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General Roofing information

Is Roof Pitch Important?

Roof pitch can effect the choice of roofing material that is appropriate for your home.

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Low VOC Roof Adhesives

Roofing system adhesives are changing.

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My Roof is New but My AC Stopped Working

With a little preparation and planning this is a problem that you need never experience when replacing a roof.
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Removing Snow from a Roof

Winter is coming soon. Can you use "Ice melting pellets" on a roof? Read more...

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Roof Gutter Screens

Clogged gutters can be a real bother. Leaves and other debris that collect in the rain gutters can be unsightly and worse can cause leaks. Read the rest of entry »

Importance of Roof Slope

The best performing roofs have positive pitch. Ideally this should be provided in the deck. Read the rest of entry »

Chimney Repairs Long Island

As chimneys age, the mortar joints erode away and eventually can allow bricks to detach or allow water into the masonry. Roof leaks often result from this rarely seen detail.

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Black versus White Roof

There is a movement among commercial roofs towards white reflective membranes rather than black absorptive membranes. 
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Ladder Safety

One of the often over looked safety issues is ladder safety. Read the rest of entry »

HVAC Roof Units

A roofing professional should be onsite anytime a new HVAC unit is installed to ensure that the unit is secure so it can’t move, and that all curbs, flashings and sealants are correctly installed. Read the rest of entry »

Choosing a Roof Color

changing your roof color can cause unforeseen changes to your building.

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T-Lock Roof Shingles

When architectural shingles came into being, the use of T-lock roofing shingles lessened greatly to the point that it was no longer cost effective to manufacture them. Read the rest of entry »

Common Roof Leaks- Valley

There are three acceptable ways to install a valley according to the NRCA National Roofing Contractors Association Handbook. Read the rest of entry »

Common Roof Leaks- Ridge Caps

When there are leaks at the ridge of the roof it is often because the ridge is not installed correctly or shingles are missing. Read the rest of entry »

Cricket on the Roof

Roof Crickets are small so some crickets are not roofed with shingles. Either a flat roof system (such as EPDM) or sheet metal (such as copper) can be used instead of shingles.

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Cool White Roof

In the struggle to reduce heat island effect, white reflective roof membranes may not deliver the huge savings they are promising. Read the rest of entry »

Chimneys & Roof Leaks

As brick chimneys age, the mortar joints erode away and eventually can allow bricks to detach or allow water into the masonry. Roof leaks often result from this rarely seen detail. Read the rest of entry »

Choosing a Roof Counter Flashing

By matching the roof flashing to the wall type, conditions and project budget, Roof Services is able to provide their customers with the best value for keeping water out between the critical roof-to-wall joints. Read the rest of entry »

Finding Roof Leaks

Roof Services professional roofers find the majority of roof leaks relatively easily. However, even with decades of experience, some roof leaks will require much more than a visual examination to determine the point of water entry. Read the rest of entry »

Roof Cleaning

The portions of a roof that receive the least amount of sunlight are more likely to have roof stains. This is why some homes may have roof stains only on one side of the roof, typically the northern and/or western exposure or in heavily shaded areas. Read the rest of entry »

Hidden Damage on Roofing Job

It is important to remember that due to building construction the quantity of water from a roof leak, visible inside of the building at the leak location may not be the same as the quantity of water which truly enters into the building. Read the rest of entry »

Rooftop Urban Agriculture

 Roof Services is proud to be an active member in the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities organization and advance the growth of green roofs throughout the New York City metro area while always remembering that the primary function of the roof must be its continued watertight performance. Read the rest of entry »

Historical Building Preservation

Roof Services has been involved in several historical roof preservation projects which have been guided by the rules of Historical Preservation including the cornice restoration at Ellis Island in New York City, tile restoration at Coindre Hall in Huntington and the Delacorte Clock & Bethesda fountain in Central Park. Read the rest of entry »

How to Install Fleece Back Roofing Membrane

Fleece back roofing membrane offers the advantage of utilizing a two-part urethane membrane adhesive rather than traditional, solvent based adhesive. Read the rest of entry »

NY State Building Codes- Roofing Specifications

Based upon the current NEW YORK STATE BUILDING CODES there are several conditions which must be addressed prior to finalizing the roofing specifications which will be used on a building in the state of New York.
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Is It Time for a New Roof?

Is it Time for a new Roof, what are the reasons to replace a Long Island, NY roof? Read the rest of entry »

How to Safe Off a Shingle Roof

How to safe off a shingle roof in NY. Read the rest of entry »

Spring Home Checkup List

Long Island, New York had a very mild winter. Now that spring is here and we all collectively come outside, wipe our eyes, stretch and look at our houses to see what we need to do to get the house ready for warm summer months ahead. Read the rest of entry »

The Life of an Overburdened Roof

A new roof assembly should be designed to outlast the proposed overburden and the roof installed before it is covered by the overburden. Read the rest of entry »

Can You Install Your Roof?

