Homeowner Tips: How to Maintain Your Roof

Replacing a roof is certainly one of the most expensive outlays many homeowners might expect to face.  Whether you have just purchased a home with a relatively new roof or have recently replaced your old roof, keeping this roof in good condition will help extend its life.  Every extra year of roof life a homeowner is able to achieve thanks to careful maintenance means significant dollar savings over time.

Good roof maintenance requires regular tasks that many homeowners can complete on their own.  Of course, if any projects require getting on a ladder or standing in high places, safety should be your number one priority.

Here are some examples of maintenance that homeowners can perform themselves:

Remove Loose Debris

If you’re comfortable on ladders, one important task for helping your roof last longer is removing any loose debris.  As the seasons pass, leaves, branches, and other debris usually accumulate.  The safest way to remove these unwanted additions is to enlist the help of a second person and to use an extendable ladder.  Picking a sunny day when the roof is likely to be dry and wearing rubber-soled shoes and protective eyewear can help prevent falls or other mishaps.

Check for Loose or Missing Parts

Homeowners should check their properties for any signs of water seepage.  This involves inspecting the attic, if there is one, or other type of interior ceiling.  Water stains could be signs of shingles that are missing, loose, or lifted.  This is also a good time to check shingles for mold, moss, worn spots, peeling, cracking, and curling.

Loose or missing flashing, nails, and roof bolts could indicate the need for a flashing or shingle repair or the need to adjust or replace roofing hardware.  When shingles in more than one section of a roof appear to be peeling, partially lifted, or curling, it’s most likely time for a new roof.  Typically, the sooner you find a problem, the better.

Remove Moss and Mold

Removing mold and moss is possible with a spray product.  After reviewing the manufacturer’s instructions and allowing sufficient time for the solution to work, use a broom and a soft handheld brush to push away the offending moss and mold.  Using a brush with hard bristles or a power washer can erode granules on shingles that protect them from ultraviolet rays.

Clean Debris from Gutters, Downspouts, Fascia, and Soffits

A homeowner should also maintain a roof by regularly removing debris from fascia, gutters, downspouts, and soffits.  This requires donning thick rubber gloves and using the hands or a small scooping tool to remove all visible debris.  The next step is scrubbing dirt with a soft-bristled brush.  Once you have hosed off the area to remove any lingering debris, this is the time to looking for missing caulk, peeling paint, rotting fascia or soffit, any cracks or holes, missing parts of gutters or hardware, and leaks that link to gutters.  Applying new caulking and paint should follow completion of all the necessary repairs or replacements.

Check Chimneys, Vent Openings, and Skylights

Roof maintenance involves periodically checking for potential problems with chimneys, vent openings, and skylights.  The first step is closing the fireplace, followed by using a chimney brush to clean creosote accumulated in the chimney.  It is then possible to check a chimney for cracked or missing bricks or other signs of damage, perform necessary repairs, and seal it.  Using a safety harness is particularly helpful when checking and making repairs to skylights and vent outlets. Of course, most homeowners don’t have these tools on hand, and it can be tricky to do it yourself, so this certainly straddles the DIY/professional job spheres.

There is really no substitute for preventive maintenance when seeking to extend the life of a roof.  For maximum savings, homeowners should perform roof maintenance at least once a year.  The condition of a roof can change dramatically during that period.  Many homeowners are unaware when shingles have fallen off or the heat of the sun has damaged parts of a roof.

Regular inspections help avoid expensive damage to a home from unexpected leaks and flooding water.  If moving around on a roof isn’t a comfortable activity, or a homeowner doesn’t have the time for complete home maintenance, a roofing professional can perform excellent maintenance and repairs.

Is it time for you to get a professional opinion about the condition of your roof?  If so, call Schneider Roofing and Remodeling today at 314-378-6623 to schedule an inspection.

Gutters

Damaged and sagging gutters are not just unsightly. Neglecting your gutter repair needs can actually cause long-term damage to your roof, vinyl siding, and foundation. That is why it is so crucial to take care of your gutter issues when they start, rather than waiting until minor issues turn into big problems.

Gutter Repair Service in St. CharlesAt Schneider Roofing and Remodeling, we are here to help, no matter how big or small your gutter repair issues. The fall and winter are particularly important when it comes to maintaining and repairing your storm gutters. Falling leaves do not seem heavy, but gutters can easily get clogged with leaves. Then, when it rains, those leaves become heavy and can begin pulling away from the house. Clogs can even cause heavy rains to back up onto the roof, causing pooling and leaking. The same goes for melting snow and ice during the winter. No matter what your concerns, we can help make sure that your gutters are in the best possible condition.

Determining Whether You Need Gutter Repair

Gutter problems can often be difficult to spot until they develop and worsen. Here are a couple simple signs to watch for:

  • Are there shingles missing, or can you see that the edges of your roof shingles are curling up on the ends? This can be a sign that your gutters are flooding and water is flowing back onto the roof, causing damage.
  • Are your gutters or downspouts pulling away from the walls they are attached to? If the attachments are failing, you should have a professional come out as soon as possible to perform and inspection and repair as this relatively minor gutter repair can easily turn into something much more serious if left unattended.
  • Are you seeing excessive staining or mold on your home’s siding, around the gutters, or near the foundation? This can be a sign of inadequate drainage, and may be an early indicator of potentially serious foundation or roofing damage.

