Roof Leak Repairs: 5 Steps to Handling Ice Dam Damage

Ice dams are a fact of life in Delaware & Pennsylvania – and across America. They can cause major water damage to the exterior and interior as gravity pulls water inside of your home through the wood, insulation, and drywall, causing major structural damage and mold growth.

Your best bet against damage from ice dams is to so take the steps necessary to keep dams from forming in the first place. Proper attic insulation & ventilation are the key elements in preventing ice dams from developing – having the right insulation and ventilation will provide the optimal temperature balance in the attic, and prevent the thaw/freeze cycle that causes ice dams.

But, what do you do when a dam forms, and you see – or suspect – damage?

Roof Leak Repairs: 5 Steps to Handling Ice Dam Damage

Roof Leak Repairs: 5 Steps to Handling Ice Dam Damage

If you suspect an ice dam developed on your roof, there are things you can do right away to minimize the damage.

  1. First, get rid of any built up snow using a roof rake (used for single family homes with pitched roofs) or shoveling it off (on flat roofs, or when there’s a significant amount of snow).
  2. Next, remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chunks. Be very careful here – you don’t want to further damage the roof, or hurt yourself by falling off.
  3. If there’s a leak you notice, blow cold air into the attic to freeze it, aiming it directly at the underside of the roof where water is actively leaking in. This will stop the leak in its tracks.
  4. Even when there are no obvious roof leaks, you’ll want to carefully inspect your roof & gutters when you discover an ice dam. From the attic, check the underside of the roof sheathing and roof trim for moisture in the area beneath the dam. In addition, take a look at the insulation, and see if it’s damp. You’re also looking for other signs of water penetration, including water stains and mold. Take your time to thoroughly inspect your roof.
  5. If you spot problems, have a professional examine your roof surface. Your roofing inspection contractor should be looking for dark patches, missing or damaged shingles, water streaking down the side of the house, signs of uneven melting/freezing, damp attic insulation, sagging boards, signs of mold and mildew – all of these can be signs of ice dam damage. In addition to identifying the source of the leak, your roofing contractor will detail a plan to repair the damage to your roof. If it appears that mold has formed, you’ll also want to contact a contractor who is licensed in identifying and mitigating mold. Mold can be a serious health hazard, and removal is best left to an expert!

Remember, always keep safety in mind when working on the roof – especially in winter. Or better yet, hire professionals – removing ice dams can be slow, dangerous work, so hire someone experienced at roofing in all seasons.

Call Your Local Roofing Contractor

If you suspect your roof has been damaged and needs repairs – whether because of ice dams or otherwise – the best advice we can give you is to seek out the expertise and advice of an experienced, local roofing contractor. And All Roofing Solutions is ready to help!

We’re a family-owned business with over 20 years of experience and offer affordable, expert roof repair, replacement, and installation services to customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves on outstanding workmanship and great customer service, and have amassed a list of happy customers who love our work!

Call our DE office at 302-725-ROOF (7663) or our PA location at 610-551-ROOF (7663) for your free repair estimate today! And don’t forget to ask about our discount of 15% off any roof repair job!!!

Asphalt Shingle Installation: Importance of Ventilation & Insulation

Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material available on the market today mainly due to their affordability, durability, and ease of installation.

When the roof installation process begins, most homeowners will focus on the brands and colors available. However, experienced roofing companies must also carefully consider ventilation and insulation needed for an effective roofing system.

Shingles provide a home’s first layer of defense against the elements. However, a roof must also be able to provide protection against mold, mildew, structural damage, and excessive energy costs — which is where adequate ventilation and insulation come in.

Asphalt Shingle Installation: Importance of Ventilation & Insulation

Asphalt Shingle Installation: Importance of Ventilation & Insulation

Ventilation allows consistent airflow through the underside of asphalt shingles. This prevents the excessive buildup of heat, cold, and moisture under a roof.

In summer, poorly ventilated roofs can result in extremely hot attic spaces. This heat can significantly damage shingles and reduce the effective lifetime of a roof. In cooler seasons, a lack of ventilation can trap cold air and cause moisture to build up, resulting in problems with mold, mildew, and damage to the roof and gutters. Properly ventilating a roof upon installation is vital to protecting against the problems caused by seasonal extremes and avoiding future, often costly, repairs.

Insulation is another key aspect of asphalt shingle roofs that, if overlooked, can be very problematic for a homeowner.

Poorly insulated attics provide a home with little protection against temperature extremes.

Insufficient insulation is especially common in older homes, which were generally constructed when building codes did not require as much insulation. Regardless of the season, a poorly insulated home can be a huge cost for homeowners due to the constant running of heating or cooling systems.

While the need for sufficient ventilation and insulation of asphalt shingle roofs is clear, meeting this need isn’t always easy. Simply adding venting and insulation to an existing roof without knowing the optimal type, amount, and location is not recommended. Homeowners should seek professional advice before attempting this type of work.

