Importance of Proper Ventilation for Roofing Systems

With the Utah summer quickly approaching, your home or building’s roof takes on increased importance in different ways than over the winter. The roof is now one of your top assets in terms of protecting your home from the heat, and a big factor in allowing this to happen properly is ensuring your roof has the right ventilation technology.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of commercial and residential roofing packages to improve or upgrade any area of your roof’s performance. Let’s go over why ventilation is important, both for your comfort and the long-term viability of your roof, plus some options available for ventilation and the potential issues that can arise if you don’t ensure proper ventilation. 

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Ventilation and Your Roof

Roof ventilation is primarily in charge of maintaining air flow and circulation around roofing areas. This is beneficial for a few important reasons, from ensuring too much heat doesn’t flow down into your home to preventing condensation from building under the roof. When your roof is properly ventilated, your cooling system will work more efficiently due to less heat making its way into the living space.

Roof Ventilation Options

There are a few types of common vents available that pertain in some way to your roof or the nearby areas:

  • Roof vents: Vents that connect to the roof itself and allow hot or highly humid air to escape through the attic. These vents are primarily used to protect the roof from damage.
  • Ridge vents: Vents placed underneath the roof to make sure it’s ventilated and will not become overheated or filled with moisture that cannot escape.
  • Intake vents: Vents that allow for effective air movement and increase overall roof performance.

Issues With Lacking Ventilation

There are numerous issues that can result from lacking ventilation, including all of the following:

  • Damage issues: Hot temperatures that are not cooled in any way by ventilation may lead to significant damage to the roof itself, including expansion of roofing joints or wood beams, shrinkage or blistering of shingles, general damage to flashing and several other areas. In some cases, this damage will be so significant that it will require replacing the entire system.
  • Water concerns: If your roof is significantly damaged, your home or building is susceptible to leaks and potentially major water damage during storms.
  • Cooling costs: When heat is allowed to push down into your home through the roof, your cooling and utility costs will almost certainly increase, possibly significantly.
  • Humidity, moisture and mold: In other cases, weakened ventilation will allow excess humidity to build up in certain areas, often giving way to mold formation. Not only is mold harmful to human health, it can also weaken your roof sheathing and separate plywood layers, creating another repair area you may have to deal with.

For more on why ventilation matters for your roof, or to learn about any of our re-roofing services or roofing repair offerings, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

Choosing Between Shingle Repair and Roof Replacement

After the long winter they’ve just been through, your home or business’s shingles should be inspected carefully during the spring or early summer period. Noting any minor damage or upkeep issues that have arisen over the winter is valuable, allowing you to assess them before they worsen and increase your costs.

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At Knockout Roofing, we’re here to help with any such commercial or residential roofing repair, whether for your shingles, leaking areas, ventilation or others. One of the more common questions we’re asked by homeowners who have had repeated shingle issues, or for whom shingle damage was particularly significant over the past winter: Does it make more sense to repair this shingle damage, or replace the shingle roof system as a whole? There are circumstances where each of these options is the proper route, and our roofing technicians will help you assess every factor to make a final call. Here are some basic areas we’ll go over.

Repair or Replace?

There are a few considerations at play when choosing between repairing shingles and replacing the system, and one of the primary ones is leakage. When significant enough leaks begin to form through damaged shingles, water damage may seep into the attic, significant limiting the lifespan of any wood and often speeding up the rate at which shingle replacement is needed – to the point where repeatedly replacing these shingles over and over again actually costs more and brings you a greater hassle than just overhauling the entire system.

On the other hand, if your roof is just missing a few shingles, or if some have been warped or bent due to a recent storm, repair is usually the way to go. We can offer high-quality, lasting shingle repair for these areas that comes at an affordable rate.

Considering Budget and Safety

As we alluded to above, the primary factor in this decision is budgeting – will it cost more in the long run to repair shingles or replace the roofing system? This is the major question you’re asking yourself, but it’s also vital to consider the safety of building occupants. If continuing to stubbornly order repairs over and over on badly damaged shingle roofing systems will put the occupants of any structure at risk, it becomes more than just a budgetary call, and could seep into liability and other concerns as well.

How Professionals Will Help

Whether you’ve chosen to replace the roofing system or repair individual shingles, both these jobs should be left to our professional roofing technicians. Improper installation often leads to exacerbation of the exact issues you were trying to get rid of in the first place, plus can risk your safety and the structural integrity of your home or building.

