When you live in the state of Washington, it can be tough to illuminate your home naturally on a regular basis. When you take steps to illuminate your home naturally instead of relying solely on artificial indoor lighting, however, you can reduce the cabin fever you may experience during long, cold winters and reduce your home lighting expenses year-round.
Instead of adding more windows to your home to increase natural light, consider installing a skylight or solar tube on your roof. The average skylight provides five times more natural light than a window located on an exterior wall, and a solar tube provides affordable natural light without sacrificing home energy efficiency.
Read on to learn more about both of these natural home lighting solutions, how they compare, and each of their unique benefits.
Roof professionals advise all homeowners to have their roofs cleaned professionally twice a year. However, many homeowners neglect these roof cleanings because they do not understand all of the benefits of keeping a roof clean.
Read on to learn five little-known benefits of regular roof cleanings.
1. Discourage Moss Growth
Moss growth can wreak havoc on a roof. Moss holds onto moisture that can cause roof decay. This roof decay can become so severe it leads to holes in the roof or other extreme roof structural damage.
Every type of roof has its own advantages and disadvantages, including flat roofs. However, all the negative information you may have heard about flat roofs could make you think twice about investing in a flat roof. You might be surprised to learn that a lot of that information you’ve read or heard about flat roofs simply isn’t true.
Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about flat roofs.
Flat Roofs Easily Cave Under the Weight of Snow and Ice
When you look up at your roof, do some of the shingles seem to be wavy along the edges? Perhaps some of the edges seem to be lifted off the roof surface. Often, this does not indicate an issue with the shingles themselves, but rather with the nails that are supposed to hold the shingles in place.
When a roof is shingled, each layer of shingles is positioned over the nails in the layer of shingles beneath it. If one of these nails pops up, the shingle on top of it will buckle or rise, too, which creates a wavy look.
Popped-up roofing nails are not something you want to ignore. Keep reading for a closer look at this problem and its solutions.
When your roofing material has dark spots or moldy-looking areas, your whole house looks dingy. A variety of natural issues can cause stains on rooftops. Here are three common causes of roof stains courtesy of the natural world.
If you plan to renovate or replace your roof, carefully proceed so that you don’t suffer regrets during or after the project. The following are some measures you can take to increase your chances of satisfaction with your new roof.
Plan the Project
A renovation project is not an emergency project that you just wake up one day and execute. You need to plan the project properly to get the best roof for your home at a reasonable budget. For example, you should plan your roofing project for the slow season — winter through early summer —when roofing contractors are not that busy. You may snag a discount if you slot in your project during the slow season.
"I came back to my house a week after completion. The grounds were very clean, my roof looked great, and you were very helpful, courteous, and quick to return phone calls (very important). Great Job!"
-George L., Shelton, WA
"I would first like to sincerely thank you for the wonderful job your crew did! Your kindness and professionalism will stay with me for a long time."
-Jessica P., Olympia, WA
"Giving the best customer service when it was desperately needed to find a roof leak that’s bothered us for months! We are so grateful to say “no more” leaks after the big wind and rainstorm! We thank you for your caring to solve this terrible problem. You are great to work with! We are so glad we chose you and your company to put on our roof."
-Cal & P.J. S., Olympia, WA
"Thank you for doing such a great job and getting it done so quickly! Also thank you for cleaning up so well. Your crew cleaned up some of the debris that was at my house before they arrived (leaves and twigs on the sidewalk, etc.)."