Category: Roofing

Winter is Coming & Snow Can Strain Your Roof

Winter is Coming & Snow Can Strain Your Roof

There’s nothing cozier than sitting in your home on a snowy evening, watching the snowflakes drift down and blanket the area. But for homeowners, snow isn’t all hot drinks and scenic views. It could also be a potential risk for your home. Below are some instances of how snow can strain your roof, and what you can do about it.

Substantial Snow Can Strain Your Roof

Snow can damage your roof in several ways.  Although this is a dramatic case, snow overloading your roof could cause it to collapse. Even though this could be scary, it’s very rare. According to Disaster Safety, it takes more than 4 feet of fresh snow or more than 2 feet of old, compressed snow to create enough weight to stress a roof. In areas with heavy snow accumulation, your roof should be designed to handle greater weight. However, with increasingly unpredictable weather, you don’t want to take chances especially if your roof structure is damaged or decayed.

Solution

First and foremost, you’ll want to get your roof inspected well before winter. Especially if you’re expecting unusually harsh weather. We can spot leaks, warn you of risks, and repair damage, even if the temperature has already started to drop. If you believe that the snow and ice on your roof exceed 20-25 per square foot, you should consider removing the snow from your roof. For safe removal that will not endanger you or the integrity of your roof, hire a snow removal contractor.

Ice Dams Can Damage Your Roof, Gutters, and Home

Icicles may look beautiful to you, but to ABF Roofing & Foam, they look like trouble. That’s because they’re a sign of an ice dam. Which is a buildup of ice along the eaves of your roof that can damage your gutters, work under your shingles, and leak into your house.

Ice dams are caused by uneven heat on your roof. Having a warm attic, it will melt the snow near the middle of your roof. That snow flows down and refreezes at the eaves. When water freezes, it expands which can damage your shingles, open up cracks in your roof, and pry off your gutters.

Solution

This Old House has great recommendations once you have diagnosed your roof having ice dams. One is to use old or new pantyhose. All you need to do is fill the pantyhose with calcium chloride and position it on your roof where it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter. For a more permanent fix, you need to change the temperature of your roof. One way to do this is to attach a heated cable to the edge of your roof to melt the ice. Allstate Insurance has a great blog on how to prevent ice dams in the future.

Let’s Winterize Your Roof

Prevention is key, make sure to winterize your roof prior to the first snowstorm. ABF Roofing & Foam can help you prepare your roof for winter. That way you can spend less time worrying about your roofs integrity and more time enjoying the snow. Contact ABF Roofing & Foam today, for your free roof inspection.

Christmas Light Tips That Are Roof-Friendly

Christmas Light Tips That Are Roof-Friendly

Tis the season to be Jolly! Nothing more says the holiday season like decorating your home for all the neighborhood to enjoy. Although you can be festive like Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation, let’s not go about hanging Christmas lights like him. Yes, there is no substitute for a dazzling display of Christmas lights. But as any homeowner will tell you, the only thing more frustrating than hanging Christmas lights is finding out you damaged your roof while trying to hang them.

Are you planning on hanging your holiday lights yourself this year? Before you begin, you are going to want to know a few quick tips that should help you avoid causing some damage to your roof and home.

Five ideas for Christmas light tips that are roof-friendly:

Secure hang points: 

A surefire way to damage your roof is trying to secure and hang Christmas lights off spots that are not rated to hold any weight or take the force of a hammer driving in a nail. Do not try to use shingles or tiling to hang lights. You’ll want to test out the durability of any wood before you really get to work on it. Do not, and we stress, do not put staples in your home. Staples are made for paper. Make sure to use Christmas light hooks for lighting on your home.

Tread softly: 

When or if you need to actually walk atop your roof, please do so carefully, do not rush, and do not take heavy steps. Some rooftops are not boot-friendly at all, especially pitched residential roofs. You could potentially crush or damaged your rooftop when you walk up there. If you are unsure if it is safe to walk on your roof, it is not. Find an alternative method to hang your lights that do not require endangering your well-being.

