How to Interpret a Roof Repair Estimate

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When it comes to many services you’re considering for your home or property from outside specialists, receiving a cost estimate before the project begins is a common and often important element of the process. Roof repairs are no exception — property owners who are obtaining such repairs for their structures naturally want to have an idea of what those repairs are going to cost them, and estimates from roofing professionals are the simplest way to glean this information.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re happy to provide cost estimates for any of our commercial or residential roofing services, including repairs you’re in need of. How precise do these kinds of estimates tend to be in the roofing world, and what are the factors likely to impact the total found on your estimate? Here’s a general primer on this important theme.

Estimate, Not a Precise Figure

First and foremost, it’s important to realize that while we’ll do our very best to pinpoint the precise cost of your roof repairs before we start work on them, the estimate you receive is just that — an estimate. It’s based on a number of factors, which we’ll go over in just a bit.

In some cases, unforeseen issues can arise during the repair process that result in additional time or materials being required to complete the job. (This is especially true in the case of older roofs, which may have structural damage that isn’t immediately apparent.) If this happens and the job ends up costing more than we initially estimated, we’ll of course let you know as soon as possible so there are no surprises.

Conversely, it’s also possible that the repairs turn out to be less involved than we initially thought, and thus cost less. In this case as well, you would only be charged for the actual work that was performed.

In any case, it’s important to remember that the estimate you’re given should always be considered a starting point rather than a final figure.

In our next few sections, we’ll go over some of the most common elements that impact your roof repair estimate.

Size and Extent of Damage

One of the first things our roofing professionals will do when you contact us about repairs is to come out and take a look at your roof. We’ll then be able to get a better idea of the size of the repair job and how extensive the damage is.

In general, larger repair jobs or those involving more widespread damage are going to cost more than smaller, more localized repairs.

The Age of Your Roof

Another important factor that will impact your roof repair estimate is the age of your roof. Older roofs are generally going to require more extensive repairs than newer ones, as they’re more likely to have structural damage or other issues.

If you have an older roof, it’s worth considering whether repairs are actually the best option, or whether it might make more sense to replace the roof entirely. Our roofing professionals can advise you on this based on the condition of your roof.

The Materials Used in Your Roof

The materials used in your roof will also play a role in the cost of repairs. Some materials, such as asphalt shingles, are less expensive to work with than others, such as metal.

If you’re not sure what kind of materials were used in your roof, our professionals can help you to identify them. In some cases, it may also be possible to use a different type of material for repairs than was used originally — again, our team can advise you on this.

Labor Costs

Some repair jobs are going to be much more labor-intensive than others. If your roof is easily accessible and the damage is relatively minor, repairs are likely to be fairly quick and straightforward.

On the other hand, if your roof is more difficult to access or the damage is more significant, repairs are going to take longer and be more complex, which will in turn impact the cost. For example, if your roof needs to be partially or entirely replaced, this is obviously going to take more time than making smaller, localized repairs.

In some cases, it may also be necessary to bring in additional labor to complete the job — for example, if special equipment is required.

Disposal Costs

Another potential cost to consider is disposal, a common element of most roof repair jobs. After all, the old materials that are being removed from your roof will need to go somewhere, and in most cases, this will be at an additional cost.

Some companies include disposal in their overall estimate, while others charge it as an additional fee. Be sure to ask about this ahead of time so there are no surprises.

In certain cases, if there’s quite a bit of debris that needs to be removed from the roof or property area, some companies will charge a specific fee for this, rather than including it in the disposal costs.

Material Transportation

Finally, there are some roof repair jobs where materials will need to be brought to the job site, which can impact the overall cost.

For example, if your roof needs to be replaced and materials need to be brought in from off-site, this is obviously going to add to the cost of the job. The same is true if special equipment is required for repairs and needs to be brought to the job site.

In some cases, companies will include the cost of transportation in their overall estimate. In other cases, they may charge it as an additional fee. Once again, it’s important to ask about this ahead of time so there are no surprises.

For more on how to interpret your roof repair estimate and what will be included in it, or to learn about any of our roof repairs, roof replacements or emergency roof services, speak to the team at The Roof Doctor today.

