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. […]

How Snow & Ice Can Impact Your Roof

winter homeYou may know it’s important to remove snow and ice from your roof, but do you know why? If you don’t remove snow and ice promptly, it could compromise your roofing system and shorten the lifespan of your roof. Here’s how it happens and what you can do to prevent roof damage in winter.

Ice Dams

If ice builds up at the edge of your roof in what’s known as an ice dam, it can compromise your gutters and your roofing system. Heavy icicles can tear the gutters away from your home, leaving you with a hefty repair bill come spring. […]

How to Choose the Right Shingle Color

roof tilesWhen planning to replace your roof, will you choose the same color shingles or try something different? Shingle color can affect curb appeal and home value. Here are our tips for selecting the right shingle color for your home.

Roofing Colors

Studies have shown that roofs with black shingles heat the plywood beneath 10 degrees more than roofs with white shingles. There’s less difference between black and other colors, such as gray or brown. Solar heat gain increases home heat and humidity in summer months.

If you have a strong preference to avoid solar heat gain through the roof, pick a lighter shade of shingle. If you don’t have a strong preference in this area, pick the color you like the most. […]

Top Warning Signs It’s Time For a New Roof

You know it’s important to get a new roof before yours fails, but when is an old roof merely old and when it is in danger? If your roof shows any of these seven signs, it’s time to start shopping around for a qualified roofing contractor. Your old roof doesn’t have much longer.

Warning Signs You Need a New Roof

Roof Age

Roofs last 20 to 25 years, on average. If yours is nearing or exceeds the upper limit, it’s best to start planning. If you lack improper ventilation or if the shingles were installed on top of old shingles, your roof may fail sooner. […]

Simple Measures to Ward Off Moisture & Mold

rain on glassMold and mildew can cause serious problems in your home and adversely affect your family’s health. The best defense is a good offense, so use these strategies to prevent mold and mildew in your home.

Direct Water Away From Your House

Ideally, your home should sit slightly higher than the surrounding soil, so water does not pool around the foundation. If your home sits flush with the surrounding land, invest in grading to create a natural pitch.

Make sure that gutters extend far enough to direct water away from the home. Add downspout extenders, which carry water 6 to 8 feet from the foundation, if your gutters don’t project water away from the home. […]

Homeowners – Determining If You Need a New Roof Or Repair  

home with porchWhen your roof is showing signs of age, should it be repaired or replaced? That depends on three key factors: the age of your roof, the type of roof, and your budget. Learn when to choose replacement or repair for an aging roof.

Roof Age

If your roof is under 20 years old, repair may be able to help you extend the life of your roofing system. Since roofs last an average of 20-25 years, it doesn’t make much sense to repair a roof that is approaching 20 years of age. Your money will be better spent replacing an older roof that trying to extend its usefulness a couple of years.

Of course, this assumes your roof was installed properly. Roofs that weren’t correctly installed may fail sooner — which is one reason you should always work with a licensed roofing contractor. […]

The Benefits to Attic Insulation

insulationIf you own an older home, your attic may not have enough insulation. If, like most homeowners, you rarely enter the attic, you might not know what this really means for you and your home. Find out the top benefits of attic insulation, and how insulation can help you be more comfortable throughout the year.

What are the Benefits of Attic Insulation?

Insulation protects your roofing system (and the structure of your home), increases your comfort level all year round, and saves you money. […]

What Are the Dangers of Unlicensed Roof Contractors?

roofing contractorMaybe you’ve heard that it’s important to work with a licensed roofing contractor, but do you know why this is so strongly recommended? We’ve rounded up the dangers of working with an unlicensed roofing contractor so you can protect your largest investment – your home.

What Are the Dangers of Unlicensed Roof Contractors?

The three biggest dangers of working with an unlicensed contractor are:

  • Low quality work
  • Lack of insurance
  • Liability


Do You Know if Your Roof Drains Properly?

Does your roof drain properly? This is an important consideration in winter, since snow and rain can rest on the roof if you don’t have the right drainage. Find out the three elements you need to properly drain a roof and what to do if your roof lacks drainage.


The slope of your roof naturally pushes water away from the top and toward your drainage system, which is gutters for a pitched roof. If the slope’s too flat, your roof will develop pools of standing water. […]