3 Simple Steps on How to Prevent Water Stains on the Roof

The roof of the house is a vital defense that helps to keep us dry and warm. Throughout the year, the elements are continually putting roofing materials to the test. Understandably then, over time, the roof shingles will be subject to general wear and tear as well as staining.

Water stains on the roof can be due to a variety of reasons, but they all share something in common: They are not pleasant to look at. Therefore, we have put together a few quick tips on how to prevent water stains on the roof.

Common Culprits

Water stains are inevitable in areas that have substantial seasonal changes and are subject to humid conditions. Simple water stains can be easily dealt with through simple maintenance and cleaning. However, in some parts of the country, the high levels of moisture are perfect conditions for algae and mold—both of which will leave unsightly black stains on your roof.

Stay on Top of Maintenance

Prevention is always the best form of cure, and you should make sure that you regularly check your roof for any signs of damaged shingles or blocked gutters and downspouts. Both of these things can lead to water getting into the interiors, which can cause problems with damp and mold.

It also makes sense to trim any overhanging trees, as they can shade the roof, which will cause the roof not to dry properly.

Make Some Roofing Modifications

If you live in an area that is humid and may be at risk from algae spores, then it would make sense to make some simple modifications to your existing roofing, such as adding a layer of zinc or copper, which are both toxic to algae.

Thin layers of these metals added to your structure will help, as when it rains, the metal molecules will run down the roof, killing any algae present on the surface. It is also a great idea to consider looking at your existing guttering systems if they drain out on parts of the roof. The water can pool on lower parts of the roof, which can lead to all sorts of problems if not properly maintained. Look at extending downspouts to aid proper drainage away from the exterior structure of your house.

Replace Old Shingles

If your shingles are old or are in a sorry state of repair, it makes sense to replace them with new shingles. This is especially true if you live in an area that has a high level of algae spores.

A lot of the shingles on the market now are manufactured to help reduce the impact of algae, mitigating the need to worry about the appearance of those horrible black stains. Some manufacturers have added copper to the mixture, which helps to break down algae. Also, some shingles have been treated with algicide to offer around ten years’ worth of protection.

4 Top Tips to Protect Roof from Snow and Ice

The winter can present lots of unique challenges to homeowners, and if you are not adequately prepared, there can be a few unwanted headaches as well. While ice and snow can be a lot of fun to play in, the impact it can have on the roofs of houses cannot be underestimated.

If you are not adequately prepared or have existing structural issues, you may get more than you bargained for when the snow comes. Which means it is always a good idea to stay on top of maintenance throughout the year. So, with that in mind, here are four tips to protect roofs from snow and ice.

Be Prepared

We cannot stress this point enough—if you fail to maintain the exterior of your house, you are likely to have problems. That is why you should check your roof at least twice a year so you can make sure that there is no damage to shingles, gutters, or joins. If there is damage, the sooner you get it fixed, the better. Snow and ice are attracted to these weak points, and this may lead to further damage.

It is always a good idea to make sure that you monitor the growth of any trees around your property. Ideally, there should be no overhanging branches, as there is the risk that they might fall on the roof if there is a heavy snowstorm. Also, make sure your attic is not too hot, as this can lead to snow melts in the middle of the roof, which you certainly don’t want.

Clear the Gutters

It is essential that you make sure that your existing guttering remains clean and unclogged throughout the year. This is because if there are any blockages, then water will not move away from the house and could lead to water coming into the house.

The winter presents its own challenges to guttering, as blockages can create ice dams. These occur when ice and snow on the roof defrost during the day and then refreeze at night, leading to blocked gutters and nowhere for the runoff to go. As a result, the water will move upwards under the roofline and lead to some very costly damage.

Keep the Ice and Snow to a Minimum

It is absolutely essential that you make sure that you remove any excess snow and ice from the roof at regular intervals. Even if you live in higher altitudes in the Rockies, your roof will only be able to take so much snow before it gets overwhelmed and the whole thing comes crashing down.

