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The 2020 Ultimate Guide to Getting a New Roof

Getting a new roof can often feel like an overwhelming and confusing process so we outlined a step-by-step guide to choosing the best roof for your home.

Step 1: Get an inspection

Your first step before getting a new roof should always be to get an inspection. Luckily for you, ours are free! When you schedule an inspection, a trained roofing professional will come out and do a thorough analysis of your roof. They know exactly what to look for to see if your roof has sustained any damage from past storms or wear and tear that occurs over time. 

Step 2: Need to file a claim?

After a disaster hits, your homeowner’s insurance can save you thousands of dollars on repairs. However, insurance can be tricky and not everything is covered. To avoid unexpected costs, you need to take a close look at your homeowner’s policy. However, most homeowners’ insurance policies do cover roof replacement as long as the damage is from an act of nature or sudden accident. Do keep in mind that older roofs, especially over the age of 20, often have limited coverage to none at all. If your roof hasn’t been replaced in a long time, give us a call today for a free inspection!

Step 3: Select roof type / color 

There are many different types of roofing materials to choose from and come in a wide price range as well. If you have any questions about what roofing material might be best for you, please call us and we’d be more than happy to assist you. The table below courtesy of iko.com may help you match roof shingle colors to your home’s basic exterior color:

What to expect on install day

We are typically able to complete a job in a single day and always leave your property spotless. We want to make the process is as quick and easy for you and that’s why we always communicate what we’re doing with the homeowner. We like to forewarn that the work can be noisy and homeowners should take the necessary steps to ensure work and/or children at home aren’t disturbed. We also like to remind homeowners to be careful when entering and exiting the home, and never walk outside barefoot while we’re working. 

After reading this article, you may have realized that you’re in need of a free, no-obligation inspection. If that’s the case, then give us a call or fill out our contact form today! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news on keeping your home and roof safe!

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Roof Decorating Tips That Will Spook Your Neighbors

Halloween is right around the corner, and aside from the holiday season, you don’t always get the opportunity to decorate your home. It’s common for homeowners to decorate their lawn and front door, but how about adding some bone-chilling decorations on your roof? Before you start putting up decorations, you should make sure that your roof is fully prepared.

Don’t Work Alone

The first rule of horror movies is to NEVER go anywhere alone. In this case, it’s important to have a partner on the ground to spot you when you start decorating your roof. Safety is important, so having a second person during the process could reduce any chance of an accident happening. Just like the picture below, it’s all about teamwork!

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Check Your Decorations

Are you thinking about putting up lights or anything that involves electrical cords? It’s important to make sure that there aren’t any faulty wires or missing bulbs that could potentially damage the rest of your decorations, or even worse: your roof. Frayed wires could set fire to your roof shingles which could be a total nightmare.

Credit: Halloween Forum

Use Sturdy Equipment

If you’re wanting to put decorations on your roof, you’re going to need a ladder. Make sure you have a sturdy ladder or have someone hold the base of it so nothing terrible happens. When you fall, your first instinct is to grab onto something for stability, so accidentally ruining your gutters or shingles and getting hurt during the process is not a great combination.

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Watch Out for Roof Damage

It’s easy to forget to get your roof inspected, especially when the holiday season is so close. Keep an eye out for discolored or missing shingles before putting your Halloween decorations up. If you notice anything wrong with your roof, it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible. Call the experts at Mars Restoration to help solve your roofing needs.

 

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5 Ways A New Roof Can Save You Money

Like all major home improvement projects, homeowners should look at a new roof as an investment. Your roof protects you and your family from inclement weather, so it is very important to have a sound roof. A new roof, which costs an average of over $10,000, is one of the more expensive home improvement tasks, but there are several ways that your new roof could put cash in your pocket.

 

  1. A New Roof Increases Protection

In the past decade shingles have seen a significant increase in wind rating. During the 90s, shingles topped out being rated for 65-mph winds. Today, shingles easily rate for 120-mph winds and can often be found rating for up to 130-mph winds.

For homeowners, this means that a new roof offers better protection against the elements and can help save on minor repairs

 

  1. A New Roof Increases Energy Efficiency 

So many different types of shingles exist today, it can make choosing a new roof a difficult task. Choosing an energy-efficient shingle can help lower utility costs and keep your home comfortable all year long. 

Start by choosing the right shingle color. Different colored shingles reflect different levels of light and heat. This means that these shingles are highly reflective and can lower your electricity bill by reducing the amount of heat that penetrates your roof. 

