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What do shingles do for a roof?

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Shingles for your roofing system

We are through the typical spring storms that keep everyone in Tornado Alley on our toes. That doesn’t mean we aren’t going to see more storms through the next few months that can do damage to a home, especially with asphalt shingle roofing. In fact, there is a good chance that many homes in this area of Missouri has shingle roofing damage now and isn’t aware of that damage. 

Shingle roofing is the most common type of roofing on residential homes in the part of the country. It is without saying that if there has been any hailstorms or high winds, there is damaged shingle roofing. So, how do you know when shingles are going bad?

If you’ve been checking your shingle roofing from the exterior to see if it was ready to be replaced, you’ve been looking in the wrong place. With a flashlight in hand, go in the attic and if you see any light coming into your attic from outside, you need a new roof. Or if you see any water stains or streaks on the underside of the decking, wet on the insulation, you have a leaking roof. 

From the exterior, if you notice any of the following things about your shingle roofing, call a professional roofing contractor for an inspection: 

  • Broken, cracked, loose, or missing shingles. These are leaving gaps in the roof, exposing the decking and your home vulnerable to the elements. Any time you have a weather event with hard, high winds, loosened or missing shingles are a possibility. 
  • Curled shingles. As shingle roofing is exposed to the hot sun here in Missouri, they will begin to curl on the corners and edges.  If your attic is poorly ventilated, the extreme heat from the UV rays will become even hotter through the roof, causing the shingle roofing to curl. As these shingles are curled, this makes them more vulnerable to being ripped off from high winds. 
  • Shingle roofing granules are thinning. As a roof ages, the granules on a shingle roofing will erode and wear thin, taking away a layer of protection from your roof. As you clean your gutters and downspouts, if you’re noticing an increase in those granules, or you see dark spots on the existing shingle roofing, call a professional roofing for an inspection. 

When should roof shingles be replaced?

The general recommendation for replacing your asphalt shingle roofing  is between 12 and 15 years.  With a professional bi-annual inspection of your roof, small issues can be discovered and resolve before they become bigger problems, like a roof leak. 

As the homeowner, it is important to do your own visual roof inspection after every weather event or once a month. The professional roof inspection every 6 months  is a backup to catch things you may miss. The suggested time frame of 12 to 15 years can vary based on the climate and weather your roof is exposed. A severe winter and then hot and humid summer can wear out shingle roofing  materials more quicker. 

Is it OK to put shingles on top of shingles?

There are few factors that can determine if installing new asphalt shingle roofing over an existing roofing material is acceptable. Yes, the roofing contractor not removing the old shingles, the tear off procedure, is a money and time saver, but is it in the best interest for your home? Things that need to be considered: 

1). If your home is within a POA division, or the city where you live, may have ordinance against reroofing over an existing roof. 

2). The structure of your home and the roof may not withstand the extra weight off asphalt shingle roofing  material. 

3). Your homeowner’s insurance may not cover any future shingle roofing  claims when the adjuster discovers the original roofing is still in place. 

4). Some roofing contractor won’t install new shingle roofing  material over an existing roof. 

How long do shingles last on your roof?

It is reasonable to expect when you buy a high quality shingle roofing  product and pay a professional that knows how to put shingle roofing on, that you will get the lifespan the shingle manufacturer stated. While those are 2 important factors in getting a roof that lasts, there are 5 other factors that can affect your roof’s lifespan: 

  • Attic Ventilation – If your home has inadequate attic ventilation, there is going to be cold and hot air trapped in the attic that will shorten any quality level of asphalt shingle roofing  material lifespan. As the top of the roof heats up in the summer, the trapped heat in attic will bake the shingles if the attic can’t breathe. 
  • Roofing Contractor – As we mentioned already, you need to hire a roofing contractor that is local and has a reputable history. Ask for credentials, insurance, and recent references in your area. 
  • The Weather – No matter where you live, the weather there will have an effect on the your shingle roofing . The weather is the enemy of any roof, and extreme weather can wear a roof out faster. From a hot summer sun to hailstones of the spring to the ice and snow in winter, the weather is brutal on a roof. 
  • Roof Direction – The direction your home faces has an impact on your shingle roofing . The more direct sun, the shorter life your roof will have. A roof that faces east to west will get more balance sunlight. 
  • Roof Maintenance – Keeping your  shingle roofing  clean is important in how long your roof will last. Any debris left sitting on an asphalt shingle roofing will rot the shingles through to the decking.  Professional roof cleaning at least once a year is recommended, twice a year if you have a lot of trees around your home. 
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How long does a 30 year roof really last?

Well, it won’t be 30 years!  The truth is, a professional shingle roofing installation with 30-year shingle and routine maintenance and upkeep is done, will give you up to 25 years of service. A 30 year roof that isn’t maintained and kept up, and has gone through different types of weather, you can expect 12 to 15 years at the most from your asphalt shingle roofing. 

If you’re in the market for a new roof, you may wonder which is the most durable in Tornado Alley, shingle roofing vs metal roofing? When comparing metal roofing to asphalt shingle roofing, you’ll up to 4 times longer lifespan from the metal roofing. If you don’t want to be replacing your roof again, go metal! Call 816-228-1158 today for your shingle roofing needs in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO.

How long does single ply roofing last?

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Flat roofing for commercial properties

Single ply roofing is the most common of all commercial building roofing materials. Why? Because single ply roofing has proven to be the best for flat or low sloped roofs when it comes to durability, long-lasting, water resistant, and weather resistant. Think of what the roof of your home goes through and apply that to a commercial building that is 10 times bigger. A strong roofing material is a must. 

Single-ply roofing is a category of pre-fabricated, compounded plastic-derived material, flexible sheets that cover flat and low-sloped buildings to provide protection against the elements. These single ply roofing membranes are factory manufactured and meet strict quality control. They can be installed and attached in different methods. 

