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Summer Roofing Maintenance To-Do List:

We know what you’re thinking… it’s Summer, you want to be out having fun, not doing maintenance work on your roof. These Summer roof maintenance tips will take only a couple hours, but the time spent is well worth it because it could save you from costly roof repairs down the road...

To ensure your safety, all of these Summer roof care tasks are preformed from the ground. If there is a need to go up on your roof, we recommend you contact us to perform the roof repair or maintenance.

Summer Roofing Maintenance To-Do List:

Since we’re enjoying some hot Summer days, we recommend doing your roofing checklist early in the morning when it’s a bit cooler. Binoculars are helpful for getting a closer look at your roof. We also recommend wearing work gloves.

  1. Inspect your roof with a complete walk-around from the ground, looking for shingle lift, missing shingles, cracked or dented shingles, moss or any other type of fungal growth, debris that has gathered in corners or roof valleys and roof damage of any kind.
  2. Inspect the flashing (metal strips) around the chimney, skylight, vents, satellite dish, or any other roof protrusion. Flashing often loosens during harsh weather or can deteriorate over time.
  3. Check the underside of the eaves for debris that may have gathered and remove it. Be careful since this is a favorite spot for stinging insects to build nests.
  4. Check for loose gutters. It’s common for storms to loosen them. Tighten all bolts, making certain the gutters are properly angled and aligned to divert water away from the house.
  5. Clean out gutter, downspouts and roof drains. You’ll be surprised at the amount of flower blooms, twigs, seeds and other debris that gathers in them during the Spring. After cleaning the gutters, test them by running water through them using a garden hose. If the water flows freely through them with no leaks, you’re good to go.

The Importance Of Summer Roofing Maintenance Summer brings some challenging weather conditions, including high temperatures, humidity, pouring rain, thunderstorms and heavy winds. Taking the time to perform some quick checks of your roof and minor roofing system maintenance assures you of three important factors: - Your roof is up to the task of handling Summer heat and storms. - Your roof is in good operating condition. - You’re on track to meet or extend the life expectancy of your roof. If you’re not up for the task, you can always arrange for Alpha Omega to come out to inspect your roof and provide a free estimate. By being proactive with roof maintenance, problems can be spotted before they develop into costly repairs. Plus, with proper care, your roofing system will last longer. Alpha Omega Construction Group, we’ve got you covered.



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10 Signs to Look for When Examining Your Roof

Just like routinely checking your car for working tail lights and low tire pressure, it’s best to check your roof every once in a while as well! To assist you with this process, here are 10 warning signs to pay special attention to…

  1. Missing granules - when examining your roof from a sturdy ladder, peer into the gutter. If you see a sand like substance, you may have some granule loss. If your roof isn’t brand new, this can be an indication you may want to have a professional come out to give a roof evaluation.
  2. Damaged flashing - flashing is installed around the chimney; look to see if it is cracked or warped.
  3. Algae - algae growth causes dark discoloration to your shingles when air-borne algae deposits then grows on your roof. (more common with organic shingles) To identify this sign look for brown to black colored streaks that may seem like soot or tree droppings. The good news is that algae growth does not affect the service life of your roofing material; but does coincide with roof age.
  4. Curling shingles - there are a multitude of causes for curling shingles, from lack of ventilation to deteriorated sealant, curled shingles may lead to a leak and it would be wise to have a professional out to rectify the situation.
  5. Blisters - blisters are formed from moisture in the shingles or poor ventilation of the roof system which could shorten the service life of shingles. If the problem is widespread, the entire slope may need to be replaced sooner than expected. Again, any sign of blistering should be a indication that an Alpha Omega professional should be called.
  6. Rafters or plywood spots - this is caused by roof leaks! To look for these spots comb over all rafters, roof, all protrusions and the attic for leaks. If your roof is leaking - don’t wait, call a professional.
  7. Rotting - is caused by absorption of moisture by the mat at the core of an organic based shingle; this should not be ignored. 8. Buckled shingles - is formed from a wrinkled underlayment, roof deck movement, poor roof ventilation or new shingles applied over old shingles.
  8. Missing shingles - This is mainly caused from exposure to high winds or wear and tear over time.
  9. Hail Damage - This is one of the hardest signs to spot from the ground, but is a sure sign you need to call a professional. Granule loss and small indentations on your roof will eventually cause leaks. If you suspect your roff was hit by hail, give our experts a call! We will work hand in hand with your insurance company to get this fixed… Climbing onto you roof can be extremely dangerous and should be left for the experts! If you notice any of these warning signs from a ladder or from the ground, please give us a call at: 1-844-704-ROOF to set up an appointment and to receive a free estimate on repair or replacement. We’ve got you covered!
This article is brought to you by “builders online”.

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As consumer demand for sustainable building products continues to grow, the Metal Roofing Alliance reports another market share gain for metal in the residential retrofit market. New independent research conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics on behalf of the MRA shows the total market share of metal roofing gained another 3 points in 2016, growing from 11% market share in 2015 to 14% in 2016. Between 2015 and 2016, the total demand for metal roofing increased from 17.7 million squares to 19.4 million squares. Metal roofing is second only to asphalt shingle roofing in the remodeling market. In 1998, when the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) began educating homeowners with a national consumer awareness campaign, metal roofing market share was just 3.7% of the consumer re-roofing market. “MRA members’ commitment to growing the industry through ongoing focus and effort has clearly made a big difference. This latest surge brings us closer to hitting our goal of having metal comprise 20% of the residential roofing market by 2020,” says MRA President Dick Bus. “We believe our success in growing the residential market can be attributed to our consistent effort to educate both homeowners and roofing contractors about the many benefits of residential metal roofing.” Dodge Data & Analytics performed an analysis designed to estimate the size of the U.S. new construction and repair and remodeling markets for metal roofing. The study reviewed a variety of metal roofing products, including: vertical ribbed panels, shingles, shakes, copper, tiles and slate panels. The study examined metal roofing activity across nine U.S. Census regions. Key findings include:

  1. The metal roofing market share in the remodeling market has increased in six of the nine Census regions, with gains ranging between 2 to 9 points. The Pacific, East South Central and Mid Atlantic regions show advances in metal roofing greater than 6 points.
  2. The region with the largest market share is the East South Central region (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee) with 30% of homes being re-roofed with metal.
  3. In the New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New England) data reveals that metal roofing increased 3 points to 12% market share.
  4. The East North Central region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin), data shows metal roofing increasing 4 points to 13% market share.
  5. Asphalt had a 64% market share in 2015 and it is now just 59% in 2016.
  6. Twenty-nine percent of homeowners reported that they selected metal roofing because it was attractive, while 20% reported metal roofing to be a good investment that added value to their homes. Longevity (18%) and strength and protection (17%) were also attributes cited for choosing metal.
  7. Standing seam metal roofing is most popular in the East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee) at 96%. In the Pacific region (California, Oregon, Washington), and the Mountain region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming), shingle shake tile is the most popular metal roof choice for homes. View the full story at: “http://www.builderonline.com/products/building-materials/residential-metal-roofing-share-jumps-to-14_o”

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