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7 Signs You May Need to Consider Chattanooga Roof Replacement

7 Signs You May Need to Consider Chattanooga Roof Replacement

The thing about roofs is they don’t last forever. Even the best materials and installation will, over time, wear down and require repairs and eventually replacement. But how do you know when it’s time to spring for a new commercial or residential roof? Here are seven signs that you may need a Chattanooga roof replacement. If you determine that the time is now for your roof to get a face lift, contact our expert team at Tennessee Roofing and Construction, and we’ll take great care of you.

1– Bald Spots

If your roof has spots where the granules are missing, that may indicate that it’s time to replace the roof. Those roofing materials work to protect your home or building from the elements and debris, but when the granules wear off, there is nothing there to protect your investment.

2– Curling or Cracked Shingles

Even though shingles are manufactured for durability and lasting performance, they’re not infallible. Many factors can lead to the accelerated deterioration of roofing materials, specifically shingles, such as your roofing system not being properly ventilated. When shingles are curling, cupped, and cracking, it’s time to get a professional on the scene. (We mean us.)

3– Your Roof is at Least 20 Years Old

Again, roofs don’t last forever. Different roofing types and different roofing materials yield different results as far as lifespan goes, but if your roof is getting on up there in years, it’s time to have it inspected and potentially replaced. Check your records to see when the current roofing system was installed, and go from there.

4– Your Neighbors Are Getting New Roofs

Another sign that it might be time for that Chattanooga roof replacement is that all your neighbors are having new roofs put on their homes or buildings. Generally, homes in the same neighborhoods are built around the same time, so a neighbor’s new roof can be a good indication that it’s also time for you to consider replacement.

5– It is Visibly Old and Worn

You can tell a lot about the state of your roof visually. If it looks like it’s in rough shape, it probably is. If your roof looks like it’s seen better days, that’s a good indication that it’s time to show it some TLC.

7 Signs You May Need to Consider Chattanooga Roof Replacement

6– Dark Streaks

Again, you can tell a lot about the state of your roof by looking at it. Some roofs, over time, begin to develop dark streaks on them from airborne algae and other elements that can stain the shingles. These streaks and stains can be unsightly, and adversely affect the appearance of your property.

7– Moss

Moss can begin to grow on rooftops, especially on ones that don’t get much sunlight, or that are in cool, moist environments. Not only can that moss become a cosmetic problem, but also it holds moisture against the roofing materials which can, in time, begin to cause the granules on roofing materials to deteriorate. The presence of this moss causes the material of the shingles to break down, rendering it less effective at protecting your home or property from rain, etc. This can lead to leaks, and other more severe damage if left untreated.

If any of these warning signs sound familiar to you, it just might be time to consider a Chattanooga roof replacement. If that’s where you find yourself, we hope you’ll reach out to our dedicated construction team at Tennessee Roofing and Construction for a free quote. We’d love to get your roofing system back up to par, protecting your investment. We offer an array of services in both the residential and commercial realms.

New Year, New Roof

New Year, New Roof– Let Tennessee Roofing and Construction install a new roof on your Chattanooga home.

Ah, the New Year. At the start of a fresh, new year, it’s always nice to set goals, make plans, and try to find ways to improve your situation. Of course, that looks different for everyone. Maybe it means working out more or eating better, maybe it means reading a book per month, or saving money, but we think the start of a new year is the perfect time to start making plans and preparations for bettering your home or business. Is it time for you to start thinking about a new roof? New year, new roof. Let our incredible crew at Tennessee Roofing & Construction in Chattanooga help.

Here are a few FAQs about roofs we think might be helpful as you move into the new year.

 

Q: How do I know when I need a new roof?

A: There are lots of things to look for, tell tale signs (ranging from obvious to subtle) that your roof may need to be replaced. Missing or curling shingles, dark streaks and stains, water damage or signs of leaks indoors, visibly rotting areas, moss or algae growing, and more.

Q: What will a new roof cost?

A: The price of a new roofing system will vary greatly depending on materials chosen, size and shape of the roof being replaced, location of the building, and the contractor you choose to handle the job. If you’d like to get a quote for the job, just reach out and we’ll be glad to help!

Q: How long can I expect my new roofing system to last?

A: Again, this will vary depending on the quality of materials used, craftsmanship, location, and more. Generally speaking, you could expect a new roof to last up to 20 years.

Q: What is roof flashing?

