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Do You Need a New Roof? Check Out These 4 Signs

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your roof until there’s a problem. And by then, it may be too late. A leaky roof can cause all sorts of problems, from water damage to mold growth. High winds can sometimes blow shingles off, leaving empty areas that need to be re-roofed. Mold, algae, or lichen growing on your roof could indicate your shingles are failing and need to be replaced. So how do you know when it’s time for a new roof?

Signs That Your Roof Needs Replacing

1. Visible Leaks

One of the most obvious signs that it’s time for a new roof is if there are visible leaks. If you spot water stains on your ceiling or walls, it’s likely that your roof needs to be replaced. Additionally, if you see any cracks or openings in your roof, that’s another sign of a leak.

These leaks may be caused by a variety of issues, such as age, storm damage, or normal wear and tear. Whatever the cause, it’s important to get your roof inspected so you can determine whether you need a repair or full replacement for your roof.

Depending on the age and severity of the leaks, a new roof installation may be your best bet to prevent future problems.

2. Interior Water Damage

Another sign that you may need to replace your roof is interior water damage. This could be anything from peeling wallpaper or bubbling paint to warped floors and ceilings. Any visible water damage indicates that moisture has been seeping into your home.

Under some circumstances, you may only need to repair the leak instead of replacing your entire roof. However, if the damage is extensive or the source of the leak can’t be easily determined, then it’s best to replace your roof for preventative measures.

Interior water damage can cause the following:

  • Rotting wood
  • Mold growth
  • Musty odors

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it may be time to replace your roof. You can also look for other signs of water damage, such as discolored walls and ceilings.

3. Storm Damage

If your home has been affected by a major storm, it can cause severe damage that requires a new roof installation. Hail and high winds can cause roof damage that can be difficult to repair. If the base of your roof is damaged, it’s best to replace the entire assembly rather than making repairs.

Also, heavy rains can cause severe flooding and leaks, which requires a new roof installation. So if you have recently experienced a serious storm, you will want to have your roof inspected by a professional. If not controlled, the damage can cause issues such as:

  • Leaking ceilings
  • Structural damage
  • Mold growth

4. Mossy Shingles

If you notice moss, algae, or lichen growing on your roof, it could mean that the shingles are failing and need to be replaced. These organisms can cause problems if left untreated, such as water buildup, rot, and cracked shingles.

Mossy shingles can also cause your home to become less energy-efficient. To prevent this from happening, be sure to replace the moss-covered shingles as soon as possible with a recycled synthetic alternative such as EcoStar. This will help keep your home energy-efficient while protecting it from further damage. With a recycled synthetic alternative, you can rest assured that your home will remain safe and secure for many years.

Why EcoStar Slate & Shake?

There are many benefits to choosing EcoStar for your roofing needs. EcoStar’s recycled synthetic slate is designed to replicate the performance and look of natural stone and provide a higher level of durability and longevity than asphalt shingles.

If you’re thinking of a recycled synthetic alternative to natural slate roofing, contact EcoStar today!

Your New Slate Roof: Natural or Composite Slate?

When constructing or refurbishing a house, there are several decisions you’ll need to make regarding your home’s exterior. The style, design, size and colors of the exterior elements (siding, roofing, trim, shutters, stone) are all important features that need to work together – for both curb appeal and longevity. When thinking about the roof, there are several things to consider. The color is important of course, but factors such as the roof’s ability to withstand various weather conditions and its ability to help moderate the temperature inside the house also make a difference. 

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Your New Roof: Authentic vs Composite Shake?

If you’re considering a new cedar shake roof for your home, congratulations! The look of cedar shake is hard to match. 

It’s no coincidence that cedar shake shingles has been such a fan favorite. The wood offers a stunning countryside appearance that adds a rich dimension to the home’s curb appeal. 

Fortunately, unlike in the ‘70s and ‘80s when natural cedar shake shingles were the only option for most homeowners, today there are a number of durable and eco-friendly composite shake shingles that are a great alternative to natural cedar shake. Here, we compare natural and composite shingles.

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Tips for Choosing a Color for Your Roof

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re choosing a color for your roof, especially when you realize you’ll be living with your color choice for a long time!

Maybe you’ve noticed a home in your neighborhood with a roof that looks awkward against the rest of the house. Or maybe you’re at your lake house and you look across and see a roof color that stands out like a sore thumb in an otherwise serene view. Some of the things to consider when you’re selecting a residential roof color have to do with the specific structural and aesthetic details of your home. Some have to do with the environment your home is in.

In this guide we’ll give a brief overview of some of the things you may want to consider as you select a color for your new or remodeled home.

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Category: All, Press Releases

EcoStar Manufactures Protective Face Shields

EcoStar LLC, a manufacturer of synthetic slate and shake roofing products, is announcing that they’ve shifted a portion of the manufacturing resources to produce protective face shields to help bolster the local availability of PPE in hospitals and other essential businesses.

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EcoStar to Exhibit at IBS 2019

EcoStar will be exhibiting at the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) from February 19-21, 2019. The IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world, which attracts 60,000 visitors from 100 countries each year. Visit EcoStar in booth N213.

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Contractor Spotlight: GCI Home Improvements

GCI Home Improvements opened its doors in 1996. It serves the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, most notably towns like Great Falls and McLean in Virginia and the towns of Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase in Maryland. GCI Home Improvements specializes in roofing, and also does windows, siding and gutters. The company prides itself on the fact that the same crew has been working together for over twenty years.

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