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Asphalt Roofing Loosing Granules

Most Common Roofing Issues

Your home’s roof is a complex system that helps to keep your home protected from the elements, improve your home’s curb appeal & resale value, and provides valuable insulation to your home. With so much to gain from having a well installed and maintained roof, it is important to ensure yours is kept in good repair. However, because your roof is a complex system made up of many pieces working in conjunction, it can often be easy to overlook issues that aren’t causing immediate failure of your roof. If you’re interested in learning about a few of the most common roofing issues, take a look at our blog for more information!

Broken/Cracked/Missing Shingles

Of course, the most obvious issue that homeowners see when their roof is damaged is that they are missing shingles, or they are otherwise damaged. If you notice that your home’s shingles have become broken, or fallen off of your roof, it is a good idea to have the roof inspected as soon as possible.

Damaged Flashing

Another common issue that homeowners often see with their home’s roof is that the flashing around your home’s chimney often begins to rust and that can cause serious damage to your home’s roof. If your flashing is rusting, water will be able to seep in and cause serious damage to your home’s roof deck.

Loss of Granules

Another common roofing issue that many homeowners have run into is that old shingles tend to lose their granules, which can cause the shingles to degrade and deteriorate off of your roof. If you’re finding that your gutters, or even the ground around your property, is full of granules, your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Water Damage

Another very common issue that many homeowners run into with their roofs is that water finds its way into the roof deck where it causes significant damage. If your home’s roof deck becomes waterlogged, it will begin to sag under the weight of your shingles, and could eventually fail. However, most water damage isn’t that major, and it’s as simple as finding the spot that’s leaking and fixing the shingles around it. You’ll likely need to enlist a roofing professional to be able to discover these issues, but if you suspect that your home is acruing water damage, you will want to have your roof examined as soon as possibe!

Contact Us Today

Interested in learning more about our team’s roof replacement services? We’re ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your home’s roof replacement needs!

Robin on gutters & roof in the springtime

Getting Your Roof Ready for Spring

With spring just around the corner, it is important to ensure that your home’s roof is ready for the warm weather! As the snow melts off of your home, you should take a look around your home’s roof to ensure that it is prepared for the spring season! If you’re interested in learning more about how to get your home ready for the warmth, keep reading below for more information!

Remove Debris

The first thing you should do to prepare your roof for the springtime is to ensure you remove all of the debris off of your roof. Over the course of the winter, a great deal of debris will end up on your roof, from pine needles, to leaves, to broken branches. Remove the debris off of your roof to help keep moisture away. If you’re trying to ensure your roof will be around for years to come, removing debris in the spring is one of the best things you can do for your roof!

Examine Your Shingle System

The next thing you should do after removing any debris from your shingle system is to check your shingles themselves. Your shingles comprise the bulk of your home’s roofing system, and they are the first line of defense against the elements. That means it’s important to ensure that your shingles are still in good repair when spring rolls around!

After you’ve ensured your shingles are free of debris, check for any broken, warped, cracked, or curled shingles. Over the course of the winter, your shingle system has likely absorbed some moisture which can cause significant damage to your shingles themselves. If you find that your shingles are damaged in any way, including missing their granules, be sure to replace the shingles in question to help keep your roof in good shape!

Check Your Attic For Damage

In addition to your shingles themselves, you should be checking your roof deck & attic for any additional damage. If your shingle’s integrity was comprised over the course of the winter, moisture may have seeped into your roof where it can cause significant damage to the structure of your home! Look around your attic for evidence of water damage, as it can sometimes be difficult to spot a roof leak for the outside!

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof this spring, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! Our team can be reached over the phone by calling us at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof remodeling needs!

New Asphalt Shingle Roof

Benefits of Replacing Your Roof

Your home’s roof is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior, serving a number of principal functions. First of all, your roof keeps your home protected from the elements & pests, which is it’s primary purpose. However, your roof also improves your home’s curb appeal & resale value & provides your home with additional insulation. With so much to gain from having a properly installed roof, it is important to ensure that your’s is kept in good repair. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of replacing your roof, take a look below to learn more!

Improve Your Property Value

If you’re looking for a way to boost your home’s value, replacing your new roof is a great option. Most homeowners will be deterred by a home that’s in need of a roof replacement, as it is a major undertaking. If you’re at all interested in selling your home within the next 3-5 years, replacing your roof can go a long way in helping to get your home off the market. Furthermore, a roof replacement provides a 65-75% ROI, meaning you will get back a majority of your investment when it comes time to sell the home!

