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Should I Worry About Frost on My Roof?

Have you ever walked outside on a cold morning and noticed the frost that covers the ground? You might have to scrape your car before you can drive, and your grass may look like a sparkling wonderland. Direct your view upward to have a look at the roof. Is there frost on it? Do you know whether frost is good or bad for your residential roof? How do you know when to worry?

Is Frost Good or Bad?

The frost itself that collects on your roof isn’t necessarily good or bad. Roofing materials are made to withstand the weather, and roofers who work in cold environments know which materials will hold up best. As long as your roof is in good repair, you shouldn’t have to worry about water damage.

The fact that there’s frost on your residential roof could actually be a good thing. If you look around and notice all your neighboring houses have frost, but yours does not, it could be an indication that your attic insulation isn’t quite up to par. The frost may be spotty, which also means the insulation isn’t properly in place. Without proper insulation, the heat that should be warming your home is leaking out through the attic and the roof, which is melting the frost.

Should I Worry About a Lack of Frost?

If there’s a lack of frost on your roof, there could be cause for alarm. You should only worry if your neighboring houses have the same amount of sun exposure as yours. For example, your neighbor’s house might be blocked from the sun by tall trees or a taller building, while your home is in direct sunlight. As soon as the sun hits, your frost could melt away, but will remain on your neighbors due to the shade. If that’s the case, you would not need to worry.

Contacting a Roofer

If your house is not in direct sunlight, and everyone else has frost, you should contact a roofer to see if there’s a problem with your roofing and insulation. Contact Andrews Roofing by calling 757-296-0553 or emailing us today for more information.

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How To Protect Your Roof From Snow and Ice

During the winter you should always remove snow and ice around your property promptly. However, many homeowners neglect to remove snow and ice from the one place where it matters most: the roof. An abundance of snow might result in substantial damage that can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Here are simple ways to keep your roof safe during the winter.

Hire a Professional to Get Rid of It

It’s dangerous to get on a roof when you don’t have professional training. Any time your roof needs work done you should hire a professional roofer in your area to handle it. After a major snow storm a professional roofer removes the heavy weight of the snow safely. You do not want to make the mistake of removing the snow yourself with salt or chemicals as they can damage your shingles and possibly cause the gutters to erode. You could end up doing more harm than good when you use salt or chemicals to remove snow on your roof.

Remain Aware of the Signs of Roof Damage

After a snow storm it’s also possible that ice is building up on your roof without you being aware. This is common with the snow melting slowly during the day and refreezing at night. You’ll want to be aware of any signs that something is happening with your roof. Some interior structural symptoms you could experience if your roof is damaged from snow and/or ice include:

  • Cracked interior walls
  • Visible water leaks
  • Sagging ridgeline
  • Creaking sounds inside your house
  • Drooping ceilings
  • Jammed doors

Snow or ice damage on the roof can be prevented, you simply need to know who to call when a snow or ice storm comes. Homeowners should get in touch with our experienced professionals at Andrews Roofing. Fill out our contact us form or call us today at 757-296-0553 for a quote.

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Reasons to Fix Your Roof This Fall

Although the summertime seems like it would be the best season to undertake construction-related projects, fall is an excellent time as well. Fall is actually the ideal season to fix any issues with the roof of your home.

Prepare for Winter

One of the biggest reasons to have your roofing projects completed by fall is to make sure your home is ready for the winter that is approaching. Damage to the roof caused by issues such as missing or broken shingles will only worsen during the winter months with the harsher weather conditions, so it is a good idea to complete these repairs before the temperature drops.

In addition to protecting your home physically from harsh conditions, fixing your roof can also help keep your utility bill as low as possible. A solid, high-quality roof will help make sure that the heat is not escaping, keeping your home nice and warm without having to crank up the thermostat unnecessarily. This will not only save energy, it will also help save you money in the long run.

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Fall provides cooler temperatures than the summer without the harsh, bitter cold of winter, so conditions are ideal for the roof’s materials. For example, asphalt shingle roofs generally should be installed when the weather is between 45 and 50 degrees. This temperature range can generally be found in the fall.

Make sure your home is ready for those winter months with high-quality, solid roof. Keep your house protected from harsh weather elements while improving your energy-efficiency by completing all the repairs necessary by the end of the fall season.

Contact Andrews Roofing today by sending an email to ben@andrewsroofing.net or completing our contact form to see what we can do for you. We are dedicated to giving you the best service possible, so when you shop with us, you can be confident knowing that your satisfaction is a top priority.

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