For more on how we’ll help with shingle repair or total roof replacement, or to learn about any of our other quality roofing services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

Determining Whether Roof Issues Are Leaks or Condensation

If you’re a home or business owner and you spot the signs of water stains or damage on or around your ceilings, this will naturally be concerning. These signs are often the first that lead to significant water damage issues if proper action is not taken.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to offer both residential and commercial roofing repairs for any such issues, plus other areas you may be concerned about. Any water making its way in from the roof is an issue we’ll help you correct, no matter where the water came from – that said, though, understanding the source of moisture making its way through the roof can be very important for making the proper fixes. Specifically, while certain water issues in the home or building might be caused by roofing leaks that need to be addressed, others may be caused by roof-related condensation. Here are some signs that will help you figure out which issue you’re dealing with, plus some tips on what to do in both cases.

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Signs of Condensation

Condensation refers to the output when moisture in the air contacts a cold surface – it’s most well-known on windows, which may form droplets of water when the outdoor temperature and the indoor temperature are far apart and there’s moisture in the air. This is often due to poor insulation or airflow regulation.

If you’ve begun to notice water spots on the ceiling in areas where moisture is common, such as the bathroom, laundry room or even the kitchen in many homes, there’s at least a chance this is due to condensation rather than a leaking roof. Condensation may also form near vents, light fixtures and other openings in the roof.

Signs of Leakage

If you’re noticing water issues in areas where indoor moisture isn’t common, or if you’ve been through the risk factors on condensation and are confident this is not the issue, we recommend taking a basic walk around the exterior of your property to inspect the roof. Check for any missing shingles or other damage you can see, particularly in or around the area where you’re noticing stains.

If you have an attic you can access, you should also enter it, preferably on a sunny day. In these situations, you’ll often be able to spot the signs of roof damage and resulting leaks through sun that shows through the roof.

How to Respond

If you pinpoint condensation as the issue causing your water stains, the name of the game is insulation and ventilation. Both your roof and your attic should be properly ventilated, as should any pipes in the attic. This will prevent the kind of temperature imbalances that lead to condensation.

If you’ve discovered specific damage and resulting leaks, on the other hand, call our pros for roof repair services immediately. To learn more about this or any of our other roofing services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

Color Considerations When Installing New Roof Shingles

Like several major exterior building areas, roofing materials serve both practical and aesthetic purposes. This is particularly true for shingles, which are vital for protecting a structure from the elements and also play a significant role in the property’s appearance and curb appeal.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to offer expertise and high-quality residential and commercial re-roofing services no matter which of these priorities is higher on your personal list. One big decision when it comes to shingle selection for any structure is choosing the color you want to use – here are a few themes we recommend following while making this decision.

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Advanced Research

For starters, take the time before you spend any money to research the shingle options that might be available within your budget. Look online using virtual tools, which are readily available through many manufacturers.

In addition, consider getting some physical samples of different shingle materials. Compare these to the style of your home and spend some time figuring out what will look good compared to what might look somewhat off. If you are unable to get samples of a given shingle type, you can search for nearby homes that utilize it and simply drive by them to get a look.

Complementing Current Colors

In many cases, home or business owners choose shingle colors that will complement the rest of the structure. This means assessing the material used throughout the other parts of the building – are they brick, or do you use siding? Is the structure in a modern or traditional style?

There are plenty of themes available to you here, from sticking with the same colors as siding or other broad areas to going for a heavy contrast. Some people choose to match shingles with garage door color, for instance, while others match them to the trim of their windows.

Neighborhood Restrictions

In the case of homeowners who live in a community run by a specific homeowner’s association or a similar group, there could be restrictions set by this body on shingle color. Many such organizations prefer all homes in a given neighborhood to standardize areas like shingles.

Even if you’re not part of such an organization, look at the shingle styles your neighbors are using for some basic tips. If you enjoy a specific style, don’t hesitate to ask the owner about it.

Curb Appeal

Through all your investigations here, keep a theme called curb appeal in mind. This is a real estate term that describes the first visual impressions people will have of your structure when they see it, and shingles are naturally a significant part of where your curb appeal sits. If you’re looking to increase building value, we recommend a neutral shingle color that will maintain a modern look.

