Ice Dam Prevention: The Importance of Ventilation

Icicles may be pretty, but when they’re hanging off your roof, it may be a sign that you have a ventilation issue. Now, a few small icicles probably don’t present a problem, but if the corners of your home have giant icicles or big chunks of frozen water, you may have ice damming on your roof.

Ice dam prevention is essential because when those giant stalactite-like icicles hang from your roof, they cause significant damage. Ice dams back up your gutters and cause melting snow to spill over the edges of your roof and leak water into your foundation. Not only that, but big ice spikes present a hazard to children, pets, and even well-meaning adults who can be injured by falling chunks of ice.

So, what do you need to know about ice dam prevention? What do those icicles mean for your roof?

Large icicles hanging off the roof and gutters of your home could indicate a ventilation problem

Why Ice Dams Happen on Your Roof

Here in the Midwest, ice and snow are part of normal winter life. Most of us expect to have at least some ice and snow buildup on our roofs and in our gutters, but a properly vented roof should prevent ice dams and keep the icicles from becoming a hazard.

What kind of hazards do ice dams present? Well, for starters, many homeowners don’t know how to remove ice dams. Knocking them down with a shovel or chiseling them off your roof while perched on an icy ladder is dangerous. You could damage your home’s soffit, fascia, and gutters, and even worse—you could injure yourself!

In the case of ice dams on your roof, prevention is critical. Ice comes from water, and we all know, water and moisture can be hazardous to your home. Frozen water expands 9-10%, which can damage the trim on your home. As the ice melts, it can seep into the trim and cause moisture problems, including damage to your roof, your soffit, fascia, deck, and even your foundation.

So why do ice dams happen? Big icy areas are an indication that something’s not correctly ventilated in your home. A roof that doesn’t “breathe” properly causes water (in the form of snow or ice) to melt unevenly. Without ventilation, the natural heat that comes off your home, snow, and cold temperatures create the perfect ice dam situation. As snow melts, water streams down your roof. When the water hits the gutter (which is slightly away from your home and thus, colder), it freezes, causing an overflow and resulting in an ice dam.

If ice dams are a problem for your home, it’s time to address the root cause—your roof’s ventilation.

How to Tell if Ventilation is a Problem

How do you know if ventilation is a problem for your home? Well, ice dams are a strong sign that something is amiss. Other signs of roof ventilation issues are:

  • Mildew, discoloration, or black marks on your soffit, fascia, or trim.
  • Paint bubbling or peeling on the soffit, fascia, or trim.
  • Rotting wood or areas that feel “spongy” and soft.
  • The appearance of pests in your home.
  • An abundance of condensation in your home (note: some condensation is a normal occurrence).
  • Curling or peeling shingles.

All of these items can indicate concerns with your roof’s ventilation. Mildew and discoloration are often one of the earliest clues that there’s a ventilation problem. Paint that chips, bubbles or cracks, is another strong marker. Usually, by the time wood has been harmed or you notice leaks, the damage is already quite significant.

Pay attention to changes in your home’s exterior or interior. Often ventilation issues slowly erode your house’s appearance, so they might not be noticeable at first. Ice damming is a strong indicator that something is wrong, and it’s time to have your house examined by a professional.


Here’s a Home Improvement Tips video from Tod & Todd showing what improper ventilation can look like:

 


The Damage Caused by Poor Soffit and Roof Ventilation

What if you choose to ignore ice dams and other signs of improper roof ventilation? Are some extra icicles really that big of a deal?

Your home “breathes.” Because there are living, breathing people inside (along with a furnace, water, and electronics), your home gives off hot air. Much of that heat ventilates through the roof. Your soffit is the area between the roof and the sides of your home. If the soffit isn’t ventilated properly, cool air can’t flow into the attic correctly. There’s a special scientific calculation that’s used to pinpoint the exact ventilation needs of your home.

Even if you have a new roof installed with the proper, calculated ventilation, you may still run into issues with your home. New roofing with old soffit can be a huge concern. In fact, in many cases, improper soffit ventilation can lead to a voided warranty—even on a brand-new roof! So it’s crucial that when a representative determines your home’s needs, whether it’s a new roof or a new continuously ventilated soffit, they do a thorough examination.

Ventilation problems can also damage your home’s insulation. The warm moist air that builds up in your attic can cause degradation of your insulation. You may notice that the insulation is less effective, and you could even find mold, mildew, and pests making their home in your attic.

