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From the Rooftop Blog

Metropolitan Roof's From The Rooftop Blog keeps you up to speed on how to choose and maintain the best roof for your home or business.


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Is It Time for a New Roof?

Kathleen Finn

It's home-buying and selling season and thoughts turn to roofs. Are you wondering if it's time to retire your old roof and trade it in for a new one? Here’s a checklist to help you determine if it’s time!

  • Roof shingles are falling apart or missing.
  • Curling or buckling shingles, in particular on the south-facing side of your house. You want your shingles to lie flat.
  • Damaged roof valleys. These can make your roof susceptible to leaks.
  • Shingle granules in gutters. Roof shingles start to shed loose granules toward the end of their life cycle.
  • Leaks and light in the attic. Are you seeing stains or streaks in your attic? Is light shining through in some areas? Those are signs of a weakened roof.
  • A sagging roof. It’s an obvious sign of a tired roof. Poor roofing material or weakened shingles due to excessive moisture or weight (think snow) can bow the strongest of roofs. You may also have a structural issue with your internal framing.
  • Excessive home cooling costs. These can be the result of too much heat seeping through the roof. Inadequate ventilation in warmer months requires the cooling system to run excessively.
  • Dark or stained areas on roof. Protective granules on your shingles may have worn away, thus allowing for the growth of vegetation, fungus, algae or mold.
  • Damaged flashing. The material that wraps around your vents, chimney or skylights will degrade over time and can create leaks. In older homes, cement or tar was used for flashing. If yours is showing signs of age, consider upgrading to metal flashing.

If your roof is fairly new and you are experiencing any of the above, you might simply be due for some roof maintenance or some simple upgrades. Give us a call at 206-248-3737 or schedule a free consultation and we will come and check it out.

3 Tips for Winter Roof Care

Kathleen Finn

It’s getting cold out! Take some time to give your roof a pre-winter check-up with these three steps.

1. Check your attic to make sure it has the proper ventilation. If not, moisture can build up and lead to mold, mildew, or ultimately rot and structural degradation.

2. Clean out your gutters, and remove debris from the roof. Don’t let leaves, tree branches and other detritus gather on your roof. This keeps unnecessary moisture on the roof and blocks gutters, which keeps the rain and melted snow from flowing off the roof.

3. Avoid ice dams by taking some preventive steps. Ice dams build up when snow melts, runs down the roof and refreezes near the edge. These occur because of varying roof temperatures – warmer in some spots and colder in others. To prevent the dams, aim for the same temperature throughout the rooftop. Increase attic ventilation, add insulation and seal off all leaks. This will help distribute the heat and even out your roof’s overall temperature.