Clogged Gutters? 4 Ways They’ll Do Damage to Your Home Your home’s gutter system may be one of those components of your home that you don’t really think about often. However, they’re very important. Without proper maintenance and upkeep, they can cause significant damage. In fact, here are four ways clogged gutters can lead to… Read More
In the last month, it seems the most common requests for service C and K Roofing has received has been estimates for insulation and roof ventilation upgrades. It’s an indicator that miserably hot families are concluding they need insulation and better roof ventilation to keep the temperature of the rooms in their homes tolerable. Did… Read More
HOW A ROOF IS LIKE A FURRY COMPANION AND WHY IT SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH We, here at C and K Roofing, are unapologetic animal lovers. We have pets considered beloved family members. We watch out for animals, small and large, on our job sites. We fix damage done by critters, but try to… Read More
It’s been a little over a year now since I left a 23-year career in television journalism for a new career with C and K Roofing and Construction Services. During this time, I’ve been able to observe this industry from the standpoint of a consumer–who knows very little about the process of a home improvement… Read More
Unless you have a trained eye, it can be pretty tricky to detect a roof leak. Most people assume that a roof leak is caused by a puncture in their roof or by damage to their shingles. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, the culprit can be the ridge vent. What Exactly Is a… Read More
Clogged Gutters? 4 Ways They’ll Do Damage to Your Home
Your home’s gutter system may be one of those components of your home that you don’t really think about often. However, they’re very important. Without proper maintenance and upkeep, they can cause significant damage. In fact, here are four ways clogged gutters can lead to costly repairs:
Fascia Boards and Wood Siding
Your gutters are often held onto the house with wooden fascia boards. When a blockage occurs in the gutters, they will fill up with water and the water will cause the fascia boards to rot. In addition, if your home has wood siding, the overflow from the gutters will deteriorate the siding and it, too, will begin to rot away.
Your gutters drain the water that comes off of your roof and away from your home’s foundation. However, if there is a clog in your gutters, then the water may build up in the gutters and start pouring over the sides. This will result in a pool of water around your home’s foundation. Over a period of time, this may lead to cracks in the foundation as well as other damage, which may result in collapse.
When the overflow of water comes out of the gutters, it hits the ground directly beneath it. If you have any shrubs, small trees or flower beds in these areas around the base of your home’s exterior, there is a very good chance that they will suffer significant damage.
During the winter, the overflow can result in the creation of ice dams. When snow melts and your gutters are clogged, the water refreezes in the gutters creating icicles. The gutters may end up sagging or breaking altogether. The melting and refreezing process continues and may eventually allow water to make its way underneath shingles and into your home causing interior damage in addition to exterior damage. It is important to note that ice dams can occur even when your gutters are clean, but clogged gutters increase the risk of the formation of ice dams.
In the last month, it seems the most common requests for service C and K Roofing has received has been estimates for insulation and roof ventilation upgrades. It’s an indicator that miserably hot families are concluding they need insulation and better roof ventilation to keep the temperature of the rooms in their homes tolerable.
Did you know that some roofing experts say MOST homes in the country are NOT properly ventilated?
And that’s a much bigger problem than just uncomfortably hot rooms. The one who is suffering the most is the roof — specifically the shingles — which suffers irreparable heat damage. In short, the shingles literally burn up in the heat of the sun. That’s damage that insurance companies won’t cover.
The answer? Proper ventilation.
C and K Roofing is an advocate of Ridge Vents. Being a certified GAF Contractor, we recommend GAF Cobra Ridge Vents as a form of roof ventilation. And we inspect to ensure the soffit vents are properly configured.
Here’s our rationale:
Many homeowners opt for attic fans.
They require power — that you pay for — to run them. They have motors/parts that will burn out and must be replaced — which you pay for. They often fall short of providing the proper ventilation and they must be maintained — which you pay for.
When you install Ridge Vents, it’s “fix it and forget it”. They’re installed at the peak of a sloped roof. And they allow damp, warm air to escape from the attic. Ridge vents increase energy efficiency and prolong the life of your roof. Ridge vents allow for natural ventilation — which is free!
