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.

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.

General Roofing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When it comes to the care of a roof for your home or business, we’re generally talking about a tag-team effort. While the pros at Knockout Roofing are here to help with everything from basic roofing repair to choosing the right new roof for any building that’s in need, you as a home or building owner also have to take some basic steps when it comes to caring for and maintaining the roof on a day-to-day basis.

We’re here to offer expertise for all related areas here, including informing you on some of the most common mistakes we see home and business owners make from this position. Here are a few of the biggest no-no’s to avoid when it comes to caring for and maintaining your roof throughout the year.

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Too Much Insulation

You may not have thought it was possible to have too much insulation for your roof, but you’d be wrong here. While it’s indeed extremely important to make sure your roof is properly insulated, especially during the cold winter, there is such thing as overdoing it here.

Namely, this can become an issue if your home has an attic at its upper level. In these cases, too much insulation will stop the attic from being able to properly ventilate itself, which can lead to rising humidity and the growth of mold. If this reaches too severe a level, it could damage your entire home’s air quality and structural integrity.

New Shingles Over Old

If you’re extremely handy around the roof, you might feel comfortable working with shingles and replacing old ones when necessary. Unfortunately, even some of the savviest home or business owners here make the simple mistake of nailing new shingles directly over the older, worn-down ones.

All this is doing is making any previous issues worse. Instead of doing it this way, new shingles always have to be installed in a brand new spot after the old ones were removed to allow for a proper seal.

Pressure Washer

It’s important to clean the roof periodically, or at least once a season, to prevent mold growth or other basic debris from building up too much. However, never use a pressure washer for this job – this can damage your roof surface and cause you significant costs. Use a standard hose on lower pressure instead.

No Attic Checks

If you have an attic in your home, it should be regularly inspected for signs that the roof is wearing down or needs replacement. Signs here may include mold growth, water damage, or high humidity levels.

No Inspections

In addition, the roof itself should be inspected multiple times per year – even if you don’t notice any leaks or visible issues. Small roof issues may not show signs early on, but this is the best time to address them before they become larger and costlier.

For more on avoiding common roofing mistakes, or to learn about any of our roofing contractor services, speak to the pros at Knockout Roofing today.

Understanding and Preventing Roof-Related Condensation

Most of us have experienced the following sensation during summer: You pour yourself a nice cool glass of water or a soda with ice in it, and almost immediately notice beads of moisture collecting and running down the outside of the glass. This is a process called condensation, and it’s a common, everyday moisture behavior.

At Knockout Roofing, we’re here to tell you about how condensation can be a problem when it comes to your roofing solutions in your home or building. Let’s go over why this is the case, how condensation can impact your roof, and how you can take the right steps to prevent it and avoid significant residential or commercial roofing repairs as a result of condensation.

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Why Condensation is a Problem

In the roof area, condensation takes place due to warm air that escapes from the living space up into the attic or even simply just out of the roof. The right temperature imbalances can make it even more common.

And when condensation takes place in or around the roof, it has several potential issues associated with it. For one, it’s a primary precursor to mold and mildew formation, which can impact everything from air quality and human health to structural integrity. That’s not the only way condensation can wear down the roof, either – the warmth that comes up from inside the structure can even melt the bottom layer of snow that’s sitting on your roof, leading to water running down your eaves and freezing. This leads to ice damming and water backups, which can damage several parts of the home and lead to significant additional concerns. It’s clear that condensation buildup is a significant risk.

Prevention Tactics

Luckily, there are two simple areas you can prioritize to keep condensation from causing any of the issues listed above:

  • Ventilation: The primary combatant against condensation is proper ventilation in the roof and attic area. While it’s vital, of course, to insulate this area and protect it from any water passage, it’s also vital for natural air circulation to be possible that allows warm air to circulate. Most areas require at least one square foot of venting per 300 square feet of attic floor space, but check yours to be sure this is the case. We generally recommend an even split of ridge and roof vents, allowing natural wind movement to pull warm air from the attic while intake vents bring in new air.
  • Block heat and moisture: It’s easy for warm air to get into the attic through bad light sealing, poor chimney access, bathroom exhaust fans or several other areas. To stop this from happening, ensure your various exhaust vents are routed outdoors, plus have leaks sealed and insulated properly. We recommend blown-in fiberglass insulation, which will expand and contract as needed based on temperature while allowing for good ventilation.

For more on condensation and how to stop it from becoming an issue for your roof, or to learn about any of our roofing services, speak to the staff at Knockout Roofing today.

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.

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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.

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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.