Natural Roof Decoration Themes to Consider

Natural Roof Decoration Themes to Consider

Whether to add property value, improve aesthetics or simply make your home a bit more "yours," the concept of roof and other home decorations is a common one for many homeowners. But while some people tend to think about decoration types that you'd buy at a store, many of the best roofing decorations for everything from aesthetics to roof care are natural decorations of various types.

At The Roof Doctor, we're here to assist clients around Salt Lake City, West Valley City and West Jordan with all their roofing needs, from practical areas like roof repairs and roof installations to expertise in areas like these. We're often asked by our clients which kinds of roof decorations tend to have the least impact on roof quality while also providing great aesthetics, and a few natural options tend to be some of our top answers. Let's look at some prime candidates for your roof decorations on the natural side of things!

Garden Roofing

For those who have significant flat spaces on their roof, one option popular for both aesthetics and practicality is to plant a garden up here. This not only improves the overall appearance of your home, but also contributes to environmental sustainability efforts and can even help reduce energy bills by providing an additional layer of insulation.

In particular, succulents are a great choice for this type of natural roofing decoration - they require minimal watering and maintenance, but still thrive in a variety of climates. Other popular choices include mosses or even some types of grass.

Before adding a garden to your roof, be sure to consult with a roofing professional like The Roof Doctor - there may be structural concerns or other considerations to keep in mind first.

Thatching Designs

Another great natural option for roofing decoration is thatch, which consists of dried plant material such as straw or reeds. Thatch can give a unique, rustic look to your roof and is a popular choice in tropical or beachy areas.

However, it's important to note that thatching may not be the best choice for climates with heavy rain or snowfall. If you do choose to add thatch to your roof, be sure to consult with a professional about proper installation and maintenance.

Faux Wildlife

For those looking for a whimsical touch without sacrificing the health of their roof, faux wildlife decorations are a fun and creative option. These can include sculptures or statues of animals like birds, butterflies, or even dragons.

When choosing faux wildlife decorations, be sure to select materials that can withstand various weather conditions and won't cause damage to your roof. It's also a good idea to consider coordinating these with other natural decorations for a cohesive look.

Solar Panels

Okay, so solar panels might not technically meet the true definition of "natural" - they are, after all, man-made products that convert sunlight into energy. But they do take advantage of a natural resource and can be considered a more eco-friendly option for those looking to add a functional decoration to their roof.

Solar panels not only provide energy efficiency benefits, but also come in various styles and designs that can enhance the appearance of your roof. Just be sure to consult with a professional about proper installation and maintenance to ensure they do not cause damage to your roof.

Vegetation Roofing

While some would consider this in the same category as garden roofing, some would also think of it as a separate one. Vegetation roofing refers to certain items like grass, vines or other plant life that tend to require less regular attention than specific flowers or plants in a garden, for instance.

Vegetation roofing can provide similar benefits to garden roofing - improved aesthetics, environmental sustainability and even insulation properties. But it may require a bit more expertise to properly maintain and ensure it doesn't become detrimental to your roof's health.

Overall, natural roofing decorations offer a unique and environmentally friendly way to enhance the appearance of your home. Just be sure to consult with a professional before making any major changes, in order to ensure the safety and longevity of your roof. Consider combining different types of natural decorations for a truly stunning and sustainable rooftop.

At The Roof Doctor, we're dedicated to helping you make the most out of your roof. Contact us today for all your roofing needs and questions around SLC, West Jordan or West Valley City, whether for expertise in areas like these or for necessary roof services like roof replacement, roof repair and more.

Basic Spring Roof Care Elements to Consider

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While this Utah winter has seemingly lasted forever, and indeed is one of the longest and most significant on record, we’re finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is around the corner, and this is a chance for homeowners to check on several components of their properties – and one of the most notable here in many cases is the roof.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re proud to offer comprehensive roof repair, roof installation and other roof services for clients around Salt Lake City, West Valley City and West Jordan. Whether on your own or with help from our professionals wherever necessary, here are a few important spring themes to be looking at to help evaluate any issues from the prior winter, plus ensure your setup is ready to go for the warm season.

Simple Visual Inspection

One of the first things to do is a simple visual inspection. Look for any signs of damage, such as missing shingles or sheet metal, water stains on the interior of your ceiling, or cracks in your gutters. If you find anything, it’s time to call in professional help from The Roof Doctor.

Pay particular attention to the areas of your roof near exhaust vents, flashings and chimneys. These areas are well-known trouble spots that can be easily compromised during a harsh winter season.

Gutter Inspection and Cleanout

A related component that’s extremely important to look at is your gutters. Check for signs of damage, clogs or any other possible issues that could be causing problems with water drainage. Clogs can form quickly during the springtime when leaves and debris start to accumulate in the gutters.

Cleaning this out regularly is key to making sure your roof stays in tip-top shape. The Roof Doctor can help here as well, with advanced gutter cleaning services to ensure your gutters are in top condition and ready for the spring season.

