Windy rainstorms, it's a homeowner's worst nightmare. Imagine sitting throughout the day experiencing heavy rains coupled with strong winds. If you've seen the tree outside sway and shake within the strong windows, you can't imagine how worse it already is for your roof.

While all roof systems can withstand strong storms and hurricanes, they will still endure some form of damage. It could be a loose or missing set of asphalt shingles, tree limbs that dropped on your roof, and more.

In this post, SJ Winn Construction advises homeowners to become familiar with the damage types they could endure right after a windy rainstorm.

Missing Asphalt Shingles

If one of your asphalt shingles goes missing, that means you have the underlayment exposed to the elements. Imagine if a whole section of asphalt shingles went missing – you'd probably need to have them replaced before another storm passess.

Missing asphalt shingles occur due to poor nailing techniques, but keep in mind if the wind is stronger than the manufacturer's estimates, even the best-nailed asphalt shingles will have shingles blown off. It's best to assume that during a strong windy rainstorm, you'll need to replace a lot of missing asphalt shingles with the help of your local contractor.


Windy rainstorms exacerbate the problems already existing on your roof materials before it arrived. Cracks mostly occur due to the moisture trapped inside asphalt shingles – primarily caused by standing water. The more standing water remains on your asphalt shingle roof after the storm, the more it absorbs and can cause long-term blisters that lead to cracking.

Calling a professional local roofer when this happens ensures the roof is free of standing water right after the storm. It also lets the roofers check your roof's overall condition and if it needs repairs or replacements. 

Fallen Tree Limbs

Strong winds despite the heavy rain cause extremely severe damage to areas it impacts. It can rip limbs from their parent tree, causing them to fly in various directions and land on roofs. A tree limb doesn't only cause your asphalt shingle to crack – it can also affect the other asphalt shingles that didn't endure the landing.

Tree limbs contain moisture and are potentially acidic, causing damage to your roof. If left unattended, the damage can crack other asphalt shingles, requiring you to replace them as soon as possible.

Misaligned Sheathing

Picture your roof as a boat sail that's horizontally positioned. When the wind blows underneath it, the upper area billows, causing lift. Sometimes, strong winds can push against your soffits and fascias, creating a passageway for high pressure winds to enter. When this happens, it can push against the underlayment from within the attic, causing damage and shingles to go missing.

Some sheathing are designed to handle high wind classes and can do so with certified installation. However, even these systems will require inspections as they can become misaligned, leading to a rippled roof and a potential risk for structural damage to your property.

If you recently faced a storm, you can always count on us at SJ Winn Construction. We're a company with decades of experience and knowledge providing quality roofing services to homeowners in our area. Call us today to get started.

Roofs fail over time because they will deteriorate due to wear, age, and the local weather. Understanding how your roofs get weaker and face more issues is crucial to improving performance. Here are several reasons why you must have it regularly checked or eventually replaced.


Asphalt shingles, the most common roofing material in the country, have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years. Even well-made products from renowned manufacturers like GAF will have loose seals and rusted nails as they age. If you're curious about your roof's age, you can hire a roofer to inspect and estimate its remaining lifespan.

Poor Materials

Did you invest in subpar market materials because they suited your budget back then? Chances are your roof has started deteriorating in less than five years because of it. Shoddy materials do not have the same level of quality checks and testing as top local manufacturers too. They might be useful during emergencies but don't expect them to last for more than five years at best.

Non-Certified Installation

You should always choose a licensed, insured, and certified contractor to install your roof. Hiring a contractor with long-term experience and certification from a renowned roof manufacturer like GAF gives you a guarantee that your new roof is well-installed and covered under warranty. If you had an uncertified roofer install the system, you could expect it to have a shorter lifespan. You can expect the same result if you were the one who installed the roof, too.

Insufficient Roof Ventilation

Good roof ventilation keeps it dry and free from mold. Unfortunately, some properties, maybe even your own, might have insufficient ventilation for their roofs. Some signs that your roof doesn't release trapped hot air well are increased indoor temperatures and ice dams during winter. You can hire a top local roofer to design and construct an efficient roof ventilation system that releases trapped air and takes in fresh air.

