Roof

Comparing Longevity of Roofing Materials

Metal RoofingYour roof is one of the biggest investments you can make on your home’s exterior. It functions are your home’s primary line of defense against the weather, provides curb appeal and resale value, and makes your home more energy efficient. However, different roofing materials offer advantages and disadvantages, and considering that your roof is such a major investment, one of the most important factors for many homeowners is the lifespan of the material. To help you make an informed decision about choosing the right material for your home, our team has put together a list of the longest lasting roofing materials! Keep reading below to learn more!

Rubber Roofing

To begin, let’s start with a material that has a lifespan on the shorter side; rubber roofing. While it comes in a few different varieties, perhaps the most well-known style is EPMD, which is most commonly used in commercial settings. While this material is quite inexpensive to install, it’s not know for lasting for decades on end. With proper preventive maintenance, you can generally expect to get between 20 & 30 years of out a typical rubber roof, although it’s possible under the right conditions that the roof will last longer. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to roofing materials. Let’s move on to a far more common roofing material!

Asphalt Shingles

When you mention roofing in North America, the word has become synonymous for most homeowners with asphalt shingles. The most popular roofing material in the country, asphalt shingles are preferred by many homeowners for their aesthetic & curb appeal, their economical price point, and of course, their durability & longevity. But how long do asphalt shingles generally last? Well, the answer ultimately depends on what kind of asphalt shingles you choose to install. The most economical asphalt shingle, 3-tabs, have the shortest lifespan. Generally, you shouldn’t expect to get more then 20-30 years out of a 3-tab roof. However, once you get into the higher end shingles, such as architectural shingles, your roof can easily last between 30-50 years with proper maintenance, making it a fantastic choice. However, there are some materials that are even more durable.

Metal Roofing

The most durable option that our team offers, metal roofing is a fantastic choice for homeowners who value longevity from their roof above all else. While you may sacrifice a bit of curb appeal in some homeowners eyes, you gain a tremendous amount of longevity. As you can imagine, metal roofing is incredibly resistant to all kinds of weather, and a well-maintained metal roof will generally last well over 50 years, sometimes approaching a century. Coupled with the fact that it’s an environmentally friendly option that can be recycled at the end of its lifespan, and metal roofing is a wonderful option for any home!

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Interested in learning more about our team’s roof installation services? Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! If you’re ready to get started on your roof replacement, reach out to our team today by calling us 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 roofing needs!

Comparing Asphalt Shingles & Metal Roofing

New Roof with VentYour home’s roof is perhaps the single most important piece of it’s exterior shell. It offers vital protection against the elements, functioning as your home’s umbrella, and also offering a number of other benefits including curb appeal & insulation. Considering how important your roof is to the health & function of your home, it is important to ensure that the system is kept in good repair! If you need to replace your roof, you may be wondering about which material is best for your needs! Check out our blog to learn about the benefits and differences between asphalt shingles & metal roofing.

Durability

To begin, let’s discuss one of the greatest assets of both materials; durability. Asphalt shingles are known to last for 2 or 3 decades at minimum, possibly far longer under the right circumstances. In comparison, metal roofing is more than capable of lasting a half century or longer, giving it a slight edge. Further, since it is installed in long sheets, rather than individual shingles, there are less areas where water can seep into the system, helping to keep your home protected from any moisture damage.

Aesthetics

When it comes to which roofing material looks better, the answer is truly subjective. Asphalt shingles have long been the standard of the roofing industry, which makes them the more popular choice among homeowners, but metal roofing is available in an enormous array of color & style options, making it a great choice if you have a particular goal in mind for the color scheme of your home’s exterior. Both options have their advantages, which makes this question far more subjective.

Cost

If choosing the more economical option is a factor, asphalt shingles have the lower cost of installation. They are manufactured by a wide array of companies, and their widespread availability makes them the cheaper option to install. However, keep in mind that metal roofing lasts longer, so if you plan on living in your house for decades to come, installing an asphalt shingle that may need to be replaced in 20 or 30 years could be less cost effective than a metal roof that could last for 50 or more!

Environmental Impact

If you’re interested in reducing your home’s carbon footprint, metal roofing is the better choice. While asphalt shingles require the use of fossil fuels to manufacture, metal roofing is less damaging to manufacture, and also is fully recyclable at the end of it’s lifespan, making it a fantastic choice for homeowners looking to reduce their environmental impact.

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If you’re ready to install a new roof on your home this year, our team at Doing It Right is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to assisting you!

Reasons You Should Have Your Roof Inspected

Roofing InspectionWhen it comes to maintaining their roof, many homeowners neglect to keep up with maintenance until problems begin to arise. However, being proactive and aware of the potential causes of damage can help keep your home protected long before the damage has occurred. If you’re wondering how you can tell whether your roof needs to be inspected, check out our blog to learn about a few reasons you should consider an inspection for your home!

