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Do You Really Need Roof Ventilation?

There has been some controversy over whether or not roof ventilation is really necessary. We’re here to tell you that with over 30 years of experience, the answer is yes! Let’s dive into how a well-ventilated roof protects your home from unwanted complications and expenses.

Why Was Venting Invented?

This all depends on what climate you live in. Here in Florida, it’s summer all year long. It doesn’t snow or gets brutally cold so we don’t have to worry about ice dams. In Florida’s hot and steamy climate, the primary reason for ventilation is to rid the attic or roof of hot air to reduce the home’s cooling load and relieve strain on air conditioning units.

Depending on what type of roof you have, there are two primary techniques for ventilation. Ventilation is only successful when there is air flow. This is done either mechanically or naturally. Mechanic ventilation requires an energy source. Natural ventilation occurs when hot air rises, and the pressure gets higher in the attic. Hot air that is escaping the attic is called exhaust. This hot air has no means of escape unless there is intake, cool air with a lower pressure that enters. This all happens naturally through exhaust and intake vents when the wind blows against the roof.

Long Live The Roof

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If you want your roof to have a long life, you need ventilation. During the blazing summer months, your roof is soaking up all of the sun’s rays. This extends into your attic, which can cause shingles to become loose or damaged. If your roof and attic are kept cool, the pressure is kept lower, prolonging your roof’s life.

Energy Efficiency

A well-ventilated roof will result in spending less money on your energy bill every month. A hot roof translates to a hot attic, which leads to a hot house. This kicks your air conditioning unit into overdrive, working harder than it should have to. If your roof is kept cool, you won’t need to crank up the AC as much. Hence, a less expensive energy bill.

Moisture Relief

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A roof with poor or no ventilation is filled with hot, moist air. Any kind of water or moisture in your attic or roof is unwanted. Heat and condensation ruin your roof and it’s materials causing unexpected repairs and costs. Along with that, moisture results in fungus and mold to thrive on your roof. These kinds of issues can lead to much larger issues like complete roof replacement.This is where all of those unwanted and unnecessary repair and maintenance bills can be avoided with properly installed ventilation.

We’re Here To Vent

Ventilation can be a tricky process for a nonprofessional. There are many things to be considered like the kind of roof you have, if you have any current damages, and what type of climate you live in. We are South Florida natives who understand how necessary it is to keep your roof cool all year long. Call us today for a free quality estimate. (561) 409-3280.

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5 Roofing Tips for the Summer

Not only is it summer, but it’s summer in Florida. Which calls for lots of sun. Roof maintenance is important because it helps to extend the life of your roof, and of course, protect your home and family. We know the last thing you want to be doing is working on your roof roasting in the sun.

But, with over thirty years of experience, we have put together some tips that will help you maintain your roof’s integrity during summertime.

Wake Up Call

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An easy way to beat the summer heat is to work in the morning. Avoid working midday when the sun is blazing. This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s critical to make your safety a priority. Keep yourself hydrated and cool. Wear sunscreen and a proper hat. We all know how brutal summer in Florida can be, so take breaks!

 

Be the Inspector

Inspect your roof from the ground. Walk around your home and look for missing shingles, shattered shingles, mold or other fungal growth, and rubble that has gathered in the cracks and corners. From this angle you can get a proper overview of the condition of your roof and if you need to increase how often you do maintenance. Inspecting your roof from the ground is the easiest way to maintain your roof’s quality, so do it frequently.

Get Your Debris Out of The Gutter

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Spring is over, summer is approaching, and your gutters are most likely full of twigs, leaves, and other waste. Your gutters also direct water flow off of your roof, which is what prevents fungal growth. If your gutters are full of buildup you may be reducing the life of your roof. Put on some gloves and clean out all the garbage in your gutters. Something as simple as this will make a huge difference in the cleanliness of your roof. If you have a gutter with more serious injuries that needs repairing or replacement, keep our Aastro family in mind.

Ventilation Matters

When it comes to your roof, the last thing you probably think about is your attic. But, your attic is actually an important place to inspect when aiming to prolong your roof’s life. Your attic plays a big role in your roof’s condition. The summer months are the perfect time to do your inspection as you’ll most likely be cranking up the A/C. If you look at past air conditioning bills and notice an unusual increase this year, then there could very well be an issue with the insulation and ventilation in your attic.