 

  1. A New Roof May Offer Insurance Savings 

Insurance companies will charge premiums for customers whose roofing is out of code. A new roof can bring your home up to current code and greatly reduce your insurance rates. Not to mention that it is much safer to live under a roof that follows these codes!

 

  1. A New Roof Offers Superior Moisture Protection 

There is a layer underneath shingles that adds extra protection. This layer is called underlayment. Today’s underlayment is excellent at protecting the wood underneath your shingles. This extra level of protection can save you money on your homeowner’s insurance.

 

  1. A New Roof Gives You Peace Of Mind

The roof on your home protects your family, belongings, and more. By replacing or upgrading your current roof to one that is more energy-efficient and up to code, you can have peace of mind that what matters most to you is fully protected. 

 

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Home Maintenance Projects To Finish Before Labor Day

For many, Labor Day signifies the end of what feels like summer. While fall doesn’t officially start until September 22nd, the feeling of summer (and warm temperatures) starts to disappear after the holiday. Get a jump start on home maintenance tasks for fall by finishing these improvement projects while the weather is still good.

 

  1. Request A Roof Inspection 

Summer can be hard on your home, but scorching temperatures can be especially harmful to your roof. In addition, the spring and summer months are typically when more severe weather occurs. If you have not had a professional roof inspection yet this year – now is the time! Trust us, you don’t want to wait until it is freezing outside to find out you have a roof leak or that your roof needs to be replaced

 

  1. Weatherproof Your Home

As the cold approaches, it is important to make sure no warm air will be escaping this winter. Keep the heat in by caulking around doors

 

  1. Trim Trees And Bushes

Every homeowner knows that raking leaves during the fall is a pain – but trees too close to your home can cause serious damage. Trim trees back to prevent debris build-up on your roof as trees lose their leaves this fall. 

 

  1. Add Insulation 

Whether it’s hot or cold, proper insulation will lower your energy bills and ensure a comfortable indoor temperature. If you have noticed that your energy bills are slowly increasing it means that it is time to replace your insulation. 

 

  1. Check Your Gutters! 

As with many other aspects of your home, it is important to properly and routinely inspect and maintain your gutters to ensure that they remain in complete working order. Without proper maintenance, they can become overwhelmed with ice formation and snow buildup that is made even worse as heavy rains come in. Routine gutter inspection and maintenance can go a long way in preventing this from becoming a problem.

 

Summer days are limited so get these home improvement projects started now. Fall brings its own list of seasonal projects, and you’ll be thankful that you didn’t let your summer to-dos pile up into the fall.

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10 [Costly] Mistakes That Could Be Destroying Your Home

Whether you’ve just purchased a house or have been a homeowner for decades, there are several common mistakes that homeowners often make. Unfortunately, they can also lead to costly repairs! No need to panic though, just follow the guide below to ensure you don’t make these errors too – #10 may surprise you!

1. Ignoring Your Roof

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Ignoring your roof can be detrimental to your wallet if not taken care of on a regular basis. It’s recommended that homeowners get a roof inspection every few years. A trained professional can spot any damage that may have been done from past storms or wear and tear that comes naturally over time. Schedule a FREE inspection with us today and rest assured that your home stays safe from leaks and other costly damage. 

2. Over-Using Bleach to Clean Your Home

If you rely on bleach to disinfect every nook and cranny, you could be doing more harm than good. Bleach can:

  • Eat through sealant on stone surfaces such as granite.
  • Discolor colored grout and laminate.
  • Cause enamel and acrylic tubs to fade.
  • Dissolve vinyl and linseed-based flooring such as linoleum
  • Corrode seals within the disposal.

Not to mention bleach can fuel the growth of mold on porous and absorbent materials like grout. Yes, whitening grout with bleach can actually create a mold feeding ground. A safer option is to go with a water and vinegar solution for your cleaning jobs. 

3. Having Ivy Climb Your House

Training ivy to scale your home may seem like a scene straight out of an English fairy tale, but it can actually damage your home. It can dig into the siding and if removed, damage the exterior itself. Additionally, the roots of the ivy on siding and shingles can cause cracks in brick and wood, resulting in moisture and insects entering it. These can end up in costly repairs, so maybe just ditch the English cottage dream and avoid ivy on your home altogether. 

4. Not Keeping Gutters Cleaned 

Gutters are extremely important to your home’s well-being. They help control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, landscape, and foundation. But if neglected, unattended gutters can turn into a homeowner’s nightmare. When gutters get clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, it can result in a leaky roof or water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home. Gunked-up gutters can also breed homes for pests, rodents, mold, and bee infestations. If sand-like granules are found in your gutters, it could mean your roof’s shingles are deteriorating as well. If you notice these granules in your gutters or on your driveway, call us for a free inspection to ensure your roof’s integrity. 

