THESE 3 HOLIDAY ROOFING TIPS JUST MADE CHRISTMAS MUCH SAFER!!!

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As the holiday season approaches, you may be getting ready to put up lights to celebrate the season. Since you will likely have to venture up onto your roof in order to get the holiday lights hung, special safety procedures are important to ensure that you get the job done without any accidents or injuries. Focus on the following safety tips:

Stay off the roof – If you are hanging lights on the side of your roof, ...then trying to hang them while standing on the roof requires bending over. This is not a safe position, especially when you are not used to walking on roof tiles. It is safer to remain on the ladder, provided you have it positioned so that you aren’t forced to reach for something.

Get the lights straightened up before you take them up to the roof – trying to detangle strings of lights creates a distraction and increased risk of falling off the roof or ladder. Have everything ready to go before you even consider the option of climbing up!

Have a spotter – when you don’t regularly use a ladder or work on the roof, it is a good idea to have someone with you to supervise and spot your ladder.

Wishing you all a safe and very Merry Christmas!!! 🎄

10 Most Common Roof Problems

10 Most Common Roof Problems

Watching for the 10 most common roof problems can save you significant money. Catching damage early and repairing it can save you the cost of a complete roof replacement.

Here are the 10 most common problems to be on the lookout for...

Poor or Faulty Installation
A faulty installation of your roofing material can dramatically increase the likelihood of problems and reduces a roof system’s life expectancy. You need to hire a professional to tell you if your roof has been installed correctly.

Leaks and Moisture
Wind, rain, hail, snow, ice, and debris ... all of these and more can lead to moisture getting under the layers of roof and causing everything from leaks to mold and rot.

Improperly Installed Flashing
Flashing is what seals the areas where your roof has been penetrated (like vent pipes, sky lights, chimneys and heating and cooling systems. When flashing is poorly attached, it can cause open seams and laps and ultimately cause tiles to blow-off. Improperly installed flashing can also reduced puncture resistance in your roof.

Critters
Small animals, birds and insect can cause a surprising amount of damage. It's best to evict them before they get a foothold.

Ponding Water
Water that ponds or stands on your roof is a sure sign of a problem. Common cause range from debris buildup to improper drainage of HVAC units and gutters.

Punctures and Penetrations
Wind and hail damage can cause punctures in roofing material. The sealant and flashing around penetrations (such as vents for household appliances and HVAC) added after the roofing was completed need to be looked at regularly.

Trees
Overhanging tree limbs can rub on a roof, abrading the surface of the shingles and wearing away the protective top layer. Branches can also fall on the roof creating even more serious damage. Tree limbs should be trimmed back away from the roof as much as possible and if a tree is close enough to pose a threat to your home, it should be removed.

Something as simple as walking on your roof can cause damage. Many roofers install walkways with a double layer of roofing materials to allow access to HVAC or other areas in order to prevent damage.

Ventilation
Roof and attic ventilation is an integral part of making a roof last, and occurs naturally when vents are placed at the base of the roof (at the eaves or in the soffits) and near the top of the roof (the ridge) so that warm air can leave through the top, and cool air can be drawn through the bottom. Since warm air naturally rises, no mechanical process is necessary to create this air movement. Adequate ventilation regulates temperature and moisture levels in the attic. Left unchecked, heat and moisture can build up causing damage to rafters, sheathing, shingles, insulation, and raising energy costs, any may also lead to some ugly mold and mildew problems.

Shrinkage and Blistering
Shrinkage is caused when the roof membrane (the stuff under the tiles or shingles) shrinks, most often causing cracks or crazing in the upper layer. Blistering, ridging, splitting, and surface erosion of shingles can eventually lead to bigger problems.

Improper or Lack of Maintenance
Lack of roof maintenance is probably a roof’s worst enemy. Many problems start out as minor, such as the need to remove overhanging tree limbs or cleaning backed up gutters. But when not corrected these problems can create serious damage. Routine inspection and maintenance can extend the life of your roof and that can save you a lot of money.

If it has been a while since you last professional roof inspection, call the experts at T&L Roofing at (931) 433-7314


 

FALL ROOF MAINTENANCE TIPS

       As the relentless heat of summer fades and cooler temperatures of autumn roll in, it is the perfect time to do a little routine maintenance to your roof. After all, winter will be here before you know it! Let’s take a look at a few fall roof maintenance tips that will ensure your roof is in tip-top shape.

Inspect. Using a ladder and proper safety equipment, take a look at your roof’s current state and make note of any cracking shingles or broken roof tiles. Be sure to contact a licensed and bonded roofing contractor to take a closer look and perform a thorough inspection and/or repair professionally.

