Posts Tagged ‘roof repair’
If you have a patched roof, or cracked, curling, or missing shingles, these are indicators that your roof may have been installed improperly or that you need your roof repaired or replaced. Here is a great blog post from Reuben Saltzman, a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. In this post, he explains how to thoroughly inspect your own roof for any roof problems:
Perhaps repairing or replacing your roof is on your to-do list for 2013, but you don’t know where to start. Well, there are several factors to consider to determine whether the damage can be repaired or it’s time for a complete replacement.
20 years old +
If your roof is more than 20 years old and is leaking, it’s probably time to consider a new roof.
15-20 years old
Sometimes there is a gray area, between years 15 and 20, when your roof starts to show signs of problems, but has not yet completed its expected lifespan.
Younger than 15 years
If your roof is younger than 15 years and has some roof leaks or missing shingles, these generally can be repaired and can extend the life of the roof by several years.
Call A & H Roofing at 303.659.8088 today. We’d be happy to inspect your roof for you and let you know what your options are!
Rain. Snow. Wind. Sun. Salt. It’s a wonder that some things last as long as they do with all the weather variances we face. The roof is the important building component when it comes to weather protection and is the one thing that significantly protects the investment of the owner, by protecting the structure. Maintenance-free roofing systems do not exist, because all types of roofs require a certain amount of attention.
If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to start an annual maintenance program. The importance is obvious – to extend the service life of the existing roof system. You want to catch problems early or even before they occur. Comprehensive repairs not only make the roof last longer, but also provide cost savings to the facility’s owner.
Walk the perimeter of the building to ensure that any unsecured objects, such as trash cans, signs, tree limbs, and loose building materials cannot become airborne projectiles during high winds. Trees should have all dead or broken branches removed and should be trimmed away from the building to prevent possible fires or damage to the roof.
Roof edge details should be checked to ensure that they are tight fitting and properly sealed. Corners of the building are the most susceptible to wind and rain damage. Immediately fix anything that lacks integrity.
All debris and loose materials should be removed from the roof. Leaf grates, if part of the roofing system, should be cleaned and secured in a manner that keeps them in place. Make sure there is no blockage of any kind in drainage areas. Look for cracks or leaking on all areas of the roof and repair as needed.
Check all sealants on penetrations and terminations. All roof mounted equipment (HVAC units, satellite dishes, antennas, duct work, etc.) should be secured in a manner which will not allow movement. If it can be moved by hand it will become displaced in a storm or with wind. All service panel doors should be inspected to ensure that they are properly fastened. Any missing fasteners should be replaced.
A thorough maintenance program will address problems at their initial stage, minimizing or eliminating damage to interior furnishings, equipment, building materials and finishes. In this way, building owners avoid expenditures and preserve their investment, from top to bottom.
Source: The World’s Best Roofing Blog
We spend a lot of money to buy our cars, as proved by our monthly payment, and cars are essential to our daily life functions. As much care as we take of our cars they are, in fact, only the third biggest purchase most people will make in their lives. Surprisingly, the second largest purchase people make is a little more abstract: education. The largest purchase we will ever make in our lives, you have probably guessed by now, is our house.
With all the fuss and attention people pay to their cars, which rank third on the payment list, it is a wonder that property maintenance can sometimes be overlooked; especially when you consider that a house is an appreciating asset, while a car is a depreciating one.
If you are one of those homeowners who rightly puts house maintenance number one, then A & H Roofing is for you.
Home ownership is a wonderful road to wealth and security but a road full of challenges. With a little guidance we can get you and your roof there in one piece. Call us today come inspect your roof for hail or wind damage or just to make sure you are ready for the coming winter months.
Completely replacing a roof can be VERY expensive. In fact, the national average for a new asphalt shingle roof is about $21,500, according to Remodeling’s 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report, of which you’ll recoup $12,800 at resale (59.5%). For high-end materials, such as standing-seam metal, the cost jumps to as much as $38,000!
Any roof over 20 years old unquestionably needs to be replaced. Other things to look for that may point to your roof being replaced are: cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing; shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering; worn areas around chimneys, pipes, and skylights; piles of grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters; or masses of moss and lichen. You can inspect your roof for any of these elements from the outside by viewing it through binoculars.
For the most part, repairing a roof is something you would do if your roof is leaking, especially if your roof is in relatively good shape. Then it may make more sense to to do a spot repair. You can usually repair a leak in a roof that is otherwise sound. The cost might range from $10, if you just need to squirt some roofing mastic into a gap alongside chimney flashing, to $1,000 to fix a leak in a roof valley.
Whether a replacement or a repair is in your future, an absolute must-do for any homeowner is to have your roof inspected and assessed once a year. This can keep you abreast of any emerging problems, which means you can nip any little problems in the bud before they become big problems that warrant an entirely new roof.
Call us at A & H Roofing to schedule an inspection and let us keep your house looking great and give you peace of mind.