Asphalt Roof Shingles: How Wind Damage Can Impact Them

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Even though your roof is built to withstand Utah’s elements, some intense storms can wreak major havoc resulting in wind damage.

When severe winds persist, it’s important to know how they might affect your roof’s shingles. Today, we’re sharing how high winds can impact your roof and what to do about it.

Winds Can Cause Damage to Asphalt Roof Shingles

Since high winds don’t usually hit roofs uniformly, they are quite prone to wind damage. The amount of damage that occurs depends on various factors from the wind speed to the age of the roof. Usually, destruction starts around the perimeter or on shingles that are already loose. In addition to the wind itself, your roof shingles could suffer from falling objects and debris.

Wind Speeds and Roof Damage

The speed of the wind greatly impacts the type of damage that might occur:

45-55 mph - Broken tree limbs, loose roof shingles blown off

55-75 mph - Small trees torn down, sturdy shingles ripped off

75-90 mph - Large trees blown over or uprooted, structural damage occurs

90+ mph - Significant roof damage

Signs of Wind Damage to an Asphalt Roof

The signs of wind damage are not always obvious, so as a homeowner, it’s important to know what to look for after a wind storm:

  • Entire shingles missing
  • Granule loss
  • Curling and peeling shingles
  • Indoor water leakage
  • Scattered debris throughout your yard or neighborhood
  • Divots on the edges of your shingles
  • Cracked or crooked chimneys

What to Do After a Wind Storm

After a wind storm, it’s essential to call in professional help to inspect your roof. DIY roof repairs can turn hazardous, so call The Roof Doctor right away if you suspect something might be amiss. We have the relevant experience and tools to climb up and check your rooftop in a safe manner.

How to Protect Your Shingles from Wind Damage

Here are three simple ways that you can protect your roof from the wind so that when the next storm rolls in, you can rest easy knowing your roof will make it through.

  • Secure any loose shingles if a storm is headed your way
  • Keep the trees closest to your home trimmed and away from your roof
  • Visually inspect your roof before a storm; look for any debris, clogged gutters, or blocked drains

The Roof Doctor Is Here for You

If your roof has suffered wind damage, it’s important to have it repaired by a professional right away. The expert team of roofers at The Roof Doctor can help inspect and repair your roof, and even replace it if necessary.

We serve Salt Lake City, Murray, Layton, Sandy, Ogden, Orem, and the surrounding areas in Utah. Reach out today for a free estimate.

Home Fire Protection and Roofing: They Go Hand-in-Hand

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While it may seem unlikely that it will happen to you, you should always go the extra mile when it comes to home fire protection.

Did you know that the type of roofing you have can actually make a difference in fire suppression? If you’re cautious around fire, you may think that there’s no way a fire can affect your home. But you should still consider that home fires easily spread from home to home when proper precautions are not taken. During the summer months in Utah, fires become increasingly more likely due to the extremely dry conditions we live in, so it's essential to make sure your home is protected.

Today, we're going to talk about how roofing shingles can better protect your home in the event of a fire. Keep reading to learn more. 

How Roofing Shingles Fight Fires 

Shingles are an essential tool you can use to protect your roof from spreading a fire. Shingles were once developed to help waterproof the home, but it was quickly realized that the material used to make shingles, fiberglass, is much more fire-resistant than the once used asbestos. 

Don't be confused, though; not all shingles are fire-resistant. The key here is to pick the Class A-rated fiberglass-asphalt shingles. This type of shingle is known for being the best for fire-resistant roofing. While not completely fireproof, these shingles are essential because they won't contribute to the spread of the fire, which will make all the difference when it comes to home fire protection. Class A-rated shingles won't break off during a fire, won't crack or warp, and most of the wall of shingles won't risk exposing the underlying parts of the roof. The flames of the fire will be contained only to the shingles themselves, which also won't give off burning embers that spread the fire elsewhere.

