<![CDATA[MCAS Roofing-Westchester and Putnam NY Roofers - Roofing Tips ]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:37:43 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Roof Leaks: 2 of 2 - Pinpointing the leak]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:19:19 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/roof-leaks-2-of-2-pinpointing-the-leakPicture
Last week we talked about how to determine if your roof has water problems. The last few weeks have been ideal for this as we have had lots of rain. Once you identify a leak on your roof it is time to pinpoint the leak. This can be the hardest part of leaky roofs because often the water will be coming in one spot but showing up in another due to the slope of the roof.

Troubleshooting with trial and error is the only way to pinpoint a leak, and often it will take a roofing professional such as MCAS Roofing & Contracting. Even if you are able to pinpoint the leak on your own, to properly repair it may be difficult.

If you would like to tackle this on your own, here are some tips to help you identify the source of the leak.To determine where to start, look for wet insulation in the attic and this will give you the general area of the source of water.

(1) Look for Light: If you have an attic, go up on a sunny day and and keep the lights off. Look for any light shining through. If water is coming in there is a chance that light is also shining through the same spot. Once you identify the spot, have someone go on the roof while you tap the spot from inside. They can then mark the source so you can repair the shingles or flashing in that area.

(2) Inspect Rubber Boots: Rubber boots are often used as seals around vents, electrical boxes, and exhaust fan flashing. You can wrap paper towels or regular towels around the inside part of the boot. If the towel is wet, that is the source of your leak.

(3) Inspect Roof and Chimney Flashing: The purpose of roof flashing is to keep water out of seams and joints. Inspect the flashing and look for any visible issues. If it is not straight and uniform, this could be the problem. Additionally if a prior roofer did a shotty repair job and used roofing cement instead of replacing the flashing with copper or aluminum, this is a likely source of the leak.

(4) Clean the Gutters: Clogged gutters will often cause leaks because the water has no where to go. If you clean the gutters, this may eliminate the leak completely without having to do any repair work.

(5) Visually Inspect the Roofing: Broken or missing shingles, clay roofing tiles, or broken slate are prime sources of leaks. Often this can be seen visibly by walking on the roof. However, ensure that you are comfortable on the roof, have a spotter hold the ladder, and use a safety harness.

These tips are a great starting point for pinpointing the leak, but often they will not work. Sometimes it will take a true roofing professional, such as MCAS Roofing & Contracting, to be able to see all signs of a leak. Often the signs are subtle and if you are not a professional roofer they will go unnoticed. For any water problems on your roof, contact MCAS Roofing & Contracting if  you are in Putnam NY or Westchester NY. Water problems will leak to mold, fungus, mildew, and other issues that are not only hazardous to the roofing structure, but harmful for your family to breath. We will give these issues the utmost priority and be to you in a flash!

<![CDATA[Water Problems with Your Roofing: Part 1 of 2 Identifying a Leak]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/water-problems-with-your-roofing-part-1-of-2-identifying-a-leakPicture
For those of us that want to enjoy the nice warm weather, all of this rain is discouraging. However those of us that want to make sure our roofs are in perfect shape for the summer to come, rain can be a valuable tool to identify any problems with your roof.

In nature, water always wins and will always find its way in. The smallest gap in your roof will lead to leaks which in turn causes mold, fungus, dry rot, and other problems. The best time to identify any water issues you are having is during a week of extended periods of rain such as the one we are currently experiencing in both Westchester NY and Putnam NY.

Take advantage of the rain and follow these quick tips to make sure your roofing is not at risk to water problems.

1) Watch the Flow of Water: Stand on ground level and watch as the water runs from your roof, to your gutters, and through the down spout. If the water is not making its way through the drainage system, you either have clogged gutters or a gap in the piping. Wait until the weather dries and check it out.

2) Inspect the Attic: When its raining it is smart to walk around your attic with s flashlight. Inspect the insulation first making sure none of it is wet. Then look up to the plywood to see if there are any wet spots. Finally you want to look directly around all vents to make sure there are no gaps.

3) Inspect your Ceiling: A bad leak will expose itself on your ceilings, especially if they are made of sheet rock. Look at the paint as it will be the first to show signs that water is coming through. Exposure on your ceilings likely means you have a bad leak and it is time to immediately call in a roofing professional.

