Ice Dams | Dick's Roofing

Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” is a great song for this time of year but, unfortunately, all that cold and snow can also mean ‘tis the season of ice dams.

Ice dams forming in your home’s gutter system is caused by the lack of proper insulation in your attic.  If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters, it freezes and BAM, you have an ice dam.  This can cause havoc to your gutter system,  your roof in general and, eventually, it can cause serious water damage to your home.

A great rule of thumb, when it comes to your attic, is “if it’s too warm, cool it.” Your attic temperature is a result of heat rising from the inside of your home combined with the the heat from the sun shining on your roof.  Without proper insulation, your attic can become a hot little nest egg of trouble.

There are “bandaid” fixes for your ice dam issues. You could install heat tape (heat wire.) This is a heated wire system, across your roof, that creates pathways for melted snow to flow off your roof.  It is not a cheap system to install and it will also increase your electric bill. You can also make a point to rake your roof in the winter. Manually removing the snow, after each snowfall, can decrease your chances of an ice dam. But keep in mind that these are just temporary fixes.

Your best option, when it comes to eliminating ice dams, is to insulate your attic. Even Tom Silva, from “This Old House” agrees that the best way to eliminate ice dams is to properly insulate your attic.

Luckily, now is the time of year best suited for updating, replacing or installing new insulation in your attic area. If your attic is the “arctic tundra” in the winter and becomes the “Serengeti desert” in the height of summer, now is time to take action.  Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor.

Take care of your attic’s insulation needs.  Dick’s Roof Repair team can inspect and insulate your home for you. Take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $675.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

Expires 3/1/19

Telltale Signs of Winter Roof Damage

Telltale Signs of Winter Roof Damage

There are many signs that indicate your roof is in need of attention. Sometimes, in the cold of winter, these signs become more self-evident as a result of melting snow, cascading ice or just the expansion and contraction of roof elements as a result of changes in the weather.

At Dick’s Roofing, we are experts in pinpointing what is causing the leak you may be experiencing, the wear you may be seeing or just the sounds you might hear that give you pause about the condition of the roof over your head.

The age of your roof is obviously a major factor in considering repair versus replacement. Most roofing experts will tell you most roofs should have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years. That is not a hard and fast rule. It is just the composite average of what most roofs do. Whether or not your roof was installed over old shingles will also affect how soon you need it replaced. Generally speaking, you can subtract approximately five years from the expected lifespan of a roof that was installed over old shingles. An excessive amount of granules in your gutters are also a sign of an aging roof.

One telltale indication of an aging, faulty roof is curling or buckling shingles. If you are witnessing this on your roof it may be time to call Dick’s for an estimate on getting it repaired before the curling and buckling results in more damage from leaks.

Roof valleys also need to be monitored closely. Snow and rain flow through valleys to the gutters and leaks often develop in those areas. You can often check in your attic to see if leaks are becoming evident in areas where the roofing is dipping.

If your house is missing shingles, you should ask Dick’s to ascertain if you need an entire new roof, or if you can get by with a repair of the area affected. Sometimes missing shingles are an indication that there are bigger issues pending with your entire roof. But there are times, as well, where wind or storm damage might affect only a small area and you can get by with a simple repair.

Chimney flashing should be watched closely in the winter. If the original flashing was done with roof cement or tar, you should consider replacing it with water tight metal flashing.

Daylight showing through into your attic means you need to do something quickly. If you are walking on the roof and your footing feels spongy or bouncy, you may have moisture damage to the underlying decking.

Animals in the attic often find their way in through holes in the roof. You would be amazed at how small a hole can be for an animal and still find their way in.

Dick’s Roofing is already scheduling roof replacements into the spring of 2017. If you need an free estimate or consultation on the condition of your roof, Dick’s Roofing is the place Kenoshans call to get the best product at the best price. We specialize in happy customers. Call today to make an appointment.

 

Icicles on roofs cause damage

Icicles On Your Roof Are A Sign Of Trouble

Have you ever been tempted, or dared, to stick your tongue on an icicle? First off, don’t do it because you might get stuck. Second of all, have you ever wondered why your home is covered those beautiful (but damaging) icicles anyway?

