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How Often Do You Need a Roof Inspection?

 

Roof Inspection

Call Us When You Need a Roof Inspection.

Your roof is a very important part of your home. It is the first line of defense against weather like hail and heavy storms. If your roof isn’t doing well, chances are, your house is not going to be protected either. One way that you can get yourself prepared for things like heavy weather or even just summer roof maintenance, is to get a roof inspection. Did you know that you should have your roof inspected once every single year? The reason for this is to make sure that your roof is holding up the way it is supposed to. When you get a new roof they usually tell you how long that specific material usually lasts, but the only way that it will last as long as it is supposed to be by getting it inspected and doing the regular maintenance that comes along with it. There are a few other benefits that come along with a roof inspection as well.

 

Benefits

Warranty – If your roof has come with a warranty and you get it inspected every year, you will be able to keep that warranty for as long as it lasts. This not only protects you, but it protects the roofing company as well.

Peace Of Mind – Having peace of mind is important so that you do not have to constantly worry about what is wrong with your roof. If you know ahead of time what is coming up, you will be able to be prepared for it better as well.

If you need a roof inspection from a company that cares about your roofing needs, give Thompson Roofing & Siding a call at (573)-789-8367 and let us help you right away.

Springtime D.I.Y. Maintenance

It’s almost springtime!  That means it’s also time for your post-winter roof inspection, and all you need to begin your D.I.Y. maintenance is a short walk around your house. Grab a pair of binoculars, a ladder and a trash bag and you’ll be ready to go!

 

A Hand Cleaning Out a Gutter

Cleaning Your Gutters after Winter is an Easy Way to Extend the Life of Your Roof and Prevent Damage.

D.I.Y. Maintenance

 

Step #1: Take a Walk.

Winter can be especially hard on your roof. When you start your walking inspection around the house, first check for any debris that has accumulated on the rooftop. If your home’s roof has a steep gradient, you’ll usually find most of the debris in the gutters (which will need to be emptied later). Next, use those binoculars you grabbed earlier to spot at any dents in the shingles.

 

Step #2: Do a Little Spring (Roof) Cleaning.

Assuming there isn’t any snow or ice left up there, make sure you clean off any major debris gathered on the rooftop. You’ll probably want a trash bag for when you clean out the gutter as well. While you’re up there, take a moment to closer examine any dents you noticed on your walk around the house. If any shingles are severely dented or broken altogether, you’ll need to have them replaced quickly. Broken or dented shingles can allow cold water and ice to seep into your insulation and damage it.

 

Step #3: Check Your Insulation.

Even if you didn’t find a single dent in your roof, make sure to make a brief inspection of your insulation. You’ll want it in tip-top condition before the summer starts. Well-maintained insulation is critical for keeping your house air conditioned, as an HVAC system will have to work extra hard to replace escaping cool air. Who wants to pay more than necessary on an energy bill?

 

Summer and wintertime can be especially rough on your roof, but a little maintenance can help you spot small problems before any expensive repairs are needed. For a free inspection on your roof and siding, call one of our specialists at (573) 789-8367. They’ll be happy to discuss all your maintenance needs in Lake Ozark, MO.

How To Tell If Your Soffit & Fascia Need Repairs Or Replacement

How much do you know about your roof’s soffit and fascia? Today we will go over some key problems to keep an eye out for!

Stains

 Soffit And Fascia

Are Your Soffit And Fascia In Good Condition?

Stains that are brown will indicate a leak from your roof that has begun to affect your soffit. Your roof’s tar will create the brownish stains. If you notice black or green stains, these are generally caused by mold and algae, and should also be removed ASAP.

Moisture Damage

Spending years as a mount for the rain gutters can leave fascia exposed to water deterioration. This happens most commonly when your rain gutters start to overflow onto the fascia, instead of directing the water elsewhere. If your home doesn’t have gutters at all, your soffit and fascia are at a particularly high risk for moisture damages.

Leaking Gutters

Leaking gutter systems create the high chance that your soffit needs changing or service. Your soffit can take the damage as water cascades from holes or cracks, or stops up due to clogs. While its presence saves against the encroachment of this water into your roofing, the damage your soffit absorbs will increase over time.

Peeling Paint

As your soffit or fascia age, the paint may begin to peel. Peeling paint leaves your soffit and fascia vulnerable to damages from water, sunlight, and pests as well. It is also pretty unsightly. Be sure to have the paint refreshed swiftly.

Warping

If your soffit is consistently damp, it will begin to warp and buckle. Often this kind of damage is created by malfunctioning gutter, but it can also be caused by a roof leak. The warping can eventually make the soffit fall of completely.

Finding and Managing Roof Leaks

With enough time, water can makes it way into almost any space. Even a roof that seems strong with good sealing can develop a leak. Some roof leaks are easily repaired. However, knowing you have a leak, and then finding its source is not always so easy. That’s why you need professional roofers for finding and managing roof leaks.

