Winter Gutter & Attic Maintenance: Ice Dams Prevention Tips

The often extreme East Coast winter weather conditions can lead to dangerous ice buildup in and near roof gutters. Known as ice dams, these blockages can pose major problems for your roof and your attic, potentially causing extensive and costly damage.

Ice dams can cause significant damage to gutters, roof’s surface and underlying structure leading to leaks, rotted decking/framing/walls, and reduced insulation effectiveness.

Winter Gutter & Attic Maintenance: Ice Dams Prevention Tips

Winter Gutter Maintenance: Ice Dams Prevention Tips

To avoid ice dams, it’s important that you understand how they form in the first place so you can be proactive about preventing them.

Ice dams are essentially large ice formations that build up in your gutters, clogging the drain spouts and giving excess water no way to escape. That excess water may then leak into your attic, potentially causing problems including high humidity, toxic mold and structural damage.

Two main factors contribute to their creation: the weather and attic conditions. Rising temperatures cause ice and snow to melt, but if the mercury quickly slips back below the freezing mark, this melt water can freeze before it clears out of your gutters. Also, heat escaping through the roof of your home can make ice and snow melt—and if temperatures are below the freezing mark, that water can turn to ice when it collects in your gutters. This leads to the formation of ice dams, and the scenario occurs most often in attics which lack proper insulation and ventilation.

Avoiding Ice Dams: 5 Preventative Attic Maintenance Tips

One of the easiest ways to avoid ice dams is to ensure your attic is properly insulated. Given our New Jersey experience, we recommend your attic be insulated to an R-value in the R-49 to R-60 range. Ceilings need a minimum of 14 inches of fiberglass batts, cellulose, or open-cell spray foam. If you’re using blown-in fiberglass, you’ll need about 20 inches to achieve R-49.

Another important note: Attic insulation must completely cover the top plates of a home’s exterior walls.

In addition to insulation, here are 5 other interventions which can help prevent ice dams:

  • Seal all air leaks and insulate your duct work.
  • Ventilate your eaves and ridge baffles.
  • Ensure your attic hatch is capped or sealed.
  • Make sure that none of your home’s exhaust vents travel through your roof soffits on their route outside.
  • Replace recessed lights with sealed can lights to reduce the amount of heat generated in ceiling areas.

Bottom line: if your ceiling is airtight and is insulated to the latest building code requirements, ice dams are less likely to occur.

Check With a Professional Roofer

Winter Gutter & Attic Maintenance: Ice Dams Prevention TipsCall LGC Roofing today to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection or request a repair estimate to fix your gutter or ventilation issues. We’ll pinpoint the problem and keep your ventilation system—and your entire roof—in first-class condition!

Family owned and operated NJ & PA roofing contractor, we’ve been installing and repairing roofs for 30 years! We pride ourselves with expertise at making your home energy efficient, affordable and ready to withstand the elements.

Give us a call at (609) 712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule roofing assessment & ventilation check. We’ll be happy to help with any of your roofing needs.



Extend The Life Of Your Roof: Fall Roofing Inspection 101

As the days get shorter and winter appears around the corner, there are certain preparations homeowners take to maintain the integrity of their home through the cold months ahead – and a roofing inspection is one of those preventative tasks. Fall is an ideal time to inspect your roofing and gutter systems, and take care of any minor repairs that may be necessary.

Extend The Life Of Your Roof: Fall Roofing Inspection 101

Why Have Your Roof Inspected Now?

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, your home’s roof should be inspected twice a year—once during fall months, and again in the late spring. Regular roof inspections are especially important for residents who live in areas with severe seasonal storms or harsh climates. They help to identify recent storm damage, prevent termite invasion and ward off leaks—in addition to protecting your home’s investment.

Structural Damage

Clear signs of roof damage can be difficult to spot. Even small problems can lead to major headaches when your roof is forced to handle snow, ice, sleet, rain and strong winds. These elements put a great deal of pressure on your roof and introduce high levels of moisture. Snow is deceptively heavy, and after a major snowfall, your roof could be forced to support dozens of extra pounds in weight. If your roof is suffering from even minor weaknesses or structural problems, the weight of that snow could trigger a catastrophic collapse that will cost a lot more to fix than you’d have paid to fix the problem prior to winter’s onset.

Roof Leaks

Even if your roof is structurally sound but has minor gaps and leaks, rain and melting snow and ice can cause big problems. You risk experiencing not only indoor leaks, but also damage to the wooden beams that support your roof. Ultimately, this could weaken your roof and create potentially dangerous instability later on.

Energy Inefficiencies

Gaps and leaks in your roof also make it harder for your home to retain heat, and can cause a drastic spike in winter heating costs. It’s far more cost-effective to invest in some preventative maintenance now than it is to deal with the potential problems that result from negligence. Your attic should be checked for any signs of moisture, any that the vents are efficient and adequate for the amount of space they’re maintaining.

Additionally, an inspection is advised when:

  • You are considering the purchase of a new home.
  • You are selling your home.
  • Your roofing is more than 20 years old.

