Questions to Ask About Your Gutters

Throughout the year, but particularly in the cold Utah winter, your home or building’s gutters are absolutely vital. By providing pathways to divert water and melted snow or ice away from the structure, gutters help with everything from foundation and siding protection to mold and mildew prevention.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re here to help with all your rain gutter needs and questions as part of our overall roofer services. Here are a few questions we recommend asking yourself about your gutters at least once or twice a year – and heading into the winter period is as good a time as any.

questions about your gutters

Are They Working?

This is really the only question that matters – are your gutters performing their designated tasks? Gutters that are working properly will be easy to spot when water is flowing: They’ll efficiently move moisture through a clean gutter system to the downspout and then out and away from the home.

They won’t contain blockages, leaks or major warping that’s stopping the flow of water. They won’t be overflowing or leaking from any corners or connecting sections, either.

Do They Need Cleaning or Replacement?

If you’ve determined that there’s some issue with your gutters, namely one of those we listed above, your next step is determining the proper response. In many cases gutters just need to be given a proper cleanout, while in others they may have more significant issues that require new gutters altogether. Some basics on each:

  • Cleaning: In most situations where your gutters are just dirty or clogged with debris, they just need a good cleaning. You can usually notice this kind of thing even without getting up on the roof – runoff will be slow and intermittent in the affected areas, and you might see pooling water. If you’re worried about safely cleaning your gutters, ask our pros about how they can help.
  • Replacement: On the other hand, issues like leaks or water overshooting gutters are often signs that replacements are needed. These are usually caused by actual structural damage, whether it’s shrinking and expanding during winter or cracks that take place over time. Overshooting water can also mean that gutters have fallen out of alignment with your roof.

What Type Should I Get?

If you’ve decided that you need new gutters, you’ll have several different options available. Gutters come in K-style, half-round, box style and even a few others, and each of these has specific qualities that might make them right for your roof and drainage needs. Also consider size – large residential gutters tend to run about 3” x 4”.

Can Professionals Help?

Yes! The expertise of trained professionals is vital for protecting your home in several areas, and rain gutters are one of them. Call our Knockout Roofing specialists today so we can help you with all your roof gutter needs, or with any area of roofing repair or shingles.

Roof Maintenance During the Utah Winter

The winter is here, and that means you’ll be counting on your roof to protect you and your home or building’s occupants from the cold, wet elements of the season. Utah home and business owners need strong, durable roofing materials that can stand up not only to colder temperatures and moisture, but also the weight of snow when it builds up.

At Knockout Roofing, we can help with all your winter roofing repair and maintenance concerns, both for residential and commercial needs. At the first sign of trouble, we can come to your home or building and quickly assess and repair the damage so you aren’t at risk of major water damage or safety issues. We can also provide expertise on preparing for the heavy winter season – using the average homeowner as an example, here are several things you should consider for roof maintenance through the winter.

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Debris Removal

If possible, you should have already begun this process during the fall, before any snow began to fall. Even if little bits of snow are around, however, it’s important to try to find a safe time to remove debris from your roof. Leaves, branches and other solid items may find their way onto the roof and into gutters, particularly if you have tall trees near your home.

If you’re worried about safely removing these items during slick weather, you have a couple options. Roof rakes might help in some situations, and if these aren’t doing the trick, you can always call our pros for a basic cleanout.

Trees and Branches

Not only should you remove any debris from trees from your roof early on in the winter (or late in fall), you should regularly be maintaining these trees throughout the winter. Dead branches or leaves may continue to fall throughout the season, and heavy snowfall may also cause branches to fall off and damage the roof itself. If you’re unable to safely trim and maintain these trees yourself, consider hiring a tree trimmer service.

Gutter Cleanliness

Gutters are an important part of the roof, as they help with basic drainage concerns when ice and snow melt down into water. You need to ensure gutters aren’t clogged or blocked in any way – this can lead to ice damming up in your gutters and stopping the roof from being able to drain properly. This can damage everything from the roof itself to home siding, walls and even the foundation.

