The roof of any home is its crown, and it’s the most intricate part of the home due to its complexity and the damage it can cause if not properly done. A leaking roof can cause tremendous water damage in the home; as a result, choosing the right roofing contractor is crucial to protecting your home and valuables inside.
Some homeowners think that by hiring amateurs (or selecting the cheapest bid) they can cut costs. Unfortunately, this usually backfires by causing damage and costing more to get the job done. There are several reasons why you need to choose and entrust your roofing project to the right roofing company, here are a few reasons:
1. Cost Effectiveness
Hiring amateurs, or handling of the roof project by inexperienced homeowners, will always result in more damages and expenses. When you choose the right roofing contractor like The Blue Roof Company to do the repairs or install a new roof, costly mistakes can be avoided. Professional roofers will get the work done faster and more effectively – saving time and money.
2. Access to Higher Quality Materials
Reputable roofing contractors work in partnership with leading roof manufacturers to purchase premium roofing materials. So, you have access to a wide variety of high-end options without worrying about quality; this a guaranty that the repairs/install will not only be top-notch but also last.
An amateur contractor may not be familiar with the local building codes or follow the safety requirements, which can lead to a safety hazard. On the contrary, professional roofers have been trained, tested, certified, and licensed to handle roofing jobs in compliance with codes, regulations, and other safety requirements.
Choosing amateurs over professionals in handling your roofing project can void your warranty. Manufacturers usually attach warranties on their products to protect your investment against botched repairs or installation. Voiding such warranties leaves you liable for paying for subpar repairs. Instead, choose the right professionals to handle the job.
If you are a curious home owner thinking about upgrading your roof in the near future, we would love to hear from you. Our experts are always willing to give you our advise.
Checking the roof is not an easy task because of its location; that is why most homeowners do not know that they need a new roof until they carry out an inspection or notice certain signs. In most cases, by the time certain damages are spotted, it is already too late to make the necessary repairs.
Although replacing a roof can be expensive, the cost of a new roofing cannot compare to the damages leaving a damaged roof can cause. However, it is important to make sure that your home is both comfortable and safe for your family.
To protect your family and property, here are the infallible signs that you need a new roofing:
Water Damage, Leaks, and Sagging
The best place to assess the condition of your roof for sagging, leaks, and water damage is the loft or attic that is where you will spot signs such as watermarks and stains on the ceiling, wall, and roof. Dark trails or areas are a sign that mold has formed on the affected areas and the structures might be rotting.
In addition, you can notice leaks and water damage on the floor as water patches. Dry patches show old leaks and stains while fresh water leaks are a sign of new damage. Sagging implies that the roof’s structure has caved in having been exposed to water that resulted in moisture that weaken the area.
Light coming in from the roof indicates that there is a hole or crack in your roof and it needs an immediate fix. Have a roofing contractor inspect the roof to decide if repairs will be enough or a replacement is already needed. Do not ignore small rays of light, it may be a sign of a bigger problem.
Mold and Moss Growth
If your roof has been exposed to frequent moisture and cold, moss and mold can grow and damage the structure of the roof. If the situation is left untreated for a long time, the roof’s underlay will rot and weaken the foundation of the roofing.
Age of the Roof
The age of your roof will impact the extent of the damage that can happen to the roofing depending on the material used. There is no actual age prescribed for replacing your roofing but if the house is old, you most likely need to replace the roofing.
If you are not sure if you need a new roof, contact specialists at the The Blue Roof Company for a roof health check and/or a new roof, if necessary. For a simple 15 minute inspection, you can rest assured that you know the condition of your roof… and the safety of your family.
Spring time showers and freezing rain in Northern Kentucky causes hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage each year. Home owners typically fall into the mental trap of procrastination, and plan on calling their local roofer when the weather gets better. By that time, it’s too late. Water has seeped into dry wood and attic spaces, even walls and window seals. By the time a roof inspection is completed in summer, thousands of dollars in damage has already occurred. We see it every year, and all of it can be avoided by getting a simple roof inspection now. When it comes to your homes roof never take chances. It’s the one component that shields all of your belongings from Mother Nature.
