Signs of a Wind-Damaged Roof

The storm may have passed, but your roof may not be out of danger. While it’s designed to protect your home, belongings, and family from the worst Mother Nature has to offer, your roof might not have weathered the storm unscathed. Even if you can’t see any visible evidence of damage or if there aren’t any leaks, the shingles and roof decking still may have wind and hail damage. Strong winds also can pull on your roof and cause stress and weak points that can cause expensive repairs down the road

How Does Wind Damage Happen?

Wind moves across a roof in gusts. Even prolonged periods of straight-line winds will affect your roof in different ways. Corners and edges of the roof experience higher wind pressures, and because of this most roof damage caused by wind starts at the edges. Also, any area that has a structure in the roof such as HVAC equipment or gutters can experience higher stresses, and these structures can pull and tear at the roofing material, which creates weak spots, damaged shingles, and, eventually, leaks. 

Any area where the roofing material is even a little loose can be pulled up by high winds, and if this happens often enough, the material can begin to peel and create leaks. 

Signs of Damage

Obvious damage can be seen right after the storm, as some shingles may have parts missing or may have been torn from the roof altogether. Some of this damage might be visible from the ground, and this depends on how extensive or complex your roof system is. 

Here are some common roofing materials and structures and what you can look for during a post-storm inspection:

  • Asphalt and composition shingles – The most common type of residential shingle is very durable and can withstand damage and high winds—to an extent. Common issues with asphalt shingles include curling from intense heat or cold. This type of roof covering has a granular surface that can be lost over time. 
  • Wood shingles or shakes – Wood shingles are heavier than standard asphalt shingles and over time they can mold and decay. This means they can loosen during high winds, and while they may still be attached to the roof, their ability to protect it from leaks will have been greatly diminished. 
  • Flat roofs – Mostly found on commercial buildings, flat roofs are usually built up with material or covered in a membrane. Wind may not be directly responsible for damage to these kinds of roofs, but flying debris and hail can cause blisters or wrinkles.
  • Soffits, gutters, and fascia – Wind can damage these and loosen their connections to the house and roof. 
  • Chimneys – The flashing around chimneys is prone to tearing, as the weight of a chimney can move independently from the house. Wind can easily damage this flashing, which in turn can create leaks.

Call Frederic Roofing

After the storm, if your inspection uncovers damage to any of these kinds of roofing materials or structures, call Frederic Roofing. We can not only assess the damage and quickly stabilize the roof, but we can also work with your homeowner’s insurance claim so you know what’s covered and how to avoid paying more than your deductible. 

Gutter Cleaning Tips

It’s Time for Spring Gutter Cleaning

The gutters on your home or business do an important job. While there’s no way to prevent water from falling from the sky, your gutters prevent it from pooling on your roof. It’s critical to the health of your roof and its ability to protect what’s beneath it that this water is removed quickly and efficiently away from the building. 

This is why it’s important to clean your gutters and downspouts periodically. But this isn’t easy for home and business owners who may not be able to see what’s in their gutters from the ground. Even if you do have easy roof access, you may not have the power-washing equipment needed to remove all the built-up debris.

The most obvious problem your gutters face is falling leaves and other tree debris. If this material is left to accumulate, the water on your roof has nowhere to go. This backed-up water can damage the roof decking, the fascia boards, and even the gutters themselves. The sheer weight of soggy leaves and debris can cause the gutters to pull away from the house. Sagging gutters are an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Not only do the gutters remove water from the roof, but they direct flowing water away from the house. Water that’s allowed to flow directly down the siding of the house can cause serious problems for foundations.

Frederic Roofing Is the Professional Roofer That Will Keep Your Gutters Clean 

The way to avoid issues like these is to have your gutters cleaned. Gutter cleaning sounds easy and something a do-it-yourself home or business owner could handle on their own, but why relegate this task to yourself when you can have a professional do it? The reality is that gutter cleaning is a daunting chore, and many homeowners and even business owners don’t have the equipment or time to do it properly. 

When you need to have your gutters cleaned, Frederic Roofing is the best remedy. Not only is this something we handle every season, but we can combine this service with an annual or semi-annual roof inspection. Now you can have the peace of mind of having gutters that are clean and doing their job properly, and also be confident your roof is in great shape.

Frederic Roofing offers professional gutter repair and installation that lasts and doesn’t compromise the quality of your roof. Our licensed professional contractors provide the gutter installation and repair your home needs to avoid foundational issues stemming from poorly designed or installed gutters or downspouts.

