Archive for May 23, 2017

How To Build A Roof Garden

May 23, 2017

The concept of a roof garden is not a new one. In fact, it is centuries old!. If you live in an urban area, your dreams of having a garden may be difficult to achieve. Not so if you consider a roof garden!

More and more communities are encouraging their residents to plant roof gardens. The environmental and psychological benefits are numerous. Not only is gardening a calming and relaxing activity, which can reduce stress related illnesses, it also has great benefits for the environment. Building a rood garden on your home or apartment building decrease storm water runoff, reduce fire risks, help decrease heating and cooling costs and can protect your roof from the effects of ultra-violet light and frost.

There are three types of roof gardens and the three types related to the amount of maintenance they require, the depth of soil and the type of plants they will support. They are: Extensive living roofs These are easy to maintain and use little soil. Extensive living roofs are lightweight and lend themselves well for use on sheds, garages and small extensions. As they tend to be harsh environment, suitable plants are ones that are found on cliffs or other harsh environments. While this type of roofs gardens are the easiest to maintain, they also have the least visual appeal. Semi-extensive living roofs These garden roofs are more decorative as they have deeper soils which can support a greater variety of plants. However, the increased soil depth makes these types of roof garden more heavy, so a sound structure is require to support them. They combine the relatively low maintenance of extensive living roofs with a more appealing appearance. Intensive living roofs These are full-fledged gardens and require large and strong support structures.

One of the main considerations when planning a roof garden is the roof itself. While flat roofs lend themselves the best to roof gardens, it is also possible to green pitched, barreled and domed roofs. An easy access to the roof is also important as I am sure you would not be able to enjoy your roof garden as much if you have to climb a ladder every time you want to look at it. The roof must able be able to support heavy loads. Wet soil can weight about eighty pounds per square foot.

Make sure you install a waterproof membrane to avoid ending up with a wet ceiling. The two most commonly used materials are thermoplastic sheeting or rubberized asphalt. As I am certain that you will not want to dig up your garden to replace the membrane every few years, make sure you select a product that is extremely durable. The next layer should be a filter sheet that will allow the moisture to drain off the roof while ensure that the fine material do not escape. Next comes the moisture blanket which will ensure that an extensive live roof garden has enough moisture to support life. Commercial ones can be purchased however it is also possible to use cardboard or old blankets to the same effect.

The following layer will be a drainage layer. Similar to the moisture blanket, it will help retain moisture while allowing excess water to drain away. They are usually made of plastic or geotextile materials. The top layer will be the soils and substrates. These should be lightweight and freedraining yet retain moisture. One such option is an aggregates mixed with light sub-soild such as crushed porous brick or limestone chippings. Finally come the seeds and plants. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and the environment. Happy gardening!

Austin Roofers Priority on Top

May 15, 2017

As someone who has invested heavily in your dream home, or as commercial property owners who may have your reputations at stake, you wouldnt want to compromise on the quality of your roofs. And that takes professional services in all earnestness to create roofs that last and remain sturdy in looks and outlook. To make the most of your roofing needs, you would have to seek the best of professional Austin Roofers who are passionate about what they do. And there are a few Austin Roofers who would go all out with their professionalism that reflects in their work and where results speak for their services. For your roofing needs, never compromise, but go for the Austin Roofers who have created new benchmarks in the industry and have a versatile roofing experience.

With the aim of being proclaimed the best professionals based in Austin, roofers who bother about creating a brand for themselves would exhibit dedication, focus and attention to detail, willing to attend to your roofing needs in a jiffy and waiting on call to reach out to clients. Backed by decades of professional experience, Austin Roofers deliver comfort and safety, and provide a touch of quality and grace to residential and commercial properties. Roofing quality has an impact on the overall look of a building, which could go on to impress clients and visitors alike. Good Austin Roofers have the capacity to provide tailor-made roofing services that would match with your branding propositions in business.

Professional Austin Roofers are versatile and provide the whole range of services, which could include conducting roof inspections, issuing roof reports, and addressing other roofing needs such as roof tiling and repairs, refurbishing existing roofing, laying fresh roofing and delivering comfortable and reliable re-roofing services, laying built-up roofs as well as flat roofs, and delivering other services such as tile, slate and lead works, as may be the case with individual requirements and unique demands of clients. Professional Austin Roofers have roofing experts working for them, who would have built their expertise working on varying projects and under different conditions, honing their skills to give you the very best of roofing services.

For the best Austin Roofers, no roofing project would be small enough to overlook, as they take up a wide range of roofing issues and never hesitate to attend to many other miscellaneous problems such as guttering, sheeting, waterproofing and felting. Austin Roofers deliver re- roofing, wood replacement, modified bitumen, built-up, shingle or flat roofing services, giving you value for money spent and delivering the best of services, and letting the results speak for themselves.

Roof Shingles Prices – Take Out the Guess Work

May 6, 2017

Spring is the season for roofing and most of the building supply houses will have sales weekly that offer roofing supplies. Depending on what product you will need the prices can be relatively small to several hundred dollars. Roofing products are pretty versatile and can range from peel and stick roofing shingles to steep roof pitches that come in a roll, asphalt, wood shake, lamented and steel. Steel shingles can even be shaped to resemble wood shake. Steel shingles cost around $58.00 a bundle and three bundles cover 100 square feet.

The most common roofing shingle is an asphalt shingle and they can come in various sizes and tabs. Corning offers a three tab roofing one. A collection of asphalt shingles is normally between $15.49 to $60.00 a bundle depending on the warranty the company offers. Corning even offers an asphalt shingle called the Heritage that is a three tab asphalt tile that gives the illusion of wood shake and is available in various colors to match the exterior of the home’s siding and trim. The Heritage shingle can normally withstand 130 mph and a three bundles should cover 98.4 square feet.

Shake is probably the oldest form of shingle still sold in the United States. Wood shake comes in two sizes, medium and large. The medium wood shake measures 18″ by 7 1/2″ and a bundle normally covers 15′ and costs around $22.00 a bundle depending on the home building store pricing. The large wood shake is 24″ by 10″ and a bundle normally covers 20′ and costs around $35.00 a bundle. Wood shake is also available to complete the hip and ridge of the roof. A bundle cost around $43.00 and covers sixteen linear feet.

A new type of shingle that has recently gained popularity is the laminated asphalt shingle. The laminated asphalt shingle has a 53 year warranty, is algae resistant and is said to withstand winds up to 80 mph. They are reported in the advertisement to be so cheap that the bundle price could not even be listed in the advertisement. The home building stores want you to call or come in for pricing as they feel the they were to low to place in their company ads. These laminated shingles are said to be part of the new green movement and are environmentally friendly. Three bundles weigh 235 lbs and cover 100 square feet.