Improper ventilation can also lead to moisture buildup inside your home. If you notice a lot of condensation on your windows, it can indicate ventilation concerns. Homeowners often mistakenly think that condensation on the window’s surface means a problem with the window itself, but that is often not the case. Fogginess or water between panes of glass is a sign of seal failure, but a window that’s wet on the surface can be a sign of a ventilation issue. It’s important to note that all homes have some natural condensation because of activities (showering, cooking, breathing) inside the house. Still, an abundance of condensation could be indicative of more significant concern.

A properly ventilated roof and soffit ensure that your home is kept comfortable with a consistent temperature. It will help your home “breathe” properly and prevent significant headaches down the road.

So, if you’re noticing ice dams on your roof, don’t ignore the problem. It’s time to get your roof and soffit examined by a professional. Our Weather Tight representatives are standing by, ready to help you address any concerns about your home’s ventilation. Call us today, and we can help you explore your options for soffit or roof replacement.

 

What You Should Know About Fascia and Soffit Replacement

 

Your fascia and soffit are key components of your home, but many homeowners don’t know what they are or what they do until it’s too late. These little “trim components” play a huge factor in how your home breathes and functions.

Should something go wrong with your soffit and fascia, you can see significant problems like moisture damage, curling shingles, pests, and wood rot. You shouldn’t ignore or overlook these components—they’re critical to your home’s proper ventilation.

So before you look at fascia and soffit replacement, here’s what you need to know about these pieces.

What are Soffit and Fascia?

Soffit & Fascia

These funny words come up frequently when we’re discussing roof replacement, siding replacement, or addressing issues with peeling wood. Many homeowners aren’t very familiar with these terms. Unless you’ve looked at soffit and fascia before (or had a leak issue), you may wonder what the heck soffit and facia are!

The soffit is part of the overhang where your roof meets your siding. When rain or snow hits your roof, it runs down, and the overhang allows the water to flow away from your house. The soffit is underneath the overhang, between the roof’s edge and side of your home—the bottom of the triangle, if you will. Not every home features a soffit (depending on the roof style), but it’s a common component, especially in Wisconsin.

The soffit helps regulate your home’s temperature, allowing your roof to “breathe.” Cool, dry air is drawn into the soffit vent, and hot moist air is forced out of roof exhaust vents.

The fascia is the attractive board along the side of the overhang and the roof that helps your roof appear finished. Your gutter sits atop the facia board. The fascia is also known as a “transition trim” between the home and the roofline. The fascia supports the shingles and helps to keep moisture out.

Your soffit and fascia protect your roof and allow ventilation for your home. These are important components, but they usually don’t get (or require) much attention.

The reason why many homeowners don’t spend time thinking about soffit and fascia is that these components of your home are typically maintenance-free. The trim pieces, especially in a modern home, are often made from the same material as your siding or other trim, like aluminum, wood, or synthetic materials like vinyl and PVC.

In the case of newer homes, especially with synthetic, aluminum-covered soffit and fascia, there is no need to sand, paint, or stain the trim.

When Soffit and Fascia Replacement is Needed

Soffit and fascia are critical for preventing roof and shingle damage, primarily due to winter weather like rain, snow, and ice. Ice damming can seriously damage soffit and fascia. One of the biggest problems we see with soffit and fascia is improper installation, leading to issues with flashing.

Without proper flashing, you may see roof ventilation issues like rotting wood, peeling paint, damaged insulation, and even mold. Because the soffit and fascia are part of your roof’s ventilation system, it’s a crucial component.

How do you know if you need soffit and fascia replacement due to damage?

  • You’ll see rotting wood, or you’ll notice there’s a leak somewhere.
  • The fascia may look like it needs painting.
  • Paint may peel, or the surrounding areas may look discolored.
  • You may even see pests or small animals getting into your home.

In short, soffit and fascia issues are a big problem for the look and comfort of your home. If you’re having your siding replaced or your roof replaced, then it’s a good time to consider also replacing the soffit and fascia.

If you think it’s time to get your soffit and fascia replaced, contact your Weather Tight representative today. It’s important that you work with a company you trust, as many companies cut corners with soffit and fascia. It’s a vital component of roof ventilation and can even damage your warranty if it’s not installed correctly.


Watch this video from Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips showing how important it is to consider fascia when doing a gutter or roof installation.

