Roof-Related Carpentry Services & Skylight Installation
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The professional roofing contractors at Cycle Roofing & Carpentry offer expert roof-related carpentry services to South Shore MA & southeastern MA homeowners, including the following exterior home improvement services:
- Skilled carpentry as it relates to roofing and siding
- Replacement & repair of rotted trim & damaged wood
- Expert chimney flashing replacement or repair
- Installation of fixed & ventilating skylights
- Ice dam prevention products, roof heating coils, & roof snow removal solutions
Chimney Flashing Replacement Or Repair
Flashing creates a water-resistant shell around the base of a brick chimney to stop water leaks which seep down into walls and ceilings. Failure of the chimney flashing threatens the structural integrity of your roof and exposes the interior of your home to water damage and potentially dangerous mold growth. Due to age, structural settling, and weather conditions, chimney flashing can crack, split, and pull away from the chimney base, necessitating an immediate repair.
Most chimneys in southern New England are constructed with brick and lead flashing. Whenever a roof is replaced, the lead is disturbed and is often damaged. Any puncture, cut or tear in the lead flashing, no matter how minor, will allow water leaks.
Cycle Roofing & Carpentry will carefully inspect your roof and evaluate the condition of the flashing and the mortar in the brick joints. Should our inspection reveal the flashing will no longer do its job, we will recommend it be replaced as part of your roofing project. If the mortar between the bricks has failed, we will also advise that the chimney be repaired or re-pointed.
Skylights Or "Roof Windows"
A skylight is a !roof window! that's main purpose is to bring more natural light into a home. Skylights allow natural light to replace or reduce the use of electricity and lower energy costs. Compared to a similar-sized wall window, a skylight can bring up to eight times as much natural light into your home. Installing a skylight will also add architectural interest and create a sense of openness and space in your home.
There are many different styles, shapes, and sizes of skylights on the market today, giving South Shore & South Coast MA homeowners a wide variety of options to meet their needs or desires. Skylights are generally available in fixed and ventilating types.
- Fixed skylights just allow the light to pass through, but don't open. Tube skylights are a popular choice in South Shore MA and are generally of the fixed type. They make a room even brighter by concentrating natural light, and tube skylights are the simplest to install. A tube skylight is ideal for spaces like hallways or closets where a normal, full-sized skylight won't work. Attics, workshops, extra rooms, or anywhere more illumination is needed are the perfect places to install a tubular or other type of fixed skylight.
- Ventilating skylights can be opened, making them well suited for kitchens and bathrooms. They create a natural updraft to help vent excess moisture from cooking and bathing, or just pull fresh air into any room. Ventilating skylights may be operated by hand, wall switch, a remote, or may even be activated by an automatic temperature sensor.
The Many Benefits Of Skylights Include:
- Allow much more natural light to enter an otherwise dark space without compromising security or privacy
- Save electricity & energy by utilizing nature's own light and warmth
- Bring more ventilation and fresh air into a room
- Add architectural interest, beauty, and value to your home
Ice Damage & Preventing Roof Ice Dams
Ice dams and the resultant water leaks are a common cause of roof and shingle failure in our demanding New England climate. Ice dams form when heat from the attic and the sun warm the roof causing snow to melt. Melted snow runs down the roof until it reaches the colder gutters and eaves where it refreezes into an "ice dam." As the thaw and re-freezing cycle continues, water backs up under the roof shingles or behind fascia boards where it can soak through causing damage to attics, ceilings, and walls.
Preventing ice dams is crucial in protecting the integrity of your roof. Ice dams can be minimized or prevented with proper roof insulation, attic ventilation, and active measures and barriers, such as roof heat coils and roof underlayment.
Roof Heating Coils To Melt Snow & Ice
Cycle Roofing & Carpentry installs roof heating coils or panels to help prevent ice dams. These heating panels or electrical wire cables typically sit along the edge of your roof around the eaves or other snow collection points on the roof. The coils are tied into the electricity supplied to the house. When turned on, electric coils generate a low level of heat sufficient to melt snow and ice near them and allow water to run off your roof.
Apply A Water-Proof Roofing Membrane
One of the the best ways to prevent water from entering your home is to install a water-proof roof membrane. These special membranes often contain rubberized asphalts and an inner synthetic membrane. Water-proof rubber membranes are applied directly to the lower edge of the wood surface of the roof before shingles or roofing material are installed.
The water-proof membrane should also be installed at roof valley locations and areas where the roof might change pitch. All penetrations through the roof such as skylights, plumbing, and other roof vents should also be sealed. Water-proof membranes also work to seal around nails that penetrate the membrane as a finished roof is installed. If water from an ice dam should back up under the roofing materials, it can't get through the membrane and into your home.
Adequate Attic Insulation & Ventilation
Proper insulation in the attic floor is extremely important. Inadequate attic ventilation can ruin your insulation, raise your heating bill, and destroy your shingles. An attic insulated to modern energy standards minimizes heat loss through your home's ceiling. Less heat loss and condensation will reduce the possibility of ice dams caused by snow melting and refreezing at the base of the roof.
Most homes built before 1980 need more attic insulation. Insulation is measured by R-value or resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. For South Shore MA / southeastern MA, the recommended insulation value is R-49.
Importance Of Adequate Attic Ventilation
- Proper attic ventilation provides good air-flow using powered or static ventilation systems
- Attic ventilation reduces attic heat buildup & saves energy
- Attic ventilation releases attic moisture & reduces condensation which contributes to mold, mildew, and wood rot
- Proper attic ventilation prevents infiltration from drifting snow & wind-driven rain
Our South Shore MA & Southeastern MA Service Area
Cycle Roofing & Carpentry provides quality roofing and siding services throughout Plymouth County MA, Bristol County MA, Norfolk County MA, & Dukes County MA including the following South Shore MA, Southeastern MA / South Coast MA, & Martha's Vineyard communities:
SouthCoast MA: Acushnet, Assonet, Attleboro, Berkley, Buzzards Bay, Dartmouth, Dighton, East Freetown, East Wareham, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Mansfield, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, Myricks, New Bedford, North Attleboro, North Dartmouth, North Seekonk, Norton, Ocean Grove, Onset, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Seekonk, Somerset, South Dartmouth, Swansea, Taunton, Wareham, West Wareham, & Westport.
South Shore MA: Abington, Ashland, Avon, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Carver, Cohasset, Dedham, Dover, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Framingham, Halifax, Hanover, Hingham, Hanson, Holbrook, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Milton, Natick, Needham, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Quincy, Randolph, Rockland, Scituate, Sharon, Sherborn, Silver Lake, Stoughton, Walpole, Wellesley, West Bridgewater, West Hanover, Westwood, Weymouth, Whitman, & Wrentham.
Martha's Vineyard: Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, Vineyard Haven, & West Tisbury.
Contact us to discuss your roofing or siding home improvement project!