To get a no hassle roof inspection done today, call us at 859-869-4487
In 10-15 minutes, one of our field inspectors will let you know everything about your roof.
I thought I just had a small issue, but once they inspected my roof, I seen my entire house was in jeopardy. The Blue Roof Company saved us thousands of dollars in internal repairs.
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We want you to make an educated decision when it comes to replacing your roof. Below is a list of common roofing terms for your knowledge and benefit.
Architectural shingle –High quality roofing products composed of a fiber glass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are embedded in water-resistant asphalt. Multiple layers of these shingles are overlapped and laminated together to give them a “dimensional” texture.
Boot – A covering made of flexible material that may be pre-formed to be a certain shape, with the purpose of preventing dust, dirt and moisture from entering around a penetration.
Box vents – A static (e.g., not mechanical) vent that uses wind and convection to move hot air and moisture out of the attic into the air outside. Also known as louvers or low profile vents.
Cricket – A peaked water diverter installed behind chimneys or large roof projects.
Deck – The bottom-most layer of the roofing system, on which the roofing materials are applied. The deck is usually plywood, wood boards, or planks.
Drip edge – A metal flashing or other overhanging component with a lip that projects out to control the direction of dripping water and protect underlying materials.
Flashing – A strip of metal that is used to seal/weatherproof areas of the roof in which the roof covering (i.e., shingles) ends or changes slope. Thus, flashing is often found around chimneys, vent pipes, and walls.
Gutter apron – A type of drip edge that is installed over the roof edge and hangs into the gutter in order to direct water into the gutter system.
Ice and water shield – A type of roofing underlayment that acts as a water-proof barrier and is used to minimize the risk for water infiltrating the roof and damaging the structure of the home.
OSB – Oriented Strand Board is a form of decking material made from wood chips and lamination glues.
Permaboot – A vent pipe boot designed to prevent leaks around vent pipes.
Pitch – A numerical measure of the steepness of a roof. This number is calculated by the number of inches the roof rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally. Roof pitches can range from 1:12 to 12:12. Pitches less than 4:12 are low sloped roofs. Low sloped roofs may require special roofing materials to prevent leaks.
Ridge vent – A ventilation system that runs the entire length of the roof peak, making it more efficient and more esthetically pleasing then alternative ventilation systems.
Valley – The “v” shaped channels that are created when two roof slopes meet. Open valleys are covered with metal, while a closed valley is covered with shingles.
Of course there are many many more, but that’s why we are here to help. If you are confused about the components of your roof, or simple want to learn more, give us a call for advice. At The Blue Roof Company we want you to be 100% confident in your roof project. Call today to speak with one of our friendly specialist. 859.869.4487
A recent in-progress video of a job in Warsaw Ky. The homeowner used this home as the family getaway, and trusted The Blue Roof Company to do all the work while they were away. We sent frequent updates, videos, images, and more to the home owner and their family.
A recent installation of Owens Corning “Duration” shingles in the color Sand Castle. This home owner had damage from a recent storm, and we were able to get their entire roof paid for by insurance. The Blue Roof Company handled all the paperwork and communication with the provider.
As a homeowner, one of the last things you want to see when you look up at the ceiling is a leak. While leaks that actively drip and require buckets to catch water happen more often in movies than in real life, it is not uncommon to notice a stain on your ceiling from water that has leaked in and pooled in a certain area. Whether your roof is old or new, here are some common reasons why your roof may be leaking:
1. Your roof is just old. Over time, roofing materials age and become less effective as they are subjected to the elements – including harsh weather and strong UV rays. Inevitably, they will become brittle and dry over time, begin cracking, and thus are more likely to leak.
2. Cracked flashing. Flashing are the thin pieces of metal installed under shingles and on the “joints” of your roof in order to create a water-resistant barrier. If flashing was installed and sealed with tar or caulk, the tar or caulk can corrode over time and the flashing can “crack.” Wind or rain can also wear flashing over time.
3. Broken shingles. High winds, heavy rains, and flying debris can break shingles or lift them off your home. If you see missing shingles on your roof (look for different-colored patches) or have shingles lying about in your lawn, this is likely the source of your leak.