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Many homeowners are unaware of how important a well installed roof is to the energy efficiency of their homes. If your old roof isn’t properly sealed, you could be losing a significant percentage of your home’s heat through the top of your home. Improve the energy efficiency of your home by installing a new roof!

Safety

If your old roof is beginning to mold & mildew, it can affect the integrity of your roof. Ensure you & your family are properly protected by replacing your roof if it is beginning to deteriorate!

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal & Resale Value

Another reason that many homeowners choose to replace their roofs is that an old roof detracts from the appeal of a home. If you’re trying to make sure your home stands out in the neighborhood, replacing your roof is one of the best ways to improve your home’s curb appeal, and in turn, resale value. In fact, realtors have estimated that as much as 40% of your home’s curb appeal is linked to your roof!

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is  ready to assist! You can reach out to our team today by calling us at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form!

Spring Gutter Maintenance

Spring Roof Maintenance

Now that spring is in full swing in New England, homeowners roofs are being exposed to spring showers and windy days. With all of the snow finally gone, it is important to examine your home’s roof and take stock of whether it’s in need of any repairs or maintenance. If you’ve been wondering what you should be searching for on your home’s roof this spring, take a look at our blog to learn more!

Check Your Gutters

One of the first areas you should examine within your roofing system this spring is your gutters. Your gutters are often overlooked but they serve a huge purpose for your home’s health, directing water away from your home! Having clogged, overflowing gutters can cause significant water damage around the foundation of your home, the edges of your shingle system, your fascia boards or your siding! It is important to clean your gutters at least twice a year to ensure that they are functioning properly.  Allowing your gutters to overflow could end up causing expensive repairs!

Examine Your Shingles

The next thing you should examine is your shingles themselves. You should keep an eye out for a number of things, including broken or missing shingles, warping, curling, cracking, or missing granules.

If your shingles are missing or broken, your roof deck and underlayment will be exposed, which could end up leading to significant water damage within your home.  The same is true of any warped, curled, or cracking shingles, which all allow water damage to a degree. As for the missing granules, they serve the purpose of adding an additional layer of fire resistance, as well as protecting the asphalt coating from UV rays. If your shingles appear to be damaged, or if your shingles are missing all of their granules, you will need to have your roofing system examined or potentially replaced!

Debris, Moss, & Algae On Your Roof

When it comes to removing debris from your roof, you should only be concerned if there is a significant layer of debris on your roof. A thick layer of leaves or pine needles could hold a considerable amount of moisture against your roofing system where it could cause significant damage. If you have a significant amount of debris on your roof, you should have it removed. However, if it is just a few leaves here and there, that is nothing to worry about.

As for moss and algae, these pose the same risks as debris.  They can hold moisture against your roof, which can cause water damage, particularly if left to freeze against your roof during the winter. The easiest way to get rid of pesky moss and algae is to spray it with a mixture of bleach and water and let it sit, which will get rid of the unwanted tenants on your roof!

Contact Us Today

Finally, after completing your spring roof maintenance, you may find that your roof is in need of replacement. If you’re interested in having your roof replaced this spring, reach out to our team today at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!

Decaying Asphalt Shingle Roof

Signs You Need To Replace Your Shingle Roof

Your roof is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior.  It acts as your home’s first line of defense against the elements and helps to keep your home protected no matter what Mother Nature has to throw at it.  If you’ve been wondering whether your asphalt shingle roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, take a look at our blog to learn about the signs that your roof is nearing the end of its life that you may have missed!

Missing Shingles

Perhaps the most obvious sign that your home is in need of a roof replacement is when you see that your roof is missing shingles.  If you have gaps in your roof where there are no shingles, that area will easily become water-logged, which will eventually make its way into the frame of your home. Once you have water damage in your home’s frame, you can expect to face expensive repairs.  Avoid scrambling to deal with water damage by fixing your home’s missing shingles.

Curled or Warping Shingles

Another clear sign that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan is when you see that your shingles are warping or curling around the edges.  A curled shingle will not keep your roof protected as well as a layer of shingles that are laid over the top of one another. Consider the fact that if a shingle is curled up around the edges, it will allow water to easily penetrate the roof deck where it can cause significant water damage.

Missing Granules

If you find that your gutters or lawn is filled with granules, you should consider replacing your roof in the near future.  Granules offer a number of benefits for your shingles, including protecting your shingles from UV rays, and providing additional layers of fire resistance.  Furthermore, if your shingles are losing granules, it is generally a sign that your shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan anyways and may begin to curl, warp, crack or break, in which case a roof replacement is necessary.

