Tips on Avoiding Roof Damage This Winter

Your roof plays a key role in keeping you and your family protected and comfortable – especially as winter weather rolls in. So, ensuring your roof is ready to handle whatever winter throws its way this year, there are some important tricks to follow to help avoid roof damage.

#1: Check your gutters.
Winter in the Pacific Northwest is wet. As rain pummels the roof, water will roll off it and route it away from your home’s foundation via the gutter system. If your gutters are broken or clogged, they can’t do its job. This means that the roof could collect standing water, and this could cause damage in the form of mold, mildew, or even dry rot.

#2: Remove roof debris.
Wind and rain will bring tree branches, leaves, dirt, and other small objects that can cause damage. Piles of debris can cause mold build up or even attract pests. Ensuring your roof is clear will help minimize your risk of problems.

#3: Treat mildew and mold immediately.
If you notice any mold or mildew buildup, treat it right away. This type of buildup on your shingles could damage them as well as the sheathing underneath.

#4: Keep nearby trees trimmed.
If you have trees hanging nearby your roof, be sure to keep them trimmed. Fallen branches – especially in the event of a rain or windstorm – could cause damage to the roof.

#5: Don’t ignore damage.
If there is significant damage to your roof, don’t ignore it. This could cause water to leak through, which could damage the structure of your home. This is especially true if your roof is already at the end of its life cycle. The average roof will last about 20 years. But if your roof is older than that, chances are, it will need to be replaced soon.

Keeping your roof prepared for the winter weather is important. Roof maintenance is the key to getting the most out of your roof. Or, maybe it is time for a full roof replacement. So don’t put your home’s exterior in jeopardy by waiting to replace it! A roof replacement can happen at any time during the year, including the winter! Whether you’re looking for a shingled roof, metal roof, or tile roof, our skilled team at Lifetime Window and Doors can help answer your questions! We’ll ensure you have the right high-performance roof to keep you protected and comfortable all year long.  Contact us today!

3 Reasons To Replace Your Roof Before Winter Weather Hits

November is here, and the temperatures are dropping fast. With the cold weather comes different weather scenarios, including rain, wind, sleet, and snow. Your roof has an important job during every season of the year, but it can really take a beating in the cold fall and winter months. If your roof has seen better days and it isn’t up to handling another winter, now is the time to act on a roof replacement. Here are some reasons why.

#1: It will protect your home and add value.
If your roof begins to leak, it could cause damage to the inside of your home and that could be costly to repair. Not to mention, over time, water damage can cause dry rot and mold build up, which can cause health problems. A new roof will protect you from these risks. In addition, a new roof will add instant value to your home while adding curb appeal!

#2: You can add extra features during a roof replacement.
Did you know that if you’re replacing your roof with Lifetime Windows & Doors, our team can install skylights where you want them? This is the perfect opportunity to not only add value and beauty to your home with a new roof, but you can also add natural light! Skylights on the roof bring light into different areas of your home, creating a feeling of warmth, well- brightness. This is especially true in the Pacific Northwest when the days can get gray and drab, and we want to maximize the light we get.  Skylights can also save you energy because you will be using less artificial light and more natural light. Talk to us about skylight options during your roof replacement project.

#3: You can save energy.
Old, leaky roofs leak not just air out and water in, but they can also cause you to waste money! If your roof leaks cold air in and warm air out, you’ll likely be using your furnace more often, which can cause your heating bill to increase significantly when the fall and winter weather arrives. The same goes for warm summer days. If your air conditioner has to work harder to do its job, then your energy bill will increase.

Replacing your roof is one of the most important investments a homeowner can make and our experienced team of professionals at Lifetime Windows & Doors can help you get the replacement scheduled and ready to go! We proudly use Marlarkey Roofing Products in our roofing jobs, which is a product that protects the environment through their Energy-Star rated roofing materials.  A high-quality roof will serve you well, keeping you warm and protected from the various Pacific Northwest weather for many decades! Contact us for more details on getting your project started.

Why We Love Malarkey Roofing Products

We understand that the roof is one of the most important components of your home. That’s why we are proud to use Malarkey Roofing Products® for our roofing jobs.

Founded by Herbert Malarkey, and based out of Portland, Oregon, the company has built their brand on the value of quality, honest interactions with employees, vendors, and customers, and a commitment to the community.  The company has also made it their mission to protect the environment. In partnership with the city of Portland, Marlarkey Roofing Products has received the state of Oregon’s Governor’s Award for energy conservation for installing a methane recovery pipeline, which has helped reduce natural gas consumption by more than 80%. Today, the company provides many Energy Start-rated roofing materials for customers, which can help consumers that qualify for LEED points.

The company also works regularly with non-profit organizations and gives back by raising money to help them. Malarkey also provides building materials for Habitat for Humanity and has also worked regularly with Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and more.

If your roof is leaking and has been repaired significantly over the years, it’s likely that you will need to consider a full roof replacement.  A new roof will keep your home protected throughout the various seasons of the year, including the springtime when we get a lot of wind and rain. In addition, a new roof will help add value to your home. We use only factory-trained installers for our roof replacements, so that means you’ll get the job done right the first time and you won’t need to worry about a thing.

Contact us today to see how we can help with your roof replacement. We are proud to serve Portland and the surrounding areas, Vancouver, and Central Oregon and can work with you to get your new roof installed soon!  Contact our team of experienced professionals so you can keep your home protected this spring and through the rest of the seasons for decades to come!