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Roof Repair or Roof Replacement: Which One Makes Sense?

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Probably one of a homeowner’s least favorite things to hear from a contractor is “You need a new roof!”

When does it make sense to just do some repairs, and when do you have to give in and admit that it’s a necessary evil?

As it turns out, many roofers just want to replace a roof entirely and don’t want to be bothered with making repairs.  However, this might not always be the best solution for the homeowner.  Aside from getting multiple opinions, how can you tell which is the best solution for your home?Continue reading…

Algae Streaks on Roofs

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You’ve seen them.  Those unsightly black streaks on the roof of an otherwise-beautiful home.  They are not caused by soot from the chimney, as some may believe, but are actually algae that form on the shingles.

Algae grows most often on a roof that is shaded by trees, or on the North side of the home, which receives less sunlight.

Does this black algae shorten the life of a roof? Some say it really has no affect. Others disagree, arguing that the algae actually feeds off of the limestone filler that’s an ingredient in many asphalt shingles.Continue reading…