Extreme Temperature Changes

Some areas are much more susceptible to heavy snowfall, high winds, and hurricanes. These events will pull against your shingles and roof structure, so if they're consistent in your area, you can expect your roof to have a shorter lifespan. To ensure it is still intact and can still continue protecting your home, hire a local roofer to examine it after the storm passes.

No Maintenance Scheduling

Roofs need maintenance after winter and before winter arrives. Spring inspections reveal issues that winter has created and let local experts repair them at affordable prices. Autumn inspections ensure your roof is in good shape after the summer storms have passed and ensure it can withstand the harsh winter weather soon.

Preventing Premature Roof Failure

If you hire roofers to inspect your roof regularly, chances are your roof won't have detrimental issues that the weather might worsen. Most failed before their expected end of life because a small inconsequential issue became bigger over time. 

Do you need quality roofers to inspect and maintain your roof? Turn to SJ Winn Construction, a GAF-certified roofing company. As a local expert trusted by many homeowners in your area, we provide top-notch installations, repairs, and replacements. You can count on us for all your roofing needs. Call us today to learn more.

The roof protects against direct hailstone impact, heavy rainfall, snow, and severe heat. If a small part fails, it can fall apart and cause immense damage to your interiors. This post shows why roof repairs should be a top priority for many homeowners.

Save More on Repairs

Emergency roof repairs are expensive. Roofers must remove huge sections of damaged roof materials and replace them. In some cases, you might have your entire roof replaced if the damage is extensive enough. 

Regular roof maintenance allows roofers to repair hidden damage on your roof. These can appear minor, then worsen when left without professional attention. Roof maintenance repairs cost about 10% of an emergency roof repair and replacement.

Ensure Your Insurance Claims

You might break your insurance or warranty contract requirements if you don't have regular roof maintenance and repairs. Insurers and roof material manufacturer contracts often require homeowners to maintain their roofs regularly to ensure full coverage. 

Typically, insurers and roofing manufacturers ask you to install your roof with a qualified roofer as part of the requirements. They'll likely ask you to maintain your roof with regular inspections to ensure it's working well and roofers can address its minor issues quickly.

Improve Curb Appeal

Damaged roofs can leave buyers with a poor impression. They might also think that your living rooms, bathrooms, and other areas might suffer from neglect. Properties that look great from the curb are easier to sell and highly valued than otherwise, so make roof repairs and replacements a priority if you plan to sell the property in the next few years. 

A Longer Roof Lifespan

A well-maintained roof has a longer lifespan than a neglected one. Addressing any damage ensures it can withstand any extreme weather event. Furthermore, no small damage is severely exacerbated after rainfalls or snowstorms.

Roofers also spend less time on well-maintained roofs. Their inspections and repairs are faster, saving money in the process. 

Common Damage to Roofing Materials

Here are a few explanations of common roof damage on roofing materials.


Blisters occur due to moisture infiltration in the asphalt shingle. These roofing materials expand under hot weather and poor attic ventilation and insulation and absorb moisture from the air. The heat then evaporates the water, which pushes against the asphalt shingles to escape and cause blisters. 


Diagonal splits on asphalt shingles occur due to expansion and contraction. Their adhesive joints start to deform as the shingles age and go through hot and cold temperatures. Once it shrinks, the asphalt shingle will crack diagonally.

Hailstone Impact

Hailstorms can shower roofs with ice debris of varying sizes. Pea-sized hail causes negligible damage to roofs, but softball-sized hailstones can cause blisters and force granules to shed from asphalt shingles. When this occurs, a roofing expert should inspect and address the issue.

If you have yet to find a reliable roofer, count on SJ Winn Construction. We are a renowned roofer with decades of experience helping homes in your neighborhood have well-installed roofs that protect them from the elements. Call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

After a hurricane passes your area, you can expect your roofs to have suffered damage to an extent. You might see plenty of leaves, twigs, and debris above it. Roofers might also find hidden damage by tracing them based on telltale signs. To manage your roof's issues after a storm, here are a few things you can do.

