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Does Roof Color Really Matter?

Many a local homeowner has asked us this one question: “Does the color of your roof matter?” The short answer is “Absolutely!” It goes well beyond simply improving your home’s curb appeal with something that’s different from the norm. 

Qualified Connecticut roofing contractors like your friends here at MJT Roofing will tell you that roof color is a factor in three major areas.

  • Reflecting and absorbing direct sunlight
  • Helping your roof last longer
  • Additional curb appeal (everyone loves a nice-looking roof)

Reflecting and absorbing direct sunlight

The color of your roof is the most significant contributor to how much direct sunlight your roof absorbs. A darker-colored roof allows sunlight to be absorbed, thereby raising the temperature in your home. This will increase your cooling bills during the summer and directly affects how hard your cooling system has to work during the summer. 

However, a darker-colored roof is very advantageous during those Connecticut winters. During the winter months, a darker roof will absorb direct sunlight and radiate heat throughout the surface of your roof to help snow and ice melt quicker, whereas a lighter-colored roof will reflect more of the direct sunlight. This results in lower energy bills and helps your cooling system work efficiently and last longer.

Longevity of Your Roof

For quite some time, many have believed that roof color directly affects the longevity of your roof. However, after numerous trials from experienced roofing manufacturers, we find less and less of a correlation between the two. However, it is important to remember that heat is a significant factor in your roof’s longevity. Since the absorption of heat from sunlight is affected by your roof color, the color of your roof can indirectly affect the longevity of your roof.

Curb Appeal

When it comes to the aesthetic value of your home, the color of your roof plays a significant role! A roof color that just doesn’t fit with the rest of the house will cause you disappointment, and it will also cost you money when it comes time to sell your home. Generally, the rule of thumb is that lighter colored roofs go better with lighter colored brick or siding, while darker colored roofs go better with darker colored brick or siding.

Finally, remember that darker roofs can make a home seem smaller, while lighter roofs tend to make a home seem larger! And when it comes to curb appeal, size does matter.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, our goal is to ensure your next roof replacement stands the test of time. We hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement. 

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

Does Heat Affect My Roof?

We all love summertime. But at some point, it’s time to get out of the hot sun and look for some shade to cool us off. Sadly, our home’s roof can’t escape the sun; in fact, statistics show that the temperature of a standard shingled roof during the summer can reach 150-170 degrees during the day and 90 at night. That’s insanely hot, and as the days get longer, that consistent heat will affect your roof.

How exactly will heat affect your roof? It depends on the existing roofing materials, if your roof is provided shade or not, and the roof’s slope (low slope vs. high slope). But for the most part, you can typically expect to see any of the following signs of heat damage over time:

  • Buckling and curling shingles
  • Peeling
  • Eroding of materials
  • Discoloration and fading
  • Cracks and splits from thermal shock
  • Leaks, mold, and fungus

Prolonged heat exposure is a major problem for roofs

Several factors play into heat becoming a problem for your roof:

  1. UV exposure — Extended ultra-violet exposure causes roofing materials to age quicker. This is because UV rays are consistent even on cold and cloudy days. So your roof never gets a break. Under this pressure, shingles buckle and split, making your roof vulnerable to rain and future leaks. 
  2. Heat — Darker shingles absorb heat, especially on a roof that isn’t properly shaded. The heat alone causes roofing materials to break down faster. 
  3. Thermal shock — As abnormally high temperatures soar during the day and slowly cool off at night, the constant heating and cooling of roofing materials make them expand and contract. 
  4. High humidity — In both hot and humid areas, condensation can eventually form underneath even the strongest of shingles. Naturally, this will eventually cause water damage. On top of that, there is the ever-present threat of mold and moss growth.
  5. Low slope vs. high slope and shade — Depending on the slope of your roof, a large section of your roof could be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. But that doesn’t mean roofs with higher slopes are immune to extreme heat. Roofs that don’t have any shade to block the sunlight — regardless of slope — sadly don’t receive any break from the heat as the day wears on.
  6. Poor attic ventilation — Attic ventilation prevents heat buildup on your roof and limits the threat of condensation. A house with poor ventilation will only lead to bigger problems.

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How does heat affect your roof? Slowly. Signs that your roof is suffering under extreme temperatures won’t show up immediately. But they will over time, which makes roof inspections important. Conducting a routine roof inspection twice a year can help you and your roofer stay aware of heat-related problems and so many other issues. This helps you avoid more costly repairs down the road. 

