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Tips To Know For Roof Replacements

Does your home need a new roof? If you have leaks or if your energy bill is skyrocketing due to poor insulation, the answer is likely yes. Here are some things to consider:

1. Hire a good contractor and don’t skimp. Very few people are qualified to do roof work themselves – unless you are a professional. You need to hire a contractor who is reputable, listens to what you want, and gives advice. Check out Chappell Roofings reviews here.

2. Choose the right materials. The right materials depend on the following factors:

•The pitch of your roof. Wood shake shingles work only on steeper pitched roofs.
•Budget. Wood is expensive. Metal is very expensive and needs a specialist installer – but can be
aesthetically gorgeous. Asphalt is cost effective and durable, as well as being easy to install.
•Aesthetics. You want your new roof to look good with the rest of the house and the neighborhood. If
you live in a neighborhood with a HOA they may have restrictions on what roofing materials you can
use. Choose a shingle color that goes well with the color of your brick or siding.

3. Get any needed permits ahead of time. Most local governments require that you obtain a permit.
Your contractor will know how to file the paperwork and how long it generally takes. If you have an
HOA, you may need their permission to replace your roof.

4. Don’t “cover over” the roof. Cheap contractors may suggest adding a second roof on top of the old
one. This asks for trouble in the long term:

•It can cause a failure of structural integrity as the underlying framing is unable to support both roofs.
•It causes any existing irregularities to be perpetuated and even exaggerated.
•You may miss a structural problem that would be reasonably cheap to fix now, but which will become
an issue in twenty years.

5. Talk to your contractor about proper roof ventilation. Poor attic ventilation can cause a build up of
moisture in the home, which can then shorten the lifespan of your roof as well as potentially causing
health problems. Also, if you have a radon mitigation system, make sure the contractor knows how it
works so it does not get compromised by the work.

Getting a new roof is expensive – but a quality roof should last thirty years or more and will increase the value of your home, not to mention getting rid of those pesky leaks. If you are in the Permian Basin and looking for a new roof, contact Chappell Roofing today.

Sources:

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/5-helpful-roof-replacement-tips.htm

https://www.thespruce.com/asphalt-wood-and-other-roofing-materials-1821967

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Spring Cleaning the Exterior of Your Home

It’s almost spring! The days are getting warmer, and you’re looking forward to the spending time on your deck or in your yard. It’s also time to look at doing some upkeep of your home; the winter’s been long, and some wear is showing.

Wash the Exterior Walls

Fall and winter have led to a lot of dirt and grime stuck on your home. It looks dingy and worn; a lot of that can be removed by washing the walls.

You can do this with a brush, hose, and bucket if need be, but the easiest and fastest way is to use a power washer. Make sure it is one rated for home use – too weak won’t clean well, and too strong could cause damage. (The power washer will help lighten a lot of your spring cleaning chores; plan your cleaning schedule to take advantage of it). Start at the top and wash your way down each section; if you choose to use a detergent, only use one that is appropriate for use in a power washer and on the type of surface you have – brick, vinyl, wood, stone.

Clean the Windows

While you are washing the walls, get the windows as well. (Don’t use the powerwasher – you don’t want cracks.) Use a soft cleaning cloth and window cleaner or a vinegar/water spray.

Check Your Roof

The storms of fall and freezes of winter could have caused damage, and you don’t want to wait until a spring storm shows that there are leaks. Have your roof professionally inspected by Chappell Roofing today, and avoid the expense of more complicated repairs and possible internal damage.

Clean and Repair Concrete

Whether it’s your driveway, walkways, or garden walls, check for any cracking caused by the freeze/thaw cycles and patch it up. The powerwasher is great for cleaning driveways, sidewalks, and patios as well.

Wash Your Deck

Spray it down with the appropriate cleaner, then wash it with the powerwasher (or your hose and a scrub brush if you don’t have a power washer). This gets rid of any dirt that may have set in over the course of the winter.

Neaten Landscaping

Trim back bushes, branches, and shrubs.  Freshen up gravel or mulch and take the time to note what you want to include in future gardening plans. Pick up branches that have fallen over the course of the winter.

Clean Out Gutters

Clear your gutters of all the leaves, sticks, and debris that blew in over the winter. Check to be sure they are in good repair while you are at it.

Check Outbuildings

Be sure your garden or tool shed, barns, garage, or other outbuildings are in good repair. Have their roofs inspected, wash the walls, check for needed repairs just like you did the house.

