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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!

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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!

Roof Inspection with two roofers

Benefits of A Roof Inspection

Having your roof inspected is very important for the health of your home, but many homeowners overlook their importance and neglect to have them completed on their home with any regularity. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of having your roof inspected, take a look below to learn more about the benefits of roof inspections.

Discover Water Damage

The greatest benefit of inspecting your roof is that it can help protect your home from leaks & water damage. Spotting a roof leak with an untrained eye is a very difficult task, which means if you’re trying to identify where your leak stemmed from, it will be next to impossible. If you’re interested in truly locating the source of your roof leak, enlist the help of a roofing professional to examine the integrity of your home’s roof.

Safety

Another reason you should have your roof inspected is for safety purposes. First of all, it is important to ensure that if you’re walking around on your roof, you’re not going to fall off of otherwise hurt yourself. If you have any concern for your well-being, it is best to leave it to the professionals.

The other piece of the safety conversation is that inspect your roof to assess whether or not it’s damaged can help keep your home & occupants protected from any damage that may occur to your home due to a faulty roof.

Cost-Effective

While on its surface, conducting an inspection on a roof that’s not visibly leaking may seem like a waste of money, the fact of that matter is that having your roof inspected can help reveal issues that would destroy the integrity of your roof, requiring you to replace the entire roof!

Rather than having to replace your entire roof, having a yearly inspection can help reveal issues that would quickly destroy your roof and cost far more than an annual inspection. If you’re trying to save money on your home maintenance and don’t have a brand new replacement roof, having an inspection is a great decision for the health of your home!

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If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s roof replacement services, reach out to us today! We 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 replacement needs!

 

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How To Improve The Lifespan Of Your Roof

Your home’s roof is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior, providing your home with a number of benefits. However, it is also one of the most expensive repairs that a homeowner can make, making it an issue that most homeowners hope to avoid. If you’re interested in learning how you can improve the lifespan of your roof and put off your roof replacement for a few extra years, take a look at our blog to learn a few tips & tricks!

Clean Your Gutters

One of the most important things you can do to improve the lifespan of your roof is make sure you regularly clean your gutters. If your gutter system is clogged, it can cause water to back-up under your starter shingles where it can quickly cause significant water damage. An added benefit for the lifespan of your roof is that keeping your gutters cleaned can help prevent ice dams which are a major contributor to roof damage. Ensure your gutter system is kept clear of debris to help improve the lifespan of your home’s roof.

Get A Roof Inspection

If you’re trying to improve the lifespan of your roof, there are few things better than having a regular roof inspection. An inspection will help reveal issues with your roof quickly, allowing you to make the necessary repairs before the issues become irreversible. They will help you identify leaks, broken or missing shingles, damaged vent boots, and more. If you’re trying to improve your roofs lifespan, an inspection is one of the best things you can do!

Remove Debris

Nothing will damage your roof faster than having it covered in debris. From fallen leaves, to broken branches, to moss or mildew growth, there are a variety of issues that can arise. Ensure you can debris off of your roof on a regular basis, and certainly before the first frost of the year. Debris can hold moisture on your roof, which, come winter, will freeze. As it freezes, thaws and refreezes over the course of the winter, it will gradually cause damage to your shingles. If you’re trying to improve the lifespan of your roof, be sure to remove debris off of your roof when you get the chance.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof this winter, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is 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 roof replacement 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!

Slate Roof Red Tiles

Most Durable Roofing Materials

When it comes to roofing materials, not all materials offer the same level of durability and protection. Considering how important your home’s roof is to the health of your home as a whole, it is important to ensure that you choose a roofing material that can keep your home properly protected no matter what Mother Nature has to offer. If you’re interested in learning more about which roofing materials offer the highest durability, keep reading below for more information!

Asphalt Shingles

First let’s take a look at what is the most commonly installed roofing material in North America, asphalt shingles. When it comes to durability, asphalt shingles are one of the better options on the market. They are one of the most economical roofing materials on the market, making them a fantastic option at the price point.

Clay Tiles

Another roofing option that offers almost unbeatable durability is clay tile roofing. Clay Tiles are an uncommon roofing material in the Northeast, but they are very popular in the Southwest & Europe. Clay tiles are highly durable, only being damaged by blunt trauma. Furthermore, clay tiles are designed to last for a century, making them one of the longest-lasting roofing materials on the market!

