Roofing
The better you take care of your roof, the longer it will serve you. A key part of roof maintenance is regular roof

inspections. There are two varieties: one is keeping an eye on your roof yourself and the second is to have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor. While there’s something to be said for being a watchful homeowner and always on the lookout for signs of damage, it’s no substitute for professional roof inspections. You should be watching for signs of problems on your roof year round but an annual roof inspection by a professional, especially in the fall, is definitely recommended. Here’s why.

Material inspection

The roofer will look for missing, loose, or warped/curling shingles. The roofer will also check the rain gutters to see ifshingle granules are accumulating there. The roofer will check the flashing around the vent pipes and chimney to make sure there are no gaps.

Structural Inspection

A professional roofer will be trained to recognize problems with the roof’s underlying structure such as uneven roof planes and signs of sagging. A professional roof inspection looks at the entire roof system, not just the shingles. This
will include an inspection of the rain gutter and ventilation systems as well.

Interior inspection

Often the signs of roof damage are more obvious from the attic than from outside. A professional roof inspector will check your ceilings, walls, and attic looking for water staining, mold, rot, and any other signs that suggest water is getting inside your home.

Quote for suggested maintenance

Most roofing contractors will do the inspection for free and that includes an estimate for any work he/she recommends. If you’ve yet to have your roof inspected by a professional, call up a Spokane roofing company to schedule an inspection.

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Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials. Slate roofs originated sometime in the 13th century in England and were primarily used for castles and churches since only the wealthy could afford them and they offered the most protection. Slate is still a popular roofing material today and it’s still known for its durability and high cost. Here are some pros and cons to consider if you’re thinking about a slate roof.

Pros

  • Appearance. Slate is a natural stone product and is very beautiful. Synthetic roofing products can imitate the look but it’s just not the same.
  • Longevity. Slate roofs are built to last a century or more. It’s not unreasonable to expect a slate roof to last upwards of 150 years. Suffice it to say you’ll never have to worry about a roof replacement again.
  • Fire resistance. Slate has a class A fire rating. In short, it won’t catch fire; it can’t catch fire.
  • Environment-friendly. Roofing waste accounts for 5% of all waste then ends up in landfills. Since asphalt shingles go to landfills after about 15 years or so, a single slate roof prevents a lot of waste in the course of a century.

Cons

  • Cost. Slate is probably the most expensive roofing material out there. Keep in mind however that we’re only talking up-front cost. It can save you a lot of money in the long term.
  • Poor installation. Since it’s a specialty material, many roofers don’t know how to install slate roofs but they try anyway. You have to make sure the roofer you hire is experienced specifically with slate roofing products.
  • Weight. Slate is extremely heavy and some homes can’t bear the weight without structural improvements.

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Summer is the most popular time of the year to replace your roof. In recent years, metal roofing has been a favorite of homeowners because of the many benefits it offers. Metal roofing, because it’s reflective helps keep your home cooler in the summer months which lowering the electricity bill. They’re also a lot more durable than a standard asphalt shingle roof. They’ll last a lot longer and require very little maintenance compared to other roofing materials which can save homeowners money in the long run. If you’re considering a metal roof for your home, here are some more pros as well as some cons to keep in mind.

Pros

Metal roofs hold up much better to windstorms, snow, rain, and hail than other kinds of roofs. They’re also completely resistant to mildew, rot, and insect infestations. Because metal is naturally con-combustible, it has a class A fire rating without needing to be chemically treated and can lower your insurance premiums. Metal is also lightweight especially compared to roofing materials that offer the durability that metal does. Many homes cannot bear the weight of a slate roof, for instance but want the same kind of protection that it offers.

Cons

Metal roofs can cost anywhere from $150 to $600 per square (a square is a ten foot by ten-foot section or 100 square feet). It’s much more expensive than asphalt shingles, the most common roofing material. However, that cost is offset by savings that come from its durability and energy efficiency.

One other downside to metal roofing is accessibility. While walking on any roof is dangerous, it’s all but impossible to venture out onto a metal roof without the right gear and training.

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Source: portlandtribune.com/pt-insiders/314279-193135-is-a-metal-roof-for-you

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Every homeowner knows that a roof leak isn’t exactly a good thing. The dripping inside your home can keep you awake at night and drive you crazy. A roof leak can cause water damage to your walls, ceilings, and property as well. But many homeowners may not realize that a small roof leak can also damage the roof itself and lead to a much bigger roof leak or many separate roof leaks. If a roof leak goes untreated, it can lead to catastrophic problems including the need for an entirely new roof and possibly even a new roof deck.

What causes roof leaks?

Several different things can lead to roof leaks. One of the most common culprits is physical damage such as from hail, ice, snow, heat, cold, rain, and debris. In the winter, ice dams can form in your gutters and snowmelt can seep beneath the shingles and refreeze creating gaps in your shingles. Year round, fluctuating temperatures cause your shingles to expand and contract leading to roof leaks. Impact damage from hail and windblown debris can also allow water to get beneath your shingles.

Detecting the leak early

One of the keys to successfully dealing with a roof leak is finding the source of the problem early. Try to spot signs of water damage before water is actually dripping inside your home. Dark spots on the walls or ceilings or bulges in the ceiling are signs of a roof leak. You should also check your attic regularly since that’s the first place a leak will manifest itself.

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The average homeowner doesn’t stop to think about their roof until there’s a major problem with it. But by the time you’re noticing signs of a leak, chances are the leak has been there for quite some time and extensive interior damage may have already taken place. If a problem with your roof isn’t caught early, it could cause your roof to have a shorter lifespan than it otherwise would. So instead of waiting until water is dripping from your ceiling, here are four simple tasks that you can be proactive about to prevent roof damage and increase the lifespan of your roof.

Inspect the attic

The attic is the first place that a roof leak will manifest itself. If you have an accessible attic space, head up there with a flashlight and look for signs of a leak such as a discoloring of the wood. While you’re in the attic, you might also want to pay attention to your ventilation and insulation to make sure they’re in good shape.

Check for missing or damaged shingles

Over time, weather takes a serious toll on your shingles. Hail, heavy rain, or strong winds are obviously a problem but even fluctuating temperatures and the sun’s rays damage shingles slowly over time. Take a pair of binoculars and head across the street, or get up on your roof if you can do so safely, and look for shingles that have pulled loose, have begun to crack or curl, or have blown off completely.

Watch for pooling water

If you notice that water is pooling up on your roof, that’s a sign that water isn’t able to get off your roof. When water gets trapped on your roof it wears out the shingles very quickly and water can seep beneath them leading to a roof leak. To stop water from pooling on your roof you need to clear away any debris such as leaves and twigs that have accumulated in the gutters and roof valleys.

Inspect roof flashing


The flashing is a metal under layer that keeps water out of the most vulnerable parts of your roof such as the area around vents, skylights, and your chimney and along the edges of your roof. Make sure there are no gaps where water can get through and make sure the flashing isn’t deteriorating.

These are simple tasks that you can do in a half hour or less. Simply taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to pay some attention to your roof could potentially save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in roofing repairs. If you do see any signs of a problem, call a qualified roofer immediately to get it taken care of before it gets worse.

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