Most people understand the importance of having a roof over their heads, but it’s also important to keep it in good shape. If that’s not the case, your home can develop mold, mildew, leaks, and other major problems. Your roof serves as a barrier from the outside world and even the smallest leak can cause large-scale problems. To prevent this from happening, here are the telltale signs your roof is leaking.

4 Signs Your Roof is Leaking

The following are common signs of a leaking roof:

1. Drips

It may seem self-explanatory, but if you see drips coming from the ceiling or moisture on the walls, this is a common sign your roof is leaking. Even if the leak seems to be going away, it’s best to get it checked out. Chronic moisture problems can cause permanent damage if they’re not handled appropriately.

2. Water Stains

A water stain looks like a puddle on your ceiling, typically layered with a light brown color around the edges. Although they can be quite noticeable, stains can be difficult to spot as they often occur in dark areas.

3. Missing Shingles

Go outside and see if you have any broken, damaged, or missing shingles. Missing shingles on your roof is a direct pathway for water to enter your home. This issue can be the result of a storm or your roof aging.

4. Damaged Flashing

Flashing is made up of metal strips that are attached to all seams, and edges of your roof. Over time, this can dry out and crack. Because flashing protects some of the most important parts of your roof, any damage is a cause for concern. When flashing cracks or is bent upward, it allows water and moisture to run inside the roof seams.

Damage From a Roof Leak

Many household problems can be put off but a roof leak is not one of them. Having a leaky roof can cause safety and health risks as well as becoming costly along the way. Mold and mildew growth inside of your home is one of the more serious consequences in the long term, especially black mold from water intrusion. It attacks wood framing, ceiling tiles, and walls, can be very difficult to eliminate, and can cause severe health problems.

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The roof is a massive, integral part of every home. No matter how you look at it, it’s one of those components that you can’t afford to neglect. Do so, and you’ll end up with leaks, mold, and structural damage, to name just a few issues.

One of the easiest ways for your roof to become damaged is exposure to standing water on a regular basis.

What Causes Standing Water on a Roof

Standing water occurs when water won’t drain properly from your roof within 48 hours. There are several factors that could cause this issue:

  • Having a flat roof
  • Clogged drains
  • Drains that were installed improperly
  • Drainage that’s not adequate for the size of your roof

If it’s a matter of a clogged or improper drain, both issues have a simple solution. However, if you’re concerned that your home’s very architecture is causing the problem, you can still prevent standing water by scheduling routine roof maintenance. In addition, it is possible to change the landscape of the roof, as explained below.

Roof Cleaning and Maintenance

Roof Cleaning

  1. To clean your roof, start by focusing on the gutters. Twice a year (or every three months if you have large trees near your house) use a spade to remove large debris such as leaves and branches. Then use a hose to wash down smaller particles, such as dirt and bird droppings.
  2. To clean roof shingles, mix hot water and bleach in a bucket and pour the solution into a garden sprayer.
  3. Spray individual sections of your roof with the sprayer, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and spray it off with fresh water.

Roof Maintenance

  1. If your roof is flat, you can hire roofers to install structures to divert water from accumulating in specific areas. If your roof has indentations, the roofers can also use a leveling compound to keep water from pooling.
  2. Remove debris that accumulates on top of your home, such as branches, leaves, and everything else you normally find in your gutters. Doing so will allow water to move freely and drain easier.
  3. Go up to your attic with a flashlight to check if there are any water stains or water leaking from the roof. If so, go up to the roof to inspect the shingles around that area. If any shingles are cracked, curling, or peeling, you’ll need to replace them.
  4. Purchase moss remover, follow the instructions on the back of the bottle, and spray your roof. Alternatively, you can mix bleach and water and spray the singles with a garden sprayer, following the instructions above.
  5. Schedule maintenance with roof inspectors twice a year.

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Benefits of Replacing Roof

How often do you think about your roof? This integral part of your home serves many purposes beyond offering protection from the elements. Having a good roof in place comes with a long list of benefits that impact many areas of your home. Below is a list of advantages that come with replacing your home’s roof.

6 Benefits of Replacing Your Home’s Roof

1. Increase your home’s value

Potential home buyers pay attention to a property’s curb appeal. In addition to simply making your home look better, replacing your roof makes it more likely that it’ll pass inspection without a glitch, making it more likely to close on that sale. And PS: A new roof can increase your home value by about $12,000, which means you’ll likely recoup the replacement costs.

2. Save on energy costs

Outdated roofs and poor insulation lend themselves to air leaks within your property. Even if you can’t see them, the HVAC system will run longer cycles to match the temperature set on your thermostat. So you’ll have a home that will take longer to either cool down or warm up and higher energy bills. To ensure your family’s comfort and save on your utilities, it behooves you to consider replacing an old roof.