A: Flashing is the material that’s used over joints in roof construction, functioning as an extra layer to protect areas like roof valleys from damage. The state of your roof flashing can be a great indicator of what shape your roof is in, and whether or not it’s time to consider repairs or total replacement.

Q: How long will it take to have a new roofing system installed?

A: Again, this is greatly dependent on factors such as size and shape of your home or building, type of roof and materials being used, etc. Timing can also be affected majorly by the size of the crew completing the work, as well as other elements such as the weather. Our team at Tennessee Roofing & Construction can assess your project, and give you information about a timeline specific to your roof situation.

Q: What are the dark stains I see on my roof?

A: It’s not uncommon to see stains on a roof, especially in wet and/or humid climates. The stains you detect are actually plant growth– moss, algae, or lichens– which can start to grow on your roof and spread. Though this is common, it’s important to periodically wash these stains off the roofing surface to protect its integrity. If not, they can eat away at the asphalt and shingles that exist to protect your home and mitigate moisture or water damage.

When you let Tennessee Roofing and Construction install a new roof on your Chattanooga home, you know it'll be built to last, with a 2-year performance guarantee.

Q: Can I have my roof repaired or a new roof installed during the winter months?

A: Yes, you can. Though it can be trickier to plan roofing projects during the winter months due to weather restraints, storage of necessary materials, etc., it can be done. If your roof needs work, especially in the event of extensive damage, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced roofing crew. We want to help, regardless of the time of year.

Q: Can you get a warranty on a new roof?

A: Actually, yes. At TRC, we offer a 2-year performance guarantee on all of our work on new roofing installation or roof leak repairs above and beyond the manufacturer’s warranty. We stand behind our work!

As you look toward a new year, manifest all the good you can muster. Apart from that, plan ahead. Make some decisions about what’s important to you, and what things you want to accomplish as far as your home or your business is concerned. If it’s time for a new roof, we hope you’ll give us the opportunity to help you navigate the process, and as always, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, for a quote, or to get the ball rolling on your new roofing project today!

Roofing in Winter: The Pros and Cons of Winter Roof Installation or Repair

roofing in winter

A Guide to Roofing in Winter

As temperatures dip and Tennessee property owners look at construction projects, it’s natural to consider the impact of weather conditions on the pace of work. In this month’s blog, we look at the pros and cons of winter roof repair or installation. Keep in mind, some of this will not apply to all roofing companies in your area, but it is good information to have if you are shopping around for a contractor.

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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!

3 Winter Weather Roof Hazards

Chattanooga commercial roof Winter Weather Roof HazardsWinter takes a toll on the roof, especially in harsh climates. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions can create problems that may lead to costly commercial roofing repairs, if not properly maintained. Here are 3 winter weather roof hazards to avoid:

Ice & Snow Buildup

While we may not get much snow down in the south, it has happened. Because most commercial roofing is not pitched, it can allow for the accumulation of rainwater, snow or snowmelt. The winter weather hazard for your commercial roof occurs in climates with below freezing temperatures. When temperatures drop, rainwater or snowmelt freezes and/or refreezes in a freeze thaw cycle, creating an ice dam. The result? The roof may hold a significant amount of weight from water ponding, if not properly drained. Ponding water can severely shorten the longevity of your commercial roof, as it can cause leaks and long-term structural damage.

Wind Damage

Because flat roofs aren’t completely flat (allowing for water run off), there is still a chance for wind damage, just as with any pitched roof. While commercial roofs are tolerable to windy conditions, excess winds can damage the roof, allowing moisture to get underneath roofing materials.

Is your Chattanooga commercial roof ready for winter? Here are three tips to get ready!

  • Identify leaks sooner than later – Snow and ice buildup can make finding and repairing leaks harder.
  • Schedule a roof inspection in Chattanooga – Following your detailed roof inspection, we will report any issues for repair.
  • Repair and prepare – Tennessee Roofing will repair penetrations, curbs, skylights, ducts, and flashings, as needed.

Our Tennessee Roofing professional will check for areas for loose seals, signs of standing water, water damage, or things like rusted flashing and metal fasteners. While defects in flashing and sealant failure at penetrations are the leading causes of leaks, splits in the membrane, separations at seams, ridges, blisters and deterioration are also red flags that must be addressed before it’s too late. Neglecting to repair a damaged commercial roof this winter may lead to building damage, which can be dangerous and costly. Call Tennessee Roofing & Construction to repair and winterize your Chattanooga commercial roof today!

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