How Roof Repair and Restoration Triples Your Solar Panel ROI

March 2021

Solar energy makes great financial sense. There are all kinds of tax credits and other financial incentives you can enjoy when you install these panels, and in many cases, homeowners can recoup their investment in just 3 years through the energy savings they accrue.

But is there anything else that can be done to improve your investment? A newly repaired, renovated roof can actually improve your return on investment. Here’s how:

Improve Your Energy Efficiency
Making repairs and renovating your roof can improve the energy efficiency of your home, which means you’ll require less energy to power your house. If you live in a hot climate or your region gets hot during the summer, air conditioning is likely one of the main ways you consume energy.

The good news? Not only do photovoltaic panels make sense in these climates because they tend to be sunnier, but solar panels can also keep your house cooler. They shade your building, reducing the total heat gain into your attic.

Additionally, roof-mounted solar panels have an air gap of a few inches between the panels and the shingle of your roof. This allows air to flow and keeps the panels and your roof cooler. You’ll require less energy to power your house.

Net Metering: Sell Extra Energy Back to the Grid
Many homeowners choose photovoltaic panels because they are good for the environment and because they can save money on energy bills. Your panels can also keep more money in your pocket through a process that utility companies refer to as “net metering.”

Net metering is an incentive that’s mutually beneficial for homeowners and the utility company, allowing both parties to benefit from grid-tied solar energy. It evens out the uneven collection of solar power throughout the year. When you produce more energy than you need, that energy can get sent back to the grid, and if there are times you don’t generate enough energy, you can draw power from the grid to stay up and running. Over time, you accumulate more energy “credits” than you use, earning back credits for your surplus power.

How does this relate to having a freshly mended roof overhead? Because a freshly repaired and restored roof is more energy-efficient, you’ll be able to use less energy and send energy credits back to the utility company, saving you even more money in the long run.

Fight Roof Aging
The industry standard for the lifespan of your solar panels is about 25 to 30 years, or sometimes as long as 35 years. The problem? The average lifespan of a roof is just 20 years.

Once your roof has been installed, that clock starts ticking, counting down to needing a roof replacement. In some cases, if your roof is past a certain age, it doesn’t always make financial sense to install solar panels on an aging roof.

Solar panels can be removed to make repairs to a roof or to install a new one, but it doesn’t make a lot of financial sense. One thing that you can do to avoid having to remove your solar panels is to repair and restore your current roof to stretch out the life of your roof. It’s like walking back the clock!

Extending Your Roof’s Lifespan to Avoid Panel Removal
Whenever your roof needs repair, your solar panels will need to be removed and then reinstalled. This might not seem like such a big deal at first, but there are all kinds of costs that are associated with removing and replacing solar photovoltaic panels.

Just what might it cost to have your solar panels removed? Here’s an approximate breakdown based on a 1,500-square-foot roof with 14 to 16 panels:
Removing and replacing the solar panels: $2,000 to $3,000
Removing the mounting hardware: $800
Transporting and storing panels during repairs: $250
Having your panels professionally cleaned: $300 to $430
This can add up quickly to almost $4,500 each time your roof needs repaired. And that’s before having to pay for the repairs themselves.

When you repair and restore your roof before installing it, you’re keeping your shingles and your roof’s infrastructure in good condition, lengthening the amount of time before this removal and reinstallation process needs to happen.

Using Roof Maxx to Restore Your Roof
Where it might cost $10,000 to replace your roof (or much, much more depending on the size of your roof), restoring your roof with Roof Maxx usually costs just 15 to 20 percent of that. If your costs are $1,500, that’s one third the cost of just having to pay to remove and reinstall your solar panels! By adding pliability and flexibility back into your shingles, you end up with a stronger roof that lasts longer.

Plus? Roof Maxx can rejuvenate the overall look of your home’s roof, improving your curb appeal—and therefore your home’s resale value too.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




Signs You Need A New Roof

Febraury 2021

Pinpointing roof age can be tricky. Every roof ages differently and at a different pace, depending on the shingle material and installation. The easiest and most definitive way to figure out roof age is by determining the last time the roof was replaced, which may mean contacting the previous homeowner or roof manufacturer.

However, there are other ways to determine that your roof is getting old and in need of some repairs. Recognizing the signs below will help you determine if it’s time for roof repairs or even a total replacement.

1) Check Out Your Attic
Before you head up to your roof, do a thorough inspection of your attic. Doing an interior check can help you determine the state of your roof. Specifically, you’re looking for:
* Daylight coming in through roof boards
* Dark streaks and stains
* Sagging areas
* Leaks or water damage

If you see any of these signs, contact a roof repairman immediately. Leaks, stains, and sagging areas are classic signs of old roof age.

