Avoid Roof Replacement Scams

Roofing Scam

Replacing a roof is easily one of the most important and critical upgrades for any home. If a quality roof is installed by a reputable company and maintained on an annual basis, it is Roofing Scamcommon for roofs to last several decades (depending on the material used and in the absence of any major natural disasters).

Even a relatively small issue, such as a tiny leak, can cause major damage if not caught and fixed right away. This is why roof inspections are so important. Homeowners may not always notice a leak or other damage, especially if the results are hidden in an attic or within the walls. Most commonly, leaks occur where the roof changes elevation, such as in valleys. Any area in which different materials are connected, such as near a skylight, is a prime location for a leak.

What Homeowners Can Do

It is paramount to have a roof inspection every year, but homeowners can do some helpful maintenance themselves, such as keeping nearby trees trimmed and clearing major debris off of roofs. Keeping an eye on the gutter system is also critical, according to the founder of Angie’s List, Angie Hicks. “Gutters are probably the top of my maintenance list around the house because if you’re not taking care of your gutters properly, it can actually lead to roof damage as well as water in the basement, so be sure that you’re attending to them, cleaning them, because it can very much prevent big, costly problems,” she said.

Collect Bids

Any time roof repairs or a replacement is in order, a professional should be hired — but homeowners must do their due diligence and research companies or contractors. Hicks says, “You want an apples-to-apples estimate, so make sure you know exactly the type of material your roof is made of.”

In order to avoid being the victim of a scam, keep an eye out for red flags. One of the biggest is any door-to-door roof repair salesman, particularly if he or she pops up right after a storm. Shady companies are notorious for doing subpar work and not sticking around for follow-up concerns. Scam operators make money by:

  1. Taking your down payment and then disappearing
  2. Going door-to-door offering cheap services but not providing quality work and/or disappearing halfway through the job
  3. Hard selling and bullying homeowners into signing a contract on the spot
  4. Providing bids that conceal slew of unforeseen issues and costs

Always get testimonials and check reviews, including those on third-party sites, before choosing a roof contractor or company. The Roof Doctor is a longstanding, reliable roofing contractor in Taylorsville, Utah. Call them for all of your roof repair or replacement needs.

Metal Roofs Through the Roof in Popularity

Metal Roofing

Residential roof companies are seeing a boom in metal roofing. The Metal Roofing Alliance reports that in the past five years, the demand has skyrocketed to double-digit percentages. Metal RoofingAccording to contractors, homeowners have picked up on the durability, energy savings, simple aesthetics, good value and fire resistance these roofs offer. Every roofing material has a different life span, but metal offers an impressive few decades of resiliency and also keeps up with the sleek, chic look that many contemporary houses feature.

The MRA reveals that while non-metal roofs average a life span of about 20 years, metal can last for an entire lifetime, assuming routine care and maintenance is prioritized. Plus, in some states they can lower homeowners insurance premiums up to 30 percent (depending on other considerations, including county, land size and age of the home). However, it is the fire-resistant quality that has really piqued homeowners’ interest.

What Fire Hazard?

Home fires occur in devastating numbers, with the majority happening during summer months and during the winter holidays. Although most home fires start in the kitchen (from cooking), living in a hot, dry region can also be a risk factor. Summer fires are rampant, not just because of home cooking, but because of backyard barbeques combined with dry grass. But if a fire starts in the home, a metal roof can help preserve more of the structure and stop the fire from spreading.

Many metal roofs feature “Class A Fire Ratings,” and they are becoming increasingly popular in more rural areas prone to wildfires. Plus, if a metal roof is stone coated, it is resistant to cracking, rot, breaking and warping. These roofs can hold up to winter weather, too, proving nearly indestructible when faced with hailstones up to 2.5 inches in diameter. They are tough enough to resist 120 mph winds, withstand a Class 4 impact rating for hail and last anywhere from 40-60 years.

A Cool Choice

Instead of absorbing rays from the sun, metal deflects them. This helps keep homes cooler in the summer while keeping them warmer in the winter. Ultimately, utility costs are lowered as well. However, for homeowners who don’t particularly like the contemporary look, the solution is coating the roof with another material such as slate, clay or even wood.

Curb appeal plays a big part in a home’s value, and with metal roofs you can handpick the style with a stone coating. However, what really counts is what’s on the inside, like better temperature control, increased security from the elements and knowing you’ll have a solid metal roof over your head for many decades.