Other Home Fire Protection Tips 

While you should definitely take precautions and use A-rated fiberglass-asphalt shingles, there are other steps you can take to protect yourself and your home from fires, both in your home and outside your home. Since it's currently summer and fire can travel fast, here are some essential tips that you can use from Safety

  • Avoid smoking in your home
  • Never leave cooking food unattended 
  • Install and maintain your smoke detectors
  • Trim overhanging branches from trees in your yard, especially ones near power lines
  • Collect all fallen leaves and other debris from your yard
  • Keep bushes, trees, and other shrubbery cut back, away from the side of your home

The Roof Doctor is Ready to Re-Roof Your Home

If you think it's time to start with your home fire protection plan, contact The Roof Doctor right now. We do all kinds of roofing and specialize in roofs with shingles, especially for the A-rated fiberglass-asphalt shingles. In Utah, summers are dry, and fire spreads faster than ever, so don't hesitate to add new shingles to your home. If you live in Salt Lake City, Tooele, Ogden, Layton, Bountiful, Orem, Provo, or in the surrounding area in Utah, we invite you to get in touch with us. Ready to get started? Contact The Roof Doctor today!

Will 1-Inch of Hail Damage My Home’s Roof?

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Hail damage to your roof is never fun to deal with as a homeowner, but understanding when hail becomes a point of concern can be helpful.

Hailstorms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Knowing which hail sizes can wreak havoc on your roof gives you a good indication as to what degree of damage you might face.

Continue reading to learn more about how understanding various sizes of hail can help you be proactive against storm damage. 

¼” Hail

Milder hailstorms will generally produce pea-sized hail and only for a few minutes at a time. In general, most roofs are designed to fair well when it comes to this type of storm. If you know that your roof already has existing damage before the hailstorm begins, it’s a good idea to make sure that the weather didn’t exacerbate the existing impairments.

½” Hail

This type of hail mimics the size of a marble. While not a foolproof rule, ½-inch hail usually falls into the safe zone as well. If the storm is particularly lengthy, produces strong winds, or if your roof had preexisting damage, having an inspection done by The Roof Doctor is a safe call.

¾” Hail

¾-inch hail is about the size of a dime and can be destructive depending on accompanying wind speeds. The damage that this type of hail produces is usually evident in places other than your roof. You might notice harm to your window screens, vinyl siding, and paint on decks or fences. If this is the case, we recommend an inspection to ensure that the hail damage doesn’t extend to your roof.

1-1 ½” Hail

Hail that reaches the 1-inch mark should be taken seriously despite the storm length. This size of hail can cause bruising to the shingle underlayment, harm to the siding, dents or cracks in the gutters, and other damage that shouldn’t be left unaddressed. You should hire a professional roofing company, like The Roof Doctor, to come and do an inspection after any major storm involving hail of this size or larger.

Hail Exceeding 1 ½”

Hail reaching the golf ball-sized range can penetrate the softer parts of a roof, such as ridge caps or roof vents. Anything above this size will also cause significant property damage like torn-off siding, cracked windows, and dented vehicles. You can assume that your roof has suffered some degree of destruction when these types of storms roll through town.

Call The Roof Doctor Roof Repairs and Replacements

If your roof has incurred any hail damage, contact The Roof Doctor for an inspection, repairs, or a complete replacement. We’re dedicated to giving you the best options that work for your home while providing you with the best roofing service you’ll ever have. We serve Salt Lake City, Layton, Sandy, Ogden, Orem, Provo, and neighboring cities in Utah. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get a free estimate!

3 Advantages of Flat Rooftops for Your Business

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There’s no denying the ever-increasing popularity that flat rooftops are gaining, especially on commercial and business buildings. 

But why are flat roofs so prevalent right now? The reality is that flat roofs provide business owners a lot of advantages other than aesthetic appeal. In this article, we’ll take a look at three of the most significant benefits that flat roofs provide to a business and commercial building owner so that when it comes time to start building your new business, you’ll understand why flat roofs are the way to go. 