2) Leaks and Water Damage
Water damage is a classic sign that your roof is not doing its job. This is most likely due to the protective layering on shingles becoming worn down over time. Should you see any water damage in your attic or on your shingles, it may be time to replace your roof.

3) Missing Granules
Granules are designed to protect the asphalt coating on shingles from sunlight and water. They’re made up of crushed rock, slag, slate, tile, or porcelain. Over time, these granules become loose and begin to fall off, creating bald spots on your roof. Without these granules, your shingles are more prone to weather damage. Additionally, your potential roof age is significantly lowered—it’s like being diagnosed with a terminal disease.

If you notice a few missing granules in your gutters or around your home, this doesn’t mean you have to replace your entire roof right away. Oftentimes, granules fall off after a storm or a particularly hot day. It’s only when your gutters or areas around your home have a lot of missing granules that you need to contact a repairman.

4) Curled, Buckled, or Missing Shingles
As a roof ages, the layers holding together shingles begin to peel away from each other. Shingles that are curled or look warped are a classic sign of old roof age. If most of your shingles are curled, your roof is vulnerable to leaks and other types of damage. You’ll want to replace any old shingles immediately to keep your home protected.

Additionally, if you notice shingles missing from your roof, replace them. Missing shingles can also be a warning sign that your roof is in need of additional repair.

5) Damaged Flashing
To help direct water away from a roof, contractors often use a material called roof flashing. This material is spread around critical areas on a roof such as where the roof meets a vent, wall, or chimney. As your roof ages, so does the flashing. Deteriorating flashing usually results in water leaks or stains in your home.

6) Dark Spots
Dark spots on a roof are a sure sign of old roof age. These dark spots can be anything from moss and algae to rust. If you have a metal roof and you notice these dark spots, your roof is in danger of collapsing as rust eats away at roofing material.

Extend Your Roof Age Up to 15 Years
If your roof is showing some classic signs of aging, contact Roof Maxx. We’ve created a revolutionary roofing spray that breathes life back into your roof and shingles. Our spray provides your roof with necessary oils that keep it waterproof, flexible, and durable. Using our Roof Maxx spray every five years will extend your roof age by up to 15 years.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




Roof Ventilation: Intake Vents vs Exhaust Vents

January 2021

As a property owner, you know how important it is to take the necessary steps to keep your roof in good condition. Roof ventilation allows air to flow freely in and out of your roof and attic, which prevents mold, mildew, and other unwanted problems that can develop when heat or moisture gets trapped.

And while most roofs require exhaust vents, some have the added need for intake vents. So which type is right for your roof?

Intake Vents vs Exhaust Vents

The difference between roof intake vents and roof exhaust vents is all in the name: intake vents take air into the attic to moderate the temperature and evaporate moisture. On the flip side, exhaust vents send air out of the attic to the outside of the house. Exhaust vents are important for keeping the air in your home clean and sending fumes, moisture, and bad odors out of the house.

What Is the Best Roof Ventilation?

The best roof ventilation depends on the type of roofing system you have and the climate in your area. Exhaust vents are crucial for clean air and moisture regulation in any home, but sometimes intake vents are vital, too.

Your home may need an intake vent in addition to an exhaust vent if your roof is at risk of winter ice dams, if you live in a very warm climate, or if the temperature of the roof is uneven in some areas. Determining the best roof ventilation usually requires an inspection from a professional roofer.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Roof Vent?

Installing a roof vent usually costs $300-$650 for both labor and materials. The cost depends on the number of vents, the type of vents, and the size used.

What Happens If You Don’t Vent a Roof?

Lack of roof ventilation can lead to many problems. Without proper airflow, moisture and condensation will build up, and shingles may crack, flake, or wear out faster. The roof is also more likely to develop mold or mildew, which can decrease the lifespan of the roof.

How Many Vents Should a Roof Have?

The number of roof vents you need depends on the size of the roof and the square footage of the attic. If the attic has a vapor barrier, the standard is to install one vent for every 300 square feet of attic space.

If the attic does not have a vapor barrier, one vent should be installed every 150 square feet. Attics with a slope of more than 6:12 will have more volume, meaning they may need more than one vent installed every 150 square feet.

Can You Have Too Many Roof Vents?

A roof can have too many roof exhaust vents, but the number of roof intake vents will never be a problem. This is because an attic with too many exhaust vents may suffer from poor airflow and develop problems in extreme weather. But excessive intake vents will simply convert to exhaust and go outside of the house.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




What Is the Best Roof Material for Solar Panels?

December 2020

Over the past decade, more homeowners have started using solar panels to power their homes. Many are turning towards the clean energy of solar panels to help the environment and reduce their electricity bill.

If you’re looking to install solar panels, you may be looking to place them on your roof, especially if you lack the space for a ground-mounted system. However, one of the biggest questions homeowners ask before moving forward with installation is if their roof is the right fit. Luckily, most roofs are solar-friendly though some materials are more suitable for solar panels. Below, we’ll review the best roof materials for solar panels.