To avoid this nightmare scenario, make sure you regularly rake off any snow from the roof edge, as this will help to prevent any ice dams forming. On the other hand, if you hear any complaints from your roof, such as pops and creaks, it would be a good idea to get an expert in to check and assist you in a more thorough removal.

Be Gentle

This last point relates to ice buildup and people who like to take care of things themselves. You may be tempted to remove icicles from roofing and gutters, but we would advise you to let them melt at their own pace. If there is no noticeable sign of structural damage around them, then they can usually be left alone or at least can wait until an expert arrives to help.

Finally, always be careful when dealing with ice and snow on your roof, as it can be very unpredictable. Gently rake the snow from the edges of the roof and definitely don’t go onto the roof yourself unless you are appropriately trained and have the right equipment.

Getting It Right: How to Choose a Local Roofing Contractor

Having work done on your roof is rarely a cheap or easy job. Therefore, it is crucial that you find the right person for the job. Getting it wrong can end up being a very costly mistake indeed.

There are several things which you should consider before letting a roofing contractor anywhere near your roof. Here are a few tips to help you to know how to choose a local roofing contractor.

Shop Around

Never go for the first option you find and certainly don’t take up any door-to-door sales calls. Aim to find around two to three different contractors who you would like to quote you for any work that needs doing.

Take plenty of time to do your homework and see if the business has a proven track record in the type of project you need completing. Also, it is well worth checking their business credentials by seeing if they hold all the appropriate state licenses and insurance.

Go Local

Choosing an established local company with a proven track record is always a solid strategy. Try and look for recommendations from friends and family, especially people that have had work done previously – it may even be possible to view some of the work they have done in person.

Do an internet search of local companies and check out reviews from other customers. Finding a local contractor will give you peace of mind should you need any follow-up work done while under warranty.

Don’t Just Go For The Cheapest

Price is an important consideration, but it shouldn’t be the only one. A legitimate roofing contractor will have insurance and good quality material costs to cover so their price will reflect that. Besides, you get what you pay for. The last thing you want is to have to spend extra money and time on regular repairs because of poor workmanship or substandard building materials.

Make sure that the contractors you get quotes from offer guarantees on the materials that they use.

Make Sure All Your Questions Are Answered

Once you have some people in mind, ask them over to quote for the work needed. You should have a list of questions ready regarding materials, length of the project, insurance, procedures regarding delays, and the terms of payment.

If the contractor is evasive or doesn’t satisfactorily answer you, then it would be best to look elsewhere.

Get It All in Writing

Once you have found a contractor that you like, make sure that you have everything agreed to put down in writing. This will help you to avoid any misunderstandings or conflicts later on, should there be any problems or delays with the work.

Avoid any contractors that expect to be paid in advance or don’t have the appropriate insurance – as you will have no protection should anything go wrong.

Keep the Channels of Communication Open

You should be able to reach the contractor during their working hours easily, but if you find that they are hard to get hold of or don’t take the time to answer any queries you have, then it is probably best to look elsewhere.

Any established business will understand that looking after their customers is as important as the work itself. So even if they are super busy, they should always find a spare five minutes to discuss your concerns or queries.

Offering First Class Protection: Top 5 Roofing Services That Roofing Contractors Perform

When you hear the term roofing contractor, it is easy to imagine that the only service they provide is roofing installations. While this is a major part of their service, it is far from the only thing that they do. In fact, many roofing contractors offer a variety of services and skills which help to protect your house from the elements and any accidents that may happen.

In this post, we will take a closer look at some of the other areas experienced roofing contractors specialize in. You may even be surprised by some of the top 5 roofing services that roofing contractors perform.

Installations

As you would expect from the name of the trade, installing roofs is the primary service offered by roofing contractors. There are a wide variety of projects which may be undertaken such as new builds or remodeling of existing houses.