Icicles can be amazing! In the winter, you can see them everywhere but, if your home has them hanging from your roof, it is a sign of trouble.

Icicles are a symptom of ice dams. They form in your home’s gutter system due to lack of proper insulation in your attic. If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters and freezes, the over flow eventually forms into the lovely icicle … that you might have just froze your tongue to.

Icicles and the ice dams behind them, can cause serious damage to your roof, your gutter systems and, eventually, can cause expensive water damage to your home.

The best solution to decreasing your home’s chances for these winter decorations is to properly insulate your attic. Between the heat rising up from the inside of your home to the heat of the sun beating down on your roof, the attic becomes an important player in the war against winter roof damage.

Unfortunately, chances are that you will not be able eliminate icicles from your home entirely. There are always a few sources of heat that will continue to sneak into your home’s attic. Plumbing stacks, bathrooms, chimneys, dryer vents – these are all points of weakness that can’t be helped.

Proper attic insulation is still your best defense against those beautiful and damaging roof decorations. With a properly insulated attic, your home can eliminate ice dams and thus a majority of icicles as well.

The season of icicles is the best season for you to have your attic worked on. Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor. You can also take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $575.

For more information on ice dams, don’t miss Dick’s Roof Repair’s blog: Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

 

Winter Siding Damage

Don’t Miss these Signs of Winter Siding Damage

Winter, with all of it’s beautiful snow and ice, can be hard on your home, especially on your siding. Siding issues caused by the winter can create ice dams, leaks, cracks and drafts that will make your home cold, increase your heating bill and cause serious winter siding damage.

Vinyl siding:

Freezing cold temperatures can cause your home’s vinyl siding to be brittle, resulting in cracking or breakage. These pieces can not be repaired, only replaced. Cracks can create passages for both heat to escape and for moisture to get in.

Wood siding:

Heavy snow can cause the lamination on your wood siding to wear off. This leaves the wood exposed to moisture that can cause rot. If the rot is unchecked, this could cause extensive damage to your home’s structure, roof and interior.

Missing or dislodged siding:

If a winter storm has caused sections of your siding to come off, your home is now missing a vital defense against heat loss and moisture. The same can be said for any siding that has become dislodged. Sections of siding that are no longer interlocked properly can result in poor home insulation and future water damage.

Painting: If your siding needs painting more frequently than every 8-10 years, this could be a sign of possible structural problems. Peeling paint inside your home can also be a sign that your siding is allowing too much moisture in.

Warped siding:

If your home has experienced moisture damage, your siding could appear warped. This should be inspected before the potential damage becomes too extensive.

Holes or cracks:

Although holes are often a sign of insect problems, cracks are more likely to be caused by weather damage.

Heating bill:  

If your home’s heating bill is continuing to increase, this could be a sign of old or damaged siding. Your siding helps to regulate your home temperature and any siding damage can affect that balance.

Dick’s Roofing is already scheduling siding repairs and replacements into the spring of 2017. If you need an FREE estimate or consultation on the condition of your siding, Dick’s Roofing is the place Kenoshans call to get the best product at the best price. We specialize in happy customers. Call today to make an appointment.

Icicles on roofs cause damage

Icicles On Your Roof Are A Sign Of Trouble

Have you ever been tempted, or dared, to stick your tongue on an icicle? First off, don’t do it because you might get stuck. Second of all, have you ever wondered why your home is covered those beautiful (but damaging) icicles anyway?

Icicles can be amazing! In the winter, you can see them everywhere but, if your home has them hanging from your roof, it is a sign of trouble.

Icicles are a symptom of ice dams. They form in your home’s gutter system due to lack of proper insulation in your attic. If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters and freezes, the over flow eventually forms into the lovely icicle … that you might have just froze your tongue to.

Icicles and the ice dams behind them, can cause serious damage to your roof, your gutter systems and, eventually, can cause expensive water damage to your home.

The best solution to decreasing your home’s chances for these winter decorations is to properly insulate your attic. Between the heat rising up from the inside of your home to the heat of the sun beating down on your roof, the attic becomes an important player in the war against winter roof damage.

