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Storms Soak South Jersey!

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When major storms hit, your roof might be the last thing on your mind. That is, until a puddle of water appears inside your house!

We’re no stranger to extreme weather! Earlier this month tornadoes tore through the South Jersey area. We’ve been drenched in an utter deluge of rain since, bringing to mind the importance of roof maintenance and repair! 

Here are some sure signs you might want to have an inspection performed on your roof after a storm hits.

Your Roof Is Leaking Already

The most obvious sign that it’s time for an inspection is an existing leak. A storm may cause the leak to appear, or it may have existed for a long time, and the storm finally allowed enough water in for you to notice. A leak might be in a surprising spot; since water runs downhill it may appear in a place far from the leak’s origin. If your roof is leaking it’s time to call in an expert right away to assess the damage and help you come up with a plan to stop the problem at its source. Putting a stop to a leak early on can reduce many of your repair costs. 

Your Roof Is Aged

Older roofs, sometimes in various states of disrepair, are often the hardest hit by a big storm. Unable to withstand heavy winds, bludgeoned by rain and other debris, sometimes a heavy rainstorm is the straw that breaks the camel’s back on an older roof. If your roof is over 10 yers old it’s best to have it looked at after a big storm. Even if you haven’t noticed any significant issues right away, a professional can help you identify possible problems and avoid costly future damage.

Debris Is Present On Roof

After a big storm it’s not uncommon for debris to accumulate on your roof, often in the valleys and gutters. Left unchecked these can cause water to run in the wrong direction, and allow moisture to accumulate where you don’t want it. Roofing systems work best when drainage systems are unobstructed. It’s a good idea to have an inspection performed after the clouds clear and to have any debris blown in by the storm removed.

Unforeseen Issues

A storm can cause unusual weathering, wear and tear, and damage. Having an inspection performed after a major weather event can be the difference between water damage, mold growth, and dry-rot. Don’t throw caution to the wind; take measures to ensure the safety of your home and have it looked over after a big storm!

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When is it time to replace your roof? Signs you should look out for!

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When it comes to keeping your family safe from the elements, your home’s roof is on the front lines. To avoid unwanted moisture inside your home, learn to recognize the factors that indicate it’s time for roof replacement.

Stop moisture from spreading by identifying early warning signs that a roof is ready to be replaced!

Age

When was the last time your home had its roof replaced? Consult the inspection report from your home purchase to find out. Although a good roof might last as many as 20 years depending on the materials, it’s not uncommon for factors including extreme weather and unique architecture to shorten a roof’s lifespan.

Wear and Tear

If you stand back from your house and see a silvery sheen on your shingles that’s a sign that the fiberglass is showing, which means that it’s probably time to replace that roof. Composite shingles made of fiberglass, asphalt, and other recycled materials wear down over time. When shingles break down moisture has an easier time penetrating the layers below, which can cause a number of issues, ultimately resulting in a leak. For non-shingled tile roofs, broken tiles from storm debris can also lead to similar issues over time.

Existing Leak

Leaks can be big trouble for homeowners! Left untreated, a small leak can allow a myriad of microbes to take up residence in your walls. Leaks cause wooden frames and base-boards to rot, and ultimately begin to affect indoor air quality. If black mold, such as stachybotrys, grows inside your home it can have serious health implications for children, the elderly, and your family’s pets.

Improper Pitch or Drainage

Is there pooling water on your flat roof? Proper drainage can mean the difference between weathering a storm and a costly repair! A few inches of standing water on your roof can spell disaster if left unchecked. Pooling water may be the result of a design error, or related to some kind of damage to an underlying structure. If stagnant, standing water poses a health risk to you and your family because it can harbor bacteria, is an ideal spawning ground for pests like mosquitoes, and spurs the growth of unsightly mold. When water doesn’t properly drain it’s best to consult with a professional.

