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By abconstr68604637, Feb 14 2019 03:52PM

What’s good about a metal roof?

New styles can mimic shingles, shakes, slate and tile, and dozens of colors are available

Metal is a 50 to 100-year roofing material with warranties of 30-50 years

Metal reflects solar radiant heat, so can keep your home cooler and control energy costs in hot weather when compared with asphalt

Many metal roofing profiles have a Class A fire rating

Some styles of metal such as corrugated and ribbed panels that are common to barn roofs can be installed quickly and on a budget

Metal sheds rain and snow better than most other roof materials, which helps prevent ice dams during extreme cold

Recycled materials are used in most metal roofs, and the roofing panels are 100% recyclable at the end of their service life

Today’s metal roofing products are surprisingly lightweight yet offer outstanding resistance to impact

Metal roofs look great on wood-sided homes, cabins, cottages and those with simple, rustic design

Before you choose metal, know its potential disadvantages:

The cost of metal roofing is higher (copper is in the league of its own as the most expensive option) than asphalt shingles and wood roofing, but that is usually offset by its durability and longevity

Without an attic space or a proper substrate such as solid sheathing (boards or plywood), metal roofs installed over open framing and directly over living space can be noisier than other materials when the rain hits it

The material can dent when hit with a heavy object, and replacing metal panels is costlier than replacing asphalt, wood or tiles, although many metal roofing styles are rated to withstand large hail

While protecting the home from windblown sparks and cinders, in some situations metal roofing can make it more difficult for firefighters from breaking through the roof to pour water on an interior fire

By abconstr68604637, May 2 2017 06:10PM

Owens Corning Duration shingles offer unique advantages over other shingle manufactuers. One of the strongest reasons to consider OC Duration Shingles is due to thier SureNail Technology.

Here's a fantastic video that shows exactly how they set themselves apart when it comes to protecting against wind damage and shingle blow offs any why many beleive that the Owens Corning Duration Shingle offers the very best wind ratings in the industry!


Below you'll find another link that takes you directly to Owens Corning for additional information about the Duration Shingle and Owens Corning SureNail Technology.


By abconstr68604637, Apr 17 2017 09:16PM

Leaf Relief
Leaf Relief

# 1 Inspect your gutters and clean them if necessary.

If your gutters are full of shingle granules, leaves and other types of debris you can expect to find water over flowing your gutter when we receive medium to heavy rain.

Overflowing gutters are not able to do what they are intended to do if they are full. The whole idea is simple. Gutters ultimately, direct water away from your home where it cant begin to do harm. Your foundation and gutters will thank you for staying on top of this chore.

#2 Inspect and clean your down spouts if necessary.

They, like your gutters are trying to save you the cost of water damage to your foundation. If water isn't able to evacuate the gutter system and down spouts in the winter time the water will freeze. Which adds weight to your gutters that it wasn't intended to support and could result in damaging your gutter and replacing them.

Insure that the water is traveling away from your home once it evacuates the down spouts. If you're finding standing water or saturated soil around your down spouts then water isn't being directed far enough away from your home.

If you're simply not the DIY kind of homeowner that's ok. A and B Construction routinely helps homeowners prevent water problems by cleaning gutters and down spouts in the Fort Wayne, In area.

We also carry some great gutter debris protection products like Leaf Relief and EZ Step Down to keep your gutters flowing the way the are intended to and keep you from having to bi-annual maintenance on your gutter and down spout system.

Give us a call! We'd be happy to put together a quote to clean your gutters and/or give you the info needed to decide whether gutter protection is right for you!

Clogged Gutters
Clogged Gutters

By abconstr68604637, Apr 11 2017 04:44PM

What are your shingles trying to tell you?

The most common roofing system in the Fort Wayne area that homeowners use to protect their home is the asphalt shingle. In most cases, homeowners tend to forget about their roof until it fails and gives them a reason to find a roofing company to fix a roof leak.

There's virtually no other area of your home that takes all the abuse mother nature can throw at it than your shingled roof. It sheds water in rain storms, takes high winds, extreme cold and high heat. Mother nature is relentless and she will break down a roofing system over the course of two decades or more.

That said, it is possible for a homeowner to avoid roof leaks in most cases if they are mildly proactive and know what to look for. All it takes is a quick walk around your home twice a year and visually inspect your roof. It also helps, if we know the round about age of the roof system because we can forecast some problems that are likely to occur around the 12-20 year mark.

Most importantly, we have to understand what to look for and the importance of resolving issues when they are small and allow your roof to age gracefully and keep your home dry for years to come.

Here's a quick Asphalt Shingle Homeowner 101

#1. Curling

If your shingles are curling, it’s usually a sign that there is a moisture problem on your roof. Maybe a result of the roof being shaded by trees for majority of the day keeping it from drying. Curling should be addressed, because the shingles are lifting from the asphalt strip and our prone to blow offs if conditions are right.

