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2 Benefits of Upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows this Winter

Still living with outdated windows? Here’s why upgrading to Energy Star rated windows is worth the investment.

Why is there so much buzz about energy-efficient windows? Well, the hype is real. More homeowners than ever are making the switch, and winter is the best time to install new windows. Here’s why you should consider updating the windows in your house this season.

Owe the Utility Company Less Every Month

Do you dread receiving your monthly energy bill in the mail? During the colder months, your heater is hard at work, keeping your family toasty warm. But as soon as you open the bill, you decide to turn off the heat and put on a heavy coat instead.

There is a better way to keep your home warm without dressing like the Abominable Snowman. Did you know that you lose most of the heat inside your home to inferior windows? Energy-efficient windows, however, can help reduce your energy consumption during the colder months. You’ll enjoy a warmer home and a lower bill—it’s a win-win situation!

Enjoy Your Hot Cocoa in Peace and Quiet

Your home is your sanctuary. As soon as you enter the front door, you want to be able to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. But, if you can’t lessen the sounds of beeping traffic, barking dogs, or noisy neighbors, it becomes challenging to find your inner Zen.

Upgrading your windows is a great way to damper exterior noises. Higher-grade glass provides superior soundproofing, so even when it’s loud outside, it will still be quiet indoors. Go ahead and take a sip of your favorite hot beverage in peace.

Something as simple as installing new windows will make your home warmer and more inviting this winter. Long gone are the days of wearing a hat, scarf, and gloves indoors. If you want to upgrade the glass in your home, Premiere Roofing can help. Connect with us online to make the switch to energy-efficient windows.




Why Gutter Cleaning and Repair Should Be at the Top of Your New Year’s Resolution List

Scheduling gutter repairs should be the one resolution you keep this year.

Do you know the importance of gutter repairs? While you’re resting inside your home on a cold, wintery day, your gutters are busy transporting melted snow and water away from your home. Because of this series of channels and pipes, you don’t have to worry about Old Man Winter becoming an unwanted houseguest. Here’s why you should clean and repair your gutters as part of your New Year’s resolutions.

Leaky Gutters Lead to a Leaky Foundation

The gutters around your home have one job—to redirect rainwater away from your property. During a storm, water collects into the gutters and travels to a designated location. However, if you have leaks in your gutters, they can’t do their job anymore. Instead, water drips out of the crevices, pooling around your home.

Eventually, the excess water can seep into the foundation. You may notice dampness in your basement or flooding around the entry. Fixing your gutters now will help you avoid this costly situation later. After all, a working gutter system is the key to a dry, happy home.

Leaves and Bird Nests and Rodents, Oh My!

Do you know what’s living inside your gutters? It may shock you to find out. Go ahead – take a look. Creatures of all sorts want to escape the elements, especially during the winter. There’s no better place to set up residence than inside your gutters.

Clogged gutters impede the flow of water. They also become heavy and could pull away from your roof. Cleaning out your gutters each year is the only way to ensure the system can do its job.

Remember to keep your gutters at the top of your resolution list this New Year. The skilled professionals at Premiere Roofing offer reliable gutter and roof maintenance services. Get in touch with us to schedule gutter repairs with our experts.




3 Reasons a Roof Inspection Should be First on Your New Year’s Resolution List

It’s time to put a roof inspection at the top of your to-do list.

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When was the last time a roof inspection was on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Never? You’re not alone. Many homeowners only call in a roofing professional if something is wrong, or they are afraid they might have damage from a storm or other incident. But annual roof inspections are a good idea. Here are three reasons why:

#1: Find Undiscovered Water Damage

You could have water damage to your roof even if you don’t see it inside your home. A roofing professional will check your roof, including the shingles and flashing, to see if there are any signs of water damage. If you can catch it before it makes its way into your home, you can avoid the interior damage that comes with an exterior leak.

#2: Make Minor Instead of Major Repairs

If you have minor damage to your roof, it might require a minor repair. If left untreated, it can turn into something much more significant. An inspection can identify small issues before they become big problems.

#3: Make Insurance Claims Easier

A report from a roofing company with the inspection findings and the roofer recommendations can simplify the insurance claim process. The report includes the condition of your roof and any repairs required as well as an estimated cost. Your insurance company will love working with homeowners like you.

Happy New Year! Before you get started on your other resolutions, be sure to call a roofing company to be sure you protect your most valuable asset. Contact the experts at Premiere Roofing for help with all of your roofing needs, including your annual roof inspection




Professional Holiday Decorating Tips to Help Protect Your Roof

Can your house look like the North Pole without worrying about roof damage?

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It’s the time of year to deck the halls and light up the house, but can you do it without causing roof damage? When you drive through town and look at all of the glorious lights on your neighbors’ homes, you might not think that they could be doing damage to their roofs. If you’re hanging lights this holiday season, take some advice from the pros to protect your roof.