Gutter Repair vs. Replacement

St. Charles Gutter Repair CompanyFortunately for St. Charles residents, Schneider Roofing and Remodeling is here for all of your gutter repair and installation needs. If you need complete gutter replacement or new installation, we offer standard and seamless aluminum gutters with a baked enamel finish in a variety of colors. Our standard package offers 5” gutters with 2” x 3” downspouts, or you can upgrade to 6” gutters with 3” x 4” downspouts, which are ideal for larger roofs. If you do not need complete gutter replacement, we can also provide you with a gutter repair estimate where we can patch your existing gutter system.

In additional to gutter repair and replacement we can also install gutter covers on your new or existing gutters. These covers are a good way to extend the life of your gutter system (not to mention your roof, siding, and foundation). This additional layer of protection will protect your gutters from damage and clogs all year round, and can be particularly valuable if your home is heavily tree-shaded or with regards to protecting your gutters from snow during harsh winters.

Important Information About Insurance Claims

homeowners insuranceThere is a Missouri law that was passed in 2012 that is important for homeowners to know about.

This law prohibits contractors from offering to pay for any portion of the homeowner’s insurance deductible. Contractors are specifically prohibited from granting allowances to the insured, offering any discount against the fees to be charged, or paying the insured (or any person) directly or indirectly any form of compensation (including gifts, prizes, bonuses, credits, referral fees, or anything of monetary value).

Additionally, homeowners must be given the contractual right to cancel the contract prior to midnight on the fifth business day if any part of the insurance claim is not covered following written notice by the insurance company. This notice is considered given by the homeowner on the date of the mailing, not the date of receipt by the contractor. A statement notifying the consumer of their right to cancel must be printed in boldface type on the contract and should include a form to be mailed in if the homeowner wishes to cancel the contract. If the contract is canceled, the contractor must return amounts paid, minus payment for any clean up work that may have taken place.

For additional information on this subject, feel free to call (314-378-6623) or email the experts at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling.

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1. Buy any complete roofing or complete siding replacement or refer someone who buys a complete replacement from Schneider Roofing & Remodeling.
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5. Open the envelope to see if you are $10,000 richer!
Offer is valid on roofing and siding purchases made from August 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. All projects must be in the Schneider Roofing market area (greater St. Louis area). The winner must come to the office on December 16, 2017 to pick an envelope. More than one ticket can be entered, as you will receive one ticket for each qualified referral and each replacement purchase.
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Roofing Ventilation

Roof ventilation 2Ventilating your roof reduces the heat in your attic during the summer and helps remove moisture in the winter. This will keep your roof functioning longer and as a bonus, it will make your heating and cooling systems more efficient.

Roof vents allow the hot air to escape from the attic, and it will typically be replaced with cooler air from intake vents. The best location for the intake is the soffit because the coolest air is going to be under the overhangs where it is generally the most shaded. Vented soffits (vinyl or aluminum) are an easy way to bring cool air into your attic to replace the hot summer air being vented out.

Roof ventilation is important to the life of your roof and for your wallet in the long run. If you would like more information about adding roof vents, give us a call (314-378-6623) or send an email.

 

Summer Storms

Tree on RoofA big storm rolls through town and hits your home hard, and your roof took an absolute beating. You’re missing shingles, which are now scattered all over your yard. Maybe you’re facing an even more difficult situation… You have a hole in your roof and water is leaking into your home. It’s not a pretty situation!!!

At Schneider Roofing and Remodeling, we’ve been helping homeowners for years. Specifically, we’ve been working with insurance companies for years. That’s something that can’t be overlooked when you consider hiring a roofing company. If you find yourself with a roofing challenge this summer, here are five reasons why Schneider Roofing and Remodeling can help you:

1. You Get a Thorough Evaluation! We won’t spend a few minutes walking around your home or snapping pictures from a car to evaluate the damage of your roof and attic. Oh, no… You get a complete 17-point inspection and diagnostic of your roof. We will get on your roof and in your attic to evaluate everything closely. That’s the best way to find hidden damage. The last thing you want is for an undiscovered problem to cause massive damage to your home and valuables months later!

2. You’ll Know Your Options! After you’ve received a 17-point inspection of your roof, you will be given a variety of options. Hopefully, your roof only needs a simple repair. But if you require a new roof, you may be able to choose from a variety of shingles… each with different styles, colors, and warranties. BEWARE! Sometimes the insurance company will “adjust” your claim by calling for the lowest (and cheapest) grade roofing materials. That’s why it’s best that you have a contractor working with you in these situations.

3. You’ll Get Insurance Help! Once you’ve selected the best option for your home, your job is done! It’s time to let us go to work for YOU! That means contacting your insurance company and explaining the work you would like (and need) performed on your home!

4. You Get Roofing Professionals! You will get the repair or new roof you want because we have experience dealing with insurance companies. They trust us because we’re licensed, insured, and all work is performed up to code. You only get the best people and the best products when working with us!

