Caring For Your Siding During The Summer

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Caring For Your Siding During The Summer

Summer is one of those months that a lot of different people look forward to every single year, however, it is crucial to understand that although students are out of school, and even some people are out of work, that your home never stops working to provide you with adequate shelter. During the summer, this is no different. One could actually run into issues regarding siding during the summer. This ranges from Vinyl Siding melting to traditional wooden siding rotting. take a look below at some of the ways you can protect your siding and your home.

Identifying melting siding is exactly as it sounds, looking for siding which is appearing to "melt", away from the building. In addition to this, it should be easy to spot rotting or damaged wooden siding. Take a look below at some of the ways you can protect your home from the summer heat.

  • Awnings - Can help to block some of the direct sunlight that can effect your siding.
  • Trees - Instead of functioning as a source of shade attached to the house, functions as a source of shade for both your home and your yard. This will both protect your siding from damage and keep your yard cool during the hot summer months.
  • Keep Heat Sources Away - This may go without saying but any heat source such as a fire pit or grill should not be placed directly next to your home or your siding. This can damage your siding and potentially cause a fire.
  • Cool It Off - If you are experiencing an especially hot summer spraying down your siding with a hose can reduce the amount of heat that it is exposed to.

These are a few of the ways in which you can attempt to shade your siding from the suns rays. This will help quite a bit over doing nothing at all for your siding, but this should not be seen as a cure-all, but merely as a way to support your home in staying in top shape for longer, thus saving you money in the future, with lower maintenance costs. If you are having issues with old or damaged siding or want to replace your existing siding, you can contact us online or by calling 502-309-3562 to schedule a consultation and estimate.

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7 Summer Roofing Care Tips

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7 Summer Roofing Care Tips

When Summer rolls around every year, the extreme temperatures and other seasonal roof risks may find their way to you, presenting you with roofing problems. To combat potential issues, here are some tips you can follow

  1. Dirty or cluttered gutters. It is essential to make certain that your gutters and other collection systems are clear of all debris.
  2. Be sure to check any skylights, or vents of any kind for clutter. Remove clutter if found.
  3. Be sure to check for any shingles which are worse for wear, and are cracked, or missing from the roof entirely.
  4. It is very important to take note of any mold which appears on the roof.
  5. Make sure that no animals have any entrances through the roof into your home.
  6. Ensure you sealants are still in good shape.
  7. Check ventilation fans to be sure there are not any that aren't functioning.

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Of course, we could do this for you, with a Roof inspection. Do not hesitate if you see obvious issues. If this is the case, call us at 502-309-3562 or contact us online to set up a roofing inspeciton.

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The 5 Most Common Spring Roofing Problems

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The 5 Most Common Spring Roofing Problems

Spring is finally here in Kentucky and it's more important now that the weather has started to warm up that you regularly check your roof for signs of damage. Here are the 5 most common spring roofing issues you may experience:

1. Loose or Broken Eaves

Causes: Autumn leaves that were left untouched can pile up on the eaves of your home, slow deterioration of these leaves can lead to clogging and overflow.

Solutions: Regularly clear your eaves of any and all debris that is present there. Check the screws and brackets to ensure they are fastened properly.

2. Animal Lodging

Causes: Loose flashings or siding, corroded facia boards and dormant chimneys are all places critters will seek shelter when the weather starts to warm up.

Solutions: If you have noticed odd noises in your home or have noticed an abnormal amount of wildlife congregating around your home you may have a nesting issue. If you are certain that there is an animal nesting in your roof then you should contact an animal removal service to remove them. After that, you should have a certified roofing company come and inspect your roof and siding for signs of damage.

3. Chimney Deterioration

Causes: Older homes need to have the chimney inspected. A common winter problem is that ice and snow rest on the top of your chimney. If the chimney is old, it is likely to have cracks in the crown When the snow melts during the day, the water runs into those cracks. Temperature drops at night can cause expansion and push the mortar and bricks apart. If this keeps recurring, it can cause your roof to leak and/or cause your chimney to fall off of your house.

