When deciding to replace your roof, you want to know all your options. There are two methods of roof replacement: tear off and overlay. A tear off involves tearing everything off your existing roof, down to the wood, and replacing it with all new materials. An overlay means a new layer of shingles will be installed over the existing shingles. There are pros and cons to both methods:
While a tear off installation is more expensive, there are many benefits to this method. Not only will you have all new materials, but the roofers will be able to see the decking and replace any wood that is rotted or leaking. They will also make sure that new flashings are installed if needed, making the roof watertight. A tear off installation will last longer than an overlay and increase your home’s resale value.
An overlay may be cheaper and take less time, but the cons far outweigh the pros with this method. It’s not likely that your homeowner’s insurance will cover an overlay either, for several reasons. An overlay roof won’t last as long as a tear off due to extra heat trapped by the added layer of shingles. It also adds extra weight, which is something to think about if your home is older as it may put the structural integrity at risk. Since the old materials aren’t being torn off, there is no way to check the decking for rotting or leaks. This method may give your home a negative resale value as well.
Not sure which option is best for you? Give us a call at 980-446-2009. We will do a free inspection and let you know what’s best for your home, go over your options, and walk you through the insurance claim process. Our team is here to make sure the entire process runs smoothly.
A major factor in determining the cost of a new roof is the roof’s pitch. Pitch refers to how steep a roof is. The steeper the pitch of a roof, the more time, materials, and skill it will take. A steeper roof will also require more safety precautions, such as scaffolds and harnesses.
The pitch of a roof is calculated by the number of inches it rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally. For example, a roof that rises 6 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal run has a 6-in-12 pitch.
A roof with a higher pitch presents more of a challenge when it comes to a replacement. Hiring a roofer with a lot of experience is of utmost importance to ensure the job is done correctly. When you are ready to move forward, give us a call at 980-446-2009. We will provide a free inspection and quote and most importantly, make sure you have a quality roof.
Replacing your roof can be quite expensive. There are several factors at play when determining the cost of a roof replacement. The size, pitch and materials make up most of the cost.
Roof size is the largest component when it comes to pricing. Your roof is measured in 10x10 foot areas (100 square feet) also known as squares. The larger the roof, the more squares of material will be needed.
Pitch (also known as slope) plays another role in the cost of a new roof. If your roof is steep or high, it’s a more complex job. Not only do they require more time to complete, but they are also more dangerous. This means that the roofing crew will need to take extra precautions to ensure safety, such as wearing harnesses.
The material used accounts for a lot of the replacement cost. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material and are also the least expensive. Metal roofs as well as other types of shingles (architectural, wood, clay, and slate) become progressively more costly.
Other factors such as water damage, chimneys, and skylights are also considered when pricing a new roof. All of these require more labor. A tear-off job (removing and replacing old materials) will be more expensive than an overlay job. Overlays, however, make it difficult for the roofers to find any additional damage or structural issues.
While it may be a huge investment, replacing your roof is necessary to ensure your home and family are safe. If you are unsure of what you need and have questions, give us a call at 980-446-2009. We will answer all your questions and provide you with a free quote
There are many benefits of a new roof. Not only does it increase your home’s property value, it also increases the physical appearance of your home. What’s more, it can decrease your energy bills and improve your family’s quality of life.
Investing in a new roof will increase the look and value of your home. This is particularly important if you are planning to sell your home in the foreseeable future. A prospective buyer will see it more like a new home. They can rest assured that they won’t be buying a home that will need major repairs.
A new roof will also help reduce your energy bills. Any holes that were present will be fixed and any damaged plywood will be replaced. New energy efficient materials will also be used. This means your heating and air system won’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home.
Lastly, if your roof has sustained water damage you may have a mold problem. A damaged roof can also be physically unstable, putting your and your family in danger. A new roof will solve both issues, making your home and family safe again.
If you’re concerned about roof damage or are unsure whether or not you need a new roof, give us a call at 980-446-2009. We will come out and do a thorough inspection, assessing and documenting any damage that may be present. From there, our team will guide you through the process from start to finish.
· Roof Ridge: The roof ridge, or ridge of a roof is the horizontal line running the length of the roof where the two roof planes meet. This intersection creates the highest point on a roof, sometimes referred to as the peak. Hip and ridge shingles are specifically designed for this part of a roof.