For more on choosing the right color for shingles, or to learn about any of our roofing services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

Spring Shingle Roofing Inspection and Upkeep

Within any roofing system that utilizes them, shingles are a vital component. Important for protecting the home or building and its occupants from various water intrusions and other weather elements, shingles come in a few different styles and options.

At Knockout Roofing, shingles are just one area we help with when it comes to commercial or residential roofing repair needs. The spring period we’re in right now is a perfect time of year to pay some extra attention to shingles, which will have taken some additional strain over the long Utah winter and may need some small tweaks or repairs to ensure they’re functioning optimally headed into spring showers and the summer. Here are some basics we can offer you on assessing your shingle roof during the spring.

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Visual Inspection

When it comes to inspecting any element of your roof, whether it’s shingles or otherwise, your safety should come first above all else. With this in mind, we do not recommend actually climbing up onto the roof itself to inspect it unless you’re a certified roofing professional.

Instead, you can give the roof an adequate visual inspection from the ground, using binoculars or some other assist if needed. For a closer view of any particular areas, you can consider a ladder – but only if it’s sturdy and held by another person at the base for safety. Check the shingles for dark patches that single bare shingles, broken patches, shingles that have buckled or are missing, plus any gaps or valleys in flashing or along the edge of the roof.

Gutter Inspection

When you’re performing your outdoor inspection, be sure not to overlook your gutters. Any blockages or overflow issues can lead to major siding and wall damage, plus may impact the shingles in some configurations. The spring period is an important one for cleaning and maintaining gutters and their downspouts so they function as a useful part of the drainage system, not an obstacle.

Water Intrusions

The outside of the roof isn’t the only area you should check to assess the quality of your current shingles. You should also examine indoor areas like ceilings, attics and exterior walls for any water stains or other signs of leaking or shingle issues – in the attic, for instance, the ability to see up into daylight through small holes means water can make its way through these same openings and cause damage.

These aren’t only visual signs you’re looking for, either. You may smell moisture or mildew scents coming from areas where water has leaked in, or may hear dripping water even if you can’t see it. All of these issues could signal an issue with shingles that’s allowing water through.  For more on spring shingle care and inspection, or to learn about any of our roofing repair services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

Red Flags That Signal a Need for Roof Replacement

When you call the pros at Knockout Roofing for issues with your roof or drainage system, our priority is finding you long-term, cost-effective solutions. When these include our ability to carefully and permanently repair certain areas of damage for a limited cost without impacting structural integrity, we’ll always default to this option.

In some cases, however, roofing damage is so significant that repairs aren’t the logical move. They may cost nearly as much as a replacement roof, plus you’ll have to keep coming back to them over and over again, spending money each time. In these cases, we’ll recommend efficient residential or commercial re-roofing options – here are some signs that your roof might be beyond repair and at a point where a replacement system makes more sense, both financially and practically.

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Granule Loss

If your roof utilizes shingles, which most systems do, chances are you’re using the popular asphalt materials that are most common today. These products come with a granulated coating, one that’s meant to help protect the roof and keep it lasting for years.

However, over time, some of this coating will be stripped off the shingles due to elements and other wear-and-tear. In many cases, you’ll begin to notice these granules, which look like small pebbles, caught in your gutters or other areas of your drainage system. If they’re allowed to build up far enough, these may even cause drainage issues – but those aren’t even the most significant concern. Rather, this kind of deterioration suggests that the roof is losing efficiency and could be in line for a replacement.

Shingle Concerns

Another area of shingles to consider is a bit more broadly obvious: Major shingle damage. There are some cases where single or even a handful of shingles become missing or damaged, perhaps warping up slightly after a storm or something similar. These are to be expected, and don’t always necessitate a full roofing repair.

In other situations, though, shingle damage will be significant and easily noticeable. You’ll notice curled, buckled or simply missing shingles throughout the roof, plus water damage or similar issues taking place just inside the roof. In these cases, repairs often just don’t make sense, and could even cost more than just installing a new system – particularly when you consider that these repairs will likely need to be done again in a short time if the damage is this significant.

End of Life Expectancy

Sometimes, there isn’t necessarily a single obvious sign that your roof needs replacement. Older roofs are simple more prone to leaks and other concerns, and may also lead to heat loss and rising energy or water bills. If you begin to notice areas like this cropping up, plus you know your roof has been in place for several years and could be reaching the end of its life, it could be time to consider replacement.

