Residential Roofing: Spring Maintenance of Your Rain Gutters

One of the most important elements of a complete roofing structure is the rain gutter system.

A properly functioning gutter system helps prevent damage and protects the investment you’ve made in your home. An improperly draining system can cause water backups, leading to damage of your home’s fascia, soffits, shingles, and siding. In addition, an improper drain system may erode soils and affect the stability of your home’s foundation.

In order to reduce the need for gutter repairs, your gutter and downspout system requires regular maintenance. This is particularly important for states such as Delaware and Pennsylvania which receive a substantial amount of rain throughout the year.

Residential Roofing: Spring Maintenance of Your Rain Gutters

Spring Maintenance of Your Rain Gutters

Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to review the health of your rain gutters. If you have a lot of trees in your neighborhood, you may be surprised at how much debris can collect in your gutters!

One simple method to determine your gutter’s performance is to go outside during the rain and check your downspouts. If there’s little to no water emptying from downspouts, or if water is overflowing the gutter edges, your gutter or downspout may be clogged. This may indicate that it is full of debris. It’s best to do unclog gutters on a dry day, when leaves and small twigs can be removed by hand or with a handheld blower. Once you’ve removed the debris, gently flush your gutters with a garden hose or a gutter cleaning tool to confirm that you have improved the drainage process.

If your downspout is still clogged, work to loosen debris from the bottom of the downspout. You might be able to clear the clog with water pressure: by running a garden hose up into the spout from the bottom. If this doesn’t work, try running a plumber’s snake up the spout. If none of these actions clear your downspout, you may need to remove it to locate the cause of the clog.

While you are removing debris, remember to examine your gutters for corrosion, holes, sagging and leaking areas. You’ll also want to look for missing, loose or bent fasteners.

Gutters may also not operate well if a section is sagging. Sagging gutters are often the result of loose fasteners—which are simple to replace or tighten. In addition, if your rain gutter has a negative slope, away from the downspout, gutter repairs will be required to enable the system to drain properly.

Need Gutters Repaired or Replaced?

If you gutters need more than seasonal cleaning, are damaged and require repairs or replacement, you will need to contact your local roofing contractor for help.

All Roofing Solutions is here to assist all your roofing & gutter needs! With nearly 20 years of experience installing and repairing roofs/gutters all over Delaware and Pennsylvania, we have the skill and know-how to handle all types of projects, large and small, and We have been replacing, repairing, and inspecting roofs in the residential and commercial sectors for nearly 20 years and pride ourselves with excellent workmanship and great customer service!

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. And don’t forget to ask about our discounts!

Residential Roofing: 5 Replacement Myths Busted

One of the biggest decisions a homeowners will ever make is choosing to replace the roof on their property. There are many reasons behind deciding to re-roof instead of just repair: existing damage, wear and tear, sale of the house, aesthetic, etc.

While roofing replacement is a project many go through at one point or another, there are still many myths and misconceptions out there painting a false picture of what it means to install a new roof over a home. For example, many homeowners think that new roof installation is a huge investment of time and money, but this is not always the case. Roofing replacement can be time- and cost-efficient, and can improve your home’s curb appeal like no other project.

Bottom line: it’s important to educate yourself about roofing issues and myths about roofing replacement that should be once-and-for-all busted.

Residential Roofing: 5 Replacement Myths Busted

Residential Roofing: 5 Replacement Myths Busted

Myth #1 – Installing a new roof yourself is easy.

Many homeowners are handy enough for minor repairs around the house and yard. A roof, however, must be installed properly to function well and last as long as possible. Self-installation of roofs by non-certified laypeople may be adequate in the short-term, but can lead to future problems with leaks and damage to the sub-roof, flashing, or siding. There are simply too many possible opportunities for roof damage due to improper installation by an untrained person.

Bottom line: Hire a qualified roofer to do the job for you to ensure the roof will be laid correctly the first time!

Myth #2 – New roofs are expensive.

It’s true that roof replacement can be costly in terms of the initial investment. But the expense may not be as high as you might think. Roofing materials vary in composition as well as cost. Asphalt shingles, for example, are not as expensive as metal roofing or wood shakes. There are also different lines of asphalt shingles to choose from, with some varieties more affordable than others. An increased market value of your re-roofed home is a perk that many homeowners realize after replacing the roof, and can offset your initial expense. Finally, roof replacement sometimes is the more cost-effective option when faced with frequent roof repairs.

Bottom line: Your new roof doesn’t have to break the bank – research different materials but don’t skimp on quality installation!

Myth #3 – Roof installation takes forever.

The noise and perceived chaos (another myth!) of roofing replacement does not have to drag on for weeks, even days. Most residential homes are pretty straightforward when it comes to laying a new roof. Many roofing companies can re-roof a home in only a day or two, depending upon the size of your house.

Bottom line: Roofing replacement can often be done in a day!

Myth #4 – You can just add a new layer.

Adding a top layer of shingles to the existing structure may sound like “quick fix” and in certain situations it is a safe and widely used technique for replacing a worn roof that saves time and money. However, tearing off the old layer is the golden standard in roofing replacement. Removal of old roofing material provides your roofer with an opportunity to look at any issues that might be creeping up underneath the existing roof. Additionally, an overlay cuts the life expectancy of the second layers of shingles in half, so if you want your new roof to last longer removing the old roofing materials is recommended.