Over the past thirty years, single-ply roofing has replaced older flat roofing materials like tar paper and has become commercial roofing contractors and commercial building owners preferred roofing material. When single ply roofing material is installed by a professional that knows how to install single ply roofing, you get an essential advantage with the high level of durability, flexibility, and strength over the traditional roofing materials. There three most used single ply roofing materials are: 

  • EPDM – Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, the preferred choice for decades
  • PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride, popular and time tested, used for decades
  • TPO – Thermoplastic Polyolefin, considered the best single ply roofing membrane

A big concern for any commercial or industrial building owner is, “Is it OK to walk on flat roofs?”, and when it comes to single ply roofing material, that is an important fact in choosing the right material. So, can you walk on single ply roofing?

While single-ply roofing membranes are  popular for commercial structures,  and can withstand foot traffic, this flexible, lightweight materials are easily punctured if certain precautions aren’t followed. Whether it is the roofing crew or your maintenance crew because there isn’t a hard layer of protection, dropped tools, loose screws, even gravel can get pushed into the membrane and create holes, leaving the single ply roofing vulnerable for leaking. 

Prevention is the best solution for single ply roofing. The following tips will provide some puncture resistance: 

  • Keep tree limbs trimmed back.
  • Place protective mats in foot traffic areas.
  • Keep debris cleared off  the roof system.
  • Remove loose equipment not being used.
  • Install warning signs to keep area clean while working.

How do you fix a single ply membrane?

Accidents happen, even high up on a commercial structure with single ply roofing. So, when your roofing system gets punctured or a tear, is it repairable? Absolutely! A professional roofing contractor can quickly repair your single ply roofing in four steps:

  1. Clean the area surrounding the damage
  2. Apply a single ply roofing adhesive to prepare for bonding
  3. Cut a piece of like-roofing membrane two inches bigger than the damaged area
  4. With an adhesive or hot-air gun, bond the new piece to the surrounding membrane
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What are the disadvantages of using a single ply roof membrane?

Single ply roofing membranes can be installed by being ballasted or chemically adhered to provide a commercial structure protection from the elements. The three main types we mentioned earlier, EPDM, PVC, and TPO all have benefits to offer, all have disadvantages too, there is not 100% perfect single ply roofing material.  The main single ply roofing pros and cons  are as follows: 

Pro: Proven Record

 EPDM single ply roofing has been around for more than sixty years and is still used today. There have been numerous laboratory tests and field studies performed with results tracked. TPO has a bigger share of the commercial market but is newer and doesn’t have a proven track record.  

Pro: Insulation Materials

Single-ply roofing doesn’t include insulation, allowing the customer to choose from a variety of options. Some of the insulation options available are: 

  • Polyisocyanurate – The most common used, although expensive, the high R-value gets that money back faster over time.  
  • Expanded Polystyrene – Per dollar, this insulation has the highest R-value and can be used in the roofing, flooring, and walls, and doesn’t retain water.
  • Extruded Polystyrene – A choice between EPS and Polyiso with pricing and performance, offering a semipermeable quality with a perm rating of one.

Pro: Reflective or Retentive Properties

TPO single ply roofing is known as the white roof, is rapidly growing in popularity is a highly reflective single ply roofing material. EPDM is the black roof and is a high-performance rubber compound that provides superb heat retention and weatherability, a great benefit for structure in cooler climates. 

Pro: Easy Installation

TPO Installation doesn’t have the complexities of  spray polyurethane foam roofing,  making it a relatively simple installation. Once the preparation of the existing substrate is completed, the insulation layers are installed by ballasting, adhesive, or mechanical fastening. Then a cover board is installed. EPDM single ply roofing is joined with seam tape and TPO single ply roofing is melted to the membrane with a hot-air gun. 

Pro: Flexible and Lightweight

Single ply roofing material has multiple layers, with a choice in thickness but remains to be flexible and lightweight.  This  allows the roofing contractor the ability to accommodate any uniqueness to a roof design and leaves it flexible for contracting and expanding of the structure. 

Con: Easily Punctured

While the flexibility and lightweight of  single ply roofing is pro, it is also a con because of the ease in being punctured or torn. There is no hard layer of protection from dropped tools, loose screws, or gravel getting pushed into the single ply roofing membrane, which allows it to be damage with holes and tears, leaving it vulnerable to leaking.

Con: Roofing Accessories

Most commercial flat roofing has accessories installed like the HVAC system, skylights, assorted venting, and more. These penetrations require the roofing contractor to approach the installation different by cutting the membrane in smaller sections instead of simply rolling the membrane out in one large piece. This can minimize the waterproofing around the penetrations and in the seams. 

Con: UV Rays

Flat roofing is exposed to UV rays directly shining on the surface which can quickly degrade the adhesive, leaving the seams vulnerable for leaks. A puncture or  tear will allow the UV rays directly to the adhesive layer, causing more damage and deterioration.

With this information, you can be better prepared to discuss the options for your commercial structure as to what type of single ply roofing is best. It is always best to get 2 to 3 written estimates and review the policies of warranty. Call 816-228-1158 today for your single ply roofing installation in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO.

What is Storm Damage to a Roof?

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How do I know if my roof has storm damage?

While there isn’t an official declared area of ‘tornado alley’, ask any lifelong Missourian if the state of Missouri is in that area and they’ll tell you yes. Some of the folks you ask just might tell you, even show you the storm damage roofs they have experienced, and how they had to file an insurance claim. 

From wind damage to roof to hail damage roof, this state has had it share. Then there are new homeowners or those new to the area they aren’t sure what constitute the need to file a storm damage roof claim.  Those are the folks that this article is geared toward, but even the most experienced homeowner may learn something too – keep on reading! 

As a homeowner, your first task after a storm passes is to check your home from top to bottom, inside and out. Even if you don’t see any obvious signs inside like water dripping from the ceiling or down the wall, check the roof. 

