Roof Storm Damage – Signs, Warranty Concerns and Shady Contractors

As we’ve discussed recently in this space, the professionals at Knockout Roofing are here to serve as your first call if your roof has undergone storm damage. We’ve gone over how to manage wind and hail damage, understanding your homeowner’s insurance policy and how this will impact things, and several other related areas.

There are a few other areas you’ll want to strong consider if roof damage does take place in your home or building due to a recent storm, and our pros are here to assist you with each and every one of them. In today’s blog, we’ll dig into some of the top signs that such damage has taken place, how your roof’s warranty might factor in, and give you some notes on staying away from “storm-chasers” and dishonest contractors.

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Signs to Look For

How do you know if a recent storm has damaged your roof? Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Shingles: Your shingles will often be the primary sign of storm damage. The simplest indicator here is missing shingles where there previously were some, but you should also look at granule buildup. Finally, look for basic dings and dents caused by hail.
  • Flashing: If flashing is missing along the edges of your roof or near skylights, vents and chimneys, this is another possible sign.
  • Water damage could be found in the attic or along upper floor ceilings.
  • You may also notice loose or peeling sealant in major roof areas.

Warranty Considerations

While we’ve already gone over insurance considerations here in this space, another area to consider is a warranty that might still be active on your roof. If your roof has been purchased or installed recently, check into the manufacturer warranty.

Now, there’s no guarantee your warranty will cover storm damage. Many such warranties only cover materials or manufacturing defects, not future damage caused by storms or other factors. But there are also some that will cover this kind of damage, potentially saving you big sums of money and insurance concerns.

Watch for Dishonest Contractors

Finally, one additional area to caution you on here: Watch out for dishonest contractors, sometimes called “storm chasers” in this field. These are contractors who wait for big storms in susceptible areas and then attempt to scam homeowners or building owners with false promises, shoddy services and occasionally even additional damage created.

To avoid this, always practice due diligence. Check into local and state licenses and qualifications, areas we’re happy to provide for you along with numerous previous client testimonials. Any roofing contractor who cannot provide these documents and references should not be trusted.

For more on handling storm damage to your roof, or to learn about any of our roofing repair services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

Preparing Your Roof for Fall and Upcoming Cold Weather

As the weather begins to cool down, home and business owners everywhere are starting to prepare their structures for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. This involves several important areas to keep occupants protected during the cold, including the first line of defense here: The roof.

At Knockout Roofing, our commercial and residential roof repair services include a variety of areas tailored toward preparing your roof and surrounding elements for changing seasons, including the transition into fall and winter. Let’s look at a few vital pieces of upkeep you should be performing, with the help of our trusted roofing technicians wherever you need it.

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Cleaning and Trimming

One of the key elements associated with the change to fall involves trees, which begin to see color changes for their leaves and, eventually, leaves falling off. And while the majority of these leaves fall into the yard, properties with tall enough trees may see significant leaf buildup on the roof and in the gutters. A simple afternoon spent removing all these potential blockages from the roof area goes a long way toward ensuring the drainage system and your roof as a whole is prepared for the winter.

In addition, any trees that have grown to the point where their branches overhang the roof or are even close to it could pose a major physical risk. Fall and winter can bring high winds, ice and snow, and these will move and weigh down branches to the point where they can fall or otherwise impact the roof, causing significant damage in some cases. Whether on your own or with the assistance of an arborist, we strongly recommend trimming back and such branches before winter gets here.

Roof Inspection

Just because you don’t see a direct issue with your roof doesn’t mean there isn’t one, and this is where professional roof inspection comes into play. Our experienced roofing technicians can spot the signs of issues that might be invisible to the untrained eye, all while keeping you from risking your safety through a detailed inspection.

On top of this, our inspections are purely exploratory – we don’t schedule you for any roof repair or replacement unless such services become necessary after the inspection. In most cases, we’re able to simply patch up a few very minor issues, such as shingle warping or missing areas, and leave you with a fully functional roof at an easily affordable cost.

Important Repairs

In cases where our team does discover some minor repair needs, we highly recommend allowing us to attend to these right away. If you wait too long on roof repairs, cool weather will arrive and may limit your ability to perform them until spring – during which time they may become significantly worse and more expensive while also negatively impacting your home’s energy usage. Letting us handle the problem right away will save you time, money and hassle.

For more on fall roof maintenance areas to be aware of, or to learn about any of our roofer services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

Understanding Common Roof Issues and Their Causes, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the most common roofing issues that may develop on a given structure. Roofs contain several important components, and maintaining their integrity and protective qualities means ensuring each of these is in good shape and is not experiencing damage or long-term wear-and-tear.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to provide a wide range of commercial and residential roofing repair services for your every possible need in this area. There are many such issues that can be avoided with proper care and maintenance of the roof and surrounding areas, however. Today’s part two will dig into a few additional possible concerns, plus how to prevent and remedy them if they’re becoming a problem for your roof.

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Ventilation Concerns

One of the most important factors for any roof is ventilation, which is a big player in regulating the temperature and moisture levels present on the roof. Without proper air circulation, the roof is exposed to a few potentially significant issues, including buildups of ice, water runoff issues and the formation of mold or mildew.