5. You Get Long-Term Support! You also get roofing professionals that will be here to stand behind our work! We offer the absolute best guarantees and warranties! And should you have a question or issue, you can give us a call at any time, and we’ll be there immediately! This is our community, too! We take pride in making sure everyone is completely satisfied!

So, if you find yourself worrying about your roof after a storm, give us a call at 314-378-6623.

How We Do Business

LogoAt Schneider Roofing and Remodeling we take our commitment to our clients seriously. We are in the business of building relationships and not just replacing a roof. We work and live in St. Charles County and will be here for a long, long time. We know that if we don’t do our job right, we won’t have a job for very long. We are experts in roofing and siding and will give you honest feedback and fair pricing each and every time.

To learn more about our company, our philosophy and our customers’ experiences, click here.

For additional information about our company or your specific situation, please call 314-378-6623 or email the experts at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling.

 

Sun and Rain Takes a Toll — Get Your Roof Inspected!

sun and rain damageThere are commonly known facts about your home, but here is a little known fact that most homeowners are totally unaware of, which could save you thousands:

“If your roof is more than 20 years old, there’s a good chance that it’s due for replacement. But younger roofs fail too, so it is a good idea to inspect a roof at least once a year.” ~ Tom Silva, This Old House

Although this little-known fact seems so very simple, few homeowners are aware of how important it really is! When was the last time you had your roof inspected? On the other hand, were you even aware that it needs an inspection each year? A roof of any age can leak, and more than not, it takes some time before water stains show up in your home. Often, by the time you notice the signs of a leak, it has already caused serious damage!

For signs of a roof leak to show up in your home, the water must pass through your shingles, pass through your felt underlayment, pass through your plywood, saturate 10 to 12 inches of insulation in your attic, and then soak through your drywall ceiling or wall! What’s even worse, many times water will leak within the wall cavity, sometimes for years, before you realize the problem exists! This can result in major damages! As a roofing contractor, I’ve seen this all too many times. What could have been a simple repair caused major damage to a home’s interior, something an annual roof inspection could have easily prevented from happening in the first place.

Call (314-378-6623) or email today to have your roof inspected!

Ten Things Every Homeowner Should Know

things homeowners should know1. Water Shut-Off Valve Location: Know the location of the water shut-off for the whole house. Most sinks and toilets have a shut-off valve under the fixture, but knowing how to turn off the flow throughout the home is imperative if needed in an emergency. If a leak pops up, shutting off the flow will limit the amount of damage, repair costs and headaches.

2. Gas Shut-off Valve Location: Same issue as the water valve but with greater emphasis toward safety. A gas leak can cause a fire or explosion so shutting it off at the sign (smell) of a leak or other danger is imperative.

3. Electric Box Breaker Switches: Be sure everyone in the home knows the location of the electric panel. Each breaker should be labeled for efficiency and safety. This will save you frustration and time during electrical issues.

4. Repair Water Leaks ASAP: A huge percentage of home repair costs can come from water damage. Once you have detected a water leak have it repaired immediately. The longer you let it continue, the more it will cost you to repair.

5. Foundation Blocks and Concrete Slabs: One of the most costly home repairs is leveling a house. To help avoid this expensive repair you should keep your home’s slab nourished during spells of very dry weather. Install flowerbeds along the sides and keep them moist. If you have no flowerbeds then you should actually water the edges of the slab. Do not over water, just be aware that cracks in the dirt can be a sign of future problems in your home’s foundation.

6. Install Gutters/Downspouts: Water should be directed away (4 to 6 feet) from the foundation, sidewalks, or patio/driveway slabs. Just like too much dry weather is bad for your foundation; too much water is also bad. Never let water pool at the base of your house.

7. Keep Gutters Free Flowing: The gutters and downspouts cannot push the water away from the house (and away from the basement) if they cannot do their function. Clean the gutters and downspouts several times a year or install gutter protection.

8. Keep Debris Off Your Roof: If you have trees dropping leaves on your roof you need to clear them off so water is not trapped under the debris. Trapped water will work its way through your shingles and ultimately through to your ceilings. When you see the water stains on your walls or ceilings, you should repair the leak immediately.

9. Weatherproof Your Home: Repairs to doors and windows is another costly area. When you take the time to caulk and weather strip your doors and caulk around all your windows (in addition to saving money) you will remain aware of developing issues. Your job is to know your home.

10. Know Your Neighbors: Chances are your home was built at the same time as other homes in your neighborhood. Keeping tabs on home issues your neighbors are experiencing can go a long way in predicting possible problems at your home!

Flashing Tips

flashingFlashing is usually aluminum or galvanized steel that’s used over joints in a roof and wall construction to prevent water seeping in and causing damage. Depending on the style of your home’s roof, you probably have it in the valleys, around the chimney and pipes, and around any dormer windows or skylights. Most damage shows up either in flashing that’s deteriorating due to weathering and oxidizing, or in flashing that has come loose.

If your flashing needs repairs, consider giving your friends at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling a call. We can give you an upfront price on the work, and depending upon the severity of the repair, in many instances we can do the work immediately.