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5 Essential Roofing Safety Tips

As a homeowner, you will inevitably be faced with the prospect of getting work done on your roof. If you’re a DIYer, you might decide to attempt the job yourself, especially if it’s relatively minor. If you decide to go 100% DIY on your roof maintenance, remember this: Whatever the size and complexity of the job, the risks you run are always the same. We’ve prepared 5 Roofing Safety Tips and strongly recommend you follow them every time you go on your roof.   1. Preparation   Never work in extreme temperatures as these can affect the shingles and sealant, or when the roof is wet and slippery. Once you have suitable weather conditions before you even get out your ladder you should do the following: Choose a site for your ladder that offers easy access to the roof Clear your work area and block it off from pets and children Lay out your materials and tools in the work area, so they are easy to get to Make sure you’re wearing soft-soled shoes as these provide the best traction Make a note of the location of potential hazards such as power lines or areas of the roof with aRead More…

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Spring Checklist for Your Roof

Now that winter is finally drawing to a close, and the mercury is slowly climbing back up the thermometer to comfortable levels, it’s time for homeowners to turn their minds to essential maintenance and repairs around the house. There is nothing more essential to the integrity of your home than your roof, so this should be your priority. Winter is the season that can cause the most damage to the structural integrity of your home, and these negative effects are concentrated on the roof. There are three major threats brought about by winter weather, and they include; Snow Heavy snow can add up to 20 pounds of weight per cubic foot, and this can increase to 50 pounds per cubic foot if it thaws then refreezes. That kind of extra weight can damage not just your shingles but the actual structural support for your roof, leading to very serious problems. Freeze and thaw cycles Particularly during early and late spring, snow and ice that collects and forms during the night can partially melt out during the day and then refreeze the following night. This can have disastrous consequences for your roof, as well as your guttering, as water seeps intoRead More…

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Our Top Roof Shingle Colors

The roof of your house can account for up to 40% of your home’s visible exterior. This makes it one of the most important elements of your house as it doesn’t just provide protection, it also greatly affects the overall appearance and appeal of your property. So choosing the right roof shingle colors is not something to be taken lightly. When you are choosing shingles, there are several things to take into consideration: The first is the other details of your home. The roof should compliment and bring out other features such as brickwork or woodwork. The second is your surroundings. If the color of your shingles harmonizes with those in the natural environment around you, your home will look like it belongs in the landscape. Last, but certainly not least, consider your neighbors, or at least the color of their roofs. If yours clashes with those in your neighborhood, it can have a negative impact on curb appeal, making your house more difficult to sell if you decide to put it on the market and possibly even reducing its value. While sample boards are good are a good starting point for choosing shingles, there’s nothing like seeing a realRead More…

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How Long Will a Roof Last?

How long will my roof last? This is a question that has plagued homeowners since prehistoric times when early man first threw a couple of leafy branches against a tree to make a shelter. And while modern roofs will undoubtedly last much longer than those primitive constructions, the answer is pretty much the same; It depends. There are many factors which will determine a roof’s lifespan, some of these, like the weather, are out of your control but others are firmly in your hands. If you follow the advice below, your roof should keep you safe and secure for roughly 20-50 years. Materials Installing a new roof is a significant investment if it’s done right, to begin with, you’ll save money in the long run. The first thing to do is ensure you choose the right materials. Make sure you choose good quality timber and shingles that suit your property and environment, and you’ll save yourself a lot of future headaches and sleepless nights. Installation The quality of the materials you choose won’t make any difference if they aren’t installed properly. There’s more to choosing a roofing contractor than simply finding the one who can give the cheapest quote. YourRead More…

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How to Check Your Attic Insulation

As fall is here and winter is soon approaching, now is a good time to check your insulation. Let’s be honest, this is a pretty smart move! Ensuring that your insulation is in proper shape can save your hard earned money in the long run. At Ridgecon we encourage you to keep watch and make sure things are in working order before the colder weather kicks in. Before we get into the details of checking your insulation, let us digress a little. What is insulation? Insulation acts as a heat loss and heat gain barrier in roofs, ceilings, walls, and floors. Insulation can serve as a cost-effective way to make your home more energy-efficient and keep it cooler in the summer and warmer during the winter. Insulation can also reduce condensation and mold build–up in homes. Having proper insulation in your home is essential for many reasons. If you believe you might have a problem with the insulation of your home, make sure to schedule a professional insulation inspection. Remember, Ridgecon consists of a professional team of insulation contractors (one of the best in Michigan), who can check your attic insulation. What is included in an insulation check? First thing’sRead More…

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Roofing Terminology to Familiarize Yourself With

