Primer on Roof Coating Benefits

Primer on Roof Coating Benefits

At The Roof Doctor, we’re your go-to experts for everything involving residential or commercial roofing products. We’ve dealt with every roofing material and process out there, and no matter your needs, we can help keep you and anyone else in your structure comfortable and protected from the elements.

One area we commonly advise our clients on is roof coatings, which can be used in many cases as a form of roof repair that’s more sensible than a full-on roof replacement. What kind of roofing materials can and can’t be coated, and what are some of the possible benefits here? Let’s take a look.

Primer on Roof Coating Benefits

“Coatable” Materials

One note right as we get started here: If you have an asphalt roof, the remainder of this blog doesn’t really apply to you. Asphalt roofs cannot be coated due to their material type, which isn’t suitable for that sort of thing – though they do provide their own benefits that often make coating unnecessary (in fact, many coating products themselves are made partially of asphalt).

That said, virtually any other roof type can be “coatable.” The material does need to be in proper condition – options like metal or membrane roofs are the most common options for coatings to be used on. There are a number of different single-ply roof membranes out there, all of which generally do well with coating applications.

Cost Efficiency

Particularly if you have a metal roof system, these are premium products – their replacement costs can be significant, and they may also have architecture elements you don’t want to lose for your home or building. In these cases, considering coating can be a great alternative to an expensive replacement.

There are a few different coatings that will work well for metal surfaces, such as aluminum or asphalt. These stop minor leaks that may have formed, and also help the roof look sealed and more aesthetically pleasing. There are even advanced coatings that come with fabric for additional protection.

In addition, note that roof coatings come in a variety of styles and colors. Plus, most cities and states don’t require building permits for roof coatings, so you limit your cost and hassle here.

Direct Stand-Alone Application

Many don’t even consider this, but coatings can even be used in some cases as their own stand-alone roofing systems. Coating can be applied directly over a plywood roof sheathing, providing great protection that will never blow away in the wind. These kinds of coatings are often a perfect overlay for an old roof, as they’re lightweight and durable.

Warranties

If you consider premium coatings, these generally come with 10- or 15-year watertight warranties from their manufacturers. These warranties are even renewable most of the time. Again, this can be a fantastic alternative to a roof replacement in many situations.

For more on roof coatings, or to learn about any of our roofing repair services, contact the roofing contractors at The Roof Doctor today.

Roofing, Shingles and Fire Protection

roofing shingles fire protection

While it may never have happened to you and might never happen over the course of your life, we should all be prepared in the event of a fire. These disasters can start for a variety of reasons, and can lead to both injury or death and major property damage and destruction.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re here to tell you that your residential roofing may play a larger role in fire suppression that you had previously thought. As a Utah resident, you might think you’re safe from fire risks now that winter is approaching – this couldn’t be further from the case, as the state’s dry conditions are still absolutely ripe for fires even as the temperatures drop. Let’s go over how shingles help protect your home or building if a fire takes place, plus some basic tactics for limiting your risk of fire damage if one does happen.

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Shingles and Fighting Fires

When it comes to roofing and fires, shingles are the most important element. Originally developed for waterproofing, it was quickly realized that shingles constructed using fiberglass rather than asbestos were fantastic for preventing fire risks in a given building.

What’s important here is the class rating of your shingles. For optimal fire protection, you want Class A-rated fiberglass-asphalt shingles – these are not fireproof, per se, but they’re highly fire resistant. This means they won’t contribute to the spread of a fire, which is vital for preventing mass fire issues. During a fire, Class A-rated shingles won’t break off, won’t crack, won’t warp, and most of wall won’t risk exposing the underlying parts of the roof. Flames will be contained only to the shingles themselves, which also won’t give off burning embers that spread the fire elsewhere.

On the other hand, shingles that are not A-rated should not be used if fire safety is a top priority.

Fire-Feeding Conditions

As we noted, shingles are fire-resistant – they will stop the spread of a fire, but they will not actually put it out or stop it from starting to begin with. For better safety in these areas, you have to take some basic precautions: Trim overhanging tree branches near the roof, for instance, especially any near electric power lines. Keep tall shrubs or bushes away from the side of your home, and collect dry leaves during the fall period to eliminate possible kindling.

Indoor Considerations

If a fire originates inside the home, it might not matter if you have high-quality shingles – many of your materials will be burned up before it ever reaches this point. For this reason, we recommend basic fire safety practices like turning off electronics and stoves when not in use, keeping fire extinguishers in the home, and keeping children away from any sources of flames. In addition, we recommend fiberglass attic insulation, which will not burn in the case of a fire that begins inside the home.

For more on shingles, roofs and fire protection, or to learn about any of our designer roof shingles or roofing repair services, speak to the staff at The Roof Doctor today.