Unfortunately, chances are that you will not be able eliminate icicles from your home entirely. There are always a few sources of heat that will continue to sneak into your home’s attic. Plumbing stacks, bathrooms, chimneys, dryer vents – these are all points of weakness that can’t be helped.

Proper attic insulation is still your best defense against those beautiful and damaging roof decorations. With a properly insulated attic, your home can eliminate ice dams and thus a majority of icicles as well.

The season of icicles is the best season for you to have your attic worked on. Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor. You can also take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $575.

For more information on ice dams, don’t miss Dick’s Roof Repair’s blog: Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

 

Ice Dams | Dick's Roofing

Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” is a great song for this time of year but, unfortunately, all that cold and snow can also mean ‘tis the season of ice dams.

Ice dams forming in your home’s gutter system is caused by the lack of proper insulation in your attic.  If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters, it freezes and BAM, you have an ice dam.  This can cause havoc to your gutter system,  your roof in general and, eventually, it can cause serious water damage to your home.

A great rule of thumb, when it comes to your attic, is “if it’s too warm, cool it.” Your attic temperature is a result of heat rising from the inside of your home combined with the the heat from the sun shining on your roof.  Without proper insulation, your attic can become a hot little nest egg of trouble.

There are “bandaid” fixes for your ice dam issues. You could install heat tape (heat wire.) This is a heated wire system, across your roof, that creates pathways for melted snow to flow off your roof.  It is not a cheap system to install and it will also increase your electric bill. You can also make a point to rake your roof in the winter. Manually removing the snow, after each snowfall, can decrease your chances of an ice dam. But keep in mind that these are just temporary fixes.

Your best option, when it comes to eliminating ice dams, is to insulate your attic. Even Tom Silva, from “This Old House” agrees that the best way to eliminate ice dams is to properly insulate your attic.

Luckily, now is the time of year best suited for updating, replacing or installing new insulation in your attic area. If your attic is the “arctic tundra” in the winter and becomes the “Serengeti desert” in the height of summer, now is time to take action.  Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor.

Take care of your attic’s insulation needs.  Dick’s Roof Repair team can inspect and insulate your home for you. Take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $675.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

Expires 3/1/19

Residential Roofing Contractor

Choosing The Right Residential Roofing Contractor

Dick’s Roof Repair Service has practiced residential roofing installation and repair in Kenosha and Racine since 1957. With almost 60 years of experience, we are the experts at repairing, replacing and installing roofing systems. We use only the best and most technically advanced roofing products available. We purchase our products from ABC Supply Co., Inc., the largest exterior home supplier in the United States. If you decided on a specialty item, we will make every effort to find that product, deliver and install it.

Owner Jeff Milkie is extremely involved in the community. We understand that you have many responsibilities, so we try to make the process as simple as possible. We have the knowledge and experience to navigate the intricacies of different residential roofing systems, for new installations and repairs. Our team works with you each step of the way to fully understand your needs and recommend the best possible solution to fit your requirements and budget.

Here is what you need to know about a residential roofing contractor and the installation and repair of your roof:

1. We have a large experienced crew

We will arrive with a crew of 8 – 10 professionals who work quickly and efficiently to remove, clean-up and re-shingle your roof. The crew is respectful, as we treat the property like our own, and keep the disruption to a minimum. We typically complete the project within a few days.

2. Re-Roofing

Our experts will inspect your roof and offer advice if your roof can be shingled over the current shingles or if a tear-off is required. In addition, our team will replace all roof vents and add more vents where necessary.

3. Roof Repair

Dick’s Roof Repair Service specializes in repairing residential roofs that have valley leaks, chimney leaks, shingle replacement, rotten wood replacement, wind damage repair, and flat-roof leak repair. Our experts know what to look for when inspecting your roof and will recommend the best solution to repair your roof.

4. Dick’s Roof Repair Service is a Licensed Roofing Contractor

We are a Wisconsin State Certified and Fully Insured roofing company. When the bid is submitted, we provide you with all of the information that you need to make an educated decision in selecting your roofing contractor.

