Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Snow And Your Roof

Phil's Main Roofing 
(203) 838-4545

Although our area hasn't seen excessive snowfall just yet, that doesn't mean it isn't going to come by the end of the winter season. And if it does, you'll want to know if and how it can damage your home, right? If so, then you've come to the right place! Thanks to Home Sessive, we've outlined the dangers of heavy snow accumulations as well as the warning signs that suggest your home has been threatened by winter weather; check them out below!


While snow covered homes make for a pretty picture, the damage that results from keeping them that way can be devastating for homeowners. When too much snow accumulates on top of your home, its overall weight begins to place a strain on the structure of your roof. Then, when that snow begins to freeze or melt, additional pressure is felt by your home due to the ice or water that develops. Unfortunately, as a result of the added weight, your roof's underlying structure weakens and becomes vulnerable to caving in.

Warning Signs

So how can you tell when enough is enough? If your home exhibits any of the following characteristics following a period of snowfall, it's possible that the roof is about to give out:
  • Popping or creaking sounds are coming from the roof.
  • Walls are beginning to crack from top to bottom.
  • Doors are bursting at the seams or are extremely difficult to open.
  • The roof is noticeably sagging.
In order to eliminate the possibility of your roof caving in this winter, it is extremely important to remove any snow immediately following a massive storm. For the best practices on how to do so, click here.

Here at Phil's Main Roofing, we want you to feel safe and secure in your home this winter season. If at any point you start to feel like your roof is no longer stable due to winter weather conditions, please give us a call at (203) 838-4545; we're always ready to help!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Commercial Services at Phil's Main Roofing

Phil's Main Roofing 
(203) 838-4545
Did you know that our services aren't just limited to residential customers? Here at Phil's Main Roofing, it is our goal to provide quality roofing services to all who need it, which is why our availability extends to those who also own commercial property. After all, it's equally as important to make sure that commercial buildings are covered by a strong, stable roof as well.

To help property owners of all kinds, our commercial roofing services include:
  • New construction
  • Modified roofing
  • Built up roofing
  • Leak detection and repair
  • Structural repair
  • Gutters and downspouts
But that's certainly not all! In addition to repairing and replacing commercial roofs, we also offer preventative maintenance programs to help property owners actively prevent damage from destroying the structure of their building. For example, we offer a waterproofing service that prepares buildings to battle even the wettest weather conditions! To learn more about the roofing services we offer to the commercial sector, please click here.

Since 1948, we have been providing outstanding roofing services to those located in New York and Connecticut. In order to provide our customers with the highest quality work, all of our technicians are factory certified and are well versed in all aspects of roofing. In fact, our long standing reputation for quality workmanship has placed us on the list of contractors who receive automatic warranty release upon completion with several manufacturers.

If you're in need of a roofing contractor to help you with your commercial property this winter, please give us a call at (203) 838-4545!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To Fix Or Not To Fix: Dangers Of Putting Off A Leaky Roof

Phil's Main Roofing 
(203) 838-4545
So you have a little bit of water seeping into your home through your roof - no big deal, right? Wrong! Although most homeowners look at a leaky roof as something that can be repaired at their leisure, the truth is that even the smallest of leaks can be seriously damaging to any home. Aside from the inconvenience of having a bucket collecting water in your way, leaks also pose a threat to your home's entire structure and can cause things to start crumbling before your very eyes.

To emphasize how imperative it is to have a leak repaired as soon as it is noticed, we've put together a list of some of the dangers that come with one. Check them out below:
  1. Electrical Fires: When water has enough time to seep through your ceilings and walls, the chances that it will come into contact with your electrical wiring is high. Not only does this put you at risk for receiving a shock anytime you plug something in, but it also increases your home's chances of breaking out into a fire.
  2. Mold: Insulation or any structural framing that has been exposed to water for too long is prime real estate for mold. Since mold is seriously hazardous to your health, this is one problem you want to avoid at all costs.
  3. Structural Deterioration: Depending on the location of the leak, you might find that water lands on more than just your floor; it might also be hidden behind your walls. When too much water comes into contact with the wood framing that is holding up your home, the wood will start to become weak and unable to support your walls and ceiling.
At Phil's Main Roofing, we understand how serious a roof leak is, and now, we hope you do too! To keep your roof from caving in, be sure to get in touch with a professional roofer immediately following the detection of a leak. Although you can patch it up on your own at first, the only way to be sure your roof is in good standing is if a professional takes a look.

