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What Are the Advantages of Ridge Vents?

Ridge vents are installed at the peak of the roof, typically running its length. They are designed to allow air to circulate underneath the roofing so as to prevent moisture buildup. To give you a clearer idea of the role that ridge vents play in a roofing system, here are three of their biggest advantages.

Increase Ventilation 

In combination with wind, a ridge vent can create a ventilation system in your attic. It ensures that fresh air circulates continuously, which is critical to preventing mold and mildew from growing in areas like the attic crawl space and the underside of the eaves.

Promote Adequate Air Flow

Ridge vents are typically constructed with air space, which enables proper air flow at the top of your home and below your roof. If you’re planning for a roof replacement, your roofing contractor can ensure that the ridge vent will function correctly and provide sufficient air flow.

Prolong Roof Service Life

Ultimately, ridge vents offer additional protection against some common culprits behind roofing problems. Moisture can cause extensive water damage. Without fresh air to get rid of moisture, your roof and attic will become more vulnerable to mold and rot.

Excess heat is another issue that vents can address. If air is not being drawn into and exhausted out of the roofing structure, excess heat can potentially build up in areas like the attic and lead to premature aging of the roof.

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If you have questions about your ridge vents or need help installing or repairing, contact us.  We always offer free roof inspections with our visits. 

Often, home and business owners are undecided on whether to repair or replace a roof. Both options, however, are viable depending on the age and condition of your roof. In this post, we discuss when its ideal to repair or replace your roof.

When is repairing my roof the best option?

Here are some factors you should consider if you are contemplating to have your roof repaired:

  •  Slight damage instances: There are instances where simple repairs such as shingle replacement are enough to fix the damage sustained by your roof. If your roof has been damaged by a fallen tree branch, intense winds, and general wear and tear have a professional ClearCoat Roofing professional inspect it and establish the extent of the damage.
  •  Repair area: If 30% or less of your roof that needs to be fixed, a simple repair will be the logical choice. However, if a large area needs to be fixed, a roof replacement will be the better option as the cost of replacing the whole roof will be only slightly more than that of repairing the damaged area.
  •  Age of the roof: The age of your roof will also have a huge influence on whether you should replace or repair it. If the damages occur at the beginning or in the middle of your roof’s lifespan, repairing them will be the best option.

When replacing your roof is the best option

Here are some factors to consider before replacing your roof:

  •  Extensive damage cases: Extensive roof damages including missing shingles over a huge area or damage to your roof’s underlayment may demand complete roof replacement. Extensive damages could be caused by events such as severe storms with hailstorm and high winds. Winter storms that result in several inches of snow are also known to cause extensive damages on the roofs.
  •  Age: Most roofs last about two decades depending on how often they are maintained during their lifespan. As such, if your roof has clocked 20 years or more, consider calling in a professional to access the possibility of replacing it.

How do I know whether I need to replace or repair my roof?

Roof damages can be quite subtle, which is why you should schedule annual inspections with a reputable ClearCoat Roofing Contractor. You should also have your roof inspected immediately after any catastrophic event. Before picking out the repair or roof replacement materials, make sure you go through any HOA Roofing requirements.

Although the new roof is quite an expense, it is bound to last for decades.

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Contact ClearCoat Roofing, we are a reputable licensed provider.  And we offer free roofing inspections, always.  

Letting professionals handle your roof replacement project means putting the protection of your home into someone else’s hands. Understanding what a roof replacement entails, may help put your mind at ease. The following are some basics.

The Materials Used

You no doubt want the highest quality materials used for your home, but you may not know what those are. Speaking with your residential roofer about the options available can help you make that decision. Some materials commonly used for home roofs include asphalt composition shingles, metal roofing, wood shakes, and slate roofing. These materials come in different colors as well, so you can match a variety of exterior home features to your roof.