 

 


Adding to the Beauty of Your Home

You wouldn’t think a small component like soffit and fascia would have such an outsized impact on your curb appeal, but it really does. It’s incredible how much beautiful trim can add to brighten up the exterior of your house.

Color options for soffit and fascia are nearly endless. At Weather Tight, we use Quality Edge materials that come in a wide array of options. The Quality Edge components are some of the best in the industry, highly durable and long-lasting. You can choose colors to match or complement your trim, with plenty of designs and styles to select from, as well.

If you think your home may need soffit and fascia replacement, don’t wait. A problem with the soffit and fascia can quickly lead to more significant damage throughout your entire home. It’s also a good idea to explore soffit and fascia replacement if you’re replacing your roof or siding.

A new or updated soffit and fascia is a small investment in the long life and beauty of your house. Contact us today to explore the many soffit and fascia options available for you to choose from.

7 Surprising Advantages of an Asphalt Shingle Roof

So you’re considering a new roof. You may feel overwhelmed by the options out there, but if you’re going to invest in the look and comfort of your home, an asphalt shingle roof from Weather Tight is a solid choice.

There is an array of color selections available for asphalt shingles. Owen’s Corning (Weather Tight’s preferred partner for asphalt shingles) is known for durability and quality. These shingles are a beautiful choice to help you feel proud of the look of your roof and home.

If you’re considering a roof replacement, here are the most surprising advantages of choosing an asphalt shingle roof.

Asphalt Roofing

 

1. Reliable Quality

Like all Weather Tight jobs, we use the top products in the business for asphalt shingle roofing. When it comes to roofing, there’s no brand like Owen’s Corning. It’s one of the best in the industry, requiring no maintenance after installation.

Weather Tight is proud to be a Platinum Preferred Contractor by Owen’s Corning, an honor bestowed upon only 8% of Owen’s Corning vendors. An Owen’s Corning asphalt shingle roof is the highest quality thanks to features like the VentiSure ventilation system and a synthetic underlayment system to add an extra layer of protection between your shingles and roof deck.

2. Roof Assessment is Simple

Once a roof’s shingles start to show damage, fall off, discolor, or begin to curl, you know it’s time for a roof replacement. Of course, a roof replacement is a big worry for a homeowner.

If you think it’s time for a roof replacement, call Weather Tight for a free in-home assessment and estimate. As part of your evaluation, we will use satellite imaging to get the basic roof dimensions. Then our expert staff will send a product expert to verify the measurements, check the decking, and view your attic space, as well as discuss options with you such as colors and looks.

A proper assessment is a critical part of roof replacement to identify any concerns (such as ventilation issues, as seen in the Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video below). Rely on Weather Tight to perform due diligence throughout the installation process and ensure you get an asphalt shingle roof that lasts for years to come.


In this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video, Tod & Todd explain why proper assessment is essential to catching any concerns that should be addressed during replacement, like ventilation issues.

 

 


3. An Asphalt Shingle Roof is Durable

Here in Wisconsin, Mother Nature throws a lot of weather at your roof. An asphalt shingle roof from Owen’s Corning is durable and will hold up to winter weather, snow, and ice as well as the brutal humidity and summer heat.

For winter peace of mind, during the proper installation of a new roof, steps are taken to prevent ice dams (layers of ice at the edge of a roof, preventing snow from adequately draining). These ice dams are often a result of poor ventilation and may lead to a myriad of problems down the road.

Owen’s Corning asphalt shingle roofs are algae resistant. SureNail stripping ensures the asphalt shingles stay in place, delivering 130-MPH wind performance in tests. These shingles have a high impact rating and will hold up to the most severe weather.

4. Choose from a Variety of Colors

One of the benefits of roof replacement is it offers a chance to update and upgrade the look of your home. While curb appeal may seem like a minor concern compared to performance and durability, the truth is, it’s important you feel proud of your home and satisfied with your investment. In this case, looks count and it is an easy way to take your home to a 10!

 

Siding, Windows, & Roofing Before & After

Fortunately, the asphalt roofing line from Owen’s Corning offers a wide variety of color options. You can choose from vivid, bold colors that are fade-resistant, eye-catching, and long-lasting. Pick a roof that accents the look of your home and makes you feel proud. Choose from wood shake appearance, slate shape, and standard shingle options to get the designer look and feel you want.

