10 roof problems that can ruin your assets & how to fix them!

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The 10 most common roof problems are:

1. Leaks

Your roof leaks and lets moisture inside. If your roof leaks, get it fixed fast. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to fix and the more expensive it will be.

2. Pooled water

If water is pulling on your roof somewhere, it will eventually find a way inside the roof. Get on to the problem and fix it as soon as you notice.

3. Shrinkage

It usually occurs when a roof has been installed using poor technique and or unacceptable quality. You need to get it fixed fast. WorldClass Roofing provides modern house restoration services. Try them if you are tired of house restoration services that do not provide what they guarantee.

4. Poor maintenance or lack of maintenance

Get a specialist to give you a maintenance schedule for your roof. Pay for it if you have to, but get it and then follow it.

5. Punctures and holes

A puncture or a hole can be made by anything from someone walking across the roof, to some animal or bird trying to either get on the roof or just being a malicious creature. Either way, a puncture or a hole in the roof has to be fixed fast.

6. Cracking and blistering

This will occur more and more like the roof ages. Flat roofs, in particular, are susceptible to severe cracking and blistering and doing a full restoration or replacement is the only way to stop it permanently.

7. Weather damage

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Depending on where you live, will determine what kind of weather damage you will get. You can get anything from snow and ice damage, sun damage, and torrential rains damage. Just because you live in the tropics doesn't mean you can't get ice damage. Large hailstones can penetrate armour plating that alone a tiled roof.

8. Clogged gutters

If you allow your gutters to become clogged, they will fill up with water during heavy rain. The water will then eventually seep under the eaves and inside the roof. It will do similar damage to a water leak.

9. Ballooning

Powerful winds get up underneath the roof and balloon it out. If this occurs more than once, you will probably have to replace most of the roof.

10. Amateur repairs that fail

This last one is responsible for more roof damage than all the rest put together. It occurs when in a small problem has been fixed by an amateur and the fixers haven’t done it properly. The problem just grows and escalates until you are left with little option except for complete roof replacement.

Repair or replace that is the question.

There is a third alternative that you can think. It is called roof restoration. It is not a roof replacement, but it is a lot more than a roof repair. A repair will only fix a particular small problem. And of course replacing the roof means exactly that; replacing the whole roof. In some cases replacing the entire roof can be a lot cheaper than either repair or a restoration. So you have to do your homework once you know you need something done about what is keeping the rain off your head and stopping your most expensive asset from rotting away to nothing.

When a roofing specialist tells you that you need to do a regular physical inspection and cleaning of your roof, they don't mean every week; they propose probably every six months or so. And this in a lot of cases can be done without climbing up on the roof. If you have sloped roofs all around, then you can inspect the roof by just walking back a bit and turning around looking up. Walk around the house so you can see the whole roof and you should be able to see any problems. If you don't want to ever get up on your roof, then every year or so higher a professional to do an inspection. Compared to the price of the asset the roof is protecting, the cost of the examination is negligible.

Never accept a single quote for either a repair, restoration or replacement of your roof. The accepted practice is that you will get three quotes and compare the three. You may not necessarily accept the first quote or the cheapest; it will depend on what they are offering to do and what kind of guarantees are there to back it up. Also, do your due diligence about how long the company you are thinking of using has been in business and how satisfying their reputation is. In this day and age checking these bona fides is very easy.

The Best eCommerce Platform: Magneto, WooCommerce or Shopify?

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If you’re looking to move into the online retail space by opening an ecommerce store, the choice of platforms can be overwhelming at first. Here, we break down the differences between three of the most popular platforms, Magneto, WooCommerce and Shopify. Regarding a platform solely created for the purposes of ecommerce, Magneto is ultimately superior but sophisticated. WooCommerce is the eCommerce plugin for WordPress. If you’re looking for a streamlined, straight out-of-the-box solution, Shopify could be the right fit for you. To compare the three platforms, we look at cost, flexibility, size of the platform, Hosting, Support, SEO and Blogging Capablities.

1. Cost

Both WooCommerce and the Community version of Magneto are free to install, but usually require customisation or extensions to suit your enterprise, which are additional costs. Magneto Enterprise is a big-ticket platform, costing around $18,000 per year. If you are on a Magento community version then you can use Magento ecommerce development agency to modify your Magento installation.

