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Effects of Heavy Rainfall on Your Roof

5-Common-Roof-Problems-and-Their-Effects-4There is always plenty of rain pelting roofs in the NY area this time of year. Whenever it rains hard, there is the potential for major damage to homes when you aren’t protected. Here are some effects of heavy rainfall on your roof and what you can do to avoid them.

Heavy rain effects

If storms are common in your area, heavy rains will wear down shingles and other elements of a roof. The damage left in a storm’s wake can involve lost shingles and moisture penetration in the underlayment. This water damage can penetrate the roof deck and eventually compromise the structural integrity of the home. Excessive moisture may also lead to rot and mold inside your home, which spells trouble both structurally and for the health of your family. Give us a call (516) 764-3636, we will help you avoid any disasters.

Protecting your roof

Knowing a roof’s weak spots is the only way to protect against the effects of heavy rainfall on your roof. Checking on your home’s condition after a major winter storm is recommended, but a professional inspection every year or two is necessary to assess damage and figure out ways to prevent more.

Act Now!

Just a friendly reminder that the temperature for next week is going to be in the 70’s and possibly the 80’s. This is a great time to get an evaluation done on your roof . It’s better to be proactive now because we are scheduled to have a very wet summer.


Give us a call (516) 764-3636, you’ll be glad you did.

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How can underlayment and proper ventilation help prevent moisture build up? 2638d1144202561-roof-underlayment-required-040406-041

Over the last 10-15 years, the roofing underlayment market has undergone a major shift from traditional asphalt felts to synthetic underlayments. In the early 2000s, there were a handful of synthetic underlayment products all trying to wrestle a sliver of the market away from asphalt felts. Today, there is an endless array of synthetic underlayment brands available, with more coming every day.

This exponential growth can be attributed to the increasing number of contractors who value the enhanced features and performance of synthetic underlayments. In addition to features, pricing is a major driver as the gap between synthetics and felt continues to shrink, helping to loosen felt’s grip on the market.
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Spring Roof Clean-Up Tips

As the snow begins to melt in many parts of the country, now is the time to clean up for spring. Winter weather can be a shingle’s enemy (especially in areas that had to deal with so many storms), so it’s important for contractors such as First Class Roofing to reach out to homeowners to help them with their roof’s spring-cleaning and inspection. Not only will this make a home look better, it can also extend the life of the roof. Here are some tips to share with your customers on what to look for during spring cleaning. 

Tree limbs. Make sure tree limbs don’t touch a roof.  If they do, they can easily scrape over the shingles and loosen the protective granules. This will severely reduce the life of a roof. Trim trees close to the house to avoid any limbs touching the roof surface. 1923833_10154043202319207_1146813256776053204_n

Leaves and pine needles. A little leaf or a few pine needles are fine, but if they collect and are deep enough to hold moisture, they need to be taken off the roof.  Anything that traps moisture will cause mildew to form, block gutters, or cause extra weight on the roof. A rake or air blower can be used to clear the roof, but take care not to damage the shingles.

Moss. Cutting back trees and removing leaves will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the moisture that moss thrives on. While there are chemicals available on the market to get rid of moss, the runoff can cause damage to plants. Another solution is to nail zinc or copper strips to the ridgeline; as rain washes across, it creates an environment where moss cannot grow.

Mold. Discolored streaks on a roof indicate there is mold, algae, or fungus, which can eat away at the roofing material and, ultimately, cause leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold. GAF manufactures algae-resistant shingles that have a specially formulated granule that inhibits algae growth, in addition to shingles with StainGuard® Protection. Finally, do not power wash shingles! It can dislodge granules and cause premature shingle failure.

Gutter damage. Heavy snow from the winter season can result in gutter damage while leftover fall leaves and debris can lead to clogged gutters. Before the springtime rain, check to make sure water can flow easily through the gutters and fix any loose nails that are preventing the gutters from sitting tightly along the roof line.

Missing shingles, chimney, and flashing. A complete inspection by a contractor can uncover issues with missing shingles, chimney damage, or flashing around chimneys, vents, or other bends in the roof.

Roofing Warning Signs. Do not Ignore them! Contact Us Today!

1. Roof age

How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.

2. Shingles curling and buckling

Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective.

