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Roof Maintenance & Spring Cleaning

Spring is the best time of year for roof cleaning and roof repairs.

Jumpstart your spring cleaning efforts in your outdoor space, and don't forget roof cleaning and roof maintenance! Tennessee Roofing and Construction in Chattanooga can help!

Spring is just around the corner! That means spring cleaning to-do lists and projects are on deck, waiting for the winter weather to break. Spring is actually an ideal time to tackle the ever-important routine maintenance for your commercial or residential roof. While you’re buzzing around with the bees and tending to your various spring cleaning tasks, set aside some time to devote to roof cleaning and repairs so you can protect your investment and your home.

When you’re breaking out the mop, inspecting all the nooks and crannies of your house, don’t forget about your outdoor space– specifically your roof. Not only do annual cleanings and roof inspections add to the curb appeal of your property, but also they prevent costly roof damage extending the longevity of your roofing system.

  • There are some fairly obvious signs that your property is in need of roof repair including:
  • Raised, buckling, or missing roof materials
  • Leaks or gutter systems that aren’t draining properly
  • Broken seals and/or missing caulk around chimneys, skylights, or attic vents

You’ll also want to make sure your roof is clean. Moss and algae can begin to grow on roofing systems, especially in damp conditions or more humid climates– like we experience in the Chattanooga area– and accelerate the deterioration of the materials that comprise your roof. Roof cleaning is key in extending the life of your roof, while preventing potential damage and leaks that can be costly to repair.

During your spring cleaning efforts, if you suspect your roofing system may be in need of roof inspection or repairs, contact Tennessee Roofing and Construction today! Helping you keep your roof in peak condition is what we do best.

Spring cleaning your roof checklist

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist (printable)

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist

Contact Tennessee Roofing & Construction of Chattanooga, Tn today to schedule your spring cleaning roof inspection and maintenance!

Residential Roofing– Protecting Your Investment

Simple Steps to A Long-Lasting Roof

The roof of your home plays such a vital role, and when its integrity is compromised, it’s a big deal. Your residential roofing system is also a huge investment. That’s why it’s paramount to take care of it to the best of your ability. Here at Tennessee Roofing & Construction in Chattanooga, we know roofs– so we’ve put together a comprehensive list of ways you can help protect protect your roof from potential damage, saving you hassle and money in the long run. Protect your home and your loved ones by actively keeping your Chattanooga roof in great condition.

Gutter cleaning is a great way to protect your residential roofing investment! Keep your gutters cleared to prolong the life of your Chattanooga roof.

Gutter Cleaning!

One important home maintenance task that can hugely affect the health of your roof is cleaning out those gutters. Especially in the Chattanooga area, with all the rain and the weather’s incessant mood swings. Rainy season and storms can really take a toll on your roof’s wellbeing, and your gutters too. Keep them cleared to avoid obstructions, or other problems that could cause roof damage.

Keep Neighboring Branches Trimmed

Another important way to protect the roof on your home is to make sure you keep nearby trees appropriately trimmed. Branches that hang over any portion of your roof pose potential threats. Not only could they break or fall on your roof causing damage, but also the shedding leaves can fall onto your roofing system and get caked on, creating areas of unnecessary moisture which can lead to leaks and other issues.

Replace Broken or Missing Shingles ASAP

If you notice shingles on your roof that are broken or missing, it’s important to repair or replace them right away. Absent or compromised shingles can make areas of your roof susceptible to leaks. Even a small area being left open to potential leaks can lead to water damage in your home. A small leak could also potentially affect the foundational work of your home, compromising its structural integrity.

Check for Moss or Algae

If you see moss or algae growing on your roofing system, don’t ignore it. Moss soaks up moisture from its damp environment, taking root on your roof, and unfortunately starting the process of roof degradation. Roots can loosen and lift up shingles, and the moisture can lead to the growth of bacteria and mold. This process can eventually lead to holes in your roof, and you guessed it– water leaking into your home. If you’ve got moss or algae growing on your roof, it will need to be washed or scraped off to prevent damage in the long term.

Protect your Chattanooga roof by performing periodic roof inspections, checking for things like growing moss or algae, and having it removed by professionals with a local roofing company like Tennessee Roofing & Construction.

Periodic Roof Inspections

If you want to protect the investment of your roof at home, you’ll want to schedule roof inspections periodically, so a professional can tell you if there is anything to be concerned about. It’s really no different than going to see your doctor for check ups. If you only saw the doctor when things were going wrong, you might run the risk of having more complicated issues that could cause more damage and be more costly. The same applies to the health of your roof. Not only is a professional’s expertise going to come into play here, but also hiring a professional means you won’t be dangerously climbing around on your roof, risking an accident.

We hope you find these tips useful and informative, and we are more than happy to help you with any roofing issues you may have. Our experienced team executes all manner of residential and commercial roofing work in the Chattanooga area, and we are pros at making sure you get the most out of your roof! Contact us today for a consultation.

Avoid Roof Damage this Holiday Season By Hanging Your Twinkle Lights Just Right

Try these tips from Tennessee Roofing and Construction to avoid roof damage while you hang your holiday light display.

