Friday, April 25, 2014

Things You Should Know About Skylights

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With the clear, warm weather upon us, many homeowners are beginning to crack open their windows and raise their blinds to let a ray of light and a gust of fresh air into their rooms. Although for some the sunlight from their windows and doors is enough, others are left wanting more. One option to let more light into your home is by installing a skylight. Essentially, these are windows that are installed in the roof or ceiling and prove to be particularly successful for rooms in a home that don't receive much natural light. However, as a homeowner there are a lot of things you should know before choosing to include a skylight in your renovation plans. With help from the DIY Network, we've compiled a list of the top 10 things you should know before installing a skylight:
  1. Quality: When choosing which skylight to install, make sure to consider energy efficiency, water tightness, sound reduction, ventilation and shading. Though they are primarily favored in the summer, don't forget that they'll be visible all year long and therefore you'll still want to be satisfied after summers end.
  2. Placement: Placement is often determined by the architecture of your home and location of your rafters. Make sure you are familiar with the layout of your home before cutting out sections of your roof - otherwise, you may just end up with an unwanted hole!
  3. Weather: Keep an eye on the weather as you begin installation of your skylight. Bad weather can delay the project or even make installation impossible if moisture sneaks in in the process.
  4. Safety: If you plan to install your skylight yourself, check your equipment (such as your ladder) and attire before beginning installation. Falling is a real possibility so be sure to have everything in place first to prevent any injuries.
  5. Know Your Slope: Make sure you know the dimensions of your roof before choosing a skylight since they vary in size and shape.
  6. Inside First: Again, if you plan to do the installation yourself, make sure that you start from the inside so you can avoid cutting any electrical wires. Once you've completed this step, outline the corners of your skylight and work your way out.
  7. Shingle Removal: Once you get to the outside, remove the entire sheet of shingles from your roof until you see the opening. This will make it easier to reconstruct your roof once installation is complete.
  8. Waterproofing: Waterproof flashing will keep your skylight looking and working great. By installing the flashing you will divert any water or ice away from the opening.
  9. Interior Construction: Don't be surprised if you need to do some work on the interior of your home after installation is complete. You might need to apply a bit of sheet-rock and extra insulation to make sure nothing but light comes in through your skylight.
  10. Self-Ventilating Skylight: While skylights are usually used for their ability to let in light, many give you the option of letting in air too. Consider a brand that allows you ventilate your room in addition to lighting it up.
Doing any construction to your roof alone can be intimidating. That's why we suggest hiring a professional who will get the job done in a safe and timely manner while seeing to it that your project is done correctly. At Phil's Main Roofing, we offer roofing services to both the commercial and residential sectors. Our team of licensed roofers is available for a variety of roofing projects and will install top roofing brands in addition to providing all around quality service. Call us at (203) 838-4545 to schedule your FREE estimate today!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Going Green With A "Green" Roof

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A green roof, also known as a rooftop garden, is a layer of plants, flowers, or other vegetation that grows on a roof top. This living layer may cover all or part of a building's roof, and it is usually planted over material that has already been waterproofed. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, this type of roof provides shade and helps to reduce temperatures of the roof surface and surrounding air by the way it can remove heat through a process known as evapotranspiration.

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There are many approaches to installing a green roof since there are many things you have to consider. The first of course, is does the architecture of your roof permit for vegetation? Once you've established that your building can sustain a green roof, it is time to decide what kinds of plant life you will include. Thanks to the EPA, in honor of Earth Day, here are some benefits and costs of installing a green roof:

  • Reduced Energy Use: Since green roofs absorb heat they act as insulators for their buildings. Ultimately, this reduces the amount of energy needed to provide cooling and heating to your home or building.
  • Reduced Pollution: By acting as an insulator, green roofs lead to lower demand for air conditioning. This means that the amount of time you leave your air conditioner on throughout the summer months is reduced. Therefore, green roofs reduce the amount of pollution that is emitted from your cooling system.
  • Improved Water Management: Green roofs can slow down or even reduce any storm water runoff that would otherwise occur after a rain storm. Green roofs can also filter pollutants that are emitted during rainfall.

