What to Do When Roof Runoff Is Flooding Your Yard

10/08/2019

South Carolina might not get much snow, but the colder months certainly bring their fair share of rain.  A serious problem for many homeowners during the rainy months is a flooded yard.

What to Do About Moss Growing on Your Roof

10/01/2019

A soft blanket of moss growing on your roof has a charming way of making your house appear as though you plucked it from the pages of a fairytale book. However, while it may look cozy from the curb, roof moss can shorten the life of your roof and create problems if you leave it untouched.

When Using Insurance for a Roof Replacement or Repairs Is a Bad Idea

09/24/2019

After you’ve invested years of premiums to protect your house, it seems only fair to ask your insurance company to pay to replace your roof or cover the costs for roof repairs. But for some homeowners, filing such claims may not be the best course of action.

Your Leaky Roof May Cause Electrical Problems and More

09/17/2019

Roof leaks can go undetected for months, sometimes resulting in electrical problems, structural damage and health issues. Often, it’s not until you notice a ceiling stain, dripping water around an outlet or flickering lights that you realize there’s a serious situation unfolding.

 

Before you freak out, turn off your power at the main panel, call a certified electrician and a roofing company. Your home’s electrical wiring runs through the attic and ceiling, so if there’s a roof leak, water...

Help! There Are Rodents in My Attic

09/10/2019

Nothing is more alarming than hearing something skittering around in your attic at 3 a.m. And while it may not be the Boogie Man, what’s lurking could be causing enough damage to scare the living daylights out of you.

 

Odds are, those frightening sounds emanating from your attic while you’re trying to sleep are coming from a type of rodent that’s taken up residency among your personal treasures. It’s more common than you think. More than half of all homeowners have at one time or another...

Advice for the DIY Homeowner Re-shingling Their Roof

09/03/2019

Do-it-yourself roofing is not for the faint of heart or the acrophobic. If you’re confident about working on top of your house and walking around on a sloped roof, tackling a roof repair or replacement may be doable but not likely one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll tackle.

 

It’s difficult to navigate a sloping surface that could also be slippery, especially if you’re toting equipment and materials. It helps to have a couple of buddies to assist. Replacing a roof is a job that typically...

Should Homeowners Insurance Cover My Roof Replacement?

08/27/2019

Imagine this scenario: High winds topple trees in your neighborhood, and one lands on your roof. Down the street, your neighbor was spared damage from the storm, but weeks later, they discover a roof leak that has ruined the belongings in his attic.

 

Whose roof is more likely to be covered for repair or replacement by homeowners insurance?

4 Things a House Flipper Probably Won't Reveal About the Roof (Unless You Ask)

08/20/2019

When you’re about to embark on one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, it’s wise to do some homework before committing. That’s especially important when you’re looking to make an offer on a flipped house.

 

House flippers are flooding the real-estate market as they buy up fixer-uppers, renovate them and seek to turn a large profit.

Are Bees, Ants or Other Pests Damaging Your Roof?

08/13/2019

If you’re not vigilant about keeping an eye on your roof, you could discover too late that pests have moved into your attic, built a nest under your shingles or have been gnawing through your roof.

 

The place you call your sanctuary can often become a pesky critter or wayward bug’s retreat. An attic, for instance, makes for a safe haven for rodents, but their diligence for setting up house threatens the integrity of your dwelling.

Why Do I Have Black Stains on My Roof?

08/06/2019

Those unsightly dark streaks that look as if someone dripped black watercolor paint on your roof aren't grime, mold or mildew. They're aggressive, blue-green algae growth called Gloeocapsa Magma.

 

The spots appear black because the algae forms a protective shield against the sun’s damaging UV rays that result in the darker pigmented shades. They are the inevitable result of living in the Southeast, a region of the country that sees excessive discoloration on roofs due to high humidity.

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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 10 years.