Extend The Life Of Your Roof: Fall Roofing Inspection 101

Since your roof is the most weather-exposed part of your home, a comprehensive roof inspection will include an interior and exterior evaluation of the roof’s structure. Rain, snow, hail and even extreme heat can cause shingle damage, including: blistering, peeling, curling, loss of granules, cracking and rotting. The exact nature of the shingle damage to your home’s roofing may vary according to recent weather events and shingle materials.

5 Components of The Roof Inspection Process

While each roofing company is different, there are a number of things you should expect when an inspector arrives at your home. Here’s a brief overview of a typical inspection process:

  • INTERIOR CHECK – Roof inspections often include a walkthrough of your home. During this portion of the evaluation, inspectors can examine ceilings, walls and attic areas for internal evidence of wind, water or hail damage. If you’re concerned about electrical or drywall problems, let your inspector know immediately.
  • Extend The Life Of Your Roof: Fall Roofing Inspection 101EXTERIOR CHECK – A quality roofing specialist should walk the perimeter of your home, noting the location of chimneys, gutters, vents and flashing points. Later in the inspection, these elements will be evaluated more extensively for maintenance/repair requirements. External roof inspection should include a careful examination of the home’s siding and eaves. During this portion of the roofing evaluation, your inspector will check for external water stains, hail dings and indications of dry rot.
  • ROOFTOP CHECK – After a thorough look at your home’s interior and exterior, a skilled roofer will ascend the roof to examine its construction, flashing, vents and chimney. Common problems reported by your inspector may include missing shingles, broken shakes or tiles, cracked flashings, damaged chimney bricks, open seams or wear from extreme sun-exposure.
  • GUTTER CHECK – While on the roof, a qualified inspector should also assess the condition of your gutters. Improper installation, debris buildup or warped metal may cause drainage problems that could lead to structural damage or interior leaks if not addressed.
  • ATTIC CHECK – Ask for attic inspection (if it’s not already included) to make sure your attic has an adequate amount of ventilation space. Attic ventilation is a significant part of a healthy roof system yet it’s often overlooked. While you may know that attic ventilation helps control indoor temperature and saves energy costs, you may not realize that improper ventilation can damage your roof, create ice dams and reduce your roof’s overall lifespan.

During your inspection, a roofing professional may also photograph damage from the interior or exterior of your home. You can request copies of these photos for your records, along with a comprehensive copy of the roofing report. The report should contain information about replacement or maintenance requirements, in addition to detailed estimate for each recommended repair.

Always Hire a Professional Contractor

professional inspection is always advised over a DIY exam. While some roofing problems are obvious—missing shingles, weather damage, rot—others can be very difficult for a layperson to identify. A professional inspector will not only asses the condition of the roof’s surface, but also check the sub-surface structural integrity –  it takes a specially trained eye to spot problems below your shingles and tiles. Additionally, you’ll get expert advice on how to go about correcting potential problems.

Call LGC Roofing at (609) 712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection & ventilation check! We are a family owned and operated NJ & PA roofing contractor since 1985. Whether your roof needs an inspection, a little patchwork or an overhaul, our insured and licensed professionals are trained to get the job done right—and our work is always guaranteed!


Residential Roofing: 8 Tips For Preventing Winter Gutter Damage

During winter, harsh weather can be really damaging to your roof and gutters. Fortunately, there’s a number of simple steps you can take to prevent most of the damage.

Prevention is the best solution and so to avoid major damage it’s best to inspect your roofing system and follow up with some thorough maintenance in the fall season, before snow, sleet, wind, and ice set in.

Residential Roofing: 8 Tips For Preventing Winter Gutter Damage

Common Winter Gutter Damage To Watch Out For: Ice Buildups & Ice Dams

  1. Ice buildups can prevent your rain gutters from draining properly, which usually forces melted ice and snow to dribble over the edge of your gutters. While that can create a pretty collection of icicles, there’s nothing pretty about the strain your gutters are enduring. The weight of the ice buildup can cause serious damage or, potentially, even make your gutters partially or fully collapse, creating an expensive hassle.
  2. Ice dams are another common winter gutter problem, and they are just as dangerous. These occur when snow accumulation on your rooftop starts melting, thanks to warmth seeping through your roof from the interior of your home. This can cause melt water to trickle down and collect in your gutters, where it could refreeze under the right conditions and create a blockage known as an ice dam. These dams interfere with your roof’s drainage system, which gives melt water on your roof nowhere to go. In worst-case scenarios, this melt water will actually start to seep through your roof into your attic, creating another expensive gutter repair job.