The cost of installing a green roof typically starts at $10 per square foot for simple roofs and $25 per square foot for more extensive roofs. Additionally, green roofs also require extra annual maintenance, which can range from $0.75-$1.50 per square foot. Although the cost of installing a green roof tends to be higher than other materials, they prove to be financially friendly in the long run since they can reduce energy costs.

At Phil's Main Roofing, we offer services such as new construction, modified roofing, structural repair, preventative maintenance programs and more to both the commercial and residential sectors. We are a a fully licensed and insured roofing company that has been in business for over 65 years. Our team of professional roofers will work with you to install the top roofing brands and will make sure your roof is built to last. Call us at (203) 838-4545 for your FREE estimate or visit us online at for more information.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Flat Roofs: How to Slope and Waterproof

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As the highest point of your home, your roof if subjected to receiving the brunt of any storm or weather related phenomena first. Further, your roof acts as barrier between you and the weather and prevents the inside of your home from any damages that come from rain, snow, sleet and more. Being that it is officially spring, don't be surprised if the weather forecast calls for more than normal periods of rain - you know what they say; April showers bring May flowers! For this season in particular, it's important that your roof is properly water proofed and equipped with an efficient drainage system. Thanks to the DIY network, here are instructions on how to slope and waterproof a roof:

1. Cut the Face Board/Trim the Joists: In technical terms, first the deck must be cut on the front and at the joints so that you can create a slope. Then, cut down the face board with the pitch line as a guide, and remove the excess material to have a declining slope - this will give you a guide on how to cut the rest of the joists. Continue by using the new front board as a guide, and snap a pitch line along each joist from the house down to the front board.

2. Install Roof Decking: Once all your joists have been trimmed, it's time to install the roof decking. Begin by laying the first board parallel to the house and then use galvanized roofing nails to hold it down. Try to place a nail about every 8 inches.

3. Apply Aluminum Flashing: Once everything is is place, apply aluminum flashing all the way around the roof. Then, using standard roofing nails attach the aluminum flashing to the new roof.

4. Waterproof: To waterproof your roof, cover the surface with a single sheet of synthetic rubber making sure to trim off any excess material. Once it has been smoothed and fitted, fold half of the sheet back onto itself and apply cement directly to the roof. After 15 minutes, you can attach the rubber to the roof by rolling it over the cement.

For more details and images to guide you in this process, click here.

If these directions have you feeling overwhelmed, you're probably not alone. Sloping and waterproofing your roof is a difficult task and should be put in the hands of a reputable contractor to ensure proper installation. That's where we come in! At Phil's Main Roofing, we specialize in roof drainage and waterproofing services and are available to prepare your home for any and all weather related circumstances. If you're not ready to take on the job, call us at (203) 838-4545 and learn how we can help!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Metal Roofing: The Pros and Cons

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Recent trends in roofing remodeling projects suggest that metal roofs are quickly gaining popularity across the United States. As mentioned in our previous blog, there are several materials one can choose from when redesigning their roof. Before making a decision, we suggest doing some research in order to pick the material that works best for your home's style, location and budget. If you're looking to keep up with the latest trends, we've collected a list of the pros and cons of metal roofing to help guide your decision:

  1. Lifespan: Compared to asphalt shingles, which have a life span of 12-20 years, metal roofs can last up to 40 or 50 years. That means you shouldn't even need to consider re roofing unless serious damage occurs.
  2. Durability: Metal roofs prove to be extremely durable and resistant to storm damage. If you're in an area that is susceptible to heavy winds and excessive storm patterns, choosing metal may put your mind at ease.
  3. Eco-Friendly: Metal roofs are comprised of 25-95% of recycled materials and are usually 100% recyclable themselves. Compared to most roof waste that ends up in landfills, metal roofing is a great option if you're looking to go green.
  1. Cost: If you're working with a limited budget, keep in mind that metal roofs can be double the cost of other materials. This means you'll have to decide whether or not you want to spend more on the material instead of other roofing amenities.
  2. Noise: Although metal roofs are great to have during storms, they can be especially noisy during heavy rain or hailstorms. While there are ways to lessen noise during installation, you'll find that your bill rises pretty quickly.
  3. Color: If you plan on doing any other remodeling at a later date, keep in mind that metal can be hard to match. Unlike shingles and other materials that come in a variety of colors, metal roofing is pretty standard and leaves you with less opportunity to re-design your home's exterior.
Now that you have a background on metal roofing, it's time to weigh in all of the options. What will you choose? At Phil's Main Roofing, our roofing professionals can guide you towards the right decision when it comes to redesigning your roof. We specialize in both commercial and residential roofing, and install only the best quality products to satisfy your roofing needs. For more information on how we can help, call us at (203) 838-4545 or visit us online at!

