10 Most Common Causes for Roof Leaks

September 2020

Some of the most common roof leak causes include an aging roof, broken or missing shingles, clogged gutters, and chimney damage. If these problems are neglected, it can be disastrous for the structure of your home. While you may want to save yourself money or avoid spending the time to fix the issue, be forewarned—not addressing the leak could end up costing you far more money in the long run.

Here are some of the many roof leak causes that today’s homeowners face.

1. Age of Roof

Your asphalt shingles are made with petrochemical oils in the asphalt that allow them to expand and contract with the fluctuating weather—but those oils dry out over time, meaning shingles can dry out, crack, curl, break, lose their granules, which leads to them losing their water shedding ability if you don’t repair or rejuvenate them. With asphalt shingle roofs failing faster than ever before, this is a pretty common issue.

2. Broken or Missing Shingles

Brittle, aging shingles can fall off the roof completely, leaving your roof vulnerable when rain, snow, or hail hit. Homeowners should routinely inspect the roof and watch out for any missing shingles.

3. Clogged Gutters

It’s common for falling leaves, sticks, and dirt to get stuck in gutters. When this debris builds up, the rainwater and melting snow won’t be able to freely drain or fall away from the house, and it could lead to a leaky roof.

4. Chimney Damage

If you have cracks or other damage to your chimney, water may seep through and even pool up, which could cause structural damage to your home. This is why early detection of chimney damage is an important part of avoiding a leaky roof.

5. Roof Vents

Roof vents are essential for letting heat and moisture escape from your attic, but they can also be a cause of leaking if they are damaged or sealed improperly.

6. Holes

Strong winds, hail, and snow can create holes in your roof that can lead to water damage. It’s important to look out for these types of holes during your routine roof inspection, and patch them up as soon as you spot them.

7. Condensation in the Attic

During the cooler months, warm air will drift up to the attic and could cause condensation if it cools down quickly. This condensation can cause roof leaks and even mold if ignored.

8. Your Flashing Has Cracked

Roof flashing directs water away from important parts of the roof, but it can also be a spot that’s vulnerable to roof leaks. Regularly check flashing for cracks and damage, making sure it’s properly sealed.

9. Improperly Sealed Valleys

A roof valley (the point where two sloped roofs meet) is designed to help water flow off of the roof. But if the valley isn’t properly sealed, this can be another site of roof leaks.

10. Skylights

Skylights may be a nice way to let natural light into your home, but they can also be a common cause of a leaky roof. Make sure your skylights are fitted and installed properly to avoid water damage to your home.

Rejuvenate Your Roof with Roof Maxx

Is your roof starting to show signs of aging and drying out? If so, Roof Maxx can step in and rejuvenate dry and brittle asphalt shingles with our innovative, sustainable roofing treatment. Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




Guide for Algae, Moss & Mold Removal on Your Roof

August 2020

If you live in the South, Midwest, or another region of the country that has warm, humid summers, you may have noticed stains and streaks showing up on your asphalt shingles. These stains look a lot like mold—but in fact, much of this so-called mold is actually blue-green algae. This mossy plant doesn’t do any structural harm to your roof, although it does decrease the curb appeal of your home.

In less frequent cases, the streaks on the roof actually are mold, which can be very dangerous for your family and more difficult to get rid of. The most serious mold cases can cause asthma, headaches, and other health problems, so it’s crucial to understand the difference.

How to Spot Roof Mold & Algae

Mold comes in a variety of colors, from green, brown, or black. It usually starts to form in damp parts of the attic or basement and might spread to the roof and other outdoor areas of the home. In contrast, algae and moss are usually green or blue-green. They begin growing directly on the shingles and are a common issue in humid climates.

Steps to Clean Mold, Algae, & Moss from your Roof

Cleaning up roof moss and algae is a much simpler process than dealing with roof mold removal. Luckily, moss and algae are more common than mold, so this is the more likely the process you will need to follow:

Mix 1 part oxygen bleach cleaner with 1 part water. (Add ½ cup per gallon of trisodium phosphate for a stronger cleaning solution.)
Pour the bucket of solution onto the affected area of the roof and let it soak for an hour.
Rinse using a pressure washer or hose.

If you suspect that you have a mold problem, it’s important to call a mold remediation professional to come inspect your attic and roof. They’ll be able to tell you how much damage has been done and what to do moving forward. We don’t recommend trying to handle roof mold removal on your own.