  • Provide Easy Access for Easy Cleaning 

Anyone who has ever had to clean a roof with even the slightest slant knows how difficult it can be. Between struggling with a ladder and other heavy equipment, there are many problems that can be presented when cleaning a pitched roof. In comparison, flat roofs are extremely easy to access and clean. With the option for an internal set of stairs that leads to the rooftop, there’s easier access for cleaning and maintenance. Additionally, cleaning the flat roof can be as easy as pressure washing the surface to remove any algae, mold, and excess debris. 

  • Cost-Effective 

According to Dig This Design, flat rooftops are some of the most affordable options when it comes to installation and design. If you’re building a large building, it’s essential to choose the option that will save you the most money. Flat roofs can also be installed with even more ease than other traditional roofing options. If you’re looking for the best roofing service that’s affordable and quick, make sure to contact a company that specializes in flat roofs, like The Roof Doctor. 

  • Energy Efficiency 

So we all know that windows are important for energy efficiency, but did you know that the type of roofing you pick out also impacts energy efficiency? While you can design almost any roof to be more energy-efficient, flat roofs can be more easily insulated due to the insulation being laid flat and evenly over the entire roof system. This not only creates a warmer, less drafty environment, but it will also save you some money on your energy bills. If you’re interested in even more efficient roofing, flat roofs are an excellent foundation for installing solar panels for a business that’s doing its part to go green. 

Use The Roof Doctor for Your Commercial Flat Rooftops 

When it comes to commercial and business roofing systems, we know that you don’t just want a roof that performs well; you want one that looks good, too. That’s why we pride ourselves on providing all types of roofing services. We’ll help you tailor your roofing project to meet your exact needs. Whether you’re interested in flat rooftops or pitched rooftops, The Roof Doctor will be there every step of the way. Serving everyone from Salt Lake City to Brigham City and all the Utah cities in between, we’re excited to work with you on your next roofing project. Contact us today to get your free roofing estimate now! 

Leaking Roof? Here’s What You Need to Know Before Filing an Insurance Claim

Weather events can wreak havoc on your roof, and many homeowners will find the need to file an insurance claim for a leaking roof.

Utah’s spring is upon us, and with it comes rain, hailstorms, and high winds. Does your homeowner’s insurance cover roof leaks and water damage? How much will it cost you? There are a few important factors you need to know before you file that claim.

Homeowner’s Insurance and Roof Leaks

The good news is that many homeowner's insurance policies cover roof leaks and any related water damage. Leaky roofs are typically the result of a storm creating a hole or other place where water can enter your home. Some of the most popular causes of roof damage that are covered in insurance policies include rain, snow, hail, high winds, and trees falling on your roof.

Every insurance policy is different and will include different coverages and exceptions, so it’s important to read the fine print of your particular policy to be sure you fully understand your coverage.

Cause of Damage is Important

An insurance claim for a leaky roof might be denied if the insurance adjuster deems that the damage was preventable. Preventable damage would include anything that might have been prevented if the proper care and roof maintenance had been performed.

The key to a successful insurance claim in proving that the damage was caused by a sudden, unexpected event that could not have been prevented. It’s a good idea to hire a roofing expert to evaluate your roof in addition to the insurance adjuster to make sure the proper cause of the leaking roof is identified.

Expect to Pay a Deductible

Many insurance policies include a deductible and a coverage limit. These numbers are determined when you set up your policy, and they can be adjusted with the changes being reflected in your premium. If you file a claim against a leaky roof, the deductible is the amount you will pay before your coverage kicks in, and the coverage limit is the highest amount your insurance company will pay toward repairing your roof.

The Roof Doctor is Here

The expert team at The Roof Doctor can help you through the process of making an insurance claim, as well as help repair or replace your roof. Our roofing specialists will take note of any problems and the cause of the damage to ensure the claim is filed correctly.