Tip #1: Leave the Shingles out of It

One of the quickest ways to do damage when hanging holiday lights is to attach them to the shingles. Even tiny nail holes in shingles can compromise them and allow for water to leak into your home. Use clips to hang the lights from the gutters instead.

Tip #2: Use Low Voltage Bulbs

Large bulbs can get hot. This can be a fire hazard. Instead, use low-voltage bulbs or LED lights to keep them cool and keep your home safe.

Tip #3: Be Patient When Taking Them Down

When it’s time to take the lights down, you want them down now. But be patient when dismantling the holiday decorations. Tearing them off the house or pulling them down in one big tug can damage your gutters, which can lead to roof damage.

Holiday lights are one of the best parts of the season. If you want your home to sparkle this year, take precautions to stay safe and to keep your roof intact. For more information on preventing roof damage, contact the team at Premiere Roofing today.




Subtle Signs You May Have a Roof Leak

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Do you have a roof leak? You could have one and not even know about it. A leaky roof isn’t just an inconvenience – it can lead to major damage inside your home. Water that gets in through the roof can lead to mold and mildew, compromised structural integrity of your home, and damage to your attic and ceilings. Here are some signs you may have a roof leak:

Missing Shingles

Whether from a severe storm, high winds, or age, missing shingles mean your roof could be leaking. The shingles are the barrier to the elements, and if one or more are missing, your home is vulnerable to water leaks and damage.

Roof Granules on Your Sidewalk or Driveway

Asphalt roof shingles have a coating of granules that help make them strong and protective. If there is damage to the shingles or they are beginning to break down, those granules will start to come off and get washed down to the gutter, sidewalk, and driveway. If you see these, it’s time for a roof inspection.

Signs of Water Damage in Your Attic

You probably don’t go in the attic very often, but it’s a good idea to at least peek up there from time to time. Take a look at the ceiling and joists to check for water damage, darkened wood, sagging insulation, or mold. If you notice any of these signs, call a roofing professional right away. 

It can be hard to tell if your roof is leaking. Keep an eye out for the above signs that you have roof damage, but it’s also a good idea to have your roof inspected annually. For any questions or concerns regarding a roof leak or for professional inspections, repair, and replacement, contact the experts at Premiere Roofing.




3 Things You Should Know About Proper Roof Maintenance Before Buying a New Home

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Buying a new home is exciting and stressful, and the last thing on your mind is proper roof maintenance. But the roof is a critical piece of the process. Here’s what you should know about proper roof maintenance before you sign on the dotted line.

  1. Include the Roof in the Inspection

You can overlook some things, like bad paint colors or an outdated bathroom, but don’t overlook a bad roof. During the inspection, it can be easy to rush through things to get to the closing without a hitch, but it might be worth hiring a roof inspector before you sign off on the home inspection report. Home inspectors have the training to look at every area of the home, but they can’t be experts on everything. It’s worth your while to have a trained roofing professional look at the roof before you buy the home.

  • The Roof May or May Not be a Deal Breaker

If a potential property has an atrocious kitchen, it might be a deal-breaker. But most homebuyers don’t think of a poorly maintained roof in the same way. Roof replacement can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000 or more. A roof that’s in bad shape doesn’t need to be a deal-breaker if you love the rest of the home, but it can be a point of negotiation for a better price on the property.

  • Get Roof Replacement Information

Before you buy a new home, especially one that is over 10-years old, be sure to collect information and documentation on prior roof replacement. You need to know when it was last replaced, what company did the work, the materials they used, and any warranty information available. This will give you information on potential roof maintenance you could be facing.

Don’t let the excitement, stress, and long to-do lists of buying a new home distract you from one of the most important elements – the roof. For all the information you need on proper roof maintenance and inspections when buying a new home, contact the team at Premiere Roofing today.




3 Roof Damage Red Flags to Keep an Eye Out for This Storm Season

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The roof is arguably the most important aspect of a house. It has to function properly to keep your family within warm, safe, and dry. But exposure to storms over time can cause damage to a roof. So watch out for these red flags to know when your roof needs a repair or replacement.

#1 Water Stains

When water seeps into a house, it causes stains on the ceilings or walls. Sometimes it takes weeks or months for the water to reach the point that it stains, but when it does, you need to pay attention.

#2 Cracked, Broken or Curling Shingles

Over time, exposure to sun and severe weather can cause roofing shingle material to break down. Periodically do a roof inspection. Look up, perhaps with a good set of binoculars, and check for shingles that are curling, cracked, or broken. They are easy to spot and may indicate that the roof is aging. Curling shingles can’t channel water properly and may cause it to pool and seep into the house.

#3 Wind and Hail

After a storm is a great time to do a roof inspection. Debris falling on the roof, strong winds, and hail can inflict serious damage. Even a relatively new roof is susceptible to extreme wind which can get under the shingles and lift them, causing a break in the coverage to the roof. Hail or debris can hit the roof hard enough to cause breaks or cracks in the shingles.

