Understanding the Risk of Snow and Ice Accumulation on the Roof

Extreme winter weather is bad for people but is also poses a serious risk for your roofing system as the risk of snow and ice accumulation grows the deeper into a brutal winter we get. Roof care for the winter months is critical to keeping your roof in good shape all year round. It is also the biggest contributing factor to prevent roof damage and roof collapse due to snow and ice accumulation. “Snow and ice can collapse roofs, especially on older buildings. Older buildings have a greater risk of corrosion, which can weaken its structural integrity. Newer buildings that have roofs made of light-weight metal, roofs that are flat, or roofs that do not have a lot of supports are more likely to give-in under the pressure of excess snow and ice. Snow drifts on a flat roof that have projections, a lower roof, or other equipment can accumulate snow that has drifted with the wind. This can cause vulnerability unless additional strengthening supports are added. One should contact a professional about safely removing excess snow and ice from a roof” (Polygon Group).

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Prepare Before the Snow and Ice Hits

“There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof’s outside surface must be above 32 degrees F while lower surfaces are below 32…The snow on a roof surface that is above 32 will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32 and freezes…The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32” (University of Minnesota Extension).

You can make sure your roof is in the best shape possible to handle the snow and ice that is coming by inspecting it now and taking care of any damage or issue before winter hits. To help keep ice off roofs that are sloped, and to reduce the rate at which the ice accumulates on the roof, it is important to make sure attics are well ventilated so the snow won’t melt and refreeze as ice. When the attic isn’t properly ventilated the hot air of the home accumulates and causes the melting and freezing that creates dangerous ice dams. Melted snow and ice can enter a roof via the eaves and flat roofs can experience water damage if ice dams form and prevent water from flowing into drains on a roof. Gutters can also fill with snow and melt that refreezes into ice which can weigh down the eves and cause problems when the weight load gets too heavy. Preventative maintenance is crucial during the winter months to help avoid costly repairs and one of the biggest examples of the risk of snow and ice accumulation that exists is the sheer weight that can accumulate on the roof!

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Estimate How Much Weight Your Roof Can Support

Snow may seem light and fluffy, but if you have ever been trapped under snow or have sunk to your waist in a snow drift than you know how heavy it can be. Now think about 5-10 feet of that sitting on your roof after a few months of weekly snow storms and snowfall. It is easy to see how the weight can get a bit excessive, but just how heavy can it get? Here are some figures to help put it in perspective:

  • Unless the roof has been damaged or weakened somehow, most modern roofing systems 10 years old or younger should be able to support 20 lbs of weight per square foot of roofing space before it gets to a dangerous level.
  • In some areas of the country where heavy snows and long brutal winters are common, the snow loads used in home design may be considerably higher and can withstand a much larger load before becoming stressed.
  • If you live in a high snow area, you can probably check building codes and look up the reports for when your home or office building was built and see what the specs were for the roofing system that you currently have.

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Evaluate Your Risk of Rooftop Snow/Ice Accumulation

  • Melting snow will drip off steeply sloped roofs faster, giving it less chance to refreeze as ice and build up under the snow load. This is why the roofs of many northern homes and those in high snow areas are usually built with a steep slope.
  • Ice and snow will accumulate much faster on low slope and flat roofs because it has a much longer time in contact with the cold snow and can refreeze before it all has the chance to run off the rooftop and will build thick layers of ice.
  • Poor ventilation of the home and attic will also make you more prone to ice and snow load damage. Heat from the home can melt the snow so it liquifies or turns to slush, but it will quickly refreeze when temperatures dip at night.
  • Older roofing systems are at an increased risk of snow and ice accumulation because older roofs are not often designed to withstand heavy loads. They also may not be designed to reduce the chance of ice accumulation and snow load.

Estimate How Much the Snow on Your Roof Weighs

Using these guidelines from The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety you can use the following to see if your roof is supporting too much snow and ice weight:

  • Fresh snow: 10–12 inches of new snow is equal to one inch of water, or about 5 lb per square foot of roof space, so you could have up to 4 feet of new snow before the roof will become stressed.
  • Packed snow: 3–5 inches of old snow is equal to one inch of water, or about 5 lb per square foot of roof space, so anything more than 2 feet of old snow could be too much for your roof to handle.
  • Total accumulated weight: 2 feet of old snow and 2 feet of new snow could weigh as much as 60 lb per square foot of roof space, which is beyond the typical snow load capacity of most roofs.
  • Ice: 1 inch of ice equals 1 foot of fresh snow.

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Snow Removal May be Necessary to Avoid Roof Collapse

“If you are in the “danger zone” …or if the loads you estimate based on the thickness of the various types of snow and ice exceed 20–25 psf, you should consider removing snow from your roof. For safe removal that won’t endanger you or damage your roof, use a snow rake with a long extension arm that will allow you to remove the snow while standing on the ground or hire a snow removal contractor” (Disaster Safety). The risk of snow and ice accumulation and the danger it poses to your roofing system is not something to ignore or take lightly. A roof collapse is a serious event and can lead to loss of property and possessions and can even result in loss of life!  It is not a risk that you should take!

Stay Dry Roofing is Here to Help

To get the best wintertime roofing care and to find out more about what you can do to reduce your risk of snow and ice accumulation this season, contact us today!  Stay Dry Roofing is ready to help you with all of your roofing needs and now is the time to have your roof inspected and damage dealt with before the winter chill sets in and the snow and ice begin to accumulate. Contact our team now for a consultation appointment and to learn more about protecting your roofing system from snow and ice damage this winter!

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Get Rid of Roof Mold Once and For All

Most of us who own a home, have a hard time not getting freaked out at the sight of mold. Its nasty, its ugly, and in some cases, it can even make you sick! The stuff grows everywhere and can be found in many areas of the home- old food in the fridge, the drains in the bathroom, the mulch in the garden, and yes, it can even grow on your roof! Thankfully, if your roof gets moldy you don’t have to throw it out like the food in the fridge and you can clean it up unlike the mold in the garden.  You can take back your roof and get it back to a beautiful look easily if you know what to do. Here’s how to get rid of roof mold,  clean your roof, and keep that nasty stuff from coming back.

