April 27, 2017 : Shingle Removers Work Hard For You

Ripping off stubborn shingles can be a tiresome, all-day task for roofers. Whether you are pulling up an entire roof or just a smaller section, a shingle remover can make your job much more efficient. Jack the Ripper Shingle Remover takes all of the tough work out of your roof replacement, by quickly cutting through even the most difficult shingle materials. Lightweight and with an 8-inch serrated blade, this shingle remover can get the job done.


The Jack the Ripper Shingle Remover provides over 48 inches of leverage to make the load easier on your legs and back. Have our roofing tools work with you and make your job easier. Equipped with a steel handle and poly-D grip for maximum comfort and control, this shingle ripper cuts through heavy-duty shingles and stubborn materials to cleanly and completely remove the entire shingle. The sleek design ensures no nails or shingle remnants are left behind. Reshingle your roof in no time at all. This is a roofing tool to have handy at every job site.

Double the Teeth, Double the Work Relief

When you've got a stubborn scrap and need extra assistance, AJC Tools also has double the strength. The Double Dipper Shingle Remover is also available for your next roofing project. This shingle remover has double the surface area of the Jack the Ripper. Furnished with over 20 inches of steel, remove a massive amount of shingles much more conveniently. True to its name, the Double Dipper has two steel handles with the same poly-D grip as the Jack the Ripper shingle remover. Tear up stubborn roofing pieces with just one roofing tool. At only 13 pounds, the Double Dipper has a strong and simple structure, capable of doing most of the work for you. Prevent strain and injury with a shingle remover that cuts through even the most resilient shingles.

Clean Up Any Roof

With a solid, larger face, our shingle ripper can score any roofing surface in half the time. Shingle removers eliminate the need to bend over and no more strenuous jobs that take all day. Rip through roofing materials with the razor sharp teeth of the Jack the Ripper or Double Dipper Shingle Remover. Your next roof job is sure to be a success with the durability of an AJC Tools shingle remover. Don't be on-site without one and order one from AJC Tools today.  



March 31, 2017 : Roofing Repairs or New Roof Job?

Roofing Repairs Versus A New Roof Job

 

When to replace your roof is almost just as important as how to do it. Repairing commercial roofs can be costly, but there are benefits to doing it either in parts or all at once as a total roofing job. Sometimes maintenance jobs require little involvement. Replacing shingles or flashing repair can be relatively quick, inexpensive and can add years to the life of your roof. A partial reroof is also an option and can save you thousands of dollars and instead of redoing the entire thing. If your roof is still relatively young and still has a sound structure to it, the partial re-roof is the route to take. However, when the patch jobs become too many, or the damage is more severe, a complete re-roof might be the route to take. This can be extremely expensive but might be the only option. Another way to save money is roofing over your existing roof. This is a quick and easy choice, because there is no demolition. Consider both carefully before tackling your next roofing project.


How Old is Too Old?


The key to a partial re-roof is to know when it's appropriate. Patching and spot maintenance can add as much as 10-15 years to the life of a younger roof. Partial jobs typically cost more per section, because there is more room for error and sometimes additional labor is required. You will still be paying much less when comparing your rates to an entire roofing project. Sometimes the previous roofing layer will need to be removed. A shingle remover is a great commercial roofing tool to take off the layers when you rip the existing one up. If you choose to roof over the existing shingles, it can create a lopsided effect and sections will need to be built up and possibly covered with a ridge cap. This will help the new roof blend into the other sections. It is important to match it as closely as possible, as customers don't want to see the repair job stand out.


Repairs and partial re-roofs can extend the life of your roof for many years. However, if your entire roof is creeping up on its life-expectancy; it is a better call to choose the total roof replacement option. This is a better long-term investment, so you don't have to opt for another partial commercial roofing job a few years after you've already done one.


Signs of the Times


It is important to pay attention to what your roof is telling you, regarding longevity. If you see dark spotting or loose flashing, these could be signs the roof’s age is catching up with it. Excessive water spots can sometimes spread and cause mold issues, which of course can weaken your roof tremendously. Make sure trees are out of the way, and your roof has adequate sunlight to dry quickly. Also, ensure that your drainage system is working properly and pooling water off the surface and away from your house. A dry roof is key to avoiding mold and moss, which can structurally weaken and rot your roof. Any fungus can cause detrimental issues to your roof structure.