Check for any Fungus, Mold or Algae

Especially after a winter that contained as much snow and moisture as the one we just went through, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of fungus, mold or algae growth on your roof. This can be a sign that there is too much moisture in the environment and can potentially lead to more damaging problems if left unchecked.

If you do find any of these signs, it’s important to call in an expert right away. The Roof Doctor can help with advanced solutions to get your roof back in the best possible condition and ready for the warm months ahead.

Look for Nests or Buildups

As you’re going through your visual inspection, make sure to be on the lookout for nests or other types of buildup that could be occurring across different areas of your roof. Birds and other animals can make homes in shingles and gutters if they’re not properly maintained – so it’s important to check these areas as well.

In many of these cases, it will be easy to remove or relocate any type of animal or insect buildup. Alternatively, The Roof Doctor can also help with specially designed solutions to keep unwanted guests away from your home in the future.

Don’t Pressure Wash

We also think it’s prudent to go over some things you should not be doing when it comes to your roof. In particular, pressure washing is not recommended for any type of roof – and this one especially with the tough winter weather we just experienced.

Pressure washing can damage shingles and other areas of your roof, as well as potentially blow away protective sealants that have been put in place. While it’s typically okay to use a basic hose or other types of mechanical tools to clean off the surface, do not use a pressure washer or any type of harsh chemical when it comes to your roof.

Safety is Always First

If you’re performing any of these checks or inspections on your own, be sure to take all necessary safety precautions. Wear proper clothing and footwear, use a ladder in the proper manner with someone holding it for you, and never work on a roof during inclement weather – or anytime there’s even a chance of rain.

And if you’re even slightly uncomfortable with any of the requirements involved here, you should not proceed. Simply call The Roof Doctor instead – and leave the roof inspection, cleaning, and repairs up to the professionals. We’re happy to take your call for this or any other roofing need you have in SLC, West Jordan or West Valley City!

Understanding Roofing Underlayments and Their Role

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There are several important components that play a role in the typical roof and its ability to protect structures, and knowing about these is helpful for many home and building owners. One great example here that’s less well-known than certain other roofing components is known as roofing underlayment.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re happy to help with a wide variety of roof installation and repair services for shingled roofs, slate roofs, shake roofs and many other types for clients in Salt Lake City and West Jordan. What exactly is roofing underlayment, which types of underlayment are out there today, and what important roles does underlayment play in maintaining your roof’s quality? Here are some basics.

Roofing Underlayment and Deck Basics

To fully understand how roofing underlayments work, you also have to know about roof decks and their role. The roof deck, also sometimes referred to as roof sheathing, is made from plywood, OSB, wood planks, or skip sheathing, and involves boards fastened onto rafters or trusses to form the surface for roofing products and materials.

Roof underlayment is installed over the roof deck, typically above a layer of self-adhering membrane located at the eaves. It offers secondary protection from several elements, such as ice damming and wind-driven rain.

Specific Purposes of Underlayment

While your roof’s shingles are its primary defense against things like the sun’s rays, precipitation, wind, ice and more, the underlayment is a secondary form of protection here as well. It serves a few important roles:

  • Safety in case of shingle blow-off: In cases where severe weather may tear off shingles, the underlayment is an additional layer of protection against water intrusion. This is vital if the shingles are not quickly repaired or replaced following a severe storm.
  • Moisture protection: The underlayment helps to protect your roof deck in case of any moisture that may leak through the shingle layer – it prevents water from saturating and damaging the plywood and other underlying materials.
  • Ice dam prevention: During the winter, ice dams can form on roofs and cause water to back up onto the deck. This is where underlayment helps once again. It adds another layer of protection to help prevent damage from ice buildup on your roof.
  • Assistance with shingle installation: Since underlayments are applied before shingles during roof installations, they help protect the entire roof deck while the shingle materials are being installed making shingle installation much easier.

Types of Underlayment

Today, there are several types of underlayments that each have their own specific benefits in terms of protection, cost and ease-of-installation. Here are some of the top options:

  • Felt underlayment: The oldest and perhaps most well-known type of underlayment among homeowners is felt paper. It’s made from layers of either organic or fiberglass material and can offer a good level of protection against moisture. This type is also sometimes known as “tar paper” and comes in a couple different weight options. It’s commonly found on shingle, slate or wood shingles, though its use may depend on the region and the weather.
  • Self-adhered underlayment: If you’re looking for an underlayment with great water resistance, self-adhered options come with high levels of asphalt and rubber polymers. This type of underlayment is also known as “ice and water shield”. And as its name suggests, this type has a sticky back and can be easily applied to any roof. It’s commonly used in high-leak-risk areas like valleys, eaves, dormers and rakes.
  • Synthetic underlayment: Synthetic materials are gaining traction in the roofing industry due to their superior resistance to water, as well as their light weight and easy installation. They’re also designed for better breathability than felt or self-adhered options, which helps with ventilation during hot summer. They’re resistant to mold and mildew growth, as well as punctures and tears in cases of strong winds.

