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Roofs are one of the primary aspects to any building. Roofs offer protection from the full array of weather conditions, the elements, and the pests seeking to move in among other things. By keeping your roof in the best possible condition with care and regular maintenance, you can avoid the inconvenience and headaches of the exposure to the outdoors. Neglecting the smallest of leaks can end in undesirable results, from excessive damage to the integrity of the structure being compromised. Today, we at Nickerson’s Roofing would like to stress some points as to what could happen if you do not repair the leaks in your roof.

Consequences of a Leaky Roof

There are a number of reasons why your roof can be inflicted with leaks; lack of maintenance, severe wind or storm damage, poor installation, pest damage, natural deterioration from age, and intrusive tree limbs. More often than not, roofs can only be expected to last 20-30 years. With any kind of leaks, more problems can arise if neglected.
1. Mold and Mildew Interior Issues: Once mold is introduced in an area, it can quickly overcome and spread with favorable condition. Mold spores can develop with a leaky roof and other contributing factors, mold spores can then enter into the HVAC system and get attached in nooks and crannies. Since mold thrives in dark, moist, and warm areas, it can get easily overlooked. Mold deteriorates structure, induces varying degrees of allergy symptoms, and can make people ill with a variety of symptoms such as; nasal congestions, runny nose, irritated throats, and breathing difficulty particularly those that have weak respiratory symptoms, asthma issues, and allergies.
2. Ceiling & Attic Damage: The attic space whether it is useable space for storage or living and even unfinished attics with insulation, and other such paraphernalia can be exposed to water damage and other such damage. Water damage can have tremendous negative impact, especially if it is allowed to fester; the attic walls and floor deteriorate, mold outbreaks and it can make the structure completely broken down.
3. Excessive Utility Bills: When the water damage destroys your insulation, you will know it from abnormally high power bills. The insulation will not perform its function after long term damage, putting a strain on your HVAC system, causing excessive utility bills, wasted energy along, and poor performance.
4. Low Structural Integrity: if the roof leaks, the roof itself continues to break down, the damage continues to penetrate to the attic space, ceilings, and walls, if the damage continues on this path, the building’s structure becomes more and more compromised, leading to problems and the need for emergency repairs.
5. Safety Hazards: Slippery surfaces and deteriorating material can pose a safety risk with potential slips and falls, or materials falling from above.
6. Fire Hazards: Water and electricity do not coincide. If the water comes into contact with live electricity, whether it is wiring or outlets, the sparks will fly and can ignite a fire under the right conditions.

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In a nutshell, if you have a leaky roof, water dripping into your living space is more than just a nuisance. If you have leaks, contact Nickerson’s Roofing today and let our experts get your repairs done quickly and efficiently.

This time of year, it seems that every few days, different areas are getting hammered with snow storms. While some love to watch the snow fall and sip hot chocolate in their warm homes, others think about the snow accumulation and what that means when trying to remove it. When removing snow, wooden balconies and decks are a bit different from a concrete driveway. Nickerson Roofing is here to share some tips for snow and ice removal from your wooden balcony or deck without damaging it this winter.

Weight of Snow on Deck

The biggest concern when faced with snow removal on a balcony or deck is the risk of collapse. If you have properly maintained your deck and balcony, and the snow isn’t accumulating at an alarming rate, your balcony or deck should be able to support the weight. Decks and balconies are usually made from wood that resists moisture damage and should be able to withstand winter well. However, most people use their decks to get to the backyard, and as an exit from the home and in that case, the snow needs to be removed. The key is removing the snow safely so that you don’t damage the deck while doing it.