Bottom line: Don’t take the easy route – remove old roofing materials and start the new roof from scratch!

Myth #5 – All roofing contractors are the same.

Roofing contractors vary widely in education, experience, and skill. They also vary in how they estimate, run the project, subcontract, and cleanup. Additionally, different contractors offer different workmanship warranties & installation guarantees. It’s also important to select a contractor specializing in the roofing material of your choice – some roofing manufacturers require certification and training in the installation of their products.

Bottom line: Shopping for a skilled & reliable roofing contractor is much like shopping for anything else with a large price tag – do your homework to learn about each potential roofing contractor before taking the plunge with any particular company.

Need a Re-Roofing Contractor You Can Rely On?

All Roofing Solutions is a family owned and operated roofing contractor proudly serve Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. We have been replacing, repairing, and inspecting roofs in the residential and commercial sectors for nearly 20 years and pride ourselves with excellent workmanship and great customer service!

If you need a quality roofer you can rely on, we’ve got your back!

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. And don’t forget to ask about our discounts!

Roofing Inspection 101: Contractor’s 3-Step Checklist

Roofing Inspection 101: Contractor's 3-Step Checklist

When it comes to roofing inspections, not many homeowners put in on their priority list. We often take roofs for granted – that is until there’s a leak. But a little regular attention can go a long way.

Truth is, shingle roofs typically last from 15 to 25 years, but that lifespan can be cut short drastically if early damage signs are missed or ignored.

Roofs are the first line of defense, protecting your home from weather damage, and can take a significant beating with changing seasons. Sun, wind, rain, snow, lichen, trees, and everything in between will lead to your roof deteriorating over time. Quality of materials and installation is an important factor as well. Regular inspections will ensure that the roof is taken care of properly and early damage is dealt with swiftly, allowing you to repair small problems now rather than having to replace a neglected roof entirely later.

As most roofing contractors, we suggest having your roof inspected twice a year, in spring and fall.

Do I Need Roof Inspection?

Roofing Inspection 101: Contractor's 3-Step ChecklistRoofing inspection is an integral part of preventative roofing maintenance. When you have your roof inspected, you will gain critical insight about the condition of your roof.

Specifically, a roof inspection will answer those and many more questions about the state of your roof:

  • Is the roof installed properly?
  • Has the roof been damaged by recent hail or wind storms?
  • What is the true condition of the roof or its life expectancy?
  • Is the roof leaking?
  • What repairs, if any, are needed?

Roofing Inspection – What’s Involved

A thorough inspection will include an interior and exterior evaluation of the roof’s structure.

Here are 3 basic steps your roofing contractor will take:

Step #1 – Interior Inspection

First, your inspector will examine the interior of the house, including ceilings, walls and attic areas for internal evidence of wind, water or hail damage. Leaks inside your house are an obvious sign of damage and need attention immediately, especially those around skylights and chimneys.

Step #2 – Exterior: Roofing Inspection

Next, the contractor will walk the perimeter of your home, noting the location and state of chimneys, gutters, vents and flashing points. At the same time home’s siding and eaves are checked for external water stains, hail dings and indications of dry rot.

Next, the roofer will ascend the roof to examine its construction, flashing, vents and chimney. He will check for common roofing problems such as missing, broken, cracked or cupped shingles, and broken shakes or tiles. He will look closely for granules in gutter and downspout – an indication that shingles may be approaching the end of their life (shingles stripped of coating granules are vulnerable to UV radiation, and will crack then break off, allowing water to penetrate the surface). He will check for cupped shingles, an indication that the attic is not vented properly, and evaluate your attic ventilation, insulation and moisture levels as needed. He will check for cracked, damaged or missing flashings, damaged chimney bricks, open seams or wear from extreme sun-exposure, and note any algae growth on the shingles (unsightly though not usually damaging black stains).

Step #3 – Exterior: Gutter Inspection

Roofing Inspection 101: Contractor's 3-Step ChecklistLastly, the condition of your gutters will be examined. The inspector will look for problems such as improper installation, debris buildup or warped material. He will check for missing sealant, holes, and leaks, paying special attention to hangers, aprons, pitch, and any signs of sagging.

Always Hire a Professional

While many homeowners are perfectly capable of checking their roof for damage–with binoculars, walking around the perimeter of the house–a professional inspector has the skills, tools, and knowledge necessary to spot obscure problems a layperson will miss, including any structural, sub-surface damage. Not all roofing issues are obvious, and the absence of drafts or leaks doesn’t necessarily mean your roof is structurally sound. A professional will offer a thorough evaluation of the state of your roof/gutters, backed by experience, and provide that peace of mind so you’re not caught off guard when the damage is eventually discovered later.

If you’re roof is older, hasn’t been inspected for a while or you simply suspect damage, call All Roofing Solutions, your local roofing repair contractor. We’re a family-owned business with nearly 20 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, and can handle all types of roofing, siding, and gutter repairs if needed.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to ask about our discount of 15% off any roofing repair job!

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