Identifying and Assessing Roof Leaks Early

At Knockout Roofing, we’re here to help with all areas of roofing repair for your building. We know full well the risks of ignoring a simple issue like a roof leak, and we’re here to repair it for an affordable cost before it spirals into something much more significant.

To truly keep your roofing system well-maintained and protecting everyone in your building, however, we need your help. Being diligent about keeping an eye on your roof, both literally and figuratively, benefits both you as a building owner and us as your roof professionals – it allows us to assess roof leaks and other concerns well before they become larger, more expensive concerns. Let’s go over some of the top signs you should be keeping an eye out for when it comes to preventing leaks on the roof.

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Visual Inspection

The most valuable tools you have at your disposal here are your eyes, as many water leaks in the roof can be easily detected with a visual examination. Many of the most common roofing leaks take place around loose flashing, degrading shingles or other worn down areas, which they soak in through and begin to load up with water.

You don’t even need to risk your safety to do a basic visual inspection here. You can do this from the ground, or use a small ladder with people holding down the base for safety if you’re comfortable – you never have to go up higher than your gutters here. All you’re looking for are signs of damage like missing shingles, visible leak areas, or curling and other warping on roof areas.

Odor Detection

If the eyes are your primary investigative tools, your nose isn’t far behind. Many water leaks will quickly begin giving off odors, the most common of which are mold and mildew smells that may come off as musty in many rooms. These are often accompanied by dark brown water stains on areas like walls, ceilings and even doors, though for some hidden areas you may notice the smell before you ever see these stains.

While it’s fine to use a spray like Lysol to cover this poor odor, do not assume this has simply solved the leak issue. Rather, contact our pros right away.

Attic Considerations

One of the key areas to check for leaks is the attic if your building has one. You may see brown stains or other coloration issues on the undersides of your roof, such as sheathing or insulation areas.

If You Find Problems

If you do notice leaks, even small ones, we recommend calling our pros right away. Even a small delay in assessing these leaks may cause them to expand significantly, whereas repairing them right away can save you major time and hassle down the line.

For more on locating leaks in your building’s roof, or to learn about any of our commercial roof repair services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

How Your Roof Aids in Fire Protection

No matter the element, whether it’s wind, rain or snow, your roof is meant to protect your building. There’s another element that can be added to the list, even if home and business owners may not consider it as often: Fire protection.

At Knockout Roofing, we boast a wide variety of residential and commercial roofing products that can help keep you safe from any and all fire risks year-round (that’s right – these are important even during the winter). Let’s look at a few roofing factors you should be considering when fire protection is a priority for you.

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How Shingles Help

There are a few types of shingles out there, but the most common and popular around the United States are known as fiberglass-asphalt shingles. These are all rated against fires, meaning they’ll hold together and will not allow pieces to burn or fly off – this protects both the building and surrounding areas from burning embers that may fly off other surfaces.

These shingles are specifically called Class A-rated shingles, and they’re technically not “fireproof” – rather “fire-resistant,” which means they won’t contribute to the spread of a fire to any other location. It’s a bit unreasonable to expect shingles to totally prevent fires altogether, but they will help keep it dormant by refusing to slide off, break, crack, warp or otherwise expose the underlying roof deck. Both your interior areas and nearby exterior areas will be protected.

Now, it should be noted that shingles not A-rated should be avoided if fire resistance is important for you. These may allow flame to spread to unsafe areas.

Outdoor Fire Conditions

In addition to ensuring you have the proper shingles installed on your roof, it’s important to take some basic steps to avoid promoting fire-feeding conditions outside your building. This is particularly true if you are anywhere near power lines, electrical boxes or any form of utility that may have increased fire risks.

We recommend keeping an eye on things like overhanging tree branches, tall shrubs and bushes that are near your building. Cut these back regularly to avoid them contacting the building itself, and also gather up dry leaves during fire season to avoid kindling being present.

Fires Originating Indoors

In some cases, fires can originate indoors. In these situations, the flames will have a chance to build up on many other materials before they reach your shingles – to combat this, we recommend installing fiberglass attic insulation that will stop the flames once they reach this point. The nonflammable glass will completely block flames even as its paper backing burns off.

