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Our roofs take care of us every day. We need to return the favor by doing a yearly roof inspection that will stop moisture damage and head off expensive repairs. Doing a yearly roof inspection is easy to overlook. This is a great preventative measure you can take to save money in the future. You should choose a warm day once a year and fix any problems you find. You don’t even need to go onto the roof. You can do a thorough inspection from the ground with a pair of binoculars.

What to Look for During a Roof Inspection?

If heights don’t bother you, you can get up close and personal with your ladder. Don’t rush up there just yet, the less time you spend on your roof, the safer it is for the roof, and you. Walk around the house and look for any potential problems. You should be in the lookout for cracked caulk or rust spots on the flashing, shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering, missing or broken shingles, cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes, or the accumulation of moss and lichen, which could be a sign the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic. If you come across piles of colored grit from asphalt roof tiles or the gutters, it’s a bad sign. These sand-like granules cover the surface of roof shingles and shields them from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Find out what the age your roof is to see if it’s near the end of its lifespan.

Easy Ways to Fix Roofing Problems

You should replace any loose, damaged, or missing shingles immediately. Popped nails need to be hammered back into place. If you are comfortable on the roof, you can replace shingles and caulk flashing yourself. A few shingle repairs should take you about half a day. Metal or vinyl flashing around the chimney, skylights and attic vents can be fixed with caulk if they have lost their seal. If flashing and vent boots have begun to rust, they will need to be replaced. Clearing moss from your roof can be done by applying a moss killer intended for roofs.

Watch for Early Signs Your Roof is Leaking

Scheduling a yearly roof inspection is a great idea, but problems can occur at any time. Some early signs of a roof leak are; dark areas on ceilings, peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs, damp spots alongside fireplaces and water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnaces. If you discover any of these signs, especially if the roof is old or there has been a storm with heavy rain, wind or hail. You will need a professional assessment.

Hiring a Professional Roofer

There are two good reason to hire a professional to inspect your roof. The first is because climbing a ladder and getting on the roof can be dangerous and second, there could be subtle signs of a problem that only an expert can notice. Make sure you are aware of roofing scams and do your homework. Only hire an established and reputable company.

Roof Inspections in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

Professional roof inspections provided by Nickerson Roofing can provide you with a roof inspection and save you time and the backache of doing it yourself. Call us today!

One of the most primary functions of roofing ventilation is to protect your roof from the intense rays of the sun. Not only can direct sunlight damage your roof by creating extreme temperatures on the surface, the intense heat combined with the damage caused by ultra violet rays can shorten the lifespan of your roof leading to premature roof replacement.

Attic & Roof Ventilation Inspection

In order to ensure that your roof is receiving the ventilation that it needs you should start by taking a look at your attic. You may not even be aware that if your attic is not properly ventilated it can directly affect the outside temperature of the roof. An efficient roof ventilation system works by allowing air flow into the attic to push the overheated air back out into the atmosphere and in effect lower the temperature of your roof.

Poor & Improper Attic & Roof Ventilation Problems

Mildew: If your roof does not have adequate ventilation, moisture can build in the attic and become water vapor which can settle into attic insulation allowing the growth of mildew. Mildew can reduce the effectiveness of the insulation and cause damage to the surrounding areas.
Stress to the cooling unit: The increased temperature in the attic caused by inefficient roofing ventilation will cause the temperatures inside the house to increase placing additional and unnecessary stress on your air-conditioning unit.
Roof failure: The intense temperatures that your roof may be experiencing can place a great deal of stress on all types of roofing materials increasing the chance that your roof will need to replaced much sooner than it should be.

Roof Intake & Exhaust Vents

1. The intake vent: In most cases a vent will be installed in the soffits or eaves of your roof. During the summer months, fresh air will enter though these intake vents. Even if the air outside is hot it is still much cooler than the temperature of your attic. For example on a day with 90 degree outside temperatures, the temperature in your attic can reach over 150 degrees!
2. The Exhaust Vent: The heated air is circulated and expelled from the attic and away from your roof by a series of exhaust vents that are installed on top of your roof. To make sure that your roofing ventilation system is working efficiently consideration is given to the number of intake and exhaust vents that will be needed for the size of your home to adequately keep the temperature inside your attic consistent with the outside airflow.

Types of Exhaust Vents; Ridge, Shingle-Over Ridge, Static, Gable-End, Turbine & Powered Vents

There are a wide variety of exhaust vents available including ridge vents, shingle-over ridge vents, static vents, gable-end vents, turbine vents and powered vents. Your Nickerson Roofing professional will advise you on the best exhaust vent for your Truckee California home.
Ridge Vents: A ridge vent, just like the name implies is installed along the length of a ridge. They are available in shingle-over or non-shingle over varieties. Shingle-over varieties are covered with shingles to prevent rain and moisture from entering your home.
Static Vents: A static exhaust vent is an individual vent system that is typically installed near the ridge of a roof.
Gable-End Vents: Gable-end vents are installed in the wall at the gable end of a home and work best with intake vents that are installed in soffits or eaves. The overall design works to allow for air intake at the soffits and exhaust at the gable-end vents.
Turbine Vents: A turbine vent relies on the wind to rotate the fans within the vent. The vent allows air to be drawn out from the ventilated space much faster than a static vent however the amount of air relies on wind movement and turbine size.
Powered Vents: A powered roof vent is a roof mounted exhaust fan that is designed to remove air from a ventilated space. A powered vent can improve air movement and ideally it should be mounted near the ridge with intake vents that are located at the soffits or eaves.

