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  1. Roof Leaks: Common Causes

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    Have you ever gone into the bathroom in the morning to shower and get ready for work, only to find an ugly brown spot near your bathroom fan? What about when you go to light a fire in the winter and find water dripping on, or even inside, your fireplace? How about my personal favorite? Water dripping onto you WHILE YOU SLEEP!?!

    Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure, a leaking roof is no fun. Here are some common leak problems, and why they happen:

    Leaks in the bathroom or in the kitchen:

    This type of leak tends to come from one place in particular, your PVC plumbing pipes that protrude through your attic and roof. A rubber flange, with a hole for the pipe to fit through, is secured around the PVC pipe to prevent water from entering around it. Water can enter the inside of the pipe, without any water entry issues. However, if the water enters on the outside of the pipe, due to breaks and cracks in the rubber, it can and usually does cause a significant leak in a home’s kitchen or bathroom. This is due to the fact that most of your plumbing routes to these areas. (Note: The photos below identify: 1. What an interior ceiling stain might look like. 2. What a plastic & rubber pipe collar looks like installed around the PVC pipe that exits through your roof. 3. How a properly repaired pipe collar should look.)

    Water Damage Photo - Ceiling Stain  Pipe Jack - Cracking  Pipe Jack - Repair Complete

    Leaks around your chimneys and flashing walls: 

    This type of leak tends to show up during heavy rains. You may see water leaking down your drywall on the outside of the chimney, or dripping on the inside. You may see drywall damage and stains where your garage meets the house, the foyer entrance of your house, or along the walls of dormers on the front of the house. How do you know these things, you might ask? It’s because these intersections on the roof, tend to be where a vertical structure (like a wall or a chimney) require an adequate flashing system to prevent water from leaking into the roof. 75% of the time, the fix is simple… maintenance your roof after it’s initial 8 to 10 years. Caulking dries up and peels off, aluminum flashing gets bent from wind and flying debris, and fasteners (nails & screws) become dislodged due to temperature change and exposure to the elements. However, their are times where the initial installation of the wall flashing system is entirely improper, and prolonged or extensive damaged may be affecting structural items on the roof, like the wood decking it is secured to. In those cases, the flashing system needs to be removed and reinstalled with all the proper components. (Note: The photos below identify: 1. Wall flashing with unsecured fasteners. 2. Chimney flashing with exposed water entry points, needs caulked. 3. Improper chimney flashing installation, leaving a dead spot, behind the chimney, where water and debris collect.)

    Wall Flashing - Leak1  Chimney Flashing - Leak   Behind Chimney - Leak


    Leaks due to wind driven rain:

    This type of leak is the most unique type of leak and tends to happen during more severe weather events. During a strong storm, rain may be accompanied by wind gusts. These wind gusts blow the shingles up and either break the matting of the shingles, or it bends/creases it, during the storm. Sometimes these leaks are easy to detect, because the missing shingles on the roof make it quite obvious. However, at times, shingles may raise during a wind storm and allow water to enter through a nail hole, or seam where parallel shingles meet. These leaks tend to happen for 1 of 2 reasons. The first is the most common: improper installation. This means, the people who installed your roof originally did not nail on the shingle where they should have, allowing the shingle to bend during strong winds and either cause a leak, or break completely. The second reason these leaks tend to happen is due to a material defect, in the shingle. It is common, with certain shingle manufacturers, to have a defect in the production of certain shingle lines, from certain factories. If this occurs within the first 10 years of the roof’s installation, I would recommend you file a claim with the shingle manufacturer for a defect. Otherwise, I would advise you to repair the problem if it is small, and save up for a new roof in the future. Maintenance of your roof goes a long way though folks. (Note: The photos below identify: 1. Wind damaged shingles that are completely removed, along side creased or bent shingles, all due to wind. 2. Wind damaged shingles, blown off during storm & exposed fasteners caused leak. 3. Older shingles, that have a defect, with extensive wind damage.)

    Wind Damage   Wind damage 2   Older wind damaged


    Every leak and every home are completely different, but experience with so many different types of leaks and homes is what sets us apart from all the other roofers in Lexington, KY. JM Roofing Group is one of the top rated roofing contractors in Central and Northern Kentucky for both roof repairs and roof replacements. So, whether it is one shingle to repair or a whole roof to be replaced, JMR LeakPros should be your first call. Don’t wait until you get drenched with costly repairs, call JM Roofing Group today for a FREE roof assessment!

    Thank you, once again, for taking the time to read “The LeakPro Blog”. Our next entry will address ratings, reviews, and how to identify a trustworthy and dependable contractor. Until next time…



    Spring Showers Bring Storm Damage Repairs

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    It’s that time of year again! Storm season has arrived which means we’re all stepping foot out of hibernation to inspect what kind of storm damage repairs we’re facing. Do you know what to look for after a catastrophic hail or wind storm hits your area? Here are a few tips to help you decide to call Joshua Miller Roofing for a Free Property Inspection to inspect for Hail Damage and Wind Damage.

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    How to Choose Roof Colors For Your Home!

