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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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Preparing Residential Roofs for the Fall

 Q: As the summer roofing season comes to a close many home owners are curious to ask, “What can I do in the fall to keep my roof healthy for the upcoming winter season?”

A: There are a few routine tasks that homeowners can do after all the leaves have fallen during the autumn season. The first thing to do is to inspect the roof and make sure the entire roof is clear of leaves. Second, clean out all of the fine branches that have found their way into the gutters. These branches can cause leaves to form barricades in the gutter, resulting in a build up of water in the gutters. Also, double check that the gutters are free and clear of any granules. There is the potential of granules to come loose or slide off, especially on a new roof that find their way into the gutters. Again, this will not allow water to flow freely and result in more build up of water throughout the gutters. Finally, the fall is an excellent time to check that all vents are secure and if any nails are loose and exposed from high wind gusts. With the winter months around the corner, the accumulation of snow on roofs can be tremendous at times, especially around the Chicagoland area. Loose vents and exposed nail open the possibility of water to build up and leak through the roof. A quick walk through to make sure vents, as well as shingles are properly secure will help to preserve your roof through the winter.

Q: Can Showalter Roofing Services provide schedule maintenance service checks for homeowners that might be cautious of going up onto their roofs?

A: Absolutely, not only does Showalter Roofing provide maintenance services on commercial roofs but for residential roofs as well. We would be happy to set up an appointment for us to come out and inspect your roof, clean out all the gutters, and ensure everything is properly secure for the upcoming winter season.