Be sure to keep your flashing tightly sealed and gutters secure. The less room for water to get into the crevices, the better. Sometimes, branches can damage shingles and cause openings for water to get into and not dry properly. The tighter your seams are, and the more secure your gutters are, the less chance there is for heavy rain to get into spaces and cause harm. As always, the best maintenance for your roof is prevention. Keeping your roof secure, clean and well-maintained will ensure you get the proper lifespan out of your commercial roof.


 




February 24, 2017 : Spring Roof Cleaning Checklist
Winter can be brutal for most of us. With heavy snow and harsh winds, we all can take a beating in the cold months. But who takes the brunt of these harsh elements? You guessed it, your roof. Roofs are at the forefront of the storm, whatever the season may be. And just like every aspect of our homes, they need care and attention. This spring, extend your cleaning list outside and give your roof the attention it deserves.

Spots Can Be Problematic

The best place to start roof care is, oddly enough, on the ground. Stand back and look for various visual clues. Are there darker areas on your roof? Is there any algae or moss beginning to form? These can be serious warnings there may be an underlying issue. Usually darker spots or fungi mean that water has pooled into a general area, which can be hazardous to the structure of your roof. The growth of algae means the materials are not drying and can weaken and mold if not attended to. Often times it is due to loose or weakened shingles. Sometimes damaged flashing can let too much water collect at the seams. Be sure the structure is sturdy and sound before climbing up there. 
If there are small areas affected, these can be attended to rather quickly and easily. Bleach or copper sulfate solutions can kill any bacterial growth quickly and most of the time, inexpensively. It is important to remember not to power wash the roof. A simple garden sprayer or hose can do the job just fine and won’t dislodge any granules or pull shingles loose, which happens with many high-pressure tools. Safely remove any loose or damaged shingles with a shingle ripper and install new ones where needed.

Clear Gutters Make Dry and Healthy Roofs

The next step for roof spring cleaning is crucial. A healthy roof requires clean and clear gutters. Be sure not to take a hose or blower and force all the debris to the downspout. Clear out twigs, leaves and larger debris first. A handy tool to help with this process is a gutter scoop. This will prevent clogging and is important for proper drainage. Once gutters are clear, then rinse out your downspout thoroughly. Again, avoid high-pressure tools to ensure no equipment is damaged or shaken loose in the cleaning. It has been suggested to tend to your gutters twice a year, especially during the fall when they are more than likely working the hardest. Gutters are your roof drainage system and the key to carrying the water away from your house and foundation. Fix any loose nails holding the gutters and be sure the pieces are tightly secured together to ensure proper drainage and minimal leaks.

Branches Off Keep Shingles On

A step that is often overlooked is not so much on the roof, but its surroundings. Keeping trees cut back and off the roof can reduce moss and mold growth. Adequate sunlight will ensure your roof is drying completely and prevents water collecting. It is also important that branches are kept at a safe distance to prevent damage to shingles, flashing or chimney seals. A seam roller is a great product to be sure seals are tight and repair any flaps or damage that branches may have caused. Keeping branches cut back is also crucial so animals cannot easily access troublesome areas. Nests in downspouts or around chimneys are extremely common and often pricey problems to encounter. Be sure all areas, especially corners and crevices are especially free from leaves, twigs, and debris.
 
The easiest and best way to ensure proper roof care is stopping issues before they arise. Periodic checks and simple clean-up can actually add years onto the life of your roof. With proper cleaning treatments and some spring cleaning check-ups, you will ensure your roof's longevity. Basic care to shingles and minor flashing repairs throughout the year will avoid larger issues down the road and help your roof weather the elements it was made to withstand.



January 30, 2017 : What Are Your Options for Fixing Your Commercial Roof?

Options for Fixing a Commercial Roof

Oh no, you’ve recently noticed a problem with your commercial roof! So what are your options to fix your commercial roof?

Get your business back up and running! Read here what your roof repair options are and what the best one is for your commercial roof.

Before you commit to what steps you will take to recover your roof, here’s what you should consider:

  • How much of your current roof is salvageable?
  • Would replacing your roof affect your commercial business?
  • Do you currently have proper insulation on your roof?
  • Do you want a more short term or long term solution? 

