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Where is That Roof Leak Coming From?

If your roof is not well-maintained, there is a whole list of issues that could occur, including structural damage and unhealthy mold growth. If you have noticed water stains or actual water coming from the ceiling, you might have a leak. Immediately repairing leaks is essential to keeping your roof in the best condition, but how do you know where the leak is coming from? The following are some common problem areas you can check to find your residential roof leak.

Shingles and Other Materials

The actual shingles or other roofing materials on your roof could have damage that is allowing moisture into your home. Damaged shingles will be buckled, corroded, cracked, or missing all together. You could also look for granules on the ground surrounding your home or nails that are missing or backing out. If you have trees that hang over the roof, be sure to check those areas, as a swaying branch could easily wear out your roofing.

Flashing

The point of flashing is to guide water in another direction when it wants to seep down into a seam on the roof. Flashing is located around chimneys, vents, and other areas where there’s an intersection or an angle in the roof. When flashing is not properly installed or sealed, water will begin to flow underneath and damage your home. Look for loose flashing, ripped pieces, or missing areas.

Skylights and Chimneys

The more extra features you have on your roof, the more chances water has to get in. Skylights and chimneys can be both functional and aesthetically appealing, but without proper installation, it’s easy for water to penetrate the roofing materials surrounding them. You should have a professional look at the seams and the installation to make sure it is all sealed correctly.

Hiring the Professionals

If you’re worried about a leaky residential roof, it’s important you contact the professionals for an inspection. Contact Andrews Roofing today by calling 757-296-0553 or sending us an email to learn more.

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Common Issues Caused by Leaks in Your Commercial Roof

Your roof is a critical part of your commercial building. If your commercial roof is compromised in any way, it can lead to exponential costs and headaches in the future. Whether you own your business location, an apartment complex, or office building, understanding potential issues is critical. Learn more about these common issues caused by a leaking roof.

Mold Growth

The first thing that will happen when a roof leaks is that water will enter your roofline and begin to soak into interior elements. Very quickly, this will cause mold growth. Mold only needs a few basic features in order to start growing in your building:

  • Moisture
  • Heat
  • A food source

Some common food sources for mold are drywall and carpeting, but mold and mildew can grow on the grout of a bathroom floor, on your insulation, and even on the wood frame of your building.

Rotting Wood

As mold grows and moisture soaks into your wood support beams, it could reduce the strength of your entire support structure. Over time, it could create a dangerous situation. From a sagging roof line to a complete collapse of your commercial roof, it’s best to prevent water damage before your framing begins to rot.

Compromised Insulation

Finally, a leak in your roof could cause your insulation to become wet. Most buildings are insulated with fiberglass insulation. This insulating material uses air pockets between the fibers to create a heat barrier. When exposed to water, fiberglass insulation will become heavy and crumple. Not only will this reduce its insulating properties, it could add significant weight to your commercial ceiling, creating a dangerous situation.

Don’t let a lack of maintenance or prompt repairs compromise your roof. Contact Andrews Roofing today to have your commercial roof inspected, repaired, or replaced. Protect your investment and ensure a reliable water barrier for years to come by calling 757-296-0553 or emailing us today!

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How Warm Weather Affects Flat Roofs

Your building relies on the structural integrity of your roof. When it comes to roof damage, most building owners worry about extreme storm systems or snowy winters. Few regard summer as a problem to their roofing, which is a mistake. Hot summer days can negatively affect your flat roof. Here is what you need to know about warm weather and the affects it has on your roof.

Thermal Cycle Problems

In the summer, the temperatures rotate between hot and cold throughout the day and night. Flat style roofs expand and contract in these conditions. This usually leads to water penetrating the roof. You may need breathable PVC material to withstand the condensation and the thermal cycles.

Blistering Issues

When water penetrates through the roof, this is a problem on its own. It only gets worse when you add the summer heat into the mix. When you heat the moisture under the sun all day, it can lift the felt from the roof. This will lead to bubbles or blisters in the roof. If you catch these blisters as soon as possible, then you can replace the damaged sections. However, as time goes on and more blisters develop, you would need to replace the entire roof.

Moisture Damage

When moisture builds up, mold and fungus might grow. When you add sunlight into the mix, the high temperatures can help increase the rate of mold growth. This fungus may damage flashing. If you have damaged flashing, this compromises your draining capacity.

Older roofs and those that endure high temperatures should have regular inspections. When you have a roofing issue, you never want to wait around on it. Most roofing problems get worse with time, whereas maintenance may be simple and quick. With a call to Andrews Roofing today, you can avoid turning those minor problems into major problems. Call 757-296-0553 or email us today!

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How Important is Roofing Insulation?