5. Reasonably Priced

When you invest in a new roof, you want to rest assured you’re getting a reasonable price. This is one of the reasons why Weather Tight works with Owen’s Corning—the product is durable, and the cost is reasonable. It is a sound investment for any homeowner. With the full service that Weather Tight offers and nearly 35 years in the business, Weather Tight is reputable and worth the extra money to have a contractor you trust.

A new roof will increase the value of your home, in addition to increasing your satisfaction. With proper installation, a roof will also increase your comfort and lower your concerns about heat loss, poor ventilation, leaks, and the other stressors caused by roof problems.

6. We Stand Behind Our Products

Weather Tight stands firmly behind our products and installation process. We’ve been in the business for nearly 35 years and we’re there for our homeowners if there is ever an issue or problem or just a general question. Fortunately, with asphalt shingle roofing, you can rest easy.

Owen’s Corning offers an excellent manufacturer’s warranty. Weather Tight will ensure that with the right ventilation and proper installation, your roof will hold up for decades to come. With durable, beautiful shingles, you won’t need to worry about roof replacement again for a long time. Unlike other contractors, Weather Tight also has a full-service in-house customer service team. We are staffed to take your calls and willing to have technicians out in the event you have any questions or concerns.

7. Stress-Free Installation

Many homeowners also worry about the installation process for a new roof. This is a big concern in the fall months, especially. Fortunately, we can install asphalt shingle roofs in most temperatures and year-round. During the installation process, a Weather Tight representative will keep you informed of the timeline and all considerations.

We’re pleased that homeowners frequently report our installation process is surprisingly stress-free. We carefully clean up the job site, and our contractors are bonded and insured for your peace of mind. We stand behind our work with an A+ rating from the BBB.

If it’s time to consider a roof replacement, an asphalt shingle roof is an excellent choice. Contact Weather Tight today for a free assessment and estimate on your roofing project. We’re happy to discuss your options and help you improve the look and comfort of your home!

 

4 Signs That May Indicate You Need a New Roof

Water damage is one of every homeowner’s worst nightmares. It’s essential to know the signs of a faulty roof to detect areas of concern early before they escalate.

The truth is, when water is leaking from the ceiling, it’s already a sign your roof or surrounding areas (like the flashing, soffit, and fascia) are failing. By the time the water penetrates through the attic, insulation, and gets into your home, the chances are high that you’ve got a significant issue to address.

Learning the early signs of needing a new roof will help you head-off concerns; call a professional before your home (and the items under your roof) are damaged. Here are 4 signs that may indicate you need a new roof. If you notice any of them, call a Weather Tight professional for a no-obligation in-home estimate.

 

4 Signs You May Need a New Roof

 

1. Leaking & Water Damage

The most obvious sign of a leaking roof is water damage (or dripping water) on your ceiling or upper walls. If you notice dripping, it’s an indication there’s a big issue. It’s essential to look at the source of the leak. For example, water damage to the lower part of a wall, in the basement, or middle of your home may come from a leaking pipe or another source rather than your roof.

The first step toward addressing a ceiling leak is going into the attic and finding the source of the moisture. This investigation will help you determine if the problem is coming from your roof, gutter, soffit and fascia, or another area of your home.

One thing is for sure—a leak means it’s time to call a professional. Homeowners may attempt DIY measures like patching or caulking to stave off the leak. While DIY efforts are a temporary solution, they ultimately won’t stop the leak if the problem is bigger than patchwork. These DIY hacks can even end up trapping water in your ceiling or in between your wall, leading to even more significant damage down the road. Never use a shortcut to address a leak. If the water is coming from your roof, call someone who will help you find a solution and determine if it’s time for a roof replacement.

2. Bubbling Paint on the Ceiling

Hand-in-hand with water damage is bubbling and cracking ceiling paint. When plaster in the walls becomes damp, the paint on the surface will eventually bubble up and change. You may notice flaking, cracking or discoloration, like black, red, rust, or green spotting. This paint change is usually the first sign of a leaking roof noticed by a homeowner.

Ceiling paint damage should be recognized and addressed quickly. These changes are typically a sign that more considerable damage could come down the road if you ignore the problem. Painting over the damage won’t make the problem go away, either. You need to call a professional to get to the root of the issue.