Solutions: Have your chimney inspected regularly. If deterioration signs are present, we strongly recommend that you hire a roofing or chimney specialist who is qualified in this area.

4. Active Leaks

Causes: One thing that you’re going to want to look for is if there are any leaks or water damage inside the building. During the winter, snow and often ice stay put and may not melt or become a problem. When spring rolls around, all of the snow and ice begin to melt, and this can cause a leak in your building roof system.

Solutions: If you notice that the ceiling or walls have stains, it is a sign that the roof system probably needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Call our experts to have a professional inspection of your roof completed.

5. Membrane Separation

Causes: A sign to look for when it comes to flat rubber (or other membranes) roof systems on commercial buildings is if you notice that the roof membrane is slowly tearing or peeling away. This can cause serious issues underneath because there is now nothing protecting the building below.

Solutions: This is why a qualified roof inspection is the best way to see if there is any damage done to the roof that would warrant immediate repairs or other non-critical issues with the roof membrane.

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How Temperature Fluctuations Affect Your Roof

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How Temperature Fluctuations Affect Your Roof

Kentucky weather can be unpredictable, especially around this time of year when the temperatures can range from below freezing to warm and sunny. You never know what to leave your house in, let alone how your home is holding up to these temperature fluctuations.

Our experts at Sawyer Roofing have helped thousands of homeowners repair and replace their worn out or damaged roofs over the years. Our team knows that roofs behave differently depending on the temperature. It is important for roof repairs to be performed as soon as possible before any temperature fluctuations start to mess with the structural integrity of your roof. So how exactly do temperature fluctuations affect your roof? Read more to learn about how changing temperatures can affect your roof.

Your Roof Is Elastic

Though it may seem weird to make the connection between something as seemingly solid as your homes roof and elastic behavior, it's true. Think of the components of your roof like a rubber band. Extremely hot weather can cause your roof to expand a bit, while cold weather causes it to shrink. Often this is referred to as 'thermal shock' because the expansion and contraction can cause your roof to crack in places it wouldn't normally.

How Does Temperature Fluctuation Damage My Roof?

Expansion and contraction that happens in temperature fluctuations can take a toll on your roof. Joints can crack, seams can tear loose, and roofing materials can break down and deteriorate due to the weather. If you notice any roof repairs that may need to be made, don’t wait! Call Sawyer Roofing today so we can help brace your roof for the temperatures to come!

How Do We Fix It?

Older roofs, or roofs that are compromised by damage, can be thought of as very weak and brittle rubber bands. Comparing your roof to a brittle rubber band probably doesn’t make you as a homeowner feel very safe, does it? That’s why it’s so important to take care of any roof damages, including curling or missing shingles, right when you notice them. Our roofing experts at Sawyer Roofing encourage our clients to notify us as soon as they notice an area of the roof that looks compromised. Roofs that are 15 to 20 years old should also be inspected for their solidity especially around this time of year in Florida.

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10 Most Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

10 Most Common Causes Of Roof Leaks And How To Identify Them

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Let's face the facts. One of the biggest headaches any homeowner can face is a leaky roof. Nobody wants to run for a bucket every time it rains and replacing your whole roof is not always the best option. Our trained staff at Sawyer Construction & Roofing is specially equipped to evaluate any potential issues you may be having with your roof. One small drip can be an indicator of a larger roofing problem - and every homeowner knows that means time and money.

Not every leak requires a whole roof replacement to fix either. In an effort to save your investment we have compiled a list of the 10 most common causes of roof leaks and how to identify them. When leaks such as the ones listed occur they can often be fixed without having to replace your whole roof.

Whether your roof is brand new or 15 years old, you should keep this list at hand. Identifying these problems early can mean the difference between a small repair and a large remodel.

