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Avoid Roof Damage this Holiday Season By Hanging Your Twinkle Lights Just Right

Try these tips from Tennessee Roofing and Construction to avoid roof damage while you hang your holiday light display.

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights and glowing reindeer roof displays. While feeling merry and bright (pun intended) this time of year, many of us get the seasonal urge to bust out the holiday boxes brimming with tangled lights just waiting to be unraveled and tested. But before you get carried away, let’s explore some important steps and tips that should precede your holiday light installation. It’s important to be extremely careful to keep both you and your rooftop safe this holiday season. Check out some tips below from your local Chattanooga roofing professionals at Tennessee Roofing and Construction, and get to decorating!

1– The more prep work you do, the safer you’ll be on your roof.

We generally recommend leaving the rooftop maneuvers to the pros, but if you’re in your feels this holiday season and just have to decorate, make sure you plan ahead. Detangle Christmas lights and have a game plan in place before you climb the ladder, minimizing any time spent on your roof, and thereby decreasing the risk of injury

2– Only use extension cords intended for outdoor use.

Outdoor cords boast rugged covers made from rubber, plastic or vinyl. They are much more durable than regular extension cords. Using indoor extension cords outside can lead to overheating and even roof damage, as well as other potential issues. You also want to double check the function of each string of lights, especially if you plan to invest a lot of time hanging lights for a holiday display Buddy the Elf would be proud of!

3– Test bulbs before you do the rooftop grunt work!

It may seem like obvious advice, but we all know how sometimes the holiday spirit can inspire folks to jump the gun. Take time to check all strands of twinkle lights to make sure you’re in working order before you hang to your heart’s content. Just be mindful while hanging your holiday lights that you don’t cause any roof damage in the way you adhere decorations to your home. And that brings us to the next tip…

When hanging holiday lights on your home, use light clips from the hardware store rather than staple guns or the like, which can cause roof damage on your Chattanooga home.

4– Use Light Clips to Hang Decor on Roof and Home Exterior

The safest, most efficient way to hang your holiday light display at home is to use light clips found at your local hardware store. These clips come in many varieties and are designed for easy install and removal, plus they’re affordable and professionally recommended to minimize damage to your Chattanooga roof. Other methods for hanging lights and decorations, like nails or staples, might seem like the faster, easier option; however they can cause real damage to your roof. All those little holes and punctures can lead to leaks and water damage that will only be compounded with time. Take it from us– never follow Clark Griswold’s example for hanging your holiday lights! Be smart about it.

Tips For Holiday Light Removal

When it’s time to put away the holiday cheer until next year, be sure to carefully remove the lights and their clips, instead of pulling. If the lights and decorations aren’t properly taken down, it can cause major damage to your roof or property. When storing your decorations, eliminate the headache of untangling them all again next year by wrapping each strand around a sturdy piece of cardboard or large power cord holder, or by organizing them with plastic zip ties.

We hope these tips are useful, and help you protect your property from the need of roof repairs. We want to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. As always, never hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns to your favorite Chattanooga roofing company, Tennessee Roofing & Construction. We’re always happy to assist you with your roof repair needs!

Roof Leak? Missing Shingles?– Signs the Property You’re Considering May Need Repairs

Woman deals with roof damage from a roof leak that will require repairs.

If you are in the process of buying a house, there are a multitude of “deal breakers” out there that can sink your sale. Especially if you’re a first time buyer, there are things you should be aware of before you take on a property that needs more work, and investment, than you anticipated. It’s always important to give the roof of any property you’re considering a good once over. While the process can take time, be mindful not to overlook any potential problem areas on the roof that could be costly to rectify down the road. Do your homework and fully understand all the quirks of the home you are purchasing. In most cases, your home inspector should identify a problematic roof if there are any visible signs of damage; e.g. dark rings on the ceiling, peeling paint, missing shingles, and more.

Even though a properly-maintained roof can last up to 30 years or more, not all roofs are created equal. Sometimes poor installation or low-quality material used can result in you having to replace a roof sooner than you would have hoped.

So if you’ve got your heart set on a home, and you’re ready to buy– consider the following things before closing day to protect yourself and your investment.

Before you make an offer on a home, make sure you have a professional perform a roof inspection to ensure no roof damage will require costly repairs.

-Ask the seller how old the roof is, and for any repair documents or permits that show previous roof repair or replacement to verify.

