Fiber cement is a popular material used for siding. It is environmentally friendly, with a composition formed by sand, cement, cellulose fibers and other filings; it does not contain asbestos, formaldehydes, sepiolites and other inorganic fibers, which makes it a perfectly safe material. It is a great choice of the Fayetteville roofing industry.
Fiber cement is a class A1 non-combustible material and, under fire conditions, it does not emit fumes or gases dangerous for humans, it provide protection and limits the fire spreading to other areas.
Fiber cement panels are a great material for exterior siding and facade decorations, being extremely resistant to severe weather conditions, freeze-thaw cycles, acid rains, UV rays, insects, etc. The fiber cement panels are dimensionally stable and offer great impact resistance; they are light but rigid and are extremely durable over time, coming with very long warranties.
Fiber cement siding provides good thermal and sound insulation. The panels are easy to handle, process and install, and are being used in finished and unfinished forms. The finished form means that the panels can be mass colored, painted with special UV resistant paints, plastered, embossed, printed, punched etc. thus being available in a generous range of textures and colors. Unfinished fiber cement panels must be painted, or they may represent a stable support for other finishes such as ceramics, natural stone, wood, glass etc.
What To Expect During Arkansas Storm Damage Season
The geographical position of Arkansas makes it vulnerable to being affected by hurricanes that form in the Pacific, but this state also ranks in the first position when it comes to tornado occurrence, being hit by more than 130 tornados per year.
Luckily, not all these phenomena have the same intensity and impact, but the history has also seen some serious disasters here: 1900, 1915, 1961, 1967, 1983, 2005 and 2008 are only some of the years that witnessed the power of destructive storms. According to recent studies, the occurrence of storms is higher in the upper coast area (almost 60% of all tropical cyclone landfalls), compared to the lower Texan coast (39%).
The most serious threat from storms in Arkansas is from flooding. Even weaker or slow moving cyclones can produce very heavy rains.
Other damage aside from flooding: damaged residential and public properties, power cuts, damaged cars, injured people and, sometimes, fatalities. Some companies are forced to discontinue their activity, if transport infrastructure is destroyed, and agricultural activity may suffer too, when the storms hit.
Of course, not all storms are strong enough to cause significant damage, but it is good for people to know what they can expect, in order to take appropriate precautions before the storm damage season. The good news is that is you can trust a Fort Smith roofing contractor to repair your roof, and even provide the strongest possible roof to endure most storms.
A “real” winter is enough to remember us why the thermal comfort is so important in a building. There is one thing that makes the difference between an energy-efficient and warm house and a house with significant heat losses and costs. We are talking about thermal insulation.
Thermal insulation refers to any system applied to the building in order to limit heat transfer through walls, roof, floor, windows and doors – in any season.
Practically, insulating a home means applying heat insulating materials (expanded or extruded polystyrene, mineral wool and other materials) on the interior and/ or exterior of the walls, under the roof, and over the concrete floor. Exterior siding also increases energy-efficiency, especially when it is combined with another wall insulating method.
First, we have to emphasize that a quality and professionally installed thermal insulation can eliminate up to 50-60% of the heat loss specific to a non-insulated or poorly-insulated building. Hire a quality Bentonville roofing contractor for the job. Therefore, the costs of heating the house drop by up to 50%! And there is more: insulation lowers the risk of air dryness, by increasing indoor air humidity. On the other hand, this also means that it requires proper ventilation.
Another advantage of thermal insulation is also felt in the summer, when the indoor temperature stays comfortable, despite the dog days outside.
In some situations, if the source of a water leak is particularly hard to find, it may not be related to a problem of the roof`s structure. Here are some examples.
Leaks caused by ice dams
In the cold season, ice dams form on most roofs and prevent water from flowing down. We all know that stationary water may be dangerous, as it infiltrates easily and causes leaks. Once the ice dam is gone, the leak will also stop (if there is no other problem related to the roof), but it is frustrating to experience the effects of a leak especially if your roof is in perfect shape. You can prevent this problem by having roofers that are experienced in roofing Fort Smith homes install quality membranes under the roofing.
Leaks caused by wind driven rain are also temporary and have nothing to do with any roof damage, but only with particular and rare circumstances when wind is so strong that it drives water up and under the roof. Once again, membranes but also tarpapers are in the first defense line.
Leaks caused by condensation
Another situation when you experience a water leak in the house although there is nothing wrong with your roof is caused by attic condensation that may produce a high level of humidity.
The Most Important Advantages of Gutters with Leaf Guards
The gutter system is an important component on any house, just ask any of the Bentonville roofing companies with experience – the pipes installed under the roof have the role of directing rain water and melted snow away from the building, thus preventing water damage. Gutter pipes can perform well only if the way of the water that flows through them is unobstructed and the best way of assuring that is by installing leaf guards on the pipes – here are the most important benefits offered by these efficient, simple and inexpensive additions:
Preventing gutter clogging – leaf guards are inserts installed inside or on top of the gutters that prevent leaves and other type of debris such as dust, stones and twigs to settle inside the pipes and to obstruct the way of the water inside the gutter pipes.
Preventing nesting – birds and rodents love gutters and they often lay their nests inside the pipes, especially during dry spells. Leaf guards occupy the inside of the pipes or work as a filter on the top, so animals cannot find their way into the pipes.
Easier cleaning – leaf guards are easy to clean.
Improved gutter health – leaf guards prevent water ponding and debris deposits, therefore they make the gutters more resistant to corrosion and rusting, thus prolonging the life of your gutters.