8 Signs That You May Need Roofing Services
A new roof may not be the most visible home improvement you can make, but possibly the most valuable. In addition to stopping leaks and gutter problems, roofing services can address additional issues through preventative maintenance like identifying areas of wear and tear, potential gutter issues and sections vulnerable to future leaks.
Every homeowner should know how to identify the 8 signs that indicate it may be time to call a roofing company:
- Areas of the roof are sagging
- Signs of water damage or leakage on the interior of your home
- Dark spots or trails across the ceiling dry wall
- You can see areas of light peeking through the roof into the interior of your home
- Signs of moisture, rot or mold
- Missing or broken shingles
- Loose material around the chimney, vents or pipes
- Massive amounts of shingle granules around the gutters
If you’ve found any of these signs, contact Chris Hollon Construction for roofing services. Call us at 859-307-4895 today.
Roofing Services and Solutions in Northern Kentucky & Greater Cincinnati
Superior roofing services from Chris Hollon Construction provides a customized solution for a competitive price. We use only the highest quality materials to help extend the life of your roof, gutters and insulation:
- Gutter Solutions: we recommend 2 of the best gutter drainage protection systems on the market. One is Leaf Relief by Ply Gem, which is considered to be the most effective gutter protection available. The other is RapidFlow Gutter Drainage Protection, another quality system that keeps leaves and debris from clogging your gutters
- Ice Damming and Insulation: 2 systems will help you to prevent damaging ice damming (when snow melts on the roof, then refreezes near the gutters ultimately damaging your roof and shingles). The Edge Vent provides continuous intake airflow at the roof’s edge, reducing refreeze. AttiCat blown in insulation system won’t break down or deteriorate over time, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer
- Shingles: we recommend 3 of the top shingling systems on the market. CertainTeed Landmark offers numerous shingle choices, exceptional warranty and high quality. GAF-Elk Roof Systems is the #1 preferred Timberline shingling system. Owens Corning Shingles require little to no maintenance and look beautiful throughout the year
Whether you need a new roof or gutter repair, all work comes with a lifetime guarantee – if you’re not happy, we’re not happy.
Contact Chris Hollon Construction to request a roofing services inspection. Call 859-307-4895 today. WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Chris Hollon uses several of the best shingles on the market. Which are right for you depends on your roof and your home. Contact us and we can help you decide.
The shingles and roof systems we recommend are:
- CertainTeed Landmark, which we recommend most because of their quality, excellent warranty, and variety of great shingle choices.
- GAF-Elk Roof Systems also offers many great shingle choices, including Timberline, the #1-selling architectural shingles in North America.
- High-performance Owens Corning shingles are engineered to stay beautiful year after year. They feature a weathering-grade asphalt coating to ensure moisture resistance, and a strong Fiberglas™ mat core to ensure structural stability.
What are Ice Dams?
Ice damming occurs on roofs when snow on your roof melts and then refreezes near your gutters, often causing damage to your shingles. Ice dams can occur on almost any residential roof in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. The most common causes are inadequate insulation in the home and poor roof ventilation. Ice dams most often occur in ranch style houses or houses with low roof slopes and large overhangs.
Ice dams occur when snow is present on the roof and the outside temperature is below freezing. Homes with poor insulation allow heat to escape from the living quarters into the attic. If the roof system is not properly ventilated, the heat will build up in the attic and warm the roof deck, melting the snow above. When the melted snow reaches cooler roof areas, usually the gutters or areas near the overhang (eaves) it will refreeze. This freeze-thaw process can damage shingled roofs since the ice can travel “upslope” and get underneath the shingles.
Prevention and Protection
Installing new shingles will not prevent ice dams. Prevention only occurs when the entire roofing system is addressed, including attic insulation and roof ventilation. Ideally, the temperature in the attic space should be close to the same temperature as the outside air.
- Attic Insulation – adding insulation to your attic will minimize the heat that escapes from the living space into the attic. Additionally, electric outlets, plumbing vents, furnace stacks, and bathroom vents can allow heat to escape into the attic.
- Roof Ventilation – inevitably, heat will get into your attic during winter months. Proper roof ventilation allows that heat to escape and prevents your roof deck from warming. The freeze-thaw process that results in ice damming is unlikely to occur on a roof that is properly ventilated.
- Underlayments, such as Grace Roofing’s Ice & Water Shield and Owens Corning’s WeatherLock ice and water guard, protect the roof deck from ice dams by creating a water-tight barrier between the shingles and the roof deck, but do not prevent ice damming from occurring.