Ice Damming on Roofs

When you live in the colder parts of the country where it snows a lot during winter, an ice dam is a common occurrence. In the Midwest, we all have experienced the freezing winters and ridiculous snowstorms. This cold weather is detrimental to your roof and gutters. 

You may have never heard of an ice dam before, but they are chunks of ice that form on the edge of a roof and in your gutter. When the ice forms it is not an issue, but when the roof surface reaches 32 degrees or higher, some of this ice will start to melt. This pool of water is now trapped behind a wall of ice with nowhere to go. It will eventually seep into the underside of your roof. The water can leak onto your roof deck and down to your ceiling and walls. This will cause major interior and exterior damage. 

Your roof can reach warmer temperatures even when it is below freezing outside. While you are trying to keep your living space warm and comfortable, your attic becomes a tremendous heat source for your roof. Making sure that your roof is properly insulated can help prevent this from occurring. Here are some ways to identify an ice dam on your roof.

Check for Water Stains 

Water that is getting through your roof will leak onto your ceilings and around your windows and door frames. Look for the telltale brown staining in these areas. Moisture in your attic is also a sign that water is not flowing off your roof properly.

Examine Your Exterior Walls for Hanging Icicles 

If you have icicles that are stuck to your gutters, check to see if there is water trapped behind them. If there is not, then you most likely do not have ice dams. Do not attempt to loosen the icicles yourself, especially not while standing directly under them, as this can be very dangerous for you and bad for your gutters.

Keep Gutters Clear 

Regular cleaning from a trained professional is the best way to avoid ice dams. When the water in your gutters has nowhere to go, that’s when it starts to build up, get trapped, and cause leaks. Make sure to try to clean out your gutters before it gets extremely frigid outside. 

Ensure Your Roof Is Properly Insulated  

Checking that your attic is well insulated and adding more ventilation for the warm air to escape is another way to stop ice dams. It is recommended to have 12 to 14 inches of cellulose or fiberglass. If you have less than that, you should add more. Also, if you have recessed lights in your attic or on your exterior soffits, try to use these minimally. Recessed lighting gives off a great deal of heat. 

Contact Frederic Roofing!

Call Frederic Roofing to safely inspect and clean your roof and gutters. We are more than happy to take preventive steps to protect your gutters before ice dams can form. We are always here to fix any damage to your roofing, whether it be related to ice dams or something else, and we can answer any questions or concerns you may have about your roof.

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

The winter months in St. Louis can be brutal and unpredictable. Here are two major maintenance tasks you can do to keep your home protected all season long.

Even with regular maintenance, the winter months can take a toll on your roof. The very thing that your roof is designed to keep out, ice and moisture, is it’s own worst enemy.

Prevent Ice Dams

Your gutters are a critical part of your roof. They collect water and direct it away from your home, which is important because otherwise, water runoff will go down your siding and into the foundation. This combination of moisture and cold can cause damage to your foundation and other parts of your home if left unchecked.

Ice dams are buildups of ice when your gutters aren’t clearing the water from the roof quick enough. Water from the roof refreezes in the gutters creating a rim of ice that blocks runoff from the roof. The damage doesn’t come from the ice itself but from the water that pools behind the ice and therefore has nowhere to go but under the shingles, through the roof, and onto your ceilings. There are two ways you can prevent ice dams:

Clean your gutters before winter – When your gutters can’t clear water quick enough because of leaves or sticks blocking your downspouts, this is a prime reason why ice dams build up. This is obviously something that needs to be done before it gets brutally cold, but you might find you need to clear them when it is cold.

Make sure you have a cold roof – Your attic is meant to be cold, and heat that escaped into the attic can form warm spots on your roof that melts snow and ice where it runs down to the rim of your roof which is colder and refreezes. Proper insulation has two functions, to keep warm air in your living spaces and out of your attic which keeps the roof surface cold.

Look for Loose or Damaged Shingles

Ice, snow, and blowing wind can wreak havoc on your shingles. Depending on the angle, wind can get under your shingles and loosen them, or blow them off the roof altogether. After a snowstorm or a prolonged period of cold weather, do a visual inspection of your roof from the ground to see if you can spot any shingles that are damaged or missing. If you do see any, you should check the attic for leaks as well.

Call Frederic Roofing

While you can do a quick inspection from the ground, the best way to make sure your roof is in good repair and that your gutters are clear of obstructions is to get on your roof for a closer look. This is where calling Frederic Roofing can really pay off. Not only can we give your roof a close-up inspection, but our professionals can spot other pot

5 Things Contractors Wish Customers Knew About Roofs

When you hire a roofing company, you are hiring them to solve an issue, whether you need routine roofing maintenance, want to schedule an inspection, or if you need an entire roof replacement. But just because the company is doing the physical work, doesn’t free the building owner from doing their own homework. Knowing the company you hire will go a long way to making sure your partnership with them will go smoothly.

