Whether it’s raining or not, your roof is aging and there are things going on up there you may just not see without a closer look. Your roof is probably one of the last home improvement or maintenance projects you’re thinking about regardless of the weather happening. People generally just don’t spend too much time thinking about the roof over their head until it starts leaking and by then, it may be too late. Taking care of your roof with routine maintenance is kind of like exercise for your body and keeping in shape; it’s critical to your life (and the life of your roof!), but more often than not, it gets pushed to the side and put off .
Roofing contractors seldom explain to a property owner that even after a new roof is installed, it’s important to maintain that roof. A roof is a big investment and a little routine care and maintenance will go a long way in helping your roof give you the long lasting life you expect. After all, your roof protects the things you love and care about…it’s a major defense against the elements for your home or business and from time to time it simply needs a little attention from you.
Your roof can accumulate debris from all sorts of things including trees, birds, soil, dust, wind and rain. Left unattended, these things can build up and cause serious conditions like plugged drains, overflows and clogged valleys and waterways. Once these things start happening and the waterways are no longer functional, leaks will often occur. And roof leaks always seem to come at the worst times like during a severe rain storm when the last thing you want to think about is calling a roofer to come and save you. Emergencies are always expensive and roofing emergencies are no different; roof repairs can be an expensive alternative to simply making sure your roof is in good shape all year long.
Roof maintenance is the best way to avoid situations like this. Pre-planning and preparation is the answer . I always suggest that an annual roof inspection by a quality, licensed and insured contractor is your best bet against surprise roofing issues happening. Ask your contractor to recommend an annual maintenance program for your particular roofing system. Whether your roof simply needs cleaning from time to time, or it needs a more specific and diligent repair approach, your contractor will be able to walk you through the particulars and explain to you what your roof needs depending on the materials, the type of roof you have, the current condition as well as the pitch and design of the roof.
Just like with your vehicle when that service lights comes on, if you ignore signs, you may find yourself facing a far more serious condition than if you had just planned things out ahead with care and maintenance. Pre-planning is key for the success of most situations we encounter daily in life. And if you take care of your roof, it will take care of you with a lifetime of trouble-free service.
Now that we are well into 2013, have you been thinking about replacing your roof or repairing it? Do you know if your roof is in good shape or can you tell if it needs work or even complete replacement? If your roof is closing in on 15 to 20 years and showing signs of wear or disrepair, it may be time to take a closer look and see what options are available to you. Maintaining a safe, sturdy roof over your head protects the things you care about including your property, your belongings and your loved ones. Your roof is one of the biggest investments you make as a homeowner but it’s often overlooked or put off due to expense. A properly installed and maintained roof can last a very long time but there are many factors at work with your roof and any one of them can affect its’ lifespan — from the climate to installation to the materials used and many more.
A professional roofing contractor can evaluate your roof’s current state and help you determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired. Err on the side of caution; if you have any doubt about the integrity of the roof over your head, have it inspected by a professional. Taking care of roofing problems and addressing any issues you find now can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Remember, your roof can talk…you just need to listen to it.
For a free roofing estimate or the installation of a new roof, please call the WCC Roofing office at 314-596-0596 or email us at [email protected] 24/7. You can also visit www.wccroofing.com to learn more about roofing danger signs.
Eight Signs It May be Time for a New Roof
1) Damaged Flashing
2) Buckling & Curling Spots
3) Algae Growth & Staining
4) Missing Shingles
5) Ceiling Spots
7) Missing Granules
If your roof is 15 years or older and you think it may be showing one or more of these common roof danger signs, it could be time to consider a new roof. Remember, your roof can talk…you just need to listen.
The flashing reinforces weak areas on your roof like where the chimney sticks out or where two parts of the roof meet in a valley. These areas are notorious for causing leaks especially if they were not properly installed. Check that the flashing on your roof looks even and lays flat. Any areas where there is a tear or buckle can allow water to enter your house.
Buckling & Curling Spots
Your roof should look very flat and even. Any area that has lifted up or buckled is a target area for leaks to form. There are a number of reasons you may have curling issues including improper fastening/installation, ventilation issues, nails that are too high, lack of back coating and even the under-saturation of the asphalt felt used on your shingles. If you have curling shingles, your roof’s “immune system” is too low and your roof is susceptible to wind or even ice damage.
