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Please read below our recent news and articles about roofing and siding jobs done in Omaha, NE.

Always Check for Licenses

 When having any type of repairs or work done on your home, it is important to check for a contractors license and ensure the proper permits have been obtained through the city.  Our very own James Pull was called out for a second option on a roofing job completed last year and had to inform the homeowner that he could not do any work on the existing roof without redoing the entire roof.  This happens far too often with unlicensed roofers who do not get the proper permits for jobs.

Read more: https://www.wowt.com/content/news/Roof-installed-without-permit-and-no-Omaha-contractors-license-567284341.html

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3 Summer Roofing Care Tips

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3 Summer Roofing Care Tips

There are many things one can consider when speaking of roofing. First and foremost, when raising a roof, what is one attempting to accomplish with said roof. But more importantly, when the roof is done, how does one maintain their roof?

There are many things in which one should do when maintaining said roof, to ensure it's long life of reliability and no issues.

1. Gutter Cleaning twice per-year should be undergone. It is very important to clean your gutters, in order to maintain proper water flow down and away from the roof. If gutter cleaning is not undergone, it could cause water to pool up near the roof, which will introduce water damage, thus reducing its integrity.

2. Check for Debris - Debris on a roof can be detrimental to its shingles, therefore reducing its overall lifespan. Due to debris, such as sticks, and leaves, this can influence the future growth of moss if not removed.

- It is also important to note that potential debris is also a risk. So, trim any and all overhanging branches to prevent any sort of damage from occurring in the future.

3. After large storms, you should check your roof for any signs of storm or hail damage. This also includes checking inside your attic also. This will ensure that you have no waterproofing issues with your roof. If you do have waterproofing issues, water can seep in, corroding the steel in the structure, or mold up the wood and/or making it softer and prone to immature aging.

All in all, hopefully, these tips can, and will, aid you in taking care of your homes roof properly and effectively. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact us with them. But if you need roofing repair, do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 408-679-6000, as every second with a damaged roof introduces chance for other parts of your home to have issues as well.

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The 5 Most Common Spring Roofing Problems

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Spring is finally here in Omaha and it's more important now that the weather has started to warm up that you regularly check your roof for signs of damage. Here are the 5 most common spring roofing issues you may experience:

1. Loose or Broken Eaves

Causes: Autumn leaves that were left untouched can pile up on the eaves of your home, slow deterioration of these leaves can lead to clogging and overflow.

Solutions: Regularly clear your eaves of any and all debris that is present there. Check the skrews and brackets to ensure they are fastened properly.

2. Animal Lodging

Causes: Loose flashings or siding, corroded facia boards and dormant chimneys are all places critters will seek shelter when the weather starts to warm up.

Solutions: If you have noticed odd noises in your home or have noticed an abnormal amount of wildlife congregating around your home you may have a nesting issue. If you are certain that there is an animal nesting in your roof then you should contact an animal removal service to remove them. After that you should have a certified roofing company come and inspect your roof and siding for signs of damage.

3. Chimney Deterioration

Causes: Older homes need to have the chimney inspected. A common winter problem is that ice and snow rest on the top of your chimney. If the chimney is old, it is likely to have cracks in the crown When the snow melts during the day, the water runs into those cracks. Temperature drops at night can cause expansion and pushes the mortar and bricks apart. If this keeps recurring, it can cause your roof to leak and/or cause your chimney to fall off of your house.

Solutions: Have your chimney inspected regularly. If deterioration signs are present, we strongly recommend that you hire a roofing or chimney specialist who is qualified in this area.

4. Active Leaks

Causes: One thing that you’re going to want to look for is if there are any leaks or water damage inside the building. During the winter, snow and often ice stay put and may not melt or become a problem. When spring rolls around, all of the snow and ice begin to melt, and this can cause a leak in your building roof system.

Solutions: If you notice that the ceiling or walls have stains, it is a sign that the roof system probably needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Call our experts to have a professional inspection of your roof completed.