A Major Storm Rolled Through

The first reason you may want to consider having your roof inspected is if a significant storm just hit your home. Depending on what the storm was, your roofing concerns will be different. If it was just a wind storm for example, you’ll likely be looking for missing shingles, or potentially shingle damage from broken tree limbs and other debris.

However, if it was a thunderstorm, you’re inspector will likely be searching for signs of moisture damage both on the roof and inside the attic. No matter what kind of storm impacted your home, having an inspection can help prevent future damage from occurring by catching damage early on!

You Don’t Know How Old The Roof Is

Another reason you should have your roof inspected is if you have no idea how old the system actually is! Many homeowners purchase a home not knowing when the roof was installed. Typically you should be inspecting an asphalt shingle roof every three years at minimum, but for older roofs, it is a good idea to do it more inspected more frequently, as wear and tear will deteriorate the system over time.

The Roof Looks Weathered

If your shingles are beginning to look weathered and worn, it is a good idea to have the system examined by a professional. Typically, when your shingles begin to look damaged or weathered, there can be small leaks or damage to the system, and they may not be visible to the naked eye. If your shingles are curling, warping, buckling, growing algae & mold, or showing signs of physical damage, having the system inspected by a professional is the best way to ensure that your home stays protected!

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If you need to replace the roof on your home this winter, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! You can contact our team today by calling us 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 roofing needs!

Winter Roof Maintenance

Winter RoofWinter is the most difficult time of the year for home maintenance. It can be a hassle to keep up with the necessary maintenance all winter long, but it is important for the health of your home to ensure that you’re aware of what needs to be done on your roof in order to keep you and your family safe. Interested in learning a bit about what kinds of maintenance you should be performing on your roof this winter? Keep reading our blog for more information!

Have Your Roof Inspected

First of all, before the snowfall begins, it is a good idea to have your roofing system inspected. By inspecting your roof early in the season, you can keep your home protected from moisture damage throughout the colder months. Your roofing inspector will examine your shingles for damage, ensure your flashing is in good repair, and warn you of any problem areas that may need to be addressed. This will help ensure that when the snow does begin to fall, your roof will be able to handle the snow without any leaks!

Ventilate Your Attic

Particularly for homeowners who struggle with ice dams, ensuring your attic is properly ventilated will go a long way towards protecting your home. Ice dams are formed with the air within your attic is warmer than the air outside, causing the snow on your shingles to melt and run down your roof to your gutter system. By ensuring your attic is ventilated properly, you can maintain an equilibrium between the outside area and your attic, which will prevent the snow from melting!

Clean Your Roof of Snow & Debris

Speaking of snow, it is a good idea to clear off as much snow from your roof as you can! Leaving snow to accumulate on your roof all winter can often cause damage to the system, particularly if there is already underlying damage to the roof deck that you’re unaware of. Cleaning off snow from your roof limits the weight the system needs to carry, helping to keep your home protected!

Additionally, before the snow begins to fall, it is a good idea to clear debris off of your roof before the snow freezes it to the system. Debris can rot from the moisture that accumulates on your roof during the winter, which will only contribute to the damage that the snow causes. Cleaning of debris is best for the health of the system!

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof this winter, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us 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 roofing needs!

Signs Your Gutter System Needs To Be Replaced

Broken GuttersYour gutter system is one of the most important parts of your home’s exterior, providing your home with invaluable protection against water. Without your gutter system, water would run down the sides of your home, causing damage to your siding, and foundation. Considering how important your gutters are for the health of your home, it is important to ensure that the system is kept in good repair! If you’re unsure whether your gutter system is working properly, check out these signs that your gutter system needs to be replaced!

Your Gutters Are Sagging

The first sign that you need to replace your gutter system is when it’s visibly sagging. Your gutter system will begin to sag when it is either overflowing with debris, or it’s fasteners are beginning to fail. This could be due to rot damage that has occurred to your fascia or soffit boards. If you notice that the gutters are sagging away from your home, take a look at the system and determine whether you need to clean the gutters, or replace the rotted fastenings and reinstall the system.

Water Damage Below The System

Another sign that your gutter system needs to be replaced is when you begin to find damage below the system around your foundation. If you see mildew or water spots, this means that the system is leaking water, rather than routing it away from the home successfully. If this is the case, you will need to replace the system in order to stop the damage and keep your home protected.

Your Siding Is Peeling

Sometimes, your gutter system may be leaking and you’re unaware that anything is wrong. If you’re not standing outside during a rainstorm, you may not have any idea where your gutter system is failing and leaking from.

One clear sign that you have a localized gutter leak is when your siding is peeling in specific spots around your home. This is most likely due to water leaking through the system and falling down the sides of your home. If you notice that your siding is peeling, check the seals of the gutters around the area. You will likely find that the seals have failed and water is able to seep out of the system.

