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3 Ways to Make Your Roof Last Longer

A roof is a long-term investment. It should protect you and your dwelling for decades if it is regularly maintained. Here are three tips for giving your roof the longest life it can have.

Don’t Skimp at the Beginning

If you’re having a roof installed, it’s tempting to choose the lowest-priced building materials, but you will pay for that choice later due to more frequent repairs. Good roofers will recommend the best materials for your budget, and they also need to cover their workers’ wages, any necessary building permits, and disposal of materials.

a picture of a contractor wearing a hard hatKeep Up With Maintenance

Be sure to keep your roof free of fallen leaves and other debris. If you have gutters, you’ll need to make sure they don’t get backed up with leaves and other debris. If the water doesn’t drain properly, it can damage your shingles and the decking layer beneath them.

Fix Damage As Soon As Possible 

If you notice visible damage, like a sagging area, or missing shingles, you should get help as soon as you can. This type of damage will just worsen over time, and could be causing even more damage that you can’t see. A professional roofer will be able to tell you exactly what’s needed.

Our team is waiting for your call! If you need help with your roofing, get in touch with us now so that we can get your roof fixed the right way.

Waiting Out Winter: Snow on Your Roof

wintry barnSnow is one of the biggest highlights of winter, but too much of a good thing can have negative consequences. It is commonplace to see downed trees, downed power lines, and hazardous roads as a result of snowfall, but did you know that snow and ice can also damage roofs? To help you understand and prepare for the effects of winter precipitation, we go through the basics of snow damage here.

Snow can damage a roof in a number of ways, one being in the form of roof leaks when ice dams prevent runoff water from escaping a roof. An ice dam acts as a barrier to runoff water, and if this water cannot drain from the roof, it sits on the roof and searches out alternate locations to drain from. Sitting water will invade weak spots and leak into the underlying materials and insulation, or leak into spaces beneath vents and gutters.

The weight of snow can also present an element of danger. Just as heavy snow can bring down branches and entire trees, snow can also cause crumbling or even collapse of a roof. While this is most often observed in poorly maintained or aging roofs, it can happen to any structure given the right circumstances.

Winter weather proofing requires active preparation and maintenance. To keep your home protected year round, call our team today at (316) 210-9543.

Keeping Your Gutters Clear

gutters in the rainAll gutters need to be kept clean: it’s an integral part of house maintenance. Gutters that are full of debris can cause water to pool on your roof, and can house pests and insects that cause damage. Here are some tools and tips to help make cleaning your gutters more manageable. 

Gloves:

Wearing gloves protects your health and your safety. Gutters are made of metal, so don’t take chances around potentially sharp metal edges.

Garbage Bags:

Throwing all the debris to the ground just creates another task to complete. Attach a large garbage bag to the ladder to hold everything you clean out. This ensures you are not distracted or overburdened while doing your work.

Gutter Scoop:

Get a gutter scoop so you can get to any hard to reach places. These tools reach into your gutter for extensive clearing.

Gutter Guards:

Gutter guards help keep your gutters clean so that you don’t have to clear them as often. They trap debris from building up and clogging your gutters.

Don’t let clogged gutters create water damage on your roof. Remember, we can cover all your residential roofing needs! For additional roofing maintenance or installation questions, call Dolphin Construction and Remodeling LLC at 316-210-9543.

Ice And Your Roof

Temperatures and climates have a major effect on the health of your roof. For instance, Fall can clog your gutters with debris and Spring can allow for insect infestations.  Cold weather also can cause problems for your roof, especially in the form of ice. Here, we’ll go over how ice can severely damage your roof.

picture of snow flake

 

 

 

How Ice Damages Your Roof:

Did you know that water is one of the few liquids on earth that expands when it freezes? Think about how that affects your roof when water seeps into it’s cracks and crevices right before a big freeze. Those cracks get broken open even more, causing major damage. Make sure your roof is in good condition before freezing weather hits.

 

Do you need a new roofing installation or repairs on your current roof? Dolphin Construction and Remodeling is your go-to company! To find out more, give us a call at (316) 210-9543.

Your Roof During Fall: How to Prepare

fall leavesAfter a season of intense heat, we anxiously await the cool relief of fall. The heat, storms, wind, and hail of summer can take a hefty toll on a roof without a homeowner even noticing – so we have compiled a few tips to help you ensure your roof will protect you all season long. 

  1. Trim trees away from the roof line or from overhanging the roof. Branches can brush against roofs and remove or damage shingles, and cause excess debris to build on the roof.
  2. Clear gutters of debris. Clogged gutters can host invasive insects and vermin, and frozen blockages can burst gutters and their fixtures.
  3. Check for missing or damaged shingles, and replace any affected areas. Summer’s heat and storms can take a silent toll on your roof.
  4. Have your roof professionally inspected. Roof damage can often go unseen by the untrained eye, so it is important to have a professional ensure the security of your roof.

To start preparing your roof for fall, call us today at 316-210-9543! Our expert roofers are trained in industry leading techniques to service your gutters, shingles, metal roofing, and all types of storm damage. Your roof is your home’s first line of defense – trust the experienced roofers at Dolphin Construction and Remodeling with this important asset!

