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Roof Replacement | Maintenance

By: Cassie Findley
June 24th, 2022

 As important as our roofs are to our home, they’re often overlooked. They’re not something that we spend an incredible amount of time looking at, like the way we do with the painting in our kitchen, or the new rug in our living room. The truth is, we only start to notice the roof when problems arise.  

Maintenance

By: Cassie Findley
June 13th, 2022

When it comes to home maintenance, keeping a roof over your head should be at the top of the list. That’s because a well-maintained roof keeps out the weather, the bugs, and other pesky critters that would like to make your home their home. It helps keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot outside. A properly maintained roof can last for decades without a roof replacement.   However, sooner or later even the most perfectly maintained roof will start to show its age. While there are several things you can do to keep a roof over your head longer, there are some maintenance tasks that are best left to the professionals. RoofCrafters has helped homeowners like you maintain their roofs for nearly 3 decades now, and sadly we see that a lot of people fail to properly take care of their homes' greatest asset.   We want you to avoid getting an F on your inspection report card and make sure your roof stays in perfect working condition throughout the duration of its lifespan, so we've come up with a list of roof maintenance tips and tricks. In this article,  you'll learn how to detect signs of trouble before it strikes, tree and gutter care, as well as your next steps if you do happen to stumble upon some roof damage. Let's get started!   Out of Sight Out of Mind?   Most homeowners don’t give their roof a second thought until a storm passes through town or a leak rears its ugly head. What these people don’t understand is that if you ignore your roof, you will not only limit its useful life, but you’ll also end up paying more when it comes time to repair or replace it.   If your roof is in disrepair, when a storm whips up the wind it will cause much more damage than it would to a well-maintained roof. High winds can peel shingles back or tear them loose, and once shingles are damaged, it can be weeks or months before leaks are detected. In the meantime, the water that has slowly been trickling into your home can cause everything from rot and mold to water damage and electrical short circuits.    Spotting The Signs of Trouble Before It's Too Late   Just like a good detective novel, signs of roof rot leave clues that are subtle but telling if you know where to look. While some of them can only be seen by climbing atop the roof, others can be seen from ground level. If you ever leave your home only to find a piece of shingle lying in your yard or on your driveway after a thunderstorm, this is a sure sign of wear and tear. So too is a rough or uneven-looking roof.   As a roof ages, wind and weather can bend, buckle, or break shingles. It can crack caulking and cause gutters to sag. If you see obvious signs of damage, it's time to have a professional roofing contractor assess your roof in greater detail. Secondary signs of damage include missing or exposed fasteners, loose or buckled flashing, as well as piles of granules that have been shed from the shingles.   Is it Time to Trim Your Trees?   While they're not attached to your roof, trees can do major damage to any roof if a branch falls on or come into contact with shingles. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that tree limbs hanging a foot or more above the roof can’t fall on or scrape against it in a windstorm. If you’ve ever seen trees whip around in a thunderstorm, then you know that branches can move several feet when severe weather occurs.   It doesn’t take a hurricane to cause trees to peel shingles from your roof or cause a heavy limb to come crashing down atop your home. The best time to trim the trees on your property is during autumn and winter when they aren’t growing.  Consider the next time that you can take stock of any trees that are near to or overhang your home.    Is Your Mind in the Gutter?       Well, maybe it should be. That’s because another source of roof leaks can occur when gutters back up if they get clogged with leaf litter and dirt. Left unchecked, clogged gutters can cause severe damage to your roof since water that can’t find its way to the ground can back up beneath shingles.   Clogged gutters can also become so heavy that they warp the eaves or come crashing down to earth. If it’s been more than a year since you cleaned your gutters, this is the perfect time of year to do so. It also wouldn’t hurt to sweep or blow any leaves and twigs that have accumulated on the roof.     What Should I Do If I Detect Roof Damage?   While everyone wants to save money, unless you’re a professional roofer, trying to repair roof damage can actually cause more damage than it cures. There are 3 unappealing reasons why, which include:   Invalidating your roof warranty Missing collateral damage Taking a trip to the emergency room   1. A DIY Repair Can Invalidate Your Warranty   All manufacturer’s warranties are predicated on the proper handling and installation of the materials involved. If you try to repair or replace shingles yourself, it’s likely that you will invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty. Instead of gambling with your roof warranty, if you spot obvious signs of wear and tear, it’s much more prudent to contact the roofing company that installed it to assess the damage and make the repair.     2. You’re More Likely to Miss Collateral Damage   Even if you successfully make the repair, how do you know if there was any subsidiary damage done to the underlayment, roof timbers, or other areas of your home? Professionals know where to look for the collateral damage that can cost you big bucks months or years later. They also have the experience to mitigate any less than obvious damage before it turns into a big headache for any homeowner. 3. Saving a Few Bucks Is Not Worth a Trip to The ER   Whether the inner handyman in us would like to admit it, roofing is a risky business. That’s why professional roofers wear safety harnesses and have requirements they must follow when completing a project. Falling off a ladder or a roof could land you in the emergency room, so why risk your safety when you can call on a professional roofing company to safely and correctly repair or replace your roof when the time comes?   If you believe your roof is in need of a little TLC, or that it's time you start partaking in your suggested bi-yearly maintenance, it's never too late. Drop RoofCrafters a line on our contact page, and one of our friendly representatives will get your inspection scheduled as soon as possible.   In the meantime, we don't recommend trying to repair your roof when it is already showing signs of damage, but there are preventative measures you can take to extend the lifespan of your roof.  To learn how, read our article, "Maintenance Tips to Extend your Roofs Lifespan" so that you can be better prepared when it comes to taking care of your roof. 