Wind Strength

If the news mentioned that the storm had winds ranging from 70-80 MPH, your roof will have suffered damage. Winds at this speed can pull asphalt shingle nails and off the roof. Severe wind speeds can topple power lines and trees. 

Homes with large overhangs will endure much more damage than gable roofs with narrow overhangs.

Furthermore, after your roofer inspects the roof, they might mention having seen torn, curled, and bruised shingles. A large area of damaged shingles may require you to repair or replace your roof.

Hail Damage

The hailstone's size determines the damage it can cause asphalt shingles. Softball-sized hailstones will cause pockmarks on shingles and dislodge their protective granules. The loss of them can cause costly and severe aesthetic and physical damage.

The hailstorm's length determines your roof's damage severity. If the storm lasted for 15 minutes, you can expect pockmarks or pierced roofing materials. To know for sure, call a roofer to have a complete assessment.

Pooling Water

Heavy rains will cause immense water pressure that pushes debris, dust, and leaves to your gutter systems. Clogged areas can cause the material to sag and lip as water tries to push and escape from various directions. Once it lips and goes over, it can soak your asphalt shingles or siding material. Backflows will cause damage to your roofing material, underlayment, and sheathing.

You will need a roofer to unclog your gutters and ensure heavy rainfall flows straight to your downspouts. They will inspect the gutter's structural condition to ensure it functions efficiently before the next storm arrives. 

Limiting Storm Damage After a Storm

Roof Inspections

Your local roofer knows your roof, neighborhood, and local weather better than anyone. They've helped numerous homes in your area for damage. With their trained eyes, they will identify visible and hidden roof damage. They will give you an estimate and have your roof restored to functional conditions afterward.

A roofer's storm damage assessment qualifies as evidence in insurance claims. Include it in your documentation to speed up and maximize the amount you can claim. The roofer will include their assessment of the gutter, vent, windows, attic, and ceiling in the documentation.

Call the Insurer

Insurance companies in your area may respond to their clients faster than national insurance companies. Before calling, have the roofer's assessment on hand and refer to your policy's claims guidelines and necessary supporting documents. 

Most insurance companies will send an adjuster to help you. They may also call local roofers (like yours) to inspect your roof. If you've called the roofer ahead of time, the insurance adjuster will finalize the details of your claim and discuss the schedule of repairs with you and your roofer.

SJ Winn Construction is a trusted name for roofing in your area. We've helped numerous homes and properties achieve high-quality roofing installations and storm repairs. Count on our decades of experience and knowledge to help you in the best way possible. Call us today.

Your roofers can repair your roof if it has minor damage and a few missing shingles. On the other hand, they may recommend re-roofing or replacing the entire system when the damage is much to contain, and plenty of asphalt shingles are missing.

Re-roofing and replacing a roof has different benefits and suitable applications. You can learn about each of them below.


In case of emergencies, re-roofing is the best option. It has its respective pros and cons. Roofers will recommend it because it takes about a small percentage of the time it takes to replace an entire roof.


It's faster to re-roof than replace a roof. Your contractor will nail a new layer of asphalt shingles over the old system. This works much better than wrapping it in tarpaulin because it looks great and fills the roof area's missing and damaged shingles. Furthermore, its labor costs are much more affordable.


On the other hand, re-roofed materials only have a short lifespan and are prone to damage. The moisture from old asphalt shingles that transfer will soften the new shingles, affecting their integrity and performance. The moisture will soon dry, causing blisters, cracks, and splits in various areas of the roofing material.

When to Use

If you want to repair your roof fast and want to use something other than tarpaulin, re-roofing is a good alternative. It may cost more, but it improves your home's performance and curb appeal. However, we strongly recommend having a complete roof tear-off and replacement instead.