If your roof is not properly ventilated, what can your roofer do? The solution depends on what is causing the lack of airflow. In the simplest case, there may be insulation or some other material obstructing vents. If this is the problem, a roofer will simply remove the obstruction. In many cases, the lack of ventilation is caused by something more serious—such as a lack of intake or exhaust vents or the inappropriate placement of vents.

Hiring Professional Contractor Is Key To A Healthy Roof System

We can’t stress this enough: you get what you pay for. Only hire a reputable contractor after a thorough research & background check.

The bottom line? If you want a healthy and efficient roof system, you need to find a quality installer who won’t cut corners.

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To schedule your free estimate, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Contact us today and receive a discount of $400 off any complete roofing job!

Residential Roofing: Preventing Winter Skylight Leaks

Residential Roofing: Preventing Winter Skylight Leaks

Skylights, when installed correctly, can be a functional and beautiful addition to any home. The extra natural light skylights bring can visually expand interior spaces, reduce utility bills and ward off the winter blues. And in winter, most homeowners with skylights appreciate the added warmth a skylight can provide.

The problem is, however, that skylights are prone to developing leaks during the coldest and wettest season. In fact, skylight leak repairs are among the most common roof leak repairs seen in residential roofing.

Skylight leaks can be an expensive road to major roof, drywall, carpet and flooring damage. Additionally, a leaky skylight may be an indication of more serious, hidden damage – prevention and prompt diagnosis are the first step to maintaining skylight and managing potential leaks!

You can prevent winter skylight leaks by performing regular roof maintenance and timely inspections.

What Causes Skylights To Leak?

Winter skylight leaks can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Damaged or missing flashing
  • Roof damage in which water travels into the house through the skylight
  • Insufficient winter roof maintenance
  • Condensation problems from too much humidity

How Can You Prevent Winter Skylight Leaks

#1. Regular Inspections

Many of these skylight issues and other types of water damage to the roof can be prevented through seasonal roof inspections. An inspection contractor will look for damage to the shingles, and gutters, but will also check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration. They should also check the interior of the house for issues that could be causing your problems.

It is best to schedule roof inspections before the winter to make sure your home is ready for the cold and wet. You may want to schedule another inspection in the spring to confirm that your roof and skylight made it through the storms in one piece, and address any necessary roof repairs following this wet season.

For more info read: Leaky Skylight Diagnosis and Repair Tips

#2. Roofing Maintenance

Taking care of your roof during winter is another way to prevent skylight leaks – roof care is more important in around winter than at any other time of year. This is largely due to the threat of ice dams, which can wreak havoc on your roof and attic and potentially cause major, costly damage.

First and foremost, clear your roof of snow as quickly as possible after the storm. Speedy yet safe snow removal does not give the precipitation time to melt and refreeze on the roof, creating ice dams. Ice dams can block drainage to the point that moisture can seep into the home through the roof and skylight.

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#3. Adequate ventilation

Another factor to consider in regard to your winter skylight leaks is the humidity level in the highest floor of your home. Too much humidity in the air, whether it comes from the laundry room or bathroom, can cause condensation on skylight glass while leading to leaks around the frame. Ask your roofing contractor to suggest an appropriate ventilation system or dehumidifier for your home to prevent condensation.

For more info read: Fall Roofing Maintenance: 8-Point Attic Ventilation Checklist

Hire Professional Roofer To Help!

Skylight leaks can be tricky and improper repairs can lead to significant interior damage, so it’s best to hire a professional roofer experienced in proper diagnosis & repair.

If you notice leaks around your skylight, contact All Roofing Solutions, a family owned & operated local roofing contractor with nearly two decades of experience in residential roofing. We’ll evaluate your skylight and surrounding shingles, and recommend repairs that will fit your budget and remedy your water problems.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

Shingle Roofing: 4 Winter Snow Storms Damage Prevention Tips

Shingle Roofing: 4 Winter Snow Storms Damage Prevention Tips

In protecting your home from the elements, your shingle roof takes a lot of abuse in winter. As a homeowners, you can help your roof perform best with a few preventative measures. Roof care is more important in around winter than at any other time of year. This is largely due to the threat of ice dams, which can wreak havoc on your roof and attic and potentially cause major, costly damage.

Shingle Roofing & Winter Snow: 4 Damage Prevention Tips

1. Inspect the roof & attic.

While it may sound like common sense, it’s important to perform a regular inspection of your roof. Look for curled, cracked, loose or missing shingles. Check flashings and other penetrations, including around chimneys and exhaust vents. Be sure these areas are properly sealed against the weather. If anything doesn’t “look right”, contact a roofing contractor for a professional inspection.

Look in your attic, as well as interior walls, for evidence of current or prior leaks. Roof leaks will often reveal themselves as stains on your ceilings, or as stains and wet areas in your attic. However, not all roofing problems are obvious, and the absence of drafts or leaks doesn’t necessarily mean your roof is structurally sound.

2. Clear roof debris.

Check your roof for any leaves, twigs or miscellaneous debris. These materials tend to collect in concentrated areas, where they may gather water or moisture which can break down the shingles on your roof. Roof debris concentrated in valleys also prevents water from properly flowing away from your roof and into your roof’s gutter system.

