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Fall Roof Maintenance

Man Cleaning His Gutters on Ladder

With Fall in full swing and winter just around the corner, it is important to ensure that your home is properly protected for the winter months. One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for the cooler months is to perform a bit of roofing maintenance in the fall. If you’re interested in learning more about what you should be doing to ensure your home is properly protected, keep reading below to learn a few tips and tricks.

Clean Your Gutters

As we covered in our last blog, cleaning your gutters is incredibly important for the health of your home. First of all, having clogged gutters can lead to water pouring over the sides of your gutter system where it can get under your starter shingles, run down your siding & fascia boards, and drip down onto your flower beds and foundation. Furthermore, if you have a lot of debris in your gutter system holding moisture and it freezes in the winter, your roof run-off won’t be able to drain anywhere and your home could be exposed to ice dams. In order to prevent expensive repairs, be sure to perform routine maintenance on your gutter system.

Remove Debris

Another issue that your roof may be exposed to, particularly in the fall, is being covered in debris. This can be a problem both if the debris ends up clogging your gutter system, but also if the debris holds a lot of moisture against your shingles causing it to eventually freeze and damage the shingles themselves. If you find that your roof is particularly covered in debris, you’ll want to clean it off before the winter months!

Examine Your Shingles

Finally, you’ll want to keep an eye on the most important piece of your home’s roofing system, your shingles. They can begin to breakdown in a variety of ways, including warping, cracking, losing their granules, and falling off of your roof entirely. If you find that your shingles are failing, you’ll want to have the shingles replaced before the winter months begin in order to protect your home from expensive water damage. Having damaged shingles can allow water to seep into your roof deck where it can quickly cause rot damage. If you find that your shingles are damaged, be sure to have your roof repaired as soon as possible!

Contact Us Today

Do you need to replace your roof before the winter begins? Our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Best Season To Replace Your Roof

Old roof in the fall with yellow leaves falling on it

If you need to replace your home’s roof, you may be wondering what the best time of year is to tackle the replacement process. Is it during the winter, when contractors workloads are slower, or is it the summer month when warm weather permits an easy workflow. If you’re interested in learning more about the best season to replace your home’s roof, keep reading below for more information!

Winter

First on our list is winter. As you may have guessed, winter is arguably the worst season to tackle your roof replacement. The cold, snowy weather can make the installation process difficult, as there is a great deal of stagnant moisture that accumulates on your roof during the winter weather. Additionally, the cold weather itself can make it difficult to install the shingle system correctly. In general, this is the worst season to tackle a roof replacement for the reasons above. However, if it is still early in the season, before the snow has begun to fall, it is possible that you may be able to get a quick appointment with a contractor, as the winter months are the slowest for contractors. Furthermore, even if you cannot get a full roof replacement completed during the winter, you can still contact contractors for patch jobs with the agreement that they will replace the roof in the springtime!

Spring

Arguably the second-best season for roof replacements, the spring season offers cool, but temperate, weather, ideal for roof installations. As long as the rain holds out, spring is a great time to have your roof replaced. However, the major issue with the spring months is that contractors tend to have a long list of jobs that they need to complete, as calls have come in all winter long and many people are taking stock of their home’s exteriors to get replacements and repairs completed. If you can book a timely appointment, spring is a great time for your replacement, but it can often be difficult to find a contractor who doesn’t have a long list of jobs they need to complete before yours.

Summer

While many homeowners would assume that summer is the ideal season to replace a roof, it can be a difficult undertaking in the summer heat. Crews often need to start working on the morning and take a break during the peak heat of the day, as it gets incredibly hot on an asphalt shingle roof. While the weather is generally good for roof replacements, the heat can make it a more arduous process than it would be during the cooler months.

Fall

Finally, we have arrived at what is arguably the best season for roof replacements, Fall. The reason fall is the best month is that it offers a mix of the best traits of each season. Generally, the weather is cool enough to permit long workdays, but the weather also tends to be less precipitous than the spring months that offer similar temperatures. It also allows you to have a freshly installed roof before the winter, protecting your home from any leaking or ice dam issues that may have plagued a less sound roof. If you are able to have your roof replaced during the fall, it is the best time of the year to tackle the project.

