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The Time-Value of a Roof Inspection

alarm clockOnly Two Hours of Your Time
Consider for a moment what you spend a couple of hours doing: two hours watching a movie, more than a few hours going to a sporting event with the family, a couple hours window shopping at the mall, etc. If you’re like a lot people these days, you spend two hours surfing the Web! These are all activities that most people don’t think twice about spending a few hours doing.

Keeping that in mind, wouldn’t you be willing to spend a few hours walking around your home with a highly trained technician from Schneider Roofing while he evaluates your home and your roof—especially if it could enhance your family’s comfort and safety? I’m sure you would agree that would be a good use of your time.

Your home’s roof can change over the course of a year. You would be amazed to know how much it can shift, alter, and even begin to breakdown. Sometimes changes can present safety concerns you wouldn’t know about… if not for a highly trained technician’s eye. Knowing how much your home’s roof can change in a year, we recommend that you have your roof completely inspected at least once a year. Often it may not even take two hours. But at the end of that short amount of time, you’ll receive a report on the shape of your roof. You’ll learn of any sections that should be “watched” and you’ll know if it’s in 100% proper working condition.

Click here to request an inspection of your roof.

 

Your Roof Ventilation

Few things are more misunderstood about the home than attic ventilation. In essence, all ventilation is about circulating air to keep it fresh and to reduce moisture levels. The American Institute of Architects estimates that 90 percent of homes in the United States have unacceptably high levels of moisture. Understanding whether your home could benefit from some form of attic ventilation might just be a roof-saver.

If you haven’t had a roofer inspect your roof carefully in a while, it might be time to have Schneider Roofing and Remodeling over. We’ll conduct a ventilation analysis  and can quickly show you if you need to add venting that could add YEARS to your roof’s life, or if your home is perfectly fine! Call us at 314-378-6623 for details!

Helpful Roofing Consumer Hint

When something breaks in your home, it catches you off guard. You’re irritated and upset. You immediately start looking for a service company to help you. Maybe you ask a friend or family member for a reference. You hope that the service technician is truthful and won’t take advantage of you, but how can you know for sure?

Be sure the technician provides you with an upfront price BEFORE work begins—and there shouldn’t be any “convenience” charges that they don’t tell you about upfront. Sticker shock should never be something you experience, especially after your project is complete and you’re stuck with an outrageous bill!

That’s why with Schneider Roofing and Remodeling you will know what the investment is for your repair or new system before a single tool is touched! That’s just one helpful consumer hint you deserve to know!

Extend the Life of Your Roof

Roof VentilationYou count on your roof to protect your family from the nasty weather, and it seems to be doing its job…. After all, you don’t notice any leaks! What you may not realize is your roof is prematurely aging. The roof you expected to last several years may be withering away… and you just haven’t noticed it yet. In fact, your roof’s lifespan could be cut in half!

In the fall and winter months, the temperatures outside begin to drop, and so does the temperature inside your attic. At some point, it will get cold enough that you’ll turn on your furnace. The warm air from your furnace will rise from your home into your attic. When it hits the cold attic air, it forms moisture. If your attic is properly ventilated, moisture isn’t a problem. The natural flow of air through your vents will quickly dry it. However, if your home is one of the 90% that aren’t ventilated properly, moisture can’t dry! Instead, it sits and festers in your attic. The moisture can attract insects like termites. Eventually, the moisture will cause your roof to rot! Before you know it, you may need to replace your roof that’s only five or six years old! But this premature-aging process isn’t the only thing your roof might be suffering from….

Moisture in an attic is an absolute breeding ground for mold. If you have an asthma or allergy sufferer in your household, they could experience severe agitation from this mold growth. In fact, maybe they’ve been enduring this for years—this could definitely be the case if you have an older roof and you have NOT had your roof inspected in a long time.