Roof Replacement | Maintenance

By: Cassie Findley
May 20th, 2022

When it comes to expenses related to maintaining your home, replacing your roof is one of the highest. That’s why every homeowner should want to get as much life out of their roof as possible. One of the questions that roofers like me get asked frequently is, “how long should my roof last?” My answer is usually, “that depends.”   What most people don’t realize is that all roofs are not created equal. By that, I mean that when it comes to the life expectancy of a roof, there are a number of variables that have to be considered. The experts at RoofCrafters have nearly 3 decades of combined experience, and we’ve worked on a lot of roofs. We can be the first to vouch that no roof is alike.   All of this being said, if you’re reading this article, you’re probably wondering how long your roof is going to last you. Although it’d be simpler to hit you with the “that depends”, I like proactive homeowners, so I'll give you the facts. In this article, you’ll learn about the different variables that affect the longevity of your roof, and some signs it’s time to replace it. Let’s get started!   What Kind of Roof Do You Have?   Depending on the type of material, used, there is a huge difference between their expected lifetimes. While asphalt roof systems have an expected lifetime of between 15-25 years, architectural shingles can last 25-35 years. However, this pales in comparison to a clay tile roof that typically lasts between 35-50 years.   Metal roofs can last for 50-70 years or more, depending on the kind of metal used in their construction. Slate roofs can last for a century. The chief differences between them are price and weight.   Asphalt and Architectural Shingles   If you buy a new home, chances are it’s covered with asphalt shingles, which are the least expensive type of roof covering available today. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since asphalt shingles are inexpensive to install and maintain. They’re also simple to replace when they’re damaged or displaced. While both asphalt and architectural shingles are made of the same material, the difference between the two is their density. Architectural shingles are as much as three times denser than standard asphalt shingles. That’s why they have longer manufacturer warranties and are considered more attractive than typical asphalt varieties. That’s also why architectural shingles are well worth considering when it comes time to redo your roof.   Clay Roofing   Clay tiles are extremely durable, require little to no maintenance, and are long-lasting. They’re also more than twice the price of architectural shingles and weigh significantly more than their asphalt counterparts. This is one reason why you normally only see them on premium homes near or on the beach. It takes a substantial structure to handle the weight of clay or slate roofs.   Metal Roofing   When most people think of metal roofs, they assume that they’re expensive and noisy. This assumption holds little truth since standing-seam aluminum panels cost slightly more than architectural shingles and the pitter-patter of rain on a metal roof is abated by the underlayment that’s applied below the roof panels to mitigate noise.   Adding insulation to the attic reduces the noise even more. The difference in sound between an asphalt roof and a metal roof is only 5-10 decibels. However, the difference in the durability of metal roofs can be 2-3 times as long when compared with asphalt roof systems. Metal roofs also require little maintenance and are designed to shrug off high wind and torrential rain. Metal roof panels are a greener choice since they are 100% recyclable and are typically constructed of recycled metal.   Should I Maintain My Roof?   For the most part, roofs are out of sight and out of mind. Unless you find a shingle lying on your lawn or detect a growing stain on a ceiling panel, homeowners usually don’t give their home’s roof a second thought. Perhaps they should, especially after a major storm.   While the roof is designed to shrug off wind and rain, as roofs age, they become more susceptible to the elements. So too does roof flashing. Everything from solar radiation and frost to leaf litter and tree limbs can take their toll on roofs.   By taking the time to make sure that leaf litter doesn’t accumulate on your roof, you will reduce the incidence of water intrusion and mold. By getting up on a ladder to take a look at your roof, you’ll see wear and tear that aren’t apparent from the ground.    You can also see if any tree limbs are growing too close to the roof for comfort. The secret to making your home’s roof last as long as possible is to make sure that minor signs of deterioration don’t become major sources of leaks.   Signs That Your Roof Needs to be Replaced   Just as an old car shows signs of age by requiring a lot more maintenance than a newer car, so can roofs. Some of the signs that your roof is on its last legs are readily apparent:    Missing shingles. Missing, bent or broken shingles are one sign of age. Rot or soft spots on the roof may indicate water intrusion or a compromised underlayment. Signs of moss or mold shouldn’t be ignored, since they can force shingles apart. They also speed up the process of rot. Gaps in the flashing or cracks in the caulking. These will inevitably result in leaks and/or mold. Leaks in the attic and/or a sagging roofline can indicate rotted roof timbers that can compromise the structural integrity of your home.   In the end, it all comes down to the type and quality of materials used, weather conditions, frequency of roof repairs, and the quality of roofing services provided to you. It’s super important to make sure that you’re taking proper care of your roof. Remember, if you take care of your roof, it will take care of you.   If you have any further concerns related to a roof’s lifespan, want to know more about the materials used on your roof installation, or just have a few questions, drop us a line on our website and we’d be happy to help in any way we can.    If you have noticed any of the signs that your roof may be in need of maintenance, check out our article, “What Causes Roof Leaks?” to get a better understanding of what could potentially be causing your roofing problem.

