How to know when it’s time to replace your roof

  • a couple of weeks ago

A common question we are asked as professional roofers is, “How do I know when it’s time to replace my roof?”  That is an excellent question to be asking because waiting too long could be a costly mistake.  Here’s a roofers take on when it is time to replace your roof.

Are you near the end of the life rating of your shingle?

Asphalt shingles are given a life rating in years to indicate how long they might last.  Usually, this rating is anywhere from 25 years to 50 years.  The life rating doesn’t always mean that your roof will remain good for that long.  It is, however, estimated that an average asphalt shingled roof will last between 20 and 30 years.  If your roof has been installed for more than 20 years, you should consider having your roof inspected to see if it is time to have it replaced.

Do your asphalt shingles look ‘Shiny’?

Another sign that a roof is needing replacement is if the roof looks shiny when the light is hitting it.  Inside of every asphalt shingle are hundreds of tiny fiberglass fibers.  As the asphalt begins to break down, these fibers become exposed and reflect the light rays off of the roof.  If you notice your roof is looking a little shiny, it is time to get it replaced.

Do you see little rocks coming out of your rain gutters?

As an asphalt roof ages, the rocks that give the roof it’s color will become loose.  During periods of rain these rocks will wash down the rain gutters and onto the ground.  If you notice large amounts of rocks beginning to come off of your roof, it may be time to have your roof replaced.

Are the edges of your shingles curling back?

In Utah, our roofs are exposed to extreme temperature swings.  We have extremely cold winters and extremely hot summers.  These temperature extremes will weaken the integrity of the shingles on your roof and may cause the edges to curl back.  If you notice any curling or lifting of the shingles on your roof, it is definitely time to get your roof replaced.

Other signs that you cannot see

There are also hundreds of other signs that it is time to have your roof replaced that are not easily seen without a thorough inspection of the roof.  It is good idea to have your roof inspected by a roofing professional as it ages to help you determine when it may be time to consider replacing it.  When performing an inspection, the professionals at American Prestige Roofing will always be honest with you about the condition of your roof and provide any recommendations about replacement or repairs.  At American Prestige Roofing, we are the roofers you can trust.

 

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Cleaning and inspecting rain gutters

  • 3 weeks ago

Fall brings many beautiful things

For many people, Fall is their favorite time of year.  Who can blame them with all of the beautiful fall colors and scenery?  Along with the fall colors, though, comes preparation for the winter months ahead.  As the leaves fall, it isn’t uncommon to see people raking up leaves in the yard or cleaning out the flower beds.  With all that needs to be winterized at home, the important job of cleaning and inspecting rain gutters is often overlooked.

What am I looking for when cleaning and inspecting rain gutters?

Simple. You are looking for debris and leaks when cleaning and inspecting rain gutters.  As the leaves fall, they can cluster and clog the rain gutter drains.  Keeping the rain gutters free from leaves and other debris will prevent this clogging.  The other problem you are looking for is a leaky rain gutter.  Here is what may happen if your rain gutters leak:

  • Large icicles may form
  • Falling icicles can cause serious property damage or injury
  • Icicles may also lead to the formation of ice dams

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Why should I clean out my rain gutters?

As professional roofers, we are often asked why it is important to clean the rain gutters each fall.  The biggest reason is that fall often brings wet weather as well.  The rainwater will try and flush the leaf debris out of your rain gutter, but often times it will get stuck in the downspout, causing the water to back up on to the roof.  As the weather turns colder, this water will form into ice and form an ice dam.  It is the formation of ice dams that can cause the greatest damage to your roof and home.

icicles can cause serious damage or harm

What is the best way to clean out my rain gutters?

The use of a leaf blower or vacuum is the simplest way to clean your rain gutters.  However, it is important to exercise caution when doing so.  Many slip and fall accidents at home come from falling off a ladder or the roof.  You might consider hiring a professional to perform the cleaning and inspecting of your rain gutters.

In conclusion

In preparation for winter, remember to take time to clean and inspect the rain gutters around your home.  Doing so will help prevent serious damage to your home and property.  Be sure to follow our blog for more tips on how to protect the investment of your roof and home.

The Benefits of Having a Professional Roof Inspection to Assess Storm Damage

  • last month

A major storm can bring high winds, large hailstones, and even lightning strikes and large amounts of rain.  Any or all of these can cause storm damage to even the most sturdy roofs.

If after a storm you might assume you are okay if you don't see any visible signs of the roof leaking.  But this is often not the case.

Small or unseen damage may go undetected by a homeowner, and over time, it can get worse - leading to a large problem and a costly repair bill.

That is why after the passing of a major storm, it is a good idea to have a roof inspection by a professional roofing company.  Here are a few benefits of having your roof inspected for storm damage by a roofing professional:

1. Climbing on a roof can be dangerous

Many times the damage sustained to a roof following a storm cannot be seen from the ground.  It requires using a ladder and climbing up on the roof to do a thorough roof inspection.

Using a ladder and climbing around the roof yourself is honestly very dangerous.  A high number of injuries happen every year from home owners falling off a ladder getting on or off of the roof.  We highly recommend letting a professional assume that risk for you.

2. Knowing what to look for

Knowing what to look for is just as important as being safe on the roof.  When we do a roof inspection for storm damage, we will look over every square inch of your roof for the kinds of damage that are easy to overlook:

What we look for:

  • Cracked or curled shingles
  • Lifted or missing nails
  • Damage to vent seals
  • Broken vents
  • Structural damage
  • Damaged rain gutters and fascia

3. You'll need a professional roof inspection to file a claim

Probably the most important reason for having a roof inspection for storm damage is that you will need a professional assessment to file a claim with your insurance company.  

