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What The Future Of Roofing May Look Like

The world of roofing, while subject to some change, is relatively slow-moving compared to the tech or automobile industry. That being said, the roofing industry may see significant and exciting changes in the 21st century that are worth exploring. Given this, we thought it’d be fun to look at how the roof of the future may look.

Solar Panels

Okay…this one isn’t exactly new. In fact, humans have been using the sun for millennia for energy, but today’s solar panels offer new opportunities for energy capture. Prior to today’s solar panels, the efficiency was never great enough to justify the cost. Now, solar panels are beginning to capture more energy than ever before, while prices continue to drop. Riding around El Paso, you may already see homes capturing the energy of the Sun City and using it to power their homes. You can expect to see even more homes using solar energy in the future.

Green Roofing

Green roofing is simply roofing with the environment in mind. There is a wide range of roofing technologies that are employed by roofers today, like light reflection, better insulation materials, and lighter colors for less heat absorption. When thinking of a green roof, though, you may not have thought of a literally green roof. Some people have decided to make their roof a garden, by planting a number of vegetables like eggplants and lettuce. Not only does this save money on food, but it can actually keep your home cooler as well. This is a trend that may catch on in the coming decades.

Allegiant: At The Forefront of Roofing

Here at Allegiant Construction and Roofing, we couldn’t be more excited for what the future may hold for the roofing industry. The perception of roofs has changed, and the possibilities are widening every day for what a roof can do. Whether you want a traditional roof or a roof of the future, call us today for roofing you can trust!

What You Need to Know About Your New Home’s Roof

So you found the perfect house, at the perfect price, in the perfect neighborhood, and you just want to make sure everything is up to par, right? Well, be sure to ask the seller of the home about the roof, because a bad roof can turn your dream house into a nightmare overnight. Use this quick guide from us as a checklist of what you need to know about the roof before signing on the dotted line. 

Find Out How Old The Roof Is 

Is your roof 5 years old, or 15 years old? That’s very important to know, because the age of your roof can determine what kind of inspection or work may need to be done on it. Very old roofs dating from the early 80s and before may contain asbestos, which is notorious for being carcinogenic. Be sure to ask how old your roof is, and the last time that the roof was worked on.

Looking for Leaks and Holes

Leaks in the roof are one of the most common problems that can arise, and can be the most costly and damaging when not addressed properly. Water leakage can ruin your ceilings, and the furniture below can also suffer. Ask about a history of leaks and holes from the previous owner, and look at your ceiling for any obvious water or debris damage. 

Drainage and Gutters

Gutters and drainage are what transport the water from your roof, and safely onto the ground. They include drainage pipes and downspouts, but it can be very dangerous to check these yourself. Allegiant Roofing can take a look at these systems for you, instead of you risking yourself trying to inspect them without training. 

Moldy Roof, Moldy Home

When people think of mold, they usually think of the walls or carpets in their homes, but the roof is just as susceptible to mold. Roofs with leaks lead to water intrusion, and the water may sit in one area and create a humid environment where mold will thrive. El Paso is uniquely prone to this, because the blazing hot weather will humidify the inside of your roof fast. Mold can then travel further into your house, which is a health hazard for you and your family. Our roofing professionals know just how to spot mold, so you can count on us to sniff out the source and eliminate it. 

Call Allegiant Construction and Roofing Today!

Before you get settled in your dream home, call us to make sure your roof is up to par. We can check everything about your roof, from the shingles to weather damage. After all, your roof is what shields your family from the harsh El Paso elements—Allegiant wants to provide that protection for years to come!

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.