Snow Removal

After a big snowfall, you should be looking to remove all snow within four feet of your drains or gutters. Use a roof rake here if possible, or consider a snow removal service. This will help with drainage and general upkeep.

Inspections

Finally, regularly inspect your roof for signs of damage. During the slick winter, don’t risk your safety by climbing up there – you can walk around the home and look for visible sagging, plus inspect things from inside the attic if you have one. If you’re unsure about certain areas you can’t see, call our professionals about an inspection.

For more on how to keep your roof safe and efficient this winter, or to learn about any of our roofing contractors or repair services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

What Dislodged Shingles Are Telling You

For all kinds of roofing systems, one of the most common roofing issues relates to damaged or dislodged shingles. It’s natural for some DIY home or business owners to want to get on a ladder and simply replace some shingles on their own if this happens, but at Knockout Roofing, we have to recommend against this.

This is not only due to safety concerns, though these are very real as well. No, it’s also because dislodged shingles could actually be a sign of several significant issues for the roof, and simply patching up the problem temporarily will just put a Band-Aid on what could become a very large gash, so to speak. This is why you should always call our pros for residential or commercial roofing repairs, even if it’s just a few dislodged shingles. Let’s look at the causes of these issues, plus what they might be trying to tell you about your roof.

dislodged shingles telling you

Causes of Dislodged Shingles

There are two primary reasons why shingles may shed off from your roof:

  • Age: Shingles are very durable materials, but even they can wear down over enough time. Over a period of years, their exposure to sun, rain, snow, wind and various other weather elements will slowly eat away at their function, drying them out and shrinking them ever so slightly. In some cases, edges will curl and lift due to warping, which makes it easier for a strong gust of wind to lift them off the roof entirely.
  • Bad installation: In other cases, it will be the way shingles were installed that causes them to fall off prematurely. They may have nails in the wrong places or simply might not be laid completely flat, which leaves gaps for wind or water to get underneath and create leaks.

What They Might Reveal

Here are some of the signs that shedding shingles might be giving you about your roof as a whole:

  • Shedding granules: For older roofs, the shedding may actually be in the form of granules, which protect the asphalt itself. This generally means you’re dealing with a wear issue and will have to replace your shingles in the near future.
  • Hidden decay: In other situations, damaged or missing shingles will create issues you can’t even see. Partially broken-off shingles will allow water underneath them, for instance, which can slowly damage your roof decking and lead to rot and leaks.
  • Buckling and lifting: You might only be able to physically see part of the issue – in many cases, the visible areas give way to several larger areas where shingles are buckling, curling or lifting.
  • Flashing issues: If your roof is losing shingles because of age, underlying flashing that keeps things watertight could also be deteriorating. Our professionals know where to check to see if flashing has been affected as well.

For more on what missing shingles could be telling you about your roof, or to learn more about any of our roofing repair services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

Costly Outcomes of Ignoring Roof Leaks

Particularly as we move into the coldest and often wettest period of the year, ensuring your home or building’s roof is in great working condition is very important. Roofing leaks are an issue at any time of year, but they’re most bothersome during the wintertime in many areas.

At Knockout Roofing, we offer both commercial and residential roof repair services for leaking roofs. Roofs are a vital part of your home’s function and protective qualities, and our pros can assess any damage and causes of leaks to ensure you don’t deal with water issues or other problems in the home. They can also tell you the risks of holding off on these kinds of basic repairs – here are some of the negative outcomes that can take place when you don’t address a leaking roof promptly.

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Water Damage and Expenses

If you prick your finger on something sharp, it may bleed for a little – but over time, it will naturally scab up and heal itself. Some people seem to expect that this same effect will take place with leaks in their roof, but unfortunately this isn’t how it works.