We serve the following cities in Utah: Salt Lake City, Tooele, Ogden, Layton, Bountiful, Orem, Provo, and everywhere in between! Contact us today for all of your roofing needs!

Are Flat Roofs Durable?

Flat roofs have gained significant popularity throughout the last few years as new homes and commercial buildings are being designed and built. 

This type of roof gives homes a modern look with its sleek lines and sharp corners. As always, with a newer design, there are still plenty of questions to be answered about these horizontal roofs. We'll explore many of the questions that we’re often asked about a flat roof, such as durability, what type of maintenance they require, and costs. 

Considerations for Flat Roofs

  • Construction and Cost - Constructing a roof that's flat is relatively straightforward for many roofers. It means that when you're building a home, the roofing can be done much more efficiently when compared to other roofing options. Costs are also kept low due to the low amount of materials needed to create a flat roof. While many associate this style of roof with luxury, Improve Net's online calculator proves that a flat roof is more affordable than pitched roofs in many cases.

  • Durability - Many roofing professionals will tell you that when you're looking for a durable roof, a flat roof is the best way to go. Concerns are often brought up that water and snow will remain on top of the roof and eventually leak or leave water stains. With flat roofing, there’s little risk for that, since flat roofs aren't 100% flat. Construction Tuts reports that roofers build a flat roof with "...a slight slope to provide some drainage. Normally a slope of ¼ inch per foot is used." This slight slope gives the look and appeal of a completely flat roof without ever having to worry about water damage.

  • Repairs - If there are any problems with your flat roof and damages, repairs are not only possible but are also reasonably inexpensive. In some cases, you can even make the fix yourself. If you are interested in learning more about how you can fix a flat roof, check out our easy step-by-step guide. However, if you’re not comfortable with DIY repairs, you can count on The Roof Doctor to fix any of your roof problems in a timely manner. 

  • Cleaning and Maintenance - When it comes to cleaning the roof, you'll notice that while frequent cleaning is necessary, it's much more manageable with a flat roof. Thanks to the flatness of the rooftop, all points are more accessible for deep cleaning. As with all roofs, you want to remove any algae, mold, and excess debris to prevent unnecessary buildup. Pressure washing the roof is an easy and highly recommended way to maintain your flat roof. 

Call The Roof Doctor

When you're ready to plan and install your new flat roof, The Roof Doctor is prepared to talk. With years of experience in installing flat roofs, our licensed roofing specialists have the knowledge to help you make the best roofing decision for your home. Serving Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah County and their surrounding areas, we're eager to give Utah homeowners the roof of their dreams. Contact us today for a free estimate!

A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Repair Flat Roofs

A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Repair Flat Roofs

 
Most of the time, it’s possible to repair flat roofs rather than to completely replace them, saving you money and stress.

In today’s world, we’re used to things being made so cheaply that it’s better to throw them out and replace them when they break than it is to try and fix them. The same cannot be said for
roofs.

If your flat roof is in need of repair, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

Step 1: Locate the Problem

The first step is to find the source of the leak. That’s not always as easy as it might seem, since
the location of the leak indoors often isn’t in the same position as the leak in the roof. This is
because the water travels along the underside of the roof before it finds a way into the house
along a seam in the sheathing and then finds its way inside.
Begin your search by looking uphill from the interior leak, since water runs down. Even on a flat
roof, there’s a small incline. Look for any visible signs of damage. Most roof problems occur
within a few feet of chimneys, deformers, plumbing, roof vents, and anything else that sticks up
out of the roof.

Step 2: Gather Replacement Materials and Tools

The material used to repair flat roofs should match the rest of the roof. Other materials that
might be needed for repair include roof patches and roofing tar. It’s best to let the professionals
at The Roof Doctor make the call on how to best move forward because this isn’t something you
want to accidentally mix up, as it can cause problems down the line.