While many commercial buildings invest in a durable, waterproof roofing material, some business owners forget to invest in proper roofing insulation. Whether your roof is completely uninsulated or has less than optimal insulation, read on to discover some important benefits you’ll enjoy by properly insulating your commercial roof.

Lower Utility Bills

The primary goal of insulation is to trap warm or cool air in your building. Whether you’re operating your air conditioner in the summer, or furnace in the winter, insulation reduces the energy consumption of these two units and provides you with a comfortably controlled interior temperature.

Because hot air rises, your furnace can especially benefit from proper roof insulation. Insulation is measured in R values, with a roof insulation recommendation anywhere between R-20 and R-49, depending on your climate and other factors. Contact a local roofing expert to determine the R value needs of your commercial building.

Improve Fire Safety

One of the worst-case scenarios in a commercial building is a fire. In the unfortunate event of a fire, insulation can protect your roof material from igniting. Be sure to use an insulation material that is fire resistant to add another layer of protection to your commercial building.

Prevent Mold Growth

Climate control in a commercial building produces a great deal of moisture. Whether you’re heating or cooling, humid air can become trapped under your roof. Without insulation, this moisture can condensate on the interior framework and harbor mold growth. Insulation can be mold-resistant and protect your building and your air quality.

Insulate Your Building Today

It’s never too late to properly insulate your roof. Contact Andrews Roofing to learn about your insulation options and find a solution that works for you. Whether you’re replacing your roof, renovating your interior, or focusing solely on new insulation, you’ll enjoy a professional installation team that can identify your insulation needs and help you enjoy energy-efficient solutions that can save you money.

Contact Andrews Roofing by calling 757-296-0553 or sending us an email today!

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5 Factors That Affect the Lifespan of Your Commercial Roof

While the life expectancy of a commercial roof is anywhere from 10 to 40 years, there are several factors that can affect how long it lasts. Pay attention to these five factors to extend your roof’s lifespan and save money by avoiding unnecessary repairs or having to replace your roof prematurely.

Installation

When having your roof installed, make sure to choose a reputable company that is licensed and experienced in installing commercial roofs. An improperly installed roof can cause a large variety of problems including sagging and leaking.

Roofing System

The quality and types of materials used to build your roof will have a direct effect on how long it will last. While TPO or EPDM roof systems have a life expectancy of 22 to 35 years, an asphalt or metal roof can last up to 45.

Weather

While you certainly can’t control the weather, extreme weather conditions like rain, wind, and snow can take a toll on your roof. Even extremely sunny weather all year long can be problematic. Take the proper precautions to prepare for storms and inspect your roof whenever harsh weather hits.

Maintenance

All roofs are subject to wear and tear and will need to be properly maintained to last as long as possible. Perform routine inspections on your roof and quickly address any leaks you find. Replace damaged or missing shingles immediately and clean off any debris or algae growth.

Proper Ventilation

Excessive heat can cause damage your roof and quickly cut years off its life. Ensure that your roof and building is properly ventilated and insulated to help keep your roof cool. Not to mention, a well-insulated building will keep the interior nice and comfortable and help lower utility bills.

Inspecting your roof to make sure it is in the best condition is worth the time and money you will save down the road. Choose Andrews Roofing to install your roof and make any repairs you might need. Call us today at 757-296-0553!

 

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3 Reasons To Get a Roof Inspection in the Spring

Spring brings beautiful flowers, warm weather and potential problems with your roof. That last one is always a surprise, but this is the time of year when roofing issues become visible. In fact, there are three main reasons why you should get your roof inspected during springtime.

  1. Warmer Weather

One of the biggest reasons for inspecting your roof in spring is the warmer weather. Now that the winter weather is becoming less frequent, the sun plays a role in drying everything out. This makes it easy and safe to conduct a thorough inspection of all aspects of your roof, including shingles and gutters. While you could attempt this yourself, a roofing expert knows exactly what to look for and can spot any problems more accurately.

  1. Spot Damage

Now that the sun is shining, it’s easy to spot any damage that occurred during winter. A professional contractor can clear away any leaves or debris from the roof and gutters as part of general maintenance. Then, they can inspect the roof for water damage, cracks, missing or loose shingles and other signs of wear and tear that may have happened during winter. That way, you can fix the issues before they become worse.

  1. Schedule Repairs

Spring is the ideal time to schedule any maintenance or repairs before the weather changes again. If you do need to replace shingles or rotted wood, you can plan these repairs before summer, so any damage won’t affect your summer plans or energy bills. A professional contractor can help you figure out the necessary repairs and set up a timeline for fixing the issues.

Schedule a Roof Inspection Today

Now that winter is over, it’s time to do some home maintenance. The cold weather can be harsh on your roof, but a springtime inspection can fix any problems. If you’re ready to take care of your roof, contact Andrews Roofing today by calling 757-296-0553 to schedule a roof inspection or repairs.

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