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Preventing Roof Leaks

Dealing with a roof leak can not only cause a lot of stress but it can create a lot of expensive repairs too. We’ll go over some of the common issues that result in leaks in your roof structure and how to prevent them.

Gutter Full of Leaves

Shingles are susceptible to damage caused by aging, storms, debris, etc. The damage comes in many forms too. It might be a small dent, a crack, or a few shingles being torn off. Any of these can create an exposed area of your roof that will allow water to seep in. Checking up on the condition of your roof is a good way to ensure that these types of damage don’t exist to harm your home.

The rain gutters can cause a lot of trouble when they aren’t maintained properly. When debris like leaves and twigs start piling up in the gutter system, it prevents water flowing to the downspouts. The water begins to overflow onto the roof and sides of the house which can result in leaks and wood rot. Making sure to clear out your gutters, especially in the autumn while leaves are falling, will prevent water overflow from damaging your roof.

Having your roof inspected by a roof inspector, will ensure that your roof is well maintained and damage free. A professional roofer can thoroughly check the shingles and gutters for any signs of cracks forming or small dents that could get worse over time.

If you need roof repairs in the Bridgeview, IL area, give Prusak Roofing a call at (708) 422-2624.

Winter Roof Preparation

WinterWhen winter arrives, we always prepare our cars, our outdoor features and tools, and even our gardens. But what about the roof? Your roof is key in how your home handles a winter and is protected from damage and wear. Preparing your roof for winter storms, snow and ice should be a part of everyone’s routine. It is understandable that it sometimes falls to the wayside, but it is always better late than never to get your roof ready for the cold weather. In order to best prepare, we have compiled a short checklist for getting your roof in ship-shape.

Winter Roof Checklist

1. Take a Quick Look.

It is always a good idea to look at your roof once a month. Look around for any missing shingles or materials. These bald areas will be weaker than the rest and may cause leaks in the future. Take note of these areas and have them repaired when you are able.

2. Ensure Your Gutters are Clean

Gutters are crucial to how your roof handles the winter. Make sure they are clean. During the day, these will carry away the melting snow and ice, preventing your roof from receiving water damage. Once clean, you may consider installing a gutter guard or leaf shield to prevent tree leaves from getting caught in them.

3. Inspect Your Attic

Your attic houses the insulation for your home and roof. If there is a leak or damage, it may become apparent after you inspect your attic. Take a look at your insulation and keep an eye out for any drafts. Replenishing your insulation will help your home be more energy efficient during the winter.

Our final step is to get a roof inspection. A roof inspection will allow you to ensure that all potential problems you have seen during your winter preparation are taken care of. This will fortify your roof, giving you an extra layer of protection and less worry during these long winter months. Do you need a residential roof inspection or repair? Call Prusak Roofing today at (708) 422-2624 to get started!

Benefits of Residential Metal Roofing

A lot of homeowners have misconceptions about residential metal roofing. However, it offers many benefits and is a great option if you want a durable, long lasting roof. Here are a few myths and benefits of a metal roof!

Great Insulation

residential metal roofingMetal roofs provide excellent insulation and energy efficient benefits to any home. Because of the reflectivity of the metal, sunlight does not get absorbed like it does on an asphalt shingle roof. This can keep your home cooler in the summer months. This feature also helps keep you home warmer in the winter, insulating you from the frigid temperatures outside. And you don’t have to worry about loud rain or hail on your roof! Many people think metal roofs are extremely loud when their insulation actually dampens noise.

Durability

A typical residential metal roof can last 50+ years on average, and it built to withstand all kinds of damage. Resistant to water, termites, fire, high winds, and more, you can rest easy with a solid metal roof over your head. They also stand up against earthquakes and hail! Unlike asphalt and wood roofs, metal does not deteriorate over time due to exposure to the elements. It’s wise to check your roof every now and then, especially after heavy storms, for signs of severe damage or rust.