Residential Roofing: 8 Tips For Preventing Winter Gutter Damage

Here are some helpful tips to help you avoid winter roof and gutter problems:

  1. A fall roof inspection is highly recommended, especially for older roofs, following by appropriate repairs that may be necessary.  Address any sign of water damage in a timely fashion to prevent further damage as the wintry weather approaches. Double-check that all your roof shingles are properly fastened and firmly anchored in place. Otherwise, you could open up cracks to let moisture through.
  2. Make sure you perform basic gutter maintenance in the fall so that your gutters are in the best shape possible. Gutters are designed to keep moisture flowing off of your roof and away from your home. However, if they become clogged with leaves, dirt and other debris the normal drainage process will be compromised, making the structure more susceptible to water damage. The less leaf, twig and debris buildup, the more likely your gutter system can handle snow runoff rather than allowing moisture to pool and ice to build up.
  3. Repair any existing gutter problems following an inspection – gutter repairs are not difficult and many can be done from the ladder with simple tools and a little know how. If you run into serious problems however, don’t hesitate to call a specialists to discuss professional gutter repair or replacement.
  4. Ensure sufficient attic insulation and ventilation to create optimum air flow and temperature in the attic. Lack of adequate ventilation can trap cold air and cause moisture to build up, resulting in problems with mold, mildew, and damage to the roof and gutters, including ice dam damage. Poorly insulated attics provide a home with little protection against temperature extremes. Both ventilation and insulation are critical elements of attic air circulation that is vital in the health of the roof and gutters.
  5. Install rooftop heating cables. While this is a fairly significant investment, it will go a long way towards preserving your roof and preventing winter roof damage. It will also raise the resale value of your home.
  6. Purchase a roof rake, and use it to prevent excess snow from collecting atop your roof. Be careful when you’re raking your roof, though, as you don’t want the rake to get caught in the gutters.
  7. Install an ice barrier to facilitate proper snow/water drainage.
  8. Do not use rock salt – it will stain the roof and siding!

We Repair & Replace Gutters!

Gutters that are not functioning effectively can cause foundation damage and extensive leaks. The potential result: problems with insulation, internal and external paint, mold, and internal property damage.

If you need help with gutter repairs or need your gutters replaced, contact LGC Roofing, a family owned/operated contractor with over 30 years of experience in residential & commercial roofing.

Residential Roofing: 8 Tips For Preventing Winter Gutter DamageWe specialize in replacing aging gutters with new aluminum, vinyl or steel models, the best gutter solution available on the market today. An additional benefit of many steel gutter replacement systems is a baked-on enamel coating which allows the gutter material to lasts for 30 to 40 years without requiring much maintenance—and you can choose enamel that matches your home’s trim. And because we don’t want your gutters to ever clog again, we’ll throw in Free Leaf Guards with every new gutter installation!

We have been serving New Jersey and Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. Call  609-712-8157 in NJ or 215-932-7850 in PA to schedule your FREE ESTIMATE today!

Roof Leak Repairs: Diagnosing And Repairing Leaky Skylights

Skylights can be a great addition to your property, providing natural light, the feeling of spaciousness, even lowering your utility bills. Yet, a leaky skylight can be an expensive road to major roof, drywall, and floor damage.

For starters, skylights must be installed correctly if you’re planning to enjoy them without issues. Inspections and maintenance are critical as well, but even if you take good care of your roof, skylight leaks may develop as a result of normal wear and tear.

Fortunately, many skylight leak repairs can be done quickly and inexpensively. Knowing what to look for can make any necessary repairs easier and more cost effective.

Roof Leak Repairs: Diagnosing And Repairing Leaky Skylights

Diagnosing And Repairing Leaky Skylights

Before you jump into diagnosis and repair, ask yourself the following 4 questions:

  1. Where’s the visual evidence of a leak? Do you see water stains surrounding the skylight, or water collecting in the skylight, itself? This could mean that your skylight was installed incorrectly, that the seal is deteriorating, or that the flashing was improperly placed.
  2. What is the age of your home? Many older skylights (15+ years) are made with a plastic flange border that rests on the shingles and sits a few inches below the skylight dome. As rain and snowmelt begin to flow around the flange bottom, you may develop a leaky skylight and require a roof leak repair. A roofing expert can help you replace your old skylight with a new, more efficient and top performing one.
  3. Is there a visual crack in the skylight? Cracks that surface in acrylic glazing or laminate glass may be repaired by replacing the dome. However, your roof leak repair may require total skylight replacement by a qualified contractor.
  4. Are the weep holes blocked? Over time, dirt and residue can build up in the drainage openings drilled into some skylight frames. These openings, called weep holes, can also become obstructed when roof sealants are applied. This problem may be remedied by simply reopening the weep holes with a small finishing nail or similar tool.

Skylight Leaks Due To Flashing Issues

When you notice water leaking from your skylight, the first step you must take is to locate the leak’s source. Water stains on the ceiling or puddles on the floor may be the first indicators of a problem. These can actually be great tools for identifying the source of the leak.

If the stain’s highest point is located at or near the top of your skylight, this may indicate a problem with flashing of the skylight. During bad weather, water rushing down the side of the roof at high speeds may run between the roof’s shingles and the skylight, creating leaks.

Additionally, much like a poorly installed roof, a skylight that is not placed correctly can lead to skylight leaks throughout the year. To remain watertight, skylights require appropriate flashing and tightly sealed joints. Mounting the skylight’s frame above the roof’s surface and adding a lip can help prevent water problems.

NEXT STEP: Make sure your roof’s flashing and seal are properly replaced by a professional roofer. 

Skylight flashing is made of plastic, rubber or (most commonly) metal. The flashing connects the roof and the skylight together in a waterproof seal. While some homeowners settle for a temporary fix of inserting roof flashing cement around the skylight’s flashing, this is not enough to guard against future leaks during severe storms. Ultimately, flashing should be replaced and resealed by a professional contractor (without voiding your roof warranty).