How to Identify Missing Shingles on Your Roof

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There are several important components to most roofs, and shingles are among these in nearly every case. Shingles serve as your roof’s primary form of protection against various elements, from moisture on down the list, and one of the more common roof issues out there today is shingles that are missing from the roof area.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re happy to offer a wide variety of roof repairs and roof replacements, and shingles are a common theme we assist clients with on a regular basis. As a home or building owner, you can play an important role here: Identifying when shingles are missing or otherwise having issues, so that you can call our team for help with replacing or repairing them. What are some of the simplest ways to identify missing shingles on the roof? Here are several basic themes to consider.

Visual Inspection

The simplest and most common way of identifying missing shingles is also the most obvious: Take a look at your roof. If you can see any large patches of exposed roofing material where there should be shingles, there’s a good chance shingles are missing.

The easiest way to do this is to stay on the ground and utilize a pair of quality binoculars, which will help you get a closer look at the roofline without putting yourself in any danger. If you don’t have binoculars, see if there’s somebody else who does (maybe a neighbor or family member) that can help you out.

Another way to do this is to physically get on the roof, which we do not recommend unless you’ve been up there before and are comfortable with the safety themes required. This route should only be taken if you have trouble seeing the roof from the ground, and even then we recommend having somebody else on the ground to help guide you and make sure you’re safe.

If there are any large bald spots or patches where shingles are definitely missing, take note of them. If possible, try to find any smaller areas too, as they may not be as immediately noticeable but still indicate that shingles need to be replaced.

Now, if you find a few missing granules that should be present on your shingles, this usually isn’t anything to be overly concerned about. Shingles will lose some of their granules over time as they protect your roof, and a few missing granules here or there isn’t going to cause any serious damage. Just make sure you’re monitoring the situation so that it doesn’t escalate, and if you ever find a large number of granules in your gutters that’s definitely a sign you should give our team a call as soon as possible.

Other Possible Missing Shingle Indicators

While visual inspections are by far the simplest and most common way of identifying missing shingles, they aren’t the only ones. In some cases, certain other signs taking place within the structure, or even on the surrounding property, may give you some signs that this is happening. Here are some examples:

  • Large quantities of granules: If you’re finding lots of granules, either on the ground around your roof or in your gutters themselves, this is a good indicator that shingles are missing and need to be replaced. As we noted above, just a few missing granules aren’t anything to worry about, but larger quantities definitely are.
  • Leaks: If you’re starting to see leaks in your roof, or even just water stains on the ceiling, this may be a sign that shingles are missing and need to be replaced. In some cases leaks can also indicate other roofing issues as well, but this is definitely something to have our team take a look at as soon as possible.
  • Missing insulation: If you’ve noticed that your energy bills have been rising for no apparent reason, it’s possible that shingles are missing and heat or cold is escaping from your home. In some cases, you may even be able to see the insulation itself missing if you take a look in your attic.
  • Light shining through: This one’s a bit more difficult to notice, but if you go into your attic on a sunny day and see sunlight shining through, it’s possible that shingles are missing and need to be replaced.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, or anything else that you believe may indicate that shingles are missing, don’t hesitate to give our team a call. We’ll be more than happy to take a look and let you know for sure, and we can also provide a free estimate for any repairs that may need to be done.

Professional Inspection

If you’re confident something is going on with your roof, but you’re having trouble really nailing down what the problem is, our team here at The Roof Doctor would be more than happy to come out and take a look. We’ll be able to quickly and easily identify any issues that may be present, and we can also provide a free estimate for any repairs that need to be done.

Professionals like ours utilize several methods for identifying missing shingles, including both visual inspections and special infrared cameras. We may even utilize drones, which can view the roof from above without risking anyone’s safety. In most cases, we’ll be able to find any areas that are missing shingles and provide a detailed report on what needs to be done to fix the problem. We can also work with your insurance company if necessary to make sure you get the coverage you need.

For more on how to identify missing shingles on your roof, or to learn about any of our roof repair or replacement services, speak to our team at The Roof Doctor today.

Modern Roofing Advancements for Your New Roof

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If you’re in need of a new roof, whether for new home construction or for an existing home or building, your options are far more robust than they would have been for someone in your position even a decade or two ago. Improvements in roofing materials and technology have come a long way in a short time, and you now have a wide range of modern choices for the way you go about installing a new roof.

