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Start the Year with a Roof Inspection

The new year has begun. However, there is still time to make a good start. As you make plans and take care of important tasks, don’t forget your roof. Your roof is important for your home and safety. Start the year with a roof inspection and make sure your roof is ready to withstand all the year will throw at it.

Big Problems, Little Issues, No Problem at All

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Start the Year with a Roof Inspection.

Inspections catch both big roof problems and little ones. Sometimes, if you’re fortunate, there’s nothing to be caught at all. However, it’s still worth the time and money required to have it done, even if there is nothing to find. If your roof inspector finds a major problem, you can have it fixed immediately, save your roof, and be set for the rest of the year.

If there is only a small problem, then you may have it fixed immediately so that you don’t have to worry over it later. Of course, a small problem can sometimes be patched temporarily so that you have time to gather the funds you need to repair it later. Other issues may be small enough to leave alone until you’re ready. Your roofer can tell you the risks involved in waiting on repairs.

Finally, if nothing is found during your roof inspection, then you have given valuable time and money for very valuable peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that the winter hasn’t hurt your roof, and that you can move forward into the year with a good, solid roof over your head.

Start the year off right and have a professional roof inspection done. Call (217) 364-8950 for expert roofing services in Springfield, IL.

How To Remove And Avoid Ice Dams This Winter

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Keep Your Roof Free Of Ice Dams This Winter!

Winter is finally here, but is your roof ready? Anyone who has lived in a snowy climate knows that snow can cause some interference with your day to day life. For roofs in particular, snow can lead to dangerous ice dams, which keep ice and water from vacating your roof. Left to sit, this ends up a heavy, ice-bound mess on your roof. Today we will discuss a few ways you can remove ice dams, and even avoid them altogether!

Inspect Your Insulation

An important thing to remember as winter begins, is to check your attic for signs of air leaks. These are often caused by poor insulation, but if you take the time to ensure your ventilation is in top condition, you can keep your attic warmer. A warmer attic is less likely to accumulate snow and ice dams.

Improve Your Ventilation

Poor attic ventilation is another common cause of ice dams, and will generally require the assistance of a professional to fix. Have a roofer perform a seasonal inspection to find out if your ventilation is performing optimally.

Use A Snow Rake

A snow rake is a quick and easy way to break apart and remove ice dams. Removing them promptly is best, as they will only get more solid with time. Using a rake to remove them allows you to stand at a safe distance on the ground, so you can get those ice dams broken up in no time.

Install Heated Cables

This method of prevention will also require a professional. Installing heated cables alongside the edges of your roof will help prevent the ice dams from forming in the first place. While this option is a bit pricier, it is an efficient and consistent way to make sure your roof is free from ice dams at all times.

 

To get started, call us today at (217) 364-8950 and ask about our roof repairs and services!

 

Different Types of Metal Roofs

If you’re considering upgrading from an asphalt shingle roof to a metal one, you might be wondering what’s available in the metal roofing market. Metal roofs used to only be used for industrial and commercial roofs. In recent years they have become a popular residential roofing material and are currently available in a variety of colors, styles and metals. Williams Roofing and Construction is here to help you choose the best metal roof for your home. Give our office a call at (217) 364-8950 and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

So Many Metal Roof Options

There are an overwhelming number of options to choose from in the metal roofing market. Most homeowners can pick a metal roof that provides their home with a bold beautiful roof without compromising on durability. Here are some characteristics of the more popular residential metal roofing materials.

Blue Metal Roof Panel

Metal Roof Materials Come in a Variety of Colors and Styles.

Metal Shingles
These roofs are installed in a similar fashion to traditional shingles. They can be purchased to mimic a variety of different traditional shingle roofs, including slate, tile and wood.

Stone Coated Steel
A stone coated steel roof is made of steel tiles that have been overlaid with a stone coating. These roofs provides your home with the appearance of a ceramic or stone tile roof, but offer the same protection as traditional steel roofing.

Standing Seam Metal Roof
Standing seam metal roofs are characterized by the fact that their seams are raised up from the roof. This provides these roofs with a bold, unique appearance.

Contact Our Office

Every style of metal roofs provides the same level of weather protection and fire resistance. If you would like to learn more about what metal roofing options are available to you, give us a call at (217) 364-8950.

How To Spot Asphalt Shingle Damages

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Repairing Small Problems Early Can Prevent Large Problems Later.

As a homeowner, your roof is an important part of your largest investment. In order to keep it in tip top shape, it is always smart to address small damages quickly and repair them before they turn into larger damages. However, it can sometimes be hard to detect roofing damage early on if you aren’t sure what to look for. Today, we took some time to describe common and easy to spot signs of shingle damage that call for repairs. Luckily, if you can spot these signs early, basic shingle repairs are very inexpensive!

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is made from metal panels that can be found around the vents, chimney, and valleys of your roof. These work with our roof to prevent leaks, so your flashing should be repaired at the first sign of dents, rust, or shifting.

