Since the beginning of time, humans have put effort in to making themselves as comfortable as possible. This is just a part of our instinct. Over time, this has evolved into many different facets of what we see today. But what about the homes we live in? Simply put, home structures have evolved for many different cultures. For instance, you'd be hard pressed to find a dirt bungalow with a straw thatched roof in Woodstock, Georgia. So, how exactly have our home-building materials advanced? More specifically, what are some of the latest technology advancements in roofing, and how did we get here?
Only a percentage of people know that the walls of your home only do part of the work when it comes to keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The larger part of the equation is one that homeowners rarely see, touch, or even give much time or thought to: the insulation! Insulation is mostly likely found in between the walls of your home, up in the attic, between your ceilings and floors, garages, etc.
Depending on your wants, needs, and personal taste, you have decided on a roof that checks all your boxes! But what you may not know is that different roofing materials could influence the type of maintenance required. Each material is unique in its composition, so their steps for proper preservation will differ as well. Some material requires little to no maintenance, while others are more subject to damage and will need repairs more often.
It's no secret that at Trotter Roofing and Gutters we encourage regular and proper maintenance on your gutters. Maintaining your gutters will increase their longevity and efficiency, but just like most things in your home, there comes a time that they may need a full replacement. Whether you're a new homeowner, or you've been around the block (pun intended), there are certainly things to look out for when deciding when to get your gutters replaced.
There's no stopping mother nature. When you are in the path of her destruction, she can cause some serious problems for your home. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken. Making sure things like roofs, gutter guards, and chimney caps are properly and securely installed the first time around can help make sure you home stays protected when storms hit.
Pressure washing is the methodic use of a machined hose that sprays water at a very high pressure. This high-pressure tool is used to clean dirt, grime, mold, algae, and certain stains from surfaces on the outside of your home. Pressure washing can save time and money when it comes to renovations or home improvement! A pressure washer uses 80% less water and has 50% more power than a standard garden hose, making for the perfect clean up device.
When you think of the word "roof", what comes to mind? Is it a straw thatched covering atop a bungalow? Is It solar panels collected on the top of a modern structure? Or is it brown and black shingles on an A-frame house? Whatever the case is, one thing is for certain; there are many different types of roofs. The material, color, structure, and location of the roof make each one unique in its own way.
You spent weeks, months, or even years finding your perfect home. Now that you have it, it's important to take care of it! Of course, decorating the inside to your personality is key. But what about the outside of your home? It's the first impression people see as they walk or drive by. Do you want it to reflect you and your personality?
This time of year is a busy one for all the home décor aficionados. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's just around the corner, you're probably thinking "I need to spruce my home up ASAP!".
Your roof is a huge investment and if you don't properly take care of it, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in repairs or even a need for replacement. Why spend unnecessary money when you could take steps to maintain your roof to help it last as long as possible? Sometimes it's easy to get into the habit of making D-I-Y projects of things that shouldn't be D-I-Y projects – and roofing is one of those things that should be done by a professional. Here are some things you absolutely should not do on or to your roof to avoid expensive damage.
Without even knowing it, fall has quickly snuck up on us. It's such a fun season with the air turning cooler and the excitement of all of the holidays that are on their way. Though we're all suckers for the vibrant leaves that beautifully fall off of trees and onto the ground, there are some things that come with fall that aren't quite as exciting – especially for roofers. Nonetheless, it's a wonderful time of year, and these are some of the things you can do to prepare for it.
The bigger the better, right? Not always. When it comes to gutters, many factors come into play to determine gutter size. Some issues may seem to be related to the size of your gutters but could end up being completely unrelated. Hiring a gutter specialist you trust is crucial, as they can help guide you towards the right gutters for your home. Trotter Roofing and Gutters has years of experience in gutter installation and is dedicated to giving our customers the information they need to make the best decision for their home.
No one enjoys making an insurance claim and all of the pains that come with it. However, when it comes to your roof, it's a necessary evil – especially when the damage is extensive. It can be a difficult process, so we have some tips for how to approach your claim as well as some information you may not know about the effect of your roof on your policy.
Your roof is a vital part of your home and when roof damages occur, you're likely racing to find a roofer so you can get everything fixed and back to normal as soon as possible. It's impossible to avoid everything that's a danger to your roof, but you can certainly be aware of possible threats so you can decide the best course of action moving forward. To help you stay aware, we've compiled a list of a few things to watch for in attempt to stop preventable roof damage.
If you're a new homeowner, congratulations! We hope you're excited about your purchase and that moving is treating you kindly (or at least as kindly as it possibly can). Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or you've done this a few times, it's important to know what to expect and what to look for since you now have a roof that is solely your responsibility. Once you know the works, you'll have it covered without a problem, especially if you have a trusted roofer to help you when needed.
These hot, Georgia summers are a force to be reckoned with! Between the humidity and the sun beating down on your home, you have likely noticed that your home gets way too hot during the day. Of course, this isn't a desirable outcome, and you may be wondering how you're going to beat the heat this summer. Hopefully, we can help you do just that as we outline the reasons your home may be getting hot and how to fix it.
Choosing your roof material is a long-term investment, and you want to make sure you choose what's best for your home and location. You have to consider the pitch of your roof, expected longevity of the material, maintenance, energy efficiency, material weight, and price range. Some of the most frequently used materials seen by Trotter Roofing and Gutters include shingle, tile, metal, and EPDM roofing. We will dive into each of these roofing options and explain the benefits and downfalls of each to help you determine what's best for your home.
Fads aren't always a good thing, and this was proven to be true after the popular Atlas Chalet shingles didn't pan out the way everyone thought they would. Similarly, it was found that CertainTeed Horizon shingles were also found to be a subpar product with a variety of defects. Though shingle roofs are generally expected to last around 25 years, you may experience a shorter life span from these widely used shingles. If you have either Atlas Chalet or CertainTeed Horizon shingles, here is what you need to know about the problems they cause and what you can do about it.
Any good thing requires some TLC now and again. When it comes to roof flashing, it may not be something you notice, but it's actually the cause for the majority of roof leaks! You don't need to maintain your roof as often as your car, but it's important to periodically inspect it for any damage so any issues can be located and repaired. Leaks originating from roof flashing may go undetected for weeks or even months, leaving you with thousands of dollars of repairs and even potential health concerns. Here's what you need to know about roof flashing…