Visible from space, it’s probably no surprise that Las Vegas is one of the brightest cities on earth. All that glowing neon serves as a beacon cast across the desert sky. Once you enter our fabulous strip, tourists and residents, alike, can experience many incredible attractions including the wonders of the world! A volcano erupts here, the Eiffel Tower is over there, rainforests and jungle themes abound, and the 30 story Luxor pyramid is nothing short of spectacular.
But, no matter where you feel like you are in Vegas, it’s still the desert.
If you are a property owner, you don’t want to mistakenly think that just because we barely get rain, your roof will never need attention. And, one of our rare cloudbursts is not an opportune time to discover that you have a problem.
Whether it be due to high winds or the root cause of the damage was traced to direct damage from those harsh UV rays, roof repair is not something you want to put on the bottom of the to-do list. The problem will grow worse over time.
Scheduling a periodic inspection of your roof can catch minor problems before they have a chance to become major. Unless you have experience, contacting a roofing professional to inspect your roof and offer solutions is a much better (and safer!) option than attempting the job yourself.
If an emergency arises, a roofing professional will prioritize and get things under control for you as quickly as possible.
The most significant indicator that a roof replacement is necessary is leakage. Once a leak is discovered inside your home, it has most likely been going on for some time. That’s a sobering thought because an unaddressed leak over an extended time leads to structural damage.
As the leak progresses, water is damaging the roofing system, decking, and insulation en route to the ceiling where the problem is usually discovered.
There can be many contributors to a leak forming in your roof.
- Wind damage: Shingles that have suffered wind damage can be hard to spot. Moving shingles can cause nails to loosen and damage the granules on the surface of asphalt shingles that will eventually allow leakage.
- Exposed nails and missing granules: Whether due to wind loosening the shingles or rusting caused by age, exposed nails allow small leaks to form. Missing granules on the shingle surface can also cause a leak. If not addressed, over time major damage will result.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Age and sun damage cause cracked or curling shingles. Both of these situations would indicate roof replacement is necessary.
- No chimney cricket: If your chimney is on a downhill slope and you do not have a chimney cricket installed in your flashing around the chimney, moisture is likely to accumulate and even in our hot, dry climate trapped moisture can cause rusted flashing, mold, wood rot and leaks.
- Hail damage: Hail is a very rare occurrence in Vegas, but it happens. Hailstones can cause severe damage to a roof with asphalt shingles usually suffering the most damage. Hail damage may not be visible to the untrained eye, it is best to schedule an inspection after a hailstorm.
It used to be that there was not much available to homeowners in the way of roofing options. That is no longer the case! Today, there are a variety of choices available for consumers; both in materials used and color choices.
One of the most popular roofing materials on the market today, asphalt shingles are affordable, long-lasting, and come in an array of colors. Architectural shingles are more expensive but are considered more visually appealing, and they are rated for high wind (up to 110 mph) resistance. In comparison, the 3-tab asphalt shingles are rated for wind speeds up to 60-70 mph.
Clay and concrete tiles
Also known as Spanish style, clay and concrete tiles have been used in roofing for more than 100 years. They 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 our occasional heavy rain. They do crack easily; however, walking on your roof as little as possible is recommended.
Not only are they beautiful, but metal roofs are also energy efficient, durable, and low maintenance. Also, an attractive feature, they have a lifespan of 40 to 60 years!
Standing seam metal roofs
Being aesthetically pleasing to the eye would be the main draw of this roof style in Las Vegas. Or maybe the 50 to 70-year lifespan was the deciding factor! 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. The heavy material also better withstands the weight of any storm debris.
Business owners have a lot of weight to carry. We can shoulder the responsibility of how best to address any roof issues you are experiencing. We will help you make an informed decision regarding how to handle a major roof repair or, if necessary, replacing the roof altogether. E know the roofing material you choose now will continue to provide you with peace of mind years down the road.
Built up systems
A perfect choice for Las Vegas businesses because it is for use in warmer climates, built up roofing (BUR) is often used on low-slope roofs. With a life expectancy of 15-30 years, the BUR 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 the surface, these roofs are also considered fire resistant.
Installation is expensive and time-consuming, but afterward, there is minimal upkeep involved.
Modified roofing systems
First used in the 1960s, the modified roofing system is designed for low-slope roofs. Similar to the BUR systems, modified roofing systems are often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof. Modified roofing systems incorporate using a membrane 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 the material used to adhere to the building’s surface is not done by mopping hot asphalt or like material. There are no toxic fumes released during installation when using a cold applied roofing system.
Perfect for a desert climate, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is a reflective, single-ply roofing membrane that is recommended for areas where the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system. The exposed white surface reflects UV rays making this choice energy efficient.
Metal roof system
It costs between $5 and $12 a foot to install a metal roof. However, the 30 to 40-year life expectancy tends to even that out. The building structure, form, and roof pitch are essential points to consider when choosing a metal roof system. You should also think about the climate zone, and it’s a good idea to look into local code requirements.
Common choices for metal roof systems are:
- Galvanized or coated steel is used for ultimate protection.
- Aluminum, often painted for added resilience.
- Copper roofs have a long lifespan and are durable..
- Zinc offers the best corrosion resistance and produces a low-gloss look.
Our staff will assist you to determine which metal roof system will work best for your business.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Cost effective and energy efficient, roof coating and urethane systems adhere to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection between your building and the elements.
Acrylic coating is water-based and easy to use. Acrylic coatings are resistant to UV rays, but, being water-based, do not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coatings have very little erosion making it an option recommended for ponding water situations.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant roof system. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Urethane systems make good “cool roofs” because they can be white.
Roof maintenance & inspection
Setting up a maintenance schedule of your choosing to have your roof inspected at regular intervals is wise because it can save you the headache of minor issues getting out of hand. 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 major expense whether it be for your home or business. We want to make that experience as stress-free 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.
How much will a new roof cost?
That, of course, will depend on several factors. Roof size, shape, and slope will be taken into consideration, and the material you choose for your new roof is a significant factor, as well. Are there multiple layers of shingles to be removed? That can increase costs.
We will be glad to work with you to estimate your final cost-free of charge.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
Perhaps, but if there are multiple layers of shingles beneath the ones you can see on the surface, a tear-off will probably be the better choice. Even if there are not multiple layers, a tear-off may be necessary due to damage.
Again, our free estimate will lay out all the specific information you need to know.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed?
Most residential (and some commercial) roofs can be replaced in just one day. If it’s a job that will take longer, 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?
Depending on the product, most manufacturers offer a material warranty that ranges between 5 to 50 years. We proudly provide a guarantee of quality to our customers.
Are you going to make a mess of my property?
Roofing is a messy job, but we do our utmost to protect your shrubs, landscaping and the surrounding yard throughout the entire 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?
All debris is gathered and taken to the landfill for proper disposal.
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