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Midwest Roofing provides roofing repair and installation services at the Lake of the Ozarks, Jefferson City, and Columbia areas. Our blog contains posts rich with tips and tricks on maintaining and protecting your home or commercial building.

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof

A roof is a major investment on a home, so it only makes sense that you would want to do everything that you can to protect it. Some easy routine maintenance can significantly extend the life your roof. Check out a few things that you can do.

Regular Inspections

Regular inspections of your roof are important for many reasons. They will ensure the safety of your home and everyone inside of it. It's important to catch small repairs and have them taken care of immediately before they turn into large repairs, or even a new roof.

Proper Ventilation

Making sure that your roof is properly ventilated is a critical part of increasing its lifespan. Poor attic ventilation is known to cause premature aging and damage to roofs. Without the proper airflow, attics can reach extremely hot temperatures, which can penetrate insulation, damage paint, wallpaper, and flooring, and overheat roof shingles. This will cause the roof shingles to decay more quickly, as well as weaken the rafters. Improper ventilation can also cause moisture to collect and build up under the roof.

Proper Insulation

Insulation is something that's placed inside of walls and attics in order to keep homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Not only will it provide you with comfort, but it will reduce your energy bills, protect the structure of your home, and extend the life of your roof as well. Your roof temperature can rise up to 90 degrees higher than the actual air temperature. Insulation acts as a reflector of the heat, decreasing that very high temperature and keeping your roof safer.

Contact us today at Midwest Roofing to learn more about what you can do to help extend the life of your roof.

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How to Decide Between a Metal or a Shingle Roofing System

Metal vs. Single Roofing Systems

The roof is conceivably the most important part of your home, even more important than the walls around you. After all, it is constantly being attacked by the sun and the elements. This makes it extra important that it's strong and durable because leaks and damage are not fun and cheap things to deal with. You'll need to choose the best roofing system for your home. So, how do you decide between a metal or a shingle roofing system?

Take a look at some of the pros and cons of metal and shingle roofing systems.

Shingles

When you think of a roof you probably automatically think of shingles. It seems as if it's the most popular and the most trusted roofing type out there. Everyone knows it and trusts it, and this is probably because it has been around for over a century. And not to mention the cost. It's extremely economical. The materials are easy to work with, easy to handle, easy to install, and easy to repair. Plus you'll have an amazing variety of style options. It offers everything from simple styles to fancy styles. The downside to shingles is that they are susceptible to severe weather and require adequate sunlight in order stay looking nice.

Metal

Metal is probably the lightest material that you can have installed as a roof. It has great weather resistance and can last for a very long time, even upwards of 60 years or more. And perhaps the best part of metal roofing is that it provides stellar performance against extreme weather, being especially good at preventing leaks and battling high winds. And it is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials, too. But with all of these great attributes comes a hefty price tag. It can cost as much as 3 times the amount of shingles.

Contact us today for more information on how to decide between a metal or a shingle roofing system.

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What is Roof Flashing and Why is it Important?

What is Roof Flashing and Why is it Important?

A roof's most important job is to keep us dry, which is why we're always surprised when it suddenly develops a leak, as though it should just do its job forever!

Roof Flashing

One of the most important features of any roof when it comes to preventing leaks is its flashing. In fact, the major cause of roof leaks is a fault in the roof's flashing. What is roof flashing? It's simply a sheet of galvanized metal or aluminum that is installed wherever parts of your roof intersect, penetrate, or meet the walls of the house. For example, you'd put flashing around your chimney, which penetrates through the roof, and you'd also put flashing where the garage roof meets the house.

How Flashing Works

Roof flashing, when properly installed, works with gravity to direct water away from walls and seams around roof projections and on to the regular roofing materials where it is directed to the ground. Effective roof flashing must be durable, weather-resistant, and able to move as the roof expands and contracts with the weather and the seasons.

Roof Flashing is Not a DIY Job

Roof flashing is, in most cases, one of the most technical and difficult parts of a roofing system, and professional roofers often cut and shape their own flashing to work precisely with the idiosyncrasies of each roof. Because any roofing job is only as good as its weakest link -- and flashing is a roof's weakest link -- installing it is a job best left to the professional roofer.