If you are looking to get some important roofing work done, here are some things you can do to make sure the contractor you hire is the right fit.

See Completed Work In-person

Roofing contractors may show you photos of completed work, but there are a few issues with this practice. First of all, the photos were most likely taken right after the work is done. Everything looks great when they are shiny and new, but when you go see work in-person, you can see how the work will age. Shoddy work will be much more obvious when the wear and tear of weather has a few months or years to work on the roof.

Know What You Want to Get Out of the Partnership

You’re not expected to know the small details of roofing, but when you have an idea of the materials you want or the final look you are going after, it makes the whole roof replacement process that much easier. Know what you want to have at the end of the project and trust the contractor to get you there.

Choose a Contractor by the Quality of Their Work

If the price is the sole determinant of your choice of a roofing contractor, then chances are, you will be disappointed with their work. Most contractors are proud of the most recent work they have done, or they should be. Look for a contractor that has done lots of work in your area and visit it in-person to see if it is good quality.

Understand That Things Can Go Wrong

Newer homes and buildings may not have hidden issues, but if your roof is older there may be issues with the structure underneath. Good contractors will do a thorough inspection before they do any other work. From this inspection, they should go over any potential issues with you and once they start removing old shingles, these issues can arise.

Communicate With the Contractor

If you are unhappy with the way things are going, the first thing you should do is speak to the contractor. Venting your frustration at workers for issues is really not the way to get things addressed. The contractor is the person to speak to if the staff is underperforming, or if you believe there was a misunderstanding about what you expected from the project.

Frederic Roofing Has the Experience and Knowledge to Get the Job Done Right

We are proud to be one of the most well-known and versatile roofing companies in the St. Louis area. Our long-time reputation for providing exceptional customer service has led us to a legacy of excellence. If you are looking for a contractor to handle any roofing issue or replacement, give us a call today for a free estimate. Call us today, we look forward to adding you to our long list of satisfied customers.

Understanding the Differences Between Low-slope Roof Membranes

Any roof that is nearly flat is called a low-slope roof. This means it has a slope of less than 3 in 12, which means that for every horizontal foot, the roof level rises by 3 inches. They are commonly found on warehouses and commercial buildings that don’t have or need any attic space.

Unlike pitched roofs that use gravity to remove water, a flat roof requires a waterproof surface to protect the roof decking underneath from getting saturated with moisture that would damage the roof structure. The modern solution is to install sheets of impermeable membranes to protect all roof surfaces.

These membranes need to be tough to withstand pools of standing water, heavy wind, freezing and thawing cycles, UV radiation from the sun, expansion and contraction and still remain watertight. It is important that these membranes are installed correctly so that there are no weak spots or seams that can let in moisture.

EPDM Roof Membranes

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer is a single-ply rubber-based membrane that has been around for more than four decades. Its main benefits are its resistance to wind and hail and other damaging impacts, making EPDM roofs a popular choice in areas that get a lot of rain. They are mechanically attached and can last from 20 to 25 years with proper maintenance. An issue with this material is it is only available in black, which means it retains heat from sunlight.

TPO Roof Membranes

Thermoplastic Olefin roofing membranes were designed to be energy efficient and effective protection, without the drawbacks of EPDM and other roof membrane systems. This system is also single ply and is chemically installed in sheets. It is available mostly in white but can come in grey or even customized colors. TPO is economical, durable, UV resistant, and easy to install. It’s not known how long TPO will last, as the material is relatively new and has only been installed on buildings in the last 20 years. Also, TPO tends to weather quicker when exposed to high heat for prolonged periods of time.

Built-up Roof Systems

Traditionally, this was done by tar and gravel built-up roofing systems that combined layers of asphalt and coatings to provide protection, but these systems tend to be heavy and are costly to install and maintain. Surfacings of a built-up roof usually include aggregate, which is gravel or mineral granules, aluminum coatings, or hot asphalt. This tends to add a lot of weight to the roof, which means there needs to be adequate roofing structure underneath.

The Frederic Roofing Advantage

We have serviced and installed low slope and flat roofs in the St. Louis area for a very long time. Put our expertise and experience to the test. If you have a hole in your low slope roof or if you need a whole new roof, call Frederic Roofing.