Professionals Replacing the Roof

One thing you don’t want to do is trust the job to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Contacting a professional residential roofer will ensure the job will be done correctly and last a long time. You want a company that does what they say they’ll do, as well as exceeding your expectations. Look for a roofing company with a great reputation that hires roofing professionals and ensures they are properly trained. With all these components pulled together, your roof will get done correctly.

The Cost of the Project

The cost of your residential roof replacement project will depend on the size of the job, the materials used, and the pitch of the roof. Speak with your roofer about the specifics of the job to truly understand what you’ll be expected to pay by the end. If the cost doesn’t work with your budget, you can work out a different arrangement beforehand to ensure you receive a nice roof within your price range.

Getting Started

Understanding a few basics of residential roof replacement can get you ready to face the project head on. Contact us today to get your roof replacement scheduled.

We offer free roofing inspections with any visit. 

What is Covered/Excluded

This System Plus Limited Warranty covers certain GAF roofing products installed on your roof (the “GAF Products”) including GAF Asphaltic Shingles, GAF Ridge Cap Shingles, GAF Starter Strip Shingles, GAF Leak Barrier Products, GAF Roof Deck Protection Products, GAF Cobra® Attic Ventilation Products, and GAF-labeled Ultimate Pipe Flashing® with EasySleeve (manufactured by Lifetime Tool® & Building Products LLC), in the unlikely event that they contain a manufacturing defect. Note: This limited warranty does not cover low- slope membranes, Master Flow® Ventilation Products, ShingleMatchTM Roof Accessory Paint, or GAF Cornell Ventilated Nail Base Roof Insulation. Please go to gaf.com for a copy of the limited warranties covering these products.

How Long Your Warranty Lasts: All GAF Products

Coverage begins when your GAF Products are installed. (If a GAF AuthorizedTM Home Builder initially registers this warranty for a newly constructed home, coverage begins when you take title to the property and you properly transfer coverage.) Coverage for all GAF Products lasts as long as the warranty for manufacturing defects for the type of shingle installed in the field of the roof. Note: If cut-up GAF Strip Shingles are used instead of the eligible GAF Ridge Cap Shingles, the warranty and non-prorated period for the cut-up strip shingles are the same as they would be if those shingles were used in the field of the roof.

Manufacturing Defects: GAF Lifetime Asphaltic Shingles

Subject to the provisions below, all GAF Asphaltic Shingles other than Royal Sovereign® and Marquis WeatherMax® Shingles carry a Lifetime limited warranty (as defined below) against manufacturing defects and a non- prorated period of 50 years.

Definition Of Lifetime: 

The word “Lifetime” means as long as you, the original owner(s) [or the second owner(s) if coverage was properly transferred within the first 20 years], own the property where the shingles and/or accessories are installed. The Lifetime warranty term and 50-year non-prorated period are applicable only to shingles and accessories installed on a single-family detached residence owned by individuals. For any other type of owner or building, such as a corporation, governmental entity, religious entity, condominium, or homeowner association, school, apartment building, office building, or multi-use structure, the length of the warranty is 40 years and the non-prorated period is 20 years.

What Is Not Covered

Even if your GAF Products were not properly installed according to GAF’s application instructions or to standard good roofing practices, this limited warranty remains in effect. However, GAF will NOT be liable for and this warranty does NOT apply to:

  1. Damage resulting from anything other than an inherent manufacturing defect in the GAF Products, such as:
    1. improper fastening of your shingles or accessories or application not in strict accordance with GAF’s printed application instructions, if the improper installation was the cause of the damage.
    2. settlement, movement, or defects in the building, walls, foundation, or the roof base over which the shingles or accessories were applied.
    3. inadequate ventilation.
  2. Damage resulting from causes beyond normal wear and tear, such as:
    1. acts of nature, such as hail, fire, or winds (including gusts) over the applicable wind speed listed above.
    2. impact of traffic on the roof or foreign objects, including damage caused by objects blown onto the roof by wind.
    3. improper storage or handling of the GAF Products.
  3. Ice damming, except for leaks in the area of your roof covered by a GAF Leak Barrier which are caused by a manufacturing defect in your GAF Leak Barrier.
  4. Shading or variations in the color of your GAF Products or discoloration or contamination caused by fungus, mold, lichen, algae (except for blue-green algae if your shingles or ridge cap shingles were labeled with the StainGuard PlusTM with Time Release or StainGuard® logos), or other contaminants, including that caused by organic materials on the roof.
  5. Labor costs, except as specifically provided for above, disposal costs, and costs relating to underlayments (unless your claim involves a manufacturing defect in a GAF Underlayment), metal work, and flashings.
  6. Damage to the interior or exterior of the building, including, but not limited to, mold growth.

