Let’s face it, a lot of homeowners do not find their roof exciting. Generally roofs consist of bland colored shingles sitting on top of the house. For the most part, homeowners typically do not notice their roof unless there is an issue, like a leak or shingles that are coming off. However, roofing is actually one of the most important parts of your home. Without the proper roofing system you could be throwing away thousands of dollars in energy bills and creating more issues in other parts of your home that you aren’t even aware of.
Owen’s Corning roofing allows homeowners to have a roof that they do not have to worry about, and it doesn’t cause any further issues to their homes or their wallets. Weather Tight is the Milwaukee Roofing experts.
With a line of durable shingles, there are many options for you to choose from when it comes to your roof. A top pick for our customers is the Duration Shingle, which contains an ice and water shield and guarantees up to 130mph wind warranty. These are some of the strongest roofing materials on the market. Our materials makes us an easy choice for a Milwaukee roofing contractor.
Owen’s Corning Roof Features
VentiSure® Roofing Ventilation System
- Allows cool air to come in through the soffit and pushes the warm air and moisture out through the roof vents in the attic
- Helps prevent damage from extreme heat and cold in your attic
Hip & Ridge Shingles
- Helps to protect the roofing ridge vents and adds the attractive finished look. Will also help prevent buckling and lifting in the future
Owens Corning Quality Shingles
- Come in many colors and will protect your home from bad weather
Felt Underlayment System from Owens Corning
- Adds an extra layer of protection between the shingles and the roof deck. Works to prevent damage from rain coming under your shingles
Weatherlock® Self-Sealing Ice & Water Roofing Barrier System
- Helps to protect your roof in the most important areas where water can do the most damage to a roof: eaves, valleys, dormers, and skylights
Weather Tight has signed the Owens’ Corning recycling pledge. The commitment is intended to reduce the number of shingles in landfills in our area. We are committed to recycling your old roof.
What does it mean to be a Platinum Preferred Contractor?
Only the top 8% of all Owens Corning’s Preferred Contractors are chosen to be Platinum Preferred Contractors. This is a special relationship between the company that is selling and installing your roofing products and the manufacturer.
What are the benefits of Hiring a Platinum Preferred Contractor over another contractor?
By hiring an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, you know you are choosing a company that is hand-picked by the manufacturer as the best of the best. A Platinum Preferred Contractor is able to offer additional warranties that Preferred Contactors aren’t able to provide. Please read the warranty page (to the left) to find out more about the warranties that Weather Tight provides for your Owens Corning roof.
Barefoot Friendly Lawn Guarantee
Weather Tight has met all of the qualifications of becoming a Platinum Preferred Contractor, but we’ve decided to take it one step further. Weather Tight guarantees that your lawn will be just like it was when we arrived. You will not have to worry about nails being left in your grass and there will be nothing harmful left in your lawn, keeping you and your family worry-free.
Tired of icicles surrounding your home all winter long? Noticed water damage in your attic, or worse yet, the interior walls of your home? Ice dams may be your problem. Worried how it affects the efficiency of your shingles? So many of the issues associated with ice dams can be cured by the proper installation of a new roof, and the accessories and proper ventilation it needs to outlive the long Wisconsin winters.
Ice Dams Defined
An ice dam is a layer of ice that is built up at the edge of the roof that prevents melting snow from draining off of the roof.
Causes and Formation of Ice Dams
An ice dam can occur when a cycle of repeated freezing and thawing causes ice to build up on the roof, blocking the path of newly melted snow as it travels toward the gutters. Snow accumulates on the slanted roof of a house and warmth coming up through the roof melts the snow from underneath. If the snow is thick enough, melt water flows down the roof, beneath the blanket of un-melted snow, until it flows onto the eave and into the gutter, where colder conditions on the overhang cause it to freeze. Eventually, ice accumulates along the eave and in the gutter, “damming” up the path of the newly melting snow. The next batch of melted snow now cannot drain properly, and water continues to build up and eventually backs up underneath your shingles where it can cause major leaks.
Can Ice Dams Be Completely Prevented?
Under extreme conditions, with heavy snow and severe cold, almost any house can have an ice dam, whereas a house that is poorly insulated and ventilated will have ice dams even during normal winter weather. While many of us have taken steps to reduce the ice dams that can occur during Wisconsin winters, preventing ice dams in extreme weather, as we’ve experienced recently, requires a few additional measures on the part of the homeowner.
How Can I Minimized The Chance Of Having An Ice Dam?
If you have not yet taken steps to minimize the risk of ice dams on your home, here are some steps you can take:
- Keep the roof cold by keeping the attic cold.
- Install more insulation in the attic floor.
- Seal bypasses into the attic.
- Draw more outside air into attic through gable and eave vents.
- Install slippery metal roofing along the eaves so that snow and ice slide off more easily.
- Before installing new shingles, install an adhesive, waterproof, rubberized ice-shield membrane on the sheathing to seal around nail holes and protect the sheathing from backed-up water.
- Switch to a warm-attic system. Make your attic part of the conditioned space of your house. This requires that you insulate the attic roof from both sides, insulate the exterior walls of the attic, and install energy-efficient attic windows.
- Install electric roof de-icing cables to create a heated drain path that allows melt water to drain off the roof through the gutter and downspout system. Roof de-icing cables should be installed by an electrical contractor per the national electric code on a dedicated GFCI protected circuit.
What Maintenance Does My Roof Need In Winder?