Best Roof Material for Solar Panels

Whether you have an asphalt roof or a metal one, solar panels can be installed on nearly every type of roof. However, some roofing materials are more suitable for solar panels as they provide a more stable foundation. These include:

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is the most common type of shingle used on housing and is also the best roof for solar panels. These shingles are made from a fiberglass or cellulose type of mat that is very flexible and durable, making it the perfect material for solar panels. Installing these panels is very straightforward and is done by drilling studs into the roof and attaching the mounts to these studs. The space between the panel and the studs is then sealed with flashings to prevent water from entering your home.

Metal

If you have a metal roof with standing seams, it’s a perfect candidate for solar panel installation. The standing seams eliminate the need for drilling to attach them, which reduces the cost of labor. Plus, metal roofs provide additional reflection where the sun doesn’t hit the panels, keeping your house cooler.

Tiles

While the cost of installing solar panels on a tiled roof is more expensive, clay, slate, or concrete tiles are still one of the best roofs for solar panels. These shingles are slightly more waterproof and usually last longer than other shingles. Installation usually requires the removal of the tiles to prevent breakage. Additionally, the feet of the solar panel need to be fastened directly to your roof to ensure proper fastening.

Tar and Gravel

Despite most gravel and tar roofs being flat, they’re still good candidates for solar panels. However, you’ll want to make sure the panels are at a 30-degree angle to ensure optimum electricity production, which may require some extra hardware. The extra layers of asphalt in these types of roofs provide good support for the panels and prevent leaks or cracks.



Roof Maxx can bring new life to your shingles with our 100% natural roof rejuvenation treatment, which adds up to 5 years to your roof per treatment at just a fraction of the cost of replacing it. With three treatments possible, that’s 15 years of added life!

We proudly offer a five-year limited warranty that guarantees your shingles will stay flexible and withstand the elements for at least five years after the day they’re treated. Our warranty is valid even if your manufacturer’s warranty becomes void. And if you move away during that period? You can transfer the warranty to the new homeowners as an extra perk.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




What Do Roof Warranties Cover?

November 2020

Is your home in need of a new roof? If so, you’ll probably be glad to have fresh asphalt shingles that will stand up to harsh weather and protect your home for years to come. But having a new roof also brings new responsibilities. After all, you’re spending a lot on that new roof, and you want it to last as long as possible.

Before you get carried away thinking about shingle grades and colors and replacing your roof altogether, make sure you’re considering the warranty that comes along with your roof. It’s important to know what your warranty provides and if it’s enough to give you protection for roof repairs that might come up in the future. So how do roof warranties work? And what should you be looking for in your roof warranty?

Types of Roof Warranties

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the nuances of roof warranties. But in reality, all warranties can be divided into three main categories:

Standard Manufacturer’s Warranty: This type of warranty covers whatever products you purchase in relation to your new roof. If your materials are defective, you can get them replaced under this warranty—but you’ll have to pay for the labor costs to remove old materials and install new ones. The charge for a manufacturer’s NDL warranty typically costs between $8.00 to $13.00 per square (one square equals 100 square feet). This number is normally listed on a contractor’s initial proposal.

Workmanship Warranty: You can get this warranty from your contractor to protect your roof in relation to errors that may occur during the installation process. For example, if the worker installs the shingles incorrectly and they fall off or break, this warranty would cover the cost of replacement. However, these warranties do not cover circumstances unrelated to workmanship, such as storm damage, water damage, or roof leaks caused by falling trees.

Extended Manufacturer’s Warranty: This warranty covers installation errors and gives greater coverage for roofing materials. Extended warranties are usually the most expensive option and require you to get a completely new roofing system, including ice and water barriers, underlayment, vents, and more.

Roof Maxx’s 5-Year Limited Warranty

You’re probably reading this article because you’re getting ready to spend thousands of dollars on roof replacement and looking at your warranty options. But your worn-out shingles may not need to be replaced and thrown into a landfill just yet.

Roof Maxx can bring new life to your shingles with our 100% natural roof rejuvenation treatment, which adds up to 5 years to your roof per treatment at just a fraction of the cost of replacing it. With three treatments possible, that’s 15 years of added life!

We proudly offer a five-year limited warranty that guarantees your shingles will stay flexible and withstand the elements for at least five years after the day they’re treated. Our warranty is valid even if your manufacturer’s warranty becomes void. And if you move away during that period? You can transfer the warranty to the new homeowners as an extra perk.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




8 Roofing Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor

October 2020

When you’re hiring a roofing contractor, it’s tempting to go with the first company you get in touch with. But unfortunately, not all roofing companies are created equal. The quality of work can vary drastically—and anyone who has had a bad experience with a roofer can attest to the fact that it’s well worth it to do your research before you settle on a roofing specialist.

