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Most Common Roofing Mistakes

Installing a roof is a complicated process.  There are a lot of fine details that need to be kept track of in order to ensure that the roof is installed properly.  A misstep or two along the way could seriously compromise the integrity and longevity of your roof. If you’ve been wondering how you can spot an inexperienced roofer, keep reading our blog to learn about some of the most common roofing mistakes that inexperienced crews make!

Forgetting To Install The Starter Shingles

This is one of the first steps of installing a new roof, and it is vitally important to your roof’s health. Forgetting the starter shingles can result in water finding its way into your roof deck where it can cause significant structural damage. Furthermore, forgetting to install the starter shingles can result in the bottom layer of your shingles blowing away!

Improper Overhang Of Shingles

Another mistake that an inexperienced roofer will make is giving the shingles too much overhang.  While there should be a few millimeters of overhang to help guide water into your gutter system, too much overhang can lead to wind ripping up your shingle system and causing significant damage to your home.

Forgetting The Underlayment

Another mistake that an inexperienced roofer will make is forgetting to install an underlayment below the shingle system.  Underlayments provide important benefits for a roof, as they act as your roofs final line of moisture defense if water finds a way to permeate into your roofing system.

Forgetting Flashing Around Vents and in Valleys

Another installation mistake that inexperienced roofers often make is forgetting to flash around any openings in your roof like vents or your chimney, or within the valleys of your roof, which act as funnels during a rainstorm. Flashing, and counter flashing, help to keep moisture out of the openings in your roof where they could cause significant damage. An inexperienced roofer will often remember to flash around openings, but not in the valleys of your roof, which handle significant amounts of water run-off during storms.

Improper Shingle Installation

The installation issue that most homeowners likely think of is improper shingle installation. This entails a number of different issues, from too much space between shingles, to not enough, to using the wrong number of nails or putting them in incorrect locations. There are many ways to install shingles incorrectly, so be on the lookout for a variety of signs!

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There are plenty of mistakes that can be made when installing shingles, which is why it’s important to work with a roofing professional who knows how to install your roof down to the finest details. If you’re looking for an experienced roofing contractor who can install your roof the right way, our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding is ready to help! We can be reached over the phone at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing installation needs!

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Pros & Cons of Asphalt Shingles

When it comes to roofing materials, none is more universally used than asphalt shingles.  They are the most common roofing material on residential homes in the United States, and for good reason. They offer a variety of benefits for the homeowners who choose to install them. However, like any other roofing material option, they also present their own drawbacks that should be considered before installation.  Take a look at our blog to learn about the pros and cons of asphalt shingles.

Pros:

Longevity: Asphalt shingles have a variable lifespan depending on the quality of the shingles themselves, but generally, they have a competitively long lifespan.  On average, a well-maintained asphalt shingle roof will last from 20-30 years.  However, the highest quality asphalt shingles have been known to last for 50 years or more.

Ease of Installation: Generally, a contractor who installs roofs of any sort is able to install asphalt shingles.  They are one of the easiest roofing materials to install, as they are simpler to install than metal roofing, and far less fragile than slate, which is prone to cracking if you don’t know how to work with the material. This also makes it easy to find another contractor who can make repairs on your roof if need be.

Economical: If you are interested in replacing your roof on a budget, asphalt shingles are certainly your best option. Metal and slate roofing both cost twice as much as your typical asphalt shingle roof, making it the best option if you are interested in replacing your roof for a good price.

Aesthetics: When it comes to style options, no other materials can truly compare to asphalt shingles. Due to the fact that so many manufacturers produce asphalt shingles, they are available an in enormous variety of styles, colors, and even textures. If you have a particular color scheme or aesthetic in mind for your home, asphalt shingles are likely your best bet to fulfill your vision.

Cons:

Environmental Effect: If you are interested in installing a roofing option that offers environmental benefits, there are better options than asphalt roofing. Fossil fuels are used in the manufacturing of asphalt shingles, which immediately hurts their ability to be an environmentally roofing option. Furthermore, asphalt shingles account for about 5% of the United States yearly waste.  With so many shingles being thrown away at the end of their lifespans, it’s hard for asphalt shingles to be a truly green roofing option.  Hopefully as the recycling process gets better, asphalt shingles will become a green option in their own right.

