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Do I need to replace my roof if it has moss?

Do I need to replace my roof if it has moss?

September 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

Moss on Roof In Iowa

The plain and simple answer is yes. Moss can severely damage the structural integrity of any type of roof. Moss is a simple plant that does not produce flowers and grows in blankets in natural environments. You commonly see moss covering trees or in a landscape of a forest canopy, which can be beautiful depending on the circumstances. However, moss growing on your rooftop is not considered lovely and should be deemed as a nemesis to your roof.

    Moss commonly thrives in environments that are damp and shaded. Moss absorbs the moisture from the damp environment and establishes roots on your roof causing the beginning of roof degradation. The roots can lift shingles and constant moisture can lead to bacteria and mold growth. This eventually can lead to holes in your roof and leaks into your home. It is also dangerous to walk on a moss-covered roof because it makes surfaces very slippery when wet. It’s very important to monitor for moss growth and treat as needed. If you live in an area that is frequently damp or in the woods, you should take steps to prevent moss growth on your roof.

    Treat Moss Roof Problems

    • Remove moss with a garden water hose and by hand scraping. Using a pressure washer can cause even more damage to your roof, so unless you’re a skilled professional, stay away from the pressure washer!
    • Bleach moss away. Bleach will kill moss but is extremely corrosive, will damage vegetation and discolor your roof. If you choose to use bleach, make sure you wear proper protective gear, i.e. mask and goggles, and dilute it. You may need to hand scrape the moss off.
    • Moss control powder. This is one of the best ways to remove moss from roofs. Made from zinc sulfate, these powders do not damage the structures of roof, but can potentially harm wildlife and vegetation. Use caution if living near a habitat that contains aquatic wildlife. Many roofing companies offer this option as a treatment for moss covered roofs.

    Prevent Moss

    • Trim tree branches from the roof area to prevent further moss growth.
    • Keep your roof free of debris from leaves and sticks
    • Keep your gutters free of leaves
    • Zinc Strips. This is one of the safest methods to prevent future growth of moss. Nail zinc strips along the ridge caps along the peak of the roof. When it rains, zinc is released onto the roof and powerfully inhibits moss growth. Zinc strips usually last for 1 year and work best if started in a moss-free environment.

    Remember that moss growing on your roof can cause damage down the road and is best treated in the early Stages. It’s much easier to remove new moss growth, than moss that has grown for 10 years.

    Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

    Do I need to replace my roof if it has moss?2019-09-23T20:55:44+00:00

    When To Replace Roofing: Top Warning Signs You Need A New Roof

    When To Replace Roofing: Top Warning Signs You Need A New Roof

    August 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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    Along with food on the table and the shirt on your back, having a roof over your head is one of the essential necessities of life. Just as what food you put into your body affects your health, so too does the condition of your roof affect the quality of your life. How do you know when to replace roofing, so that you, your family, and your belongings are protected? Read on to learn the signs that your home needs a roof repair or replacement.

      Shingles Are Missing

      Step back from your house and look at the roof. Are there shingles missing? If so, you need to contact roofing professionals ASAP. While you may not need an immediate roof replacement, any gaps in the shingles point to potential damage from rain. Additionally, once shingles start to come loose, it makes it that much easier for the wind to get underneath nearby shingles and pry them from the roof as well. Get into the habit of checking for missing shingles regularly. That way, you can take care of this issue before it can develop into a serious problem.

      Shingles Are Damaged

      What kind of shape are your shingles in? Inspect them for pitting, curling, cracks, and chips. If you have asphalt shingles, you may see “bald spots,” where granules have come loose. The number of damaged shingles can help you know when to replace roofing. If over a third of them seem to be in rough shape, it’s time to act.

      There Is Water Damage in the Attic

      Even if you don’t see damaged or missing shingles, it’s still a good idea to check out the roof from the inside. Head up to your attic or crawl space and look for signs of moisture. These include mold, mildew, and water marks. Moisture can take a serious toll on your home’s structure, so it’s not something to be taken lightly.