Broken Shingles

Shingles are  after broken by storms, hail, or falling debris. If you see any shingles that are torn, cracked,  shifted, crooked or split, they will need to be repaired.

Missing Shingles

If you have a shingle that is missing entirely, you should call fro repairs right away. A missing shingle leaves your decking vulnerable to water damage, which can lead to rot and mold.

Aging Shingles

As shingles age, they become sun damaged. If your shingles begin to look like they are balding, or if they are clawing or curling, they will need to be repaired ASAP.

If your roof displays any of those signs of minor damage, contact the professional roofers at Williams Roofing and Construction before the damage gets worse. Give us a call at 217-636-8071 today to get started!

4 Reasons Gutter Cleaning is Important for Your Home

4 Reasons Gutter Cleaning is Important for Your Home

4 Reasons Gutter Cleaning is Important for Your Home.

The gutters on our roof play an important function in the well-being of our roof and home. While it might not seem like a big task, gutter cleaning is incredibly important? Without clean gutters, you can be assured that you will have home and roof problems down the road. Below are four reasons gutter cleaning is important for your home and roof.

Keeps Insects and Animals Away

It’s probably hard to believe, but leaves and other debris in gutters make great nests for birds, mosquitoes, and other insects/animals. In order to ensure they don’t tear up your gutters, roof, and home, it’s a good idea to clean the gutters.

Protects Your Home’s Foundation

The way that our gutters are installed directs water away from our home’s foundation. With gutters that are full of leaves and debris, it can either cause the gutters to overflow or gets cracks, which can then leak onto the foundation, causing substantial cracks.

Prevents Rot on Roofs and Siding

Again, when the gutter is full, it can cause the water in the gutters to overflow. When this happens it drips on the siding and onto the roof. This can cause rot, which will need to be repaired or replaced immediately.

Avoid Damaged Lawn

With water overflowing from the gutters due to being clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, the water will need somewhere to go. Usually, water will make its way to the grass, which might seem good, but overwatering can actually hurt your grass more than it helps it.

When you need roofing services in Springfield, IL that include gutter cleaning, call Williams Roofing and Construction today at (217) 364-8950.

What Qualifies as a Roofing Emergency?

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Toppled trees will almost always create a roofing emergency.

As a homeowner, you may wonder what scenarios entitle you to call for emergency roof repairs. The simple answer is this: if your roof cannot prevent the entrance of water into your home, then you have a roofing emergency. A few specific scenarios tend to cause most needs for emergency roof repair.

Hailstorms

Not every hailstorm creates an emergency problem with your roofing. Though any amount of hail can damage your roof, most roofing systems can absorb the punishment up to a point. An emergency situation develops in two scenarios. If large hail actually punches a hole through your roof, call for repair right away. Additionally, if a lengthy storm has left the majority of your roof pockmarked and bruised, you should call for an immediate inspection.

High Winds

Nothing can inflict damage to a roof quite like high winds. The winds themselves will displace shingles, which can wreak havoc across an aged roofing system. The real problem comes from debris, however. Winds high enough to thrust debris through the air can wield objects like scythes to shred a roof to pieces.

Intense Rainfall

While rainfall itself does not present much of a concern, its effect on the ground most certainly does. Sodden soil provides a less secure anchor for trees, and large ones can become vulnerable to high winds. Throughout a prolonged downpour, your roof can become at risk for these fallen trees. In most cases, a tree that has impacted a roof creates a need for emergency repairs.

For a roofing emergency in Springfield, IL, trust the experts at Williams Roofing and Construction, Inc. For any questions related to roofing or construction, give us a call today at (217) 364-8950.

What Are the Benefits of Clay Tile Roofing For Residential Roofs?

What Are the Benefits of Clay Tile Roofing For Residential Roofs

There Are Many Benefits of Clay Tile Roofing For Your Residential Roof.

While it might not be the most popular roofing material, clay tile is one of the best roofing materials for residential homes. Though the cost of the tiles can be expensive, the benefits of the material itself outweigh the cost of the material. So what are the benefits of clay tile roofing for residential roofs? Below are some of the common benefits of clay tile.

Variety of Colors

If you are looking to stay with a certain aesthetic for your home in regards to roofing material, clay tile comes in a wide variety of colors. Whether you want a red roof or a brown roof, you are able to achieve it with clay tiles.

Different Styles

Like the color, clay tiles come in a number of styles. If you want your tiles to look like shingles or any other roofing material, clay tiles can be manufactured to look like them.

Very Durable

One of the best benefits of clay tile roofing is how durable it is. Clay tiles are one of the most durable roofing materials out there, lasting over 50 years.

Little Maintenace

Because this roofing material is very durable, it doesn’t require that much maintenance. The only maintenance that might need to be done may be repainting or cleaning the roof.

Cost-Effective

They are an expensive tile to purchase, but they are cost-effective in the long run. Because they can last for over 50 years, the performance of the tiles exceeds the cost.