You may have considered installing your Long Island Roof yourself. You think that you only need a ladder and a few tools, “How hard can it be”? Taking that simple view, it seems to be a reasonable alternative to hiring a roofing contractor to replace your roof- or not. Read the rest of entry »

Decline in Asphalt Flat Roof Installations

Today’s roof asphalt does not have the crude oil content it once had. This reduced oil content causes the installed asphalt to harden and become less pliable. The old higher oil content asphalt provided longer water proofing protection simply because it took longer for the greater amount of crude oil in the asphalt to evaporate out of the asphalt. Read the rest of entry »

Million Dollar Roof

Will your roofing job cost you a MILLION DOLLARS? Read the rest of entry »

Long Island Leaders and Gutters

Depending on your choice of the material and style, on how many linear feet that you are having installed the price for leaders and gutters on Long Island can range from around $4.00 per foot installed to over $40.00 per foot installed. Read the rest of entry »

Roof Repairs Needed after Hurricane Irene

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, Long Islanders are finding that their homes and businesses are in need of repairs to the roof. Roof Services, a long island roofer is prepared to respond to emergency roof repair requests anywhere on Long Island and the surrounding areas. Read the rest of entry »

Insurance Crisis for NY Roofers

This spring NY Roofers and masonry contractors across the State of New York are finding out that their General Liability premiums are increasing anywhere from 100% to 300%, or even worse they are being canceled by their existing insurance carrier. Read the rest of entry »

Pricing a New Roof Job

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9 Things to Know Before Replacing Your Roof

Following these nine steps before replacing your roof will dramatically increase the odds of hiring a quality contractor and experiencing a problem-free roofing job. Read the rest of entry »

When Should I Replace My Roof?

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Why Get Roofing Quotes?

 You are about to spend several thousand dollars on a project that should last you 30 years it is worth the effort to get three written quotes. There are several very important reasons why you need to go through the effort of getting written quotes. Read the rest of entry »

About Asphalt Roofing Shingles

These new shingles were designed to be more attractive. This was accomplished by building the shingles in layers with exposed edges to give the shingle the appearance of depth. Another result to this construction design was to make the architectural shingle much heavier that three tab shingles.

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Why Hire a Roof Consultant

If you are looking for advice about roofing problems on Long Island and are getting mixed advice from contractors, get a 3rd party opinion and hire a roof consultant. You'll be glad you did! Read the rest of entry »

Repair or Replace My Roof?

There are many ways to establish the criteria of whether or not you should repair or replace your roof. Read the rest of entry »

About Skylights

If a homeowner picks the wrong roofing contractor to install a skylight, they may regret the decision to buy the skylight altogether. If you plan on having someone install the skylight for you, you will need to discuss the following items Read the rest of entry »

Improving Our Environment

In roofing systems there are several things that can accomplish that goal. They are reflective membranes, energy creation through solar panels, improved thermal performance and the elimination of toxins with garden roofing. All of these applications can improve the environment. Read the rest of entry »

Recycling Roofing Materials

The roofing industry with the rest of the construction world is only starting to implement procedures for material separation at the job site so they can be recycled. In most cases all of the roofing debris was placed into a single dumpster and put in a landfill. Read the rest of entry »

Green Roof Energy Efficiency

The first tenant of green roofing is “Increasing Energy Efficiency”.  On the surface this is easy to understand. If you add more roof insulation to a new roof assembly than you had in the previous assembly, such that you keep the cold out in the winter and the cooled air in during the summer, then you have made your building through the installation of a new roof system more green. Read the rest of entry »

What does Green in Green Roofing Mean?

We have seen a wide variation of “Green” improvements and the benefits ranging from almost nothing to the very substantial. You need to be careful because you might think that you are installing a green roof when you are in actuality getting very little green benefit. In order for a roofing assembly to truly be “Green” it follows one or all of these three basic tenants. Read the rest of entry »

Is it time for a new Flat Roof?

If you follow these nine steps, you will dramatically increase the odds of hiring a quality contractor and experiencing a problem-free job. Read the rest of entry »

Commercial Roofing reduces Heating and Cooling Costs

The combination of the light colored TPO membrane roofing and new insulation will make these homes dramatically more thermally efficient. These changes will reduce the heating and cooling costs for the homeowners over the twenty year life of this roof system. Read the rest of entry »

Controlling Black Streaking on a Roof

Have you noticed that some asphalt shingle roofs in the northeast have black streaking on them? Some roofs have just a little bit and others have what seems like the entire roof covered with this ugly mess. There appears to be other patterns which I assume helped in finding the solution. Many roofs have the streaking on either side of a roof penetration but not below it. Read the rest of entry »

Roof Warranties

Congratulations on your new roof. It means that you are now protected against leaks for the life of the warranty and you can forget about your roof. Or does it?
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Roofing Apprenticeship Program

In October of this year, Roof Services Apprenticeship Program was been approved by the New York State Department of Labor. Read the rest of entry »

How Does Rain Get Into My House?

The roof system is the most invisible component of the building envelope. Its primary function is to keep water out of the building. While most other building envelope components have other primary functions, every component must be watertight in order to keep the contents of the building dry Read the rest of entry »

Green Logic Solar Energy Alliance

Roof Services is pro-active in seeking out and building relationships with other companies that we believe can be mutually beneficial to our clients. About 2 years ago we began a relationship with Green Logic Energy, a solar energy company serving the same general area which includes Long Island and the New York City metropolitan area. Read the rest of entry »

When is it Time for New Roof Shingles?

When do I need to replace my shingle roof? The most obvious sign that your house needs a new roof is the appearance of roof leaks. As the roof ages it will become less effective at doing its job of keeping your home watertight. Read the rest of entry »

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

Following these nine steps will dramatically increase the odds of hiring a quality roofing contractor and experiencing a problem-free job. Read the rest of entry »

Roofing Rebates from National Grid

Working with Roof Services, a building owner will not only get a rebate from National Grid for upgrading their roof, but will receive the benefit of reduced heating and cooling costs. These combined benefits will dramatically reduce the net installed cost of the new roof. Read the rest of entry »
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