Protecting Your Underlayment

While roof underlayment typically won’t need much maintenance, there may be times when it’s necessary to inspect or repair any sections that have been damaged by debris, weather or other elements. It is important to remember to follow all safety guidelines while inspecting and maintaining your roof underlayment, such as using a safety harness and ladder.

One particular concern is if you notice missing shingles that have exposed your underlayment. In these cases, be sure to check if the underlying material is still intact and not showing signs of damage from water intrusion. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to replace any shingles as soon as possible to prevent further damage or potential leaks in the future.

By understanding roof underlayment and its many benefits, you can ensure that your roof is well-protected and able to withstand any weather conditions. For more here, or to learn about any of our roofing installations or other services for SLC and West Jordan clients, speak to our team at The Roof Doctor today.

All You Need to Know About Roof Warranties

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Warranties are a common topic when you’re dealing with high-value items, and particularly in the world of real estate. One home component that will often be covered by a warranty of some type is your roof, and knowing how roof warranties work and what’s covered under yours is typically very important.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re happy to discuss warranties and other forms of protection for any of our new roofing products, which include slate roofs, metal roofs and many other options. What are the different kinds of roof warranties that might be available to you, how do you understand which areas are covered within yours, and what else do you need to know here? Let’s have a look at this important area.

Roof Warranty Basics and Types

For those who are buying a new roof or having one installed, warranties typically come in two types. These are:

  1. Manufacturer’s Warranty – This warranty is provided by the company who manufactured your roofing material and is generally valid for around 10 to 20 years. It will cover any defects that occur as a result of the manufacturing process, such as issues with the materials used.
  2. Installation Warranty – This warranty is provided by the roofing contractor and will cover any issues that arise as a result of their installation processes. Generally, these warranties are in effect for up to one year post-installation and they’ll protect you from any issues or damage resulting from faulty workmanship on the part of the contractor.

What’s Covered?

When it comes to knowing what is and isn’t covered under your roof warranty, you’ll need to read through your specific contract carefully. For manufacturer warranties, some of the elements covered will typically include:

  • All major components of the roof, including shingles, flashing and sealants
  • Any manufacturer defects that may be present
  • Water damage from faulty shingle installation

It’s vital to keep in mind that with many roof manufacturers, there will be strict conditions attached to their manufacturing warranties. For instance, they may only cover a product if a defect specifically results in a leak, plus if the installation was carried out exactly to manufacturer specifications. It’s very important to be sure you know these particulars for any warranty you receive from a manufacturer.

For installation warranties, the coverage will usually include:

  • Any problems caused by faulty workmanship on the part of the contractor
  • Malfunctioning parts due to improper installation

It’s important to remember that while these warranties will cover any of the issues above, they won’t typically cover things such as wear and tear or storm damage. If you’re looking for protection in those areas, you may need to look into getting an additional roof insurance policy.

Limited, Lifetime and Extended Warranties

You may see a few different terms used when it comes to roof warranties, such as limited, lifetime and extended warranties. A limited warranty is one that only covers certain elements of the installation or material for a set period of time. Lifetime warranties are usually reserved for higher-end materials, like metal roofs, and they cover those materials indefinitely against any manufacturer defects.

Finally, an extended warranty is an additional policy that can cover your roof beyond the terms of the original warranty. This is a good option for those who want extra protection and peace of mind.

The GAF Golden Pledge Warranty

At The Roof Doctor, we’re proud to offer one of the single best warranties in the entire roofing industry: The GAF Golden Pledge Warranty. This is a limited lifetime warranty, meaning you’ll always be covered in some way, and it is completely non-prorated for the first 50 years. Here are some of the elements that make the GAF Golden Pledge Warranty so valuable:

  • 25-year workmanship warranty: Not only is this a very long period of time for any workmanship warranty, this warranty is relatively flexible. It covers even situations where a product was misapplied or improperly installed, unlike many others.
  • Wind warranty: For those in windy areas, this warranty carries wind coverage up to 130 mph – the only exception here is the Timberline HDZ, which actually comes with an infinite wind warranty instead!
  • Fully transferable: If you’re looking to sell your home or building in the near future, this warranty is easy to transfer.
  • Fully backed by GAF: GAF, a leader in the roofing industry, backs this warranty in full. Even if the contractor you’re working with goes out of business or has some other issue, GAF will send a different Master Elite contractor and will cover the entire bill. In fact, at The Roof Doctor, we proudly serve as the first contractor GAF calls in the greater SLC area when there’s a problem with another contractor – this is due to our reliability and consistency.

Roof warranties are an important part of owning any property, but knowing exactly what is and isn’t covered and whether a warranty can be transferred is often the key to making sure you’re properly protected. Be sure to read through your specific contract carefully and ask any questions you may have of your roofing manufacturer and contractor before signing on the dotted line.