5. Relying on Chemical Drain Cleaners

Avoiding an expensive plumber and just grabbing the cheaper drain cleaning product at the store sure seems tempting. However, the chemicals in those cleaners like hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid can erode your pipes. Mechanical methods like your plunger or a drain snake are not only safer but also more effective. And if that doesn’t get the job done, a plumber is still a better option than a busted pipe, right?

6. Planting Trees Too Close to Anything

A tree root pushing through your driveway, sidewalk, or your home’s foundation sounds like a nightmare, right? That’s why placing trees at an appropriate distance from your property is essential to avoiding costly cracks and damage later on. 

7. Using the Wrong Caulk

Who knew there were all kinds of caulk? There’s bath caulk, concrete caulk, gutter caulk, mortar caulk, and more. Using the wrong kind on your project can end up in damage done due to poor adherence allowing moisture to seep in and wreak havoc. Before grabbing up that caulk, just make sure you’re using the right kind for whatever your project may be. 

8. Over-Sealing Countertops

No need to smother your poor countertops! Applying sealant too frequently can create streaky or cloudy appearances. So how do you know when it’s time to reseal? Try dripping some water on areas you use a lot and see if the water remains beaded after 15 minutes. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time for resealing. Always refer to your manufacturer’s recommendations though because different materials can have different needs. 

9. Piling Firewood Next to Your Exterior Wall

Storing firewood right outside the backdoor can seem like a great idea for easy access, but it can also be an ideal spot for termites to hang out. Placing firewood at least 20 feet from your home’s exterior is a safe distance and hopefully not too far of a walk to fuel your fireplace! 

10. Not Performing Routine Exterior Maintenance

Letting exterior maintenance fall to the wayside can result in costly repairs down the road. Preparing your home for the summer heat can be especially important. If you’ve noticed your energy bills becoming higher than usual, it could mean that your roof isn’t doing its job and could be in need of repairs. Contact us for a free inspection so that we can ensure your roof is ready to handle the summer heat. It could save you lots of time and money in the long run. 

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6 Signs You Need a New Roof

A new roof can be a costly investment but is essential to both you and your family’s safety. Your roof protects you from the rain, wind, and other natural elements, not to mention sets the stage for your home’s curb appeal and appearance. That’s why knowing when your roof has reached the end of its lifespan is so important! Keep an eye out for these warning signs and make sure to get a professional roof inspection ASAP should you see them on your home. 

Shingles are visibly worn

Have you noticed sand-like granules in your gutters or on your drive-way? Are your shingles so worn your roof looks like it has bald spots? These could be signs that your shingles are old and the lack of granules on them can result in excess heat entering your home and therefore increasing your air conditioning costs. Furthermore, once exposed, the asphalt underneath will dry out and crack, making your roof susceptible to leaks. 

Shingles are cupped and curled

If your shingles are visibly buckled, curled, cracked, or missing, it means that wind-driven moisture can easily get under the shingles resulting in leaks and rot. 

Your neighbors are getting new roofs

We don’t mean “keeping up with the Joneses.” If you live in a neighborhood the homes were probably built around the same time and if others around you are getting new roofs, it probably means yours is about due too. 

You’ve experienced leaks

Roofs are made of many components such as shingles, deck paper, flashing, vent stack boots, and more. As the roof gets older and several of these components start to fail, the roof should be replaced. 

The roof has experienced major damage

If more than about ⅓ of your roof needs repairs due to storms, wind, or hail, it is most cost-effective to simply replace it. This is because the repair is costlier on a per square foot basis due to it being more time-consuming to integrate old shingles with new ones. Not to mention, the mix of old and new shingles just won’t look good.

Your roof looks bad

Aesthetics are extremely important to homeowners and potential buyers. If your roof looks old and worn out, it loses curb appeal and value. A new roof can boost a home’s appearance and value by more than you’d think. 

If you’ve been hit by recent storms or if you’re not sure about your roof’s condition, then you should consider getting a free inspection with one of our trained professionals. There is zero obligation and it could mean preventing roof failure and the costly damage that comes with it!

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Can Hail Really Damage Your Roof or Is It a Scam?

Hailstorms may not seem like the worst type of natural disaster that can damage your home – but they are the most common. Hail can also cause a surprising amount of damage to your home including the roof, siding, windows, and gutters. 

