Comparing roof estimates

Comparing Roof Estimates

You Have Your Roof Estimates. Now What?

If you stay in a house for a number of years, you’re likely to face necessity of roof repair or roof replacement. When that happens, prudent, thrifty homeowners are likely to obtain roofing quotes from multiple companies unless there’s a roofing company they used previously and they were happy with the results.

Comparing roof estimates

Once a homeowner has those new roof estimates in hand, it’s time to compare them and choose the best. If you choose purely on the basis of the price on the bottom line, however, you may not be taking into consideration all the criteria you should. For example, you want to understand what materials the roofers will use and exactly how they’ll go about the job.

Here, then, is a guide to understanding and comparing roof repair estimates and roof replacement estimates.

Roof Estimates: The Five Components of a Roofing System

To understand roof estimates clearly and completely, it helps to know there are five separate components to a roof system. Here’s what they are:

  • Plywood, otherwise known as the deck.
  • Underlayment. The underlayment is actually made up of two components of its own. These are the ice and water shield and the shingle underlayment.
  • Flashings. There are three kinds, step flashing, chimney flashing, and pipe and other penetration flashings.
  • Ventilation.
  • Shingles.

Knowing the five components, a homeowner is able to assess what the roof estimate says about materials.

Roof Estimates: Materials

A trustworthy roof estimate lays out what materials will be used for each component of the roofing system. It specifies the type and brand.

By the same token, the roof repair estimate should list the specific quantities of all the materials that will be used. This is necessary to make sure everyone is using the same measurements and that you don’t end up being charged for excess quantifies of material the job didn’t actually require.

Roof Estimates: The Warranties

The warranties for all materials and work should be specified precisely. Understand that materials warranties and workmanship warranties are separate, one the responsibility of the materials manufacturer and the other the responsibility of the installer. You should also be aware that improper installation can void the warranties on materials.

Roof Estimates: Credentials

As noted above, improper installation voids materials warranties. To safeguard against this, make sure a roofing company is certified to work with the materials it’s proposing o install. The company should be able to produce the appropriate certifications, which are earned and/or renewed when workers complete annual training sessions.

Roof Estimates: Who Will Really Be Up There on the Roof?

It’s possible for a roofing company to subcontract a job to a roofing crew that doesn’t actually work for it, but that’s not the situation you want. You want those certified, trained, licensed installers who are actually on the company payroll. That helps to ensure the work will be done as it should be done.

Roof Estimates: Insurance

Insurance is an additional reason to insist on those certified, trained, licensed installers. It may well be that the subcontracted crew is underinsured or uninsured altogether. That means that if there’s an accident, the homeowner could be found liable. Always make sure all necessary insurance will be in effect before you sign a contract with a roofing company.

Roof Estimates: How Will the Roofers Look After Your Property?

During the course of a roof repair job, accidents can happen to property as well as people. It’s also possible for roofers to “finish” their work and leave behind dirt or debris. The roof estimate should lay out how the roofing crew will protect your home and clean up when the roof repair or roof replacement job is done.

Roof Estimates: How Was It Arrived At?

It’s a good idea to understand exactly how the roofing company came up with the roof repair or roof replacement estimate. Today roofers have considerable technology at their disposal to improve the accuracy of a roofing cost estimate. When you see that such technology was in use, it can increase your confidence that the roofing quote is accurate and contains appropriate and accurate details.

Roof Estimates: Caveats

Any of the following is an indication that you hire the roofing company that provided that particular roof estimate at your peril.

  • Vague roof estimates. We already alluded to this above, but it’s worth mentioning again. The roof estimate should be specific on every point, materials, workmen, certifications, insurance, warranties, etc.
  • Verbal roof estimates. The roof repair estimate should always be in writing.
  • Handwritten roof estimates.Although arguably not as problematic as verbal estimates, a handwritten roof estimate can suggest a lower level of professionalism and less access to technology as opposed to a printed one.
  • Roof estimates without inspections.A reputable roofer can’t possible give you an accurate estimate without conducting a thorough inspection.
  • Roof estimates with rock bottom prices.Naturally, you’re looking for a good price. But a price radically lower than that in any of the other quotes and that seems too good to be true probably is too good to be true. You may well be dealing with a roofing company that intends to cut corners somewhere.

Roof Estimates: A Final Word

At Stay Dry Roofing, we take pride in the fact that our roof estimates conform to the highest standard, as does our work itself. If you’re collecting roofing quotes, we invite you to give us a call.