The Benefits of Roof Restoration

Does your roof look tired and worn?  Do you have shingles that are curled, damaged or missing? Do you have small leaks around skylights, chimneys, or other roof structures? Has it been more than 10 years since your last major roof renovation?

 

If any of the above is happening to your roof you may be considering a replacement. But an entire replacement is expensive and time-consuming.  A roof restoration, on the other hand, preserves the existing structure of your roof and looks to replace damaged or worn shingles and other roof hardware. Here are some benefits to restoring your roof.

 

Restoration costs less than replacement

Most consumers will choose to restore their roof rather than replace it because a restoration is so much cheaper. In a replacement, the old roof has to be completely removed and then replaced which is very expensive per square foot. A restoration simply surveys the surface and makes repairs as needed which only costs a fraction in materials and labor.

 

Restoration extends the life of your roof

The typical roof restoration, depending on the materials used, can add 10 to 15 years of life to your roof. This is perfect if your budget is limited and you expect to be able to completely replace it down the road.

 

Restoration is quicker

Removing an old roof and putting a new one on is a process that can take weeks, during which it can rain. Depending on the extent of the replacement, you might not be able to occupy the house while it is going on.  Restoration, in most cases, can take the course of a weekend which results in much less disruption to your life.

 

Restoration can prepare your home for sale

If you are looking to sell your home, and the roof looks bad or is old, a restoration is a cost-effective way to address old issues, make the roof look better, and add life. And a solid, well-maintained roof is a great selling point.

 

Restoration is more energy efficient and sustainable

Since you are keeping most of your existing roofing materials, less of it will end up in a landfill which makes restoration a more environmentally-friendly option. Also, by using newer and more energy efficient materials, your home may help it qualify for Energy Star or LEED credits.

A professional opinion is best

Call Frederic Roofing for a free consultation. Our expert roofing technicians will inspect your roof, use sophisticated equipment to find moisture under the roof membrane, and give you a thorough and honest report of your roof’s condition including a comparison of roof replacement over roof restoration. If your roof is in relatively good shape, simple restoration, and minor repairs may be sufficient, saving you time and money.  If there is a hole in your roof or you need a whole new roof or part of one, Frederic Roofing will help.

4 Benefits of Working with a Local Roofing Contractor

So, it happened.  An early September St. Louis storm churned up late one sticky afternoon and blew through your town.  Some trees are down, a few people lost power, but the worst of it, to you, are the shingles in the yard, the gutters that are detached from the house, and the growing dark spot on your living room ceiling. You need roof repair and soon.  But who do you call, and why? Some companies follow the storm, offering bargain basement rates and a quick turnaround. Others are local, have been in the community for decades. Which is better?

 

The biased advice from Frederic Roofing is to call a local contractor, but there are some very solid reasons why a local roofing contractor is the best choice when you need emergency or routine roof maintenance.

 

A local contractor knows you – Perhaps they don’t know you personally, but they will treat you like they do. And they have good reason to, they are members of the same community. You see their commercials during baseball games, they sponsor local charities, you see their trucks driving around town. A local company will bring a neighborly approach because they actually are your neighbors.

 

The local company has better accountability – Let’s say you hire a storm chaser to repair your roof and later down the road when something goes wrong. They are long gone. And even if they do have a guarantee, there is no guarantee they will honor it. They already made their money off of you, why would they fix a minor issue? A local company stands by its services because as your neighbor, they have to. A good reputation is probably a local company’s greatest asset and if their work doesn’t meet your standards, it is absolutely in their best interests to stand by it and make it right.

 

Local companies have better references – And this goes beyond social media and internet reviews. If you ask around your neighborhood, chances are one or more of your neighbors have used the same company. Go ahead and ask them if they would use the same company. The advice you get will be more genuine than anything you read online.

 

Support local business – There are local businesses like Frederic Roofing that have been family businesses since day one. Companies like ours are built on cultures and traditions that just can’t be fabricated or duplicated. And beyond the emotional appeal, you are keeping money in the community and keeping local roofers, your neighbors, employed.

 

You need a company that will stand by you.  Everyone loves sunny days, but when storms come, you need a local roofing contractor that can stand the rain. Call Frederic Roofing for emergency roofing services or roof replacement. We have been doing this for a very long time, we know the best solutions, you can trust our expertise and our estimates. And we won’t leave you out in the rain.

5 Steps to Prep Your Roof for Fall and Winter

Winter is coming—is your roof ready?