· Ridge vent: A ridge vent is an exhaust vent that runs horizontally along the peak of the roof allowing warm, humid air to escape from the attic. Use our ventilation calculator to calculate your attic ventilation requirements and determine how much exhaust ventilation you would need to properly ventilate your roof and attic.
· Flashing: Flashing is a metal material installed at joint openings, around chimneys, and any dormer windows or skylights to help prevent water intrusion. You may recognize flashing as metal stair steps alongside a chimney or side walls on a roof.
· Hip: The hip on a roof is the intersection of two roof planes that meet to form a sloping ridge running from the peak to the eave. Hip and ridge shingles are specifically designed for this part of a roof.
· Roof Deck: The roof deck is the structural foundation base for the roof system and is usually made of wood or plywood.
· Roofing Underlayment: Roofing underlayment is a layer of material, usually synthetic or felt, that adds extra protection on top of the roof deck and under the shingles. Synthetic underlayment helps repel moisture and provides protection against water infiltration. Synthetic underlayment is becoming a popular material choice over felt due to proven water-resistance performance and long-lasting durability.
· Roof Valley: The roof valley is the V-shaped intersection between two sloping roofs joining at an angle to provide water runoff.
· Laminated Architectural Shingles: Laminated architectural asphalt shingles contain more than one layer of tabs to add dimension, performance and durability to a roof. Architectural shingles are sometimes referred to as three-dimensional shingles or laminated shingles. The opposite of architectural shingles are three-tab shingles, which are produced as a single layer of tabs and appear flat or without the dimension of a laminated shingle.
· Roof Gable: A roof gable is the triangular section of the outer wall at the peak of the roof between a sloping roof and eave. A roof gable is sometimes referred to as a rake.
· Metal drip edge: Metal drip edge is a narrow strip of noncorrosive metal used at the rake and eave to help manage dripping water by facilitating water runoff to protect the underlying section of a wall.
· Dormer: A dormer is a raised section of the roof. Dormers commonly contain a window that projects vertically through the slope in the roof.
· Ice and water barrier: An ice and water barrier is a self-adhered waterproofing material installed along eaves, valleys, side walls, and other sensitive areas to protect against ice damage and wind-driven rain.
· Eave: An eave is the lower border of the roof that overhangs the wall usually located in the first three feet of a roof.
· Undereave vent: Undereave vents are intake vents located under the eaves of the roof that help draw cool dry air into the attic. Again, you can use our ventilation calculator to calculate your attic ventilation requirements and determine how much intake ventilation you would need to properly ventilate your roof and attic.
Now that you’re familiar with the basic anatomy of a roof, you’ll start to notice dormers and gables everywhere you turn. More important, you’ll be equipped to have an informed conversation with your roofing contractor when the time comes for you to get a new roof.
If you’re like most homeowners, your roof probably isn’t on your mind very often. However, your roof is your first line of defense against weather. With that in mind, it is important to make your roof your number one home improvement priority.
If you will be selling your home in the future, consider a roof replacement. A new asphalt shingle roof can last upwards of 30 years. Not only will it increase your home’s value but it will also make the home more appealing to potential buyers.
If you think you may need a roof replacement, don’t procrastinate. If you wait too long to replace your roof it could cause more damage, such as rotting wood. Your insurance company will likely cover most, if not all, of your claim. However, if you neglect to have it replaced in a timely manner, they may not cover all of the cost. This leaves you paying out of pocket for the remaining balance.
Not sure if you need a replacement just yet? Give Jim a call at 704-359-7672 for your no-cost, no-obligation inspection. If a replacement is needed, he and the rest of the team at Advanced Roofing Solutions will guide you through the process.
Putting off a roof inspection may be costing you money without you even realizing it. There could be leaks that you can’t see which could lead to water damage as well as mold, which could cause a multitude of health problems. You may also pay more in energy bills and be exposed to pests such as insects, bats, and rodents.
Roof leaks can develop without any obvious signs. By the time you notice dripping, water damage has already occurred. Wood that has absorbed moisture allows for mold to grow and spread. Mold can cause health issues ranging from mild allergies reactions to more serious problems that can require medical attention.