In addition, ventilation problems can lead to a major uptick in your energy bill. They often cause the home to lose valuable warm air during the winter and important cool air during the summer, raising the strain on your HVAC system to heat or cool the entire home properly.

Tree Limbs and Physical Damage

When it comes to physical impact and related damage, large tree limbs are likely the biggest danger to your roof. If they aren’t controlled and are tall enough to reach to roof level, they can rub against the surface, wearing away at top shingle layers and even knocking off shingles during high winds.

Whether on your own or with the assistance of an arborist, we strongly recommend trimming back tree limbs that are anywhere near the roof – or even near walls and siding, which they can also damage easily.

Shrinkage, Blistering and Membrane Issues

In some cases, often combined with poor ventilation issues we went over above, your roof membrane may shrink over time. This will cause cracks in the upper roof layer, which in turn may lead to blistering, splitting and erosion on the surface of the roof.

Poor or Lacking Maintenance

Finally, the roof of any home or building requires regular inspections and simple maintenance tasks completed to remain in optimal shape. These kinds of inspections and upkeep areas prevent smaller issues from devolving into much larger ones, saving you major costs down the road and extending the lifespan of your roof, regardless of its type or demands.

For more on common roof problems and how to address them, or to learn about any of our roofing contractors and what we can do for you, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

Understanding Common Roof Issues and Their Causes, Part 1

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to provide roof repair for any structure that requires it, from commercial to residential roofing repair. Our team of expert roofing technicians will help you assess the problem and determine the proper course of action for the most cost-effective solution.

In addition to our services assisting you with any damage that may have taken place on your roof, we’re also here to help you note the causes of such damage and take steps toward preventing it in the future. There are a few different sources of roof issues out there, and having a broad general knowledge of them can help you avoid these problems moving forward. This two-part blog will go over some of the various categories to be aware of here.

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Installation Issues

In many cases, roofing problems can be traced back to the installation that took place months or years ago. There are several mistakes possible from inexperienced roof installers, whether we’re talking about proper fastenings and balance, insulation concerns, flashing or other areas.

Whenever you’re considering a new roof, installation should be a top priority. Ensure you only hire a licensed, insured professional with experience installing your specific roofing material onto buildings like yours.

Flashing Problems

A related installation area is that of flashing, which is designed to seal off areas you don’t want moisture making its way into. Flashing is commonly used for areas like chimneys, vent pipes, skylights and other roofing elements, but like any other roofing material, it will cause problems if it’s not installed correctly. Blown-off tiles are a frequent result of poor flashing, as are open seams that form in several areas.

Leaking Concerns

In many cases, design or installation defects on a roof show their first visible signs in the form of leakage. The roof is the first line of defense against rain, snow, hail and other elements, and if you notice moisture beginning to make its way through to the interior of your structure, this is a significant concern. If it’s not addressed quickly, mold and rot are potential trickle-down effects.

Standing Water

In other situations, water may begin to pool up on certain areas of the roof. This is often due to debris that’s built up, such as tree branches or other large items that block water flow to the proper gutter areas. It could also be due to HVAC units that have drainage problems, or to poorly positioned gutters.

Pest and Animal Infestations

If you hear movement on the roof regularly, or even if you just notice damage that has no other easily explainable cause, it’s possible animals or pests have invaded. The most common visitors here are birds, but you could also deal with small rodents or even smaller insect pest infestations. If you discover any evidence of these concerns, contact pest control services immediately to remedy the problem before it grows.

For more on the common problems that may affect your roof over time, or to learn about any of our roofing repair services or products, speak to the roofing contractors at Knockout Roofing today.

Direct Benefits of Proper Roofing Insulation

Whether you’re a homeowner or the owner or manager of a commercial building, the roof over your head will be a primary consideration for several things, from basic elemental protection to energy efficiency and more. And while many such individuals are diligent about their roofing materials, some may gloss over another very important piece of the puzzle here: Insulation.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to provide comprehensive residential and commercial re-roofing services, including handling all your insulation questions and needs. What are some of the benefits that come with properly insulating a roof? Here are a few too consider.

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Energy Efficiency and Utility Bills

Insulation’s top purpose is to serve as a barrier between your structure and the outdoor air. When it’s hot outside during the summer, insulation helps keep cool air generated by the air conditioner inside the structure. When it’s cold out, the opposite becomes the case – insulation helps trap warm air generated by the furnace.

The more noticeable area of improvement you see with good insulation comes in the winter, though it’s working for you during both seasons to be sure. The cold months, though, require more hot air pumped into the building – hot air naturally rises, so this is where good insulation in your roof is vital for keeping the area warm. When you’re considering roofing insulation, the buzzword here will be “R-value,” which refers to the ability of a given material to limit temperature transfer between spaces. Ask our team about which R-value is right for your needs.

Mold Prevention

Without proper air and climate control in a given space, a significant risk is mold formation. This is particularly true during the summer, where cooling efforts from your air conditioner also create a significant amount of humidity. Without proper insulation, moisture will much more easily condensate in several potential areas, the first step toward mold formation in many cases. Many forms of roofing insulation are specifically designed to be mold-resistant, however, and will help improve not only your air circulation but also your air quality as well.