Ever tried fixing your roof in the dead of winter?  It’s much easier to make adjustments when the weather is a little milder, and the snow isn’t mounting up on your roof. The best maintenance is preventative maintenance—it gives you enough time to identify issues with your roof before the changing seasons make their presence known. The important part is being diligent about your preparation. Leave no stone (or shingle) unturned so that you can confidently say that your roof can take on whatever comes its way. We’ve listed some of the most important steps homeowners and business owners alike can take to make sure that their roof is in the best shape possible when winter comes.

 

Residential/Commercial Roof Maintenance Checklist

  • Clear off debris: Just because leaves don’t seem to weigh a ton doesn’t mean they don’t add pressure on your roof. As the trees start to do some serious shedding, the collection of leaves can add up. Make sure that you’re removing debris from the surface of your roof. Small pieces of dirt, pine needles, and leaves can contain moisture, rot, or mold that can break down the material and cause roof leaks.
  • Check for early signs of deterioration: Weather events don’t need to be as catastrophic as a tornado to have an impact. Even run-of-the-mill rainstorms and gusting winds can cause significant deterioration over time. Adhering to a consistent preventative maintenance schedule is the best way to make sure that you’re not neglecting any early signs of problems to come. Always try and remain accountable so that you can spot an issue before it’s too late.
  • Clean the gutters: It might seem negligible initially, but the slow build-up of leaves and debris in your gutter can pose a series of issues if you’re not taking the time to remove them. Rainwater can overflow the gutters, causing potentially severe damage to your roof, trim, and siding. A thorough cleaning of your gutters can prevent problems and keep maintenance costs at a lower, more manageable level. Replacing or restructuring an entire gutter can be a costly fix for any home or business.
  • Check the inside of your home, too: You might not think about what goes on in your attic too often, but it’s a hotbed for roofing issues to manifest themselves. If there is light shining through the attic anywhere where your roof should be, it’s imperative that it’s fixed as soon as possible.
  • Examine specific shingles: Your roof might still look great from afar, but inspecting the shingles individually (as arduous as it sounds) is crucial for ensuring the quality of your entire roof. A cohesive, unified roof won’t have any faltering areas that are prone to leaks or damages, but over time their condition can be compromised. Make sure that you’re staying out in front of the issue before the season’s change and amount of issues that could go wrong really kicks up a notch.

 

How to Choose the Right Roofing Contractor

Does your roof need a touch-up?

The roof over your head isn’t something you can afford to mess around with. When it comes to keeping your home or facility protected, finding a roofing contractor that meets your specific needs is critical. A qualified roofing contractor can help you with emergency services, preventative maintenance, or comprehensive roof replacement services. But even if you know what you need, how do you know which contractor to choose from? In order to choose the right one, you need to make sure that they’re qualified, licensed, and offer services that align with what it is you need.

 

Home improvement isn’t something you can casually get to in your spare time—you need to make sure that your roofing materials are sound, and that your roofing installation is done with enough to care to last a long time. We’ve outlined specific services that everyone should be aware, as well as essential factors that indicate whether or not that contractor is right for you. Don’t put your roof repair off anymore—take the time to find a qualified contractor today.

 

What you should do before hiring a contractor

  • Research their credentials: In today’s tech-based society, more businesses than ever are relying on developing a customer base with online advertising and customer reviews. With so much information available about a contractor’s practices, qualifications, pricing, and more, it’s imperative that you take the time to see if they’re a good fit for your project. Yelp, Google Reviews, Angie’s List, and other customer review sites are great for finding out if what they have to offer aligns closely with what you need them for.
  • Identify their specialty: Sure, they might have dabbled in one specific service, but is it something they put front and center on their existing site? If there’s no information concerning their ability or experience for that specific task, they’re probably not the right fit for that project. Find a company that offers a diverse range of services, from metal roofing work to comprehensive asphalt shingling. Your type of roof is specific to your building; you can’t afford to hire someone that doesn’t make sense for your home or facility—the safety of your family and co-owners depends on it.
  • Check out their portfolio: Any company that doesn’t offer up evidence of work they’ve done is one you should be wary of. After all, wouldn’t they be keen to show off their portfolio if it was worth mentioning? If they say they have experience remediating roof leaks or working with shingle roofs but there’s no evidence, then it’s a red flag. A company that specializes in diversified solutions is one worth examining more closely.
  • Examine their pricing: This one might seem like it should go without saying, but it’s worth repeating. A lot of homeowners or building managers will research roofing companies that A) don’t specialize in the services they need or B) offer a price point that’s out of reach. Make sure that the provider you choose offers cost-effective services, but not so cheap that it raises suspicion.