29 06, 2015

Composite Slate Roofing Products 101

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Roofing slate come in wide array of composition and style. Some of the most common options include: metal, clay, and even asphalt roofing. Recently, composite slate roofing has gained widespread popularity due to its low cost, durability, and high quality. The Constitution of Composite Slate Just like composite wood is made up of every tree imaginable, composite slate is an amalgamation of substances. Composite slate is typically made from fiber-reinforced cement, recycled plastic, recycled rubber, wood chips, and clay tile. These various substances are fragmented, and then pressed together, forming light weight composite slates for roofing. Lightweight, Simple Installation Composite roofing has gained credibility because it is almost indistinguishable from genuine slate, and its natural appearance blends in with the surrounding landscape. Genuine slate is extremely heavy, and thus, difficult and expensive for roofers to install and stressful on the house. Overtime the stress can build up, causing homeowners to add costly structural support. Composite [...]

27 06, 2015

Vanquishing Mold from your Roof

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Mold is one of the biggest threats to your home, and one of the most insidious assailants to your roof. Indeed, mold growth will result in moisture accumulation, causing your roof to sag, and eventually leak. What more, mold growth can infiltrate your HVAC system, which can cause serious harm to your lungs and your overall health. Indeed, mold is a roofer’s mortal enemy and we scorn it like the plague here at Gryphon roofing. Mold 101 Mold, or stachybotryschatarum is a simple organism that tends to spawn when water is present. Indeed, mold intends no harm to humans, but it must be eliminated nevertheless. If it’s allowed to seep into the cracks of a building it can bring down the entire integrity of your roof and home. So it is always best to be on guard for this deadly assailant. Vanquishing Mold From Your Roof Regular roof maintenance from a professional company like Gryphon [...]

25 06, 2015

Shingles Explained

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Shingles Explained The word shingle is derived from the German shindle which means roofing slate. Indeed, roofing slates have been utilized since the history of civilization. Most scholars believe the first instance of a roofing slate was shrubbery layered over a hut. Since then shingles have evolved. They have been made of wood, slate, asphalt, metal, flagstone, and other various materials. But all shingles now serve the same purpose which is irrigating water away from the roof. Arizona Shingles This is not to be confused with some type of unsightly bacterial disease ravaging the great state of Arizona. Arizona shingles are basically clay shingles. Usually, the type of shingles used depends on geography. Clay is readily available in the Mohave Desert, and it is particularly resistant to the Arizona sun. On the east coast however, shingles look much different. Typically the lower middle class will have asphalt shingles because of their low cost, durability, and [...]

23 06, 2015

Roofs Going Green

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Roofs Going Green When we say that some roofs are going green we literally mean it. The Germans (of course) pioneered a new technology that essentially transforms your roof into a garden or shrubbery. The roofing innovation is actually employed by 10% of German roofs, and it is slowly making its way to the US. But one may ask, “Why would I want a garden or lawn on my roof.” Why Turn my Roof into a Garden? Well basically, a green roof will facilitate lower energy bills. Grass and heavy vegetation will keep your home cooler in the summer and lower your energy bill in the process. Also, it looks cool. If you have grass on your roof you will surely stand out in the community. How your HOA will receive a roof covered in grass and plants is a mystery though. How It Works Obviously, allowing your roof to transform into a garden raises [...]

21 06, 2015

Preparing the Roof for the Monsoon Season

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Preparing The Roof For The Monsoon Season A roof leak can be a devastating problem that is sure to compromise the home. Nothing says wretched like a home littered with buckets to catch the rain leaking from the roof. There’re a few locations where roofs are especially prone to leaking. That is, the central area where water accumulates and is prone to build up. In order to prevent the occurrence, the best strategy is to secure regular maintenance from a qualified roofing expert like Gryphon roofing. Chimney Leaks The chimney is definitely a sensitive arear when it comes to leaks. The sealing that surrounds the exterior stack of the chimney is especially prone to leakage from rainfall. One strategy for preventing roof leakage around the chimney involves re-caulking the outer rim of the chimney regularly. If you notice flaky caulk, cracks, or leaking in the interior it may be the case that your chimney is [...]