How long does roof replacement take?

How Long Does Roof Replacement Take?

How Many Days to Roof Replacement?

When it’s time for roof replacement, there are certain questions that every homeowner asks. For one thing, you’re concerned about the roof replacement cost. What will be the new roof cost, how much of the price will your homeowners insurance cover, and how much if any will you have to cover out of pocket?

Homeowners are often equally concerned, however, to know how long roof replacement is going to take. After all, you don’t want workmen using power tools and clomping around on top of your house for weeks on end, nor do you want tarps covering openings on the roof for long periods of time. The tarps scarcely improve the look of your home, and no matter how much faith you have in the competence of the roofing crew, it’s hard not to worry that the coverings won’t do as good a job keeping out inclement weather, animals, and bugs as a solid roof does.

How long does roof replacement take?

The good news here is that the average roof replacement takes only a day. The bad news is that your job may not be average.

The Three Stages of Roof Replacement

To get a handle on roof replacement, it’s helpful to understand that putting on a new roof is a three-step process. The magnitude and complexity of each step play a role in determining how long the job will take. The three steps are as follows:

  • Taking off the old roof
  • Preparing the sheathing and underlayment (AKA the deck)
  • Putting on the new roof

With that understood, let’s look at some key variables that affect the process.

Roof Replacement: Square Footage

This one is really just a matter of common sense. You probably understood it already, but we’ll mention it for the sake of being comprehensive. A big new roof takes more time to put on than a small new roof.

Roof Replacement: Materials

Some materials are more complicated to work with than others, and that can be the case whether you’re tearing them off or putting them on.

Cedar shingles, a green roof, or concrete or ceramic tiles can take longer to remove.

Fiberglas-asphalt shingles are unitized, easy to cut, and made to install quickly. A competent roofer can put down dozens per hour.

Metal roofing is more difficult to work with. It takes more precision since a metal panel might extend all the way from the ridge to the eaves. Metal panels require exact cutting, especially for chimneys, roof penetrations, and other breaks in the surface of the roof, and equally exacting installation.

Roof Replacement: Complexity

If the roof has a complicated shape with valleys, ridges, hips, and the like, the installation is accordingly more complicated. If there are dormers, each of these essentially is its own special little roofing job requiring a starter course, field shingles, and ridge shingles.

Roof penetrations present similar complications whether they’re electrical, vents, satellite television dishes, sanitary stacks, or something else. The same is true of chimney crickets and complicated eaves.

If your gutters need replacing, that too makes the job more complicated and is apt to make it take longer.

Roof Replacement: The Sheathing

Until the old roof comes off, it’s difficult to be certain what kind of shape the sheathing and underlayment are in. Occasionally there’s heavy water damage, rot, or black mold. If so, the roofers need to replace the sheathing. That’s likely to make the job take longer and may even add something to the price.

A roof replacement job typically has a small allowance for 4×8 sheets of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB.) But you might need more than the roofers have with them, in which case someone will need to make a run to a lumberyard or arrange for a delivery, and if the price of the new sheathing material exceeds the allowance, the excess is added to the price.

Roof Replacement: Bad Weather

Bad weather can delay the installation of a new roof for several days. The roofers can’t get the work done when there are high winds, snow, freezing rain, or heavy intermittent rain. If they’ve already begun tearing off the old roof, however, they’ll protect the interior of the house with a properly installed tarp.

Roof Replacement: The Takeaway

Thus you can see that with all the factors involved, it’s difficult to be certain exactly how long roof replacement will take. But competent professional roofers will get the job done both properly and as quickly as possible.

If you need roof replacement, give Stay Dry Roofing a call. Our roofers have the expertise and commitment to customer service to meet your needs.

How to know when it's time for roof replacement

How to Know When It’s Time for Roof Replacement

Roof Replacement Is Inevitable

The roof is an essential part of your house. It makes the house livable. (Without a roof, you might just as well be living outdoors, right?) It protects every part of the structure underneath and your possessions within from the elements that would otherwise damage them. It keeps out bugs and animals like squirrels and bats. It holds in the warm air that comes from your furnace to keep the house from getting chilly and to keep your utility bills down.

Unfortunately, every roof deteriorates in the face of weather and time. On average, an average shingle roof is good for 15 to 25 years, and then you need a new roof.

