How do I know if I need a new roof?
The following are things that may indicate that your roof needs replacing:
• Storm damage: wind and/or hail
• Missing, cracked or curling shingles
• Blistering or peeling paint
• Shingle, sheathing or siding decay
• Leakage in the attic after heavy rains
• Stains on interior walls or ceilings
• High energy bills
Should I call my insurance company and file a homeowner’s claim?
First call Inspire Roofing & Contracting. We will be happy to come out and give you a free damage assessment and inspection. Our field consultants will advise you as to whether you have enough damage to file a claim or if you just need a minor repair.
What can I do about mildew on my roof?
Most home improvement stores sell a mildew cleaner that can be applied to your roof with a sprayer. Mildew cleaners shouldn’t damage your roof in any way.
How often should I clean my gutters?
Gutters should be cleaned at least once in the summer and twice in the fall.
Can heavy snow damage my roof?
Yes! It is important to keep heavy snow off your eavesdrops and cleared out of your ridge vents.
What is an ice dam?
Ice dams occur when snow melts near the ridgelines of warm roofs (roofs without adequate ventilation). As the water runs down the roof to the overhang, it cools and freezes. If the snow continues this melt and freeze process, an ice dam can form that can seep under the shingles, through the decking and into the house. This, of course, can cause serious roof leaks–even in freezing temperatures. The best prevention to ice dams is a well-ventilated (cool) roof. Additional protection for your roof can be applied with an impermeable ice and water membrane. The membrane is installed on top of the decking, under the roofing material.