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Glossary of Roofing Terms

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Whether you’re replacing your roof or just curious about various roofing parts, this glossary of roofing terms will help you understand all the basics overhead.

Definition of Roofing Terms

Asphalt Shingles- Shingles made from asphalt-impregnated felt covered with granules.

Bare spots- Areas on the roof that are exposed to the elements.

Boot- A flange placed over the vent pipe to seal the opening.

Caulking– Sealant used around small areas such as windows to prevent water leakage.

Deck- A surface installed over trusses where roofing the roofing material is applied.

Drip Edge– Non-staining material used along the roof eaves to allow water run-off.

Felt- Used as a secondary layer of protection, felt is a saturated sheet of material that is placed under the shingles of your roof. Felt is also known as a common underlayment.

Finial- A finishing adornment placed on the ridges of the roof.

Flashing- Materials used to waterproof around any penetration spots or along the roof to wall. Flashing should be inspected every few years for damage and wear.

Grout- Made from a mixture of cement, sand, and water, grout is used to fill in cracks in masonry.

Gutter- Installed to direct water from the eaves to the downspouts.

Inspection– Heritage Construction does a free 25-point free roof inspection on all residential and commercial buildings. This inspection will detail the condition of the roof’s surface as well as all components of the roofing system.

Insurance- Heritage Construction takes pride in being expert roofing insurance claim specialists. We will inspect your roof and help submit the claim to your insurance so that you’ll receive all the insurance benefits you deserve.

Limited Warranty– Heritage Construction provides a lifetime workmanship warranty on all of our roofs. It’s important to have your roof inspected yearly for any damage, especially after a storm.

Pitch- The pitch is the angle or the slope of your roof. For a visual, think of the low-pitched roofs of mid-century modern homes versus the high roof pitches of the Victorian era. Roof pitches are destined to change based on architectural design trends.

Repair– Roofs can often be repaired without a total roof replacement. Contact Heritage Construction for a free roof inspection and we’ll evaluate your roof system and present you with the best, most affordable option.

Re-Roof- When only the best will do, you’ll need a new roof. No matter the stage of your current roof, Heritage can fully replace all parts of your roofing system so that your building remains safe and secure.

Ridge-  A ridge is where two sloped roof sections meet.

Ridge Vents- Venting is installed at the highest peak of the roof and allows for air intake and exhaust so that attic spaces are fully ventilated.

Roof System- The basics of what a roof is compromised of which includes the covering, insulation, vapor barriers, and decking.

Shingles- The top decorative layer of your roofing system. Shingles are made from several materials including asphalt, tile, and slate.

Skylight- A window-like structure that is designed to admit light.

Squares- Squares are a measurement term. 1 roof square= 100 square feet.

Tabs- The bottom of a shingle that’s separated by cut-outs.

Valley- Whenever two adjoining roof planes meet they create a “V” shape known as a valley.

Learn More About Your Roofing System

Heritage Construction specializes in residential and commercial roofing. We serve the greater Texas area and are experts in storm restoration. Whether you need a free roof inspection or are curious about what these basic roof terms mean, contact your neighborhood roofing professionals today. We’re always here to help. (That’s the Heritage Way!)



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What You Need to Know About Roof Financing

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Roof Financing: Too Good to Be True?

You know you need a new roof but maybe you’re not sure how to fund it. The cash in the bank won’t cover your insurance deductible, or perhaps it’s been set aside for another home improvement project. Nobody likes parting with cash, even for necessary repairs. Should you just wait and let the roof keep leaking, or bite the bullet and sign the dotted line? Here’s what you need to know about roof financing.

When Should You Consider Roof Financing?

Roof Repair - Missing Shingles- Heritage Constructions Co. - Austin, TexasYou Need to Fix Roof Damages Right Away

Damaged roofs only get worse with time. When an emergency hits home and your insurance doesn’t cover the damage or you don’t have enough funds set aside to pay the upfront deductible, a loan will allow you to get the repairs resolved quickly, and that provides security and peace of mind.