Are you located in Fairfield County or one of the surrounding areas and suspect that your roof is leaking? Contact us for help! Our leak detection and repair services are exactly what you need to keep a stable roof over your head. To schedule an appointment for service, please give us a call at (203) 838-4545 today!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We're Live On Social Media!

Phil's Main Roofing 
(203) 838-4545
Do you have questions about your roof? Are you thinking of redoing your roof in the near future? Then connect with us on social media! Here at Phil's Main Roofing, we believe that property owners should be fully educated on the nature of roofing before making any decisions about how they'll alter their home or building. That's why we have made it our priority to push out the latest roofing news and tips as often as possible! A home improvement project is stressful enough as it is, but when you have the right information at your fingertips before hand, signing on the dotted line for your roof couldn't be any easier.

To find us on your favorite social media sites, follow the links below:

Once you've connected with us on the above sites, be sure to subscribe to our blog using the subscribe feature found on the right hand side of our blog page! When you subscribe via email, you won't have to spend time seeking out the information you need on your own - it will come to you instead! If, on the other hand, you notice that we're missing a topic you need answers about, visit us on Facebook or Twitter to let us know!

Family owned and operated, Phil's Main Roofing has been serving Connecticut and New York for over 65 years. From new construction to structural repair, waterproofing, slate repair and more, our expert technicians can handle it all. For more information on our residential and commercial services, visit us on our website or contact us at (203) 838-4545 today!

Monday, December 15, 2014

5 Questions To Ask Your Roofing Contractor

Phil's Main Roofing 
(203) 838-4545

Before hiring a contractor to help you with all of your roofing needs, it's important to research and interview several different candidates to see which one is right for the job. While you might find a few that seem to meet your expectations at first, once you really get to talking, your gut instinct may start to tell you otherwise.

Thanks to Angie's List, we've put together a list of questions you should ask potential roofing contractors before selecting one for the job. By having more information on these topics, you can be sure you've chosen a contractor that won't leave your roof in shambles.

Questions To Ask:
  1. What is your company's full name and address?
  2. Are you licensed and insured?
  3. Do you use subcontractors for any part of the job? If so, who are they? Are they insured?
  4. Who are your references?
  5. What warranties are available to me?
Although several of these questions seem obvious, they are often overlooked by homeowners who are in a rush to get started. However, not knowing things as simple as the company's address can make the process of working with them much more than you bargained for. Once you have the answers to these questions from each of your possible contractors, you'll feel much more comfortable with your decision about who you're going to work with.

Are you currently looking for a contractor to help you with a roofing project now or in the near future? If you're located in Fairfield County or one of the surrounding areas, consider Phil's Main Roofing! Why? We are a fully licensed and insured roofing company whose quality workmanship has landed us a spot on the list of contractors who receive automatic warranty release upon completion with a handful of manufacturers. Furthermore, we only install the top roofing brands so that you can rest assured knowing your roof is built to last.

For more information on how we can help or to speak with us about scheduling your next roofing project, please visit us on our website or give us a call at (203) 838-4545 today.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How To Remove Icicles From Your Roof

Phil's Main Roofing 
(203) 838-4545
Although many view them as beautiful winter wonders, icicles pose dangerous risks to both you and your home. Aside from the obvious fact that their sharp, pointy edges can harm you when they fall, the stress that they put on the structure of your home while hanging is a hidden concern that most homeowners are unaware of.

Formed as a result of melted ice or snow that comes into contact with freezing temperatures, icicles are extremely heavy and not a friend to your gutters. Additionally, icicles on your roof are a key indication that your home may fall victim to an ice dam. That's why it is so important to inspect your home regularly and take preventative measures to keep them from forming!