If you decide that updating your roof is something you should do this spring, call Chappell Roofing today for your quote!
Happy spring cleaning your exterior!
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3 Common Roofing Problems

Your roof endures all kinds of beatings every year that you’ve probably never given much thought about. It’s a crucial part of your home, protecting you and your family from extreme weather year after year. From the blazing sun to the icy winters, your roof is your home’s first line of defense. Certain damages or details can go undetected and lead to bigger problems down the road, therefore, it’s a great idea to inspect your roof regularly.

Here are a few common roof problems and how to fix them.

Roof Cement

If you’ve hired a roofer in the past, they may have hurt your roof without you even realizing it.

Inexperienced or sloppy roofers sometimes put roof cement near the flashing areas to get the job done faster. It seals out water for a short period of time, however, it quickly hardens and will crack, resulting in leaks. This leaves you with a headache and a thinner wallet having to fix the problems.

Experienced roofers will properly flash the roof. It takes a lot of time and expertise, which is why lazy roofers simply skip this step altogether. Metal flashing prevents leaks and is found where shingles collide with other areas such as walls and chimneys. If you ever see heavy tar on your roof, make sure you get it fixed correctly by a roofing professional to avoid leaks and further roof damage.

Hail Damage

Roofing contractors typically offer free hail damage inspections if you suspect you’ve had any damage. Just one large hailstone can tear or puncture a shingle. Luckily for homeowners, it usually just knocks the asphalt granules off the surface of the shingle. However, this can still cause damage over time. When the shingle loses these granules the UV rays begin to destroy it. Hail damage can take time to show, so it’s smart to get it inspected by a trusted roofer.

No Chimney Cricket

Any chimney that’s wider than 30 inches, or even some that are smaller, depending on the house, needs a cricket. Crickets form a dam on your roof, essentially it’s a small roof behind your chimney to protect it from moisture and debris. When a cricket is properly installed it will effectively move water and debris around your chimney and off of your roof. Without a cricket, water and debris can cause rust, holes, and roof damage.

Trust Chappell Roofing

Chappell Roofing is ready to help you with all of your home or business roofing needs. We only use the highest quality materials and work hard to ensure your roof is the best functioning (and looking) one on the block. For a free inspection or estimate please contact us today! We’re ready to help.

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Ventilation Options and Why They’re Important

Poor attic ventilation in your home is a recipe for disaster, affecting the integrity and aesthetic appeal. Moisture is a part of everyday life between showering, cooking, and running appliances, and where does all that warm, humid air go? Straight up into your attic space. If there is no proper attic ventilation, the trapped moisture is forced to permeate the roof decking and rafters which results in a sagging look and premature aging of shingles, speeding up the time in which you will need to replace your roof entirely. Having adequate ventilation in your home is key to preserving the integrity and longevity of your home. There are many different types of ventilation systems to suit every home type.

Stationary Exhaust Vents

Relying on wind velocity, these are exactly what their name says: stationary. These fixtures sit on your roof, have no moving parts, and the air is simply sucked out of the top by the wind passing by. This type of ventilation is popular due to the fact that it is not quick to wear out. Due to its static nature, most of these vents do not need to be replaced until your home is re-roofed, making this a quick and affordable option for homeowners.

Wind Turbines

Similar to stationary exhaust vents, these fixtures also use wind velocity of at least 5 mph. Because these have moving parts and are slightly larger, these are able to pull twice the volume of air in the same manner. Wind turbines should be inspected often to ensure all parts are spinning effortlessly and if they are not, they need to be replaced as they aren’t effectively ventilating your attic space.

Soffit Vents

While not a ventilation method in and of itself, it aides in air ventilation, pulling cool outdoor air inside your home, helping keep the environment moisture-free. These need to be used in conjunction with one of the methods listed above, but especially for the next method of ventilation on the list.

Solar Attic Fans

Solar attic fans are the most effective way to ventilate your attic, but require additional soffit vents in your home to amp up your cool air intake. Solar attic fans make your rooftop look cleaner, reducing your need for many vents. A solar attic fan is equal to 10-12 louver style vents while moving five times more air than a static vent all while relying on solar power.

Contact us today for all your roofing and ventilation needs near the Midland, TX area.

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How To Pick the Perfect Shingles

When it comes to purchasing a new roof, whether it be for your home, there are many factors that come into play. Our goal at Chappell Roofing is to make this process painless and pleasant.

One of the main concerns when purchasing a new roof is which shingles are the best fit for your needs. We understand that different building structures have different needs, which is why we offer many different options.

You might be wondering what you should be looking for when selecting the perfect shingles. There are a few different things to consider when shopping for shingles.