How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Balcony or Deck

It may seem like removing snow from your balcony or deck is pretty straight forward. In some ways it is, but you should still be aware of some of the dos and don’ts of snow removal from your deck or balcony.
1. Don’t Use a Metal Snow Shovel– If you find yourself in your home, with nothing but a metal snow shovel to remove the snow from your balcony or deck, do so with great caution. Metal snow shovels are very heavy and can damage your wooden balcony or deck. If you don’t have a plastic one you can use, leave a thin layer of snow beneath the shovel as you remove it to protect the wood from the sharp edges of the shovel.
2. Consider Using a Broom to Brush Away Light Snow– Sometimes you may only get a light dusting of snow. In this case, a broom is a safe way to remove it before it turns into an icy layer on your deck or balcony.
3. Shovel Snow Parallel to Deck Boards– When shoveling, shovel the snow parallel to the deck boards so your shovel doesn’t catch on the edges of the boards causing damage.
4. No Ice Picks on Your Deck– Sometimes it is tempting and somewhat gratifying to use an ice pick to break up and remove the ice from your deck. You want to avoid doing this because it could do more damage than good.
5. Use the Right Ice Melt– Always read the information on ice melt before using it on your deck to ensure it is safe for the materials your deck is made of. Avoid using any ice melt that has colorant since this can end up staining your wooden deck. You want to avoid using anything that may cause erosion and damage to the wood.

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If you are struggling to stay on top of snow removal for your deck, balcony and roof this winter, Nickerson Roofing can help. Call us today for all your roofing needs.

Every aspect of your roof is important in providing a barrier between the inside of your home and the elements present on the outside. If there is even one of these aspects that isn’t working properly, you will know it next time it rains. One key player on a roof is the flashing. Nickerson Roofing is here to talk about flashing, why you need it and the many different types of flashing available to homeowners.

What is Roof Flashing?

Flashing is necessary on your roof to protect it from moisture anywhere that you have joints. This might include the areas where chimneys, skylights, and vents meet the roof. These are considered areas of weakness on your roof, that need a little more reinforcement to ensure moisture doesn’t penetrate your roof. Basically, flashing is required anywhere you have joints, valleys, grooves or gaps on your roof to prevent leaking.

Types of Roof Flashing?

There are different types of flashing that are used for different purposes. A lot of the time several types of flashing are used at once.
1. Step Flashing– This flashing is made specifically to fit the horizontal of a roof and the vertical of a fixture. This type of flashing is layered and overlapped to add another layer of protection against water damage.
2. Saddle Flashing– If you have any beams or other architecture protruding, this is the flashing for them.
3. Continuous Flashing– Continuous flashing is just that, a continuous piece of flashing offering protection for the area where a sloped roof meets the vertical wall. This is also used along the eaves under roofing felt to protect against water leaks.
4. Valley Flashing– This flashing comes in the shape of a W. It is placed on top of roofing felt to offer protection in the areas where two valleys of a roof plane come together.
5. Vent Pipe Flashing– This flashing is in the shape of a cone and is used to place over the top of pipes and worked into shingles to protect that joint where the roof and outside of pipe meet.
6. Cap Flashing– This is used for things like skylights on your roof. The L shape of this flashing lays flat against the roof and keeps water from accumulating in the cracks around the fitting.

Dangers of Improper Roof Flashing Installation

If the flashing on your roof isn’t installed right, you could have a big problem on your hands. Water can do a number on a roof that isn’t protected with flashing. Your roof joints will get damaged and deteriorate much sooner than they should. As a new roof is installed, it is important that the flashing is done right to avoid this issue.

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You should give your roof a visual check at least every few months to make sure it isn’t showing signs of damage or in need of repairs. One of the things you should pay close attention to is your flashing. If you notice any signs that it might be damaged or any sign of water leaking, Nickerson Roofing can help you solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call today for an appointment.

Winters can be very brutal. They are freezing which causes an insane amount of snow to fall. Where does that snow land? Snows lands everywhere, especially your roof. If you are not careful, the weight of that snow can cause your roof to buckle and cave in, leaving you with costly repairs. But what can you do to spare yourself the grief and expense? There are a few methods you can do to help ease the burden off your roof, but for today, we at Nickerson Roofing would like to expound on snow retention and ice melting systems.

