coating will allow the metal used for metal roofing to fight the oxidation and rust forming. 

Aluminum and steel are the most common types used for metal roofing. Other types of metal used are copper, stainless steel, steel, and zinc alloys. There are clear differences between them all that can affect the decision of which metal roofing is best. The appearance, cost, durability, and more are all factors that are considered too. 

Which metal roofing is best?

It will all depend on where the structure is located and the type of environment and weather exposure. The following are the four common types of metal roofing materials used today: 

  • Copper Metal Roofing 

Copper metal roofing is often referred to as the grandfather of all metal roofing. Used for hundreds of years, even centuries, it has proven to be an extremely long-lasting material in an ideal environment. It is 100% recyclable soft material and makes for a quiet roof.  However, as a softer metal, makes for a more hailstone vulnerable metal. 

  • Aluminum Metal Roofing 

Ideal for a coastal environment, aluminum metal roofing is resistant to salt corrosion, contrary to many opinions. Aluminum roofs will typically be painted with a coating that gives it a natural patina, some love it, other dislike it. Aluminum is considered a commodity with a fluctuating price based on the market. The strength-to-weight ratio can be too light for areas where hailstorms and high winds are common. 

  • Zinc Metal Roofing

This is an extremely durable metal, patinas over scratches, and has a lifespan of one hundred years or longer. Because it forms easily and can be easily manipulated by roofing contractors to various shapes of roofs makes it a favorite of contractors. The chalking that is a result of Zinc metal roofing makes it one of the least favorite of homeowners and commercial structure owners.

  • Steel Metal Roofing

There are several elements used to make steel. The most common metal roofing material for commercial structures for years and today is incorporated onto residential structures today. The manufacturing process of steel is an energy-intensive process but is 100% recyclable. Within the steel metal roofing are three types of material: 

  • Galvanized Steel 
  • Galvalume Steel 
  • Weathering Steel 

For residential structures, which is better when comparing metal roofing vs shingles? If cost is the major factor, shingles are the economical choice, hands-down. Metal roofing has a higher upfront cost but has fewer maintenance requirements. If you choose metal roofing, you want a roofing contractor that has experience in metal roofing, including how to seal a metal roof. 

Metal Roofed Cabins with lightning

At The Top Of It All 

Does a metal roof lower your insurance? Your insurance company will likely have a favorable opinion of a metal roofing installation. Consider the premium saving to be a financial saving monthly when considering the upfront cost of installation.

What is included in a roof replacement?

asphalt shingles being nailed down

Dealing With Disaster

While the state of Georgia isn’t considered part of “Tornado Alley”, in 2021 it outranked the states that are, including Oklahoma and Texas. This has increased the need for residential roof replacement quite a bit and brought the importance of having a good roof to the forefront for homeowners in The Peach State. 

What is a complete roof replacement?

A complete residential roof replacement consists of having the old shingles and underlayment stripped down to the decking. If the decking is damaged or rotted, it is replaced at that time. The new underlayment is then installed, and new shingles are installed on top of the underlayment or felt paper for a new roof that can last for 20 years or more.

Does roof replacement include the fascia?

If the fascia board is damaged or missing, it will be replaced after the decking, underlayment, and shingles are installed. Another common question – are gutters included in roof replacement? If the house has existing gutters, they will need to be removed to repair or replace the fascia board. If the gutters are damaged or rotted, a new residential roof replacement will include new gutters. 

What is done during roof replacement?

The key stages of a new residential roof replacement is basically the same, but the type of roofing materials chosen can change the process. The general steps include:

  • An assessment of the existing roof is done first to determine what is needed.
  • The new materials are ordered by the contractor and delivered to the job site typically the day before the new residential roof replacement starts. 
  •  If required, scaffolding is erected. 
  • The existing roofing materials are then stripped off down to the decking, starting at the top and working down. The old materials are throw into a roll-off trailer or trash receptacle. 
  • The decking is repaired or replaced if needed and then covered with the roofing felt or underlayment. 
  • Then the roofing material is installed using galvanized nails. 
  •  If the fascia needs repairs, any gutter system is removed, repairs or replacement fascia is then completed.
  • New gutters are installed if there were existing gutters. 
  • The flashing and ridge cap are then installed. 