-Hire an inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof and gutters to make sure the drainage system is working properly and everything is in order.

-If the homeowner has already performed a home inspection prior to going under contract, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, as well as provide specific advice for attaining all inspection documents.

-Just because a roof is old doesn’t mean the seller will budge; however, it is negotiable if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and if imminent repairs are required. In such case, you can request that the sellers replace the roof as a part of the home inspection repairs, although they don’t have to agree. If they refuse to replace the roof or lower the sale price, you have to decide if you want to incur the expense of repair or walk away from the property.

No matter the situation, it pays to have a professional roofer perform a proper inspection, either before you extend an offer or during the contract phase of the negotiations. Give Tennessee Roofing a call to schedule your Chattanooga roof inspection today! We can also help with any repairs that may be required before or after you purchase that dream home.

Most Popular Residential Roofing Types and Their Pros & Cons

This new home, features modern styling and a skillion roof, one of the most popular roof types in residential roofing.

The Gable Roof

This extremely popular residential roof type is also sometimes called a peaked or pitched roof, easily identified by its triangular shape. They can be covered with almost any type of roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, metal, clay or concrete tiles, or cedar shakes. That said, these roofs also contain roof valleys and hips, so they should always be shingled with metal or standing seam to help ward off potential leaks.

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3 Factors That Affect the Long-Term Performance of a Commercial Roof Installation

commercial roof installationWhen you invest in a commercial roof installation for your business or industrial facility, you need to get the best long-term performance for a better return on money spent. Tennessee Roofing, your local commercial roofing contractor, takes a look at 3 factors that can affect how long your roofing lasts before needing replacement:

Quality of Installation

Obviously, this makes a huge difference in the durability of your roof. Allowing just anyone to install a ceiling, failing to consider their experience and skills, can lead to disasters such as leaks and poor ventilation. Such risks demonstrate why the smart choice is to pick a contractor licensed, insured and bonded with satisfied customers across a variety of industries. You should rest easy, and confident that your contractor won’t take your money and leave you with a botched installation. A bad installation might leave you with premature roof replacement, unbudgeted repairs, injured staff, or lawsuits.

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What Is a Green Roof?

green roof

We know roofs! From roof shingles, metal roofing, roof repair, commercial, and residential… you name it! But there is one roofing trend that hasgained recent attention and popularity in the US: green roofs. These roofing systems are not only green, but living too!

What Exactly is a Green Roof?

Along with environmentally friendly materials, an eco-roof involves growing plants on rooftops, such as a roof garden, in effort to restore the natural footprint that was previously removed during construction. While generally limited to flat rooftops, a green roof can be used on both commercial and residential rooftops. Commercial structures are often park-like for public recreation. One of the most famous American green rooftops is Chicago’s City Hall, which has launched an eco-movement of the urbanized concrete jungle.

Benefits of a Green Roof:

  • Increase the lifespan of your roof
  • Reduce energy costs with natural insulation
  • Avoid the need for complex drainage systems due to absorbed storm water
  • Mitigate water runoff and sewer overflows
  • Produce oxygen and provide shade
  • Recreational area for people and animals
  • Improves air quality and helps to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect, a condition in which metropolitan areas emit, absorb, and trap heat due to excess energy consumption.
  • Promote environmentalism while solving the problems of conventional roofs
  • Reduce energy consumption that contributes to global warming

 

Depending on region, climate, and irrigation, a variety of shrubs, grass, and vegetation can be planted to add life to an unwelcoming rooftop. These green roof systems not only make this space more efficient, but also beautiful and useful. But just like any roof, the layers of a green roof must properly accommodate for drainage to protect the structure using advanced waterproofing materials. One such material, Thermoplastic Polyolefin TPO, has membranes that are resistant to high winds and hail damage, which improve long-term durability and weatherability.

Your Roofing Chattanooga Contractors

Our Residential and Commercial Roofing Chattanooga contractors offer advanced roofing solutions to problems that clients may have. TRC provides a quick response and cost effective pricing for repair and maintenance activities for our commercial, hospitality and industrial customers.

Tennessee Roofing & Construction provides roofing services in and around the Tennessee communities of Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Dayton, Dunlap, Knoxville, South Pittsburg and Kimball. We also service Dalton and Trenton Georgia, and Bridgeport Alabama. Call us at (423) 842-8826 or contact us online for a free roofing and drainage consultation today!