But most homeowners don’t even know they have damage until it’s too late!

Preventing costly repairs starts with a professional hail damage inspection. Yet most homeowners won’t do this because they don’t see any damage and think their home is ok. The only problem? Hail damage starts small and gets worse over time. That means big repair bills later. 

How big are we talking about? Well, one homeowner we worked with let hail damage fester to the point where leaks had formed. The leaking water damaged the wood structure underneath, the attic insulation and ceiling drywall. The cost of repairs was over $20,000. 

Quick Question: Does the thought of spending $20,000 to fix your roof excite you?

We didn’t think so. 

Since life is too short to make all the mistakes yourself, we’ve put together this information to help homeowners avoid this situation. Read on to learn how hail can damage a roof and why you should address it ASAP!

How Hail Damages A Roof

Did you know hail can fall at speeds upwards of 50mph? When hailstones impact your roof, it can do some serious damage. 

Hailstones vary in size, shape, and hardness and can create a random pattern of dents or depressions. 

Why Get A Hail Damage Roof Inspection ASAP

Hail damage cannot be seen from the ground level of a home. Look at the image below to understand why.

The photo on the left was taken immediately after a hailstorm, and the camera was about 12-18 inches away from the hail impact. Unless you have magical superpowers, you can’t see that from the ground.  

The image on the right is what hail damage starts to look like years later. The protective granules have continued to wear off. Damage to this extent is much easier to see but usually means costly roof leaks are already happening.

Getting a roof inspection after a significant hailstorm may seem like a hassle, but it’s the only way to catch damage early and prevent costly repairs.

Who To Call For A Professional Hail Damage Inspection? 

If your home has been hit with severe weather, our expert team is here to help! 

Request a free hail damage inspection today!

These inspections are quick, painless, and free if you choose us. We will be able to spot any potential damage before it leads to costly repairs. If you don’t have any roof damage, we’ll be able to provide a report detailing your roof’s condition which is good to have on file for your insurance company. 

Call 888-242-6831 today or use our online contact form.

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How to Know When You Need a New Roof (it’s not as obvious as you think!)

How do you know when your roof has reached the end? Most homeowners wait until costly problems like roof leaks become apparent. Don’t get caught with costly repairs; find out what to look for when its time for an entire roof replacement below: 

 

1. Buckling and curling shingles

 

When your shingles are buckling or curling, its time for a new roof. The problem with these shingles is that they leave the structure underneath exposed to the elements, making the structure vulnerable to water damage.

 

 

2. Missing Shingles

 

The integrity of your roof could be endangered if you see missing shingles. Severe storms can pull off several shingles at a time, leaving your home defenseless to roof leaks and water damage. 

 

 

3. Daylight seeping in through the roof

 

If you see daylight in your attic, the underlying decking on your roof may be in a weakened state from excessive moisture.  When light can penetrate your roof, water can penetrate your roof as well. 

 

 

4. Interior Stains or mold and mildew growth

 

Are stains, or worse, mold, appearing on your ceiling? A common cause of these stains is moisture trapped inside the house or roof leaks. 

 

 

5. Dark Spots 

 

Algae growth, fungus, mold, or vegetation can cause dark spots on the surface of your shingles. You can treat these areas with 1:1 water and bleach mixture.

 

 

6. Increase in energy cost

 

Have you noticed a sudden spike in the value of your energy bill? When your attic is improperly ventilated cooling costs rise due to trapped air in the attic. Additionally, attic moisture can drip into your insulation and lessens its effectiveness. 

 

 

7. Old Roof 

 

Most roofing professionals believe that roofs typically last anywhere from 20 to 25 years.  If you notice that your neighbors are getting new roofs, it’s probably time for you to get one too. Houses built around the same time tend to experience the same weather patterns, which means that the wear and tear of your roof is nearing the end. 

 

At the end of the day, if you notice one or more of these warning signs Mars Restoration is here to help! Get your home protected by scheduling your comprehensive free roof inspection from our team of highly trained specialist at 888-242-6831or online today!

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Prevent These Costly Problems With A Roof Inspection

Have you ever heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This is true for many things that require maintenance to perform best like your health, your car, and your home. 

But this is especially true when it comes to your roof! 

If you’re like most homeowners you’re probably thinking, “there’s not a hole in my roof so what’s the big deal?”

You may be surprised to learn that your roof could have damage, even if it’s not leaking right now. 