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights and glowing reindeer roof displays. While feeling merry and bright (pun intended) this time of year, many of us get the seasonal urge to bust out the holiday boxes brimming with tangled lights just waiting to be unraveled and tested. But before you get carried away, let’s explore some important steps and tips that should precede your holiday light installation. It’s important to be extremely careful to keep both you and your rooftop safe this holiday season. Check out some tips below from your local Chattanooga roofing professionals at Tennessee Roofing and Construction, and get to decorating!

1– The more prep work you do, the safer you’ll be on your roof.

We generally recommend leaving the rooftop maneuvers to the pros, but if you’re in your feels this holiday season and just have to decorate, make sure you plan ahead. Detangle Christmas lights and have a game plan in place before you climb the ladder, minimizing any time spent on your roof, and thereby decreasing the risk of injury

2– Only use extension cords intended for outdoor use.

Outdoor cords boast rugged covers made from rubber, plastic or vinyl. They are much more durable than regular extension cords. Using indoor extension cords outside can lead to overheating and even roof damage, as well as other potential issues. You also want to double check the function of each string of lights, especially if you plan to invest a lot of time hanging lights for a holiday display Buddy the Elf would be proud of!

3– Test bulbs before you do the rooftop grunt work!

It may seem like obvious advice, but we all know how sometimes the holiday spirit can inspire folks to jump the gun. Take time to check all strands of twinkle lights to make sure you’re in working order before you hang to your heart’s content. Just be mindful while hanging your holiday lights that you don’t cause any roof damage in the way you adhere decorations to your home. And that brings us to the next tip…

When hanging holiday lights on your home, use light clips from the hardware store rather than staple guns or the like, which can cause roof damage on your Chattanooga home.

4– Use Light Clips to Hang Decor on Roof and Home Exterior

The safest, most efficient way to hang your holiday light display at home is to use light clips found at your local hardware store. These clips come in many varieties and are designed for easy install and removal, plus they’re affordable and professionally recommended to minimize damage to your Chattanooga roof. Other methods for hanging lights and decorations, like nails or staples, might seem like the faster, easier option; however they can cause real damage to your roof. All those little holes and punctures can lead to leaks and water damage that will only be compounded with time. Take it from us– never follow Clark Griswold’s example for hanging your holiday lights! Be smart about it.

Tips For Holiday Light Removal

When it’s time to put away the holiday cheer until next year, be sure to carefully remove the lights and their clips, instead of pulling. If the lights and decorations aren’t properly taken down, it can cause major damage to your roof or property. When storing your decorations, eliminate the headache of untangling them all again next year by wrapping each strand around a sturdy piece of cardboard or large power cord holder, or by organizing them with plastic zip ties.

We hope these tips are useful, and help you protect your property from the need of roof repairs. We want to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. As always, never hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns to your favorite Chattanooga roofing company, Tennessee Roofing & Construction. We’re always happy to assist you with your roof repair needs!

Roof Leak? Missing Shingles?– Signs the Property You’re Considering May Need Repairs

Woman deals with roof damage from a roof leak that will require repairs.

If you are in the process of buying a house, there are a multitude of “deal breakers” out there that can sink your sale. Especially if you’re a first time buyer, there are things you should be aware of before you take on a property that needs more work, and investment, than you anticipated. It’s always important to give the roof of any property you’re considering a good once over. While the process can take time, be mindful not to overlook any potential problem areas on the roof that could be costly to rectify down the road. Do your homework and fully understand all the quirks of the home you are purchasing. In most cases, your home inspector should identify a problematic roof if there are any visible signs of damage; e.g. dark rings on the ceiling, peeling paint, missing shingles, and more.

Even though a properly-maintained roof can last up to 30 years or more, not all roofs are created equal. Sometimes poor installation or low-quality material used can result in you having to replace a roof sooner than you would have hoped.

So if you’ve got your heart set on a home, and you’re ready to buy– consider the following things before closing day to protect yourself and your investment.

Before you make an offer on a home, make sure you have a professional perform a roof inspection to ensure no roof damage will require costly repairs.

-Ask the seller how old the roof is, and for any repair documents or permits that show previous roof repair or replacement to verify.

-Hire an inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof and gutters to make sure the drainage system is working properly and everything is in order.

-If the homeowner has already performed a home inspection prior to going under contract, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, as well as provide specific advice for attaining all inspection documents.

-Just because a roof is old doesn’t mean the seller will budge; however, it is negotiable if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and if imminent repairs are required. In such case, you can request that the sellers replace the roof as a part of the home inspection repairs, although they don’t have to agree. If they refuse to replace the roof or lower the sale price, you have to decide if you want to incur the expense of repair or walk away from the property.

No matter the situation, it pays to have a professional roofer perform a proper inspection, either before you extend an offer or during the contract phase of the negotiations. Give Tennessee Roofing a call to schedule your Chattanooga roof inspection today! We can also help with any repairs that may be required before or after you purchase that dream home.

Most Popular Residential Roofing Types and Their Pros & Cons

This new home, features modern styling and a skillion roof, one of the most popular roof types in residential roofing.

The Gable Roof

This extremely popular residential roof type is also sometimes called a peaked or pitched roof, easily identified by its triangular shape. They can be covered with almost any type of roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, metal, clay or concrete tiles, or cedar shakes. That said, these roofs also contain roof valleys and hips, so they should always be shingled with metal or standing seam to help ward off potential leaks.

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