An Aging Roof is a Detriment

Aging Roof

Determining the age of a roof should be of paramount importance to those hunting for a new home, but sadly, this consideration is often overlooked. Surprisingly, the age of a home doesn’t Aging Roofaffect housing costs much, unless of course the property is considered an architectural gem, historic or is in some other way outstanding. More people consider location, square footage and aesthetic updates such as flooring or countertops when setting the asking price of a home; however, the quality and age of a roof are also important factors.

There is no getting around the fact that replacing a roof, even with eco-friendly materials, is very expensive. In fact, the foundation and roof of a home are often two of the costliest of elements, and they cannot be put on the back burner (like ugly carpet or chipped countertops). If a roof is not in good condition or does not have many years left, homeowners can unwittingly sign up for a much more expensive home than they bargained for.

An Immediate Need

When a roof needs to be repaired or replaced, time is of the essence. The longer a homeowner waits to take care of repairs or a total replacement, the costlier it will be — and the more dangerous. A collapsed roof or one with leaks that has led to intense mold growth is a big hazard. This is why routine repairs and maintenance are in order. However, it is also why home buyers need to prioritize roof inspections.

Before scheduling a home inspection for a potential new property purchase, ask the seller about the history of the roof. Ask when it was last replaced — if ever — what materials were used, who the contractor was and what the state of any existing warranties are. Also ask when the current owners last had an inspection, and whether the report is available.


While new kitchen cupboards may improve the value of a home, they are not as important as a healthy roof. However, bear in mind that while roof replacement can be costly, it can also drastically improve the value of a home. Choose the materials and contractor wisely, and should you decide to sell yourself, you can likely secure a higher asking price. Call the Roof Doctor for an inspection of your aging roof and to find out how to keep it in prime condition.

Roof Inspections Reveal Weather’s Effects

Weather Damaged Roof

Homeowners in Utah should have their roofs inspected at least twice a year to check for any weather damage. Throughout the year, roofs face a number of challenges from the natural Weather Damaged Roofelements, from blistering hot summers to snow-packed winters. It is a good idea to schedule a roof inspection twice per year, in spring and autumn, to ensure your roof is ready for the impending hot and cold seasons. However, the weather—and all that comes with it—can cause trouble during any season.

Summer Months

Utah summers are notoriously hot, and those temperatures combined with more intense UV rays can cause serious roof damage. A roof’s age and the material it’s made of can affect how it absorbs UV rays. Some homeowners opt to add a roof coating which helps absorb and/or deflect the sun’s rays, which can lower utility bills, keep homes cooler and extend the life of the roof. However, roofs that are not well-maintained have fewer defenses against heat and rays, thus they deteriorate faster.

Autumn Months

Autumns in Utah are usually mild, but come with their own set of challenges. For example, some roofs and gutters are prone to clogging with leaves, which can lead to leaks and deterioration. The good news is that, should you schedule an inspection during these months, you have time before the winter sets in to repair leaks, broken gutters or other problems. Homeowners may also want to trim their trees to minimize leaf accumulation.

Winter Months

Winters can be brutal in this region, with freezing temperatures, snow and ice dams. Your roof has a tough job keeping you warm while also avoiding leaks and managing heavy loads. Winter is a prime time for leaks, and snow or ice damage. Bear in mind that leaks are rarely obvious, and if they are not caught early they can cause severe damage and even lead to mold growth. Once the weather warms up, it’s time to schedule that other roof inspection to see how your home fared.

Spring Months

Sudden thaws are not unusual in springtime. If winter quickly transitions to spring, this can cause fast snow melt and flash floods—both of which are dangerous for roofs. Plus, this is also the time of year that pests come out in droves and may choose your home to call their own.

Caring for your roof, scheduling regular inspections and staying on top of maintenance are key factors any time of the year. Your roof may have unique obstacles depending on the season, but with regular inspections you will be able to stay ahead of the challenges. Call the Roof Doctor to schedule an inspection for your roof this season to help keep it in tip-top-shape.