The roofing professionals at American Prestige Roofing can help you contact your insurance company and provide them a full detailed report of the damage to your roof.  This will simplify the insurance claim process for you, giving you one less thing to worry about.

And finally,

The best benefit of having your roof inspected by American Prestige Roofing following a major storm is it's absolutely free.  Call the American Prestige Roofing professionals at 801-603-4308 to have your roof fully inspected.

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Winterizing the roof checklist

  • a couple of months ago

Why you should be thinking of winterizing the roof now!

Although we have a few more weeks left of summer, it's already time to start thinking of preparing for winter.  Because your roof is so important in keeping the elements out, we thought we would share a practical "Winterizing the roof" checklist.  As you follow this checklist for winter, you will relax knowing your family and your property will be safe.

The Winterizing the Roof Checklist:

  • Beware of and prepare for ice dams
  • Inspect the roof for any needed repairs
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    Make any necessary repairs before winter

Beware of and prepare for Ice Dams

In the winter time, the most common cause of roof failures are ice dams.  An ice dam is created as warm air escapes the home through the roof causing the snow to melt.  As the water reaches the cool edge of the roof, it freezes again.  Over time, this ice can build up and form what is called an ice dam.  

As an ice dam forms, it can cause the shingles to be lifted, exposing the wood below.  As more snow melts, the water is held back by the ice dam causing it to leak through the exposed wood.  Eventually the water will make it's way into the home causing extensive damage to interior ceilings and walls.

Ways to prevent ice dams from forming

Here are ways you can prevent ice dams from forming on your roof during the winter.

  • Keep rain-gutters free from debris
  • Add more insulation to your attic
  • Install electric heat tape to north facing slopes

Inspect the roof for needed repairs

A roof that needs repair will not keep the elements out of your house. Missing or lifted shingles can lead to water leaking into the attic and causing damage to the ceiling of your home.  It is also important to inspect all flashing on the roof for cracks or sun rot.  If you are not comfortable getting up on your roof, an American Prestige Roofing professional may come and inspect your roof for you.  If we discover any problems, we can give you a roof repair estimate while we are there.

Roof Warranty can cover unforeseen damage

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Make the necessary repairs before winter

The most important step of the "Winterizing the roof" checklist is to make sure all repairs are made before winter.  In rare cases, a repair may require a new installation of a roof rather than a repair.  It is important to give enough time for any repairs or installations to properly seal before winter comes.  

If you are needing a roof inspection before winter or you are needing roof repair or roof replacement before the coming winter, trust the roofing professionals at American Prestige Roofing.  Call us at 801-603-4308 for an inspection or estimate today.

Understanding your roof warranty

  • a few months ago

A new roof on your home is a large investment that will provide shelter and protection to you and your family.  But what happens when a large wind storm comes along and causes the roof to fail?  That is where a roof warranty comes in to play.

What is a Roof Warranty?

Roof Warranty can cover unforeseen damageA roofing specialist may use the term “roof warranty” quite a bit while selling a roof. But I have wondered how many homeowners know what a roof warranty is and what it does? A roof warranty is simply a guarantee to protect your roof against failure.  Some warranties will also provide a replacement roof at the end of the life of the roof.  I hope to be able to explain the differences in roof warranties and how you can know what is and what is not a good roof warranty. 

Manufacturer Warranty or Company Warranty?

A Roof warranty is usually offered either by the manufacturer or the roofing company. A manufacturer warranty requires that the roof is installed by a certified roofing contractor. This is to ensure that the roof will resist failure.  This warranty is a great option to consider because it will be honored even if the roof installers are no longer around.

A roof warranty offered by the roofing company is usually valid as long as the company is around to honor it.  Unlike a manufacturer’s warranty, the roofing company does not need to use certain materials or be installed a certain way to make it effective.  A roofing company’s warranty can be a good option to consider if the following criteria are met:

  • The roofing company is stable and will be around to honor the warranty
  • The roofing company is reputable and trustworthy.
  • The warranty includes labor as well as materials

There is a better option

lifetime workmanship warrantyA third option to consider is the combination of a manufacturer’s warranty and a company warranty.  At American Prestige Roofing, this is the type of warranty we provide for our clients.  This ensures the maximum protection for the homeowner.  In every warranty, there is the fine print to consider.  In some cases, the warranty will be voided because of details in the fine print.  The roofers at American Prestige Roofing feel that this isn’t good enough for our clients.  That is why our Lifetime Warranty will cover all materials and labor for you guaranteed.  That is simply the best warranty in the industry!

Choose the right company with the right warranty

If you are considering investing in a new roof for your home, consider using the roofing professionals at American Prestige Roofing.  With over 100 years of combined experience, our roofers know what they are doing.  Our roofers are also extremely courteous and respectful to you and your home.  Our roofing specialists will also thoroughly clean up after the job is finished so you won’t even know we’ve been there.  On top of all of this, we offer you the best warranty in the industry, using the best roofing materials for your home.  We look forward to serving you!  If you’d like to speak with one of our roofing professionals about a roof and a roof warranty, call us at 801-603-4308.

Welcome to the new American Prestige Roofing Website

  • a few months ago

We would like to welcome you to the newly redesigned site for American Prestige Roofing!  We hope you will enjoy the new look and feel of our website, as well as the ease of getting in contact with us.  We'd like to hear from you on your thoughts of our new site.  Please leave us a comment and let us know.