Ladder safety: 

The right ladder height for your Christmas light hanging job is crucial. Trying to overextend yourself to hang up lights will not only risk a fall. But it could also mean you are grabbing onto your roof for balance. This may result in possible roof damage if you slip or put too much weight onto one spot. You may also have a friend or family member hold onto any ladder that is leaning against a building.

Careful removal: 

As tempting as it may be to yank your Christmas lights down by a loose end when the holiday season passes but, we recommend you do not. Forcing your light string down can rip tiles, shingles, and chunks of wood right out of place. When it comes time to remove your decorations, make sure you do so with as much carefulness as you used to put them up.

If you find roof damage while hanging lights: 

If you happened to pull a Clark Griswold when hanging your lights and happened to damage your roof. Call the roofing experts at ABF Roofing & Foam. Also, if you are wanting more information on the “dos & don’ts” Certainteed has an awesome article for hanging Christmas lights. We hope that this blog, Christmas Light Tips That Are Roof-Friendly was helpful.

How Ice and Snow Impacts Your Roof

How Ice and Snow Impacts Your Roof

Winter is coming! Here in Lubbock, TX we are currently experiencing colder winter weather earlier than normal. We are here to inform you that during the cold winter months, the weight of snow and ice can have a direct effect on the condition and structure of your roof. It is important for homeowners to fully understand the signs of weather damage, to recognize these signs, and to take necessary steps to repair your roof if it becomes damaged from severe weather. Below are a few things to be aware of this winter.

Ice Dams

If there is enough ice accumulating on the roof, it could potentially form ice dams. Ice dams are caused by ice and snow melting, which will then flow down the roof and then freezing right at the edge of the roof. Ice dams can cause major gutter damage and may tear the flashing off the roof. 

Freeze and Thaw

Due to snow and ice accumulation, cracks can become present. When water starts seeping into even the tiniest cracks, this could pose a major issue for your roof. Not only can this cause leaks into your home, but the cracks can become much more noticeable.  However, if the water doesn’t leak and it freezes, the crack can then expand, causing an even bigger issue to your roof. 

Gutter damage

Gutters that are clogged with leaves, dirt or other debris usually causes the formation of icicles when air temperatures are below freezing. Icicles can be extremely heavy and could result in damage to your gutters and roofs integrity. 

Damage from tree branches

The extra weight from snow and ice can potentially pull tree limbs down on your roof, causing damage to the shingles. If a limb happens to break and land on your roof, structural damage could also occur.

Key to Avoiding Costly Damage

Preventative maintenance, which includes regular roofing inspections, cleaning of gutters and snow removal when necessary. These are all key when wanting to avoid costly repairs with your roof, gutters, ceilings and more.

Therefore, replacing worn shingles before winter storms arrive, trimming back tree limbs and cleaning out the gutters are inexpensive measures that can be completed quickly and easily.

Lastly, regular roof and gutter inspections along with proper maintenance will go a long way towards preventing problems. Contact ABF Roofing & Foam for help this winter. We can give you peace of mind that comes from knowing that the job has been done right.

FAQs About Replacing Your Roof

FAQs About Replacing Your Roof

FAQs about replacing your roof. When contemplating replacing your roof, you probably have many questions and concerns. We understand that owning a home is a huge undertaking and keeping up with the maintenance can be a lot. Here are a few of the top questions we are asked concerning new roofs:

When should I replace my roof?