3. Protect your home

Roof leaks aren’t only annoying and inconvenient. They can damage furniture, wallpapering, hardwood floors, result in mold buildup, and deteriorate to your ceilings. If not resolved promptly, entering water can work its way down all the way to your home’s structure. While some of the damage may be covered by homeowner’s insurance (such as water damage), other costs may have to come out of pocket. Some policies also limit coverage to how long you waited before you took action to remedy the leak.

4. Protect your family’s health

Mold and mildew don’t only affect your home’s structure. From throat irritation, worsening of asthma, or developing lung disease, exposure to damp environments can cause serious health issues for you and your loved ones. There is plenty of evidence that links indoor exposure to mold with respiratory tract issues.

5. Longer warranty

Depending on the type of material used on your new roof, the warranty could last for as long as 50 years, which is significantly higher than the standard 15-20 years. Do keep in mind that these extended warranties may only be valid if you provide your home’s roof with regular maintenance.

6. Peace of mind

Any time there’s a particularly harsh storm season or a hurricane watch, your To Do list becomes full of precautionary actions.  For instance, having enough non-perishable food and water, flashlights, batteries, a full tank of gas for your cars, and external battery packs for your family’s cell phones. The last thing you’d need is to worry about whether the roof, which  has likely guarded your home since the Jackson 5 were on the Billboard 100, will withstand category 4 winds.

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How to Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles

A damaged roof comes with several consequences: In a superficial sense, your home looks neglected. In a more serious sense, water could inadvertently start leaking into your attic. As a result, you could end up with damaged insulation and mold growth.

Sometimes, the damage is so minor, you may not even notice when it first happens (which is one of the reasons why it’s so important to schedule regular roof maintenance). Other times, you may notice damaged asphalt or missing shingles in various spots around your home. Is there anything you can do to replace them yourself?

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How to Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles in 8 Steps

First things first: Keep in mind that if there are several damaged shingles, the clock may be ticking on when you have to replace the entire roof. If such a big investment is not currently on your budget, you can follow these steps to restore them:

Step 1. Check the weather report before you start

The last thing you need while kneeling on your roof is for a downpour to force you to abort the mission.

Step 2. Get the required tools and materials

You’ll need a flat bar, asphalt roofing cement, replacement shingles, and roofing nails.

Step 3. Remove the damaged shingles

Use the flat bar to separate the damaged shingles from the ones around it. If it’s only slightly damaged, lift the loose portion and spread a layer of asphalt roofing cement under it.

Step 4. Remove the nails

Once you cut through the glue holding the shingles together with the flat bar, remove the nails underneath the shingles. You can also use the flat bar to pry them out. If the damaged shingles don’t come off after removing the nails, remove the nails from the row above as well.

Step 5. Slide out the old shingle

Once you pull out the old shingle, slide in the new one. If the old shingle doesn’t slide out, don’t force it. It’s better to call a professional roofer than to cause damage to other areas of your roof.

Step 6. Nail down the shingle

Make sure to specifically use waterproof roofing nails, since these will last longer, even when exposed to the elements. Also, use at least four nails to nail down the new shingle. If you removed the top row of shingles, remember to nail it back as well. Nail the top row into new holes instead of using the old ones.

Step 7. Seal space around the nails

Once you’ve nailed down the shingles, apply sealant around the nails to seal against water leakage.

Step 8. Glue down the bottom of the shingles.

Apply it all along the bottom of the single and press down.

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On a scale of 1 to 10, having a leaky roof ranks pretty high when it comes to household issues that can make your blood pressure rise. And while the glaring ones are pretty vexing, not all of them are as obvious. Yet they can all cause extensive damage to your home.

What type of damage can be caused by roof leaks?

In fact, water damage is one of the most common reasons people file home insurance claims. In the aggregate, they are responsible for causing the following issues:

  • Mold
  • Wall damage
  • Chipped paint
  • Structural damage
  • Short circuit of electrical wiring

Even if there’s no obvious sign of a leak, if you notice any of the following issues, it may be time to look for their source:

  • Musty smell
  • Bubbling paint
  • Spots on your exterior walls

How to find a roof leak?

Finding the source of a leak requires a bit of detective work. This is because once water enters your home through the roof, it could be diverted, causing water stains or mold in an entirely different room.

