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Effect of Hail on Roofing Shingles

Hail is a natural weather phenomenon that is common in our region and can severely affect the roofing shingles. The frozen precipitation falling at higher speeds on the surface of the asphalt shingles can create dents or chip off the surfaces and underlying mat. The exposed material further deteriorates and eventually causes leaks on your property. Installing Class 4 impact resistant shingles such as the CertainTeed Northgate shingles is the best way to mitigate the effects of hail damage on your roofing shingles.

Roof Hail Damage

Hail Damage Roofing Shingles

Hail can cause dents on the asphalt shingles when they hit the roofs at greater speed. Continuous hail impact at the same spots can break the roofing shingles. A quarter size hail is enough to create havoc on the roof surface causing heavy damage to the asphalt shingles.

Here are some common effects of hail on the roofing shingles.

Hail Impact

Effects of Hail on Roofing Shingles

Hail can be in different shapes and sizes and can damage even the metal parts of the roof. Severe granule loss can result when the hail hits the roofing shingles. The protective coating on the shingles is lost and can further crack the shingles. When the shingles are splitting and cracking after a hail storm, the roof deck is immediately prone to moisture and rotting.

Fixing Hail Damaged Roofing Shingles

Roof Hail Damage

After inspecting the roof, a roofing contractor may suggest complete or partial roof replacement. If any insurance claims processing is involved, they may need additional proofs and documentation. Hail damaged shingles if left unattended can cause water penetration in to the interiors of the building. In some cases, the entire roof deck and sheathing may need replacement.

Class 4 Impact Resistance

Hail Impact Roofing Shingles

Selecting a roofing shingle that has Class 4 impact resistance rating is necessary. These products are tested against a steel ball of two-inch diameter. Even when hit by the steel ball in the same spot twice, Class 4 impact resistant products do not crack. The Class 4 impact resistance rating also ensures that the exposed surface, the back surface, and underneath layers are unaffected. The products must demonstrate resistance to fracturing, cracking, splitting, rupturing, crazing, or any other opening of the roof layer during testing.

CertainTeed Northgate Shingles

CertainTeed Northgate shingles are some of the impact resistant models that can reduce the hail damage on your roof. The residential shingles are rated Class 4 impact resistance according to the UL 2218 standards. The Northgate shingles when installed by a certified roofing contractor such as the Olde Town Roofing, can result in a long-lasting roof. Limited lifetime warranties are available from the manufacturer which are effective only if installed by a certified roofing contractor.

SELECT Shingle Master Certified Contractor

As a SELECT Shingle Master certified contractor from CertainTeed, Olde Town Roofing can install top products from the manufacturer and reduce the hail damage on your roof. They can identify any other related hail damages on your property and fix those as well. Call Olde Town Roofing today at 309-517-1676 or 309-738-5550 for all your roof hail damage needs. Get in touch with their home improvement experts at Olde Town Group for all your interior and exterior projects.

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Life Cycle of a Roof

The life of a roof with asphalt shingles is typically fifteen to twenty years, but a roof’s life largely depends on its maintenance. The aging of a roof is slow in the mid-life but is rapid in the initial and final years. For a roof, periodic maintenance is the key performance factor.


  1. A roof life cycle comprises of installation, maintenance, restoration, and replacement. A roof must be installed by professionals and according to the manufacturer, local, and national codes.
  2. After installation, a roof requires bi-annual maintenance for its performance. All roofs must be checked by a roofing contractor to record its status. Minor repairs such as nail pops and sealing can be performed during the maintenance period.
  3. Restoring a roof involves performing major repairs and replacing other components such as flashings and damaged shingles. Any roof leaks need to be fixed and molded or rotten parts also need to be replaced at this stage.
  4. Finally, a roof need to be replaced once it has reached the deterioration phase and it cannot further support the structure anymore. Replacing a roof is crucial as it involves checking all the other components such as the roof deck and gutters and replacing them as well.

When a new roof is installed, the shingles age rapidly and undergo an initial curing period. After settling down, they age slowly in the mid-life. In the final stages, the aging is rapid again leading to ultimate decline.

Maintenance During Roof Life Cycle

Roofs are exposed to extreme temperatures in winter and summer. During storm season, they are prone to high winds and tree falls. Roofs are undergoing severe temperature changes throughout the year. Property owners may notice minor curling in the initial years. There may be missing shingles due to winds and storms. Curling due to the shrinking of shingles, cracking through the reinforcement due to extreme heat, blisters due to hail or rocks, and staining due to moss growth are common problems of roofs.

A roof can live its life only if it is maintained professionally during its life cycle. Spring maintenance helps in checking any damage done during the frigid winters and fall maintenance will help prepare the roof for winter. If there are frequent storms in your area, you must prepare your roof for that as well.