The sources of roof leaks are almost innumerable. It helps to know the most common, however, so that you know what to watch for, and what to do if you suspect you have a roof leak. With a little knowledge, the process of elimination can help you determine the cause.

Roof Leak Causes

New Roof Shingles

We Repair Roof Leaks and More.

Over time, your shingles can become cracked, or loose. You might not be able to see this problem, particularly if you don’t have easy access to your roof. That’s why you should schedule regular roof inspections; a professional roofer can check for broken and cracked shingles.

Your roof and attic are susceptible to excess moisture, which is why they need to be well-insulated and ventilated. Without that, excess condensation and moisture buildup happen, threatening roof rot, mildew, and mold. All of those things can make their way into the rest of your home, too.

Gutters move water away from your roof and home, which makes them essential. If they’re clogged, they gather moisture and let it into your roof. Clean your gutters regularly to help avoid roof leaks, and other problems.

You don’t have to manage roof leaks on your own. Let roofers help you find them, and then repair them. If you have roof leak or roof damage concerns in Osage Beach, MO, call Thompson Roofing & Siding at (573) 789-8367.

Roof Dangers in Winter

When winter comes, it brings cold weather, ice, snow, and all sorts of things with it, depending upon where you live. Even on the best of days, working near the roof can be a dangerous thing. Even professional roofers take precautions and use equipment to make the job safer. It is never recommended that you climb your roof, but if you have to get on a ladder to take a look, there are roof dangers in winter of which you should be aware.

Hidden Dangers

Frost on Roof and Gutters

Be Aware of Roof Dangers in Winter.

That snow may look harmless, but on your roof it can be covering any number of problems. If you’re not careful, you might just place a hand or a foot on a weak spot. You could end up with a hole in your roof. Or, you could touch something that causes you to lose your balance and fall. There are any number of dangers snow can hide.

Ice

You cannot always see ice. Sometimes, it’s so clear and thin that we don’t notice it before we stop on it, or touch it. If you’re doing something on your roof, or even at its edge, you could easily slip on ice, and there are innumerable ways that could leave you injured.

Wind

Wind may happen all year long, but it still poses a threat. A cold burst of wind is enough to knock you off your ladder, or leave you unsteady enough to fall. Winter wind can be a very, very dangerous thing.

In the end, it is always best to leave your roof to the professional. Watch out for roof dangers in the winter and if you need roofing services, call Thompson Roofing & Siding at (573) 789-8367 and let our professionals handle them.

Different Types of Roof Shingles

Architectural Roof Shingles on a Brick Home

If You Need To Install New Roof Shingles on Your Home, Contact Our Office Today.

When the time comes for you to replace your roof shingles, you might think your options are limited. While this might have been the case fifty years ago, currently there are many different shingle options for you to choose from. Each type of shingle offers excellent protection from the weather. Thompson Roofing & Siding offers services to install and repair roof shingles in your area. Give us a call today to discuss the wide variety of roof shingles you have to choose from.

So Many Options to Choose From

Most roof shingles are made from a mixture of fiberglass and asphalt, but even with similar materials, there are still many different shingles on the market. Here is a breakdown of the three most popular roofing shingles.

Impact Resistant
Impact resistant shingles are an excellent choice for homeowners living in an area that experiences a lot of hail throughout the year. These shingles are not easily damaged by hailstones and can often weather a hailstorm with no damage at all.

3 Tab Shingles
These shingles are the most common roofing material. They are inexpensive and easy to install and provide your home with a strong durable roof. They are called 3 tab shingles because each shingle has three notches cut into it to make it appear as though each shingle is actually three. Because of this method of manufacturing, 3 tab roof shingles provide your home with a symmetrical patterned roof.

Architectural Shingles
These shingles are made with two layers of asphalt and fiberglass. This makes them heavier than other shingles, and they are able to withstand very strong winds. The shingles are installed one at a time and give your roof a unique, multi-dimensional appearance.

If you’re interested in installing new roof shingles on your roof, call Thompson Roofing & Siding at (573) 789-8367.

What’s the Difference Between Soffits and Fascia?

The soffits and fascia board are important parts of your roofing system. If they get damaged, it can cause serious harm to your attic and other areas of your home. Thompson Roofing & Siding offers services for repairing or replacing soffits and fascia. Call our office today at (573) 789-8367 to schedule your next roofing appointment.

Which one is Which?

Soffits and Fascia

The Soffits and Fascia on Your Home Are Very Important Parts of Your Roof.

In order to help our staff understand what you need from us, it is helpful for you to tell us which part of your roof needs repair. Is it the fascia or the soffits. If you’re not sure which part of your roof is the fascia and which part is the soffits, here are some useful definitions for each.

Soffits
Soffits are essentially the underside of the eaves of your roof. The purpose of soffits is to prevent water from being able to get under the roof. They are usually made from vinyl or aluminum. Typically, if they need repairs it is for water damage.

