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Wood Roofs - Roofing Questions
1.00 Damage to my property caused by a negligent neighbour, and insurance company problems?

Q. I live in the ground floor of a 2 storey mid-terraced house in West Lothian (that's Scotland for all you non-UKers out there!) There is an extension with a flat roof to the back of my house, and 2 years ago, I noticed that there was some water staining to the ceiling. Knowing that flat roofs only have a limited lifespan, I paid a local builder £3000 to replace the roof with a new rubberised type which is meant to be more durable than the traditional felt. A couple of weeks after completion, I had bubbled plasterwork in my hallway and water running down the walls. I called the builders back who discovered that the water ingress was due to my upstairs neighbour not maintaining her property. She had a part brick and part wood porch structure outside her front door which was in a shocking state - no guttering, holes in the roof and render falling off. The builders confirmed that the stone work and render was absolutely sodden, and rainwater was running down through the brickwork and into my property. At this stage, I advised my neighbour of this, and she promised to get the problem rectified...and then did nothing. I chased and chased her for a year, getting nothing but a list of endless excuses and promises. I had to get Environmental Health involved as by this stage I had black, green and yellow mould growing on my walls, and about an inch of water on the floor everytime it rained. Environmental Health issued her with a Compulsory Order, giving her 6 weeks to rectify the problem. She ignored this, and Environmental Health did nothing when she breached the 6 week deadline. I decided to go down the legal route at this stage ( I know, I know, I should have done it way before then) and threatened the neighbour with legal action. This finally did the trick and she eventually hired a builder to knock down and replace the porch structure. He got as far as replacing the brick shed/cupboard part of it, and was due to come back and build on the uPVC porch part...but has disappeared without trace and with some of my neighbour's money. However, by this stage, my property appeared to be dry - there didn't seem to be any more water coming in, and the damp dissipated. At this stage, the insurance company (Halifax) agreed that their builders could begin the repairs on my house. They arrived today, removed the ceiling plasterboard...and discovered that the inside of my new roof is absolutely saturated, wet and black. The foreman thinks that the insurance company will not cover the cost of this, as the other walls appear to be dry but the roof is wet, so he thinks the Halifax may try to claim that there is a different cause to the original water ingress, as this has now stopped/dried. I am horrified by this - it is blatantly still the same cause as before, and even if they try to insist it isn't, surely I have proved that I have kept my property maintained (by, for instance, putting on a new £3k roof not even 2 years ago!)? Can they really refuse to pay out for this? (they didn't pay out for the initial roof (I tried to claim retrospectively after discovering the cause of the damage was my neighbour's negligence and not just wear and tear) as they hadn't surveyed it prior to the work starting and therefore couldn't be sure on the state of it beforehand, which was annoying but understandable). As I stand at the moment, I could be faced with once again repairing/replacing a roof which is less than 2 years old, which has not been damaged due to my negligence, and which would probably be damaged again since my neighbour's builder obviously hasn't rectified the problem fully. Where do I stand on this (bearing in mind I am in Scotland and I think the law is slightly different here)? Is is likely that the insurance company will not pay out, and is there anyway I can compel my neighbour to get this sorted once and for all? Thank you. Jo

A. I would contact the local court, because it sounds as though he's not being a nice fellow.

1.00 Can you check my grammar here?

Q. The Katrina Project A catastrophic moment caused by the force of the nature can change dramatic the lives of thousands of people. The tropical storm in August 2005 brought heavy rain and caused significant flooding in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and the city of New Orleans. People were rescued from their roofs and shelter. Most of the major roads traveling into and out the cities were damage. Buildings were destroyed. Families lost their home and belongings. In addition, many lives vanished that tragic day. State, local and federal governments were active in the preparations for and response to the hurricane. Over seventy countries pledged monetary donations or other assistance. Non-governmental organizations also provided housing, food, and water to the victims of the storm. Many volunteers contributed with services. Katrina had a profound impact on the soul of the nation. Some people continue to volunteer services, like Dan Wilhelm. This artist, created different paintings about the devastation caused by Katrina with models hired at his art studio in Holyoke. He will sell the paints and donate the profits to the people who still need it. The art exhibit was hanging in Fine Art Building on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts. The display area was a quiet room, in pure white walls with wood floor. Some charcoal sketchers with tags were hanging on the wall, showing the process of evolution of the ideas of the artist. The black color of the frame was repetitive throughout the painting. The oil paints communicate the wail of the people in crisis, the susceptibility of the human being, and the incomparable force of nature. The assorted paintings expressed instance of hopelessly and suffering. A moment of tragedy, desolation and disheartened were reflected in those oils. The orangey, blues, reds and blacks were the most common colors in the paintings. Those colors can represent the shades of the devastation. In addition, those dark colors represent the lack of electricity. The people give the impression looking the sky and the faces with anguish. This action can symbolize people praying and crying for help or just waiting for the helicopters. People walking together and helping each other is another constant scene. All scenes give the impression of assigning an unexpected future for those victims. The paintings were very pleasant to look at. Simultaneously, I can sense all the pain and the vulnerability of the people, because this atmospheric phenomenon is very common in the Caribbean, where I’m from. I understand the need of help and the desire of helping in this situation. I like the exhibition because it is an excellent expression of feelings without words. At the same time the exhibition tell us about the artist’s feelings concerning the tragedy. I really need help with my verb tenses... Please summit any suggestions. Thank you so far.