Amazing Protection

Another great benefit of clay tile roofing is that it has a Class A fire resistant rating and it can withstand 150 mph winds, as well as being very resistant to hail.

Want clay tile roofing for your Springfield, IL roof? Call Williams Roofing and Construction at (217) 364-8950 today.

 

Does Your Roof Require Storm Damage Repairs?

Accumulated Hail on a Roof

Get Quality Storm Damage Repairs for Your Roof in the Springfield, IL Area

Severe storms can cause a lot of damage to your roof. If you’ve had hail come through recently, inspecting your room and having repairs made can prevent more damage from ruining the roof or causing structural damage inside your home.

You can determine the condition of your roof fairly quickly just by doing an inspection after a storm has come through. Simply walk around the base of the house while checking visible areas of the roof for any noticeable dents, cracks, or missing shingles. If you see any signs of damage, a professional roof inspector will be able to climb up and do a thorough check of the roof structure and shingles to see just how bad the damage is.

You never want to put off roof repairs due to the damage that could be caused to the interior of your home if you wait. A local roofing company will not only be able to assist you with inspections and repairs, but also help you with the insurance claims process. Detailed reports of the damage can help you get the repairs costs fully covered by your insurance company.

If you are in need of roof repair in the Springfield, IL area, contact Williams Roofing and Construction, Inc. at (217) 364-8950 for expert service. We’ll perform a detailed inspection, assist with the insurance claims, and make lasting repairs to your roof. Get in touch today for local roofing services you can trust.

Get Your Roof Ready With Spring Maintenance

Photo of springWith spring here, it is now the time to take a look at your roof. Whether you are a commercial property owner or have a residential home, spring is one of the best times to take stock and make sure your roofing system is at its best. This will better fortify your property’s defenses against summer storms and can extend the life of your roofing system overall. Winter weather can cause a lot of wear on a roof, degrading materials and even breaking a roof’s structure. Take the time to have a full assessment of your roof completed and follow our simple steps to get your roof back to protecting your home.

Spring Roof Inspection and Maintenance Checklist

Clean The Gutters

It may seem like the gutters were just cleaned. However, gutters catch all of the debris, materials, and objects that can land on your roof. Cleaning them will ensure there are no clogs, reducing water damage to your home. While cleaning, take special care to inspect the gutter system for any cracks, worn paint, rust, or separation. These are signs of damage to your gutter system, meaning you may want to have them inspected or replaced.

Evaluate Your Roof

When you are on the ground, take a moment and look up at your roof. Here it is important to note the look and the shape of your roof. If you notice any irregular bowing, your roof’s structure may be compromised and require replacement. Do you notice any green areas? Any missing or balding areas on your roof? These are signs of damage or mold growing on your roof. 

Check Your Roofing Materials

Get an up close look at the materials on your roof. Make sure to be safe during this process. If you do not feel safe, then it is better to call a roofing contractor to check out your roofing materials. If you notice any curling or breaks in your shingles or cracks in your metal, your roofing materials are wearing and may need replacement. Be sure to note any problems for later reference.

Call A Professional Roofer

Having another set of eyes look at your roof can make sure that any space that has been weakened can be repaired. Roofing contractors can perform full inspections and then complete repair or replacement. A good roofer will point out areas of concern and then review problem areas with you for the best options.

Williams Roofing and Construction Inc. is your local roofer for Springfield, IL. We provide commercial and residential properties with quality roofing services and craftsmanship. Let’s get started today! Give us a call at (217) 364-8950 for your roofing inspection!

 

What to Do when Your Roof is Leaking

Is water dripping down the wall? Do you have a bulging water stain on the ceiling? A leak in your roof can be a serious problem, causing extensive damage to your home. To minimize the damage, here’s what to do when your roof is leaking.

Keep Things Dry

when your roof is leakingDo what you can to minimize the water damage in your home. Move rugs and furniture away from the leak and put down a tarp or bucket to collect water. Don’t have a tarp or bucket? Use a trash can, rain jacket, or vinyl tablecloth to contain the drip. You can use an old towel to blot drips from your drywall. If you have painted walls, the paint could run and smear, so don’t use your fresh white towels!

How Bad is It?

If your leak is a slight dribble down the wall, don’t panic. While you will still need to locate the source of the leak, it may not be an urgent problem. If you have a large, bulging water stain or the ceiling, you need to act quickly. The leak is building up pressure, and your drywall will not support the weight forever. After arranging your bucket and tarp, take a screwdriver and stab a hole in the middle of the bulge. This will allow the water to drain rather than spread throughout your ceiling and walls.

Call a Roofer

Contact a trusted roof repair company as soon as possible! Detecting the source of a leak can be difficult, and if you want quality repairs, you’ll need a professional. To find out the extent of the leak, you can check your attic for signs of water damage or wet insulation. In the winter, ice dams on your roof can often lead to leaks inside the home as well.

When your roof is leaking, don’t panic! Call your local roofers at Williams Roofing & Construction, Inc. for roof leak repair in Springfield, IL at (217) 364-8950.