How to Prolong the Life of Your Roof
Because your roof is the first line of defense in inclement weather and represents a serious investment on the part of any homeowner, keeping it in good shape will extend the life of your roof to prevent costly replacement.
Therefore, it is important for you to be aware of simple repairs and preventative measures which may help to extend the life of your roof.
Even though there are other roof materials such as copper, tile, and metal, the majority of roofs have shingles. According to angieslist.com, the quality of the materials and workmanship when the existing roof was put on is the biggest factor in the lifespan of a roof.
Easy maintenance and repair tasks that can diminish the aging and decay of your roof shingles
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What You Should Expect to See
Replacing your roof is a big commitment. It is important that you understand the re-roofing process from beginning to end. After all, your roof is your first line of defense against severe weather for your home - your biggest asset.
Familiarizing yourself with the steps needed to get the job done properly will ensure a successful roof replacement with no major construction or financial surprises during this process.
Before starting the re-roofing process, homeowners need to take some time and effort to evaluate the roofing contractor. Here are some tips to finding the best contractor for your roof replacement, according to allroofingsolutionsde.com.:
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Your home's roof is the first line of defense in extreme weather. Waiting until the first sign of damage appears in the ceiling or roof could mean facing much larger problems. Early detection of roof leaks or other damage is the answer to avoiding more serious roof damage in the future. Having your roof periodically inspected can avoid costly repairs.
According to Angie's List, their researchers found that roof inspection costs range from free to $200. If you just want to check the condition of your roof, you'll probably have to pay for a general maintenance inspection. Sometimes an inspection may include some minor repairs. Also some inspectors charge more to include an interior, attic-view roof check.
Scheduling a "peace of mind" roof inspection every one or two years can catch potential roofing problems before they become bigger. Oftentimes it is helpful to get a professional estimate of how much useful life your roof might have left. Even if there are repairs required, it could save you the cost of replacing your roof by extending the life of your old one.
Here are some things an inspector will examine:
Also, treatment for moss and lichen needs to be initiated in the fall so that it can be completed by the next spring. The treatment can be working during the winter months and the dead lichen can be swept or rinsed off in the spring.
If you feel that your roof has been compromised or for seasonal inspections, especially if your roof is over ten years old, call your insurance company. They may cover the cost of repairs and your agent will arrange for a qualified roof inspector to examine the roof and make a determination.
A roof inspection gets broken into four facets: structure, materials, interiors, and workmanship.
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How to Ensure Your Roofer Uses Quality Materials
Using the right roofing material for your home can improve its curb appeal as well as protect your home's first line of defense in severe weather. Your choice of roofing shingles can help your home stand out or blend in with your surroundings.
When getting quotes from roofing companies, you will find that the prices from each will vary. Part of this variation in price is based on the supplier from which the roofing company gets their materials. The higher quality the roofing material, the higher the quote will be. Sometimes paying a little more can go a long way. The design, ability to protect, and quality of engineering of your roofing shingle will be factors in your choice.
According to hgtv.com, when choosing roofing materials, consider the following questions:
When doing a full replacement of your roof, it is always better to strip it down
to the sheathing so the roofer can check for mold, rot, water damage, and insect damage. This also prevents the roofer from double-layering the shingles and causing it to overstress the rafters or supports of your home from the weight. Checking the manufacturer's warranty of the roofing materials to make sure it covers the overstress of rafters and other structural parts of the home is a good way to check the quality of the material.
Most full coverage warranties cover defective materials and most material warranties offer prorated coverage. However, most to all warranties do not cover wind damage over 85 mph or faulty installation. To protect yourself from faulty installation, ask for a labor warranty and save all receipts and invoices.
Checking the fire rating of the material being used is another way to verify the quality of the material being used. You want to get material that has a Class A fire rating. This is the highest rated material in fire safety.