Friday, April 11, 2014

How To Plan Your Roofing Project

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Before, during and after any home improvement job, there are several important things you must consider as a homeowner. In the initial stages of your project, it's especially important to consider how your renovations will affect you and those around you while making some difficult decisions in the process. Although your contractor is able to assist and educate you during the decision making process, the more you know in advance, the easier your project will be. Sounds nice, right?

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First and foremost, before beginning any construction it's essential that you connect with town officials to go over building codes. Depending on where you live and the size of your property, you may need to obtain a permit for your project. Even if you don't think you need one, it's always best to check to make sure you won't need one in the future. Remember, starting work without being cleared could result in a fine or other consequences.

Once you've gotten the "ok" to move on with your project, work with your contractor to decide how you will dispose of your old roof's materials. We all know construction can get messy, so by planning ahead, you can eliminate the amount of debris you or your contractor have to clean up after the project is complete. Keep in mind that any shingles, felt and nails can and should be recycled, so designate an area separate from wood, metal and other debris where you can place these materials for easy disposal.

After you've decided how to get rid of your old materials, it's time to bring in the new ones. As you plan your roofing project, take your time deciding on a shingle style, shingle color and a warranty. While these decisions can be time consuming, it's better to take your time since what you choose might follow you for the rest of your life!

Lastly, during and after construction, always keep an eye on the status of your roof and begin to practice good maintenance habits in order to guarantee its lifespan. For more information on how to plan your roofing project, click here.

At Phil's Main Roofing, we pride ourselves on providing quality service that can meet all of your roofing needs. Our team of professional roofers specialize in commercial and residential roofing and can provide a variety of services including new construction, modified roofing, structural repair, waterproofing and tear off and replacement. Additionally, we are available to inspect your roof for any damage and can provide preventative maintenance programs to help preserve your roof. Put your roof in the right hands; call us today at (203) 838-4545 to speak with a representative!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Barclays Center Welcomes A Green Roof

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If the Barclays Center wasn't already one of the most talked about sports venues, it's about to be! Located in Brooklyn, NY and home to the Brooklyn Nets and soon to be New York Islanders, the Barclays Center recently announced plans for a "green" roofing project - literally!

According to CBS New York, the Barclays Center plans to have a green mat-like plant installed on the roof as a complementary design to its famous rust-colored structure. The plant, known as sedum, is set to be installed later this year, and fortunately for the arena's maintenance staff, won't need to be water once it is planted. In addition to making the arena more pleasing to the eye, the installation of a green roof will make the Barclays Center's roof match the design that is currently on top of the transit entrance outside of the arena.

So what does this mean for visitors and Brooklyn residents? Though it may seem inviting, the roof will not be open to the public. Instead, the project is meant to brighten the surrounding community and overall, make the arena more visually appealing in a way that imitates how city residents view Central Park.

In terms of construction, the Barclays Center is already equipped to hold a roof lawn. To complete the project, a second roof will be installed on top of the existing roof, and the planting will be done on top.

April is Earth Month, and it seems like the Barclays Center knows just how to celebrate! What do you think of their plans to install a green roof?

At Phil's Main Roofing, we offer roofing services such as new construction, modified roofing, structural repair, preventative maintenance programs and more to both the commercial and residential sectors. We are a a fully licensed and insured roofing company that has been in business for over 65 years and our team of professional roofers will work with you to install the top roofing brands and will make sure your roof is built to last. Call us at (203) 838-4545 or visit us online at for more information.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Choosing The Right Color For Your Shingles

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When redoing your roof, an important thing to consider is how to make it aesthetically pleasing. Of course it is crucial to pick a style and materials that are financially and architecturally wise, but don't forget to consider colors; let your roof reflect your personality! 