These are quick and easy ways to identify 99% of roof leaks while it is raining. These tips are fast to check out yourself and do not require you to go on the roof during a rain storm (which is the last thing you should ever do). If you do identify a leak, contact MCAS Roofing & Contracting Inc immediately for an estimate in Putnam NY or Westchester NY.

Stay tuned next week for part 2 of roof leaks, how to pinpoint the leak.

<![CDATA[Preventing, Recognizing, and Repairing Black Mold and Fungus]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/preventing-recognizing-and-repairing-black-mold-and-fungusPicture
We all know that harm that water can do. When roofing is not properly flashed or if there are other issues water can leak in causing many problems. We are all aware of the leaking potential, but many people overlook the black mold and fungus that result from water making its way in. This is why it is so important to maintain your roofing. Breathing is important to everyone and everything, including your roof! Improper ventilation can also cause black mold and fungus, so make sure your roofing can breath. If your attic fan is broken or not working properly, get a reputable roofer or contractor in to help restore it to working order.

Black mold and fungus growing on a roof should not be ignored. Fungus releases spores and other allergens that impact indoor air quality. People living or working in environments with mold or fungus present can suffer from hay fever-like symptoms or other more serious health problems. This means that your family can be at risk. This also holds for commercial buildings and puts both your employees and customers at a risk, something you do not want. Roofs containing mold and/or fungus are more likely to eventually have their indoor air quality contaminated with mold spores which can be a dangerous and expensive problem. As the fungus grows on the outside of the roof, it eats away the base of the shingle and expands and contracts with the outside air temperature.

Not only can black mold and fungus on your roofing be dangerous to live around, but this growth and movement loosens the granules, dramatically shortening the life of your roof. Moss growing on a roof causes the shingle tabs to raise allowing water, ice, and rain underneath. The wind will blow off the tab causing expensive exterior roof repairs. Water under the shingle tab will enter the house and cause interior ceiling damage resulting in expensive interior repairs. It can also back up and cause ice damming in the winter, something we need to start worrying about here in Westchester NY as the winter quickly approaches.

Professional power washing and cleaning with commercial grade cleaning agents that safely loosen and remove the organisms causing the roof stains is safe and effective on wood, slate, concrete, vinyl siding, and virtually any hard surface. We use environmentally friendly products and proceses that will not damage nearby vegetation and will not contaminate the environment.

An annual power washing for your roofing is a great idea, but you can also do semi-annual roofing inspections so that you can catch black mold or fungus. If you follow safety guidelines you can walk your roofing once a year yourself if you know what to look for, however, at least once a year have a professional roofing inspector take a look because chances are they can spot smaller problems that you may not be able to see.

<![CDATA[March 27, 2016]]>Sun, 27 Mar 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/june-27th-2017Picture
All houses have seams where construction materials come together. Regardless of the roofing material you use, there will be seams as no roofing materials are continuous. Where the chimney meets the roof, around vents, in the valleys, around skylights, and along the eves flashing is imperative. Flashing is what protects your roofing at these vulnerable points and stops water from seeping in and causing water damage, mold, fungus, and leaks by sealing those gaps. Over time, flashing breaks down and even the smallest issue can lead to major leaks.

Because flashing is your roof's first line of defense against water, it is imperative that your flashing is perfect because in nature, water will always find somewhere to go. Flashing is made from a variety of materials ranging from plastic, to rubber, and everything in between. But these types of flashing are not optimal. They crack easily and will then let water in. The best and only material you should be using is a rust resistant metal such as aluminum or copper. These types of metals won't crack and won't rust, offering your roofing the best possible seal and protection from water. 

Often MCAS Roofing sees other roofers using a roofing cement to repair flashing. They simply put the cement over the old flashing hoping that it will do the trick. However, this could not be more wrong. The roofing cement is strong, but the problem is that once the original flashing continues to break down, it will continue to cause leaks. It is like painting a new layer of paint on top of peeling paint. If you don't sand it down and start fresh, your repair job won't last long. Roofing cement is a temporary fix and will ultimately lead to water damage. To properly seal your roof, old flashing that is leaking should be removed and replaced with copper or aluminum flashing.

