<![CDATA[MCAS Roofing-Westchester and Putnam NY Roofers - Roofing Tips ]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:44:07 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[July 27th, 2014]]>Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:50:24 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/july-27th-2014Picture
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.

<![CDATA[Choosing the Best Contractor]]>Sun, 08 Sep 2013 22:56:25 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/choosing-the-best-contractorPicture
We've had many customers recently call us after having shotty roofing work done, spending thousands of dollars with a roofer that didn't know what they were doing, and then having to spend thousands more to get the shotty work fixed. This is very troublesome to us as both professionals and as human beings as it is horrible to hear. Therefore we just wanted to touch again on what you shood look for when hiring any contractor.

Choosing the right person for the job is key with a project as big as new roofing. You want to make sure they have the qualifications and experience necessary to successfully complete the job. Let's go over a few tips for choosing a reputable roofing contractor.

1) Make Sure They are Insured: Anytime you have a contractor coming to your home or business you want to make sure they have the proper insurance. They should carry workman's compensation and general liability insurance. Ask to see a copy of the insurance card. The last thing you want is to have something go wrong and it fall on your shoulders!

2) Make Sure They are Licensed: Most states require that all contractors are licensed. New York is one of these states; if you live outside of New York you can check with your local building and zoning commission. In NY the contractor is licensed to work in a specific county. MCAS Roofing is licensed in Westchester, Putnam, and Yonkers, NY. Ask to see a copy of the contractor's license, if they can't show it to you then that roofing contractor is not for you. You can also check directly with the county to verify the contractor's license.

3) Make Sure They are Experienced: The number of years someone has been in the roofing industry will help give insight as to whether they can successfully complete your roofing job. Ask the roofing contractor about their work history. Make sure they are experienced with the roofing material you plan to use.

4) Company Philosophy: Discuss roofing application techniques and guarantees. Do your homework as a consumer and know what you are buying. Make sure what the contractor tells you makes sense. If you have any doubts, talk to someone else that has a little more knowledge. It is also a good idea to call your local building and zoning commission to make sure the contractor will be building within code and whether a permit is required.

5) Beware a Low Roofing Bid: Let's face it, if something is too good to be true it probably is. If a roofing contractor's bid seems suspiciously low, there is probably a reason. A roofer that can come in and under-cut the competition by a high percentage likely is not reputable. They may not be insured or licensed. There is also the possibility they are using inexperienced workers or poor quality roofing materials.

For all your questions on roofing or hiring any contractor around your home you can Contact MCAS Roofing & Contracting Inc

<![CDATA[What Roofing Material is Right for Your Home?]]>Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:06:45 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/what-roofing-material-is-right-for-your-homePicture
Slate is a great choice for roofing material!
We often get roofing questions about what the best type of material to use is so we thought we would briefly touch on this. The answer to this question is not straight forward and depends on a variety of factors.

There are so many types of roofing materials out there today you have a lot of choices. There is the traditional asphalt shingle roof, shingles made from composite recycled materials, tile roofs, slate roofs, flat tar roofs, and wood shingles to name a few.

Before you begin making a decision it is important to consider the structure of your home. Certain roofing materials may be too heavy for the design of your home. The only way to figure this out is to have a professional roofer inspect your current roof (they may also need to call in a home inspector). Slate roofing and tile roofing is heavier than traditional wood and asphalt shingles. The last thing you want to do is install a roof that compromises the integrity of your structure.

Another aspect you must consider is longevity of the product. How long do you plan on staying in your home? What is your current budget? Typically a slate roof lasts the longest, but it is more expensive up front. However if it is in your budget and your house can handle the weight a slate roof will save you a lot of money on roof replacements over a lifetime. There are also lifetime warranties being offered now by companies such as GAF on their shingles. MCAS Roofing offers these warranties at an additional cost to all Westchester NY and Putnam NY customers.

The climate of your roof is another factor to think about. Many types of roofing material we have discussed are good for the drastic temperature changes we experience here in the northeast. So this is not too much of a factor here. In the extreme cold and extreme heat asphalt shingles are probably something you should stay away from.

The final decision you need to make once a professional helps you decide what roofing materials you need to stay away from is the design. What type of look are you going for? If you want a classic look slate is beautiful. In our opinion it is the best looking material out there, but it must fit the design of your home. A stone or brick house looks great with a slate roof. If you want the villa look, maybe go with a tile roof. If you have traditional wood, vinyl, or aluminum siding asphalt shingles are probably the best roofing material to use. Our design team at MCAS Roofing can help make the best choice for you.

When it comes down to it, there a variety of options and there is no one roofing material that can be considered the best. If you are building a new home, your options are limitless as long as the type of material is taken into account when designing the plans. Contact MCAS Roofing for a consultation and we can help you decide! Take a look at our past residential and commercial work and see the variety of roofs we have done in the past.

<![CDATA[Can I Really Wash My Roof?]]>Thu, 01 Aug 2013 01:34:51 GMThttp://westchesternyroofers.com/roofing-tips/can-i-really-wash-my-roofPicture
Dirty Westchester NY Roof
We wash our clothes, we wash our cars, we wash lots of things; but many of us don't ever think to wash our roofs. Because generally roof shingles are darker, you don't tend to notice the dirt. However, eventually as time goes on if we do not keep our roofs clean we run the risk of not only dirt, but mold and fungus.

Have you ever seen those black streaks running down your roofing? Perhaps green spots? This is all due to algae and when it rains the water will only spread this. Not only does this look bad, but the algae can cause the roofing shingles to break down well before they should. Many roofs are replaced not because the roofing material has broken down, or because the roof has reached its useful life, but because mold, algae, or fungus ruins the roofing material prematurely.

Not only can a failure to clean your roof cause a breakdown in the roofing material and a nasty look, but it can also cause harm to you and your family. Dirty roofs are prime growth spots for fungus and black mold. These are some of the most harmful forms of bacteria that you can breath and the younger a person is the more susceptible they are to fungus and mold. This means that a dirty roof can and eventually will cause extreme harm to your family, especially your children.

This can all be prevented with an annual roof cleaning. Roof cleaning should be one of MCAS Roofing & Contracting's primary service calls, but the fact is few people ever think of having their roof cleaned. MCAS Roofing uses an environmentally friendly process that cleans your roof. The chemicals we use will not hurt your roofing material, the vegatation around your home, or your family's health.

There does come a point when a dirty roof can not be cleaned. The best way to extend your roofing is to clean it annually and MCAS Roofing & Contracting Inc offers the most competitively priced and environmentally friendly cleaning services in Westchester and Putnam NY. Don't believe us? Call and ask around, or better yet contact MCAS Roofing & Contracting for a price quote today!