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A lot of the dark blotches and streaks that can be seen running down the shingles of roofs in the area is not actually mold, but is usually a form of algae. Chances are though you could care less what it is, you just want it gone and off your roof! Mold also can grow on the roof when plant materials and dirt accumulate in the cracks and crevices of the shingles or tiles. Thankfully there many cleaning products available that can get algae and mold off your roof safely and effectively. You can’t do anything to prevent algae and mold spores from getting thrown around in the air and landing on your roof.  You can slow down the growth however by keeping your roof clean of leaf debris and organic matter so there is less for it to grow on!

Get Rid Roof Mold Easily

Traditional cleaning methods for dirty roofs involved using a bleach and water solution that was sprayed on the roof and allowed to sit for 10-15minut sand then rinsed off. This can get your roof clean but it can damage your roof if the bleach concentration is too strong or harm plants and grass under the roof when the solution is rinsed off. There are natural organize cleaning solutions on the market today that can be used to get rid of roof mold safely without the risk to your home, plants, pets, or family. One drawback of these cleaning solutions is that because they are not using chemical cleaners, they take a little time and repeated use to get full results and they have to be reapplied on a regular basis every few weeks or months.

A Better Way to Clean Your Roof

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The best option for cleaning off mold and algae is to call in the professionals and let them take care of things for you. They have the tools, equipment, products, and skills need to get rid of roof mold safely and effectively.  You will not have to worry about doing something wrong that damages your roof or fighting a constant battle of trying to get rid of roof mold. The experts can handle everything for you and you will have more time to enjoy your home rather than sweating away for hours on end up on the roof. DIY projects are popular for around the house projects but work that involves the roof is best left to the professionals and the experts who have the experience needed to do it right.

Prevent Roof Mold Down the Road

There are some simple steps you can take to get rid of roof mold and keep it from returning and causing problems. The simplest option is to apply a cleaning or treatment product that is made for long-term mold killing. Another popular trick homeowners have used as a preventative measure is to install zinc or copper strips on the top ridge. You simply slip the strips under the shingles, leaving the metal partially exposed, and nail the strips in place. These metals have natural elements that fight old growth and kill organic compound that can lead to mold and algae growth. You can also work to keep your home from being overly shady and damp by trimming back tree branches so the sun can reach your roof and dry it out.

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Most homeowners get a little sick to their stomach at the sight of mold, whether it is in the kitchen, bathroom, garden, or the roof. Thankfully, if your roof gets moldy you have options and don’t have to throw it out like moldy food or replace it like moldy potting soil. Today we have gone over some of the ways you can get rid of roof mold and keep it from coming back. For professional help and assistance with all of your roof maintenance, care, and replacement needs, contact us today at Stay Dry Roofing. Our team of experts can get to the bottom of your mod issues, find effective ways to remove and prevent mold growth and keep your roof looking great all year round.  Call us now and get rid of roof mold once and for all!

 

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Six Ways Trees Can Cause Roof Damage

We all know that the roof is a key component of any building and it is essential to the overall integrity and beauty of your home. And naturally, we want to preserve it in any way we can. One surprising source of roof damage, however, are trees. To keep your roof in the best possible shape and to reduce the impact the trees in your landscape have on your roof, be mindful of these dangers:

Dangling and overhanging limbs. 

Obviously, a large tree leaning over your home or a giant branch from an old oak tree reaching across your home is a threat to your roof and your home in general.  You run the very real risk of limbs breaking due to age and weight or being snapped off during a storm. In bad weather or when a tree starts to die the entire thing can fall over, crushing anything in its path- including your roof. In order to avoid this, be sure to keep limbs cut back away from your home as much as you can and have weakened or dying trees removed as soon as possible to avoid major roof damage!

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Clogged gutters and downspouts. 

Leaves, sticks, twigs, moss, and dead plant matter can quickly accumulate in your gutters. Sometimes with a lot of trees around your home and bad winds or rains, enough leaf material can fall that your gutters can clog up in a single day. When they are clogged, your guttered are basically useless and cannot drain water away from your home. This can allow water too pool on the roof and seep into your home where it can do massive amounts of damage very quickly. Gutter guards can help a lot but there is no replacement for good ole routine cleanouts every week to keep guttered clear.

Leaves and needles and debris.  

Leaf material and other bits and pieces of the trees that fall can clog your cutters, but they can also directly affect your roof and can lead to significant damage. Dead plants will decompose as moisture is trapped in the accumulating leaf litter. This can cause rot and decay of your roofing shingles and if it progresses the decay can spread into the deeper components of your roofing system. Left alone for too long, your entire roof can be compromised as the decay spreads and the weight of the accumulating leaf debris gets heavier and heavier with every storm. This ultimately causes severe roof damage.

Too much shade in the yard.

Trees are wonderful in a landscape and many homeowners love large shady trees. However, too much of a good thing is a bad thing and this is true for shade as well. Too many large trees around your home will shield fallen mold spore from the UV light of the sun. This allows them to grow rapidly and spread, which can cause problems with the structural integrity of your roof. Roofs that stay too damp and shady because of the trees are at a higher risk for experiencing roof damage caused by mold and mildew. Thinning the trees or removing some of them is the only way to remedy this problem.

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Critter and pest infestations. 

Most people understand that trees are part of nature but this means that animals will be living in them and the closer the trees are to our home the closer the animals are as well. Birds, squirrels, bugs, all have trees as their chosen abode. If they can easily get from their home to your home they may decide to move in because your home offers more food and shelter choices for them. Pests can chew their way into your roofing system and cause damage both to the exterior and interior of your home. This is why keeping branches away from the home is something that must be done.