Experts recommend homeowners have their roofs inspected at least once annually. It’s the best way to avoid any large problems from developing—by eliminating potential issues immediately. Give Schneider Roofing and Remodeling a call today at 314-378-6623 for an inspection today! Don’t hesitate and let your roof waste away, or worse, become a breeding ground for mold.

Roofing Repair Expert

Save thousands of dollars by pushing off a new roof and instead repair your old roof, allowing it to last years longer!

It’s an all too common occurrence. You know there’s something wrong with your roof. Maybe you have discolored patches, algae or moss buildup, loose or  missing shingles, exposed nail, or maybe even a loose gutter. You search online and call a roofer and schedule an appointment. The contractor says he’ll send someone by to take a look at it.

A few days pass by, and you don’t hear anything. Then, when getting the mail, you notice that you have a letter from the roofing company. Inside it, you find an estimate for a brand-new roof—plus, it has a note from the contractor asking you to call him. Great! You just wanted an evaluation!

You make the phone call only to find that the contractor insists that the only option for you is to replace your roof. It’s the only way to fix your problem…. Well, that’s not what you called for. But now, he’s thrown a quote in front of you for thousands of dollars worth of work. You were just hoping for a repair!

Many Roofing Contractors HATE Doing Repairs—NOT Schneider Roofing and Remodeling!

You may not realize this, but many roofing contractors absolutely hate doing repairs! They see it as a nuisance—in some situations, they’ll just try and sell you a new roof so they don’t have to deal with the “headaches” of repairing your roof! (Even more frightening, many roofs that are installed today don’t even meet manufacturer’s specifications. As a result, your warranty is voided before you even have your roof for a day… but that’s for another discussion!)

That’s not how we conduct business at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling.

First and foremost, when you call us to evaluate your home, you will know when our roofing specialist comes by. You won’t receive some impersonal piece of paper in the mail. Secondly, you are never told what you should do. Instead, you will be given a number of options. You will be able to choose the option that best fits your situation. Among your options will likely include several repairs! At Schneider Roofing and Remodeling, we love performing roofing repairs! It’s our specialty. Where some contractors may see a roof that needs to be replaced,  Again, you get to decide your home’s future… not us!

You’ll Always Be Thrilled with Schneider Roofing and Remodeling’s Customer Service Experience!

It’s our goal at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling to make sure that you rest well at night knowing that you have a solid roof over your head. It’s also our goal to make sure you feel absolutely thrilled with the service experience you receive from us. That’s why we go through these extra steps. If you’re receiving this newsletter, it’s highly likely you’ve experienced our brand of customer service. If that’s the case, thank you! Please, be sure to refer us to your friends and family. If you’ve not seen us in action, and you would like to have your roof evaluated, we will be happy to perform our thorough roofing inspection right now!

Remember, most manufacturers recommend that your roof is looked at annually—to check for any little holes or issues that can develop due to extreme weather. Call us today at 314-378-6623 to discover the Schneider Roofing and Remodeling difference!

Do You Know Who You Are Inviting Into Your Home?

Make sure you are working with a licensed, legitimate contractor!

 

It’s a shame, but it happens all of the time. There are people passing themselves off as legitimate roofing contractors. They knock on people’s doors or leave flyers. Some unsuspecting homeowner calls these people. They come to the home, and they offer a deal that seems too good to be true on some roofing work. Well, it usually is too good to be true.

Plenty of people can hammer shingles. They can get familiar with the tools and maybe learn how to do a few things. But what happens in five or six months when that cheap work begins to have major trouble? Do you still have the individual’s phone number who did the work? Does that phone number still work? Unfortunately, in the trades, we  don’t just hear about these horror stories; we see them too often. By hiring these fly-by-nighters, it may lead to a bad and expensive outcome for the homeowner.

There are ways you can protect yourself. First of all, before allowing anyone to work on your home, do some quick research. Visit the Better Business Bureau® website and see if you can find the company. See if they have an internet presence. Lastly, insist that the contractor supplies you with their licensing and references of past clients—and I recommend asking for addresses and phone numbers. Contact these people on your own. Get the real scoop!