Because of its complexity, it is more expensive to hire a developer for Magneto than for WooCommerce. There are many developers with WordPress and WooCommerce expertise, which makes it easier to hire tech support.

Shopify is a subscription-based platform, meaning you select from several packages and pay that amount per month. The packages are $29 for basic, $79 for the standard version and $299 for the advanced package. Shopify comes with free themes, but you can also purchase additional themes for $100-$180. This makes it very easy to predict how much Shopify is going to cost you, while Magneto and WooCommerce are more open-ended as to customization costs.

2. Flexibility

Magneto has been designed with endless purchasing possibility and is open-source. It has many more versatile search solutions to narrow searches, to make comparisons between products, and to upsell products. It has specifically targeted solutions for industries such as fashion, food and beverage and automotive. The store of extensions, called Magneto Marketplace, allows for differentiation to the requirements of each enterprise which is particularly beneficial when dealing with changing consumer buying patterns.

Another open-source platform WooCommerce ultimately allows for more freedom than Shopify and almost as much Magneto. While you can pay for many plugins to suit your needs, or pay a developer to customise one for you, these are all additional costs.

As a closed platform, Shopify is limited to three defined product attributes: size, colour and material. However, limiting the complexity of options increases the usability of setting up an eCommerce store with Shopify. It is an intuitive, subscription-based solution with a wizard to walk you through the initial setup. Shopify is an ‘out-of-the-box’ option. All three platforms have mobile-friendly structures.

3. Size

Magneto can be used for small to large enterprises and is very scalable. It is a popular choice among global companies due to its complexity. It is for the same reason that while smaller businesses can implement the platform, it may be too complex and too costly. In fact, many enterprises utilise agencies to set up and manage their Magneto eCommerce store.

Because WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin, it is ideal for enterprises who have an established WordPress site, and for smaller enterprises who have limited coding experience.

Shopify is an ideal option for small to medium businesses who want to scale. This makes the three subscription options useful as you can upgrade to meet your requirements as your enterprise grows. However, it could be argued that Shopify may be too restrictive for larger businesses. It is best for enterprises who don’t have the time to be hand-on with store developments, or just prefer to be hands-off.

4. Hosting

As WooCommerce and Magneto are opensource, they are self-hosted. You will need to find your own host for your stores, so while this can take additional set up work, there are benefits. Self-hosting is suitable to those who offer a non-standard experience for their customers and desire to have complete control over their stores. It’s worth keeping in mind that WooCommerce is lighter on server space than Magneto.

Shopify has the advantage of free hosting and a free SSL certificate because the platform is ‘software as a service’.

5. Support

WooCommerce is limited to forum and ticket support. Although there is support service access for paid extensions and themes.

Magneto has a wealth of user guides and forum accessibility online. There are support services available directly with Magneto for those who have purchased the Enterprise version, but not the Community version.

Shopify has 24/7 support in the via email, chat and phone.

6. SEO

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Magneto is ideal if you want the ability to personally tweak your SEO, because you have access to editing URLs, headings and page titles. Magneto and WooCommerce stores tend to have a much slower loading of pages which can negatively affect search engine rankings.

WooCommerce has great SEO-specific options and is very reliable because it is based on the WordPress platform.

Shopify doesn’t have as many options but is still an excellent choice when concerned of SEO because of its clean code and rapid-loading pages. However, rigid URL structures tend to let Shopify down when it comes to SEO.

7. Blogging capabilities

Magneto’s blogging and newsletter capabilities have been described as limited and difficult to work with.

Because WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin, it is the best option for those who intend to maintain a blog in conjunction with an eCommerce store.

Shopify has a built-in blogging platform which is easy to use, but a comparison shows WordPress is much more intuitive and customizable because it was designed to be a blogging platform first.

To sum up our comparison of these three popular eCommerce platforms, WooCommerce is ideal for small to medium enterprises with little coding experience and who do not have a large budget. WooCommerce is suited to those who want complete control of their store and occupies a happy middle ground between the simplicity of Shopify and the power of Magneto. Shopify is the best hands-off version, and again, ideal for small to medium enterprises. For the ultimate choice in eCommerce platforms, Magneto is far superior. The complexity of Magento lends itself towards larger enterprises or those who intend to scale on a large level.