Over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

How MJT Roofing Prepares Your Home for a Roof Replacement

Most roofers are mindful of cleaning up after themselves, but horror stories like these exist for a reason. At MJT Roofing, we take Connecticut roof replacement seriously because we know our job includes so much more than getting you a great new roof. It’s just as important to prepare your home ahead of time so that cleanup afterward is both thorough and efficient.

Preparing a home for a roof replacement is crucial to ensure the process goes smoothly and protects the property from damage. Here’s a general guideline on how we prepare your home:

  1. Communication and Planning: MJT Roofing will communicate with you about the timeline, logistics, and any preparations needed from your end. This ensures that we are both on the same page.
  2. Clearing the Area: MJT Roofing will advise you on anything to clear around the perimeter of the house that could obstruct our access to the roof. This includes patio furniture, toys, potted plants and any other obstacles.
  3. Protecting Property: MJT Roofing will cover sensitive areas of your property with tarps to protect them from falling debris or damage during the roof replacement process. This includes windows, landscaping, air conditioning units, etc…
  4. Interior Protection: MJT Roofing will cover attic openings, valuables, and furniture in the attic or upper floors to prevent dust and debris from entering your home during the roof replacement.
  5. Safety Measures: Ensure that the roofing company takes proper safety precautions for both their crew and your property. This includes using safety harnesses, warning signs, and barricades to prevent accidents. MJT Roofing strictly adheres to all of the State of Connecticut’s statutes in accordance with our license.
  6. Access: MJT Roofing will work with you to ensure that there is clear access to your property for our roofing crew and their equipment. This may involve temporarily moving vehicles or coordinating with neighbors if necessary.
  7. Pets and Children: MJT Roofing encourages you to keep pets and children indoors or away from the work area during the roof replacement for everyones’ safety.
  8. Final Inspection: Before the roofing work begins, MJT Roofing will do a final walkthrough to address any concerns and ensure that everything is in order before work commences.

By following these steps, MJT Roofing can properly prepare your home for a roof replacement, ensuring a smooth and efficient process with minimal disruption.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we’ll hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement. 

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

A Community-Minded Roofer is Your Best Choice

You’ve heard it plenty of times: people do business with people they know. But simply knowing a company isn’t enough — especially when you find yourself searching for a Connecticut roofing contractor. Ideally, people prefer to do business with people they know, like and trust. This is where a community-minded roofer is your best choice.

At MJT Roofing, we redefine what it means to be invested in the community. As members of the local chamber of commerce, we understand what it means to give back and why focusing on our community makes us a better company. 

For us, it means looking for ways to help others — not just what benefits our company.

Building trust means building relationships

It’s not uncommon after major weather events to see a ton of roofing contractors drive into town simply to capitalize on the event. When a contractor is not in the community, there’s no way to know their history or if they’re qualified. Not to mention where they will be after the job is done – if the job even gets finished. 

Choosing a community-minded roofer means you are hiring a trusted, professional roofing contractor who will get the job done right and be there for the long haul. 

 

    • They step out of the work environment and look at the needs of the local area

    • They give back to their community and join worthwhile organizations

    • They build up other business owners around them

    • By serving the community, they broaden their leadership and communication skills

    • They take their time analyzing your roofing needs and offering solutions that work

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MJT Roofing has served this community for over a decade and has quickly become the Connecticut roofing professional of choice because we prioritize our neighborhoods and the people who live there. On top of that, there’s no better choice when it comes to your roof repair and replacement needs.

Over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

Understanding the Impact of Condensation in Your Attic

Condensation in the attic is a common issue that homeowners often underestimate. While it might seem like a minor inconvenience, the effects of condensation can have far-reaching consequences for your home’s structural integrity and your family’s health. We’ll explore what condensation is, why it occurs in attics and the potential consequences it can have. Remember, you can always call mjtroofingpro.com at (860) 942-8000 to get more information on the effects of condensation in your attic.

Condensation is the process by which water vapor in the air transforms into liquid water when it comes into contact with a cold surface. In the context of attics, condensation typically occurs during temperature fluctuations, such as when warm, moist air from the living spaces below rises and meets the cooler surfaces in the attic.

