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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.

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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!

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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!

5 Things To Do If Your Commercial Roof Begins to Leak

It’s a typical weekday afternoon, and you and your staff are busy helping customers. It’s raining outside, which is nothing new these days, but then you notice a puddle on the floor in the lobby area. After going in for a closer look, you notice it’s not from someone spilling a cup of coffee. It’s a slow drip coming from the roof. Uh oh … your commercial roof is leaking!

As business owners, we’d like to think we know exactly what to do if our Connecticut commercial roof begins to leak. But in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to panic.

Short of getting on the roof in the middle of a rainstorm, here are five steps you should take now.

  1. Do a quick risk assessment — It’s important to contain the leak as quickly as possible, either by grabbing a bucket or garbage can and placing it directly under where the water is coming from. This will help avoid any additional damage to furniture, flooring, etc. Next, clear the area and rope it off or put up cones and signage so that customers and office staff know not to walk there and quickly identify any additional safety hazards from the leak.
  2. Troubleshoot — Do your best to determine where exactly the leak is coming from. Is it truly a commercial roof leak, or is it faulty plumbing or condensation from your HVAC unit?
  3. Relieve the pressure — This is achieved by poking a small hole in the area where the water is coming from, especially if there is a visible water bubble present. Not relieving the pressure in a commercial roof leak could cause the water leak to spread or cause the ceiling to collapse.
  4. Take pictures — This might seem like the last thing you want to do, but pictures are extremely helpful for insurance documentation and proving the extent of the commercial roof leak damage and if it is eligible for a claim. Documenting everything also helps when you contact a roofing contractor.
  5. Call a local roofer — A professional roofing contractor can quickly get up on your roof to tarp the area until a full roof repair or replacement can be scheduled. This keeps the roof leak from becoming worse in the meantime. They can also assess the rest of the roof to see if there is any other damage.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we hop on your commercial or residential 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!

Need a Connecticut Roofer You Can Trust? Check Out Our 5-Star Reviews.

At MJT Roofing, we know you have unlimited options when selecting a Connecticut roofer for your next roof repair or replacement. There are roofing contractors practically on every street corner waiting to help you with everything from a few missing shingles to gutter damage, window cracks, and siding damage. But having so many options at your fingertips can also be overwhelming. The answer? Check out their 5-star reviews and trust us when we say that we have plenty of those.

Since 2010, MJT Roofing has been taking the difficult task of finding a roofer and making it a very simple process for you. When working with us, you can rest assured that you will be provided with a quality product at a reasonable price. More importantly, your expectations will be exceeded with value.

Don’t believe us? Here are just a few of our 5-star reviews from real roofing clients.

“If you are looking for a roofing company that provides high-quality products and service at a very reasonable price, look no further than MJT Roofing. Getting a new roof installed can be challenging and intimidating, but my experience with MJT made the process very easy. They communicate readily and often. It was a very short time from when we made our shingle selection to completion, which was finished in one day! Add to that the fact that they were so tidy and the entire crew was polite and friendly . . .give them a call. You will not be disappointed!” — E. S.

“Manny and his crew are the true definition of professionalism! He offers a great
price with quality workmanship. They arrive when they say they will, and the job is
completed on time. My husband and I highly recommend MJT roofing!” — J. F.

“I am so impressed with MJT. They are prompt and totally professional. MJT did a beautiful,
thorough job even when I added a change to the plans shortly before they started work. I
recommend them 100%.” — S. W.

“Very impressed. I just bought my house in 2020 and knew it was gonna need a new roof. The
guys came and installed my roof in one day! Very hard working, and it looks amazing. Thanks, Manny
and your many workers!” — T. M.

“MJT replaced my entire roof – 1600 square feet of shingles as well as a large one-piece flat roof system above a loft area. The crew consisted of the owner, Manny, and six employees, and they completed all of the work and clean up in one workday. The crew operated like a well-practiced team and paid attention to preventing damage to the property. My home was wrapped in a protective netting that allowed discarded roof materials to glide to the ground without disturbing my extensive landscape plantings. Cleanup was perfect. The workmanship was excellent and the price very competitive. Manny is a great pleasure to work with, and it’s to his credit that he doesn’t have a single dissatisfied customer review. I have joined the ranks of so many other people who highly recommend MJT Roofing!” — J. K.

“We had an emergency situation with our roof leaking, and I placed a call to Manny
describing our issue. Within a couple of days, he sent his technician, Kevin, over to repair our roof.
It looks great, the price was very reasonable, and our leak was fixed. I couldn’t be happier with
MJT’s response and service! A +++.” — A. K.

Trust us when we say there are more 5-star reviews where those came from. Check out our website and the rest of our Google reviews to see why we are the preferred roofing contractor of choice.

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!

Four Things That Can Happen if You Don’t Clean Your Roof

Everyone wants a good-looking roof that lasts a long time. But few are aware of how important it is to clean your roof. Yes, getting your roof cleaned every once in a while is a real thing, and there are plenty of professionals, such as MJT Roofing, who can give it the love and care it deserves in no time at all.

Bottom line: Cleaning your roof should be on your home maintenance to-do list. If not, you could open your roof up to serious consequences. Here are 4 things that can happen if you don’t clean your roof.

  1. Dirt and debris — Things like leaves, downed tree branches, dirt, etc., can make their way onto your roof eventually. If you leave them there, wind and rain can turn that seemingly harmless debris into mold, mildew, algae and bacteria that can eat away at your roof and cause shingles to lift and curl. Also, tree branches are known for tearing and ripping shingles as they drag across a rooftop.
  2. Rot can set in — Rot leads to leaks that you may not see at first but will become a big problem later. Also, rot is a feeding ground for bugs, rodents, and other insects. If they don’t get into your home, they’ll certainly create nests and hives.
  3. Clogged gutters — Gutters are designed to direct water away from your roof and foundation. If your gutters get clogged with leaves, bird nests, etc., rainwater has nowhere to go and will damage your roof, as well as your foundation.
  4. Limited warranty — Many roof manufacturers require routine roof inspections and that you clean your roof regularly. Doing so ensures that everyone is doing their part to extend the life of your roof.

Simply put: cleaning your roof makes it look better. Beyond that, cleaning your roof increases curb appeal and makes it easier to spot signs of damage

Don’t worry about hopping on the roof to tackle this project alone. There are professionals such as MJT Roofing, who will gladly help you with this.

Call MJT Roofing today!

There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Getting your roof cleaned is one. Conducting a routine roof inspection 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!

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