At The Roof Doctor, we can’t wait to assist you with these and any related needs. We offer roof installations and roof replacements for a variety of homes and structures, utilizing many modern themes and materials that can benefit you in a whole host of ways. What are some of the newer roof advancements that you might consider for any new roof you’re in the process of having installed? Here are several.

Cool Roof Shingles

When we talk about “cool roof” shingles, we’re actually referring to a form of reflective paint that’s applied to your roof’s surface. This paint is specially formulated to reflect solar energy back into the atmosphere rather than absorbing it, which is what typically happens with darker shingles. Your indoor cooling bill can be greatly reduced by replacing an old, dark roof with a newer cool roof alternative.

Early on in its uses, this paint may not have been very cost-effective — it was messy and may have interfered with shingle operations. Today, however, this paint has been refined to a point where it’s an undeniable and sensible option for those who are in need of a new roof. It can lower the surface temperature of your home’s roof by as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which not only keeps your home cooler but is also a major benefit to anyone who lives within its walls.

Synthetic Underlayment

An important but often-underplayed element of any roof is the underlayment, which is the material that’s installed beneath your shingles or tiles. It serves a crucial purpose in keeping your roof watertight and in mitigating the effects of any possible damage between the time when your roof is installed and when you have it replaced a few decades down the road.

Traditional underlayment, though effective, has typically been made from organic felt paper. The advent of synthetic underlayment, however, has changed the game in a few crucial ways. First, it’s much more durable than felt paper, which means it can better protect your roof over the long haul. Second, it’s also lighter and easier to work with, which makes installation quicker and less labor-intensive.

Furthermore, this form of polyurethane underlayment is far better in terms of moisture resistance and any possible water damage, as it can be designed to be waterproof. The result is a longer-lasting underlayment that’s more resistant to mold, mildew, and rot. It’s also resistant to UV rays and other outdoor elements (which means you’ll have less work to do in terms of maintenance) — and maybe best of all, tends to look better than other underlayment options due to its thinness.

If you’re in the market for a new roof, there are several reasons to strongly consider a synthetic underlayment instead of an older felt option.

Architectural Shingles

Another shingle variation that’s exploded in popularity in recent years is the architectural shingle, which refers to a lamination of two or more traditional asphalt shingles together. This creates a 3-D appearance that’s far more attractive, along with a stronger roofing surface that can better handle the elements.

Architectural shingles also tend to be less expensive than their traditional counterparts, and they’re thinner as well — which means you’ll have an easier time installing them and getting the job done in a shorter amount of time. Thus, if you’re looking for a roof that looks great and will also save you some money in terms of installation costs, architectural shingles are definitely worth considering.

In fact, when homeowners are preparing to list their homes on the market for sale, it’s often recommended that they upgrade their roofs by installing architectural shingles. This can not only improve the curb appeal of a home, but it can also raise or restore its resale value — which helps homeowners sell their homes faster, with less hassle and for more money.

Storm Preparation

Especially if you live in any area where severe storms are common, you need to be sure your roof is up to the task of protecting your home against high winds and heavy rains. There are a few different ways to do this, but one of the most effective is to choose impact-resistant shingles for your new roof. These types of shingles have been shown to withstand significant impacts from both wind and hail, making them the perfect option for homeowners in areas where high winds are frequent.

Another way you can make sure your roof is ready for whatever may come its way is to install impact-resistant gutters and downspouts. This can limit the amount of water that accumulates on your roof during a storm, which in turn helps to reduce the likelihood of any damage being done by high winds or heavy rains.

Finally, you should also consider having your roof inspected by a professional before every major storm season. This can help you identify any potential weak spots or areas of concern, so you can address them before they become a bigger problem down the line.

For more on some of the modern roof materials or themes you might consider when installing a new roof on your property, or to learn about any of our roof installation or roof repair services, speak to the team at The Roof Doctor today.

Subtler Indicators of Tooele Roof Damage

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For many who have been attentive home or property owners for a number of years, certain indicators are somewhat well-known as signs of roofing issues. Things like missing shingles, major water leaks and others are pretty obviously indicating you have an issue taking place with your roof — but what about some of the subtler, less obvious signs that something might be going on in this vital area?

