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.

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.

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.

Roof vents in Indianapolis

Do You Want Roof Vents?

Roof Vents: Two Types of Roof

Your Indianapolis home may be in need of roof replacement. You may be considering the advisability of adding additional insulation. Or perhaps you’re building an entirely new house and wondering what sort of roof will suit you best.

Modern construction techniques afford you a variety of choices. Broadly speaking, your home can have either a “hot roof” or a “cold roof.”

Roof vents in Indianapolis

A hot roof isn’t ventilated. It has foam insulation attached to the roof sheathing. The underlying concept of a hot roof is that it doesn’t allow heat to escape through roof vents into the outside world. Instead, heat stays trapped in the attic space, and that in turn should reduce the cost of heating the hous

A cold roof is the more old-fashioned roof with roof vents.

Hot roofs and cold roofs each have their advantages and disadvantages. By understanding these and talking to your homebuilder or roofing professional, you should be able to choose the type of roof that’s right for you.

The Hot Roof: Doing Away With Roof Vents

First off, it’s important to understand that a hot roof isn’t really all that hot. It’s not in constant danger of bursting into flame or anything like that. The lack of attic ventilation only makes the attic space a few degrees warmer than would be the case if you’d opted for roof vents, and that comes with a number of benefits.

  • As alluded to above, without roof vents, you can anticipate reduced heating costs in the winter.
  • If you have water and/or air ducts running through the attic, they’re less likely to experience the effect of extreme temperatures. This too should translate into savings on your utility bills.
  • Provided they’re installed properly, hot roofs aren’t prone to excessive moisture accumulation.
  • The Homeowners Trade & Resource Center (HTRC) reports that hot roofs guard against the formation of ice dams.

But it’s not all good news.

  • A hot roof can create what’s called a “stack effect.” This phenomenon occurs because an attic space without roof vents experiences positive air pressure. That in turns means the lower reaches of the home, where you and your family actually live, are under negative pressure. As a result, outside air will flow into the house wherever it can, for instance, under doors or through leaky windows.
  • A roof that experiences more heat is a roof likely to wear out and need roof replacement sooner.
  • Roofs without roof vents are prone to failure if the house lacks a high building envelope including vapor retarders and air barriers.

The Cold Roof: Keeping the Roof Vents

With a cold roof, insulation goes under the ceiling. That means it’s under the attic space, which is therefore not insulated. This provides the following benefits.

  • Your Indianapolis house stays cooler in the summer heat.
  • Because the roof sheathing stays cooler, it lasts longer.
  • The roof vents remove moisture from sheathing, structural members, roof cavities, and insulation.
  • Provided it’s properly installed and insulated, a cold roof also protects against ice dams.

But once again, there are potential drawbacks to consider.

  • More heat will escape when you’re trying to heat your home.
  • If persistent weather conditions are such that the outside air doesn’t absorb moisture as fast as it accumulated, or if the cold roof simply wasn’t installed or insulated properly, it could fail.

Roof Vents: The Takeaway

Perhaps the most important piece of information here is that whatever type of roof you choose for your Indianapolis home, it absolutely must be installed properly to avoid serious headaches and costly repairs down the line. We invite you to contact Stay Dry Roofing to handle all your roofing needs. We’ll get the job done right.

Roof replacement in Indianapolis

What is the Roof Replacement Process?

Why Choose Roof Replacement In Indianapolis?

When we think of the need for roof replacement, we’re apt to think of high winds or some other dramatic weather event or accident destroying the old one. But the fact of the matter is, no roof lasts forever. Even the best ones deteriorate over time, and that means that eventually, everyone needs a new roof.

Roof replacement in Indianapolis

When that moment arrives for you, you may well find the roof replacement cost expensive and the process itself more time-consuming than you’d like. But it will help your peace of mind if you understand the roof replacement process going in.