3. Roof valleys

If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.

4. Missing shingles

These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact.

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5. Chimney flashing

This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.

6. Shingle granules in the gutters

Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistent or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.

7. Daylight through the roof boards

You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.

Posted 2/16/2016

Hire a trusted roofing company

Make sure you hire a trusted roofing company like First Class Roofing. In the past few months there have been 61 new complaints about shady roofing contractors, landscapers and siding contractors in our area

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We advise you do research on any company you pick. If someone comes to your door, get their information and check them out first before allowing them on your roof. If they are uninsured and they fall off, you can be held legally liable. Contact Us today to get started with a trusted company that is Licensed and Insured.

Posted 2/10/2016

First Class Roofing Repairs in the NY area.

First Class Roofing Inc will foster the highest standards of work ethic, integrity, honesty, dedication and professionalism in order to serve and strengthen the roofing industry, community, and country. Commercial, Residential, Industrial, Repairs, Skylight installation and All roof repair related services.

Roof ReapirThere’s often a lot of confusion when faced with the decisions you need to make to repair or re-roof your home. Like many people are under the misconception that you can simply “patch” the part of your roof that is leaking and all will be fine and dandy. The reality is that it has to be repaired in the correct manner or you will potentially end up spending much more over the long haul when it would have been easier and more cost-effective to address the issue properly. Find out more about our Roof Repair Services

Posted 1/28/2016

First Class Roofing Installation

First Class Roofing Inc has experience with the entire range of available roofing systems from the shingle and flat roofs used by most homeowners to the built-up flat roofing systems typical in large commercial buildings. roofing-long-island

We take pride in honoring the schedule we set with you, keeping the work site clean, guaranteeing our installation and serving you for the life of your roof. Choose an experienced roofer with a reputation throughout the Long Island area for reliability, service and professionalism.

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Posted 1/15/2016

Water damage is serious business.

Be on the lookout for roofing leaks before they ruin your home and safety. Make sure to give First Class Roofing Inc. A call before it’s to late at 516-764-3636

There are many different household problems that can be procrastinated. However, a roof leak repair should take the highest priority on your list of home maintenance issues. Roofing leaks can develop for a variety of reasons: improper roof installation, wind or storm damage, and lack of maintenance. Keep in mind that most roofs are only meant to last 20 to 30 years so it could simply be time to replace your roof.
So why is even a small roof leak so critical for your entire household? Most homeowners think a leaky roof is just a structural problem, but it can actually pose many more safety and even health risks. Constant water intrusion will eventually work down from the attic area to the very foundation of the house, causing plenty of costly damage on the way. Here are some of the less-obvious ways a roof leak can damage your home.
1. Attic and ceiling damage
The initial dangers of a roof leak are damage to the attic area and items stored there. If there is no attic, or the size of the leak is really big, it will damage the interior ceiling. Affected ceiling paint will darken and ceiling plaster may bubble and expand. The leaking water also will damage paint and plaster on nearby walls. You can also expect damage on ceiling-mounted lights and fans.
2. Interior mold and mildew issues
In the longer term, one of the most serious consequences of a leaking roof is mold and mildew growth. Mold can spread throughout the home’s structure, to the HVAC system and then to the rest of the house through the vents where it can invade carpets, furniture and even clothing.
Black mold is the most common type resulting from chronic water intrusion. Toxic black mold growth is rare, but even non-toxic black mold attacks wood framing, ceiling tiles, and wall and floor coverings. Mold is difficult to get rid of, and it is rather costly.
3. Health concerns from mold
Mold and mildew can lead to serious health issues, especially for those with high sensitivity, including nasal congestion, rhinitis, inflammations and asthma, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mold spores continue to be produced once it’s present and will lead to allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms, and more serious health problems.
4. Fire hazard from water damage
If your electrical wiring is present in an attic or ceiling, a leaky roof could pose a fire threat from shorted wires. It is highly recommended to turn off electricity to the area that’s affected and have an electrician examine it.
5. Slip and fall hazard
A severely leaking roof can cause water to puddle on the floor. This may not seem like a huge risk, but if you have an active family, and especially if you have children who like to run, you need to get that water mopped up to prevent human spills. Read more about our Roofing Services