When buying a new roof, it is important to understand what kind of warranty you will receive when the job is complete. All reputable roofing manufacturers will offer some basic warranty coverage against manufacturing defects in the roofing materials, but oftentimes there may be enhanced warranty offerings available either through the roofing contractor, or through the roofing manufacturer. You should make sure to discuss your options with your roofing contractor before making a decision. Here’s what you need to know when selecting your warranty: Read more
As a Chattanooga area homeowner, you’re most likely only going to buy maybe a few roofs in your lifetime, so choosing the right color is very important to get right the first time. The shingle color you choose needs to work with your house and style, complement the neighborhood, and take into consideration any other preferences you may have. Below are some tips to to help you as a homeowner consider the best possible color for their next roof.
Ensure It Matches Your Home
Take a look at your homes style—do you have bricks or siding? Is your home painted? What is the overall style of the home? Click here to view some of the most popular styles from GAF, then head over here to see what those colors and styles would look like on you home.
Think About Its Curb Appeal
Whether you are in your forever home or plan on selling in a few years, a neutral color will keep your house looking current for years to come. You can also help your home stand out by using more striking colors. Either of these options can increase your home’s curb appeal, which can increase the value of your home.
Consult With Your Neighbors
If you live in a complex run by an HOA, make sure there aren’t any rules for choosing a shingle color before your finalize your decision. Some homeowners associations prefer all homes in within the neighborhood to look the same. If you’re not in a complex, consider your neighbors and what they have on their roofs. If you like your neighbors’ roofs, find out more about similar shingle colors and styles and how they may complement your home. If you want to be a little different and stand out from your neighbors, explore alternative shingle styles and colors that will make your home unique.
Do Your Research
Get some samples and look at online tools like the GAF Virtual Home Remodeler to see which color shingle would look best with your home. Also, consider the architectural style of your home. What may look good on a Ranch-style house may not work for a Tutor or Colonial. Drive through different neighborhoods to get ideas and see examples.
Once you have a general idea, or simply need a little more help, give Armor Xteriors a call at (423) 760-3333 or Click Here to schedule a free, in-home consultation with one of our roofing experts.
Installing a full roofing system from a single manufacturer can improve your roof’s weather performance, durability and life span. Armor Xteriors, a Chattanooga area professional roofing contractor, can install the GAF Lifetime Roofing System for your home.
A roof system is so much more than shingles. Find out how all the components work together to keep moisture out, your energy costs down and your house looking terrific. Read more
As winter looms in the distance, the dropping temperatures can result in extra wear and tear on your homes roof. It’s important that property owners in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas know how to properly maintain their roofing systems. Using the following three tips, you can fend off roofing damage this winter as well as increase its longevity.
Monitor Your Roofs Ventilation Throughout the Winter
Poor ventilation and insulation in your attic can put your roof at risk of becoming damaged during the winter. Inspect your attic for proper ventilation and undamaged insulation. Consistent airflow in the attic is crucial to protect the integrity of your roof. When a home has poor roof ventilation or minimal insulation hot air and moisture radiate into the attic resulting in a cold upper floor and energy loss. Condensation from the roof deck can cause interior water damage, while condensation on the roof deck can cause mildew and wood rot.
Ensure Your Gutters Are Working Properly
Gutters and downspouts should be continually monitored and cleared, if needed. As snow begins to melt, it will need clear routes to drain properly. Any leftover leaves or debris in gutters can clog and obstruct water flow. If water collects in gutters, it can create seriously problems as temperature drop overnight. Standing water can damage your siding, fascia or the foundation of the house. This may be a great time to look into having gutter guards installed on your home.
Correct Issues Before They Become Detrimental To Your Home
At Armor Xteriors we never charge for estimates. We will happily inspect the entire roof and focus on flashing areas, which can be prone to leaking. If damage is found, or issues that could lead to damage, we will thoroughly explain the problem and work with you to provide the best possible solutions.
Chattanooga, are you feeling overwhelmed and lost at the idea of replacing your roof? This “to the point” guide will hopefully remove some of the guesswork from kicking off a successful roofing project and put your mind at ease.
The benefits of gutter guards are far reaching and truly do pay for themselves over a short period of time. But as with most things, not everyone agrees they’re worth the time and investment to have them installed. If you’re asking yourself, “do I need gutter guards?” or “are gutter guards really worth the cost?” then this is for you. Read more
If your roof needs replacing or repairing, it can be more costly to wait. Although it can be expensive, repairing or replacing the roof of your Chattanooga home is not something we can always afford to put on hold. Thankfully there are ways that you can afford a quality roof even if you can’t pay upfront. Read more
Finding the right Chattanooga roofing expert can be tough. Your home is one of the largest investments you will ever make on your home so it’s extremely important to protect. When it comes to roof repair or roof replacement in Chattanooga, you’ll want to choose a trusted expert to work on your home. As a prominent Chattanooga roofing company, we know that your home can face some serious challenges if your repairs are left unattended.
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.
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.
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