Maintenance: If you are interested in installing a roofing material that you won’t have to think about once its been installed on your home, asphalt shingles are not the best option.  They require periodic maintenance to keep in good shape, from keeping debris cleared from your roof, to ensuring you take care of any moss or algae growth that occurs.

Overall, asphalt shingles are a wonderful roofing option for any home.   While they have a couple of clear drawbacks, they offer so many benefits that make them truly competitive with any other roofing material on the market.  Here at Advanced Roofing & Siding, we are happy to be able to offer our homeowners the Owens Corning line of asphalt shingles.  Owens Corning is one of the premier shingle manufacturers in North America and we are happy to be able to install their wonderful products for our homeowners.

Interested in learning more about asphalt shingles and the services we offer? Reach out to our team today by calling us at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to assisting with all of your roofing needs!

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Best Season To Replace Your Roof

When it comes to roof replacements, there are times that are better for replacing your roof than others.  You may be wondering which season is the best for replacing your roof. Take a look at our guide to learn more about the ideal time to replace your roof:

Winter

As you may have guessed, winter is the worst time to replace a roof, particularly in a snowy climate like New England.  All the snow and ice makes full roof replacements exceedingly difficult, if not downright impossible.  While you may be able to have some spot repairs done on your roof in the winter, if you need a full replacement, you’re better off waiting until the warmer months, when the materials can be properly installed. Sealants in particular won’t work as well in the winter months, and your roof could pay for it later on.

Spring

Spring time is a good time to replace your roof.  If you can set up your appointment early in the spring, you have a better chance of getting your work booked and completed in a timely manner.  For many contractors, the busy season begins around mid-April to May, so if you can book your work for late March or early April, this may be one of your best chances.

Summer

Summer can be a bit of a toss-up when it comes to completing your exterior remodeling projects.  In general, contractors busiest season runs the course of the summer, from roughly April-September, so you may have trouble getting your homes remodeling project completed quickly. Furthermore, extreme heat can make installing a roof just as difficult as frigid mid-winter temperatures.  Both extremes effect the way the sealants set, and although it shouldn’t be a concern on all but the hottest summer days, it can still be a factor to consider.

Fall

Finally, we have arrived at what is arguably the best season to replace your roof, Fall.  There are a few reasons why fall beats out the other seasons, the first of which is that the contractors busy season is typically drawing to a close.  This means that you won’t have to wait for weeks to have your work started, and once your project begins, it will be completed quickly. Another reason Fall is ideal is because of the mild weather.  Unlike early Spring, which has the tendency to be damp from both spring showers and winter precipitation, Fall is generally much drier, and the mild temperatures mean that your roof installation should be ideal for the installation, with your contractors able to work without extreme heat or frigid cold affecting the materials or the contractors themselves. Furthermore, completing your roof replacement before winter rolls around will give you peace of mind that your roof is protected from the New England weather all winter.

Have more questions about replacing your home’s roof? Reach out to our team at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form today! We look forward to helping you with all of your roofing needs!

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Why is Gutter Cleaning so Important

Cleaning your gutters is something you may not often think about – and that’s a good thing. Gutters are essential components of your home that ensure that rainwater flows from your roof to the ground without getting into your home. Here are some reasons why clean gutters are so important:

Prevent Water Damage

When a gutter becomes filled with debris and can’t function properly, rainwater backs up and can cause damage to your home by flowing over the gutter sections. Once a gutter floods, the water can get underneath the roof or trickle down the side of the house to the lower levels. This could cause rotting of the roof or siding. A clean gutter ensures easy water run-off and helps prevent water damage.

They Are a Perfect Home for Pests

A clogged gutter is often filled with sticks, leaves, and other debris from nearby trees. This kind of environment is attractive to certain insects and rodents who often take up residence in the mucky build-up. Keeping the gutters clear of these materials will discourage critters from moving in.

Bracket Damage

Clogged gutters are heavy. Over time, the weight of your gutters may cause stress to the brackets holding it in place. This could lead to damage and could cause your brackets to fail.

Protect Your Foundation

If your gutters end up flooding, water could seep into the ground along the side of your home. Once this water freezes, it could expand and create cracks in the foundation.