How to know when it's time for roof replacement

But despite the face that getting a new roof is necessary from time to time, some of us are inclined to put it

Why Do We Put Off Roof Replacement?

There are a couple reasons why homeowners put off getting a new roof.

One is roof replacement cost. New roof cost varies from one job to the next. Larger areas are more expensive to cover than smaller ones. The complexity of the space to be covered comes into your new roof estimate too. Features like gables and dormers can make the roofers’ job more complicated and increase the price. Then there’s the roofing material you choose. Shingles, tile, and metal vary in cost just as they vary in appearance, durability, and other variables. But whatever the details of your particular situation, you can expect roof replacement cost to be a considerable expense.

Homeowners may also balk at the hassle or the expectation of hassle. They begrudge the time required to find a reputable roofing company, choose a material, and negotiate price. They think the sound of roofers walking around overhead using their tools will prove to be annoying.

So it’s fairly common to put off roof replacement, possibly with some patchwork to tide you over in the meantime. But procrastination and patchwork will only get you so far. Here are three indicators that the time for roof replacement really is at hand.

Roof Replacement Indicator #1: The Roof is Over 20 Years Old

As mentioned above, in virtually all cases, the maximum lifespan of a roof is 25 years.  As that’s the maximum, many a roof won’t last that long. Accordingly, when you hit the 20-year mark, you should at least have a roofing company make an inspection even if there’s no visible damage. Be prepared for the bad news that yes, it is indeed time for a new roof.

Roof Replacement Indicator #1: Your Shingles Have Deteriorated

Naturally, to determine this, you (or somebody else, if you’re not physically capable of doing it safely or are uncomfortable with heights) will need to get up on the roof and take a good close look at the shingles. Homeowners should make such an inspection a couple times a year.

Are any shingles cracked or curled up at the edges? Are some cupped, buckling, or actually missing? Do you see moss growing on them?

Those are all warning signs that it’s time for a new roof. Of course, that may not be the case if you only see a couple defective shingles. In that case, you can probably get away with simply replacing them. But if the problem is more widespread, call a roofing company.

Roof Replacement Indicator #3: The Sun Is Shining In Where It Shouldn’t

Go up in the attic. Is the space brighter than it used to be? Can you actually see sunlight shining through the roof boards? If so, that’s a clear indication that you need a new roof.

You may be thinking that if you see light shining through gaps in the roof, of course you need a new one. But this indicator is worth mentioning because many homeowners don’t get up in the attic very often. It’s worth visiting and inspecting every part of your house every month to keep home repair issues from sneaking up on you.

When roof replacement is in the offing, we hope you’ll contact Stay Dry Roofing, the roofing repair and replacement experts. We provide free estimates and can handle any job in Indianapolis and through the Midwest.

Roof inspection

What Happens During a Roof Inspection?

The Need for Roof Inspection

You should make a roof inspection of your home a couple times a year. Or, if you’re physical unable to get up on the roof or feel unsafe up there, you should send somebody else up there to do it for you.

When you get up close, you may be able to see signs of damage, cracked or curling shingles for example, that weren’t visible from farther away. That in turn may enable you to make repairs before small problems develop into big expensive ones.

But you aren’t an expert, and a certified roof inspector can find problems you weren’t able to pinpoint. Such an inspection is an indispensable part of almost any real estate sale. Similarly, a professional roofer will need to make a thorough roof inspection as a preliminary to giving you an estimate for a job.

It’s helpful for you to know what goes on during a professional roof inspection. It will help you see that the inspector is doing a thorough, competent job and also help you make sense of the findings when they’re reported to you. Here, then, is a guide to what goes into a roof inspection.

Roof inspection

The Roof Inspection: Leaks and the Likelihood of Future Leaks

This, of course, is the most obvious thing to check for when evaluating the integrity of a roof. Leaks make it unpleasant to be in a house when it’s raining, and the water coming in can damage your possessions and structural elements of the house. Over time, the damage gets worse and worse until the homeowner is facing huge repair costs. Finding future leaks may seem trickier than hunting down existing ones, but shifting of cracking shingles are a pretty good clue that leaks are on he way.

The Roof Inspection: Insulation and Ventilation

A roof needs good insulation and ventilation. When it doesn’t have them, it costs the homeowner money. If the insulation is inadequate, the house responds to changing weather in a less than optimal manner, and cooling and heating costs go up. Poor ventilation lets in moisture, and in time, the moisture can damage your possessions and the structure of the house itself just like the more obvious water admitted by a leak. So a certified roof inspector will be sure to check the insulation and ventilation.