Differentiating Between Roof Leaks and Condensation

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When it comes to roofing, the last thing home and building owners want to hear about is leaks. Roofing leaks can cause major issues for any building they’re present in, from major water damage and roof replacement up to the risks of mold, mildew, rot and other results.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re here to help with any and all leak-related areas. Our roofing repair services include repairing everything from basic leaks up to larger and more problematic ones, but they also include one are some don’t consider: Determining whether the moisture you’ve noticed is truly a sign of a roof leak, or whether it might be due to condensation in the home. Let’s take a look at the common signs of each.

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Signs of Condensation

Condensation refers to a condition that forms when cold surfaces are contacted by moisture present in the air. The most common place to see condensation is on the windows – improperly insulated windows can allow bits of cold air to pass through into a building, for instance, and this air then comes into contact with the inside of the cold window.

When it comes to moisture in the home that you’re worried could be a roof leak, how do you tell whether this is the case or it’s condensation? For one, consider the location of the moisture – if it’s in a place where you’d expect there to be plenty, such as the bathroom or the kitchen, chances are this is just condensation taking place. Other common areas are light fixtures, vents, windows and skylights.

Signs of Leaks

Now, if you notice this moisture in less common areas, particularly if you see it coming from the ceiling located directly below a roof, you may have actual roof leaking issues. There are two ways to determine for sure if this is the cause of your moisture issues:

  • Circle your property on the ground and visually check the roof for damage, such as missing shingles or cracks. Unless you’ve been up there before with a professional or are certified to do so, do not risk your safety by climbing up onto the roof itself.

  • If you have an attic, go up into it on a sunny day. Check around various spots of the roof and see if you notice sunlight coming through from outside – if light can get through, so can water, so you should immediately call our pros about repair.

Proper Response

Now, it’s important to note that while condensation is not as serious as a roof leak, it’s still an issue that can cause water damage over time. You should take steps to improve your insulation and ventilation if you determine condensation is adding to the moisture in your home. And of course, if you determine that the source of moisture is actually a roof leak, call our experts right away to see about roof repair.

For more on telling roof leaks apart from condensation, or to learn about any of our roofing repair services, speak to the pros at The Roof Doctor today.

Why Fall is Best For Roofing Repairs

fall best roofing repairs

The fall period is an important one for homeowners across Utah in several areas, and roofs are one of them. As the first line of defense for your home or business against the winter cold and snow that are on their way over the next several months, autumn is a time to ensure everything is in working order when it comes to the roof.

At The Roof Doctor, we’re here to offer comprehensive roof repair and roof inspections this fall to help keep your roof functioning well. There are actually several reasons why this time of year is the best one for making the yearly repairs and tweaks your roof needs – here are some of the reasons why, including a couple you may not have considered.

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Winter Preparation

As we mentioned above, the primary reason for roof repairs during the fall is to prepare for the upcoming winter. This is the harshest season for roofs across Utah, as they might be forced to deal with everything from colder temperatures to heavy snow and even hail at times.

If the roof is already damaged in small ways, this can expose it to much more danger during the winter if these areas aren’t addressed in advance. Missing shingles during the end of summer might not cause any issues whatsoever; these same missing shingles during the winter could lead to major leaks, which in some cases can even trickle down to mold or mildew issues. And once you get into winter, these repairs are tougher to make and often costlier.

Ideal Material Temperatures

Another great reason for making these repairs in fall, rather than earlier in the summer: The temperature. Summer is a bit too hot to be ideal for many basic roof repairs or installations, particularly for asphalt and related materials – these are best worked on in temperatures ranging between 40 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for the fall period. In some cases, this can make labor cheaper for these projects, and cut down on overall work time in the process.

Utility Bill

Having a roofer look at your home during the fall period can also have a major impact on your utility bill – not just for that month, but for the entire winter and even into the following spring and summer. Damaged roofs simply will not function as well when it comes to insulation and trapping air; they’re prone to leaks that allow air to escape very easily. What makes up for this air escaping? That’s right, extra work from your furnace, which in turn will cost you more come bill time each month. A roof that’s well-prepared and sealed properly will save energy and money at the same time.

For more on why the fall is the best period to repair your roof, or to learn about what our residential and commercial roofing contractors can do for you, speak to the pros at The Roof Doctor today.

Telltale Warnings Your Roof Could Collapse

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Winter is quickly approaching, and for homeowners in Utah, that means it’s time to consider a few roofing repair areas. You want your home fully protected from the elements headed into what could be a snowy winter.