Be cool this summer! Consider ridge vents if being hot in your home burns you up!
This week, C and K Roofing is offering 20% off roof replacements for contracts signed this week — National Roofing Week. 256-326-4232
HOW A ROOF IS LIKE A FURRY COMPANION AND WHY IT SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH
We, here at C and K Roofing, are unapologetic animal lovers. We have pets considered beloved family members. We watch out for animals, small and large, on our job sites. We fix damage done by critters, but try to safely remove/relocate the culprits without hurting them or their babies.
When it comes to a roof, it occurred to me there are quite a few commonalities between a roof and a loyal pet. And that translates to how and why a roof should be treated as such in order to lengthen its lifespan. Sound crazy? Hear me out.
Dog owners know and love the joyful celebration by their furry companion when their master comes home. While a roof may not lick its owner or bounce around, a well-cared-for roof will sparkle, glisten and sorta smile.
Similar to the loyal protection a dog provides for his/her family, a roof does the same by standing strong during all kinds of weather and keeping its family safe, dry and comfortable. Both can only provide that protection so long as they are healthy and strong.
Just as a pet craves attention, TLC, and a watchful eye for any physical problems he/she may develop, so does a roof and the various components that make up a successful roofing system: shingles, flashing, fascia, soffit, gutters and proper ventilation. If there are problems, they should be addressed as soon as possible so they don’t grow into bigger, more expensive problems.
Dogs let their owners know how they feel about something.
Similarly, roofs do too. Angieslist.com (https://www.angieslist.com/articles/5-most-common-roofing-problems.htm#.V05oyIFAw4A.mailto) Angieslist notes a roof is one of the most neglected and expensive areas of the home. Similar to a pet, the roof will let you know when it’s suffering. It comes in the forms of holes in the soffit and fascia, discolored or disintegrating shingles from poor ventilation, leak stains on ceilings from failing flashing or other areas of water intrusion, failing gutters and rotted wood.
C and K Roofing diagnoses and gladly repairs all of those issues every day for homes in Huntsville, Madison, Owens Cross Roads, Hampton Cove, Gurley, Harvest, Decatur, Athens, and all of the smaller towns in between.
During National Roofing Week, June 6-11, C and K Roofing is offering a 20% discount on signed contracts for full roof replacements.
Don’t wait for your roof to howl or growl at you. Let us help take care of man’s “other” best friend — your roof.
It’s been a little over a year now since I left a 23-year career in television journalism for a new career with C and K Roofing and Construction Services. During this time, I’ve been able to observe this industry from the standpoint of a consumer–who knows very little about the process of a home improvement project, how it works, and how long it takes–to a well-informed spokesperson for C and K Roofing. Reverting back to my past life of sharing useful knowledge with people, I jotted down a few things to help home improvement projects go smoothly for everyone involved:
- First, this industry is not like others and runs differently –I’m not disputing whether that’s right or good, just stating that’s the way it is in reality.
- If you treat workers or sales people as if you are trying to “catch” them, they will not return. Companies will decline customers who appear to be “high maintenance”, unable to be pleased, demanding, hostile, or suspicious. They figure it’s not worth the risk of potential problems and costly liability down the line. I know several customers who’ve struggled to find a company willing to take on their project, unaware that contractors have declined the business because they don’t like the customer.
- Once a project is underway, Don’t stand over and talk to the workers or bombard them with questions. It slows them down. Time is money to them. Many company owners actually tell their workers not to talk to the clients for fear of the worker saying something incorrect or unknowingly panicking the client with their comments. Any concerns or curiosities should be directed towards the company representatives or owners.
- Unexpected things come up on job sites that impact the rest of the day for other crews. A job may take longer than expected due to bigger problems uncovered during the repair process. That often has a cascading effect on the rest of the day.
- C and K Roofing avoids scheduling like utility companies who tell customers ‘crews will be there sometime between 9am and 5pm’. We set up specific appointment times as best we can. Clients should be aware various unforeseen issues can pop up, crews may end up running late or have to reschedule altogether with little notice.
