Regular Roofing DIY Maintenance And Inspections

Roofing contractors are not “just” in the business of replacing roofs. Inspecting and ensuring the integrity of a residential or commercial roof is important to the maintenance and safety of any structure.

While roof styles, materials, and stresses vary dramatically, some basic inspection and maintenance tips apply to all types of roofs. Whether you’re charged with facilities management at your workplace or responsible for maintenance at home, ignoring your roof until there’s an obvious problem can be a serious and costly mistake.

Regular Roofing DIY Maintenance And Inspections

Gutter Clearing/Inspection/Cleaning

Depending on the weather and surroundings, you may need to check as often as once a week.  Trees introduce all kinds of things to gutters, from leaves, nuts, and berries to the critters that go in search of them and obviously, windy weather and storms can cause damage that may or may not be apparent from the ground. Make a regular date with your gutters in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Monthly Visual Inspection

Monthly, at least, you should train your eyes on your roof, paying particular attention to any sagging or buckling. Depending on the size of your home/office building and the style of your roof, you may need binoculars or a ladder to do an adequate inspection.

In addition to looking for any obvious signs of shingle damage, including torn or loose shingles on the roof, pay attention to other signs such as nails or shingle granules in your gutters, on the driveway or walkways around your home/office building. It’s wise to pack a screwdriver along in case there are loose screws that need tightening.

roofing Maintenance is Hard Work! And Good Insurance!

Monthly roof inspections and extra attention after storms aren’t glamorous, but it’s the best way to stay on top of your home or office building’s structural condition. Finding out you have small or potential problems is much better than just hoping for the best and in the long run learning the roofing repair could have been avoided or a much smaller repair.

When you have questions or concerns about your current roof, or suspect it’s time to consider replacing it, look for experienced, professional contractors who will provide written estimates, proof of licensure, and proof of exceeding state and local requirements for roofing contractors.

We do all of those things, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Contact us and ask for referrals, then call them. Our Commitment to quality roofing in this industry has continued to set the bar far above our competitors and blazed new trails for creative technique, endurance, and customer satisfaction.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Roofing Shingles

3 Things You Didn't Know About Roofing Shingles

Since roofing shingles are the most popular type of material for the roof, most people assume they know what shingles are all about. That may have been true 50 years ago, but shingles have come a long way since then. Take a closer look at your options when it’s time for a new roof.

They’re Not Just Rectangular

When you think about shingles, you have a pretty good idea of what the finished product is going to look like. Sure, there might be variations in color or thickness, but you imagine neat rows of rectangular shingles. This doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re looking for a unique look for your home, you’ll be happy to learn that shingles come in a variety of shapes, including diamond and curved shapes.

There’s More Than Asphalt

Asphalt shingles are what you think about when someone says “shingles,” but there are more choices these days. For instance, metal shingles will give your home a more traditional look, but they’ll last twice as long as traditional shingles. Shingles can also be made from wood — often called “shakes” — stone, or clay.

They Can Prevent Moss and Algae Growth

If you’ve ever had black streaks on your roof, you may be surprised to learn that this comes from algae growth, not dirt. Algae and moss grow on roofs that remain damp, usually when there are trees blocking the path of the sun. If you don’t want to think about cutting down the trees, you could get shingles that have small copper granules embedded in the asphalt. These prevent moss and algae growth.

You have many choices when you’re getting a new roof. Contact us to learn more about what we have to offer.