Columbus, the state capital and Ohio’s largest city, has been ranked number eight of the top 10 cities to live in the United States. And, according to Business Week, it’s the best place in America to raise a family.
Providing for your family is a top priority. Knowing your home is well maintained can bring peace of mind like no other. If you want to make sure your home is in peak condition, how about starting at the top?
Whether it be due to hail, high winds, heavy rains, or just natural aging, roof repair is not something you want to put off. If there is a problem, it will only grow worse with time.
Scheduling a periodic inspection of your roof will catch many issues before they have a chance to become a problem. If you see signs of possible damage, contact a roofing professional to assess your roof and offer solutions rather than attempting the job yourself.
Should an emergency arise, a roofing professional will prioritize and get your problem under wraps as quickly as possible.
There are times when repair is not the best option and a roof replacement is necessary. Several major factors play a part in whether or not it is time to replace your roof. A few of the major indicators are:
- Leakage: Once a leak is discovered from inside your home, it has most likely been going on for some time. That is a sobering thought because leakage over an extended period leads to structural damage. Water has been penetrating the roofing system, decking and insulation enroute to the ceiling where the problem is usually discovered.
- Wind damage: Short of being ripped loose completely, shingles that have suffered wind damage can be hard to spot. If exposed to high winds, moving shingles can cause the loosening of nails and damage to granules on the shingles surface that will ultimately allow leakage.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Age would be the culprit here. Both of these situations would indicate roof replacement is necessary and should be at the top of the to-do list.
- No chimney cricket: If your chimney is on a downhill slope and there is no chimney cricket installed in flashing around the chimney, moisture is likely to accumulate causing rusted flashing, mold, wood rot and leaks.
- Hail damage: Large hailstones can cause severe damage to a roof, especially if the shingles are asphalt. The damage may not be visible to the untrained eye, it is best to schedule an inspection after a severe hailstorm.
It used to be that roofs were pretty standard. There was not much available to the homeowner other than basic black shingles. Today, however, that is no longer the case! A rainbow of color choices await consumers, and there are a variety of material options too.
Asphalt shingles remain one of the most popular roofing materials on the market today. They are affordable, long lasting, and come in an array of colors. Architectural shingles are rated for high wind (up to 110 mph) resistance more so than the 3-tab asphalt shingles which are rated for wind speeds up to 60-70 mph.
Clay and concrete tiles
This roof type is often referred to as Spanish style. Although more costly than asphalt shingles, clay and concrete tiles are energy efficient, durable, long lasting, and have great curb appeal. If installed correctly, clay or concrete tiles can be your home’s best defense against strong winds and heavy rain.
Not only are they beautiful, but metal roofs are also rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph. They are energy efficient, durable, low maintenance and weather resistant.
Standing seam metal roofs
In addition to being attractive, standing seam metal roofs are very effective at keeping water out.
The raised seams remain above the water line as it runs down the roof, even during torrential rain. The heavy material can also better withstand the weight of any tree limbs or storm debris tossed your way.
Business owners have a lot on their minds, and you don’t need concerns about your roof weighing you down. Let us help you make an informed decision regarding major roof repair or replace the roof altogether. We’ll walk you through the process every step of the way. The roofing material you choose now will have a lasting effect on your peace of mind years down the road.
Built up systems
Often used on low-slope roofs, built up roofing (BUR) has a life expectancy of 15-30 years and fares better in warmer climates. The technique includes layering materials. Built up roofs are extremely water resistant and are not adversely affected by ultraviolet rays. Due to the aggregate layer (which is often fiberglass) on top, these roofs are considered fire resistant.
The initial installation is expensive, one reason being because it is time consuming. Once the job is completed, however, additional upkeep is minimal.
Modified roofing systems
The modified roofing system is similar to the BUR system. First used in the 1960s, it is designed for low-slope roofs. Most often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof, modified roofing systems incorporate using membranes as the base material that adheres to the roof surface.
Cold applied systems
Both built up and modified roofing systems can be applied using a “cold system.” That means that adhering the material to the building surface can be done without “mopping” the surface with hot asphalt or like material. When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation.
The exposed white surface of Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) reflects UV rays making this choice energy efficient. This single-ply roofing membrane is recommended for areas where the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system.
Metal roof systems
The building structure, form and roof pitch are essential things to consider when choosing a metal roof system. Metal roof systems get expensive, but when comparing the cost to a life span of 30 to 40 years, things tend to even out. Other factors for consideration are the climate and checking out any local code requirements.
Common choices for metal roof systems are steel, aluminum, copper and zinc.
- Galvanized or coated steel is the actual material used for ultimate protection.
- Aluminum is often painted for added resilience.
- Copper roofs are durable and have a long life span.
- Zinc offers the best corrosion resistance and produces a low-gloss look.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Roof coating and urethane systems adhere to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection between your building and the elements. They are cost effective and energy efficient.
Acrylic coating is water-based and easy to use. Resistant to UV rays, it does not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coating erodes very little over time and is an option that does well in ponding water situations.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Because leaving them white is an option, urethane systems do very well as “cool roofs.”
Roof maintenance & inspections
Rather than waiting until there is a problem and there is no option but to repair or replace, perhaps you should consider setting up a maintenance schedule to have your roof inspected at regular intervals.
Our roofing maintenance programs consist of an inspection, a full report of findings (including photographs), and rapid restoration of any identified problems.
Frequently asked questions
Replacing your roof is a significant expense, whether it be for your home or business. We want to make that experience as easy for you as possible. You will find answers to some commonly asked questions regarding roof installation below.
If you have others, please, contact us! Our staff will be happy to answer them for you.
We can help you with all the different considerations that pertain to your roof and determine which will work best for your home or business.
How much will a new roof cost?
That will depend on roof size, shape, and slope. Also, of course, the materials you choose for your new roof is a large factor in determining final costs. Also, it depends on things like whether or not there are multiple layers of shingles to be removed. We offer free estimates to help you determine what your expense will be.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
Possibly. An exception would be if there were multiple layers of shingles beneath the ones you can see on the surface. Even if there are not multiple layers, a tear-off may be necessary due to damage. We’ll mention our free estimate again. It will lay out all the specific information you need to know.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed?
Most residential roofs can be replaced in one day. If it’s a job that will take longer, rest assured that in addition to leaving a clean work area, your home will be weatherproofed for the night before we call it a day.
What types of warranties do you provide?
Most manufacturers provide material warranties ranging from 5 to 50 years, depending on the product. Also, we are happy to provide our customers with our guarantee of quality.
Are you going to make a mess of my property?
We do our utmost to protect shrubs, landscaping and the surrounding yard throughout the roofing process. At the end of the workday, we ascertain that all debris is collected and the work area is cleaned up before we leave your property.
What happens to the old roof debris?
It is taken to the landfill and disposed of properly.