So how do you find the right roofer for your needs? Here are a few roofing questions to ask to help you narrow down your options:

1. Do You Have Proof of Insurance?
The most reputable roofing contractors will have commercial liability insurance, which protects you, your home, and the roofing team in case of an accident while on the job.

2. How Long Have You Been in Business?
You probably wouldn’t want a brand new hairstylist chopping your locks or an inexperienced surgeon putting you under the knife. Likewise, it’s best to have an experienced roofer on the job.

3. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Not all roofing companies offer a warranty, so it’s important to make sure what you’re getting into ahead of time. Opt for a company that offers a generous warranty policy on their work.

4. What is Your Expertise?
Sure, you’re hiring a roofing contractor to fix your roof. But even within the scope of roofing, every company has their own area of expertise. Make sure you’re hiring someone who has a wealth of experience handling your roofing issues.

5. Do You Have Proof of License?
You should never hire a roofing specialist who isn’t willing to show their licensing—even if it’s not required by law in your state. Choose a roofer who has the right licensing to do the job.

6. How Much Experience Do Your Roofers Have?
Though a roofing company may have been in business for decades, the people working on your roof may not have as much experience. Make sure your specific roofers are well-trained and qualified to repair your roof.

7. Can I See Your References?
The best way to know if you can trust your roofer is by checking out reviews from other homeowners. If you can’t find any reviews online, ask the company for a list of references before you hire them.

8. How Long Will It Take To Repair My Roof?
Time is of the essence, and some roofers will take far longer than others to do the same job. If you want to get an idea of how long the roofing company will be lingering around your home, just ask. The best roofing specialists will get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Roof with Roof Maxx

Asking these 8 important roofing questions will ensure you hire a reputable roofer that is ready to do the job properly. And if you’re looking for experienced roofers that can save you money, Roof Maxx may be the best choice for you. We can add 15 years to your asphalt shingle roof with our eco-friendly, all-natural bio-oil treatment. Our roof rejuvenation will save you thousands of dollars and keep your shingles out of landfills, too.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




10 Most Common Causes for Roof Leaks

September 2020

Some of the most common roof leak causes include an aging roof, broken or missing shingles, clogged gutters, and chimney damage. If these problems are neglected, it can be disastrous for the structure of your home. While you may want to save yourself money or avoid spending the time to fix the issue, be forewarned—not addressing the leak could end up costing you far more money in the long run.

Here are some of the many roof leak causes that today’s homeowners face.

1. Age of Roof

Your asphalt shingles are made with petrochemical oils in the asphalt that allow them to expand and contract with the fluctuating weather—but those oils dry out over time, meaning shingles can dry out, crack, curl, break, lose their granules, which leads to them losing their water shedding ability if you don’t repair or rejuvenate them. With asphalt shingle roofs failing faster than ever before, this is a pretty common issue.

2. Broken or Missing Shingles

Brittle, aging shingles can fall off the roof completely, leaving your roof vulnerable when rain, snow, or hail hit. Homeowners should routinely inspect the roof and watch out for any missing shingles.

3. Clogged Gutters

It’s common for falling leaves, sticks, and dirt to get stuck in gutters. When this debris builds up, the rainwater and melting snow won’t be able to freely drain or fall away from the house, and it could lead to a leaky roof.

4. Chimney Damage

If you have cracks or other damage to your chimney, water may seep through and even pool up, which could cause structural damage to your home. This is why early detection of chimney damage is an important part of avoiding a leaky roof.

5. Roof Vents

Roof vents are essential for letting heat and moisture escape from your attic, but they can also be a cause of leaking if they are damaged or sealed improperly.

6. Holes

Strong winds, hail, and snow can create holes in your roof that can lead to water damage. It’s important to look out for these types of holes during your routine roof inspection, and patch them up as soon as you spot them.

7. Condensation in the Attic

During the cooler months, warm air will drift up to the attic and could cause condensation if it cools down quickly. This condensation can cause roof leaks and even mold if ignored.

8. Your Flashing Has Cracked

Roof flashing directs water away from important parts of the roof, but it can also be a spot that’s vulnerable to roof leaks. Regularly check flashing for cracks and damage, making sure it’s properly sealed.

9. Improperly Sealed Valleys

A roof valley (the point where two sloped roofs meet) is designed to help water flow off of the roof. But if the valley isn’t properly sealed, this can be another site of roof leaks.

10. Skylights

Skylights may be a nice way to let natural light into your home, but they can also be a common cause of a leaky roof. Make sure your skylights are fitted and installed properly to avoid water damage to your home.