Fire Safety

On top of everything above, proper insulation is also a key tool for protecting your building if a fire happens to take place. One of the major risks during any building fire is the roof igniting and possibly spreading flames to the nearby area, but strong insulation is fire-resistant and will help stop this spread while fire response teams get to work. If there have been fire issues in or near your building in recent years, ask about the best insulation in terms of fire resistance and protecting your roof.

For more on why insulation is so important for any roofing system, or to learn about our residential or commercial roofing repairs and other services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today. 

Factors That Influence Commercial Roofing Lifespan

If you’re the owner or manager of a commercial building and you’re considering re-roofing for your structure, one of your primary questions is sure to be regarding how long your new roofing system will last. A commercial roof can last anywhere from 10 to 40-plus years depending on several factors, from the quality of your installation to the materials you use, the maintenance you perform and more.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re proud to offer a wide range of commercial re-roofing services among our numerous roofing contractor offerings. We’re happy to get into detailed information about the standard lifespan of some of our roofing materials, plus other factors that will impact how long your new roof will last for. Here are several such factors to keep an eye on.

factors commercial roofing lifespan

Installation Quality

For starters, the quality of the professionals installing your roof makes a big difference. You need a company like ours, one that’s licensed and insured and also highly experienced in the exact kind of roofing installations you require.

A roof that’s installed poorly will wear down faster, and may also develop sagging or leaking concerns due to improper alignment or placement. In addition, inexperienced roofing technicians may recommend improper materials that wear down faster and do not meet your roofing needs.

Materials Used

In addition to professionals performing the actual installation job, you need experts who understand your roofing needs and which materials will do best. If your needs will be met with an asphalt or metal roof, each of which can last well over 40 years with proper maintenance, we’ll generally point you in this direction. We’ll suggest other alternatives if not, as well.

Maintenance Quality

Even the strongest roofing materials will wear down over time when exposed to enough of the elements, but you have some control here. Regular inspections of the roof are valuable, as they can signal small areas of damage you can repair cheaply to avoid larger issues forming. If you notice any shingles missing, call us immediately for replacements or other repairs you need assistance with.

Ventilation and Insulation

Another area that cuts some lifespan off several roof types? Excessive heat. Luckily, you can limit this risk by properly insulating and ventilating your roof, allowing it to cool down even when the summer heat is beating down on it. This will also keep the interior of your building cooler while limiting your AC bills.

Weather Elements

Finally, the area least inside your control when it comes to roof lifespan is the weather. And while you can’t stop rain, wind, snow, ice and other elements from impacting the roof, you can take basic precautions to prepare for storms and properly maintain the roof so it’s ready for any inclement weather. Much of this traces back to proper maintenance, which we already went over, and our pros can offer additional tips.

For more on the factors that influence commercial roofing lifespan, or to learn about any of our roof repair or installation services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

Primer on Common Roofing Warranty Types

As past purchasers of several high-cost items well know, warranties are a common add-on to many such products. Things like vacuums, air conditioners, furnaces and many other home items may come with warranties, or a form of temporary insurance that protects owners from breakdowns or other possible concerns.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re happy to explain the warranties available for any of our roofing products, whether you’re considering residential or commercial re-roofing installation. There are several different types of warranties that may apply across the roofing industry – here are some basics on each of the most common formats and what you need to know about them.

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Installation or Labor Warranties

One of the simplest forms of roofing warranties is the installation warranty, which only covers defects present in the roof due to improper installation. These sorts of warranties are generally offered by roofing contractors themselves.

Down similar lines is the labor-only warranty, which covers the labor costs of the installation – but not the materials used. If you’re being offered a labor-only policy, be sure you’re 100 percent clear on exactly what it covers and how you’re protected.

Material-Only Warranties

In other cases, you may be offered what’s known as a material-only warranty. This is a guarantee that the roof will avoid certain defects even after it’s installed – again, however, proper installation is usually a must to keep these warranties active and valid. In addition, if it can be proved that improper or absent maintenance on your end led to the roofing damage, a materials-only warranty generally will not hold up.

System Warranties

For a warranty that covers both labor costs and materials alike, you need a system warranty type. These are offered by roofing manufacturers, and protect you from both installation issues and future damage that takes place to materials. Like with material-only warranties, however – and honestly, similar to virtually any warranty you can obtain – they will be voided if the damage comes from a lack of maintenance on your end.

Manufacturer Warranty

Finally, there’s the manufacturer’s warranty, one that may cover materials, labor and the system all together. These warranties are the longest-lasting of the group generally, often running between 10 and 30 years or even for the full life of the roof.

The purpose of the manufacturer warranty is to guard against roof damages to any part of the roof that was created by the manufacturer themselves. Like with the system warranty, it’s vital to ensure you’re fully aware of precisely what this warranty covers, as not all manufacturer warranties are the same and you could quickly get into trouble if you’re unsure about the details.

For more on roofing warranties and which you should consider, or to learn about any of our roofing repair or contractor services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

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.