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.

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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

 

High Heat Can Damage Shingles and Roof Decks

…And we don’t mean the deck in your backyard!

Damaged Roof Shingles

Damaged Roof Shingles

We’re all aware of the damage caused by rain and wind to our roofs…but heat? If it’s dry, how can the roof be at risk?

Heat builds up in the attic causing temperatures to rise. It becomes more of a problem when the attic is not properly vented. If the heat has no place to escape, it can cause your shingles to blister and crack while making it’s way out. The cracks usually appear around the edges of the shingle, where blistering occurs throughout the entire shingle.

You can also inspect your gutters for granules. If you find a large amount of granules, look for an area on your roof where you can see a change in the shingles.

Next, take a look in your attic. The heat can cause the plywood of your roof desk to warp or even soften. Using a garden glove, test the plywood with your hands.

If it feels soft to the touch, test a few more. Indicate which one’s are the problem. When Showalter comes out to inspect the roofing shingles and roofing deck, we’ll be sure to address your concerns.

Climbing on top of your roof is not an easy task. If you think your roof is suffering from the heat, be sure to call us and we’ll inspect and repair it for you.

Summer Storms Leaving Their Mark on Roof

Strong storms may only take a few minutes to pass through, but the results remind us for days to come. While you’re cleaning up the yard, be sure to watch for blown off shingles or slate. If you want to take it a step further, use your ladder to get a closer look at the roof.

Damaged Roof from Strong Storms

  • Check for damage to the ends of the shingles or to the gutters.
  • This is also a good time to check for loose or missing shingles.
  • Inspect the vents to ensure animals, debris or damage are not blocking the flow of air
  • Inspect the caulk at the chimney flashing. You’re looking for dried out or cracked caulking.

If climbing up to the roof isn’t what you’d like to do, call Showalter Roofing at 630-499-7700. We’ll check all of these points for you, take pictures so you can view the damage yourself and we’ll fix any damage caused by summer storms.

Condensation Build Up: Is it a roofing or humidity Issue?

Each year, Showalter Roofing receives numerous calls for condensation problems. Many times after we visit the home and inspect the attic, we find it to be a humidity issue.

When temperatures plummet as typical Chicago weather proves each year, homeowners begin to notice moisture in the attic. Most times it’s due to the humidifiers directly installed on furnaces. If the humidity level on the inside…is above the level on the outside, condensation builds in our attics.

Take a trip up to your attic early in the morning. If you see a layer of frost on the underside of the plywood, it’s most likely condensation.  As the outside temperature rises this frost will melt and water spots may occur on your ceiling.

If you notice moisture confined to a specific area of the roof decking, that’s most likely going to be a roofing problem. Call Showalter Roofing at  630.499.7700  to conduct a complete evaluation to verify a roofing issue.

Here are the Top 3 Ways Homeowners Can Combat Condensation Issues:

  1. Turn the humidifier down on your furnace especially when it’s really cold outside. It doesn’t seem logical, however the furnace is turning on more frequently causing an increase of humidity in the air. To see a chart for setting your humidistat go to: http://www.showalterroofing.com/Condensation.php
  2. Check your clothes dryer.  Your dryer may not be hooked up properly. If warm moist air is getting into your home from the clothes dryer, it will end up in the attic.
  3. Check if your bathroom fan is connected properly. If there is a problem, the warm moist air will quickly reach the attic.

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Architectural Sheet Metal at Showalter Roofing

The architectural sheet metal division at Showalter Roofing exhibits how computerized sheet metal is cut and bent great speed and precision.

Gutters and Downspouts Cut and Bent by Showalter Sheet Metal Division

Dale Showalter explains the details of cutting and bending gutters, elbows and sheet metal to create perfectly shaped metal for homes and businesses.