Rejuvenate Your Roof with Roof Maxx

Is your roof starting to show signs of aging and drying out? If so, Roof Maxx can step in and rejuvenate dry and brittle asphalt shingles with our innovative, sustainable roofing treatment. Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




Guide for Algae, Moss & Mold Removal on Your Roof

August 2020

If you live in the South, Midwest, or another region of the country that has warm, humid summers, you may have noticed stains and streaks showing up on your asphalt shingles. These stains look a lot like mold—but in fact, much of this so-called mold is actually blue-green algae. This mossy plant doesn’t do any structural harm to your roof, although it does decrease the curb appeal of your home.

In less frequent cases, the streaks on the roof actually are mold, which can be very dangerous for your family and more difficult to get rid of. The most serious mold cases can cause asthma, headaches, and other health problems, so it’s crucial to understand the difference.

How to Spot Roof Mold & Algae

Mold comes in a variety of colors, from green, brown, or black. It usually starts to form in damp parts of the attic or basement and might spread to the roof and other outdoor areas of the home. In contrast, algae and moss are usually green or blue-green. They begin growing directly on the shingles and are a common issue in humid climates.

Steps to Clean Mold, Algae, & Moss from your Roof

Cleaning up roof moss and algae is a much simpler process than dealing with roof mold removal. Luckily, moss and algae are more common than mold, so this is the more likely the process you will need to follow:

Mix 1 part oxygen bleach cleaner with 1 part water. (Add ½ cup per gallon of trisodium phosphate for a stronger cleaning solution.)
Pour the bucket of solution onto the affected area of the roof and let it soak for an hour.
Rinse using a pressure washer or hose.

If you suspect that you have a mold problem, it’s important to call a mold remediation professional to come inspect your attic and roof. They’ll be able to tell you how much damage has been done and what to do moving forward. We don’t recommend trying to handle roof mold removal on your own.

Prevent Roof Mold & Algae

Roof mold and algae usually grow because of moisture and bacterial growth. Here are a few effective ways to prevent future growth once you have gotten rid of mold and algae:

Trim trees near the home: Overgrown trees often spread bacteria onto the roof and cause algae growth. Make sure to plant trees far enough away from the house and trim them back regularly so they aren’t hanging over the roof.

Get rid of standing water: Standing water is another factor that can contribute to mold and algae growth. Minimize standing water on the roof by fixing shingles, cleaning gutters, and performing small roof repairs as necessary.

Wash your roof regularly: Hire a professional roof cleaner at least once a year to ensure that any growing bacteria is eliminated. This will lessen the chance of having to deal with a major mold or algae problem in the future.

Contact Roof Maxx

You’ll save yourself a lot of money and headaches by following our guide on how to remove roof mold and algae. And if you’re in need of roof rejuvenation, contact us to learn how we can apply our sustainable, affordable treatment to add up to 15 years to the life of your roof.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




9 Roof Maintenance Tips

July 2020

Roof replacement can cost tens of thousands of dollars. But did you know you can save money and prolong the life of your roof through regular roof maintenance?

While every roof will eventually need to be replaced, proper roof maintenance can keep your shingles in good condition and protect your home from damage for years to come. Check out our roof maintenance tips to learn how to extend the life of your roof.

1. Check Your Shingles

The first step to roof maintenance is checking the condition of your shingles. Damaged shingles could leave your roof more susceptible to the elements, so it’s important to look out for:
Missing shingles
Curling shingles
Cracked shingles
Peeling flashing
Missing granules
Staining, Algae, Mildew, or Mold (First sign of asphalt shingle failure)
Here's a guide to determine if you need to replace your roof shingles.

2. Get a Proper Roof Inspection

Though there are many things you can do on your own when it comes to roof maintenance, it’s still important to bring in an expert to perform a thorough roof inspection. Shingles should be inspected every 3 years at minimum, while tile roofs should be inspected at least every five years. Roofs that are more than 10 years old should be inspected every 2 years, and roofs that are more than 15 years old should be inspected annually.

3. Check for Leaks

Leaky roofs can cause damage to your home and put your safety at risk. Here are some of the most common signs of a leaky roof:
Musty odors in certain rooms
Water stains on your ceiling
Spots on your exterior walls
Bulging patches on your interior walls

4. Wash Your Roof

It’s important to wash your roof regularly to get rid of algae that might be growing on your shingles. If left to grow long enough, algae can rot your shingles. Remove algae by spraying a 1:1 ratio of water and bleach on your roof.

5. Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water damage to your home, so it’s essential to clean your gutters at least a couple times a year (usually in spring and fall). Make sure you remove any leaves and other debris from the gutters so the water can flow freely off the house and into the downspouts. Here are 6 steps to clean your gutters properly.

6. Trim Overhanging Branches

Overgrown branches could clog up your gutters or fall onto your roof and cause damage in a major storm. Avoid this risk by cutting back branches that hang over the roof.