Again, paint changes don’t always indicate that you need a new roof, but they do show a moisture problem with your home. If there’s water coming in near your chimney or vent, it could mean there’s an issue with the flashing or a compromised seal. While this doesn’t always mean you need a roof replacement, it’s crucial to figure out the source and work on an early solution. If water is getting into your home, the leak has likely been going on for some time. It’s essential to call an expert right away to mitigate the damage!

3. Granules and Shingle Particles in the Gutter

The life of most roofs run about 15-20 years. This lifespan isn’t a hard and fast rule, though, and it certainly depends on many factors including the original materials, weather, ventilation in your home, and more. Even though some roofing materials come with a guarantee, improper installation or ventilation may negate a warranty. This dilemma is another reason why it’s so important to choose a professional roof installer you trust.

Older asphalt shingles (and even some low-quality, newer shingles) start to “shed” or lose particles as they age. If you see roof granules and shingle particles in your gutter or surrounding your home, it’s a sign that the shingles have degraded. Shedding shingles mean it’s time to consider a new roof sooner rather than later.

In Wisconsin, the harsh winters can be tough on roofs. Houses are heated and cooled frequently, which causes shingles to degrade and decline over time. Winter weather, snow, and ice add to the problem. Icicles can damage your roof and gutters (and often mean your home’s ventilation isn’t working correctly). It’s essential to pay attention to any changes you notice in your shingles.

4. Curling or Blistering Shingles

Another sign that shingles are reaching the end of their life is curling and blistering. You may notice your roof no longer looks flat. The edges of shingles start to curl up and appear warped or blistered.


To see an example of curling shingles, take a look at this video from Home Improvement Tips from Tod & Todd:

 


Curling and blistering shingles are especially noticeable in homes without proper ventilation. Because heating and cooling cause expansion and contraction, shingles must be flexible to accommodate these shifts. Eventually, as your roof begins to age, you will notice shingles loosening, curling, and blistering. Your roof may not leak water (yet), but it could mean your roof is damaged and possibly needs replacing.

Curling shingles are a sure sign the roof is beyond its prime and will start to fail over time. You’re better off replacing your roof now before it looks worse or causes further damage to your home. Your Weather Tight professional will address your concerns with the ventilation by using proper soffit and facia, so your new roof will stand the test of time.

These days, there are excellent roofing options built from more durable and longer-lasting materials than the roofing materials 15 or 20 years ago. These roofing materials are flexible enough to stand up to harsh conditions, last, and beautify your home. Many affordable options will look great and protect your home for years to come.

If you see any of these signs of a failing roof, contact your Weather Tight representative for a free no-obligation estimate. We’ll come out, discuss your options, and help you decide on the best solution for your home and situation.

Understanding Roof Replacement: How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

If your roof is leaking, looks dated, or is just worn out, it’s time to consider a roof replacement. Chances are your first question is, “How much does a new roof cost?”

Many factors play into the cost of roof replacement, including a few you may not have considered. Here, we’ll break down the costs associated with roof replacement and help you decide if it’s time to invest in a new roof.

Shake Style Metal Roofing Shown in Weathered Wood

4 Factors that Influence the Cost of a New Roof

Whenever we visit with a customer to assess their home improvement costs, we carefully measure and break down all the factors that influence the price of a new roof.

1. Roof Size

The size of the roof is, of course, one of the most critical factors in determining the cost of roof replacement. A sizeable ranch-style house is going to need more materials to cover a more significant surface area. A small Cape Cod, on the other hand, won’t usually be as large of a job.

Before the consultation, Weather Tight uses drone/satellite technology called RoofSnap to get the preliminary numbers and specs for the roof. Since most of us aren’t getting a bird’s eye view of our rooftop, this technology helps you, the homeowner, see the state of your roof. You may find out there’s damage you didn’t know about, like missing or badly worn shingles.

RoofSnap technology also helps Weather Tight representatives give you an accurate price quote. This quote is customized to your home’s roof and takes into consideration features beyond simple square footage like turns, peaks, and valleys that affect the cost of roof replacement. During your in-home consultation, your Weather Tight representative will walk you through our findings and what it means for the cost of your roof replacement.

2. Replacement Roof Add-Ons

When you start to look closely at your roof, you may be surprised to discover the state of your home’s ventilation system. If you don’t have proper ventilation in your attic, you may see premature shingle and roof damage from the heat in the summer, as well as water and condensation damage in the winter. Replacing a roof without assessing ventilation isn’t a long-term solution. Improper ventilation may void your warranty on your roof replacement.