When repairing your skylight leak, we’ll also examine vent flashing and other roof penetrations to ensure that the leak is not traveling to the skylight from another location. If you are having a new roof installed, this is an ideal time to have your skylight inspected for leaks.

Skylight Leaks Due To Condensation Problems

If you notice a stain at the bottom of your skylight, the problem may be due to excess condensation. Too much condensation in or around the inside of your skylight is another common cause of leaks. Condensation is a natural result of humidity, and often builds up during rain storms. When too much condensation gets trapped in part of a skylight, it may lead to leaks.

Closely inspect the condensation channel – the part of the skylight that is designed to catch any excess condensation and allow it to evaporate back into the air. If this channel becomes damaged or clogged, the resulting build-up of condensation may cause your skylight to leak.

Problems related to excess condensation may be worsened by skylight tunnels. Skylight tunnels reduce air flow, which increases humidity. Making sure your skylight tunnel is well-insulated can dramatically reduce the amount of condensation that builds up in this area, which can help you avoid skylight leaks.

NEXT STEP: Have your contractor check condensation channels and skylight tunnels!

A thorough inspection by your local roofer is the best way to go. They will check your skylights for potential problems, diagnose the issues and offer solid repair solutions.

Handle Skylight Leak Repairs Right Away

Skylight leak repairs are among the most common roof leak repairs typical roofers are dealing with. When it comes to repairing leaks in your skylight, the sooner you act the better so make sure to address any leaks as soon as you notice them. Knowing where to start and what to look for can help you save time, effort, and money on your skylight leak repairs.

Some skylight leaks are simple and are easily handled by do-it-yourself homeowners, but if you’re experiencing severe interior effects, such as ceiling staining or flooring damage, call LGC Roofing contractors to inquire about our skylight leak repair services.

Family-owned and operated, we are is a reputable roofer known for honesty, integrity and cost-effective pricing. Our dedicated roofing professionals have over 30 years of roofing experience, and we’re familiar with the ins & outs of virtually every type of skylight system.

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

Residential Roofing: Choosing The Right Warranty For Your New Roof

In the process of roofing replacement, homeowners are often confused about warranties and guarantees presented by contractors they’re considering for the job. Those warranties can differ significantly from contractor to contractor, and not understanding what you are purchasing can have potentially costly consequences in case your roof needs premature replacement or repair.

For one, there are different types of warranty coverage depending on the materials and systems you choose, from basic to premium options. There are also contractor guarantees offered by the company you hire covering the installation itself. As a consumer, you should have a basic understanding of different types of warranties and make sure you’re adequately protected for decades to come.

Residential Roofing: Choosing The Right Warranty For Your New Roof

Residential Roofing: Choosing The Right Warranty For Your New Roof

Roofs and roofing materials are typically covered by multiple warranties: material, system and workmanship warranties.

Material warranties

Regardless of whether you choose standard shingles, composite slate, metal roofing, shake or cedar, or another type of roofing material, your roof surface materials are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. Those guarantee the quality of their products against defects, and are usually for anywhere from 20 to 50 years. The exact duration of material warranties vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and depends on the type of material you choose. A typical standard material warranty on a composition shingle is now 50 year limited lifetime coverage. If you have any questions, get them answered before you give the contractor the green light.

System warranties

Standard material warranty covers the main roofing material: shingles, shakes, metal, etc. It does not cover the other components of the roofing system such as the underlayment or flashing materials. Hence, some contractors (typically certified by the manufacturer) offer system warranties, which cover each and every component that is installed in your roof. These advanced and comprehensive warranties will provide you with excellent protection, so ask your roofer about installing a complete roofing system on your home!

Workmanship warranties

A workmanship warranty covers the installation of the materials, but not the materials themselves, or the components used to install them. Reputable contractors stand by their work, and are available to correct any problems that may arise. These are generally much shorter in duration than materials warranties, typically ranging from 5 to 20 years depending on the system they install.  The average workmanship warranty is 5 years.

Pro-Rated Vs. Non-Pro-Rated Guarantees

In addition to learning how each of these warranty types affects your roof and its materials, you should also make sure your roofing warranty is not pro-rated. Some pro-rated warranties have strings and hidden expenses attached, and a non-pro-rated warranty ensures that the contractor is responsible for any and all problems or defects, regardless of whether they were caused by the contractor’s work or by faulty roofing materials.

Always Hire Reputable Roofing Contractor

LGC Roofing - reputable NJ roofing contractorIf you’re looking into re-roofing your home, it’s essential that you make sure you’re covered with a comprehensive warranty in case anything goes wrong. Not all roof warranties are made equal. To that point, it’s important that you choose a reputable contractor that offers a long and comprehensive warranty.

At LGC Roofing, we’ve built a stalwart reputation for quality and reliability, and all our roofs are covered by generous, industry-leading warranties. We’ll be there to answer any and all questions you may have about your roof, even if it’s been 10 years since we installed it.

To learn more about our roofing warranties, or if you have any other questions, contact us for your Free Estimate – call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA!

