We always hear this from our customers when they are replacing their roof. Fascia is the horizontal trim around the perimeter of a roof that covers the trusses or rafters and protects the soffits and is usually wood.
As owners are getting various roof quotes, they are being informed or misinformed by the different roofers. Other roofers often state that they use pressure treat wood for fascia board replacement because it doesn’t rot. This sounds great and seams logical but it isn’t recommended.
Pressure treated wood will permanently expand and contract more than other wood, causing it to split and warp due to the chemicals trapped inside. Pressure treated wood comes wet from the lumber yard and is usually of construction grade. This wood should never be painted, only stained after months of allowing to dry.
The standard wood used for fascia is non treated pine, spruce, fir and cedar. Cedar being more weather and termite resistant but more expensive. The key in preventing rot on your fascia boards is to make sure that all joints, splits and nail penetrations are securely sealed and that the boards are properly primed and painted. This should be checked and done whenever the exterior is painted but is often neglected. It is best to use a latex paint as it will naturally expand and contract with the wood where as an oil based paint will crack.
Tropical storm Arthur’s path is going along the east coast. Don’t wait until it’s too late to prepare for a hurricane. Please see our previous post on how to prepare your roofs for the hurricane season!
After a natural disaster, loss of electrical power, phone lines, cell phones and internet makes communication very challenging with our employees, customers and suppliers. We often take for granted how easy it is to pick up a phone or send an email until we have lost that luxury. Gasoline and supplies may also be very difficult to obtain. We clearly understand these problems as we have experienced several hurricanes since our inception in 1992.
We expect to be in very high demand following a natural disaster, as we were in past years and have a system in place to handle the emergency response required, the additional work load and inconveniences that come as a result . We therefore have an established disaster response and disaster preparedness plan in place in order to be ready when a natural disaster occurs.
This plan ensures that:
All employees know their specific responsibilities and where to meet in case of communication failure.
All jobs in progress are secure and safe.
Adequate reserves of gasoline and diesel fuel for our vehicles and employees are in place.
We have plenty of materials and tarps in stock for both temporary and permanent repairs.
Backup generator for our office and plenty of generator for the job site are available and working properly.
Employees and family are taken care of and understand pay rates and bonuses.
Data systems are backed up and in multiple locations.
Backup work trucks with all necessary equipment are ready to go.
Prioritization of jobs and customers procedures are in place.
We are often asked this question. You first of all want to choose a roof tile that goes with the style of the house. If you want a “Spanish’ look, then use a clay “S” or barrel tile for example that come in terracotta ranges and blends If you want a contemporary look, then you can use a concrete tile which comes in different profiles, textures, colors and blends. A flat concrete tile may look good on a “Colonial” home. Clay tiles are slightly more expensive then concrete but in about 5 years when they have to be cleaned, the clay tile will look like the day you installed them and the concrete tiles will look a little dull and lifeless.
All tiles break, just don’t let anyone on the roof that isn’t careful or experienced, so don’t base your decision on tile strength. All tiles approved in Miami-Dade need to pass various strength tests. Definitely use a foam paddy adhesive as it will substantially increase the breaking point of the tile and give you more wind resistance while avoiding any penetrations in the tile underlayment paper which is the waterproofing layer as water runs underneath most tiles.
Flat tile are more aerodynamic since they have the lowest profile. The use of foam adhesive greatly increases the wind resistance of all roof tiles which have to pass a 150 mph test.
The only roof tiles that are designed in not allowing water to run underneath them are the original two piece pan and cover barrel tiles. The bottom tile creates a channel in the shape of a ‘U’ and the cover then is placed on both sides, thus preventing rain water to flow under the tile. We still find homes in South Florida that have these tiles and are still performing even though the tile underlayment paper is completely deteriorated. Unfortunately, this is the most expensive tile system because it uses two pieces of tile and requires more labor and material to install.
Make sure the tile is not discontinued unless you keep plenty of extra tiles or that it comes with any known problems. Although there are many problematic and defective roof tiles in the market with Miami-Dade approvals, we recommend that you choose a tile from a manufacturer that we recommend.
So in conclusion, provided that you use a quality tile underlayment that will last for many years, like the Owens Corning Weatherlock which comes with a 30 year warranty, and use a paddy foam adhesive, then choose a tile the you like that compliments the look of your property.
Please note that on very steep sloped roofs over 7/12 foam adhesive may not be able to be used and their could be association restrictions on your property.
Get your roof ready for this new hurricane and rainy season!
If you haven’t done so already, this is what you need to make sure of:
1). Remove any debris or loose objects on roofs.
This could include loose tiles and parts left by other trades. A great deal of damage can be done to a roof when objects with sharp metal edges are blown across a roof, puncturing the roof system as they go. Trash and vegetation that may clog drains or scuppers can cause roof failure or collapse .
2). On commercial roofs, make sure a/c compressors or any other rooftop equipment are properly anchored. Many times as these units are replaced they are not strapped down and could become projectiles.
3). Make sure that any necessary repairs are addressed and any preventative maintenance is done.
4). Make sure gutters are clean and secure.
5). Cap off wind turbines, “Whirlybirds”, as they most likely are not hurricane resistant and will leave a big opening in your roof.
6). Trim any trees encroaching or that could fall on to your roof(s).
7). Don’t forget to secure those extra roof tiles we may have left as extras.
We recommend that a contractor, like ourselves, inspect your roof(s) and not to put yourself or an emplyee in harms way. Stay safe this hurricane season!
Jose Vazquez, President
Mainland Roofing Company
p.s. To all our valued customers, should our phones or internet connections go down, you can always visit us at our office, we should be there after a severe storm.