Homes that have taken all the permanent steps possible to prevent ice dams may still see some ice build-up during heavy snowfalls. This is not a sign that your preventative measures are failing, but simply a reminder of the reality that no system can entirely prevent ice buildup. In addition to alterations to the structure of your home, ice dam prevention should include the following regular maintenance:
- Make sure attic vents aren’t blocked.
- Keep gutters clean.
- Remove excess snow with a roof rake.
- Hose off the roof with tap water on a warm day. (Note that water run-off could damage shrubbery.)
- Break up ice dams by creating ice channels to drain water.
- Fill an old pair of pantyhose with calcium chloride snow melt and lay it across the dam. (Do not use rock salt as it can discolor the roof!)
- Address snow build-up early, before it has a chance to melt.
- Hire a company to steam the roof if other measures cannot control the ice buildup.
Things Not To Do
- Do not chop ice off the shingles. You will damage the shingles.
- Do not use a blowtorch. You could burn your house down.
- Do not throw anything on the roof that cannot be retrieved. This can cause rain gutter plugging.
- Do not take your gutters off your home! The water will not back up without gutters, but will instead drop down to the ground and into your foundation.
Proper roof ventilation and a properly insulated attic help keep your home energy efficient. To understand why they both work together, we must first understand why a home may be inefficient when it comes to the amount of energy it uses. Your WE Energies bill can tell you a lot about how efficient your home is. Talk to your neighbors and friends and see if your energy bills are higher than theirs. How do your homes compare? The heating/cooling elements of your home only turn on and run when the temperature of the home is not equal to the display on the thermostat. The more often the furnace or air conditioner has to run, the higher your energy bill becomes. When your home is fully insulated and properly ventilated, the energy bill is at a minimal level. So, if you are writing big checks to WE Energies, and are tired of doing so, it is time to make improvements to your home.
Temperature Differences: Attic and Roof Contributions
Another tell tale sign that your attic needs more insulation or your roof needs to be better ventilated is the temperature in your home. Is the second story of your home warmer than the first? This is caused by the sun beating down on the roof all day long. Without proper ventilation and insulation, the warmth from the sun enters your home and battles with your heating and cooling system, ultimately winning the battle of the second floor. Your first floor may seem colder than your thermostat reads, or the second floor may seem like a boiler room. The reverse happens in the winter months, when snow covers the roof and makes the attic colder than the rest of the home. Taking measures to properly insulate your attic and vent your roof can significantly reduce the temperature difference between the first and second floors of your home.
When the roof is properly ventilated, it allows air to flow naturally into the attic, and back out again. It also prevents excess heat and moisture to accumulate in the attic, which would lead to the need for a new roof earlier than planned if contained in the attic for extended periods of time.
Having a properly ventilated roof allows your home to breathe. When the excessive temperatures are released from the home instead of into the living areas of your home, it keeps the temperature of the home at a stable level throughout the house. This reduces the need for your heating/cooling system to be used, in turn reducing the energy your home needs to function.
A ventilated roof will also help keep rotting and warping of siding as well as mildew, drywall damage, and peeling paint both inside and out. It also keeps moisture from being trapped in structural wood, insulation, and shingles.
Owens Corning ventilation products allow you to have proper ventilation of your roof in a low-profile design. Vents are added to the ridges of the roof and Hip and Ridge Shingles are then placed on top of the vents. This helps to protect the vents and allows them to do their job all while giving your roof a beautiful, finished look.
Replacing your roof is an essential home repair. Generally speaking, a new shingled roof should last approximately 20+ years. Some visual signs that you need a new roof include: curling shingles, leaks, missing shingles, rotting, blistering, algae growth, and buckling. If you think it may be time to replace your roof, the best thing to do is to call a professional for an assessment and recommendations. When you are investing in your home, you want to ensure you are choosing the right company for the job. One big factor in choosing a company is the warranty that is provided for the work that is done on your home. Weather Tight and Owens Corning provide the best warranty in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area for roofing: The Platinum Promise.
What is included in the Platinum Protection Roofing System Limited Warranty?
The Platinum Protection Roofing System Limited Warranty is only available to Platinum Preferred Contractors and their customers. This warranty covers the cost of labor, materials, all accessories, and installation defects for an entire TWENTY years! The shingles come with a separate warranty. The length of the shingle warranty varies depending upon which style of shingle you replace. The warranties vary from 25 to 50 years. These warranties set us apart from the average roofing contractor.
How does the Platinum Protection Roofing System Limited Warranty compare to the Standard Warranty?
When other contractors install an Owens Corning roof on your home, they can only offer you a five year warranty that covers labor and accessories. This warranty does not cover installation defects and the shingle warranty is shorter as well. Both of these standard warranties provided by Owens Corning can only be offered by a Preferred Contractor, which some companies have not achieved. Purchasing your roof through Weather Tight gives you the assurance that your roof is covered by the company that is installing your roof as well as the manufacturer for a full twenty years, and even longer for the shingles. No other company in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area can provide that to you.
How does Owens Corning’s warranty differ from other manufacturers?
Many manufacturers offer warranties but how can you tell if one is better than the other? Look for loopholes. Ask questions to help you understand the entirety of the warranty that is provided by the manufacturer as well as the company that installs your roof. Here are some questions that can help you differentiate the warranties:
- What is included in the warranty?
- Is labor included?
- Does it cover more than manufacturing defects?
- How long is the warranty?
- Is the warranty pro-rated?
- Does the warranty transfer to subsequent homeowners?
Owens Corning makes it easy to submit a warranty claim. You can simply fill out the form online by visiting the claim form. You can also simply contact Weather Tight and we will take care of your warranty needs with one quick phone call.
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