4 Steps for Roof Moss Removal in Woodinville

Roofing Tips| Roof Moss RemovalAnyone who lives in Western Washington knows all about moss growth. That’s because the moist, cool climate offers perfect growing conditions. Also, wood shake and composition roofs provide the most ideal places for moss to take hold. Roof moss removal is no fun, but if you allow growth to go untreated, you will need a full roof replacement sooner than necessary.

For safe and effective moss treatment, hire a roofing contractor. Want to try roof moss removal on your own? Here are 4 tips for roof moss removal:

1. Treat Your Roof

Herbicides like Moss-Out can kill existing moss. Depending on how much moss there is, you may need more than one treatment. Also, spring and fall are the best times to do this service.

2. Clean off Debris from the Roof Moss Removal

After killing the moss, a thorough and careful power washing by a roofing cleaning professional will remove all debris.

3. Repair Roof Moss Damage

Roof repairs may be necessary if the moss has been there long. Therefore, to keep leaks from developing, have your roofing contractor look for problem areas. After the inspection, they will recommend repairing or replacing damaged shingles or shakes. The sooner you remove the moss, the less extensive (and expensive) repairs will be.

4. Prevent New Growth

Even with treatment, there’s always the chance moss will come back. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce this risk. A few best practices are regular roof cleaning, installing of zinc strips, and removing overhanging tree branches.

For a permanent solution, especially if your roof needs to be replaced anyway, consider a new metal roof. Metal is resistant to moss growth. Also, metal has the added benefit of curb appeal and energy efficiency. Therefore, a metal roof improves the value of your home and helps you save on energy bills.

Are you looking for high quality residential roofing services in Woodinville, Bellevue & Snohomish County? Call Allied Construction, a roofing contractor serving the Eastside since 1982. We offer with workmanship warranties on everything we do. To get a FREE quote on any other roofing, decking or fencing services, call Allied Construction at (425) 276-7415.

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Material Options for a Mobile Home Roof

mobile home roof material, mobile home roofMobile homes make up a sizable portion of residences in the greater Snohomish area. Like a traditional home, mobile living units require a durable roof. What are your options for mobile home roof materials? Are the selections more limited than those for traditional homes?

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a mainstay in conventional homes with a sloped roof. They are also available for mobile homes. There is one major difference, though. Installing a second or even a third layer over existing shingles is common practice during renovations and repairs on conventional housing. However, only a single layer is allowed in a mobile home. If the roof requires replacement, all of the existing shingles need to be removed.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are beloved for their beautiful natural stone look. By no means do they look out of place for a mobile home. They are also incredibly durable, lasting 80 to 100 years and also hold up well against humidity and wind. Slate is quite heavy, though, so you’ll need to verify that your mobile home can support the weight of this material.

Metal Roofing

Metal is highly durable and requires little maintenance. However, depending on the construction of the mobile home, metal roofing may not be a good fit. If the architecture is composed mainly of 2×2-foot lumber, for example, then metal panels might not work.

Composite Roofs

Composite roof shingles resemble traditional asphalt or slate shingles but are made from composite material like rubber and polymer. They are typically lighter weight and also more affordable. The light weight, though, gives them a lower wind resistance rating. However, if installers adhere to strict installation protocol, this shouldn’t be a major concern.

We Install Various Roofing Materials on Mobile Homes

We service roofs for mobile homes on a regular basis. More homeowners are also enhancing their mobile property with fencing and/or a deck. Contact Allied Construction if you own a mobile home or are having one built. Your mobile home roof material options are quite diverse.

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What Should You Do with the Space Under the Deck?

space under the deckMost decks are not built directly over the soil or a concrete floor. Most are constructed slightly off the ground or even on the second floor of the home. This gives you a distinct space beneath. What should you do with the space under the deck?

High Deck Use

If your deck is located on the second floor, then you have a tremendous space that should not go to waste. The most logical use is a patio. You can accommodate an entire patio furniture set, and the deck acts as a makeshift awning. Other additions might include lighting, a swinging bench, and wicker furniture. Some owners even install a small playground set or home gym.

Low Deck Use

In most cases, the deck is on the ground floor and no more than one-foot off the ground. Options in this instance are limited, though the space can still be put to good use. Many homeowners use a low deck as storage for items that don’t require climate control. The benefit here is twofold. First, it frees up space in the garage or basement. Second, the presence of the items filling up the space dissuades the growth of weeds. You can create a more solid base below the deck by covering the soil with gravel. Continue Reading →

Winterizing Your Roof: Prep it for the Upcoming Cold Spell

winterizing roofThe Pacific Northwest isn’t the coldest region by a long shot, though it can get quite frosty. Your roof will feel the effects as much as you do. This is why we suggest winterizing your roof. Here are some tips to help you offset the impact.

