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The Ins and Outs of Roofing & Gutter Replacement

29 May 2021

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 5.29.21.

An alarming trend in the realm of real estate is the number of homes that are being purchased without an inspection.  Many times, this leaves the new buyers having to spend thousands of dollars on home upgrades as soon as they move because there are so many areas of the home in need of repair.

installing TimberTech AZEK

Homeowners that see dark spots on their roof are often worried that these spots signal granule loss.  However many times, they are just spots where algae has grown on the roof.  To remove the dark spots, the roof can be treated with chemicals.  In addition, a zinc strip can also be installed at the peak of the roof.  GAF also manufacturers shingles with copper in them to ward off algae growth.  Areas of the roof that are prone to algae growth are those that are primarily shaded by large oak trees.

GAF Timberline® AS II shingles

Newer roofs with curled edges in a few spots can signal that there was recent wind damage.  This can be a result of the shingles not being properly tacked down when they were installed or that the glue did not fully activate.  On older roofs, curling shingles most often signal that the roof has reached the end of its lifespan.

bad roof

If roof replacement is needed, homeowners can be overwhelmed with the decision of hiring the right contractor.  When getting any type of work done, it’s best to keep as much emotion as possible out of the decision-making process.  Those that can be patient with their timeline typically end up with a better result.  Homeowners that experience poor results often went with a storm chasing contractor or didn’t follow up on a contractor’s references.  Websites like the Better Business Bureau can allow you to better understand the quality of a contractor’s reviews.  Quality contractors also readily provide their license and insurance information to homeowners.  If homeowners hire a contractor that does not carry insurance and something happens to their home or one of the installers, the homeowners can be stuck with the bill.

Storm Damage to Your Home?  Here’s What You Need to Know! 

A disadvantage of having a home close to large trees is that the debris they shed can quickly clog gutters.  Screens, filters, and topper devices can seem like a cost-effective approach to avoid gutter maintenance.  However, they all are prone to clogging.  However, homeowners that have LeafGuard® Brand Gutters installed appreciate that they are one-piece and seamless.  They are backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal.  They are guaranteed never to clog or the installing contractor will clean them out free of charge.  LeafGuard® Brand Gutters are also equipped with larger, more efficient downspouts that divert a large amount of water away from a home.

 

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