Prevent Roof Mold & Algae

Roof mold and algae usually grow because of moisture and bacterial growth. Here are a few effective ways to prevent future growth once you have gotten rid of mold and algae:

Trim trees near the home: Overgrown trees often spread bacteria onto the roof and cause algae growth. Make sure to plant trees far enough away from the house and trim them back regularly so they aren’t hanging over the roof.

Get rid of standing water: Standing water is another factor that can contribute to mold and algae growth. Minimize standing water on the roof by fixing shingles, cleaning gutters, and performing small roof repairs as necessary.

Wash your roof regularly: Hire a professional roof cleaner at least once a year to ensure that any growing bacteria is eliminated. This will lessen the chance of having to deal with a major mold or algae problem in the future.

Contact Roof Maxx

You’ll save yourself a lot of money and headaches by following our guide on how to remove roof mold and algae. And if you’re in need of roof rejuvenation, contact us to learn how we can apply our sustainable, affordable treatment to add up to 15 years to the life of your roof.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




9 Roof Maintenance Tips

July 2020

Roof replacement can cost tens of thousands of dollars. But did you know you can save money and prolong the life of your roof through regular roof maintenance?

While every roof will eventually need to be replaced, proper roof maintenance can keep your shingles in good condition and protect your home from damage for years to come. Check out our roof maintenance tips to learn how to extend the life of your roof.

1. Check Your Shingles

The first step to roof maintenance is checking the condition of your shingles. Damaged shingles could leave your roof more susceptible to the elements, so it’s important to look out for:
Missing shingles
Curling shingles
Cracked shingles
Peeling flashing
Missing granules
Staining, Algae, Mildew, or Mold (First sign of asphalt shingle failure)
Here's a guide to determine if you need to replace your roof shingles.

2. Get a Proper Roof Inspection

Though there are many things you can do on your own when it comes to roof maintenance, it’s still important to bring in an expert to perform a thorough roof inspection. Shingles should be inspected every 3 years at minimum, while tile roofs should be inspected at least every five years. Roofs that are more than 10 years old should be inspected every 2 years, and roofs that are more than 15 years old should be inspected annually.

3. Check for Leaks

Leaky roofs can cause damage to your home and put your safety at risk. Here are some of the most common signs of a leaky roof:
Musty odors in certain rooms
Water stains on your ceiling
Spots on your exterior walls
Bulging patches on your interior walls

4. Wash Your Roof

It’s important to wash your roof regularly to get rid of algae that might be growing on your shingles. If left to grow long enough, algae can rot your shingles. Remove algae by spraying a 1:1 ratio of water and bleach on your roof.

5. Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water damage to your home, so it’s essential to clean your gutters at least a couple times a year (usually in spring and fall). Make sure you remove any leaves and other debris from the gutters so the water can flow freely off the house and into the downspouts. Here are 6 steps to clean your gutters properly.

6. Trim Overhanging Branches

Overgrown branches could clog up your gutters or fall onto your roof and cause damage in a major storm. Avoid this risk by cutting back branches that hang over the roof.

7. Patch Up Your Chimney

Don’t forget to inspect your chimney while performing your routine roof maintenance. Check for any cracks, missing mortar, or loose bricks, which could cause damage to the roof or cause the chimney to completely collapse. Call a contractor if you spot any problems.

8. Reseal and Caulk Around Vents and Pipes

Any openings around your vents and pipes are a chance for moisture to get into your home and cause damage. Minimize the risk by sealing off any openings with caulking.

9. Protect your Shingles

In most situations when you have old or damaged asphalt shingles, roofers will recommend a roof replacement, which can set you back thousands of dollars. Thankfully, you can turn to products like Roof Maxx to help restore life back into your shingles and protect them from the elements. As shingles age, they lose the natural oils in them that makes them flexible and able to expand and contract with the changing weather. Roof Maxx restores these oils into your shingles, prolonging their life.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




Comparison Guide: Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles

June 2020

Are you weighing the pros and cons of a metal roof vs. asphalt shingles? Here’s some information to help you decide on the right type of roofing for you.

Asphalt shingles have long been the most common type of roofing material for most residences, but metal roofing is rising as a popular choice now that there are more options on the market.

Metal roofs can be made of a variety of materials, ranging from tin to copper. In contrast, asphalt shingles are made of a fiberglass core and an asphalt coating that makes the shingle more durable.