Visual Inspection

A visual inspection from ground level is insufficient. You actually need to be on the roof to spot any signs of damage. Due to the inherent risks of climbing a ladder to reach the roof, we suggest leaving the pre-winterizing inspection to a professional roofer. However, you may certainly do this on your own if you are comfortable with these types of DIY tasks.

Signs of damage to look for include loose or torn shingles and rot. While seemingly minor, the arrival of snowfall can exacerbate the existing damage. Continue Reading →

A Primer on Residential Fence Height

fence height, residential fenceDifferent fences serve different purposes. This is why fence panels come in varying heights. Keep in mind, though, that even if you prefer a taller fence, panels cannot exceed a certain height. Most cities actually enforce a residential limit on fence height.

Residential Fence Height Regulations

Fence height varies greatly. The typical white-picket fence, for instance, is usually no more than three-feet. Full privacy fences, on the other hand, are upwards of five to six feet.

Why don’t you see fences 10 feet high or ones that are level with the home’s roof? Most municipalities have regulations that limit fence height. In most jurisdictions, fences for a front yard cannot exceed four feet, while backyard fences cannot exceed six feet. Fences have to be shorter if they’re in the front of the home because tall panels can create blind spots for motorists.

If your home is part of a homeowner’s association (HOA), the association may have its own set of rules. If the association says front yard fences cannot exceed three feet, then that’s the maximum allowed, even if the city regulation says otherwise. Continue Reading →

How to Choose the Best Saltwater Pool Deck Material

saltwater pool deck material, saltwater pool deckMore homeowners are investing in a saltwater pool on their property. Installing the pool right on their deck is a trendy home design. You need the right saltwater pool deck material so that the surface holds up even after years of water and salt exposure.

Why a Saltwater Pool?

Unlike a traditional pool, a saltwater pool does not contain chlorine. The chemical tends to leave the skin dry and itchy after a swim. It can even have more long-term health effects. One study found that children who regularly swam in chlorinated water were at an elevated risk of lung inflammation. For adults, chlorinated water has been linked to bladder and rectal cancer.

Saltwater Damage to Decks

Deck panels installed around the perimeter of any pool require highly moisture-resistant properties. Untreated wood is porous, and too much water absorption can accelerate deterioration.

The issue is even more pressing when dealing with saltwater pools. The water that gets into the wood eventually dries, leaving salt granules inside the wood. This gradually warps the wood, giving the surface a fuzzy appearance known as salt-kill.

Good Saltwater Pool Deck Material Choices

Wood decking, while aesthetically beautiful, is not the ideal choice due to its porous nature. However, wood is still a feasible option provided the panels are properly stained and sealed.

Composite decking is a good choice because the surface has an outer protective covering. Our deck panels come courtesy of suppliers Trex® or TimberTech®, both reputable manufacturers. The material of these panels is resistant to water penetration and ideal for a saltwater pool deck.

We Provide the Best Deck Material for Saltwater Pools

The decks we install are made to withstand moisture, salt, and other external elements. We provide equally sturdy materials for fence panels and roof shingles. Call Allied Construction for a new deck installation. The deck material for saltwater pools needs to be of the highest quality and durability.

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Three Metal Roofing Misconceptions Debunked

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Shingles aren’t your only roofing option. Metal roofing is growing in popularity among residences due to its durability. There are a lot of half-truths about this type of roofing that are simply not grounded in reality. Let’s consider some of the most prevalent metal roofing misconceptions

Misconception #1: Metal Roofing Isn’t Right for Contemporary Homes

When it comes to metal roofs, one often thinks of corrugated tin roofing panels associated with weathered-down barns and sheds. In reality, though, metal roofing nowadays comes in various styles and complements modern residences quite nicely. It also fits in with many architectural design schemes, such as stone and vinyl siding.

Misconception #2: Metal Roofing Absorbs Heat

Metal absorbs heat; that’s common knowledge. Therefore, homeowners believe metal roofs absorb heat, which would make hot summers seem even hotter. This is actually not true with respect to modern metal roofing. Thanks to new innovations, metal panels now have high reflectivity and emissivity. This makes them less of a heat absorber than most types of shingles.

Misconception #3: My House Can’t Support a Metal Roof

It’s true that weight considerations are a significant factor during a roof installation. This is especially the case with respect to residential roofing. However, contrary to popular belief, most metal roofing panels are actually lighter per square-foot than most shingles.

The weight isn’t a major cause for concern whether you select metal or shingles. Some installers, however, install new shingles over existing ones without removing the old ones. This doubles the weight of the roof; this is when the roof’s weight becomes a pressing concern.

Don’t Fall for Metal Roofing Misconceptions

We install/replace residential metal roofing. Give Allied Construction a call for roofing work or for services for your fence or deck. By dispelling these metal roofing misconceptions, we hope more homeowners will begin to consider this option for their next roofing upgrade.