7. Patch Up Your Chimney

Don’t forget to inspect your chimney while performing your routine roof maintenance. Check for any cracks, missing mortar, or loose bricks, which could cause damage to the roof or cause the chimney to completely collapse. Call a contractor if you spot any problems.

8. Reseal and Caulk Around Vents and Pipes

Any openings around your vents and pipes are a chance for moisture to get into your home and cause damage. Minimize the risk by sealing off any openings with caulking.

9. Protect your Shingles

In most situations when you have old or damaged asphalt shingles, roofers will recommend a roof replacement, which can set you back thousands of dollars. Thankfully, you can turn to products like Roof Maxx to help restore life back into your shingles and protect them from the elements. As shingles age, they lose the natural oils in them that makes them flexible and able to expand and contract with the changing weather. Roof Maxx restores these oils into your shingles, prolonging their life.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




Comparison Guide: Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles

June 2020

Are you weighing the pros and cons of a metal roof vs. asphalt shingles? Here’s some information to help you decide on the right type of roofing for you.

Asphalt shingles have long been the most common type of roofing material for most residences, but metal roofing is rising as a popular choice now that there are more options on the market.

Metal roofs can be made of a variety of materials, ranging from tin to copper. In contrast, asphalt shingles are made of a fiberglass core and an asphalt coating that makes the shingle more durable.

Types of Metal Roofing

Each type of metal roofing material has its own set of pros and cons. Here are some of the most common types of metal roofing and the characteristics of each type:

Tin: This material was once popular because it is inexpensive and pliable, but it is not often used anymore. Most tin roofs are actually made of steel or aluminum.

Steel: Though more expensive than most metal roofs, steel is incredibly durable and comes in many attractive finishes.

Copper: Copper is an all-natural material that can be recycled and soldered. It is relatively pricey, but can last up to 100 years.

Zinc: This is another metal that is recyclable, natural, and can be expected to last a full century.

Aluminum: Compared to other metal roofing, aluminum is fairly affordable, won’t rust, and can easily expand and contract.

Standing Seam Metal: Standing seam metal is often chosen for its unique ribbed look. It can easily expand and contract and can be made from a variety of metals.

Pros & Cons of Metal vs. Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Metal roofing can be made from a wide range of materials and is known for its longevity and durability. It will cost more upfront, but will generally last much longer than asphalt shingles. Metal can resist all types of extreme weather and can be painted and sealed to change the look of the roof. It often boosts the resale value of a home and is more energy-efficient than asphalt.

Asphalt shingles still stand as the most common type of residential roofing, and for good reason. They are far more affordable than metal roofing and generally look more attractive. They can be installed for lower labor costs and are good for DIYers, since the average homeowner can learn to install them on their own with a bit of research. Asphalt shingles deliver a uniform look that blends with most neighborhoods, while metal roofs might look out of place in the average suburban area.

Extend the Lifespan of Your Roof Today

Looking to extend the life of your asphalt shingles? Roof Maxx’s roof rejuvenating technology can extend the lifespan of your roof up to 15 years or more. When you combine the more affordable asphalt shingle roof with the life-giving power of Roof Maxx, you can get longevity at a discount.

Our affordable roof restoration treatment costs a fraction of roof replacement and keeps your shingles out of landfills. Contact us today to learn more about what Roof Maxx can do for your asphalt roof.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




How Long Does a Shingle Roof Last?

May 2020

If you’ve been wanting to know how long a shingle roof lasts, the answer depends on your type of shingle. So, how long does a shingle roof last? Check out the following:

* 15-30 years for asphalt shingles
* 20-50 years for composite shingles
* 30 years for modified rubber shingles
* 30-40 years for wood shingles
* 50 years for clay tiles
* 50 years for concrete tiles
* 50 years for metal roofs
* 60+ years for copper roofs

Types of Shingles
The roof over your head may be your single biggest investment after the home itself, or at least it should be. Your protection from the harsh elements and keeping your home in tip-top shape is dependent on using the best roof shingles for your home, your climate, and your style. That’s why it is so important when looking into types of roof shingles that you know exactly what you need. Since different types of roof shingles have different results when it comes to how long they will last. So, here’s everything you need to know about choosing the best roof shingles for your situation.

Asphalt Roof Shingles
 Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material. They date back to the 1920s and are used on the majority of homes today. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 15-30 years depending on the type of asphalt shingle you use. They don’t last as long in warmer climates, such as the Southwest, as they do in colder climates in the north and northeastern regions. The cost per square foot ranges from $3.50 to $5.00.