Snow Guards, Snow Retention & Ice Melting Systems

Snow Guards. Snow guards are ingenious little accessories for your roof that get fastened and are easily attached to a sloped roofing surface. With proper installation from a professional, it will assist with decreasing negative snow complications.
Snow Retention Systems. After the snow and ice builds up on a sloped roof, between the rise of the temperatures outside and the heat emanating from the building, that original snowfall and ice will begin to melt. When the snow and ice melts, a layer of water will develop between the snow, ice and the roof itself. Water, acting as a natural lubricant, will make quick work of the snow and ice sliding off your rooftop all at once. With the assistance of the snow retention system, the snow and ice’s fall will break, and be held on the roof. For the sake of safety, the snow is able to run off the roof in small doses, or it could even completely melt while still on the roof. The snow guards jump into play and help to evenly distribute the weight of snow and ice which contributes to damage.

Combination of Snow Guards & Snow Retention Systems

Having the brilliant combination of snow guards and snow retention systems, can significantly reduce damage on pedestrian areas, parked or moving vehicles, pricey landscaping, vents for plumbing or gutters, any skylights or atriums, lower or adjacent roofs, and so much more.

Benefits of Snow Retention Systems & Snow Guard Placement

Benefits of snow retention systems and snow guards are plenty. Below are just a handful of examples.
1. One of the most obvious benefits and highly beneficial is the snow retention that these systems offer, is that you can better control where the snow is going to fall. Some people prefer snow clips, as they help prevent large loads of snow from falling off your roof, keeping the snow off entry points and/or walk ways. The authentic snow retention systems are more durable, have increased longevity, and offer even more control when the slide off happens. Homeowners have experienced their fair share of leaky roofs proceeding a nasty winter. Ventilation also helps control airflow. You can still maintain your perfect temperatures, and control the water flow.
2. Adequately keeping the weight of the snow off your roof minimizes the possibility of roof damage or cave ins.
3. Investing the snow retention systems is cost effective saving you more money over time. Keeping your roof in optimal condition helps reduce the need for roof repairs.

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Nickerson Roofing can help prepare your roof to last the long North Lake Tahoe winter. Give us a call to find out more!

When you live in a place that has snowfall you should know about removing it from your roof. Snow removal is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the house. Snow can become extremely heavy and if it is left on the roof to continue to build up the weight can lead to a collapse. That means that your entire roof and home is at risk if it is left. You need to be sure that you know what you are doing so that you don’t cause more damage to your roof. The first thing is that removing snow from your roof is dangerous. You can be injured if you are not sure how to do it, what tools to use and what safety equipment is needed. You can also cause more damage to your roof that may need to be repaired. It is a great idea to only use a professional service when dealing with snow removal.

Nickerson Roofing Lists Mistakes to Avoid & Ways to Safely Clean Snow Off Your Roof

Use The Right Rooftop Snow Removal Equipment: Some people think that you can really use any kind of stick or shovel to remove the snow from your roof. The problem is that if you use some tools you could be damaging your roof. You want to make sure that you are using a rake for a roof that has a pitch. It will help pull the snow off the roof and won’t cause damage to the shingles and tiles.
Remove Snow in Stages: When you are dealing with removing snow you want to take it off in the right order. You can’t just get up on the roof and go for it. You need to have a plan to remove the snow in a particular order. Make sure that you start at the edge and work your way towards the middle. It is also a good idea to pull off the snow like a shave. You move off the snow but not all the way down to the shingles or tiles to ensure that they are not damaged. When you are cleaning off a flat roof you cannot slide the snow off the edge so be sure to scoop it off and over the edge away from the building.
Unclog the Gutters & Downspout: You want to get the snow off the roof but do not forget to also clear the gutters and downspout as well. They need to be cleared of all debris and that includes snow! Be careful when cleaning out the gutters because they can easily be pulled off and damaged.
Do Not Use Electrical Heat to Melt Snow: One thing that you may think about using is a heat gun, blow dryer or other heat source to try and melt the snow. This is a terrible idea since most of the heat is electrical and that plus water is a really bad combination. Be sure that you steer clear of any electrical lines that may be near the roof as well.

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If you are in need of snow removal from your roof, you want to be sure that you use a professional. We have the experience to safely remove and also prevent snow from your rooftop to help protect your home. Contact us for all your roofing needs!