Causes of Condensation in the Attic: Several factors contribute to the occurrence of condensation in the attic. Understanding these causes is crucial for addressing the issue effectively:

  1. Poor Ventilation: Inadequate attic ventilation is a major contributor to condensation. When moist air becomes trapped in the attic due to poor ventilation, it can lead to the accumulation of condensation on surfaces. A well functioning ventilation system can help mitigate the occurrence of condensation in your attic.
  2. Insufficient Insulation: Although less likely, in some cases, insufficient insulation in the attic can result in temperature imbalances. Warm air from the living spaces can penetrate the attic, leading to condensation when it encounters cooler surfaces. For example, if the ceiling of your attic is exposed wood, you run a much higher risk of condensation forming that if the ceiling is insulated and finished.
  3. Household Activities: Daily activities such as cooking, bathing, and doing laundry generate moisture within the home. If this moisture-laden air rises to the attic, it can contribute to condensation. These are things we all do on a daily basis. Therefore, temperature fluctuations are going to be inevitable.

Effects of Condensation: The effects of condensation in the attic can be wide-ranging and impact various aspects of your home:

  1. Structural Damage: Prolonged exposure to moisture can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Wood beams, rafters, and other materials in the attic can rot or weaken over time. This can include your chimney.
  2. Mold and Mildew Growth: Condensation creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew to thrive. These fungi not only pose health risks but can also cause unpleasant odors and damage to materials.
  3. Decreased Energy Efficiency: The presence of condensation can reduce the effectiveness of insulation in the attic, leading to increased energy costs as your heating and cooling systems work harder to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
  4. Health Concerns: Mold spores released into the air due to condensation can trigger respiratory issues and allergies, posing health risks to your family members.

Preventing and Addressing Condensation: To mitigate the effects of condensation in the attic, consider the following preventive measures:

  1. Proper Ventilation: Ensure that your attic is well-ventilated to allow the escape of moist air. Installing vents and fans can help maintain optimal air circulation.
  2. Adequate Insulation: Upgrade insulation in the attic to regulate temperature and prevent warm air from infiltrating the space.
  3. Sealing Leaks: Identify and seal any gaps or leaks in the attic to prevent the intrusion of moisture-laden air from the living spaces.
  4. Regular Inspections: Conduct regular inspections of your attic to detect early signs of condensation and address them promptly. For more information on scheduling an inspection, please call mjtroofingpro.com at (860) 942-8000.

Condensation in the attic is a serious issue that demands attention. By understanding its causes and effects, homeowners can take proactive measures to prevent and address condensation, preserving the integrity of their homes and ensuring the health and well-being of their families. Regular maintenance and a commitment to proper ventilation and insulation are key to keeping condensation at bay.

For more information on condensation, or any question you may have related to your roof, please call mjtroofingpro.com at (860) 942-8000. MJT Roofing wants to be your roofer for life. Having served Connecticut for over 15 years, we’ve helped thousands of families and businesses with everything from replacing a few missing shingles to swapping out windows and gutters, installing new siding to improve a home’s curb appeal and complete roof replacement.

7 Questions to Ask Your Roof Inspector

Just because you know there’s something wrong with your roof doesn’t mean you know how bad the damage is, when or how it happened, and what it’s going to take to fix it. That’s why you hire a professional roof inspector — to get up there and assess the damage. And if you’re like most people, you’ll probably have a ton of questions to ask your roof inspector. So don’t be afraid to ask away!

Any reputable roof inspector will be more than willing to answer any question a homeowner or commercial client throws at them. These 7 questions will help get the conversation started.

  1. How bad is the damage?
    Your roofer will answer this question before you ask. Just make sure to ask for specifics and request that they take pictures. Pictures are vital for documenting the inspection. They also help you see what they saw. You should know how much damage there is, whether it’s a few loose shingles or something worse.
  2. How old is my roof?
    Some home and business owners know exactly how old their roof is. Others don’t, usually because they bought the property from someone else. The average roof is built to last 20 to 30 years, so this will help you and your roof inspector gauge if you need a full roof replacement.
  3. Do you think the existing materials are good quality?
    If the original roof wasn’t up to par to begin with, replacing it with the same materials isn’t in your roof’s best interests. Knowing this will help you decide if an upgrade is necessary so that your roof lasts longer.
  4. Are you only replacing the shingles?
    It’s important to ask your Connecticut roof inspector if your existing ventilation system is holding up. The same goes for metal flashings, gutters, etc. Any damage to these components may warrant a total replacement beyond just shingles. And this will directly impact how much money you have to pay.
  5. How will you protect the rest of my property?
    Once a roof replacement is underway, your property becomes a construction site. So, it’s important to get an idea of how your roofer will protect flower beds and other landscaping features, what they’ll do if bad weather hits, and what their cleanup process entails.
  6. How long will the roof replacement take?
    There are crews — like ours at MJT Roofing — that can complete a roof replacement in as little as a single day. Depending on the size and complexity of the home, it could take longer.
  7. Do you handle other repairs?
    If your property was damaged in a storm, you may also have gutter damage, window cracks, etc. Relying on the same company to fix these issues, too, will get your home back to pre-storm condition faster.
  8. Call MJT Roofing today!
    There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Conducting routine professional roof inspections is one, and over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