There are three types of asphalt shingles:

* 3-tab: These are the most affordable type of roof shingle. In the right conditions and with the proper maintenance, they can last 10 to 15 years. These are made from a fiberglass base topped with mineral granules that disperse and reflect the sun’s rays. They are lightweight, easy to install, offer a clean appearance, and are great for homeowners on a tight budget.
* Dimensional: These asphalt shingles have a multi-dimensional texture and appearance. They are extremely durable, lasting 20 to 25 years. They are made of 2+ layers of shingles to provide added strength. That means, of course, that they cost more than 3-tab shingles.
* Luxury: Top-of-the-line asphalt shingles offer even more multi-dimension and maximum durability. Designed to look like natural slate shingles or cedar shake shingles, but costing much less is one perk. Perhaps most importantly though is that they have extra strength. You might especially want these if you live in Tornado Alley or on a hurricane-prone coast, or if you tend to get a lot of large hail.

Clay Roof Shingles
 Clay roof shingles, commonly designed in either a Mediterranean or Southwestern style, are a popular roofing material, and can also mimic Victorian slate. They come in either glazed or unglazed finishes and shapes that include flat, fluted, and interlocking designs. Clay shingles can withstand extreme temperatures, meaning they are suitable for virtually any climate. They are, however, particularly resistant to salt so they are a great choice for coastal regions. While expensive at $700-1,000 per 100-square feet, they usually come with a 50-year warranty. Concrete Roof Shingles

 Concrete roof shingles can be simulated to look like just about any style you prefer. The options are endless. They offer long-lasting results of at least 50 years, can withstand wind speeds of over 125 miles per hour, and exceed seismic load requirements. Concrete tiles can be used anywhere including cold climates, if specific installation requirements are met. You can expect to pay between $300-500 per 100-square feet for these shingles.

Cedar/Wood Roof Shingles
 Cedar or wood roof shingles (different than wood shakes in that they are more precisely milled and have a more refined appearance) provide a lovely rustic appearance that is common on Craftsman-style homes. They are often used in the northeast, even though the salty air may affect the longevity of the roof. Still, these shingles can last 30-40 years. The cost is fairly expensive, at $450-900 per 100-square feet.

Metal Roof Shingles
 Metal roof shingles are most often made of steel with either a galvanized zinc or galvanized aluminum coating. These roofing materials are great for climates that experience a lot of storms, large hail, or heavy snowfall, although they may corrode if exposed to sea salt spray. Perks of metal roofs are that they can usually be installed directly over old asphalt shingles and last around 50 years. Costs start at around $300 per 100-square feet.

Composite Roof Shingles
 Composite roof shingles are made from a fiberglass-reinforcing mat that is coated with asphalt and mineral fillers. Depending on the type chosen, they can last 20-50 years. While these work well in all conditions if maintained properly, rainy and icy conditions can weaken them or cause them to loosen or dislodge. Composite roof shingles range from $575-1,350 per 100-square feet.

Rubber Roof Shingles
 Rubber roof shingles can be manufactured to look like any type of roofing material. Since they are made from old rubber tires, they’re an eco-minded option. They are very lightweight and easy to install. Also, repairs are typically easy as well as inexpensive. Rubber shingles have a lifetime of approximately 30 years, even lasting through high winds and lightning strikes. They cost between $400-800 per 100-square feet.

Copper Roof Shingles
 A copper roof is a top-of-the-line look that will increase the value of your home. The metal is not coated or painted because of the beautiful patina that occurs naturally over time. Doing an entire roof in copper is expensive, so many homeowners choose to feature it on just a portion of the roof such as over a dormer window. Copper roof shingles are an investment, at $1,100-1,500 per 100- square feet. However, you can expect an 85.9% return on that investment in your home’s resale value.

Early Failure of Asphalt Shingles

 It’s important to talk about a major issue homeowners are seeing these days with asphalt shingles. A few decades ago, manufactured shingles were much heavier due to the percentage of asphalt contained within them. Nowadays however, a lot of the asphalt in the shingles has been replaced with crushed limestone filler. This makes the shingles much lighter in weight and much less effective, even though the advertised warranty has jumped from around 30 years, to lifetime warranties.

This is a well-documented problem with even Bob Vila speaking out about it. Class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of many homeowners across the country who have had their asphalt-shingle roof fail in as few as 6 years after installation.

Cost-cutting on the part of the shingle manufacturers has caused a variety of failures, including blistering, buckling, and leaking. These are expensive fixes and when homeowners turned to their warranty, they were shocked to realize the coverage only replaces the shingles themselves and doesn’t cover the labor costs of replacing the roof (which are about two-thirds of the total cost), and it doesn’t cover damages caused by the failures either.

