8. Stockpile emergency protective materials such as sandbags
9. Elevate water heater, electric panel, and heating/cooling systems if susceptible to flooding
10. Dry Floodproofing, which means making a building watertight through the use of waterproof membranes, backflow valves, and other measures
11. Wet Floodproofing, which means modifying uninhabited portions of your home to allow floodwaters to enter and exit
Plan ahead and don’t be caught unaware.
Know the hazards, make a disaster plan with your family, and assemble an emergency supply kit. Take time now to learn more about designated shelters and identify your best sources for up-to-date emergency information.
Numerous factors can cause significant damage to your roof including falling objects, animals and weather, especially heat, cold and wind. The area of the roof that is damaged can easily compromise the home’s structural support and encourage the growth of mildew and mold. By recognizing the signs of your home’s roof damage allows you to repair a minor roof problem long before it becomes something serious requiring major, extensive repairs.
Performing an inspection of your home’s roof should be done from the ground using binoculars, if possible. Never walk on a potentially damaged roof because of the risk involved. Only a license, roofing contractor should do that.
Specific Signs to Look For
There are specific signs that you can look for to determine if there is any potential damage to your home’s roof. These signs include:
Any time a roof is damaged, the problem can often lead to more significant, and costlier, expenses. Shingles can easily be ripped away from the home during wind and rainstorms. The rays of hot sunshine can quickly damage roofing materials, as can the harmful effects of snow and ice. Ignoring roof repairs usually means the homeowner will have to replace the entire roof instead of simply repairing minor issues.
Selecting the right roof colors for your home can significantly add to its curb appeal. Often times, homeowners rarely consider their roof shingle’s color when replacing the roof by a licensed professional roofing contractor. However, selecting the best shingle color can create a beautiful new look for the home, especially when it helps accentuate the overall exterior appear and landscaping scheme.
The Home’s Exterior Color
If the house’s exterior is painted stucco, vinyl or brick, it is critical to choose the best contrasting roof shingle color to enhance the beauty of the home. The selection of the shingle’s color rarely has any additional impact on the overall cost of replacing the roof. Therefore, it makes sense to view many shingle samples at the home to choose the one that best complements or contrast the home’s exterior color.
The Home’s Exterior Trim
The chosen shingle color should complement or contrast the home’s exterior trim. Each small shingle sample should be held up to the exterior trim to see what colors best complements the look.
The Location of the Home
For many homeowners, the overall look of the neighborhood will help determine exactly the best roof colors to select from. Other roof colors in the neighborhood usually complement each other. Only if the roof color selection helps the house stand out from the other homes in the area in a good way, should it be selected. The homeowner should take every other color in the neighborhood into consideration before selecting the roof color for their home.
The Style of the Home
The style of the home can play a significant role in determining the best roof shingle color. Any Spanish-style house should follow the traditional color schemes of that specific architectural style. Selecting a color that varies greatly from a traditional color scheme can be a wrong choice when the roof is installed. Home decorating magazines offer valuable assistance in determining the best choices for exterior shingle colors.
Assistance from a Contractor
Selecting the best roof color for your home can be greatly simplified by using the assistance of a licensed, roofing professional. Most contractors will have extensive experience in helping homeowners select the best colors from a wide range of options.
Replacing a roof is never a process that should be taken lightly. As one of the more important home improvements any homeowner can make, selecting the best materials and colors is a critical step to being completely satisfied with the job.