Roof Core Sample Tells a Different Story

Taking a core sample of your commercial roof can give a story of what’s going on inside your roofing system. This client discovered a leak in the roof, however they had no idea how extensive the damage really was. Showalter Roofing took a core sample of the roof and found that water was absorbed into the insulation. The leak in the roof formed once the insulation was completely saturated with water. Contact Showalter Roofing to help keep your roof in great working order. Watch the results of the core sample now.

Here we go again! Strong Storms Passing Thru. What about my chimney?

Strong storms are back again. Here we thought it was going to be strong storms over the weekend from the hurricane and it turned out to be not so bad. However, today can be a different issue. I think you’ve read enough about debris and leaks, this time let’s talk about your chimney.

Chimney’s are a common fixture in our homes. When high winds cause the rain to go horizontally instead of vertically, it becomes a perfect entry point to our chimneys. Watch for water dripping down. You may hear a dripping sound or see a puddle of water inside your fireplace. Quite unpleasant to clean.

Water can also make its way in if the mortar is weak or if the step flashing isn’t firm and in place. This fall, be sure to have your roof checked as Showalter always checks the chimney for problems. It’s a common problem many homeowners experience and don’t realize the damage it can cause.
Call us when you need help. 630-499-7700.

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Hurricane Isaac Begins Its Downpour on the South Suburbs Making It Journey North

Rain has finally made its way from the south offering us much needed rain. The south suburbs are projected to receive approximately 3″ while the northern suburbs will get about 1″ – 1.5″ of rain.

As the rain continues today and tomorrow, keep watch on your home for stains on the ceiling. Stains are the result of leaks in the roof. If we can catch the leak right away, then you can avoid costly damage done to the roofing system as well as your personal items on the inside. Also be sure to check for any missing shingles or wooden shakes. This will be an obvious place for rain water to enter. Remember, just because the rain enters in through one spot doesn’t mean the leak will be directly underneath. Water loves to travel! Be sure to check the entire house for stains as you never know where water might end up…even your skylights!

Next time, we’ll talk how water travels in our chimney’s.

Let us know if you need a check on your roof. 630-499-7700.

Hot! Hot! Hot! What Does the Hot Sun Do to the Roof?

Roofing systems expand and contract all the time with cool temperatures and heat. Our recent high temperatures is certainly causing alarm with the stress heat plays on the roofing materials.

Cracked Roof

Cracked Roof

Roofing membranes expand, seems begin to split and flashing cracks and peels away from the edges are some of the most common areas to watch for changes to occur. The weather can certainly change at a moments notice by adding wind and rain to the hot, stressed materials. With weakened materials, wind can cause pieces of the roofing system to come loose and water finds its way into the interior of the building.

If you haven’t had an inspection on your roofing system in at least 6 months, it’s time to have your roof taken care of to avoid damage on the inside and out. It’s a small upfront investment or a much larger one later.

Contact us today to have your roof inspected 630.499.7700.

Strong Storms: Blown Off Commercial Roof

Summer storms with high winds, hail and heavy rain can cause extensive damage.

Commercial Roof Damage

Commercial Roof Damage

Large sections of the roof can come off exposing materials and the interior of the building.

To avoid damage, an inspection can identify weak areas saving you thousands of dollars in repairs. If we find loose materials, cracks or other weak areas, we’ll show you the issues and repair the problems before it gets out of control.

View for yourself the quality of workmanship for your dollars spent. Learn more about our commercial roofing solutions including repairs.

Repaired Commercial Roof

Repaired Commercial Roof

 

A House Roof with Four Winds

If there’s one thing we can count on are high winds coming at our homes from all directions. What can we expect from high winds? Shingles become loose and the loose ones end up in the grass or our driveway.

 

In our latest video, “Shingle Roof Repair on Windy Days” learn about the two shingle types: the standard 3 tab and the architectural shingle. Find out how the 3 tab shingle dries and curls allowing the wind to get under the tab and pull it away from the roofing system. Learn the benefits of an architectural shingle and how it adheres to the roof making it difficult for the shingle to pull away in high winds.

Top 10 Common Commercial Roofing Problems

What common problems plague the commercial and industrial buildings each spring? Showalter has compiled a list of the top 10 problems that

Blown Off Roofing System

Blown Off Roofing System

occur regularly each spring. By familiarizing yourself with the list, you can watch for many of the issues before they cause damage to the   inside…and outside of your building.

  • Roof Leaks
  • Blow Offs—Portions of the roof is missing
  • Poor Installation and Workmanship
  • Lack of Maintenance– Wear & tear begins to show before its time.
  • Standing Water—Ponding
  • Punctures
  • Poorly Completed Repairs
  • Safety
  • Blistering
  • Shrinkage

To have your roof inspected for the top 10 common roofing problems, contact Showalter Roofing at 630.499.7700.

 

Spring Roof Inspection

Spring Roof Inspection

 

Spring $100 Commercial and Industrial Roof Inspection
Includes a 25 point inspection with full     report. If any issues are found, you can have Showalter Roofing repair the problem for you and apply the $100 roof inspection.   Offer expires: 5/15/12