Author: KTM Exteriors & Recycle

Roofing Myths Debunked

Understanding the ins and outs of roofing can be confusing. Whether you’re unfamiliar with roof repair or afraid of the cost of hiring someone to do replace it, KTM is here to guide you through the process. KTM knows uncertainty can hinder individuals from getting the much-needed work their roof requires, so we’re here to clear the air about any and all myths you may have heard!

  1. My Roof will Last Forever
    FALSE. Wishful thinking! Roofs require replacement at some point even if you have the “best” material on the market. Climate and weather conditions play a pivotal role in the lifespan of your roof. No roof is meant to outlast the house it covers.

2. Installing a New Roof Takes a Long Time
          FALSE. A skilled roofing contractor can typically finish an entire roof in a day or two depending on if mother nature behaves or not. At KTM there are no middlemen or subcontractors, so we will let you know exactly how long any roofing project will take. Contact us and schedule your FREE survey today!

3. I Can Save Money by Installing a Roof Myself
         FALSE. Roof repair is more than just new shingles. Sometimes the underlayment, sheathing, and joists need replacement too. A skilled roofing contractor knows what to do so that a job well done happens the first time, ensuring you and your family are safe and no additional expenses arise. KTM is partnered with Service Finance, GreenSky, Home Investment Bank, and others to offer to finance for all our projects!

4. It’s More Cost Efficient to Repair than Replace
        DEPENDS. Every roof is different. Typically a repair is going to cost less than a total replacement, but circumstances arise that replacing the entire roof for a little more is going to benefit you and your wallet in the long run. If a large portion of your roof needs repair, it’s in your best interest to replace the entire roof. Schedule your free survey with KTM today to discuss if repair or replacement is your best option!

5. I Don’t See Any Leaks, My Roof Doesn’t Need Repair
      FALSE. Leaks are a great indicator that your roof needs repair. But don’t be fooled, roofs with extensive damage may not leak at all! Sometimes problems are visible; holes, missing shingles or dark spots. Other times there’s not; mold, rot, or moisture. If you haven’t had your roof looked at in a while, a qualified roof contractor can find any hidden problems.

Does your commercial business need new roofing? KTM specializes in rubber roofing for businesses of all sizes. Taking care of your business is just as important as your home. Contact us to learn more!

Spring Cleaning For Your Roof

With sunny days and warm weather approaching, preparing your home for the warmer months now can save you time and money in the future in roof repair. Sometimes a proper roof coating can help keep your roof safe and in better condition for longer. Add these items to your spring cleaning list, so that your roof may be ready for the seasons to come.

Gutters:

The ravages of winter have come and (hopefully) gone. While we do our best to clear everything out in the fall, more often than not we miss a few spots. Clogs won’t disappear if you just ignore them, take a look at your gutters and give them a good cleaning, and your home and your wallet will thank you.

Shingles:

Shingles are key to protecting the integrity of your home. They should be among the first things you check on your roof. Various problems can occur to your shingles, so be on the lookout for the following signs:

  •   Buckling and Blistering Shingles: Moisture can get trapped inside your shingles and cause havoc to your roof. Buckling shingles often indicate a problem with the underlying framing. These are best to be removed as soon as possible. Blistering shingles have the potential to burst and cause large scale damage.
  •   Curling Shingles: Poor ventilation and installation can cause shingles to warp and curl away from their original place. Fixing these curled edges early can help you avoid further damage.
  •   Stained Shingles: These are a telltale sign of a leak within your roof. It’s best to get your roof checked out to find the root of the leak in order to prevent further drastic damage.
  •   Missing Shingles: A missing shingle is a gap in your roof’s defenses. Replacing these should be quick and easy, and help to extend the lifespan of your roof.

Mold:

Your roof likely hasn’t seen sunlight in months underneath all the snow. This means that any growing mold would be able to hide underneath the snow undetected. Keep an eye out as catching the problem sooner than later can prevent serious damage to your home and its residents.

Environment:

As the world comes back to life, trees can wreak havoc upon your home if left unchecked. Trim the branches closest to your home to ensure that they can’t cause future damage to your home. By trimming your trees now, you’ll have less leaves to rake up and clean out of your gutters come fall.

Cleaning:

Last but not least is a good cleaning. The winter and melting snow can leave masses of dirt and debris. Removing branches, pine needles and general debris can not only improve the appearance of your roof, it also can tell you where general wear and tear has occurred. Getting a head start on cleaning your roof can also prevent the growth of moss, and prevent mold from growing underneath decaying leaves.

Do I Need A New Roof?

A simple roof inspection can save you money and preserve the health of your home.

Don’t wait for disaster to strike, learn the signs of a failing roof in order to replace it in a timely manner.

Your roof doesn’t need to be complicated. By inspecting your roof, and identifying the beginning of a problem, you can prevent damages to your home, and protect your wallet. KTM Exteriors prides itself on knowing the ins and outs of roofs. We can help you understand whether you need your roof repaired or replaced completely. We’re going to share with you some signs to watch out for on your roof.

  1. Curled shingle edges: As shingles age and are exposed to the elements the bottom edges can curl up and pucker.
  2. Cracking of shingles: Shingles may begin to crack and pieces may begin to fall off.
  3. Balding of shingles: Be on the lookout for smooth shingles. The granules that cover shingles can wear off over time. The granules can accumulate in your gutters, which can indicate a susceptibility to water damage.
  4. Moss growth: Found in areas of the roof where the sun doesn’t shine. This is a sign of moisture in your roof.

There are many other, more subtle signs that can be spotted by an expert. KTM Exteriors offers that expertise, so contact us now for general information, along with a free quote!

When To Replace Your Windows

Windows do more than let you look outside. When your windows are doing their job, they not only let light in, and keep noise out, they also help regulate the temperature of your home. If your windows are in good health, they should ensure that you don’t lose any cool air in the summer, or any warmth in the winter. While a cool draft may be hard to come by during the spring, here are some other signs that your windows may need replacing.

  • Drafts

If the temperature of the air around your windows is noticeably different than the rest of your home, your windows are likely letting the outside air in. Any current of wind coming from your closed windows is a surefire sign that your windows are not doing their job and may need updating.

  • Spike In Energy Bill

If your heating bill skyrockets unexpectedly, you’re likely heating the outside along with your home. As the heat escapes from faulty windows, your furnace works overtime to keep the rest of your home at a consistent temperature. The same goes for cool air in the summer months. If you find that you cant get your home cool even with the AC on full blast, take a look at the windows in your home to find the leak

  • Condensation and Moisture

Foggy windows are in themselves harmless. However, if there is consistent condensation, poor window insulation is likely. In a similar vein, if you notice moisture building up between the panes of your windows, the airtight seal of your windows is likely broken.

  • Single Panes and Rotting Frames

Many older homes have single paned windows that are likely accompanied by window frames that have seen better days. While replacing all of your windows may seem like a daunting task, your wallet will thank you in the long run. Old windows tend to be drafty and do poorly to keep heat in, and outside noise out.

As most of us are in our homes at the moment, now is as good a time as any to check the health of your windows. Finding the problem before it gets worse can save you money in the long run.