Roof Replacement: The Preliminaries

When it’s time for a new roof, you’ll have to decide what company is going to do the job. Before settling on one, it’s a good idea to get several quotes from several companies that are licensed, local, and have good reviews online. You want to get the best bargain on your roof replacement cost than you can so long as it’s coming from a reputable, professional outfit.

Roof Replacement: Out with the Old

Before your roof replacement company of choice can put on a new roof, the workers generally have to get rid of the old one. (The exception is discussed below.)

If you have shingles, they’ll pry them loose with a tool called a shingle fork.

In the case of a metal roof, the workers remove it panel by panel using a full-size pry bar or perhaps a drill if the screws aren’t too weathered to make this impractical.

Roof Replacement: Check the Flashing

Once the top layer is gone, workers inspect the flashing, the aluminum or galvanized steel that prevents water from seeping through joints. It protects the roof’s chimney, valleys, and vents with different sorts of flashing in different areas. Chimneys, for example, need step and counter flashing.

Flashing sees a lot of hard use, and it’s likely the inspection will reveal that parts of it are rusty and cracked. But if the flashing is in good shape, it can stay. Otherwise, the workers will replace it with modern flashing and seal their handiwork.

A coating of roofing cement on the edges of flashing helps keep water out.

It’s particularly important to have good flashing underneath the roofing covering the valleys, if any, on your roof. You really need it here to send water off the roof and into the gutter system.

Roof Replacement: The Underlayment

Even a well laid roof lets a little water seep through its surface layer. The underlayment’s job is to keep this water from penetrating any deeper. It catches and sheds the water to prevent it from rotting the sheathing and framing underneath.

Before the underlayment proper goes down, the roofers install an ice and water barrier. They tuck it under the drip edge and then nail it down securely. The underlayment’s rows overlap to maximize protection.

Roof Replacement: The Layering Alternative

In certain cases, rather than go through the steps above, a homeowner may opt to put on a new roof consisting of a new layer of shingles on top of an old one. That’s assuming this alternative is allowed in the homeowner’s jurisdiction; it isn’t always.

When you put on a new roof with layering, you reduce the work involved. This isn’t much of a consideration for professional roofers, who can generally dispose of an old roof in a morning, but it can be more important for do-it-yourselfers.

Layering has two disadvantages that may make a professional roofing company advise against and that contribute to it not being permitted in certain localities.

One is that layer upon layer of shingles is heavy. A triple layer of asphalt shingles weighs as much as a single layer of slate shingles, which are quite heavy. Piling on too much weight can result in too much stress on the structures that support the roof and damage them. This is especially prone to happen in older houses.

The other problem is telegraphing. The new layer of shingles follows any irregularities present underneath, and if bumps, waves, and bubbles contributed to your decision to put on a new roof, there’s a fair chance you’ll end up with them again, and your roof will look unattractive as a result. Correcting as many problems with the old layer as possible before putting on the new shingles may prevent or at least minimize flaws in the new roof’s appearance.

Roof Replacement: The New Roof

After all the preparation, it’s time to install the new roof itself. The roof replacement process varies somewhat depending on the type of roof you decided on. There are a number of types available. You may make your selection based on cost, overall durability, fire resistance, appearance, a desire to have your home blend in well with other houses in the neighborhood, suitability for the essential shape of your roof, or some other factor. These are some of the roofs that are available:

