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Read through our blog to learn more about AMCAT Roofing’s part in restoring your property after a rough storm! These resources are available for home and business owners who are seeking assistance when it comes to roofing, insurance, inspection, repairs, and so much more. Be sure to keep checking back here for further updates! Contact us today to learn more.


How to Properly Ventilate Your Attic This Summer

For most of us, our attics are often the last part of our houses that we think of when it comes to repairs, but we need to think again. Not properly ventilating your attic space can raise your air conditioning bills in the summer, and risk damaging your eavestroughs in the winter.

Here is a quick guide on how to fix any ventilation issues your attic may have.

Planning Your Attic Ventilation

Before you get started on any attic work or roof repairs, you need to figure out how many square feet of ventilation you require.

Most building codes require homes to follow the 1/150 rule when it comes to ventilation systems. This means taking your attic’s total square footage and then dividing it by 150.

For example, if your attic is 30 feet long and 26 feet wide, you should have 5.2 square-feet of ventilation space throughout your attic.

Pairing Soffit Vents with Roof Vents

While many machines and fans exist to solve this ventilation issue, the most common solution that homeowners choose is to install roof vents and soffit vents in their attics.

Staying true to their name, roof vents are vents that are installed on your roof, either as a box among your shingles or running along the ridge of the home. Roof vents are an excellent way to funnel hot air out of your attic and prevent heat build-up that could damage your supports and shingles.

Soffit vents, on the other hand, are downward-facing vents that homeowners install horizontally along the bottom of the eaves. These vents are built to face the home and will cause any air rising along the side of the house to enter and refresh the attic.

By bringing fresh air into the attic through soffit vents and by forcing the stale air out through the roof vents, your attic will become a much cooler space in the summer and prevent any heat damage or mold from growing.

Keeping your home cool and electricity bills down can seem like a complex issue for homeowners, but having the right carpenters and roofers at your side can make it a breeze. Give our roofing experts a call today at 970-799-6759 or visit us online to find out how we can help keep your house safe and sound this summer.



3 Steps to Prepare Your Roof for Spring

As winter comes to a close, it’s time to set our sights on warmer weather! This is the perfect time to make sure your home is in excellent shape for the season ahead. For many homeowners, though, roof maintenance happens only when something goes awry. However, overflowing gutters, a leaky ceiling, or damage from branches can easily become an expensive (and preventable) emergency call to service technicians.

Prevent roofing issues this spring by following these three steps:

Inspect Your Eavestroughs

No matter how diligently you cleaned your gutters this fall, there is bound to be debris come spring. Grab a ladder and make sure they are clean before the rain hits. Leaves, pine needles, and water clogs aren’t the only thing you should be looking for, though! Keep an eye out for any cracks, holes, or other signs of wear and tear, and seal them immediately. Leaking water from damaged gutters will pool around your foundation. Over time, this excess water can lead to cracks in the foundation which can result in water leaking into your home!

Repair Damaged Shingles

As you inspect your gutters, take note of the condition of your shingles. Any signs of surface decay or damage should immediately be dealt with. Lifted shingles can hold moisture which brings both mold and wood rot. If the shingles appear cracked, curled, or buckled, it may indicate that your attic is poorly ventilated. No matter the reason, if your shingles are damaged, it’s important to get them replaced.

Trim Overhanging Branches

Spring produces all kinds of weather from rain to wind and everything in between. Be prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings by removing overhanging branches near your home. If these branches are left unmaintained, they can strip off layers of asphalt and their leaves can lead to mold, deterioration, or leaks. Even worse, if the tree is damaged or diseased, a storm can cause limbs to fall onto your home!
Need a little extra help? At AMCAT Roofing, we have a highly trained team that strives to offer excellent customer service and outstanding work. Contact us through our website or call us at (970) 799-6759 to book a FREE roof inspection today!



How to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Your roof is a very important part of your home’s structure. However, your roofing system won’t last too long without proper maintenance because certain weather conditions can affect your roof’s lifespan. The winter months are especially hard on your roof, so here are a few tips to take care of your roofing system to maintain its shape and avoid structural issues.

Why a Roof Inspection Is Important

A lot of people prefer the DIY lifestyle, and consider doing all the roofing work without professional help. So, why should you bother hiring a company to perform a roof inspection?

First, it saves you time. You can enjoy your house and spend time with your loved ones while we do the hard work. Also, a professional roof inspection uses special equipment to detect issues that can’t be identified with the naked eye. Some of these issues, like leaks and excessive moisture, can cause severe damage if left untreated.

Another reason to opt for a professional roof inspection is your safety. Do you have the right equipment to protect yourself? A fall from your roof is no laughing matter and it’s definitely not worth the risk.