This will help ensure that you understand exactly what type of coverage you’re getting – and that you can trust it to protect your property for years to come.

For more here, or to learn about any of our roof installation or roof repair services, speak to our team at The Roof Doctor today.

Considering Ice or Water Barriers for Your Roof

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We’re smack dab in the middle of the Utah winter currently, and the roof is one of several key home or building components that owners will be looking to protect from the elements. For certain roof systems, particularly those that have dealt with moisture issues in the past, certain specific items or accessories might be useful here, and the best example is the world of ice and water barriers.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re happy to assist clients with all of their roof needs, including installation of slate roofs, metal roofs and many others. We’ll sit down with you to discuss any issues your roof is having, including situations where you believe ice or water barriers might be useful for your setup. What exactly are these barriers, what are the key issues they help protect against, and should you consider them for your roof? Let’s have a look.

What Are Ice and Water Roof Barriers?

For those who are unfamiliar with these products, ice and water barriers for roofs refer to various forms of underlayment that are applied beneath the shingles and other roof coverings. They are typically applied directly to roof decking, and seal tightly around the nails. The primary purpose of these barriers is to provide an additional layer of protection against water infiltration, should there be any penetration or cracks in the shingle system.

Ice and water barriers also help protect against major temperature swings that could lead to ice-dam formation, which can cause tears or breaks in the roof and result in costly repairs. These barriers also help to prevent leaks by providing an additional layer of protection that’s designed to be watertight for many years.

Specific Risks Ice and Water Barriers Protect From

There are several risks that ice and water barriers protect against, primarily related to moisture buildup:

  • Ice dams: One of the most potentially worrisome risks for a roof is the formation of ice dams. In extreme cold weather, water can freeze along the edges of your roof and form a dam-like structure which prevents further melting snow from properly draining off your roof. This can result in major leaks inside your home or building, potentially leading to many thousands of dollars in damages. But with an ice and water barrier installed, you can minimize the risks of ice dams forming.
  • Water infiltration: Even in moderate climates without heavy snowfall or extreme temperature swings, normal rainfall can still cause leaks within your roof if it breaches any cracks or gaps in the shingle system. An ice and water barrier helps to protect against this by providing an extra layer of moisture-proofing that helps keep water out.
  • Gutter clogs: Another risk related to extreme cold weather is the potential for gutters and drains to become clogged with ice. This can result in water pooling up on your roof, leading to a range of issues including structural damage from increased weight and further moisture infiltration through the shingle system if not addressed quickly. The extra layer of protection provided by an ice and water barrier can help to mitigate these risks.
  • Wind damage: Finally, wind-driven rain and storms can also cause damage to roofs if not properly protected. An ice and water barrier provides an extra layer of protection that helps keep wind-driven rain out of the shingle system, minimizing the risks of potential leaks in these types of scenarios.

Areas of the Roof Where Ice or Water Barriers Are Placed

While ice and water barriers can technically be placed just about anywhere, here are some of the most common locations where they’ll be installed on roofs:

  • Eaves: Because the edges of a typical roof are exposed, they can be particularly vulnerable to water damage in extreme weather. Installing an ice and water barrier along the eaves of your roof can help protect it from any moisture infiltration.
  • Valley flashing: Valley flashing is a special type of flashing that runs in between two sections of the roof at a 90-degree angle, typically where two sloping surfaces meet. It’s important to use a special ice and water barrier product when installing this type of flashing, as it helps keep moisture out and protect your roof from any leaks along the valleys.
  • Roof penetrations: For various penetration types, such as for skylights, plumbing vents, or other roof accessories, it’s important to use an ice and water barrier product around the perimeter of these penetrations as well. This helps prevent any moisture from seeping underneath the shingle system and causing potential damage.
  • Entire roof: In other cases, a roof may be covered completely with an ice and water barrier in order to provide extra protection against any moisture-related issues.

Should You Install Barriers?

Whether you’re ordering a new roof or considering your current roof maintenance plan, taking the time to consider installing ice and water barriers can help protect your home or building against a range of potential risks related to moisture. It’s important to consult with a professional contractor in order to understand the specific needs for your roof system, as well as any additional considerations that may need to be taken into account.

In many cases, a professional will recommend installing barriers if you’ve had prior moisture-related issues or if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions. However, even if these factors don’t necessarily apply to your situation, it’s still worth considering, as the extra layer of protection provided by a barrier can be valuable in preventing future headaches.

For more on ice and water barriers for your roof, or to learn about any of our roof installation or replacement services, speak to our team at The Roof Doctor today.

Handling West Jordan Roof Hail Damage Issues

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Protecting your home often involves being prepared for the very worst possible events, even if they’re unlikely or rare, and a great example here with regard to your roofing system is hail damage. While hail doesn’t happen too commonly around Utah, it definitely can take place – and ensuring your home is protected by a quality roof, and that you’re able to properly assess any damage done to this roof during a hailstorm, is vital.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re happy to assist West Jordan and nearby clients with all their roofing needs, including help with roof storm damage of any kind. Here are some basics on how to spot the signs of hail damage if a hailstorm takes place, how to handle these sorts of needs with your insurance company, and more.