Below are a few ways to determine when you should consider getting your roof inspected:

  • Age: Most roofing will last between 20‒30 years. If your roof is approaching this age or is older than this, it may be time to replace your roofing system. Call ABF Roofing & Foam today to set up a detailed assessment of your roof.
  • Leaks: Some of the most common ways to know if you have a leak is identifying stains on interior walls and/or ceilings. If you have water damage to rafters or plywood sheathing, you should consider replacing your roof.
  • Appearance: If you can see sunlight coming through the roof boards, roof’s shingles are missing or the shingles have begun to curl, break, buckle, or warp, you should definitely consider having your roof assessed for damage. At ABF Roofing & Foam we will give you a detailed roof inspection so you are worry-free when it comes to your roof replacement.

If I decide to replace my roof, what are my options?

You have two options when you decide to replace your roof. You can decide to complete roof replacement, (including tear-off of your existing roof system). Your second option could be a roof repair or maintenance to your existing roof system. Installing new shingles on top of your old roof may be cheaper, faster, and require less labor. However, the second option is only if your current roofing system is completely problem-free. Also, a roof repair is not always possible due to building code, safety requirements, and/or layers of existing shingles. You can contact us if you have any other questions regarding a reroof. We would be happy to help.

Can I replace my roof myself?

While you may be able to save money with home improvement projects when you do them yourself. However, roofing work is not one of them you would want to do yourself unless you are an experienced roofer. You can potentially harm your roof with improper roofing techniques. Most importantly, easily harming yourself. Trust a professionally trained and experienced roofing contractor with your roof replacement.

How long will my new roof last?

Modern roofing systems are constructed to last approximately 20 years (with well-maintained clay tile, slate, and copper lasting much longer). A variety of factors can affect your roof’s life including local climate and environmental conditions, quality of original construction, installation, and design, quality of materials used and proper maintenance and repairs.

What does a new roof system cost?

Keep in mind that price must be balanced with a variety of other factors such as quality of materials, the location, and size of your home. For your free roof estimate, please call ABF Roofing & Foam today.

Trust ABF Roofing & Foam

In conclusion, At ABF Roofing & Foam, we constantly strive to exceed our customers’ expectations and only employ the highest quality craftsmen in the Lubbock market. Please feel free to contact us if you need a roof replacement or to schedule a regular routine roof inspection today. We are here to help take the worry off your roof. These are just a few FAQs about replacing your roof. Lastly, we are here to answer any and all other questions.

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Having your roof replaced is a big investment. Knowing this, roof repair is the preferred option over roof replacement. If done in a timely manner, repairs will only cost a fraction of what a roof replacement would have cost. It can also increase your roof’s life span. But, how do you know if your roof needs repairs? As a roofing expert, we specialize in both roof repair and roof replacement.  Below is a list of signs that show when it’s time to replace your roof.

Curling Shingles

Curling shingles are a sign of both an aging roof and excessive heat. When shingles are curled they are highly susceptible to wind damage and ice damage. The shingles will then become rigid and could possibly break easily and lose tab edges.

Missing Granules and Bare Spots

The aging of your roof or physical damage can cause bare spots and a loss of granules. This is why we recommend not walking on your roof unless absolutely necessary. When the protective granules of a shingle are lost the shingles then begin to harden from heat and sun exposure. After granule loss on your roof, it will then accelerate aging and shingle decay. This will then become an entry point for water.

Broken/Missing Shingles

Two of the most common causes of damaged shingles are excessive wind and physical damage. Being in Lubbock, Texas we know a thing or two about excessive wind. When you see any missing shingles from a wind storm, make sure to call a reputable roofing company for the repair. Having broken or missing shingles will weaken your roofs ability to shed water which can then cause leaks within your home.

Buckling Shingles

Shingles that are buckled are always visible and you can usually see the distortion that runs up your roof slope. Having buckled shingles are highly susceptible to wind and ice damage and can be torn off very easily.

If you happen to notice any of the above happenings to your roof, you may need to have your roof repaired or replaced. As always, we recommend calling a local certified roofing contractor. A roof leak is not always apparent immediately on the inside of your home. It can damage insulation which could cause the replacement to grow in cost. Call ABF Roofing & Foam today for your free roof inspection.