The Roof Inspection: Moisture, Mildew, and Mold

A competent professional roof inspection will check for the presence of moisture in the roof even in the absence of any perceptible leaks or ventilation issues. The inspector will check for mildew and mold as well. Moisture gives rise to mildew and provides the proper conditions for the growth and spread of mold. Mold can spoil the appearance of the part of the home where it’s flourishing, but the consequences of its presence can be even worse than that. Some mold is hazardous to your health. It can bring on allergenic reactions and respiratory distress, and mold mitigation can be involved and expensive once the nasty stuff has taken hold.

The Roof Inspection: Prior Roofing Maintenance

What roof maintenance and roof repair have taken place in the past? Do you know? Even if you do, do you know if this work was done properly? One benefit of a thorough, competent professional roof inspection is that it will tell you. The certified roof inspector will check on the maintenance of chimneys, eaves, and any additions that may have been made to the roof.

If you have a house that’s in need of a professional roof inspection, please get in touch with the experts at Stay Dry Roofing and make an appointment today. We provide comprehensive roofing services throughout Indianapolis and the Midwest, and those services include free inspections.

You Need a Professional Roofer Before Winter Comes

Autumn Means It’s Time for a Professional Roofer

No part of your home is more important than the roof. It protects you, your possessions, and the house itself from rain and snow. It keeps out insects and larger pests like squirrels. It holds in the warm air the furnace makes to keep your home comfortable and your heating bills low.

There may be some obvious damage or deterioration up on your roof. You may be able to see some cracked or missing shingles or have discovered a leak. But even if you haven’t spotted any trouble, it’s a good idea to contact a roofing company to come out and make an inspection.

Professional roofer from a professional roofing company

The inspection can discover problems that weren’t apparent to you, problems that need attention before they get worse. It might even point up the need for roof replacement although you naturally hope not (Roof replacement is pricey, but weather and time deteriorate every roof over time. Depending on the particular material, local weather conditions, etc., a roof lasts 15 to 25 years.)

Fall is the perfect time for a roof inspection because winter comes after fall, and winter with its snowfall and cold, gusty winds will stress the roof considerably. Roof repair now can eliminate vulnerabilities and keep the roof from failing you in a big way just when you need it most.

Once you decide you need to contact a roofing company, the issue then becomes, how do you make sure you’re doing business with competent, ethical professionals?

How to Choose a Professional Roofer

HomeAdvisor, HomeFlock, and comparable services provide lists of professionals in your area who have been vetted via a screening process.

Angie’s List, sitejabber, and other sites provide customer ratings and reviews.

They’re well worth consulting, but you won’t necessarily have to go online to find information on roofing companies. Do you have family members, friends, or coworkers who had occasional to hire a professional roofer? If so, ask if they’d recommend that roofing company, and why or why not. You’ll get a better sense of whether you’d want that roofing company working on your house if you obtain detailed information.

Similarly, you can talk to former and current customers assuming the professional roofer is willing to make their names and contact information available to you.

There are certain attributes and qualities you should look for as you evaluate whether a particular professional roofer is the right choice for you.

Attributes of a Trustworthy Professional Roofer

The roofing company should be well established in your area. You want one that’s local and, ideally, has been around for a while. If a roofer isn’t local, or if the business is here today and gone tomorrow, you might have a lot of trouble getting defective work corrected or a warranty honored.

Professional roofers should have the training and experience to provide roofing services well. They have the certifications that attest to their abilities.

A good roofing company provides safe working conditions for all its workers and protects them all with worker’s comp.

A professional roofer is knowledgeable about permits and will secure any necessary ones prior to beginning a job.

A reputable roofing company will provide an estimate before you agree to a job and confer with you if they see a need to revise that estimate as the job proceeds. The point of the discussion will be to demonstrate to your satisfaction that any increase is necessary and reasonable and to ensure that the work remains within your budget. You naturally hope the original estimate will stand, but unforeseen circumstances can arise that increase costs.

A reputable professional roofer will not ask for full payment up front although you should anticipate making a down payment of no more than 10 perfect.

A professional roofer should set a completion date for a job and, as with changes to the estimate, talk with you to explain any delays and establish a new date.