Algae Growth & Staining
Wondering why your roof looks dirty and dingy? You could have an algae problem and if left to its own devices, your algae friend can wreak havoc and actually destroy your roof. Algae is normally dark brown to even black in color.
Many times, missing shingles can be caused by improper installation/fastening, windy weather or other extreme weather and can often be individually replaced.
If you notice any discoloration or spots on your ceiling, you should check your crawl space and attic for any water damage. Water damage can be determined by any discoloration or wet spots in the beams and boards that are directly under your roof. Usually damage will be centralized near the problem area so you should be able to patch the leak as long as it has not developed into a more severe problem.
Rotting forming on any part of your house is bad but on your roof it can signify severe problems. Rotting is caused only when an area of your roof remains wet over a period of time. This happens more frequently on organic based roofing material. Any water damaged on the surface like rotting can be hiding even more severe problems underneath were water can do damage to rafters and ceilings.
When a roof is very old the top layer of protective granules tends to slowly wear away. Any obvious bare spots that can form over time are an indicator of the end of the life of your roof. The bare shingles have usually become fragile and brittle over the years and should be replaced before serious damage happens.
Once water has managed to get under your roof, it is very hard to totally get rid of it. Any water that remains for a long period of time can cause blistering on your roof shingles, indicated by small dark spots forming.
There are a number of reasons you may have curling issues including improper fastening/installation, ventilation issues, nails that are too high, lack of back coating and even the under-saturation of the asphalt felt used on your shingles. If you have curling shingles, your roof’s “immune system” is too low and your roof is susceptible to wind or even ice damage.
Are you thinking about of replacing the worn out gutters on your house? You should look at the possibility of a seamless gutter installation. There are rewards to installing a seamless gutter system that you should consider before you choose to install or repair a more traditional gutter system. A seamless gutter system functions well no matter what the pitch or slope of your roof.
The biggest advantage of a seamless gutter is that there are no breaks in the gutters; therefore you will have no leaks because of the lack of joints. With traditional gutter systems, the gutter comes in several different pieces and they have to be joined together, leaving those places open for leaks and drips. Seamless gutters are extruded as one piece; therefore there is a greatly reduced chance of water damage to your home.
Seamless gutters can be made from copper, aluminum, or galvanized steel. These gutters are cut to the exact proper length onsite so you don’t have to worry whether they will fit your home or not. Like traditional guttering, you can get the seamless gutter in a variety of different colors and styles to match or compliment your home.
The one disadvantage to these gutters is that, because they are cut to length onsite, they have to be manufactured by a professional onsite. This will of course increase the investment you put into your gutters to a higher price point. Many people feel the added protection that these gutters give them is worth a little extra out of pocket expense. If money is truly an issue, a very few companies will form gutters on site, then let you install them.
Having done this research at home allows you to be a more informed consumer, and have the ability to ask proper questions of your contractor.
Want to Improve the Atmosphere Of a Room, Building or Home? Bring the Sunlight In!
Do you have a room in your home or building that has a dark, dreary feeling even in the middle of the day? These dark areas aren’t known for being favorite spaces due to the general atmosphere the lack of daylight produces. Your gloomy room is likely on the Northern side of the structure or shaded by big trees. Often times it can be an interior room where a traditional window to the outside world (and cheery sunlight) isn’t possible.
These are the types of rooms where lights need to be turned on in the daytime to make them functional or to get rid of a cave-like feeling. Commercial buildings with warehouse space run into this issue quite often and can use massive amounts of electricity to light the areas.
If you find yourself in this type of situation and you’re looking for a solution to light up your home or business, WCC Roofing has fantastic energy-efficient solutions including roof-integrated skylights –- large, small, vented, glazed or shaded skylights completely different from the plastic bubble skylights of yesteryear. We can integrate skylights into myriad roof types and with our experience and skilled staff, Scudder can help you find the best application for your needs as well as assure you of the waterproof integrity of your roof and the skylight solution you choose.
Skylights can be a wonderful addition to just about any building or home. Give WCC Roofing a quick call at 314-596-0596 or even come by our office o begin the conversation about the possibilities we can offer you. We would also be happy to show you our warehouse and our metal fabrication building that has an abundance of excellent free daylight lighting via the Scudder-installed skylights throughout the large and once, much darker space.