Signs of Surface Hail Damage

In most cases, the first sort of damage you’ll want to inspect your roof for following any hailstorm is surface damage. This means looking for any dents, scratches, or other signs of damage to the shingles on your roof.

It’s not necessarily easy to spot these sorts of damages from the ground, so it often requires going up on the roof itself. If you’re doing this, be sure to take proper safety precautions and wear the right gear.

Once you’ve identified any potential surface damage, you’ll want to document it for your insurance company if needed. In some cases, a professional roofer may need to do this assessment – but in others, simply taking photos from the ground may be enough.

Hidden Hail Damage

In some other situations, however, hail damage won’t necessarily be visible from the exterior of your home. This is known as hidden hail damage, and it can often be indicative of more serious issues that need to be addressed.

For example, if you’ve noticed any staining on the outside walls of your home, or if some parts of your roofing system seem to no longer work properly (such as a skylight or some of the flashing), you may need a professional to take a closer look. There are also situations where impacts from hail can cause shingles to split, but this can only be seen by looking at the backside of a shingle.

In any case, the important thing to remember is that if you suspect hail damage to your roof, it’s important to call for help right away – in order to mitigate any further damage or issues that may arise from this kind of weather event. With the help of The Roof Doctor, we can assess any potential damage and also assist you with insurance claims (more on this in a moment).

Non-Roof Signs of Hail Damage

As we noted above, finding actual hail damage on your roof often involves going up there – and some people would rather avoid this if there isn’t some indication that damage has taken place. For these instances, a helpful way to find out if hail damage could be present is to look for signs of it elsewhere on and around your home.

For example, you may want to inspect the siding of your home for any dents or other types of damages – and even check for marks in your gutters, which often take a beating during hailstorms. Also look for dents in nearby cars, damage to your outdoor air conditioner unit, and more.

These kinds of signs don’t necessarily guarantee that damage took place to your roof, but they’re helpful indicators that you may have a problem and should reach out for help.

Telling Hail Damage From Other Types

Especially if you plan to file an insurance claim for hail damage, it’s important to ensure that you’re able to tell the difference between this type of storm damage and other types. For example, while hail can certainly cause dents in shingles, this isn’t necessarily the same as a missing or broken shingle – which could have been caused by age or improper installation. It’s also not the same as other types of weather damage, such as wind damage or water damage.

This is one major area where an inspection from a professional can be incredibly helpful. They’ll be able to identify the specific type of damage present on your roof and help you to determine if it’s hail-related or not. This can then have a huge impact on how you go about filing an insurance claim – and also what sort of repairs may need to be made.

Insurance Claims for Hail Damage

Finally, because they count as “acts of god” that are generally out of your control, hail damages usually do qualify for insurance claims. However, the exact process and requirements here can vary from provider to provider – so it’s important to understand what you’ll need in order to file a successful claim.

In most cases, you will have one year from the date of the storm to file a claim – and you’ll also need evidence of the damage, such as photos. Having an inspection report from a professional can also be incredibly helpful here, as it can provide additional evidence that the damage is hail-related and not caused by other sources.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re proud to offer help with both inspections and insurance claims for hail damage. Our team of experts can take a close look at your roof and provide you with the evidence you need to make sure your home is properly protected from storms, now and in the future. If you have any questions about hail damage or would like to schedule an inspection for any West Jordan or nearby roof, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

On the Process of Manufacturing Roofing Shingles

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Knowing the ins and outs of how certain products or items in our lives work can be valuable for both curiosity and practical reasons alike, and this is especially true within important home systems like your roof. One particular roof component that many home or building owners typically wonder about in this vein: Their shingles. What exactly are shingles, and how are they made?

At The Roof Doctor, we’re here to help with numerous residential roofing services, with expert roofing staff who are always happy to go over product specifications or other important details with you. Starting with their earliest manufacturing phase and running all the way to when they’re installed on your home or any other building, here’s a look inside the process of how asphalt shingles are made.

The Membrane

In most cases, the first major stage of manufacturing for asphalt shingles will involve a sheet of fiberglass membrane. This sheet might be made from straight fiberglass, or it could originate from certain organic fibers like wood chips, cardboard and paper. In either case, these materials come in large rolls that are unrolled to create individual products.

The purpose of this membrane is to give the shingle base an appropriate amount of thickness and reinforcement — in effect, creating a more durable foundation that can withstand weathering, wear and tear over time. This membrane will eventually sit beneath the shingle and weatherproof coating to come.

It’s meant to bring not only a strong base, but also protection from several threats. It’s a key player in fire resistance, for example, and it also protects against wind damage by filling any gaps or holes that might open up in the shingle’s foundation over time.