A good professional roofer will guarantee the work and provide an industry-standard warranty. For example, if you’re actually getting a new roof, the roofing company should guarantee installation and workmanship for five years. The roofing materials themselves should come with a 20 to 40 year warranty.

At Stay Dry Roofing, we pride ourselves on being a roofing company that meets all the standards above. Call us when you’ve made the wise decision to engage a roofer before winter arrives.

What to look for in a roofing contractor in Indianapolis

What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

The Time Will Come When You Need a Roofing Contractor

There’s no getting around the fact that sooner or later you’ll need a roofing company for your Indianapolis home. You can lose a roof to high winds, hail, or other storm damage, and even if you’re lucky enough to avoid that sort of sudden mishap, weather and time destroy ever roof eventually. (The average roof needs to be replaced every 15 to 25 years.)

What to look for in a roofing contractor in Indianapolis

Your roof keeps your house livable and pleasant, protects the structure underneath and the possessions inside, and keeps your heating and cooling bills within bounds. So you’ll want a roofing contractor you can trust to do your roof replacement job properly, especially considering that roof replacement is a not inconsiderable expense.

Your common sense will tell you to look for a roofing company that provides affordable roofing and does good work. But everybody’s common sense tells them that, and yet the Wall Street Journal reports that “Over 1.1 million complaints and lawsuits were filed against contractors last year alone…up 62%.”

So perhaps embracing a couple common-sense principles isn’t enough. That being the case, we here at Stay Dry Roofing would like to offer some specific guidelines for choosing a roofing contractor.

What to look for in a roofing contractor in Indianapolis

Ten Things to Expect from a Roofing Contractor

  1. A reputable roofing contractor doesn’t ask for full payment up front. Generally speaking, the contractor shouldn’t ask for anymoney up front unless the job requires ordering special non-refundable materials or insurance isn’t covering the job and you have poor credit. Be especially careful of contractors who ask for money up front when the roof is made of standard wood, composition, or tile shingles. This is a common way for dishonest contractors to commit fraud.
  2. A reputable contractor uses only certified installers. Sometimes the roofing company itself has a certification, but that’s not true of every individual employee. Everybody working to install your new roof should have his or her own certification.
  3. There should be a Quality Inspection Checklist and Walk Through. There should be no difficulty about you reviewing the list yourself, and at the completion of the job but before payment, a Certified Inspector should inspect the work.
  4. Your roofing contractor should have a preprinted list of current references. This will include customers from the previous month as well as customers from 1-5 years ago. Additionally, when you ask, the roofing company should be able to supply a list of all customers from the past five years (or longer). The roofer should also be able to give you business references and the names of suppliers.
  5. A reputable roofer has a General Liability Insurance Certificate. The roofer should carry at least $500,000 ($1,000,000 is more standard) for both residential and commercial properties. Never go with a roofing contractor that claims to be “Self-Insured.” If there’s a problem, the contractor is personally liable, and you may well find that your chances of collecting the money for repairs in that situation are slim to nonexistent.
  6. A reputable roofer has a Bank Financial Stability & Character Letter. This signed document vouches for the roofing company’s solvency and integrity.
  7. A trustworthy roofing company has a Supplier Lien Waiver letter. Make sure you demand to see this before the job begins.
  8. A reputable roofing company has a Certification of Technical Competency. Your roofer needs the particular certification stating that the roofer has passed all the technical requirements to install the product that going on yourhouse as per all manufacturer installation guidelines.
  9. A trustworthy roofer has Trade Association Certificates of Standing. Honest, competent roofers typically belong to one or another trade association. Often it’s the National Roofing Contractor Association.
  10. A good roofing contractor should have an Art Certified Contractor Status Letter. Though there’s no actual national governing board for roofers, roofers should be able to show you a letter attesting to the fact that they meet certain standards. They should also be able to show you the list of what those standards are.

What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor: The Final Word

We hope this information has proved helpful, and that if you need a roofing contractor in the Indianapolis area, you’ll look to Stay Dry Roofing. We take pride in meeting all the standards listed above, and we’re eager to assist you.

Fall exterior home maintenance

Fall Exterior Home Maintenance Tips

Save Money with Fall Exterior Home Maintenance

Do you pay attention to exterior home maintenance? You should. Taking care of small repairs as the need for them arises makes your house look nicer and helps to make it more livable. It also heads problems off at the pass and avoids big, expensive repairs down the road.