Consumer Affairs recommends performing a bi-annual inspection to ensure your roof is safe. Get help from a pro. Call Rek Roofing today at (201) 503-6611 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation! We’ll provide you with a free estimate for any repairs or roof replacement services you require. Don’t let the weather inside your home; call Rek Roofing today.

 

Common Roof Problems

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1. Lack of Maintenance – Many roof problems start up as very minor, but if not corrected immediately, can lead to major damage. Addressing minor problems before they escalate maximizes roof life as well as minimizes headaches and expenses down the line.

2. Poor Installation or Improper Repair – Faulty installation or repair can lead to many roof issues along the way. Also, in order to save money, home owners and roofing companies tend to use low quality materials for their roofing, which may lead to more headaches in the long run.

3. Leaks – Older roofs are more likely to have leaks. This is a serious problem and should not be ignored. Aside from the hassle of placing pots and pans around your home to catch the dripping water, it can also potentially cause additional damage to your home’s structure.

4. Punctures and Penetrations – Wind, hail and other external elements may sometimes cause severe damage to your roof.

5. Improperly Installed Flashing – Proper installation of roof flashing keeps moisture out and seals the areas that can be penetrated with water, such as chimneys and skylights. Proper flashing on your roof also ensures no warm or cold air drafts enter the home.

In order to avoid these headaches, you should work with a trustworthy, experienced and knowledgeable roofing company. From fresh installations, to repairs and maintenance, our high standard materials and workmanship ensure total satisfaction. We’re fully licensed in the state of New Jersey, and service all types of homes, businesses and commercial properties.

If you have any questions regarding our roofing services, feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

New Jersey’s Most Trusted Roofing Company

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The roof on your home or commercial property is certainly one of the most important elements on that property.  It’s your first line of defense against bad weather – heavy rain, snow and hail.  We’ve worked on hundreds of different properties throughout the years, both residential and commercial.  Whether it be flat roofs or pitched, we’ve done it all.

Some of Our Services

Roof Inspection – Before starting any major repairs or replacement, our professionals will first inspect your roof and assess what needs to be done. We guarantee a reliable, detailed and honest assessment.  We will let you know what needs to be done and provide the most cost effective option(s).  If our team determines that you only needs repair, and not full replacement, then that’s what we’ll recommend.

Roof Replacement – If your roof is old or shows signs of damage and deterioration, it may be time to replace it.  Putting off roof replacement can result in additional, unforeseen damages to your building or property – resulting in more expenses.  At REK Roofing, we pride ourselves in using only the latest technology and top quality materials.  We guarantee your new roof to be extremely durable, solid, and properly constructed.

Roof Repair – There are times when you may need a full roof construction, but other times your roof may simply need repairs.  Don’t be fooled by companies who immediately recommend that you replace your entire roof – deal with a trusted and experienced company.  Here at REK roofing, we give you reliable assessment and make the right recommendation based on what we see.

Why Hire Us

REK Roofing is a reliable company that’s fully licensed and has serviced Northern New Jersey (NJ) for years.  We use only the latest equipment, technology, and most durable, top quality materials for your roofing needs.  Our customer service is second to none.  Call today and find out why we’re the preferred residential and commercial roofing company in New Jersey.

Give us a call today to find out more information about our services

3 Types of Roofing Systems

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TPO

Thermoplastic Polyolefin is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane made from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized together. Unlike EPDM, TPO may use heat welded seams where the material can be softened and welded with hot air and pressure. It is the fastest growing commercial roofing type on the market today.

EPDM

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer is a type of commercial roofing that is easier to install, maintain and repair making it the longest lasting type of commercial roof system available.

BUR

Built-Up Roofing is the traditional “hot tar and gravel” design. It is the most cost-effective to install, and the gravel is an excellent fire retardant. Repairs can also be done in patches, saving time and money when it comes to replacing large areas.

With all the different roofing system options and materials available, we always custom tailor solutions according to your specific needs and budget. Call us today with any questions or submit a request for a free estimate.