Roofing Replacement Materials: Benefits of Composite Slate Over Asphalt Shingles

When it is time to replace your roof, whether due to aging or weather damage, many homeowners lean toward asphalt shingles due to their affordability. Not many people are aware, however, that a composite slate is a high-performance and low maintenance alternative that offers long lasting beauty, all without the high price of natural slate.

Composite slate is a synthetic roofing material that exhibits the natural beauty of slate or stone—with added durability and ease of installation. For homeowners seeking a more unique, high-end look for their next roof, composite slate is an excellent alternative to asphalt shingles.

Roofing Replacement Materials: Benefits of Composite Slate Over Asphalt Shingles

Roofing Replacement Materials: Benefits of Composite Slate Over Asphalt Shingles

Developed as an alternative to asphalt shingles and a more expensive natural slate, composite slate offers a long list of benefits.  It typically costs about half of what you would pay for a natural slate roof, all while offering performance and durability characteristics that compare favorably with natural slate as well as asphalt.

Composite slate roofing features and benefits include:

Distinct Appearance

Nearly indistinguishable from genuine slate, synthetic slate roofing is far more attractive than asphalt shingles. Synthetic slate roofs come in a broad palate of colors and textures to enhance your home’s paint color and architectural design. Its distinctive curb appeal makes it an attractive option for nearly any home style.

Exceptional Durability & Minimum Maintenance

Natural slate is fireproof, waterproof and long lasting, but tends to be brittle and prone to damage from hail, foot traffic and other conditions. Composite slate is composed of a state-of-the-art polymer blend that is simple to install and virtually maintenance free. It can be walked on without crumbling, comes with up to 50 years of warranty coverage, is resistant to freezing, thawing, wind and fire. By comparison, asphalt shingles usually last 10 to 20 years, making your up-front investment in composite slate well worth the money.

Composite slates has been manufactured to reduce the effects of the sun as they contain advanced ultraviolet inhibitors to reduce wear. They are class 4 wind resistant (typically containing impact modifiers to help withstand storm damage) and class A fire resistant (they’re effective against severe exposure to external fires, are not readily flammable and do not spread fire). Green homeowners will appreciate the sustainable design of composite slate as well. Made from recycled products, the tiles are also fully recyclable at the end of a roof’s usable life.

Easy, Lightweight Construction

Synthetic slate tiles offer the beauty of natural materials without adding structural stress. Many of the Spanish tile and slate tile options are quite heavy, and some homes cannot handle the weight. Composite slate on the other hand is very light (lighter than asphalt shingles in fact) and won’t put an added weight burden on your roof – no extra support beams are needed.

You won’t need precision cutting tools either. During installation, synthetic slate shingles can easily be field-cut with a utility knife and nailed into place with standard roofing nails and a pneumatic nail gun.  In fact, installation techniques are similar to those used for asphalt shingles. Due to their light weight, material delivery is much easier and cheaper as well.

Cost Comparison

The initial cost of installing synthetic slate shingles is more expensive than asphalt and architectural shingles and less expensive than clay tile and authentic slate.

As you’d expect, material and installation costs vary by region and roofing company. On average, though, you can expect an asphalt shingle roof to cost between $1.50 and $4.00 per installed square foot, while composite slate ranges from $4.50 to $7.00 per installed square foot (about half the price of natural slate). Costs are dependent upon material selection, warranty, installation requirements and other factors. All in all, composite slate roofing is an upscale alternative to asphalt shingles—without the hefty price tag of natural slate or stone.

If you are not planning to keep your home, or are re-roofing a rental property, it may still be wiser to purchase asphalt shingles for your home. Available in a broad range of colors, styles and warranties, asphalt shingles are still a more affordable way to protect your home.

However, for those planning to stay in their homes for years to come, nothing beats composite slate roofing in terms of good value. The long life expectancy of this material means that a roof doesn’t have to be replaced in 15 or even 30 years, and also that fewer repairs are needed during the roof’s lifetime. Synthetic slate is a clear winner in the long run!

We Install Both Natural & Composite Slate Roofs!

Composite Slate vs. Asphalt Shingles: Cost ComparisonTo learn more about the benefits of asphalt shingles or composite slate, or to request a no-obligation roofing installation estimate for your home, contact LGC Roofing. We’re a reputable NJ-based slate roofing contractor with over 30 years of experience in residential & commercial roofing. We never take shortcuts and ensure every step is done right!

We are a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor, install both natural (original) and composite slate roofs and are fully licensed and insured to do roofing and siding work in New Jersey and Pennsylvania!

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

Dealing With High Winds And Hail Damage: From Prevention To Repairs

As your primary barrier against the weather, your roof takes a serious beating during spring and summer storms. High wind, heavy rains and golf ball size hail can damage the roof significantly, leading to leaks and structural deterioration.

Both hail damage and wind damage are common occurrences with devastating consequences, but fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to lessen or prevent damage from a powerful storm.