#2. Blistering

There are a number of factors that can cause shingles to blister. If your roof is older, and you have noticed small blisters forming, it’s often just a sign of normal wear and tear. However, if your asphalt roof is newer and you notice blistering, it could be a sign that your attic isn’t properly ventilated. Simply put, the heat that is rising in your attic is cooking the shingle from below and the sun is cooking the shingle from above.

#3. Granule Loss

Have you started noticing asphalt granules in the gutters or downspouts of your roof? Granule loss typically occurs when your shingles have reached the end of their lifespan. If you've had a new roof put on and your finding granules in your gutter it's not time to panic.

During the manufacturing process they add far more granules to the shingle than will adhere. As the new shingles begin their relationship with mother nature they will release a small amount of granules. It's very common and everything is working as it should.

#4. Raised Shingles

Raised shingles have lost their bond with the asphalt strip and have opened up. If you're finding this is likely that your roof is nearing the end of it's lifespan. It's going to be very important for you to call a professional roofing company to replace shingles here and there or consider re-roofing your home. If nothing is done to correct the lifted shingles you can expect to find shingles missing if we experience high winds.

If the roof was just installed and you're seeing some raised shingles it's very common. As the shingles heat up they will relax and “seat” themselves into the asphalt strip. Depending on the weather and manufacturer this could take a few day or if the roof was installed in colder weather could take a few weeks. Again, the shingle needs the warmth of ambient temperatures to seat themselves.

#5 Rotting Rubber Plumbing Boots

Another area to keep an eye on will be the boots that surround bathroom vents. Years of UV damaged from the sun will dry out the rubber boots and they will crack. This is one of the most common roof leaks we see in older roofs. It's also a very inexpensive to replace them.

These are the most common problems homeowners will experience as their roof ages over the years. It's important to understand that these problems are quite natural and are to be expected depending on the age of the roof.

If you're finding any of these issues in small amounts we highly encourage you to be proactive and call for help quickly. Replacing a few shingles here and there really is very inexpensive and it prolongs the overall length of time between re-roofing your home.

By abconstr68604637, Apr 10 2017 09:07PM

It's not uncommon for homeowners to forget about their roofing system . As the years pass without problems roofs are often taken for granted that it's going perform as it should. However, if little problems aren't taken care of it could result in expensive repairs.

Keeping your roof in mind and knowing what to look for are essential to getting the most out of your roofing system.

Preventative roof maintenance is vital because:

- it extends the life of your roofing system.

- discourages prematurely replacing the entire roof.

- it allows you to find problems that can be easily fixed before you find water damage inside your home.

Why is it so important to stay on top of roof repairs?

Damage – Roofing problems often start out small and become more severe over time. The longer you wait to get the repairs that you need, the more damage you are likely have on your hands when you do call for help.

Cost – Smaller repairs are easier and more affordable to take care of then bigger repairs. If you get roofing repairs at the first sign of trouble, you’ll often end up saving money in the long run.

How to safely keep up with your roof?

#1. Keep an eye on your roof.

Shingles that are lifting:

These stand out and are very easy to see from the ground. Shingles that are lifting from the asphalt strip are likely going to be the 1st to blow off when strong winds find our area. When you find blown off shingles, you'll also find that the time line towards water damage has escalated.

Shingles that are curling:

Curling shingles are also very easy to see from the ground. If you're seeing a few curling shingles on your roof it's likely that your roofing system is nearing the end of it's life. However, it's better to replace a few shingles here and there than to ignore the problem all together. Perhaps it's possible to limp your roof along until you can budget a re-roof.

Severe discoloration:

Allowing leaves to build up in valleys and not removing them keeps the valley shingles wet through out the day. It's a perfect recipe for algae to take off and begin degrading the shingles at a much faster rate. Simply removing the leaves and allowing the shingles to dry throughout the day will greatly improve the life of your roofing system.

Knowing the approximate age of your roof:

If we know approximately how old your roof system is we can generally begin to pre-diagnos common areas that we can expect to see problems.

Around the 12-20 year mark we begin to see that the plumbing boots around bathroom vents begin to degrade and become prime areas for water to find its way into the home.

This is a very easy and inexpensive fix if caught early. Otherwise it could result in calling your homeowners insurance claim department.

#2. Schedule regular roofing inspections.

The easiest way to to enlist the help of a professional and allow us to walk your roof and perform a roof evaluation. We know where to look to find the small issues before they become big problems.

It's best to schedule roofing inspections early in the year and prepare for the ups and downs of Fort Wayne, Indiana weather patterns. Your roof has been keeping your home dry throughout all the freezing and thawing this past winter.

If water found a way in and was able to freeze it likely opened up the weak area even more. So, it's important the weak areas quickly before it becomes worse.

#3. Don’t put off roof repairs when you need them.

The biggest take away is to simply not procrastinate. If you believe that your roof system needs a professional to evaluate and diagnose your roofing system don't wait. The next heavy wind or rainstorm could be the one that takes an inexpensive repair to a costly problem.

Enlist A and B Construction for prompt roof repairs

When you see a problem with your roofing system turn to professional roofers who spent the last 33 years protecting homes in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area.

Contact us today to schedule your free roof evaluation!

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