Trees in danger of falling over. 

While not a common occurrence thankfully, a fallen tree is without a doubt the most damaging and disastrous. This type of roof damage can be catastrophic so it is essential to keep an eye on the health and integrity of trees that are close enough to hit your home if they were to fall. If the tree begins to sag, lean, or shows signs of disease or an insect infestation, it’s wise to look into having it removed altogether. It is a pain can be expensive but it better than the alternative to be sure and will be the best choice to protect your home and your family.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about how to avoid rood damage from the trees in your yard and to find out what you need to do to stay on top of roof maintenance, give us a call today at Stay Dry Roofing. Our team of roofing experts can help you with all of your roofing needs. We can help with design and new installation projects, roof replacements, storm clean up and repairs, roof inspections, and basic maintenance and repair work. No job is too big or too small for the Stay Dry Roofing team!

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Whether you have a commercial or residential property we can take care of you and roofing system. Call now for a consultation appointment or an on-site evaluation and estimate. You don’t have to go at it alone. Call the roofing experts of Indianapolis that residents and businesses owners have trusted for years- see the difference for yourself!

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Fall Roof Preparations For Roofing System

As the hot summer days begin to cool off at long last, the kids are now beginning a new school year, and we are seeing signs that the cooler wetter weather is on the way. Fall is a special time of year and it is a favorite time of year for many residents in the Indianapolis area. Between now and the first freeze of winter, there are four things you can do to prepare your roof for bad weather. It is often overlooked until the truly chilly weather hits and we know winter is not far behind, but it is important to deal with fall roof preparations now so you are ready for whatever winter throws your way.

roofing care tipsClean Our Your Gutters

You should be doing this on a regular basis anyway to ensure they can do their job and keep water drained. However, as the leaves begin to fall it is important to clean the gutters out often, especially if you have a lot of trees around. When leaves and debris collect in your gutter system, eventually, it will create a clog in the downspouts. When this occurs, the water cannot drain away fast enough and can get backed up and pool on your roof. The added weight of the wet leaves and water could also pull your gutters loose and damage your eves and roofing shingles.  Standing water is also more likely to seep into the shingle sand leak into your attic and into your home. To prevent these problems and unforeseen repair costs, keep your gutters clean and inspect them at least once a month while the leaves are still falling.

Clear Off Debris

It is also very important to remove leaves, pine needles, branches, moss and any other debris that has collected on your roof. Even small bits of debris will hold moisture and possibly rot or mold, which will break down your roofing material. Additionally, the added weight can weaken your supports and damage interior opponents of your roofing system. Make sure they are free and clear of debris so as to allow water to flow. If you are confident in your ability to do so you can clear off the debris yourself but it is highly advisable to call in roofing professionals to clean your roof for you. This is an important part of the fall roof preparations that you need to take time for now before the cold weather truly sets in. You should do this several times during the fall to keep your roof clean and free of debris and trash.

Roofing damageCheck for Signs of Damage

Once your roof is clean of all leaf litter and debris, you should be able to easily scan the surface for missing shingles or tiles that are cracked and broken, or other signs of wear and tear damage. You can use binoculars if you need to do your inspection from the ground or if you are able to do so safely, you can climb up to the roof to have a look. Be sure to look at any flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights to make sure they are in good shape too. These areas are common problem areas that can lead to leaks when the flashing cracks and warps away from the roofing. Even seemingly small damage can quickly lead to major issues if left unaddressed. Even the best DIY individuals often find it is easier to call in roofing experts to help with fall roof preparations and repairs to the shingles and flashing during this time of year.

Check Insulation and Ventilation

The final part of fall roof preparations you need to check off your to-do list this season is to get into the attic and check the ventilation and insulation there. Without adequate airflow in your attic, temperatures can fluctuate greatly in the colder seasons, causing you to use more energy to keep your home comfortable. During the day, sunlight hits your roof and heats up the air in your attic which warms up the house but can also cause condensation to occur when the attic gets a lot warmer than the cooler outside air temperatures. This can lead to water and moisture and rot, mildew, and even water stains can occur if the condensation gets bad enough. And if your ventilation system is not functioning as it should all the hot air has nowhere else to go, it will seep into your home and make things too hot and stuffy.

Fall Roof PreparationsContact Stay Dry Roofing

To learn more about fall roof preparations give us a call today and let our team of experts take care of your roofing system for you. We are here to help you and are ready to assist with any inspection, repair, or maintenance work you may need ahead of the winter weather. So, call today to schedule an appointment or to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.

 

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Important Roof Maintenance Tips for Fall

If you have been a homeowner for any length of time, then you know how important the roof is. It is what protects your home, your family, and your possessions from most of the elements and keeps everyone and everything safe. There is a lot that goes into proper roof maintenance and there are many things you have to think about and do to keep your roof in tip-top shape. It can be hard to know what to do and when to do it. That is why Stay Dry Roofing is proud to serve the area and meet all of your local roofing needs.  We are especially busy this time of year as fall is when the bulk of roof work is done in the area and it is when we get asked about roof maintenance tips for the fall.

Fall Roof Maintenance Tips You Need to Know 

Roofing repairsFall is an important time for roof maintenance because it is conveniently placed between the two times of year that tend to do the most damage- spring and winter. Spring rains and storms can damage roofing systems and winter snows and ice can as wreak havoc on your roof.  Fall is the time to look for damage and prepare for the damaging weather ahead. If your roof is damaged and in need of repair, now is the time to get it taken care of. roof maintenance tips for fall are a big deal and that is why the Stay Dry Roofing team wanted to give you the five best tips to make the most of your fall season roof work:

Trim Back Your Trees and Removed Damaged Ones

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As the leaves start falling from the trees around your home, it will be obvious if there are branches that are too close to your home. Branches that are at risk from ribbing against your siding or roof shingles or large branches hanging over your roof that looks a little weak or damages can be a sure way to have problems down the road. It is important to trim those back now so they do not danger your roofing later. When winter comes, snow and ice can weight down branches and cause them to bend or fall into your home. Removing these branches now will reduce your risks for damage later on. Additionally, making the most of the roof maintenance tips for fall and cutting back branches now, can minimize the leaves that clog gutters and roof valleys. Calling the roofing experts at Stay Dry Roofing can make this fall maintenance chore cinch!

