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5 Causes of Shingle Deterioration

 

Your roof is the first defense against outside elements, be it rain, snow or wind. As a homeowner in El Paso, you know well that our rain and wind storms can go from bad to worse within minutes and while we are fortunate to live in a city with mild winters, when it does snow, it can cause damage to your roof. Extreme weather conditions are what essentially reak the most havoc on our roofs. However, there are also everyday elements that also cause damage to the roof such as exposure to the sun and normal wear and tear over time. No roof is protected against weather damage.

With a large majority of shingle roof homes here in the Sun City, we thought we’d focus on an area of the roof can help avoid extreme damage to both your roof and the inside of your home. And that is worn-out or missing shingles. The main contributor of missing or deteriorated shingles is the weather. Each condition brings different challenges. Here’s what they include:

1- Sun

A good roof coating will help fight the sun’s UV rays. However, over time the coating will also be eaten up by the sun. Basically, it’s inevitable to have your roof be fully protected from the sun. With months or years of exposure to the sun, shingles are bound to break down from the strong IR radiation and UV light.

2-Wind

We know windy weather around here. When the wind reaches extreme speeds it has the ability to significantly impact your roof. In many cases, it can lift shingles and blow them off completely. High winds also lead to extreme damage on the entire roof structure because it blows debris and other items onto the roof.

3-Hail or severe rainstorms

Hails removes mineral granules from the roof that are intended to protect the roof from UV rays and other water-shedding capabilities. A loss of mineral granules results in your roof being directly impacted by other elements. If your roof isn’t serviced following a hail storm or even an extreme rainstorm, you risk the possibility of structural damage.     

4- Tree Limbs

If your trees begin to touch your roof’s home, they’re too long. From the leaves clogging up the gutters to the limbs puncturing your roof, you can be dealing with a whole host of issues. Overgrown trees also affect your roof’s shingles because their direct impact with the shingles tends to be negative. It will result in rotting, complete removal, and other damage such as water seeping into the roof.

5- Lichen

Algae and moss will rot and destroy your roof over time. They’re also one of the causes of discoloration. While lichen does not trap as much water as moss, it does penetrate into the shingles of the roof, which results in a great deal of damage. Shingles need to be protected against algae and other fungi.

Don’t Wait to Replace Curling or Missing Shingles

Generally, asphalt shingles can last 20 to 30 years but their lifespan has a lot to do with the weather, regular maintenance, the quality of their installation, and the quality of their material. One of the best ways to keep your roof’s shingles in good condition is to have them inspected regularly. As a homeowner, you should have your roof inspected AT LEAST ONCE a year. If your roof is reaching 15 years, it especially requires a yearly routine maintenance check.

It’s often impossible to see curling or missing shingles from the ground. And it’s not safe for you to get on the roof and look for them. The best thing to do is to call in a professional roofer. Through a professional inspection, a professional roofer will be able to thoroughly inspect the roof and uncover hidden signs of damage. They will also be able to give you an update of your roof’s overall condition. If repairs need to be made, your roofer will also inform you so that they can be handled in a timely manner.  

At Allegiant Construction and Roofing, we’re committed to ensuring your roof remains in the best condition possible. For the most reliable roofing services in El Paso, give our team  a call.

Why You Need a Roof Inspection After a Windstorm in El Paso

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El Paso and the wind: two inevitable things that make us go from the Sun City to the Windy City in a matter of minutes. Following a windstorm, life always seems to resume, for the most part, as normal. We resume our walks in the park, drive to work without fear, and really— all of the things we would normally do. However, there is one area of our lives that may not be fully back to normal. And unfortunately, it’s a part that already doesn’t receive the attention it needs. That is our roof.

Wind, especially those 60 MPH winds we saw just a couple of days ago, can cause a host of problems! From lifting/removing shingles to bringing debris and other harmful items onto the top. Without knowing the extent of the damage following the storm, the damage can easily go from bad to worse. But we’re not here to focus on the bad. Rather, we want to stress the importance of having your roof inspected immediately after a storm.

Spotting Roof Damage Following a Windstorm

Wind moves in many directions and in different degrees of pressure. This causes a large amount of stress on your roof. If you haven’t had your roof inspected in quite some time, it makes matters worse. Again, we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news! It’s the equivalent of seeing a doctor after months or years of suffering from a condition. The risk of damage is high. That’s not to say it’s too late because considering you’re doing your research, it’s not!

During your home’s professional roof inspection, our team will perform a thorough look into all areas of your roof. This includes the following:

  • Look for missing or damaged shingles
  • Check for buckling or penetration
  • Examine the state of gutters: are they clogged?
  • Check for the possibility of leaks
  • Overall material check
  • Is there mold or decay?

Once we’ve determined the state of your roof, we’ll let you know what (if any) repairs are needed to restore your roof. We work fast so you won’t have to worry about the damage spreading.

Contact the Roof Wind Damage Experts — Contact Allegiant Construction and Roofing

We know that you have other important things to worry about, that’s why we work fast and efficiently. Best of all—we work around your schedule. Call us today to schedule an inspection!

Your Roof and El Paso’s Unpredictable Weather — Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Roof Safe

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One minute we’re storing our winter gear, the next we’re scrambling for those jackets we thought we no longer needed. If one thing is certain it’s that the weather is never predictable, especially here in the Sun City. When unexpected weather hits, it can take a toll on our properties. Everything from our trees to our windows can suffer. The roof is no exception. In fact, our roof is one of the exterior elements that is impacted the hardest.

While we can’t control the weather, we can control the repairs and maintenance on our roof that help prevent worse damage following extreme weather. Here are a couple of ways you can prepare:

Curling, Buckled, or Wavy Shingles?