A trusted roofing contractor will provide a range of options and work alongside the owner of the property to ensure that the project is a resounding success. They should be able to offer a variety of top-quality materials and finishes, such as asphalt shingles or roof tiles. They should provide detailed estimates, workflows, and guarantees before they start any work.

Repairs and Maintenance

The exteriors of houses are subject to the ravages of mother nature throughout the year, and they work hard to keep your family safe and warm inside. Obviously, over time the surfaces will be subject to wear and tear and will need some TLC to ensure they continue to do their job.

Snow, rain, and sun can all affect the structural integrity of the roofing materials, especially if you are living in an older house. Roofing contractors should offer generous guarantees on the products they use. They should also be able to provide simple and effective solutions should any areas of the roof need to be patched or if you decide that you need an update to the existing materials.

Emergency Repairs

There will be times when nature makes her presence felt, and this can have unfortunate consequences for your roof, gutters, and walls. If your house has sustained damage during a storm, then you will want to get the damage taken care of as soon as possible.

Hail strikes can leave gaping holes in the roof, and fallen tree branches can cause a large amount of damage to numerous parts of the structure. In all cases, you will want to know that there is someone on hand to take immediate action.

Many roofing contractors will have a specialized service whereby they can provide prompt repairs, while also helping to liaise with your insurance companies. Both services will help counter the initial shock of finding the damage.

Guttering

Guttering systems are an integral part of your exterior, so they need to be regularly checked to ensure that they are in full working order. A fully functioning guttering system protects your exterior surfaces and helps to prevent cracks to walls, which can lead to water getting into the house.

Many roofing contractors will offer a range of guttering services from installation, repairs, or thorough cleaning. All are designed to keep your exteriors protected and your interiors dry.

Siding

In addition to the roof and guttering, some contractors will offer siding services. Siding works alongside roofing materials and guttering as vital protection for the exterior of the house. There are a variety of different materials available which can help protect the walls of the house from the elements.

Siding also adds aesthetic appeal to your house and can really turn heads. Services include installation and repairs.

 

STORM DAMAGE ARTICLE

Storm Damage

Original Article By Owens Corning >>>CLICK HERE<<<

While your roof is designed to withstand the elements, some storms are more intense than others. There are signs to look for when you believe there may have been damage to your roof. Please be safe when inspecting your roof—possibly view from a window inside the house or use binoculars from the ground. If in doubt, call a professional roofing contractor. Owens Corning™ Roofing has a network of Preferred Contractors. Click here to find a Preferred Contractormember in your area.

 

Wind damage:

Significant wind can cause shingles to blow off the roof deck. Missing shingles can lead to leaks and other interior damage. Other wind damage may not be easy to see, especially if the adhesive seal that provides a water-shedding surface is broken. Always be safe when checking for roof damage. Call a professional roofing contractor for assistance.

All manufacturers publish a wind warranty on their shingles; it is important to compare the wind coverage when making your shingle selection on a new roof. If the winds that caused the shingle damage were above the manufacturer’s wind coverage, you’ll need to file an insurance claim. If they were not, contact the shingle manufacturer to file a claim.

Potential signs of wind damage:

  • Missing shingles
  • Thin horizontal lines where granules have been worn off about 1-2 inches beneath the shingle above; this could indicate that the shingle seal was broken and the shingle was flapping in the wind rubbing against the shingle above it. To be effective against the elements, shingles must be sealed to each other as one water tight roof deck.

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Missing Shingles
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Hail damage:

Usually hail is not something that you can miss—it is typically a widespread weather event in a neighborhood and not isolated to just one house on the block. Hail can bruise a shingle causing an indentation that may be hard to see but that can crack the shingle allowing water to infiltrate over time. You may need the assistance of a professional roofing contractor to determine the scope of the damage. If you have hail damage, you will need to file an insurance claim.

If your hail event was significant in terms of widespread damage, you will have roofing contractors who specialize in “storms” knocking on your door within days of the event. As always, you should use your best judgment when selecting a contractor. Owens Corning™ Roofing has a network of Preferred Contractors. Click here to find a Preferred Contractormember in your area.