Asphalt Layer

Once the membrane has been laid out and cut to the proper size required for your shingles, it will be covered with hot asphalt. This is similar to standard asphalt pavement, and it will be spread over the membrane in order to create a solid, weatherproof foundation for the shingles.

For those unaware, asphalt is a semi-solid form of petroleum that is mixed with stone and sand to create a more durable composite. Given how it’s made of natural materials, asphalt can be seen as something akin to a renewable resource — depending on the exact source used during manufacturing.

When applied to the shingle foundation, this asphalt layer will also serve as an adhesive that holds everything together. It provides plenty of protection against common shingle threats like early clogging or weathering, and it also bolsters the bond that holds the rest of the asphalt shingle together.

In some cases, additional ingredients will be added to the asphalt layer as it’s being poured on the membrane. These ingredients may have a few purposes, but one of the most common is increasing fire resistance through the use of fire retardants. Natural ingredients like limestone or calcium carbonate are often at play here, and they help to keep the asphalt layer from catching fire under most normal circumstances.

Granule Addition

As the asphalt is still being poured onto the membrane and its heat remains high, granules will be pressed into the asphalt itself during the cooling process. These granules usually refer to small pebbles or stones, and they come in several different colors.

Granules serve several purposes, including providing another form of protection to the shingle. They will usually provide resistance against common weathering threats like sun or wind damage, and they can also help counteract some very common forms of damage from things like rain or water pooling. Some are even specifically designed to resist algae growth or other forms of contamination. In addition, granules are added to help the shingle surfaces from sticking to one another during packaging.

Of course, granules are also meant to offer aesthetic appeal. When you see a roof with shingles, this is one of the first things you’ll notice — a coating of small pebbles. The color and appearance of these granules can vary greatly depending on who makes them, but they’re typically meant to complement the rest of your roof and home design in some way or another.

Packaging

Once the full shingle has been created, it will then be cut into single shingles. These usually measure 12 inches by 36 inches, though some may be slightly longer or shorter than this depending on the company.

In some cases, shingles will be packaged together in groups to make it easier for those working with them during installation. It’s also common to use separate packaging materials in order to keep individual shingles from sticking together and creating a mess when they’re being removed.

Proper Installation

The job is not finished once a shingle has been cut and packaged, however. In order to be effective and long-lasting, a roofing material like asphalt shingles must always be installed the right way.

Basically, this means ensuring that there are no gaps between each individual shingle when they’re being lined up next to one another. Shingle spacing can be checked through use of a chalk line, and the shingles must also be held into place with nails that don’t penetrate too far.

This is one of many areas where our team at The Roof Doctor can help — we have years of experience when it comes to installing shingles the right way, and we can apply this expertise to making sure your roof is well-protected. For more information on shingles or any other roofing systems, contact us today!

Roofing Themes to Consider If You’ve Just Bought a New Home

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There are a number of specific components you may be thinking about if you’ve recently purchased a home and are assessing its quality, and one area that cannot be overlooked here is the roof. Even if you’ve been diligent in your purchasing process and have bought a home with a quality roof that’s relatively new, there will be a point at which you have to consider certain repairs or other fixes, and priming yourself for this ahead of time is valuable.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re happy to help. We assist any and all clients with their residential roofing needs of all shapes and sizes, whether you have specific and immediate roofing issues that need addressing or are simply looking for a long-term partner for roof inspections and care. What are a few simple tips we offer to new homeowners on how to assess and understand their new roofing setup? Here are a few valuable themes.

Pre-Purchase Roofing Considerations

Firstly, we also want to speak briefly to those who are still in the process of negotiating a home purchase. It’s so important that you do not overlook the roof during this time! If you’re working with a quality real estate agent, they will hopefully bring any big-ticket items to your attention.

But it’s always good to get a second opinion, and if you have any doubts whatsoever about the state of the roof, it is worth getting a roofing professional to take a look. This is a significant investment, and you want to be as confident as possible in every element of the purchase.

Take a Quick Look

When you’ve finalized your purchase and are moving into your new home, take a few minutes whenever it’s convenient to just walk around the property and check out the roof from different angles. It doesn’t have to be a comprehensive or exhaustive inspection, but getting a general sense of its condition and any potential problem areas is valuable.

Of course, if you see anything that looks like an immediate issue, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away! We’ll be happy to help. But as much as anything else, this is just an opportunity to familiarize yourself with one of the most important components of your new home. How does your roof slope? Where are the gutters and downspouts located? Just getting a general sense of these basic details is helpful.

Know Your Primary Roofing Material

Another big theme to consider is your primary roofing material, as this will obviously have a big impact on the care and maintenance required over time. At The Roof Doctor, we work with all sorts of common roofing materials, including asphalt shingles, metal roofs, tile roofs, and more.

Asphalt shingles are by far the most common, and they offer a number of advantages in terms of cost, installation, and repair. But every material has its own quirks and benefits, so it’s worth doing a bit of research on your specific setup. This will help you understand what to expect down the road.

