In the fall, in Shreveport, we often go through periods of dry weather. In 2017 we had nearly six weeks with no rain or storms. When the rain and wind arrived, as a cold front moved through, we noticed that many streets were covered in pine needles. This probably meant that your gutters and roof were also covered.
Early Fall is great time to check your gutters, and then check them again as the leaves begin to drop. Your gutters should be inspected yearly, and Fall is a great time to do that, because of leaves and needles dropping from trees.
Additionally, if you have angles on your roof where leaves and needle accumulate, that's not good for the roof.
Pine needles and leaves clogging your gutters can actually turn into a major problem. Here are some of the reasons why you don’t want to let leaves and needles accumulate:
- Poor performance. As your gutters become clogged, there is less chance that they will perform as expected. Subsequently, water overflow can cause damage to parts of your roof or home. - Excess foliage can weigh down gutters, which causes the gutters to be pulled away from your home. - Premature wear. You want your gutters to last as long as possible, but you can’t expect this to happen if leaves continue to build up over time.
Pine needles and leaves piling up in the folds of your roof can cause these issues:
- back up of water that causes leaks. - build up of moisture that cause mold to grow. - wood rot.
What’s the solution? Call Southern Roofing at (318) 295-4555, we'll help you clean your roof and gutters.
Here is another gutter option: install the Gutter ProTech® Self Cleaning Gutters. With this system gutters are able to perform as expected by protecting your gutters from needle and leaf build-up.
The color of a roof significantly impacts the overall look of the home's exterior. On average, about 40 percent of the roof is visible and when the pitch or slope of the roof is higher, even more of the roof is seen. When it's time for roof replacement, color does matter.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Roof Color
The roof color has the ability to make a real impact. Color can create a warm, welcoming feeling and it also can make a bold, dramatic statement. Some colors work perfectly with a classic Colonial style home, while others are more suited for a contemporary design or a Craftsman-influenced house. The right roof color may enhance the home's traditional look or give it a more modern and chic finish.
Climate also influences roof color choice. For homes located in regions where the average temperatures tend to be warm to hot, a light-colored roof can help keep the interior cooler when paired with proper insulation and ventilation. Homes located by sea may look great with roofing in shades to compliment the blue, grey, and cooler tones of the water, while residences in the southwest fair well with warmer tones.
Roof Color and Exterior Materials
It's essential to remember that a new roof has the potential for a good long life, usually 15 to 30 years. That's a long time to live with a color you don't love or really like. It's often recommended when choosing colors for the exterior of the home to remember which colors are permanent and which ones are not. Paint and shutter colors can always be changed, but bricks and roofing will last a decade or more.
In addition, be sure to look at the color of the different shingles under various lighting conditions. Look at the sample next to the siding or brick of your home in the early morning light, midday, and under the brightest light possible to get a good idea of how it will look.
Choosing the Right Roof Color
Trending right now are roofing colors that reflect nature. These colors tend to be earthy and include hues like rich chestnut, mahogany, burnt umber, and warm butterscotch. Cooler colors may be added, like flecks of a deep blue or green.
Red brick: contrast with darker grey/slate, dark brown, and even black
Beige brick or siding: create a dramatic yet classic look with roofing in any dark neutral like brown, grey, and cooler shades of dark green or blue
Brown brick or siding: reddish browns, light grey, and grey-taupe
Grey siding: consider multi-color shingles in reds, brown, and dark grey to create a natural slate look
Blue siding: black, slate, grey, light grey, and dark green
If your home has white siding or brick, the options are numerous. From bold red to classic slate, choose a roof color for your white house by considering the style of the home, it's regional location, and even how the exterior accents and landscaping may compliment or contrast to create a cohesive and attractive look.
Your home insurance is there to protect you, and your insurance company will process a claim for roof damage or roof replacement. But do they protect you with their recommended roofing contractor referrals?
Does your insurance company really know who does great roofing work? Do they know the best roofing contractor in the Shreveport area? Why do you get the names that you get when you ask for a recommendation?
Answer, roofing referrals are either friends of the agent, or the roofer managed to get onto a vendor list when a spot became available. But the recommendations are good, right?
We are replacing a three year old roof in one of Shreveport's premier neighborhoods. Why? Because the insurance company recommended a company on their preferred vendors list. The company that they suggested roofed several homes in this neighborhood and went out of business (well they changed their name a little) after finishing these roofs. Be that as it may, there are a lot of roofs having to be re-roofed after just three years. On this house the roof has leaked into virtually every room. Much of the exterior soffit and fascia is water damaged.
In Louisiana, insurance referral lists are short and are first come, first serve. The lists have nothing to do with quality. Furthermore, your agent has probably never been on a roof to inspect the quality of his referral's work and has no idea if the work is good or not.
Southern Roofing offers a five-year workmanship warranty that says that we believe in our work. Not a one year or a three year, but a five year warranty because our guys have been well trained and do great work. In fact, we have had other roofing companies call us to fix their leaks and screw-ups. Our competition just knows that we are the best roofing company in Shreveport.
If the name you hear when you ask for a referral isn't Southern Roofing, then do your agent a favor and introduce him to Southern Roofing.
Yesterday, Southern Roofing completed roof repairs to a new house in one of the new and premier neighborhoods in Shreveport. The house is beautiful and expensive, but the roof was already in bad shape. How could this be, in just a couple years? It's easy to see, when you're on the roof. The contractor hired the cheapest labor he could find to do the roofing. A properly installed roof leaves no less than six nails in each shingle. This roof had just two nails in each shingle.
This issue can be referred to as "high nailing." This leaves nails further above the optimal nail line and causes shingles to easily get raised above the roof base by strong wind. On this house, literally half of the shingles were sliding or pulling loose from the roof.
The take away from this story is that not everyone who claims to be a roofer is a roofer. North Louisiana is full of guys who have roofing as a business, but don't know anything about the actual art of roofing.
If you want a professional company with professional roofers, call Southern Roofing!
With Hurricane Harvey pounding Texas and Southern Louisiana, we look at our fellow man with profound sadness. Many families will lose their homes and valuables during this storm. Our prayers go out to them, and we urge our friends and neighbors to join us in donating to the rescue effort.
Here in the northern Louisiana, we don't often deal with the full force of hurricanes because of our distance from the gulf coast, but we do encounter tropical storm winds like Harvey (as it passes by in the next day), tornadoes, hail, and strong thunderstorms.
After a storm, remember to look up at your roof. We have had many strong storms go through our area over the past few years, and those storms have done significant damage to roofs. How would you know if your roof is damaged? Check the ceilings in your home for water spots, check the roof for missing, blown, buckled or unaligned shingles. If you think something is amiss, by all means call Southern Roofing to provide you with a free roof inspection. We may not get hurricane force wind from Harvey, but we will get rain; and rain is the true enemy of a house with a bad roof.
August 2017 has already been an unusually rainy month for a north Louisiana summer. Extended rain typically means that roofing companies are busy patching leaks. For many companies this means they have an opportunity to use their "Tar Gun."
Homeowners should BEWARE!!!
Tar is a short term product that will crack and reintroduce the leak at a later date, generally after only a year or two. This means that the roofer who spreads tar all over your roof is not solving the problem, just delaying it.
Call Southern Roofing if you have a roof leak, and let us repair your roof the proper way, because you want a real solution.