At The Roof Doctor, we can help with all areas of roofing repair, including snow removal for several home areas, including the roof, if needed during the winter. This speaks to one concern that some homeowners may have if their roof is older or wearing down: A roof collapse. In this blog, we’ll go over how to tell if your roof might be at risk of collapsing, plus what you can do along with our pros to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.

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Snow and Roof Collapses

The single most common reason for roofs collapsing is the weight of snow that builds up on them during the winter. Regardless of roofing type, enough weight can be enough to strain the roof and even collapse it in some cases. A single cubic foot of dry snow weighs between six and eight pounds – apply that to the entire square area of your roof, and you realize that it deals with huge amounts of weight when lots of snow has built up. In addition, packed snow or ice can weigh even more than this.

Warning Signs

For starters, know that if you have certain roof formats, you’ll generally be at higher or lower risk for a roof collapse. Flat or low-sloped roofs have the highest risk, due to the fact that they allow snow and other moisture to build up more easily. Roofs with a steeper grade, however, will retain less moisture and are at a lower risk.

In addition, there are several other potential signs that might indicate your roof is at risk of collapsing. Here are a few to be aware of:

  • Significant leaks that repeat often

  • Sagging areas noticeable on the interior ceiling, or on exterior shingles

  • Ripples, bends and other visible deformities in roof structure or framing elements

  • Cracks in exterior masonry of the home

  • Upper-level indoor fire sprinkler heads that have been pushed down and appear below ceiling tiles

  • Doors or windows that suddenly are tough to open or may pop open by themselves

  • Bent or otherwise altered utility pipes or conduits at visible points in the ceiling

If you notice any of these issues taking place, contact our Roof Doctor experts right away so we can help you avoid a major incident.

Prevention Tips

In addition, there are several things you can do to prevent the risks of a collapsing roof in the first place:

  • Keep all drains and gutters completely clean and free of blockages so moisture can naturally flow away from the roof.

  • Remove excessive snow from the roof – our pros can help here.

  • Remove various forms of debris from the roof, as well as mold or algae, which can hold moisture.

  • If you discover even minor roof problems that don’t cause a full collapse, have them repaired promptly to avoid worsening damage.

For more on recognizing the signs of a roof collapse risk and avoiding this issue, or to learn about any of our residential or commercial roofing contractors, speak to the staff at The Roof Doctor today.

How to Prevent Moss From Growing On Your Roof

Prevent Moss From Growing On Your Roof

It’s natural for you to want to prevent moss from growing on your roof. You take pride in how your house looks, carefully manicuring the lawn and painting the shutters when needed.

However, moss on the roof was never part of your aesthetic plan.

Not only does it ruin the appearance of your roof but it can also shorten its lifespan. Moss flourishes in humid warm areas, making Utah summers the perfect time to grow.

Prevent Moss From Growing On Your Roof

Unfortunately moss won’t die during the winter. During dry spells it goes dormant until conditions improve. This means if you have moss on your roof the best time to take care of it is now.

The main issue with moss is that it soaks up all of the water it can. That water is sometimes leaked in between shingles and through the roof. If you want to avoid damage to your roof, here are some ways to prevent moss from growing on your roof from the start.

1. Trim Trees

Overhanging tree branches help create the perfect environment for moss to grow. The branches and leaves offer shade from the intense sun. Along with this the trees often leave debris on the roof. Decaying leaves and twigs give your moss the right nutrients and textures to start growing.

Regularly trimming your trees will take away some of the moss’s environmental advantages and make it more difficult for it to survive.

2. Clear out Rain Gutters

Unfortunately, even with the best tree trimming practices, leaves and debris can still get stuck on the roof and in the gutters.

As the gutters become more clogged, water levels will rise after each rainstorm. This can be particularly helpful for the moss if the gutters overflow onto lower roofs or stop draining altogether.

3. Add Anti-Moss Strips

Two elements disrupt the ideal moss’s environment. They are zinc and copper.

To help eliminate moss these elements are cut into strips and nailed to the roof. This not only prevents the growth of moss on the roof but also algae.

However, this option should only be used as a last case scenario. The nails can puncture the roof seal and cause damage as well.

4. Kill Existing Moss With Cleaning Mixture

If after following all these steps you still find moss on your roof, don’t worry, it’s easy to get rid of it.

Simply fill a squirt bottle up with a mixture of bleach and water. After that spray it on the trouble areas of your roof, wait a couple minutes and rinse it off. This solution will kill the moss and leave you with the pristine roof you want.

Prevent Moss From Growing On Your Roof

Learning to prevent moss from growing on your roof is a valuable tip that will help protect your house wherever the summers are hot.

Contact our team at Roof Doctor for more tips on how to maintain your roof and shelter your home.

4 Questions To Ask Your Roof Contractor

4 Questions to Ask Your Roof Contractor

If you find a quality roof contractor, you’ll most likely only work with him or her once.