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Summer Deck Maintenance: Maintain Your Outdoor Flooring

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Summer is the season of outdoor barbecues and social gatherings. Naturally, this means the deck is going to be used more often, leading to more grime buildup. Deck maintenance is especially important during the hottest time of year; so here are some basic practices that will help you preserve your deck.

1. Clean the Deck

Begin by thoroughly sweeping the entire surface. We suggest following up with a pressure washer to remove deeply embedded dirt and grime. More importantly, pressure washing will remove mold, which is more likely to spread with heat and humidity. Mold can easily grow on unsealed wooden decking. Under the right conditions, it can even grow on composite and laminate surfaces.

2. Stain and Seal the Surface

If you have an older deck, it may be time to stain and seal it. Sealing protects the surface from UV rays and moisture. Begin by staining; you can choose between solid and semi-transparent finishes. The latter is recommended for deck floors in general, though sold finishes really highlight deck banisters and railings.

3. Fix Loose Nails

Loose nails that you can stub your toe on are a safety hazard. If you step directly over it, it can also penetrate soft-soled shoes. Pry out any loose nails with a hammer. Some homeowners hammer the nail back in, but this is just a temporary fix. The nail will just come loose again because the hole has become larger. If you have multiple loose nails, then consider a deck inspection; several deck panels may need to be replaced.

We Perform Summer Deck Maintenance

This is the ideal time of year for an inspection of your outdoor components, such as the deck, fence, and roof. Call Allied Construction for a survey of these areas. Summer deck maintenance ensures that the surface remains presentable and in good condition. 

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Attic Ventilation Myths: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction

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Attic ventilation is absolutely critical for roof health, yet it is also one of the most overlooked aspects. Many homeowners have false ideas about how ventilation works. Here’s some important information about common attic ventilation myths that are based on half-truths. 

Myth #1: Roof Vents Equal Ventilation

Just because the roof has an existing vent does not mean your attic has proper ventilation. Ridge vents, for example, provide very little ventilation if the roof lacks baffles. Likewise, gable vents only circulate air in a set area in the attic. Your home’s structure will determine the best ventilation system.

Myth #2: Vents Are Unnecessary in Cold Climates 

Another misconception is that vents are less important in cold climate areas. Ventilation improves energy efficiency and reduces moisture year-round. While not in the warmest or coldest North American region, Snohomish homes still require adequate ventilation. 

Myth #3: More Ventilation the Better

Too much of a good thing can be counterproductive. More vents mean more potential penetrations where leakage can occur. It also means more seams, which can tear apart and expose openings during windy weather. An inspection will determine the amount of ventilation needed based on factors such as attic size and roof slope.

Myth #4: Attic Vents Release Warm Air

One myth is that vents let warm air escape, thus forcing the heater to work harder during the colder months. Heat escapes due to poor insulation and not because of vents. The vents, though, unfairly get the blame. Poor insulation also allows moisture to seep into the attic, leading to wood rot.

Don’t Fall for Attic Ventilation Myths

To ensure roof longevity, call Allied Construction for a roof upgrade. Summer is also the time of year for a checkup of the fence and deck. Attic ventilation myths are based largely on inaccurate information; arrange for an inspection to determine your roof’s health.

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Four Subtle Signs of Roof Damage

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Some signs of roof damage are obvious, such as a ceiling leak and torn shingles. However, some signs are far less obvious and almost always overlooked by homeowners. Here’s how to recognize the more subtle signs of roof damage.

1. Animals Roaming the Roof

Do you see wildlife constantly roaming your roof? This may include raccoons, bats, or any other animal native to the Snohomish area. Animals tend to look for shelter in an opening that’s away from view. If you consistently see or hear animals on the roof, then it may have an hidden opening.

2. Whistling Sounds

Do you hear a whistling-like noise in the home? This may be due to air entering through small openings in the roof. Roof damage is the most likely cause if all other areas of the home are fully sealed. A roof inspection can determine whether the whistling sound is a subtle sign of roof damage.

3. Black Spots

Many homeowners see black spots appear over the shingles. Yet they take no action, believing the spots to be grime and merely a cosmetic issue. However, black splotches may be mold and are a sign that water is pooling on the surface. Over time, this can lead to bigger openings and leakage.

4. Nails Around the Home

You may see some nails here and there around the edge of the house. If you see nails of the same kind on multiple occasions, then they may be coming from the roof. Displaced nails also mean that the shingles may be coming loose and peeling away at the corners.

We Detect Subtle Signs of Roof Damage

Aside from the roof, other areas like the deck and fence may also exhibit less-than-obvious signs of wear. Nevertheless, they all require the homeowner’s attention. Contact Allied Construction if you suspect subtle signs of roof damage.

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