How Do You Maintain Roof Shingles?

How Do You Maintain Roof Shingles_

Every year, homeowners discover they need to repair or replace their shingles, either because they’re old or the last storm damaged them. Even though it’s inevitable your roof will need replacing at some point, to prevent costly repairs and increase its lifespan, it’s vital to maintain roof shingles. There are several steps you can take to maintain your roof, so scroll down to learn how and when to check your shingles.

 

Roof Shingles Maintenance Checklist

It may seem like an inconvenient chore, but you must check on your roof often, at least every year, or after a big storm or high winds. You don’t need to climb up on your roof; however, take some good binoculars and check for any potential damage. Here’s what to look for:

  • Curling shingles – If you find this condition, it may mean your shingles are at the end of their lifespan or that they are improperly ventilated in your roofing system. If just a few are curling, you can replace them on a limited basis.
  • Missing shingles – Any shingle you find that’s loose or missing isn’t doing its job and therefore, should be fixed immediately. Water can enter the attic as a result of missing or loose shingles, which can cause a bigger issue.
  • Peeling shingles – Just one storm can do major damage to a shingle, so if you see peeling shingles after a storm, get an expert out to inspect it.
  • Cracked shingles – Wind, rain, or snow can cause shingles to crack, as well as extreme cold conditions that lead to ice. It’s best to replace these shingles quickly.
  • Missing granules – Normal weather conditions can cause granules to loosen and eventually fall off. Vigorous power washing can damage the shingles, so check for granule buildup in your gutters and replace if necessary.
  • Peeling or missing flashing – Metal flashing and rubber boots around chimneys and vent protrusions need to be in place; this is to ensure water doesn’t enter the home. You will need to see this up close, though, so get a professional to inspect the flashing.

 

If you see any of these signs of damage, it’s essential to get them looked at by a professional as quickly as possible. To keep your roof in good condition, wash your roof, which will eliminate not only dirt and debris but get rid of algae that may be growing on your house. To get rid of algae, spray your roof with a 50 percent mix of water and bleach solution. Even though this will kill the algae quickly, you’ll want to install copper strips just beneath your roof’s peak. This will help with the next rain when the copper molecules stream down your roof and kill any future algae.

 

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Are there Different Grades of Roof Shingles?

Are there Different Grades of Roof Shingles?

 

Roofing shingles come in a variety of materials, sizes, and designs, with asphalt shingles being the most popular roofing material for homeowners. There are three common types of roof shingle grades. Scroll down to see the different grades and levels of performance.

Design of an Asphalt Shingle 

In its basic form, an asphalt shingle consists of mat or backing material made from either a cellulose material or fiberglass, with the latter being the most common. The asphalt mixture is the next level, which the backing material supports. Then, the roof sandwich is topped off with mineral granules that help protect the asphalt from sunlight since it can otherwise degrade. 

Roof Shingles Grading

The three typical grades are referred to as “good,” “better,” and “best.” 

Good

The most common and least expensive is the “3-tab” shingles, which are 3 tabs that are quite flat without much thickness; they tend to have the shortest warranty of the three, but in a pinch, they fit well for your budget and will still last a few decades or more. They’re also the lightest and designed to withstand the elements. They’re recognized by their clean, horizontal appearance, giving them a more decorative look with the 3-tab construction. Fiberglass-backed shingles have a Class A fire rating, which is the highest available. It’s also pretty easy to install, meaning you can typically DIY it.

Better

This grade of shingles is often seen as architectural shingles, better known as multi-dimensional, which adds to their texture and appearance. They’re thicker than the 3-tab kind and the thickness of three standard shingles, with some of the more premium products. They have more shapes, and because of their depth, gives them and the roof more visual texture. They typically have a longer warranty duration than the economical option of the 3-tab shingles, boasting about 30 or so years. They are more expensive than 3-tab shingles.