Step 3: Make the Repair (Or Let the Pros Handle It)

The repair might be as easy as filling in a small hole. It might also be a little bit more
complicated. If you can’t tell the magnitude of the situation, don’t be afraid to let us step in.
Flat roof repairs can be complicated, we get it. It’s always best to call a professional to make
any repairs. Professional roofers have the right tools, proper training, and patience to find any
problems with the roof and repair them successfully.

In Need of Flat Roof Repair? Call The Roof Doctor!

The licensed roofing professionals at The Roof Doctor can help with your roof repairs. We repair
flat roofs, perform storm damage repairs , and offer installation services.
We are proud to provide quality roof repairs and installations throughout Salt Lake City, Tooele,
Ogden, Layton, Bountiful, Orem, Provo, and everywhere in between in Utah. Contact us for a
free roofing estimate today!

Here’s What You Need To Know About Flat Roofs

Here is What You Need to Know About Flat Roofs

However, this special roof type is no longer limited to just commercial buildings, and it is ideal
for people who are working on a new, custom build. At The Roof Doctor , our experts know how
difficult selecting the perfect roof type can be. Below, we will help you make the most educated
decision for your new build.

Everything You Need to Know About Flat Roofs for Your Home

Flat roofs are pretty much self-explanatory: they are surface-leveled roofing that is laid on top of
the roof and can resemble an interior’s flooring. It differs from standard elevated roofing, which
has high slopes and materials that are laid on top of each other. Ultimately, this roof type does
not have arches, unlike its sloped counterparts.

It is important to note that flat roofs are not entirely flat but rather have a lower slope than
average. The most popular flat roof type are ones made of membrane. Here at The Roof
Doctor, our professionals are GAF Master designated , meaning that we have the knowledge
and experience to install a flat membrane roof the right way.
Still indecisive about this type of rooftop? Here are a few of their many benefits.

The Advantages of a Flat Rooftop

Easy to Clean: It is no secret that flat roofs are easier to access compared to other systems,
making maintenance simple. If you need to climb on your rooftop to remove mold, algae, and
unsightly stains and debris to prevent buildup, then it does not get easier than getting atop a flat
roof. However, regular maintenance and checkups are best left to our well-equipped and trained
professionals.
They Are Durable: If you are like most homeowners, then durability is of the utmost
importance. When you opt for our flat roofing system, you can rest assured that it will stand up
to heavy gusts of wind and snowstorms, which is especially crucial in this unpredictable winter
the nation has experienced in 2021.
Repairs Are Affordable: Even the strongest roofs will endure wear and tear after a few
decades. If a problem does arise, our technicians can easily repair your roof’s problems at an
affordable rate. We are committed to fixing your roof without breaking the bank or causing more
stress to you.

The Roof Doctor is Here to Help

If you are looking for a contemporary option that also helps you stand out from your neighbors,
then you cannot go wrong with a flat roof for your new home. At The Roof Doctor, our flat
membrane roofs have been engineered to have extremely strong seams that are completely
waterproof.
We serve several cities throughout Utah, including Salt Lake City, Tooele, Ogden, Layton,
Orem, Provo, Bountiful, and neighboring areas. Please get in touch with us to learn more about
our services.

Will My Homeowners Insurance Policy Cover a Snow Damaged Roof?

Will My Homeowners Insurance Policy Cover a Snow Damaged Roof?

Winter can impact your home more than any other season, and you may end up with an unsightly snow damaged roof. 

Heavy snowfall, ice, ice dams, and water from melted snow are the main culprits of this type of damage. Learn more about home insurance policies as they pertain to snow damage below. 

Potentially Covered Damage

A homeowner’s insurance policy may cover damage that is a direct result of winter weather events, including:

  • Damage from wind-driven snow
  • A tree collapsing on your home
  • Frozen or burst pipes
  • Roof collapse
  • Ice dams

However, it is important to note that not all policies are crafted the same, so what one company covers may not be covered by another company, and vice-versa. Moreover, most insurance providers require policyholders to take reasonable steps to prevent losses. 