No, the only direction your roof leak issues can move in is this: Getting worse. As leaks become larger and larger, they lead to major water damage risks in the home. Water can seep into everything from insulation and ceilings to decks, basements, crawl spaces and anywhere that isn’t properly sealed off. This damage can create huge repair issues for you as a home or building owner, and can also lead to significant hassle for the occupants of the building. And of course, the expenses that come along with all this can be crippling.

Roofing Lifespan

Does the price you’ve gotten for a basic roof repair seem like a lot? Well guess what – it’s a fraction of what you’ll spend when you have to replace the roof entirely, and by avoiding the smaller cost now, you’re inviting the larger one to come around far sooner. Fixes to leaks and other small issues can extend roofing lifespan by years, while avoiding these fixes can weaken the roof over time and lead to you requiring a replacement years earlier than you would have otherwise.

Mold and Mildew Risks

Did you realize that ignoring a leaking roof can even come with health effects to you, your family or any other building occupants? Leaking roofs lead to moisture buildup, which can lead to mold and mildew formation in some situations. These can be foul-smelling and unsightly buildups, but worse yet, several types of mold are toxic to humans and pets alike, and could lead to health issues. It’s particularly harmful to people with previous respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies.

For more on why you should never ignore the signs of a leaking roof, or to learn about any of our leaking roof repairs or roofing contractor services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

Preventing and Avoiding Roof Collapses

The upcoming winter brings several considerations for homeowners, and one of the most important areas here is your home’s roof. The cold season generally means more precipitation and other stress on the roof, plus may feature significant snow deposits that put far more strain on the roof than the other seasons of the year.

At Knockout Roofing, we can help protect you and your family during the winter season. Our residential roofing repair services include a full range of preparation items for the colder part of the year, including prevention against one of the most disastrous potential events: A roof collapse. While this can happen any time during the year, it’s far more common during the winter – here’s why this is the case, plus some warning signs to watch out for and some tactics you can use to prevent any risk of a roof collapse.

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Heavy Snow

The primary reason why winter is the most common season for roof collapses is the weight of snow and ice. Utah is a state that receives significant snow during the winter months, and when conditions are cold enough, this can turn into ice deposits that stay on the roof for days or weeks at a time.

Simply put, this weight causes major strain on the roof regardless of the material you use. A single cubic foot of dry snow weighs between six and eight pounds, and ice or packed snow weigh even more than this. Consider the size of your roof, and do some basic multiplication – even one foot of dry, unpacked snow on the roof will create literally hundreds or even thousands of pounds of additional pressure on your roof.

Warning Signs

For the reasons above, it’s important to look out for the possible signs of a future roof collapse this time of year. Here are some red flags:

  • Significant leakage that repeats in common areas

  • Noticeable bends or ripples in roof supports, framing or structures

  • Visible sagging present on exterior shingles or even the interior ceiling in upper floors

  • Cracks in exterior masonry

  • Bent or bowed utility pipes near the ceiling

  • Doors or windows that are either tough to open or randomly pop open on their own (due to additional pressure from the roof pushing down on them)

  • Ceiling sprinklers (for fire safety) that have been pushed through ceiling tiles

If you notice any of these signs, contact our roofing repair experts right away so we can inspect your roof and see if fixes need to be made.

Prevention Methods

Here are some basic areas you can consider that will lower your risk of a roof collapse during winter:

  • Remove all dirt and debris from gutters and downspouts so moisture can flow away from the roof easily.

  • Remove any excess snow when it builds up on the roof.

  • Remove deposits like mold, algae and debris that might hold in moisture.

  • Obtain immediate roof service when you notice damage that might become worse over time.

For more on avoiding even the small risk of a roof collapse this winter, or to learn about any of our residential or commercial roofing repair services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

Why Roof Flashing is Important

When it comes to protecting your commercial roofing materials, there’s no one better than the pros at Knockout Roofing. Our roofing contractors can help with everything from roofing repairs to re-roofing and commercial tear-off, all with your business’s protection and best interests in mind.

