A standard house takes just one day to complete. Larger jobs may take 2-3 days to finish.

15-25 Years is the life expectancy of the average roof system.

The life span of a roof system is determine by a number of factors; roof system design, building structure, material quality, material suitability, proper installation, periodic maintenance, local climate, and much more. Material quality is especially important because some roof system types such as clay tile, slate and (certain) metal can last longer. When choosing the materials for a new roof make sure to check the warranties. Most roofing manufacturers offer warranties on their products and you should be wary of any manufacturer that doesn’t.

A) The first thing to consider when evaluating the cost of your roofing project is to determine whether you will need a complete roof replacement OR a re-cover of your roof. The former is a far larger roof project and thus more expensive, while the latter is a smaller project and therefore less expensive.

B) The next question to consider is what material you will use. Roofing materials range in aesthetic appeal, durability and cost. Shingles, for example, are an inexpensive roofing solution, while high-end slate will cost a pretty penny. Do your research on what fits your aesthetic appeal (you’re going to be living with this roof for a long time) and then determine if it is within your budget. 

C) Finally, you’ll want to consider your home’s architectural style. The more “valleys,” angles and “hard-to-get-to” spots you have, the more your roof project will cost.

One or two leaks are not a major disaster. As long as you call a roofing pro and get the leaks fixed as soon as you notice the problem, your roof will probably be fine. If you have more than one or two leaks, however, you may be looking at some more extensive repairs.

Additionally, if you wait to get leaks fixed, water can seep under shingles and begin to rot away at the roof deck. When this happens, there’s typically no other solution than to get your roof replaced. It’s important to make sure you call a professional at the first sign of a leak if you’re looking to avoid a total roof replacement.

When you’re trying to determine the condition of your roof, the first thing to note is its age. An asphalt roof that’s older than 20 years is overdue for replacement. This is the easiest way to get ahead of the damages that go along with an aging roof. Keep in mind that younger roofs can develop problems too, which is why it’s good to inspect your roof at least once a year.

 

Doing an inspection is easy since you can do it from the ground with a good pair of binoculars. Look for shingles that are curling, areas where they’ve cracked or are missing, or noticeable granules.

 

Additionally, you might consider heading to the attic on a sunny day to check for holes where light peeks through in the underside of your roof. Problem spots tend to be near the chimney and stack vents. If your roof is beginning to fail, you’ll see pinholes of sunlight peeking through, indicating that your roof could use a bit of maintenance. While you’re up there, be sure to check for wet spots in the ceiling. If you see anything suspicious, call Beaver Home Services immediately – water damage that has seeped all the way to the attic can be a serious problem.

In humid and wet climates, it’s totally normal for your roof to develop black and green stains over time. These stains are actually plant growth: moss, algae, or lichens, which latch onto your roof and begin to spread. While it’s not uncommon to see these stains, it is important to wash them off regularly.

As these little plants begin to spread, they’ll eat away at the asphalt granules and shingles that work to keep your home safe and dry. If left to their own devices, they can eat all the way into the roof deck, causing leaks, rot, mold, and even major water damage. So, when you start to see odd discolorations on your roof, know that it’s probably time for a roof cleaning.

 

A quick and easy way to get rid of those unwanted growths, regular cleaning keeps your roof looking spotless, and can extend its lifespan significantly. Call us to schedule regular roof maintenance!

Most roofing work should not be done yourself.  Manufacturers generally will not provide a warranty if you do not have a professional roofer install their product.  Professionals are trained to handle the environment on the roof and can handle the conditions that may present themselves when doing a roofing job.  The dangers to a homeowner trying to do their own roof work could be a lot more expensive than just hiring a roofing professional to come out and do the work to begin with.