Effectiveness. This limited warranty will not take effect unless all eligibility requirements have been satisfied, this warranty is registered to you, and your roofing contractor has been paid in full.

Contact Us with Questions

If you have any further questions about the GAF Warranty, feel free to contact ClearCoat Roofing.  We will be happy to answer your questions.

The health of your roof is crucial to the integrity of your home. Knowing the 10 most common roofing problems can help you to catch the damage early enough to make adequate repairs. Here are the most notable problems.

1. Roof Leaks

Your roof has to handle the elements. Rain, snow, hail and wind may lead to moisture inside the roof. If this happens, rot and mold are the next step.

2. Faulty Installation

A badly installed roof leads to bigger problems. If you want your roof to have a long lifespan, it needs to be installed up to standards and by a professional.

3. Critter Infestations

Small birds and animals may cause a lot of damage to your roof. If you have an animal infestation, you want to take care of it as soon as possible.

4. Poorly Installed Flashing

Flashing seals areas such as vent pipes, chimneys, skylights. When flashing is not installed properly, it leads to open seams and blown off tiles.

5. Pooling Water

If water pools on your roof, this problem normally arises from debris buildup or from HVAC units that don’t properly drain. It may also be due to gutter problems.

6. Ventilation Problems

Ventilation regulates temperature and moisture levels. Ventilation problems lead to costly energy bills and mildew issues.

7. Shrinkage or Blistering

The roof membrane may shrink and cause cracks in the upper layer. Watch for blistering, splitting and surface erosion.

8. Overhanging Limbs

Tree limbs may rub the surface and wear away at the top layer of your shingles. Trim your tree limbs back as much as possible. No tree should be a threat to your home.

9. Hail or Wind Damage

Your roof could have damage on it that you can not even see from the ground. hail damage is usually hard to see unless inspected up close. If these blemishes in your granules go without attention they eventually bake and start causing hundreds of small holes in the roof, causing little leaks all over the roof. 

10. Improper Maintenance

Your roof needs checking regularly. With proper maintenance, you can control any problems that occur to your roof.

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When it comes to taking care of your roof, it’s crucial that you know the most common roofing problems. The more that you know, the easier it will be to ensure that your roof lasts. Contact us today to have one of our professional roofing contractors provide a free roof inspection.

Looks can be deceiving. For instance, there are few things as lovely as icicles hanging from roof eaves and gutters. In some regions, they dangle for months, like crystal jewels, sparkling in the sunshine. And yet, in many cases, they signal that the roof may have a problem with ice dams that needs attention before water seeps into the house.

What causes ice dams on roofing?

Ice dams — literal dams made of ice — usually form at eaves and gutters and prevent snow- and ice-melt from leaving the roof. They’re often caused by a temperature imbalance in the attic. As heat rises in the house and makes its way into the attic, the upper portion of the roof may warm faster than the lower portion at the eaves. If the upper portion becomes warm enough to melt snow (above 32°F) while the lower portion remains below 32°F, snow will melt, flow down the roof, and refreeze before it can flow off the edge. This can also be compounded by naturally rising ambient temperatures during the day and falling temperatures at night. What results is a dam, which will hold the remaining water, snow, and ice on the roof.