Ventilation & Roofing Services in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

For information about roof ventilation and roofing repairs, maintenance, replacement and installation in the North Lake Tahoe Basin of California, contact the knowledgeable professionals at Nickerson Roofing today.

If you are buying a new home or have been living in a house for some time, you may feel that various areas of the home needs more light. Yet, adding more light can mean adding to your power bill. In addition, you will need to do the electrical work to run to the new light fixtures. For many, if not most of us, this means hiring an electrician. If this doesn’t sound like an idea worth pursuing, you might want to consider skylights or sun tunnels. Nickerson Roofing will explain the purpose of skylights and sun tunnels and how they can benefit a home. You may find this is exactly what you are looking for!

Installing Natural Light Skylights

A skylight is the one most people know about and have seen. It’s a window that is mounted directly to your roof that brings in natural light and ventilation. This provides a large amount of natural light! You will typically see skylights used in big apartment stores and commercial buildings. However many homeowners are now using them to bring light into living rooms, attic spaces, and kitchens.

Sun Tunnel Skylight Installation

A sun tunnel is a tubular skylight. This tube extends from your roof, through your ceiling, into the room. Sun tunnels bring in less light then a skylight. Most people find it better to use sun tunnels in smaller areas like closets, hallways, smaller rooms and storage areas that don’t have any windows.

Benefits & Advantages to Skylights & Sun Tunnels

The main benefits homeowners find when they use skylights or sun tunnels is that the lighting system comes from natural light. The light directly from the sun is fed into your home without the added cost to your power bills. In error, many of us picture a giant window with the blazing sun blaring down on you. Rest assured this is not the case. Skylights do not use the same glass you have for your windows. Skylights use glass with safety glazing. In other words it is both a tempered and laminated glass that prevents breakage from the elements while filtering the light at the same time. It’s amazing to think that the glass prevents the sun’s heat from entering your home, yet still lets the light shine in.

Solar Skylights & Shades

Another more advanced option is solar skylights. This type of skylight absorbs the sunlight and charges a battery that opens and closes the skylight. This system allows more control of the sunlight entering your home, and adds better ventilation to your roof. While they cost more and seem unnecessary, you should know that in 2009 a law was enacted that gives those who purchase solar skylights a 30% tax reduction. This brings the cost down to about $200 for solar skylights. The blinds used on solar skylights reflect the sun rays and absorbs the heat making them even more beneficial. Nickerson Roofing’s preferred skylight brand in VELUX who offers the Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight available for both deck and curb mount installations. Contact us to learn more!

Skylight & Sun Tunnel Installation & Replacement in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

Nickerson Roofing has been providing services for years, and has seen cases where the skylight or sun tunnel was not installed properly. Many homeowners reported leaks from their skylight and sun tunnels during rainy weather. Bu sure to have a professional like Nickerson Roofing with years of experience install your skylights and sun tunnels, if they seem to be the right choice for you. Contact us today to learn more!

The roof to your home or business is one of the primary necessities to a well constructed building. The roof provides shelter from the elements, the cold and the hot temperatures, and so much more. Keeping the roof in prime condition is not only important to avoid the need for a new roof sooner than later, but leaky roofs and other damage can extend all the way down to the foundation if left to fester. There are many things trying to destroy roofs such as the sun’s UV rays, harsh winds, pounding rain, snow weight, and so on. But birds, pigeons specifically, are actually doing their fair share of escalating the deterioration of roofs in the North Lake Tahoe Basin.

Nickerson Roofing Shines Some Light on What Pigeons are Doing to Your Roof

1. Pigeon Droppings Cause Roof Damage. For those that don’t know, pigeon droppings are very acidic. Tar based roofing materials are more susceptible to the acidic compounds found in bird’s droppings, but generally speaking, the pigeon droppings literally eat away at the many substrates of your roof. With the accumulation of droppings and the course of time, the life expectancy of your roof can literally be dropped to down by up to 50%. In addition to eating away at the roof materials, the acidic bird droppings can also affect the siding, air conditioning units and other materials. If the air conditioners that are fitted on rooftops get destroyed, it can cause leaks in the condensation lines as well as the refrigerant, contributing to more damage from the pooled water.
2. Birds that Nest in Roofs. Pigeon droppings are not the only problem, but their innocent little nests can also be inflicting damage to your roof. Nests are frequently found in gutters, drains, and corners throughout the roof top. If the water from rainfall cannot be properly circulated off the roof, the weight of the water can cause it to collapse. Mold can then take seed, and water leakage can commence to not only destroy the various places on the roof, but as it leaks into the building, the other components; walls, foundation, insulation, and so on, can all become damaged by the water. Nests will not only add to the water elements, but the fire elements as well. Pigeons use fairly flammable materials in the construction of their nests that can easily set a home in a blaze if ignited by an electrical current from appliance or a collapse or even lightning! Nests can also be an issue with the roof’s ventilation systems and chimney. If the ventilation’s air flow is blocked, serious issues can arise, along with bird dropping debris getting introduced to the indoor air. If a chimney is in use, and it cannot ventilate accordingly due to bird’s nest in the chimney, you can be exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning, a seriously harmful gas that is odorless, tasteless, and invisible.
3. Collapsed Ceilings. After the damage the birds ensue on the rooftops, they can easily work their way into the crevices or damaged ventilation and set up a community in your unfinished attic space. With the weight of fecal matter, nests, and constant in and out, the pigeon’s activities can make ceilings collapse.

Roof Installation, Replacement, Repair, Maintenance & Related Services in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

If your home or business has experienced the abuse of pigeons, call on Nickerson’s Roofing to perform an inspection service. Our skilled professionals can find all the problems pigeons have caused and offer solutions to remedy the issues.