The great part about using metal flashing is that it also looks great. You can match the aluminum or copper metal to your style of roof. It is just an added way to keep your roofing looking great!

Now that you know how important flashing is, you need to take the steps to make sure your flashing is protecting your roofing as good as it should be. Flashing is not expensive and when done correctly can help your roofing last longer. If you have had sub-par flashing repairs with roofing cement, or have plastic or rubber flashing, contact a professional roofer today. Even if there are no noticeable signs, there could be minor problems that will lead to bigger issues down the line. A few dollars spent today can save you thousands in the future. ASK MCAS today for an estimate on flashing installation, replacement, or repair.

<![CDATA[Residential Flat Roofing - How to Do it Right]]>Sat, 31 May 2014 23:58:06 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/residential-flat-roofing-how-to-do-it-rightPictureBuilt-Up Flat Roofing with Embedded Marble Chips
For years roofing was a skill that very few could master. Craftsmen had to work with hot burning asphalt in kettles, burning at up to 500 degrees to get the material to properly lay a flat residential roof.  Until modern day technology started to find more user friendly roof applications to replace this dangerous and difficult technique, roofing was a skilled trade mastered by only a handful of extremely skilled workers.

Now as technology has progressed, roofing has become a trade that many claim to be experts in. Today's asphalt roofing materials are easier to work with and no longer need to be fabricated on site. But still, professional roofers that have the skill to work with a wide range of roofing materials are few and far between. One example of this is residential flat roofing.

Many builders and homeowners overlook flat roofing because they think it leads to problems. They think that no slope leads to leakage and many problems throughout the life of a roof. This simply is not true if done correctly by a professional. A flat roof can be aesthetically pleasing, adding a unique design element to your home that really makes it stand out.

Flat roofing materials come in a variety of types including; EPDM Rubber, Built-Up roof membranes, Tar & Gravel, and Modified Bitumen that a roofer can choose strategically based on the application. Every roofer will tell you that their product is the best, but a true professional will be experts in all types of flat roofing and be able to choose the best for each unique application. When installed correctly, flat roofs are convenient, easier to build and more affordable than a sloped roof.

A residential flat roof also gives you the option to install a beautiful roof top deck or garden; not to mention the added benefit to the environment. When you consider many asphalt roofs need to be replaced every 15-30 years, and the shingles end up in a landfill, the benefits of a flat roof are even more pronounced.

When installed correctly by a professional, such as MCAS Roofing & Contracting Inc, a flat roof is wonderful. But there are many disadvantages to flat roofing if done by an unskilled roofer. A professional will install your flat roofing in such a way to negate the disadvantages, but if a roofer doesn't know what they are doing, a flat roof can be disasterous. Without the slope, water can pool on the roof leading to leaks. To prevent leaks, the flat roof must be installed with tapered insulation to direct water flow towards drains. The flat roofing can also be heavier, so the roofer has to make sure the structure can handle the weight.

Don't let rumors scare you away from a residential flat roof, because there are many advantages including price, design, longevity, and the ability to use your roof as entertainment space with a wonderful deck! Just make sure that when choosing a flat residential roof, you choose to work with the best! Whether you live in Westchester or Putnam NY and can work with MCAS Roofing, or live out of state and need guidance on selecting a professional roofer, you can always ASK MCAS!

<![CDATA[The Roofing Essentials]]>Thu, 01 May 2014 00:19:41 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/the-roofing-essentialsPicture
A roof is something that many people pay little attention to. When you think about it, a roof should be one of the top priorities of home or commercial building owner. The roof is what protects you, your family, or your customers from the elements and it is not cheap to replace.

With proper maintenance a roof can last anywhere from 15 years to a lifetime depending on the type of roofing material and the climate. The key to longevity is proper maintenance and upkeep.

There are a whole list of things that need to be done to a roof. Especially up here in Westchester NY where we have drastic changes in temperature and face a vast variety of elements, proper upkeep is key. Here are the top five things you can do to make your roof last.

1) Clean Your Gutters: Clean gutters allow the proper flow of water. Gutters ensure the water has a place to go. If the gutters are clogged, water will backup causing flooding in the warmer months and ice damming in the winter.

