Asphalt Shingles

Even though asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most durable roofs to install in your home, with time, it slowly starts to get damaged due to various environmental conditions.

Asphalt Shingle roof repair and maintenance should be one of the essential things on your home checklist.

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Steps to maintaining your roof

Roof cleaning: How to maintain your roof

Roof maintenance is a proper necessity for your home. It’s coating, waterproofness and insulation are compromised daily by the climatic conditions (sunshine, storm, wind, rain, humidity…etc). All of which can shorten your roof longevity and cause infiltration. The good news is that you can maintain your roof yourself.

When to maintain the roof? The roof only needs to be cleaned once or twice a year. The first time in the spring, to make sure that the aggressions undergone during the winter (freezing, hail, etc.) did not cause any damages to the roof shingles or coating. The second time in the fall, when the roof must be cleared of debris: dead leaves, small branches, molds, mosses, lichens, mushrooms, etc. Here are our five-step tips for keeping a solid, waterproof and aesthetic roof longer.

Control Your Roof

Proper maintenance of your roof begins with regular visual inspection. Go around your house, scan the exterior cladding (shingles, tiles, slates, wood shakes) from the ground, but also from the windows upstairs and the attic.

Inspect safely

Of course, you can climb on a ladder, scaffold or on the roof itself, as long as you are secured, preferably with someone to help you. You should look out for any damaged or displaced shingles, tiles or slates, sagging and changes in appearance. You will also be able to assess the condition of the roof, if it is gradually covered with algae, lichen, moss, which will then have to be removed.

Equip yourself

Once the inspection is complete, get ready before you start cleaning your roof. Equip yourself to perform your work safely: wear gloves, a mask when applying the treatment, non-slip shoes, multi-pocket belt for tools and safety harnesses.

First, start cleaning by picking up plant waste, pebbles and other residues. Set aside any pieces of tile or slate that may have been chipped in order to replace them. Then prepare your tools: you’ll need a stiff bristle brush, a water jet or a pressure washer, a sprayer, antifoam and water repellent, a ladder or scaffold.


Clean your roof

You will have to brush and scrape to remove moss and residue. Remember: Always proceed in the direction of the slope of the roof, from top to bottom, to avoid infiltration. Several solutions are available to you, but should be handled with care:

– use a pressure washer: it is the simplest solution, the fastest and the least tiring. But if the jet is too powerful, you will damage tiles or slates, which is not the goal.

– brush the roof with bleach: frequently recommended, but similarly, the bleach will make more porous tiles and slates, besides that its use is not at all ecological.

The best solution is to brush the roof with a suitable ecological product. Which, depending on the surface of the roof, can require long hours of effort!

Antifoam product and water repellent treatment

Once clean, you will be able to treat your roof by applying an anti-foam product and a water repellent treatment, which will extend the life and efficiency of your roof. You must choose products that are adapted to the nature of your roof covering, taking into account the application methods, avoiding periods of precipitation or high heat.

Observe the recommendations, dosages and times of action or drying of the products mentioned by the manufacturers. They are essential to the effectiveness of the products. If possible, focus on environmentally friendly products and polluting chemicals. Some defoamers require, for example, rinsing, others do not.

Smart solutions

Water-repellent products serve as anti-humidity treatment and help to fight against infiltration. Several layers must sometimes be applied to the surface to be treated. Some products can combine both functions. Some people recommend laying copper wires stretched flush with the tiles, at the top of the roof. The oxidation of copper by rainwater prevents the appearance of moss or lichen.

Call on a roofing professional

If you have doubts about the state of your roof and if you hesitate to start yourself this type of work, then it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Have several detailed quotes from qualified roofers to compare the proposed services, rates and turnaround times.

Overall, the price of cleaning your roof will vary depending on the roof area, types of cleaning and treatments. Your roof will then be protected for five to ten years or more depending on the products and techniques used.

Roof Installation Chatham NJ

Roof Installation Chatham NJ

This month we had the opportunity to finish the installation of a shingle roof in Chatham. The homeowner was a previous customer had many roof repairs done over the years but decided that replacement was the way to go when our sales manager showed his just how much he could save on a new install. The roof damage was extensive with a visible sag in the center and multiple layers of shingles flaking and disjointed along the roof line. We began by filing for the necessary permits with the township in order to work on the home. The first step in the process required removing all the layers of shingle down to the plywood and then removing the rotted plywood. The entire house would be exposed to the elements so this would necessitate quick workmanship and a clear forecast for the day. We began by bringing a full sized trailer and a container to the jobsite as the amount of debris was much greater than a typical roof install. The entire perimeter of the home had blue tarp draped over the ground so as to catch all the small debris. Furthermore we equipped our personnel with three magnetic nail catches to quickly sweep the area. Once the removal was complete we began the installation by moving two pallets with roofing material closer to the home. Our ladders equipped with platform hoists were able to move the material on the roof in no time. The first plywood was installed and in less than an hour all holes were plugged. No more sag! Then came the process of installing the underlayment over the roof and ice-water barrier on the outer areas. Once the process was complete the actual shingle could be installed. We always use an extra nail on every shingle so as to secure it better in place. The first shingles to go on the side are known as the starter shingles and the ones used at the very top are the hip and ridge shingles. A good roof needs proper ventilation so a gap is cut into the roof at the peak over which the exhaust vents are installed. At the roofs base the intake vents are installed in order to allow airflow inside. We installed insulation along the rafter beams which also direct some of the airflow upwards. The system we used is the total protection roofing system by Owens Corning designed to last for many years and includes an industry leading manufacturer’s warranty.