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5 Signs Your Roof Leak Is Serious

Posted on: February 22, 2018

When is a roof leak a serious concern? A roof leak can get bad fast. Below are five of the top signs your contractor will need to do more than just patch up your roof.

Roof Leak is Serious

Water Appears Far from its Original Source

If the leak has spread through the roof and attic, far from where it began, you have a serious problem. Traveling leaks mean expensive water damage repairs, and it’s a sign that the leak may have been active for a long time.

Algae and Mold Are Growing Near the Leak

When you see algae growing on the roof, it’s clear you have a moisture problem. Mold is even more concerning, as it could lead to health problems and roof decay. This extent of this type of leak could mean it’s time for a replacement and extra ventilation and moisture protection to prevent the problem from happening again.

Shingles Are Curling and Buckling

When your shingles aren’t lying flat, moisture is likely the cause. If water is penetrating your roof and the shingles are curling and buckling, it might be time to start considering a replacement. While the underlying cause could also be improper felt underlayment installation, an aged roof that has these problems might be nearing the end of its life.

You See Stains on the Ceiling

By the time the roof leak has allowed water to stain your plaster ceilings, it’s time to call a contractor and talk to your insurance company. Water damage is expensive; when you see evidence of it inside your home, don’t delay, call the Roof Doctor.

The Ridge Is Sagging

When the wear and tear on a roof has caused the ridge line to begin sagging, that’s when you know you need immediate replacement. Water leads to mold and rot, and when it has gained a foothold in the rafters and the roof ridge, you have a structural problem.

Call the Roof Doctor

Do you need immediate help with your roof?

Any active roof leak is an emergency, and we are here to help. Get in touch with the Roof Doctor today so we can determine the extent of the damage and make our best professional recommendations on what to do with your roof. If there is any chance we can repair it, we will, even if it’s just for the interim while you save for a replacement.

We are here to help — give us a call today!

Winter Roofing: Is it Possible?

Posted on: February 5, 2018

Winter roofing doesn’t seem like it would be possible. The freezing temperatures and snow piled high doesn’t lend itself to the best working conditions. But for roofers who are dedicated to their customers, these challenges are in no way obstacles that prevent us from carrying out your roof repairs.

winter roofing

Below are the top two reasons winter roofing is so challenging, along with a list of signs that you need help for your roof now, and it can’t wait until spring.

The Biggest Issue? Moisture

The biggest challenge facing winter roofing crews is the presence of moisture. On a dry summer day, it’s easy to quickly disassemble and replace a roof, without a care for precipitation. But in the winter, Utah’s dry season is in the distant rearview mirror as roofers struggle to keep all signs of moisture out of the roofing process.

Moisture trapped within the roof underlayment or under shingles can have disastrous effects on the long-term performance of the roof. Also, it’s not safe for roofers to be high up on an icy roof for an extended period.

Our solution is that when the snow is piled a bit too high, we try to work in your roofing replacement after it’s melted. Cold is one thing, but moisture is another. It’s still possible to schedule winter roofing, but it depends on the forecast.

Temperature Affects the Roofer and Their Tools

Subzero temperatures are brutal, especially when you’re working on a roof that’s exposed to the wind. While we’re tough enough to handle it, sometimes our tools aren’t. Nail gun compressors can be compromised, and sometimes this means we have to hand-nail shingles instead of using an automatic tool. That can lengthen the time it takes to complete the job, but it’s not a deal-breaker.

When You Can’t (And Shouldn’t) Wait Until Spring

If your roof is actively leaking, you need repairs now. You can’t wait until spring. If you’re beginning to hear suspicious sounds after a heavy snow like popping or cracking, this could be a sign that your roof’s integrity is in jeopardy.

The Roof Doctor Can Fix It

Depend on the Roof Doctor for roof repairs and potentially roof replacements, even in the midst of a cold, snowy Utah winter! Your regular doctor doesn’t take the winter off, and neither do we. Winter roofing is a challenge, but it’s not one we shy away from — we take on your roof problems regardless of the weather outside. Call us today if you have an emergency or want to get a pro’s take on the condition of your roof.