1. The Flashing Is Cracked

Identifying the issue: Flashing are thin layers of metal that are installed under the shingles and joints of your roof. These can either be concealed or exposed. Broken flashing usually features large cracks

Identifying the cause: Often times tar is used to seal the flashing on your roof. Over time this tar breaks down exposing portions of your flashing. Weather and exposure to the sun causes the metal to dry out and crack.

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2. The Attic Vent Booting Is Cracked

Identifying the issue: Roof vents look like small domes or pipes sticking out of your roof. They are used primarily to expel moisture from your attic. You can identify if there is a leak by checking for dark spots or musty odors in your roof or attic.

Identifying the cause: These are often sealed with flashing around the opening and covered by a tight rubber boot around where the pipe sticks out of the roof. Over time this rubber sealing can crack and decay causing small or even large leaks.

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3. The Valleys Aren't Properly Sealed

Identifying the issue: A Valley is any point in which two different planes of your roof meet. Since these areas are usually sloped, if they are not sealed properly rainwater can get inside as it runs down the roof. Search for wet spots along the seams of your roof to identify leaks.

Identifying the cause: There are many reasons that can cause this area to leak. Not having been sealed properly when your roof was installed is one of the more common occurrences. Though weather and exposure to the sun can cause the sealing to deteriorate over time.

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4. The Skylights Aren't Properly Installed

Identifying the issue: Leaks such as this should be super easy to spot. If there is consistently a pool of water or small drips coming from the area surrounding the skylight, there may be a leak. However, leaks occurring near the highest point can be a flashing issue rather than a sealing issue.

Identifying the cause: There are two main causes for this. Improper measurement when cutting the holes for the skylight, and the deterioration of the flashing and sealant around the window.

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5. The Gutters Are Clogged

Identifying the issue: Usually you can identify this when water pours over the side of your gutters rather than following its intended path. Another way to identify this is to check your downspouts when it is raining. If there is little to no water being expelled the downspout may be clogged.

Identifying the cause: Living in an area with large trees is usually the main culprit. You may need to regularly check and clean your gutters if this is the case.

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6. The Chimney Is Cracked

Identifying the issue: Most of the time you can look for signs of wear and tear along the mortar or flashing where the chimney meets the roof. Damaged shingles and dark spots can occur where the chimney is leaking.

Identifying the cause: Weather is the main culprit here. When the mortar, which is just a mixture of mud and water, deteriorates due to overexposure to the sun and elements leaks and cracks can occur.

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7. There Are Broken Or Deteriorating Shingles

Identifying the issue: By regularly looking at your roof for large changes in color and missing shingles you can identify this easily. Often times a broken shingle will appear as a slightly off color or lighter spot on your roof.

Identifying the cause: Weather is one of the leading causes of this. Strong storms and winds can crack and break shingles off of your roof.

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8. There Is Buildup On The Roof

Identifying the issue: If there are leaves or other materials blocking valleys and joints in your roof water can pool causing the sealant to deteriorate and cause leaks.

Identifying the cause: Weather and clogged gutters can be a cause for this.

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9. There's Condensation In The Attic

Identifying the issue:The space will most likely show signs of mold and mildew. A strong, musty odor coming from the attic is also an indicator that water has made its way inside.

Identifying the cause: Your attic is the highest point in your home and often the warmest during the summer months. Warm and damp conditions can cause mold and mildew to grow if there is a leak. This is a serious problem and should be fixed by a professional team.

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10. You're Using It Too Much

Identifying the issue: Weak or spongey points in your roof can occur if you use your roof too often. Walking on and doing maintenance while standing on your roof can cause cracks to occur.

Identifying the cause: Usually it is best to stay off of your roof as often as possible. Not only can you fall but small cracks and damage can occur while you are up there. You often won't notice the damage until it starts to cause other leaks and issues.

Learn How We Can Help

Sawyer Construction & Roofing has the expertise to evaluate your damaged or leaking roof. We service homes in Louisville, Lexington, Bradenburg and other areas in Kentucky and Indiana. Call us at 502-309-3562 or click the button below to contact us online.

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