There are two main causes of this kind of temperature imbalance:

  •  Poor attic insulation. Insufficient or deteriorated attic insulation can allow warm air to move from the heated areas of the house to the attic space.
  •  Lack of proper attic ventilation. Properly balanced attic ventilation helps slow snow melting by allowing cold air to enter the attic space, in turn driving out warmer air. This reduction in warm attic air helps decrease the chance of snow melting on the roof.

Why are ice dams a problem?

Almost all roofing materials are designed to shed water. As ice melts and refreezes, it can damage the shingles and other parts of the roof system. And when a growing ice dam pushes water back up the roof slope, that water may flow under the shingles and penetrate into the roof system or house below. That’s why GAF factory-certified roofers will always recommend a layer of strong protection like WeatherWatch® or StormGuard® Leak Barrier. These products help prevent leaks due to water backing up in your gutters, wind-driven rain, and, of course, damaging ice dams. They are self-adhering membranes that seal around fasteners and other protrusions in the roof, helping to protect the most vulnerable areas of your roof against leaks.

What can I do about ice dams?

Here are 3 steps you can take to prevent ice damming this winter:

  1. Remove snow from the roof. Depending on the size and accessibility of your roof, you can use an extendable snow roof rake to (carefully) pull fresh snow off the roof before the melt-and-freeze cycle even begins. Snow and ice removal can be dangerous work and if done improperly you might risk injury to your shingles – or more importantly – yourself! We strongly encourage you to engage the services of a professional to assist with snow and ice removal. 
  2. Ventilate. Ensure you have a properly-balanced attic ventilation system that allows fresh air to continuously move through the attic space under your roof. To find out how much ventilation you should have, use our ventilation calculator.
  3. Insulate. Proper attic insulation will do more than prevent ice dams; it can also help reduce your heating costs by keeping warm air in your living space, where it belongs.

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Contact us if you have any additional questions about what causes ice dams or if you need assistance with any roof installations.  We always offer free roof inspections with every visit. 

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No one ever wants to find water leaking from their ceiling, as this is often a sign that your roof is leaking. Whether you are home when the leak starts or come home to it, it is important that you take immediate action to avoid further damage to your home.

Contain the Leak

If you find water dripping from a bulge or discoloration in your ceiling, it’s likely that water is pooling on the other side of that bulge or dark spot. Grab a bucket, trash can, or some sort of container and place it under the site of the drip or leak. You may even want to consider propping up a board inside the container so the drips hit the board and not the accumulated water. This will minimize the repetitive dripping sound.

Drain the Ceiling

Next, take an old screwdriver, locate the center of the bulge where water is accumulating and puncture it right in the middle. I know it might seem strange to punch a hole in your ceiling to stop a leak, but the new hole will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling. If water accumulates and pools, the entire ceiling could collapse.

Cover the Exterior Source

If you are confident you know where the leak is coming from and can safely get to the source, cover the exterior surface with a large tarp. If you can’t reach it, or feel unsafe doing so, it would be best to immediately contact us to handle that for you. We do offer emergency tarping services for minimal cost to the property owner, just contact us.

As you may already know, unfortunately if your roof is actively leaking due to weather, we can not repair the leak until that weather has stopped. The tarping service will act as a temporary fix to minimize the damage inside your home until our staff can fix the problem.

One of our experienced roofing professionals will inspect your roof both from the exterior of the roof as well as the inside of your home, typically through the attic. Inspecting the underside of the roof decking can show signs of water damage, however it is not a foolproof method so inspecting the roof for damage is needed as well.