To keep your gutters clean, follow these useful tips:

  • Clean them at least twice yearly. If your house has lots of surrounding trees, you may want to clean more frequently to prevent clogging.
  • Consider hiring a professional. While many people choose to clean their gutters themselves in order to save money, a professional will do a thorough job that could save you money in the long-run. They can locate a problem and address it before it becomes more complicated. Moreover, by hiring a professional, you can avoid the risk of incurring ladder-related injuries.
  • Consider installing a gutter guard. Gutter guards will reduce the frequency of your cleanings by preventing debris from entering the gutter. You will still find some debris in your gutter but the amount will be much less than without a gutter guard. You may only need to clean your gutters every one to three years.
Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing
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Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Are you looking to replace your home’s roofing? If this is your first foray into roofing options, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of finishes and styles available to choose from. Metal roofing has become increasingly popular over the years and is now a stylish and modern way to give your home a new look. But as with any materials, there are pros and cons to metal roofs that you should be aware of before embarking on its installation.

One of the best things about a metal roofing is the expected lifetime of a metal roof. Most average roofs will need to be replaced every 20 years, but a metal roof can last up to 70 years with only small paint touch ups along the way. This can pay off in the long term if you’re planning on staying in your home for several decades. Additionally, a significant benefit is its rain and snow resistant properties. Unlike a regular shingled roof, metal roofing smoothly and efficiently can shed rain and snow — even massive amounts — thanks to the hard and slippery surfaces. Speaking of natural elements, metal roofs are also fire resistant, providing external protection from fire. Metal roofs can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency by reflecting solar radiant heat. This can help decrease your electric bill anywhere from 10 to 25 percent and will lower your overall HVAC use as well.

There are plenty of positives that could lead you to install a metal roof, but as with most things, there are some drawbacks that you should consider. While a metal roof lasts longer than a regular shingled roof, it can cost more money to install too. It costs like other high-end finishes that can range from $150 per square foot up to $600 per square foot. Additionally, a metal roof naturally produces more noise. While some may like the romantic sound of rain on a metal roof, others may find it bothersome. There are plenty of insulation tactics you can use to ensure noise is absorbed as well.

If you’re considering replacing your traditional roof with a metal roof, there are plenty of benefits that make it an excellent choice. Talk with a professional contractor to determine if a metal roof is a good choice for you.

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How to Protect your Home from Winter Roof Damage

Winter in Massachusetts can be brutal; it is essential to check your roof to prevent any snow and ice damage to your roof. We’ve come up with some helpful tips to be prepared for roofing issues when the weather starts becoming more severe.

Roof Inspections.
If you have not done so already, now is the time to have a roofing professional to inspect your roof. An inspector should be able to discover any weakness and provide suggestions before the damage worsens from winter storms. A good tip is to have a second roof inspection to find and correct all winter damage. It’s better to be safe.

Hail and Storm Damage.
There is only so much you can do when it comes to hail or storm damage, but there are ways to fix any further damages such as; overhanging tree branches, weaken shingles or cracked caulk and tar.

Preventing Roof-Collapse.
When the snow starts piling up on your roof, it creates pressure and can potentially weaken your shingles with its weight, especially when wet snow and ice are compact. We recommend hiring a professional to remove any snow from your roof.

Preventing Ice Dams.
Cleaning out gutters before winter officially arrives, dousing the eaves with salt brine, and clearing excess snow off the eaves before it can freeze can all help. Otherwise, you can better insulate your attic and turn down the heat to minimize ice dams.

By taking care to prevent wintertime roof damage, you will extend the life of your roofing and protect your home from roof-collapse and water damage. The return-on-investment is well worth the cost.

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6 warnings you need a new roof

Most homeowners figure they need to repair or replace their roof once they spot a leak in their ceiling. A leak could be caused by different roofing problems. So, how do you determine if you need to repair or replace your roof problems? We wrote some helpful tips for you to pay attention to:

  1. Roof Age. Most professionals would agree that a typical roof will last for 20-25 years. Check how old your existing roof is if it was properly installed and ventilated. If you discover layers on top of your old roof, then chances are you need a new roof.
  2. Shingles Curling. The best way to see if your roof shingles are curling or deteriorating is from direct sunlight. If you notice shingles are losing its shape and quality, it could be possible that the roof is defective. Hire a local contractor to inspect your roofs.
  3. Roof Valleys. If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s essential to get this fixed right away. Snow and rain flow through the valley and into the gutters. Failing to amend the issue will cause roof leaks.
  4. Missing Shingles. Shingles can take a beating from storms and severe weather, but if they are not installed correctly, can ultimately cost you dearly.
  5. Chimney Flashing. Another critical area you should be concerned about when inspecting your roofs. Your flashing.
  6. Shingle granules in the gutters. One of the most important home maintenance checklists is cleaning out any debris in your gutters. If you notice any Shingle granules inside, this is a common sign that your shingles are worn out and will need to be replaced.