Types of Metal Roofing

Each type of metal roofing material has its own set of pros and cons. Here are some of the most common types of metal roofing and the characteristics of each type:

Tin: This material was once popular because it is inexpensive and pliable, but it is not often used anymore. Most tin roofs are actually made of steel or aluminum.

Steel: Though more expensive than most metal roofs, steel is incredibly durable and comes in many attractive finishes.

Copper: Copper is an all-natural material that can be recycled and soldered. It is relatively pricey, but can last up to 100 years.

Zinc: This is another metal that is recyclable, natural, and can be expected to last a full century.

Aluminum: Compared to other metal roofing, aluminum is fairly affordable, won’t rust, and can easily expand and contract.

Standing Seam Metal: Standing seam metal is often chosen for its unique ribbed look. It can easily expand and contract and can be made from a variety of metals.

Pros & Cons of Metal vs. Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Metal roofing can be made from a wide range of materials and is known for its longevity and durability. It will cost more upfront, but will generally last much longer than asphalt shingles. Metal can resist all types of extreme weather and can be painted and sealed to change the look of the roof. It often boosts the resale value of a home and is more energy-efficient than asphalt.

Asphalt shingles still stand as the most common type of residential roofing, and for good reason. They are far more affordable than metal roofing and generally look more attractive. They can be installed for lower labor costs and are good for DIYers, since the average homeowner can learn to install them on their own with a bit of research. Asphalt shingles deliver a uniform look that blends with most neighborhoods, while metal roofs might look out of place in the average suburban area.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Roof Today

Looking to extend the life of your asphalt shingles? Roof Maxx’s roof rejuvenating technology can extend the lifespan of your roof up to 15 years or more. When you combine the more affordable asphalt shingle roof with the life-giving power of Roof Maxx, you can get longevity at a discount.

Our affordable roof restoration treatment costs a fraction of roof replacement and keeps your shingles out of landfills. Contact us today to learn more about what Roof Maxx can do for your asphalt roof.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




How Long Does a Shingle Roof Last?

May 2020

If you’ve been wanting to know how long a shingle roof lasts, the answer depends on your type of shingle. So, how long does a shingle roof last? Check out the following:

* 15-30 years for asphalt shingles
* 20-50 years for composite shingles
* 30 years for modified rubber shingles
* 30-40 years for wood shingles
* 50 years for clay tiles
* 50 years for concrete tiles
* 50 years for metal roofs
* 60+ years for copper roofs

Types of Shingles
The roof over your head may be your single biggest investment after the home itself, or at least it should be. Your protection from the harsh elements and keeping your home in tip-top shape is dependent on using the best roof shingles for your home, your climate, and your style. That’s why it is so important when looking into types of roof shingles that you know exactly what you need. Since different types of roof shingles have different results when it comes to how long they will last. So, here’s everything you need to know about choosing the best roof shingles for your situation.

Asphalt Roof Shingles
 Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material. They date back to the 1920s and are used on the majority of homes today. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 15-30 years depending on the type of asphalt shingle you use. They don’t last as long in warmer climates, such as the Southwest, as they do in colder climates in the north and northeastern regions. The cost per square foot ranges from $3.50 to $5.00.

There are three types of asphalt shingles:

* 3-tab: These are the most affordable type of roof shingle. In the right conditions and with the proper maintenance, they can last 10 to 15 years. These are made from a fiberglass base topped with mineral granules that disperse and reflect the sun’s rays. They are lightweight, easy to install, offer a clean appearance, and are great for homeowners on a tight budget.
* Dimensional: These asphalt shingles have a multi-dimensional texture and appearance. They are extremely durable, lasting 20 to 25 years. They are made of 2+ layers of shingles to provide added strength. That means, of course, that they cost more than 3-tab shingles.
* Luxury: Top-of-the-line asphalt shingles offer even more multi-dimension and maximum durability. Designed to look like natural slate shingles or cedar shake shingles, but costing much less is one perk. Perhaps most importantly though is that they have extra strength. You might especially want these if you live in Tornado Alley or on a hurricane-prone coast, or if you tend to get a lot of large hail.

