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8 Signs That Your Roof Is in Danger

The eight most critical dangers to a commercial roof’s lifespan

Warning Signs You Need a New Roof 

Any good commercial roofing system should last 20 to 30 years. Unfortunately, that’s rarely ever the case. No roofing system is strong enough to withstand the mighty persistence of Mother Nature. Striking against your will, she leaves a toll on your most important investment, leaving building owners and facility managers with plenty of issues to deal with. But roofing projects are expensive initiatives, and they should never be something that you have to jump into prematurely. 

Don’t get wrapped up with a costly repair, an early replacement, or a myriad of other problems. Be cautious, proactive, and keep your eyes peeled for these crucial warning signs: 

Leaks and Water Stains

Once a storm passes, take a look in your attic for signs of leaks. Some leaks are strong enough to inflict damage on your shingles and may even deteriorate roof flashing.  But it’s not just the attic you need to keep a close eye on. Inspect every corner of your home and take note of your ceiling’s condition. Call your contractor if you notice any interior stains as they can lead to the spread of mold, while also triggering more leaks.

Broken or Missing Shingles

The surface of an asphalt roof need close attention. Check to see is all the shingle tabs are intact. Over time, shingles are going to absorb a lot of wear and tear, thus losing not only its aesthetic appeal, but also its durability. A dry, cracked, or punctured shingle have clearly reached the end of their useful life. This should be a clear indication that it’s time to invest in a new roof.

Paint Blistering and Peeling 

Moisture trapped in the house due to poor ventilation can cause exterior paint to peel and blister. This usually stems from the condition of your roof. When you start to notice any paint chipping on the outside of your building, set up a roofing inspection, because this probably means that a replacement is likely on the horizon. 

Roof Valley Buildup

Valleys are some of the most important areas of your roof. They help preserve the condition and functionality of your gutters and downspouts. A poorly functioning roof valley can cause the gutters to overflow during periods of snow or rainfall. This can lead to leakage, repairs, and expensive headaches. 

Outdated Roof Flashing

This is a critical area of concern. Roof flashing is a protective sealant installed between the joints of the roofing elements. Its sole purpose is to keep water out of the building. If your flashing contains cement or tar, then an immediate replacement might be necessary. Support your roof with water-tight metal flashing material such as copper or aluminum. 

Exterior Decay

Regularly check the sheathing and siding of your roof, especially after storms. Any excess moisture can cause decay, which is a leading cause for damaged, damped shingles and exterior fade. This not only hinders the exterior appeal of the building, but it makes the building more susceptible to water damage. You should automatically strategize a roof replacement any time you spot decaying matter. 

Dark Exterior Stains

After a while, you might start to see dark statins on your shingles. This is probably the result of vegetation, fungus, mold, or algae growing on your roof. Put a stop to the spread of these issues fast, otherwise they might lead to various health concerns for anyone occupying the building. Unfortunately, many of these problems are beyond repairable and when that’s the case, you’ll need to replace your roofing system in its entirety. 

Expensive Energy Bills

Have you ever looked at your energy bills and thought “what is this charge for?” More often than not, you might be getting inadequate ventilation support from your heating and cooling setup. Ironically, this frequently stems from your roofing system. When your roofing system starts to fail, it traps hot air in smaller, condemned areas of the building, which creates moisture that drips into insulation. As a result, this forces your HVAC equipment to work harder and exhaust more energy, causing your utility bills to skyrocket each month. 

Preserve the Lifespan of Your Roof 

Why wait to have your roof checked out until it’s on it’s last leg of life? Take action now and make sure that you are getting the most out of your commercial roofing system. Whether it’s an emergency service or an entirely new installation, Frederic Roofing bears the skills, tools, and knowledge to help you reach and exceed roof life expectancy. We’re your St. Louis’ all-in-one source for today’s most sophisticated roofing initiatives

With our experts by your side, greater peace of mind for contractors, property managers, and building occupants alike. Take advantage of roofing support that leads to more energy efficiency, greater cost savings, and long-term protection. 

Contact us today to schedule a complimentary roofing inspection!

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5 Secrets to Extending the Life of Your Roof

5 simple tips to help you extend roof life

How to Maintain Your Roof

How long does a roof last? The answer to that question can help save you a fortune. Unfortunately, there’s no clear, definitive time table, but the average lifespan of a commercial roofing system typically ranges from 20 to 30 years. But Mother Nature might have other plans. Luckily, a little TLC can help make a huge difference in how many quality years you get from your roofing system.

The best part is you can perform most of these tasks on your own.

Here are some of the things you can do to prolong the lifespan of a roof sytem:

Perform Gutter Maintenance

A clogged gutter is a breeding pool for leaks. When your gutters aren’t working properly, the water has nowhere to go. And the longer you keep water at a standstill, the more susceptible your roof is to early failure. This can cause the facia to deterioriate quickly, forcing you into an expensive repair. Check your gutters frequently. The safest measure is to make sure they’re inspected after every storm. And if it seems like too much debris has built up, contact your contractor to get your gutters professionally serviced.

Trim Branches

Sometimes a tree can cause more harm than good. That’s typically the case if you have trees in close proximity to your building. Leaves often get caught in gutters, hindering their ability to drain water away from the foundation of your building. But that’s not even the main concern. Large branches can be hazardous, especially during storms. When branches come in contact with your roof, they often scratch the surface. This is small damage at first glance, but over time, these scratches will expand, leaving your roof punctured. If you truly want the roof to last longer, you’ll trim those long branches frequently.

Supply Proper Ventilation

Ventilation is usually the most underrated aspect of a heating and cooling system. Proper ventilation invites cool air into the building, while pushing humid air out. An imbalanced airflow can spread moisture throughout the building and trap hot air in multiple environments, which stimulates the growth of mold around the insulation. For ventilation to work properly, make sure all roof vents are properly aligned. And when installing new roof vents, be sure to choose the equipment that matches the style and slope of your roof.

Keep the Building Insulated

Roof shingles serve many purposes, but perhaps their greatest function is protecting the building from heat. This roofing material absorbs heat reflected by the sun, which helps prevent your indoor environment from taking in hot air. This only works if the insulation is installed correctly. Make sure there is enough insulation in your interior space, but be careful not to block any vents. These two elements take pressure off your heating and cooling equipment, as well as your roofing system, improving energy efficiency all around.

Schedule Routine Inspections

Roofing inspections are instrumental in any preventive maintenance program. By checking your roof regularly, you can identify the source of issues head on. This gives you the chance to fix minor damages before they grow into expensive headaches. You should be planning a checkup at least once a quarter. For best results, get your roof inspected after a storm passes through. And It’s always good to get a second opinion, so be sure to schedule maintenance checkups with a professional roofing contractor. They’re trained to identify and fix issues that normally can’t be spotted by the naked eye.

Start Extending the Life of Your Roof Now

When it comes to roofing maintenance, no one is better to have in your corner than Frederic Roofing. Whether it’s residential or commercial, your roof’s lifespan is in good hands. Our experts deliver comprehensive services for every need. We tackle all the big tasks including:

  • New Roofing Installations
  • Roof Replacements and Repairs
  • Roof Cleaning
  • Tuck Pointing
  • Gutter and Downspout Maintenance

With our team in your corner, you’ll never have to plan an early repair or replacement. Whether it’s asphalt, clay-tiled or metal roofing, we’ll do whatever it takes so you get quality years of life from your building’s most important structure.

Contact us today to schedule a free roofing inspection with a certified expert!