Metal Roofing

Another durable roofing option that many homeowners in the northeast trust to keep their homes protected is metal roofing. Metal roofing is highly resistant to every form of roofing damage, including blunt damage, fire, and all forms of weather. Furthermore, metal roofing is designed to last for at least a half-century, and with proper maintenance, it could last much longer!

Slate Roofing

Finally, when it comes to durable roofing materials, there’s nothing that can truly compete with slate roofing. Slate roofing is one of the most trusted roofing materials not only in North America but in history. Homeowners have been using slate tiles for centuries, and some historic architecture is constructed with slate roofing. In terms of providing your home with protection from the elements, slate is resistant to every kind of weather and can only really be damaged from heavy hail or damage from someone walking around on your roof.

Slate roofing can last for well over a hundred years with proper maintenance. If you ever have slate shingles that break, it is easy to replace individual shingles, but can sometimes be difficult to find an exact match for your slate shingles.

Contact Us Today

Are you interested in installing a new roof on your Rhode Island home? Our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! We 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 replacement needs!

Ice Dams on Old House

How To Prevent Ice Dams From Forming

As any homeowner who has lived in New England for a few winters knows, ice dams are one of the most irritating issues to deal with on your home. If you’re interested in learning how you can prevent ice dams from forming, take a look at our blog for more information!

Ventilate Your Attic Properly

One of the easiest ways to prevent your roof from getting ice dams is to properly ventilate your attic and ensure that it is a similar temperature to the outdoors. Ice dams are formed when the heat from your attic and home melts the snow on your roof, so if you improve the ventilation in your attic, you can cool the space down and stop the snow from melting, preventing ice dams before they have a chance to be created.

Insulate Your Home

Another way to reduce the heat in your attic is to ensure that your home is properly insulated. While you can improve the ventilation in your attic to reduce the heat coming from your roof, sometimes it is a better choice to focus on improving your home’s insulation. One reason your home’s roof may be warm enough to melt snow is that your home isn’t properly insulated which is allowing heat to escape out through the top of your ceiling and into your attic, where it melts the snow on your roof. If you’re trying to reduce the ice dams on your home, try improving the insulation in your home!

Ensure Your Attic Doesn’t Have Any Heat Sources

If you’ve improved your attic ventilation and improved the insulation in your home and you’re still finding that your home is accumulating large ice dams, it is possible that there is a source of heat coming from your attic.

One of the most common sources of heat in your attic is if you have any older recessed lighting installed in the ceiling below your attic. These lights can radiate a large amount of heat up into your attic. Other potential sources of heat include HVAC ducts, dryer vents, or kitchen & bathroom exhaust vents. If you find that after improving your attic ventilation and insulation that your home is still experiencing ice dams, check your attic for unexpected heat sources.

Contact Us Today

If you need to replace or repair your roof this winter, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is 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 improvement needs!

Flat Roofing with Skylights

Benefits of Flat Roofing

While generally reserved for business, flat rubber roofing is a relatively, niche roofing material that is rarely used in residential applications. However, it is a fantastic roofing option for both residential & commercial buildings! If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of flat, rubber roofing, keep reading below for more information!

Long-Lasting

While most homeowners think that asphalt shingles are an extremely durable roofing material, in comparison to flat roofing it’s not quite as long-lasting. A well-installed and properly maintained flat roof can easily last for 50 years, if not longer. If you’re in search of a roofing material that will keep your home or business protected for decades to come, flat roofing is a fantastic option!

Easy Maintenance

Another major advantage of flat roofing is that in the event that it does begin to leak, it is easy to repair. If your roof does begin to leak, all you will need is a tube of liquid rubber or roofing tape to address the leak. If you’ve been searching for a roofing material that you can repair yourself when it becomes damaged, flat roofing is a fantastic choice!

In addition to repairs being easy to make, flat roofing almost never needs any maintenance to keep it in good condition. At most, you will need to paint the material with a fresh coat of acrylic paint every few years.

Environmentally Friendly Material

Rubber roofing is also more environmentally friendly than asphalt shingles. Not only is rubber roofing less harmful to create, but it is also fully recyclable at the end of its lifespan, which means it is a far friendlier option than most other roofing materials.