Now that you’ve asked yourself those four questions. Let’s consider the pros and cons of your roof repair options. 

Why Repair

If there is only minor damage and the repairs needed are relatively easy, just do a simple repair on the current issue. Doing a simple repair can extend the life of your roof and is less costly than other options.

Repairing just the damage and not doing a full roof overhaul is your best bet if the roof currently has quality insulation and the membrane of the roof is still in good shape. If the roof currently has an old membrane or poor insulation you should look at other options for your roof. 

Why Coating

One of the most cost effective methods for giving your roof a touch-up! The coating provides an extra layer of protection from potential leaks and helps extend the life of your commercial roof. This coating can solve roof leaks on virtually any roofing material. Also, it’s seamless and easy to install!

Adding a layer of coating is also one of the least disruptive ways of treating your roof. This option is ideal for occupied buildings and won’t hinder your business.

Full replacement  

Sometimes the damage is too much, and complete roof overhaul is the best bet for your building. One indicator that you need to replace your roof is if your roof had to be re-covered once before.

As mentioned earlier if a roof has a dated membrane or poor insulation, a full replacement is the best option that will help address all the roof issues. Also, if the damage consists of 25% of your roof or more, you might as well commit to a full roof replacement.

A total replacement is beneficial because it allows your roof to get fully updated and you’ll be less likely to have problems with your new roof in the coming years. So if you are thinking long-term, a full replacement is the choice for you!


For questions about your roof repairs or needed tools, contact us at AJC Tools.




September 29, 2016 : The Ins and Outs of Roof Cleaning

Why Regular Roof Cleaning is Needed


Over time it is an unavoidable fact that your roof will need cleaning. Your roof will naturally collect algae, moss, dirt, grime, and debris, and proper cleaning and maintenance is essential to the lifespan of the roof. The good news is regular cleaning of your roof will not only increase the lifespan of the roof and prevent damage, but can also improve the property value of your home. Roof cleaning is a fairly easy and straightforward process, but there are some things you will need to be aware of. 

Roof Cleaning - Removing Debris


Debris always seem to end up on top of the roof, luckily removing debris is one of the easiest parts of roof cleaning. In order to safely remove debris from your roof you will first want to make sure you have a sturdy ladder to climb up to your roof with. Once you are on top of the roof you will want to remove any large pieces of debris manually. You can then use a large broom with soft bristles to sweep away any bark, leaves, or other small debris. If there are any metal debris on your roof, such as loose roofing nails, you can always use one of our magnetic sweepers to remove those quickly. After you have taken these steps it is recommended to use a leaf blower to remove any lingering debris you may have missed.

Roof Cleaning - Removing Moss and Algae


Moss and algae are the natural enemies of roofs. These should be removed promptly as they are capable of causing roof leaks and thousands of dollars in damage. In order to remove moss and algae from your roof you should clean the roof with a solution and soft brush. This solution should be acidic, ideally with a pH level below 4. To create this acidic solution we recommend mixing vinegar and hot water at close to a 50/50 ratio, adding some citrus juice to the mixture can help as well. For areas affected by moss, you will want to apply the solution and not rinse it, allowing the solution to kill off the moss, allowing the next rainy day to wash away the solution. For areas with algae growth, you will want to spot clean with a soft brush after applying your acidic solution.

Roof Cleaning - Clearing and Flushing Gutters


It is extremely important to clear your gutters at least once a year, as clogged gutters can lead to leaks and water damage. When cleaning gutters it is recommend to use a scoop to remove any leaves and debris clogging the gutter. Simply dump these debris into a trash bag or onto a tarp to make cleanup quick and easy. Once your gutters are cleared, be sure to flush them with your garden hose, and keep an eye out for leaks in the downspouts!

Important Roof Cleaning Information


There are a few other things you should be aware of when cleaning your roof. Never use a pressure washer for roof cleaning, the high pressure can damage even the most durable roofs. You should also test any roof cleaning solutions on a small surface first to make sure it does not stain or corrode your roof. When cleaning your roof, you should begin applying your solution at the highest point of the roof in order to avoid slipping on a slick roof. You should also make sure you are wearing the proper roofing shoes to avoid slips and falls.




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