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We were very pleased with the service from the initial phone call to the final chat we had with Jorge, the lead guy on the job. We would like to also iterate that the price was reasonable and fair. In the event that we'd need to have additional work in the future or another emergency arrives, we'll willingly work with Roofer911 again!
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Bamboo Roofing

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Bamboo is one of the greenest, most sustainable materials on Earth. It grows quickly and abundantly. Harvest time is approximately every seven years, which makes it a fast growing option, as well. Unlike wood, bamboo has a lot of natural give to its construction. It can absorb impacts and is able to bend more than other materials. There are different varieties of bamboo and each type varies in thickness and strength. While the base of the bamboo stalk is wider than the rest of the plant, it is usually very consistent in diameter thereafter. Bamboo is most widely used in basket making, boards or laminate flooring and construction. It can also be a source of nutrition upon harvesting.

Treating Bamboo for Construction Use

When used as a construction material, bamboo must be cured and treated to prevent it from rotting or being infested with insects. While there are many different ways to cure bamboo, the easiest and most effective is simply to air dry it vertically. After it has been dried, a combination of chemicals, such as, boric acid and borax are used to treat it. The entire process can take a few months, but in the end, the treated bamboo will be able to withstand the vigors of construction use.

Building a Bamboo Roof

After the bamboo has been harvested, dried and treated, it can be used in construction. One of the best roofing methods using bamboo is one that uses pre-fabricated bamboo trusses, as well as bamboo boards. The trusses are usually constructed in a triangle shape, which gives the roof an entirely different look than most Western-style homes. The key to using bamboo is to coat it in plaster after construction. This not only helps protect the bamboo fibers, but also helps to fireproof the structure. Fired clay tiles can then be placed on top of the exterior roof to prevent moisture, mildew, fungus, and insects from destroying the strong, but vulnerable bamboo material.

Cons for Bamboo Roofing

Unlike traditional roofing materials in the United States, bamboo roofing can be quite costly compared to other types of roofs. While it is eco-friendly and sustainable, it also comes at a greater expense. Although bamboo roofing materials can be found in the style of traditionally Western-style roofs, they are at their strongest when used with triangular trusses. If the look of a triangular roof is not appealing to you, you may want to consider other options. Investing in a bamboo roof structure is big undertaking. Be sure to consider all the pros and cons related to the material, its life span and its durability in your particular area. Contact bamboo roofing specialists to discuss additional concerns or to discuss the possibility of having a bamboo roof installed on your home.

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Roofer911 is amazing!! Thanks to the Blizzard of '10 we had an ice dam that was causing a non-stop leak over our bedroom window. We contacted Steve at 8:30 in the morning; within 20 minutes he was at our house and by 2:00pm not only did we not have a leak, we had a waterproof shield installed under our roof to prevent any future leaks. Steve and his crew are extremely professional, thoroughly explaining not only the solution but the cause of the problem. I cannot recommend enough - I wish I called sooner! Thanks Steve!!
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