Archives for March 2017

General Warning Signs That a Roof Might Be Past Its Useful Life

Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It just looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home. If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your TO DO list.

Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:

-Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
– Bald spots where granules are missing

  • – Cracked shingles
  • – Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles
  • – Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life
  • – The roof just looks old and worn
  • – Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
  • – Moss. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact Daniel Hood Roofing Systems to give you a free estimate.

Daniel's commitment to quality

Daniel Hood- Commitment to people and to Hood quality
As I reflect on today for this first blog for our new website, I’m just laugh at the perfect scenario to try and truly define how committed I personally am and how our company is to our customers, our workers, and our quality.
I start this day in the ER at 5 am with extremely high blood pressure. Scared and with the memory of my grandfather passing a week ago from a long battle of surviving a stroke, I go in. 3 hours later, I’m out with a lecture, a bill and a pill.
At this time, we already had problems arising with jobs scheduled for today. One delivery wasn’t made and another had a few items missing. Without even thinking, my office manager Penny goes into action. Calls the supplier, gets the materials ready, schedules a pick up by Kathy, our Sales rep (who came in 30 minutes early ready to learn and grow) and then gives me the update.
It didn’t stop there. The supplier provided the wrong materials for the order that had been missed and said the new materials would have to be ordered. That wasn’t good enough for Kathy. She springs into action, finds the new material and gets additional material the workers forgot for today. This was all handled in 2 hours!!
All because of a commitment to who we want to be.
At this time, Penny is managing the phones and schedules 4 estimates for the afternoon for Kathy and I. We travel from Seymour, to 5th ave, to Farragut and then out to Maynardville as a dedication to our 24 hour estimate policy for reroofs.
As we close down and get back to the office around 5:45 pm, I receive another phone call and we’re back out to Farragut to evaluate some hail damage. Unfortunately for us (lucky for home owner), I found no hail but there was a neighbor with wind damage to their home.
I set up a meeting, signed a contract and insurance is buying them a new roof.
I hope I can give you a small glimpse into who we are and who we will be as a company. I truly believe we’ve got the best team in Knoxville and I know we’ll give you the best roof.
From the ER at 5 am, over 250 miles on the road today, 6 estimates, 2 jobs started, 3 completed, we are committed to quality, no leaking roofing because on my name, I’ve got you covered.
 

Daniel HoodHood’s Home Services, Managing Member

Do you need a new roof?

Don’t get caught with sudden, costly repairs. Keep a close eye on your roof and learn how to spot problems before they severely impact your wallet with these 7 danger signs.


danger-signal

1. A leak in the attic.

After a strong storm or wind-driven rain, take a look in the attic for signs of leaking. Ice damming can also cause water to enter the house if you don’t have an adequate shingle underlayment or if the flashing (the aluminum or steel used over roof joints, like chimneys and pipes) has deteriorated.

2. Blistering or peeling interior or exterior paint.

When paint starts to peel off, the cause is likely trapped moisture in the house due to excessive temperature or high humidity from poor attic ventilation. The air in the attic needs to flow freely from the soffit to the ridge to reduce humidity. Make sure there is a vent in areas such as the kitchen or bathroom. Dryers should vent outside.

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danger-signal

3. Stains on interior ceilings and walls; mold or mildew growth.

If you see stains or, even worse, mold growth inside your home, it may be caused by inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment that is allowing water to seep into the house. Inadequate ventilation could also be the culprit, which causes excessive moisture— conditions in which mold and mildew thrive.

4. Exterior decay, sheathing, and/or siding.

Poor attic ventilation is again a possible cause, but any condition that results in excess moisture can contribute to decay. One way to combat the problem is to put a vapor barrier between the insulation and the inside of the house, which can reduce the amount of moisture that goes into a wall and help the moisture escape from the wall.

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danger-signal

5. Missing, cracked, or curled shingles.

If you see that your shingles are dry or practically break when touched, that means they have reached the end of their useful life and it’s time to invest in a new roof.

6. Dark, “dirty-looking” areas on your roof.

This could mean your roof has vegetation, fungus, mold, or algae growth, or that the shingles’ protective granules have been lost. This doesn’t mean you need to replace your roof, but these stains can reduce curb appeal. Cleaning the shingles is an option, but that could shorten their life. Fortunately, StainGuard® protection is available on many GAF Shingles, including Timberline® Cool Series Shingles, Timberline® Natural Shadow® Shingles, and Timberline® ArmorShield™ II Shingles. (StainGuard® protection is available only on shingles with StainGuard®-labeled packaging. See GAF Shingle & Accessory Ltd. Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions.)

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danger-signal

7. Excessive energy costs.

A possible cause of higher cooling costs could be insufficient attic ventilation, requiring the cooling system to run excessively. In warm weather, inadequate ventilation will trap hot air in the attic, causing air-conditioning systems to work harder, or leaving your home’s interior hotter and less comfortable. In both hot and cold weather, moisture in the attic can become trapped and condense on the rafters if it’s not insulated properly. This moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness, potentially increasing energy costs.
 
 
Content courtesy of GAF.com

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