Roof Replacement: Types of Roofing Material

  • Asphalt composition shinglesare the most common choice for a new roof, probably because they’re readily obtainable, cheap, and keep the roof replacement cost down. Most people consider them the least visually appealing option, however.
  • Wood shakesare a more expensive but also more attractive type of shingle. They’re generally quite durable but have relatively poor fire resistance.
  • Metal roofscome in a number of varieties including raised-seam panels and products made to look like composite shingles. They’re durable, long lasting, fireproof, and common considered quite attractive. Given their many virtues, it’s no surprise that, whether made of steel or aluminum, they’re expensive. They also require workers with special tools and expertise to install them.
  • Slate roofingis another expensive option. It’s attractive but also heavy, slippery to walk on, and tricky to repair if it gets damaged.
  • Composition slate tilesare synthetic tiles made of 95% recycled materials, notably rubber. So they can be an appealing choice for people concerned about the environment. They look a lot like stone or slate but are lighter and less easily damaged.
  • Clay or ceramic tilescreate the red-tile roof many of us associate with Spanish-style architecture, Florida, and Southern California. True ceramic tile is going out of fashion now, replaced by materials that look like it, have its resistance to fire, but are lighter. Whether real or imitation, these tiles are called half-barrels because each comes in the form of a cylinder sawed in half lengthwise.

As you’d expect, each type of roofing material requires a somewhat different method of installation. Here are two examples:

Roof Replacement: The Shingle Roof

Workers replacing roof shingles will use starter shingles at the bottom and sides. The nails go in just under the tar strips on the shingles, and staggered rows protect against leaks.

Roof Replacement: The Metal Roof

When installing a metal roof, the workers will be careful to get everything square and then start screwing the new roof down by going up the vertical edge. They’ll put the screws into the ridges, never the flats, and as a result, the roof will go on flatter and the screws will be better protected from pooling water. This method also helps to keep water away from the fasteners. Screws with rubber washers yield the most satisfactory results.

Roof Replacement: Final Thoughts

That’s all a lot to take in, but at Stay Dry Roofing, we can answer all your questions about roof replacement and put on a new roof anywhere in the Indianapolis area. Check our reviews and references online, get a quote on our site, or give us a call. We’ll do a skilled, professional job at an affordable price.

 

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Warning Signs to Help You Avoid Scam Contractors

If you need work done on your home, whether it is roof repairs or installations, remodeling work, or some other project, you are going to need to find a reliable contractor to do the work. It is important to stay vigilant because there are people out there today who will take advantage of you in your time of need. Scam contractors are everywhere and it is important to stay vigilant and to know the warning signs that can help you avoid becoming a victim of a scam. Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we wanted to help you recognize the most common warning signs that you might be dealing with a scammer:

Lack of licensing. Ask for proof that the contractor has a license to work in your area and has the necessary paperwork to legally work in the area and on the type of project you need them to do. Contractors coming door to door may not be from a local, established business, and many state licenses do not permit them to work out of the state the license is issued from. Of course, there’s always a risk even with a fully licensed contractor, but the risk is much less than just working with anyone who shows up at your door. “Just because someone has a license and insurance doesn’t always mean they’ll do the best job,” says George “Geep” Moore, remodeler chairman at the National Association of Home Builders(NAHB). “But it does mean they’re a legitimate contractor and they’re doing the right thing.” You can avoid many of the scam contractors out there by doing this one basic thing before hiring anyone!

Much lower bids. Before hiring a contractor to do any kind of work on your home you should get quotes or estimates from at least three different companies or contractors. “Have your choices in mind before you get your estimates,” says New Jersey contractor Lucy K.H. Kalian. The more specifics you can give a contractor, the more likely it is that you’ll get an accurate estimate. The Better Business Bureau(BBB) suggests: If you get a bid that’s a lot less than the others, there’s usually a reason for it. The cheapest deal is rarely the best deal.” Think of it like this- if the job will cost a contractor $3,000 for supplies and $10,000 for time and labor, if someone gives you an estimate of $8,000 there is a strong chance they are cutting corners on the quality of the work and the materials they are using. This out you at risk for problems later on after the work has been done and starts to fail.

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Requiring large upfront deposits. Each state has different regulations that govern how much a contractor can ask for up front. In most cases, it ranges from less than 10 percent to around 30 percent. Upfront payments are needed so the contractor can buy materials and supplies that are needed to get started with the project. So, legitimate contractors will ask for some kind of upfront deposits but if your contractor is asking for what seems like an exorbitant amount upfront tack it as a warning sign that you are likely dealing with scam contractors.

