Once you start seeing the signs of wear and tear, your first thought might be to consider repairs. While having your roof looked over by a Chattanooga roofing contractor and repairing the damages offers a short-term solution, you might soon realize that the damage to your roof is a lot more significant than you thought. Repairs can be a short-term and inexpensive route, you’ll often times need to go the replacement route instead which can actually save you long-term. Consider the following situations that might not be fixable with repairs. Read more
A Chattanooga Roofing Contractor knows a roof leak can be a fairly common problem among homeowners. Most property owners simply don’t have the expertise or time to inspect their roofs and resolve issues on their own. Even for professionals, it can be a tricky task to find the source of a roof leak. The source of the leak rarely lines up exactly with where water is found in the home. So at the end of the day, resolving a roof leak can turn into a pricey mission.
Roof leaks can be avoided with a thorough maintenance plan. Here a few simple ways to keep your home in great shape and prevent a leak in your roof.
Get a Drip Edge
A drip edge is both aesthetically pleasing as well as important to make sure that water stays away from the places it isn’t supposed to go.
Drip edges are metal flashing’s that get installed along the edge of a roof. Their purpose is to steer the flow of water away from the fascia. Installing a drip edge protects shingles from water damage that could otherwise cause erosion over time. Drip edges also aid in pest control by preventing critters, insects, and snakes from crawling in. Contact Armor Xteriors to learn more about a drip edge installation.
Inspect the attic
A roof is not the only guilty party when it comes to leaks. Homeowners should also be aware that problems can arise in the attic as well. Complications can stem from the pipe system, old appliances, or water vapor leading to uncontrolled condensation. Be sure to keep your attic properly maintained with sufficient air conditioning, ventilation, and updated appliances.
Check the gutters
Cleaning the gutter isn’t just an unwanted chore to avoid. When debris builds up in the gutter system and it becomes clogged, excess water becomes stagnant and weighs on the roof. After a period of time, this leads to roof rot. And weakened structural integrity and eventually gives way, allowing water seepage into the home.
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This is only a partial list of maintenance suggestions. A Chattanooga roof contractor will be able to further investigate the source of the leak you may be experiencing and can offer individualized suggestions for your building to prevent future leaks.
At Armor Xteriors, our Chattanooga Roofing experts are more than happy to explain just how important a maintenance plan consisting of semi-annual check-ups, and regular minor repairs can be to avoid serious problems down the road.
If you need new roofing, Armor Xteriors of Chattanooga can still help you. Leaving any damage unattended can cause damage to your home and you do not want to risk that. It is important to address any roof issues that you have as soon as you can. Here are a few ways that Armor Xteriors Roofing can ensure everyone’s safety while doing full roof replacements or roof repair jobs during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more
As Chattanooga’s winter weather is slowly starting to warm up, now is the time to do a little maintenance on your roof. Extremely cold and stormy weather can be a shingle’s enemy , so it’s important for homeowners to inspect and ensure their homes roof is up to the challenge of the upcoming warm weather. Not only will this make a home look better, it can also extend the life of the roof. Here are some tips to share with your customers on what to look for during spring cleaning.
Tree limbs. Make sure tree limbs don’t touch a roof. If they do, they can easily scrape over the shingles and loosen the protective granules. This will severely reduce the life of a roof. Trim trees close to the house to avoid any limbs touching the roof surface.
Leaves and pine needles. A little leaf or a few pine needles are fine, but if they collect and are deep enough to hold moisture, they need to be taken off the roof. Anything that traps moisture will cause mildew to form, block gutters, or cause extra weight on the roof. A rake or air blower can be used to clear the roof, but take care not to damage the shingles.
Moss. Cutting back trees and removing leaves will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the moisture that moss thrives on. While there are chemicals available on the market to get rid of moss, the runoff can cause damage to plants. Another solution is to nail zinc or copper strips to the ridgeline; as rain washes across, it creates an environment where moss cannot grow.
Mold. Discolored streaks on a roof indicate there is mold, algae, or fungus, which can eat away at the roofing material and, ultimately, cause leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold. Finally, do not power wash shingles! It can dislodge granules and cause premature shingle failure.