5. Membrane Separation

Causes: A sign to look for when it comes to flat rubber (or other membranes) roof systems on commercial buildings is if you notice that the roof membrane is slowly tearing or peeling away. This can cause serious issues underneath because there is now nothing protecting the building below.

Solutions: This is why a qualified roof inspection is the best way to see if there is any damage done to the roof that would warrant immediate repairs or other non-critical issues with the roof membrane.

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What You Need To Know About Slate Roofing

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Slate roofing has definitely been around long enough to build a good, solid reputation. It's viewed as one of the longest lasting and highest quality roofing materials on the market, although it's also one of the most expensive and difficult to install. Take a look at what you need to know about slate roofing to see if it's the right fit for you and your home. 

Advantages 

Slate roofing is a natural stone product, which alone gives it a unique beauty that is virtually unmatched. This classy tiling is available in various sizes, thicknesses, and colors. This includes everything from gray, black, green, red, purple, and even a mix of several colors. When properly installed, slate roofing will last as long as your house does without ever needing replacement, and that also means that it's environmentally friendly. And let's not forget to mention that it's one of the most fire resistant roofs in existence. 

Disadvantages 

The most notable disadvantage of slate roofing is the high cost. It's definitely a huge initial investment for your home, but if you look at it in terms of longevity, it may not seem so bad anymore. Another disadvantage is that it's heavy and quite difficult to install. You'll absolutely need skilled professionals to get the job done right. And slate is very fragile. You don't want to walk on it unless you really know what you're doing. It's not a fun task to replace broken tiles. 

Contact us today at Premier Exteriors to learn more about slate roofing and to find out if it's the right fit for you and your home. 

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The Pros and Cons of Spanish Tile Roofing

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A Spanish tile roof is not only attractive, but it can add a ton of value, quality, and protection to your home. These shingles are formed from clay that's fired at very high temperatures, resulting in an attractive, durable, and very long-lasting product. But with anything in life, there are also some drawbacks. Check out some of the pros and cons of Spanish tile roofing

Pros 

For starters, Spanish tile roofing is one of the most attractive and impressive looking types of roofing out there. It will instantly give your home an upscale and classy look that can add immeasurable value to it. This extremely durable material can last upwards of 70 years or more, which will likely eliminate the need for replacement in your lifetime. Spanish tile roofing is non-combustible, which means that your family is well protected and it will probably make your homeowners insurance rates lower. And it provides great insulation for your home, keeping it warmer in the winter and colder in the summer. 

Cons 

Perhaps the biggest con of Spanish tile roofing is that it's very expensive to install. The initial cost is significantly higher than a regular shingled roof, but when you look at it in terms of how long the roof will last it doesn't seem so bad. You're saving money in the long run on repairs and replacement. And it is very heavy, so the substructure of your roof may need reinforcing. 

Contact us today at Premier Exteriors for more information on Spanish tile roofing and what it can do for you and your home. 

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Gutter Systems - What Type Does Your Home Need?

As with other home components, gutter systems have come a long way in recent decades.  Manufacturers took note of some of the more common complaints about gutter systems and wisely decided to make improvements in their products.  Now homeowners have a wider range of gutter systems to choose from in order to meet the specific needs of their home.

The traditional gutter system consisted of an open system where rain and melting snow and ice that collected on the roof was captured and drawn away from the home's foundation.  Unfortunately, leaves, twigs, branches and other debris were also caught in the gutter system which eventually caused clogging, water backups and roof damage in some homes. 

Gutter Options for Older Homes

If you have a traditional gutter system, there are options available that will allow you to drain water away from your home and allow you to clean out your gutters much less often.  Adding leaf guards to your current gutter system is a great way to keep your current gutter system and add protection from clogging substances such as leaves, twigs, etc.  They are easy to install and function discretely without marring the look of your home.  Even better, they greatly reduce the need for gutter cleaning which can save a busy homeowner a lot of time and hassle.