If you notice any of these roof damage red flags, or just want to have your roof inspected to make sure it is in good shape, call Premiere Roofing today. Our roofing experts will provide a thorough examination to give you peace of mind knowing your family is safe inside.




Have You Completed Your Fall Home Checklist? How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

The days are starting to get shorter which means it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter. Follow this handy fall home checklist to make sure you’re ready when the cold weather sets in.

#1 Roof and Chimney

If you don’t want to get up on the roof, get a pair of binoculars and scan it carefully. Check for loose, cracked, buckling, or missing shingles. Examine the flashing around the chimney for rust and deterioration. Have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a licensed chimney sweep. Around the vent pipes on the roof, the rubber collar can crack and wear out. All of these are potential areas for water to seep in and create damage to the attic, or worse, the interior ceilings and walls.

#2 Leaves, Limbs, and Gutters

Prune any overhanging limbs that might potentially fall on the house. These might also allow squirrels and other critters access to your attic. Rake the leaves and clean out the gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters weighed down with leaves and debris can cause tremendous water damage to a house.

#3 Water, Hoses, and Sprinklers

Detach hoses, drain them, and put them away. If the water freezes inside them, they will be useless next spring. Turn off the exterior faucets and drain them as well. Finally, turn off and drain the lawn sprinkler system.

#4 Prepare for Heating Your Home

Have the furnace tuned up, order firewood, and caulk and seal any leaks around doors and windows that are going to let heat escape from the house.

Don’t get caught in the cold! This handy fall home checklist will help prepare your home for the winter weather ahead. For your roofing and home repair needs, call us at Premiere Roofing today for a free estimate. 




The Life Cycle of Your CertainTeed Roof

THE LIFE CYCLE OF YOUR CERTAINTEED ROOF
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Discerning customers like ours demand quality that lasts. That’s why at Premiere Roofing, we use only the highest quality materials like CertainTeed shingles. CertainTeed roofs have impressive lifespans and come with exceptional warrantees. Let’s dive a little deeper into the life cycle of your CertainTeed roof.

CertainTeed Landmark AR

The Landmark AR series architectural shingles from CertainTeed have a lifetime limited transferrable warranty against manufacturing defects. With a 10-year StreakFighter warranty, you’re guaranteed at least 10 years without algae streaking. They have 15 years and 130 mph upgraded wind resistance, and a 10-year basic start warranty.

CertainTeed Landmark PRO

The Landmark PRO series shingles step up even more, with a lifetime/50 years basic warranty and a 15 year guaranteed algae resistance. They also feature the 15 years and 130 mph upgraded wind resistance, and a 10-year basic start warranty.

CertainTeed 25 Year 3-Tab Shingles

CertainTeed’s lower cost option has a 25-year limited transferrable basic warrantee, a 10-year StreakFighter warranty, and a 5-year, 60 mph wind warranty.

Life Cycles

Your CertainTeed roof is built to last the length of its basic warranty under normal conditions. As the roof ages, you may notice streaking or fading but this generally doesn’t affect the roof’s integrity.

If you’re ready to upgrade to a long-lasting roof solution or if your existing CertainTeed roof is reaching the end of its lifespan, contact us today. You can get more information about the CertainTeed roofs we offer, or speak with our experts about any questions you have. Contact us today!




Detecting and Reacting to Spring Storm Damage

DETECTING AND REACTING TO SPRING STORM DAMAGE
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April showers are known best for bringing May flowers, but they can also bring high winds, heavy rains and sometimes even hail! When storms come our way this spring, it’s important to be prepared and to know how to detect potential damage to your roof. Here are our quick tips for detecting and reacting to spring storm damage.

Detecting Damage

Hail and Wind

Once a storm has cleared, go outside and visually inspect your roof for damage from the ground. Hail and wind damage is typically going to be visible. If you see dented or cracked shingles, missing shingles, or exposed bits of roof, contact the experts at Premiere Roofing to schedule a more thorough inspection and to receive a quote for any necessary repairs.

It’s also important to check your gutters and downspouts. If there’s a lot of asphalt build-up, your asphalt shingles may be experiencing too much wear.

Water

Water damage is harder to spot early. Usually you won’t find it until you see stains on the ceiling inside your home. After a big storm, though, you can check your attic for leaks before they reach your interior ceiling. Any dripping or standing water in the attic is a problem that needs to be addressed right away.

Reacting to Damage

As soon as you see any damage, get a professional roofer on site as quickly as possible. In the meantime, photograph the damage for insurance and if necessary, cover exposed areas with a tarp to keep water out.

If you’ve identified spring storm damage on your roof, we’re here to help. Contact us today to get more information about repairs or to get answers to any questions you have.