No permanent business location. “
Not every contractor who might come knocking on your door will have a scam — some may have the skills to repair your home, but they may not know how to deal with all the complications that come with a natural disaster and water damage. Be extra careful and make sure that anyone who helps you after a natural disaster is qualified and state licensed” (Houzz). If you call a contractor and they do not answer with the name of the business or you ask for their office location and they give you a mailing address or a PO Box then use caution. They may not necessarily be scammers but if something does go wrong during or after they work on your home you will want to be able to track someone down and speak to someone about your concerns. You cannot do this if all you have is a phone number or mailing address and you end up falling for one of the scam contractors in the area.

No contract. The most important part of your negotiation with a contractor is developing the contract and signing it. You should always steer clear of contractors who says a contract isn’t necessary, especially after any type of natural disaster. A contract is a paper that outlines what work will be done, how long it should take, how much it should cost, the pay schedule, the materials that will be used, and other important information regarding the work that needs to be done. While some smaller subcontractors may not work with contracts on a regular basis, is something you still ask for. Even a basic contract is better than nothing because it will help you avoid being taken advantage of and gives you a legal basis in the event the contractor doesn’t finish the work or they do not uphold their end of the contractual agreement.

scam contractor warning signs

No insurance. Every general contractor that does work on your home or property must be properly insured. It is the contractor’s insurance policy that will protect their workers in case they’re injured on your property. If they do not have the right type of insurance or worse no insurance coverage at all, you are the one who will be responsible for any damage or injury. If someone falls off your roof or gets hurt while working on your property you could be held liable for their medical bills if the contractor did not have the right insurance. If a contractor is moving equipment or cutting branches from trees around your home and something falls and damages your neighbor’s property you also will be liable for those damages when the contractor did not have sufficient insurance coverage. You should always as for a potential contractor’s insurance policy number, then calling the insurance company to make sure the policy is still valid, what the coverage limits are, and make sure the contractor has every single employee covered.

Inadequate references. Get at least three references for each potential contractor and actually check them. Make sure they are referenced from previous clients that your contractor has worked within the recent past. These are important to get and consider because they can help expose possible scam contractors. Once you have the references, you can then call them yourself to verify that what your contractor is telling you is true. Your insurance company can provide recommendations for local licensed contractors. It is important to never trust someone who shows up on your door saying they are representing your insurance company when you were not expecting someone to show up. It is important to do your research through outside sources as well such as the BBB and local review sites and social media pages like Yelp! As they can offer great insight that you would not have otherwise.

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Special deals. Avoid working with a contractor who offers you “special” pricing, particularly if you agree to work with them and sign a contract right then and there. You don’t want to rush into an agreement until you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Scam contractors will often offer great deals and discount to entice people to agree to work with them without taking the time to think about it, compare rates, and check the contractor out. This should be a major red flag to anyone approached by a contractor in this manner. A legitimate contracting company may have specials and discounts that they can offer but they will have a ‘valid only today’ clause attached to them.

Mechanic’s liens.“Legally, an unpaid contractor, subcontractor or supplier can file a mechanic’s lien against your property, which can eventually force the sale of the property in lieu of compensation. It’s a way for professionals to guarantee they get paid…Make sure you have a list of all the subcontractors, laborers and materials suppliers that your primary contractor will be using, and ask for proof that everyone has been paid before releasing your final payment — otherwise you could be held liable. Homeowners can end up paying for supplies twice otherwise — both to a subcontractor and to a supplier who ended up not being paid by said subcontractor” (Houzz).

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Contact Us Today

To learn more about avoiding scam contractors and how to make sure you are finding the right contractor for your roofing needs, contact us today at Stay Dry Roofing. We can help you take care of any roofing needs you may have from repair and general maintenance to a full replacement or a new construction installation. Call now to speak to our team or to schedule a consultation appointment. We look forward to working with you and helping you with your roofing needs!