New Home Construction

Those with newly constructed homes might want to install a traditional gutter system with leaf guards or they might want to consider a completely enclosed gutter system.  Whether a homeowner decides to install a traditional system, or go with a completely enclosed system, will most likely depend upon the surrounding landscape.  If your home has few or no surrounding trees at all, a traditional system might be more cost-effective.  If the surrounding landscape will produce a lot of debris that could pose clogging issues, an enclosed gutter system might be the best solution.

For more information on what gutter system is right for your home, please contact us.

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Why is it so Important to Clean Your Gutters?

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Gutters are an essential part of the entire well-being of your home. There is nothing else that directs the flow of rainwater away from your home to protect your walls, roofing, foundation, landscaping, and more, which makes it crucial to keep them clean all year round. You're looking at the potential for hundreds of dollars in future repairs if you just ignore your gutters. 

What Damage Can Clogged Gutters Cause?

Gutters can become clogged with things such as leaves, twigs, and other debris that can cause very costly damage if not taken care of as soon as possible. These things will block the flow of water, which can cause a leaky roof and other water damage to both the inside and the outside of your home. This also creates a breeding ground for insects, rodents, mold, and other nuisances. And don't forget that the added weight of debris and standing water can cause irreversible damage to the gutters, and even knock them down completely. 

How Often Should Gutters Be Cleaned?

This really all depends on where you live and how many trees you have in your yard. If you have a lot of trees on your property, you will likely have a lot of falling leaves and debris during certain times of the year. It would be in your best interest to have your gutters cleaned out at least twice a year. This not only includes the gutters themselves, but the downspouts as well. And on top of cleaning, you should check them for any damage.

Our experienced staff is here to help! Contact us today for more information. 

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Upgrade Your Home's Roof with a Standing Seam Metal Roof!

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When most people think of metal roofing, they generally think of corrugated metal roofs. These roofs are often seen on older buildings, outdoor sheds, barns, and other outlying structures. While the material still makes use of high-quality steel, it's not as efficient or effective as the newer standing seam roof used on many residential and commercial structures across the country. If you're looking for a metal roof, a standing seam option has a number of benefits.

Made of Thicker Material

Standing seam roofs are typically made of thicker sheets of steel, making them ideal for areas exposed to severe weather, like Omaha. When the stormy season strikes, hail, debris, and falling branches can wreak havoc on your roof. The thick metal sheeting used in a standing seam roof is extremely durable and will withstand most hailstorms with little to no damage.

Available in Many Color Options

Metal roofs are available in almost any color you can imagine, making it particularly ideal for homeowners looking to make a statement with their roof. However, if you're looking for a durable roof that blends in with the other homes in the neighborhood, metal makes it easy. Most manufacturers make standing seam roof material in multiple shades and finishes, so you'll be able to find the perfect look for your home.

Metal Lasts

Shingle roofs have an average lifespan of 10-20 years, when adequately maintained. Many metal roofs have a much longer lifespan, typically lasting up to 50 years when maintained by an experienced roofing contractor. While we always recommend that you hire a professional to service your roof, a standing seam metal roof will see less damage and need less maintenance throughout its life.

Upgrade your home's roof with a high-quality standing seam metal roof and see the difference steel can make. Contact Premiere Exteriors today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Residential Roof?

It's very important to make the right decisions when it concerns your home, and this is especially true when it comes to your roof. Your roof ensures everything from the safety to the performance to the value of your home, so it's crucial that it's in good shape at all times. Keep reading to find out more about whether you should repair or replace your residential roof

Think Long-Term 

You absolutely have to think long-term when you're trying to decide if you should replace your roof or not. If your roof has damage or is showing signs of wear, you're probably better off replacing the whole thing rather than just making a few repairs. This is a good idea for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the amount of money that you will end up spending in repairs will cost you more in the long-term since the need for repairs likely means that you're going to need a new roof in a few years anyway. And secondly, if you already have a crew at your house with all of the necessary equipment at hand, you might as well just get the whole job done while the opportunity is right in front of you. 

Roof Over or Tear Off 

Once you have decided to get a new roof, you will then have to decide if you should have the new roof installed over the existing one or if you should just have the existing one torn off first. Just like with your decision to replace the roof, it really all comes down to saving money upfront and risking greater expenses in the future, or spending more money upfront to get the job done right the first time and not risking future expenses. And this also depends on the type of roof that you currently have as well. 