We have an extensive commercial roof inspection checklist that we use for every commercial building we service. This list includes numerous areas we’ll inspect in fine detail for you, from parapet walls to field seams and drains. One item that appears multiple times on this list, and justifiably so due to its importance for roofs everywhere: Flashing. What exactly is flashing, why is it so important to your building’s roof, and what can happen if it’s damaged or not installed properly? Let’s take a look.

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Flashing Basics

Flashing is a protective seal on the outside of various roofing types that acts as the first line of defense against moisture and water intrusion. It’s vital for areas common in commercial buildings, such as skylights, vents, chimneys, dormers and others – these areas are generally at higher risk for water seeping through them and entering the building in areas it shouldn’t be in. When installed correctly, flashing provides a comprehensive blocker to all moisture damage, protecting your building from water damage, mold, mildew, and even major flooding concerns in some cases.

Where It’s Important

As we noted above, flashing is important for any area that’s at higher risk of water entering through cracks or other penetrations. Flashing is vital at all edges, valleys, joints, gaps, intersections, grooves or projections of any roof structure, regardless of the material actually being used. These aren’t the only areas it can be used in, however – flashing can be part of the roof at any location.

Flashing Damage and Effects on Roof

There are two primary ways flashing damage can take place: Via improper installation that leaves it imperfect to begin with, or as a result of storms or other weather events that wear it down over time. In the former case, you may not recognize the signs of improper installation until it’s too late – the flashing may appear to be installed correctly, but you only realize it’s not when it wears out prematurely a year or two later. This is why it’s vital to have professionals like ours at Knockout Roofing install these kinds of materials in the first place.

In some cases, particularly if you live in an area where extreme weather is common, flashing damage may be unavoidable. If major weather events happen in your area regularly, we recommend inspecting your flashing or having our pros take a look regularly to ensure it’s in good shape.

For more on roof flashing and why it’s important, or to learn about any of our roof installation or repair services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

5 Reasons a Complete Roofing Tear-Off Beats an Overlay Roof

You have two options – a complete roofing tear-off or an overlay – if your northern Utah home needs a new roof.

With an overlay roof, the new shingles are placed on top of the existing roof. A tear-off, on the other hand, involves removing all of the old roofing material first. As you might expect, going the overlay roof route is less expensive and takes less time. However, for several reasons, opting for a complete roofing tear-off is a better long-long term plan.

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No. 1: Roof Deck Damage

How long ago was your existing roof system installed? If you’re like most Utah homeowners, it’s been decades – and after all that time, the deck may have dry rot, mold or water damage. Doing a complete tear-off is the only way to reveal if the deck needs repair. Choose an overlay instead, and unseen damage won’t be evident until your home springs a roof leak.

No. 2: Weight Load

With an overlay, you’re adding quite a bit of weight at the top of your home – roofing shingles are heavy! If your northern Utah home is older, it may not be able to handle the additional load. Go with a complete roofing tear-off, and you won’t have to worry about the structural integrity of your new roof.

No. 3: Durability

Since a complete tear-off replaces the entire roof system, this option offers the longest-lasting results. Professional roofers can install new flashings and add support in high-risk areas, ensuring that your home remains leak-free and secure for many years to come. Roofing overlays aren’t nearly as durable.

No. 4: Home Value

A brand new complete tear-off roof boosts your northern Utah home’s resale value. For most home buyers, this type of roofing is a major selling point. In contrast, an overlay can be a disadvantage, as it means the roof system has a greater chance of springing a leak or needing repairs soon.

No. 5: Warranty

In some parts of northern Utah, the building codes limit roofing to two layers, so an overlay may not be an option if you’ve already had one done. Furthermore, roof system warranties may only cover a complete tear-off, as the manufacturers don’t want to be held liable for issues that occur as a result of installing new shingles on a potentially damaged deck.

If you need an expert opinion on which roof option is the right choice for your Utah home, make Knockout Roofing your first call. Our team of experienced professional roofers can evaluate your roof and offer advice on your best course of action.