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Six Ways Trees Can Cause Roof Damage

We all know that the roof is a key component of any building and it is essential to the overall integrity and beauty of your home. And naturally, we want to preserve it in any way we can. One surprising source of roof damage, however, are trees. To keep your roof in the best possible shape and to reduce the impact the trees in your landscape have on your roof, be mindful of these dangers:

Dangling and overhanging limbs. 

Obviously, a large tree leaning over your home or a giant branch from an old oak tree reaching across your home is a threat to your roof and your home in general.  You run the very real risk of limbs breaking due to age and weight or being snapped off during a storm. In bad weather or when a tree starts to die the entire thing can fall over, crushing anything in its path- including your roof. In order to avoid this, be sure to keep limbs cut back away from your home as much as you can and have weakened or dying trees removed as soon as possible to avoid major roof damage!

damage from tree limbs

Clogged gutters and downspouts. 

Leaves, sticks, twigs, moss, and dead plant matter can quickly accumulate in your gutters. Sometimes with a lot of trees around your home and bad winds or rains, enough leaf material can fall that your gutters can clog up in a single day. When they are clogged, your guttered are basically useless and cannot drain water away from your home. This can allow water too pool on the roof and seep into your home where it can do massive amounts of damage very quickly. Gutter guards can help a lot but there is no replacement for good ole routine cleanouts every week to keep guttered clear.

Leaves and needles and debris.  

Leaf material and other bits and pieces of the trees that fall can clog your cutters, but they can also directly affect your roof and can lead to significant damage. Dead plants will decompose as moisture is trapped in the accumulating leaf litter. This can cause rot and decay of your roofing shingles and if it progresses the decay can spread into the deeper components of your roofing system. Left alone for too long, your entire roof can be compromised as the decay spreads and the weight of the accumulating leaf debris gets heavier and heavier with every storm. This ultimately causes severe roof damage.

Too much shade in the yard.

Trees are wonderful in a landscape and many homeowners love large shady trees. However, too much of a good thing is a bad thing and this is true for shade as well. Too many large trees around your home will shield fallen mold spore from the UV light of the sun. This allows them to grow rapidly and spread, which can cause problems with the structural integrity of your roof. Roofs that stay too damp and shady because of the trees are at a higher risk for experiencing roof damage caused by mold and mildew. Thinning the trees or removing some of them is the only way to remedy this problem.

roof damage from trees

Critter and pest infestations. 

Most people understand that trees are part of nature but this means that animals will be living in them and the closer the trees are to our home the closer the animals are as well. Birds, squirrels, bugs, all have trees as their chosen abode. If they can easily get from their home to your home they may decide to move in because your home offers more food and shelter choices for them. Pests can chew their way into your roofing system and cause damage both to the exterior and interior of your home. This is why keeping branches away from the home is something that must be done.

Trees in danger of falling over. 

While not a common occurrence thankfully, a fallen tree is without a doubt the most damaging and disastrous. This type of roof damage can be catastrophic so it is essential to keep an eye on the health and integrity of trees that are close enough to hit your home if they were to fall. If the tree begins to sag, lean, or shows signs of disease or an insect infestation, it’s wise to look into having it removed altogether. It is a pain can be expensive but it better than the alternative to be sure and will be the best choice to protect your home and your family.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about how to avoid rood damage from the trees in your yard and to find out what you need to do to stay on top of roof maintenance, give us a call today at Stay Dry Roofing. Our team of roofing experts can help you with all of your roofing needs. We can help with design and new installation projects, roof replacements, storm clean up and repairs, roof inspections, and basic maintenance and repair work. No job is too big or too small for the Stay Dry Roofing team!

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Whether you have a commercial or residential property we can take care of you and roofing system. Call now for a consultation appointment or an on-site evaluation and estimate. You don’t have to go at it alone. Call the roofing experts of Indianapolis that residents and businesses owners have trusted for years- see the difference for yourself!