Best

Luxury or sometimes called premium shingles, this type of grade is obviously the best. With maximum durability, the premium grade shingles are designed to replicate natural slate and cedar shake roofs without the higher price. What’s great about these shingles is that they create a multi-dimensional texture of luxury shingles, thus creating shadows and depths that look attractive. These shingles can last for upwards of 40 years or more.

The tradeoff of using the thicker premium shingles is that they are harder for contractors to install and increase the weight on your roof. So, if you are planning on placing new shingles over an old layer, ensure your roof structure can support the additional load with a reputable roofing contractor.

Need a New Roof? 

If you need to repair or replace your roof, give the Roof Doctor a call. With our new state-of-the-art TruSlate GAF shingles, you can expect the highest quality roofing shingles available. Contact us to learn more. 

Are Roof Repairs Tax-Deductible?

Are Roof Repairs Tax-Deductible_

As a homeowner, you may wonder whether making home improvements, such as replacing a roof, is tax-deductible? The answer depends on the kinds of improvements you make and how well you’ve kept track of your expenses. Here’s an idea of how improvements made to your home affects your taxes.

 

Is Replacing a Roof Tax-Deductible?

To quickly answer the question, no, you can’t deduct the cost the same year you spend the money; however, if you keep track of your expenses, they can help reduce your taxes in the year you sell your home. Let’s break down improvements vs. repairs.

 

Capital Improvements

Add the cost of capital improvements (something that adds value to your home, prolongs it, or adapts it to new uses) to your tax basis (the amount you’ll subtract from the sales price to determine the amount of your profit) in the home. Some of these improvements add value to your home:

  • A new central air-conditioning system
  • A swimming pool
  • A new roof
  • An addition to the house

Capital improvements aren’t limited to just big-ticket items. Other improvements that qualify include:

  • A home security system
  • An extra water heater
  • An intercom system
  • Storm windows

 

Also, if you get improvements that include or implement energy-saving home improvements, you can qualify for tax credits at the same time you make them.

 

Home Repairs

On the other hand, the cost of repairing your home is not added to your basis. These home repairs may include fixing a gutter, replacing a windowpane, or painting a room. 

 

Regardless if you make capital improvements or home repairs, you don’t need to save every receipt as you did in the past. Now, home-sale profits are tax-free for most homeowners, so there’s no guarantee that careful tracking your basis will matter.

 

Be Prepared

For any capital improvements you want to include in tax relief, it’s best to create a particular folder or use software that allows you to record all of your expenses you made in improving your home. If you’ve lived in the house for many years and the housing prices in your area have gradually gone up over that time, a portion of your sale could be taxable. If this is the case, you can reduce the taxable gain by including these improvements in the cost basis of the house.

 

If you operate a business within your home or rent out a portion, you might be able to write off or “depreciate” part of your home’s adjusted basis. If you go this route, remember, when you sell your home, you can’t exclude the amount of depreciation you took under the $250,000/$500,000 gain exclusion break.

 

Need Roof Replacement? Call Us

Do you need a roof replacement? If so, we invite you to reach out and contact The Roof Doctor. We can identify your problem and offer options that fit your needs, including your budget constraints. Call us today to learn more.

Top Tips for Roof Maintenance in Spring

Top Tips for Roof Maintenance in Spring

Now that winter is officially over, and spring brings with it warmer temperatures and rain instead of snow, this is the perfect time to perform roof maintenance. After a harsh winter, your roof may have taken a beating, so stay tuned to learn about some pro tips on maintaining your roof to protect from future summer storms.

 

Roof Maintenance

You may not think about checking your roof after winter and instead may be planning your summer barbeques and vacations. However, now is the time to put roof maintenance on your to-do list. By following these pro tips for spring roof maintenance, you can ensure your roof is protected by the spectacular summer storms coming.

Here are five top tips for spring roof maintenance.