Roof problems can be caused by several things. Hail and strong winds usually cause noticeable signs of a problem like missing roof shingles. But other types of damage, like installation errors, manufacture defects, and worn out roof flashing can cause problems that lead to roof leaks. 

If you don’t fix roof problems right away, the damage can spread to other areas of your home. Scary right? Read on to learn how getting a professional roof inspection can avoid these costly hail related problems. #3 on the list is super important!

 

1. Mold

Your roof is the single most important way to keep water out of your home. That’s why most roof problems lead to roof leaks. Once water makes its way past a roof’s protective barrier all bets are off. Water can soak into the insulation, wooded support beams, plywood and more. The heat in your attic and water-soaked materials create an environment ripe for mold growth.  

This four-letter word is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Mold is something that even experienced homeowners fear, and rightfully so. It can cause all sorts of health problems AND expensive repairs. Getting routine roof inspections is an easy way to prevent this situation from happening. 

2. Roof Repairs

Typical asphalt roofs can last anywhere from 15-25 years… if they are maintained! Hail and other storm damage can weaken parts of your roofing system reducing its overall lifespan. If hail damage isn’t fixed, it can lead to costly repairs later. 

3. Reduced Home Value

Your home’s roof makes up about 40% of your home’s curb appeal. A roof in bad shape can easily distract from the beauty of your home and lower its value. 

This is especially true if you are looking to sell your home soon. Most home buyers will avoid properties with roof issues due to the high cost of repairs. What’s worse is roof problems are often noted in inspection reports and is a top reason most real estate deals don’t make it to closing. 

 

Want To Avoid Costly Roof Problems? 

If this question has you screaming “YES!” then you need to schedule a free roof inspection today! An expert member of our team will meet with you, fully inspect your home and give you a comprehensive evaluation of your roof’s condition. Call 888-242-6831 or click here to get started. 

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Planning to Sell Your Home? Reasons to Get a Roof Inspection NOW!

Selling a home is stressful even when everything goes right. There is A LOT of time, energy, paperwork, and emotions that go into it and even small complications can feel like massive burdens. 

So, when homeowners ask us if they should get a roof inspection before they list their home, our answer is always yes! 

Not only does it pay to be safe than sorry, but it can also help prevent issues during the process. Knowledge is power and this is especially true when selling a home, so getting a roof inspection early is just plain smart! Read on to learn the three main ways getting a roof inspection can help you on your home selling journey (#3 may surprise you!).

1. Don’t Let Your Roof Make You Fail Your Home Inspection  

You may already know that an official home inspection will have to be done before you close. Home inspectors are usually third-party companies that are unbiased in the final report. They are also expertly trained to spot problems that could devalue your home or kill the deal entirely – like a bad roof, mold, etc. 

Since you are familiar with your home, there could be issues that you’re not even aware of. That’s why a roof inspection can save you a ton of stress in the long run and help spot any problems before they make it on the final report.

2. Don’t Let Your Roof Devalue Your Home

Your roof makes up about 40% of the overall curb appeal of your home. Missing shingles, existing damage, and debris buildup can send a huge red flag to potential homebuyers. Even worse, a roof in bad shape can lower your home’s overall value. Knowing how much life your roof system has left can help you through the negotiations process should you decide not to replace it.

3. Don’t Let Your Roof Prevent Your Home From Selling Or Slow The Process

If your home has been impacted by hail or severe weather and still has damage, it can throw a wrench into your plans to sell. 

If hail damage makes its way onto the home inspection report you have a few options: 

1. You Ignore It

Many buyers will back out of the sale if you don’t plan to fix the issue. In addition, the majority of insurance companies won’t insure the property for another buyer due to known damage. This is a no-win situation for anyone.

2. File A Claim

In most cases, storm damage is covered by homeowner’s insurance. This is good news because you won’t be out of pocket for a full roof or repairs, but the home sale process will have to be extended.

3. Designate Claim to Buyer

Similar to scenario #2, you file a claim but instead of waiting to get repairs done, you assign the claim benefits to the home buyer. As the seller, you will still be responsible for the deductible, but this puts the responsibility of the work on the new owner. Insurance companies and lenders will not usually allow this. 

The best-case scenario, especially if you have hail damage, is to get a roof inspection now and before you list your home. This way, while you are hunting for new homes, filing paperwork, and getting a loan the work on your roof will be done when you are ready to list. Plus, a new roof adds home value, which could mean a higher listing price. Now that’s a win-win!

 

Have questions or need more information? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 888-242-6831 or use our online contact form to schedule a roof inspection today. 

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