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How To Choose Roofing Contractors in Indianapolis

Of all the systems that make up your home, the roofing system is one of the most critical. When you have problems such as leaks and storm damage or simply a roof that is worn out and in need of repairs, you need to find a roofing contractor you can trust. If you have ever had to search for a roofing contractor in Indianapolis you know how quickly the scammers and con-artists can come out of the woodwork. Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we are committed to providing quality service and only the finest products. We want to help everyone in Indianapolis and the surrounding area find a contractor to provide the best roofing services available. Here’s what you need to know about affordable roofing and how to tell you are working with the best of the best when it comes to Indianapolis roofing contractors in the area:

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Am I Working With a Legitimate Company or a Con-Artist?

This is one of the biggest concerns homeowners and business owners have when looking for someone to work on their roof. It is a justified concern and we hear horror stories all the time about people who fall victim to a scammer. A legitimate roofing company should not have any problem providing you with any of the following when you ask:

  • Local references, testimonials, and locations
  • Business license number and/or documentation
  • Roofing credentials and experience examples
  • Workers compensation insurance proof
  • General liability insurance documentation
  • Written manufacturer and material warranties
  • Track record as a roofing contractor in Indianapolis

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Tips for Staying Safe When Choosing Roofing Contractors

  • Deal only with local contractors who have a local office and who have been established in the community for a while.
  • Get recommendations from people you trust and check local business review site like Yelp or the Better Business Bureau.
  • Take your time before signing any paperwork and make sure you read everything and understand it fully.
  • Don’t work with a roofing contractor who asks for upfront payments; a partial deposit is acceptable but never full price or in cash.
  • Be skeptical of contractors that try to push quick roof restoration that won’t last or who want to make temporary fixes.
  • Ask someone who has been through the process to review the contract with you before signing or speak to your attorney for their advice.
  • Be careful of drive-by contractors who use door-to-door sale tactics or who leaves a flier on your doorknob or in your mailbox.
  • Phrases to watch out for: “insurance companies are compensating” and “most homeowners are unaware of the storm damage on their roof.”
  • Get someone not associated with the company to do a roof inspection to see if the suggested repairs and work seem legit.
  • If anything sounds too good to be true with rates or deals then it probably is and you should find someone else for your new roof work.
  • Indianapolis roofing contractors will have the company logo on their vehicles and uniforms and will answer the phone with the company name.

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After a storm or natural disaster

Unscrupulous con-artists will often descend after a storm has passed by and may come knocking on your door telling you they see you need roofing work done. In nine out of ten cases, someone knocking on your door unsolicited will not be fully honest or trustworthy. You should be very cautious as you proceed and here are some tips to keep in mind if someone shows up on your doorstep one day offering to fix storm damage you didn’t even know you had:

  • Do not give in to the pressure and don’t let them rush you into signing papers right away so they can start work.  Ask for a written estimate, get their business card and find out their contact information and call them a day or two later to see if the story changes.
  • Beware of any roof repair company that puts emphasis on getting a roof replacement paid for by the insurance company. In most cases, they are trying to use it to get you to give them money upfront and telling you to get reimbursed later by the insurance.
  • Talk to your insurance agent, see what your policy covers, how they go about determining what they will pay for your roof. Ask for advice on how to proceed with the repairs and how to find the best roofing company in Indianapolis for your roofing needs.
  • Look into the track record of all local roof repair companies you are considering hiring. Look for companies with a good reputation in your community and who have been successful in the area and can show a good track record with roofing needs like yours.
  • Always get at least three to five quotes from different companies. The cheapest quote is not always the right one and will often time result in less than quality work. Local roofing experts will provide an itemized quote to help you make an informed choice.