Dealing With High Winds And Hail Damage: From Prevention To Repairs

High Wind and Hail Damage Prevention Tips

High wind and hail damage can be a costly problem, and while home insurance policies typically cover most forms of it, there are exceptions and exclusions that can leave you on the hook. That’s why it’s important to implement some simple but effective storm damage prevention strategies:

  • trim nearby trees, check them for cracks in the trunk and other signs of decay, remove if necessary
  • clean your gutters to maximize water drainage
  • upgrade to storm-proof windows and doors
  • inspect your roof and fix any issues you discover
  • invest in impact-resistant shingles when you replace your roof
  • install wind shutters to protect vulnerable windows

Dealing With Winds And Hail Damage

Step #1: Assessign the Damage – The improtance of Roofing Inspection

The best way to assess the condition of your roof after any type of storm is to hire a professional roofing contractor to perform a thorough roofing inspection. Your roofer will assess the extent of the damage including the condition of your roofing material, and integrity of your gutters. It is important to have damage evaluated before you incur a costly attic or interior leak, so don’t wait to initiate a claim. This is especially important of shingles have been damaged all the way through to the fiberglass matting, as water infiltration is then likely to take place.

Unfortunately, wind and hail damage is not always easy for homeowners to spot, so it is important to hire an experienced professional to assess the condition of your roof. They will consult with you about what they find and can make recommendations about whether a repair or a call to your insurance company is warranted.

7 Signs of Hail Damage

Hail can be very damaging to your property. Ranging in size from ½ inch to golf ball-sized, hail can cause:

  • Missing asphalt granules
  • Bruises or blistered indentations in shingles
  • Cracked, split or loose shingles
  • Damage to the underlayment
  • Damage to soft metal (valleys, roof vents, flashing)
  • Damage to skylights
  • Damage to siding and windows

7 Signs of Wind Damage

While many homeowners understand the hazards of storm, hail and tornado damage, few realize that high winds can also cause significant damage to your roof. Most wind damage that occurs on roofs start on the edge of the roof systems. Wind gusts of 75 to 85 miles have been found to damage shingles or even lift them from rooftops, especially if the shingles are aging or are improperly sealed. Unfortunately, missing shingles can expose your home’s roof to costly water damage if they’re not replaced before the next storm comes along.

It is typically changing wind speed and changing wind direction that causes shingles to become dislodged. When this occurs, dirt, leaves, branches and other debris blows underneath the shingles and speeds deterioration of your roofing underlay. Between the underlay damage and the shingles loss, you may need to repair or replace large portions of your roof.

  • Tears in window and door screens
  • Visible window cracks or caulking displacement
  • Porch and garage light damage/breakage
  • Broken tree limbs
  • Water seepage in attic
  • Water stains on ceiling or drywall
  • Visible shingle or gutter damage

Step #2: Filing Insurance Claim

If you discover you roof sustained damage due to the windstorm, contact your insurance agent to determine whether you should file a claim. Coverage is not guaranteed and depends on the age of your roof, the area you live in, your insurance type/details, and many other factors, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the policy, preferably before you need to file a claim.

There are certain steps you should take to make your roofing repair claim process smooth and easy, so ensure you’re following the rules and standards: be proactive, know insurance claim pitfalls to avoid, ask questions, and provide adequate documentation. Your roofing contractor should also guide you through the process, so selecting the right contractor is key.

Step #3: Handling Repairs

If you detect problems, you can repair them yourself if you’ve got the confidence and know-how. DIY roof repairs can save you some money, so long as you have the skills to get the job done properly. If your roof needs only minor repairs, chances are you’ll be making an affordable investment in preventing much more costly problems down the road.

However, and especially if you’re filing an insurance claim, it’s best to leave storm repairs to professionals who have the right skills and are experienced in handling these types of problems. Hiring a professional contractor will provide confidence that your roof is restored to its full functionality and will protect your home for years to come.

Beware of storm chasers: fly-by-night companies who come through the area trying to profit from the recent damage. Storm chasers follow severe weather from region to region, going door-to-door to sell their services and often leaving before your roof can be properly completed. Even when they do finish the job, be assured they won’t be around when you have questions—or need warranty work done.

We Handle All Types of Roofing Repairs

Unfortunately not all wind and hail damage is preventable. If you find your home or business damaged after a major storm, you can count on LGC Roofing to help you get back on your feet. If you experience wind or hail damage, call on our experienced team to schedule a FREE ESTIMATE – call 609-712-8157 in NJ or 215-932-7850 in PA.

Residential Rain Gutters: 4 Common Problems and How To Repair Them

Gutters perform an essential function – they are your home’s first line of defense against costly water damage, protecting your roof and the exterior of your home from rain and moisture while providing effective drainage.

Gutters that are warped, aging or clogged are a common source of frustration for homeowners—especially if you’re deluged with water every time you walk underneath roof eaves. When your gutters need some TLC, chances are you’re dealing with one of four common problems:

  1. Clogging by leaves, twigs, ice or other debris
  2. Improper pitching
  3. Warping or bending of old gutters
  4. Leaky gutter joints

If you’re the DYI type, you may decide to fix your gutter problems on your own – gutter repairs are not difficult and many can be done from the ladder with simple tools and a little know how. If you run into serious problems however, don’t hesitate to call a specialists to discuss professional gutter repair or replacement.

Residential Rain Gutters: 4 Common Problems and How To Repair Them

4 Common Gutter Problems and How To Repair Them

1. Clogging by leaves, twigs, ice or other debris

Gutter problem #1 is caused by plant matter, dirt and rocks clogging gutters and preventing rain and snow run-off from flowing freely. Over time, this debris turns to “sludge,” which weathers gutters and causes eventual breakdown. In addition, it may weight down gutters and pull it away from the fascia.