Apply Your Materials

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The summer is the best season to apply your roof’s sealants, coatings, and patching materials. These products are another way to keep your roof healthy. After you have rid your roof of all its dirt and oils, you can apply your sealants and coatings. Dry, sunny, summer weather is a must. Check the weather report and make sure you have two to three days of nice weather to work in. If your roof is in seriously bad shape, a sealant or coating isn’t going to fix the issue. You’ll need a professional, qualified roofer to look at the damages.

If you come across any serious issues during your roof maintenance this summer or if roof maintenance just isn’t your thing, we have high-quality services available, from our family to yours. Contact us now to schedule your free estimate.

What is the Best Roofing Material For Commercial Properties

What is the Best Roofing Material For Commercial Properties?

If you own a business or have been working with the same company for many years, that place begins to feel like home. You take pride, and you take care of the business just as you would your own house. The average lifespan of a roof depends on its materials. Lifespans range anywhere from 12 to 75 years. If you own commercial property and suspect you might need to replace your roof, keep reading to find out the best commercial roofing materials.

When To Replace Your Roof:

  • Sagging in the roof deck
  • Leaking/water damage
  • Dark Spots
  • Visible holes
  • Missing shingles
  • Mold, rot, or moisture

Built-Up Roofing System

The built-up roofing system, or BUR, is a one-hundred-year-old technique made up of alternating layers of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics that create a finished membrane.

Typical types of bitumen used in built-up roofing systems are asphalt, coal tar or cold-applied adhesive. The asphalt or coal tar is heated in a kettle or tanker and then applied by mop or mechanical spreader. Surfacings for BUR systems include gravel, slag or mineral granules, glass-fiber or mineral surfaced cap sheets, hot asphalt mopped over the entire surface, aluminum coatings or elastomeric coatings. This is a less expensive route for large industrial or commercial buildings but is still extremely reliable and long-lasting.

EPDM Roofing System

Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer is a durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. It is used mostly used for low-slope buildings and is made up of ethylene and propylene, which are made from oil and natural gas. These synthetic compounds are incredibly versatile, efficient, and effective. EPDM is easily applied by being either fully adhered or mechanically attached with the seams of the roofing system sealed with liquid adhesive.

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Modified Bitumen Roofing System

MBRF is a flexible, long-lasting roofing system. Compared to the tar based built-up roofing system, it is easier to maintain and malleable. Its material is weather resistant and easily repaired. Another plus to the MBRF system is it does not emit any fumes, has an average lifespan of 30 years, and is optimal for low or flat pitches.

White Membrane Roofing System

The white membrane roofing system is used as an EPDM variant. The material is infused with titanium dioxide to reflect UV rays. This prevents unnecessary damage to the polymer, making it last longer and the building less hot.

Metal Roofing System

A highly recommended roof material is the metal roofing system. It’s perfect for durability, longevity, and style. The metal roof lasts anywhere from 50 to 75 years. Metal roofing is even fire and weather resistant and energy efficient.

Green Roofing System

A green roofing system is unique, beautiful, and ecologically conscious. The roof is literally covered with vegetation and fauna. Underneath a water retardant membrane, drainage and irrigation system, and root barrier are installed to protect the integrity of the building.

We take pride in our family business. With over 30 years of experience, we will bring you high quality. If you’re interested in replacing the roof on your commercial property, request a free quote or call Aastro Roofing today. (561) 409-3280.

Monthly Home Maintenance Check list

Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

For most Americans, our home and property is our biggest investment. We spend long hours working so we can pay our mortgage, maintain our homes, and pay off other bills. If you spend a couple days a month doing some maintenance around your home, you will have fewer problems all around. To keep your home value high, here is our monthly home maintenance checklist:

Rid Your Home of Moisture

Water impacts the integrity of your home more than any other element. If you don’t have rain gutters on your home, you need to install them as soon as possible. Gutters direct water off of your roof which helps prevent fungus and mold growth. They also direct water away from your home’s foundation. If you already have gutters, make sure to clean out all of the leaves and buildup. Otherwise, your gutters can’t do their job.

Rid House of Moisture

Check your roof for leaks every month to prevent serious damages. The quicker you discover a leak, the easier it will be to fix. Going up in your attic is a great way to see entryways for water. It’s also a good idea to sand around your yard in areas where it’s beginning to collect water. This will prolong the life and look of your grass.