Some manufacturers require proven records of roof maintenance to process any insurance claims. Planned roof maintenance helps a roof during its life cycle and the overall cost of the roof is also reduced. The costs of sudden damages and loss can be avoided with periodic maintenance of a roof. The investment on your roof can be optimized with proper care. Check for any roofing maintenance programs that are tax deductible. Call roofing professionals of Olde Town Roofing at 3097385550 or 3095171676 for scheduling an appointment today.

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Preparing Your Roof for Winter

Is your roof ready for the winter?? Preparing the roof for the winter is critical for residential and commercial property owners. Cleaning the gutters, checking for any leaks, wet insulation, missing shingles, and so on are crucial for the stability of your roof during the freezing winters. Here are some tips to help prepare your roof for the winter.


Roofs in winter are more susceptible to damage. The contraction of shingles, the piling snow, accumulating ice dams, leaking flashings, covered vents, jammed gutters, and so on are all problems for the roof. You can perform simple checks and identify any issues with your roof.

If you have any reverse ceiling fans that rotate anti-clockwise, it is better to turn them back to the clockwise direction. This is to ensure the proper flow of air and increase energy efficiency of the building.

Commercial roofs need extra care due to the large square footage and mostly they are flat roofs. They must be checked for any water accumulation and cleaned up. If your commercial roof is eligible for roof coating, you can clean up the roof and add any additional coating required. Hire a roofing inspector to check whether your commercial roof is able to withstand the extra weight the snow is going to bring. Old roofs are likely to collapse due to the extra weight of the snow.

Call the roofing experts at Olde Town Roofing at 309-738-5550 or 309-517-1676 for a roofing inspection and prevent any further damage to your roof in winter.

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How Ice Damming can Effect Your Roof

Ice dams are caused by the melting of snow on the warm surface of the roofs and freezing again at cold surfaces. Ice dams trap water underneath them causing water leaks inside the house. Homeowners in extremely cold climates dread the ice dams as they destroy not only the roof but also the gutter, attic, shingles, vents, and so on. Here are some common causes, side effects, and steps to prevent ice dams on your roof.

Causes of Ice Dam

Ice dams are a result of multiple factors apart from the melting water. Roofs in extreme weathers such as the MidWest go through the extreme winters and extreme summers. During the winter, when there is heavy snowfall on rooftops, most of the snow melts away naturally with time. However, due to uneven melting and freezing, ice dams form on roofs. Poor attic insulation also causes the warm air to reaches the top of the roof, which in turn warms up the roof surface. The melted water from the rooftop travels down the roof and freezes again at the edge of the roof. Some of the water gets trapped under the roof which gets leaked into the home. Any snow on top of the ice dam makes it even more difficult to melt.

Ice Dam

If you have recessed can lights installed without insulation, the heat also reaches the roof surface and melts the snow on the top. The roof temperatures also get higher in winters due to exhaust systems in kitchen or bathroom. Your fireplaces and chimneys also cause the difference in temperatures on the roof surface. Leaky ducts in the attic, lack of air vents in the soffit and ridge are also some of the cause of the hot air at the surface of the roof that causes the ice dams.

Effects of Ice Dam on Roof

As a result of an ice dam, you may notice dark water spots in your home and molding of the ceiling. Wet stains may be common on the drywall if the ice dams are not attended. Your insulation might get wet due to the water leaks on the roof. Your shingles get destroyed due to the standing water on the rooftop. Timber gets rotted due to the moisture and you may also notice peeling paint due to the ice dam damage. The icicles themselves cause a nasty problem on the exterior of the property.

Ice dams damage the roof deck, shingles, eave protection, and any roofing components. The gutters may fall off due to the weight of the ice dam. Excessive water accumulation in the ice dam is bad for the shingles which may leave dark spots or streaking of your shingles. The roof itself gets warped and highly susceptible to collapse due to the heavy snow and ice dams. Most ice dams near skylights, valleys, or dormers are not visible to the naked eye and cause serious damage if left unattended. Therefore, ice dams are a big issue that needs to be taken care before they further damage the roof.

Prevent Ice Dam

Preventing the roof from getting warm and keeping the roof surface cold throughout the year is the best solution to prevent ice dam. Installing soffit vents and ridge vents is a good idea to keep the air circulation. Proper insulation is also a key component to prevent ice dams. In general, one square foot of attic ventilation per 300 square feet of attic floor space is recommended as the standard insulation practice. Insulating all the lights and the exhaust systems is crucial to maintaining cold roof temperature. Clearing the gutters frequently or after a storm is required.

Heat cable may be installed along the edge of the roof to prevent the ice dams. However, the heat cables may not be effective if there is already existing ice dam. They have to be turned on all the time during the winter which increases the energy bill. If there are any leaks in the cable itself, that may trap the wire and may not effective at all.