To fix clogging issues (and prevent them from happening again), use a sturdy ladder to inspect each length of your metal or vinyl gutter. Clear clogged areas by removing debris with a work glove, and flush clean gutters with a garden hose to ensure improved flow. For the long term, you may wish to install gutter leaf guards or covers—they make maintenance easier, and prevent the debris buildup that leads to leaks and siding damage.

2. Improper pitching

Gutter problem #2 is caused when gutters are hastily installed or pitched improperly. Check to make sure your gutters are pitched downward at least ¼ inch for every ten feet of gutter length. To adjust gutter pitch, re-hang affected sections or bend hangers slightly to accommodate water flow.

If your home has seamless gutters, you can’t adjust them easily – you will need to call your roofer to handle this for you.

3. Warping or bending of old gutters

Gutter problem #3, warping and bending of old gutters, is often inevitable. As hangers and hardware age and weather, gutters may pull away from the house or become weighted down by heavy debris.

To repair this issue, start by installing new gutter hangers and fasteners on sagging or warped sections. Hangers are inexpensive, and the installation is simple. Next, if your warped gutter will not seat properly, you may need to replace small sections of the gutter itself. Again, you may need a roofing expert if you have seamless gutters that cannot be easily replaced section by section.

4. Leaky gutter joints

Gutter problem #4 is a leaky gutter joint or section. They are generally easy to repair with a tube of gutter sealant.

During dry weather, apply a small amount of gutter sealant to the inside of the gutter. Allow sealant to cure for 24 hours. If the hole is larger or the gutter has rusted through, purchase a patch kit from your local hardware store. Patch kits come with a screen that fills in the hole—or you can create your own patch from a metal flashing remnant.

5 Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Rain Gutters Completely

Gutters that are not functioning effectively can cause foundation damage and extensive leaks. If they go undetected long enough the results can be extensive and expensive, and involve problems with insulation, internal and external paint, mold, and internal property damage.

How can you determine whether your gutters need to be replaced or not? Here are some signs that serve as red flags. Any of these five signs may indicate that gutters are in need of repair or replacement.

  1. Loose or hanging gutters: Obviously, gutters that are no longer firmly attached to your home are not just failing; they can be a hazard.
  2. Rusted, cracked, or slouching gutters: Appearance aside, gutters that are rusted or cracked are very likely to leak or clog. Slouching gutters present the same problems, since they don’t allow water to flow freely through the gutters as designed.
  3. Exterior wall damage: If you see damage to the siding or exterior paint on your home, it may due to faulty gutters causing water to flow down the side of your home.
  4. Clogs: Most homeowners who have cleared leaves from their gutters can tell you about the standing water that results from clogs. However, you should not automatically assume that clogs are caused by only debris, especially if your gutters clog relatively often. Recurring clogs may indicate a structural problem or the need for a leaf guard.
  5. Leaks or pooling water: These are the most serious signs that your gutters may require immediate attention. If you have experienced leaks in your home, it may be because your gutters are failing to funnel water away from your roof, walls, and foundation. Pooling water near your downspouts may also be point to problems with your gutters.

Contact Your Roofer For Help

Here at LGC Roofing, we understand that proper installation & regular maintenance are key to healthy gutter system. Backed by over 30 years of experience in residential & commercial roofing, our fully insured and licensed staff is standing by to assist you with all your gutter needs!

We have extensive experience in all types of roofing work, including gutter repair and installation, and we offer free leaf guards with any gutter installation.

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or 215-932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

Letting Your Roofing System Breathe: Attic Ventilation 101

Attic ventilation is a critical component of home energy efficiency and roof health. While many people associate it specifically with relieving summertime heat gain, attic ventilation actually plays an important role in your indoor comfort all year round, all while protecting your roofing system and working to prevent potentially costly problems like ice dams and excess humidity.

It’s a complex topic, so begin by familiarizing yourself with the basics of attic ventilation.

Letting Your Roofing System Breathe: Attic Ventilation 101

Letting Your Roofing System Breathe: Attic Ventilation 101

It’s a common construction mistake for a roof to have less than adequate venting. In fact, the American Institute of Architects estimates that nearly 90 percent of American homes have unacceptably high moisture levelsInsufficient ventilation can leave your attic vulnerable to moisture related problems and excessive heat build up. This is especially a problem in older homes.

Attic Ventilation: Why You Need It

At a basic level, attic ventilation keeps air moving through the upper reaches of your home. This is important because air that stagnates in your attic is more likely to differ significantly in temperature from the air outdoors. This, in turn, can lead to major issues like ice dams and high moisture levels.

Ice dams occur when snow that’s accumulated on your roof melts into water, only to freeze again in your gutters. During the winter, when your home heating system is working overtime, warm air rises to your attic. Without proper ventilation, it will collect there, raising the temperature and causing snow on the exterior side of the roof to melt. When this melted snow reaches your gutters, it will freeze again, impeding proper draining and potentially causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Moisture and humidity are also major problems that lead to the possible development of toxic mold as well as wood rot and other forms of structural damage. Needless to say these are problems you’d rather avoid, as they can be very difficult and costly to repair, and your homeowner’s insurance won’t cover your expenses.