Worried about your expenses? At AMCAT Roofing, we can work with your insurance provider to help you reduce costs with roof repair and replacement.

Roof Maintenance Tips for Winter

When it comes to roof maintenance, it’s essential to keep gutters clean to prevent clogs. During the winter months, these clogs are particularly bad for your roofing system because they can lead to the formation of ice dams.

Ice dams happen when the water and moisture in your gutters freeze. Consequently, the water isn’t drained off the roof, which can cause leaks and structural damage over time. Snow also adds more weight and volume to your gutters, increasing the risk of damage. A roofing professional can help you winterize your home and avoid that kind of problem.  

If you have trees around your house, a heavy snowfall can make branches fall onto your roof, which is another reason to take preventive measures before the cold season.
At AMCAT Roofing, we have a highly trained team that strives to offer excellent customer service and outstanding products. Contact us through our website or call us at (970) 799-6759 to book a free roof inspection today!



Protecting Your Home Against Wildfires

With Durango in the midst of a wildfire, many people’s homes are in danger—some people have already been evacuated from their homes. Conditions are frighteningly favorable for wildfire: our winter snowpack was a fraction of what it normally is, conditions are dry, and the weather is hot and windy.

Even when your home isn’t in direct danger of fire, your property should be wildfire-ready. These tips can help protect your home, both now and in the future.

Clear the Space Around Your Home

Create a 10-foot fire-defensible perimeter around your property by clearing brush, trees, woodpiles, and landscaping with non-flammable materials like concrete, gravel, and well-watered grass. If there is a high threat of wildfire, consider removing all leafy or piney plants and wooden features around your home.

Screen and Seal Your Eaves and Vent Openings

Homes often burn from the inside out. If improperly sealed, the eaves and vent openings of your home can allow embers to enter and spread the fire indoors. Keeping gutters clean and free of flammable debris can also help to prevent fire from spreading to the interior of your home.

Clear and Protect Your Roof

Your home’s roof is one of its biggest liabilities in the event of a fire. Ensure that your home’s roof is Class A-rated and that the roof and siding are constructed of fire-resistant materials like asphalt shingle, tile, or metal. Clear any pine needles, overhanging branches, and other materials that could ignite from airborne embers.

Develop a Fire Safety Plan

Develop a fire safety plan with your family, including a home fire drill that your family knows and practices. Keep valuables and important items like identification, legal files, and prescription medication together in an accessible location, so you can grab them quickly if necessary.

Returning Home After a Wildfire

Your home and surroundings may be changed or damaged when you return home. If your home has been damaged, it’s important to consult authorities and follow all warnings and signs before safely entering your home. If your property hasn’t sustained visible damage but there was fire nearby, it’s still important to follow all warnings before entering, as well as to have your home well-inspected for unseen structural damage.
AMCAT Roofing has been constructing quality roofs in Albuquerque, Durango, Aztec, and the surrounding areas for years. As part of the Durango community, we hope that all those affected by the fire can safely return to their homes soon.



3 Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Winter – September 2017

Winter is just around the corner again, which means another season of wear and tear on your home. Luckily, you found our blog fast enough to do something about it! You can prevent excess energy use, flooding, and other water damage by making sure these easily manageable areas are taken care of before the snow falls:

1. Energy Efficiency

Fall is the best time to work on your home’s energy efficiency. It will save you the most money through the cold winter months by keeping the heat in and the cold out! Energy efficient windows will help reflect your room’s heat back in, meaning you’ll save on your heating bill all winter. On top of this, maintaining your caulking and ensuring your door is sealed will keep any cool breezes from creeping into your house.

Fun tip: check the insulation in your roof to make sure it’s keeping in all the heat it can!

2. Look at Your Roof

Whether or not you live in a snowy place, the change in weather can become severe as winter approaches. Winds up to 168 mph and severe thunderstorms gusting up to 57.5 mph can blow against your asphalt shingle roof and easily tear the shingles off. If you notice that any of your asphalt shingles are loose, damaged, or even missing, get in touch with us as soon as you can! We can recommend the best roofing products for your home.

3. Check that Chimney

Chimneys and vent stacks on the roof are surrounded by flashing, a protective metal layer meant to keep water out of places that are especially susceptible to pooling water . If your roof’s flashing looks lifted or otherwise damaged, it’s very likely that water will be able to get into your home. You will also find flashing in other areas of the roof such as valleys, corners, and windows. Because flashing protects all of these integral parts of your asphalt shingle roof, make sure it’s in tip top shape before the cold weather hits!