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If you need assistance with your roof replacement this fall, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to assisting with your roofing needs!

Advice for Improving Your Roof’s Lifespan

Old Roof with failing shinge systemYour home’s roof is the most arguably the most important piece of your home’s exterior, serving as it’s primary line of defense against the elements. Since it is constantly exposed to inclement weather, your home takes a beating over time, and eventually, the integrity of the system will be worn away, necessitating a replacement. However, your roof is also an expensive piece of engineering that many homeowners want to avoid replacing for as long as possible. If you’re one of those homeowners who is looking for a way to improve the lifespan of your roof, you’ve come to the right place! Take a look below to learn a few tips & tricks for improving the lifespan of your roof!

Have a Water Barrier Installed Below Your Shingles

One of the most things you can do to improve the lifespan of your roof is ensure that you have a water barrier installed below your shingles themselves. Your roof deck is what your shingles are laid down on, and generally, it’s simply built out of plywood. This means that it is susceptible to rot, which is where a water & ice barrier comes in. If any moisture is able to seep into your shingle system, a water & ice barrier will help ensure that the moisture isn’t able to rot out your roof deck, keeping the system protected from water damage!

Trim Back Foilage

Another important tip for protecting your home’s roof is ensuring that you cut back any branches that may be scratching away at your shingle system. Branches from nearby trees have the potential to damage your roof by either breaking and falling onto the shingles, or by scratching the granules off of your shingles themselves, which will shorten their lifespan.

Clean Up Mold & Mildew

While you can get away with leaving it alone, if you’re trying to maximize the lifespan of your roof, it is best practice to address any mold or mildew growth on the shingle system. One of the easiest ways to limit mold growth is to install zinc strips on your roof, but you can always retroactively deal with the issue with a bit of cleaning solution & a hose. Just don’t let mildew sit on your roof for too long, as it can cause moisture damage or wear away at your granules!

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Interested in replacing your Pittsburgh, PA area home’s roof this fall? Our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us 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 installation needs!

Roofing FAQs

New Asphalt Shingle RoofYour home’s roof is one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior, offering a number of benefits, from protection from the elements and pests, to curb appeal & resale value, to insulation! Considering how important your roof is to your home’s exterior, it is essential to ensure that the system is kept in good repair! However, it is also a complex piece of engineering, and it can oftentimes be difficult to assess whether your roof is still in good condition, or what needs to be done to repair it! If you’re interested in having answers to a few of these questions, keep reading below for our Roofing FAQ!

To Repair or Replace

One of the most common questions homeowners typically have when it comes to roof replacements is should I repair my roof, or do I need to replace the entire system, and the answer is entirely dependent on the condition of your roof, and how it’s been damaged.

Roof’s become damaged in a variety of ways, from blunt damage due to falling branches, to granule loss, to water damage. The possibilities are wide-ranging, and whether or not you need to replace the roof depends on the extent of the damage. If you suspect your roof has accrued significant amounts of damage, you will want to have it inspected by a professional to determine the best line of action!

How Long Does A Roof Last

This is another answer that will vary from roof to roof, but the most common roofing material in North America is asphalt shingles, so let’s examine those;

There are a wide array of manufacturers producing asphalt shingles of varying degrees of quality. Our main manufacturer, Owens Corning, has lines of architectural shingles, as well as more economical options. Typically, a well-installed and properly maintained asphalt shingle roof will last somewhere between 20 and 30 years.

How Often Should I Inspect My Roof

The correct answer to this question is twice a year, in the spring and fall to keep your home protected from the extremes of each season, but most homeowners won’t have their home inspected that often. Having at least one inspection a year is highly recommend, as it is incredibly difficult to spot a leak from the ground, and one season with a damaged roof can cause irreparable damage to your roof deck, necessitating a full replacement. If you want to keep your home protected from the elements, having your roof inspected on at least an annual basis is highly recommended!

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If you need assistance with your roof replacement this summer, our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us 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!

Most Common Roofing Issues

Loose Roof GranulesYour home’s roof is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior shell, offering a multitude of benefits for your home including protection from the elements and pests, improved curb appeal and resale value, and insulation. Considering how much there is to gain from having well-installed and maintained roofing, it is essential to ensure that yours is kept in good repair! If you’re interested in learning more about the most common roofing issues that homeowners generally face, keep reading below for more information!

Missing Granules

A common roofing issue that homeowners tend to see on older roofs is loose or missing granules. As your shingles age, they lose their granules, which are important for helping to reflect UV light away from the shingles, Without granules, the shingles will decay faster, and generally, when your shingles begin to lose granules, it is a sign that the roof will need to be replaced soon!

