Category Archives: Roofing Safety Tips

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Aloha Construction answers the question: My Roof is Leaking. Is It covered by insurance?

Every day, we get homeowners who call in saying: My ceiling is leaking water. What do I do? My roof is leaking. Is it covered by my insurance? Being bonded and trusted roofers, we felt it was our duty to give you a behind-the-scenes look of our inspection process.

When your roof leaks in heavy rain or you notice anything off, you should ask yourself the following questions:

Is your Ice & Water shield per city code?

Are your shingle rows straight?

Are water lines straight?

Are the shingles of the roof nailed in the proper location?

Are the shingles nailed per code?

Are the shingles laying down properly?

Is the ridge straight?

Is the ridge capped properly?

Are the ridge cap nails sealed?

Is there an overhang on rakes and eaves? Is it per code?

Is the rake double nailed?

Is the rake clean cut and straight?

Valley(s) installed properly?

Valley(s) clean cut and straight?

Lead stacks bent over properly?

Are PVC boots installed properly?

Is the chimney properly counterflashed?

Is the drip edge installed properly?

Are all exposed nails sealed?

Is everything painted? Stacks/Flashing

 

As always, don’t get caught with a major roofing problem that you originally diagnosed as minor. Call the experts!

Categories Local Roofers, Local Siding Contractors, News, Roofing Safety Tips

When a roof needs to be replaced? Why do shingles curl up? Local Roofing Contractors Aloha Construction provides some insight!

According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, research shows that four out of five homes use this type of Asphalt shingle roofing materials. With more than 12.5 billion square feet produced every year, asphalt shingles cover about five million homes annually.

In Illinois, we get much wider daily temperature swings, during both winter and summer, than most other places in the US. This is tough on all roofing materials, but asphalt shingles in particular. Although asphalt shingles are known for their durability, they may suffer from problems over time. Here are some common shingle issues that Bonded and Insured Roofers Aloha Construction, Inc. deal with on the job:

1. Blistering

Blisters are elevated sections on the shingles and rooftop. Tiny blisterss indicate aging. If the shingles are new and fresh, the blisters may be a manufacturer’s defect. Poor roof ventilation is also a cause here.

2. Curling

Curling is usually moisture-related. Moisture get in the shingles during the manufacturing process or because of poor ventilation. Problems that arise: The dimensions of the shingles may change when the moisture eventually escapes. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to call us to replace the entire roof.

3. Raised Shingles

Improper installation may lead to raised shingles that are not strong enough to resist wind uplift. This is one of the reasons it’s important to hire a licensed and certified Illinois roofing contractor  for a fullroof replacement or repair.

4. Premature Cracking

Surface cracking, which doesn’t split the shingles completely, is part of the aging process. Cracking may also occur because of stress, shingle movement caused by high winds, and deck movement.

5. Thermal Splitting or Tearing

Thermal tearing happens when extreme temperature changes cause the shingles to crack or split completely. When undetected, the cracks or splits may let moisture in through the shingles and other layers of the roof.

6. Granule Loss

Granule loss is typically a sign of the lifespan of your roof. Time for a check up!

Categories Local Roofers, Roofing Safety Tips

BE SAFE: Falling from Roofs account for One Third of all Construction Industry Fatalities

Getting on a roof is dangerous. Growing up, if you were the type to climb out of your bedroom window, chances are your parents scolded you with the lesson of “be weary of heights.” While this may seem just like a normal case of parental concern, the numbers support your parents. Climbing on your home’s roof is not something to be taken lightly. Shingle materials often don’t lend to standard shoe grip and, if there are any wet spots, it can be almost impossible depending on your angle. Considering tackling a roofing job on your own? Maybe it’s best to leave it to the bonded and insured roofing and siding experts.

According to a study done by the Center for Construction Research and Training Data Center, from 1992 to 2009, falls account for 1/3 of ALL construction industry fatalities. 6,591 people died from falling and, of that number, 2,163 of those people fell off roofs. Those 2,163 people accounted for a whopping 76% of all the fatalities in our beloved roofing industry and, to put it all in perspective, roofers are 3 times more likely to experience fatal work related injuries than any other construction worker type. Finally, to show how this applies to you – the homeowner, 34% of ALL FALLS happen at residential home projects.

Think about those numbers for a second. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE have passed away trying to simply tackle a roofing job in the United States. This post isn’t a sales plot. We urge you to take this seriously.

On that note, if you are planning to still tackle that project on your own, take a look at our Fall Protection Equipment Checklist:

All employees working 6+ feet above lower levels MUST USE FALL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

  • Acceptable forms of fall equipment include:
    • Guardrails
    • Safety Nets
    • Personnel Fall Arrest Systems (may consist of Full Body Harness, Deceleration Devices, Lanyards, and Anchor Points)
  • Harnesses are to be worn AT ALL TIMES on job site
    • Safety Harness Inspected
  • Inspect the Webbing
  • Inspect the Hardware
    • Inspect Ropes and Lanyards
    • Check your installation
  • Calculate Falling Distance
  • Safety goggles must be worn
  • Hard Hat Worn
  • Ladder in Proper Position

Hopefully, with this insider roofer’s safety list, you can take the necessary safety steps in your upcoming DIY project. Be careful. The moment you feel you are out of your element. Call the experts. We are just one call or click away should you need expert roofing assistance.

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