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Things to Do Every Time You Need Roofing Contractors in Indianapolis

Whether you are faced with emergency roof repairs, commercial roof replacement, roof leak repairs, storm damage repairs, or any other roofing needs, Stay Dry Roofing is here to help! To find the best Indianapolis roofing contractors, you need to do these 10 things:

Get local referrals. You are less likely to run into scammers when dealing with local contractors because they are proven and known in the area. Con-artists never stay in one area very long so people don’t know who they are. Local roofing contractors also know the codes and regulations and can ensure everything meets local and state guidelines.

Check manufacturer designations. Manufacturer designations are seen in the commercial and residential roofing industry as a badge of honor. This is because the contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be certified. Remember that some manufacturers have more stringent requirements but it’s something to look for.

Check the BBB ratings. Some contractors come and go changing the storms and preying on unsuspecting residents. When you are looking at working with a contractor you need to look them up on the BBB website and make sure they have a good score. If they are not listed on BBB.org or have a poor rating you are better off finding someone else!

Get an extensive warranty. Not all contractors will offer a warranty and if they don’t then that is a major red flag. If there is no extended warranty or guarantee on the material and work done, you could be the one paying for repairs if something goes wrong down the road. Checking for a warty is the best way you can protect yourself.

Ask for licensing and insurance. Without insurance and proper licensing, the work done on your home or business may be faulty. Most states require licensing for contractors, but there is little that stops con-artists from posing as contractors so you must be proactive! So, protect yourself and be sure to ask to see proof of licensing and insurance for the Indianapolis area.

Pay your deductible. Any contractor who says that the repair work can be done without you having to pay your insurance deductible is committing insurance fraud and is also opening you up to legal problems. You must pay whatever deductible insurance requires as it is stated in your policy. To do otherwise puts you at risk for fines or even jail time!

Handle your own claim. A contractor claiming to be “a claim specialist” is most likely also committing fraud and breaking the law. In most states, it is illegal for contractors to fil the claims and deal with the insurance. It is only the policyholder who can do this and no third party can negotiate with the insurance company on behalf of the property owner.

Don’t give in to pressure. Overly pushy sales tactics and high-pressure talk should be a red flag. No legitimate roof repair contractor will need to pressure you to act now. The best roofing contractors in Indianapolis will work with you and help you on your terms. They will not try to pressure, scare, or intimidate you into making a snap decision.

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Contact Us Today at Stay Dry Roofing

If you are looking for a local roofer or roof repair company, Stay Dry Roofing is here to help!  We have years of experience in the Indianapolis area and have worked on countless commercial roofing systems and helped many homeowners with their residential roofing needs as well. Whether you need roof installations, new roof estimates, roof repair work or maintenance, or a full home roof replacement or upgrade, we invite you to give us a call today! Our team of friendly and knowledgeable staff makes it easy to find roofing contractors in Indianapolis who can take care of you and your roofing system. Call us today for a free consultation! See for yourself why we are the roofing specialists more people trust.

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Finding the Best Roofing Company for Your Needs

Roof repair, especially roof replacement, is expensive. The right roofing company will do a professional job at a fair price, provide a roof that should protect a house and what’s inside it for many years to come, and fix any problems that appear while the warranty is in effect. The wrong roofing company may not do all these things or conceivably any of them, resulting in additional expense well before the homeowner had any reason to expect it.

Given the potential downside, sorting through the available roofing contractors to find the best roofing company for a particular job can seem like a scary proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. Following a few simple guidelines can help you make a sound choice.

Explore Your Options

Even if the first roofing company you talk to seems to be offering a good deal, don’t be in a hurry to sign a contract. It’s a better idea to talk to a number of roofing contractors for a couple different reasons.

You’ll see who best appears to understand your needs and seems like he or she will be easy to work with. This positive feeling is useful information even though it’s no substitute for the “due diligence” recommended below.

Talking to several roofing contractors also gives you a sense of the price range various roofing contractors would charge for your particular job.