If your roof has lifted shingles, they can easily be blown off in a wind, rain, or dust storm. Instead of waiting for more damage to brace your roof. Have those loose shingles replaced! In the event of a storm, your shingles are more likely to remain in place.

No Shingles at All?

What’s worse than loose or curling shingles? Missing shingles! In the event of a rainstorm, your roof is prone to the exposure of rain, ice, or even snow. When shingles are missing, the outside elements can easily come inside causing anything from leaks, water damage, and eventually mold.

Stains, Granule Loss, or a Plain Dirty Roof?

As a homeowner, you rightfully spend the majority of your time inside your home. As roofers, we spend our time on your roof looking for all of the trouble spots you’re not able to easily see or professionally detect. You may not realize it but a sign of roof damage also includes discoloration, stains, and even dirt. Following a rainstorm, it tends to be humid. With moisture in the air, it can cause an airborne fungus known as Gleocapsa. Although it mostly thrives in extremely humid places, fungus can begin to grow on your roof if it’s not properly cleaned.

And Lastly, How Are Those Gutters?

Gutters are intended to keep the roof protected from damage so when the gutters aren’t able to flow water down to the ground, it can cause complications. You risk the extreme possibility of mold, you might deal with a cracked foundation, and your basement or other areas of the home may flood. Ensuring that your gutters are working properly can make a significant impact on your home, saving you thousands of dollars!

Make Sure Your Roof is Prepared for the Worst!

Maintenance is the key to keeping a roof safe and in place. Though it may not always seem like it, even the smallest of repairs can prevent the worst of damage when unpredictable weather comes our way. If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a couple of months, consider having it inspected ASAP. Give Allegiant Construction and Roofing a call today!

Avoid These 5 Common Roofing Mistakes

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Our home’s roof deserves TLC and if you’re already giving it the love it needs, then make sure you’re handling it with care. Just like there’s a proper way to brush your teeth, there’s a right and a wrong way to taking care of your roof.

We’ve compiled five of the biggest mistakes that homeowners tend to make when it comes to their roof. If you’re guilty of one or more of these, learn what you should be doing instead.

1. Cleaning your roof with a pressure washer

A pressure washer will certainly remove items like leaves and trash but in the process of clearing out your roof, you’re also damaging the roof’s surface. If you regularly clean your roof or do so after a big storm, use a water hose instead. The pressure isn’t as great but it will still do the job.

2. Placing new shingles over old ones

By placing new shingles over old ones you are indeed causing more issues. Old shingles need to be completed removed then new ones can be installed. Failing to do so will make matters worse.

3. Forgetting to inspect your attic

Your attic often reveals signs of trouble but if you’re not checking it regularly, you will certainly miss the signs. Be sure to take a couple of minutes every couple of months and inspect your attic. There may be small repairs that are needed in order to avoid catastrophic issues down the road.

4. Putting too much insulation on your home.

There is such a thing as too much insulation. A home with an attic needs some ventilation. Otherside, this can lead to mold and other issues. You also don’t want too little insulation. A professional roofer can help you find a balance.

5. Not having it inspected at least once a year

Even if your roof hasn’t had any leaks or obvious damage, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional roofer. Think of it like your routine doctor or dentist visit. Even if you feel fine and your teeth look okay, it’s still necessary to have a routine exam to ensure there aren’t any underlying issues. Your roof may need small repairs to keep it in optimal condition. This results in less trouble down the road.

Contact Allegiant Construction and Roofing for Reliable Services

There’s nothing to be ashamed about if you have been making one or more of these mistakes. It happens to the best of us! So instead of continuing this cycle, have your roof professional inspected and serviced by us, one of the most reliable roofing companies in El Paso. When you call Allegiant Construction and Roofing, we’ll give you the upfront answers you need to make an informed decision.  

Avoid the Worse! Winter-Proof Your El Paso Roof

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From freezing temperatures to a calm 68-degree day, there’s no telling what one winter day will be like from the next. Leaving your roof susceptible to damage may come at a high cost when an unexpected winter storm braces the Borderland. All it takes is a couple of preventative measures and your roof will be protected from damage such as water leaks and roof and gutter issues. Allow us to help you prepare!

Give your home’s exterior a walk-through

Do you have a couple of trees that touch your home’s roof? Perhaps a tree that’s close to your roof? If you do, you’ll want to trim those trees and rack up any fallen leaves. Branches and leaves can clog up gutters, which obstruct the ability of water to flow in the right direction. When leaves pile up on your home’s roof, they can also cause damage. Wet leaves have the potential to rot roof shingles and make them weak. Take a walk around your home and from the ground trouble-spot any areas that require cleanup. The goal is to keep both your roof and gutters free from objects.

Inspect your attic

Attics are prone to leaks, especially when the Sun City experiences a heavy rainstorm. To spot any potential damage, go up to your attic on a sunny day and look for pockets of the sun coming in through the roof. If you notice areas where the sun is peaking in, call a roofer to asses it. A professional roofer will determine whether there are missing shingles or other potential damage. It’s important to have it addressed right away as any small opening leaves room for the possibility of leaks, which can result in mold.     

Have your roof thoroughly inspected

It’s a good rule of thumb to have your roof inspected before the start of a new season. Since fall and winter in El Paso can sometimes get blurred, it’s a good idea to have it inspected in late September/early October. Although we are well into November, you can still have it inspected before the start of winter, which officially starts on December 21st.

Simply give Allegiant Construction and Roofing a call and we’ll schedule a visit. Upon our inspection, our licensed and experienced roofers will look for any damage that requires repair. We’ll let you know the full status of your roof’s condition so that you can have peace of mind knowing you’re prepared for the possibility of snow or freezing temperatures.

Contact us today to schedule an inspection!