For more on your roof and protecting your building from fire risks, or to learn about any of our roofing services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

Why Vinyl is so Valuable as a Siding Material

At Knockout Roofing, we’re here to provide quality, lasting roofing repairs to any structure that requires it. But we’re also proud to assist with several related areas when it comes to emergency repairs, whether we’re talking shingles, other roofing materials, or even siding concerns.

Siding, or the primary exterior material on the outside of your building’s walls, is very important for both your curb appeal and your structural integrity. And if you’re considering replacing your siding, whether to upgrade your building’s appearance or to alter some area of moisture protection, one of the top products to look at is vinyl. Let’s have a look at what makes vinyl so valuable for siding, plus why we see fewer repair needs for vinyl siding than other materials.

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Cost Considerations

Many people don’t realize how much cheaper vinyl is than many of its alternatives. You will generally pay at least twice as much for wood siding than you will for the same square footage of vinyl, for instance, and often far more than this. And when you compare their actual qualities, as we will below, you’ll see that those other materials are not worth anywhere near that much more – if they’re even worth more at all.

Versatility and Durability of Vinyl

Vinyl isn’t a one-size-fits-all product by any means – it’s highly versatile, available in several different styles, colors and textures. There’s virtually no building design you can’t match with vinyl siding.

In addition, vinyl is extremely durable and long-lasting. It’s known to be around three times as durable as similar wood siding products, holding up well to temperature extremes on both the hot and cold ends of the spectrum.

Limited Maintenance Needs

Not only is vinyl durable and resilient, it also requires virtually no additional maintenance from you. You will never have to paint or re-paint vinyl siding products for any reason, and even cleaning is incredibly simple: All you do is get some water and a very gentle cleanser and soak the siding down, and you only need to do this a few times per year.

Flame Retardant

If you use wood siding, your home’s exterior may be susceptible to flames in the rare instances that they’re present. There could even be risks of having fires outdoors if you live in a high-wind area. Vinyl products come with none of these risks, though, as they’re naturally resistant to flames.

Fewer Insect Concerns

On top of this, virtually everyone has heard of at least one insect – the termite – that invades wood as part of its life cycle, and there are others that feed on wood as well (carpenter ants are another example). Vinyl, however, is not a feeding ground for any major pests or insects.

For more on why vinyl is a great choice for your home’s siding, or to learn about any of our roofing services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

Preparing for a Commercial Re-Roofing Project

If you’re the owner or manager of a commercial building, keeping the occupants and materials in it secure and protected from the outdoor elements is one of your most basic responsibilities. The roof and roofing systems are some of your best friends here, but even the strongest materials here often require repair or even, in some cases, full re-roofing services.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re here to provide these services and more for all your commercial roofing needs. We can help you from start to finish with roofing replacements, helping you choose the right materials and fitting everything within your budget so you get the proper roof solutions for your building. Here are a few of the preparation areas you’ll want to consider if you’re thinking about a roof replacement.

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Identifying Proper Timing

For starters, identifying the right time to replace your roof is very important. Most shingle roof styles will last for at least 20 years if they’re maintained well, and often more. But as a roof reaches the latter end of this spectrum, you may begin noticing it needs more regular upkeep than it used to and is perhaps exceeding reasonable costs in this area.

There are cases where repairs will be the more economical choice for your roof. At the same time, continuing to make similar repairs over and over again for the same kinds of problems will eventually cost you more than just replacing the entire roof itself. Here are some general signs that replacement might be the best idea:

  • The roof is at least 20 years old
  • Multiple leaks are present in the roof
  • Shingles on the roof are curling, split or pitted
  • Moss or mold is growing on the roof in multiple areas
  • There’s visible warping of the roof deck

Setting Budget and Receiving Estimate

If you’ve determined that the time is right for replacement, or perhaps even before this as you assess the issues with the roof, you should consider the costs of what a new roof will cost. It’s always prudent to contact multiple contractors for estimates, which will be based on things like the size of the roof needed, the materials desired, the labor time required for the project, plus any special considerations. With these estimates on hand, you can calculate the funds needed and how they’ll fit within your budget.

Local Professionals

When choosing your roofer, it’s always best to go with a local professional with experience working in your area. You want roofers who understand how your materials will interact with the local Utah climate, plus who are on hand for repairs and future service when they’re needed.

For more on how to prepare for a roof replacement, or for information on any of our roofing services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.