Take Time to Inspect and Clean Out Your Gutters

gutter maintenanceClean gutters are important, not just for aesthetic reasons but because they can affect the structural integrity of your roofing system as well. Clean and properly maintained gutters are needed to keep water flowing properly off your roofline so rainwater does not pool on the roof and seep into the home. Clogged gutters will keep the roofing materials wet for longer periods of time which will eventually lead to cracking, mold, and other damage later on. One of the best roof maintenance tips for fall season is to give your gutters some love and attention. Clean out your gutters before the leaves of fall start to clog things up and make a mess and be sure to check on them regularly to ensure they continue to do their job. Stay Dry Roofing can help you with roof and gutter maintenance and repairs this fall so give us a call.

Install Gutter Guards if They Are Needed for Your Roof

gutter-installationGutter guards are an important part of your roofing and gutter system, yet they are something many homeowners do not have or do not even know about. They are extremely affordable, fairly easy to install and maintain, and they will greatly reduce gutter clogging. This, in turn, reduces the time you have to spend on gutter maintenance and cleaning and reduces the chances of damage occurring. These simple caps go over your guttering to prevent leaves from falling inside. It is like putting a roof over a canal to keep things from getting inside. Water is still able to get through thanks to small holes in the caps, but leaves, twigs, and bigger debris cannot get into the trough of the gutter and keeps it clutter free. If you have questions about getting gutter guards installed for your home contact the Stay Dry team today and let us lend a helping hand.

Get A Professional Pre-Winter Roof Inspection Done

roof inspectionsExpert roofing inspectors have an eye for damage and problems that may go unnoticed by the average homeowner. This is why it’s always a good idea to have someone look at your roof during the fall season. Getting a professional roof inspection done before winter sets in is one of the important roof maintenance tips for fall that cannot be ignored. It is an important part of roof maintenance because it will alert you to potential problems early on so you can fix problems you may be having right away. It is much easier to repair a roof before the snow and ice start to fall; it is much safer to do roof maintenance and repairs this time of year as well. If you wait too long, you will have a much bigger problem on your hands. Call Stay Dry today to find out about our fall roof inspection services and get any repair work done sooner rather than later.

Invest In Roof Repairs As Needed

roof replacementIf you find out that there has been damage done throughout the year and you learn that you need repair work on a certain part of your roof, it is not something you can afford to ignore and put off. It is of the utmost important you make sure you take care of any repairs and maintenance work now rather than later. Small problems in the fall can turn into huge problems in the winter, and damage done over the winter can lead to even more extensive and expensive repairs in the following spring. Taking the time and energy to stay on top of maintenance work and investing a little money into small repairs now will save you in the long run and will help preserve the integrity of your roofing system. Stay Dry Roofing has helped many homeowners with the best in roof maintenance tips for fall and we can do the same for you as well!

Contact Stay Dry Roofing  Roof Maintenance Tips 

To learn more about these and other great roof maintenance tips for fall call us at Stay Dry Roofing today. We offer a range of inspection, repair, maintenance, and installation services so you are sure to find what you need right here. Call today for a free consultation and project quote and let us help you prepare your roofing system for the coming winter weather!

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Things To Know About Gutter Installation

They may not seem like much but gutter installation is an important thing that you need to consider along with your normal roof care routine. Without well-working gutters, moisture can seep into the eaves of the house and even the siding and foundation can be affected by rain run off with gutters are not used. Well-functioning gutters are what direct storm runoff away from the sides and foundation of your home. Gutter installation that is done incorrectly can harm your roof, and over time it can lead to roof replacement. To avoid this, it is important to stay up on gutter maintenance all year round and to get your gutters installed correctly the first time.

seamless aluminum guttersAluminum Gutter Materials

Aluminum. An aluminum gutter is the most popular type seen in houses throughout Indianapolis. Aluminum never rusts or corrodes and it very lightweight which is perfect for gutters that can end up carrying a lot of water weight. They come in a wide variety of colors so it is easy to find on that fits your home’ décor. The price tag averages $5.00 to $9.00 per linear foot which also helps make it an affordable choice for homeowners across the state. Seamless aluminum gutters are the most popular version on the market, but there are several other styles that can also easily be installed for most homes in the area.

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Copper. Like its aluminum counterpart copper never rusts or corrodes. Copper is famous for the development of the bright bluish-green patina, known as verdigris like what is seen on the statue of liberty. This is a natural effect that does not damage the gutter and is actually a favored look among many homeowners today. It runs approximately $15.00 per linear foot but when it comes to gutters, copper lasts much longer than aluminum most times so the investment is well worth it in the long run. Old homes looking for an upgrade and new homes needing fresh gutter installation both can take advantage of copper gutter styles today.