      It’s Been a While

      What is the average lifespan of a roof? It depends on the roofing material, of course. Asphalt shingle roofs last for about 20 years, while fiber cement shingles should be replaced every 25 years. The next longest-lasting roof type is wood shake shingles, with a lifespan of about 30 years. A roof made from slate, copper, or tiles will keep you covered for a good five decades. That longevity is something to consider when choosing material for a roof replacement, as well.

      Your Energy Bills Are Increasing

      Lastly, review your energy bills from the past year or so. If the amount due has been steadily creeping up, with no other explanation, it could mean that cool air is leaking from the home via a damaged roof. You will want to double-check that your doors and windows are energy efficient as well. If they are tight as a drum, then you may need to batten down the hatch’s overhead.

      A Few Final Thoughts on When to Replace Roofing

      No matter what material you choose, a new roof is going to take a bite out of your budget. But it can save you money in the long run, help protect your home’s value, and add ROI when it comes time to sell.

      Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

      When To Replace Roofing: Top Warning Signs You Need A New Roof2019-09-23T20:47:58+00:00

      Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?

      Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?

      July 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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      Consider Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows to help reduce your energy costs! More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting on energy bills while promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community.

        Among the array of possible upgrades, “cool metal roofing” easily answers this consumer demand offering a solid, attractive roofing solution available in multiple colors, textures, and profiles, for steep-slope and low-slope applications, that can  save your household up to 40% of its annual energy costs, depending on your geographical region.

        The Benefits of Energy Efficient Metal Roofing:

        As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F. Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.

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        The secret to metal roofing’s energy savings is in its variety of finishes. As shown above, the basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof. But, for homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.  Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.

        Conclusion

        It may seem like there is a lot to think about when it comes to replacing your roof, but it will be worth it in the long run. Schedule a consultation just like you would any other important maintenance task (like changing the oil in your car). It will end up saving you time and money in the future.

        Contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today for a free inspection of your roof or give us a call at 515-981-3838

        Is Your Air Conditioner Running Too Much?2019-09-23T20:48:27+00:00

        When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?

        When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?

        July 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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        A window replacement isn’t a massive home improvement job, but it does require planning and preparation. One necessary step is choosing when you want to do your window replacement, specifically what season.

          Step One: Consultation

          The first step before picking a time of year for your replacement window installation is choosing a contractor and having an in-home consultation. We will look at your home and your windows to have a better idea of how long the project will take so you can plan accordingly.

          Which Season is Best?

          There are pros and cons to doing a window replacement in any season, and the necessary steps and process for the installation vary in warm versus hot temperatures. Installations can really happen year-round, weather permitting, so often it is a question of preference.

          -Spring or Summer: Replacing your windows in spring or a mild summer has several benefits. First, if you’re replacing lots of windows at once, warm weather will help keep your home at a nice temperature during the work. Take care, though, because if the weather gets too hot, all the excess heat might make your home uncomfortable. Second, most people have easier schedules in the summer as kids are out of school and businesses to allow for more vacation time. This might make it easier to plan around.

          -Winter or Fall: While at first glance installing windows in the colder months might seem like a bad idea, there are some advantages. While having your home open to the cold air isn’t ideal, you can easily isolate the drafts by shutting doors or putting up curtains. Again, there is also the risk of snowstorms, severe cold or other bad weather delaying the project, but that’s also a risk during the spring and summer too.

          It’s Up to You

          So, what time of the year is the best to replace windows? It’s up to you! It mostly depends on preference. Do you prefer extra heat or extra cold in your home during the installation? Is scheduling or saving money more important?

          With the right planning, window replacements can be done any time of the year, so ultimately the decision is all about what’s most convenient for you.

          Conclusion

          It may seem like there is a lot to think about when it comes to replacing windows, but it will be worth it in the long run.
          Schedule a window replacement consultation just like you would any other important maintenance task (like changing the oil in your car). It will end up saving you time and money in the future.