Don’t forget to trim your trees. If there are any limbs or branches hanging over your roof (or growing close), have them removed. Falling branches can lead to expensive roofing repairs.

3. Check the gutters and downspouts.

Keeping your gutters clear is important in allowing snow melt to properly drain from your roof and into the downspouts. In the winter, the weight of ice buildup from clogged gutters can cause significant damage. If they are clogged, gutters and downspouts can’t channel water and snowmelt away from your home which can lead to serious damage.

Additionally:

  • perform a quick check of the gutter angle, making sloping adjustments as necessary
  • look for gutters pulled away from the home
  • check for leaks and holes (using a garden hose, spray water on your roof to see if your gutters are leaking)
  • Inspect your downspouts for any leaks or signs of excessive wear.

4. Prevent ice dams.

Ice dams can form from the buildup of ice and snow inside gutters and along roof ridges. When a dam forms, water may pool up behind it, where it can seep into the interior of your home. Ice dams can cause significant damage not just to the surface but to the entire roofing structure.

While there’s no 100% effective way to eliminate ice dams, they can be minimized. Proper roof insulation, as well as a good attic ventilation system, are key elements in an effective defense against ice dams. Proper attic ventilation means a consistent & efficient flow of cool, dry air through your attic: intake through eave and soffit vents, and exhaust through vents in the gables, deck or ridge. Typically, a correctly sized exhaust fan coupled with adequate soffit venting will ensure proper attic ventilation.

Don’t Postpone Your Repairs Till Spring!

The integrity of your roof is critical in maintaining your home’s value. Proper maintenance and inspections, especially before winter snow storms, can significantly extend the life of your roof.

If you’d like to schedule an inspection to diagnose specific problems or evaluate the overall condition of your roof, contact All Roofing Solutions. Family owned and operated Delaware and Pennsylvania roofing contractor with 20 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, we have the experience and expertise to handle your roofing problems, large and small

Protect your home by scheduling a roofing & gutters inspection/maintenance today! Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania or request a Free Quote online!

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Roofing Maintenance: Protecting Your Roof Through Hurricane Season

When a hurricane or other violent seasonal storm hits, your roof is one of the areas of your home that’s most likely to be damaged. Because roof problems can quickly lead to other, potentially more serious internal and structural issues, it’s important to be proactive about preventing hurricane and storm damage. This is especially true if your roof is older and already susceptible to leaks.

The good news is that it’s fairly easy to prepare your roof for hurricane season, even if you don’t have a lot of DIY experience. With some simple repairs and basic reinforcements, your roof will stand a much better chance of holding up if a hurricane or major storm strikes.

Roofing Maintenance: Protecting Your Roof Through Hurricane Season

Protecting Your Roof Through Hurricane Season

1. Replace Worn Shingles

The standard asphalt shingles on the market today are generally able to withstand wind speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, and products with even more robust wind resistance capabilities are available. Take advantage of these technological and material improvements, and replace any worn-down, loose or damaged shingles with wind-resistant new ones.

All newly installed and loose but otherwise sound shingles should be treated with high-performance roofing adhesives. This adds a vital second level of protection against high winds, helping your shingles stay in place.

2. Reinforce Your Roof

Adding a roofing reinforcement is a more involved project, but It’s one that may well be worth the effort…and could even save your life in an extreme situation. Overlapping two-by-four lengths of wood across your roof trusses is the standard way to reinforce a roof. If you’re planning to do this yourself, be sure to leave about a foot and a half of space between each row of two-by-fours.

3. Seal All Gaps

Perform a careful check of all areas where your roof converges with the walls and ceilings of your home. If you find any cracks or gaps, close them off with a water-resistant sealant to prevent leaks and other forms of storm damage.

4. Redirect Rainwater

Finally, perform a check of all your roof gutters and downspouts. First, make sure that they are not clogged with debris like loose sticks, rocks, dirt, or decaying leaves. Clear out any such debris immediately. Second, test your downspouts to make sure they are properly redirecting water off your roof and away from your house. Malfunctioning downspouts pose hazards not only to your roof, but also to your basement, as rainwater accumulation can result in flooding.

If you have any questions or concerns about preparing your roof for the hurricane season, or you’ve already experienced wind or hail damage and need help dealing with the aftermath, contact All Roofing Solutions for assistance. Professional guidance is always a superior substitute for guesswork.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania to schedule your roofing inspection today!

Ensure Your Roof Can Withstand High Winds

If you have an older roof or think your roof may be in need of repairs, contact us before more serious problems occur. The truth is, regular roof inspections can delay, and often prevent, expensive roof replacements, whether the damage is from high wind or other inclement weather.

Whatever your roofing needs are, we’re here to help. Family owned and operated, we are a local roofing contractor with 20 years of experience in residential & commercial roofing servicing Delaware and South-East Pennsylvania. Our team of skilled contractors is familiar with a myriad of roofing issues. We will check your roof for potential problems, answer your questions, and get the job done right!

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