If insulation gets wet, it will begin to degrade, and you will eventually have to replace it. Insulation that can’t properly do its job also leads to higher energy bills due to your heating and air system having to work harder. Also, proper roof ventilation plays an important role in your energy bills. An improperly vented roof can trap excessive heat or cold in the attic, once again causing your heating and air system to work harder.
Wood that is compromised by water can attract insects such as centipedes, cockroaches and even ants. Rodents and bats can squeeze through holes as small as 3/8 inch! Not only can rodents chew up wood and electrical wiring but both types of pests carry diseases, some of which can be deadly.
If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a while, give Jim a call at 704-359-7672. He will be able to detect any damage that is present and help you get the insurance claim process started.
It may be hard to spot exterior wind damage on your roof. You will definitely notice the interior damage. Some things to look for are discoloration on the ceiling, ceiling paint that is flaking, and obviously dripping.
If you notice any of these things, you need to address them immediately. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will become. Give Jim a call at 704-359-7672. He will come out and inspect your roof for free, go over all your options, and walk you through the insurance claim process.
Construction jargon can be confusing. If you’re considering
replacing your roof it may be helpful to learn some of the common terminology
used in the industry. This will make it easier to understand what your
contractor is talking about. The following list contains some frequently used
words used in the roofing industry:
- Asphalt: the most commonly used material to make shingles
- Downspout: large, metal pipes that run down from the gutter system
- Eaves: the lowest edge of the roof; hangs over the side of the house
- Fascia: the board that runs along the edge of the roof; gives the house a finished look
- Flashing: a thin piece of metal used to seal areas where the roof meets a vertical surface (such as chimneys, dormers, skylights, etc)
- Ridge: the peak or highest point of a roof
- Sheathing/Decking: material that makes up the surface of a roof; usually consists of plywood or OSB
- Square: the amount of roofing material need to cover 100 square feet
- Slope/pitch: the steepness of a roof
- Underlayment: a waterproof barrier installed on top of the sheathing/decking and under the shingles
- Valley: the area where two slopes meet
and channel the water off the roof
Still confused? Give Jim a call at 704-359-7672. He can explain everything when he does your free roof inspection!
Christmas will be here in a week which means Santa is giving his sleigh a tune-up and making sure it is in tip-top shape. He only has one night to deliver toys to children all over the world, so make sure your roof will be a safe reindeer runway! Otherwise Santa’s trip around the world could have delays, which will make for some very unhappy children on Christmas morning.
Take a few minutes to look at your roof. Are there damaged or missing shingles? Not only can this cause water damage but poor Rudolph could trip and hurt himself! Also make sure there are no branches hanging over your roof. These can cause damage if they fall as well as block the reindeer’s runway!
Check your gutters for debris and clean them out if necessary. Clogged gutters trap water, which can cause leaks. Not only that, but rotted leaves may give reindeer upset tummies if they decide to snack on them.
If you’re concerned about the condition of your roof and are worried about slowing down Santa, give Jim a call at 704-359-7672 for your no-cost, no-obligation inspection. Our elves will work with you and your insurance company to make sure your roof is reindeer runway ready!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Advanced Roofing Solutions!
A home that is beautifully decorated for Christmas raises holiday spirits. However, if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken and an accident occurs it could ruin the holidays for the person doing the decorating. The following tips will help you stay safe as you hang your holiday lights.
Before you begin, test your lights for shorts and burnt out bulbs. This will ensure that you 1) don’t have to replace any lights after you finish and 2) don’t have to make as many trips up and down the ladder. Also, it’s best to avoid putting decorations on the roof itself. This will prevent them from being blown off the roof and possibly damaging them.
NEVER ATTACH LIGHTS TO YOUR SHINGLES! Instead, use clips to attach lights to the gutters. Attaching lights to the shingles will damage your roof and cause leaks to form. Use a clip for each light and attach them to the lights before you install them. Make sure your ladder is tall enough and that you move it as you go. Never reach when working on your roof!
While you’re up there, take a quick look of your roof. If you notice any possible damage, give Jim a call at 704-359-7672. He will perform an inspection and give you his professional opinion. If you need a replacement, he will go over your options and get the insurance claim process started.