Roof Care in the Winter: What You Should Know

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Snow Covered House  — St. Marengo, IL — Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling Inc.If you live in the northern regions of the US, you’re probably used to ice and snow and all of the issues they can cause. Whether you’re a homeowner, a landlord, or someone otherwise responsible for a building, you’ll need to make sure you keep up to date with repairs and handle problems as soon as they arise — especially if those issues have to do with the roof.

Today, take a look at what potential roof problems you’ll have in the winter, when to handle them yourself, and when to call in an expert roofer to take care of things for you.

Don’t DIY: Why You Should Leave Roofing to the Experts

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Man Hitting Thumb with Hammer — St. Marengo, IL — Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling Inc.

When money is tight and you have time on your hands, you may think you’ll be better off fixing problems around the house on your own rather than paying for a professional to come in and do the job for you. While some fixes can be simple enough that even an amateur would have no issues, you’ll want to call in a pro for most roofing repairs and replacements for a few simple reasons.

1. Expertise

No matter how much of a repairperson you may be, the roof of your home is likely not where you spend most of your time. Different dangers and risks come with working on the roof, and if you’re not used to the slope or height of your house, you may experience some trouble with the repairs you need to do.

Roof Repair and Installation Services in Marengo, IL

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Also Serving Barrington, Crystal Lake, IL, and all of Northern Illinois

Are you looking for a reliable roof repair contractor in Northern Illinois? For over 40 years, Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling Inc has been serving the residents of Barrington, IL; Marengo, IL; and the surrounding areas to provide for their roofing needs. We are reliable, efficient, and professional. We use our experience and expertise to provide you with roofing solutions that meet your specific needs.

4 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Roof

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Roof Gutter — St. Marengo, IL — Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling Inc.When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, your roof is the first line of defense. Taking steps to keep your roof in good shape now can save you hundreds in repair costs in the future and will also help your home keep its curb appeal. Here are four tips that can extend the life of your roof.

1. Remove Leaves and Other Debris

If you live in a forested area, you’re likely familiar with the sight of leaves falling and piling up on top of your roof. However, you may not be aware that leaves and other debris can cause damage if they are left on your roof for too long. Inspecting your roof occasionally and cleaning off any accumulated debris is the first step to make it last longer.

Asphalt Roofs: Should You Choose Architectural Shingles?

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Architectural Shingles — St. Marengo, IL — Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling Inc.Asphalt shingles are one of the most commonly used roofing materials in modern home construction, and for good reason. These versatile roof shingles are durable, inexpensive, easy to maintain, and an ideal roofing material choice for both new home builders and homeowners seeking to replace their existing roofing.

However, not all asphalt shingles are created equal, so make sure that you choose the right shingle material for putting a roof over your own head. Consequently, many homeowners who opt for asphalt shingles choose architectural asphalt shingles.

3 Roof Problems That Can Encourage Termites

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Hammer and Nail — St. Marengo, IL — Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling Inc.The U.S. is home to several types of termites with varying ranges and habits, so chances are your area has termites just waiting to invade your house. Other than keeping chemical termite treatments up to date, what can you do to avoid them?

Some common sense rules apply, such as not keeping any untreated wood near your house (you should keep brush piles and firewood at least 20 feet away). But you should also focus on keeping your house well-maintained, since neglect and damage can often make the situation more desirable to termites.

Discover three roof problems that can encourage termites and damage your roof’s integrity that you should avoid.

Cedar Shake Roofs: What You Need to Know About This Roof Type

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If you need a new roof and have grown tired of the appearance of asphalt shingles or just want to learn about more roof types that work well for Illinois homeowners, then you should learn all about cedar shake roofs. These roofs have an attractive, rustic appearance; provide great home insulation; and have an average life expectancy of 30 years or longer. 

Read on to learn more about cedar shake roofs to determine if this roof type is right for you and your home. 

Cedar Shake Wooden Roof tiles - Jerry Newman RoofingWood Shake Roof Facts

Wood shakes are thick, hand-split wood panels that are typically cut from premium-grade wood. Wood shakes are similar in size and shape, yet not all the exact same size or shape. These slight variances in shape and size are desirable and what provide a shake roof its unique appearance. In addition, wood shakes protrude from the roof surface slightly instead of lying completely flat to provide a multi-dimensional roof appearance. 

There are three main types of wood shakes: tapersawn, medium-split and resawn, and heavy-split and resawn shakes. While tapersawn shakes have relatively smooth surface, medium-split and resawn shakes have textured surfaces, while heavy-split and resawn shakes are heavily textured and heavier in weight than other wood shake types. 

The right wood shake type for you depends on your personal roof appearance preference, the weight load your roof frame can support, and your budget.

3 Roofing Technique Controversies

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3 Roofing Controversies

When you’re researching the best installation, design, and materials for your new roof, you can’t stop at surface level knowledge. In fact, many roofing contractors, even experts, can disagree about which roofing techniques are likely to be the best and most cost-effective, and you may need to dig deeper to discover what’s best for your roof.

Here are a few controversies you may discover as you research your next roofing project.


1. Drip Edge Flashing Installation

Drip edge flashing, although inexperienced roofers may not install it at all, can cause disagreements between and even confusion among experienced roofers. Should the drip edge be installed over the ice and water shield (also known as ice-barrier membrane), or beneath it?

Maximize Energy Efficiency of Remodeling Materials

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Your roof, siding, and even windows can all make a big difference in your home’s energy efficiency and the quality of its building envelope. You may be concerned about this mainly for the purpose of saving money on your energy bill, or you may want to increase home value or environmental friendliness.

Either way, here’s what you need to know about how to get the most out of outdoor remodeling materials for energy efficiency.


Insulation Value

No matter which part of your house you’re replacing or remodeling, its insulation value (measured in R-values) can add to or detract from your home’s energy efficiency. For instance, the siding can hold heated and cooled air inside your home, and a roof with insulating qualities can reduce heat transfer into and out of your attic during extremes of hot and cold weather.

4 Reasons YouNeed to Clear Debris offYour Roof

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Roof Leaks

You have probably heard that cleaning your roof off regularly is critical to keeping your roof as healthy as possible for as long as possible. But dead leaves are not all that heavy, so why should they be a problem for your roof? Keep reading to learn four reasons why clearing your roof is so important.

1. Debris Can Hide Damage

If you have a pile of leaves on your roof, you may not be able to see the damage from a recent storm. Damage could occur during the same storm that dropped the leaves on your roof. For example, part of a tree branch may have fallen and bounced off, or hailstones may have caused roof shingles to crack or curl up before the debris collected in that spot.

Keeping your roof clear of debris will help you keep a closer eye on its surface and identify any visible damage when you perform your post-storm inspection.