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    The Dangers of Rock Salt on Roof Shingles

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 10, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    Rock salt's ability to damage driveways and other outdoor pavements is relatively well known, but there is another place where rock salt can do damage to your home — on the roof top.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Roof

    Roofing 101: Can You Spot the Signs of Hail Damage?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    When a major hail storm strikes and you fear your roofing may have been damaged, it is critical that you have a basic understanding of how to do a preliminary hail damage check. If, after surveying your roofing, you still believe it has been damaged by hail impacts, then you will need to hire a professional roofing contractor to assess the damage to your insurance company's satisfaction.

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    Topics: Roof, Hail

    The Average Cost of Hail Damage Repair

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Many homeowners are prone to ask, "What does it cost, on average, to repair the damage done by a hail storm?" The question is important, and hail damage repairs can often cost thousands of dollars, depending on the size of the hail, the impact angle and force, and the duration of the storm.

    The truth is, however, that hail damage varies widely in total cost and falls into three major categories: roof damage, pavement damage, and vehicle damage. Siding, fences, and decking can also potentially suffer harm from hail impacts, but we should focus here on "the big three" that we have identified.

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    Topics: Driveway, Winter Car, Roof, Hail

    Understanding and Preventing Roof Ice Dams

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Rooftop ice dams are a recurrent winter problem throughout more northerly parts of the United States, and yet, they can often be prevented (or at least minimized) by means of a few relatively inexpensive home upgrades. And even in cases where a more substantial investment is needed to guard against ice damming, the expense will easily pay for itself by preventing even more costly repairs.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Ice, Roof

    Ice Dams and How to Prevent Them

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Homeowners do well to think about ice dams and learn how to prevent them long before the arrival of winter. The damage ice dams can do by causing leaks, weakening shingles, and rotting out portions of the roof decking are serious enough to merit taking early action on preventative measures.

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    Topics: Winter, Ice, Roof

    Roof Hail Damage - 8 Tips for Homeowners

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Homeowners have good reason to be concerned about their roofing after a major hail storm has passed through their neighborhood. Shingles shocked by hail impacts not only hurt your home's curb appeal, but they can also weaken shingles and shorten their lifespan. Further, hail damage to roofing can give water a path to your roof decking, and ultimately lead to leaks that can severely damage interior ceilings, walls, and floors.

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    Topics: Roof, Hail

    5 Winter Roof Damage Issues Homeowners Need to Know

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Mar 28, 2016 7:30:00 AM

    Winter can be especially harsh on a house's roof, and it’s almost never a good idea to simply wait for spring before addressing the issues that the presence of snow and ice on your roof can cause. Five of the main winter roof damage problems that homeowners should be aware of are listed below, along with some advice on how to best manage them.

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    Topics: Winter, Winter Safety, Ice, Roof

    8 Tips for Safe Rooftop Snow Removal

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Mar 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM

    Most homeowners who live in snow-prone areas of the country take pains to clear off their driveways, walkways, and entry area during the winter. Yet, it is easy, when your focus is turned toward the snow on the ground, to forget about the snow on your rooftop. Leaks, roof collapse, ice damming, and more can result from too much snow and ice staying too long on your roof.

    The threat of costly repairs and significant safety hazards will sometimes require removing excess snow from your roof. To that end, here are 8 tips on how to safely handle the rooftop snow removal process:

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Winter, Roof

    What to Know-and What You Can Ignore-About Roof Damage From Hail

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Mar 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Severe winter weather of all kinds can lead to costly roof damage or even roof replacement. While snow and ice damage is generally more common, hail damage, when it does strike, is often the most devastating. If your roof was already old enough to merit replacement or would have needed replacement within a few years' time, you may be able to ignore the hail damage. In most cases, however, at least some repair work is advisable, and it is always a good idea to get a professional inspection.

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    Topics: Winter, Ice, Roof, Hail

    How the Different Winter Elements Affect Your Home's Roof

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Feb 3, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Winter weather can be hard on your home in general, but usually, your roof will suffer more than any other part of your house. This damage can be attributed to particular elements of winter weather, each of which tends to harm your roofing in different ways. Knowing what these dangers are and how to minimize the risk can save you money by preventing expensive repairs.

    Below, we look at how the various elements of winter weather affect your home's roof, and include a few tips on damage-prevention:

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    Topics: Home Maintenance, Winter, Ice, Roof, Hail

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