 

  1. Inspect your roof, whether this means getting up on your roof and doing an initial inspection or calling a professional roofer who has the training and experience of what to look for. It’s important to check your shingles, gutters, flashing, and protrusions. If you notice open gaps or loose roof materials during your spring inspection, contact a local roofing contractor.
  2. Keep it clean in-between and after storms. Spring showers may bring flowers, but it can also bring high winds and heavy rain and hail, and even sleet for a bit longer. And since trees are starting to sprout seeds, they, along with buds and petals may fall on your roof and enter your gutter. Coupled with debris from storms and your gutters can get quickly cluttered up, so clear away any clutter, so your clutters can do their job properly.
  3. Let your home breathe with adequate ventilation. Mold, ice damming, and other serious issues with your roof can cause improper ventilation, which can result in breathing problems in your home. Have the inside of your attic, and the vents looked at to ensure your home is moving air correctly. Also, check your exhaust and intake vents for any debris, such as sticks, leaves, or seeds.
  4. Check your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure you’re covered. Roof maintenance is great, but it can only do so much. Review your policy and make sure it covers roof and water damage. 
  5. Get a rock-solid warranty on your roof. Refamiliarize yourself with what’s covered and what’s not covered (and for how long). When you’re armed with that knowledge, you can better communicate that to professionals. 

 

Ready for Spring Maintenance? Call Us

If you want a professional to inspect your roof this spring properly, give The Roof Doctor a call. We can diagnose the problem and get you help right away.  

Can I DIY Roof Repair?

Can I DIY Roof Repair_

With spring here and most of the snow melted, you may have noticed wear and tear and even roof damage. Now, is the perfect time to get up there and inspect your roof for any damage from the winter. If you have the skills, you might be able to do some roof repairs. Learn to see what types of repairs you can DIY.

 

DIY Roof Tips

Depending on the type and condition of your roof, you may need to do a simple patch job or more involved repairs, such as replacing shingles. The first thing to do is get your roof professionally inspected if you’re not sure about the damage. Here are some DIY roof tips for some simple repairs.

 

Leaky Roof

Go up to the attic and look around. When you have water damaging ceiling tiles, it has progressed. Remove the damaged materials and follow the leak from an uphill view. The leak may protrude from some nailed-on structure. Take a hose and soak the roof, emulating rain, until the leak shows itself. Once you’ve identified the leak, get up on the ladder and climb to the roof. Check out any missing, curled, or cracked shingles. The caulking and shingles could be damaged in areas where shingles intersect, so applying roof sealant can help stop the leak and prevent future ones.

 

Damaged Shingles

Roof shingles can get damaged or begin rotting over time. If you noticed your shingles are in bad shape, carefully raise the edges of the neighboring shingles. Now, remove the nails of the damaged shingles via a hammer or pry bar. The shingle should slide out, which allows you to slide in a new shingle and align it correctly with the rest to install it. Last, use galvanized roofing nails on all the corners to fasten the shingle.

 

Curled Shingles

There are various reasons why shingles curl. Harsh weather can cause the shingles to bend, such as with wind or torrential rains or snows. You can easily uncurl shingles by brushing them using an adhesive compound like asphalt roofing cement. Note to straighten down the corners and edges of the curled shingles, which helps to prevent curling again.

 

Chimney Leaks

If your chimney leaks, most likely, it’s the flashing (steel) that’s rusted and needs repair. You can repair it merely by installing a new flashing underneath the old. This is a temporary fix that will last a while, but if you want a more permanent repair, remove the old flashing and replace any rusted material.

 

Small Holes

Small holes can cause leaks, but they are so minute, you may not be aware of them. Small holes can be the result of nails or some area on the roof, and if given a chance, can do severe damage if not repaired. You may think it best to fill the holes, but that’s just a bandaid. You will want to inspect the roof and place flashing over the holes.

