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Roof replacement is done primarily for one of two reasons, damage or aging. While the need to repair a damaged roof is usually obvious, aging requires a little more knowledge and inspection. Knowing how to do a proper inspection can be the difference between an affordable repair or a more expensive total replacement. Look over these tips and signs to assess the condition of your roof to determine if a call to a licensed roofer is necessary. Immediate Threats It’s easy to think that assessing your roof means going outside and grabbing a ladder to take a closer look. However, your inspection should first start inside your home and in your attic. The primary purpose of a roof is to protect the property and people inside, so by starting in the attic, you can more...
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Roof Algae– Black Streaks on Your Roof

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood and seen a home with black streaks running down the slope of its roof? Perhaps you have even seen this on your roof and wondered what it was. These dark streaks are a living organism known as roof algae—Gloeocapsa magma. They often appear beneath overhanging tree branches and on the north side of your roof because that side is typically moister, and the sun’s rays are less harsh. This gives the spores the perfect environment in which to multiply. What began as a few cells will turn into an unsightly mess. It only takes a single spore of roof algae landing on your roof to start the process, and within a few years, the roof algae will have taken over. Some roofs are more vulnerable than others Asphalt...
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COVID-19 and Roofing

It’s essential to prioritize your health during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. It’s also important to keep your home in good shape. A sound and comfortable home can encourage you to stay there during this critical period. Your roofing project is something that cannot wait. If you have any problems with your roof, having it fixed as soon as possible is advisable, regardless of whether they are major or minor roof problems. Small leaks can turn into more extensive (and expensive) damage in the future. Leaks also lead to mold growth, which can affect the air quality inside your home, having an impact on your health, especially if you have allergies or respiratory conditions like asthma. Now more than ever, it is crucial to stay healthy and to protect yourself and your family from such...
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Hail Damage, Your Roof, and Filing an Insurance Claim

Often, homeowners don’t realize the damage that a hailstorm has wrought on their roof until a few years later when leaks and other serious issues appear. This more extensive damage leads to leaks, mold, water damage, and expensive roof repair costs. Therefore, insurance companies recommend filing your hail damage claim as soon as possible. Having repairs done in a timely manner can prevent complications and additional damage to your roof and the interior of your home that are affected by the neglected leaks. Once the damage is that serious, your insurance policy may no longer cover the repairs. How does Hail affect your roof? It all starts when a hailstone hits your roof. Upon impact, it loosens and knocks off the protective granule coating from the shingles. The indentation cracks the asphalt and fiberglass underneath....
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Seven Ways To Winterize Your Roof This Snowy Season

Winter is a charming season, delivering blankets of snow and holiday treats.  Remembering to winterize your roof will help ensure colder temperatures are free of unnecessary headaches and unplanned repair bills. To help you prepare your residential roofing for the cold months ahead, we’ve put together this 7-step guide that’ll walk you through everything you need to know, from A to Z. 1. Clean The Debris Cleaning your gutters and downspouts is essential to your winter roof maintenance. You should ensure that everything drains properly to keep water from pooling on your roof and in your gutters and spouts. Freezing water expands, leading to cracks in your equipment or foundation. 2. Remove Any Overhanging Trees Ice and snow can add a heavy load to branches, causing them to bend or snap. If they happen to...
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Why Regularly Cleaning Your Gutters is Important

As we head into winter, it’s important to take proper care of your roof in order to avoid damage and leaks. The Impact Gutters Have on Your Roof Gutters aren’t just about curb appeal, nor are they just a nuisance that gathers leaves, birds, and rodents. Your roof sees its fair share of precipitation, and all that water needs to go somewhere. Your gutters’ job is ensuring it goes where you want it — away from your house — so it’s not sneaking up under your roof, damaging your siding, undermining your yard, or endangering your foundation. The bottom line: take care of your gutters and they’ll take care of you and your home! Professional Gutter Installation Gutters look deceptively simple, to the point you wouldn’t think there’s much to installing them. But there are...
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What You Need To Know About Residential Roof Repair & Replacement

Choosing between residential roof repair and roof replacement involves considerations such as the type of damage to your roof, your budget, and the likelihood that a repair will keep your roof intact in severe weather. To help you make a decision, here are some important pros and cons of roof repair versus roof replacement. Roof Repair – Advantage The biggest advantages of repairing your roof as opposed to installing a new roof is that in many instances, you may only have to repair the areas that are damaged. That can save you money, because it reduces the amount of time a contractor must spend on your roof, so if you are on a tight budget, this may be your best option. Roof Repair – Disadvantage However, one of the disadvantages of roof repair is that...
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How to Choose the Best Roofing Company for Your New Roof

Has your roof recently been damaged in a storm, or is it starting to show signs that it needs to be replaced? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind as you evaluate roofing companies… Make Sure They Have Insurance When choosing a roofing company, make sure that the company you select has both worker’s compensation and liability insurance for your new roof installation.  This protects you in the event an accident occurs.  Some roofing contractors try to cut corners by not electing to buy insurance, but this is risky business for you, since if a worker is injured on your property, you may be subject to a lawsuit.  Plus, if the contractor doesn’t have general liability insurance, they won’t be able to reimburse you for any damage that may occur during...
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