The sky (light) is the limit!
The rustic look and feel of clay tile roofing is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners all over the country. Considered a “lifetime” roof, tiles are available in a huge variety of styles, profiles, colors and shapes liked curved, flat, color glazed or with a texture applied surface. The possibilities are really quite endless giving consumers a big menu to choose from when it comes to deciding what they want their roof to look like.
While this once hand-made style of roofing has been around for thousands of years, today’s interlocking or overlapping tiles are created by baking (firing) molded clay in a very high-temperature kiln. One of the most durable roofing materials on the market, tile is a green choice that doesn’t burn or rot and is known for its resistance to weather and insect damage, among other things. Dependability is the most vital component of any roof and clay tile is sitting near the top of the list when it comes to extreme durability.
Clay is often associated with warmer Mediterranean or Southwestern climates, yet with the help of a few modern tweaks, these tiles are now capable of withstanding a variety of weather conditions. Flat styles are often used to create French and English looks while curved styles are used for Mission or Spanish-style old world European looks as well as Southwestern looks. An interesting point to note is that their inherent design, aerodynamic installation and durability, make clay tiles highly wind resistant. In addition to this, glazed tiles can allow for increased resistance against thawing/freezing, as well as salty air absorption, should your property be built in a particularly cold or coastal area.
Interested in increasing your property value? You’re in luck because a beautifully and properly installed clay tile roof can turn a lot of heads and increase the asking price of your home. The roof over your head not only protects the things you care for and love but it can make your house sell faster or at the very least, make your sales listing more competitive and add a lot of value to your residential investment.
Clay tile is more expensive than some of the other roofing materials available today but its beauty and natural appearance often outweigh the cost for homeowners looking for an attractive choice to enhance their property. Moreover, while the cost of a tile roof can be steep at the outset, like many other high end materials, clay is often considered a cost-effective option when studied on a life-cycle basis.
The bottom line is that clay roof tiles are simply one of the most versatile and eye-catching roofing materials available on the market today.
Pros and Cons:
Let’s start with the limitations:
- Due to the weight of this material, your roof may need extra support before installation.
- Due to the fact that they are essentially pieces of baked clay, these tiles are rather breakable and can chip easily. It would probably be a good idea to have your roof inspected after severe storms as clay tiles cannot withstand major direct contact (heavy hail or fallen tree branches).
- They are slightly absorbent but they hold about the same amount of water as common shingles.
- Clay tile roofing is more expensive than some other roofing options (keeping in mind that the weight of the tiles may create a need for additional roof support), but most homeowners find that the charm and aesthetic as well as actual value they add to a property outweigh the extra dollar or two.
Now for the good stuff:
- While you want to avoid walking on clay tiles, they are certainly not weak – in fact, this material is considered a lifetime roof and can last upwards of 50-100 years or more.
- Clay is a low-maintenance option with beautiful color and style choices as well as built-in fire protection.
- Clay is green! By having choosing to go with this roofing material, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment as well as keeping your energy costs lower. Lighter clay tiles reflect solar heat helping to keep your home cool during the summer months.
- Adds resale value to your property
- Clay won’t fade or diminish over the years
If you’re interested in having a clay roof installed, give WCC Roofing a call today at 314-596-0596. We are the area’s tile roofing specialists and we can walk you through the process of deciding whether this material is the right choice for your property and your lifestyle.
With so many home improvement options available, read on for three great reasons to choose replacement windows for your home!
Replacement Windows Will Save You Money
Older single-pane windows are not energy efficient. They do not hold in either heat or cold and they let an enormous amount of outdoor air into the interior of your home. The U.S. Department of Energy indicates that 40% of your annual heating and cooling bill can be affected by your windows. Double-pane vinyl replacement windows are much more energy efficient and can save you hundreds of dollars each year in energy costs.
Additionally, single-pane windows have a tendency to allow moisture and condensation to build up on the inside of the window and the frame. This moisture can seep into your walls and cause mold, mildew and wall damage. Double-pane replacement windows keep moisture out and won’t leak, preventing any interior damage that can be costly to repair. Plus, many utility companies offer rebates and energy incentives to customers who replace old inefficient windows with energy efficient replacement windows.
