Roofing felt (often called roofing tar paper, underlayment or roll roofing) is installed beneath the shingles to provide a backup waterproof membrane in case of leakage. Felt is required when asphalt shingles are installed as a first layer of roofing or when they are applied over wood shingles or a built-up roof.
For more than 30 years organizations such as the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) have included roofing felt in their roofing and waterproofing recommendations. It is also a requirement under many local building codes.
At Southern Roofing we were recently contacted by the doctor of one of our team members. She had just finished the replacement of her roof and she was not happy. She asked about the importance of having felt under the new shingles. It seems the roofing contract did not install roofing felt.
Felt is a very important part of the roofing process. It serves to prevent condensation buildup on the decking of your wood when the outside air is cold and moist. Further, should a leak occur, the felt often will act to keep water from pouring into the home.
When applied during the roofing process, properly installed felt is an essential part of the process. Felt repels water, provides back-up protection for damaged shingles, provides an extra layer of weather protection, protects the roof decking, helps meet appropriate fire prevention classifications, and improves roof uniformity by leveling the decking.
In the case of our doctor friend, she paid above market price to have a roofer cut corners.
Call Southern Roofing where we don't cut corners because we value both you and your home.
In the fall, in Shreveport, we often go through periods of dry weather. In 2017 we had nearly six weeks with no rain or storms. When the rain and wind arrived, as a cold front moved through, we noticed that many streets were covered in pine needles. This probably meant that your gutters and roof were also covered.
Early Fall is great time to check your gutters, and then check them again as the leaves begin to drop. Your gutters should be inspected yearly, and Fall is a great time to do that, because of leaves and needles dropping from trees.
Additionally, if you have angles on your roof where leaves and needle accumulate, that's not good for the roof.
Pine needles and leaves clogging your gutters can actually turn into a major problem. Here are some of the reasons why you don’t want to let leaves and needles accumulate:
- Poor performance. As your gutters become clogged, there is less chance that they will perform as expected. Subsequently, water overflow can cause damage to parts of your roof or home. - Excess foliage can weigh down gutters, which causes the gutters to be pulled away from your home. - Premature wear. You want your gutters to last as long as possible, but you can’t expect this to happen if leaves continue to build up over time.
Pine needles and leaves piling up in the folds of your roof can cause these issues:
- back up of water that causes leaks. - build up of moisture that cause mold to grow. - wood rot.
What’s the solution? Call Southern Roofing at (318) 295-4555, we'll help you clean your roof and gutters.
Here is another gutter option: install the Gutter ProTech® Self Cleaning Gutters. With this system gutters are able to perform as expected by protecting your gutters from needle and leaf build-up.
Your home insurance is there to protect you, and your insurance company will process a claim for roof damage or roof replacement. But do they protect you with their recommended roofing contractor referrals?
Does your insurance company really know who does great roofing work? Do they know the best roofing contractor in the Shreveport area? Why do you get the names that you get when you ask for a recommendation?
Answer, roofing referrals are either friends of the agent, or the roofer managed to get onto a vendor list when a spot became available. But the recommendations are good, right?
We are replacing a three year old roof in one of Shreveport's premier neighborhoods. Why? Because the insurance company recommended a company on their preferred vendors list. The company that they suggested roofed several homes in this neighborhood and went out of business (well they changed their name a little) after finishing these roofs. Be that as it may, there are a lot of roofs having to be re-roofed after just three years. On this house the roof has leaked into virtually every room. Much of the exterior soffit and fascia is water damaged.
In Louisiana, insurance referral lists are short and are first come, first serve. The lists have nothing to do with quality. Furthermore, your agent has probably never been on a roof to inspect the quality of his referral's work and has no idea if the work is good or not.
Southern Roofing offers a five-year workmanship warranty that says that we believe in our work. Not a one year or a three year, but a five year warranty because our guys have been well trained and do great work. In fact, we have had other roofing companies call us to fix their leaks and screw-ups. Our competition just knows that we are the best roofing company in Shreveport.
If the name you hear when you ask for a referral isn't Southern Roofing, then do your agent a favor and introduce him to Southern Roofing.
The color of a roof significantly impacts the overall look of the home's exterior. On average, about 40 percent of the roof is visible and when the pitch or slope of the roof is higher, even more of the roof is seen. When it's time for roof replacement, color does matter.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Roof Color
The roof color has the ability to make a real impact. Color can create a warm, welcoming feeling and it also can make a bold, dramatic statement. Some colors work perfectly with a classic Colonial style home, while others are more suited for a contemporary design or a Craftsman-influenced house. The right roof color may enhance the home's traditional look or give it a more modern and chic finish.
Climate also influences roof color choice. For homes located in regions where the average temperatures tend to be warm to hot, a light-colored roof can help keep the interior cooler when paired with proper insulation and ventilation. Homes located by sea may look great with roofing in shades to compliment the blue, grey, and cooler tones of the water, while residences in the southwest fair well with warmer tones.
Roof Color and Exterior Materials
It's essential to remember that a new roof has the potential for a good long life, usually 15 to 30 years. That's a long time to live with a color you don't love or really like. It's often recommended when choosing colors for the exterior of the home to remember which colors are permanent and which ones are not. Paint and shutter colors can always be changed, but bricks and roofing will last a decade or more.
In addition, be sure to look at the color of the different shingles under various lighting conditions. Look at the sample next to the siding or brick of your home in the early morning light, midday, and under the brightest light possible to get a good idea of how it will look.
Choosing the Right Roof Color
Trending right now are roofing colors that reflect nature. These colors tend to be earthy and include hues like rich chestnut, mahogany, burnt umber, and warm butterscotch. Cooler colors may be added, like flecks of a deep blue or green.
Red brick: contrast with darker grey/slate, dark brown, and even black
Beige brick or siding: create a dramatic yet classic look with roofing in any dark neutral like brown, grey, and cooler shades of dark green or blue
Brown brick or siding: reddish browns, light grey, and grey-taupe
Grey siding: consider multi-color shingles in reds, brown, and dark grey to create a natural slate look
Blue siding: black, slate, grey, light grey, and dark green
If your home has white siding or brick, the options are numerous. From bold red to classic slate, choose a roof color for your white house by considering the style of the home, it's regional location, and even how the exterior accents and landscaping may compliment or contrast to create a cohesive and attractive look.
With Hurricane Harvey pounding Texas and Southern Louisiana, we look at our fellow man with profound sadness. Many families will lose their homes and valuables during this storm. Our prayers go out to them, and we urge our friends and neighbors to join us in donating to the rescue effort.
Here in the northern Louisiana, we don't often deal with the full force of hurricanes because of our distance from the gulf coast, but we do encounter tropical storm winds like Harvey (as it passes by in the next day), tornadoes, hail, and strong thunderstorms.
After a storm, remember to look up at your roof. We have had many strong storms go through our area over the past few years, and those storms have done significant damage to roofs. How would you know if your roof is damaged? Check the ceilings in your home for water spots, check the roof for missing, blown, buckled or unaligned shingles. If you think something is amiss, by all means call Southern Roofing to provide you with a free roof inspection. We may not get hurricane force wind from Harvey, but we will get rain; and rain is the true enemy of a house with a bad roof.