At The Roof Doctor, we’re here to help with numerous client needs just like this. Our residential roofers are here to help Tooele, Utah clients with everything from issue identification through roof repairs and even re-roofing projects if needed. We often help homeowners identify issues with their roof that may not have been apparent to the untrained eye, including several subtler signs. What are a few of these that you should be aware of, and what might they be signaling with regard to your roof? Here are some basic examples.

Whistling Sounds

Have you recently begun to notice the strange presence of whistling sounds or unusual airflow coming from your attic space? If so, this is a serious sign that something might be amiss with your roofing. It could be an indicator of improper ventilation — or, in some cases, it could signal the presence of a hole or crack somewhere in your roof that’s allowing air to pass through.

Either way, this is not a sign to ignore. If you’ve noticed whistling sounds or unusual airflow in your attic, contact a roofing professional right away to have the situation assessed and rectified as needed.

Excessive Heat/Energy Bills

Have you also begun to notice that your energy bills have been spiking recently, even though you haven’t changed anything about your normal usage patterns? If so, this could also be an indicator that something is wrong with your roof. It’s possible that your attic space isn’t being properly ventilated, which is causing your air conditioner to work overtime in order to keep things cool — and driving up your energy bills as a result.

It’s also possible that significant leaks or cracks in your roof are present, allowing heat to enter your attic space and make it harder to keep things cool. If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in your energy bills, contact a roofing professional as soon as possible to have the situation assessed.

Animals on the Roof

To be clear, there are instances where animals will run on your roof even if there’s no significant damage — especially if you have tall trees with branches that allow animals like squirrels or others easy access, this sort of thing isn’t unexpected.

However, there are other cases where animals regularly taking up residence on your roof could be an indicator of trouble. If animals are regularly nesting in your gutters or trying to enter your attic space, this could signal that there are holes or cracks present that they’re taking advantage of. These need to be repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage — and to keep animals from invading your home.

If you fail to notice or attend to these issues, you’re likely headed for a singular outcome: The animal(s) in question make the existing damage worse, and cause additional issues as they come and go. If you have animals taking up residence on your roof, contact a professional right away to assess the situation and make repairs as needed.

Black Spots

You may think black spots on your roof are just a bit unsightly, but they could actually signal a serious problem — especially if they’re present on your shingles. These black spots are often an indicator of the presence of mold, mildew or algae, which can shorten the lifespan of your shingles and leave your roof more vulnerable to leaks and other damage.

If you’ve noticed black spots on your shingles, contact a roofing professional to have the situation cleaned and remedied as needed. Depending on the severity of the issue, this may be something you can take care of yourself with a little elbow grease and the right cleaning solution.

In any case, don’t ignore these spots — they could signal serious trouble for your roof down the line if they’re not remedied.

Nails Along Home Edges

Have you recently begun to notice nails on the ground of your property near the edges of your home? If so, this could be an indicator that elements of your roof have begun to degrade, including some of the nails that hold exterior components in place.

This is not something you should ignore, as it could signal serious damage to your roof that needs to be remedied by a professional. If you’ve noticed nails on the ground near your home, contact a roofing contractor right away to schedule an inspection and repairs as needed.

Buckling Shingles

When it comes to shingles on your roof, the issue most people are conditioned to notice is when they’re missing — especially when a large area of shingles are all missing. However, this is not the only issue that can arise with shingles that can signal serious trouble. Buckling shingles are another key indicator, and they may be a sign of moisture damage or even fungus on your roof.

If you’ve noticed buckling in your roof, contact a professional right away to have the problem assessed — and taken care of if necessary.

For more on subtler signs of roof concerns that you should know how to spot, or to learn about any of our roof repair or roof replacement services in Tooele or nearby parts of Utah, speak to the team at The Roof Doctor today.

Does Insurance Pay For A Replacement Roof?

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Your roof is your home’s first defense against the elements outside. What can homeowner’s insurance do to help you with a replacement roof?

No matter how strong your roof was when it was originally installed, roofs deteriorate over time. For most manufacturers, the average lifespan of a roof is 20 years. It’s no coincidence that insurance companies use this number to determine the monetary value they can give you for a replacement roof. Can the right policy cover a complete replacement?