Knockout Roofing offers free, no-obligation consultations and estimates to homeowners in Salt Lake City and throughout northern Utah. For help weighing the pros and cons of a complete roofing tear-off and an overlay roof, contact us today.

3 Roof Replacement Benefits You May Not Realize

If you’ve been considering a roof replacement for your Utah home but you haven’t quite gotten around to making a decision, you may want to stop procrastinating and get moving on the project.

The benefits of replacing the roof on your Utah home are almost too numerous to mention. Of course, you’ll give your home a big boost in curb appeal. You’ll also save money on your monthly energy bills and improve your home’s interior comfort.

Roof Replacement Benefits

What you may not realize, however, is that replacing your roof offers homeowners a number of lesser-known – but nonetheless impressive – benefits.

No. 1: Roof Replacement Reduces Your Homeowner Insurance Premiums

Installing a new roof can reduce your homeowner insurance premiums by more than one-third, according to a new report from Consumer Reports.

The amount you could save depends on the type of roofing materials you use for your project. Impact- and fire-resistant materials will net you the biggest savings. The reason for this is that the insurer can reduce their risk exposure if you’re less likely to make a claim for hail or fire damage.

Check with your insurance agent to see how much your actual savings may be for a roof replacement project.

No. 2: A New Roof Gives You an Instant Home Value Boost

Real estate agents know the value of a new roof when it comes time to sell your home. In fact, Home Advisor reports that 32 percent of Realtors® recently reported that a new roof had recently helped them sell a house.

Home Advisor also reports that roof replacement is the exterior home improvement project that appeals most to home buyers.

The numbers don’t lie. Recent remodeling impact research shows that a roof replacement increases the average home value by more than $8,000. With an average roof replacement cost of $7,500, you could actually be money ahead after you replace your home’s roof.

No. 3: You Won’t Believe Today’s New Roof Warranty Coverage

If you haven’t looked into getting a new roof for a while, prepare to be astounded.

Advanced roofing materials technology has produced multiple options that come with a lifetime warranty. For example, SteelROCK stone-coated steel roofing is light, highly fire-resistant, and unbelievably strong. It comes with a straightforward lifetime warranty that is non-prorated and fully transferable. It resists hail and is guaranteed to withstand wind speeds up to 120 mph.

If you’re a fan of slate tile roofing, check out the TRU Slate Collection. This material is half the weight and half the cost of slate and it includes a 50-year, non-prorated warranty that is also fully transferable. This material is rated up to 130 mph winds and it requires virtually no maintenance.

Even if you don’t plan to be in your home for decades to come, these roofing warranties will be a highly desirable amenity for potential home buyers.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of reroofing your Utah home, contact Knockout Roofing today. With locations in Riverton and Brigham City, we serve customers throughout northern Utah and the Salt Lake City metro area. Contact us today to request a customized estimate for your roof replacement project.

Roofing Shingles Comparison: Three-Tab vs. Laminate

Roofing shingles are all the same, right? Although it may have been true in the past, that statement is no longer accurate today.

Advanced technology has given our industry some interesting options over the past few years, one of which is laminate shingles. As compared to traditional three-tab asphalt, this product offers some clear advantages that make it preferable for many homeowners.

So which type of material is right for you? If you’re considering a new roof, you’ll have to learn a little more to determine the right answer.

Roofing Shingles Comparison: Three-Tab vs. Laminate

What Are Three-Tab Roofing Shingles?

These are the asphalt shingles you’re probably most familiar with, because they have been the most commonly used roofing material for decades. With a relatively low cost as compared to other products, this material typically does a good job of protecting your home from the elements.

Although the look of asphalt three-tab roofs is fairly standard, they aren’t as desirable as many of the alternatives. But, considering that the cost of three-tab roofs is typically on the lower end, this is the best alternative for many homeowners.

These materials typically have warranties that span 15-, 20- or 25-years, depending on your budget and your goals.

What Are Laminate Shingles?