A good roof should last 20 years, minimum. Unfortunately, if you don’t properly vet your roofing contractors, you could get stuck with a poorly installed roof that doesn’t last half as long.

That’s why it’s important to take the time to get to know your roofing contractors and their process. Look at the four questions below to help you figure out if a roofing contractor is right for you.

4 Questions to Ask Your Roof Contractor

1. What Type of Insurance Do You Have?

This first question is necessary and can protect you from thousands in unforeseeable costs.

A roofing contractor should have two main types of insurance. The first is general liability insurance. This protects your property in case of accidents.


The second insurance is workers compensation. This protects the workers on your roof. If one of them falls or gets injured, this insurance takes care of all related costs.

However, once again without this insurance, you could be the one at risk.

2. What Warranty Can You Offer Me on My New Roof?

Depending on the materials used, some roofs will last for 40 or 50 years.

A good roofing contractor will feel confident in giving you a warranty. If they can’t give you this warranty, you should find another contractor.

While incredibly important, your warranty should contain more than just the amount of time covered. While incredibly important, the warranty should contain more than just the amount of time covered. It can also include replacing flawed materials, damages done to your home due to improper installation and the cost of labor to fix any defects.

Did you know that you can also add on extra protections into your warranty? If you live in an area with a risk of hail or high winds you should ask your contractor about supplementing your coverage with those extra protections.

3. What Will You Do to Protect My Home and Landscaping?

You’ve worked hard to make your garden and landscaping beautiful; your roof contractor should keep it that way. By asking questions, you’ll be able to see if the contractor respects your property.

Gutters are frequently damaged in roofing, so be sure to ask them about protecting those too.

4. Can You Give Me a Detailed Estimate?

It’s natural for unforeseen costs to arise in roofing. However, a detailed estimate is helpful. It helps keep the contractors accountable for the time and the numbers they give.

Don’t be worried if your roof is a unique shape or size. Experienced contractors have seen and worked on hundreds of roofs. As a result, they have developed the ability to accurately estimate the cost of the process, no matter how different your roof may appear to be.

Don’t ever sign a contract blindly.

Find a High-Quality Roof Contractor

Taking the time to ask these questions will help you find a roof contractor you can trust. Here at the Roof Doctor, we’re happy to take the time to answer our clients’ questions. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

Top 4 Roof Repair Myths

Top 4 Roof Repair Myths

Roof repair isn’t rocket science, but it takes a trained expert to get the job done right. There are so many unreliable roofing contractors, it’s hard to find an honest, dependable company. But we’ll help you narrow down your options by providing four of the top misconceptions we hear passed around by “roofers” who don’t have your best interests at heart.

Top 4 Roof Repair Myths

If you hear a roofer telling you one of these falsehoods, don’t sign a contract — call us!

Myth #1: It Doesn’t Matter Who Handles Emergency Roof Repairs

If a tree falls on your roof in the middle of a snowstorm, you’re likely to panic and hire the roofer who is able to respond the fastest. But hiring a company to make repairs that isn’t the one that installed the roof could void the workmanship warranty. If something else goes wrong down the road that can be traced back to the original installation contractor’s handiwork, the company won’t cover the costs because you had another roofer work on the roof since then.

Beyond this, you should be wary of any roofing company that’s new to the area or just shows up at your home after a storm looking to help with roof damage. Storm chasers are well-known scam artists who try to take advantage of vulnerable homeowners by making shoddy repairs then skipping town. Always work with a licensed contractor!

Myth #2: Shingle Quality Is a Marketing Tactic — Just Buy the Cheapest!

If a contractor ever tries to tell you all shingles are the same, run in the other direction. There is a wide variation among shingle types, and you most certainly get what you pay for. Basic shingles won’t last as long as architectural shingles.

Myth #3: You Can Build a New Roof Over Your Old One

It’s not a good idea to build a new roof over an old roof. Not only will this new roof have a high likelihood of leaking, it threatens the structural integrity of your home. Residential buildings are rated for a certain roof weight level. Exceeding that with a second roof means it won’t pass inspection. It’s also dangerous, especially in a climate that sees plenty of snow, like Utah.

Myth #4: Everyone Needs More Attic Insulation, Always

This is common to hear from inexperienced roofers. The truth is, you might not need more attic insulation. You very likely may need less. Plenty of insulation is justified to reduce energy costs, but too much insulation blocks roof ventilation and can lead to mold growth and early roof decay, not to mention health problems for family members. Attic insulation is not always the answer!

We offer free quotes to our Utah neighbors who need roof repair — commitment-free. The Roof Doctor team loves sharing our knowledge and helping everyone have a safer, long-lasting roof for their home or business.