To maintain the integrity of your roof this winter, we've collected three ways that you can try to keep icicles from forming on your home; check them out below:
  1. If your home is so equipped, turn on your attic fan and direct the airflow to where your gutters meet your roof during periods of freezing temperatures or wet weather conditions.
  2. Apply heat tape to your gutters before freezing temperatures are expected. Heat tape works to melt snow and ice before it even has the chance to form into an icicle.
  3. Using a roof rake, remove snow from your roof immediately following a snow storm. If there is no time for it to sit on your roof exposed to cold temperatures, there will be no time for an icicle to form
Should you not get to your roof in time and you start to notice glistening strands of ice hanging from your gutters, carefully scrape the ice off using a roof rake. However, when doing so, you must be aware of where you are standing so that you don't find yourself with an icicle hanging from you.

Family owned and operated for three generations, Phil's Main Roofing is a fully licensed and insured roofing company offering residential and commercial roofing services. Whether you need minor repairs or complete roof replacement, our technicians are fully prepared to handle any challenge that comes their way. For more information on how we can help, please visit us on our website or contact us at (203) 838-4545 today!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Snow Removal Safety Tips

Phil's Main Roofing 
(203) 838-4545
Though snow isn't in the weather forecast just yet, it's that time of year again where it is to be expected. Since snow is a potentially damaging condition that could lead to costly home repairs, we recently provided our readers with a few of the best tips and tricks to remove it from their roof. However, we also want our readers to be kept safe in the process.

If you're a homeowner who plans to take snow removal into their own hands this winter, keep the following safety tips in mind as you go:
  • Never work alone. Before approaching your roof, make sure you have a trusted partner to supervise from the ground. For added protection, you may even want to consider using a safety harness.
  • Don't underestimate the snow's strength. It can be tempting to try and pull down as much snow as possible when using a roof rake, however, it's certainly not as light as it seems. Though it may take longer, remove only small sections of snow at a time.
  • Just because it looks soft doesn't mean it is. Always keep an eye out for any ice that may have formed on the edge of your roof and take every step with caution if you find yourself working directly on the roof.
  • Remember to breathe. Snow removal is tiring and places a lot of strain on the body, which is why it's important to take a break here and there. Even if it means returning to the task later, it's better to sit and breathe when your body says it's time than to push through and keep going - working on your roof while feeling winded is dangerous for both your safety and your health.
    For more snow removal safety tips to help you through the season, click here.

    At Phil's Main Roofing, we realize that winter weather conditions can cause the need for intricate roof repairs, and since working on your roof is especially dangerous in the winter, we don't want you to do them alone! To help you have a safe season, our roofing experts are available to provide repair and replacement services so that you don't have to place yourself in danger. To learn more about how we can help, please visit us on our website or contact us at (203) 838-4545 today!

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Tips For Hanging Your Christmas Lights

    Phil's Main Roofing 
    (203) 838-4545
    If you haven't already, now is the time that you're probably preparing to illuminate your home with your favorite holiday lights and decorations. Although some people go the extra mile to decorate around their windows, doors and bushes, most commonly, Christmas lights are hung from the roof. That being said, it's important to take a few minutes to make sure you have the best strategies and tactics in mind to ensure that the quality of your roof is not harmed during this joyful season.

    As you prepare your home for the holidays, be sure to keep the following in mind:
    1. Test your lights before attaching them to the roof. Though small, Christmas lights are still powerful and can be a fire hazard when faulty.
    2. Attach lights to your gutters or shingles using plastic clips specifically designed for this purpose rather than staple lights directly to your roof.
    3. Always make sure your ladder is set firmly on the ground before hanging your lights. Should your ladder wobble, your first instinct would most likely be to grab onto your gutters - for your roof's sake, that's something you'd like to avoid!
    For additional tips on hanging Christmas lights, click here.

    Though Christmas lights seem harmless, the process of setting them up could result in damage to your roof or roof accessories, such as your gutters, when not done correctly. However, when you keep these tips in mind, you can ring in the spirit of Christmas without worry.

    If you've already hung your Christmas lights and damage has ensued, contact Phil's Main Roofing for help! At Phil's Main Roofing, we are available to perform all kinds of repairs to keep your home in tip top shape all throughout the year. For more information on how we can help, visit us on our website or contact us at (203) 838-4545 today.