Deciding on a color can be tough since there are so many things to consider. Does it match your home's exterior? Will you like it ten years from now? Thanks to Angie's List, we've compiled a list of things to consider when choosing the color of your roof:

Dark or Light?
One study shows that plywood sheathing under black shingles is 10 degrees warmer than a white shingled roof on a hot sunny day. However, there isn't too much of a difference between other color patterns, so don't worry about heat retention too much.

Permanent Colors
Paint and shutter colors are easy change, but brick color is forever. If your home is clad in brick, carefully consider the way your sample colors match the exterior.

Complementary Colors
It's always nice to match, but choosing a color that perfectly matches the siding or brick is one "to don't" you don't want to miss! If your roof is identical to the siding or brick, your home exhibits a lifeless color scheme; choose complementary colors instead.

Shade and Sun
If you're starting with samples, make sure to take a close look at them in the sun and in the shade. You want to make sure you like the way it looks under a variety of circumstances.

While it might not be on your mind now, in the future you may consider selling your home. Although you may be into bright, bold colors, keep in mind that not everyone will agree.

Tone It Down
Too many patterns and colors often prove to be overwhelming. When making the decision, consider the exterior of your home first and assess whether or not certain colors will seem to be a little "too much."

At Phil's Main Roofing, we understand the importance of style when it comes to architecture, roofing and design. Our team of licensed roofers specialize in all types of commercial and residential roofing, including the repair and installation of shingles. Help us help you. Call us at (203) 838-4545 to speak with a representative or visit us online at to learn more.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Relying On The Sun

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Looking to go green this spring? In recent years, the concept of using solar energy to power homes has become quite popular with some homeowners. However, in order to experience how it works, the decision to install solar panels must be made. People often struggle with choosing whether or not they should convert to solar energy; that's why we've compiled a list of the pros and cons of installing solar panels on your home:


Unlimited Supply: Since solar panels extract their energy from the sun, energy will always be available. And some more good news? There is no limit to how much you can use!

Cost: Solar panels are expensive at first since the cost of materials and installation are so high. However, once they are installed your energy is free, and in fact, over time you could save yourself thousands of dollars. Say goodbye to high electric bills!

Eco-Friendly: Using solar energy decreases the amount of pollution your home produces, which in turn helps to fight the climate crisis and generally protects our planet.

Quiet: Unlike wind turbines, solar energy is essentially soundless. If you're looking for some peace and quiet, solar panels are definitely something to consider.

No Space Necessary: Solar panels are installed on your roof, and therefore don't take up any extra space within your home. Keep in mind, though, that not all roofs may be compatible. If this happens, try shared solar panels, which allow you obtain solar energy from a community panel.


Initial Cost: On average, it costs around $30,000 to install solar panels on your home. While it is financially wise in the long run, it could take 15 or more years to begin to experience the effects.

Fluctuation: Since solar energy relies on the sun, you may find yourself stuck in the dark at night. Don't forget that the weather can affect your panel's productivity, so you may find yourself paying for alternative energy sources in addition to the initial start up costs.

Pollution: Although solar energy doesn't produce pollution on its own, any existing pollution can impede on the solar panels' ability to work correctly. If you're located in an area with an abundance of pollution, you will probably require a backup energy source as well.

So, do the pros outweigh the cons? Well, that's up to you!

As you outweigh the benefits and costs of using solar panels, don't forget to keep your roof in mind! Solar panels require a certain type of roofing to be effective, and often, the kind of roof you have could greatly impact installation costs. Last but not least, don't forget to ask your contractor whether or not solar panels will cause any damage to your roof!

At Phil's Main Roofing, we offer roofing services such as new construction, modified roofing, structural repair, preventative maintenance programs and more to both the commercial and residential sectors. We are a a fully licensed and insured roofing company that has been in business for over 65 years and our team of professional roofers will work with you to install the top roofing brands and will make sure your roof is built to last. Call us at (203) 838-4545 or visit us online at for more information.