Pittsburgh lock seam, Half gable roof, Hip, Rake, Gable Vent… What do these words mean, right? If you’ve ever needed roof repair or roof installation in Macomb Michigan, you may have heard these expressions. These expressions are frequently used roofing terminology. Now, you may be wondering, why do I need to know this? When it comes to roofs or roofing, most people aren’t familiar with the jargon and the terminology that’s used by professionals. Some may think that roofing terminology should be left to the pros, but every homeowner has a roof over their head. By knowing the basics, you might be able to fix minor corrections on your roof and possibly be able to help your contractors identify and resolve any problems that might occur. With this in mind, you may want to continue reading and broaden your knowledge of roofing terminology. We know that it can get complicated because many contractors use different terms to describe the same service or roof area. Fortunately, there are a few terms which mean the same for all contractors, so you won’t feel like we’re speaking in a different language next time you call us! Roof Structure Deck – This is theRead More…


The 5 Most Common Roof Problems You Should be on a Lookout For

The roof, like every other part of your home, needs to be maintained. Sometimes, it’s the weather that causes trouble other times it’s just time. As the roof gets older, the materials age and repairs get inevitable. Roof repairs can be a handful, and the repair costs can be pretty high if the problems aren’t treated when they first appear, our team at Ridgecon Construction present the 5 most common roof problems you might encounter in Macomb County. Poor installation problems One of the most common problems homeowners have to face has to do with faulty or poor installation. This can dramatically reduce the roof’s life expectancy while increasing the likelihood of further problems. When the roof isn’t installed correctly, rain, wind, snow, ice, and debris can lead to moisture getting under the layers of the roof which might lead to leaks, rot, and mold. Improperly installed flashing is also a common problem. Flashing seals the penetrated areas of the roof (the areas where the heating and cooling system, vent pipes and chimneys are). When this is poorly attached, it can cause open seams, laps which might lead to tiles blowing-off. Unwanted Guests No matter how cute some small crittersRead More…


Get Your Roof Repaired Before the Stormy Weather Sets in

Autumn has once again rapidly approached! Fall can bring an array of unexpected weather in Michigan, so it is essential for you to evaluate your roof’s condition pronto. Inspecting your roof right now has many advantages. Problems caught early can be solved while they are still minor. If you do discover damage, you can more comfortably budget overall roof repair cost. You can also avoid the domestic emergency of having to repair leakage, insulation problems or other damage while rain is pouring through a compromised section of your roof. So, if you have any questions about your roof’s current state, place a call to Ridgecon Construction, a professional roof repair company in Macomb, to have your roof evaluated. Before you say “My roof is in great condition, I don’t need anyone to inspect it,” please consider some of the most common problems that could escalate into a roofing nightmare. If you don’t act in time, of course. Holes! First of all, you should inspect your roof for any potential holes. Leaks can do tremendous damage when the colder weather arrives. No one wants to see their furniture swimming for the gold medal. Uninvited guests Check for little critters and insects!Read More…

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Are All Roofing Companies the Same? Compare Us!

Having work done on your roof is always a stressful experience. Apart from the expense, there’s the noise and mess that’s an inevitable part of any construction project. You have workers on your property all day, and, during the process, your home could be exposed and vulnerable to the elements. Add to all this the possibility of something going wrong and it’s no wonder many homeowners are hesitant to get work done. However, neglecting your roof is not an option, which is why you need to know how to choose the best people for the job. So are all roofing companies the same? The answer is a definite NO! The differences can be huge, making it very hard to know you’re hiring a dependable contractor. The first step in choosing the best is to make sure any company you talk to can answer yes to these three questions before asking them for a quote: Do they have Licensing and Insurance? Never hire a contractor who can’t produce a valid residential builders license and proof of adequate liability and workers insurance. Although their quote might be a lot cheaper than others, there is no guarantee of the quality of work, andRead More…

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When Should I Repair or Replace my Roof?

No matter what material your roof is made of, at some stage, it will need repairing and, eventually, replacing. If it’s composed of asphalt shingles, which the majority of roofs are, this will be, give or take, every 20 years. Remember, although roof repair or replacement might seem expensive, it’s nothing compared to what the damage from a neglected roof might cost. Roof Repair So when is the best time to repair my roof? Well, before anything major goes wrong with it is the best answer to that question. This is why it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup once or twice a year, especially if it is more than 10 years old. In the early spring, look under the eaves and in the attic for any drips or damp patches. These could indicate that your roof has been damaged by snow and ice during the winter and has sprung a leak. When you’re cleaning your gutters in early fall, take the opportunity to check if any shingles have become loose or cracked or discolored. In either case, if you see anything suspicious, contact Ridgecon Construction roofing specialists to get it checked out. We’ll tell you if it canRead More…