We don’t recommend a homeowner climb up on the roof, but with binoculars, you can see if there is possible damage.  Any possible sign of a storm damage roof or other areas around your home, call a professional contractor. Damaging wind happens at 50mph or higher and will accompany severe thunderstorms. They are sometimes referred to as “straight line” and accused of being a tornado. The signs your roof sustained wind damage would be: 

  1. Missing roof shingles.
  2. Asphalt granule loss is apparent by “bald” shingles.
  3. Water penetration on the ceilings and walls inside your home.
  4. Loose debris around your house like lawn furniture, yard waste, etc. 

Hail will form inside strong thunderstorms when the temperature hits  32°F and lower, which is the same as when snow occurs. Hail stones are compacted ice that  can cause hailstorm damage roofs with stones measuring as small as 1 inch and larger. Signs of you have a hail damage roof includes:

  1. Damaged or Missing Shingles
  2. Broken or clogged gutters or downspouts.
  3. Ice Dams

Can heavy rain damage a roof?

Heavy rainstorms wear roofing shingles and other elements on the roof, like the chimney or vent pipes, down, weakening, even destroying them. The damage can result in lost shingles and water penetration under the shingles to the decking and underlayment. 

As the water penetrates the roof decking and underlayment, it can compromise your home’s structural integrity if not caught and repaired quickly. That excessive moisture will lead to mildew, mold, and rot, making the structure unhealthy and stability unsafe. If these issues aren’t addressed promptly, your insurance company could deny any storm damage roof claim or any other storm damage claims. 

A sloping roof has special challenges in protecting it from possible rain damage because water will collect and pool where the roof angles connect. A recommended solution beforehand is to have a professional roofer install waterproofing that will protect your roof from this moisture damage. 

Another recommended solution is keeping a regular routine of gutter cleaning around your home. Any visual indications of gutter runs coming loose, fasten them, and replace any gutter runs that have developed rust holes. These are things that can prevent possible roof damage and the insurance company may see as homeowner neglect and deny any storm damage roof claims.

Does insurance cover storm damage to roof?

The best and easiest way to know what your homeowner’s insurance coverage includes is to either review the policy yourself or contact your insurance agent.  Storm damage roof  coverage could be affected by the age of the roof, where you live, and other factors that will be specified in your policy. 

Storm damage roof coverage is included in most homeowner insurance policies if determined it was unpreventable like “acts of God”, fire, or vandalism. Hail, rain, and wind are covered by homeowner’s  insurance policies too but there could be determining factors that would have a storm damage roof claim denied. 

Does homeowners cover storm damage?

Certain storm damage roof causes are covered by homeowner’s insurance. This includes any hail, lighting, or wind damage.  What isn’t covered in most policies is damage caused by earthquakes and flood. These are exceptions and stipulations that are detailed in your homeowner’s insurance policy and the time to review that is before you have  storm damage roof or other damages cause by storms. 

How do storm damage insurance claims work?

If you have storm damage roof issues, have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof and give you a written estimate. Ask them to take pictures while on the rooftop and take pictures of your own that you can do safely from the ground. 

Then call your insurance company and file the claim. An insurance adjuster will be assigned to your claim and schedule an appointment with you to inspect your roof and home.  Ask the roofing contractor to be there at the same time to assure the adjuster sees all the damage they found.  Remember, the roofing contractor is on your side. 

Once the adjuster has approved the claim, you’ll get a notice what they are offering minus the deductible you’re responsible for paying. If you approve the amount, they’ll cut you a check. If you don’t agree with the amount, then you have the right to dispute and hire an independent adjuster to review the claim and reinspect your storm damage roof and other damages. 

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Why is my roof leaking when it rains?

What is the most common cause of roof leaks?

There can be any number of reasons a roof begins to leak or leaks every time it rains. A professional roofing inspection would be the best way to find out if any of the following common possibilities are the cause: 

  • Plumbing: Storm damage roof leaks aren’t the only possibility. Plumbing can cause roof leaks from the flashing, chimney, or vent pipe.
  • Chimneys: As we just mentioned, a chimney is often one of the most common cause of roof leaks. The rain could be coming through the chimney because the chimney cap or flue isn’t working correctly. It can also be the angle flashing around the chimney where it meets the roof. 
  • Skylights: A common source of roof leak other than storm damage roof leak are skylights. This can be from the skylights being damaged, installed wrong, or has simply gotten old and unreliable in weather conditions. 
  • Damaged or aging shingles: Asphalt roofing shingles age over time, dry out and no longer do the job they were installed to do – keeping your home dry and safe. When a hard rain comes, if the shingles are too old, the roof will leak. A storm damage roof claim may or may not be approved by your insurance company if the adjuster finds your roof is aged beyond reliability. 
  • Corroded Metal: The metal fasteners and flashing on a metal roof will corrode over time, becoming rusted or with the temperature they contract and expand, becoming loose. Once they become loose enough, they allow the roof to leak. 
  • Attic Condensation: When the attic doesn’t have sufficient ventilation, it will build up condensation and that moisture with hot air will collect in the attic and enough of it will begin leaking through the ceiling. 

You pay your homeowner’s insurance premiums for protection. It is your right to file a storm damage roof claim or any type of storm damage claim.  It is to your benefit to make sure you have an issue worthy of a claim though and that is where roofing contractors can help. Call 816-228-1158 today for storm damage repair in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO.

Do I Need to Replace Roof After Hail?

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How Much Does Insurance Pay for Hail Damage on Roof?

Are you wondering how much insurance will pay for your storm and hail roof damage repair? It’s important to note that in many if not all cases, your insurance company will extend far less than requested for repairs. For example, if the repairs cost forty-thousand dollars, your insurance company may only give you fifteen thousand. In such cases, it is wonderful to have a professional roofing company on your side. They will be able to submit evidence on your behalf and argue with the insurance company so that you receive your justified coverage.