Hand-Nailing Shingles vs. Using a Nail Gun

Posted on: January 26, 2018

Does hand-nailing shingles yield better results than using a nail gun?

Hand-Nailing Shingles

While many roofers have strong feelings one way or the other, as the property owner, you just want a quality roof. Which method is going to deliver on that count?

At the Roof Doctor, we believe that both methods can work, but it depends who you hire to execute the job.

The Importance of Nail Placement

At the end of the day, the placement of each nail will determine the durability of your shingles. There is a right way and a wrong way to nail a shingle to a roof.

Shingles are designed to be nailed in specific locations, and the nail must be driven to a certain depth. If this location or depth is off by even a little, it can put the shingle at risk of allowing water to penetrate it, or it may fly off in high winds. Not only that, roofing warranty coverage might be voided if the inspection finds that the reason for the problem was incorrect nail placement.

Pros and Cons of Both Sides

Some roofers believe hand-nailing shingles gives them more control over the process. They can use “feel” to determine if the nail is deep enough and in the right location. Since hand-nailing takes a bit more time, they have the chance to correct any mistakes on the spot. On the other hand, labor costs will be higher.

Some roofers think that using a nail gun delivers the same level of precision as hand nailing. But it’s important for these roofers to always test their tools before using them. Over- or under-pressurized nail guns can result in nails that are either driven too hard or not driven deeply enough. On the plus side, these roofers can complete whole projects much faster, resulting in cost savings for the homeowner.

What Does the Shingle Manufacturer Say?

Roofing manufacturers have determined that hand-nailing shingles and using a nail gun are both valid methods of installing shingles, so it is not a reflection on your roofer’s work quality level if they choose one over the other.

What Is More Important Than Tools? Experience!

What matters most during roofing installations is the experience of the roofer. An amateur roofer is more likely to place their nails incorrectly, whether they’re using a hammer or a nail gun. On the other hand, a roofer that’s succeeded in producing years of quality results that last — that’s the type of professional you want on the job. That’s us. Call the Roof Doctor today and get a free estimate for your roof!

Creating a Roof Maintenance Plan  

Posted on: January 10, 2018

With proper roof maintenance, it’s possible to prevent problems before they turn into serious threats. It starts with creating a thoughtful roof maintenance plan for your home.

Roof Maintenance Plan

Why Do You Need One?

A roof maintenance plan can save you money, time and frustration over the lifespan of your roof. Paying for minor repairs now is better than waiting and having to foot a larger bill later. Avoiding big problems means you’ll pay less for insurance, too.

Assess the Current Condition

To start building a comprehensive roof maintenance plan, first, obtain a baseline assessment of its condition. An inspection will tell you if there are any current problems you need to resolve. Going forward, the beginning state of your roofing can offer a benchmark – a way to tell if you need repairs or not.

Consider Your Roof’s Age

Every roof maintenance plan is different because no two homes are alike. The type of service and the frequency of maintenance it needs depends on where your home is located in terms of climate, what specific material your roof is made from and most importantly, its age.

For older roofs, problems that come up may be dealt with differently than with a newer roof. While it may pay off to make the repairs a newer roof needs, it might not be worth it to make this investment in an older roof.

Start with Cleanliness

The first step to taking care of your roof is keeping it clean. By clean, we mean free of debris like sticks, leaves and branches. This also means keeping your gutters clear and removing dangerously heavy loads of snow. Roof debris and clogged gutters can spell roof rot, while too much snow can lead to roof collapse.

Check your roof about once a month and look for signs it needs attention.

Inspect Your Attic

Check your attic regularly for mold growth. It’s vital that your attic has the proper insulation and ventilation to facilitate proper air flow. If there’s a problem, call us to solve it!

Trust Our Team

We can inspect and recommend roof maintenance at any time of the year because we’re the Roof Doctor. We know what Utah roofs need throughout the cold winter and dry summer. Call us today to set up your appointment!