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Many homeowners try to install new gutters themselves in an attempt to save money. If you have the ability and knowledge to install gutters yourself you can try though it is best to stick to sectional gutters that are fabricated in pieces that are easier to handle.  If you are looking at getting seamless gutters or something fancy, it is best to leave the gutter installation to the experts who know how to handle the material and have the safety tools and knowledge to get it done correctly and safely. Also, professional installations often come with warranties to cover the material and installation, something you won’t get with a DIY installation project.

gutter maintenance and careSize & Shape for Gutters

Gutters can be found in several standard design styles. Generally, either a U-shaped or K-shaped profile is the most common. The gutters along the edge of the roof typically are made in 4inch, 5inch, or 6inch diameters. Downspouts can be made in several styles and common shapes. Your personal preferences will be considered along with the unique size, style, and location of your roof to determine how large the gutters and downspouts need to be. For example, a home with trees around needs larger gutters so they don’t clog as quickly and a home with lots of large gables will need gutters large enough to handle the runoff.

gutter system installDeciding on a Color

Gutter installation is a big decision and one of the choices you have to make is in regards to the color your gutters are going to be.  There are many colors available today so you can easily find the shade that complements your home’s style and décor and that looks best for your area. Aluminum gutter colors are baked directly onto the material while still at the factory. Copper only comes in its natural state but can be painted after installation. If you are wanting a shade such as red or blue or black, aluminum is the best choice as most homeowners choose copper due to its natural patina look and coloration.

professional gutter installationGutter Installation From the Pros

Selecting a knowledgeable, reliable, and trustworthy gutter installation company is critical. Legit contractor companies will offer free estimates and will answer any questions you have about pricing and fees. They will also be able to schedule your gutter installation at a time that is convenient for you and that fits with your lifestyle.  Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we treat every customer like a member of the family and work to ensure you are given professional treatment every time. A DIY installation is possible but with all the benefits offered by roofing contractors, why would you want to take the chance of something going wrong doing it yourself?

gutter-cleaningQuestions? Stay Dry Roofing Has Answers

As a family owned, locally operated Indianapolis business Stay Dry Roofing is a trusted name in quality high-end gutter installation. We are experts in every aspect of gutters and roofing, roof repair, roof replacement and roof maintenance. No matter what your needs are we can help you. We serve Indianapolis and the surrounding communities, including Brownsburg, Franklin, Greenfield, Martinsville, Noblesville and more. Do not put off getting new gutters another day and see for yourself why more people count on Stay Dry Roofing for their gutter needs. For a FREE ESTIMATE, call (317) 603-5550 or our  Contact Page.

 

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What You Should be Doing for Summer Roof Maintenance

Roof maintenance is a year-round thing. While you are having fun in the sun this summer, you also need to keep up with summer roof maintenance. You can do this yourself if you know what to look for, but we recommend hiring a professional roofing contractor to make sure you do not miss anything. Here are the key areas that you need to keep an eye on this summer:

 

cleaning guttersClean Out the Gutters

Gutters are meant to keep water moving off of your roof so there are no standing puddles on the roofing system. It is important to check the gutters to make sure they are not rusted, damaged, blocked, or loose. Any issues need to be addressed as soon as possible so the next summer thunderstorm doesn’t cause problems with rain and even more clutter getting into the gutters.

Cut Back Tree Limbs

Many homeowners fail to think about the area immediately surrounding their home when it comes to summer roof maintenance. Big beautiful trees can be nice as they provide shade and add beauty and elegance to the yard. But big branches hanging over the house can be recipe for disaster and dead or damaged branches must be removed before they have a chance to fall.

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Seal Nesting Access

Any open eaves and gaps in the soffit and roofing edge need to be sealed. Many pests like rats, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums want to turn your home into their home. They will set up nests in your attic and roofing system if they are able to and they can cause major damage to your roof as well as to electrical systems. They may even carry diseases that can make

your family sick!

Check for Mold

It’s always a good idea to inspect your roof for signs of mold. You should check inside too as this is often the first indication that there is a leak or some other issue with the roof. Any signs of mold or mildew are cause for concern and must be dealt with as soon as possible. This is an important part of summer roof maintenance to keep your family safe and healthy this summer.

 

roofing systemsMaintain Your Skylight

Any fixture that breaks through the roof needs to be carefully maintained and inspected ahead of the rainy weather. This includes skylights, vents and pipes, wire access points, and the chimney. It is important to check the seals, flashings, and shingles surrounding these fixtures to ensure there are no leaks and no signs of damage present.

Clean Off Debris

The final thing to consider when it comes to summer roof maintenance is to keep the roof clean. It is important to keep the roof swept clean of leaves, branches, and other debris. If it is allowed to accumulate, it can lead to shingle rot and allow water to seep into the home. In extreme cases, it can build up so much that the weight can damage the underlying structures of the roof itself.

 

To learn more about summer roof maintenance and what you need to be doing give us a call today at Stay Dry Roofing and let our expert roofing contractors take care of all your needs!

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Less Obvious Signs of Storm Damage You Need to Watch For

“Government codes and regulations are designed to ensure maximum safety of a building’s future inhabitants as well as the construction crews that work on them. State and local governments abide by the standards set forth by the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association” (Government Requirements). We all know the importance of the roof and we all know, even if we are not consciously aware of it, that the safety and security of our family, possessions, and our home itself depends on the strength and reliability of the roof. This is why it is so important to take care of your roofing system, especially following any sort of storm or high wind event.  You must check for both the obvious as well as the less obvious signs of storm damage.

After a storm or high winds, such as we see often here in Indianapolis, most homeowners know to look for signs of damage. As soon as the storm passes, they head outside and do a quick check of their property and see if their roof and everything else is still in one piece. However, many homeowners today are not well versed in roof care and specifics so what do you look for exactly when inspecting your roof after a storm? Branches on the roof, broken gutters, holes in the roof, torn or missing shingles, damaged flashing, standing water, and the like are the most common things homeowners look for. Those are all good things to check for since you want to address any damage as soon as possible!

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Hidden Signs of Roof Damage – It’s Not Always Obvious!

Unfortunately, there is a lot of damage that can occur to the roofing system that is not so obvious to the untrained eye, especially when looked at from the ground.  Less obvious signs of storm damage can easily go unnoticed by the homeowner initially. This leads to an issue where problems grow and become major problems down the road. Th key is to know and identify hidden signs early so they can be addressed before more of your roofing system is damaged or compromised! That is where our team of experts here at Stay Dry Roofing can come in and make all the difference in the world as we look for the hidden signs of roof damage that not everyone can easily identify.