If you can’t tell which roofing material you have, or if you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask. We’re always happy to help new homeowners get a handle on their roofing situation.

Care for Your Gutters

While gutters are technically separate from your roof, there’s no question these components are closely related, and they work together to protect your home from water damage. As such, it’s important to make sure your gutters are in good condition and properly maintained.

The gutters should be cleared of any debris on a regular basis, and you also want to be on the lookout for any signs of sagging or other damage. These issues can often be addressed relatively easily, but it’s important to catch them early before they become bigger problems.

Check Interior Ceilings

Both during your initial walk-around inspection and on a regular basis thereafter, it’s also a good idea to take a quick look at the ceilings in your home for any signs of water damage. This can obviously be a sign that there’s an issue with your roof, but it can also indicate problems with your gutters or downspouts.

In any case, if you see any signs of water damage in your home, it’s important to call a professional right away to assess the situation and make any necessary repairs.

Monitor for Shingle Granules

If you have an asphalt shingle roof, another big theme to be aware of is shingle granules. These are the small pieces of stone or other material that make up the surface of the shingles, and over time, they can begin to degrade and fall off.

This is a normal part of the asphalt shingle roof lifecycle, but it’s important to keep an eye on granule loss to ensure it’s not happening at an accelerated rate. This could be a sign of a bigger problem, and it’s something we can help you assess and address.

Leave Repairs to the Pros

Whether immediately upon moving into your new home or at some point in the future, you may be tempted to take on roofing repairs yourself if you notice any issues. But as much as we understand the DIY impulse, this is almost always a bad idea.

Roofing repairs can be dangerous, and they often require specialized tools and materials. It’s almost always better to leave repairs to the professionals. Not only will this ensure the job is done right, but it will also help you avoid any potential accidents or injuries.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re here to help new homeowners with all their roofing needs, from inspections and repairs to maintenance and more. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Primary SLC Roof Features to Inspect Regularly

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There are several important components of your home to keep a regular eye on, and at or near the top of any such list for most homeowners is the roof. Not only is the roof one of the highest-value components of your home, it also plays a vital role in everything from protecting your home to providing curb appeal and more.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re here for all your possible residential roofing needs in Salt Lake City and nearby areas, including everything from basic inspections and upkeep appointments to roof repairs and even new roof installations where required. When it comes to the realm of roof inspections, we’re happy to work with your needs — some clients are comfortable performing their own periodic roofing inspections in certain areas, while others may not be and may call on us to assist them. No matter what your situation, what are some of the most important crux points on the roof to keep in mind when inspection is taking place? Here are some of the most important.

Shingles or Other Roof Materials

First and foremost, some of the most important aspects of any roof to inspect regularly are the shingles or other materials that make up its surface. Over time, these materials can degrade due to a variety of causes, from severe weather conditions and tree impact to simple old age and more. This degradation can cause problems such as leaks, drafts, and even structural damage if left unchecked for too long.

Therefore, a regular inspection of your roof’s shingles or other materials is crucial to keeping your roof in good condition. Be sure to look for any loose, damaged, or missing shingles, as well as any signs of excessive wear and tear such as cracks, splits, or fraying. If you notice any of these issues, be sure to call on a professional roofing contractor like The Roof Doctor for assistance as soon as possible.

In most cases, depending on the layout of your home, you should be able to visually inspect most or all of your roof shingles from the ground level. However, if you have any concerns or are unsure of what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to call on a professional roofing contractor like The Roof Doctor for assistance. We’ll be happy to come out and take a look, providing you with a comprehensive report of our findings so that you can make the best decisions for your home moving forward.

Flashing

Another important component of your roof to keep an eye on is the flashing. Flashing is the material — usually metal — that’s used to seal any joints or gaps in the roof, such as around vent pipes, skylights, chimneys, and more. Like shingles, over time flashing can degrade due to weathering, old age, and other factors, which can eventually lead to leaks and other problems.

Therefore, it’s important to inspect your roof’s flashing regularly for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or other issues. If you notice any loose, damaged, or missing pieces of flashing, call on a professional roofing contractor like The Roof Doctor for assistance as soon as possible — this is not a job that you should be attempting unless you have specific training and experience.

In most cases, you’ll be able to visually inspect the flashing around your roof from the ground level. However, in some cases you may need to get up on the roof itself to take a closer look. If this is the case, be sure to exercise caution and call on a professional like The Roof Doctor for assistance if you’re the least bit uncomfortable.

Gutters

When it comes to roofing, one of the most often overlooked components is the gutters. However, your gutters play a crucial role in protecting your roof (and your home in general) from water damage. Over time, gutters can become clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris, which can eventually lead to problems such as leaks, drafts, and even mold and mildew growth.

Therefore, it’s important to inspect your gutters regularly and clean them out as needed to prevent these problems from occurring. In most cases, you should be able to visually inspect your gutters from the ground level and remove any debris that you see by hand. However, if you have any concerns or are unsure of what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to call on a professional like The Roof Doctor for assistance.