Here are some of the most popular choices for roofing materials along with the pros and cons for their use and the estimated cost and life span of that product:
ASPHALT SHINGLES: Asphalt is the most popular shingle used. It is light-weight, easy to install and the most budget friendly. these shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials (cellulose). There are two types of asphalt shingles. Laminated asphalt shingles look like slate or wood shakes. Three tab asphalt shingles are single layer, flatter/thinner, but perform poorly in past tests.
Pros: Asphalt comes in a variety of colors, is widely available is one of the least expensive materials.
Cons: Asphalt has a shorter life span, doesn't provide as much insulation as other materials available and the quality can vary.
Cost and life span: Homeowners will pay from $70 to $120 a square and if maintained, will last 20 to 25 years.
CLAY AND CONCRETE TILES: These tiles add texture and style to a roof. Flat, ribbed or scalloped clay tiles are durable but also very heavy and must be professionally installed. concrete tiles are less expensive but also have heavy weight.
Pros: Concrete and clay ties are long lasting, non-combustible, and concrete tiles are energy efficient.
Cons: Clay and concrete tires are expensive, heavy and most often require additional framing.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start around $300 to $500 a square and, if maintained will last 40 to 50 years.
METAL ROOFING: Metal roofs are resistant to severe weather and are available in two types, panels and shingles. They come in aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc.
Pros: Metal roofing is durable, longer-lasting and has high solar reflectance.
This allows your home to stay cooler in the summer.
Cons: Metal roofing can be expensive. this type of roofing can be noisy during rainstorms and can dent easily.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start around $100 to $300 a square and can last 40 to 75 years.
SLATE: Beautiful and with a distinctive appearance, slate colors include black, green, grey, red and purple. Fake slate is produced in plastic/polymer, clay and rubber, or asphalt. This material is much more slippery than real slate and may crack upon impact.
Pros: Slate is durable, fire-resistant and can be recycled.
Cons: Slate is heavy, usually requires extra framing and needs to be professionally installed. Imported slate quality can vary.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start at $600 a square and up. It can last from 50 to 100 years or more.
WOOD SHINGLES AND SHAKE: This is an extremely popular choice because homeowners love the look and the shingles weather to a pretty shade of gray.
Wood shakes are handmade and a bit rougher- looking than wood shingles which are machine-made.
Pros: these shingles offer a rustic look and are usually made from cedar, redwood and southern pine.
Cons: In some areas fire codes prohibit use. These can mold, split or rot in wet climates.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start at $100 to $150 a square and last around 25 to 30 years.
SYNTHETIC ROOFING PRODUCTS: These include rubber, plastic, and polymer roofing which can give you the color, look and texture of natural materials like slate and wood.
Pros: Synthetic roofing products are designed to be strong and easy to maintain and are fire-resistant. They are often not as fragile, heavy, or expensive as natural products.
Cons: Some of theses products can absorb water, the quality varies and are not as time-tested as other materials.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start about $300 a square and are warrantied for up to 50 years: The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) suggests you look at full-size samples of the synthetic product and the manufacturers' brochures.
Also, look for installations that have been in place at least 10 years to see the wear characteristics for your area.
Finding the type of shingle that your budget will allow is step one. Researching the supplier's warranties for that product would be step Two. The cheapest quotes may not always be the best quote, because they are partially based on material cost and quality.
Joye Roofing offers a variety of materials and prices to fit any homeowners's needs. They offer a free roof inspection and are 5-star rated on Facebook and Google My Business.
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Roof leak repairs; where do we start? A leaking roof can be more than a pesky nuisance. It can be the beginning of major damage to your home. It is always better to repair a leaking roof as soon as it's discovered. Leaking roofs can be caused by hail, storms, a tornado, extreme temperature changes, seals or flashing which has eroded over time.
According to Freshome.com here are the ten most common causes of roof leaks and how to fix them:
1) Cracked Flashing
Once you locate the source of the leak, pry up the nails used to secure the old flashing. Lift any shingle out of the way and remove the cracked segment. Gently put a new run of flashing in its place, fasten the new flashing in the same pattern as your old piece using roofing nails. Then, apply a coat of roofing sealant to the nail heads.