Contact Us Today

Do you need to replace your home’s asphalt shingle roof this spring? Reach out to our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing today to get started! We can be reached over the phone at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Warning Signs Your Roof May Collapse

There are few things more terrifying than the prospect of your home’s roof collapsing. Not only could this injure you or your loved ones, but it could lead to all manner of interior and exterior property damage. Unfortunately, in too many cases, homeowners don’t realize their roofs are at risk of collapse until the inevitable cave-in actually happens. As you read this guide, you will discover some warning signs that will help you get your roof repaired before it collapses.

  1. Recent extreme weather

    If your area has recently experienced extreme weather of any kind, it could have damaged your roof to the extent that it is on the verge of collapsing. Piles of heavy snow building-up for months without a break in the weather can, for example, lead to weak roof areas. Severe windstorms, large hail, and, of course, hurricanes or tornadoes can also cause immense roof damage.

  2. Saggy sections

    Although you might have a mental picture of your home’s entire roof falling into your house at one time, this isn’t normally how roof collapse actually occurs. Most of the time, certain sections become especially weak and cave-in first. If you notice any areas of your roof are sagging, you should absolutely call in a professional right away. This is often one of the first signs that a roof collapse is imminent.

  3. Cracks on your home’s interior walls or ceilings

    Roof deterioration, particularly when structural supports begin to bend or warp, can exhibit inside your house. If you notice new cracks on any ceilings or walls, make sure you have a contractor assess the situation right away. The longer you allow your roof to sit without repairs, the more likely it is that you’ll find yourself dealing with a collapse.

     

  4. You notice new leaks

    Leaks are another interior issue that can be indicative of severe roof problems. Any leak means that water is somehow infiltrating your roof and getting into your house, which is never good. Large leaks are often major red flags and should be looked at by an expert within a day or two, if possible.

     

  5. Sounds you’ve never heard before

    If you begin popping or cracking sounds from your roof, you should exit your home and call a contractor immediately. These noises are often noticeable right before a roof section collapses, so it is best to be out of the way in case that’s what is going on.

If you have noticed any of these issues at home lately, give us a call so we can schedule a roof inspection. It is simply not safe to leave a problematic roof to chance! Instead, allow us to take a look at the structure and see what needs to be done to make sure you and your family are free from harm.

When Your Porch Needs a New Roof

A roof that is in good condition is something that most individuals are looking for when purchasing a new home. For this reason, having an appealing roof can add value to your home the same way a nice porch can. To take things a step further, an appealing roof on top of your home’s porch is something that should also be kept in top condition to ensure that your home’s value, as well as structural integrity, are kept intact.­­­ In order to make sure you’re fulfilling this commitment it is ideal to know exactly what signs to look out for that could indicate it is time for your porch to get a new roof. There are a variety of things to look out for such as the following:

Bulges and Dips:

Roofs are often compromised in terms of their structural integrity when exposed to the elements, specifically water, over a long period of time. More often than not, when a roof is bulging, it can be blamed on erosion caused by moisture. When these problems are allowed to persist without being addressed they can end up negatively impacting the safety of the roof as a whole.

Water Leaks/Rot:

Sometimes a dip in the roof can be the result of wood that is rotting underneath. Obviously, any type of rot is not good and can even lead to a porch collapsing entirely. Checking that your roof is free of dips, bulges and stains while at the same time being devoid of deformations is crucial when trying to avoid damage from water and other potential leaks.

Shingle Damage:

Adequate ventilation is required when roofs are initially installed. If it is not properly implemented during installation, the lack of ventilation can lead to damage as opposed to the extended lifetime that is a result of proper ventilation. If you inspect your porch and native that it’s roof has shingles that are curling, missing, etc. it may be best to reach out to a roofing professional such as those at Rhode Island Slate Roofing!

 

Rhode Island Slate Roofing Is Your Local Roofing Expert!

Rhode Island Slate Roofing is proud to staff professionals with the extensive experience needed to know when and how to repair your porch roof. We are happy to offer top of the line roofing services at an affordable price. Contact us at 401-225-2003

 

4 Benefits of New Roofs

The Benefits of a New Roof

One of the most important parts of any house in terms of value as well as structural integrity is the roof. Not many individuals pay as much attention to this part of their house as they should because the thought of getting a new roof can be quite daunting. Individuals can debate whether or not to purchase a new roof for years and years before finally reaching a decision. This is because the thought of getting a new roof can be quite daunting. Despite the fact that purchasing a new roof is a big decision, there are many benefits that one will experience once the project is complete such as:

Energy Efficiency:

HVAC systems need to work overtime in order to achieve your desired indoor temperature when you have an old roof that is prone to leak air, this leads to increased energy costs. In addition to this, newer roofs are more effective at reflecting solar rays and decreasing solar heat gain.