Roof Replacement

Replacing a roof is a practical investment rather than re-roofing. The service lets roofers inspect the entire roof system for damage. Roofers will remove all your asphalt shingles. Then, they would check the rafters and sheathing for wood rot and moisture damage. Aged roofs typically endure much structural damage due to moisture, and a roof tear-off restores their performance efficiently.


A roof replacement is the intended way to fix a roof. Roofers can examine the roof structure, ensure it can withstand the new roof material's weight, and replace them when necessary. Then, new asphalt shingles won't absorb any moisture from old shingles that were removed from the roof.

One more advantage is you will receive the material's full warranty benefit. For example, your roof's materials and labor will have full manufacturer coverage. If the roof material has defects or the labor failed due to specific issues, the manufacturer and roofer will address it for you.


Roof replacement has its downsides. The service takes a few weeks to a month to accomplish, making it slower than the week-long average re-roofing replacement period. 

This service is also noisy, especially if you intend to stay in your home throughout the project. You and your family will remain relatively safe during a roof replacement, but the hammering and loud noises can wake you up or disrupt your work in the home office.

When to Use

It is highly recommended to have roof replacements than a re-roof. The service lets roofers check the roof's actual condition and suggest ways to improve and upgrade it. Furthermore, it gives you full warranty coverage and a guaranteed long-term roof lifespan and performance.

With SJ Winn Construction, your roof is in good hands. Numerous houses and neighborhoods in your area trust us because of our dedication to high-quality roofing services. As a GAF-certified roofer, you'll always see top results with our team of professionals, so call us today.

You've heard your roofer mention once or twice that your home's soffit needs repairs or replacements. Unfortunately, they might have difficulty showing it to you because of where it's situated. Some homeowners refuse to repair or upgrade their soffits for the sole reason that they don't know where it is or why it's important.

In this post, you'll learn about soffits and their importance for your home.

What Are Soffits?

Soffits protect your home from water infiltration and are core components of your roof rafters. They give your gutters a surface for secure attachment. They're made from high-quality wood or fiber cement below the roof overhangs. 


Soffits have plenty of benefits for your roofs. They prevent moisture from entering your attic before it passes to the gutter system. They also have small holes underneath that let hot air escape from your roof and take in fresh air from the ridge. 

A soffit system that works well improves your home's energy efficiency. Hot air that escapes from your soffit vents won't descend into your rooms and interiors. Furthermore, it preserves the lifespan and performance of your HVAC and roofing materials.

Materials for Building Excellent Soffits

Your soffit can be made from fiber cement or woo. Each has its respective advantages and disadvantages.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement uses a wide range of sturdy materials to create a sturdy and long-lasting composite. Because of the way it's made, manufacturers can create various styles, shapes, and visuals that can suit your property's aesthetic. While soffits are barely noticeable from the curb, they're doing a great job if they're not noticeable.


Wood is a sturdy, affordable, and accessible material. It's available from most high-quality lumber suppliers and comes with a wide range of textures and shades. You can also paint wood to make it look subtle under your eaves. That said, make sure the wood is treated against termites and has a waterproof finish. 

Maintaining Your Soffits

Soffits are made of durable material but can corrode and become weak if exposed to incompatible chemicals. For example, spraying water on your vented soffits will clog them with dirt and weaken the material. Wipe it with dirt and dust. Only use mild detergents that can clear dirt and grime without damaging the protective coating. This solution can clean mold and mildew by using a scrubbing cloth with mild detergent, water, and bleach.

Your soffits can have plenty of pests living in them for a long time. It can be the entrance for mice, insects, and birds. They can use the vent passages as entryways to create nests inside your attic. We recommend asking animal control experts to help you safely remove small animals without harm. 

Lastly, have your soffits checked for regular wear and tear. Most roofers usually include soffit inspections in their services. Ask them about your soffit's condition and if you should replace them.

If you need high-quality soffits for your home, have them installed and maintained by SJ Winn Construction. We're a reputable and trusted name for soffit services and everything else roofing in your neighborhood. Call us today to learn about our services.

A beautiful roof is easy on the eyes and makes the home much more photogenic. It shows buyers you guarantee a smooth transition when they buy your property. Furthermore, they have confidence that your home will protect them from long-term extreme weather damage.