A. A catastrophic moment caused by the force of the nature can dramatically change the lives of thousands of people. The tropical storm in August 2005 brought heavy rain and caused significant flooding in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and the city of New Orleans. People were rescued from their roofs and shelters. Most of the major roads traveling into and out the cities were damaged. Buildings were destroyed. Families lost their homes and belongings. In addition, many lives vanished that tragic day. State, local and federal governments were active in the preparations for and response to the hurricane. Over seventy countries pledged monetary donations or other assistance. Non-governmental organizations also provided housing, food, and water to the victims of the storm. Many volunteers contributed with services. Katrina had a profound impact on the soul of the nation. Some people continue to volunteer services, like Dan Wilhelm. This artist, created different paintings about the devastation caused by Katrina with models hired at his art studio in Holyoke. He will sell the paintings and donate the profits to the people who still need it. The art exhibit was hanging in Fine Art Building on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts. The display area was a quiet room, in pure white walls with wood floor. Some charcoal sketchers with tags were hanging on the wall, showing the process of evolution of the ideas of the artist. The black color of the frame was repetitive throughout the painting. The oil paints communicate the wail of the people in crisis, the susceptibility of the human being, and the incomparable force of nature. The assorted paintings expressed instance of hopelessly and suffering. A moment of tragedy, desolation and disheartened were reflected in those oils. The orangey, blues, reds and blacks were the most common colors in the paintings. Those colors can represent the shades of the devastation. In addition, those dark colors represent the lack of electricity. The people give the impression looking the sky and the faces with anguish. This action can symbolize people praying and crying for help or just waiting for the helicopters. People walking together and helping each other is another constant scene. All scenes give the impression of assigning an unexpected future for those victims. The paintings were very pleasant to look at. Simultaneously, I can sense all the pain and the vulnerability of the people, because this atmospheric phenomenon is very common in the Caribbean, where I’m from. I understand the need of help and the desire of helping in this situation. I like the exhibition because it is an excellent expression of feelings without words. At the same time the exhibition tell us about the artist’s feelings concerning the tragedy. Note... 1) Watch your verb tenses... 2) You say the paintings of tragedy, destruction and devastation were PLEASANT to look at... I think you need to choose different words to describe the pain and feelings of the victims portrayed in the paintings.

1.00 How much do contractors charge to install steel roofing without removal of existing panels?

Q. I have picked some steel roofing out and I was wondering what price range I should expect to get. I have two very simple gable roofs one is 17sq. and the other one is 8 sq. I am planning on going over existing shingles, so no removal is needed. I am going to purchase all the materials at a local steel supplier.

A. If you are going over shingles, only one layer I assume, you still have to have a layer of wood nailers. Your deck needs to be a minimum of 5/8" where as most roofs only have a deck made of 1/2". Before you purchase the steel make sure your roof can accommodate the steel. Most can but it is a bit more complicated than just laying the sheets of steel down. I would suggest you contact 3 contractors and ask for estimates. The cost for labor should be about equal to that of an asphalt shingled roof. Where I live roofers charge by the square, between $35.00 and $45.00 per square plus materials. When you get a quote make sure they include all prep work etc.

1.00 Do you know a good wood shingle roofing contractor in the Chicago area?

Q. West suburbs preferred but any one will do. Thanks!

A. I am a natural slate roofing contractor located in south florida. i'm from michigan and i'm currently installing teak wood shingles in the bahamas for Art Wirtz Jr who's from chicago. i don't know of any good wood shingle guys in chicago off hand but i know of the perfect place to find one. you see the worst thing you could do is hire a shingle contractor for the job. those guys install cheap, temporary roofing and simply don't have the skills to properly install natural roofs. i belong to a nationwide community of slaters which has a great website. we have a message board where slaters talk to each other and homeowners go for great advise. there is also a list of contractors who haven't just paid their fees but have actually PROVEN themselves to be real craftsmen when it comes to roofs. i'll post the site below. good luck and great choice!!