Fall exterior home maintenance tips

Fall is an excellent time for exterior home care. The summer heat that can make it a trial has passed, and you’re battening down the hatches for winter, when snow, freezing temperatures, and high winds can stress a house and turn any existing vulnerabilities into full-fledged expensive repair issues.

Here, then, are three fall exterior home care tips to help you put your house in good shape to withstand the rigors of the season to come.

Fall Exterior Home Maintenance Tip #1: Clean the Rain Gutters

Fall brings the leaves falling from the trees around your home. You see them on your lawn every day and likely get rid of the pileup there. But because you don’t see them, you may well be less conscious that autumn leaves are also collecting overhead in your rain gutters.

That’s a problem because once gutters get clogged with debris, they don’t function as they’re supposed to conducting rainwater and melt water to their intended destination. The water accumulates to ultimately spill out and collect around the base of the house. From there, it can seep through cracks in the foundation. Additionally, gutters that are holding water can be a source of rot, compromise the roof, and form ice dams when the temperature is low enough.

Happily, the answer is relatively simple if not the pleasantest task in the world. Someone needs to climb up on a ladder and clear away the accumulation of leaves from the rain gutters.

Or, as an alternative, you can invest in a gutter guard. This is a protection system that keeps leaves from collecting in rain gutters in the first place. Thus no gutter cleaning is necessary.

Fall Exterior Home Maintenance Tip #2: Check Your Window and Door Seals

You have window and door seals partly to hold warm air indoors when it’s cold outside. When they leak, they don’t do that, and then you wonder why it’s so chilly in the house and your heating bills are so high.

To spare yourself this sad fate, inspect the caulking and weather stripping on your windows and doors. If they’re no longer intact and doing their intended job, replace them before autumn turns to winter.

Fall Exterior Home Maintenance Tip #3: Check the Roof

Somebody should get up on your roof and inspect it twice a year, one time in the fall. It’s highly desirable to catch any problems before winter snows cover the roof and make it difficult to repair.

Not everyone is comfortable with heights or physically able to perform this exterior home care task him- or herself. But if you can’t attend to it yourself, it’s important that you find a trusted friend of an exterior home maintenance professional to attend to it for you. Problems that go unattended can worsen und spread until you need a complete roof replacement, and that’s expensive.

When checking a roof, you should look for rotten, damaged, or missing shingles, loose flashing, and signs of water damage. Some of these may be problems you’re willing and able to fix yourself. But if they aren’t, you can once again turn to the pros.

The experts at Stay Dry Roofing will be happy to help you with this or any of your fall exterior home maintenance needs. We offer free inspections and guarantee our work. Contact us today if we can be of assistance.



Roof leaks in Indianapolis

What to Do When Your Roof Leaks

When the Roof Leaks, Don’t Panic

When you notice the roof of your Indianapolis home leaks, it at the very least will seem like a significant inconvenience. If a lot of water is coming in, it can seem like a catastrophe. The water can damage the items inside the house and the floors. It can collapse a ceiling. Dampness can even promote the growth of toxic mold.

But don’t lose your head. There’s plenty you can do to keep roof leaks from becoming unmitigated disasters, especially when you catch them early. When you’re watching out for them, be aware that the first sign might not be water on the floor. It could just be a discolored spot on the ceiling that reveals the presence of water above the ceiling.

Roof leaks in Indianapolis

When you’re vigilant enough to detect roof leaks early, follow these steps in order.

When the Roof Leaks, Catch the Dripping Water

If water is coming through a ceiling leak, put a bucket under it. Scraps of wood inside the pail will quiet the irritating drip-drip-drip sound. If your problem is more severe, and you’ve got more than drips to deal with, get as many of your possessions as possible safely away from the water and cover the things that are too heavy to move with sturdy plastic sheeting.

When the Roof Leaks, Drain the Water

Climb up a ladder or onto a sturdy, stable chair and poke a hole in the wet part of the ceiling with a screwdriver or similar implement. You may feel reluctant to inflict any sort of damage on your own ceiling, but the fact of the matter is, failure to take this action can make things a lot worse. More moisture could seep in, or the weight of accumulating water could even make the entire ceiling fall down. At which point you’ll have to confront the fact that replacing all of it is far more expensive than just patching a little hole would have been.

When the Roof Leaks, Get Busy Investigating

See if you can figure out where the water is coming from, and be aware that water flows down flashing or trusses until it finds a weak point. That means the actual breach in the roof could be far away from the spot where the water is falling in to the living area of your home.