Quality Materials

When picking out shingles, it is important to make sure the materials used are of good quality. Our products are made from top-notch materials, so you will not need to worry about leaks or early deterioration. We offer nothing but the best!

Color

In order to have the roof you will love, you want to choose a color of shingle that will compliment your brick or siding, giving your home excellent curb appeal. If you have brick, select a color in the brick and match your shingle to it. This adds beautiful accent and style to your home.

Expertise

Experience and know-how is critical when purchasing a new roof, and our impeccable reputation will put you at ease. With much experience, we are a member of the Better Business Bureau and are dedicated to you, our customer. Customer satisfaction drives us!

Type and Style 

The type and style of shingle you need is an important factor to consider when designing a roof. We offer 30-year, ultra thick, impact resistant, and designer shingles, so not only can you rest assured you will be receiving quality shingles, they will also be eye-catching and tailored for your home. You will be the envy of the neighborhood!

If you would like more information on roofing and shingle selection, please contact us. We at Chappell Roofing are dedicated to meeting your roofing needs. You will love your Chappell roof!

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3 Things to Look for When Selecting a Roofing Contractor

When roofing problems arise, it is a concern that homeowners want to address sooner rather than later. If your roof is not installed properly or becomes damaged, then further problems can occur within your home such as water damage. However, finding the right contractor is just as important as getting the repair you so badly need. Here are 3 things to look for when selecting a roofing contractor.

Integrity

Integrity, honesty, trustworthiness are all just as important as experience. Your home is probably one of your most valued possessions and you want a contractor you can rely on.  You need a contractor that you can count on to keep his word. If they say they are going to do the job in a certain time frame, then you expect them to do it in that time. Furthermore, you expect them to show up when they say they will. Finding a contractor who shows integrity in the little areas will do a thorough and careful job on your roof.

Testimonials and reviews

You want a contractor who has superior reviews and testimonials. When you read that other customers are highly satisfied with them, then you know they are doing good work. When customers report that they “did an excellent job” or that they are “amazing” and “fantastic,” then you are on to someone who will do a fantastic job for you as well. Testimonials give you a glimpse of the contractor’s work style, dependability, and courteousness.

Warranties, perks, extras

Check for companies that use premium products such as the “Z-Ridge, which is a 30-year ridge capable to withstand up to 110 MPH winds.” In addition, you can expect to see offerings for at least a 1-year warranty or for superior companies, a 5-year warranty. Some companies may even throw in extra perks or freebies with certain types of jobs such as free upgrades for older style attic systems and so on.

If your roof is causing your trouble, it’s time to discover Chappell Roofing today. Contact us today!

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You’re Going to Love Your Chappell Roof

“Honey, stop the car. Look at that roof!” When it comes to replacing your roof, this probably isn’t the first scenario that pops into your mind. However, the goal at Chappell Roofing is to make that situation a possibility. In addition to creating a roof that protects your home or business from the elements, Chappell Roofing strives for an aesthetic appeal, too. That’s why you’re going to love your Chappell Roof!

5 Reasons Why You’re Going to Love Your Chappell Roof

1. Stylishness

No matter which type of roof you choose, know that Chappell Roofing has the right style for you. With a wide range of shingle colors, varieties, and thicknesses, our roofing materials are tough to match. When you choose to work with Chappell Roofing, your home will be the envy of the block when we’re finished.

2. Experience

With almost a decade in the roofing industry, the professionals at Chappell Roofing have experience dealing with a variety of issues. Whether you’re dealing with wind, hail, or age, it’s important to work with a team of seasoned experts who understand the industry – and how to properly install your roof.

Additionally, Chappell Roofing deals extensively with insurance companies and homeowners’ associations. It’s critical to have a roofing contractor who understands the processes required to finalize a claim or HOA request.

3. Durability

Roofs are designed to have a longer lifespan than other major maintenance projects. However, your roof professional needs to know the right type of shingle to use based on your needs and your budget. Chappell Roofing products start at a 30-year shingle to maximize the life of your roof.

4. Local

When in doubt – go local! Instead of relying on an out-of-town contractor to understand the Permian Basin’s environment, choose Chappell Roofing. We work exclusively in West Texas! We’re familiar with supply contractors, weather conditions, and real estate industry professionals. It also means that if you’ve got a problem, you can contact us directly – we’re not going to be gone the following week.

5. Service

We value each of our customers, and we’re proud to serve the Permian Basin. If there’s an issue with one of our jobs, we make sure it’s taken care of immediately. We also offer a labor and material warranty on our work. Chappell Roofing is proud of what we do – and we want you to be just as proud of your roof.