Replacing your residential roof is a big expense, but it is an investment that will last you for decades. Contact us today at Premier Exteriors for more information on repairing or replacing your residential roof. 

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Popular Types of Commercial Roofing

Whether you're constructing a new building, or simply just needing to replace an outdated roof on an existing building, you're faced with deciding what type of roofing is best for the job. Let's take a look at a few of the most popular types of commercial roofing, which include TPO roofing, EPDM roofing, and PV solar panels. 

TPO Roofing 

TPO, or thermoplastic, roofing systems have gained lots of popularity in recent years. They're made from an exceptionally durable material that is good for all types of temperatures, and they are extremely resistant to ultraviolet, ozone, and exposure to chemicals. They are also highly resistant to fire and strong winds. You're looking at a lifespan of 20+ years with TPO roofing. 

EPDM Roofing 

EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene monomer, roofing systems are one of the most longest lasting types of commercial roofing available. They offer superior versatility and durability. Other great things are that they're easy to install, maintain, and repair, making them a top choice for commercial buildings. 

PV Solar Panels

PV, or photovoltaic, solar panels are the perfect option for someone who is looking to lower their energy costs. Solar energy roofing systems are definitely gaining popularity since energy costs in America continue to rise each year. The purpose of this type of roofing is to absorb sunlight and convert it into energy that is then used to power the building. 

Contact us today at Premier Exteriors to get more information about the most popular types of commercial roofing and which one would work best for your commercial building. 

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Cedar Shake Roofing

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Most wood shake roofs are made from Western Red Cedar because of its many superior qualities such as

  • defect-free straight grain
  • stability
  • low weight (density)
  • moisture resistance
  • decay resistance

Cedar is naturally moisture and decay resistant due to natural substances within the wood, which is why it's the number one roofing and siding material in coastal communities and other areas regularly exposed to abundant moisture and wind. Cedar is a fantastic material for any outdoor structure including decks, patio furniture, and yes, roofs too. Here are some things to know about cedar shake roofing:

Architects and builders often choose cedar shake roofs for their beautiful natural appearance that blends well with the surrounding environment and enhances a home's landscaping.

The Difference Between a Shake and a Shingle

Wood shakes are thicker than wood shingles, and all wood shakes are cut from clear, defect-free hardwood. There are two main types of shakes:

  1. Handsplit and Resawn shakes
  2. Tapersawn shakes

Handsplit and Resawn Shakes

This type of shake is installed with the split face exposed and the sawn side down, and has a rustic appearance.

Tapersawn Shakes

These are sawn on both sides for a semi-textured appearance. They have a strong shadow line as compared to thinner cedar shingles.

Although it's difficult to predict the lifespan of a cedar shake roof, according to the U.S.D.A. Forest Products Laboratory, a good wood shake or shingle roof should last up to 30 years under favorable conditions -- meaning that the roof is well maintained. In other words, the better care you take of your wood shake roof, the longer you can expect it to last.

If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of a cedar shake roof for your Omaha-area home, contact us at Premier Exteriors. We've been providing top-quality roofing services to the Omaha metro and surrounding area for 15 years and counting!

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The Beauty of Spanish (Clay) Tile Roofing

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Clay tile roofs have been used for millennia (dating back to 2500 B.C.) in both China and the Near East. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used clay tile roofs, and they're used to this day on Mediterranean and Spanish-style homes throughout the U.S.

Their distinctive rustic beauty is one reason they've endured for so long, but clay tile is also considered a premium roofing material. It comes in soft, rich earthy colors and it's fire-retardant, which is undoubtedly why our distant ancestors began to use clay tile in lieu of thatched roofs, which were real fire dangers in an age when heat and cooking were both provided by indoor fires.