Loss of Granules

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that the asphalt shingles on their roofs right now are covered in sand-like granules. These essential little components are hard to see and are invisible when viewed from the ground. However, it is this component of the shingle that helps block UV rays, reduced heat buildup, and provides a sort of water shield on the surface of the shingle. If there are a substantial number of granules piled at the end of the drain spout or you see them scattered over your lawn and driveway you may need new shingles. Without the granules, the shingles are exposed and will not do as good a job at protecting your roof from the effects of storms and other environmental impacts. This is one of the less obvious signs of storm damage that we see homeowners overlook the most here at Stay Dry Roofing. So, make sure your roof is in tip-top shape and call us today for a post-storm inspection.

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Shingles Damaged by Hail

Many homeowners think they know what hail damage looks like. They envision a hole or dent in their shingles that will look the same anytime hail damage has occurred. This is a misconception and it costs many homeowners because they miss the early signs of roof damage. The exact look of the damage will be a little different each time based on the type of roof you have, how bad the hail was, and what direction the storm was moving. Our trained roofing experts, however, can easily identify even the smallest telltale warning signs that damage has occurred. We look for things like dents, bruises, cracks, worn area, and broken edges on shingles usually cannot be seen from the ground level. This is why we recommend you don’t trust a simple walk-around of your home- you need a full up-close diagnosis to be sure. These less obvious signs of storm damage can be easily detected by our team of experts.

Lifting Shingles

Shingles which has been torn off and lay scattered around your yard and driveway are rightfully concerning. However, one of the less obvious signs of storm damage is the lifting of the shingles. When shingles get loose they can begin to pull away and break the tight seal they form on the roof. This might not be as obvious right away, especially if you are inspecting from the ground only. Some homeowners wrongfully assume that if they do detect lifting shingles that they just aren’t worth worrying about. The truth is, the shingles have still been damaged and are no longer performing up to their full potential. Just as a seal that is partly cracked will let some water in, so too will the shingles allow rainwater to slowly seep into your home because there is no longer a water-tight seal. The Stay Dry Roofing team can inspect and replace damaged shingles for you so you can rest easy when the next storm rolls through!

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Dented Gutters and Flashing

There are many ways homeowners overlook and disregard some of the less obvious signs of storm damage. And they all come back to haunt them in the end. One such sign of damage that is frequently overlooked is problems with the gutters and flashing.  From the ground, you might spot major issues like broken pieces, lodged branches, and other obvious signs. However, even smaller dents, debris lodges within the drain spouts, and loose fittings and attachments can also pose a major risk to your roofing system. Left unchecked, these less obvious signs of storm damage will only grow and will eventually become major issues. It is always best to do an inspection after a storm that has had a lot of rain or wind with it to ensure your gutters and flashing are still firmly attached and are not damaged. That ounce of prevention after a storm will save you time and money down the road so call us today for a post-storm inspection.

Minor Holes and Leaks

Any damage that your roofing system sustains because of a storm is bad. Small damage is still damage and it can still lead to worsening problems down the road. Minor leaks will grow and cause major damage to your roof and your home’s interior as well. Little issues like cracked shingles and loose gutters will soon grow into bigger issues that can cause serious damage. Any damage detected on your roof needs to be treated like a big deal because even if it’s not a big issue right now, it will soon become one if left unaddressed. If you have seen any signs of damage or you are concerned about your roof, pick up the phone and call your roofing experts today for a professional inspection. You would not ignore the check engine light in your car so don’t ignore the warning signs your roof is trying to send to you. Take care of minor damage and problems now while you still can!

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Help With the Less Obvious Signs of Storm Damage

“Roof systems (ranging from roof coverings to structural members) typically fail when winds produce forces greater than the capacity provided by the elements of the roof system. Winds can tear roof coverings from roof decks and can separate roof decks from framing. Roofs can also fail if punctured by windborne debris. In most cases, debris punctures pose less of a problem on residential structures, where a roof ’s slope may limit the amount of rain that can enter a puncture (unless that puncture occurs in a valley or other area of the roof where water is channeled or collected). However, in buildings with flat or low sloped roofs, punctures from windborne debris can lead to extensive interior damage” (FEMA).

If your roof has sustained damage after a storm or you think it might have, call us today here at Stay Dry Roofing. We have decades of experience, working in the local area helping homeowners just like you! When it comes to detecting the less obvious signs of storm damage we know what to look for and we know what to do to get your roofing system back in tip-top shape. Call us today for a consultation and free estimate! Keep yourself, your family, your possessions, and your home safe and secure with a quality roofing system that will hold up against any storm. Don’t put off roof maintenance and repair work. Call in the experts and let s show you why more homeowners in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas trust us for expert help with the less obvious signs of storm damage! Get started now!

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Vinyl Siding Care Tips- Thing You DO NOT Want to Do!

When it comes to taking care of your vinyl siding, often times what you DON’T do is just as important as what you DO end up doing. Here at Stay Dry Roofing of Indianapolis, we offer a range of services for a homeowner in the area- including help with siding. One of the most common types of residential siding today is vinyl and it is still used in more than 30-40% of new home constructions and home renovations. Vinyl siding has come a long way and like everything else in life, early problems have been addressed and improvements have been made that still put this siding option at the top of the list for many homeowners in the area.

siding options“At first, vinyl siding was prone to cracking and warping, but advances in the 1970s re-engineered the product to make it much as it is today—weatherproof, insect-proof, fade-resistant and under normal conditions, virtually indestructible. Some manufacturers, such as Mastic, offer vinyl siding that can resist wind speeds up 240 miles per hour. Of all types of home siding, vinyl has the cheapest installed cost, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI). In fact, its durability and low price point have helped make vinyl siding the most popular exterior cladding choice in America” (Bob Vila). Thanks to its many benefits and with the use of these easy vinyl siding tips, you can take care of your siding and keep it looking great for years to come.