Fascia
The fascia on your roof is the trim that runs along the edge. It’s purpose is to close of the end of the roof and protect the roof’s edge from water. It also provides your home with a clean, finished appearance. Typically, fascia is made from wooden materials, and it is most susceptible to overexposure to the UV rays of the sun.

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The soffits and fascia on your home serve very important functions for your roofing system. If they are damaged, call our office at (573) 789-8367 to get them repaired as soon as possible.

4 Benefits of Seamless Gutters

In the past, gutter systems were more or less made equally. In recent years, however, a new product has become available on the market that makes roofers and homeowners alike ask the question, “Why haven’t we been doing this the whole time?”

Seamless Gutter Installation

Seamless gutter installation can save you time, money, and hassle.

While they may have a higher upfront cost, seamless gutters are shaped on-site and offer many benefits that simply cannot be found with traditional seamed gutters.

Time Savers

Since seamless gutters only attach at the corners, there are minimal spots that debris such as leaves, twigs, and animal dander to collect. The lack of debris collection in your system can lead to fewer maintenance costs and projects, less water damage from build up, and no breaking away from your home due to heavyweight.

Eye Pleasers

Seamless gutters come in every tint and color imaginable and can be customized to match your home perfectly. Since your system is all one piece, you never have to worry about break away sections or sagging that can make your home look old and worn. With maximum color choice and minimum sagging and bending, your gutter system will always look uniform and neat around your home.

Cost Savers

While a seamless gutter system is initially more pricey than an original system, the lack of maintenance and repair needed will more than make up for it over time. Your seamless gutters can last years longer than a traditional system, saving you money on replacement costs as well.

Leak Preventers

With no seams, these gutter systems can prevent leaks through seam separation. The minimization of blockages will also help by preventing water overflow and pooling that could lead to rusting and erosion.

When it comes to gutter systems, seamless gutters are worth their weight in convenience. If you have questions about the benefits and advantages of seamless gutters for your home, call Thompson Roofing and Siding at (573) 789-8367.

3 Tips for Healthier Siding

One of the best features of home siding is its durability and low maintenance. However, as time passes, siding can begin to fade, crack, or even stain. A few regularly done maintenance tasks can keep your siding beautiful and strong.

Rinse Your Home Siding Once a Month

Home Siding

Dust and dirt floating in the air can settle on your siding, causing it to become dry and brittle faster. Rinsing your siding on a monthly basis will greatly reduce the risk of cracking and breaking in your siding.

 

Trim Trees and Bushes

Keep trees and bushes trimmed that are near your siding to keep stray branches and limbs from scratching and tearing your siding. Also use extra care when mowing near your siding, watching for flying rocks and debris that can cause damage.

Deep Clean Twice Per Year

It’s a good idea to use a cloth or brush with a light cleaning solution semi annually to keep mold, mildew, and insects at bay. A 70% water, 30% white vinegar solution works well to get rid of mold and mildew stains, as well as cleaning typical dirt, dust, and pollen away. Chemical cleaning agents, bleaches, and power washers are not recommended for some siding types, so double check with the manufacturer before using them.

If your vinyl siding is properly cared for, it can protect and beautify your home for years. When you have questions about your siding, or if you need a repair, call the Thompson Roofing and Siding professionals at (573) 789-8367 to schedule an evaluation.

Summer Maintenance For Your Roof and Siding

Summer is here and with it a few extra dangers to your roof and siding. It’s important to keep a summer roof maintenance schedule and perform routine inspections of the exterior of your home and roof can help you catch small problems that could turn into big issues.

 

Weather Damage

Spring and Summer often mean heavy storms for much of the country, which can lead to additional roof repairs. After any storm, it’s a good idea to check your roof for shingles or shakes that may have been loosened by the wind. You should also inspect your shingles for hail dents and damage that can lead to premature deterioration. Storms can leave unwanted debris around your roof and gutters, so remove any fallen tree limbs or other debris that has gathered.

Ventilation

During the hot months of summer, proper ventilation is key to keeping your energy cost down. Inspect your roofing ventilation system regularly and clear any debris from around or in the vents. Verify the intake vents and exhaust fans are in working condition and replace any part of the ventilation system that is not working properly.

 

Dirt, Mold, and Insects

Siding Rinse

 

Summer months come with more insects, pollen, and mold due to the hot temperatures. Rinse your siding often to prevent insects from finding their way between the gaps, and to keep pollen and mold from building up inside from the humidity. This will not only keep your siding looking new, but regular rinsing will also extend the life of your siding.

 

 

 

Properly inspecting and maintaining your roof and siding are essential for their long life and performance. Simple procedures such as rinsing and debris removal can extend the life of your home’s exterior by years, saving you time, money, and hassle. Call Thompson Roofing and Siding at 573-789-8367 for more information or to schedule your maintenance inspection.