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Weathering Wind Damage

windy fieldStrong winds can occur anywhere during any time of year. Gusty winds can also be a component of any type of storm. The potential for wind damage exists all year long, so taking precautions against the effects of wind damage is an important step in caring for your property. Here we briefly walk through the basics of how wind damage can occur to your roof.

Physics of Wind Damage

Wind does not gust over a surface evenly. As the surface is impacted by the wind, the edges of the surface are subject to a higher wind pressure. The same phenomenon occurs on a roof when the wind blows. Not surprisingly, the edges of a roof are often the first to sustain damage as they shield and buffer the rest of the roof.

Wind damage is best combated by regular, professional roof inspections by a trusted roofing professional. Regular inspections are an important part of roof maintenance. To further prepare for strong winds, move loose yard objects and furniture to a safe location if time allows.

We are Springfield’s top roofing team – call us today at (217) 636-8071 to explore options for protecting your roof from storm damage!

Locating a Roof Leak

toolsThe first time your roof leaks can certainly be startling. As soon as you notice a roof leak, it is important to have it repaired to prevent any further damage from occurring. Locating the source of the leak can be a challenge, but these quick tips can help make the task easier.

The importance of acting quickly to repair a roof leak can’t be stressed enough. By the time the water has started leaking through the ceiling or down the walls, it has already penetrated through your roof covering, its underlayment, the plywood, and any ceiling insulation or attic you may have. All of these materials will likely have to be replaced, but acting quickly means that you will only have to replace the materials surrounding the immediate site of the leak. Delaying roof repairs means the water damage can spread exponentially, and so will the cost of repairs.

To start locating your roof leak, first check near the areas of the roof that are interrupted by chimneys, roof vents, and similar structures. Start above the location of the drip and work your way uphill. Common signs of a leak include mold, discoloration, or rotting material. Checking for leaks is easier with an attic, as you can access the area directly under the roof; without an attic, this task proves more difficult, but can still be accomplished.

Repairing a Roof Leak

Locating a roof leak is only the first step in repairs: let the experts do the rest! For fast, efficient roof leak repairs, call our team today at (217) 636-8071!

Benefits of Metal Roofing on Your Home

cabin with metal roofMetal roofing has exploded in popularity in today’s roofing industry. While it was originally used mainly for commercial settings, metal roofing has been adapted to suit residential locations. To help you decide if a metal roof is right for you, we have walked through some of its many benefits here.

Metal roofing is one of the most durable materials in all of the roofing industry. It is designed to withstand uplifting in 140+ mph winds, resist hail and storm damage, and stay weather-tight against strong rains. To top these benefits, metal roofing is noncombustible and has the highest fire safety rating possible. Metal roofing not only protects your home and your family, but adds to the value of your property and often qualifies you for insurance discounts due to its reliability and strength.

As it is available in a wide range of colors and styles, metal roofing can be customized to fit any budget and taste. Some varieties of metal panels and shingles are designed to resemble clay tile, slate, and wood shake roofing, allowing you to attain these classic looks at a fraction of the weight and price of these materials.

The Metal Roofing Professionals

If you are ready to explore metal roofing for your home, utilize the metal roofing authority of Springfield! Call us today at (217) 636-8071.

Roof Maintenance: Preparing for Fall

neighborhood in fallBefore we know it, the cool relief of fall will be here. The leaves put on a show while we sit back and enjoy the view, but is your home prepared to weather the cold season and protect you and your family from the elements? Now is the ideal time to plan ahead – take advantage of the fair summer weather to service your roof and prepare for fall with these quick tips.

Do It Yourself Tips

  1. Trim trees away from roof lines. Pay close attention to trimming branches that hang over your roof.
  2. Clean gutters to be sure there are no blockages. Clogged gutters can freeze in wet weather, causing gutters and fittings to crack or burst over time.
  3. Inspect seals around doors and windows. Secure any gaps with caulking to keep outdoor elements away and to make your home easier to heat and cool.
  4. Consider a backup generator. Winter storms are notorious for cutting electricity in many neighborhoods, so having a backup source of power can keep you from going days without electricity.
  5. Check for loose or damaged roofing. The heat and storms of summer may have ruffled your roof, and fixing any damage as soon as possible will protect the integrity of your roof.
  6. Have your roof inspected by a roofing professional. A roofer will be able to spot damage that is not easily detected by the untrained eye, and tackling issues as soon as they arise will help you avoid expensive repairs down the road.

For more help on preparing your roof or home for fall, call us at (217) 636-8071 for rapid maintenance and repairs!

Roof Maintenance: Why You Need A Plan

roof maintenanceUnfortunately, after a big investment like a new roof, you still need to consider the costs of upkeep. You want your new roof to last as long as possible, and roof maintenance proves the best way to do that. If you don’t have regular maintenance performed, we go over here exactly why you need a plan.

Healthy Roof:

Maintenance has proven time and time again to increase the length of your roof’s life-span. While minor repairs and inspections may seem like an inconvenience, you’ll hold them in high regard when they save you from damages that could have cost you a whole new roof.

Prompt Repairs:

Almost all minor damages turn into big damages that require major repairs given enough time. With regular inspections and prompt repairs, you won’t give small problems the chance.