Too Much Snow on Your Roof?

Posted on: December 12, 2017

Accumulating snow on your roof is just part of living in Utah. But what happens when it gets to be too much? When should you start to worry about how it could affect your home?

Too Much Snow on Your Roof

Too much snow on your roof can lead to structural damage, and in the worst-case scenario, roof collapse. How can you tell if your roof is fast approaching the danger zone?

Good News: Roofs Are Built to Last

Here is something to ease your worries: Your roof was built with hefty loads of snow in mind. Local building code establishes how strong a roof must be and how much snow it should be able to hold based on the average snowfall in the region.

For example, Salt Lake City institutes a minimum of 30 pounds per square foot of roof snow load, up to 4,500 feet above sea level. For higher elevations, the minimum pounds per square foot of roof snow load goes up.

What does 30 pounds per square foot look like? It’s hard to say. You could have 6 feet of fluffy snow that doesn’t come close to reaching the maximum weight allowance, or you could have one foot of heavy, dense snow that taxes the roof severely. That’s why it’s so important to know the signs of roof collapse!

The Right Answer? Monitor the Situation

Whenever you have snow on your roof, especially snow from multiple storms in a short period of time, it’s key to monitor the situation at all times.

Some of the signs the snow on your roof is too heavy include unusual noises coming from the roof or the attic like creaking, cracking and popping.

Also, if you have an active roof leak that is spreading to your ceilings and drywall, that’s a bad sign too. Water damage can weaken the roof’s structure through rot, decay and mold growth.

Finally, take a look at your home from outside. Does the ridge look like it’s sagging? Are there any surfaces that look like they are bending inward? If so, call a professional right away.

Have a Winter Roofing Problem? We’re Here to Help.

At the Roof Doctor, we are well aware how much snow Utah homeowners must deal with throughout the winter. It can get rough. But with our help, we can resolve roofing issues even in the coldest, snowiest of winters. We’re available around the clock whenever you have a roofing emergency.

Call us today if you think you have too much snow on your roof. We can help make the determination and offer advice.

Do You Have a Discolored Roof?

Posted on: November 30, 2017

A discolored roof can ruin even the most beautiful curb appeal. Dark streaks, green growth, orange stains — it’s not appealing to the eye.

Discolored Roof

Thankfully, not every discolored roof is a failing roof. Most of the time, it just means some cleaning and preventive measures must be taken.

What are some of the common causes of a discolored roof, and which one is working against you?

Algae and Plant Debris Can Stain

One of the predominant reasons you see black or green streaks on your shingles is because of algae growth. Algae thrives in moisture-filled environments away from direct sunlight. So if the angle of your roof is in the shade, this is a common problem that may develop.

Algae feeds off the limestone filler that’s manufactured in the asphalt shingles. While advances are being made to prevent algae growth such as adding copper to the shingles, the effect of this effort wears off as time goes by.

Another issue that may cause roof staining is a tree branch is positioned right above the roof, dropping leaves or berries onto the shingles and providing shade where moss may grow. The simplest measure is to trim back the branches so your roof gets more direct sunlight and plant debris is less of an issue.

Chimney Soot Can Build Up

If black streaks surround or lead down the roof from the chimney, it’s probably excess soot that has washed away and stained the shingles.

Rust — Not a Good Look

Rust can bleed from chimneys or metal vents, creating a stain that ranges in color from dark red to bright orange.

Water Stains Signal Something More

Sometimes the staining on your roof makes your shingles look darker than they are. This may not be a stain at all, but a sign of water damage. Whenever shingles are constantly damp, it’s vital to investigate the cause.

General Aging Is Unavoidable

As shingles age, their granules begin to wear off. This will make a previously dark-shingled roof begin to look lighter. When shingles start to look patchy, check the gutters for granule loss and talk to a roofing professional about whether it’s time for a roof replacement.

Can You Remove Stains?

Professional shingle cleaning is a possibility, but you should start by having your roofer check stained shingles for more serious issues. A discolored roof may be telling you something about its quality and condition, and you don’t want to miss the signs! Talk to the Roof Doctor today — we can come to your home and do a free assessment of your roof.