          Contact Heartland Roofing, Siding and Windows today for a free inspection of your windows or give us a call at 515-981-3838.

          When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?2019-07-10T20:42:52+00:00

          How Often Should You Have Your Roof Inspected?

          How Often Should You Have Your Roof Inspected?

          June 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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          You may not pay much attention to it, but the roof of your home is what protects you from the elements. If you want to make sure that your roof stays in good shape and remains leak free, then regular inspections need to be performed.

          But how often are roof inspections needed?

            The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends checking your roof at least twice of year—fall and spring when the weather tends to be milder—to help spot any problems.

            Not only does mild weather help make inspecting the roof easier, it also allows you to make sure that the roof will be prepared for the upcoming changes in temperature and potential seasonal weather hazards.

            It’s also a good idea to inspect your roof after major weather events that involve high winds or hail. Even new roofs should be inspected after this type of situation because bad weather has the ability to damage or ruin a roof no matter what it’s age.

            Although it isn’t always easy to complete this inspection as often as recommended, doing so will help prevent minor roof damage from leading to serious problems that can cause leaks and damage to the interior of the building.

            Preventing minor problems from turning into major ones will also save you money in the future.

            Should you hire someone to inspect your roof or should you do it yourself? There are advantages to each type of inspection, but it is important to remember that many roofing product replacement warranties will be voided or not honored if your roof hasn’t been inspected by a professional. Insurance companies tend to insist on professional roof inspections as well.

            If you don’t like heights or aren’t capable of climbing a ladder, call us to do the inspection for you. Take a look at our roof inspection checklist.

            Here is what we look for as we inspect your roof:

            • Broken or missing shingles
            • Cracked or curling caulk or sealant
            • Patches of moss and lichen
            •  Worn, peeling or cracked plastic rubber boots around pipes or other roof projections
            • Cracked or rusted spots on metal flashings (Flashings are metal roof pieces around dormers, chimneys, and vent pipes.)
            • Damaged or missing chimney cap
            • Shingles that are blistering, cracking or buckling
            • Loose, cracked or rusted gutters
            • Crumbling or missing chimney mortar
            • Tree branches or other large debris

            If you have asphalt shingles—the most common roofing shingles in Central Iowa—we make sure to also check your gutters for granules. These granules are what covers the surface of asphalt shingles and helps shield them from ultraviolet rays from the sun.

            While some granule loss in normal over the life of your roof, a lot of granules can be a sign on shingle damage.

            Conclusion

            It may seem like there is a lot to think about when it comes to inspecting your roof, but it will be worth it in the long run.
            Schedule a roof inspection just like you would any other important maintenance task (like changing the oil in your car). It will end up saving you time and money in the future.

            Contact Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows today for a free inspection of your roof or give us a call at 515-981-3838.

            How Often Should You Have Your Roof Inspected?2019-09-23T20:49:03+00:00

            How Hail Damage May Affect Your Roof

            How Hail Damage May Affect Your Roof

            May 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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            With storm season upon us, now is the time to educate yourself about the risks of damage to your property. One of the major causes for concern during Central Iowa storm season is hail damage. With meteorologists forecasting yet another strong storm season, now is the time to gain an understanding of how hail damage impacts your roof. As your trusted Central Iowa roofing experts, we pride ourselves not only on ‘roofing done right,’ but also on educating consumers about the care and maintenance of their roofing systems. Let’s explore just how hail damages a roof.

              Initial Hail Damage
              While most property owners expect to see major divots or obvious cracks in their shingles as a result of hail damage, it’s not always all that obvious. In some cases, upon closer inspection, you can identify areas of damage in the way of concentrated spots of missing granules. While these small blemishes in your roof may seem harmless, over time they can wreak havoc.

              Exposure to the Elements
              Granules are used on asphalt shingles to protect your roof from the sun. Though the initial damage may seem minimal, exposure to wind, rain and snow causes erosion. Before you know it, those tiny, difficult to spot, blemishes are major divots in your shingles. Once large portions of your roof are exposed to UV rays, the damage continues to compound. Sun damage dries your roof out and causes cracking which eventually exposes you to leakage and water damage.