Clay tiles can either be flat or semi-cylindrical, making them perfect for every old-world style home imaginable. They're not cheap, but try to imagine a beautiful Spanish-style stucco home without Spanish tile roofing. Anything else just wouldn't look right. And when looked at in terms of longevity, clay tile roofs have the lowest life cycle costs of any roofing material. It's not uncommon for a clay tile roof to outlive the occupants of a home! Because of their long life cycle, tile roofs don't contribute to the unnecessary clogging up of landfills. Plus, their manufacture doesn't deplete natural resources, and no chemicals are used in their production, making them a very eco-friendly roofing material.< /p>

Cement tile roofs are a cheaper alternative, but their color fades over time, unlike clay tiles, which keep their rich color for decades. That means if you need to replace a few concrete tiles, you'll have a very hard time finding any that match the rest of the roof.

If you're interested in exploring the possibility of installing a clay tile roof, contact us at Premier Exteriors. We've been installing top-quality roofs in the Omaha region for more than a decade.

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Top 5 Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal has become a popular choice of roofing material for residential homes and commercial buildings. If you're in the market for a new roof, check out some of the benefits it offers listed below.

Eco-Friendly

When you think of eco-friendly roofing materials, metal probably isn't the first to come to mind. But thanks to its recyclable properties, it's actually quite easy on the environment. Metal roofing typically contains 30-95% recycled content, although there are some varieties made with 100% recycled material. And when the home or structure is demolished, metal roofing can be recycled for other purposes.

Longevity

It's important to choose a type of roofing that's able to withstand the hands of time; otherwise, you may find yourself replacing it just a couple years later. Thankfully, this is an area in which metal roofing shines. Metal roofs can last up to 100 years, all while exhibiting minimal signs of wear.

Fire-Resistant

A lesser-known benefit of metal roofing is its fire-resistant properties. Lighting strikes may ignite other roofs, but this doesn't happen with metal.

Energy Efficiency and Cost-Savings

Unlike asphalt-based shingles, metal reflects heat away from the building, making it an excellent choice for energy-conscious homeowners. According to a study conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, metal roofs offer a 40% cost-savings in energy usage during the summer and 15% during the winter.

Strength

Of course, metal roofing is also strong and durable. Hail, downed tree limbs or even strong winds can damage roofs made of other material. Metal, however, is resistant to damage such as this. And because of its exceptional strength, meal roofs require less frequent inspections and maintenance.

To learn more about metal roofing, contact us today. With more than 15 years experience, Premier Exteriors is Nebraska's premier roofing, siding, window, deck and gutter installation service provider.

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Let the Sunshine in with a Beautiful Skylight

Oftentimes in a home, the lighting seems inadequate no matter how many lamps and lights you have. This is because no amount of artificial light can match the beauty and power of natural light. This problem is easily solved by adding a skylight or even multiple skylights in needed areas.

Skylights can increase the appeal of your property by enhancing almost any indoor space. They allow you to safely and cost-effectively bring the splendor of the outdoors into your home.

Kitchen - Adding a skylight in the kitchen will brighten the area considerably. It will make the place, where most of your family and friends gather, feel more open and inviting. This is especially true in kitchens with few or small windows.

Hall or Stairwell - Depending on the layout of your property, adding a skylight above a narrow hallway or a staircase can eliminate dark shadows that sometimes feel creepy even in the happiest of homes.

Half or Full Bathroom - Adding a skylight to a bathroom can make even a tiny room feel bigger by allowing natural light to flood the entire room. You also won't need to use your harsh and hot bathroom lights nearly as often.

Bedroom - If you enjoy looking at the stars, you'll love a skylight above your bed at night to watch all of the celestial objects above you until you fall asleep. The next day, you can wake up to the soft rays of the morning sun.

When installing a skylight, you'll want to make certain that you've chosen a quality product. It shouldn't allow air to escape or rain to get in, which can cause a multitude of problems. Contacting a professional installation company will ensure that the job is correctly completed so you can expect your skylight to function properly for many years to come.

If you're interesting in more information about skylights, please contact us today. Premier Exteriors is your one stop service for home contracting in Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. We take pride in our work and are fully licensed and insured for your protection.

