Roof

Rain Gutter and Downspout Care Prevents Roof Damage

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A costly roof repair just waiting to happen – all this debris, rain troughs separating from the building with snow and ice adding to the mix. All this potential damage can be headed off with advanced planning and proper guards.

A building’s rain gutter and downspout network are its first line of defense when it comes to limiting roof repair from ice dams and unexpected water backing up as a result of Madison WI summer downpours. A clear, free flowing downspout delivers torrents away from susceptible shingles. A rain gutter free from debris prevents damage to interior ceilings, walls and floors, too.

Rain Gutter – Downspout Maintenance Checklist

Every rain collection system requires regular maintenance. Much of which should be left to professionals – insurance company reports indicate falls from ladders are among the most frequent and most dangerous household risks. Each year more than 300 people die from falling off a ladder. Thousands more break bones and suffer additional injuries – many as a result of attempting to clean and inspect the edges of their own roofs. Here’s a checklist of what should be reviewed: Continue reading

Roof Insulation Plus Attic Ventilation Extends Roof Life

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The reliable, even flow of air through insulation is critical to a comfortable, efficient home.

Proper roof insulation plus sufficient attic ventilation is the formula to extend the life of your roof and avoid a costly roof repair. Adequate attic insulation and ventilation work together to lessen the impact of the extreme heat and cold characteristic of Madison WI.

The primary job of your roof is to protect what’s beneath it. The job of the roof insulation and ventilation is to help protect the roof. Consistent airflow through the house is critical to keep the summer heat from “cooking” shingles from the inside and keep radiant heat from melting winter snow – reducing the risk of ice dams. Continue reading

Rain Gutter Covers – Designed With Your Safety In Mind

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Rain gutter covers help you gutters protect your home’s foundation – and you – click to enlarge

One of the most important pieces of equipment designed to protect your home is the rain gutter.

In concept, the task is very simple. Rain Gutters help direct roof runoff away from the foundation of your house. Any water pooling at your home’s foundation can lead to soil erosion, rotted siding, create a breeding ground for mold and insects, and lead to water in your basement.

In order for gutters to work properly, you have to keep them clean. Debris such as leaves, pine needles, twigs, bird’s nests, hornet’s nests and a wide array of other materials can limit your gutter’s effectiveness. Continue reading

Proper Attic Insulation and Ventilation Extends Roofing Life

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The free airflow with proper attic ventilation saves energy, protects your roof and makes your home most comfortable

Proper attic insulation and ventilation extend the life of your roofing. The two working together helps you avoid extreme heat in the summer that literally cooks your shingles from the inside and in the winter will not allow radiant heat from your home to melt snow cover causing ice dams and related problems.

Proper attic insulation and attic ventilation are part of an effective roofing system. Each alone have a positive impact but together protect the longevity of your roof, improving energy efficiency and allowing all of the mechanical systems to work most efficiently. Proper ventilation and attic insulation make your home a more comfortable place. Continue reading

Know When To Replace Your Roofing – Just Look

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Stains on interior ceilings and walls or mold and mildew growth are often caused by inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment allowing leakage or inadequate ventilation

Traditionally, a good roof, depending on type of shingles and the craftsmanship in the installation, lasted between twenty to forty years. Now your roof can last a lifetime with the new style GAF shingles.

But the roof most homeowners have on their homes has a much shorter lifetime. Environmental issues can have a significant affect on the performance and longevity of existing roofs. Weather issues in Madison WI such as hail, heavy winters with ‘melt & freeze’ cycles, larger trees surrounding your home or unknown issues with the manufacturer of your shingles can all play a role in diminishing shingle function or shortening shingle life. Continue reading

Roofing Contractor Mistakes To Avoid

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Secure a Lifetime Warranty with an installation by a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor

Roofing can last a lifetime. A good roof has the proper type of shingles, superior craftsmanship and correct and complete installation.

It’s possible to get shingles to last the life of your home if they are installed as part of a well-designed roofing system. In climates such as we have in Madison, WI, the system must be designed for weather issues such as hail, heavy winters with ‘melt & freeze’ cycles and even larger trees surrounding a home and so on. These are conditions to be considered if you really expect to protect your home. A complete roofing system for your roof is the best way to battle the elements. Continue reading

Selecting Roofing Contractors in Madison WI

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Expect to get any two of these three items when selecting a roofing contractor

If you need one in Madison WI, there are plenty of roofing contractors to choose from.

The problem most homeowners have is finding roofing contractors they can trust. After all, most homeowners do not replace roofs often. In some cases maybe only one purchase in a lifetime. Possibly twice, but the purchase date can be twenty years apart. Not a great situation for gaining knowledge and skill at making a decision. Continue reading

Ice Dam Repairs & Roofing Systems

Ice dam problems are always a symptom of other problems within a home.

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Proper venting and insulation can help end ice dam problems

If you have an ice dam now, multiple ice dams or other roof ice, there are likely multiple issues affecting your situation. And, believe it or not, your roof may have nothing to do with the problem – it may be an innocent bystander.

It’s important to understand your roof is part of a system including the roof itself, gutters, soffets, siding, ventilation and other systems within a home. How all of these parts of the system work will affect your heating and cooling bills and the life of your roof, if not a lot more.

With that said, certainly, roofs can wear out over time. However, if your roof requires repair or replacement pre-maturely, there is a good chance something within the system is not functioning correctly and has accelerated the aging process.

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Ice Dam Prevention In Madison WI

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Proper insulation and correcting attic bypasses can help stop ice dam problems

An ice dam, the ridge of ice that builds up on roof eaves, is a common wintertime problem for Madison Wisconsin residents. An ice dam can cause costly structural damage that can affect not only the roof, but the interior of walls, floors and multiple levels in your home.

The shelf of ice and the icicles hanging from the gutters are obvious to the homeowner. What’s not always  apparent is the cause of an ice dam. Continue reading

Ice Dams – Protecting Your Home from Roof Ice

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Ice dams channel melt-water into attics and living spaces.

This is the time of year when homeowners find themselves dreading the ice and damning the dams — the ice dams forming on eaves and along the edges of roofs.

There are plenty of reasons to hate ice dams. They damage roofs and the underlying structures, encourage water buildup and leaks, and reflect heat loss and general energy inefficiency. Unfortunately, once an ice dam forms it’s almost impossible to remove in any manner other than waiting for spring.

Ice dams form when snow — as little as one or two inches will do the trick — on a roof, is melted by heat leaking through the roof from the attic. The melting snow runs down the roof and refreezes at the roof edge, where there’s no house heat to keep the snow in liquid form. Continue reading

Roofing Review – Comparison of Roofing Materials

Every home needs a roof and homeowners have a wide selection of materials to choose from when hiring a reputable roofing contractor.

The Old Standby Roofing Has Improved

Composition shingles have improved the most over the past twenty years by changes in the manufacturing process. The result is they are more durable than ever.  In fact, all G.A.F. composition shingles are guaranteed for life. In the past you might have expected twenty to thirty years of service, now, with the newer G.A.F. composition shingles, you will have your roof on for as long as you own your home. Continue reading

How Do You Know If You Have Roof Hail Damage?

Roof hail damage is a common situation in Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The key is reacting when you think damage might have occurred. If leaks begin, water can ruin the interior of your home.

Hailstorms and the runoff from your roof will cause granules of asphalt to release starting the roof hail damage process. While the release of granules does happen over the course of a few years, a hail storm can cause a larger amount of granules to build up by downspouts, etc. Continue reading