1.00 Any roofing repair tips I may need?

Q. I got a new roof composite with black roofing tar and granules that look like cat litter. my house is on an island and has salt air. Alright the new roof leaked in two places. Well i went up on the roof and found more problems so i replaced flashing and add roof "caulk" where i saw it needed. it leaked again same places. I had the contractor back. It still leaks I learned this week. when i came down and saw my daughter's bedroom ceiling (vacation house). i got up on the roof and located the sources. it is far from the leaks in the house. they are where angles come together. i got mesh, tar, roof caulk what am i forgetting? need advice before repairing. thanks

A. Sorry but yoou need your roof done right. all of the things you listed are temporary patches for what is already meant to be a temporary roof. if you want the best overall value, the most out of your money, i would suggest buying a permanent roof. it's like buying a set of good china vs paper plates. although the paper plates may seem cheaper now, they will surely cost you more in a lifetime. those are just the selfish reasons but what about using up resources and the amount of waste being contributed? seems simple when you're talking about dishes but people buy temporary, petrochemical roofs every day and expect them to do something they've never done....last. it really is as simple as the dishes metaphor. re-roofing is a twelve billion dollar a year industry, an industry that doesn't even have to exist and one of the largest contrubutors to solid waste in the us. get a real roof and you'll never have to bother with it again, just sit back and enjoy! by real roof i certianly do not mean metal. i mean roofs that have proven themselves, the ones the rich people buy... natural slate, clay, thach, wood, lead, copper or brass. all rich people are not always smart but they don't do what the mainstream tells them to do like the rest of us. that's how they stay rich. there's not a single mortgage on palm beach island but credit is the foundation stone of our economy...hmmm if everyone was going to jump off a bridge would you do that too? it's the simplest things that we have forgotten.

1.00 Neighbour's negligence has damaged my property & Halifax Insurance are being arsey - what can I do?!?

Q. Damage to my property caused by a negligent neighbour, and insurance company problems: I live in the ground floor of a 2 storey mid-terraced house in West Lothian (that's Scotland for all you non-UKers out there!) There is an extension with a flat roof to the back of my house, and 2 years ago, I noticed that there was some water staining to the ceiling. Knowing that flat roofs only have a limited lifespan, I paid a local builder £3000 to replace the roof with a new rubberised type which is meant to be more durable than the traditional felt. A couple of weeks after completion, I had bubbled plasterwork in my hallway and water running down the walls. I called the builders back who discovered that the water ingress was due to my upstairs neighbour not maintaining her property. She had a part brick and part wood porch structure outside her front door which was in a shocking state - no guttering, holes in the roof and render falling off. The builders confirmed that the stone work and render was absolutely sodden, and rainwater was running down through the brickwork and into my property. At this stage, I advised my neighbour of this, and she promised to get the problem rectified...and then did nothing. I chased and chased her for a year, getting nothing but a list of endless excuses and promises. I had to get Environmental Health involved as by this stage I had black, green and yellow mould growing on my walls, and about an inch of water on the floor everytime it rained. Environmental Health issued her with a Compulsory Order, giving her 6 weeks to rectify the problem. She ignored this, and Environmental Health did nothing when she breached the 6 week deadline. I decided to go down the legal route at this stage ( I know, I know, I should have done it way before then) and threatened the neighbour with legal action. This finally did the trick and she eventually hired a builder to knock down and replace the porch structure. He got as far as replacing the brick shed/cupboard part of it, and was due to come back and build on the uPVC porch part...but has disappeared without trace and with some of my neighbour's money. However, by this stage, my property appeared to be dry - there didn't seem to be any more water coming in, and the damp dissipated. At this stage, the insurance company (Halifax) agreed that their builders could begin the repairs on my house. They arrived today, removed the ceiling plasterboard...and discovered that the inside of my new roof is absolutely saturated, wet and black. The foreman thinks that the insurance company will not cover the cost of this, as the other walls appear to be dry but the roof is wet, so he thinks the Halifax may try to claim that there is a different cause to the original water ingress, as this has now stopped/dried. I am horrified by this - it is blatantly still the same cause as before, and even if they try to insist it isn't, surely I have proved that I have kept my property maintained (by, for instance, putting on a new £3k roof not even 2 years ago!)? Can they really refuse to pay out for this? (they didn't pay out for the initial roof (I tried to claim retrospectively after discovering the cause of the damage was my neighbour's negligence and not just wear and tear) as they hadn't surveyed it prior to the work starting and therefore couldn't be sure on the state of it beforehand, which was annoying but understandable). As I stand at the moment, I could be faced with once again repairing/replacing a roof which is less than 2 years old, which has not been damaged due to my negligence, and which would probably be damaged again since my neighbour's builder obviously hasn't rectified the problem fully. Where do I stand on this (bearing in mind I am in Scotland and I think the law is slightly different here)? Is is likely that the insurance company will not pay out, and is there anyway I can compel my neighbour to get this sorted once and for all? Thank you. Jo

A. An accidental fire can be extremely damaging to old properties. Cut your losses lass, hell, I went through something like this with my then mortgagor and insurer and my then neighbour 15 years ago. I ended up half-way to the loonie bin and £30K lighter before I finally forced my lender into re-possessing in a mad fit of pique! Countless attempts to deal with penetrating damp from my neighbours delapadated house. New pitched roof (including timbers), illegal maintenance work to his roof, re-rendering, re-plastering (twice) countless court cases.... Don't let this get you down and you have my every sympathy - just "do the math" though as the septics say...