Soffit and Fascia

Two more important components of your roof that are often overlooked are the soffit and fascia. The soffit is the material that covers the underside of your roof’s overhang, while the fascia is the material that covers the ends of your roof’s rafters. These materials play an important role in protecting your home from weather damage, pests, and more.

Over time, soffits and fascia can become damaged, loose, or even missing entirely. Therefore, it’s important to inspect these materials regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear. If you notice any problems, be sure to call on The Roof Doctor for assistance as soon as possible for help.

By paying some basic attention to your roof on a regular basis, you can help to ensure that it stays in good condition for years to come. If you have any concerns or are unsure of what you’re doing within any kind of SLC roof inspection or related need area, don’t hesitate to call on The Roof Doctor for assistance!

Breaking Down Roofing and Attic Ventilation Options

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There are a few concepts that will be important for the long-term care of your roof and related home components, and one of these is the theme of ventilation. This is a concept that covers both the roof itself and the attic area that typically lays underneath the roof, and it’s important for ensuring that several possible threats aren’t able to form or grow in this area.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re happy to assist Salt Lake City and nearby clients with a huge range of roof replacements, roof repairs and many other roofing services. We regularly help clients with all their roof and attic ventilation needs, including informing them of their various vent type options and which would likely be ideal for their roof. Why are roof vents important in the first place, and what are some of the main options available in this area? Here’s a simple primer.

Why Roof Vents Are Important

First and foremost, let’s go over why roof vents are important — which starts with a breakdown of the two general roof vent types:

  • Intake vents: These vents bring fresh air into the attic, and they do so by opening up small spaces in the lower part of the roof.
  • Exhaust vents: These vents help to push hot air out of the attic, and they do this by opening up small spaces near the peak of the roof.

You might be wondering why you need both types of vents — after all, couldn’t you just have exhaust vents to get rid of the hot air? The answer is that you need both types to create a continuous airflow, which helps to ensure that the temperature in the attic stays regulated. It also helps to prevent moisture buildup, which can cause all sorts of problems like mold growth and wood rot.

Not only this, but this kind of dual setup also keeps the air from your attic out of the rest of your home, which is important for maintaining good indoor air quality. Our next several sections will go over the different types of roof/attic ventilation that are available, plus which might be ideal for your setup.

Box Vents

Also known as low-profile vents or “static” vents, box vents are a type of exhaust vent that contain absolutely no moving parts of any kind. They’re installed on top of a hole that’s cut into the roof, with their main purpose being to let hot air escape while also keeping rain, snow and other debris from getting into the attic.

One of the main advantages of box vents is that they’re incredibly easy to install, which helps to keep costs down. Not only this, but they don’t require any kind of maintenance whatsoever since they don’t have any moving parts. The tradeoff is that they’re not as effective at removing hot air from the attic as some of the other options on this list, which is why they’re typically used in conjunction with another type of vent.

Wind Turbines

Another “passive” form of exhaust vent is the wind turbine, which is also known by the name “whirlybird.” These vents don’t have any moving parts either, and they work by using the wind to create a kind of suction that pulls hot air out of the attic.

Wind turbines are often used in conjunction with box vents or other types of exhaust vents, and they can be a great way to supplement the ventilation in your attic. That said, they’re not right for every situation — especially if you live in an area with very little wind, in which case they might not do much of anything.

Ridge Vents

Also known as continuous ridge vents, these exhaust vents are installed on the ridge of the roof, which is the horizontal line that runs along the peak. They work by providing an unobstructed path for hot air to escape, and they’re often used in conjunction with soffit vents (more on these in a second).

One of the main advantages of ridge vents is that they’re very effective at removing hot air from the attic, and they can even be used as the sole form of ventilation in some cases. That said, they can be difficult and costly to install — especially if your roof isn’t designed to accommodate them.

Soffit Vents

As we just mentioned, soffit vents are installed on the soffits of a roof, which is the area where the roof overhang meets the exterior wall of the house. These vents work by providing a way for air to flow into the attic, which helps to balance out the airflow and prevents hot air from getting trapped.

Soffit vents are a great option for most homes, and they can be used in conjunction with other types of vents. They’re commonly utilized alongside ridge vents, for instance.

Power Vents

These vents utilize fans that are powered by electricity, and they’re often used in attics that are particularly large or poorly ventilated. Power vents work by actively drawing air out of the attic, which helps to ensure that the temperature stays regulated.

Cupola Vents

While these are sometimes considered decorative features, cupola vents can actually be quite functional as well. They work in a similar way to ridge vents, providing an unobstructed path for hot air to escape.

Gable Vents

Finally, gable vents are quite high up on the side of your home, and can work as either an intake or exhaust vent depending on how they’re installed. These vents are often used in conjunction with soffit vents to ensure proper airflow.

To learn more about any of your roof and attic ventilation options, or for more on our roof repairs or other roofing services in SLC or nearby areas, speak to our team at The Roof Doctor today.