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Signs Your Should Consider Roof Replacement

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Your home’s roof plays a key role in keeping the elements out of your home, and keeping you and your family warm and dry. It is then important that you look out for the warning signs your roof is giving you telling you that it needs to be replaced. There are a few easy signs you can lookout for indicating that you may need to consider roof replacement; here are just a few of these signs.

Your Roof is Leaking

One of the easiest signs for you to detect indicating trouble with your roof is signs of a leak including water spots on the ceilings in your home. While this may sound obvious, homeowners are often inclined to ignore small water spots, as they do not view them as serious. However, even a small water spot in your ceiling can indicate larger roof damage, and can indicate that your roof may be in need of repair or replacing. It is important not to ignore any indication of a leak as serious water damage can occur quickly.

There are Broken or Missing Shingles

One way to tell if your roof may need replacing is to look at the condition of your roof’s shingles. This will require that you periodically go up onto your roof to inspect its condition. You will want to look for shingles that are broken, cracked, or missing on your roof. While your roof may be able to be repaired if there is a small number of damaged shingles, having many damaged or missing shingles likely indicates that your roof needs replacing.

Your Roof is Getting Old

A good indicator as to whether or not you should consider having your roof replaced in the near future will be your roof’s age. Most roofs will last 20-25 years, and if your roof is older than this, you will have to be prepared for the fact that you will need to have it replaced before too long. A professional roofer will be able to give you an idea of when your roof will need to be replaced.

Here we have introduced a few of the key ways in which you can tell if your roof is in need of replacing. Contact us to learn more about how you will know when it is time to replace your roof, as well as to schedule an inspection of your roof.

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Benefits of Stone-Coated Steel Roofing

Searching for roofing materials for your home is a significant task. If you are looking for an option that is durable, customizable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, stone-coated steel meets the requirements.

Stone-coated steel roofing materials are made of steel. After the production process, the manufacturer adheres stone chips to the steel with an acrylic film. Advances in technology enhance the aesthetics of this material making customization possible by imitating the look of tiles, slate, or shake roofing shingles. The roofing system will complement the architectural style of your home. Let's discuss some of the other advantages of this product.

Durable

Stone-coated steel roofing can withstand harsh elements such as; wind, snow, hail, and natural disasters such as earthquakes. It is non-combustible and carries a warranty of up to 50 years. Some of the other roofing materials require repair and replacement more frequently.

Light Weight

This roofing product has a weight of approximately 1.5 pounds per one square foot of material which will ease the stress on the framing and trusses of your home. 

Energy Efficiency

Reducing overall energy consumption is an added benefit. Stone-coated steel roofing reflects some of the sun's UV rays which can lower energy costs.

Eco-Friendly

Environmentally conscious homeowners appreciate the fact that steel roofing products are recyclable which means that selection of this product won't contribute to overcrowded landfills.

Our knowledgeable staff can assist you in the process of making your decision. Premier Exteriors roofing of Omaha strives to provide the ultimate experience in customer service. We look forward to answering any questions about this product and any of the services we provide. Contact us today for your free estimate.

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5 Telltale Signs That Your Roof Needs Replacing

Over the years, you've seen your share of neighbors replacing their roofs--sometimes it's been obvious to the naked eye that the roof was in horrible shape, but other times the roofs in question looked perfectly fine. It isn't always easy to spot problems with your roof--after all, how often are you up there? There are a lot of tiny signs that your house may be ready for a roof replacement, but you'll need to get up on that ladder and take a closer peek. Before going up there, take a look at this list of telltale signs that your roof needs replacing:

1. Curling, cracked, or missing shingles. Pay close attention to your shingles--they're an easy way to recognize roof problems. Shingles curl in two different ways--they can cup (curl up at the edges) or claw (flat edges with a bowed middle). Wind damage often causes cracked shingles, either from the force of the wind itself or from large branches falling on the house. If you notice cracked shingles all in one small spot, it's possible that these can be replaced. However, if you see cracked shingles in various spots throughout the roof, this indicates a need for roof replacement. Missing shingles don't necessarily create a structural problem with your roof, and they can be easily replaced. The drawback is that replacement shingles rarely match the original color of the rest of the roof, due to weathering and changes in manufacturing. You may prefer to replace the whole roof rather than having a patchy look. Depending on the extent of your curled and cracked shingles, you may have between one and five years left before you need to replace the roof. 