Should I Claim Hail Damage on My Roof?

If you currently have hail damage on your roof, it is urgent for you to contact a professional roofing company as soon as possible. A roofing project manager will have the correct experience to diagnose whether or not your roof damages are the result of wear and tear or storm damage. If your roof damage is the result of wear and tear, your insurance company will not relinquish funds to assist. That is why it is imperative that you schedule annual roof inspections. Catching a problem before it starts is a great way to keep your roof in optimal shape.

Do I Need to Replace My Roof After Hail?

Hail damage can be very damaging for your roof system. Even if you do not find immediate evidence of hail damage, your roofing underlayment can be seriously bruised. When you have a bruised underlayment, you could develop a roof leak much sooner rather than later. One of the chief reasons why you should get a roof replacement is if you have a roof leak. Roof leaks are extraordinarily detrimental to your home and to your roof system. With even a small increment of time, you can develop mold and mildew.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Hail Damage to Roof?

Are you wondering if homeowners insurance covers hail damage for your roof? If so, you will be pleased to note that most basic homeowners insurance policies do cover structural property damage. This extends to environmental hazards like hail. The provision that covers this is under the category of dwelling protection coverage, normally known as Coverage A.

Will Insurance Cover a 20-Year-Old Roof?

If you have a roof that is twenty or more years old, you will, of course, be interested in having your insurance cover any problems. This is a normal feeling. That is why it is important for homeowners to get routine roof maintenance and repairs whenever possible. Most homeowner’s insurance policies won’t cover damages that are a result of wear and tear. Neglect is most often stipulated as the reason why insurance companies refuse to help homeowners. While this may seem like an unfair premise, it’s worth remembering when you tangle with your insurance company.

What Hail Damage on a Roof Looks Like

Are you wondering what hail damage on a roof looks like?  If you are a homeowner, it is important for you to have all the facts at your disposal. Please review the following list to discover more.

  • When hail hits your roof the damage can be perceived as dark punctures. 
  • If you have asphalt shingles, then you will observe granule loss.
  • If your asphalt shingles look shiny in areas, that will also be evidence of hail damage.

In order to properly diagnose your hail damage, please be certain to contact a professional roofing company.

Can Hail Damage Roof Tiles

Hail can be quite devastating to the surface of a roof. Hail is hundreds of balls of ice that come shooting out of the atmosphere. Hail will damage your roof, cars, and anything outdoors including patio furniture. It stands to reason that roof tiles will also be impacted, though possibly lesser so. If your roof tiles are clay or concrete, they will be more resilient than asphalt shingles.

Can Hail Damage TPO Roof

Do you have a TPO roof? If so, the damage to your roof will look different than it does on an asphalt shingle roof. According to a leading roofing material manufacturer, impact testing consistent with hailstones indicates a circular fracture pattern on TPO roofs. This kind of impact will be found on both TPO and PVC membrane top plys. 

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What is Hail Damage Roof

Your local, qualified roofer will know how to properly diagnose hail damage. It is important to remember several crucial ideas, however, Punctures, holes, and granule loss are all essential features of hail damage.

Please reach out to our professional roofing company today if you have a hail damage roof in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO. We’d be happy to help you after you set up an appointment with us at our phone number, 816-228-1158.

Should You Put a Metal Roof Over Shingles?

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Should you put a metal roof over shingles?

If you are thinking about installing a metal roof, you are joining a increasing crowd of homeowners. While benefits such as durability and improved energy efficiency big reasons people choose metal roofing, one advantage you may not be aware of: you can install metal roofs over shingles. By doing so, you’ll save money on installation costs because you won’t have to tear off your old roof. Moreover, you’re not going to have to spend any money on improving your roof’s support structure to hold up the metal. This type of roofing is actually lightweight and easy to install.

The primary concern about installing metal over shingles is making sure the shingle roof is in good shape. There shouldn’t be any sags and any damage, especially leaks, should be repaired. Additionally, make certain this type of roofing is permitted under local building codes. You also want to make sure the roof is installed correctly to avoid any moisture penetration and ventilation issues between the layers. For expert metal roof installation in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO, you can always count on United Roofing Services. We will make sure your roof is installed correctly so you have no worries. Get the process started by calling 816-228-1158.

Which metal roof is best?

When considering metal roofing, you’re going to have plenty of choices available. What type you choose as best for you will ultimately depend on what you need and want in a roof. Each type of metal roof has unique benefits.

Types of metal roofs

  • Copper: Copper roofs last the longest of all metal roofs but also tend to cost more to install. Rusting is also rarely an issue.
  • Aluminum: This metal will also last a long time and is highly resistant to corrosion. they are very good in coastal climates.
  • Zinc: Lasts almost as long as copper and highly corrosion-resistant but can be easily damaged by hail or high winds.
  • Steel: Steel is the most versatile and you have three options: galvanized, galvalume, and weathering. Galvanized steel is the most common of the three types of steel roofs. It’s flexible and relatively inexpensive.
  • Tin: Not as frequently applied to roofing as it once was.

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

While longevity and toughness are primary reasons people choose metal over other roofing options, it can have its disadvantages.

  • Cost: Metal roofs are about two to three times more expensive than asphalt shingles but costs can be offset by a variety of factors including longevity, energy efficiency, and even tax credits.
  • Noisy: Unless backing insulation is installed, metal roofs can be noisy in certain weather conditions like hail.
  • Expansion and contraction: Panels can come loose from expansion and contraction if the roof is not installed correctly and adjusted for this.
  • Susceptible to water damage: Poor quality installation can also lead to problems with water damage including rust.

Will metal roof rust?