To see the effects of improper roof ventilation, check out this Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips video:

 

 


Your Weather Tight representative will assess the state of your home’s ventilation. He or she will discuss soffit and fascia, which affect energy efficiency and long-term heating and cooling costs for your home. Weather Tight uses a scientific calculation to determine exactly how much soffit ventilation you need to balance your home’s ventilation with the size of the roof.

Your representative will also look at your gutters and the drainage for your roof.  Roofs protect our homes from leaks and moisture, so it’s critical they stand up to the weather. Gutters that don’t drain properly lead to water backup and roof damage. Fortunately, gutters are a simple add-on during roof replacement (and much cheaper while you’re replacing the roof).

3. Roofing Materials

Another significant factor in the cost of roof replacement is the materials you choose.

Asphalt shingles are a popular replacement roof choice due to the affordable price. There are many options available, enabling you to choose a replacement roof that compliments the color scheme of your house. With various finishes and looks, it’s easy to find a replacement roof with plenty of curb appeal.

A new product we’re excited about is the Owens Corning Duration FLEX. These shingles are stronger than traditional shingles, but they’re also flexible. When there’s wind or frigid temperatures, they’re built to flex rather than tear off. These shingles are built to withstand storm conditions as well. We offer this upgrade option for replacement roofs. We’re a platinum preferred contractor, allowing us to provide additional warranties on Owens Corning roofing materials.

At Weather Tight, we always remove the existing shingles. We’ll never replace a roof over the top of other, old materials. This type of “quick fix” replacement leads to more significant problems down the road, trapping moisture and affecting ventilation.

4. Timeframe

While the timeframe from the initial consultation to the installation of the roof may vary, Weather Tight completes roof replacement throughout the autumn and winter months (unless it’s very snowy or icy, or unsafe cold temperatures for our crews). Weather Tight is one of the few companies who will do a full roof replacement in the winter. We understand there are times when a roof replacement can’t wait.

Typical installations take 2-3 days, depending on the size of the roof, complexity of the pitch of your home, and the full order. Larger installations can take up to 1-2 weeks, but on average, you can expect a 2-3 day installation. We always work with homeowners to ensure you’re happy with the installation process and timeframe. You’ll comfortably stay in your home during the roof replacement. Weather Tight also does what they can to clean up properly to prevent any debris, nails, or materials getting in your lawn or flower beds.

Buying a Replacement Roof from Weather Tight: Peace of Mind

When you decide to invest in a replacement roof, the cost is a significant consideration. But it’s essential you also consider the value of your peace of mind. For a big job like roof replacement, work with an honest company you trust.

One factor that sets Weather Tight apart from the competition is our reputation. We’ve been in business for over 35 years. We hold an A rating with the BBB. We stand behind our work, and you can trust us to do the job right.

We clean up the job site thoroughly. We’re careful with your home. We won’t tear up the lawn or leave nails around the property. The average roof replacement has over 10,000 nails removed—it’s a messy process, but Weather Tight works hard to keep it clean.

Weather Tight contractors are bonded and insured. This means you’ll rest easy when contractors are doing a dangerous job on your property, like roofing. This protection comes at no extra cost to the customer but ensures you greater peace of mind.

Weather Tight also has warranties and in house service department available to assist if any challenges or concerns were to arise.

A roof replacement is an investment in the comfort and look of your home. When you decide to replace your roof, choose a trustworthy company that will be around in the future to stand behind our warranties—Trust Weather Tight for honesty, quality, and reliability.

What You Should Know When Considering Roof Replacement

In the spring, the sun comes out, the snow melts…and many homeowners start to worry about their roof. If winter was unkind to your roof, you may be considering roof replacement.

Roof replacement seems like a big undertaking, but it’s not as bad as you may think. Better yet, roof replacement adds to the look, comfort, and value of your home. It’s an investment, but one that quickly pays for itself in surprising ways. For almost all homeowners, the cost is the biggest concern when considering roof replacement, but the truth is, the benefits of a great roof often outweigh the cost.

Is it time to replace? And if so, what you should expect in the process? Here’s what you need to know about roof replacement.

 

The Number One Reason Roofs Fail

Obviously, the roof on your home is necessary for your protection and to keep out the weather elements, but most homeowners often overlook factors in their roof’s ventilation performance (or the lack thereof). We often forget how important ventilation is in our homes. When you have living, breathing families on the inside, they’re producing heat, moisture, and air. Not only is the roof keeping the air and bad weather out of your home, but it’s also holding in the air and heat.