You Want to Boost Your Home’s Value

Roof financing is a budget-savvy way to improve your home’s value without breaking the piggy bank. According to the 2018 report from Remodeling Magazine, a new roof will increase a home’s value about $14,320. Whether you’re ready to list your home for sale or simply want to increase your equity, a new roof is one of the best improvements you can make to your home.

You Need to Stay On Budget

Homeowners who are caught up on remodeling projects often get hit with last-minute expenses in the end. It can be difficult to stay on a track, especially when the unforeseen occurs. This leads to overspending and means you’ll eventually have to cut something from the budget. Since a roof is a necessity, you don’t want to put these repairs on the back-burner for long.

You Want to Increase Curb AppealRoof Financing - Heritage Construction Co. - Austin, Texas

If you’re tired of looking at your damaged roof and want to spiff up the neighborhood, a new roof will increase your curb appeal and change the entire appearance of your home. When shingles are carefully selected to enhance the exterior and your decor, your home will get an instant facelift that makes an attractive first impression.

Apply for Roof Financing Today

Heritage Construction is proud to offer roof financing options through Hearth. If you don’t have enough equity, a personal roofing loan means your home won’t be used as collateral and you can move quickly through the approval process, and repairs can be made in a timely manner.

Don’t wait and wonder how you’ll fix all those leaks. Keep the equity in your home, and apply for a roof loan.

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How to Clean Black Roof Algae Stains

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If your roof is looking a little shabby but is otherwise structurally sound, the black roof stained cosmetic problem that taunts you each time you turn in the drive might simply be algae. Algae won’t provide curb appeal unless you’re opting for a living roof. And even then, why would you grow this mossy plant?

Here is one thing you can do as a weekend warrior project to improve the appearance of your roof, boost your home’s curb appeal, and get your building ready for all of fall and winter’s seasonal decor. Whether you’re planning on selling your home or just perking up its appearance, this algae removal process is pretty swift and painless.

Removing Black Roof Algae Stains

Before you begin cleaning the black roof stains, opt for a professional roof inspection. Depending on your shingle’s manufacturer, they might come with a manufacturer’s limited algae-resistant guarantee. Owens-Corning offers StreakGuard algae resistant shingles that offer a 10-year limited warranty against all those mossy stains that make your roof any less than beautiful.

A free roof inspection from Heritage Construction will ensure your roof and shingles are performing as they should. If replacement is covered it’s best to go that route then put the work in to clean them yourself.

Stain-removal and the clearing of gutters are basic roof maintenance tasks that lend themselves in the do-it-yourself zone. So long as you know how to carefully climb upon the rooftop you can get rid of these eyesores all on your own. Here’s how.

Step By Step Algae Removal

Gloeoscapa magma is the most common form of blue algae that often lurks on roofs in hot and humid climates. If you have a light-shingled roof these black roof stains can easily and quickly make their appearance after the long, dog days of summer.

Out!  Black Spots!

Removing algae stains from your roof is pretty simple. You’ll need to formulate a 50% bleach to 50% water solution and get to town spraying your roof. Always protect your plants down below because flowers, bushes, and trees don’t like bleach very much. Protect your plantings by spraying them thoroughly with water first. This will lower the concentration of your cleansing solution, should it accidentally drip onto them.

Avoid using a power washer because the strength of the spray can cause shingle damage. Instead, opt for a handheld sprayer and apply the solution liberally, and then presto! (We all know what bleach does.) That roof is going to get clean. Spray thoroughly with a water hose to make sure all the algae runs off.

You can sweep the roof after it’s dry to brush off any additional debris.

Simple as that. So get your brooms ready. (It’s almost October.)

Do you need help with roof maintenance or black stain removal? Get your roof inspected first. Contact Heritage today and we’ll take the black roof stains away.


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