2) Broken Shingles
Slide a pry bar underneath the row of nails that connects the damaged shingle to the one below it. Lift up until the nail pops and then press down on the shingle while you remove the nail. Repeat for the remaining nails. Pull out the damaged shingle, replace it with a new one and secure it with four new nails.
3) Improperly Sealed Valleys
It is recommended that this needs to be done by a professional because of its complexity. Your roofer will likely fix the problem by laying a new leak barrier along the valley and shingling overtop.
4) Cracked Vent Booting
Use a knife to remove the rubber around the vent. Use a pry bar to break the seal on any connecting shingles. Slide the new rubber boot under the shingles, over the vent, and bring it down onto the roof. Then, secure the new boot with roofing nails on either side and caulk under the shingles to seal them to the new flashing.
5) Ice Dam Buildup
Using a roof rake, which looks like a sideways shovel with a long handle, to reach up onto the roof and remove at least the lower four feet of snow from the roof edge. If you see an ice dam forming, consider treating it with an ice melt product, according to manufacturer's directions.
6) Improperly Installed Skylights
Clear any debris off the skylight and check for cracks in the window itself. Seal any cracks with a layer of clear silicone along its length, if necessary. If that is not the cause, check the surrounding flashing and replace as needed.
7) Clogged Gutters
This involves getting up on a ladder and getting in there with your hands. It is recommended you place a large tarp underneath the area where you are working to catch any debris as you go and wrap it up for disposal later.
8) Cracked Chimney
Sometimes, all that is involved is finding the source of the leak and replacing the missing mortar. However, you may need to hire a professional because the materials used for chimney repairs are different than those for standard roofing repairs.
9) Attic Condensation
After treating for any mold growth, isolate your attic to prevent large fluctuations in temperature. Make sure that all of the roof vents are clear from the interior end and install a large ventilation fan, if needed.
10) Too Much Walking On The Roof
Because a lot of roofing material is fragile, avoid walking on your roof, if possible. A professional roofer is trained on how to avoid the most easily-damaged areas.
Seeing signs of wear and tear on roofing shingles, drips or peeling paint or water spots on ceilings are all symptoms of a leaking roofs.
A better way to locate leaks is to check your attic on a rainy day. Look for signs dampness, mold, odor, or damage to roof rafters. However, some signs of a leak can be difficult to find. Minor leaks can lead to extensive damage such as mold, rotted framing, trusses and sheathing, damaged insulation and ceilings. This can lead to increased costs to not only repair the leak but the resulting damage. Hiring a professional like Joye Roofing to do a free, thorough inspection can save homeowners big money down the road.
According to fixr.com, a national average of what roofing contractors will usually charge is around $3 per square foot for a leak repair project, or $45-$75 per hour. Roof leak repairs usually take one to two days (8-16 labor hours - $360-$1200) to complete. Material costs may or may not be included in the package quote, but they can be charged separately as well.
According to fixr.com, A national average of material cost to repair a 10 X 10' area is as follows:
Replacement plywood (4 sheets) $80
Bundle of shingles $100
Roof cement (1 gal.) $22
Galvanized roofing nails $65
Average cost of gutter cleaning is $90 per visit
If your roof is too badly damaged, it may be safer to replace the entire roof. This will ensure the structural safety of your home and save you money in the long term.
Schedule your free roof inspection with Joye Roofing by calling 803 470 5569.
The prices listed above are national averages and DO NOT reflect the pricing or quotes of Joye Roofing.
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What is the best way to choose a roofing company in Columbia?
Roofing companies in Columbia seem to fall into several categories. Many of the companies found in a Google search are construction companies who do roofing. These companies primarily do construction and remodeling. Some roofers are siding and gutter companies or window replacement companies who also do roofing repair or replacement. There are roofing companies that are satellite branches to construction companies based in other cities. Many of these companies do both commercial and residential roofing.
The number of years the company has been in business varies greatly. Then there are the locally-owned and operated roofing companies, like Joye Roofing, which are family owned who have been in business for many years.