Contact Us Today

Do you need to replace your home’s roof this fall? Our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Benefits Of Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing is a less conventional roofing material that has been gaining in popularity recently due to all of the benefits that it provides. If you’re interested in learning more about why more homeowners have been choosing metal roofing, take a look at our blog to learn more about the pros of metal roofing!

Longer Lifespan Than Asphalt Shingles

One of the greatest benefits of metal roofing is that it is long-lasting. While asphalt shingles generally last between 15 and 30 years at the maximum, metal roofing can easily last upwards of 50 years, and potentially much longer with a bit of maintenance. If you’re in search of a roofing material that you will never need to replace, metal roofing is a fantastic option!

Lightweight and Easy To Install

Metal roofing is far lighter than tile roofing, and even lighter than some of the heavier duty, architectural shingles that some homeowners choose to install. This has a couple of benefits. First of all, it means that your roof will need less support, saving you engineering costs. The other benefit is that it makes it even easier to install. Metal roofing is already relatively easy to install due to the fact that is constructed of large sheets of roofing rather than individual shingles. This makes it easy to install, which is particularly useful if you’re in need of a quick fix for your home’s roof!

Fire Resistant

Another reason that homeowners choose to install metal roofing is that is it entirely fire-resistant. While asphalt shingles generally possess a Class 1A fire rating, depending on the manufacturer, they will still melt and burn when exposed to a flame for a long period of time. Metal roofing on the other hand, will never burn. This makes it a safe option to install on homes in wildfire territory, as well as a smart option for homeowners looking to preemptively protect their home’s from fire damage.

Cooling Properties

Metal Roofing helps reflect solar heat away from the home, rather than asphalt shingles which absorb a lot of solar energy, which in turn helps reduce your cooling costs. If you find that you’re spending a considerable amount of money on air conditioning costs, installing a metal roof can help reduce the amount of energy used to cool your home.

Weather Resistant

Metal roofing is completely impervious to rot and other moisture damage, making it great for climates that receive a lot of rain or snow. Slippery, hard metal roofing offers no grooves for moisture to get trapped in, making it easy to shed excess moisture.

Aesthetics

Finally, metal roofing looks fantastic. Its unique look will help provide your home with additional curb appeal in comparison to the homes with asphalt shingles in your neighborhood. Furthermore, metal roofing is available in a variety of colors, ensuring that you can find the perfect color to fit the aesthetic of your home’s exterior.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in learning more about metal roofing, or installing a metal roof on your home today, our team is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

How Can I Prevent Moss from Growing on my Roof?

Moss might look harmless, but its presence on the tiles of a roof can cause a number of problems and difficulties for homeowners. From rotting to drain blocking, moss growth often means costly repairs, damaged roof tiles, and at its worse, a complete replacement. Avoid moss from growing on your roof with these handy tips.

Tips for Avoiding Moss on your Roof

It helps to avoid moss as much as possible on your roof, for a variety of reasons. For starters, there are several issues with the weather that moss can actually make much worse.

Why Avoid Moss?

Due to the composition of moss, it is constantly absorbing moisture, meaning extra weight is being added to your roof tiles. Not to mention, that weight is in water and could lead to rotting and a breakdown of the structural integrity of your roof. When roofs need replacing, many contractors will note that the roof has taken away the ability of the draining to occur at a sloped angle like designed. Moss takes in that moisture and clogs drains, making roof damage a matter of time. Lastly, moss can attract birds and insects, which could not only mess up the tiles but cause an eyesore in your neighborhood. Between the number of ways that moss can damage and cause trouble for your roof, it is best to avoid it at all costs.

Tips for Avoiding Moss

An easy way to avoid moss on your roof is to add copper ridges to the roof tiles. This allows rainfall to hit those ridges, and a residue from the copper to run down the roof and help discourage the growth and spread of moss. Likewise, regular cleaning can help a ton too. For the most part, a routine maintenance check and cleaning of your roof is all you need to keep moss away and the roof in perfect condition. Take a power washer to your roof and gutters once or twice a year to avoid moss growth, and when you do see it starting, do not panic. Seeing a bit of it is totally normal. Just make sure to go about getting rid of it.

 

When moss is starting to pop up on your roof, hire a team to make sure it does not continue to grow. Professional roofing companies carry out the cleaning safely and with precision. Call today to schedule an appointment.