Insurance and Roof Depreciation

The amount of assistance you can receive from your insurance company to replace your roof depends entirely on the circumstances of the damage. Besides causing purposeful damage to your own roof, the worst variable that insurance companies use to determine a payment amount is roof depreciation.

In simple terms, the older your roof, the less support you can expect. The amount of support decreases further if your roof shows signs of neglect. A roof nearing the end of its 20-year lifespan might even provide you nothing, even if you have paid your entire deductible. The good news for owners of brand-new roofs is that insurance will pay you much more; the bad news is that even a damaged, your typical homeowner’s insurance may not approve the total cost of a replacement roof.

In Case of Uncontrollable Damage

Unforeseen events that cause damage to your roof are a whole other story. If damage occurs to your roof that you could not control (such as a tree blowing down during a windstorm, or heavy hail), your insurance will generally pay for repair or a roof replacement, depending on the limits of your insurance.

In the end, is roof insurance worth the trouble?

ACV Versus RCV Insurance

Two types of roof insurance exist: actual cash value (or ACV) and replacement cost value (or RCV). The real difference between them is how much they will offer if your roof needs to be replaced. ACV roof insurance acts like typical home insurance, limiting the payout depending on your roof’s deterioration and age. RCV, however, does not take this into account. It is typically more expensive, but the financial assistance you will receive will cover the cost of most asphalt roof replacements.

Contact The Roof Doctor for a Replacement Roof in Salt Lake City, Utah

Don’t take chances when your roof needs to be repaired, replaced, or installed! Call your roofing team at The Roof Doctor for a full assessment. We are dedicated to helping our customers and our neighbors live under the most dependable roofs in the industry. We serve Ogden, Layton, Orem, Provo, and everywhere in between!

 

 

How To Prepare Your Roof For Winter

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When it comes to getting your house ready for cold weather and freezing temps, forgetting to prepare your roof for winter can be a costly oversight.
 
An essential step in winterizing your home is making sure that your roof is ready for the severe weather conditions that come throughout these months. By performing routine maintenance on your roof before winter settles in, you can help your property stay cozy, and prevent costly repairs caused by leaks and ice dams.

 

Continue reading to learn what you can do to get your roof ready for winter.o

4 Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Here are several things you should do before winter hits to prepare your roof for the season:

  1. Clean Your Gutters — A clean gutter system means an effective gutter system. Extend the lifespan of your gutters by cleaning out your gutters at least twice every year: once in the spring and again in fall. Autumn brings intense wind and rainstorms that can cause your gutters and downspouts to clog. If your gutters are not completely cleaned out for winter, the freezing temperatures can cause ice dams that inevitably lead to extensive repairs. With the Utah fall in full force, make sure to clear your gutters of leaves, twigs, nests, and other debris. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure your system works effectively and efficiently and address any concerns right away.
  2. Consider an Ice Melting System — During winter, snow falls on your roof and will melt and run down to the overhanging part of your roof. The water drips and quickly freezes, forming icicles because this portion of your roof has no insulation under it. While magical, icicles pose a serious safety hazard to people walking below, either by breaking and hitting them or by dripping onto sidewalks and driveways, then freezing and creating dangerously slippery ice patches on the ground below. To prevent this, you can install an ice melting system, also known as a heat cable. This self-regulating heat tape prevents ice dams and icicles from forming. 
  3. Professional Inspection — It’s essential that your roof not have any leaks before major snowstorms make their appearance. A simple roof inspection done by a knowledgeable professional can help you locate any potential issues quickly, such as curling or missing shingles, stains or wet spots, and any other signs of damage.
  4. Repair Damaged Areas — After your inspection, you’ll have a clear idea of where your roof stands. Areas with missing shingles, damaged flashing, or otherwise damaged spots leave your home susceptible to leaks that could lead to extensive (and expensive!) water damage. Prevent water from entering your house and repair damaged areas before they worsen by contacting a skilled roof technician.

Prepare Your Roof for Winter with The Roof Doctor 

If you need to prepare your roof for winter, let The Roof Doctor help! Our specialists can handle everything from regular maintenance, routine inspections, new installations, total replacements, and any necessary repairs; we do it all! If you live in Provo, Orem, or a surrounding city, contact our professionals for all of your roofing needs today.