Often the roofing problems we see come down to ventilation issues. If you think about the function of a roof, the cool air should enter from the eaves into the ventilation (the grids on the underside of your eaves). The air should be exhausted in an equal amount at the ridge of the roof. The hot air should escape from the top. When warm air doesn’t escape and becomes trapped, it gets very hot, causing the shingles to curl and eventually break.

Another indicator of a ventilation problem with your roof is the appearance of icicles underneath the gutter line. This is a sign your attic is too hot. Your home is melting the ice and snow underneath the top, forming an ice dam. That moisture seeps into and under the shingles, causing major problems like leaking, damage to the ceiling or insulation, and mold.

Some companies might simply tell you the problem can be fixed by patching with shingles, but that’s not a sustainable, long-term solution. In the long run, a patch job will end up costing you, the homeowner, a lot more money because it doesn’t address the underlying issue.

Instead, a trained professional should do proper measurements to factor in the amount of exhaust, heat, and ventilation. Not only do these factors contribute to the life of your roof, but they ensure your warranty stays valid as well. Putting new shingles on a damaged roof may invalidate your warranty and cause bigger problems in the future. Think of it as a band-aid to an injury.


 

To learn more about the importance of roofing ventilation, don’t miss our video.

 

 


Is It Time Consider Roof Replacement?

Is it time to start considering roof replacement? While ventilation related concerns aren’t the only area to examine, they’re a big determining factor. Other roofing-related concerns to look at include:

  • Roof staining and discoloration, which indicates water damage.
  • The state of the flashing. Is it loose, detached, or cracking?
  • The state of the gutters. Are they clogged, leading to water seepage and other issues? Are they properly attached and working?
  • The interior ceiling of the home. Look for any water damage, leaking, or signs of roof failure.

When considering roof replacement, it’s easy to focus on price, but it’s also important to ensure your new roof will address ventilation or the root cause of your roofing issues. When our Weather Tight experts assess your roofing needs, they always look at the underlying factors like the ventilation system, the state of the flashing, the gutters, and the interior of your home.

Your free in-home roof assessment and estimate begins with a satellite image of your roof, giving our experts the dimensions, pitches, and protrusions, they need to consider. This helps them to gather exact measurements for their report. Our consultants will go inside your attic, given that they have ample availability to do so, to examine the area that’s supposed to be ventilated. They’ll take a look at the state of your insulation, the ventilation system, and areas like the roof deck for moisture, damage, and breakage.

There are many factors indicating when roof replacement is needed. Your Weather Tight expert will walk you through many of the considerations. If you decide to comparison shop, it’s important that any expert walks you through all your options and explains the process.

A great roof replacement assessment will consider and cover all these factors:

  • Is the old roof being torn off or is the new roof material being layered over the top?
  • What type of underlayment is being used?
  • How is the roof being installed and what is the process?
  • What brand or products are used?
  • How are the nails placed and how many were used?
  • Was the ventilation assessed and how is it being considered in your new roof plan?

Whatever your choice for roof replacement, we’ll help you explore your best options. Our Weather Tight team works carefully to protect your home so replacing your roof is a relatively painless process. There will be some noise, dust, debris, and vibration, particularly in the attic, but most customers report the process was faster and easier than they imagined.

Weather Tight is proud to participate in the Roofs to Roads program. When a roof is replaced, the shingles are recycled and made into roads. This keeps the roof replacement process environmentally-friendly and worry-free.

Our Weather Tight experts are happy to discuss your options and do a free assessment and demonstration on your current roof. If you’re considering roof replacement, let us help improve the look, energy efficiency, and comfort of your home today!

 


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Autumn Prepardness- Gutter tips for keeping fall yard maintenance, a breeze.

Oh sweet, sweet summer.. slowly turning to fall in its vivid, vibrant glory.

fall-leave-gpxI stand at my kitchen window each morning, overlooking the sprawling old (& messy) locust tree & my barren patio. I slowly sip my coffee & mentally make a note for myself to get out there and start with the transitional work on the yard from summer to fall. Autumn is my favorite season, but I grow nostalgic for my poor hibiscus that is barely able to force out its blooms, for my daisies that stopped reaching up at the sun weeks ago &, well, my tomato plants which have all but shed their very roots.