Fire-Resistant

Another reason rubber roofing is a great choice is that it is fire-resistant. It actively resists all forms of fire, which means it can help stagnate a fire long enough for help to arrive and put the fire out.

Energy Efficient

One of the reasons rubber roofing is great for commercial applications is that it is a very energy-efficient roofing material. While asphalt shingles tend to absorb the sun’s heat, EPDM roofs reflect it while also insulating the home, helping to keep it more temperate whether your home is being exposed to sweltering summer heat or frigid winters.

Contact Us Today

If you need to install a new rubber roof on your home or business, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! We 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 replacement needs!

Architect examining roof

Questions You Should Ask Your Roofer

When it comes to roofing contractors, not all companies are made equal, and it is important to make sure you work with a company you can trust. If you’re trying to choose the perfect contractor from a few different potential options, take a look at this blog to learn which questions you should ask your contractors!

Ask for Their Name & Address

While this may seem self-explanatory and unnecessary, you should always double-check that the contractor has a physical address. If they don’t, it can be a sign that they are either a disreputable company, or potentially storm chasers which are roofers that follow around storms and complete work in a specific location that was effected by storm damage before moving on. These contractors will do a poor job replacing your roof as their goal is to replace as many roofs as quickly as possible.

Ask For Their Contracting License

Another piece of information that you should ask your contractor for is their contracting license. You want to ensure that your contractor is licensed in your state if it’s required. You can check with your local permit office to ensure that their license is up to date and they don’t have any outstanding violations. Just make sure you’re looking at their contracting license and not their business license, which is strictly for taxation purposes.

Ask for Their Insurance Information

In addition to their license, make sure they have active insurance. Your roofer needs to have workers compensation as well as liability insurance. Liability insurance protects you from any damage that the company causes, and worker’s compensation protects the employees of the business. If your contractor doesn’t have worker’s compensation, it is possible that you will be liable for any compensation in the event that the crew gets hurt on the job.

Do You Offer Any Kind Of Warranty

Finally, one of the most important questions you can ask any roofing contractor is whether they offer any kind of warranty. A contractor who believes in their workmanship will offer at least a few years of warranty to make any repairs. If they tell you that they don’t offer a warranty of any kind, take that as a red flag that the contractor doesn’t have faith in the quality of their work.

Contact Us Today

If you need to replace your home’s roof, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! Reach out to our team today! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs!

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Do I Need To Replace My Asphalt Shingle Roof

Your roof is one of the most important piece of your home’s exterior. It serves a number of benefits for your home, including keep your home protected from the elements, as well as providing your home with curb appeal and resale value. However, just like another piece of your home’s exterior, your roof will eventually fail. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can keep your home’s roof in great shape, take a look at our blog to learn how you can tell if your shingle roof needs to be replaced.

Check Your Shingles

The first, and most obvious, sign that you should look for when trying to determine whether you need to replace your asphalt shingle roof is to examine your shingles themselves. If your roof is on the verge of failing, the signs will be quite clear when you take a look at your shingle system. Keep an eye out for any buckling, warping, cracking, or missing granules. Generally, your shingles can fail in one of two ways: They will have broken due to hail, failing debris, or trauma, or they will begin to curl or buckle due to improper installation that exposes the system to water damage. However, if you notice that your shingles are losing lot of granules, that’s generally a sign that the roof is naturally aging out and you should consider replacing it soon.

Examine The Valleys

Another area of your roof that is likely to fail is the valleys in your roof. The valleys of your roof are exposed to more water than any other part of your roof, which means they need more attention and maintenance. While our team at Rhode Island Slate always takes care to properly protect the valleys in a roof, this area often fails due to water damage. Seeing damage in these areas is a clear sign that you need to replace your roof or deal with the inevitable leaks!

Chimney Flashing

Similar to your valleys, many homeowners overlook flashing, both around their chimneys and also roof vents, but it serves a very important purpose; protecting your home from water damage around the openings in your roof. If you find that the flashing around the vents and your chimney is rusting, a roof leak won’t be far behind. If your shingles are still in good shape, you can get away with simply reflashing around any openings and keeping up with your general roof maintenance.

Contact Us Today

Interested in replacing your home’s asphalt shingle roof this fall? Our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today 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 roofing needs!