Style And Colors Options

When most people think of a metal roof, they think of the classic silver, standing seam roofs found on many barns and warehouses. However, residential metal roofing has come a long way! You can find residential metal roofs in red, green, or brown, and can even find metal shingles that resemble traditional ones. If you like the benefits of a metal roof but want a classic looking roof, this is a great option!

If you’re interested in residential metal roofing in Bridgeview, IL, call the experts at Prusak Roofing! (708) 422-2624.

Commercial Roofing Materials Compared

There are many commercial roofing materials available, and to the outside they sound very similar. Here are a few tips to help you choose which is best for your business!

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TPO

An extremely popular commercial roofing material, TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing has many benefits. It is one of the more affordable options and most commercial TPO roofs last 15 to 20 years with proper maintenance. TPO is a rubber roofing material that comes in rolls. Your roofing contractor will roll out the TPO and can be mechanically fastened, heat welded, or glued onto the roof. Because it is white, it is generally more reflective than a black roofing material like EPDM. This can help keep your roof cooler and reduce your building’s cooling load.

EPDM

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofing is a synthetic rubber material, most commonly found in black. You can also find EPDM roofs with a white layer on top to help increase reflectivity. EPDM roofs have been known to last 40+ years and stand up well against environmental effects. There are three methods of installation: ballasting, fully-adhered, and mechanically attached. Talk to one of our roofers to determine which is the best option for your building.

PVC

Different than the rubber roofing membranes, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a plastic roofing material. It is heat welded at the seams and can be adhered with various techniques. It is more expensive than the other membrane roofing options and has a life expectancy of 20+ years. PVC maintains high UV resistance and durability.

Metal

Metal roofing is certainly the most expensive option, but it is also the most durable. Metal roofs can easily last 50+ years and require very little maintenance. It has superior durability, reflects sunlight, and helps insulate your building. Most commercial metal roofs are standing seam roofs, and you may even see this style on residential buildings. Another bonus: many insurance companies provide tax credits or discounts to businesses with metal roofs, up to 35%. Compared to membrane roofs, metal is a solid, excellent choice. However, metal may not work on all commercial buildings and the cost may be too much if you have a large building.

Not sure which material is best for your business? Call your local commercial roofing contractors at Prusak Roofing at (708) 422-2624. We’d be happy to answer your questions and help you find the perfect commercial roofing materials!

Seasonal Gutter Maintenance Tips

Just like your roof, your gutters may need maintenance from time to time. From a quick visual inspection from the ground to thorough cleaning, make sure your gutters are in top form. Follow these gutter maintenance tips to keep them in shape for years to come.

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Ground Inspection

Every now and then, especially after heavy rain or high winds, walk around your house and check your gutters. Are they leaking or rusted? Do they sag or are they securely fastened? Is water pooling around your foundation? If you notice any of these problems, you may need gutter repair or replacement. Unless they are completely rusted, you can typically repair any gutter problems on your own or you can call a professional roofer.

Keep Them Clean

If you have large trees around your house, you have probably dealt with cleaning leaves out of your gutters. If not, now’s the time! Any debris that runs off your roof can get stuck in your gutters. You may find leaves, acorns, pine needles, shingle granules, twigs, bird nests, and more. Remove any debris and pay special attention to the downspout. To make sure water is flowing properly and for an extra cleaning, use a water hose to run water through the downspout. If you notice a clog, you may need to call a professional.

While you’re up there, check the spikes to make sure your gutters are securely fastened to your home. You may need to replace them if they have worked themselves out of the rafters.

Stay Safe!

Whenever you are using a ladder, you should follow the instructions and be careful. Make sure the ladder is secure before climbing, and stay off of the top two or three rungs. Do not reach too far while using the ladder. Tip: It is easier and safer to clean your gutters from a ladder rather than from on top of your roof.

If you need gutter repair or replacement in Bridgeview, IL, call Prusak Roofing at (708) 422-2624. Our expert roofers can upgrade your gutters to a new, rust-resistant material or provide more tips on roof and gutter maintenance.

