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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Common Roof Problems

Whenever there is an issue with a roof, there are some common causes that are likely to be the root of the problem. Here is a look at some of the most common roofing problems that call for some type of repair or replacement.

Leaks – The most obvious sign of a roofing problem, leaks can be caused by a variety of issues. Bad flashing on a roof frequently leads to leaks and can also cause a significant amount of mold and rotting. It is also important to note that the leak is not always located where water drips from your ceiling. The source of that leak could be quite a few feet away from that spot.

Blistering – It is not uncommon for asphalt shingles to blister. This could be caused by improper ventilation or a buildup of moisture. Direct exposure to sunlight over stretches of time can also cause blistering. The blisters look like actual holes in the shingles. This proves to be an eyesore and while small blisters may not threaten the integrity of your roof, it is a good idea to fix the problem before it can turn into a major one.

Punctures – Shingles are not immune to damage and can develop punctures which lead to an array of problems. Hail is the most common cause of punctures in shingles according to local Rock Hill roofing companies. Keep in mind that rays from the sun can start to deteriorate shingles over the course of time. That can soften them up and when a hail storm occurs and the result could be one or many punctures.

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Moisture – Inside a home, moisture is intended to escape out of the roof. This occurs with the help of proper ventilation. When moisture becomes trapped, it can develop into mold and leave a musty smell. Another sign of moisture problems are spots of water on the ceilings or rotting of the actual roof. Moisture that gets trapped can be very problematic and many times, adding a fan or unclogging a roof vent can do the trick.


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Animals – Birds, small animals and even some insects can do significant damage to a roof. If an animal gets into your attic through your roof, it could mean there is a small hole somewhere up there. Once inside, animals can then chew up insulation, wiring and even damage a home’s foundation.

You can trust Palmetto Outdoor Solutions to fix whatever type of roof problems you are having. Charlotte, NC roof repair and Rock Hill, SC roof installation are available with a simple phone call. Palmetto Outdoor Solutions has a team of experienced roofers ready to provide you with an affordable and long-lasting roofing solution.

Monday, January 14, 2019

How to Recycle Your Shingles for the Roads

Thanks to my stellar reputation of having worked extensively on promotion of asphalt shingle recycling, I often have a number of people asking me what exactly recycled shingles can be used for. And today, I've decided to explain.

Believe it or not, the ingredients that make up asphalt shingles for roofing in Columbia SC are the same as that of a highway pavement. Furthermore, once broken down, these shingles are actually quite an effective addition for paving roads. As a matter of fact, it is quite commonplace to use recycled asphalt shingles in state and municipal highway paving projects, especially after its proved capacity to serve a long, useful life on roofs. Recycled asphalt shingles, which are generally used at 5% by weight (and more for sub-base layers), can in fact help reduce costs involved in paving projects, in addition to giving other performance benefits.

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With the sudden drop of prices in crude oil having reduced the prices of virgin asphalt, however, using recycled asphalt shingles for municipal paving hold much less of an allure. In turn this has led to a drop on the demand side as well. On the other hand, residential paving businesses still have a large, though seemingly untapped, potential outlet for them. Perhaps one of the best places where one can use recycled shingles would be a driveway, since it does not face the load and the usage challenges that a highway does.

In order to verify this fact, I got my own driveway paved using a blend that included recycled asphalt shingles from roof replacement Rock Hill SC. As expected with any up-and-coming market, this was no easy task, and had me making plenty of calls and drawing upon the extensive network that I had made over a course of time spent in the promotion of recycling asphalt shingles.

Finally, though, I did achieve my aim, and I have to say that it was quite the successful project. The blend used on my driveway contained 20%, which is way higher than the standard 5% that is used on highways. Safely said, the venture was successful, so much so that the paving company which I had hired now actually prefers to use the blend containing shingles due to its cost-effectiveness and fast setting time, which helps them finish their job quickly yet effectively. Plus, there was no visible difference.

Needless to say, recycling asphalt shingles is easy on both the economy as well as the environment. What's more interesting are the endless possibilities for recycled materials to be used in everyday industry and across the globe for a better, cleaner future. Maybe the next time you're getting roofing repairs or replacement, you could use your old shingles to refinish or extend your driveway!