Understandably, many homeowners forgo fixing their roofs because it costs a fortune, but the returns are undeniably exceptional. You can quickly sell your home, and your realtors can quickly find you leads. Furthermore, buyers would bookmark your property because it looks great.

Here are five benefits of fixing your roof before selling the property.

Reduced Negotiation Costs

Buyers won't find a newly replaced roof questionable. For example, a new GAF roof system has a 20-30 year lifespan guarantee. Moreover, it would ensure top-notch protection against the elements if a GAF Master Elite roofing company installed.

SJ Winn Construction is a GAF Master Elite company with decades of experience installing the manufacturer's products. The roofs we've installed in your neighborhood last for decades and protect them against extensive storm damage.

Quick-Pass Building Inspections

You'll easily pass a building inspector's requirements with a high-quality system. For example, GAF's algae-resistant system will make your roof last for decades because it won't incur mold and water damage like the manufacturer's average roofing materials.

Building inspections determine if a buyer will push through with their deal with you. If a building inspector deems your property dilapidated and due for demolition, buyers may pull out or negotiate a lower price because they have the upper hand.

Easier Marketing

A new roof has a vibrant color that grabs the attention of potential buyers. A photogenic property is easily noticeable in digital and realtor listings. Buyers may quickly bookmark your home with a new roof as a potential property to buy.

Property marketing relies on images and photos of the interior and exterior. Many homeowners renovate their kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms to increase their property prices. Successful realtors who have sold refurbished properties highly recommend replacing the roof for easier marketing and finding qualified leads.

Find Better and More Qualified Leads

You want sure buyers with the means to pay for your home. By highlighting you had a new roof replacement, you'll reach more qualified buyers willing to look through and offer a sum for your home. Furthermore, they'll appreciate that the roof can protect them for decades from snow, hail, and rainstorms.

Every village and subdivision has a different set of qualified leads. Affluent villages typically appreciate more interior and exterior renovations. On the other hand, middle-income and low-income neighborhoods have their respective target clients. Catering to their need will help you find buyers willing to purchase your home.

Pass Financing Quickly

Banks and creditors will finance homes that they believe will increase in value over time. A home with a new roof and quality-of-life improvements receive financing quickly. Buyers have more courage to buy a property with an assured financial institution that can quickly help them.

If you need high-quality roof inspections and replacements, you can count on SJ Winn Construction's experienced and well-equipped roofers. We've taken care of and continue to help homes in your area with our top-tier roofing services. Call us today to set an appointment.

Rough weather will cause asphalt shingles to suffer severe damage. Strong winds can lift them off their nails. Plus, tree branches can come from anywhere and damage your roof. If you're unsure about what to do after a storm passes, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Identify the Different Types of Roof Storm Damage

Storms cause various types of damage. Let's learn more about each of them below.


Winds higher than 74 miles-per-hour, also known as gale-force winds, will loosen asphalt shingle nails and blow them off. Roof geometry and material dictate the roof's resistance to strong weather. For example, gable roofs with narrow overhangs have good wind resistance, but an aerodynamically designed hip roof endures wind damage better.

Wind damage signs to watch out for include torn, curled, and bruised shingles. Outside the roof, check the local surroundings for toppled trees and power lines.


Hailstones can cause dents and bruises on asphalt shingles. They also cause small hidden pockmarks that dislodge protective shingle granules and weaken the material. That said, hailstorms are a homeowner's nightmare because it causes severe aesthetic damage to roofing systems. 

Hailstorms are destructive; even a 15-minute deluge can cause severe roof damage. That said, call a local certified roofer to inspect and assess your roof's current condition.

Pooled Water

Water runoff can clog gutters with dust, debris, and leaves. The pooled water on clogged systems will cause lipping and sagging by pushing against all directions. Furthermore, the water can soak your underlayment, sheathing, and fascia.