  1. Inspect your ceiling and interior walls. Look around for water stains, bulges on the wall, and listen closely for any sound of dripping water.   
  2. Inspect the roof. This may sound like a no-brainer, but there are several areas you’ll want to pay close attention to. These include vents, chimneys, or missing shingles. Also look for missing nails at the base of vents. Other surefire signs of leaks are black stains on the top of your roof, shingles that are coming loose, or cracks along shingles.
  3. If you have an attic, inspect it. Bring a flashlight with you and shine it all over the space. If you see any mold spots, you’ve got your leak location. If you see damaged insulation, pull it off and follow the course of the water stain. It’s possible for it to be located several feet away.
  4. Scrutinize your walls. Sometimes water comes in through wall paneling instead of the roof. This is likely if you have damaged caulking around doors or windows. Use a putty knife around all entryways to ensure that the caulk is solid.
  5. Run a hose. This is a practical way to find the damaged portion of your ceiling. Get up on the roof and run a hose over your home while someone stays in the attic, holding up a flashlight. As soon as water starts coming in, your assistant will be able to pinpoint where the issue is located.

How to fix a roof leak

How to fix a leaky roof will depend on where the leak is located. However, we’ve provided this handy guideline for basic repairs:

  1. If the leak is directly on the roof, have someone stay inside the house while you go up to the roof. Have your helper thump or knock on the damaged area to let you know the portion that needs repairs. Cover it with roofing cement.
  2. Replace damaged shingles. Before placing the new one on your roof, remember to scrape off all of the old roofing cement before applying new layers.
  3. Reapply the caulking around all vents and windows.
  4. Never simply paint over a water stain. Even if it’s small and it doesn’t really bother you, it’s only a matter of time before it starts rotting wood and causing mold to grow inside your walls.
  5. Call an experienced roofer. The reality is that while you can do a couple of DIY repairs at home, more complex problems require help from a professional.

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A patio cover serves as a cheap and simple extension to your home while also improving its curb appeal and, consequently, property value. A suitable cover isn’t just about looks, however; it also allows you to get a lot more use out of your patio. It’s great for maintaining a shaded exterior area during the hot summer months or for protecting you from light rain if you’re having a barbecue.

Before you choose a patio cover, you’ll want to think about what you intend to use the outdoor space for. Following are some important considerations that will help you determine which solution is most suitable:

  • Do you have any outdoor furniture and/or a grill?
  • Is there a fire pit that might need to be protected or relocated?
  • When do you intend to use your patio and in what sort of weather?

Consider the Exterior Appearance of Your Home

Any kind of home extension, even something as simple as a patio cover or awning, will look dreadful and significantly decrease your home’s curb appeal if it doesn’t complement the rest of the building. Ideally, it should match the appearance and functionality of the rest of your patio as well as the house. Fortunately, there are many options to choose from, including retractable awnings, shelters and screens.

Don’t Neglect Function

Remember that a patio cover also serves a functional purpose rather than just an aesthetic one. As such, you’ll need to think carefully about factors such as color. For example, in relatively hot and arid regions, as is the case with much of Texas, you’ll ideally want to go for lighter colors to prevent heat absorption. Also, brighter colors don’t fade as much, since they’re not so vulnerable to bleaching by the sun.

Choose the Right Material

With average summer highs hovering around 90 degrees in much of Texas, you’ll definitely want to choose a patio cover that can survive the heat. For example, insulated and laminated roof panels will be far more durable than a simple awning. Heavy-gauge aluminum panels are among the most durable materials, and they’re also very lightweight. Another option is vinyl, a material that has improved enormously in the last few decades to become a decent and cost-effective affordable to many older materials. Best of all, high-quality, rigid vinyl is immune from rot and warping, and it is extremely resistant to UV light.

Allied Siding & Windows is a Texas-based company that builds custom-made patios.

Radiant ShieldThe idea of using radiant barriers to stop the sun’s heat from entering through the top of the house has been around for more than fifty years.  These radiant barriers have become quite popular recently with the green-building movement and they have been certified in recent years as energy-efficient home additions by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Radiant barriers are typically made of thin sheets of aluminum, which is a highly reflective metal that serves as a springboard for solar radiation to jump right back into the atmosphere. The aluminum is supported by materials such as craft paper, sheathing plywood, cardboard, mylar webbing, or fiber.

Radiant barriers can be either one or two-sided, and both styles definitely improve a home’s insulation.  Homeowners looking for high quality radiant barrier insulation materials will want to use a well-known brand with a very low emissivity rating (the ability to distribute heat and light internally) and a high reflectivity rating (the ability to push back solar radiation as it hits the barrier).

Radiant barrier insulation helps to save home energy costs typically by preventing the descending transfer of solar heat from the roof of a house down to the ceiling, through the walls, and finally to the floors.  Other forms of insulation, such as fiberglass batts and air-bubble foam insulation insulate the house by absorbing excess heat from the outside.  Radiant barrier insulation acts like a shield, deflecting the burning rays of sunlight from hitting the home and penetrating it.  Radiant barriers work best when installed in the uppermost part of the house, reflecting as much as 97% of all solar radiation trying to push into the house.  Installing radiant barriers in the outside walls of the house will also help deflect incoming heat caused by solar radiation.

