Roofing

Five ways to tell if you need a new roof.

Your Home’s Fall Checklist

1) Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
2) Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
3) Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
4) Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
5) Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
6) Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
7) Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
8) Keep the humidifier humming. Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.
9) Head-off gas problems. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.
10) Keep the wood fires burning brightly. Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
11) Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.

REASONS FOR A NEW ROOF

Whether you’re faced with an urgent need for a new roof or you have more time react to a roofing project, we want to help.

Below, you’ll find the top reasons for needing a new roof and valuable information to assist you through the process.

  • Increase Your Home’s Value

  • Building a New Home

  • Leaks

  • Storm Damage

  • Wind damage   

  • Hail damage

  • Falling debris

General Warning Signs That a Roof Might Be Past Its Useful Life

Leaks

Knowing you have a roof leak is usually obvious when you see the water spot on your ceiling.However, it can be much harder to pinpoint the cause of the leak. You may assume your shingles are at fault, but it could be missing flashing around a chimney, or some other entry point, that’s allowing the water to get inside your attic. Once inside the attic, water can travel along rafters and other horizontal surfaces making it difficult to find the exact entry point.

If shingles are missing, cracked or otherwise damaged, water can, over time, begin to leak into the home. A leak can start out small and slowly cause a lot of damage if a warning sign is ignored.

Water entry can also be caused by an ice dam. Ice dams are formed by the continual thawing of snow over the warmer portions of the roof and refreezing over the cold eave. The ice dam can cause water to backup under shingles. If your roof doesn’t have an ice & water underlayment installed under the shingles, you could be experiencing leaks.

AHS can help diagnose your leak issue, determine the cause of the leak and find a solution. 

Potential signs of a roof leak:

  • Water spots on your ceiling or walls

  • Missing shingles

  • Cracked or damaged shingles

  • Missing or damaged flashing or boot covers to roof penetrations

  • Water spots or wet roof decking (seen through the attic)

Storm Damage:

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. Call AHS today for a FREE No-Obligation Inspection. 

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 AHS today for a FREE No-Obligation Inspection.

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, which we can assist you with. 

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.

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. Call AHS today for a FREE No-Obligation Inspection. We can determine the scope of the damage and if you do have hail damage, we can help assist you in filing an insurance claim.

Potential signs of 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

 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. Call AHS today for a FREE No-Obligation Inspection.

 Potential signs of 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

General Warning Signs That a Roof Might Be Past Its Useful Life:

Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It just looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home. If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your TO DO list. For help with your reroof project, call AHS today.

Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:

  • Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped

  • Bald spots where granules are missing

  • Cracked shingles

  • Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles

  • Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life

  • The roof just looks old and worn​
  • Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.

  • Moss. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.

Home repair you must do now

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Most homeowners have a long list of repairs and DIY projects that they’ve been putting off. However, sometimes ignoring much-needed maintenance can put your home at serious risk. Here are a few common household repairs that you should take care of before it’s too late.

 

Clean Your Gutters

There are few household chores as loathed as cleaning out the gutters, but ignoring this annual task can cost you in the long run. Clean gutters keep the water flowing where it should: away from the home. When gutters get plugged up, the water has nowhere to go, so it runs down the side of your house, channeling it directly into your foundation, which can cause it to crack. In the winter months, clogged gutters can also create ice dams that damage the roof. And that’s how skipping a few hours of work every fall can lead to a repair job that can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Leaks

Many people are willing to overlook the occasional leak. A bit of water beneath the sink or the occasional drip from the ceiling on a rainy day can’t do that much harm, right?

But left unchecked, excess moisture can cause mold and mildew to flourish. If you allow mold to get the upper hand, you might have to replace carpeting and entire sections of drywall. And moisture problems are often much bigger than you think. For instance, a small damp patch on the ceiling might just be the tip of the iceberg. Poke your head into the attic and you might find that the rafters are waterlogged and already showing the signs of rot. Spare yourself the expense of a major repair. If you see signs of a leaky pipe or roof, call someone immediately to get it checked out.

 

5 Tips for Roofing

 

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1. Check if your roof is leaking – If you suspect your roof is leaking look for signs of wear on the shingles. Specifically look for curling on the edges of the shingle or broken pieces in your gutter. You can also pour some water or hose the suspected area and check for leaks below.


2. When to replace a roof – If your roof is 20 years old it’s probably time to begin considering a new roof. There are much better products available now too which means you can probably keep the new one for up to 30 years or more.

3. Repair vs New – If you don’t have any long term plans of staying in your current home then repairing it is the best option. You can add a layer to repair leak damage, and this will be more affordable than a new roof but better than a simple roof repair.


4. What type of Shingle? – The most common shingle type is asphalt shingles because they offer durability, affordability and come in a great variety of styles and colors.


5. Metal Roofing – Metal roofing is more expensive than shingle but is EXTREMELY durable, lightweight and offers additional benefits in energy efficiency and weather resistance.

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