The Benefits of Rubber Shingles

Currently, the most popular roofing material used today is asphalt shingles. It is a durable and inexpensive material that requires little maintenance. But how does it stack up against rubber shingles? Here are some of the benefits of rubber shingles and how they compare to the ever popular asphalt roofing material.

Compared to asphalt, rubber shingles are mRubber Shinglesuch sturdier and last a lot longer. Rubber shingles can last up to 75 years while asphalt shingles tend to last around 20 – 30 years. Rubber shingles are also seamless which will prevent water leaks.

Both materials are made out of lightweight materials and are very easy to install on any roof shapes. Rubber shingles are designed in a way that they can mimic the look of other roofing materials including slate tiles so you can have the look of stone tiles without the price.

One of the best aspects of rubber shingles is how durable the material is no matter what the conditions are. Asphalt can suffer irreparable damage in strong winds and hailstorms. Rubber shingles are made to protect the roof of your home without sustaining any damage.

If you are looking for an environment friendly roofing material, rubber shingles is the way to go. The rubber used is a typically made from recycled material while asphalt shingles are not.

Are you interested in installing rubber shingles in Bridgeview, IL? Prusak Roofing specializes in rubber shingle installation for homes. If you need a durable roofing material that is affordable, looks great, and last a long time, then rubber shingles might be exactly what you are looking for. Call the roofing specialists at Prusak Roofing today for more information! (708) 422-2624

Reduce Potential Repairs with Better Ventilation

Roof Ventilation SystemsA lack of proper ventilation in roofing systems is one of the frequent causes of roof repairs. The attic needs to stay at a warm temperature without building up any moisture and roof ventilation is necessary for both. If the airflow does not stay balanced the roof is prone to costly damage.

The ventilation in the roof is required to keep air flowing through the attic during the summer so that it does not overheat. Extra heat in the attic will filter down into the rest of the house. The attic is capable of collecting moisture in damp conditions during the winter without ventilation. A buildup of moisture can cause damage in the insulation.

These are problems that are likely to occur if there is not enough ventilation in the roof:

  • Weakened insulation
  • Ruined siding
  • Mold & Mildew
  • Roof Frame Warping
  • Roof Deck Warping

The damage caused by these common problem can be costly to fix. The longer the damage goes unnoticed, the more likely it is for the damage to slowly spread into other areas of the roof until it could cause issues with the frame of the house too. In order to prevent this problems, we recommend having your roof inspected for any signs of weaknesses in the roof structure and ventilation. It is less costly to update the ventilation system in your roof than to repair the damage caused by poor air flow. Contact Prusak Roofing today if you think your roof may be in need of repairs.

One of our licensed roofing inspectors will visit to do a thorough inspection of your roof to check for any signs of insufficient ventilation or noticeable indications of leaks or damage. A well ventilated roof is one of the best ways to prevent on potentially damage or future repairs. Call today for roof inspections and repairs in Bridgeview, IL.

Metal vs. Traditional Roofing

residential roofHaving trouble deciding what the best choice is for you roofing system between traditional and metal roofing systems? Both metal and traditional shingle roofs both have their benefits, but lets find out which system accommodates your roofing needs more.

Though metal roofs may be more expensive for upfront costs, they last decades longer than that of traditional roofing systems without required maintenance or repair which becomes expensive over time. With traditional shingle roofs, the upfront cost is much cheaper than metal roofs, but these systems require frequent repair and maintenance to ensure the roofing system has a durable and long-lasting lifespan. Traditional shingles also have more to work with to get the exact accommodation of your residential roof. Before making a tough decision as this one, it’s always important to collaborate with a professional roofing contractor, so you know you’re getting the best roofing system for you and your family.

Metal And Shingle Roof Installation

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Depending on which system you choose for your roof, the installation process can take from a couple of hours to a few days. Metal roofs tend to be more energy efficient due to their reflectivity. They also are environmentally friendly as they do not require as much tear-off waste as traditional roofs, which take a few days to install. Metal roofs also take a few days to install but is a safe and easy process that doesn’t distract our clients from their daily routines.

Talk to us about the best residential roofing system for your needs today!