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Choosing the Roofing Shingle Colors

Choosing shingles for your roof is a significant decision for a homeowner. Roofing manufacturers come up with different shingle colors and the homeowners are having a lot of choices. It is crucial to remember that the trim color, siding,  and stone color must coordinate with the shingle color so your home can have an overall good appeal. Most of the manufacturers have an online catalog or smartphone applications where you can choose the colors and see how your house will look like with the options you choose.

Roofing contractors also face a challenge in deciding the roofing shingles colors. The following aspects must be considered before choosing the color of the shingles:

  1. Most realtors and homeowners say that shingle color is the key factor in buying a house.
  2. The type of shingle whether architectural, traditional, designer, specialty shingles is also crucial.
  3. The weather resistance including wind resistance, algae resistance, moisture resistance, and high-temperature resistance is also an important consideration in choosing the shingles apart from the color.
  4. The shingles must also meet the local and national standards.
  5. Shingle color affect the temperature of your home, lighter colors reflect most heat while darker colors attract more heat.
  6. Shingle color also depends on the color of the paint of your home.

Grays and blacks are the popular choices for houses that are painted white, blue, red, or yellow. Brown color homes look good with brown shingles. You can choose from neutral colors or trendy colors depending on the statement you want to make and whether you want to make your home appear big or small. You can improve the architectural look of your home with the shingle colors.

Major manufacturers have their own tools to help homeowners decide their shingle colors. For example, IKO has the RoofViewer tool, where you can upload the picture of your home and select the shingle color, trim color, and stone color to see how your home will look. The tool also has standard home types to test the colors.

However, with all the choices available, homeowners must also check with the local homeowners association before finalizing the shingle colors. Some associations have restrictions on the color, type, or manufacturer of the roofing shingles. Contact Olde Town Roofing at 3097385550 for the color catalogs available in your area.

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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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Benefits of Recycling Shingles in Roofing Business

Every time your roof is replaced, the old shingles are either dumped or recycled. Customers always like if their old shingles are recycled helping the environment. Recycling shingles saves money and helps in acquiring the LEED certification. Most roofs weigh 3 to 4 tons and when they are recycled it helps the local towns.

Here are some advantages of recycling shingles.


Olde Town Roofing recycles its shingles at the Waste Commission of Scott County. They are active in social responsibility, taking care of the environment, and helping the local communities. Olde Town Roofing saves customers money by using own dump trailer instead of using roll off dumpsters! Call your local recycler for the options available.



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Leaky Roofs – Common Causes

Leaking roofs are a common cause of concern for homeowners and businesses. Identifying the root cause is significant before attempting to fix it. It is challenging for the roofing contractors as well due to the fact that the water lines up with the leaks and it is hard to figure out where the actual leak is. Here are the common causes or sources of leaks.

  1. Chimneys are the top source for leaks. They need to be sealed properly, step flashed, and counter flashed.  Similarly, water can get behind skylights, plumbing vents, satellites if they are not flashed correctly. Sometimes, the installations themselves might be leaking.
  2. Missing drip edges and the gap between the roof deck and fascia board might cause roof leaks.
  3. Other causes for roof leaks are dormers, roof-to-wall transitions, and low-quality sealants, poorly installed mastic, and so on.
  4. Attic is also a common cause for roof leaks from improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, condensation, vent fans, and animal or bug infestation in the attic.
  5. Mold, soaked insulation, black rings around rust nails, overheating or moisture in attic, and so on must be addressed.
  6. Intake vents clogged with paint, spider webs, dust, or insulation are also common causes for roof leaks.
  7. Gutters also need to be installed and sloped properly to drain, tightly fastened, and free of debris. Improperly installed gutters build up debris and cause roof leaks.

Roof leaks can be avoided by periodic inspections generally in the fall and spring, routine maintenance, and minor repairs. Call Olde Town Roofing today at 3097385550 for any roofing leaks you might have.

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Roofing Tips for Storm Season

Have recent storms damaged your roofing? Are your shingles displaced or torn by the winds? Did hail storm dent your shingles? You are not alone. Shingles are made to last in extreme weathers but are prone to damage due to the storms. Here are some tips to protect your roofing before, during, and after storms.

  1. If you suspect a storm damaged your roof, call Olde Town Roofing at 3097385550 immediately. A qualified inspector will assess the damage and suggest the modifications required
  2. Check your insurance papers and coverage whether it includes storm damage coverage and required paperwork.
  3. After a storm, it is suggested to check the gutters for any clogs and blocks. Clean the gutters periodically to keep them clean
  4. If possible check your roof and visually inspect the shingles. If you see any shingles curling or streaking call Olde Town Roofing
  5. It is suggested that trees near your house to be trimmed and maintained to avoid any tree falling on your roof and damaging it
  6. Keep your property debris free so that during the storm they do not damage your roof or house
  7. Heavy furniture such as patio set should be secured so that they do not damage your house or roof during a storm
  8. Install high quality shingles such as iKO shingles on the roof. Ask your contractor for impact resistant shingles
  9. Keep your roofing contractor contact handy so that you can call them immediately before the damage worsens
  10. As a Midwest resident, it is always suggested to keep a emergency kit ready in the garage
  11. Watch the weather reports in television or on the radio and take shelter if there is a warning

Storms are natural and cannot be avoided so it is better to be prepared. Call Olde Town Roofing today if your house was damaged by the recent storms.

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