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Top 4 Roof Maintenance Tips for Fall

It’s that time of year again where you hear the clanging of hammers and the sound of drills throughout your neighborhood. Why is that? Fall is the perfect season to repair and check on maintenance. 
After a chaotic summer of trips, seasonal storms, and busy schedules, fall is the time where everyone goes back to their normal routines. With cooler temperatures, outdoor work becomes easier during these next couple of months. Fall is the perfect time to check on your roof and see if it needs any work done before winter is upon us. Those cold weather days can accelerate damage to your roof if something is not repaired in time, or if your roof is not accurately maintained.
Benefits to Roof Repair and Maintenance in the Fall
In Iowa, the average temperature in September and October is around 65-70 degrees, making it the perfect temperature for outdoor repairs. Additionally, fall typically marks [ ]

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How To Identify Hail Damage On Your Roof

With summer coming to an end, so are those classic Midwestern storms. While it hasn’t been a particularly stormy summer, we did experience a few big ones earlier on—and it only takes one severe storm for extensive hail damage to occur. 
Although we aren’t strangers to the occasional hailstorm, they shouldn’t be taken lightly. Oftentimes when they occur there is no alarming, visible damage, we don’t see an immediate need to get our roof checked. However, at Smart Roofing, we strongly suggest checking your roof after every storm. You never know if one small ding can cause a domino effect of damage down the road.
What does hail damage look like?
Not sure what to look for first? No problem! Here’s our guide on how to identify hail damage on your roof.
Check Your Gutters 
The very first place to look are your gutters. High-impact hail that has damaged your roof, will most likely take [ ]

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What New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof

Becoming a homeowner is both exciting and nerve-wracking as you enter uncharted territory. You might have dealt with a broken washing machine or clogged drain before, but owning a home brings new responsibilities. As a new homeowner, it’s critical to inspect and maintain the structure of your house. One of the critical aspects that often gets overlooked is the roof. Before you close a deal on a house and as you maintain your new home, here’s what you should know. 
What to Know Before You Purchase a House 
Ask the Current Owner About the Roof
You’ll already have a list of questions for the current owner before buying a house — make sure questions about the roof are on that list. It’s helpful to know the material and brand of the roof’s shingles, any prior problems or repairs, and most importantly, the age of the roof. Roofs typically last 20 to 50 years [ ]

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Find the Right Type of Asphalt Shingles for Your Home

When deciding which type of shingles to have installed on your home, it’s important to make sure you know which shingle is the best fit for your home and budget. There are many styles, benefits, colors, and prices to consider when choosing the right shingles to protect your home. Here are the pros and cons of the three main types of asphalt shingles that are commonly installed on homes.
3 Common Asphalt Shingle Types
3-Tab Asphalt
3-Tab shingles are very lightweight and one of the most basic asphalt shingles. It is pretty easy to recognize once seeing their basic horizontal cut. It comes in many color options since the fiberglass in which it’s made of is covered with mineral granules that give them multiple tones. These shingles have a life-span of 20 years, allowing them to protect your home from different weather conditions. Since it is only single-layer shingles, 3-tab asphalt is perfect [ ]

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6 Ways to Protect Your Windows This Winter

As the weather outside becomes cold and snowy, make sure your windows aren’t losing heat and letting cold air in. Up to 25% of heat in homes escapes through the windows making rooms in your home chilly and uncomfortable for everyone. Use these tips to ensure your family stays comfortable and your energy bill stays down. 
Apply Window Insulation Film
Window insulation film helps protect windows from freezing cold temperatures. It reduces the cold air filtering into your home from your windows by reflecting and dispersing warm heat into the room, making your house more comfortable. The film is easy to install on your windows, and kits are available online or at your local hardware store. When applied correctly, windows won’t look any different visually, but the film will retain up to 55% of the existing heat in your home.
Re-Caulk Your Window 
Over the years, existing sealant cracks and loses durability exposing your [ ]

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Before the heavy snow and freezing temperatures head our way, we recommend performing a roof inspection to ensure your roof is ready to handle heavy snow and ice. Regular maintenance is the best way to prolong the lifespan of your roof and keep it looking great all year round. It’s even more important right before winter when your roof takes the biggest hit from the weather. Any issues that go unresolved during the winter, could turn into a major issue down the line. Fixing any problems now will save you time and money once the snow melts. We’ve compiled a list of things to look for during your roofing inspection.
Clear Excess Debris 
Make sure to clear debris that found its way onto your roof. If left unchecked, debris can clog drains, add extra weight on your roof and extra moisture may even result in mold formation on your roof.  The easiest [ ]

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Spotting the Signs of Roof Damage After a Storm

Your roof is designed to withstand most of what mother nature has to offer. From wind, hail, or falling debris — there is a lot your roof has to weather during severe storms. If you suspect your roof has been damaged after a major storm, there are a few key signs to look out for. Check out some of our tips on how to determine if your roof has sustained damage after a storm and the proper next steps to ensure your roof is in good shape for the future. 
Perform an Outdoor & Indoor Inspection 
If you suspect your roof has been impacted after a severe storm, it’s important to inspect both the outside of your home as well as the inside for any vital signs of damage. Your safety is of key importance so avoid climbing on your roof or taking extreme measures to try and view any potential damage. [ ]

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How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Your roof plays an important role in protecting your home from the elements while aiding in improving your curb appeal. However, if not taken care of, it can result in costly damage to your home’s exterior and even potentially its interior. It can be challenging to identify when the time is right to replace your roof, and that’s why we are here to help. Check out some of our tips on how to determine when you should start thinking about replacing your roof.
Aged Roof
The typical lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is around 20 to 25 years. This lifespan can vary greatly though depending on the condition the roof manages to stay in during this time. If your roof has experienced wind or storm damage or is lacking proper ventilation, its lifespan can drastically be reduced. Make sure you know the age of your roof so you can be aware [ ]

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