- Weather is the trump card for safety of the crew and protection of the home. If rain is expected, it’s not worth the liability or financial risk of getting a project started until after the rain has passed. If it has just rained, surfaces can be slick until they dry off.
- Clients can help the process by using efficient means of communications. In an effort to multi-task and manage dozens of projects and crews simultaneously, texting is becoming the preferred and necessary means of communication. It is quick, to-the-point, and helps keep the process moving forward without having to wait for a conversation.
- Think of the process of a home improvement project as an investment. Be involved, but avoid being a “helicopter parent”. For example, just as a parent who wants a child to be successful invests time and interest into his/her activities, the same holds true for a home improvement project. If you have a question or concern, just ask. Be proactive by confirming appointments –even with a simple text message. That way no one is left waiting and wondering. If I may respectfully suggest: employ common sense. Don’t wait an entire day before asking what’s going on, if no one shows up for a scheduled appointment.
- At any given time, C and K Roofing is likely coordinating dozens of projects around the area simultaneously and cannot easily go on a new project with short notice. Often, companies try to do as much work and as many jobs in one geographic area as they can to save time and gas. That is often a factor when determining how quickly workers get to a project. It’s not uncommon for workers to stop by–with little advance notice to the client–to do a job when they’re already in the area. C and K Roofing makes a concerted effort to contact clients and give them a “heads up” that the crew is headed to them.
- Despite the advice reported in the media about ‘never paying a contractor up front’, the reality is that down payments are necessary, especially for smaller companies. C and K Roofing uses the funds to buy materials–such as roof shingles–to have delivered to the jobsite in advance of the workers. Smaller companies may not have extra cash on hand or large credit lines to pay for such materials. However, it is likely a red flag if a company asks for ALL of the money up front before doing a job. A down payment also keeps both a client and a contractor honest, so that neither party is left –in the end– without getting what they agreed upon from the beginning of the process.
- As with any other industry, or life in general, treat the workers as you would like to be treated. They are not second-class humans. They do hard work in very hot, very cold, dirty, and sometimes dangerous conditions. Construction work is a necessary profession.
C and K Roofing is happy to install roof replacements; perform roof repairs; install flashing; remove/replace rotten wood, fascia and soffit; install siding, windows, and doors; repair drywall; paint interior and exterior, pressure wash, and install insulation. We service homes in Huntsville, Madison, Owens Cross Roads, Hampton Cove, Gurley, Harvest, Decatur, Athens, and all of the smaller towns in between.
During National Roofing Week, June 6-11, C and K Roofing is offering a 20% discount on signed contracts for full roof replacements.
Unless you have a trained eye, it can be pretty tricky to detect a roof leak. Most people assume that a roof leak is caused by a puncture in their roof or by damage to their shingles. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, the culprit can be the ridge vent.
What Exactly Is a Roof Ridge Vent and What Does It Do?
The roof ridge vent is a piece of metal that runs along the roof line of your roof. It is designed to vent the hot air out of your home’s attic and to allow cooler air to make its way into your attic. This helps to promote adequate circulation of air, which prevents mold, mildew and condensation buildup while also helping to maintain the structural integrity of your roof. It can even help to save you money by reducing the amount of energy that you’re using to heat and cool your home.
How Do I Detect a Roof Leak (and Prevent Futures Ones) Caused by a Ridge Vent?
- Perform an Inspection of Your Roof – As a general rule, your roof needs an inspection annually. Whether you perform this or you have a professional like C and K Roofing perform it, it needs to be done yearly. While on the roof, walk along the entire ridge vent and make sure that all of the fasteners are secure and in place. Usually, they should be placed every 18 inches apart. There should also be a plug at the end of the gable.
- Secure All Fasteners – If there are any fasteners that are loose or missing, you’ll want to retighten them or replace them. Roofing nails can come loose over time, especially when there are strong guests of wind from heavy storms. Once this has been done, you may want to consider using a polyurethane sealant over the fasteners. This will help prevent future roof leaks.
If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to email or give us a call at C and K Roofing. We can help you identify the cause of your leak and perform a complete inspection of your roof, while also performing any repairs that are necessary at an affordable cost to you.