Bonus: Seal the Concrete

You’ll notice that the concrete in your walkways, steps, and foundation always seem to want to crack. During the winter months, this gets much worse due to the freeze and thaw cycle. However, this is not the only crackin’ culprit- soil upheaval and expansion also have a hand in this. If they haven’t gotten to you by the winter, they’ll certainly poke their heads in the spring. With this in mind, seal it all up in the fall before any of this happens!

Looking for more residential roofing information? Check out our website here!

You’ve got some work ahead of you in the coming months. Ensuring your foundation, efficiency, and roofing will hold out all winter long isn’t always easy, but that’s why we’re here. If you’re lucky enough to live in milder New Mexico, our crews will be able to help you all winter! Contact AMCAT Roofing to set up your inspection, maintenance, and repairs before old man winter gives you the cold shoulder!



New Years’ Roofing Resolutions – January 2017

Home with snow around it

If you’re like most people, you probably set some New Years’ resolutions to better yourself and your life. While eating right and hitting the gym does a body good, there are several resolutions you could set to keep your home, especially your roof, in tip-top shape.

Remove loose debris from your roof.
Remove any branches, leaves, or other debris that can accumulate on a roof in winter. This debris can become a safety hazard and wreak havoc on the condition of your roof, if ignored for too long. With another person’s help, if possible, set up an extendable ladder and carefully access the roof and remove the materials.

Remove moss and mold.
If your roof has a moss problem, you can purchase a cleaner that will specifically target the moss or mold for easy removal. Moss can cause damage to your roof, allowing moisture to penetrate the internal frame of your home, which can lead to harmful mold growth. Follow the cleaner’s instructions and wait for it to work its magic on the moss, then gently brush away the moss and mold with a soft bristled broom or wide handheld brush.

Clean the gutters.
Carefully remove by hand (wear heavy-duty work gloves!) any debris that has accumulated in your home’s gutters and downspouts. Check for missing caulk and paint peeling, soffit and fascia rotting, holes and cracks, loose or missing gutter sections, or hardware and gutter-related leaks. Make replacements and repairs, then re-caulk and re-paint as needed.

General inspection and repair.
Check the attic and ceiling for stains that can indicate water is seeping into your home. Examine the roof for missing, lifted, or loose shingles. Then, check the rest of the shingles for moss and mold, worn spots, cracks, peeling, and curling. Replace or repair shingles and replace or tighten roof hardware as needed. Peeling, curling, and partially lifted shingles found in more than one area of the roof can indicate that the roof is at the end of its usability. Hire a professional roofer to determine if the roof needs more than do-it-yourself maintenance.

Please remember when performing any type of roof maintenance tasks, to do so on a sunny day when the roof is dry to avoid the danger of slipping. If you find these “roof resolutions” too much to take on yourself, hire AMCAT Roofing to do the work for you!



Maintaining Your Residential or Commercial Flat Roof – February 2017

By Ryan Wilkinson

Women blowing snow

A flat roof is a very common design in commercial buildings. It is not as common in residential structures; however, it creates a desirable modern look for your dwelling. Caring for a flat roof can be tricky and regardless of whether the structure is commercial or residential, there are special considerations to keep this roof maintained for an extended period of time. Here are six things you can do this fall to prepare your flat roof for winter:

  1. Clear debris – While a flat roof does have a slight pitch to it to help with drainage, branches, leaves, and other debris can still collect on its surface. Use a broom to carefully sweep the roof, removing any leaves, branches, twigs, or other debris that can collect on your roof. Clearing your roof is an important step to keep water from pooling on the surface. Excess water can put undue stress on the structural integrity of your roof and increase the chances of leaks.
  2. Clear drainage areas – Gutters and the drain hub can get clogged with leaves and dirt causing a backup of water on your roof when snow and ice melts and refreezes.
  3. Clean out drain hub – Remove the drain hub and use a garden hose or pressure washer to remove any built up dirt or residue. If there are any clogs, run a plumber’s snake through the drain to clear it.
  4. Trim overhanging limbs – Assess the area around your roofline to determine if any tree branches need to be cut back. This simple step could save you from a huge headache should a branch fall on your roof under the weight of a heavy snow load. Additionally, it will reduce the number of leaves that collect on your roof and diminish the chances of pooling water.
  5. Examine entire roof surface – Check the flashing for any gaps and holes, using caulk to fill these areas. Pooling water is a sign of a low spot that might require professional attention. Take some time to carefully walk the entire surface area of the roof, checking for any weak or rotting boards that might need to be replaced.

When in doubt, contact the professionals at AMCAT Roofing to make sure your flat roof is ready to face the upcoming Durango, Colorado winter.