Taking Care of Your Siding

Once you have new siding, you want to keep it looking its best and you will want to protect your investment. That is where our siding experts can help! Stay Dry Roofing has long been the go-to team for all siding needs in the Indianapolis area. Here are five things that you should avoid in order to keep your home’s siding looking its best for years to come:

Avoid Painting Over the Siding With Exterior Paints

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Painting your vinyl siding may seem like a good way to keep its color bright and fresh or n easy way to change the color of your home quickly. However, it is a bad idea in every way and will end up damaging the aesthetics of the building in the long run. Vinyl siding is known to expand and contract in response to changing temperatures outside and this can lead to cracking and peeling of the outer layer of the siding. Painting vinyl siding in the summer months may show no real issues but as soon as the temperatures drop in the winter the pain can start to crack and peel and bubble. Not only that but painting your vinyl the wrong color may affect the longevity of the siding by causing it to warp and deteriorate faster than it would normally. Premium quality vinyl siding is made to hold its color for years and should not fade or discolor unevenly. If it does check into the warranty that came wot the installation and if you are ready for new siding, call in the experts at Stay Dry Roofing to help you determine what the best siding choices are for you.

Good Vinyl Siding Care Tips Means No Harsh Chemicals

Vinyl siding is exposed to a lot day in and day out and over time it can get coated and discolored. Cleaning is needed on a regular basis in order to keep it looking its absolute best. Dirt, cobwebs, pollen, dust, grass stain, mold, mildew, stains or any other unsightly residue can build up over time. These detract from the curb appeal and leave your home’s exterior looking tired and untidy. When homeowners want to clean their siding and restore its beauty, they often ask us for vinyl siding care tips and cleaning pointers. The single best thing you can do is to avoid the use of harsh chemicals and cleaners that have solvents, beach, or other harsh ingredients. These products can potentially damage the surface of the siding by stripping pain, discoloring the material, dissolving waterproofing sealers, and speeding the decomposition process. When using any cleaning solution on vinyl siding, it is a good idea to stay simple and start with warm water and basic mixes of water and soap or vinegar. If you do use a commercial cleaning product, do a test clean on a small area first.

Don’t Use Abrasive Cleaning Tools and Materials

residential sidingItems like steel wool, wire brushes, and paint scrapers may seem like a good way to scrub stubborn dirt and stains off your siding. But once again, this is an example of a seemingly good idea that can have very damaging results for your siding. These types of abrasive materials can leave permanent scratches, fade paint layers, expose under layers to the elements, cause discoloration, and even cause puncture marks in your siding. Any hard, abrasive, and stiff cleaning material or tool should be avoided when trying to clean a home’s exterior. Although it may take more time and require the use of a good bit of elbow grease, the Stay Dry Roofing team recommends cleaning your vinyl siding with a soft rag and sponges. This helps to avoid possible damages to your siding and is one of the most common problems we see from homeowners who mean well but did not know about this important vinyl siding care tip. If your siding is overly stained and discolored it may be time to replace it. Our team can help you get your home looking great without the wasted time and energy of useless scrubbing.

If Choose to Power Wash, Keep it Level at All Times

If the siding on your home has been neglected for quite a while and needs a little muscle to get it cleaned, you may need to step things up a notch. Using a power washer can go a long way in getting the job done much quicker. However, it is important to be smart and safe when using the power washer- not just for your own safety but the safety of your siding. When using a power washer, it is of the utmost importance that you keep the stream of water at eye level as you spray. This is in order to ensure the water does not get behind the siding. If you spray at an angle, water can get behind the siding and seep into the insulation and walls of the home where it can cause massive damage. If too much moisture builds up mold can develop, insulation can rot, wood beams can warp, and the siding itself can be knocked loose by the pressure of the spray. It is recommended that you hire a professional to clean your siding. As one of the vinyl siding care tips we recommend to all of our customers, the Stay Dry Roofing team can take care of this for you so make sure you reach out to us for your siding care and cleaning needs!

Keep Your Grill at a Safe Distance From Your Home

maintenance and care of sidingSummer is here and the means backyard BBQ and a lot more time cooking on the grill. While this is a great time to be with family and friends, you need to make sure your grill is not too close to your home while cooking out. It should be more than 10 feet away from your home’s exterior because even though vinyl siding will catch fire at around 730°F (387°C), BBQ’s can reach temperatures up to 600°F (315°C) easily. This can lead to severe damage to your home’s exterior, including warping and melting. “ Five out of six (82%) grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas, while 14% used charcoal or other solid fuel. Gas grills were involved in an average of 7,900 home fires per year, including 3,300 structure fires and 4,700 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Twelve percent of gas grill structure fires and 24% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks. Charcoal or other solid-fuel grills were involved in 1,300 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 700 outside fires annually.” (NFPA). Be smart with the grill and keep your home safe!

Contact Us For Vinyl Siding Care Tips

To learn more about how you can keep your siding looking great year after year, call Stay Dry Roofing of Indianapolis today!  Our team of experts has years of experience with vinyl siding, installation, and care and we can help you with all of your cleaning and maintenance needs. If you are looking for more vinyl siding care tips to use on your home, call us today and schedule a free consultation with our team. We can help you develop a customized care and maintenance plan that is just right for you and your home. Call us now to get started and to see for yourself how easy it is to have the best looking home on the street!

 

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How To Choose Roofing Contractors in Indianapolis

Of all the systems that make up your home, the roofing system is one of the most critical. When you have problems such as leaks and storm damage or simply a roof that is worn out and in need of repairs, you need to find a roofing contractor you can trust. If you have ever had to search for a roofing contractor in Indianapolis you know how quickly the scammers and con-artists can come out of the woodwork. Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we are committed to providing quality service and only the finest products. We want to help everyone in Indianapolis and the surrounding area find a contractor to provide the best roofing services available. Here’s what you need to know about affordable roofing and how to tell you are working with the best of the best when it comes to Indianapolis roofing contractors in the area:

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Am I Working With a Legitimate Company or a Con-Artist?

