The Importance of Proper Flashing

roof flashingIf the flashing on your roof is in poor shape, your roof will develop leaks and other problems. Learn what flashing is, where it is used, and how to fix damaged flashing before your roofing system is compromised.

What is Flashing?

Flashing is connective material that holds the different components of your roofing system together. Flashing can be made from metal, plastic, or a composite material.

To spot flashing on your roof, step outside. Scan your roof overhangs, roof valleys, and any areas with decorative details. You’ll see flashing on these areas. If you have skylights or chimneys, you’ll see flashing around the elements as well. […]

Your Guide to Replacement Siding

sidingIs your home siding showing its age, or are you interested in replacement siding to change the look and feel of your home? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to replacement siding, and we’ve rounded up answers to the top questions we get in this blog post.

Signs it’s Time to Replace Siding

If your existing siding is warped, weather-damaged, cracked, loose, or rotting, it’s high time to replace the siding. Once mold and mildew have appeared, you must either clean the siding or replace it.

Even if your siding isn’t damaged, you may wish to replace it if the color is dated or not to your liking. Since you see your home every day, it should be a place you enjoy looking at! […]

Storm Chasers – Watch Out

stormWith spring and summer come heavy storms—and following them, storm chasers seeking to capitalize on your fears. Learn the signs of a storm chaser, why you should never trust them, and who to call instead.

What is a Storm Chaser?

In the construction industry, storm chasers are companies that follow weather events hoping to make a quick buck. They may not have proper licensing or insurance. Instead, they’re armed with scare tactics designed to prey on your emotions when you’re vulnerable.

These unscrupulous contractors want you to hire them ASAP. They usually offer to start the repairs right away, with no money down from you. […]

Debunking Myths Surrounding Roof Cleaning

before and after roof cleaningRoof cleaning may seem like a simple process, but there’s more to it than you might expect. There’s also more to common debris found on the roof. Learn the real truth behind roof cleaning myths so you can take proper care of your home’s roofing system.

MYTH: Dirt and Environmental Pollutants Cause Staining

It seems straightforward, right? If your roof appears stained, something must have made it dirty.

While dirt and airborne pollutants do discolor roofs, they are not the major source of staining. That’s reserved for moss and algae — which are more difficult to remove than a simple speck of dirt. […]

Common Questions about First-Time Roof Replacement

ask signMajor home improvements can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s your first time. We’ve put together answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about roof replacement we receive from new homeowners.

Do I really need a new roof? Can I get by with repairs?

This depends on your roof’s condition; there’s no one size fits all answer. Generally, if the majority of the roof is in poor condition, you need to invest in a new roof. It’s also more cost-effective for you to replace the roof than repair the lion’s share of an aging roof that will soon need replacement.

If only a portion of the roof is damaged — for instance, if the shingles around the chimney are cracked — then you might get by with repair. […]

Reasons to Trust in Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof

roofing contractorWe know you have many choices of roofing professionals for commercial and residential roof repair in Cincinnati. So why should you choose us? Learn more about Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof and the benefits of hiring us for roof repair.

Professional Certifications

It’s in your best interests to choose a licensed professional for roof repair and replacement. Not only are we licensed with 20+ years of experience, we have affiliations that prove our credibility. These include: […]

How to Handle a Storm-Damaged Roof

stormSpring storms are right around the corner. Hail, high winds, and rain can all damage your roof. Brush up on how to spot roof damage and what steps to take if your roof is damaged.

Signs of Roof Damage

Once a storm has passed, go out to the yard to check your roof. Strong winds may blow shingles off the roof, so you could see shingles on the lawn or gaps on your roof. If large branches have come down on the lawn, they may have caused roof damage.

Go up on the roof to get a closer look. Creased shingles suggest that the shingle seals were loosened by high winds, and their integrity may be compromised. […]

How to Protect Your Home From Rainy Season

roof in rainy seasonRain is your home’s enemy. If rain penetrates the roof, basement, or other area of your home it can cause extensive water damage, mold, and mildew. The good news is, there are ways you can protect your home from the worst of rainy season, so you can enjoy peace of mind when it pours.

Direct Runoff Away From Your Home

Rain that falls on your roof should always be directed away from the home via gutters and downspouts. If your gutters are clogged, water will pool. It can seep underneath the shingles and cause major structural damage. Have your gutters cleaned twice a year to prevent this. Spring and fall are ideal.

Check that downspouts direct the runoff away from your home; otherwise, rainwater could seep into your foundation. Extending downspouts often solves drainage issues near the foundation. […]

5 Warning Signs of Roof Leaks

drops of waterSmall leaks are difficult to spot with the untrained eye, yet they can cause significant property damage. Learn 5 warning signs your roof could have a leak to protect your property, your family, and your home’s value.

Five Signs Your Roof Has a Leak

1. Bulging shingles

Often the first warning sign to appear, this is also something ignored by many people. When shingles bulge outward — which you can see from your lawn — the underlayers are distorted due to moisture. This can occur when the roofing system was not properly installed, which makes it more prone to leaks. If you don’t contact a roofer, the entire roof could sustain serious damage. […]

What Causes a Roof to Sag?  

roof lineIf your roof starts to sag, it could be a warning sign that it’s time to repair or replace. Fail to take action and the roof could collapse. Learn common causes of a sagging roof and what to do next if you notice your roof is sagging.

Why Does a Roof Sag?

Moisture is a roof’s enemy. If rain, snow, or ice is sitting on the roof, moisture can seep under the shingles. This weakens the integrity of the shingles, which makes them more likely to fail early, and it may cause mold and mildew to grow. If the moisture penetrates through the roofing system, there could be attic mold as well.

Skipping regular maintenance — whether it’s failing to clean gutters, leaving heavy snow loads on the roof or not having the roof inspected periodically — also spells trouble for roofs. Regular maintenance keeps your roof in good condition by removing debris, fixing problems, and monitoring the roof’s condition. […]