One concern most people have about metal roofs is that they will rust. While most metals are susceptible to rust, the metals designed for roofing are specially treated specifically to prevent rusting. Metals like copper and zinc do not rust. Instead, oxidation or carbon dioxide and water cause a patina to form over the metal. This patina can actually help protect the metal from corrosion. Aluminum doesn’t form red rust but rather white rust that actually blends with the metal making the rust difficult to distinguish from the actual metal.

How do you stop condensation on a metal roof?

Because rust can be a problem for metal roofs, you want to keep moisture away from the roof as much as possible. Condensation can be a particularly thorny problem that occurs on the underside of the roof. It’s normally formed at night if the temperature inside your building is warmer than it is outside.

Good ventilation is one of the keys to fighting condensation and your roof needs to be well ventilated when it is installed. Heaters also need to be vented outside. Good insulation will also help fight condensation, as will installing a vapor barrier when the roof is put on.

Can metal roof withstand hail?

If you live in an area where hail is common, a metal roof is a good option. While hail might dent your roof, it will never penetrate the roof like it might with an asphalt shingle roof, unless the shingle roof is specifically designed for impact resistance. You won’t have to worry about the metal roof breaking or splitting when hail strikes it. Metal roofing gets a Class 4 impact resistance rating, the highest rating for roofing materials.

Can metal roof be painted?

As long as your metal roof is prepared properly by priming it and if you choose the right paints and sealant, you can paint your metal roof. You can also coat the roof with an elastomeric roof coating to extend its life and improve its energy efficiency.

Can I walk on a metal roof?

You should have no problem walking safely on a metal roof without worrying about damaging it, especially when treading carefully. It’s best to walk near areas where decking is present and not walk on ribbing and laps. Wear soft-soled shoes and be careful of debris underfoot.

A Roofer Installs Metal Tiles.

Metal roof for house

If you want to install a metal roof on your home in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO, you can always trust the team at United Roofing Services for their roofing expertise. We offer a wide range of roofing solutions to fit your needs. Discover everything we can do for you or schedule a time for an estimate by calling 816-228-1158.

Are Gutters Necessary?

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What is gutter repair?

The gutters on your home aren’t necessary by law or even my homeowner’s insurance requirements. If you have them, there is always the possibility they will need gutter repair at some point. What is gutter repair

It is important to keep the gutters on your home in good working order, meaning any gutter repair should be done as soon as possible. The gutters and downspouts are important to keep water shedding off your home out and away from the foundation and landscaping. 

Gutter repair can include patching holes, rehanging them, re-connecting the runs, and keeping the downspouts in the right directions. If you know How to gutter repair yourself, you can save some money, or what little it will cost to have gutter repair done while a professional contractor does your gutter cleaning will be worth the money spent. 

How do you repair a gutter?

Damaged and leaking gutters can be annoying, especially when water is ponding up around the foundation and washing away your landscaping. Most gutter repair jobs are  easy to identify and troubleshoot, but there is no shame relying a  professional contractor to do any gutter repair either. Should you have the desire to do your own gutter repair, we offer the following tips: 

  • Holes in the Gutters: After you have cleaned all the debris and leaves out, rinsed out the gutter runs and allowed them to completely dry, you can fill any small holes with a coat if plastic roofing cement. Place a small amount of the roofing cement on your putty knife, then spread the compound over the hole. Keep going over the compound to create a consistently thin layer.  
  • Larger holes take a little more work. Squeeze roofing cement around the hole then take a piece of flashing that is a little larger than the hole and place it over the hole, pressing it down so that it stays in place. Smooth the roofing cement along the outer edges of the patch, spreading and feathering it as you go with the putty knife. 
  • Leaking Downspout: Remove all hardware and screws on the downspout and take the downspout apart at the sections. Brush leftover caulk off the joints with a wire brush. Clean the downspout inside with a gutter brush, rotating around to remove any debris stuck inside. With a small amount of caulk, reattach the one section of the downspout at the outer edge and slide the next section in, repeat using caulk to the outer edge. Reinstall the hardware and screws. 

Why is water dripping between gutter and fascia? 

This is one of those gutter repair signs that tells you attention is needed to the gutter system on your home.  When water is dripping between the fascia and gutter, it is most likely that there wasn’t any flashing installed there, or the flashing is bent, loose, or missing. This is an easy fix for any DIY homeowner or schedule your gutter and roof cleaning and have the contractor do the gutter repair for you. 

Some contractors will refer to this as the gutter apron, or you can do the gutter repair yourself with these steps: 

  • Purchase the flashing or gutter apron from the local home improvement store. It typically comes in ten foot  sections. 
  • You will need to remove the gutter hangers temporarily as you go. Another option is to notch the flashing at each hanger. 
  • Lay out the flashing and then fasten with sheet metal screws. Remember the gutter should be hung below the drip edge – you can tuck rolled flashing under the drip edge there. 

How long do gutters last?

The National Association of Homebuilders advise that with proper care, maintenance, and gutter repairs kept up, you copper gutters have a life expectancy of 50 years or more, aluminum gutters 20 years, and vinyl gutters 25 years or more. 

silver colored gutter system

Should I repair or replace gutters?

When it comes to the point of deciding about gutter repair and replacement, it will depend on the extent and type of damage your gutters have. Repairs are always a money saver and that is always a favorite of most homeowners! 

  1. If the damage is localized sections, you may be able to replace just those sections.  
  2. There are a few fractures, repair them yourself or have them repaired. 
  3. Leaking closure or joint, check the connections and make sure they are snug. You can also add a sealant around the leaking joint for back up. 
  4. Loose hangers can usually be tightened up, but you need to check where they are attached, there could be some wood rot with the fascia. If the hangers are rusted, then replace them with new.

Is standing water normal in gutters? No, absolutely not!  The gutter and downspout system on your home is meant to channel the rainwater and send it out and away from your home. So, if you have standing water in the gutters, you have a problem.  

