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AMCAT Roofing Resources

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.

Roof Repair

Why You Should Take Wind Roof Damage Seriously

High winds are very common in the state of Colorado due to particular meteorological conditions. If you’re a homeowner, you need to ensure that your roof is not being affected by these frequent wind gusts. Sometimes, it’s hard to spot wind roof damage with the naked eye, but the tips below can help you identify roofing issues and avoid a costly repair in the future.  

Why Roof Maintenance Is Important

When it comes to house maintenance, people usually think about worn out walls, old cabinets, and leaking pipes. With so many family gatherings taking place in the last few months of the year, these issues become even more noticeable and hard to ignore. However, if you’ve overlooked roof maintenance for a while, you may run into trouble.

More often than not, it takes a professional inspection to detect roofing problems. Failing to identify or address these roofing issues can result in extensive damage to your chimney, ventilation pipes, and gutters, and could potentially lead to an expensive roof replacement. Not exactly the Christmas gift you were expecting from Santa, right?

To avoid an unpleasant surprise, we recommend that you perform a yearly roofing checkup with the help of a professional. Poorly maintained roofs can cause leaks, mold growth, and pest infestations in the long run.

     

Caring for Wind Roof Damage

Bad weather is one of your roof’s worst enemies, and wind gusts can be as destructive as lightning, hail, and storms. How do you know that you have a problem? After a windy day, watch out for these common signs that the wind might have caused damage to your roof:

  • If you find missing or damaged shingles on your roof or around your property.
  • If you notice that your gutters are a bit loose or missing sections.
  • If your vents are damaged or clogged.
  • If you spot damaged bricks or cracked joints on your chimney.

We discourage you from standing on your roof because you could slip, fall, and suffer a serious injury. Walking on your roof is very dangerous if you don’t have the proper knowledge and are missing safety equipment—especially under adverse weather conditions.

Let the experts at AMCAT Roofing handle all your roofing needs. We have several years of experience with inspecting, repairing, and weatherproofing all types of roofing systems. Most importantly, don’t overlook your roof maintenance! Contact us through our website or call Ethan Wilkinson as the contact at 970-218-4073 to talk to our skilled team. We can help you deal with your insurance provider.

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5 Reasons To Take Roof Inspection Seriously – June 2018

When we were at the 2018 Durango Home & Ranch Show, we decided to hold a drawing for a free roof inspection and an iPad 32GB. While most people would love to get their hands on an iPad, not everyone sees the value of a roof inspection. If you fall into that category, here are five reasons why you should take roof inspections seriously:

Cost

You’re into DIY and want to save money by inspecting your roof yourself. We’ve seen it happen multiple times, so trust us: While it might look cost-effective in the short-term, it usually ends badly for the roof and the customer. It’s just a matter of time until undetected damage turns into a serious problem that requires an expensive fix. It’s not worth the risk!

Safety

You can’t inspect a roof from the comfort of your garden or car. You need to go up there and take a closer look. However, if you don’t have experience with roof inspections, you could fall and injure yourself. Certified contractors carry the right equipment to protect themselves and detect problems with your roof.

Insurance

If your roof has been damaged by extreme weather conditions, like a storm, you might be covered by your home insurance policy. Keep in mind that insurance companies need to know what kind of damage your roof has, so it’s a good idea to hire a professional to conduct an inspection and write a report.

Identify Leaks

Sometimes you can identify leaks with the naked eye, but they might be there even if you can’t see them. Water damage is one of the most common causes of roof issues because it compromises structural integrity and creates the perfect conditions for mold growth. Experienced professionals, like the ones working at AMCAT Roofing, know precisely where to look for signs of damage.

Need For Restoration

As roofs age, they need some restoration work. You can purchase the most beautiful roof in the world, but give it five years without proper maintenance and it will look old and dull. There’s no one better than a qualified professional to take care of your roofing system and determine which parts need restoring.

Let our highly trained team assist you with your roofing needs. At AMCAT Roofing, we strive to offer excellent customer service and outstanding products. Call Ryan at 970-799-6759 to book a roof inspection today!