If you can get into your attic space, you’ll find it easier to search for roof leaks during daylight hours. Then turn off the lights. If you see a place in the roof where sunlight’s shining in, that’s where the roof leaks, too.

When the Roof Leaks, Use More Water to Find the Problem

If the turning-off-the-attic light technique doesn’t work, have someone else (preferably someone surefooted) get on the roof with a hose and spray the surface one small section at a time. When he or she reaches the right spot, you should have water coming in just as it does when it rains.

When the Roof Leaks, Call the Professionals

Sadly, the hose technique isn’t 100%, either. When all your efforts to find roof leaks yourself prove unavailing, it’s time to consult a professional. The expert can both isolate the problem, explain what must be done to fix it, and schedule repairs when you give your okay.

When the Roof Leaks, Spread a Tarp

Regrettably, even after you’ve found the source of roof leaks, it’s not always possible to fix the problem the same day. Until it is fixed, make sure the roof is dry enough to climb on safely, then spread heavy plastic sheeting or a tarp at least six millimeters thick over the compromised section of roof.

Spread your covering of choice at least four feet from the edge of the problem, continue past the ridge of the roof, and go at least four feet down the other side. That ensures you really have covered the roof leaks adequately. Use 2×4’s to weight the starting and finishing edges of the covering down and hold them in place. Fold the edges of the covering over the boards and use a nail gun to attach them securely. You can weight the other edges as well if wind is a concern.

Proceed carefully. You don’t want to tumble off and hurt yourself or to make new leaks by nailing or screwing the 2×4’s onto the roof.

Roof Leaks: A Final Word

Roof leaks require prompt attention to keep them causing significant damage to your Indianapolis home and the items inside. So address them promptly, and if you need assistance, we invite you to call Stay Dry Roofing. We’re here to help you.

Roof stains in Indianapolis

Identifying and Removing Roof Stains

The Annoyance of Roof Stains

Because roofing materials wear out due to time and exposure to the elements, sooner or later, every Indianapolis home needs roof replacement. Events like high winds and falling trees can also result in the need for roof repair.

Luckily, the problem isn’t always quite that drastic. Roof stains for example, may at least seem like a less serious issue. But even so, you’ll want to get rid of blemishes that spoil the appearance of the house. And in fact, some roof stains are symptomatic of another problem requiring attention.

Roof stains in Indianapolis

Here, them, is a guide to roof stains explaining the various kinds, how to remove them safely, and what to do to keep them from coming.

Identifying Roof Stains

To differentiate among roof stains and determine their causes, start by looking at the color. Additionally, check the location, and relation between the color and roof conditions like pitch, shading, debris, roofing materials, and nearby trees to glean further information.

Black or Dark Brown Roof Stains

Black of dark brown roof stains on shingles are often produced by black algae, fungal growth, lichens, extractive blending of asphalt, dirt, or organic debris, or bleed-through. When they’re near a chimney, soot is a likely culprit.

It’s also possible the roof stains are the result of tree debris.

Green Roof Stains

Green roof stains can also indicate the presence of algae. Or, they may be due to moss.

Red Roof Stains

Red roof stains nearly always indicate rust. Naturally, the rust is found on metal like, for example, rusty chimney flashing.

White Roof Stains

White stains often indicate that pigments are washing down from above.

Eliminating Roof Stains

The method for eliminating a particular type of roof stain depends on is nature and its cause.

Algae, Fungal, Moss, and Lichen Roof Stains

Raking or gentle washing with a brush is often the best way to get rid of these roof stains (and other sorts as well.) You may be temped to resort to power washing instead, but this is riskier. Even gentle treatment can further damage asphalt shingles that are old and fragile, Power washing is very likely to.

Since shade is conducive to the growth of algae, fungus, moss, and lichen, check to see if nearby trees are providing it. If so, you may want to trim back the offending branches.

Extractive Bleeding Roof Stains

Extractive bleeding is essentially a fancy way of saying that asphalt shingles were either defective to start with or have become so. It often gives the roof a streaked appearance.

To permanently solve the problem, you’ll need to replace the defective shingles.

Rust Roof Stains

To stop rust from leaking onto the roof, you’ll need to replace rusty components like, for example, the drip collar of a chimney cap. Check the construction of the overall system of which that component is a part as well. Perhaps the drip collar was vulnerable to rust because it didn’t fit the way if should have.