Peace Of Mind:

When you have a trusted roofer watching your back, you will sleep easier. We base our business on trust here at Williams Roofing, so let us prove it to you.

 

To find out more about our maintenance services, just talk with one of our qualified roofers. They’ll happily go over this and any of our other services in detail. You can reach us at (217) 636-8071.

Metal Roofs: Should I Consider Restoration?

Metal Roof after RestorationMany people find themselves in a conundrum when it comes to their damaged roof; should they consider replacement or restoration? The answer depends on a variety of circumstances, which you should go over with your roofer. However, as a basic overview, we’ve discussed when you should consider restoration for your metal roof.

Time restraints:

If you need your roof in good working order within a limited scope of time, you will want to go with a restoration. Replacement involves many extra steps that will at the very least lessen the ways in which you can use your building for a time.

Valuables:

When you get a roof replacement, you have to tear off the old roof; this exposes any valuable equipment/appliances or other items in your building. Likely, you will have to move all these out for a complete replacement.

Budget Friendly:

Replacement requires a hefty upfront cost; if you can’t spare that, a restoration will still get your roof in great working order. 

If you want metal roof restoration, Williams Roofing has you covered. Talk to one of our roofers to discuss whether it will prove the right choice for you. To find out more, give us a call at (217) 636-8071.

Hail Formation Process

hail balls on the groundHave you ever gotten stuck out in a hail storm? You may have found out the hard way that hail hurts. It actually causes serious injury to about 18 people every year. Always remember to practice caution if a hail storm seems possible. If you’d like to learn a little bit about its formation, we’ve gone over the process here.

 

How it forms:

The gist of hail formation involves an updraft and lower levels of freezing atmosphere. The updraft carries water from the clouds up into the freezing levels, keeping it there while it both freezes and accumulates more moisture. When these frozen balls of ice gain enough weight, they fall down from the sky as hail.

 

Remember, hail forms in cumulonimbus (thunder) clouds, so you need to exercise extreme caution. Also, your roof NEEDS to get inspected after every hail storm; hail notoriously causes undetectable damage that compounds into expensive leaks later on. If you need storm damage repair, Williams Roofing has you covered. To find out more about our services, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (217) 636-8071.

Frequently Asked Metal Roof Questions

When you have to make a new roof installation purchase, you know that you’ve got a big decision ahead of you. You will have to live with your choice for a very long time, so you want to make sure and incorporate as much information as you can into your decision. Previously, we went over some of the benefits of metal roofs, but you may still have some more questions. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked ones here for your benefit.

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Can I install my metal roof myself?

With this roof type, you don’t want to install it yourself unless you have proficient knowledge of how to do so. If you don’t do it correctly, you will end up with bad leaks that will cost an arm and a leg to repair afterwards. If you hire a qualified professional, you know you will get it done right; you could even get warranty options.

Which type gets installed the most often?

Overall, steel roofs get installed the most often. This probably has to do with its lower cost.

Which type lasts the longest?

Of all of these roof types, copper lasts the longest; in fact, they can last centuries. However, the use of this material for roofing has become rare due to its increasingly high cost.

 

Did you find these helpful? If not, you can direct any other questions to one of our qualified roofers at Williams Roofing. We can also go over other roofing options with you. You can reach us at (217) 636-8071.

Advantages Of Wood Shake

Wood shake has become an increasingly popular choice of roofing materials. While all materials have certain advantages and disadvantages, each one will usually work best for specific situations. To help you decide if wood shake might prove right for you, we’ve listed some of the benefits associated with it:

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Stability:

Because of its low density and shrinkage rate, these roofs lie as laid, stay straight, and stay fastened tightly.

Strength:

While not all woods have the same strength, most of them have exceptional durability.

Resists Elements:

Natural preservatives keep things like water, insects, and decay at bay for longer. Because of this, these roofs function well in many different climates.

Insulation:

This material has great thermal insulation properties. It will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Aesthetics:

Wood shakes come in many different colors and textures. Because each cut comes from a different tree, no two roofs end up looking quite the same.

 

If these sound like things that you want out of your roof, you might want to consider wood shake as an option. Here at Williams Roofing and Construction, Inc., we offer wood shake installation alongside many other services. To find out more, give us a call at (217) 636-8071.

Asphalt Shingles: Pros And Cons

Your roof does it’s job of protecting you from the elements. Because of this, when shopping for a new roof, you should make sure you make the right choice for your needs. Asphalt shingles remain a great option, especially as they’ve been lauded one of the most popular materials out there. To help you weigh your decision, we’ve listed some of the pros and cons associated with the material:

Asphalt Shingle Roof

 

 

 

 

Pros:

  • These roofs have an easy installation process.
  • They remain an economically viable option; they don’t cost much compared to other roof materials.
  • They have a long life-span: usually about 20 years.
  • They come with a wide selection of color options to fit your house.

Cons:

  • Sudden violent weather changes can easily damage them.
  • They cannot be installed in extremely low temperatures.
  • Bad ventilation will shorten their lifespan.
  • They require more maintenance than metal or slate roofs.

Hopefully this list helps you in making your decision on which type of new roof would be appropriate for you. Here at Williams Roofing and Construction Inc., we offer asphalt shingle installation alongside a host of other roofing services. If you’d like more information, you can speak with us at (217) 636-8071.