If you noticed a problem on your roof, then consider hiring Advanced Roofing & Siding to take a look and provide information that you need to help better understand your roofs.

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WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A CONTRACTOR

Although the summer is coming to an end, it is not too late to install new roofing or siding for your home. Home improvement requires a lot of maintenance, repairs, and replacement. Knowing the right contractor to hire for your home care can be challenging, you want to make sure that they get the job done right the first time without causing any headaches in the future.  We have come up a few helpful tips on how to find the right contractor for your home.

  1. Insurance. Make sure to call the insurance carrier as often times homeowners neglect this, which can be a risky move when hiring the contractor.
  2. Local Contractor. Do some research and find more information about the contractor, how are their ratings, what do the local community say about their services? This will demonstrate if the contractor has experience working on your home type.
  3. Price is not everything. We get it, home investment can be expensive, however, hiring a cheap contractor can result to more problems due to poor service.
  4. Get the job details in writing. It is critical to see what the contractor plan on working. especially when you are paying for the service. You want to be in control of your home and make sure you are satisfied with the result. Make sure payment agreement is fully understood by both parties, this should be discussed prior to the job. Once, you have everything in writing, you will have a clear understanding from start to complete the project.
  5. Communication is key to every business.You want to ensure that the contractors have answered any of your questions or uncertainties. If you find yourself chasing after questions that have not been answered then what will happen when you let them work on your roofing?

Installing a new roof and siding for your house is a long time investment, once you pay for a service you want to make sure you’re getting the most of it and not needing to think about it for at least 17 years. At Advanced Roofing & Siding, we have built a long-term relationship with our clients and maintain our reputation in every town we have worked on. If you are looking to get your roofing or siding fixed or installed in Westborough MA. Contact us for a free estimate at (978)440-5020.

 

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How a Cold Roof Can Prevent Ice Dams

Homeowners who think ice dams are an unavoidable part of living in New England should think again. Clogged gutters and dripping icicles are not good for the health of your home, as they can force melting snow and ice back up under the edge of your roof and into your home, where significant damage can occur. The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is to make sure you have a cold roof.

Ice dams form when melted snow runs down your roof and refreezes near the edge. But this only happens when the main part of your roof warms to above 32 degrees F, which is warm enough to melt the snow, while the roof edge remains below freezing.

What raises the temperature of the roof is not sunshine, but an attic that is too warm. Heat escaping from the living area into the attic warms the underside of the roof deck and melts the snow from the bottom up. The water then trickles down to the edge of the roof, which is still cold enough to freeze it again.

It stands to reason, then, that the secret to preventing ice dams is to keep your roof cold enough to prevent the snow from melting in the first place. Here’s how to make that happen:

  • Build up attic insulation. Proper insulation will prevent rising heat from warming the attic space and the roof. Blown-in cellulose insulation is the most effective as it seals better than rolled fiberglass batts. It is worth having a professional tackle this important job. As a bonus, you are likely to find your heating bills will go down thank to the reduction in heat loss.
  • Close and seal gaps. Even a well-insulated attic has gaps and cracks where heat can bypass the insulation and warm the roof. Plug these leaks around pipes, chimneys, access hatches, light fixtures and wall tops with foam, caulk or blown-in insulation to more completely seal off the attic.
  • Add a roof ridge vent and soffit vents. Properly positioned vents will draw outside air through your attic and balance the temperature between the outside and inside. The ridge vent in particular is important for proper airflow. Be sure any insulation you install does not block the flow of air through soffit vents.

After a particularly heavy snowfall, it helps to rake the snow off your roof using a snow rake. This helps reduce the amount of snow available to melt and cause problems. Always follow safety precautions when working on or around the roof, particularly when snow and ice make footing precarious. And never use a snow rake while standing on a ladder!

Take steps now to create a cold roof before heavier snowfall begins. Call Hi-Tech Windows & Siding toll free at 978-440-5020 for information on adding attic insulation or for an evaluation of your roof’s ventilation.

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