Sooty Roof Stains

Soot stains result from problems with chimneys, fireplace flues, or oil-powered heating flues. They can also indicate a serious safety risk. Soot stains around a gas-powered appliance flue reveal the very real possibility that fatal levels of carbon monoxide are building up inside the house. Should you discover them, take immediate action.

Roof Stains from Other Deposits

The remedy depends on what substance is leaking onto the roof and what the roof is made of. White or pale-colored stains may result from air-condition condensate, hared water calcium, lime, or scale among other possible causes.

Root Stains and Debris

You may have roof stains because debris is falling on the roof from tree limbs overhead. Naturally, you need to sweep away any debris that’s already on the roof, and this is another instance where you may want to trim overhanging branches back so they won’t drop any more.

All Kinds of Root Stains

Anytime you’re on your roof inspecting or fixing anything, there’s a certain danger of falling off and hurting yourself. The steeper the slope, the more challenging the roof structure is in some other way, or the more difficult your task, the greater the hazard. So be careful, and know your limits.

Roof Stains: Final Thoughts

Clearly, there’s a lot to understanding any stains that may appear on the roof of your Indianapolis home and a lot to know what to do about them. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it yourself. The professionals at Stay Dry Roofing will be glad to help you. Call us today for an inspection.

Roof color in Indianapolis

What’s the Best Roof Color for Your Home?

Your New Roof Color

When it’s time for roof replacement at your Indianapolis home, or to decide on the specifics of a roof for a new house, roofing companies ask you to decide on a variety of options. One of these is the color. Whether you’re opting for roof singles, roof tiles, metal roofing, or some other roofing material, suppliers offer any number of choices.

With so many parameters to consider, color may seem like the least important. Your inclination may be to jump at the first one that looks good to you and let it go at that. But in fact, roof color warrants a little more thought. Specifically, you may want to think about the following.

Roof color in Indianapolis

Your New Roof Color: Points to Consider

How would this roof color complement (or clash with) the rest of the house?

 Colors can blend, or they can create contrast. More traditional (which is to say, blending) choices for roof color include black, gray, and brown. Lighter tan and reddish-brown hues tend to provide contrast. A mix of colors gives a staggered effect. Whichever way you go, it’s helpful to understand that certain combinations just naturally tend to go well together.

  • White, gray, blue, or yellow houses look good with gray or black roofs.
  • Red or yellow brick houses go well with brown, gray, or black roofs.
  • Stone and earth-tone vinyl siding look good paired with tan or brown.

Do you want a roof color that will make the house look bigger?

 A lighter color will do the trick, particularly if it blends with the siding.

What roof color goes with the architectural style of the house?

You may not be an architect and feel yourself woefully unqualified to make judgments about architectural style. But by driving around Indianapolis and looking at homes like yours, you can see what looks good and what doesn’t. It’s not hard to observe, for example, that Spanish-style houses often have reddish clay-colored roofs (and look good with them), traditional colonials look good with a single color, and ranch houses can look good with a combination of colors.

Do you want a roof color that makes a statement or something more low key?

The bolder and more distinctive your choice, the likelier it is that your house will catch the eye of every passerby. You have to decide if that’s what you want.

How will this roof color affect your cooling and heating costs?

As you probably remember from science class, lighter colors reflect heat. Thus a light roof color can help keep your air-conditioning bill down. Conversely, darker colors hold heat, and therefore a dark roof color can help with your heating costs.

What roof color (or colors) do the neighbors have?

You probably aren’t under any obligation to match your neighbors’ choices exactly. But it’s worth noting that a roof color radically different than any of theirs can make your home look peculiar and as if it doesn’t belong in the neighborhood.

Depending on where you live, your homeowners association may even have rules that place limits on your choice of roof color. It’s worth checking before you proceed with a choice you don’t see reflected in any of the houses around you.

Is the roof color you like actually available in roof shingles, metal roofing, roof tiles, or whatever type of roofing material you’ve chosen?

As noted above, in today’s market, it very likely is. But if it isn’t, you’ll have to go with a different option.

Roof Color and Roofing Contractors

Finally, when it’s time to choose a roof color, know that you don’t have to go it alone. The professionals from roofing companies are happy to share their expertise and explain, for example, how you can use roof color (or colors) to accent elements like dormers and other distinctive architectural features.