Dangers of Waiting

It is important to act quickly when it comes to a roof leak. Leaky roofs never fix themselves or get better on their own. Even if the leak isn’t bad yet. Get it fixed now. Often we hear from homeowners that they noticed a stain on their ceiling or possibly some bubbling for awhile but thought it was nothing serious. Avoiding the issue will not fix a leak in your roof. Many times by the time you notice damage within your home it is already too late. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting your roof twice a year, in the fall and spring. Here is what to look for to prevent a fixable issue from turning into a damaging and costly repair:

On the inside, you should look for:

  •  Dark spots
  •  Spots where outside light shines through
  •  Sagging

On the outside, you should keep an eye out for:

  •  Missing, warped, rotting, peeling, broken, blistering, or buckling shingles
  •  Clogged or slow-draining gutters/downspouts
  •  Loose material or wear around chimneys or vents

Roof leaks are typically just signs of a much larger problem. Both danger and the probability of structural damage increase if unaddressed. Regular inspections are your best defense against a leaky roof. Be aware, search for leaks, and talk with our contractors about the condition of your roof regularly.

Getting Started

Understanding a few basics of residential roof replacement can get you ready to face the project head on. Contact us today to get your roof replacement scheduled.

We offer free roofing inspections with any visit.  Read our reviews to learn more about us

Have you ever walked outside on a cold morning and noticed the frost that covers the ground? You might have to scrape your car before you can drive, and your grass may look like a sparkling wonderland. Direct your view upward to have a look at the roof. Is there frost on it? Do you know whether frost is good or bad for your residential roof? How do you know when to worry?

Is Frost Good or Bad?

The frost itself that collects on your roof isn’t necessarily good or bad. Roofing materials are made to withstand the weather, and roofers who work in cold environments know which materials will hold up best. As long as your roof is in good repair, you shouldn’t have to worry about water damage.

The fact that there’s frost on your residential roof could actually be a good thing. If you look around and notice all your neighboring houses have frost, but yours does not, it could be an indication that your attic insulation isn’t quite up to par. The frost may be spotty, which also means the insulation isn’t properly in place. Without proper insulation, the heat that should be warming your home is leaking out through the attic and the roof, which is melting the frost.

Should I Worry About a Lack of Frost?

If there’s a lack of frost on your roof, there could be cause for alarm. You should only worry if your neighboring houses have the same amount of sun exposure as yours. For example, your neighbor’s house might be blocked from the sun by tall trees or a taller building, while your home is in direct sunlight. As soon as the sun hits, your frost could melt away, but will remain on your neighbors due to the shade. If that’s the case, you would not need to worry.

Contacting a Roofer

If your house is not in direct sunlight, and everyone else has frost, you should contact a roofer to see if there’s a problem with your roofing and insulation. Contact us, and we will provide a free roofing with no obligation

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When you install a new roof, the last thing that you want to happen is for the roof to fail. Unfortunately, when a contractor does a poor-quality job, this is exactly what happens. Here are some of the most common reasons for roof failure.

Poor Ventilation

Good ventilation keeps a roof in good health. You should have a ventilation system that pushes heat and moisture out during the summer. This will minimize expansion due to temperature changes. Also, it will keep your attic cool throughout the year.

Poor Installation

When it comes to home renovation, it is important that the projects are finished right. Even with the best materials, if the roof is not installed properly, it is not going to function correctly. You need to ensure that your roof is installed right the first time, by a contractor who knows what they’re doing.

Poor Quality Materials

When it comes to choosing materials, you want to take more than cost into consideration. Even if the low-cost products look appealing, you need to keep in mind that the lower costs can also mean lower quality materials. When you have high quality materials, your roof is more likely to last.

Poorly Chosen Flashing

You need to protect the protrusions where exhaust pipes, chimneys, and dormers connect to the roof. These areas are prone to leaks and other problems. Metal flashings are the best way to seal this area. You do not want to use caulk or any other type of sealant. These products degrade over time.

Roofs can fail for a number of different reasons. If you want to make sure that your roof doesn’t fail, then you’ll have to invest in regular maintenance and inspections. The higher quality the job, the more likely you are to have a roof that lasts. 

Getting Started

Understanding a few basics of residential roof replacement can get you ready to face the project head on. Contact us today to get your roof replacement scheduled.

We offer free roofing inspections with any visit.  Read our reviews to learn more about us

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