Clay Roof Shingles
 Clay roof shingles, commonly designed in either a Mediterranean or Southwestern style, are a popular roofing material, and can also mimic Victorian slate. They come in either glazed or unglazed finishes and shapes that include flat, fluted, and interlocking designs. Clay shingles can withstand extreme temperatures, meaning they are suitable for virtually any climate. They are, however, particularly resistant to salt so they are a great choice for coastal regions. While expensive at $700-1,000 per 100-square feet, they usually come with a 50-year warranty. Concrete Roof Shingles

 Concrete roof shingles can be simulated to look like just about any style you prefer. The options are endless. They offer long-lasting results of at least 50 years, can withstand wind speeds of over 125 miles per hour, and exceed seismic load requirements. Concrete tiles can be used anywhere including cold climates, if specific installation requirements are met. You can expect to pay between $300-500 per 100-square feet for these shingles.

Cedar/Wood Roof Shingles
 Cedar or wood roof shingles (different than wood shakes in that they are more precisely milled and have a more refined appearance) provide a lovely rustic appearance that is common on Craftsman-style homes. They are often used in the northeast, even though the salty air may affect the longevity of the roof. Still, these shingles can last 30-40 years. The cost is fairly expensive, at $450-900 per 100-square feet.

Metal Roof Shingles
 Metal roof shingles are most often made of steel with either a galvanized zinc or galvanized aluminum coating. These roofing materials are great for climates that experience a lot of storms, large hail, or heavy snowfall, although they may corrode if exposed to sea salt spray. Perks of metal roofs are that they can usually be installed directly over old asphalt shingles and last around 50 years. Costs start at around $300 per 100-square feet.

Composite Roof Shingles
 Composite roof shingles are made from a fiberglass-reinforcing mat that is coated with asphalt and mineral fillers. Depending on the type chosen, they can last 20-50 years. While these work well in all conditions if maintained properly, rainy and icy conditions can weaken them or cause them to loosen or dislodge. Composite roof shingles range from $575-1,350 per 100-square feet.

Rubber Roof Shingles
 Rubber roof shingles can be manufactured to look like any type of roofing material. Since they are made from old rubber tires, they’re an eco-minded option. They are very lightweight and easy to install. Also, repairs are typically easy as well as inexpensive. Rubber shingles have a lifetime of approximately 30 years, even lasting through high winds and lightning strikes. They cost between $400-800 per 100-square feet.

Copper Roof Shingles
 A copper roof is a top-of-the-line look that will increase the value of your home. The metal is not coated or painted because of the beautiful patina that occurs naturally over time. Doing an entire roof in copper is expensive, so many homeowners choose to feature it on just a portion of the roof such as over a dormer window. Copper roof shingles are an investment, at $1,100-1,500 per 100- square feet. However, you can expect an 85.9% return on that investment in your home’s resale value.

Early Failure of Asphalt Shingles

 It’s important to talk about a major issue homeowners are seeing these days with asphalt shingles. A few decades ago, manufactured shingles were much heavier due to the percentage of asphalt contained within them. Nowadays however, a lot of the asphalt in the shingles has been replaced with crushed limestone filler. This makes the shingles much lighter in weight and much less effective, even though the advertised warranty has jumped from around 30 years, to lifetime warranties.

This is a well-documented problem with even Bob Vila speaking out about it. Class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of many homeowners across the country who have had their asphalt-shingle roof fail in as few as 6 years after installation.

Cost-cutting on the part of the shingle manufacturers has caused a variety of failures, including blistering, buckling, and leaking. These are expensive fixes and when homeowners turned to their warranty, they were shocked to realize the coverage only replaces the shingles themselves and doesn’t cover the labor costs of replacing the roof (which are about two-thirds of the total cost), and it doesn’t cover damages caused by the failures either.

If you have an asphalt shingle roof that is showing signs of a defect well before the warranty is up, you may be the victim of shoddy manufacturing. To mitigate the issue and keep your costs down, here’s what you can do:

* Make sure to have a roof inspection done by a professional every year, but especially have one done before the first 12 months is over so that you have a greater chance of being covered under a defect warranty.
* Contact your roofing company as soon as possible if there are any issues to find out more information about your warranty and to file a claim.
* Contact Roof Maxx to find out if roof rejuvenation is a good option for extending the life of your shingles by up to 15 years with repeated application, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

7 Signs You Need a New Roof
 Do you know the warning signs you need a new roof? While roof replacement is expensive, it’s a bad idea to let it go past due. The consequences include increased energy bills, water damage, mold, pest infestation, decreased property value, and more. It’s best to replace it before the situation gets much worse than it needs to be. Here are seven interior and exterior signs that you need a new roof:

1. Shingle edges are curled or cupped. This can occur simply from age or extreme weather, but can also be caused by poor roof ventilation, insufficient binders, or bad manufacturing or installation.

