Living in KC pretty much defines living life at it’s best, doesn’t it? No wonder they write songs about us. We’ve got LEGOland, the zoo, and Arthur Bryant’s BBQ. Not to mention the Royals and the Chiefs!
Add the fact that we have four distinctly beautiful seasons, and, yes, we’re pretty confident that Kansas City is the best place to live on earth.
However, into each life a little rain must fall. Unfortunately, sometimes our rain is accompanied by high winds or tornadoes. That, and our periodic heavy amounts of snowfall can be hard on the roof.
Homeowners have a lot to deal with regarding upkeep. “It’s always something,” is a phrase that certainly applies! Just when you think you’re going to coast home free for a while, a pipe bursts or something!
Time flies (Okay, we’ll stop with the old sayings.) and before we know it, we don’t even remember the last time we did any roof maintenance. Scheduling routine maintenance checks is a good way to stay on top of the roofing situation.
Left unattended, small repair jobs turn into larger repair jobs. With each passing rain, damage from leakage gets a little bit worse. Eventually, your going to see evidence of the leak from an inside ceiling.
That’s not good.
Whether damage has gotten so bad that there is no choice other than replacing your roof or you just know it’s about that time, there comes a day when you have to bite the bullet.
Replacing the roof is a major expense for home and business owners, alike. No matter how you budget it in, a sound roofing system is essential to the structural integrity of your home or office.
If it’s time for you to consider a new roof, there are several options that might appeal to you.
Shingles are by far the most popular roofing choice for homeowners. However, there are several options to consider. Metal roofs are gaining popularity and we can’t overlook the beauty of traditional Spanish roofs.
Whatever you decide, we should mention that unless you are an experienced roofer, you shouldn’t attempt to make this job your next DIY project. In addition to the danger involved, if your roofing isn’t properly installed, you can have major problems down the road.
It’s no wonder that asphalt shingles are the most widely used roofing system. In addition to the fact that they are economical, they are durable. Higher end architectural shingles withstand wind speeds up to 110 mph. The more traditional 3-tab shingles rate for 60-70 mph wind speeds. They come in a wide variety of colors and last for years.
Clay and concrete tiles
Also known as a Spanish style roof, clay and concrete tiles are beautiful and energy efficient. They stand up to the heat and humidity of the summer months and bear up under the snow as well. This roofing system offers great resistance to strong winds and heavy rains too. They’re low maintenance, but we should note that walking on them should be kept to a minimum.
Metal roofs are rated to withstand wind speeds up to 120 mph. They’re durable, too, so any branches or storm debris aren’t likely to damage it. In addition, they’re energy efficient and low maintenance.
It’s no wonder architectural metals are becoming more popular.
Standing seam metal roofs
This roofing system provides a distinct look for your home. The raised seams are not only eye-catching, they are extremely effective for repelling water. As with architectural metals, standing seam metal roofs can withstand the weight of tree limbs or accumulating snowfall.
Unless your leasing your office space, roofing has to make the annual budget some time or another. We’re ready to help you through the process every step of the way. First of all, we can answer any questions you have regarding different roofing systems.
This allows you to make an informed decision whether you’re repairing or replacing your roof. There’s no reason for any second guessing. Instead, experience the satisfaction of a job well done.
Built up systems
The built up roofing system, otherwise known as the BUR, lasts for between 15 and 30 years. It’s often the choice for low-slope roofs and involves a layering technique. However, it performs best in warmer climates. BUR systems are water resistant and not affected by UV rays. The aggregate layer on top (often fiberglass) makes them fire resistant.
Modified roofing system
This system is similar to the BUR system and it’s layering technique. It is extremely water resistant and long lasting. The modified roofing system was first used in the 1960s and was soon deemed a step up from the tar and gravel roof. It is also designed for low slope or flat roofs.
Cold applied systems
The cold applied system can be used with both the BUR and modified roofing systems. Contractors don’t heat the bonding adhesive. Traditional BUR or modified systems require “mopping” the roof’s surface with hot asphalt. This process releases toxic fumes. The cold applied system does not.
The TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) system is a reflective, single-ply roofing membrane. The exposed white surface reflects the sun’s UV rays which makes this system energy efficient.
However, it’s recommended for areas that use the cooling system more than the heating system. Here, in KC, we’re pretty close to 50/50, so check with your roofing professional if you’re thinking about going this route.
Metal roofing system
Metal roofing is fairly expensive, but they last for up to 40 years! Once you add that fact into the occasion, a metal roof may be for you! It certainly will beautify your building, Building structure, roof pitch, and form are all important considerations when choosing a metal roofing system.
Your roofing professional will help you determine which metal roof is right for you.
- Galvanized steel (or coated steel) provides ultimate protection.
- Paint aluminum for added resilience.
- Cooper roofs fall under the “beautiful, durable, and long-lasting” category.
- Zinc roofing systems offer the best corrosion resistance.
Coating and urethane systems
The coating and urethane systems both adhere directly to your roof. They become your building’s first line of defense against the elements. Both are energy efficient and cost effective.
Acrylic and silicone roof coatings are both sound choices when it’s time to re-roof your business. However, acrylic coatings are water based and don’t do well in “ponding” situations. The water erodes the acrylic over time. Silicone coatings are a better choice if you have issues with puddles on the roof.
Urethane systems are considered heavy duty and impact resistant. They stay cleaner and resist ponding water. Urethane systems can be left white which makes them excellent “cool roof ” candidates.
Roof maintenance & inspections
We mentioned considering having a maintenance plan put in place earlier. It’s a good idea. Who wants to contend with ladders! As a matter of fact, we’d wager that ladders are the reason most people put off getting on the roof.
In addition, once you get yourself up there, you can overlook the signs of early roof damage. Most things are hard to catch with the untrained eye.
Our experienced inspectors will leave you with a report of any damage found, complete with photographs, and the best method of repair. Should you decide to hire us for the job, we will quickly resolve the issue for you.
Frequently asked questions
There’s a lot to consider when it’s time to replace your roof. It’s our goal to make your experience as stress free as possible.
Starting with answers to these frequently asked questions. If you have others, we will be happy to answer them for you.
How much will my new roof cost?
There are several things to determine before you know for sure. The type of roofing system you plan to install, of course, plays a big part in the answer. In addition, the roof’s size, shape, and slope are components as well. There can also be underlying damage to repair before installing a new roof.
We’ll be happy to help you figure things out. Schedule a free estimate with us today.
Can you install the new roof right over my old one?
We’ll give you a solid maybe on that. If there are multiple layers of shingles, for example, we suggest a tear off. It is possible to roof over one layer of shingles, however. Providing there is no underlying damage, of course.
Take advantage of our free estimate! We’ll get the job done efficiently. If that roofing over the old shingles, we’ll tell you.
How long will it take to install my new roof?
Typically, we complete a roofing job on an average sized home in one day. If it’s a job that takes longer, we weather proof your home for the night. We clean up our work area before we call it a day.
What types of warranties do you give?
Actually, product manufacturers provide warranties for their products. The amount of time varies, but you will be provided that information at the onset. In addition, we provide our customers with a guarantee of workmanship.
Will you make a mess of my property?
Roofing is a messy job, but rest assured that we take every precaution to protect your shrubs and other landscaping. This includes your yard. At the end of the job, we collect all debris for proper disposal at the landfill.
When we leave, you won’t even know we’ve been there, with the exception of your spectacular new roof, of course.