Potential signs of Storm hail damage:

  • Other collateral hail damage around the house; dents on cars or other items on your house or in your yard
  • A distinct pattern of small round-shaped divots on the edges of the shingles
  • Indentations in the shingle where granules are missing
  • A large pile of granules at the end of your downspout; a small amount is normal, especially on new shingles
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Falling Debris:

During some storms tree branches or other failing debris can land on your roof. Some items are small and won’t cause an issue—other items are so large that you will naturally be concerned about damage. Use your best judgment. You may need to have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof for damage. Click here to find an Owens Corning™ Roofing Preferred Contractor in your area. If you have damage from debris on your roof, you will need to file an insurance claim.

Potential signs of Storm debris damage:

  • Visual identification of debris on the roof deck
  • Missing shingles
  • Cracked shingles
  • A large pile of granules at the end of your downspout; a small amount is normal, especially for new shingles
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Missing shingles
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END OF SUMMER HOME TO-DO LIST

Your home needs you. While you’re relaxing and having fun, your house is working hard to keep you safe and comfy. But in return, it needs a little TLC from you. Summer is the perfect time to take care of the following 5 essential tasks on your home maintenance honey-do list.
Get your roof in shape. The bright midsummer sunshine is wonderful, but not when you can spy it twinkling merrily through the holes in your roof. Roof holes mean leaks, and leaks mean the looming possibility of serious water damage in your home’s near future … not to mention the negative effect that mold and mildew can have on your family’s health. So take action now and get your roof in shape – repaired or, if necessary, replaced — before the cold and snowy season (yes, we’re talking winter) comes around once more.
Install energy-saving windows and entry doors. Have brand new energy-saving windows and entry doors installed this summer and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint and save on HVAC bills all year round. Obviously, you will find it more comfortable to tackle this type of project in July than in January when your hands will be freezing. Equally important, though, is the fact that installation in warmer temperatures will also permit your caulk to adhere properly, sealing up air leaks and making your new windows or doors even more energy-efficient, in summers and winters to come.
Update your driveway. Is your concrete driveway showing signs of wear, such as cracking, pitting, or spalling? Or don’t you have a drive at all? Summer is the ideal time to install or resurface a driveway (not to mention a concrete parking pad, patio, sidewalk, or garden path). Why? Well, concrete needs the right weather conditions to cure properly. (Curing refers to a process of controlling the water content after installation, which strengthens the concrete and avoids cracks due to shrinkage.) A stretch of several dry days with the temperature above 50 degrees is just right.
Repair or replace your garage door. After months of routinely opening your garage door only twice a day as you drive to and from work, suddenly these days you seem to need to get into the garage all the time – working on summer projects, taking out bicycles and kiddie pools, or hauling out the lawn mower and other garden equipment. If you notice that the opener is not working as smoothly as it should … or the whole door is becoming sun faded and worn … consider repair or replacement. Besides the fact that this will make the garage more convenient and safer to open right now, a new insulated garage door can help you cut heating costs when all that’s left of this summer are happy memories.
Un-invite insect and rodent “guests.” While you are happily entertaining friends at a gala summery barbecue, your home may be forced to host visitors of the less welcome variety. Insect and rodent pests such as termites, cockroaches, and mice will damage property and may even carry disease. Others, like bed bugs, are just plain annoying. And no, generally these critters will not die off even when the temperature drops. They are happily living inside your house, remember? Effective pest control treatments often require airing the house out afterward – which tends to be an awful lot pleasanter in balmy weather than in a blizzard.

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We also provide leaf and wildlife exclusion systems that can keep your gutters clean of the most known hindrances to proper gutter function. When functioning properly, gutters keep water damage and mold from ruining your fascia and siding and protect your foundation from the hazards of water erosion. So if your gutters are routinely overflowing or leaking, contact us now for a quick price on repairs and installations at (303) 698-0380.