 

Need More Complex Repairs? Contact The Roof Doctor

Even though you can do various DIY roof repairs, it’s best to allow a professional roofing expert to inspect your roof and take care of the more extensive repairs and replacements. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

Five Reasons To Choose The Roof Doctor

Five Reasons to Choose The Roof Doctor

Has the winter wreaked havoc on your roof this year? Now that spring is finally here, and the weather is warming up, this is the perfect time to get a technician out to inspect your roof. Or, if you’ve identified water damage on your ceiling and need a roof replacement, you will want a roofing company you can count on that has the training and experience to do the job right. In today’s blog, we’ll break down five reasons why you should choose The Roof Doctor for all your roof repair and replacement needs.

 

Five Reasons to Choose Us

When looking for a reputable contractor, you want someone who will give you the low-down on your roof’s condition, but one who won’t tack on additional issues just to jack up the price. Here are the five reasons you can rely on The Roof Doctor.

 

  1. We’re certified as a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor. This certificate is only given to the top 3 percent of all roofing contractors nationwide. We’ve proven ourselves worthy of this distinct honor that allows us to provide you with the best service. We also achieved the KSL-A-List Award,—proof of the quality we provide.
  2. We repair storm-damaged roofs and deal with the insurance company. You get the best of both worlds with The Roof Doctor when you let us handle claims while you pick from a wide selection of shingles to replace your roof. We will check out any hidden damage you may not be aware of and get it fixed quickly.
  3. We serve ALL of Salt Lake County, from Salt Lake City Valley (Draper, Herriman, Kearns, Murray, Sandy, South Jordan, West Jordan, and West Valley City), to Bountiful, Brigham City, Layton, Ogden, and Tooele.
  4. You can apply for instant financing. We know people are unsure of their financial situation, especially in these trying times with the Covid-19 virus causing everyone to social distance, that paying for large purchases is challenging. This is why we have a service finance plan with six months, ZERO interest, and NO monthly payments – same as cash. Or, we have a plan for 120 months and only a 9.99% interest rate.
  5. Our services include residential and commercial roofing, roof tear off (meaning we tear off your existing roof), roof repairs, and storm damage. We offer shake, metal, and slate roofing installation, along with our newest roofing product—Timberline HDZ Roof Shingles, the #1 shingle in North America. 

 

Ready to Repair or Replace Your Roof?

We are available and won’t let Covid-19 stop us from taking care of our customers. Get in touch with us and learn how we protect our roofing contractors and you, so you feel comfortable and safe while we give you the highest-quality roofing service around. Contact us today.

Our New Roofing Product: Timberline HDZ Roof Shingles

Our New Roofing Product: Timberline HDZ Roof Shingles

Now that winter is slowing down and Utah, along with the rest of the country, is social distancing from the Covid-19 coronavirus, consider repairing or replacing your roof. In a prior blog post, we discussed what types of roof shingles were available. Today, we will talk about our new product, Timberline HDZ Shingles by GAF, one you can trust for high-quality and one we believe will also be a game-changer in the roofing industry.

 

About GAF Timberline

GAF Timberline is a brand Americans have trusted for well over 120 years and remains the #1 shingle in North America. One out of four U.S. residential roofs are by GAF, and they offer fifty-seven brands, one of which is Timberline HDZ Shingles.

GAF is a part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business worldwide, and with their research and development, they are leading the industry in innovation. They also use sustainability practices by practicing and supporting new technologies in energy and efficiency, material optimization, and recycling to help preserve natural resources.

 

Features of Timberline HDZ Roof Shingles

There are many features with using GAF shingles, including their high performance and great value. With the highest roofing fire rating,(Class A) LayerLock™ Technology, Windproven™ Limited Wind Warranty (with no maximum wind speed limitation—the highest wind rating of any shingle on the market) and many more, you will enjoy seamless compatibility and proprietary color blends and enhanced shadow effect—a genuine wood-shake look. Other features include:

  • Up to 99.9 percent nailing accuracy: Featuring the StrikeZone™ nailing area that is easy to hit, as evidenced by a roofer placing 999 out of 1,000 nails correctly in GAF testing.
  • Stays in Place: The renowned Dura Grip™ sealant matches the smooth microgranule surface of the StrikeZone nailing areas for fast track. An asphalt-to-asphalt immovable bond cures for strength and durability, as well as remarkable wind uplift performance.
  • StainGuard® Algae Protection: Helps establish the beauty of your roof against unattractive blue-green algae.
  • Energy Star® Certified (White only)
  • Faster Nail Fastening: Up to 30 percent speedier nail fastening during installation from the regular Timberline HD® shingles.