The first step is to either call a professional contractor to inspect, clean and do any gutter repair needed.  Or you can do this yourself with a ladder, a good pair of work gloves, and time to spare. Once the gutters are cleaned, go back, or make the repairs as you work your way around cleaning them out. Run the water hose to the gutter and let it flow. If you still have standing water, you still have a problem. Get quality gutters today in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO when you dial 816-228-1158.

What is the Easiest Roof to Build?

A Gabled Roof

What is the easiest roof to build?

For new roofing, roofing contractors choose from a variety of styles. The most basic and easiest roof style to build is the gable roof. This is your basic triangular-shaped pitched roof that’s extremely popular in the U.S. The uncomplicated design makes the roof easier to build and much more inexpensive than a more complex roof. These roofs shed water and ice easier than other roofs, have better ventilation, but can be vulnerable to serious damage in high winds. You can put pretty much any type of roofing material on them, ranging from asphalt shingles to clay or concrete tiles. While gable roofs are simple in design, there are actually a variety of styles to choose from. Colonial style homes, for instance, typically feature front gable roofs, whereas Tudor style homes typically feature cross gable roofs. When it comes to new roof construction in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO, you can count on the expertise of United Roofing Services. We work with all types of roofs as well as roofing materials. Find out more about us and what we can do for you by calling 816-228-1158.

New roof options

With so many styles and materials to choose from, what are the best options for new roofing?

  • Asphalt shingles: Almost 75% of roofing in the U.S. is asphalt shingle. It’s inexpensive to install, and with good upkeep will last anywhere between 20 to 25 years. It is susceptible to wind and hail damage, but repairs are often inexpensive to make.
  • Clay or concrete tiles: Tile roofing is growing in popularity, especially in warmer climates. Tile roofs can often last more than 50 years and are aesthetically pleasing. Additional support may be needed, however, to handle the extra weight.
  • Metal roofing: Another choice growing in popularity. Though initially expensive to install, metal roofing will last up to 50 years or more and requires little maintenance.
  • Synthetic shingles: A lightweight alternative to slate tiles or shingles, synthetic roofing is highly damage- and fire-resistant and durable. 
  • Slate: Of all the roofing materials available, slate is the most durable and one of the most elegant of materials. It can last 70 years or more, but it’s extraordinarily heavy and costly. It requires professionals experienced with slate to install properly.

What is replaced when you get a new roof?

When you’re replacing your roof, a replacing typically involves tearing off the old roofing material—more often than not asphalt shingles—and putting in brand new shingles, along with new sheathing, underlayment, and flashing. Replacing a roof is different than installing new roofing on a new home. Putting up a new roof is starting from scratch beginning with the frame, and then adding the decking—the plywood panels that form the main foundation of the roof—before adding underlayment, sheathing, and shingles.

Do new roofs have a guarantee?

When you’re replacing your roof, your new roofing will typically receive a shingle warranty or manufacturer’s warranty of 20 to 50 years that just protects any faults in the roofing material itself. If you work with a highly rated roofing contractor like those at United Roofing Services will also offer warranties that protect you against any faults in the installation. With new homes, you usually have a builder’s warranty that lasts through the first year of ownership that covers any faults in construction that appear after you’ve bought the home.

Should I put a new roof on my house before I sell?

Normally, it’s not necessary to put a new roof on your house when you’re planning to sell, even if the roof needs some repair work done. You can make the repairs yourself or work the repairs into the price of the home, which normally will lower your sell price. On the other hand, if the repairs are extensive or the roof is well past its prime—around 20 years for most roofs—the extra money you spend on a new roof could be crucial to getting a fair price for your home.

Can you negotiate with roofing contractors?

Usually, when a roofing contractor gives you an estimate for new roofing, it will be fairly accurate and difficult to negotiate the price. Your best practice when you need a roofing contractor is to get bids from at least three contractors. You may be able to use the quotes to your advantage to negotiate a better deal, especially if you really like a particular contractor. Because roofers are pretty competitive you may be able to get your preferred contractor to lower prices or offer other incentives to use their services.

New construction roofing in rain

While putting up new roofing in the rain can be done, it’s usually best avoided, especially with new construction. Working in the rain can actually cause warranties to be voided, plus there are installation pitfalls as well. It’s especially tough to get shingles and other roofing materials to adhere properly in the rain. There’s also an obviously greater risk to trap moisture when it rains. Of course, in case of emergencies, it may be necessary to make a repair or replace a roof while raining. Even then, there are often effective quick fixes that can be performed while it’s still raining like adding patches with roof sealant and tarping the roof. Once the weather clears, regular repairs can then be made.

New technology for roofing

Many new technologies have come out for new roofing. Most are responses to demands for environmentally friendly roofing like recycled materials or solar shingles that have solar cells that work similarly to solar panels. 

Roofers Install a New Roof.

New construction roofing contractors

If you are building a new home and need new roofing in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO, turn to the experts at United Roofing Services. We provide an extensive range of roofing solutions to fit any budget and meet any need. Find out how we can help by calling 816-228-1158.

How Do Roof Warranties Work?

A Roofer Works on a Roof Installation.

How do roof warranties work?

When a new roof is installed, there may be several types of roof warranties involved. The types of warranties often available include:

  • Standard manufacturer’s warranty: Covers products purchased.
  • Workmanship warranty: Provided by the contractor and covers installation.
  • Extended manufacturer’s warranty: Covers workmanship and products.

Each of these warranties work differently. For instance, a standard manufacturer’s warranty only covers defective materials, so you would still have to pay for labor or for disposal or removal. Under this type of warranty materials like shingles are covered for a certain amount of years. If the shingles are found to be defective, the manufacturer will give you replacement shingles at no charge, but you’ll still have to pay to have the old shingles removed and the new ones installed.

When it comes to new roofing construction in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO, United Roofing Services offers some of the best roof warranties on new homes in the area. Find out all we can do for you by calling 816-228-1158.