In the southern “sunbelt” states and in tropical countries around the Equator, homeowners who choose to install radiant barrier insulation often experience an impressive reduction in their electricity bills.  Radiant barriers may reduce up to 40% of the entire flow of heat into the house, thus reducing stress on your cooling system.  With less heat coming in, less energy will be needed to operate the air-conditioning units.  Since less energy is used, homeowners experience a substantial savings on energy expenses.

It is certainly easy to understand why radiant barriers are fast becoming preferences in homebuilding, and it is not only because of the safe and environment-friendly energy cost savings; Radiant barrier insulation is lightweight, yet durable, and resistant to moisture, thus preventing mold and mildew from growing in the walls and attic space.

EnergyWise Radiant Shield™ uses the “radiant barrier” technology originally developed by NASA.  The cross-woven polyethylene materials, along with an aluminum layer, are used to create a radiant barrier and vapor retarder in residential, commercial, and agricultural buildings.  Radiant Shield™ is specifically engineered to include vapor-retarding properties that help reduce condensation that can lead to corrosion and deterioration of metal siding and roofing materials.

Allied Siding and Windows uses only top name industry-leading products, including EnergyWise Radiant Shield™ radiant barrier insulation.  If you are looking to reduce your energy costs in a safe and eco-friendly way, call Allied Siding and Windows today at 713-946-3697 for additional information.  The professional staff at Allied Siding and Windows uses only high quality products, along with very stringent production practices, to ensure satisfaction for every client.  You will be pleased with their top-notch service and their results.

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Storms in Texas can be very strong at times, causing damage to your windows, siding and roof. If your roof is not ready for these storms, your interior can become damaged as well. Allied Siding and Windows knows that you want to protect your home from as much damage as possible. We can provide you with quality roofing services that will help you to prevent water damage to your home’s interior and protect your belongings. If you have experienced a storm and your roof is damaged, getting it repaired quickly is essential. We offer the roofing Austin and Houston homeowners trust for professional quality and affordability. We can inspect your roof and let you know whether minor repairs can be done or if you need a complete replacement.

As a homeowner you have to protect your investment. Allied offers a number of ways to do so. We provide replacement windows, roofing and guttering services and James Hardie siding. This is the most durable siding on the market and is perfect for Texas homes as it repels water damage that can be caused by the storms that frequent this region. We can offer you a free estimate for any of our services and help you to determine what specific work needs to be done on your home to protect the largest investment of your life.

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Many things can cause your roof to need repairs. Storms can wreak havoc on your home, tearing at your roof and causing damage to your interior as well. Age can also cause your roof to begin leaking. Whatever the cause of your roofing problems, Allied Siding and Windows offers a solution. Since 1988, we have been providing the quality roofing Austin homeowners have come to trust. We offer affordable prices and can determine the extent of damage to your roof, advising you on the best solution option for your specific problem. We can do minor repairs or complete replacements depending on your specific needs.

In addition to Austin, we offer roofing Houston homeowners can count on as well. We have helped more than 13,000 homeowners in Texas to improve their homes through roofing, gutters, siding and replacement windows. We specialize in insurance claims and can provide you with a temporary tarp if necessary to protect your interior after a damaging storm. Houston is known for its weather and this weather often turns treacherous. If a storm has damaged your roof, having it repaired is vital if you want to avoid water damage to your interior. Allied Siding and Windows will come and inspect your roof, determining the extent of your damage and the best way to repair that damage.

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When it comes to quality and affordable roofing, Austin homeowners prefer Allied Siding and Windows. Why? Because we offer professional services and costs that are easily affordable. We can inspect your roof to determine whether you need a complete replacement or simply minor repairs. If it turns out that your roof needs to be replaced, we can ensure that your new roof is installed quickly and properly. We offer a number of home improvement services for Austin, Houston, and Dallas area residents, including roofing, gutters, siding, and replacement windows. We can also deal with your insurance company and provide you with a temporary tarp if needed to protect your home from further damage.

We offer the siding Austin homeowners prefer as well. We are dealers of HardiePlank® Siding, which is the most durable and highest quality siding that you can find. If you need to replace your siding, HardiePlank® will give your home years of durability and help protect against a number of damaging elements. Allied Siding and Windows offer all of the services that you need to keep your home in perfect condition. Whether you need to replace your windows to save energy, need your gutters or siding replaced, or you have roof leaks, we can help.

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