2. Granules in the gutter. If you've recently replaced the roof, granules in the gutter are completely normal (there are always excess granules that come loose during installation). If it's been ten years since your roof was replaced, finding granules in the gutter means that your shingles are losing necessary protection from the sun. The shingles will being to rapidly deteriorate in the scorching heat of the sun--if you are noticing these granules, your roof is about halfway through its lifespan. 

3. Sagging roof. Obviously, you don't want to see your roof sagging in the center. That is certainly a cause for drastic action. Sagging roofs indicate a serious structural problem in the attic or even with the foundation. You should contact a professional immediately upon noticing any sagging or drooping in the roof. .

4. Sunlight in the attic. Unless you've got a beautiful attic room with lovely windows lighting up the place, seeing slants of sunlight beaming into the attic is definitely a bad thing. Light getting into the attic indicates damage in the roof that will also let in rain and snow. Once you notice light filtering into the attic, keep an eye out for any water stains--pay special attention when it rains or snows, so that you can pinpoint the leak (or leaks). Small leaks can be patched, but leaks in large areas can spell trouble--leave it to an expert to determine the best course of action. 

5. 25 years. As we mentioned earlier, roof problems are not always noticeable to the naked eye. Asphalt roofs tend to last between 20 and 30 years--so if your roof is 40 years old, it's definitely time to replace. Once your roof reaches that 25th birthday (even if it looks fine), you probably have about five years left before it needs replacing. 

In some situations, the need for roof replacement is obvious--for example, when a roof is sagging and looks close to caving in. Sometimes, the roof looks fine but is simply too old, which will eventually cause problems like leaks. Keep an eye on your roof, and if you notice any of these signs, please feel free to contact us. An experienced roofing professional can help determine the best course of action to keep your home in tip-top shape. 

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5 Reasons to Choose Slate Roofing

Made from a fine-grained foliated metamorphic rock, slate is a beautiful and functional choice of roofing for residential home and commercial buildings.

Low Water Absorption

Water resistance is arguably one of the important characteristics of roofing, and thankfully this is an area in which slate roofing shines. It boasts a water absorption index of less than 0.4%, making it virtually waterproof.

Doesn't Freeze

Because of its low water absorption properties, slate roofing isn't susceptible to frost/freeze-related damage. When other roofing materials freeze, they become brittle, frail and prone to breakage. Slate, however, repels water, which in turn protects it from the effects of water.

Natural, Classic Style

Slate roofing first gained popularity during the mid-to-late 1800s, thanks in part to the use of steam engines in its manufacturing. Even today, slate roofing retains this natural, classic style -- something that's not available in many other types of roofing.

Long-Lasting

While some roofing materials last just a decade, slate can easily last a century or longer. In fact, there are many historic buildings from the 19th century that still contain their original slate roofing, attesting to its long-lasting properties.

Fireproof

A fifth reason to choose slate roofing is because it's fireproof. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), lighting strikes caused more than 22,000 house fires in the United States from 2007 to 2011. Being that it's made of rock, slate roofing won't catch fire when struck by lighting or any other significant heat source.

To learn more about slate roofing and whether or not it's right for you, contact us today. Premier Exteriors is Nebraska's trusted roofing, siding, window, deck and gutter installation company.

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When to Call a Contractor for Roof Repair

Nebraska's ranked 5th in the United States for number of tornadoes and what usually accompanies those tornadoes are severe thunderstorms.  Severe thunderstorms carry with them large hail, high winds, and lightning, all of which can have damaging effects on your roof.

