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.

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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.

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.