How long is a roof supposed to last?

Nothing lasts forever, not even a roof. No matter what kind of roof you have—even a slate roof which lasts around 50 years—eventually it will wear out. Most residential roofs with asphalt shingles, however, will last about 20 to 25 years. Roofs will only last this long if you provide regular maintenance, and, of course, no mishaps like hail damage occur. Most new roofs will have various roof warranties in place in case failures occur in the first few years because of faulty materials or poor installation.   

Do roofers guarantee their work?

If you hire a quality roofing contractor like United Roofing Services to install a new roof they will back their work up with roof warranties. Most roofers will offer workmanship warranties that cover labor and installation costs should something go wrong over a set time period. Most manufacturers also offer warranties on their products if the products turn out faulty. Terms will vary as to the length of time covered and just what costs are covered. Make sure to go over any warranties with the roofing contractor before choosing that roofer for your project.

What is the average warranty on a new roof?

The most common roof warranties are standard manufacturer’s warranties that will cover the cost of faulty materials. These warranties are usually 20 to 50 years, though a 30-year warranty is the most commonly offered. What does a 30 year roof warranty cover? This warranty just covers any defects in the roofing materials—typically shingles—not caused by lack of maintenance, poor installation, or other damage. Roofers that offer workmanship warranties will set different terms, usually anywhere between two to 10 years. The current average is about 10 years, though some roofers offer warranties that cover the lifetime of the roof. Full system warranties, which cover materials as well as accessories like flashing are usually good for 10 to 20 years.

What do roof warranties cover?

Depending on the type of warranty it is coverage will vary. Typical coverage may include:

  • Replacement of defective materials like shingles if the defect is a result of a faulty manufacturing process and not damage of some other sort or basic wear.
  • Defects caused by the installation process if it is a workmanship warranty. Some warranties only cover labor problems, while others cover labor and materials.
  • Defects in accessories like flashing as well as materials are covered by full system warranties. Full system warranties often cover labor and materials to complete repairs.

What voids a roof warranty?

Although roof warranties are great to have to cover costs of repairs when problems or defects occur because of faulty materials or poor installation, the terms of the warranties can be voided if homeowners take certain actions like putting a new roof over an old roof. Reroofing can shorten the roof’s lifespan, and cause damage to the overall structure of the roof. Workmanship warranties may be voided in some cases after labor is done if another contractor is used to make repairs. Manufacturer’s warranties are often voided if the roof was poorly installed. Any roofer that takes shortcuts or otherwise makes missteps in the process, can cause you to lose out on warranty coverage. This is why it’s important to get a reputable roofer like United Roofing Services on your side. You’ll find we provide impeccable service when it comes to new roof installation. Warranties may also be voided if you place fixtures like skylights or solar panels on the roof or have a device as a satellite dish installed.

A Roof Under Construction

New construction roofing contractors

If you want a roofing contractor that offers excellent roof warranties in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO for new construction roofing, you need to look no further than United Roofing Services. We offer a full range of residential roofing solutions. Find out all we can offer you on your next roofing contract by calling 816-228-1158.

How do you know when to replace roof shingles?

deteriorated shingles

What are the granules on shingles for?

Every homeowner knows that their roof is like any other system in the home, it must be maintained and has a working lifespan that eventually ends. Especially for a shingled roof, roof shingle deterioration comes at the end of a shingled roof’s working lifespan and the signs come a little more obviously than other roofs. These signs can also come when a roof is having issues such as incorrect installation or when damages are left to get worse. When signs during roof shingle deterioration appear, it tends to be in the form of:

  • Shingle cracking
  • Shingle curling
  • Granule loss
  • Leaks
  • Moss formation 

In most respects, a homeowner should pay special attention to the granules that are specifically important to your roof. Whether your roof is new or old, granule loss is a concerning sign because they are specifically built to make the shingles resistant to the elements. Without granules, shingles take on the full brunt of the sun’s rays and tend to break down far faster due to shingles being created out of an oil-based substance if not something different that is not capable of staying operational for long in the sun without something to reflect it. To find out if you are losing granules in your shingles, you don’t actually have to go up on your roof. Pay some attention to your gutter and the water streaming down from your roof. When you see some gravel or grit in the stream, you may want to get an inspection roof shingle deterioration. United Roofing Services is a team of roofers that can spot that problem fast when you live in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO. Call 816-228-1158 today to schedule your appointment for an inspection and if you need a roof replacement.

What is roof cupping?

When your roof does not have signs like roof cupping or granule loss across the board, roof repair is the best answer to that problem. When the issues affect your roof entirely from corner to corner, roof replacement is the answer to your roof shingle deterioration. There are several reasons as to why roof cupping occurs, this is when the shingle begins to curl towards its individual center, of which can be drooping or depressed. It can happen for reasons like:

  • Improper installation
  • Hail or impact damage
  • Shaken loose or disturbed by wind or step
  • Old age

Roof cupping or clawing can lead to your attic being compromised to insects and leaks as well. The previously mentioned granule loss can also be an attributing factor to your shingles curling because the sun is directly impacting the shingles without the sunlight is partly reflected by the granules. When it comes to improper installation, the reasons for that can be either a shingle being placed wrong or the adhesive not having enough heat to seal. Hail and general weather damage is not necessarily the bain of a roof. Shingles like the modern asphalt shingles, are designed to some degree to physically take the impact from hail and severe weather. While not a rare occurrence to see minor damage on your roof after a bad storm, asphalt shingles are designed to protect your home and tend to last several years with relatively minor care.

Do black shingles wear out faster?