Gutter damage. Heavy snow from the winter season can result in gutter damage while leftover fall leaves and debris can lead to clogged gutters. Before the springtime rain, check to make sure water can flow easily through the gutters and fix any loose nails that are preventing the gutters from sitting tightly along the roof line.
Missing shingles, chimney, and flashing. A complete inspection by a roofing company in Chattanooga such as Armor Xteriors can uncover issues with missing shingles, chimney damage, or flashing around chimneys, vents, or other bends in the roof.
Dealing with these potential issues in a timely manner will allow your roof to stand strong through the next season of weather challenges—and for many years to come.
If you’re unsure if your homes roof in Chattanooga is not ready to handle another year, give Armor Xteriors a call at (423) 760-3333 or click here to schedule a hassle-free estimate.
When you need a new roof, hiring a roofer is a big decision and often times it is difficult to ensure that you are hiring the most qualified and reliable roofing company around Chattanooga. To make your decision a little easier, we have put together a simple 8-point list of what to except before, during, and after the job. Read more
You know it’s happening, but you don’t yet know why. Determining the cause of your roof leak can help you figure out the extent of the repair that’s going to be needed. Sometimes the leak will be in a place that seems to be of little consequence, especially if the water is dripping at a snail-like pace. But that is no reason to ignore it. Read more
When you find yourself needing a new roof, you may wonder how to find the shingle color that is the perfect match. After all, a house should display a streamlined, cohesive look from top to bottom, which starts with an appropriate rooftop that stands as your home’s basic crowning glory. The team at Armor Xteriors Roofing Company understand the concerns Chattanooga homeowners have about choosing the right style to complement your home.
Find The Perfect Balance
The cohesive look is best achieved when you can select a color to balance the rest of your house. Take a good, honest look at your property from across the street. How does it impact you at first glance? If it’s bold and powerful, consider adding a rooftop that won’t compete with this effect. If it’s subdued, an equally low-key rooftop may be even more flattering than a vibrant one that looks out of place. Balance doesn’t mean everything matches, but it should convey a sense of continuity from top to bottom.
Explore Different Color Options
Roofing contractors often suggest looking at colors within the same family of shades. This ensures your new roof will still look right at home with the rest of your property, but won’t be obviously unmatched. Instead, it will look warm and inviting, creating a look centered around a particular group of colors.
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Think About Resale
At some point, you may choose to sell your home. If this is the case, keep longevity in mind unless you plan to hire a residential roofing contractor later on to repaint the roof. Otherwise, a classic color that plays well with the rest of the home is your best bet. Steer clear of unusual shades, bright colors, or ones unable to blend in well with the rest of the neighborhood. This will help elevate your home’s value and improve its curb appeal.
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By choosing choosing a SELECT ShingleMaster™ like Armor Xteriors of Chattanooga, you are selecting a roofer in the top 1% of his profession who has met the most stringent credentialing requirements in the roofing industry.
In other words, your home is in the very best of hands when you choose Armor Xteriors of Chattanooga. By being awarded the SELECT ShingleMaster™ credential, Armor Xteriors has proven expertise in roofing installations, is properly insured, and is held to the highest standards of the programs code of ethics.
When you are looking for a new roof, ask us about installing a complete Certainteed Integrity Roof System™ to help ensure you have a well-built roof for long lasting performance.
Certainteed Integrity Roof System™
With as much care as you take in selecting the right contractor, choosing the right roof system is equally as important. A CertainTeed Integrity Roof System™ combines key elements that help ensure you have a well-built roof for long-lasting performance.
It all starts with CertainTeed’s broad line of shingles, featuring brilliant color blends, dramatic styles and shadow lines, and the strongest warranties in the industry. The right shingle can mean the difference between an average, everyday look or a beautiful roof that’s the talk of the neighborhood. Shingles are just the beginning — to keep your new roof performing and looking great for years to come it takes a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System approach.
1. Waterproofing Underlayment
The first step in your defense against the elements. Self-adhering underlayment is installed at vulnerable areas of your roof to help prevent leaks from wind-driven rain and ice dams.*
2. Water-Resistant Underlayment
Provides a protective layer over the roof deck and acts as a secondary barrier against leaks.