Roof Repair | Maintenance

By: Cassie Findley
May 11th, 2022

One of the things every homeowner wants to last the longest is the roof. It’s one of the most expensive parts of the home to replace, and who wants to do that before it’s necessary? The key to making sure your roofing system thrives all the way up until the bitter end is routine maintenance. We get it, nobody likes to do this part, but it’s maintenance that’s going to make your roof last longer. Still, for the most part, all too many homeowners ignore their roofs.   Maybe it’s due to the fact that the roof is out of sight and that it’s out of mind. This philosophy works until you detect a leak, or worse when you finally get around to replacing your roof and the roofing company finds a lot of rotted roof decking, which could’ve been prevented by proper maintenance.   At RoofCrafters, we’ve been repairing and installing roofs for nearly 3 decades, and one of the most common comments we get from homeowners is that they regret not taking proper care of their roofs when they still had the time. We’ve seen our fair share of nightmare roofing situations, and it’s sad to say that a majority of these problems were preventable if the homeowners did their due diligence in roof maintenance.   All of this being said, if you’re reading this article, you are doing your due diligence because you’re educating yourself on prolonging the life of your roof. Go you! It’s a good thing you’re here because in this article you’ll learn how to make your roof live up to its full potential by following the top maintenance tips provided to you by the experts here at RoofCrafters. Let’s get started!     Remove Leaves and Debris   Leaves and tree litter might not seem like such a big deal, but it’s the number one cause of water intrusion on any roof.  That’s because leaf litter and twigs can act as a dam that backs up water.  When shingles can no longer shed rain efficiently, the water will try to find another way out, usually by slipping under shingles.   Wet leaf litter adds weight to your roof which can eventually cause it to sag or even fail.  If you do nothing else to maintain your roof, make sure you sweep away the leaves and twigs that pile up on your roof every autumn.   Clear Your Gutters   Clogged gutters can cause leaks and added stress to your roofing system. Just as with leaf litter, clogged gutters can and will cause water to back up into the house.  If left unchecked, the gutters of your home will turn into terrariums where everything from grass to shrubs and trees will take root and begin to grow.   Once the leaves turn into dirt, the water that should run down the downspout will have nowhere else to go but out on the roof. This could eventually cause the gutters to collapse under their own weight. If you haven’t checked your gutters in a year or more, don’t wait until it causes your roof to leak. If you live in a heavily wooded area, you should consider getting gutter guards installed to keep your gutters from clogging.   Trim Your Trees   Another way you can protect your roof from unnecessary damage is to have your tree limbs trimmed every year.  In Florida, some trees can grow as much as two feet in a year. If any of the branches of your shade trees happen to touch your shingles, you can rest assured that in no time they will begin to scour or even scrape the shingles they touch right off your roof.   Don’t think that because a tree limb isn’t in direct physical contact with your roof that it’s no threat. The next time you have a passing thunderstorm, watch how your trees whip around.  If limbs are within 3-6 feet of the roof, a windstorm can cause them to come into contact with your shingles.    Be Mindful of Moss   Moss loves damp places.  When it comes to a roof, these slimy green or black growths are prone to take root under the eaves where there’s less direct sunlight or in places that remain wet the longest.     If you see any kind of growth on your roof, mix up a solution of equal parts water and bleach to spray on the offending areas.  An even better solution is to install a zinc strip along the ridge of your roof. As the rain washes over the strip, zinc particles are released to coat the roof with a protective layer that prevents fungus, moss, and algae from growing.    Check Your Flashing and Skylight   Roof flashing needs to be undamaged and properly installed to prevent leaks around chimneys and vents.  If you notice even minor damage to the flashing, ignoring it will only make things worse.  Most minor flashing damage can be repaired with a polyurethane sealer.  If the damage is more significant, call a roofer to repair or replace the flashing to prevent or stop a leak.   As for skylights, their seals are notorious for cracking over time.  Since they live in direct sunshine, you can’t expect them to last forever. Before water starts dripping from a compromised seal, it would be a good idea to inspect any skylight on a yearly basis and repair or replace any cracked seals.   Flat Roof Maintenance   If you have a flat roof, you need to be cognizant of any cracks, blisters, or seam failures that can give water easy access into your home.  For smaller cracks or holes, you can buy roofing sealers from any hardware store.  While it won’t last forever, it can prolong the life of a flat roof.     For blisters or seam failures, your best bet is to call on a professional roofing company to assess and repair the damage. Bent or missing shingles are the quickest ways for a leak to get started.  After the next passing squall, go outside and take a look up at the roof. If you see any missing, broken, or bent shingles, you need to have someone replace them sooner rather than later.    Can I Maintain My Roof to Extend its Lifespan?   Yes, you absolutely can maintain your roof to extend its lifespan. In fact, everyone should! Your roof is one of, if not the most, important components of your home. It protects you, your family, and your precious belongings from the elements. Whether you want to or not, you need to take care of your roof. If you don’t, you’ll be dishing out some serious cash on a new roof prematurely.   Even though you’re a roof maintenance guru now, you still need to keep up with your yearly professional maintenance inspections. If you’re due for your yearly check-up, schedule an inspection with RoofCrafters today, and an eager professional will set up an inspection at your earliest convenience.   In the meantime, feel free to browse through the extensive resources located in our learning center. They’re free to you and are a wonderful educational resource for all roofing services. I recommend reading “5 Maintenance Tips to Extend Your Roofs Lifespan” so that you can keep your roof operating at its very best.