When it comes to shingles, even asphalt shingles, darker shingles are not necessarily as long-lasting as their lighter-colored counterparts. The reason being is that darker colors absorb more heat and with many shingles being oil-based, they break down faster than other types of roofing like clay, metal, and wood. This goes back to the purpose of the granules, which partly deflect the sunlight and are built in to directly lengthen the shingle’s lifespan. That is why it is not a good sign when you find granules in your gutter or on the general premises. Even so, when it comes to average shingles, black shingles do not last as long due to naturally absorbing more sunlight and getting hotter on average. 

It should also be pointed out that shingled roofs are designed to be water-resistant, but not waterproof. When it comes to roof shingle deterioration, heavy rainwater can be somewhat bad for shingles. The reason being is that the rainwater washes off parts of the shingle, like granules and additives to lengthen the roof’s lifespan. This however is not necessarily something to be worried about, when your roof is installed by a competent roofer it is built to last through the elements for an extended period of time. Debris and impacts on your roof can cause standing water to build up, that is what will damage it due to it breaking down and allowed to seep under the shingles. This is why it is imperative that you spot roof damages and debris early on your roof. Getting a roof inspection every so often can solve that issue that starts roof shingle deterioration.

deteriorated shingles

When Should roof shingles be replaced?

Knowing when your roof needs a replacement can be an important detail for a homeowner. Shingled roofs tend to lean towards having a twenty to twenty-five-year lifespan before needing to be entirely replaced. At a minimum, an annual roof inspection will get you all the information you need about your roof and when it needs services. It should be noted that when it comes to roof replacement, you should have had some attention applied to your homeowner’s insurance policy. An insurance company will replace your roof if the issue afflicting your roof happens suddenly and outside your control. However, it is rare for a policy to cover gradual roof shingle deterioration and deterioration in general. Either way, you can trust United Roofing Services in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO to get a handle on your roof and get you a product on your home you will love. Call 816-228-1158 today to schedule your appointment.

Can a shingle roof be repaired?

shingle roofing system on a brick house

When should asphalt shingles be replaced?

Asphalt roof shingles are the most common and popular roofing material in the country, and in Missouri, this time of the year sees a lot of need for shingle roof repair contractors.  Yes, we are talking about springtime and storms that include hailstorms and high winds along with tornadoes. Sometimes, after these acts of nature have passed, homeowners wait on the insurance company to decide if they are being afforded roof shingles repair or replace.

A repair damaged roof shingle is sometimes not possible. Sometimes, asphalt roof shingles simply have reached the end of their life expectancy. As a homeowner, if you’re familiar with the signs that tell you it is about to reach that time, you can be financially ready when the time comes to do more than repair a few roof shingles.

During the monthly inspection of your home, or the annual inspection by a professional roofing contractor, these are the indicators you need to watch for:

  • Curled, cupped asphalt roof shingles
  • Missing granules that have created bald spots
  • Cracked or missing shingles
  • Age of your asphalt shingle roof is 20 years or older
  • An asphalt shingle roof is looking aged and worn
  • Your neighbors are getting a new roof
  • Black, dark streaks of algae and moss

There are a few home repairs that can be delayed for the foreseeable future. However, a leaking roof isn’t one of those repairs. Therefore, a monthly inspection is recommended. Finding those issues that we’ve listed or noting the age of your roof gives you the opportunity to get the repairs made before a problem starts or plan the budget for a replacement.

What type of roof shingles are best?

While they may not consider asphalt roof shingles the best by roofing experts, they remain the most popular choice. Why? They are inexpensive, offer easy installation, and are available in a multitude of colors that can match any home exterior.

In the southwest part of the country, like Florida, tile roofing is popular because of the Mediterranean style of homes and its reflection of the strong UV rays.  In the Northeast, slate roofing is the most popular choice where homes are of Gothic and Victorian style dating back to the 1800s. All around the country, especially in the countryside, metal roofing is popular. All roofing materials are as good as they are installed and maintained, but we have known metal roofing to last up to 50 years while a slate roof can last up to 100 years.

Are all roofing shingles the same?

If you’re in the market for a new roof, it’s hard to decide if you want asphalt roof shingles or another type of roofing material, or if you are going with asphalt roof shingles which type. You must interview some roofing contractors for quotes, and they are the best person to provide reliable information on roofing materials.

As you interview these roofing contractors, ask about their insurance, licensing and customer referrals. Check with those clients about workmanship and how the company honors their shingle repair on the roof they’ve installed.

There are three choices in asphalt roof shingles:  

  • Three-Tab Shingles
  • Architectural Shingles
  • Premium Shingles

Similar materials are used to make all three asphalt roof shingles, but the differences are: 

  • Three-Tab Asphalt Roof Shingles are affordable and can last 20 years or longer in the right climate. They don’t have as many aesthetic options and come off easily in high winds. 
  • Architectural Shingles are durable and strong. With their multi-dimensional texture and appearance, who can resist them and their lifespan of 30 years or more? You get a longer lifespan, but it will cost you. 
  • Premium Asphalt Roof Shingles offer that multi-dimensional appearance and durability, but compared to cedar or slate roofing material options, they are affordable.
Shingles on a roofing system

How long do roof shingles last?

The climate and unexpected events can make the determining factor how long any roofing material will last. Asphalt roof shingles typically last 20 years, however, there are some high-quality asphalt roof shingles the manufacturers quote up to 30 years. Wood shake roofing has a life expectancy of 30 years and experts quote fiber cement roofing shingles to last 25 years.

What color shingles are best?

Asphalt roof shingles come in many colors, but there is more to those color choices than the esthetics they offer. There is functionality and purpose to consider. Dark color asphalt roof shingles have a solar absorptance of 97% and white shingles offer 76% absorptance. Depending on what part of the country you’re in should be considered when choosing the color of your next asphalt roof shingles.

The roof of your home is an investment for your largest investment. Choose the best roofing that you can afford when the time comes for replacement, and in the meantime, stay on top of possible repairs that can make your roof last longer. Call 816-228-1158 today for more information on shingle roofing in Grain Valley and Kansas City, MO.