5. Check our References

Be sure to visit our gallery page to view other roofing projects that we completed. We will also provide you with references to go and look at.

6. Warranty

We will provide a 10 year workmanship warranty that includes leakage or materials that blow off due to installation.

By choosing an experienced and licensed contractor like Dick’s Roof Repair Service, you will be assured and confident that you hired a contractor that has the appropriate credentials and the resources to complete the project in a timely fashion.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today for a free estimate.

Roofing & Siding Contractor

We service our warranties and answer your call backs

Dick’s Roof Repair Service is the preferred residential roofing contractor for Kenosha and Racine. With almost 60 years of experience, Dick’s Roof Repair Service has the knowledge and experience to navigate the intricacies of different residential roofing systems, for new installations and repairs. Our team works with you each step of the way. We evaluate your home’s needs and recommend the best possible solution to fit your requirements and budget. Family values, professionalism, and roofing philosophy are the cornerstone of Dick’s Roof Repair Service, that have helped us become a leader in the roofing industry in southeastern Wisconsin.

Home improvement projects — such as having a new roof installed or your home re-sided — are major decisions, and we understand the impact it has on your family. Most people tend not to think about their roof or siding until something happens, and it needs to be repaired or replaced. We try to make the process as simple as possible for you and your family. Dick’s Roof Repair Service provides a 10-year workmanship warranty that includes any leaks or material that should blow off due to the installation of the roof. Not to mention, you are receiving the warranty that the product we are installing offers as well. You can rest assured that the investment you made to update your home is well protected.  After your roof or siding has been installed or repaired, Dick’s Roof Repair Service is available via phone call to answer any questions that you may have about the service or product. We return all phone calls and messages in an appropriate timeframe, usually within 24 hours of receiving your call. At Dick’s Roof Repair, customer satisfaction is our primary goal.
By choosing a licensed contractor with years of experience like Dick’s Roof Repair Service, you will be assured and confident that you hired the right contractor. Contact Dick’s Roof Repair Service today for a free estimate.

Homeowner Association Trusted Contractor

Living in a community with a homeowners association has its advantages. We at Dick’s Roof Repair understand that repairing / replacing exterior areas of your homes can be a tricky endeavor, which is why we are a homeowner association trusted contractor. As a homeowner association’s trusted contractor we have the experience and a large enough team to deal with your association board’s needs, and individual owners to make sure that your roofing, siding, gutter or other exterior project goes smoothly for everyone involved.

Dick’s Roof Repair understands that the Homeowners Board has many responsibilities, so we try to make the process as simple for them as possible. Not only do we have almost 60 years of local experience, we come with the creditientals to prove we are the right company for the job. Here are some things homeowners association need to know about working with us on their roofing project.

1. Dick’s Roof Repair is a Licensed Roofing Contractor

We are a Wisconsin State Certified and Fully Insured roofing company. When the bid is submitted, we provide you with all the documentation that you need for your Association Board to make an educated decision in selecting your contractor.

2. Check Our References

Being in business for almost 60 years has allowed us to work on numerous Condo Association roofs. Some of our most recent references include:

Cornerstone Condominiums in Kenosha at 74th Street and 98th Ave

Greenridge Condos in Racine at Spring Street and Newman Road

3. Dick’s Roof Repair has a large experienced crew

We arrive on the job with a large experienced crew to complete the project in a timely manner. The crew is respectful of the individual owners and property, as we treat each like our own and keep the disruption to a minimum.

4. We don’t inconvenience Individual Owners

With numerous families living in your association , we do our best to accommodate all parties involved and follow the association’s rules and regulations.

5. One point of contact

With large enough crew working on the roofing project, there will be numerous people on site at any given point during the project. To make it easier on us and the association, we have one point of contact for all of your questions and needs throughout the entire process.

Exterior projects are a major decision for any association. By choosing an experienced and licensed contractor, like Dick’s Roof Repair, you will be assured and confident that you hired a contractor that has the appropriate credentials and the resources to complete the project in a timely fashion.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today for a free estimate of your next association project.