This is one of the biggest concerns homeowners and business owners have when looking for someone to work on their roof. It is a justified concern and we hear horror stories all the time about people who fall victim to a scammer. A legitimate roofing company should not have any problem providing you with any of the following when you ask:

  • Local references, testimonials, and locations
  • Business license number and/or documentation
  • Roofing credentials and experience examples
  • Workers compensation insurance proof
  • General liability insurance documentation
  • Written manufacturer and material warranties
  • Track record as a roofing contractor in Indianapolis

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Tips for Staying Safe When Choosing Roofing Contractors

  • Deal only with local contractors who have a local office and who have been established in the community for a while.
  • Get recommendations from people you trust and check local business review site like Yelp or the Better Business Bureau.
  • Take your time before signing any paperwork and make sure you read everything and understand it fully.
  • Don’t work with a roofing contractor who asks for upfront payments; a partial deposit is acceptable but never full price or in cash.
  • Be skeptical of contractors that try to push quick roof restoration that won’t last or who want to make temporary fixes.
  • Ask someone who has been through the process to review the contract with you before signing or speak to your attorney for their advice.
  • Be careful of drive-by contractors who use door-to-door sale tactics or who leaves a flier on your doorknob or in your mailbox.
  • Phrases to watch out for: “insurance companies are compensating” and “most homeowners are unaware of the storm damage on their roof.”
  • Get someone not associated with the company to do a roof inspection to see if the suggested repairs and work seem legit.
  • If anything sounds too good to be true with rates or deals then it probably is and you should find someone else for your new roof work.
  • Indianapolis roofing contractors will have the company logo on their vehicles and uniforms and will answer the phone with the company name.

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After a storm or natural disaster

Unscrupulous con-artists will often descend after a storm has passed by and may come knocking on your door telling you they see you need roofing work done. In nine out of ten cases, someone knocking on your door unsolicited will not be fully honest or trustworthy. You should be very cautious as you proceed and here are some tips to keep in mind if someone shows up on your doorstep one day offering to fix storm damage you didn’t even know you had:

  • Do not give in to the pressure and don’t let them rush you into signing papers right away so they can start work.  Ask for a written estimate, get their business card and find out their contact information and call them a day or two later to see if the story changes.
  • Beware of any roof repair company that puts emphasis on getting a roof replacement paid for by the insurance company. In most cases, they are trying to use it to get you to give them money upfront and telling you to get reimbursed later by the insurance.
  • Talk to your insurance agent, see what your policy covers, how they go about determining what they will pay for your roof. Ask for advice on how to proceed with the repairs and how to find the best roofing company in Indianapolis for your roofing needs.
  • Look into the track record of all local roof repair companies you are considering hiring. Look for companies with a good reputation in your community and who have been successful in the area and can show a good track record with roofing needs like yours.
  • Always get at least three to five quotes from different companies. The cheapest quote is not always the right one and will often time result in less than quality work. Local roofing experts will provide an itemized quote to help you make an informed choice.

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Things to Do Every Time You Need Roofing Contractors in Indianapolis

Whether you are faced with emergency roof repairs, commercial roof replacement, roof leak repairs, storm damage repairs, or any other roofing needs, Stay Dry Roofing is here to help! To find the best Indianapolis roofing contractors, you need to do these 10 things:

Get local referrals. You are less likely to run into scammers when dealing with local contractors because they are proven and known in the area. Con-artists never stay in one area very long so people don’t know who they are. Local roofing contractors also know the codes and regulations and can ensure everything meets local and state guidelines.

Check manufacturer designations. Manufacturer designations are seen in the commercial and residential roofing industry as a badge of honor. This is because the contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be certified. Remember that some manufacturers have more stringent requirements but it’s something to look for.

Check the BBB ratings. Some contractors come and go changing the storms and preying on unsuspecting residents. When you are looking at working with a contractor you need to look them up on the BBB website and make sure they have a good score. If they are not listed on BBB.org or have a poor rating you are better off finding someone else!

Get an extensive warranty. Not all contractors will offer a warranty and if they don’t then that is a major red flag. If there is no extended warranty or guarantee on the material and work done, you could be the one paying for repairs if something goes wrong down the road. Checking for a warty is the best way you can protect yourself.

Ask for licensing and insurance. Without insurance and proper licensing, the work done on your home or business may be faulty. Most states require licensing for contractors, but there is little that stops con-artists from posing as contractors so you must be proactive! So, protect yourself and be sure to ask to see proof of licensing and insurance for the Indianapolis area.

Pay your deductible. Any contractor who says that the repair work can be done without you having to pay your insurance deductible is committing insurance fraud and is also opening you up to legal problems. You must pay whatever deductible insurance requires as it is stated in your policy. To do otherwise puts you at risk for fines or even jail time!

Handle your own claim. A contractor claiming to be “a claim specialist” is most likely also committing fraud and breaking the law. In most states, it is illegal for contractors to fil the claims and deal with the insurance. It is only the policyholder who can do this and no third party can negotiate with the insurance company on behalf of the property owner.

Don’t give in to pressure. Overly pushy sales tactics and high-pressure talk should be a red flag. No legitimate roof repair contractor will need to pressure you to act now. The best roofing contractors in Indianapolis will work with you and help you on your terms. They will not try to pressure, scare, or intimidate you into making a snap decision.

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Contact Us Today at Stay Dry Roofing

If you are looking for a local roofer or roof repair company, Stay Dry Roofing is here to help!  We have years of experience in the Indianapolis area and have worked on countless commercial roofing systems and helped many homeowners with their residential roofing needs as well. Whether you need roof installations, new roof estimates, roof repair work or maintenance, or a full home roof replacement or upgrade, we invite you to give us a call today! Our team of friendly and knowledgeable staff makes it easy to find roofing contractors in Indianapolis who can take care of you and your roofing system. Call us today for a free consultation! See for yourself why we are the roofing specialists more people trust.

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