Hiring a Roofer? Watch for these 5 Red Flags.

Posted on: November 28, 2017

Hiring a roofer isn’t hard when you know what to look for. When you can spot the signs of a solid, reputable company, you know your home will be taken care of.

Hiring a Roofer

A quality roof is vital to the longevity of your home. It’s one of the most expensive updates many homeowners make. You need to be confident in your choice. From our industry experience, we’ve compiled a list of red flags — behaviors of companies that you don’t want working on your home.

1. They Can’t Show You Their License

When hiring a roofer, always ask to see their license. Checking up on certifications is part of doing your due diligence as a homeowner. Make sure you have proof that your roofer is licensed to work in the state and they have the right training and insurance coverage to meet your standards.

2. They Lack Communication Skills

If you reach out to a roofer for a quote and they don’t get back to you for over a week, you may question their communication skills, and rightly so. Any service provider you’re entrusting with your home should answer your calls or emails promptly.

3. They Rush You to Sign a Contract

If you feel pressure to sign a roof replacement contract on the spot, run in the other direction. No reputable roofer will force you to make a decision right away. They will let you think it over, get other quotes and then make your choice. If you find a roofer offering a “one-time” deal, don’t take it!

4. Roofers Who Appear Out of Nowhere

If you’re thinking about hiring a roofer who stopped by your home after a big storm, think again. Storm chasers are rarely professionals, nor are they people who have your best interests in mind. They are looking for vulnerable homeowners with roof damage who will pay them on the spot. They are known for shoddy work that’s not up to code, and they also have a tendency to disappear after they collect!

5. They Don’t Offer References

Don’t hire a roofer without asking for references. Ask them who their last customer was, and call them to find out if the work met their expectations. When roofers take care of their clients, their clients are more than willing to recommend them!

At the Roof Doctor, we prioritize you. You need a cost-effective roof replacement that does the job, looks beautiful and adds to your home value. Call us today — we are who you’re looking for when you’re hiring a roofer.

Hanging Seasonal Decorations: Be Careful on Your Roof!

Posted on: November 6, 2017

Hanging seasonal decorations is a task that’s both fun and time-consuming. It’s exciting to finally plug in your lighting design and see your home shine brightly for the holidays, but it can be exhausting to try to get all those decorations hung up.

It’s even more exhausting (and downright draining!) to find that your best efforts have resulted in roofing damage.

seasonal decorations

Thankfully, you can avoid roof problems and still get the inviting seasonal look your neighbors will envy and your children will love. What should you do?

Plan it Out

It’s important to plan your decorating design before you begin hanging lights, especially if you’ll be climbing ladders to get near your roof. Make sure you measure your roof and ensure you have enough decorations so that you don’t come up short in the middle of hanging.

Gather the Right Supplies

Make sure you’re only hanging seasonal decorations outdoors that are meant for the outdoors. Outdoor lights are weatherproof and won’t short out when they get wet.

Get in the Holiday Spirit, Safely

It’s important for your home to look beautiful for the holidays. It’s also important to protect your roof from damage. But your safety is the most important factor in the equation.

Make sure you have a sturdy ladder that you can safely anchor to the side of the house. Wear sturdy shoes as well. Try to have a partner to help you so you’re not attempting to do too much yourself. You can use a harness too to keep yourself from falling — that will give you an extra level of security.

No Nails!

Whatever you do, never nail lights or decorations to your roof or siding. Nails create holes, and holes mean leaks. Using nails will inevitably lead to water damage.

What you can use are clips that are specifically designed to keep your holiday lights securely fastened to your roof. They clip onto your gutters or shingles and don’t affect your roofing materials or interfere with your warranty.

Avoid Chimneys, Vents and Satellite Dishes

Your roofing system is important to the integrity of your home, and that’s why you need to avoid hanging decorations on chimneys, vents or satellite dishes. If one of these fixtures is damaged, it can seriously damage your shingle coverage.