1.00 HOUSE PAINTERS! When having your house exterior painted should the painter use oil or latex paint?

Q. This would have seemed a "duh" question to me years ago - but I'm getting some quotes who say oil and some who say latex. I forgot to mention that the house was built in 1909- it is sided with cedar shake shingles and stucco.

A. Use a good oil primer and top coat with latex or 100 % aacrylic paint. Oil paint isn't perm able like water based paints meaning it doesn't let the moisture out, isn't "Breathable". Today the house's are built really tight and people don't realize all the moisture that's in a home for instance in the winter when all windows are shut we've got moisture from our bodies, cooking, showering and it has to get out somewhere and that where is through walls and roofs, going through water based no problem but oil based gets pushed off resulting in chipping and peeling. Mildew loves oil based paints, thrives in it as water based not so bad. In this day in age I'd use the water based paints for your home, if new use the water based stains, less prep for the next paint job. As far as decks use oil stains NOT water based. Different environments use different products, one answer said use Sherwin Williams "Duration" as a professional painter if your not using on new wood don't waste your money, you might get a year longer than any other good paint at half the cost, Good luck Les the painter

1.00 What is considered an "elevation" during roofing of your house?

Q. We have had something chewing through several roofs in my neighborhood and many folks are needing a new roof...including us. We had major leaking in the front part of our home. We used the Insurance Co. recommended restoration company to give an estimate on repairs. They gave the insurance company a $12,000 estimate which included an entire new roof in order for the shingles to match, plaster repair and repainting in the front room along with refinishing the wood flooring that has water damage. The Ins. Co. came to do their own assessment and decided they will only paint from the "trim" up (which does not even touch where the water damage occurred!), refinish the wood floor, and repair only the front part of the roof because our policy covers only the first elevation. We live in a ranch home with a same level addition on the back of our home...the roof ties in with the front. According to the Ins co. they will do only the front part of the roof that you can see from the road. If we have only one level, then what is an elevation?

A. Basically it is what is visible from the street standing center line of your house. If there is no damage to the rest roof that is fair but any damage related to the leaks must be repaired also. If your state has an insurance commission or other insurance over site group I would get them involved. the repair company should be able to match the roof pretty well.

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 Roofing - Wood Roofs As far as wood roofing is concerned, cedar roofing is the most popular choice because of its water and decay resistant properties. Cedar roofing typically comes in two forms...sophisticated cedar shakes and cedar shingles, which has a more jagged appearance. Most people find cedar to be a very attractive wood. Its aesthetic properties, light brown and honey toned variations, make it a great choice to add to the appearance of your Buffalo, NY area home. These aesthetic properties, combined with the natural resiliency of cedar, make cedar shingles and shakes by far the most popular selection for wood roofing materials. Cedar roofing is known to greatly reduce energy bills due to energy efficient features. Cedar both helps to keep in warmth during cold periods and to keep heat out during the heat of the Buffalo summer. Cedar roof shingles and shakes are also resistant insects and are less susceptible to moss growth than other roofing materials. This makes cedar roofing a great choice for your home! Our Buffalo, New York area specialist roofing contractors bring years of expertise to the table and are here to help you with all your wood roofing needs, including those involving roofing estimate.

 roofing company in Buffalo, New York Although red cedar is a superior roofing material and comes with a host of insect repellent and moisture resistant properties, these qualities may diminish in strength after a while. It’s therefore essential to undertake some minimal but regular maintenance and cleaning of your cedar roofing to ensure your roofing maintains its resilience for years to come. To keep away mold and mildew that may form as a result of rains use a solution of trisodium phosphate and water and use this solution to scrub away mold with a soft bristled brush. Alternatively you can also use zinc based herbicides. Use a garden hose to hose down your cedar roofing to remove any traces of the chemicals in the cleaning solution.

Due to its relative complexity, installing wood roofing is best left up to a Buffalo area roofing professional. If you are trying to locate wood roof specialists in the Buffalo, NY area who deal with issues involving roofing estimate, then you have come to the right place! To find a qualified wood roofing company in the Buffalo area, just fill out our form above and you will receive up to 4 free quotes from qualified roofing contractors within 48 hours! It is as easy as that, and the best part is that there are absolutely no obligations!

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