Assets of a Home Skylight

skylightNatural lighting is an undisputed asset to any home or property. Not only does natural light improve the environment in your home, it is also a health and mood booster. A skylight offers practical access to natural light in your home – and our professional roofing contractors offer affordable access to this home lighting feature. Here we have detailed several of our favorite advantages of home skylights.

Natural Lighting Abounds

  • Natural lighting from skylights will help you save on utility bills. By providing beautiful, cost-free light to your home, you can save by using your electric lights less throughout the day.
  • Skylights are available as fixed or venting. Venting skylights draw warm air out to keep your house cool, additionally saving on utilities by reducing AC usage.
  • Skylights are a safe application for virtually any roofing system. However, to avoid leaking later on, be sure the roofers that install your skylight are licensed and qualified – such as the roofers here at Dolphin.
  • Skylights are specially coated to resist UV degradation and weathering.

Call our professional roofing contractors at (316) 210-9543 today for a free estimate, or to explore natural lighting solutions and skylights for your home! The roofers at Dolphin Construction and Remodeling are Wichita’s top roofing team.

Benefits Of Wood Shingles

wood shinglesWhen you make a big investment, like you do with your home, you accept a lot of responsibility. You’ll have to live with each choice you make, from material, to style, to contractors, etc. Fortunately, the professionals at Dolphin Construction & Remodeling can help you figure all that out. In regards to material, we’ve gone over the benefits of wood shingles for residential buildings here.

No Rust:

Unlike many different metal roofs, you won’t have to worry about rust with wood. This comes in handy if you live in a rainy area.

Insulation:

Wood roofs work to insulate your attic, also helping it breathe through the tiny openings in the felt rows under the shingles.

Style:

The classic rustic look of wood never goes out of style. You have all kinds of options to choose from, and they all have a unique appeal due to the individualistic texture of each cut.

Life:

You’ll get many years out of your wood shingle roof with good repair and maintenance habits. Some last over 50 years.

 

Here at Dolphin Construction & Remodeling, we offer wood shingles installation services. We do all kinds of other work too. To find out more, please don’t hesitate to give one of our friendly representatives a call at (316) 210-9543.

Importance Of Functioning Gutters

drawn guttersSometimes we forget the maintenance necessary for the upkeep of some of our bigger purchases. When it comes to your roof, nobody wants to lose that big of an investment. However, nobody really wants to spend time cleaning out their gutters either. Luckily, Dolphin Construction & Remodeling can do that for you. Here, we’ve gone over the importance of functioning gutters for your roof’s health.

Water Damage:

Almost nothing can cause damage to your home’s structural integrity like pooling water does. When you gutters have clogs, you’ll get exactly that. Keeping water off of your roof adds years to its life-span.

Insects/Vermin:

Because gutters get clogged up with so much natural debris, they become the perfect home for insects and vermin. Both can destroy large sections of your roof.

Soil:

Having the ability to direct water flow can help you with your landscaping. Prevent over-watering in certain areas and get water to others. 

 

Remember, we offer gutter repair and maintenance services here at Dolphin Construction & Remodeling. To learn more about what we do, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (316) 210-9543.

Lightning: How It Happens

strike of lightningMost states in our country experience a fair amount of thunderstorms. When we get caught outside, they scare us to death. When we can get inside, we enjoy watching them in safety. Even though we don’t exactly know how lightning happens, we have a pretty good idea. We’ve gone over it here.

How it happens:

Clouds have a lot of moisture, which constantly brushes against each other. This creates friction the same way your sock does on a carpet, causing an electrical charge. These charges line up a certain way (we don’t exactly know why), with the positive charges going to the top of the cloud and the negative going to the bottom. On the bottom, a gigantic electric field gets created that repels the negative charges on the ground. As most people know, opposites attract. However, the charges can’t connect with air blocking them. The electric fields sends out ionized “step leaders” that connect to streamers from the ground, creating a pathway for lightning to strike.

 

That about sums up the process as we know it. Remember to always exercise safety measures during a thunderstorm. If you require storm damage repair, Dolphin Construction & Remodeling can help. To find out more about our services, please give us a call at (316) 210-9543.

 

Hail: How It Happens

If you own a home, someone has probably informed you about the dangers of hail. It can really cause a lot of damage to your roof. But, how does it happen in the first place? Well, we’ll go over that here:

hail in grass

Hail and sleet don’t mean the same thing. Unlike sleet, hail has more size. Also, sleet happens during the winter through a different process. Hail tends to occur in cumulonimbus clouds (thunder clouds). The process involves updrafts from warm air that move precipitation into the frozen layer of the atmosphere. This updrafts keep moving the water up, until the frozen layers get so heavy that they drop down to the ground. 

 

If you have experienced severe instances of hail, you probably need a roof inspection. If your roof has sustained damage, take advantage of Dolphin Construction & Remodeling’s weather damage repair services. To find out more, please don’t hesitate to talk to one of our representatives at (316) 210-9543.