Trim. During the fall season trees not only begin to shed their leaves but also shed limbs, branches, and twigs. When the weather turns colder and high winds affect your area, any overhanging limbs and branches can become dislodged and land directly on your roof. By having them removed in a controlled environment future damage and accidents can be prevented.

Clean. As the trees begin to shed their leaves cleaning your gutters becomes essential. This includes the removal of any existing twigs, dirt, and other debris that may have built up since your last cleaning. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Do not try to remove excessive debris with a water hose as it may cause downspouts to clog and the affect the gutter system.

By following these necessary maintenance steps, and contacting a licensed and bonded roofing contractor for further inspection, your roof will be ready to weather another season.  For more information regarding roof maintenance tips contact us at T&L Roofing at 931-433-7314.

10 TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A HOME ROOF REPLACEMENT

Getting a brand new roof can be an exciting experience. Kids and pets may watch in awe as they observe roofers ripping, tearing, hauling, and nailing – they may even want to sneak as close as possible to the action. That, of course is extremely dangerous. Once our crew arrives, your house is a work zone. Work zones, as you can imagine, pose unexpected hazards.
T&L Roofing prioritizes making roof replacement stress-free and seamless. However, there are major safety precautions and preparations you can make so you’re 100% ready.
Here are 10 tips to help make your roof replacement go as smoothly as possible. At the end of the day, we want you and your family to stay safe when the shingles start to fly.

10 TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A HOME ROOF REPLACEMENT


1. Think about kids and pets.


Loud noises coming from the home may increase anxiety or disturb sleep habits. While it may be exciting to watch from a safe distance, work zones are extremely unsafe for children and pets.
Talk with your kids to explain that certain areas of the home or yard will be off-limits until the project is complete. Since young children and pets may not understand these dangers, you may be more comfortable visiting family or friends while your roof is replaced.

2. Relocate your vehicles.


Sorry, dad – giving us your prime parking space is a must.
We need quick access to our tools and trucks throughout the day. We need a place to load shingles and debris. You’ll want to keep your vehicles a safe distance from this area until work is completed.
You should also keep your garage doors closed during construction to keep out dust and debris.

3. Remove wall decorations.


The vibrations from hammers and machinery on your roof may travel through some walls of your home, especially if repairs to the existing deck are needed.

 
  • Walk through the rooms on the level below your roof.
  • Consider any knick-knacks, pictures or other items that are hanging from your ceiling or walls.
  • As a precaution, remove any decorations that aren’t permanently secured with screws.
You may also choose to remove decorative light fixtures like chandeliers to play it safe.

4. Cover belongings in the attic.


During a roof replacement, numerous installers will be walking on your roof, pounding it with hammers. Dust or small debris will fall in attic spaces during a new roof installation. Also, when having ridge vent replaced we HIGHLY recommend covering up everything because sawdust will fall when it is cut out.
You can keep personal items cleaner by covering them with old sheets or drop cloths until the roofing company is finished. Be prepared to do some light vacuuming in these areas after construction is complete.

5. Move grills and patio furniture away from the work zone.


A shed or garage is the best place to store outside items like grills, patio furniture, lawn ornaments, and potted plants while your new roof is installed.
If you don’t have on-site storage, you may want to put these items together in an area of the yard that is a safe distance from the work zone.
Keep in mind that most contractors will not help you move any personal items inside or outside the home.

6. Prune trees and cut grass before construction begins.

Any tree branches that hang low near your roof will need to be trimmed before we can begin work.
Your contractor should use drop cloths to protect plants and grass in the immediate perimeter of your home, but you need to cut grass a day before construction begins.
Short grass will help keep fallen debris from hiding in your lawn, making cleanup faster and more thorough.

7. Identify several accessible power outlets.


We will need access to electrical outlets while we are working. Exterior outlets are preferred, but if your home does not have any, a garage outlet is the second-best choice.
If you don’t have an outlet outside or in a garage, keep in mind that extension cords may need to run through a window or door to get power outside. Extension cords can pose a tripping hazard, so choose an outlet in an area that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic.

8. Remove antennas or satellite dishes.

If you have any antennas or satellite dishes located on or very near your roof, you’ll want to have them removed. Call your cable or satellite provider to make arrangements before roof work begins.
If it is an old, non-working unit, most roofing contractors will be happy to remove and dispose of it for you.

9. Talk to your neighbors.


Let your neighbors know about the planned work. Give them an anticipated time frame for the duration. They will thank you! This will give them an opportunity to adjust their schedules and situations so that they can be most comfortable while the work is going on.
10. Be aware of your surroundings during construction.
Construction at your home can create unexpected obstacles. Extension cords or other construction equipment that isn’t normally there offer some fine opportunities to really hurt yourself. Stay extra alert during this time to prevent avoidable injuries.
Jeff Frantz, CertainTeed Territory Manager for the Washington D.C. Metro area, offers a smart tip:
“You should secure exits from the inside to make sure no one exits under a ladder or scaffolding. Also, a large note taped to the inside of the door is a great way to remind your family that an exit is unsafe to use.”