When the storms clear, the sun comes out and you take a look at the unholy mess of a roof the storm has left you with the first thing’s first, assess the damage.   With a pair of binoculars in hand, assess the degree of damage on your roof and proceed to the next step which is calling your home owners insurance.  Calling your insurance company will ensure that any ground work you do on your own won’t run the risk of being denied.  The insurance company will let you know what to do so that your claims are properly processed and paid out.   How do you know when to call a contractor for roof repair?  Do you have wet spots and roof leaks?  Are there shingles loose or missing?   Are your gutters damaged?  If you answered yes to any of these questions these are the telltale signs that you need to call a contractor. 

Now you have to decide if this is a DIY (Do it yourself) project or a job for a professional.  Leaving this type of work to a professional is the most recommended option.  A professional roofer can access the damage of your roof help you decide if you the damage can be repaired or if you need a whole new roof.

Are you in need of roof repair? Do you live in the Omaha area?  If so, please contact us to get a quote and exemplary service on your roof repairs.

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The Top Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

If you are looking for the perfect roofing solution for your home, you might be unsure of which option to go with. For example, you might have looked at metal roofing, asphalt roofing and more. Even though each type of roofing certainly has its own set of benefits, you may find that asphalt roofing is the right choice for your home and family. These are a few of the top reasons why.

It's Affordable

One of the top reasons why asphalt roofing has been so popular over the years is the fact that it's affordable. When compared to a metal roofing, for example, asphalt roofing is much less expensive. For someone who is budget-conscious but who still wants to buy a nice roof for their home, asphalt roofing is a good option.

It's Easy to Install and Repair

Asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install for any good roofer, so you can reduce labor costs when compared to more labor-intensive roofing installations. Asphalt shingles can also often be easily repaired; for example, if there are only a few shingles that are damaged, only those shingles have to be replaced.

It's a Proven Solution

When you look around your neighborhood, you might see plenty of asphalt roofs. It's a proven solution that is known for lasting through all sorts of weather conditions. There's a reason why asphalt roofs have been so popular for so long -- they work.

As you can see, an asphalt roof can be the perfect option for your home. If you'd like to find out more about having a new roof installed on your home, contact us at Premier Exteriors today so that we can talk about your project.

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New Shingles and Styles of Roofing in Omaha

Roofing in Omaha

Roofing is an art that tends to change over time, and new types of shingles are always being introduced. One great example would be the organic shingles which made their way onto the market a few years ago in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint. Unfortunately they did not sell well and were therefore removed from the market in 2005. Other roofing materials however have survived the test of time and are used by Omaha roofing companies on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular materials.

Asphalt Shingles When one thinks of shingles, this is likely what they are thinking OF. Asphalt shingles are used on nearly every roof around the world, and they are often referred to as ‘steep slope’ roofs. While they are primarily made of asphalt, they come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, ensuring that the user gets precisely what he or she desires.

Fiberglass Shingles

These types of shingles are created using a plastic sheet backed with fine fibers of glass, therefore, fiberglass. Such shingles are not only aesthetically pleasing, they are also quite reliable and capable of lasting for many years.

Wood and Shake

This is an older type of shingle, conceived of long before asphalt. While they were made of wood in the past, today they are usually composed of some kind of synthetic material. If they are composed of actual wood however they can come in many different flavors from pine, to redwood, red cedar, and even cypress. Wooden shingles are both beautiful and long lasting.

Slate

On the subject of roofing Omaha materials that can last for a long time, we have slate roof, which has been known to last more than one hundred years under the right conditions. You can see this on many historical buildings, but it is also being used on a number of different modern buildings. Slate is a natural rock, mined and shaped to become a shingle.

Solar Shingles

With the desire to ‘go green’, it is no surprise that solutions like the ‘solar roof’ have emerged. In many Omaha roofing instances you can see these solar shingles which act as both a protective shingle for the roof as well as a high end energy producing system. Companies like Dow and CertainTeed are leaders in the solar shingle industry, producing a shingle that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as highly functional. The best part, is that these shingles blend in well with traditional asphalt shingles which adorn the remainder of the roof.

There are many different roofing styles to consider, especially if you are building a new home. Still, it is never too late to repurpose your existing roof, so take a look at these options, and get the right Omaha roofers to perform your installation as soon as possible

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