For instance, if the damage was preventable and occurred due to your negligence in part, your claim may be denied. We recommend going over your policy carefully. If you are unsure of what is and is not covered, talk to your insurance agent. 

The best step you can take to preserve your roof’s integrity is to incorporate snow damage prevention into your home maintenance checklist. 

Expert Tips to Prevent Snow Damage

Routine home maintenance is a must to get your claim paid. If you ever need to file a claim, these preventative measures may help strengthen your case. 

Prune Your Trees: Strong gusts of wind and snowstorms can cause your trees to blow away, damaging your roof. 

Clean Your Gutters Each Fall: Leaves and other debris can cause water to back up, freezing your gutters in the winter 

Point Downspouts Away: When snow begins to melt, the water will not be able to pool around your foundation if you point your downspouts away.

Keep Track of Snowfall: Unfortunately, some storms can drop huge amounts of snow on your roof. The Roof Doctor can clear snow from your roof in a safe and effective manner. 

Schedule Routine Maintenance: The sooner a problem is caught, the sooner it can be fixed, which is why our professional roofers encourage preventative care. We conduct annual maintenance checks to make sure everything’s on the up and up. 

Contact The Roof Doctor

A snow damaged roof is a burden that no homeowner should have to deal with. The Roof Doctor can perform annual routine maintenance on your roof and ensure that your roof is in top condition. In the event that your roof is damaged due to snow and you file an insurance claim, we can review the Statement of Loss from your provider and note any items they may have missed.

We serve various cities across Utah, including Salt Lake City, Tooele, Ogden, Layton, Orem, Provo, Bountiful, and more. Get in touch with us today for a free estimate.

4 Myths About Flat Roofs You Should Know

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If you are looking into building a new home or business, you may have heard a few myths about flat roofs, despite all of their advantages. 

If you were to tell your friends that you are considering a flat roof for your new property, you might be met with a blank stare. These roofs do not have the best reputation, particularly in areas susceptible to heavy snowfall. However, as roofing experts, we know that flat roofs are one of the best investments a home or business owner can make. 

In today’s blog, we will debunk four of the most common myths about flat roofs so that you can make the most educated decision for your new property. 

Myth #1: Flat Roofs Are Completely Flat

Perhaps the most common myth we hear about this roof type is that they are completely flat. After all, the name says it all, right? Wrong. Professional roofers construct each roof with a slight pitch so that it can shed water; otherwise, there would be excessive pooling. 

Myth #2: Flat Roofs Cannot Support Heavy Snowfall

If flat roofs cannot handle snow, then why are they so popular? When professional roof designers, such as architects and engineers, plan out roofing, they must consider local building codes. Every structure must be strong enough to support excessive weight, including local snow loads. 

Myth #3: Flat Roofs Are Susceptible to Leaks

Some people spread this tidbit of misinformation because they believe flat roofs do not have a pitch, but as we discussed above, that is not true. Although flat roofs can leak, this is not exclusive to them. In most cases, the minimum recommended pitch for these roofs is a quarter of an inch for every one foot of horizontal run. We know this sounds oddly specific, but this pitch allows proper drainage to occur. 

Myth #4: Flat Roofs Cost Too Much

The cost of a roof installation depends on several factors, including materials and your roof’s surface area. However, a flat roof may cost less compared to other roof types because it requires fewer materials. 

The Roof Doctor Can Help

The Roof Doctor boasts years of experience helping property owners plan and install flat roofs. Our roofers were awarded the GAF Master designation, which means we have the knowledge and experience to install a flat membrane roof the right way. 

We serve the following Utah cities: Salt Lake City, Tooele, Ogden, Layton, Orem, Provo, Bountiful, and the surrounding area. Reach out to us today for a free estimate.