Don’t Take Shortcuts

When it’s time to take down holiday lights, don’t just yank them down. Carefully remove each strand the same way you put it up: slowly and methodically.

Getting up close and personal with your roof while hanging seasonal decorations might make you realize how important it is to have a professional conduct an in-depth roofing inspection. If your roof needs some TLC this holiday season, you know who to call: the Roof Doctor.

Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

Posted on: November 2, 2017

Should you winterize your roof this fall? You bet!

Being proactive about roof maintenance can make for a secure, warm winter in your cozy home.

Work on getting your roof ready for winter by doing a few important preventive checks.

roof-snow

Look for Water Stains Inside

First, check the inside of your home for water stains. If you see black mold or discolored drywall, it could indicate a water leak. Anytime you suspect there is water where it shouldn’t be, call a roofer or a plumber to quickly to stop the flow and limit the damage.

Check Insulation and Ventilation

Next, go up into your attic. It plays a key role in the health of your roof and the overall energy efficiency of your home. If it’s not well-insulated, you’ll lose heat, and if it’s not properly ventilated, moisture can build up and cause your roof to mold and rot.

Stains, leaks, mold — these are all signs there could be something wrong with either the insulation or ventilation in the attic. Call your roofer right away if you see anything amiss in your attic.

Scout Your Roof’s Exterior

Now look at your roof. In most cases, it’s too dangerous to walk on your roof, and it isn’t good for the shingles, either. But what you can do is walk around the perimeter of your home and use binoculars to look at key areas.

Check the flashing and shingle coverage, especially around chimneys, pipes and roof seams. Curling, buckling or missing shingles require immediate repair. The same goes for flashing — when it’s buckled or bent, you need repairs.

Clean Debris from Gutters and Downspouts

Clean gutters look nicer than clogged gutters, but the main reason you want clean gutters is to make sure they carry the water away from your home so it doesn’t pool around the foundation. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear before winter begins!

Talk to a Pro

Are you wondering if your roof’s condition warrants repairs or even replacement before winter weather sets in? Talk to our team at the Roof Doctor about your concerns. We offer inspections and free quotes for our Utah customers.

Roof Replacement: How to Get Ready

Posted on: October 31, 2017

Roof replacement is an important job — it’s essential to the structural integrity of your house and it’s a major investment.

Homeowners who prepare carefully for their roof replacement get the most value out of the project. What should you do first when your old roof needs to be replaced?

How to Get Ready for Roof Replacement

1. Get Your Roof Inspected

You know your roof is aging, but you won’t know the full extent of its condition until you have a professional evaluation. You can have a roofer or a building inspector look at it.

Inspection is a key part of the roof replacement process, because it dictates how extensive the project should be. Do you need your roof replaced, or just repaired? Are there are any structural issues that need to be addressed?

You want to know the problems you may face before the job begins.

2. Explore Roofing Options

Just because you have asphalt shingles now doesn’t mean you can’t get something different next time. When it comes to roofing, you have options!

You may want to consider metal or tile. But besides design and material selection, think about quality too. Would you like an architectural shingle upgrade? Look at which options are within your budget to find the best choice for your home.

3. Research Area Roofers

One of the most important players in this project is your roofing company. It’s imperative that the company you choose is honest, hardworking and transparent. They should also know their stuff; they should be roofing experts!

Look at their online reviews and their social media profiles. Check out their website. Most importantly, ask questions! You should be able to trust your company of choice, and when you get straight, smart answers, that’s a good sign.

4. Get the Paperwork in Order

From building permits to roofing contracts, a roof replacement requires you to get out your pen and start signing. Make sure everything is in order before you agree to a contract. Check over terms and know your responsibilities. Do you have a copy of your contractor’s insurance policy? What about their license? Paperwork protects you.

The Roof Doctor is here to help with your Utah roof replacement. We know you need facts before you can make decisions, and that’s what we are here to provide. We’ll help you through the process, and you’ll see we’re the roofing contractor to trust when your Utah home needs a new roof!