What Are the Pitfalls of Installing Skylights on a Roof?

Have you ever walked into a friend’s house and been envious of their new skylight? Does it make you want one of your own? We can’t blame you; skylights can be a fun addition to any home, especially when it comes to adding natural light, space, and letting in fresh air. Plus, it’s just a really cool conversation starter! But are there pitfalls to installing skylights on a roof?

There are pros and cons to any decision we make in life — including those that impact our roof. For the vast majority, though, you really can’t go wrong with a skylight. There are numerous benefits:

  • Adds natural light
  • Improves your home’s appearance
  • Improvements to resale value
  • Improved energy costs
  • Letting in fresh air
  • Adds space to a room

The trick, however, is to ensure your next skylight is installed correctly. A poorly installed skylight on a roof can create a slew of unintended pitfalls you didn’t know were possible.

Below are some of the common pitfalls to consider when installing a skylight on a roof:

  1. Air leaks — Air leaks are very common in skylight installation, usually because of subpar materials, improper placement, doing it yourself, or hiring a professional without the proper experience. As a result, you’ll lose heat or cool air that you’d rather keep inside, depending on the season.
  2. Too much light — Natural light is a good thing, but if you install a skylight in the wrong location, you run the risk of bringing in too much light and heat. A professional can consult with you on which location is best and how to get the most out of your skylight installation.
  3. Purchasing inferior glass — With any skylight, you open yourself up to possible damage from falling tree limbs, hail, snow, etc. Make sure to purchase laminated glass, which is less likely to shatter and cause injuries to anyone in the house.
  4. Potential roof damage — A skylight is a great addition to any roof (in theory). Depending on the type of roof you have, you could cause unintended structural damage — especially if the installation requires you or the professional you’re using to modify the roof.

Call MJT Roofing today!

There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Conducting routine roof inspections is one way to ensure your roof lasts as long as possible. Ensuring any modifications that you make (including adding a skylight) don’t harm your roof is another. Over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

How are roofing materials different today than they were 30 years ago?

You may think that a roof is a roof, and how they were constructed 30 years ago couldn’t possibly be much different than what is taking place now. But with advancements in roofing technologies over the past 30 years, new Connecticut roofing materials can look just like the more traditional ones but perform much better and have less construction cost.

Below are some of the advancements in roofing materials we have seen over the last 30 years.

ADVANCEMENTS IN ROOFING SHINGLES

Asphalt shingles have been around for over 100 years. Paper, wood pulp, and cotton cloth once reinforced asphalt shingles. Today, however, they are reinforced with fiberglass fabric. The fiberglass material makes them more durable and adds to their lifespan.

Traditional slate, terra cotta, or clay shingles are now available in synthetic versions. These versions are lighter, more energy-efficient, and allow for more colors than traditional ones.

Traditional wood shingle or shake roofs are beautifully rustic but represent an extreme fire hazard. As a result, many communities in the United States have banned their use. However, synthetic versions of wood and shake shingles offer the same beautiful appearance while minimizing the fire hazard of traditional shingles and shakes.

IMPROVEMENTS IN UNDERLAYMENT

Over the past 30 years, we have seen improvements in roof underlayment, too. If you’re not familiar with underlayment, it is that layer of protection between the metal or the shingles and the roof’s deck. The traditional thin layer of roofing felt has been replaced with a new synthetic material that is much less resistant to ripping or tearing away in high wind conditions.

In addition, the thickness of traditional underlayment has increased. Thirty years ago, Connecticut roofers used a 15-pound felt. Today, nearly all roofs are covered with a 30-pound synthetic felt. An adhesive has also been added that makes the felt much easier to install and helps the felt remain in place in high wind conditions.