4. Your roof slope is too flat. The pitch of your roof should be at least 4:12 for the installation of asphalt shingles. If it is lower than that and you have asphalt shingles, your roof is much more likely to leak. Other flat roofing materials (e.g., EPDM) should be used to properly seal low-pitch roofs.
5. Improperly sealed valleys. Valleys are the areas where two planes of the roof meet. Rainwater runs down these valleys, so it is important that they are sealed properly. If they are not, rain water can infiltrate inside the home and becomes noticeable as wet spots that correspond with the seams of your roof. In addition to improper sealing, rain, ice and snow can also erode the sealants that keep water out.
6. Cracked vent boots. Roof vents look like small pipes sticking out of your house. These vents are typically sealed with flashing around the opening and then a rubber “boot” over the vent. This boot can crack as it is exposed to harsh UV lights, making it more susceptible to leaks.
7. Wind driven rain. Sometimes, high winds during a rain storm can cause a situation in which the rain comes down at an exaggerated angle (almost sideways), making it more likely that the rain can get in vents or in at the undersides of the roof, all of which are normally protected. This is a rare situation and after the storm is over, the problem should cease.
8. Improperly installed skylights. Sometimes the flashing around the skylight was installed or sealed improperly. Alternatively, when the skylight was installed, it could have been improperly measured and fitted, leaving a gap that allows water to seep in. It’s easy to spot these leaks as they typically result in wet spots around the sky light.
9. Clogged gutters. If leaves and debris have clogged your gutters, rainwater will begin to pool in the gutter and is more likely to seep through any cracks.
10. Condensation in your attic. When your attic is trapped between steady indoor temperatures and extreme outdoor temperatures (e.g., very hot summers or very cold winters), condensation can form, moisture will accumulate, and a leak may start. These leaks often are accompanied by a strong mold or mildew odor.
Want to learn more about roof leaks and what can cause damage to your property? Contact one of our specialist today for more information or a free inspection.
When looking at a home, 70% of the view is of the roof.
Think about that statement for a minute. Now think about how much time the average homeowner spends keeping their roof looking (and performing) at peak performance. On average, a home owner will inspect/make changes to their roof every 8-10 years. Not that much is it? We are all guilty as homeowners, but the truth is, adding or updating your roof can be the biggest investment you can make to your house. Roof shingle selection (or metal, slate, etc.) will make a huge impact on the appeal of your home. Let’s look at roof shingle selections that stand out
Designer Dimensional Shingles
The cream of the crop, and the most difference you can make to your home, is with a designer shingle. Designer shingles are the manufactures top of the line shingle system, usually designed with a unique pattern. Modern day houses are mass produced, the the majority of these houses are built with the same products (slight variations). If lucky, the home owner will get a low/medium grade dimensional shingle… and so will his/her neighbor… and their neighbor… and so on. My point is, besides a slight difference in color, they all look the same. Yes, they keep your house dry, and they are a solid shingle to put on any roof. The Blue Roof Company installs them all the time, and for most home owners, they are a great fit of quality, look, and price. The outliers on the other hand, the home owners that want to stand out in the neighborhood, go with a designer dimensional shingle. When driving through the neighborhood, these homes really stand out. They ooze high end quality, and reflect the home owners dedication to making their house beautiful.
One of the most beautiful shingles you can put on your home. If you want to stand out in a crowd, this is the shingle for you. It comes in 5 color variation, and has one of the best warranties in the industry. It will turn ANY home into a high end, curb appeal, bring over the in-laws, masterpiece. Seriously though, it stands out more than anything on the market and can instantly increase the value of your home.
A personal favorite of ours is the Certain Teed Carriage House shingle. It’s a unique roof shingle selection that will set you house apart from the others, and offers a historical manor type design that has been popular for decades. It doesn’t always fit every home, but when it does, look out. It’s one of the few shingles you can see as soon as you pull down the street or driveway.
Another shingle we like to recommend it GAF’s Camelot shingle. When we sit down with home owners to go over roof shingle selection, quite a few don’t want the dramatic look that some of the previous shingles offer. Instead, they would prefer a roof shingle selection that is different when you get close, but not a huge step from the norm. This is when we suggest the Camelot series of shingle. Not to mention, the GAF brand can come with a lifetime warranty.