If you have an asphalt shingle roof that is showing signs of a defect well before the warranty is up, you may be the victim of shoddy manufacturing. To mitigate the issue and keep your costs down, here’s what you can do:

* Make sure to have a roof inspection done by a professional every year, but especially have one done before the first 12 months is over so that you have a greater chance of being covered under a defect warranty.
* Contact your roofing company as soon as possible if there are any issues to find out more information about your warranty and to file a claim.
* Contact Roof Maxx to find out if roof rejuvenation is a good option for extending the life of your shingles by up to 15 years with repeated application, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

7 Signs You Need a New Roof
 Do you know the warning signs you need a new roof? While roof replacement is expensive, it’s a bad idea to let it go past due. The consequences include increased energy bills, water damage, mold, pest infestation, decreased property value, and more. It’s best to replace it before the situation gets much worse than it needs to be. Here are seven interior and exterior signs that you need a new roof:

1. Shingle edges are curled or cupped. This can occur simply from age or extreme weather, but can also be caused by poor roof ventilation, insufficient binders, or bad manufacturing or installation.

 2. Dark stains have formed on top of or on the underside of your roof. If you see this, then your roof is leaking and causing moisture damage. This is terrible not only for your roof, but for your home’s interior structure as well.

 3. It’s cracking or sagging. Cracks are easy to see but if you’re not sure if your roof is sagging or not, use a broom to lightly push at the suspected spot. If it’s wet or it moves, then you need a new roof immediately.

 4. There are signs of rot or mold. These both retain moisture and can quickly get out of control, weakening your structure.

 5. You see bald spots or asphalt shingle granules in the gutter. The granules help deflect heat and water away from your home so if they are lacking, your roof will be more susceptible to problems.

 6. The chimney or roof flashing is damaged. This allows water to seep in underneath the shingles, damaging your home.

 7. Other homes in your neighborhood are getting new roofs. Most likely, your roof will need replacement around the same time.

 How to Extend the Life of Your Roof Shingles

 Since it can be a large investment to replace your roof, it pays to know how to make your roof last longer. Other than choosing the right type of roof shingles for your climate and not just for budget or aesthetics, here are five ways to extend the life of your shingles:

1. Maintain the area around your roof. This includes cleaning out the gutters so water doesn’t pool and trimming nearby branches so the fallen leaves don’t trap moisture and fallen branches don’t cause damage.
2. Try to limit foot traffic on the roof and never use a power washer to clean it, which can dislodge the important granules.
3. Properly ventilate and insulate your attic. When air flows well, heat and humidity won’t build up on the underside of your roof which causes the asphalt to dry out faster.
4. Get a professional inspection every year so you can catch small fixes before they become big expenses. This is especially important after a severe storm.
5. Rejuvenate your roof with Roof Maxx’s scientifically-formulated, all-natural oil treatment. Roof Maxx has millions of microbeads of all-natural oil that penetrate your old roof and restore its flexibility and waterproofing protection.
By choosing the right roof in the first place and knowing how to make your roof last longer, including using the rejuvenation roof spray by Roof Maxx, the top of your home will not only protect you from the outside elements of sun, rain, and wind, but you’ll also be proud of its beauty.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!




Top Three Reasons to Refresh Your Roof vs. Replacing Your Roof

April 2020

The process of replacing a roof can be a long, costly headache. From choosing a roofer you can trust to do a good job and clean up afterwards, to managing through the chaos of living in a home surrounded by a hail of old shingles, nails, and debris, replacing a roof is something everyone hopes to avoid.

Until now, there has never been a way to extend the life of an asphalt roof. Roof Maxx is an effective solution for maximizing the protection of aging roofs or simply buying some more time on roofs that are at the end of their useful life. Roof Maxx allows you to Refresh instead of Replace your roof.

Here are the Top Three Reasons to let Roof Maxx do just that: Refresh Your Roof.

Affordability

Prior to application of the Roof Maxx shingle treatment, trained and certified roofing specialists will perform our Roof Tune-Up package, focusing on leak-prone areas such as plumbing vents, hips and valleys, flashing, exposed or backed out nails, skylights and chimneys.

The entire process is quick (generally less than 2 hours start to finish), clean and very affordable, costing between 20-30% the cost of a complete roof replacement, and comes with a 5-year guarantee. Discover for yourself why property management professionals across the country are thinking differently about their roofs and leave your roofing headaches behind.

Eco-Friendliness

Roof Maxx is 100% safe for people, pets, property, and the environment, because it’s an all-natural USDA Certified food-grade product. Any overspray can be rinsed away with a hose or rain. Refreshing your roof with Roof Maxx also avoids putting tons of shingles and other construction debris in a landfill. Roof Maxx is good for the environment and your peace of mind!

Extended Life Expectancy

Roof Maxx’s revolutionary award-winning technology allows millions of micro-beads of all-natural oil to penetrate your old brittle roof. This process restores your roof’s flexibility and waterproofing protection preserving the life of your roof. Treatments come with a 5-year transferable warranty. Repeating treatments every five years can extend your roof’s life by up to fifteen years.

Give us a call today to find out more and let Roof Maxx refresh your tired roof!