IMPROVEMENTS IN NAILS, TACKS, AND OTHER FASTENERS

Nails, tacks, and other fasteners represent the only penetrations into the roofing surface! Technology has improved quite a bit in the last 30 years. We have seen the transformation from copper to aluminum to steel to stainless steel and, finally, to galvanized steel.

Galvanized steel keeps the nail or tack from corroding and losing its integrity. We have also seen the addition of ribbed shafts that help keep the nail or tack in place within the wood decking.

If a nail corrodes or slips out, it leaves a hole for moisture to enter through. That’s why the advances in nail, tack, and other fastener technology have been vitally important.

Call MJT Roofing today!
There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

6 Tips To Prepare Your Home for a Roof Replacement

So, you need a roof replacement. You hired a professional roofing contractor and now all that’s left is to sit back and wait to see the finished product. Well, not exactly. While getting a brand-new roof is an exciting experience, don’t forget that the homeowner has a role in the process, too.

Relax, we’re not expecting you to jump on the roof with us and nail down a few shingles. But there are a few things you can do to help make your roof replacement go as smoothly as possible.

Here are 6 tips to keep in mind:

Cut the grass beforehand — Once you have a pretty new roof on your home, the cleanup process begins. Any reputable Connecticut roofing professional will be as thorough as possible when it comes to removing trash and fallen debris, but tall grass on a property makes it significantly harder to find those loose items. Short grass simply makes cleanup easier.

Remove outside items where necessary — By outside items, we mean grills, patio furniture, kids’ toys, lawn ornaments, potted plants, your vehicles, etc. It’s easy to forget about these items, but they tend to get in the way as roofing crews maneuver around your property.

Cover sensitive belongings in the attic — Keep all those personal items in the attic safe from small debris and nails by placing old blankets or drop cloths on top of them until the roof replacement is complete.

Think about your pets — With any roof replacement, your home instantly becomes a construction site. And a really loud one at that! While you may be able to handle the hammering and loud voices, your dogs and cats may just be confused and stressed to the max. Before your roofing job starts, consider getting your pets out of the house or at least restrict their access to the construction site.

Remove wall decorations — All the vibrations from hammers and machinery will wreak havoc on wall pictures, knick-knacks, etc. Remove anything from the walls that aren’t permanent.

Talk to your roofing contractor — When in doubt, ask your roofing contractor if there is anything they’d prefer you to do before work begins. The tips above are merely a shortlist of how to prepare your home for a roof replacement, so keep in mind that your roofer might have additional things to consider. Listen closely, and you can do your part in helping make the process that much easier.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we’ll hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement.

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

MJT Roofing’s Services Doesn’t Just Stop at Roofs

When your roof suffers storm damage, it’s nice to know that you can turn to a reliable Connecticut roofing contractor to make everything look like new again. It’s difficult to imagine service better than that – unless, of course, that same roofer can also fix other items that may have been damaged.

At MJT Roofing, our services don’t stop at roofs. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of services to ensure your property has enviable curb appeal and protects you and your family for years to come. 

Just a few of those services that go beyond roof repair include:
Gutter installation — Gutter damage in Connecticut is often the most overlooked reason why roofs fail and stunning properties sustain significant damage due to the elements — even when the roof itself is in peak condition. When working properly, your gutters direct water and debris away from your foundation, walls, doors, and windows. These are things your roof simply can’t do alone. MJT Roofing provides expert gutter installation services so that all aspects of your roofing system work together.

Siding installation — Siding is the protective material attached to the exterior of your home. It comes in a wide range of materials such as aluminum, wood panels, and vinyl, and when it’s looking good, your home’s curb appeal will be out of this world. Whether you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency, improve its curb appeal, or upgrade to a more durable siding product, MJT Roofing is the number one siding installation expert.

Window installation — An inefficient set of windows can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year. At MJT Roofing, we will inspect your windows for structural damage as well as efficiency. We have a team of professionals with the expertise and tools to repair or replace your windows regardless of style, shape, and size. The same attention to detail and professionalism that went into your roof now goes into your windows. Remember, quality doesn’t cost — it pays.

Simply put, your home requires maintenance and repairs that go well beyond the roof itself. Rather than hire multiple companies to handle these concerns, put your trust in a roofing professional who can handle all of them at the same time. MJT Roofing is that go-to roofing professional. 

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement. 

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

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