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.

 

Roofing ROI & Dick's Roof Repair

Don’t Underestimate the ROI of a New Roof with Dick’s Roof Repair

Quite often roofing does not show up at the top of the list of things you should consider for enhancing the value of your house. Dick’s Roof Repair Service believes individual circumstances are a far more accurate barometer for deciding if you should repair or replace your roof in the near future. Often, those survey writers fail to fully appreciate the intangibles related to the sense of security and the curb appeal a good roof brings both to you and to those who might consider purchasing your home.

We handle a lot of other products – but our message today is that it isn’t in your best interest to consider a new roof any less important than many of the other projects you might be considering around your home. To follow are some of the reasons we feel confident in saying this:

Dick’s Roof Repair Service has a reputation for being the best roofing contractor in Kenosha and Racine Counties since 1957. Our knowledgeable salespeople and professional installers ensure that the roof you get is the roof you want and it is expertly installed so you can have confidence in it for years to come.

By contracting with Dick’s you know that your roof will perform as expected and you are working with a company with the experience necessary to do the job right the first time. From design and estimate to clean-up, Dick’s Roof Repair Service is the company Kenosha and Racine families are increasingly turning to for the answers to all of their roofing questions.

Besides the actual increase in home value that you get from your new or professionally repaired roof, you can also start the clock on lower heating and cooling bills by exploring appropriate shingle colors and materials designed with the technological expertise of scientists familiar with rugged midwestern weather patterns. Your investment goes down every time your energy bill is less as a result of the work that Dick’s can perform on your roof.

Dick’s gets their roofing products from ABC Supply Co., which prides itself in being “the largest wholesale distributorship of roofing products and supplies in America.” Over the years, Dick’s has found that by relying on ABC we can more comfortably meet the deadlines and goals of our customers. Simply put, ABC enables us to replace or repair your roof with the products and supplies we need, within your timetable.

Many Kenosha and Racine residents contact Dick’s when they are considering selling their home. It is always smart to explore the possibility of adding a new roof. Obviously, people who want a quick sale don’t want to have roof issues that slow down or derail the process.

Home inspectors are notorious for uncovering hidden leaks or other issues with roofs that require fixing before a home sale can close. Leaks and other issues that go along with a roof that has outlived its useful life, can stop a property sale until those issues are addressed. Plus, a poorly maintained or unattractive roof can diminish the number of people who enter into the potential buying pool – a factor that does not necessarily show up in those handy little estimates of ROI on roofing projects.

There is little disagreement that, when all else is comparable, a potential buyer will almost always opt for the home that can advertise the beauty and security of a solid, well-installed roof. When people walk away from the sale, your are spending a lot more money on taxes, utilities, maintenance and other costs holding the property until you identify alternative buyers. It doesn’t take long to understand how quickly avoiding that kind of delay can offset your investment in an attractive new roof.

Dick’s Roof Repair Service team, combined, has in excess of 125 years of service in Kenosha and Racine Counties. We have the references to prove it!

Our customers understand the value of hiring a roofing contractor with knowledge and experience. This holds true for all of our projects, whether they be a repair or an installation of a new roof. Don’t risk thousands of dollars contracting with a fly-by-night contractor operating out of the back of a pickup truck. You should demand a quality product that is professionally installed. It will return your investment in more ways than you think.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair Service for an estimate on your roofing project. We are confident that we have the products you need, the designs you desire and the quality of work you deserve. In Kenosha, call 262-654-6644, or Racine 262-639-7864.

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

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.