              Hail Damage Should Not be Ignored!
              There you have it. Put simply, those tiny hail marks in your shingles have the potential to dramatically shorten the lifespan of your roof. Because you may not realize the full extent of the damage your roof has sustained for months or even years, it’s important to have your roof inspected after a hailstorm. Timeliness is not only critical for the health of your roof but for insurance purposes. Depending on your policy and provider, you have a predetermined amount of time in which you are entitled to compensation for damage. Once the window has closed, your provider is no longer liable.

              Book Your Free Roof Inspection Today!
              It’s important to speak with a roofing professional before making a roof hail damage insurance claim. You may find that your damage is not substantial enough to warrant an insurance claim. Or you may very well find that you need a new roof, information that will serve you well as you deal with an adjuster.

              At Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows, we are proud to offer complimentary, no-obligation roofing inspections. Allow one of our highly experienced roofing specialists to complete your inspection and help you determine the extent of your damage.

              Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 515-981-3838 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

              How Hail Damage May Affect Your Roof2019-05-22T21:14:35+00:00

              Tips for Selecting a Roofing Company

              Tips for Selecting a Roofing Company

              May 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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              The biggest obstacle homeowners face when looking to fix or replace their roof is choosing the right person to do the job. Finding a contractor who is trustworthy, honest, and professional may sound difficult – but that’s where we come in. We’d like to share these important tips with you to express we are a company who is reputable and can be trusted to protect your home and your wallet.

              1. Talk with your friends and neighbors: There is less chance of potential issues or scams when you choose a contractor that has performed work with a friend or neighbor.
                a. You can’t always trust what you read online, however, homeowners from all over Iowa have given us rave reviews.
                b. Chances are you’ve seen one of our yard signs in your neighborhood.
              2. Look for manufacturer certifications. These are considered a badge of honor because the contractors must pass certain minimum requirements to be a factor, GAF strictly enforces their top certifications.
                a. We are proud to have both GAF and Owens-Corning certifications.
              3. Check Better Business Bureau Rating Check for proper licensing and insurance.
                a. See our BBB A+ rating HERE
              4. Check for proper licensing and insurance.
                a. We provide our certificate for validation.
              5. Don’t give in to pressure from contractors.
                a. Watch out for a contractor who pressures you to sign a contract before the insurance company has estimated the damage.

              And last check out this related article by the BBB HERE.

              Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

              Tips for Selecting a Roofing Company2019-05-08T21:41:20+00:00

              Spring Roof Inspection Checklist

              Spring Roof Inspection Checklist

              April 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows

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              Spring is in the air and that means … making sure your roof made it through the winter without damage. Use Heartland Roofing Siding and Window’s spring roof inspection checklist to walk you through your warm-weather inspection.

              Before you climb on the roof, however, ensure you do it safely. Place your ladder on a firm, level surface, at the angle specified by the manufacturer. Secure it to your roof, but not in a way that presents a tripping hazard.

              • Downspouts: Use a hose to flush downspouts and loosen any material that may have become lodged in them throughout the winter. With the hose in the downspout, inspect each one to ensure it’s free of leakage that can cause water to collect around your foundation.
              • Roofing Materials: Inspect your shingles or tiles for visible damage, such as cracks, tears or missing chunks. Pay special attention around pipes and other protrusions from the roof where snow and ice may have accumulated and damaged the seal.
              • Gutters: Clear the rain gutters of any material that may have collected in them over the winter. Clear all material by hand before flushing them to prevent clogs in downspouts.
              • Chimney: While you’re on the roof, take the opportunity to check that your chimney is still in good health. Check that masonry is intact and that white stains, like calcium buildup, aren’t building up, which can indicate your chimney is absorbing water.

              Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.

              Spring Roof Inspection Checklist2019-04-24T19:28:07+00:00