2) Roof Inspections: A semi-annual roof inspection, when done by a professional roofer will spot any small problem signs before they turn into costly disasters. The trained eye of a professional roofer will be able to notice much more than the average person.

3) Roof Cleanings: Your roof should be cleaned every so often. The exact time frame varies depending on how well your roof is ventilated, if your roof is exposed to sap or other harmful materials, and the type of roofing material. On average your roof should be cleaned every 1-3 years.

4) Spot Check Your Roof: While roof inspections only need to be done by a professional twice a year, we still recommend looking over your own roof at least once a season, and especially after heavy wind or rain. This does NOT require a ladder or climbing on your roof. Use a pair of binoculars. You can see almost all from the ground. Look for missing shingles, bent or rusted flashing, or stains/mildew/mold.

5) Trim Back Branches: Overhanging branches and dying trees are a big hazard to your roof. The branches can cause minor damage to shingles, but a tree can cause much more extensive damage to your home. Consider having old trees removed or trimmed back to reduce your exposure.

Members of the MCAS Exclusive Maintenance Program already have most of this covered. With FREE semi-annual roof inspections and gutter cleanings; and 10% OFF Roof Cleanings and Repairs, our members are on their way to a roof that lasts a lifetime. For more information on how you can join, give us a call today!

<![CDATA[Spring Cleaning for Your Roof]]>Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:16:27 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/spring-cleaning-for-your-roofPictureThis is how your roof SHOULD look.
The weather is getting warmer and spring is just around the corner. There is a lot to do, and often many aspects of your home will go overlooked. One part we definitely cannot overlook is our roofs.

Spring time is one of the best seasons to give your roof a checkup. We have talked about having a professional roofer, such as MCAS Roofing & Contracting Inc come to give a professional review of your roof to make sure there are no roofing problems that will become bigger. MCAS Roofing now also offers an Exclusive Maintenance Program for our customers that includes semi-annual roof inspections (if you're not already a member ask us for more details). But for those of you that are do-it yourselfers, here are some tips.

1) Look around your yard for any shingles. Shingles on the ground mean there is a bigger problem on your roof. The heavy winter winds can tear off shingles that will expose the underlying roofing materials to the elements. This is something that you quickly need repaired.

2) Make sure your gutters are clean. Clean gutters will permit proper flow of water. The last thing you want is water backing up under your roofing material. This can cause dry rot, mold, fungus, and leaking.

3) Give a once over to your top floor ceilings. Any cracking of the paint can mean there are leaks in your roof. Once they have started to show on your ceilings you can bet there are much worse problems up above.

4) Smell the air in your attic. A damp, musty smell can also mean there is a leak causing growth of mold and fungus. Not only is this harmful to your roofing and structure of your home, but the air quality is extremely poor to breath.

5) Visually inspect your roof. This is the best way to catch any problems before they become worse. What you might not see on the ground could be more visible while walking on the roof, but make sure you are comfortable and work safely (if not call in a professional roofer for this part). Look at the roofing materials for any damage, the gutters for any gaps in the piping, and the flashing to ensure it is not breaking down.

If you are not a person that feels comfortable on a latter, much of this inspection can be done using a set of binoculars. Look around  your roof for missing shingles, mold or fungus spots, or degrading roof flashing.

These are some parts of a roof inspection that a typical homeowner can take on themselves and notice any problems. But remember, the quicker you catch an issue with your roofing, the cheaper it will be to fix. Only a professional roofer will be able to notice all signs that there is something that needs attention. Contact MCAS Roofing & Contracting today for your Spring roof inspection.

<![CDATA[How to Protect Your Roof This Winter]]>Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:55:45 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/how-to-protect-your-roof-this-winterPicture
Ice Dams on Roofs are formed when a ridge of ice forms along the eave of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining. Water is trapped and backs up behind the dam and leaks into the structure. This causes devastating damage to anything in its way; including walls, insulation, ceilings, and expensive personal property that may be inside the house close to the penetrated area. Ice Dams are formed from a combination of snow loads, heat losses from the structure, outside temperature, building materials, ventilation and structural integrity. These factors all contribute to severity of the Ice Dam on the roof and the damage that it can cause to the overall roofing structure.