Your roofers will use ladders to head up to your gutters, clean the debris, and remove clogging. Then, they will inspect the gutter's structural condition and other issues. After their maintenance repairs, your gutters will work well and effectively by the next storm.

What to Do After a Storm?

Storm damage can shorten your roof's lifespan without immediate repairs. However, if you follow these steps, you can claim roof insurance and restore your roof's condition without paying for anything. Learn more about each step below.

Roof Inspections

Call your local roofer for roof inspections. They can identify visible and hidden roof damages. Most offer free roof surveys and will bring ladders to check your roof's exterior condition. Their assessment serves as initial data you can use to make an insurance claim.

The roofer will check your roofing system's top layer of asphalt shingles or roofing materials for damage. Then, they'll check the gutter, vents, windows, attic, and ceiling for possible damage and issues.

Contact Your Insurer

After your roofer assesses and makes emergency storm damage repairs, you can contact your insurer. Refer to your policy's claims guidelines with this step. Most often, insurers will have you call them and then send them the roofer's photos and documentation of damage. Then, your insurer will conduct their own inspections, discuss repair or replacement details with your roofer, and set a date for repairs and replacement.

Count on SJ Winn Construction to help you with storm damage roof repairs. Our experienced team of professional roofers ensures excellent results in all our roofing projects. Call us today for emergency storm damage repair and general roof services!

A complete roof replacement is an enormous investment. Some homeowners use in-house financing or bank loans to fund their roof replacement if they couldn't save enough cash beforehand. This is why any homeowner will want the best replacement services to touch their roofs. Unfortunately, some would settle for uninsured roofers that many neighbors had referred due to their track record of excellent workmanship.

Uninsured roofers might seem like a cheap and easy fix, but they can cause big and expensive problems later in the project. Their lack of contractor's liability insurance won't give you any recourse for broken furniture or damaged walls during the replacement. 

If an accident happens, your roofer's worker that suffered the accident can hold you liable if they don't have worker's compensation insurance.

We highly recommend working with fully-insured roofers only because they can ensure the excellent condition of the new roofing material before and during installation. A manufacturer who did not certify the roofer you're using immediately disqualifies your roof from warranty coverage. 

Roof material manufacturers only trust certified roofers to do the installation correctly.

Learn more about why you should only work with reliable and fully-insured roofers for your roof replacement.

Contractor's Liability Insurance

The contractor's liability insurance is the roofer's pledge that they will hold their company accountable for any damage to your property caused by their operations while replacing your roof. 

Experienced professionals understand they have extensive knowledge and the right equipment to perform their duties. With this in mind, they know that they've minimized each method's risk to the best of their knowledge, but they cannot eliminate it. This explains why all roofers – including top-notch, certified ones – will always have insurance to protect themselves and you from any expensive liabilities.

All reliable contractors undergo in-depth training and certification programs from manufacturers to qualify for a contractor's liability insurance. Insurers are stringent in their guidelines to reduce the risks involved in every project the roofer does. In addition, certification from manufacturers automatically qualifies all the roofer's installation projects.

Worker's Compensation Insurance

Aside from contractor liability, your roofing company must also have worker's compensation insurance. This ensures the roofer and their employees won't hold you liable for any personal injuries and damages during the roof installation.

Roofing is a high-risk occupation. Worldwide, it is recognized as one of the most dangerous occupations. With this in mind, even experienced roofers take their time doing their tasks and operating equipment to avoid life-changing injuries. 

In most states and countries, the person who owns the property is liable for any accident or injury in their vicinity. Therefore, an uninsured roofer can hold homeowners responsible for their injuries. The homeowners hired the roofers, meaning they are their time-limited employers. 

With a worker's compensation insurance, the roofer takes full responsibility for employee-related accidents. Most worker's compensation insurance includes monetary compensation and hospitalization for the affected roofer.

If you need an excellent roofing company to service your residential or commercial roof, you can always count on us at SJ Winn Construction for your residential projects. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.


156 Torrington Rd., Winsted,
Connecticut 06098

Phone: 860-379-8863
Email: sjwinnconstruction@gmail.com