Attic Ventilation: Available Options

A properly ventilated attic offers a measured, controlled exchange of air between your home’s interior and its exterior. This keeps your attic cooler in the summer while preventing humidity and excess heat buildups in the winter, delivering benefits that support the structural health of your roof and its underlying structural components.

There are four main attic ventilation strategies available:

  • Ridge vents/soffit vents: This inexpensive passive strategy introduces a series of strategically placed vents along your roof line and under the eaves to keep air flowing across your attic.
  • Fan-assisted roof vents: This alternative essentially combines roof line vents with the power of electric fans to boost airflow rates and increase active efficiency.
  • Attic exhaust: Exhaust fans are placed in roof gables to draw air out of the attic and expel it on the exterior side of your home. They are usually paired with air intake vents to ensure fresh air is introduced at the right rate.
  • Solar-powered fans: A relatively new addition, this option sees solar-powered fans reduce electricity expenditures while reducing heat gain and humidity in your attic.

Attic Ventilation: Assessment

  • First, check your attic for signs of moisture. Soggy insulation, condensation on the ceiling, rust around the vents, or moldy odors in the attic are often the result of poor ventilation.
  • Next, clear away any dirt or debris from the attic vents. Make sure the vents aren’t blocked with boxes or other items that may be stored in the attic. You’ll also want to look for bird nests or evidence of rodents.
  • Check to ensure all your attic vents are open, regardless of the season. While it may sound counter-intuitive, a properly ventilated attic should be drafty during the winter.
  • Check any attic fans to make sure the blades turn freely. Use caution, as many fan blades can be very sharp.
  • Now it is also a good opportunity to make sure your attic has an adequate amount of ventilation space. The size of your vents is based on the square footage of the attic. Have your local roofing contractor check whether your vent space is appropriate.

Call Your Roofer For Help!

If you’re already experiencing problems, or if you need help adding ventilation, don’t hesitate to hire a professional roofing company to help you. Consulting a professional will help you choose the option that’s right for your home, and professional system design and installation will ensure it functions optimally year-round, protecting your roof and your pocketbook at the same time.

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule an attic ventilation assessment or inquire about roof vent installation or repair. With over 30 years in the roofing business, LGC Roofing offers expertise & experience necessary to handle all your roofing needs, large and small.

We operate throughout the state on New Jersey, and Bucks & Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania, offer Free Estimates and are fully licensed and insured for residential and commercial roofing.


Winter Roofing: 5 Shingle Repairs You Can Handle

Winter weather can be hard on your shingle roof. High winds, flying debris, ice dams and the freeze/thaw cycle can all cause significant damage.

Winter Roofing: 5 Shingle Repairs You Can Do Now

If an entire roofing system needs to be replaced, most homeowners choose to wait for warmer weather before having the work done. Spring is a great time to handle replacement – installation cost is lower than in summer and fall months as contractors offer better deals during slow spring season, plus the mild temperatures create optimal conditions for installing a new roof while allowing the materials to settle before summer’s arrival.

However, if common winter roofing problems develop and you need to handle some repairs, those can be handled at any time of the year, and winter is no exception. Addressing minor shingle roofing repairs now can help prevent big problems later – leaks can be stopped in their tracks, costly decking damage that would sure develop can be avoided, and minor fixes can be dealt with before they become bigger problems.

Winter Roofing: 5 Shingle Repairs You Can Do Now

If you need to repair your roofing, the best course of action is to seek out an experienced roofing contractor who can inspect your roof and address any issues. However, if you’re a more hands-on homeowner, there are a few winter roofing repairs you may be able to tackle on your own.

Important to note: Before starting any project, be sure to look into any needed building permits. In some cases, an inspection may be required after you’ve made repairs. Also, make sure you’re following all of the manufacturer’s instructions, particularly with regard to outside temperatures during the repair or installation.

Roofing repairs you can handle in winter

  1. Small holes or cracks in shingles can often be repaired with roof sealant, applied with a caulking gun. Use your hand to pull up the cracked shingle, and place a lump of sealant underneath the crack. Press down on the shingle and hold it in place for about 30 seconds. Then, apply additional sealant on the top of the shingle, using a putty knife to smooth the sealant evenly in place.
  2. Torn shingles can be fixed by applying roofing cement on the back of the torn section with a putty knife. Then press the two pieces together so they bond and adhere to the shingle underneath. Next, nail the shingle into place.
  3. Curled shingles can often be cemented back in place.
  4. Badly damaged individual shingles may also be replaced. Use a pry bar to carefully remove the nails, and slide the shingle out. Replace the shingle and apply roofing cement to the new nail heads and to the bottom edge of the new shingle, and the shingle above.
  5. If ice dams are a problem, look into installing or improving ventilation in the attic, which is the root cause of ice dams.

Anything beyond minor repairs listed above should be handled by your local roofing contractor – repair mistakes can lead to significant damage down the line and winter roofing sure has its own risks and challenges.

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Contact LGC Roofing today to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection or request a repair estimate to fix your damage. Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

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