5 Foolproof Strategies for Extending the Lifespan of Asphalt Roofing

The lifespan of asphalt roofing is typically between 15 and 30 years. This variance in longevity can be attributed to several factors — climate, extreme weather conditions, quality of roofing materials used, etc. — that are often out of the homeowner’s control. However, that doesn’t mean you’re powerless in the fight for your roof’s preservation. By following the five strategies outlined below, you can help extend the service life of your asphalt roof and maximize this ever-important investment. 1. Keep your gutters and roof debris-free When debris is allowed to collect in your gutters, water is unable to properly drain. This excess moisture further stresses roofing and shingles, even potentially causing the edges of your roof decking to rot. Sitting debris on the roof itself is also a concern, as it leads to saturated shingles and, ultimately, a shorter lifespan for your asphalt roofing. Be sure to clean your gutters at least 1-2 times annually and remove any sitting debris as soon as it’s spotted. 2. Cut down overhanging branches Mature trees near your house

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6 Sure Signs Asphalt Roofing Needs Attention

Chances are you haven’t walked around on your roof lately. So, it’s not always easy to know when it’s time to replace your asphalt roofing. Still, your roof can give you clues if you know what to look for. Here’s our expert advice. Here are 6 sure signs asphalt roofing needs attention: 1. Roof Age As your roof ages, the asphalt shingles develop signs of wear and tear. Some of the more common signs you could have a roofing problem are: Curling or shrinking shingles Shingles are discolored Sagging shingles along the ridge or other areas You see moss or algae growth Shingles lose granules or you see granules in your gutters If you see any of these signs, your asphalt shingles are aging out and need the attention of a roofing contractor. 2. Peeling or Cracked Paint There are many causes for peeling, cracking paint inside your home, but one of the main causes is excess moisture. If you see any signs of paint peeling or cracking, it’s a good idea to get a

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Beyond The Studs: 7 Questions Homeowners Should Ask When Choosing an Exterior Remodeling Company

In this episode of Beyond the Studs – Josh Gauwitz – owner of Legacy Exterior, shares (and answers) the essential questions that every homeowner should ask when choosing an exterior remodeling company. Josh describes, in detail, how each question affects him in his business and how each question will affect homeowners during their process.  Here’s what Josh had to say… Before we get into the questions, I want to remind homeowners of something that’s easily forgotten in the whirlwind process of remodeling: you are hiring an expert to perform a service. You don’t need to be an expert in that service to set clear expectations from the start.  While you may not know all the ins and outs of exteriors, you are still interviewing the company or contractor to determine if they can help you achieve your vision for your home. Some contractors will try to dazzle or steamroll their way into a contract. But with these questions in your back pocket, you can ensure that you’re working with a professional who wants to do

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Beyond The Studs: Roofing Season & The Trust Factor

In this episode of Beyond the Studs, Josh Gauwitz — owner of Legacy Exteriors — explains how we earn our customer’s trust with our “no-bid-on-site” approach and why you shouldn’t wait until snow falls to wonder if your roofing will make it through the season. Here’s what Josh had to say … With the 90-degree weather we’ve been having, it’s easy to forget that winter is coming. But autumn is here and that means it’s time to reassess that roofing project.  Fall is the perfect season to talk to a roofing contractor because we typically have moderate temperatures and fewer severe storms. The problem is that most people wait until spring in the hopes that they can make it through one more winter. If your roof is in poor shape and needs replacing, do not wait! Addressing potential problems now could save you hundreds or thousands down the road. All too often, people postpone home repairs because they anticipate a hefty price tag or pushy contractors. But here at Legacy Exteriors, we work with you

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The Top Ten Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

When it comes to roofing options, one material has proven its worth in countless homes around the world: asphalt roofing. This versatile and cost-effective solution offers many advantages, making it a go-to choice for homeowners and builders alike.  Read on to learn why millions of roofing contractors choose asphalt. The Top 10 Benefits of Asphalt Roofing According to the Experts 1. Versatility: Get Creative Asphalt roofing isn’t just functional, it’s also highly customizable. With an array of color options and design varieties, homeowners can find the perfect style to match their personal aesthetic. Whether you prefer a classic look or want to make a bold statement, asphalt roofing can fit your vision. 2. Durability: A Roof That Stands the Test of Time When investing in a new roof, you want to choose something that can withstand our harsh Wisconsin winters. Asphalt roofing excels in this department, boasting great resistance to extreme weather conditions, including rain, snow, and hail. Depending on the shingle type you choose, an asphalt roof can last between 15-30 years, reducing the

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