3 Common Winter Roof Woes in Utah

Winter Roof

Spring may be around the corner, but roof repairs from that blustery winter should top your spring cleaning list. Utah, known for four seasons and sometimes particularly fierce winters, canWinter Roof wreak havoc on roofs. How vulnerable your particular roof may be depends on what part of Utah you live in, the age of your roof, the materials used, the quality of the installation and how well you keep up with inspections. However, there are a number of “winter woes” that roofs face which might not be immediately obvious.

For starters, ice dams are a common problem in this part of the country. If an inch or more of snow gathers on your roof, having temperatures dance between above and below freezing is a very destructive pattern and can quickly deteriorate a roof. Particularly troublesome is if you have a warm attic temperature, which makes snow melt faster. Usually this is no problem, but in Utah temperatures can be so frigid that refreezing happens instantly, creating an ice dam that wears down shingles and causes leaks.

Here are a few more winter roof problems to watch out for:

1. Condensation

It is pretty easy to trap moisture via insulation or radiant barriers, and that can deteriorate an entire roof—not just a few problem areas. Beneath the roof structure are purlin beams, and vapor retardants can get caught there. Plus, during the day roofing materials absorb UV energy from the sun. This combination makes heat build up in air pockets between the insulation and roof. That moisture may not be able to easily escape, which can cause serious damage in the attic and also cause leaks or ice dams.

2. Snow buildup

This one is obvious, but snow and icicles that turn your home into a winter wonderland can be disastrous. Specifically, homes with broken or clogged gutters that don’t allow runoff can see problems exacerbated. This can ultimately lead to a collapsed roof. Unfortunately, many homeowners also don’t want to brave the winter weather in order to check for gutter issues, but a professional is happy to do that dirty job.

3. Leaks

Whether it is a leak in the roof itself or the flashing, not all leaks are apparent to the naked eye. Most are small and unnoticeable without a comprehensive inspection. If roofs aren’t “flashed” correctly, leaks can occur. Leaks can lead to extensive damage as well as the growth of black mold, which is potentially fatal to humans.

Shingle damage and improper attic ventilation are also cold weather issues to address. In order to prep for summer, ensure that a roof inspection is scheduled for the spring. Catching issues early is the best way to prevent damage and lower costs.

5 Things Your Roofing Contractor Should Tell You Post-Inspection

Roofing Inspection

A good roofing contractor will tell homeowners more than roof repair costs after an inspection. Whether you’re hiring a roof inspector before making an offer on a property or you’re just Roofing Inspectionchecking off your bi-annual roof inspection, knowing what to expect from your contractor is important. However, not all roofing contractors are created equally and there is no industry-wide “checklist” that all contractors abide by. How can you know you’re getting a comprehensive inspection?

Start by researching contractors and companies, and if possible choosing a local provider. Local contractors are happy to earn the business of their neighbors and are familiar with local laws and challenges (such as those brutal Utah winters). Ask your contractor about any certifications, licenses and continuing education. Check online reviews, ask for testimonials and ask for before and after photos if applicable.

No matter who your contractor is, you should expect to get this information after an inspection:

1. A verbal and written report of your roof’s health

Not only should homeowners expect an immediate verbal report and a written report in a timely manner, there should also be explanations freely given in laymen’s terms. Roofing can be complex and brimming with industry jargon. Sometimes, homeowners may not even know the age of their roof or the materials used. Any immediate issues should be addressed, such as missing shingles or moss growth.

2. A quote to fix any issues

Should your contractor find an issue, he or she should provide you with a written quote within one business week. You may not get a quote on the spot, since the contractor may need to provide details to the company first. However, a timely bid quote should be expected.

3. Photos of any damage

Damage isn’t always viewable by the naked eye, but when it is you should be able to see photos. Otherwise, homeowners are operating blindly and may feel forced into trusting their contractor. Plus, you deserve to see exactly what that mold infestation looks like or how serious the damage was from a lightning strike.

4. How many years your roof has left

There is no way any contractor can give you a specific timeline, and extenuating circumstances such as future natural disasters cannot be planned for. However, a contractor should be able to provide homeowners with a ballpark figure.

5. A plan of action

Your contractor is on your side and should provide a verbal and written plan of action to keep your roof in shape. This will also help you plan ahead and avoid surprises.

Homeowners maintain a long relationship with their roofing contractor, so take your time when researching potential companies and contractors. You deserve someone who has your best interests at heart, but who also has the tools and experience to keep your roof healthy. Call The Roof Doctor today if you are considering a new roof or need a roof repair.