Timberline HDZ Roof Shingles also have a wide array of colors to match your exterior, giving your home a polished look.

 

Try Our New Product

We invite you to contact us about HDZ Roof Shingles and let us answer any questions you may have, as well as schedule an appointment for a roof inspection. You can also fill out our online form to request a FREE estimate. We’re proud of our GAF Triple Excellence Award and KSL-A-List Award, proof of the quality of our trained and experienced roofers. Contact us for more information today.

How To Choose The Best Roofing Contractor

How to Choose the Best Roofing Contractor

If you’re looking to replace or repair your roof, now’s the perfect time to start shopping around (online to reduce Covid-19 exposure). With warmer temps and social distancing for a bit, consider taking care of your roof issues. We’ll discuss some helpful tips in choosing the best roofing contractor, so continue reading.

 

Tips for Finding the Right Roofing Contractor

The biggest challenge for homeowners is finding the best roofing contractor for their needs. Just one damaging storm can wreak havoc on a roof, so it’s essential to find a contractor that has the training and experience to get the job done right. Also, it’s important to ensure the contractor is trustworthy, honest, and professional. Here are five tips to help you make an informed decision.

  1. Get opinions and referrals – It’s a good idea to talk to people in your community or friends/family to get their recommendations on local roofing contractors. Local roofers are more familiar with code regulations and local rules. They also have a relationship with area crews and suppliers.
  2. Don’t choose the least expensive – When it comes to getting a good roofing contractor, choosing the least expensive isn’t wise. Cheap bids affect the market negatively, and anyone with proper overhead insurance has to figure that into their pricing to cover costs. It is true about getting what you pay for. A reputable, established roofing company will ensure their workmanship is guaranteed.
  3. Avoid storm chasers – These guys are infamous when it comes to “just in your neighborhood and saw you needed help…” and prey on homeowners—particularly seniors. Most of these roofers will tell you, you have storm damage and then have you sign a letter of intent; don’t fall for it. There’s never a reason to sign an intent letter. Look over the contracts scrupulously.
  4. Get it in writing – Once you find a contractor and they do the job, ensure you are satisfied with the outcome and that all terms were discussed before the job with signatures by both parties. Ask how long the job will take and the crew size, so you know what to expect and plan for.
  5. Communication is key – Many things can go awry if you don’t communicate with your contractor or them, you. Ask yourself whether the roofing contractor returned your calls and sent the documentation you asked them to send. Did they follow through? If you answered “no,” it’s time to take your concerns to the company representative. If they still can’t make good, walk away. This is a red flag. After all, if they can’t commit to everything on the front end, chances are they won’t be committed when doing the work.

 

The Roof Doctor is In

You can trust us when quality matters. As Top Rated by HomeAdvisor, we rest assured the work we do is done satisfactorily. We know an open line of communication is crucial to any relationship and take it seriously. Call us for more information on our contractors and any questions you may have.

The Roof Doctor Services – Residential & Commercial Roofing

The Roof Doctor Services

Hiring the right roofing contractor means doing your homework and ensuring whoever you choose has well-trained employees and a good reputation for providing the best customer service. Discover the services at The Roof Doctor for all your roofing needs.

 

High-Quality Service

Our service includes all aspects of roofing, including residential roofing, roof installation, roof replacement, re-roofing, roof tear-off, roof repairs, and storm damage. With a trusted company, you can rest assured you’re getting top quality service by experienced and well-trained contractors without hidden or tacked-on fees. 

Let’s delve into our services a bit more.

