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5 Obvious Signs Your Roofer Messed Up Your Roof

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Mistakes aren’t easy to hide, even when they’re up high. The following 5 obvious signs your roofer messed up won’t lie. Do you have a crummy install? Check it out.

No Joke! These 5 Signs Prove Your Roofer Was Clueless

Don’t believe just anyone who works in construction can lay shingles. There’s an art and an acquired skill required to properly install a roofing system. Just because your roofer can climb up the ladder, doesn’t mean he knows what he’s doing once he’s up there.

These 5 signs prove your roofer messed up. Big time.

Your roof can’t take the heat, the wind, or the rain, for that matter. If you have broken shingles that are flying away, that means trouble lies ahead. Your roof should be able to withstand the weather for the most part. Unless it’s hail, strong winds, or a hurricane, your shingles shouldn’t just blow away or begin buckling or rippling.

Mis-matched style. If your shingles don’t match the overall architectural style of your home, chances are high you had a novice by your side. An experienced roofer will understand not just the type of shingle to use, they’ll also be able to recommend a color that suits your home’s exterior.

Recycled nails. This mistake is easy to nail from a mile away. If your roofer is using rusty and rotted out nails to save on materials, that says everything about their work. New roof nails should always be used, whether that’s for a repair or an entire roof replacement.

Inadequate ventilation. Poorly installed ventilation can cause roof leaks and moisture damage, amongst other things that can quickly result in a total roofing system failure. Wherever there’s airflow (such as in the attic) from improper venting, short-circuiting can occur. This mistake will lead to ineffective attic ventilation.

Shoddy alignment. Check out the way your shingles have been installed. Whenever the cutouts or the joints of a shingle are incorrectly placed, they’ll wear prematurely. Eventually, roof leaks are inevitable. Step back and see if your shingles look messy and inconsistent in the pattern.

Contact the Heritage Construction Roofing Pros

Don’t skimp on your roofing system. You’ll pay later if your roofer made any of these major mistakes. Contact Heritage Construction for a free roof inspection. We utilize a thorough 25-point checklist to ensure your roofing system is functioning up to par.

Whether it’s a repair or an entire roof replacement, don’t fall into the money pit.

Your roof is our lifetime commitment. Reach out today. (It’s never too late.)

 

 

 

 

 

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The Heritage Hustlers Play to Raise Awareness About Down Syndrome

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Are you ready for some kickball? Heritage Construction is ready to take the trophy while helping to raise money for Down syndrome awareness.

The 8th Annual Upside Of Down Charity Kickball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6th at Krieg Fields in Austin. Come out and cheer on the Heritage Construction team as we take our passion, teamwork, and sportsmanship to the field to benefit and celebrate the individuals living with this condition.

Kicking the Myths About Down Syndrome

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. Do you know the facts from fiction?

What Causes Down Syndrome?

The human body is made of cells; all cells contain a center, called a nucleus, in which genetic material is stored. This genetic material, known as genes, carries the codes responsible for all our inherited characteristics.

Genes are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Normally, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent.

In Down syndrome, however, the cells usually contain not 46, but 47 chromosomes; with the extra chromosome being a number 21. This excess genetic material, in the form of additional genes along the 21st chromosome, results in Down syndrome.

Because 95 percent of all cases of Down syndrome occur because there are three copies of the 21st chromosome, it is referred to as “trisomy 21.”

Chromosomes may be studied by examining blood or tissue cells. Individual chromosomes are identified, stained and numbered from largest to smallest. The visual display of the chromosomes is known as a karyotype.

SOURCE: ndss.org

How Can You Help?

Individuals with Down syndrome are living longer than before thanks to new medical technology and research. You can make a difference in the lives of those that have the condition by visiting NADS or NDSS to learn more.

You can donate to this worthy cause by visiting Upside of Down here.

Heritage is proud to do our part in raising awareness about Down syndrome. Together, we can brighten lives.

(Now, let’s play some ball!)

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Roof Parts and What They Are

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Do you understand all of your roof parts?

Roofing systems have several components and each serves a different purpose in protecting your home. You don’t need to know all the details, especially if you’re working with a roofing contractor. But, if you’re the curious type, this list of basic roof elements will help you understand exactly how your roofing system functions, and why.

Take a peek at your roof’s anatomy so you can talk shop the next time an inspector knocks.

This is what a roof is made of:

It’s not just the shingles. Each roof part listed below works together to comprise a healthy roofing system.

The Roof Deck

This is where it all starts. The roof deck is the foundation of your roofing system. This layer is usually made from plywood and is securely installed so that all the other roof layers can rest safely upon it.

Underlayment

The roofing underlayment is installed to protect the roof decking from inclement weather. If the underlayment has signs of damage it needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

Ventilation

Exhaust and intake vents allow air to enter and exit the attic and ventilation spaces.

Flashing

Installed around dormers, chimneys, skylights, etc., roof flashing directs water off the roof and into gutters. One of the most common causes of roof leakage is damaged or missing roof flashing.

Water and ice shields

Waterproofing underlayment installed to prevent damage from high winds and ice damming.

Drip Edge

Moves water from the eaves and off the building.

Chimney and cap

A chimney is an exhaust vent usually located around the kitchen or main living area. Chimney caps are installed on top to prevent water and snow from going down the chimney.

Eaves

Projecting beyond the face of a wall, eaves are the lower edge of a roof and they provide function and architectural detail. (Think of a Craftsman bungalow.)

Shingles

Shingles are the cherry on top. There are many different shingle types such as clay, metal, and asphalt.  Shingles protect the entire roofing system no matter their material.

Heritage Construction Inspects All Roof Parts

Whether you see water stains on your ceiling (never a good sign) or missing shingles, our free roof inspection will ensure yours is in good shape. There are many elements that create a healthy roof. So, call the pros today!

 

 

 

 

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