Warning Signs for a Rain Damaged Roof

Posted on: August 27th, 2015

While your roof is in place to provide an impenetrable barrier between your home and the raging elements, it’s not impervious to damage.  The same wind, rain, and hail your roof keeps out can inflict some pretty significant damage.  Rain damage can cause your roof to degrade quickly, resulting in leaks, and even structural damage, if left unresolved.

A rain damaged roof may not be easily seen by the untrained eye.  Unless the more obvious signs, such as water in your attic, or water stains on your ceiling or walls, show themselves, you may not be concerned about a damaged roof.  However, weather of any extreme, intense sun, higher than average snowfall, ice storms, and excessive rain, can and will take their toll on your roof, leaving behind some less-than-obvious signs of rain damage.

Rain Damage Warning Signs

Missing Shingles – If you see shingles on the ground below your roof, after a storm, this is a sign of rain damage. Shingles become loose, leaving bare spots, which can then cause water damage to your roof’s structure. Frequent storms can also cause a wearing off of the protective granules covering the shingles.  This leaves the shingles more vulnerable to rain damage.  If you notice missing shingles, or evidence of the protective granules, in your downspout, contact Park Heights Roofing.

Curling Shingles and Buckling – When rain damages the integrity of your roof, water can find a way underneath your shingles, causing warping.  This will be apparent in the curling of your shingles or buckling in your roof. If there is buckling, most likely water damage has occurred.

Rotting or Mold – When you see mold inside your attic, that means water is coming from somewhere, most likely your rain damaged roof. It may be as simple as flashing thats been pulled away and gone unnoticed, letting rain enter your attic.  Wood-rot is common if the water has been standing awhile, either on your roof or inside your attic.  In cases where fungus is growing and visible on your roof, that’s usually caused by trees and vegetation. You will want to have your roof inspected as fungus can be a sign of damaged shingles.

Rain damage may not always be a reason for complete roof replacement. You may simply be in need of repairs, and that’s a much easier pill to swallow.  However, the only way to know for sure is to have your roof inspected by the professionals at Park Heights Roofing.

Roof Repair in Baltimore 

Park Heights Roofing is focused on providing the best in customer service, quality materials, and unparalleled craftsmanship.  The Park Heights team is proud to have been awarded the prestigious title of Baltimore’s Best Roofer from Baltimore Magazine, as well as earning the Super Service Award from the nationally-recognized Angie’s List.  Whenever you suspect rain damage, contact Park Heights Roofing and schedule an inspection.

Best Roofing for a Steep Pitch

Posted on: August 13th, 2015

Your roof is one of the most important components of your home.  When your old roof starts to show signs of wear and tear-missing shingles, multiple leaks, lack of insulation, and it’s over 25 yeas old, you need to have it replaced. But replacing a roof isn’t done haphazardly.

When you replace your roof,do your homework.  Make sure the material you use is going to be the ideal fit for your home. Factors, such as the architectural style, and the pitch of your roof, along with your personal style and your budget, need to be considered.  You want a roofing material that’s durable, long-lasting, and provide a high degree of insulation for energy efficiency.

Steep Roof Limitations

For homeowners with a steep roof, it’s even more important to find the right materials, as you may be limited by architectural style. Financially, you’ll end up paying a bit more than someone with a flat-, or low-pitched roof. It’s a pretty big undertaking and requires a team of roofers who are adept at handling the angle, and making sure your shingles are placed correctly.

Park Heights Roofing is the area’s Best Roofer in Baltimore, according to Baltimore Magazine.  Our professional craftsmen are experienced in all manner of roof maintenance and roof replacement, including roofing steep pitched roofs. We know the right materials to fit your budget and your home.

Your Best Roof Investment

You want the most bang for your buck when replacing your steep pitched roof. Avoiding repairs and a long lifespan are critical. For style and durability, you’ll get the most out of a slate roof.  Though the initial investment may be a bit high, you’ll reap the benefits of this superior material immediately.

There’s no better naturally insulating material than slate, and your slate roof probably won’t  need replaced in your lifetime.  Some slate roofs last upwards of a century. The look of slate is also a bonus, especially on a steep pitched roof.

Of course, many architectural styles that boast steep pitched roofs, such as Victorian, Tudor, or Chateau, wear dimensional shingles well.  These offer the decorative appearance of cedar shingles, with superior insulation and protection. They also hold the pitch of your roof a bit better than standard shingles.

Asphalt shingles can be installed on steep pitched roofs, but may not give you the look you’re after.  The pitch of your roof may leave the standard shingle vulnerable to heavy winds and inclement weather. The lifespan of asphalt shingles is typically 20-30 years, but could be less on a steep roof.

The Right Roofer in Baltimore

Replacing a roof on a steep pitch requires an experienced roofing contractor. Park Heights Roofing has the know-how, and the expertise to replace your steep-pitched roof.  Our team of professional roofers take pride in a reputation for unmatched customer service, quality materials, and incomparable craftsmanship.  Trust the roofing company recognized over and over for “Super Service” by nationally acclaimed Angie’s List.  Contact Park Heights Roofing for all of your steep pitched roofing needs.