19 06, 2015

Preventing against a Roof Collapse

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Preventing Against A Roof Collapse Nothing can be more devastating to a home and its occupants then a collapsing roof. Indeed, roofers have nightmares all the time about vanquished roofs. But the good news is that a broken roof can be prevented. Regular maintenance, routine checkups, and roof consciousness will ensure that your home’s roof remains intact. Signs the Roof is in Danger If you notice a sagging section of your roof, or if your ceiling is sagging, then caution! Your roof is amidst the eve of destruction. Another warning sign is leakage. This is a sign that your roof is indefinitely on the end of its days. Any bends or unusual formations of your roofs support are another warning sign that a collapse is near. You can track some of these warning signs easily. Specific Warning Signs First, any doors or windows that become hard to open are a surefire sign that your home’s [...]

17 06, 2015

German Roofing Pioneer

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German Roofing Pioneer Frei Otto, an innovator in roofing recently passed away, two weeks before earning the coveted Pritzker Prize. The Pritzker Prize is essentially the noble prize of architecture. It’s a shame Otto died before receiving recognition, but surely his offspring, friends, and family appreciated the bestowal of the award. Frei Otto is noted primarily for designing the roof canopy of the Olympiastadion, a structure admired for its light weight, innovative design. Indeed, the structure basically created a tent able to house thousands and ward off the elements indefinitely. It was lauded during the 1972 Olympics for its lightweight, utilitarian design. One may ask why it took so long for the Pritzker commission to award Otto. Well, in the wake of the devastation caused by WWII, it is not improbable that the Pritzker panel was hesitant to bestow the award on an architect who was a member of the Nazi party. Indeed, Pritzker was [...]

15 06, 2015

Lauding the Virtue of Gutter Gutters and Gutter Guards

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Lauding the Virtue of Gutter Gutters and Gutter Guards Ever since the genesis of gutters, people have been praising their greatness and attempting to improve them. The word gutter comes from the Latin gutta, meaning drop. Gutters are comprised primarily from iron, lead, steel, zinc, copper, and aluminum. The function of a gutter is essentially to protect the buildings foundation from indefinite erosion.A gutter functions as a rain catcher, which collects and reroutes rainwater away from roof edges. Without a gutter, water would trickle down the side of the house and destroy the building. Gutter’s reroute water and help maintain the frame of your fragile domicile. Regular maintenance is the surest way to assure your home’s gutter is free from buildup of debris. But a gutter guard can mitigate the damage. The genesis of the gutter gave birth to its offspring the gutter guard. Essentially this is a micro mesh screen that allows water to [...]

13 06, 2015

Ladder Safety 101

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Ladder Safety 101 One of the most important aspects of roofing safety is ladder precaution. Indeed, some of the most devastating injuries that occur while roofer result from improper ladder precautions. Although not everyone’s a roofer, many people use ladders ever year to reach difficult places, dust fans, and hang Christmas decorations. So, in order to encourage safety, as ever good roofer is wont to do, we have compiled some essentials of ladder safety. Three Feet above the Deck OSHA requires that every ladder should hang three feet above to optimize ladder safety. What’s more Pythagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher who taught us everything we know about triangles, discovered that for every four feet of height, an additional one foot of distance should be added to optimize stability. We roofers get a bad rep: we like to drink, gamble, and generally have too much fun. Although some of these labels are undeniably true, they fail [...]

11 06, 2015

A Word to the Wise from the Professionals — Avoid Doing it Yourself

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A Word to the Wise from the Professionals - Avoid Doing It Yourself I hear the following statement from amateurs more times than I would like to admit: “roofing seems pretty straightforward.” True, roofing is not rocket science, but like most things in life, there’s more than meets the eye. Everyone thinks they can act, everyone thinks they can write, and everyone thinks they can roof. O Contraire! Roofing can be very dangerous, and one mistake could be your last. Despite the humorous tone, the previous statement is far from a joke. Every year professional roofers are severely injured or killed on the job. Falls, lacerations from protruding metals, electric shocks, and punctured eyes from projectiles are just a few assailants that the modern day roofer faces on the job. Doing this every day for your entire working life leads to inevitable injuries. But as a do it yourselfer you will not be prepared to [...]