 

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Removing Snow from Your Roof

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Winter is just around the corner, and you can count on snowfall within the next few weeks. So here are some tips for removing snow from your roof.

Whether you are a Utah native who’s been dealing with snow your whole life, or a newcomer to the chilly weather, you must familiarize yourself with the best practices of removing snow from your roof. Improper techniques of snow removal can cause roof and home damage, or you could even harm yourself. But don’t worry, we have you covered with this dos and don’t guide. Keep reading to learn more. 

Do: Remove Snow If There are Six or More Inches

Roofs come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s hard for us to give you an accurate number of inches of snow your roof can sustain before it’s time to clear it off. That being said, snow is heavy, and the weight on the rooftop can cause damage to not only the roof but your house’s structure. That’s why we suggest that everyone clears their rooftop of snow when there are six or more inches of snow resting on the roof.

Don’t: Wait Until You See Ice Dams 

Ice dams form when the snow melts then freezes around the edge of your roof. They can be harmful to your gutters, or they can back up in your shingles and cause water leaks in your ceiling. If you start to notice ice dams, call a professional right away.

Do: Clear Off Your Low-Pitched or Flat Roof More Frequently 

If you have a flat or low-pitched roof, we suggest that you clear it off more frequently. When a rooftop has a taller pitch, it can sustain more weight and even allow for some water and snow to trickle off the roof, but when it’s more of a flat surface, snow and ice can accumulate on the roof, and the weight can be too much for the home to handle. In this case, we recommend keeping your roof clear of snow when you can. Here’s a quick tip: freshly fallen snow is the easiest to remove yourself. 

Don’t: Take a DIY Approach in Hazardous Conditions 

If you have a high-pitch roof, tall home, or the weather doesn’t permit you to be outside, let alone on your roof, don’t take a do-it-yourself approach to remove snow from your roof. Instead, call your local professional roofing company to get the job done right and safely!

Contact The Roof Doctor for Snow Removal Services

If you’re thinking of removing snow from your roof yourself, think again. The Roof Doctor is ready and eager to help you. Not only do we provide exceptional service every time, but our roofers are also trained, knowledgeable, and equipped with all the tools to remove snow from your roof in a hazard-free and effective manner. We serve homes and businesses across the Wasatch front, including cities like Orem, West Jordan, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah. So, contact us today to get your free project estimate and to schedule an appointment with us!

 

 

Why Metal Roofs Are Great for the Winter

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Winter weather and its effects on your home can be concerning, but metal roofs can literally help the stress (and the snow) melt away. While roofs are built to withstand harsh conditions, snow and ice are far from being a welcome addition to any rooftop. Metal roofing handles the elements much better than other roofing materials, though, and here’s why.

Snow and Ice Slide off of Metal Roofs

When a winter storm hits, snow and ice pile up on your roof. Temperatures fluctuate throughout the storm and the days after, causing melting and refreezing. This allows water to seep slowly into small cracks and holes in your roof, and then the water expands as it refreezes. Serious damages like cracks and holes in your roof are often the results.

Metal roofing virtually eliminates this possibility because the ice and snow literally slide right off the roof. Ice dams are unable to form because there’s nothing for the ice to adhere to. Since there’s no heavy snow or ice thawing and refreezing on your roof, the chances of damage during winter storms are significantly less with a metal roof than it is with asphalt shingles.

Metal Roofs Can Be Installed in Winter 

What happens if you need a new roof in the winter? Asphalt shingles are difficult to install when it’s cold outside and they require added precautions. Metal roofing, on the other hand, can be installed any time of the year with no problems. 

They Are Energy Efficient

Metal is a reflective surface, so roofs made of metal reflect the sun keeping your house nice and cool in the summer. They also do a good job of holding in heat during the winter months. One study found that many roof types allow temperatures in the attic to drop significantly in cold weather, while metal roofs routinely outperformed them by at least 20 degrees.

Contact The Roof Doctor

Metal roofs are a great way to protect your home this winter. Whether you’re ready to install a new metal roof or want to repair an existing one, The Roof Doctor is here to help. With years of experience in installing and repairing, our licensed roofing specialists have the knowledge to help you make the best roofing decision for your home. We serve Orem, South Jordan, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, and their surrounding areas, and we're eager to help Utah property owners stay safe and warm this winter. Contact us today for a free estimate!