If your Columbia, Jeff City, or Lake Ozark-area residential or commercial roof has started to leak, contact us at Midwest Roofing. We're fully insured, and offer a 100% guarantee on our workmanship!

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What is the Lifespan of a Roof?

What is the Lifespan of a Roof?

Your roof is one of the most expensive components of your home. According to Angie's List, the average roof costs between $1,700 and $8,400, depending on the type of roofing material. It's understandable that you want your roof to last as long as possible. However, there is no one answer to how long a roof will last. The lifespan of your roof depends on the material you choose, the climate in your part of the country, and how well you maintain your roof.

Lifespan of a Roof

  1. Materials. The lifespan of various roofing materials varies dramatically. An asphalt shingle roof has an average lifespan of around 20-25 years, whereas a metal roof can last for a half-century or longer. A slate roof can last for one hundred years.
  2. Climate. Climate directly affects the average lifespan of your roofing material. For example, here in the Midwest, frequent thunderstorms can loosen asphalt shingles and heavy rains can compromise wooden shingles.
  3. Maintenance. Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of any roofing material. Keeping your gutters and drainage system clean, removing debris from the roof after storms, and having a professional get rid of any ice dams that form during the winter can all help keep your roof intact longer.
  4. Ventilation. Good ventilation is also important to your roof's integrity. Poor ventilation allows moisture to accumulate at the top of your home and cause the beams that support your roof to gradually deteriorate.

To learn more about choosing the type of roofing material that's best for you and your family, contact us today!

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Three Ways to Tell if Your Attic is Properly Insulated

How to Tell if Your Roof and Attic is Properly Insulated

Your attic insulation plays an important role in maintaining the comfort level of your home. It also helps lower energy bills by reducing the amount of heat loss in winter, and heat gain in the summer. However these benefits are only realized if your attic is well insulated. To understand how a poorly insulated attic could be affecting your home, continue reading to learn the three ways to tell if your attic is properly insulated.

1. Formation of Icicles and Ice Dams

Icicles or ice dams on the eaves and gutters of your home may indicate a poorly insulated attic. This is because an improperly insulated attic causes heat from living spaces to infiltrate the attic space through convection and conduction. The air in the attic becomes warmer which causes heat transfer to the roof.

When it snows, the snow that accumulates on the roof slowly melts. This melt water runs down the slope of the roof towards the gutter. Since the heat from the attic is not transferred to the eaves, they remain much colder than the rest of the roof. The frigid eaves causes the melt water to freeze. If the water freezes as it’s dripping off the roof, icicles will form. If the water freezes on the edge of the roof, it creates an ice dam. Like its namesake, an ice dam will prevent water from flowing off the roof. Instead an ice dam will make water backup, causing it to flow under shingles and other roof materials.

2. Heat Radiating From Ceiling

Another sign of an improperly insulated attic is heat radiating from the ceiling in the summer months. As the temperatures outside climb, so do the temperatures inside your attic. Even if your attic is properly vented, the air temperature inside the attic will be at least as hot as the air outside. Which means if it's 90 degrees outside, your attic will be at least 90 degrees. It stands to reason, that in a poorly insulated attic, heat will transfer through the ceiling into living spaces via conduction. Not only does this extra heat decrease the comfort of your home, but it makes your AC unit work harder to keep your home cool.

3. Visual Inspection

A visual inspection of your attic is perhaps the quickest way to determine how well your attic is insulated. However, you should only undertake this task if you have safe access to your attic and are comfortable doing so. In an unfinished attic, the joists and any insulation between the joists is visible. A general rule of thumb, depending on the type of insulation used, is that the insulation should be to the top of the joists or filled to the point it actually covers the joist. If the insulation in your attic is below the top of the joist, then there may be an insufficient amount of insulation or insulation that has compressed over time.

To have your attic insulation upgraded or replaced, contact Midwest Roofing today for a free inspection and estimate.

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