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    How to Choose Roof Colors For Your Home

    Many of Joshua Miller Roofing customers ask for direction, when choosing roof colors for their home. It’s a big decision. You certainly don’t want to regret that decision. Below you can find some tips and examples of color schemes for your roof. You can always check out more Joshua Miller Roofing projects and color schemes in our “Portfolio” section of our website.

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  4. Why an Energy Efficient Roof is Good for You!

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    Many will agree that energy efficiency is important to both home and business owners because saving energy usually equates to saving money! Ensuring your roof is energy efficient can cut your energy cost all year round. There are several different types of energy efficient roofing materials and accessories to choose from. However one of the most critical components when looking at energy efficiency is having proper insulation and ventilation. Having an efficient ventilation system can improve climate control throughout both the hot summer months and the cold winter months, as well as provide additional protection against harsh elements.

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  5. What To Do When You Spot Storm Damage On Your Roof

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    There are several types of storms and severe weather conditions that leave your roof susceptible to wind or water damage such as hurricanes, hailstorms, tornadoes and thunderstorms. All of these conditions have the capability of ripping shingles from your roof or causing tree limbs to fall on and potential scratch your roof. With this being said, it is imperative to check your roof for damage following any severe weather.

    Several types of storms and severe weather conditions can damage your roof.

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  6. The Importance of Installing a Ice and Water Shield on Your Roof

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    It is essential to have an Ice and Water Shield installed on your roof. It will not only protect against water damage and decrease the possibility of leaks, it will also enhance your roof’s lifespan. The Ice and Water Shield provides an extra layer defense to the roofs most vulnerable areas: eaves and valleys, roofing vents, skylights and around the chimney. The damage in these areas is caused by ice damming, wind-driven rains and backed up gutters. These shields are usually offered as an “additional feature,” but we strongly recommend that you have the Ice and Water Shield installed! uploads/Roof-Ice-Melting-System-Perfectly- Clear-by-Calorique-450x300.jpg

    Ice Damming on the Roof.

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  7. 5 things You Can Do to Keep Your Roof in the Best Possible Condition.

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    Most of the damage done to your roof is caused by severe weather like heavy rain, strong winds, hail and snow storms or hurricanes.  Although this type of damage is unavoidable, there are precautions you can take to prolong the lifespan of your roof. Here are 5 things you can do as home and business owners to keep your roof in the best possible condition.

    1. Clean out your gutters regularly.  Most people do not realize how important it is to clean out their gutters regularly. The gutters are essential to keeping the roof dry and protecting your roof from water damage. When your gutters are not properly cleaned out the water is unable to run from the roof to the ground. This water gets trapped and begins to pour where it does not belong which can result in extensive damage not only to your roof, but to other areas of your home. To avoid this from happening to your home, make sure you clean out your gutters twice per year.

    Clean out your gutters at least twice a year.

    2. Trim your Trees. Make sure you keep tree limbs groomed when they are close to the foundation of your home. When limbs get too long, they start rubbing on your roof and siding. They have nowhere else to go. Eventually they will start to cause wear and tear to your roof, such as holes that allow water to leak through. This can create huge problems for your home. So, pay attention to the trees surrounding you. If the branches are close to your roof or siding, trim them down to avoid unnecessary wear and tear.

    Make sure you keep tree limbs trimmed back away from your roof.

     3. Avoid pressure washing your roof. Before you decide to pressure wash your roof, you should know that the damage it causes does not outweigh a clean looking roof. In the short-term your roof will look great, but in the long-term you will notice a build-up of moss, algae and mold. This is the result of the slow erosion caused by pressure washing. The intensity of the water jet can take the top layer of coating off any roofing material. This leaves the surface more susceptible to deterioration and water damage. If your roof is in need of a cleaning, it is best to call a roofing professional.

    Do not pressure wash your roof! The intensity of the water jets can make the problem worse.

      4. Stay proactive with mold and mildew removal. Being that they provide coverage for our homes, roofs are constantly exposed to the elements. Since are not able to avoid the variety of precipitation and heavy winds we experience throughout the year, mold and mildew growth is inevitable. If left unattended, mold can lead to moss which forms water pockets. To avoid this process, it is recommended you have regular inspections and/or maintenance done to clean up small spots of mold. This will increase the lifespan of your roof and preserve its structural and cosmetic nature.

    Help keep your roof mold-free by scheduling regular roof inspections.

    5. Leave maintenance and repairs to the professionals. There are 2 main reasons we recommend you hire a roofing professional instead of fixing it yourself. The first reason is that we care about your safety. Unlike the professionals who have spent hours learning the safest and most effective way to fix and install roofs, you are not familiar with the proper practices and techniques. Not only is your roof a few stories above ground, you will be handling tools you do not use on a daily basis. If you are not careful, you could end up in a dangerous situation. That’s why it is best to leave it to the professionals.

    The professionals are also going have a better knowledge of warranty and pricing information. They will know which materials are worth spending the extra money on and which ones provide the best bang for their buck. They will advise you through the whole roofing process and help you choose options that are best for you.

    Contact JM Roofing Group for all your roofing needs!

    If you remember to do these 5 things regularly, you will prolong your roof’s lifespan and keep it in the best possible condition.

