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.
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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.

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.

Tree Branches Touching the Roof? Not Good.

Tree Branches on Roof

Tree Branches on Roof

Trees are certainly an important part of our landscape. It beautifies as well as keeps our homes cool during the summer months. We are aware of the downfalls too. Each fall, we climb the ladder and pull the leaves from the gutters.

 

But one area remains unattended…the tree branches. Tree branches are harmful to roofing systems. As the branches sway in the wind, they scratch on the surface of the shingle causing the particles to come off. These granules are critical as they protect the roof.

 

Take time to get those branches off the roof.

It will extend the life of your roof.

 

Do I Need a New Roof? – #3 Granule Loss

Curling Shingles on a Roof

Curling Shingles on a Roof

Granule Loss

When a roof reaches the end of its life the granules on the shingles come off more readily as the asphalt that holds them in place begins to deteriorate.  Watch for granules in your gutters washing out onto your lawn, or the roof turn dark as the asphalt is exposed. Shingles may begin to curl when asphalt breaks down allowing water to penetrate the core of the shingle.