Whatever your style may be, or whatever budget you have in mind, let our team help you through the process. Here at The Blue Roof Company we have seen hundreds of roofs, styles, and colors, so we can help our customers make the best investment. Give us a call today, and let one of our experts guide you through the design process. 859-869-4487
Winter creeps up on all of us extremely fast, and in the Midwest, it can be here any day. Have your roof ready by completing these 10 steps to stay ahead of potential costly repairs come spring.
Do it yourself, or hire a professional roofing contractor – the choice is yours – but either way, make sure it gets done. Your roof is one of the major systems forming your home, and it needs yearly attention in order to last for years to come.
Step 1: Start by doing a general walk around
Sounds obvious, but before moving onto steps 2 thru 10, make sure your roof is in generally good shape. Look for signs like loose shingles, missing sections of roofing, stains, leaks, warped wood, mold, rot, or anything else that might send up a red flag. If it looks out of place, or makes you think twice, contact a roofing contractor (like The Blue Roof Company).
Step 2: Inspect and clean the gutters
Look for early warning signs like holes, cracks, missing downspouts, etc. and make whatever repairs need to be made. It’s also a good idea to run a bit of hose water through them to make sure they’re still carrying water away from your foundation. You can even take a leaf blower and get most of the debris out with very little work.
Step 3: Trim overhanging tree limbs
Never let branches touch your home, or become too close that a good wind will have them continuously against your precious roof. Always cut dead branches out of the way, and keep an eye out for overhanging branches that could be bothersome if they fall. Cleaning them up now will help keep your home and roof protected from costly damage that might result from falling limbs.
Step 4: Pay a visit to your attic
Poor ventilation is a danger to your roof. Adequate ventilation is essential to proper roof function, and allows fresh air into the attic, resulting in stale, moist air being pushed out. If the ventilation is not adequate, you can expect common problems like mold, mildew, rust, soggy decking, heavy icicles and ice dams. It’s critical to properly ventilate (and insulate) attic spaces to avoid these pitfalls.
Step 5: Replace caulking
Caulking isn’t supposed to become wrinkled, crinkled or cracked. If you see any of that, replace it now. To do this properly, the old caulking must be removed first. Take your time, and do this correctly or you will simply be wasting your time.
Step 6: Check Flashings
Secure any loose flashing and replace all that show signs of damage or leakage. Pay special attention to areas around chimneys, plumbing vents, and other roof projections. This is one of the foremost problems when water gets into homes. 9/10 times water is entering through something that is simply loose or has been blown off by high winds.
Step 7: Chimney inspection & cleaning
Do not skip this.
It is extremely important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. In the midwest, wood burning stoves are very popular in rural areas, and offer a great deal of energy savings when used during the winter months. Inspections and regular cleanings will help ensure that everything will function as desired, and will also prevent fires. Chimneys and roofing go hand in hand, but both should be inspected regularly.
Step 8: Check anything that connects to the roof (Dish or Sat TV antennas)
These are items that break the seal of the roof, and are always causing issues. Check these structures to make sure wind has not pulled them loose (or blown them off). A small bead of silicon or roof tar can fix a small leak that causes BIG problems.
Step 9: Keep an eye out for pests
Squirrels, raccoons, mice, and birds may see your home as a welcome relief from the cold weather. While it would be nice to provide all of the animals of the world a respite, they can cause extensive (and expensive) damage to your home and to your roof. Look for any animal signs or for any areas that a cold animal might like to warm up.
Step 10: Go inside, and look up
The last step in winterizing your roof actually takes place on the inside of your home. Look up at your ceilings and look for any signs of leaks or stains. It not always easy to tell exactly what caused a ceiling stain, but the location of that stain can often point to signs. For example if your stain seems to be directly below a chimney, the stain is most likely a direct result of poor flashing.
Taking these necessary steps will bring you peace of mind in knowing that the most important part of your home is in good shape and can continue doing the job it was designed for….protecting you and your family from the elements.
If you ever have concern or questions, or simply don’t have the time to inspect your home, please give us a call to help. We’re always available by phone, email, or text. We can also be reached on social media, and we love to hear from our local community home owners.