     Let a JM Roofing representative help you resolve all your roofing needs, today! Contact us for a free consultation at 800-409-5709.



  8. 4 Social Media Practices to Send Your Brand’s Reputation Through the Roof

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    In today’s digital society, your online brand presence and reputation is one of the most important aspects of your brand. The words you say, the tone your use and experience you provide to your customers all play a key role in the success of your business. Your social media accounts, like Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, are the most common places that current and potential customers will interact with your brand. Taking the time to develop and execute an online branding strategy will expose your company to the right target market and allow them to build an emotional connection with your brand.

    4 Social Media Practices to Boost Your Brand’s Online Presence and Reputation

    1. Consistency is key! 

      Develop a posting schedule for your accounts and stick to it. Make sure the timing, content and location of your posts is consist, so customers know what to expect from your brand. By doing this, you are establishing your reliability and build trust between your brand and your customers.

    2. Interact with your Audience. 

      People relate to other People, not to products. Yes, the product or service you provide to your customers is the reason for the initial interaction, but it is usually not the main reason customers develop brand loyalty. Brand loyalty comes from the relationship your brand and its representatives build with the customers through your interactions. Customers like to share their opinions and provide feedback for future customers. They will comment on your posts and leave reviews about the service they provide. What they say becomes a major part of your brands reputation. It is important for your brand to respond to their feedback. Whether it is negative or positive, people like to know their opinions have been heard. Your response shows your audience that you care about their wants, needs and concerns.

    3. Establish Expertise within the Industry. 

      When customer is on the market to have some roof work done, there are countless roofing companies to choose from. So how can you ensure they choose yours? You must establish expertise within the industry. You must show current and potential customers that the knowledge you have will add value to their roofing experience. Blog posts are a great way to showcase this knowledge and provide customers with insightful information that will assist them with roofing decisions. Ideally, this will strengthen the relationship between your brand and your customers, so they come to you with all their roofing needs.

    4. Utilize Hashtags. 

      Using hashtags that are relevant to your brand and the industry can be extremely beneficial in establishing your brands online presence. They help organize your content and expose it to the right target market. They increase post engagement by 12%. They are a great way to introduce your brand to potential customers on social media and increase your brand awareness.


  9. 3 Benefits of Fixing Your Roof This Winter!

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    There are 3 major benefits to replacing your roof in the winter. This is especially true for home and business owners in southern states like Florida or Georgia. Even though these states see little to no snowfall, they experience increased strong winds and heavy rain throughout the winter months.

    In addition to dealing with harsher conditions, these states are still recovering from the damage caused by hurricanes in the previous months. Florida is the most hurricane-prone area in the continental US, so it is important to stay on top of your roofing inspections and repairs. This not only ensures damage is fixed from the past hurricane season, it also reinforces your roof going into next season.

    Three benefits of fixing your roof in the winter:

    1. Leaks can get worse when left unattended. Even the smallest of leaks can lead to extensive mold and water damage. The roof surrounding the gutters is one of the main areas susceptible to this damage. That is why it is important to get your gutters cleaned out regularly. If leaves and debris are not properly cleaned out of the gutters, they inhibit water which in turn causes water damage.
    2. Damage leaves your roof vulnerable to the elements. As it was stated earlier, with winter comes, harsher conditions. In the North its snow and ice; In the South its strong winds and heavy rains. All of these elements cause damage to your roof. The most common form of damage is loose shingles. Leaving loose roofing materials unattended throughout the winter greatly increases your chances of water damage.
    3. Some Materials are easier to install in the winter. If you are on the market to have your roof replaced, you should highly consider having it done during the winter. Some materials are easier to install during the colder months of the year, such as a metal roof or asphalt shingles.

    So, what are you waiting for? Give JM Roofing a call today and start the New Year with a new roof! 

    Talk to a representative at 800-409-5709 to set up a free consultation.

  10. JM Roofing Group: We’re More Than Just Roofing Professionals

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    The JM Roofing Group strives to maximize your roof life and extend the viability of your existing roof. We are committed to providing our customers with quality craftsmanship and prompt customer service. We are continuously evolving and expanding our knowledge and understanding of the complexities and challenges of every roofing system. All of our contractors and representatives are trained personally by Joshua Miller, founder of JM Roofing Group, and provided with the necessary tools and experiences to represent home and business owners the way he would.

    Our southeastern based roofing company has provided industry leading service since 2005. We are experts at helping you navigate the process of getting your roof restored. Whether you are suffering from buckled shingles, leaking roof penetrations, high wind damage or blowing leaves and debris, we are here to help without drenching you in costly repairs. We are not just a group of roofing professionals. We are your neighbors and your friends. We take pride in the communities we serve and are dedicated to restoring their livelihood one roof at a time. We offer residential, commercial and restoration services in the Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia and Florida markets. All of our markets currently offer commercial services are state-wide. We are working to improve our presence in the Florida market and contribute to the restoration efforts needed following the hurricane season.  

    Let a JM Roofing representative help you resolve all your roofing needs, today! Contact us for a free consultation at 800-409-5709.