Another difference found in researching roofing companies was the way they assess their customers' needs. Some companies will offer a free estimate before doing any work. Other companies will go even further and offer a free roof inspection. Some companies show warranties for their work, others do not.
Some companies offer multiple business ratings and recommendations. Others may show photographs of their work along with past customers' recommendations. Some companies show that they are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, others do not show this information.
Below are some of the roofing companies found for the Columbia area along with some basic information about each.
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When searching for a roofing company that will work best for you one of the first things most people do is check out their previous customer reviews. According to Search Engine Land, 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. This is why your reviews are so valued by us. The more customer reviews we have posted on the web, the more traffic from new customers we can accrue.
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1.Gives us the opportunity to grow and improve our products and services
By explaining to us if you were satisfied with the products and services you were given, it will give us the knowledge we need to begin expanding. With expanding we are able to improve and create a great customer experience. Without this, we are unable to compete with the ever changing, and competitive market.
2.By sharing your reviews with others, it will allow new customers to trust us
When your friends and neighbors see your trustworthy review about us it will give them the confidence they need to work with us. By sharing what your expectations were and if they were met and or exceeded, this will give the new customers confidence that their expectations will also be met.
3.Delivers factual data that can be used to improve marketing decisions
Another great aspect of our company receiving your review is that is provides us with the knowledge we need to create better marketing materials. You give us great insight on how you learned about our business and how you gained your understanding of how we were going to assist in fixing your roofing problem. This guides us in the right direction when growing our marketing campaigns.
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According to AngiesList.com,a roof inspection can cost up to $300. Some inspectors charge more for interior, attic-view roof checks. Believe it or not, experts say that scheduling a roof inspection every one or two years can catch potential roofing problems before they become bigger.
A normal roof inspection should look at the following:
Most roofing companies offer a free quote or consultation. One company stated that their inspection would take "15 - 20 minutes." Joye Roofing offers a complete on-site inspection.
Bob Villa recommends a roof inspection after a hailstorm or other significant weather incident the determine if your roof has suffered damage. However, he says that the most vital time of the year for roof inspection is the fall, before cold weather sets in. Treatment for moss and lichen can involve a significant amount of time, up to 180 days. Treatment started in the fall can be working during the winter months.
Finding the right roofing inspector is important, also. For the do-it-yourselfers, remember, climbing a ladder and getting on the roof can be dangerous. And, there may be signs of damage that only experts can recognize.
Hiring a reputable and trusted contractor such as Joye Roofing protects the homeowner from storm chasers who travel around the country looking to take advantage of homeowners needing immediate repair. A post office box address is a red flag in terms of hiring an established, reputable roofing contractor. Check references and make sure the company you hire is licensed and insured.
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Watch the progress as we bring this home back from major damage
Some downtown Columbia homeowners got a major surprise this week when a wind storm brought the outside into their home. A tree came through the roof causing major damage.
We have a lot of experience with major restorations like this. After the 1000 year flood in Columbia we acted as the general contractor for many homes needing total restoration. We worked with the insurance company and the homeowner to put Columbia families back in their homes as quickly as possible.
We will be posting updates on the downtown Columbia home pictured here. Keep watching for more info...
5 questions to ask yourself when trying to determine which company or contractor is the best for your job
When replacing or repairing a roof it is important to hire the correct person to install it for you. The two most common choices are either a roofer or a roofing contractor.
A roofer is a person who just works on roofs; they may or may not be a licensed contractor. Roofers mainly focus on smaller jobs and repairs. A roofing contractor is a licensed contractor with the state who specializes in roofing. They are more focused on full replacements and large scale damages.
When trying to determine which company or contractor is the best for your job, ask yourself these 5 questions:
After answering these four questions you should be able to decide if a roofer or roofing contractor is right for you. Roofers focus mainly on repairs and roofing contractors focus on the larger repairs and full replacements. Roofing contractors are able to do the repairs that extend past just the roof as well. Determining how much of your roof and or home is damaged is the first step. After you determine how large the job is you will be able to select the best roofing company for you.
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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 20 years.