3. Starter Shingles
Starter Shingles are the first course of shingles that are installed and designed to work in tandem with the roof shingles above for optimal shingle sealing and performance.
Choose from a variety of Good-Better-Best styles to complement any roof design and fit your budget.
5. Hip & Ridge Caps
Available in numerous profiles, these accessories are used on the roof’s hip and ridge lines for a distinctive finishing touch to your new roof.
A roof that breathes is shown to perform better and last longer. Ridge Vents, in combination with Intake Vents, allow air to flow on the underside of your roof deck, keeping the attic cooler in the summer and drier in the winter.
Certainteed SureStart™ Protection
We can offer this extensive coverage because all CertainTeed roofing products are crafted with quality materials, advanced manufacturing methods and a standard of excellence. That means problems rarely occur. But just in case a defect arises during the critical early years, CertainTeed protects you with SureStart or SureStart PLUS for the appropriate number of years, including:
• Coverage of 100% of the cost of shingles to repair or replace defective shingles (see actual warranty for details).
• Coverage of the cost of labor to repair the defective shingles or apply new shingles to replace defective shingles (see actual warranty for details).
• Non-prorated coverage throughout SureStart or SureStart PLUS protection periods.
• Terms fully transferable from the original consumer to the subsequent property owner.
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Do you know about roofing drip edge? Well, if you are unaware of it, let us give you a brief overview! It is basically an aluminium piece or metal flashing that has been designed to protect the underlying roofing parts. It does so by obstructing the water flow to reach the fascia. The drip edge features a minute metal projection that has been perfectly angled and faced away from the fascia. The slanting lip allows water to slide away and never enters the house. Basically, it acts as a middleman between the shingles and gutter.
Roofing drip edge protects the shingles from facing any kind of water damage
Roofing drip edge helps in protecting the roof and its shingles from facing water damage. Damage can happen underneath the shingles of the roof due to various reasons, most notably the weather calamities. Water can get under the shingles and create a certain kind of staining effect. Prolonged water in the shingles can result in damaging the fascia board and also causing roof deck deterioration. If water remains on the roof for a longer period, the trusses and joists may loosen up and eventually results in leakage. Ultimately, certain areas in the interior part of the house also get damaged. All these may lead to high expenses in repairing process. Henceforth, the drip edge is necessary to act as a protective covering.
Drip edge also prevents critters from getting into the attic
Critters and rodents may attack your attic and stay inside, thus developing their nest. It can result in harming the foundation of the attic severely. If not taken proper care, these rodents and pests may even get into the interior living space. But with roofing drip edge, the gaps between the decking and fascia are sealed. So naturally, the rodents and small animals, birds, etc will not be able to crawl into the attic.
The right location for drip edge installation
Figure out the exact location of drips. In most common scenarios, the gutter eaves are the places where drips happen. Also, the rake board edges also face the wrath at times. You need to seek professional help to figure out the areas of drips and accordingly consider the installation of the drip edge. Installing drip edges on the rake boards can be a risky proposition but expert installers will manage the part perfectly. The super large F5 Drip edge can be used for installing the drip edges on rake boards.
The different designs availability
There are basically 3 common design styles available for the drip edges:
- The “L” style
- The “T” style
- The “Hemmed” style
While the “L” style drip edges are used on low sloped roof decks, the “T” style is commonly used on gable roof and rake edges. On the other hand, the “Hemmed” option goes perfectly well with metal roofs. The open hem acts as a barrier and restricts water from entering.
Many contractors may provide incorrect information about drip edge and other waterproofing options. However at Armor Xteriors of Chattanooga, believe the drip edge is essential to safeguard your roof and to protect your roofline during all seasons. If you are experiencing waterproofing issues in your roof or leaks throughout your house, it could be caused by a poor roof. You may need to get your roof repaired or a whole new roof depending on the specifics.
Roof leaks, no matter how minor, should be taken seriously and treated with urgency. If left unresolved, even the smallest leaks can cause major damage. Problems like mold, rotted framing and sheathing, destroyed insulation, and damaged ceilings are just a few expensive and labor intensive issues that result from untreated leaks. Read more
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