We are available throughout Westchester NY if this problem may occur. MCAS Roofing can cut channels through the Ice which will allow the trapped water to flow from behind the damn and stop the interior leaking. We also can install a temporary Ice melt to prevent re-freezing on the roof where we do our work.

After the Ice Dam is fixed, a consultation of the complete roof system and permanent repair recommendation can be provided at no charge. Whether you live in Yorktown, Yonkers, Bedford, Croton on the Hudson, or anywhere else in Westchester, NY, chances are you will have some extent of Ice Damming this winter. It has been a rough winter and with the drastic temperature changes following heavy snowfall, ice and snow removal from your roofing is imperative to prevent permanent damage. ASK MCAS today for more information on Ice Dams and Snow Removal!

<![CDATA[HVAC Units and Your Flat Commercial Roofs]]>Sun, 03 Nov 2013 15:21:32 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/hvac-units-and-your-flat-commercial-roofsPicture
When installing an HVAC Unit have a roofer on site
Anyone with a business knows that keeping your customers comfortable is a key part to maintaining a happy clientele. To keep all that square footage cool, you need a big Heating and Air Conditioning Unit on your flat commercial roof. While these big units are great for keeping cool, they are also one of the leading causes of commercial roofing problems. Many fail to consider the implications of putting such a big unit on a flat roof. Anytime a HVAC unit is going to be installed, it is a good idea to have a professional roofer on site to look out for the integrity of the roof.

When one of these units goes onto your roof, cuts have to be made. Anytime you cut into a roof, especially a flat one, there are risks of serious leaks down the line. Paying careful attention to properly seal and install flashing at all the seams is the only way to ensure the interior will be protected from the elements. Your HVAC Installation team is probably great at what they do, but installing flashing properly is the job of an experienced roofer.

Another potential issue to consider when installing a rooftop HVAC Unit is pooling of water around the unit. These AC units give off a lot of water from condensation. There is nothing that can be done about that. The bigger the unit, the more water it will create. If left to puddle not only will the water cause stains and leaks, but it will lead to mold and fungus growth on your roof. A simple solution is to channel the water to the nearest roofing drain. These lines need to be inspected at least semi annually to ensure they are doing their job. Mold and fungus will not only lead to costly repairs, but health issues for your customers.

Anytime work is done on your rooftop unit, special care must be given to ensuring the roof remains undamaged. An HVAC technician can possibly ruin the flashing around the unit or damage the roofing membrane when performing routine maintenance. MCAS Roofing & Contracting recommends to everyone to have at least semi annual roof inspections for all roof types. These inspections are meant to identify problems before they grow and become big and costly. When installing an HVAC unit it is always best to do it when your roof is initially constructed so that builders and roofers can work together on the plans. But if you do install an HVAC Unit after the fact, have a professional roofer on site. If you are anywhere in Westchester NY or Putnam NY, Contact MCAS Roofing today!

<![CDATA[Stucco Products for Your Home]]>Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:35:54 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/stucco-products-for-your-homePicture
Residential Stucco Application
MCAS Roofing now has experienced Stucco Applicators on staff. Stucco is a beautiful way to make your home stick out and it comes in a variety of colors. A variety of textures and finishes can be used. Even if you do not do your entire siding for your home in stucco, it is ideal for detail work such as arches or columns. Stucco sticks well to a variety of surfaces including brick, concrete, painted surfaces, and more!

The best part about stucco is its durability. The stucco products MCAS Roofing uses from California Stucco provide crack resistant finish over a masonry base. It is resistant to mold, mildew, and abrasions. The product is extremely economical when compared to other forms of siding. Stucco is also maintenance free. It is resistant to abuse and there is no need for repainting. All you have to do is clean gently with a garden hose and some soapy water.

Stucco also provides a fire resistant barrier to your home. It will not smoke, burn or give off fumes if there is a fire. The Stucco siding will serve as a barrier from the cold and heat and keep your home feeling the perfect temperature all year long.

With all of the benefits of Stucco, it is something you should definitely consider. There are over 60 options to choose from as far as color and it really gives you a great look!
Contact MCAS Roofing & Contracting for more information on applying stucco to your home or with any questions.