The Power of the Wind

With all of the wind within the past couple days it sure has  created a mess. Not only are large branches all over the front and back yards, but so are shingles from the roof.

Damaged Roof from Wind

High winds have a way of getting underneath the shingles. With consistent high winds as we’ve experienced the past  couple of days, it quickly loosens and flies off the roof top. Many times debris from trees and other foliage can be blown on the roof also causing damage to the roof.

If you find one or more shingles on the ground, get a Showalter roofer to your home to  repair the damage. We’ll fix the blown off shingle and check for additional loose and   missing shingles. We’ll be sure your roof is safe and secure going into the winter season.

Call today 630.499.7700.

Spring is in the Air and Winter is Left Over on the Roof

Welcome Spring!

It has been a long hard winter and it started early this year, so I am ready for sunshine and clear skies!  It’s the time when everything comes alive, when the deadness of winter springs up into new life. What once seemed dead is coming back to life with anticipation of beautiful colors and fragrant smells. aaaahhhh!  I know, you wonder about a roofer in Illinois who enjoys flowers. I grew up on a farm so working outdoors is in my blood and working the fields brings back fond memories. So had I not chosen roofing for a career path, landscaping was my backup plan. Either way, I enjoy working with my hands.

While spring begins tomorrow, so do the heavy rains. Before you have one big mess on the roof, take a moment to clean out your gutters, drains, and any debris left behind on the roof from winter. It’s true, you will have to do it again come summer, but to eliminate the debris will enable the water to flow away from the house and not settle in unwanted places. It is also a good idea to make sure the penetrations that come through your roof are secure. Sometimes chimney caps get loosened and caulking on chimneys and vents crack and come loose. Also make sure your vents are open and not smashed down from animals or the winter snows so that air can pass through and not block the ventilation system.

Spring Tips for Your Roof and Gutters

As I was getting ready to go to work, I noticed water running over the gutters and onto the sidewalk. It was obvious that I needed to clean out the gutters now that the spring rains have begun. Later that day, I went into the garage and got my ladder to climb up to the roof. Sure enough, there was plenty of debris such as leaves clogging up the gutters.

My check on the roof didn’t stop there. Before the water started to overflow,

Top 4 Spring Time Roof Check Up
Top 4 Spring Time Roof Check Up

the leaves and dirt had to go somewhere. As the leaves and dirt traveled down the gutter it found an opening…the down spout. At first, the down spout served its purpose by helping to direct the water off the roof and away from the house. However as more leaves and dirt began to build, it was too much at one time and clogged at the mouth of the down spout as well as accumulated inside of the down spout toward the base. So I cleaned the down spout and ensured there was no debris throughout.

While I was up on the ladder to the gutters and roof, I took the time to check if there was any damage done to the ends of the shingles or to the gutters. We’ve had plenty of heavy snow this year, it’s important to check that everything is in good working order.

Next I went to inspect the vents. Be sure they are not smashed and they are in good condition. This is very important to check. As the months continue to get hotter with summer soon approaching, you need to have proper ventilation.

I made my way to the power fans. I’m mostly checking if the motor is still running or if it burnt out. If it’s running properly, perfect, leave it alone. If it’s not running, then it needs to be replaced. This is not something I would recommend doing on your own.

Let someone from Showalter Roofing do it for you. You want to ensure it’s sealed properly so leaks don’t occur and that the motor is running efficiently.

Heavy Rain Damage

October 2009 was a record setting month for rainfall in the Chicago area. With 19 days of heavy measurable rain during October, homeowners had a chance to put their roofs to the test. When Mother Nature acts out roofing systems can suffer the effects. Rain-water can build up in valleys and against chimneys forcing water to leak through the roof and causing serious structural damage to the home. Heavy rain damage can be prevented by performing a few routine inspections around your home. The following are the key areas to focus on prior to the rainy season in your area;

1. The Rooftop – This is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting the house and is considered the main component for keeping rainwater from entering the home. The construction of rooftops for best results should be pitched or sloped to direct water downwards and does not allow it to collect on the roof. Inspecting the entire rooftop for damaged shingles, cracks, and holes will assist in preventing further damage caused by heavy rain. If you find that your rooftop has developed holes or small cracks that will allow water to leak through or if you feel your rooftop is not pitched or sloped appropriately, Showalter Roofing Services would be happy to come out, take a look at your roof, and provide the best solution to your rooftop so you can prevent damage caused by heavy rainfall.

2. Chimney – The construction of the chimney should be sealed tightly together with no revealing gaps. A chimney cap may be a consideration to install to help prevent water from coming in through the chimney. Finally, inspect the seals and flashing of where the chimney is attached to the roof. If there are signs of damage, get it replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Some brickwork becomes porous over time allowing moisture to actually be absorbed into the brick causing leaks. This is especially true during several consecutive days of rain. Masonry sealant will solve this problem provided the brick and mortar are in good condition.

Remember, roof repairs can be dangerous, so if you have experienced damage to your roof during this fall rain and it is fairly severe, it is best to call in a professional roofing contractor such as Showalter Roofing Service to assess the damage and provide the necessary repairs.



Spring Roof Tune-Ups

An Interview with Showalter Roofing

Q: Showalter is offering a service called the ‘Spring Tune Up’.  What is the service?

A:  Showalter developed the cost effective program so homeowners can be proactive in keeping a healthy roof. It allows us the opportunity to inspect the roofing system and point out and repair

Maintain Your Roof
Maintain Your Roof

potential problems before they occur.

Q: What is included in the Spring Tune Up?

A:  When we inspect the entire roof, we’re searching for the following:

  • Missing or loose shingles
  • Deteriorated caulking
  • Soft spots on the roof deck
  • Rusted or deteriorated flashing

We also inspect the bricks and mortar on and around the chimney. This can be a serious issue is not caught early.

Q: If you find these issues, do you fix it right away?

A: Yes, if it’s maintenance issues we need to care for, we do it right away. If a situation has grown into a problem, we’ll present the facts and proof to the homeowner.

Q: Some homeowners like to purchase their own shingles.  Is that an issue?

A: No, we’ll work with your materials.

Q: How much does a Spring Tune Up Cost?

A: It is only $300 and includes replacement up to one bundle of shingles.

Q: How do we get started?

A:  Call our office at 630.499.7700 and ask for the Spring Roof Tune Up. It’s a great way to ensure the safety and security of your home after a long winter.


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