 2. Dark stains have formed on top of or on the underside of your roof. If you see this, then your roof is leaking and causing moisture damage. This is terrible not only for your roof, but for your home’s interior structure as well.

 3. It’s cracking or sagging. Cracks are easy to see but if you’re not sure if your roof is sagging or not, use a broom to lightly push at the suspected spot. If it’s wet or it moves, then you need a new roof immediately.

 4. There are signs of rot or mold. These both retain moisture and can quickly get out of control, weakening your structure.

 5. You see bald spots or asphalt shingle granules in the gutter. The granules help deflect heat and water away from your home so if they are lacking, your roof will be more susceptible to problems.

 6. The chimney or roof flashing is damaged. This allows water to seep in underneath the shingles, damaging your home.

 7. Other homes in your neighborhood are getting new roofs. Most likely, your roof will need replacement around the same time.

 How to Extend the Life of Your Roof Shingles

 Since it can be a large investment to replace your roof, it pays to know how to make your roof last longer. Other than choosing the right type of roof shingles for your climate and not just for budget or aesthetics, here are five ways to extend the life of your shingles:

1. Maintain the area around your roof. This includes cleaning out the gutters so water doesn’t pool and trimming nearby branches so the fallen leaves don’t trap moisture and fallen branches don’t cause damage.
2. Try to limit foot traffic on the roof and never use a power washer to clean it, which can dislodge the important granules.
3. Properly ventilate and insulate your attic. When air flows well, heat and humidity won’t build up on the underside of your roof which causes the asphalt to dry out faster.
4. Get a professional inspection every year so you can catch small fixes before they become big expenses. This is especially important after a severe storm.
5. Rejuvenate your roof with Roof Maxx’s scientifically-formulated, all-natural oil treatment. Roof Maxx has millions of microbeads of all-natural oil that penetrate your old roof and restore its flexibility and waterproofing protection.
By choosing the right roof in the first place and knowing how to make your roof last longer, including using the rejuvenation roof spray by Roof Maxx, the top of your home will not only protect you from the outside elements of sun, rain, and wind, but you’ll also be proud of its beauty.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




Top Three Reasons to Refresh Your Roof vs. Replacing Your Roof

April 2020

The process of replacing a roof can be a long, costly headache. From choosing a roofer you can trust to do a good job and clean up afterwards, to managing through the chaos of living in a home surrounded by a hail of old shingles, nails, and debris, replacing a roof is something everyone hopes to avoid.

Until now, there has never been a way to extend the life of an asphalt roof. Roof Maxx is an effective solution for maximizing the protection of aging roofs or simply buying some more time on roofs that are at the end of their useful life. Roof Maxx allows you to Refresh instead of Replace your roof.

Here are the Top Three Reasons to let Roof Maxx do just that: Refresh Your Roof.

Affordability

Prior to application of the Roof Maxx shingle treatment, trained and certified roofing specialists will perform our Roof Tune-Up package, focusing on leak-prone areas such as plumbing vents, hips and valleys, flashing, exposed or backed out nails, skylights and chimneys.

The entire process is quick (generally less than 2 hours start to finish), clean and very affordable, costing between 20-30% the cost of a complete roof replacement, and comes with a 5-year guarantee. Discover for yourself why property management professionals across the country are thinking differently about their roofs and leave your roofing headaches behind.

Eco-Friendliness

Roof Maxx is 100% safe for people, pets, property, and the environment, because it’s an all-natural USDA Certified food-grade product. Any overspray can be rinsed away with a hose or rain. Refreshing your roof with Roof Maxx also avoids putting tons of shingles and other construction debris in a landfill. Roof Maxx is good for the environment and your peace of mind!

Extended Life Expectancy

Roof Maxx’s revolutionary award-winning technology allows millions of micro-beads of all-natural oil to penetrate your old brittle roof. This process restores your roof’s flexibility and waterproofing protection preserving the life of your roof. Treatments come with a 5-year transferable warranty. Repeating treatments every five years can extend your roof’s life by up to fifteen years.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!