Replacement Windows Mean a More Comfortable Home
Have you ever been to an old farmhouse in the winter? They’re charming and cozy looking on the outside, but cold and drafty on the inside. This is because of their old single-pane windows. Replacement windows that have two panes of glass keep the temperature in your home even, without drafts.
Old windows can also allow in moisture that can frost over adding to the cold on the interior of the windows and often causing the windows to freeze shut in the winter. When an old window freezes shut it’s very difficult to free it without causing damage to the relatively fragile single pane of glass and delicate frame. Vinyl replacement windows are sturdy and run smoothly for years.
In the summer, old windows allow the heat in and let the cool out which takes away from the comfort of your home. Replacement windows with double panes of glass can prevent these problems. What’s more, replacement windows act as sound insulation, blocking exterior noise and creating a quiet, peaceful interior.
Replacement Windows Look Great!
New vinyl replacement windows come in such a wide variety it’s easy to find the right style for your home. A good window contractor can show you an assortment of choices that will work for your project.
There’s no reason to be concerned about replacing old windows and losing the charm or original design of your home. Replacement windows are available in such a wide array that older window styles can easily be matched. From a small bathroom window to a beautiful bay window, there is a replacement window for any room.
Replacement windows can really improve the overall appearance of your home. The glass is clearer and the windows are often larger than the old single-pane variety which allows more light into your living space. New windows can also enhance the exterior of your home adding a more refined look.
With the variety of roofing materials available these days, here are five options to help make choosing the right one for your roofing project a little easier.
- Roofing Material: Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material seen on American homes these days. They are an inexpensive roofing option and they come in a variety of colors. They are generally guaranteed for 20 to 30 years and require no maintenance. The drawback is that this roofing material is so common your roof won’t stand out from the crowd, however the asphalt shingles have great value in their durability and ease of installation. You can choose from the standard 3-tab shingles or upgrade to a thicker architectural shingle. Ask your contractor for samples of each to determine which type of asphalt shingle is the roofing material best suited for your residential roofing project.
- Roofing Material: Wood Shingles
Wood shingles are beautiful. This is a classic roofing material that ages and weathers to a beautiful gray or silver. If installed properly wood shingles can last 30 to 50 years. This roofing material, however, has some drawbacks. First, it’s not fireproof. Second, it’s expensive to install and often requires maintenance, such as washing to remove mildew and application of new oil. If this is your roofing material of choice, make sure your contractor is knowledgeable about shingle selection and installation.
- Roofing Material: Engineered Tiles and Materials
These days there are many types of roofing shingles that are manufactured to look like wood or shake, among other things. These products meet fire codes and restrictions and can often be cost effective and low maintenance. A good contractor can help guide you in your selection of engineered roofing materials.
- Roofing Material: Slate
Slate is a beautiful for residential roofing. It is a high end roofing material, it sheds ice and snow, and it has a classic appeal. Slate is also very heavy and requires a structure built to withstand that amount of weight. It is also expensive to buy and install. It is, however, now available in an engineered product which is less expensive and considerably lighter. This option makes a slate look-alike roofing shingle an affordable consideration for many builders and contractors to suggest to their clients.
- Roofing Material: Metal
Metal roofs are cheap, rugged, and long lasting. They vary from the low end of galvanized metal, like you would see on a barn, to high end copper. Metal roofs can be a great residential roofing option, as it is generally maintenance free and can protect from fire damage in high fire areas. Metal is another roofing material that requires proper installation as even small mistakes can cause
It is very important to ensure proper ventilation in your attic so that your home is comfortable during all seasons. The free flow of fresh air through the roof is essential for the maintenance of the right temperature in your home. Proper roof ventilation ensures that your home is warm in the cold seasons, saving you many expenses. If you want to make sure your attic is well ventilated through the roof read this article to learn why and how to do it properly.
A roof that is well ventilated will last longer than improperly or non-ventilated roof and attic. The lack of ventilation or the improper one can lead to mildew and mold, which are created by the humidity and warm air. Moisture can weaken your roof decking, making your roof more fragile. When moisture and heat get stuck under your roof this may lead to cracked slates and progressively worsening of the roof condition. The lack of ventilation or the improper one can create forming of ice dams as well. This happens when warm air gathered in your attic melts away the snow on your roof. When the weather becomes colder, the melted snow freezes again. This process of melting and freezing again is repeated over and over, thus creating ice dams. They keep the water stuck at the eaves which leads to a lot of roof damage.