Maintenance

By: Cassie Findley
April 25th, 2022

“Okay, how important really is roof maintenance?” Homeowners everywhere ask themselves this question, usually while sitting in the driveway staring at their leaf-covered roof because they’re scared to walk into a home full of screaming kids, dirty laundry, and unwashed dishes. We’ve all been there.

flat roof | new roof | asphalt shingles | Maintenance

By: RoofCrafters
March 15th, 2022

Other than buying a home, replacing your roof can be one of the more costly decisions a homeowner can make.  Fortunately, it’s one you don’t have to make all that often. To ensure that your roof, old or new, lives up to its potential of 15 to 20 years, it's important to conduct proper maintenance. I know, it's not the most fun or even rewarding of household chores, but it's important and will save you money on potential issues in the long run.

Roof Replacement | Maintenance | insurance

By: RoofCrafters
February 25th, 2022

Homeowner’s insurance is fairly common and attainable, and it's imperative that every homeowner has a policy. Think of it in terms of health insurance. You never expect to get sick or break your arm until you do. If you don’t have insurance, that hospital bill is going to be pretty hefty.   The same goes for homeowner's insurance. If unexpected damage to your home occurs and you lack proper coverage, that bill is bound to break your bank. Not to mention, many homeowners haven’t had to face a situation where they have to make an insurance claim for their homes before. At the time of an insurance claim, knowing what to do can be tricky.

Roof Repair | Maintenance

By: RoofCrafters
February 14th, 2022

Roof repairs can be incredibly frustrating to deal with, especially when you have numerous exhausting day-to-day responsibilities. The only thing that can take a bad day to worse is coming home to a leaky roof. While you try to schedule an appointment with a roofing contractor, there are a few preventative measures you can take as a homeowner to ensure that even more damage isn’t done to your property.

Roof Repair | Maintenance

By: RoofCrafters
January 6th, 2022

Whether you’re a brand new homeowner, or a seasoned professional, you know how expensive a new roof installation can be. Investing in a roof is certainly not as fun as buying a new painting for your living room, or going on a shopping spree, however that’s exactly what it is: an investment.

Roof Storm Damage | Roof Replacement | Maintenance

By: RoofCrafters
November 3rd, 2021

Mother Nature can be cruel, especially to those of us living in the southeastern region of the United States. Down here, it’s safe to say we’ve all seen our fair share of vicious weather, and the havoc it can wreck on a roof.    Different types of storms cause various damages to different roofing systems. A roof damaged by hail is going to look different from a roof damaged by rain. Just as well as a roof damaged by strong winds will look different from one damaged by ice. Okay, so, what exactly is considered storm damage to a roof, then? Great question.   If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably experienced storm damage to your roof, and for insurance or personal purposes, you’re wondering if it’s classified as storm damage. You’re in the right place!