Throughout 2018, we will be sharing all of the reasons you’re going to love your Chappell roof…this short list is just a drop in the bucket. If you don’t want to wait to get started on your new roof, get your free roofing quote from us today.

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Roof Stains 101

Roof Stains 101

Whether it’s a stain on carpet, your favorite shirt, or your couch, stains are unsightly, frustrating, and result in a clean up and prevention plan. Now imagine a stain on the most expensive part of your home, your roof. Roof stains are a headache and frustration totally different than a stain on your shirt or carpet.

What Are The Stains On My Roof?

Over time, shingle roofs tend to develop dark spots and stains, if not taken care of early on. What are these stains? What causes them? Here, we will discuss the explanation behind these roof stains, the causes, and what to do about them!

What Are These Stains?

Dreaded dark spots that cause roof stains are called Gloeocapsa Magma, or GM, which is a form of mold or fungus. This bacterium actually gains strength and thrives through photosynthesis and limestone composites found in asphalt shingles. GM can protect itself from UV rays and prefers cool, shady spots to in which to grow.

What Damage Does This Cause To My Roof?

GM, the main cause of roof stains, is believed to be only an issue for aesthetics leading to poor curb appeal, however it does attract another factor that can cause damage to your roof, moss. Moss has the power to shorten the lifespan of your roof.  Moisture eventually retained by the moss, which damages your roof and shingle granules, especially if it freezes.

What Should I Do About These Stains?

Power washing is not suggested on asphalt shingles to avoid causing further damage. If your roof is severely stained and you fear the damage it may be causing, it is worth consulting a professional that you can trust. Call Chappell Roofing today for a free inspection and consultation. Have a question about your roof stains or wish to get a free quote? Click here or fill out the form below!

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Home Projects To Do This October

Fall In Full Swing

October is already in full swing which means changing temperatures, Halloween candy in the stores and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Another element October brings to us is the perfect opportunity to “catch up” on home projects and prepare your home for the coming winter months. Here are a few home projects to do this October!

Maintain Your Fireplace

Checking your fireplace is one of many home projects to complete this October. Because of the hot temperatures this past spring and summer, your fireplace probably has not gotten a lot of use lately. Before lighting it up this fall and winter, be sure you have completed a maintenance check to avoid any issues.

Check Detectors

Did you know October is National Fire Prevention Month? For your home’s safety, it is vital to make sure your smoke detectors are functioning correctly and properly placed. You should have smoke detectors in every bedroom in the house and outside sleeping areas.

Seal Up Your Home

Don’t spend extra money on trying to heat a drafty home. Apply weatherstripping and fresh caulk in areas that need it. Check window frames and areas surrounding doors.

Repair Roof Damage

The spring season can severely damage your roof without you even knowing it. Did you check and repair your roof after every storm? If not, now is the prime time to get any necessary repairs made on your roof before the cool, wet weather makes an appearance. Call Chappell Roofing for your roofing needs!

With these quick and easy projects, your home is one step closer to being winter-ready!

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September Home Maintenance Tips

September Home Maintenance Tips

Can you believe it’s already September? Neither can we! As a homeowner, the beginning of the month serves as a clean slate whe it comes to home projects. “This month I will…paint the laundry room.” “This is the month I will clean out that linen closet.” There is just something about a new beginning that sparks a sense of determination to see a house project through to fruition.

So what is on your list this month? Chappell can help! Here is a complete to do list of home maintenance tasks you should tackle this month!

Why September?

Why not? The weather is beginning to cool off a bit, Fall is near and it’s probably been a while since your spring cleaning list was tackled. September is a great month to take some time and maintain your home. Here’s a list of inside AND outside tasks!

Inside Tasks

  • Wipe Down/Dust Light Fixtures
  • Clean/Disinfect Garbage Disposal
  • Re-seal Tile Grout/Caulk
  • Inspect and change furnace filters
  • Test Out Smoke Detectors & Carbon monoxide Detectors
  • Dust Hard To Reach/Forgotten Areas
  • Clean Shower Heads

Outside Tasks

  • Inspect Your Roof 
  • Re-Install Weather-Stripping Doors
  • Place Caulk Around Windows
  • Gently But Effectively Power Wash Siding
  • Wash Summer Rain Spots From Windows
  • Prepare HVAC Unit For Winter Months
  • Fertilize Lawn 

As you can see your list for Septmeber is pretty full already! Need any assistance with your roof maintenace? Chappell Roofing can take this off of your hands! Contact us today for a FREE QUOTE and for all of your roofing needs!

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