Finally, it is always best to communicate with your roofing company throughout the roof installation process. Ask if they have any other suggestions to make this work smoother for their crew and your family.


Most importantly, remember that this construction and any inconvenience it brings is temporary. Soon you will have the new roof that you’ve been waiting for.
Do you need a new roof?
When you need a new roof on your house, call the roofers you can trust to bring you peace of mind. Contact T&L Roofing @ (931) 433-7314 for a free estimate within 60 miles.



































 
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Roof maintenance

When doing maintenance on your roof, please remember:
SAFETY FIRST !
If you are uncomfortable being on your roof, or cleaning your gutters, please hire a professional to do the work for you!


Place your ladder on even ground if possible, secure your ladder to your gutters using a bungee cord. If you do not have a gutter, please have someone to hold the ladder for you. Extend the ladder above the roof line, and at an angel to your house.
If , at any time, you are uncomfortable, please come down.

This is the time do do routine maintenance on your roof, as well as your gutters
As the leaves are falling on your roof, they are in your gutters too.
 A little prevention now could save money down the road.

 Leaves and debris on your roof will not allow the water to flow off as it should. They trap water, causing it to back up, which could lead it it wick under your shingles.

Believe it or not, water can run uphill, or wick up hill, if it is trapped in valleys, behind chimneys, skylights, or other protrusions on your roof. It must have a way to run off.

Wicking may lead to a leak, which can cause damaged decking, mold in your attic, or damage to your interior.

While on the roof, this is a good time to check your pipe flanges, chimney flashing, around your roof vents, and the over all condition of your shingles.

Leaves and other debris in your gutters may clog your downspouts. This will not allow the water to run out of the gutters and cause them to overflow.  This could lead to damaged fascia or soffit.

While cleaning the gutters, make sure they are fastened against the fascia, with no cap between them. If they were put on with spikes and ferrels, you may want to strengthen them with clips. You will need to check for leaks, and ensure that the down spouts are clear. If the water is causing a problem, you may need to divert it using a black pipe to carry it away from your home.

Gutter guards may be needed to keep your gutters clean. We like to use GutterRx guards.

Should you have any questions, or would like for us to come out and give you an estimate, please give us a call, 931-433-7314, or send us an email tandlroofing@att.net.
Thank you, Theressa

Removing tree from a customers roof.

Ice storm in February 2015. Mr. Rogers was out of town, a neighbor called and told him about the tree falling on his roof.
We had roofed this house a year before, so Mr. Rogers gave us a call. It was a very interesting day.
Removing tree from a customers roof.

Removing a tree from ice storm #2

Slipping and sliding.
Please be extremely careful .
Removing a tree from ice storm #2

Finishing removing the tree due to ice storm #3.

After removing the tree and debri, there was a small puncture and scrapped shingles. We covered the puncture while we were there, and came back after the thaw to replace the shingles.
Finishing removing the tree due to ice storm #3.

Ice storm February 2015

Here are some pictures of us removing a tree from a customers roof.
Luckily there was only a small puncture, and scrapped shingles.

Finding leaks.

Good morning everyone.
I would like to discuss finding leaks.
Looking for a leak can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Some are easy to find, some are not.
We can not guarantee to fix it the first time.
We first look for the obvious causes and repair those, again, we can not guarantee that it will be fixed the first time.
If it leaks again, we will have to look further to find the cause.
As with a mechanic on your car, if you have to take it back, you do not expect them to work on your car, parts and labor until it is fixed, for no additional charge.
You should not expect this from your roofer either.
Nor should you expect to get your money back for what they have already done.
We do our best to run a legitimate and caring business.
We have been in business for over 40 years, we have not been in business that long by not caring about what we do.
You can please some of the people most of the time, but you can not please all of the people all of the time.
Thank you, Theressa
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We Provide Quality Roofing Services

in Lincoln County,Tenn. and surrounding areas, all at an affordable price. Whether you have storm damage, repairs, a roof replacement, or new construction, we will be happy to help you with all of your roofing needs.

Our family owned and locally operated company was founded in 1970 by Robert Rogers. We are licensed and insured with over 45 years in the business, providing quality materials with  a 5 yr. workmanship guarantee. Our company is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited business with an A + rating We’re a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the NFIB.
 
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We proudly use Tamko, CertainTeed, and Owens Corning Products, but we will work with you to install the shingle of your choice to insure that you receive the roof of your dreams.