Elite Siding and Roofing Boston

Peak Performance: Top Tips & Solutions for Roofing Excellence 

A roof is more than its underlying structure and shingles. It’s what makes a house a home, providing safety and security to the family within. At Elite Siding & Roofing, we aim to be your partners in stability, backing our work with years of hands-on expertise and knowledge from each member of our team. Most roofs, when properly maintained, can last a generation or more. It is important to know what you can do as a homeowner to ensure the continued efficiency of your roof for years to come.

Regular Assessment

Even the best cared-for roofing needs an expert touch to guarantee it will outlast its environment. Small problems can easily go unnoticed, leading to bigger, more expensive outcomes down the line. Take the initiative now and schedule a bi-annual assessment with your local residential roofing company to help mitigate any concerns before they become issues. Elite Siding and Roofing recommends calling ahead and arranging for a date in mid to late spring and one in early fall. This will allow ample time to address any worries you have before harsh weather develops.

The Right Roofing Material

Every part of your roof matters. From the underlying wooden structure to decking, flashing, and even your gutters, the right material, properly installed, can make a world of difference in the lifespan and security of your home. Elite specializes in asphalt shingle roofing, one of the most common and yet versatile materials for residential roofing needs. Asphalt shingles come in a wide array of designs and colors. But it is the balance of asphalt’s sturdy nature along with its cost-efficient acquisition that makes it worthwhile. Easy to install, easy to maintain, and easy to replace, asphalt shingles can stand up to high winds, algae, and brutal impact from flying debris.

Know the Signs

It is our prerogative at Elite Siding and Roofing to provide you with reliable, high-quality service for your roofing and siding needs. But there are still ways for a homeowner to help by knowing what to look for.

Missing/Damaged Shingles: Take a moment to go outside and look at your roof. Can you spot any broken or missing shingles? Do the shingles appear cracked, blistered, or devoid of their granules? Even a few damaged shingles can allow in moisture or debris, which will cause more trouble down the line.

Broken, Rusted, or Overflowing Gutters: Keeping your gutters clean and in good repair is a small but essential task in roof longevity. Poor gutters can cause moisture and debris to build up along the roof, causing materials to decay and break off. Eventually, this will cause leaking and even structural damage to your home.

Mold, Mildew, and Moss: Moisture is the roof’s natural enemy. Algae usually appear as dark streaks and will avoid sunlit areas. Moss forms like a mat and grows in recesses or dark, shady spots. Mildew will appear white or gray and grow rapidly in areas where leaks or moisture has gathered. Mold comes in a variety of colors and has a persistent musky odor.  

Rising Energy Bills: Your roof is an essential part of your home’s climate control. If you notice that it has become difficult to control the temperature of your home along with a rising energy bill, roof damage may be to blame. This can occur when roofing materials are improperly installed, or when the damage to your roof has exposed the underlying structure.

Preventative Matinence

It is important to remember that roofing contractors exist for a reason. Our experience and licensing give us an intricate knowledge of how your roof works and how best to repair any problems you may be having. However, there are steps you can take on your own that will help reduce the likelihood of major damage and minimize future repair or replacement costs. While some tasks are best left for the professionals to handle, others can be easily undertaken on your own.

As in all things, please put your safety first when attempting any home care measures by yourself. Also remember that certain repair measures can void your warranty and insurance coverage, so be sure to know your policy before trying any D.I.Y.

Clean Your Gutter: Broken or rusted gutters can be the first step to a big problem. Through regular cleaning and checkups, you can prevent issues such as ponding, ice dams, and damaged flashing to your home’s roof and help keep your house’s curb appeal.

Remove Debris ASAP: Storms and high winds can leave behind a scattering of debris on your roof and lawn. By leaving debris where it lies, you risk causing greater damage to your roof as time goes by. You can take further initiative by removing any overhanging limbs that can knock into your roofing during a weather event.

Visit Your Attic: As the next stop under your roof, the attic is where most problems will become noticeable. Pay close attention to the smell, especially if it seems rotting or musky. Look for any signs of water stains or fresh moisture, especially in the crevasses. If you spot any bulging or cracking along your interior walls, it is a sure sign that you have a leakage issue.

Snow & Ice Removal: When we allow snow to remain on our roof long after the storm has passed, it goes through a process of melting and refreezing as the temperature changes. This can cause ice dams, which seep through shingles and cause moisture damage to your roofing. By removing as much snow as possible you help reduce the dangers to your home.

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