Homeowners may attempt to clean the excessive snow on their roof. However, using sharp tools such as a screwdriver may further damage the shingles under the ice dams. It is suggested not to use any sharp objects to clear the ice dam. You can use a hammer to slowly chisel the ice dam. Shoveling the snow on top of the roof is a good idea. Do not put salt or ice melt on the roof which you would use on the pavement. This will further damage the shingles. Use a rake to shove the ice and snow. Fill a sack with sodium chloride ice melt and put it on top of the rooftop which will gradually melt the ice. Chainsaws, heat sprays, duct tape, heat guns, or so on increase the risk of damage. If you do not want to risk any falls in the winter while clearing the ice dams yourselves, call an expert. A professional may be required to clear any hefty ice dam you may have. Sometimes you see that they also use the same tools as you are using, but remember they are experts and know when and how to use them.

Fall Inspection

A comprehensive solution is required to prevent ice dams rather than just fixing a part or installing storm shield protective layer on the deck. Hiring an experienced roofing inspector during the fall is a good idea. They may suggest any repairs or modifications required before the freezing winter sets in. Any repair at that time would cost more due to the extent of damage already caused by the ice dams. Now is the right time to address any roofing issues you kept postponing until it is too late. Call the roofing experts at Olde Town Roofing at 309-738-5550 or 309-517-1676 for any fall maintenance you may need to prevent ice dams.

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Roof Repair versus Roof Replacement: The Biggest Dilemma

Homeowners often face the biggest roofing dilemma, whether to repair a roof or replace a roof. Or just leave it alone until next season? If your roof is hit with the recent storms and you identify that some shingles are missing, you must consider calling a roof inspector. If you see mold patches or moss over your roof, it is required to remove that growth. Repairing versus replacing a roof also depends on the age and the type of material used.

If you are living in the Midwest, your roof is prone to heavy damage due to the extreme weathers, storms, hail, or tornadoes year round. After every storm, homeowners and business owners wonder whether to repair the damaged roof or replace the roof altogether.

Roof Repair

Asphalt shingles can be applied in multiple layers and hence can be applied in batches. Metal roofing is pretty standard and does not need to be replaced that often. Tile, wood, or slate roofs are very costly to repair or replace. Here are some situations where you may consider roof repair:

Cost is also a major factor before opting for roof repair. Repairing just the part of the roof is affordable in most cases. If the estimates for repairing the roof are higher, then you may consider roof replacement. It is better to check the warranty and insurance before taking the decision. Finding matching shingles is also a major challenge for roof repairs.

Roof Replacement

Roof replacement is a popular choice if the roof is older and has major issues. If you notice large leaks or leaks in multiple spots, you may consider replacing your roof. If you had damage from hail where the entire roof has dents, then roof replacement is suggested. Replacing a roof involves removing all the existing layers and re-roofing. If your roof has two layers, then a new roof is suggested as per the International Roofing standards. If you remove the existing layers, you can get a chance to inspect the roof deck as well. You can identify any rotting in the sheathing as well. Here are the situations you may need roof replacement:

Cost of replacing a roof us sometimes covered by home owners insurance. Yearly maintenance, inspecting the roof, cleaning the gutters, checking for infestation, trimming any aged trees, and so on are some of the essential tasks to protect your roof. Before the onset of cold weather, now is the correct time for a roof inspection. Consider IKO Dynasty shingles for your new roof as they are resistant to extreme weathers.

If you have any doubts or concerns about the condition of your roof, schedule an inspection with Olde Town Roofing today. Olde Town Roofing has skilled experts who can suggest according to the condition of the roof. Ask for the free estimates from Olde Town Roofing by calling them at 3097385550 or 3095171676.


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Quad Cities Weather – How Weird it can Get

Just when we thought that the spring is popping up, the Quad Cities have seen snow fall today!! We have had a mild winter than the previous years but just as the construction cones are showing up around the Quad Cities, we have snow fall!

Quad cities have witnessed extreme weathers and near missed tornadoes causing damage to properties. We have survived the polar vortex, the deep freeze, and ice jams. Every year, river drives on both Iowa and Illinois have flooded and we see many cars just stuck on road floods. We have had wind chill advisories and warnings. This winter we did not have as  many snow days when compared to the previous years.

The average temperatures in the Quad cities switch from 22 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and 80 degree Fahrenheit in the summer. Every year we see 31.5 inches of snow at an average. Midwest is known for its extreme weathers and we are known for wearing jackets almost year round. At the same time, people here are resilient, and get to work no matter what.

The weird weather has effected the construction and roofing industry by putting the employees at risk. The roofing material is manufactured to withstand extreme weathers, but installing them during strange weathers requires a lot of skill. During the extreme weather, the installation crew takes breaks and caution to not to cause injury and at the same time, not to destroy the material used.

The weather in the Quad Cities has even made people to migrate to warmer states but because of the booming construction industry many people are moving in. Quad City residents are used to the extreme weathers but if they are not prepared, the result can be shocking. Year round events such as the Festival of Trees in winter or the annual John Deere Classic events make Quad Cities an interesting place to hang on.

In order to mitigate the risks of working in extreme weathers, Olde Town Roofing has Certificate of Liability Insurance which includes Workers Compensation and Employer’s liability insurance upto $500,000. This means that if there is an accident and a person is injured working on a project, Olde Town Roofing takes care of that.

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