Why You Shouldn’t Remove Rooftop Snow on Your Own

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As the seasons change and snow starts to fall, you should never risk your life and attempt to remove rooftop snow on your own.

Clearing an excessive pile-up of snow off your roof is important, but it’s incredibly dangerous to take on this task alone. Today, we’re talking all about snow removal and why it’s essential to bring in the professionals for this winter task.

Icy Roofs Are Dangerous

It might be surprising to learn that the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death is falling. In 2019, 880 workers died in falls and 244,000 were injured badly enough to require days off of work. Climbing up to your icy and wet roof to remove snow increases your chances of becoming part of this statistic. As a homeowner, your risks are even higher because you probably don’t have appropriate safety gear to battle the ice. Rather than taking on snow removal yourself, hire professionals that have the proper gear and training to get the job done safely.

You Could Damage Your Shingles

Snow rakes work well to remove excess snow from your roof, but if you lack proper training, you risk causing damage. As you scrape your rooftop clean, you could potentially harm the shingles causing roof leaks and other environmental damage. When snow loads become too great for your house to safely handle, The Roof Doctor can quickly remedy the problem. Having a roofing expert on the job will give you the peace of mind that your roof won’t be hindered in the snow-clearing process.

Metal Tools Could Conduct Electricity

Power lines pose another danger when it comes to rooftop snow removal. People use various tools to clear snow from their roofs, but remember that metal tools can conduct electricity. If your home sits close to any power lines, this could be a deadly hazard that you don’t want to mess around with. Instead, call in professional roofers who proceed with caution as they expertly remove rooftop snow.

Call The Roof Doctor for Snow Removal Services

It’s dangerous to remove rooftop snow on your own, so reach out to the professionals at The Roof Doctor to get the job done safely and efficiently. With professional snow removal services, you’re reducing worry and increasing peace of mind. You’ll be prepared for whatever this Utah winter has to throw at you with our team on your side.

Contact The Roof Doctor today for all of your roofing needs! We serve Salt Lake City, Layton, Orem, Tooele, and neighboring cities in Utah.

What Does Wind Damage to Your Roof Look Like?

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Thunderstorms, hail, high winds, if you live in Utah, you’ve probably seen it all, and you might be wondering, can wind damage my home’s roof?

If you’ve noticed some high winds in your area or even experienced a full-blown windstorm, your roof might show signs of wind damage. Winds that are considered damaging are typically at speeds of 50 miles per hour or more, according to The National Weather Service, and while we Utahans might not experience that every day, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened or won’t happen again. This is why we want to help you be prepared to check for roof damage after high winds, so you know what to do and who to call. Keep reading to learn more about how wind damage might present itself on your roof.

Signs of Roof Wind Damage

If you suspect that wind may have caused damage, and you can safely climb onto your roof to inspect, these are the telltale signs that you should look out for:

  • Branches or other debris that have blown onto your roof and possibly have caused damage
  • Shingles that have mysteriously gone missing
  • Shingles that are shifted, loose, curling at the edges, or otherwise damaged
  • Split, missing, or otherwise damaged chimney flashing
  • Loose shingle granules (you might be able to spot them in the gutter)
  • A roof that has started leaking after experiencing high winds
  • Gutters that have broken loose, appear to have dents, or have fallen off
  • If you have a flat roof, look for rips, tears, cracks, or bubbles in the materials used

What to Do When You Find Wind Damage

Wind damage is no joke, and if it’s not repaired correctly, you could end up with a much larger problem on your hands the next time you experience any form of severe weather. That’s why we suggest calling a roofer immediately. If you’re experiencing any kind of leak through the roof, cover up the hole(s) with a water-resistant tarp and weigh it down using bricks or heavy rocks. That way, the leak won’t cause any more water damage while you wait.

Call The Roof Doctor

Whether it’s wind damage, a leaking roof, or anything else under the sun, The Roof Doctor has your back! Our experienced roofing experts always conduct a thorough inspection and make the necessary fixes to get your roof back to its former glory. If you live in Salt Lake City, Layton, Orem, Tooele, or any town or city in between in Utah, contact us today for your free roofing quote!