You can avoid all of that trouble and stick with a company that you know has your best interest at heart, Schneider Roofing and Remodeling. You know that we are completely licensed and have an outstanding BBB record. In addition, we insist that all of our roofing technicians are drug tested, background checked, and highly trained. Furthermore, we offer some outstanding guarantees and warranties—and we don’t disappear if you have trouble and need us to come back. We’re here to stay. You can call us at 314-378-6623 any time you have a roofing need and know you are in good hands!

Six Steps to Prepare Your Home for a Harsh Winter

 Avoid nasty and expensive repairs!

Winter means a lot of things! Chilly mornings. Inclement weather. Dressing in layers. And as your friendly roofer, I can tell you that it means roof damage! It’s like clockwork… Every winter we have unfortunate homeowners who need us in a hurry because a leak has unexpectedly sprung.

There’s nothing more aggravating than when a pricey problem pops up. To help you avoid the frustration, aggravation, and concern of an emergency repair, here are six steps to prepare your roof for the harsh winter!

1. Start off by checking the roof-framing structure to make sure it is not compromised. Visually scan the roof for any sagging or uneven areas. If you do see an area that looks uneven, this may mean damage to the roof deck below the shingles.

2. Inspect the gutter systems to make sure they are not clogged with branches, leaves, or other debris. This is important to ensure that rain water and snow have a way off of the roof. If the water or snow is left standing on the roof, there is an increased likelihood of leaking or ice damming.

3. Make sure that gutters are fastened properly and are tight and secure so that they don’t cause overflow or buildup—or fall off the fascia board. Leaking water can end up causing damage not just to your roof, but also to your interior walls.

4. Check the valleys of the roof to ensure that they are free and clear of debris that can add weight to the roof and also act as a barrier to rain and snow. Leaks frequently occur in the valleys so make sure they are well protected by a proper roofing system.

5. One of the most common causes for roofing leaks is due to problems with flashing. Flashing is the aluminum or metal material that is used in roof-to-wall transitions over joints to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage. Metal flashing should be used around roof vents, pipes, skylights, and chimneys. Remember that flashing can be loosened or torn by high winds and heavy rains, so inspect the areas annually.

6. Lastly, you should walk around to carefully inspect the shingles on the roof—look for curling edges, missing granules, and certainly for missing shingles or damage from birds, rodents, or squirrels.

Roof Ventilation

Roof VentilationKeep your roof from rotting away and developing mold problems.

You count on your roof to protect your family from the harsh sun and nasty weather. And it seems to be doing its job…. After all, you don’t notice any leaks! What you may not realize is your roof is prematurely aging. The roof you  expected to last several years may be withering away… and you just haven’t noticed it yet. In fact, your roof’s lifespan could be cut in half!

In the fall and winter months, the temperatures outside begin to drop, and so does the temperature inside your attic. At some point, it will get cold enough that you’ll turn on your furnace. The warm air from your furnace will rise from your home into your attic. When it hits the cold attic air, it forms moisture. If your attic is properly vented, moisture isn’t a problem. The natural flow of air through your vents will quickly dry it. However, if your home is one of the 90% that aren’t ventilated properly, moisture can’t dry! Instead, it sits and festers in your attic.

The moisture can attract insects like termites. Eventually, the moisture will cause your roof to rot! Before you know it, you may need to replace your roof that’s only five or six years old!

But this premature aging process isn’t the only thing your roof might be suffering from… Moisture in an attic is an absolute breeding ground for mold. If you have an asthma or allergy sufferer in your household, they could experience severe agitation from this mold growth. In fact, maybe they’ve been enduring this for years — this could definitely be the case if you have an older roof not installed by Schneider Roofing and Remodeling, and you have NOT had your roof inspected in a long time.

Experts recommend homeowners have their roofs inspected at least once annually. It’s the best way to avoid any large problems from developing — by eliminating potential issues immediately.