 

  • Filing Roof Insurance Claims – Instead of having to deal with the headache of insurance companies when wind, hail, sleet, or snow barrel down upon your roof, let the Roof Doctor take care of it. Along with repairing your roof damage, we file insurance claims for you so that you can focus on more important things. Before long, you will enjoy a new and beautiful roof, knowing it was installed correctly and will last for years to come.

 

  • Roof Tear-OffYou may think covering up existing shingles with new ones will save time and money, but it’s only a short-term solution. It’s important to tear off the olds ones first, allowing for a blank canvas. Removing old shingles lets you see if there are deep-rooted problems, such as mold or rot, that need taking care of immediately—however, no worries since we do that for you. Once we strip off the old, you start with a fresh, new roof you can be proud to show off.

 

  • Roof RepairsIf we believe we can repair your roof, instead of replacing it, we’ll let you know. Why replace something that only needs minor repairs? We’ll come and inspect your roof and give you a diagnosis and options with which to choose. We want what’s best for your needs and your budget.

 

  • Roof ReplacementIf repairs aren’t in the cards for your roof, our experts will ensure the job gets done correctly, with high-quality service and products. Serving both residential and commercial customers in surrounding cities of Northern Utah, we know the challenges of weather conditions and prepare for those situations.

 

  • Snow RemovalWhen snow piles up and you don’t have the time or the strength to remove it, give The Roof Doctor a call. We have professional snow-removal services you can trust to get the job done quickly and effectively. Best of all, we work before and after regular 9 to 5 hours, to ensure your home and business is cleared of snow, from the driveways to the roof.

 

Call The Roof Doctor Today

When you contact us, we’ll schedule an appointment to have our experts come and inspect your roof. Once we draw up a plan, we’ll work with you on time and budget constraints. We serve the Salt Lake Valley and Tooele, along with Ogden, Layton, Brigham City, and Bountiful. Call us today for more information.

What Can I Do About Hail Roof Damage?

What Can I Do About Hail Roof Damage_

Storms can make a significant impact on a roof, especially when accompanied by high winds and hail. If not identified and fixed quickly, a roof can sustain irreparable damage. Learn what you can do about hail roof damage.

 

Inspect Roof after Hail Storm

After a hailstorm, it’s always a good idea to inspect your roof for any damage it may have caused. If you observe loose or missing shingles, get them repaired or replaced immediately. Also, check your gutters, because they can collect in the downspouts. Older roofs are more susceptible to hail damage since, over time, the base of the roof becomes exposed; this results in deterioration, which compromises the life and integrity of the roof.

Continue to see about contacting a roofing contractor and filing an insurance claim after a hailstorm.

 

Call a Respectable Contractor

Once damage occurs, contact a reputable and respectable contractor, such as what we have at The Roof Doctor—particularly if you’re in a large city and contractors and insurance companies operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. You’d rather have work done now as opposed to months later.

 

File an Insurance Claim

The best time to contact your insurance company about hail damage is immediately after you detect it. If you’re away when a hailstorm hits, call directly upon returning home, as the more time you let lapse, the less likelihood of a claim denial. Also, the damage could affect your home’s interior due to leaks, so don’t wait. 

Ensure you, your spouse, a respected contractor, and insurance adjustor meet to discuss the claim. Some insurance companies may bring in adjusters from out of state if a wide geographical area is affected. A contractor can communicate much easier with an insurance adjuster face-to-face instead of over the phone after returning home.

 

Be Aware of Storm Chasers

These predators are usually out-of-town groups, individuals, or companies that prey on homeowners by using high pressure and deceptive sales practices; this is especially true of seniors who are taken in because they’re more trusting. If these people accost you, warn others and check in with aging parents or grandparents for any roof damage they may have sustained, so you ensure they don’t get scammed.

 

Contact Our Roof Experts

If you’ve sustained roof damage after a hailstorm and need an experienced and respectable roofing company, contact us. We serve the greater Salt Lake area, including Tooele, Ogden, Layton, Brigham City, and Bountiful. Our expert technicians will come and inspect your damage and discuss your options with you. Call us today.