Tips for Saving on Roof Installation and Repairs

Roof Repairs

The reality is that roof repairs themselves, when performed in a regularly and timely manner, can drastically reduce your “roof costs” over a lifetime. However, there are other ways to save Roof Repairson roofing whether you’re building a brand new construction or you just know it has been 20 years since your roof was installed and you’re worried about its lifespan. Some things are out of your control, such as natural disasters, a particularly rough winter or a previous owner who did not care for the roof. However, many things are well within your control.

Spending a little now, or making wiser installation choices, can save you thousands of dollars down the road. Here are the best tips for saving on roofing, optimizing what you have and extending the life of your roof:

1. Choose a quality installation company

Of course you need to choose a roofing material that is high quality but also suits your budget. However, the quality of the installation is just as important. It does not matter if you have the “best” roofing material in the world if the installation is subpar. Research installation companies, check reviews, make sure they are licensed and remember that upfront quotes aren’t the only factor.

2. Consider TruSlate by GAF

Slate is one of the most popular roofing materials around the country, including in Utah, and it is relatively inexpensive compared to some other roofing options like cedar or copper. However, it is still a roofing material and the total upfront costs can be high. TruSlate is really “true slate,” the only difference is that the shingles are fitted together to minimize overlap. This means homeowners get the same quality of slate without unnecessarily paying for overlap.

3. Don’t miss biannual inspections

Ideally, roofs are inspected every autumn and spring by a professional. The earlier an issue is caught, the simpler and more cost effective it will be to address. Homeowners should also schedule an inspection after a natural disaster, particularly rough storm or if they suspect something is wrong with their roof. The cost of an inspection never comes close to the cost of an extensive repair or roof replacement should a problem go unattended.

4. Survey your roof yourself

While it is never recommended for homeowners to walk on their roof, and it can even be dangerous to survey your roof from a ladder, you can see a lot from your yard. Get a pair of binoculars and survey the roof for dark spots, shingles that are missing, pests or any other obvious issues.

Your roof is an investment that needs protection and regular maintenance. Ensure that the health of your roof is a priority, and you will enjoy a healthy roof for much longer.

3 Reasons People Skip Roof Inspections

Roof Inspection

A home inspection, including residential roof services, before buying a property is paramount and no knowledgeable home buyer would ever skip it. You want to ensure the potentialRoof Inspection property is in good shape and that any issues are addressed before moving in (plus, you may be able to negotiate a lower price). However, many homeowners put roof inspection and maintenance on the back burner once they move in. There are a myriad of excuses at the ready.

Unfortunately, taking care of your roof is a lot like taking care of your body. Preventative care is critical, and the longer you go without physicals and check-ins, the more likely that trouble may be brewing. The cost of an inspection and minor maintenance is phenomenally more affordable than waiting until disaster strikes. Here are the major reasons people skip roof inspections and what the “worst case” may really be:

1. They think it is expensive

Compare the cost of an inspection to the cost of buying a new roof or doing major repairs, and suddenly that inspection is very manageable. The actual cost will depend on your region, the inspection company and the size of your roof, but it should easily fit into a homeowner’s budget. When buying a property, setting aside funds for routine maintenance should be part of the process.

2. They think they don’t have time

A good roofing company will offer a variety of timeframes that fit within your schedule. It actually does not take long for a thorough roof inspection, and homeowners can even help out by keeping an eye on things throughout the year. Although it is dangerous to climb onto a roof, or even a ladder to see the roof, oftentimes you can spot trouble areas with a simple pair of binoculars from the ground. Keep an eye out for pests/nests, dark spots and missing shingles.

3. They think it’s not that big of a deal

Does it really matter if you get an inspection done now or wait six months to a year? That depends on the potential for damage and needed repairs, which you simply don’t know. Much like seeing your general physician, it probably won’t matter if you miss your six-month physical—if you’re in good health. However, if there’s trouble lurking, such as melanoma from too much sun, six months can make a world of difference. The problem with waiting is that you have no way of knowing what the future holds.

The roof is one of the costliest elements of your home, and it is a major investment. Protect it. Regular roof inspections can help homeowners stave off unnecessary costly repairs and replacements.

