Important Tips on Roof Installation and Repairs
Our home is one of the most important assets that we own and often it requires maintenance and remodeling of one kind or another. We all dream and aspire to have a place where we can retreat from the stresses of the outside world and connect with ourselves and with our family. This necessity it is not a cheap one but rather something that takes time and money as well as a good home remodeling& repair company to achieve. A home is as personal and as precious as a beautiful piece of jewelry and just like an expensive diamond is handled by a professional jeweler so too a home should be given to a good home building contractor to remodel or maintain.
Roof installation and repair, unlike other home repairs and remodeling, is not something you can just put off for next year. When one finds a roof leak it needs to be fixed right away or at least before the next winter shows up, otherwise the water damage caused by the leaking roof can be substantial and can lead to unnecessary expenses in the long run. The urgency of roof maintenance is important also for making your home more energy efficient and for reducing high energy bills. As a matter of fact professional craftsmanship in roof repairs and installation is the first step in improving energy conservation and efficiency for your entire home and you’ll be amazed at the positive effect this will have on your utility bills.
Roof Types and Materials
Most roof types and materials are very durable and can last for many years, but because at least 40 % of your home’s front elevation is the roof, it is constantly exposed to changing weather conditions that can cause damage and can make the roof look dirty and neglected. Thus, whether it’s a tile roof, shingle roof, or even steel roofing, periodic roofing services would be necessary and when it does it needs be taken care of by a professional roof contractor.
In addition to natural causes, sloppy craftsmanship is another common reason for leaking roof and other roof related issues. If the roof installation was not done properly, by winter time you will surely know about it. For example – If the parameter edge is re-roofed without a starter shingle or if the starter shingle is improperly installed, you definitely have a problem there. Exposed fasteners and nails that are not sealed will eventually cause a roof leak. Improper installation of counter flashing or missing counter flashing under the step flashing, no underlayment, debris in the gutters, rough cut shingles are also examples of bad roofing that one should watch for.
Shingle Roofing System
Some general rules to follow when considering the type and colour of your new roofing is also in place. Today what we predominantly see in terms of roofing materials are tile roof & steel roof or metal roofing systems, as well as the fiberglass shingle roofing system. In the shingle roof system you have the standard fiberglass roofing or you have what is called dimensional roofing which is becoming popular and is considered as high-end roofing. In selecting your roofing it is really going to depend on what is predominant in your neighbourhood or if you are looking for a unique look you would want the roofing to match in with the bricking or sidings of your house. If you have lighter shad bricking or sidings you don’t want go for a really high contrast where you have a really dark roof but rather you should go with a lighter shad approximate to your sidings. Basically the roof needs to blend with the colour of your brick, sidings and the gutter system. For instance if the sidings are of a lighter shade tone you need more or less a lighter shade colour for your roof, like light grey or a light brown.Eliminate leaks and repairs
External Repairs Like Replacing Shingles
Deck & fence services are a major issue for building owners, because when they make their way into the building, they can create slip-and-fall potentials for building occupants. For store or office managers, a slip-and-fall incident can mean thousands of dollars in litigation. Even when the leak is unseen from inside the building, it can cause the growth of mild that threatens the health of individuals with allergies. Other external repairs like replacing shingles or decay caused by water build-up will also be necessary over time. When required repairs continue to increase and leaks become more common, these issues and the problems they cause will lead to higher costs for building owners. Rather than continuing to hire roofing companies to come in and patch up a problem, it will actually be more cost effective to put in a new roof. A roof built by competent builders will hold up for many years before major repairs are needed.
Acquire A New Warranty
An older roof might have exceeded the life of the warranty it came with, assuming that it even came with a warranty. When reputable roofing companies provide a replacement roof, they will stand behind the quality of their work. Most will include a warranty at no additional charge, and those who do not will still offer a warranty that is less costly than any major repair. Some warranties will even cover regularly scheduled semi-annual inspections, so that problems are spotted and corrected before they have a chance to cause major damage. Thanks to the added level of protection provided by a warranty, a new roof will be more dependable and less expensive to maintain for the first few years after it is installed.
Increase Property Value
Building owners who are trying to sell a home or other structure will invest thousands of dollars to make the building more appealing to buyers. Yet many owners neglect to install a new roof. When making renovations, there are percentages that can be used to calculate which renovations will deliver the most return on investment (ROI.) A new roof is one of the best renovations when it comes to increasing property value and getting back a high percentage of what is spent on the renovation.
In a last note – remember that cost does not determine quality, and not all of kinds of roofing will meet the needs of your specific home. But by carefully selecting the right roofing material and making sure it’s installed properly by a licensed roofing contractor and by performing maintenance occasionally, you can have a roof that functions properly for 20 to 30 years or even longer.