Leaks

Perhaps the most damaging roofing issue of all is a roof leak. This is both because of the amount of damage a roof leak is capable of causing, as well as the fact that it can be extremely difficult to locate a roof leak. They often form quietly, and unless you are seeing water actively drip from your ceiling, you might not even notice anything is wrong until a significant amount of damage has occurred. You can look for a few signs to help assess the integrity of the roof. First, check on the interior of your home for signs of a leak. Water damage will likely begin to appear in your attic, but if the damage is significant enough, or in the right location, you may end up seeing it in your ceiling. You can also safely assume that your roof is leaking at least partially when you begin to lose shingles.

Damaged Flashing

Another common roofing issue that often affects roofs is damaged flashing. This one can be damaging because many homeowners don’t even understand what their flashing is and how it protects their roof. Installed in potential problem areas such as around vents, in valleys, and on your chimney, your flashing helps to protect your home’s roof from water damage by keeping it away from areas where it could potentially seep in. You’ll want to have a roofing professional come at least once a year to assess the integrity of your home’s flashing.

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Interested in learning more about our team’s roof replacement services? Our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with all of your roof replacement needs!

Benefits of Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Asphalt Shingle RoofWhen it comes to roofing replacements, there is no material more popular in North America than asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles became the standard of the roofing industry in the mid-20th century, as they became widely manufactured and easily available. Today they have maintained their status due to a variety of factors that make them an attractive option for homeowners in need of a roof replacement! If you’re interested in learning more about what makes asphalt shingles such a good roofing option, keep reading below!

Economical

One of the principal reasons that asphalt shingles have enjoyed such a long run of dominance in the roofing market is that they are the most affordable option on the market. Asphalt shingles are manufactured by a variety of companies, helping to drive down the cost of the shingles. They also require minimal processing in comparison to metal, slate, or rubber roofing, making them an affordable option for homeowners looking for replace their home’s roof on a budget.

Aesthetics

Another reason that homeowners like asphalt shingles is that they are beautiful, and highly customizable. In addition to their widespread manufacturing helping to keep production costs down, the fact that so many companies produce asphalt shingles means that they have become available in nearly any color option you can imagine. This means if you have a particular vision in mind for your home’s exterior, you can almost certainly find the option you’re looking for with asphalt shingles.

Durability

Homeowners and contractors alike also appreciate asphalt shingles for their durability. Well-installed asphalt roofs can last for well over 2 decades, and potentially much longer if they are properly-maintained along the way. If you’re in search of a roofing option that will keep your home protected for years to come, asphalt shingles are a fantastic choice!

Wind & Fire Resistant

Speaking of durability, asphalt shingles are also highly wind & fire resistant. Most asphalt shingle roofs are installed with starter shingles that are fitted with extra adhesives and installed at the edges of your roof in order to stop winds from pulling the shingles away from the roof during high winds.

Furthermore, asphalt shingles have a Class A Fire rating, which is the highest mark available. If you’re looking for a roofing option that will provide you home with the maximum amount of resistance to damage, asphalt shingles are a great option to choose!

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If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s asphalt shingle installation services, we are ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us 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 Weather Affects Your Roof

Hail hitting asphalt shingle roof

Your home’s roof is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior. It helps to provide your home with protection from the elements, acting as the umbrella of your home. Considering that it is exposed to the elements on a daily basis, it should come as no surprise that most weather has a significant effect on your home’s roof. If you’re interested in learning more about our how inclement weather can affect your home’s roof, keep reading below for more information about the effect that weather can have on your roof!

Rain

Perhaps the most common weather condition that effects roofs is rain. No other kind of weather short of a hurricane or tornado has the damage potential of a rainstorm when it comes to your roof. One small leak in your roof can quickly lead to expensive repairs, as water trickles in. You should have your roof inspected at least once per year, after the winter, to ensure no moisture problems have materialized.

Snow

Another weather condition that can end up causing significant damage is snow. The danger with snow is two-fold; it can cause damage in a couple of different ways. First of all, if there has been significant snowfall that year, the weight of the snow on your roof can cause damage.

However, the more concerning and oftentimes damaging roof issue that arises with snowy roofs is ice dams. Ice dams are formed when the heat escaping out of your attic melts the snow on your roof, causing it to run down to the eaves of your roof. Once it reaches the edges of your roof, it refreezes, and as this process repeats, it eventually causes liquid water to be held onto your roof deck, which can cause it to seep into the roof deck.

Hail

While snow & rain tend to do long-term damage, hail has a much more immediate impact. Rather than waiting weeks for water damage to show up in your roof deck, a ten-minute hail storm can break a number of shingles and provide an immediate need for a roof replacement. If your shingles are already worn, they are even more susceptible to breaking.

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Interested in replacing your Pittsburgh-area home’s roof? Our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us 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!