Common Roof Pests

Roof Pests

Often, roof repairs are required because homeowners have squatters and unwelcome guests. Pests, from insect infestations to a bird that has taken a fancy to your home, can cause seriousRoof Pests damage. Not all pests are easy to spot, although the “lucky” homeowners who have a woodpecker as a squatter usually know right away who the troublemaker is. Many times, only a professional can spot the telltale signs of a pest during a routine inspection and maintenance check. The good news is that, when caught early, many pests and infestations can be driven away by natural means.

Are you unknowingly playing host to one of these common pests? The type of pests you may encounter will depend on where you live, the season and the type of material your roof is made of. However, these are some of the most common in the Utah area:

1. Birds

Particularly in the spring, roofs can prove tempting to a variety of birds looking to nest for the warmer months. Unfortunately, the creation of a nest combined with bird droppings (which are very acidic) can create serious trouble spots on a roof. Nests can be easily removed by a professional, and sometimes the crevices of a roof that a bird finds appealing may be filled to prevent future squatters.

2. Raccoons

These night crawlers might find your roof a great vantage point for hunting and checking out the neighborhood goods (like trash cans). However, they can also be somewhat heavy and if they eat on your roof, too, the debris can cause damage. Homeowners may need to set a humane trap, or perhaps hire an arborist to trim a tree that’s allowing their easy roof access.

3. Insect infestations

There are a number of wood-loving insects that might find roofs an endless buffet for the taking. Handling an insect infestation is much easier and cost effective when it is caught early. There are many ways to potentially handle the situation, but it should only be approached by a professional. There are also roof treatments that can help prevent future infestations—also a wise investment.

4. Wasp nests

Wasp and yellow jacket nests post an immediate threat to the homeowners and any guests, particularly if anyone is allergic. These nests are somewhat easy to spot, but not always. While the nests themselves aren’t overtly hazardous to the roof, these guests are certainly dangerous to inhabitants. Call a professional to have these nests removed.

A healthy roof needs to be cleaned and cleared regularly. Unfortunately, as the weather warms up, homeowners in Utah are seeing more and more pests and it is important to take action sooner rather than later.

What’s the Average Lifespan of a Roof?

Roof Lifespan


Homeowners that prioritize roof repairs and annual roof inspections can ensure a much longer “roof lifespan” than those who ignore such an important part of the home. However, asking Roof Lifespanwhat the average lifespan of a roof might be is akin to asking what the average lifespan of a human is—it depends. It depends on location, the materials used, maintenance and the good luck of avoiding natural disasters. Some roof materials are built to last longer than others, such as copper which many people think ages beautifully and can last for generations.

However, if really pressed, an “average” lifespan is about 20 years. In Utah, shingles are the most popular roofing option. This is a region with four distinct seasons, and those snowy winters and blazing hot summers (complete with UV damage) can cause severe wear and tear on a roof. When considering roofing materials for new construction, a new roof or a total home remodel, homeowners don’t have to go with what’s most popular in their state. Consider these common roofing materials, their lifespan and how they might be a good fit for your home:

1. Asphalt/fiberglass

Both of these materials are available in shingles. Asphalt is very inexpensive, easy to care for and quickly installed, which makes it a favorite. However, it is not the most resistant to wind. Boasting a varied lifespan, it lasts anywhere from 20-40 years. Bear in mind though, that manufacturer warranties may only cover 15 years. Choosing fiberglass is more expensive up front, but these shingles can last up to 50 years.

2. Wood/shakes

Whether in shingles or shakes, this option is often either cedar or pressure-treated wood. It is more expensive than asphalt and may require more routine maintenance, but it comes in a variety of finishes to suit any aesthetic taste. Current trends include weathered looks, which can increase a home’s value. Generally strong against rot and insect infestations, the average wood shakes or shingles last about 30 years.

3. Steel/copper

Selecting a metal roof can be a great choice whether you go with stainless steel, galvanized sheets or the classic copper. Price will depend on the profile of the sheet, any finishes and overall size. However, many steel and copper roofs have lasted well over 50 years, so homeowners usually don’t have to replace roofs in their lifetime. For those who like the natural greenish aging of copper, some roofs can last over 100 years.

Bear in mind that the quality of the installation is just as important as the quality of the roofing material. Schedule a biannual inspection plan, choose the Roof Doctor and rest assured you’ll have a good roof over your head for many years to come.