Laminate shingles – also called architectural or dimensional styles – have rapidly become one of the most popular roofing materials in Utah. Most of these products come with a minimum 30-year warranty because, as compared to their three-tab asphalt counterparts, they perform better and last longer. In particular, these products stand up to wind and hail storms better than the alternative.

Originally designed to replicate the look of wood shake, these products are made by laminating together two asphalt shingles. Fabricated in varying widths and will subtle color shading, they have a more high-end appearance that appeals to many homeowners.

These products do cost more than three-tab asphalt in many cases. Consequently, it could add as much as a few hundred dollars to the cost of your new roof, depending on the scope of the project.

Which Roofing Shingles Are Right for You?

To answer this question, consider the benefits of each product and what they mean to you.

If you plan to stay in your home for many years to come, you may prefer to have the peace of mind that laminate’s longer warranty provides. If you plan to see your house in the next few years, you may prefer to save a little money and choose standard three-tab products.

Remember, however, that your potential buyer will view the longer warranty and improved performance of laminate products as a major selling point. It may even increase the value of your home.

Ultimately, the best way to answer this question is to talk it over with a local professional roofing contractor like Knockout Roofing. With locations in Salt Lake City, Riverton and Brigham City, we provide a full range of residential and commercial roofing services to customers throughout northern Utah. Contact us today to talk to a specialist about which type of roofing shingles may be best for your project.

In Utah, Energy Efficient Roofing Can Save Big Money

Should you consider energy efficient roofing modifications for your Utah home? For many homeowners in the Intermountain West, replacing an older roof with new, energy efficient materials can substantially lower energy consumption – along with the corresponding bills.

So-called “cool roofs” – previously only available for low-sloped roofs typically used in commercial applications – are now available for steeper sloped roofs used in most Utah residential designs.

In Utah, Energy Efficient Roofing Can Save Big Money

What Roofing Materials Are Considered Energy Efficient?

Today, industry experts tell us that solar reflectance and emissivity – the ability of a material to release absorbed heat – are the keys to energy efficiency in roofing products. The better a material can reflect solar energy, the less cooling you’ll need to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.

The most effective roofing materials for energy efficiency might seem very familiar to you, as they are the same materials roofing contractors have been using for decades, but with slight modifications to improve reflectivity.

Cool-colored clay and concrete tile, made with reflective pigments, are highly effective for reflecting the sun’s heat. Metal roofing materials coated with infrared-reflecting pigments are also popular. But, perhaps not surprisingly, good, old asphalt shingles are being manufactured for improved energy efficiency. Finally, metal shingles are quickly gaining market share in the energy efficient roofing materials industry.

How Much Can You Save with Energy Efficient Roofing Materials?

EnergyStar.gov reports that using certified energy efficient roofing materials can cut your peak demand cooling by as much as 15 percent. And, since many cool roofing materials typically don’t cost significantly more than traditional products – as stated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – you won’t be spending substantially more money upfront in most cases.

Energy efficient roof products also tend to be more durable. Consequently, your roof will last longer and require fewer repairs than you’re used to. Finally, because today’s home buyers value the financial and environmental benefits of green building materials, you could even realize a direct increase in your home’s value and salability.

Should You Opt for an Energy-Efficient Roof Replacement?

If you’re on the fence about roof replacement, consider the current condition of your home’s roof. Some good indications that it’s time for replacement include the following:

  • The roof’s warranty has expired

  • You’re experiencing frequent leaking

  • You have water damage below the roof

  • You’re spending too much money on repairs

  • You’re spending too much time on maintenance

Another good reason to consider a roofing replacement is if you want to improve your home’s curb appeal and value. Home Advisor reports that you could recover as much as half your investment if you choose a roofing material that improves the home’s curb appeal and energy efficiency.

In northern Utah, Knockout Roofing provides a full range of roofing contractor services to residential and business customers. We have locations in Riverton and Brigham City, but we serve customers throughout the Salt Lake City area and along the Wasatch Front. Contact us today to learn more about how energy efficient roofing materials can benefit you.