Prep Your Pool

Winter has passed! This past winter Florida actually experienced some cool weather. But not for long. Spring is here and summer is on the way. Which means It’s time to prep your pool!! If you have children, you want to check on a monthly basis that the pool and surrounding area is safe for them to use. You’ll need to treat the water, check and replace valves and filters, and inspect all the equipment. This maintenance should be done monthly, whether you are using your pool or not. Keep your pool healthy and happy all year round, and you’ll have less work to do.

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Scrub a Dub Dub

It might sound strange to give your house a bath but believe us, it’s not! It’s very beneficial. Cleaning your homes outside walls, windows, and roof prevents heavy soiling from happening. This helps with your home’s appeal and strength. You’ll want to scrub your patio or deck, as well. You can use a pressure cleaner on your driveway and sidewalks.

Replace Filters

You should replace your A/C Filter(s) every one to two months. How often you should replace your A/C Filter depends on a few things:

  • the type of air filter you are using
  • the overall indoor air quality
  • how many pets are in the home
  • the number of people occupying the home
  • the level of air pollution and construction around the home

Take these factors into consideration so you get the most efficiency out of your A/C filters. Check for any other filters in your home, like your laundry room or kitchen.  

Clean Your Floors

Cleaning your floors should obviously be done more than once a month. But a nice deep cleaning is what I’m talking about. Carpets, especially if you have pets, should be vacuumed and scrubbed with carpet cleaner. You can even throw smaller rugs into your washing machine. If you have hardwood floors, vacuum and then clean them with hardwood floor cleaner. The trick to keeping your hardwood floors shiny is buffing them dry afterward. Otherwise, you’re bound to get streaks.

Clean Your Floors

There you have it! A few tips you can use when creating your monthly home maintenance checklist. In order to keep your home happy and healthy, maintain it properly! You can even gather the family together and take care of everything in one shot. If you have any issues or need help with a roof inspection give Aastro Roofing a call at (561) 409-3280.

The 411 on Roof Disaster Recovery

The 411 On Roof Disaster Recovery

The roof of your home or business is one of the most important features that protects your property’s assets. It’s important to get with a good roofer from the start, especially if you live in Boca Raton. Sometimes it’s too late others, there is nothing you can or could have done. It may not be your fault if your roof was destroyed, but it is your responsibility to educate yourself on how to fix it. Luckily for you, we’re here to help! So, here’s the 411 on roof disaster recovery.

Write It Down

When large amounts of wind hit your roof just right, it can lift large pieces of the rood off of your deck. Often times, this pulls the fasteners away from securing your roof in place. When your fasteners are dislodged it leaves a small entryway for water to seep into your roof. This creates water damage, condenses your insulation, and rots your wood. If you can see areas where fasteners have been dislodged or find them on the ground around your home, jot the information down. You then have a list to discuss with your roof inspector when they come to documented your insurance claim.

Write it down

Have A Certified Inspection

The first step to disaster recovery is performing an inspection that gives your insurer the verified damage report they need to process and pay your claim. Our inspections are insurance company-certified, so that eliminates what can be a lengthy wait time to have an insurance company adjuster assess the damage to your roof. Remember, your roof-inspection needs to be certified. Without certification your insurance company may not move forward with processing your claim.

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How Do You Know When And If To Claim A Full Roof Replacement?

If your roof is no longer made, which is sometimes the case, entire sections may need to be replaced. Typically if more than 25% of the roof needs replacement, Florida Building Code requires the roofer to refasten the decking and verify roof to wall attachment. This would cause the need for full roof replacement. In some cases it may be possible to replace certain parts of the roof without starting from scratch. It all depends on the roof.

 

Emergency Roof Repair

In some cases, like after a hurricane, you may need emergency roof repairs. Homeowners’ insurance policies always stipulate that you make all reasonable efforts to mitigate any further damage to your home. We can help ensure that you comply with your insurance company’s requirements as well as help avert any additional damage to your roof and home’s interior. Also, keep in mind that in the event of a total loss, many insurance companies will have measures in place for temporary housing under a “loss of use” rider. Be sure to confirm your benefits regarding temporary housing while on the initial call. If you do have this coverage, be sure to save all receipts from your relocation expenses for reimbursement later.

Emergency Roof Repair

If your recovering from a disaster or if you simply need a new roof installed please feel free to visit our website aastroroofing.com or, give us a call at (561) 409-3280.