Curb Appeal:

40 percent of your home’s curb appeal is directly linked to your roof according to Realtor estimates. This is extremely important to consider if you are ever trying to sell a house. Homes that would soon be in need of an expensive new roof often encourage prospective buyers to walk away, while properties that display newly installed roofs with features such as windows or skylights help to convince individuals that the property is worth investing in.

Safety:

Purchasing a new roof helps to avoid hazards such as mold and mildew, keeping your family safe. Other hazards such as collapsing roofs or unstable homes can be the result of old, dilapidated roofs which become more dangerous the longer they are left without repair.

Return on Investment (ROI):

One of the best home improvement projects around is purchasing a new roof. This is due to their average ROI of 67-70%.

Our Roofing Services

Rhode Island Slate Roofing is proud to offer roofing services to individuals in Rhode Island and Massachusetts! Our experts are knowledgeable regarding all kinds of roofing, including:

  • Clay Tile Roofing
  • Slate Roofing
  • Historic Roof Repair
  • Rubber Roofing
  • Specialty Roofing
  • Residential Roofing
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Asbestos Tiles

Contact Us

If you are interested in or need a roof as soon as possible, feel free to contact us or call us directly at 401-255-2003.

Questions To Ask a Roofing Contractor

Are you thinking this winter may be the last for your roof? Maybe you’ve been considering getting a roof for a few years now and you are ready to make the decision come Spring time. Before you take the next step of looking up roofing contractors, make sure your prepared with these questions when you call them:

Experience: This is an important one. Now days, with the right paper work anybody can appear to be a real roofing contractor. You’ll want to confirm with the company how long they have been in business and how many projects they’ve completed.  You don’t want to invest money into a company that has only completed a few roofing jobs.

Insurance: Don’t just take their word for it. Verify that they hold the insurance they have and make sure they have personal and property insurance.

Testimonials/ Recent Projects:  Any reputable company should have a working website you can visit and inspect their work. Make sure to Google their company name and see what people have to say about their work. Check sites like Home Adviser, Google Business, and Yelp!

Scope of Work: This one may seem obvious, but its important to go over. You should make sure that the roofing contractor you are considering includes clean up after construction is complete. The last thing you want to deal with after a new roofing project is debris flying all over your shrubbery and yard.

Warranty Information: Any roofing contractor that is worth it should have some type of warranty offered on their work. Shop around a few contractors to see what type of warranties are typical in your area.

Locality: Now days there are many contractor companies floating around.  We recommend going with a local contractor who knows the climate in your area and can best advise you on your project. Make sure the company you are dealing with is truly local, and they aren’t sending your project to a subcontractor.

If you are looking for a reputable roofing contractor in the Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts are, look no further than Rhode Island Slate Roofing. A fully ensured roofing contractor who works with both traditional roof shingling as well as slate roofing.

Slate Roofing Repair Job in Massachusetts

Rhode Island Slate Roofing recently completed a slate roofing repair job in Historic Rehoboth, Massachusetts.  We were selected by the Blanding Antiquarian Society to repair their Library roof last March.  March, April, and May are great times of the year to take care of the tiles you may need repaired or replaced. After a long winter in New England your roof may have suffered some damage due to ice, water, and snow.

Roof Reslating in Massachusetts
Roof Reslating in Massachusetts

Rhose Island Slate Roofing enjoys the opportunity to not only work on residential slate roofing jobs, but also working on historical buildings, libraries, and any other building with slate roof tiles.

We have worked on many historic buildings in the past and always look forward to preserving the integrity of the building while completing restoration work.

Our Salvaged Slate Yard

Over our decades of experience we have accumulated a large mass of slate titles so we can accurately match the size and color for every slate repair job we take on.  Pictured below you can see our salvaged slate yard. Accumulating this large selection of slate tiles has only been possible due to the vast array of projects we have successfully complete over the years.

Slate Roof Tiles
Rhode Island Slate Roofing’s Salvage Yard

One benefit of our salvage yard is that we can save money in the long run on your repair job. Instead of having to go out and purchase new slates, we can use our salvaged slates at a reduced cost to you.

If you have noticed your slate roof may have some broken or cracked tiles contact us today for an estimate! We have the experience, know how, and resources to complete any repair job on your slate roof!