There are a few types of roof ventilation you can provide – from installation of basic static vents to more modern power vents. The most effective exhaust ventilation is provided by ridge vents. Their name comes from the place where they are installed – along the ridges of the roof. To provide intake ventilation you can install soffit vents. These vents can be installed along the underside of the overhang of your roof or along the eaves. You can choose gable vents which are installed at the gables and work together with a fan for better results. You have the option of installing roof vents instead of gable or ridge vents. Their location is higher on the surface of your roof.
Installation of vents is a good decision you can make for your home which will save you a lot of roof damage and expenses. It has to be done properly by professionals. Here are some recommendations for the proper vent installation. If the half of your vent openings are located along the soffits, while the other half of them are situated along the ridges, 1 foot of exhaust and intake ventilation is enough for every 300 square feet. If you have installed soffit vents, 1 foot of ventilation is enough for every 150 square feet of your attic floor area. It is advisable that you leave minimum an inch space between the roof sheathing, the soffit vents and the insulation.
You should definitely consult with a licensed roofing company or provider to ensure that your roof and attic ventilation is in line with the local regulations. Depending on your climate zone there are different codes and requirements for the ventilation in your roof and attic. During the summer the high temperature in the atmosphere outside heats up your home. Proper roof vents release some of the hot air to regulate the temperature in your home. They also provide a conduit for the cool air to get in your house. During the winter, daily activities create moisture in your home. Cool outdoor air and the heated air in your attic create ice dam formation. Proper vents provide cooler air to get in your attic through the conduit. The hot and moist air is released through the vent so that the temperature in your home is regulated. This is how proper ventilation works and maintains the comfortable temperature in your home.
Most of us are guilty of taking the roof over our head for granted at one time or another; we just don’t tend to think about it until it stops working or it starts leaking, that is. And when your roof is leaking, you just can’t ignore it or put it off for another day. The simple fact of the matter is, by the time your roof is actually leaking, the problems lurking around your home may already be a serious issue. That leak can cause all sorts of nasty things for you including damaged ceilings, water stains, rot, mold and structural damage just to name a few.
A roof can leak for a number of reasons — from storm damage to shingle decay to age and everything in between. If your roof is leaking, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact a reputable, insured roofing company to inspect the issues, find the source of your leak and have it properly and promptly repaired. Acting quickly if you find a leak can save you thousands of dollars and a whole lot of misery.
Seven Reasons Your Roof May Be Leaking
Flashing is actually the most common reason that your roof may be leaking. Any thin metal strip, fitting or sheet that covers a seam on your roof is called flashing and when the flashing is eroded or damaged, the leaks can begin. Moreover, if your contractor failed to install any flashing at all (and this actually does happen!), leaks can and will become an issue.
Chimney stacks tend to collect water that can trickle down and go through tiny spaces. If there is any collection of water around the chimney area, then these pools could lead to leaks.
3) Plumbing Penetrations
Running pipes through the roof is a necessary evil but not always a good idea. Most builders know this, but they still go ahead and do it. The holes (once sealed) can leave spaces and when it rains, the water trickles through the spaces and onto and through your ceiling.
Skylights are a beautiful addition to your home…they add pizazz and they bring in natural light and brighten up your interior. However, if improperly installed, skylights can cause big problems including leaks.
5) Shingles and Fasteners
During a storm or with heavy winds, roof fasteners and shingles can be dislodged and damaged pretty easily leaving a perfect path for water to move through and get into the underside of your roof causing all sorts of problems including leaks.
6) Prior Workmanship
Poor workmanship and improper roof installation is one of the major reasons a homeowner experiences a leak. The builders and contractors you choose to install your roof can play a big part in whether your roof will leak or not in the long run. Poor workmanship can lead to leaks so please remember to choose highly qualified professionals who are experienced with the type of roof installation you are looking for.
7) The Roof’s Age
If your roof is closing in on old age (15-20 years or more), the more likely it is to have an issue, especially if you haven’t kept up with routine maintenance. The original roofing material simply may need to be replaced if your roof is near its maximum lifespan.
If you are dealing with a roof leak, WCC Roofing can help you with a thorough inspection, detailed action plan and a roofing repair or replacement estimate. Call our 24 Hour roofing repair hotline at 314-596-0596 or email us at [email protected]