How much does a roof replacement cost?

There are several factors and variables that can affect the price of a new residential roof replacement. Starting with the size of the house and then the roofing materials selected. In Georgia, the cost can vary between $8,000 and $20,000. 

Can you finance a roof replacement?

Roofing companies typically do not offer a finance option, but some do have a relationship with a bank that may offer to finance a roof at a high interest rate. You can apply for a personal loan on your own and possibly get a better interest rate. 

Does insurance pay for roof replacement?

Most homeowner insurance policies will pay for residential roof replacement if the roof has sustained damage from natural perils. For a roof that has been neglected, not having repairs done when needed or keeping it clean and clear of algae, tree limbs, and other dangers, a homeowner’s insurance will not pay for residential roof replacement. 

How does depreciation work for roof replacement?

As with any part of your home that is covered by your homeowners’ insurance policy, the roof will be subjected to  ACV or RCV. ACV is actual cost value and RCV is recovered cash value. 

ACV is when the insurance company pays the actual cash value of the roof at the time of your insurance claim for a covered loss. This means the ACV minus the deductible amount minus the depreciation value, which is based on the roof’s age. The older the roof, the higher the depreciation, meaning the more you’ll be out of pocket. 

asphalt shingles being put into place on a roof

Closing Words

What is the difference between roof repair and roof replacement? As we described earlier, a residential roof replacement is when the old roofing material and the underlayment are completely removed, and the decking is repaired or replaced as needed. A roof repair is done when there is some roof damage in a small area of the roof and replacing a few shingles will suffice. 

Should your home sustain roof damage, you’ll want to have a roofing contractor inspect the roof first and then call your insurance company. The insurance company will send their own appraiser out to inspect the roof and determine the claim is valid and for how much. 

It is to your advantage to have your roofing contractor present at the same time the insurance adjuster is there. While your homeowner’s insurance is to protect you and your home, they are going to be watching for their benefit too. The roofing contractor is on your side and will speak up on your benefit, pointing out things the insurance adjuster may miss or overlook.

What should I know before remodeling my kitchen?

stylish modern kitchen with marble countertops

What should I know before remodeling my kitchen?

Is your kitchen feeling and looking outdated? Have the joys of cooking long since disappeared? Or maybe you’re considering placing your home up for sale and maybe an updated kitchen will bring you bigger offers. 

Regardless of the reason, knowing how to remodel a kitchen will make the task easier. So if you have great kitchen remodel ideas, but only know kitchen remodel basics, the information we have here can help. 

So, where to start a kitchen remodel project?   

Shopping for your dream appliances may be how you start your kitchen remodel. The basics of a kitchen are the appliances, right? Or maybe you’re started by looking at some different kitchen remodel styles in magazines, online, and in stores. What you need to realize is that the only deadline you have to make is the one you impose yourself. 

With that being stated, it isn’t unusual for a kitchen remodel to take a year or more. Especially if you’re going to have an interior designer help with the kitchen remodel basics and plans. Then hiring a general contractor can take time with interviews and reference checks. It can be overwhelming, so here we offer you a kitchen remodel to-do list as recommended by professionals: 

Step 1 – Preparation

There are never-ending avenues to get ideas on what you want for your kitchen remodel. Basics and the details can be found online at boutique dealers, and home improvement centers. The choices and products are endless and enticing, but with some preparation, it can be a manageable project. Start by creating a list of why this kitchen remodel is needed – what is your end goal? Three things you should keep in mind: 

  • Your household’s lifestyle needs.
  • Maximize the dimensions of the space you have.
  • Staying within your budget.

