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Signs I Need a New Roof

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Wondering whether your roof is due for a full replacement? Signs are usually there but unless you’re paying attention to them, you may not know your roof is needing some work. The signs may vary but the following are the most common indicators it’s time for a new roof:

Your Roof is 25 Years or Older

Not every homeowner celebrates their roof’s birthday but most homeowners do know the last time it was replaced. If it’s been roughly 25 years or longer since you had your roof replaced, it may be time for another replacement. Regular maintenance can help extend the lifetime of your roof so if you’ve kept up with its maintenance, your roof may still have a couple of years on it. However, if it’s been a while, perhaps you don’t remember the last time since you had maintenance performed on your roof, a roof inspection is your best bet. Often times there are is underlying roof damage that can’t be revealed.   

Too Many Missing Shingles

An indicator your roof is falling apart or is needing a full replacement is its shingles. When there are many “bald” spots on your roof that means its shingles are falling. Too many missing shingles is a huge indicator that your roof may be needing a replacement.  

Shingles Are Curling and Buckling

Do you notice that the shingles of your roof are curling or it appears to be losing granules? This is a sign that your roof’s shingles are reaching the end of their life expectancy. It can also be a sign that your roof is defective. If you notice curling or buckling shingles, contact us! As bonded and insured roofers, we’ll thoroughly inspect your roof and let you know if there is damage. 

Gutters Are at the End of Their Life Cycle

Your gutters are a key component to your roofing system. They reveal problems with your roof. If your gutters are loaded with shingle granules, this is one sign your roof is coming to the end of its life. What this reveals is that your roof’s granules are worn out.   

Still Not Sure? Contact a Roofing Expert Today

Allegiant Construction and Roofing in El Paso is here to answer all of your questions regarding your roof. When you schedule a free, initial inspection, we’ll asses your roof and let you know whether it requires repairs or if it’s time for a full replacement. Our roofing contractors are the best in the field so you can full confidence knowing that their solid expertise is on your side.

Contact us today: (915) 206-2834​   

El Paso! Keep Your Roof Safe This Summer by Following These Tips

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The temperature is rising and the summer heat is on its way. Well before the triple digits strike, make sure your home is prepared to handle the heat. Your roof is the first and most important area to target. If you’ve kept up with roof maintenance throughout the year, your roof should be in good shape but you want to ensure it’s prepared to handle the sun’s brutality. Those ultraviolet rays can cause damage even on cloudy days! Plus, we know that once June hits, El Paso can see some of the worst monsoon weather, from hailstorms to consistent rain, possible flooding and backing up your gutters. It’s imperative to be prepared for any and all type of weather.

We’ve gathered the most critical tips to follow so that your roof can remain intact this summer:

Tip #1: Have Your Roof Inspected

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to see damage from the ground and even when you’re on top of your roof, unless you’re a professional roofer you won’t be able to identity the often hidden areas of damage. Your best bet is to have the roof inspected by a professional. Simply give us a call, and we’ll set up a time and date to come down to your house or building. During our inspection, we’ll look for any cracks, leaks, holes, loose gravel, possible structural damage, and any other damage that may be lingering. Upon your inspection and free estimate. We’ll allow you to decide how you’d like to move forward, providing you with all the details on what repairs are needed and why.

Tip #2: Have Repairs Done

We advise to have the needed repairs done as soon as possible. This will prevent those damages from becoming worse. Within one rainstorm, a missing shingle can result in a leak, damaging the inside of your home. We don’t say this to be extreme. The reality is, roof damage can spread over time and when there’s weather involved, that time can speed up immediately.

Tip #3: Invest in Roof Coating

More sunlight translates to more heat damage. To help prevent UV damage to your roof and extend the longevity, consider investing in roof coating. Roof coatings provide a barrier between the outside elements and your roof. While there are numerous benefits to roof coatings, one of the most prominent is its ability to reflect the sunlight that hits it for hours on end. The inside of your home will feel cooler as a result. It can also help to lower your overall costs on maintenance.

Tip #4: Never Neglect Your Roof

Roofs tend to be the last thing on our minds. And with a busy summer schedule, who has time to plan for roof repairs or restoration projects? When you contact Allegiant Construction and Roofing, we’ll make it easy for you! We work fast and efficient to ensure your roof gets the needed attention and so that you don’t have to plan around it.

Before the 100 plus degree is here, give us a call! Or even if the triple digits have hit, we’re here ready to handle your roofing needs.  

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!