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Water can affect your foundation, damaging your home. Water damages can likewise include mold and mildew structure up in the wall surfaces and ceilings of your home. This is, of course, in addition to what you would expect to happen to your fascia, siding, windows, roof, landscaping, etc. The service we supply ensure you can keep your home free from all these pricey damages so it should matter to you.
If you are wanting a company that has many years of experience and an outstanding track record in the community, then you have discovered it. You can depend on us to put our best foot forwards and bring the most effective option to help safeguard your house from water. Our comprehensive technique of cleaning makes sure that your rain gutters are cleared out correctly and we do it in the most safe manner possible.
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Problems That Clean Gutter systems Can Eliminate
Rain gutters are a beneficial part of your home that can often get neglected by property owners. If they aren’t cleaned up frequently, stopped up gutter systems can produce more problems than you might expect. The clog can create a series of inconveniences that will bring chaos to your property. Each and every one of these issues we’re going to speak about below can wind up making you spend a lot of money down the road!
Situations Caused by Obstructed Gutters
Water leaks in the Basement
It might just sound counter-intuitive to believe about a gutter clog triggering the basement to leak, but it’s something that happens typically. Rain gutters are designed to transfer the big quantity of rain water from the roofing to a safe drainage area. When obstructed, the rainwater overruns and can wind up drain down around the edge of your home. This leads to basement leakages gradually as rainwater seeps through the structure.
Ruined Soffit Boards & Fascia
The roof is arrayed with wooden boards that hold the rain gutters up. These are generally called fascia or soffit boards, and they are an important component of your gutter system. A block in the rain gutter will collect water and cause it to start decomposing away at the wood. Over time, this can even cause the rain gutters to sag or break from the side of your home.
Dirt Erosion
When the rainwater from your gutters does not drain from the downspout, it will normally pour over the edges at any spot. This excess circulation of rainwater is will distress any garden area you have around your home, along with any landscaping that’s not protected versus erosion. Dirt and mulch can both be targets of the erosive results of leaking rain gutter rainwater.
Roofing Leakages
Simply as the rainwater leaks down the sides of a clogged gutter, it can likewise stream into your house from beneath the roof. Rainwater collecting frequently in the gutters can cause leakages in the roof that will mess up the structure of your roof gradually. Your attic can also struggle with these leakages as water enters the insulation and the wood, creating a wet environment for mold or rot.
Vermin Invasion
Where there’s excessive moisture and plenty of locations to hide (such as the stack of wet fallen leaves in the rain gutter!), bugs will often be discovered. You can get some unpleasant little animals like earwigs, roaches, insects, ants, and bugs living and breeding in your rain gutters. They will not just live specifically in the gutter systems though, and they might wander down into your house for food.
Broken Gutters And Downspouts
Blocks in the gutters might just stop the circulation of rainwater, but that has a great deal of repercussions for the rain gutter system itself. The included weight of damp products producing the block blended with the rainwater that being in the rain gutters can make them begin to droop under the pressure. Often you’ll see them beginning to retreat from the home itself, because they are just too heavy to be secured securely any longer.
If things are enabled to keep becoming worse, it’s extremely plausible that the rain gutters will come crashing down from the weight. This is especially true when water in the rain gutters freezes throughout the winter season or when snow rests in the gutters and can’t thaw and empty out because of the clog.
Split Foundation
Simply as rain gutters with blocks can cause basement leakages, they can likewise be the reason for structure cracks. As rainwater empties around the edges of your house, it will eventually begin to move the ground below the structure. Enough moving can trigger the foundation itself to shift somewhat, creating little cracks in the concrete.
When winter arrives, rain rainwater may soak into these cracks and freeze when colder temperature levels strike at night. The ice will expand fractures and worsen them gradually, causing a hefty repair work task for your structure when you find the issue.
Gutters don’t simply look great, they are an integral part of safeguarding your home from water damage. It’s a smart idea to clean them out frequently to avoid the issues produced by blocked gutter systems.