Update: The drawing has been held, here is a photo of the iPad winner with Ethan Wilkinson of AMCAT Roofing!

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Beat Spring Weather with AMCAT Roofing – April 2017

Winter is over. The frigid temperatures and endless snowstorms have come and gone, and the promise of spring has finally arrived. And not a moment too soon! During the winter months, weakened or caving roofs due to heavy snowfall cause major concern for homeowners. Now the snow has melted and been replaced with rain, wind gusts, lightning, and even hail. Storms and severe weather are common during the spring months and bring with them an entirely new set of risks for your roof.
It is our mission at AMCAT Roofing to make sure your home and its roof is in the best possible condition, no matter what time of year it is.

Evaluate Your Roof Post-Melt

The ebb and flow of freezing temperatures with melting snow can significantly compromise the integrity of your home exterior. Make an effort to give your home and roof a thorough once-over for cracks and weakened spots to ensure they are equipped to withstand severe spring weather. Consider bringing in a professional for the inspection process as they are trained and know what to look for.

Clean Your Gutters

Sometimes when it rains, it really can pour. Cleaning your gutters is usually pre-winter fall project; however, consider making it post-winter habit as well. Clean, debris-free gutters ensure proper water drainage from your roof to the ground and check that all the spouts are correctly connected. Clogged gutters mean sitting water and overflow back onto your roof which can cause issues like decay or mold.

Clear Your Trees 

According to the National Weather Service, it only takes 45-57 mph winds to break smaller tree limbs or larger dead tree limbs. At these speeds, weakened roof shingles are also at the risk of blowing off. With 58-74 mph winds, shallow rooted trees are at risk of toppling over and old roof structures like chimneys and antennas can suffer damage as well. Consider cleaning the trees surrounding your home of dead or hanging branches and make sure your miscellaneous roof structures are sound and secure.
Trust AMCAT Roofing to give you the tools and expertise you need to get your roof safely through the spring season. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for your free roofing inspection, to ensure that your roof is ready for anything and everything spring has to offer. Call us today at 970-799-6759 or 505-793-6000 or send us an email at amcatroofing@gmail.com. We’d be thrilled to help you!
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Warning Signs of Roof Damage – December 2016

Clay Roof

Your home is (usually) the biggest, most important purchase you’ll ever make. The roof of your home is working 24/7 to make sure your home and family are safe. Your roof takes on all four season, storms, wind, and tons of moisture. Many homeowners don’t regularly inspect their roof for damage. Even if they do, they often don’t know what red flags to look for. Inspect your roof before there is a leak. Once you’re up there, here are some examples of damage to look for:

  1. Curling Shingles – When a shingle starts curling, it is more likely to catch wind gusts, causing a leak. Moss can grow underneath shingles, which lifts them up. Once a lift starts, the wind causes it to continue to curl. This will make the shingle brittle and at that point, they can break easily. Curling can also occur because of extreme heat exposure or because of a roof’s age. Curling shingles need to be replaced and are often a sign that it is time for a new roof entirely.
  2. Bare Spots – The small rock-like particles on a shingle are called granules. Granules are made of asphalt and protect the shingles from UV rays. The granules also give the roof a better appearance. It is natural for some granules to come off. If you are unsure if your roof is losing granules, check your gutters and downspouts for evidence. If you are losing too many granules, it could be time for a new roof.
  3. Broken/Missing Shingles – Shingles can be damaged by high winds, hail damage, or heavy foot traffic. It is crucial to replace missing and broken shingles as soon as possible to avoid needing an entirely new room. Check and see if your roof is under warranty, as the supplies and labor could be free!
  4. Damaged Flashings – A flashing can be around sky lights or chimneys. Flashings can be made of metal, plastic, or composite, and help redirect water around structures. A flashing can lift or lose its caulking, which can cause water to seep into the open space. If you see any signs of damaged flashings, make sure to call a professional contractor before it gets worse.

If you see any of these signs in your roof, call the professionals at AMCAT Roofing. Don’t trust your inspection? AMCAT Roofing offers free roof inspections! Call (970) 414-0677 to schedule an appointment today.

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