Step 2 –Wants and Needs

Do you want a gourmet kitchen or a family-style kitchen that can be used for entertaining too? What is it you want at the end of this project? Assess your needs, list your wants, and then observe how your kitchen is currently working for how you use it. Kitchen remodel basics include answers to questions that can make an impact on your remodel such as: 

  • Who does most of the cooking? 
  • How often do you cook in your kitchen?
  • What kitchen equipment is used the most?
  • What different activities go on in the kitchen? Is it the homework hub, where bills are paid and the laundry gets folded? 
  • Is there ample storage that’s easy to access? 
  • Are recycling and trash easy to access?
  • Is there ample counter space or do you need more? Where?
  • What do you like and dislike about your kitchen?
  • If you can change anything about your kitchen, what would it be? 
  • What kitchen remodel basics are missing? 
  • Do you like your kitchen’s current layout?
  • What colors do you like for a kitchen? 

Step 3 –Timeline

How long this kitchen remodel will take will depend on how detailed you’re going to remodel. For an average kitchen remodel basics, it can take between six and nine months. Some kitchen remodels are completed within a month, some have taken over a year. If you’re trying to get your house on the market at a certain time or maybe you want it done by the holidays, plan accordingly. 

Step 4 –Goals

With your needs identified, you can list project goals of the improvements you need and want. A typical kitchen remodel has basic goals usually along these lines:

  • Want to increase the resale value 
  • More counter space and storage
  • A bigger, spacious, open layout
  • Updated appliances
  • A new look 
  • New flooring
  • A coffee bar 
  • A charging station

Step 5 –Shopping

Shopping for most kitchen remodel basics can take hours. The choices in kitchen faucets can be overwhelming, and expensive! That doesn’t even touch the shopping for these important components of your kitchen remodel:

  • Appliances
  • Backsplash
  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Sinks and faucets

Each of these categories has multitudes of brands and materials. The installation method, the warranty, and the cost need to be considered along with the care and maintenance required.

Step 6 – The Budget

This is always the first question any kitchen designer and general contractor will ask, and even if you’re doing the work yourself, should be your first decision. You’ll need to take the steps we’ve listed before you can really set a firm budget. You need to know what things cost first. Then you can decide if you can cut back in one area to pay for something else you need or want more. 

Step 7 – You or Pros?

If you’re going to do your own kitchen remodel, basics of what is needed and where to start are important. If you’re going to hire out the job, your main two players you need are a kitchen designer and a general contractor. The kitchen designer will take your ideas, needs, and want and create a kitchen space that ensures all of that is met with efficiency and functionality at the best value. The general contractor will coordinate all the build-out, installation, including electrical and plumbing. They are the ones that will keep things on track to meet your deadline. 

What is the cost of a typical kitchen remodel?

One of the most important kitchen remodel basics is the budget. According to experts in this area, you can expect to spend between $12,000 and $35,000 with an average of around $22,000. The more detailed and high-end components you choose, the more it will cost. The cabinetry alone can cost close to $10,000 or 30% of the budget. 

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

Well, as we answered in the last question, it would appear to be the cabinetry. If storage is an issue, you’re going to need cabinetry, so it only makes sense. The next biggest expense is the appliances, then electrical and plumbing come in next. 

Is it worth it to remodel a kitchen?

If this is your forever home and it brings back the joy in cooking for you, then absolutely, yes, kitchen remodel basics and even high-end designs for the kitchen are worth every penny you spend! If you’re planning on selling your home, spending $68,000 on a kitchen remodel, you can expect to get almost 59% back in ROI. This means it’s a great idea, but you may want to be a bit pickier with your budget.

elegant blue and white kitchen

At The Start Of This Project – Who designs a kitchen remodel?

You can work with an architect, but the best person to use would be a designer – one that specializes in kitchens. They may have an architect, engineer, and general contractor on the team, or within their connections. Or they may work with whoever you chose to hire. Regardless, the point is to choose a professional that is certified, licensed, insured, and most of all experienced with current references.

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.