Don’t fixate on price and price alone, though. You’ll have a natural tendency to steer clear of bids that seem excessively high, but a price that seems like too much of a bargain can be a red flag as well, suggesting a difference in the quality of what’s being offered that can end up costing you more in the long run.

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The Hallmarks of a High Quality Roofing Company

There are several things to check when evaluating a roofing company.

Reputable, professional roofing contractors are licensed and able to provide a minimum of three references attesting to the quality of their work.

They can also furnish proof of workmen’s compensation and liability insurance that will cover the roof repair job in question.

The agent of a professional roofing company will be happy to explain the particulars of a job, contract, and warranties to you and answer any questions you may have.

Finally, a reputable roofing company will never ask a homeowner to pay the entire cost of a roof replacement upfront. Any contract containing such a clause is unacceptable and an excellent reason to look elsewhere for someone to do the job.

It is, however, accepted practice for a roofing company to ask for a deposit and a payment schedule based on the work hitting successive benchmarks.

When making such a payment, don’t pay the roofing company in cash. Paying with a credit card makes it more likely that, if things go horribly wrong despite your precautions, it will be possible to get your money back without costly litigation.

Take Care of Your End

Vetting the roofing company is only part of the process. You could still find that the roof replacement process isn’t as trouble-free and generally satisfactory as you hoped it would be if you don’t attend to the aspects that are your responsibility.

Understand the Roofing Company’s Contract and Warranties

Review the contractor and warranties carefully and ask any questions you may have. As mentioned above, the representative of the roofing company should be happy to provide answers.

A proper roofing warranty guarantees all materials and workmanship for a minimum of five years. The roofing itself should be warrantied for 20 to 40 years.

Insurance and Permits

It’s possible that insurance is supposed to cover the cost of roof replacement. To make sure this happens as expected, verify that you’ve followed all the necessary claim procedures and obtained all the required approvals before work begins.

Similarly, make sure the necessary permits, if any, are obtained before the job starts. It’s common for the roofing company to take care of this for the homeowner, but if not, you’ll need to attend to it yourself.

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Keep all these guidelines in mind, and you should find your way to the roofing company that will provide you with the best experience both immediately and long-term.

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Reasons Why You May Need to Consider a Roof Replacement

Stay Dry Roofing is proud to serve our local community, and we offer a range of specialized services regarding roof replacements and new roof installations. There are many reasons why you may need a new roof and each one has its own unique set of challenges, requirements, and guidelines. It can be a bit overwhelming at times to keep tabs on everything, but you do not have to go at it alone. Our team of roofing experts can help you make sense of it all and can help you make the choice that is right for you and your roofing needs!

Top Reasons for Roof Replacement

Unless obvious signs of damage or wear and tear are present, it may be difficult to know if you need to be thinking about a new roof or not. A roof replacement is a big deal and it is not a decision that should be made lightly. Here are some of the most common reasons why our customers in Indianapolis end up deciding to have a new roofing system installed:

Repairing Storm Damage

Storms are one of the biggest causes of roof damage, and they can occur in many ways. Wind can tear off shingles or send branches crashing into the roof. Hail can destroy tiles and shingles or even punch through the underlying support structures. Rain can flood the roof and lead to leaks.  Snow and ice can damage the roofing system as well. Rather than make spot repairs all over the roof, it’s usually better to replace the entire roof. Stay Dry Roofing has years of post-storm replacement experience so call us today!

attractive roofing systemIncreasing the Value of Your Home

Even if the roof is in fairly decent shape, it may be a good idea to replace it. Adding a new high-quality roofing system to your home is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. A new roof can have a dollar for dollar effect on the price of your home, and in some cases, the payoff can be even higher. What this means is, if you pay $10,000 for a new roofing system in Indianapolis, your home’s value will go up by $10,000 or more in most cases. This is one of the biggest benefits of roof replacement in the Indianapolis area.

Replacing a Worn-Out Roof

Asphalt roof shingles, which are still the most popular roofing system today, will usually last between 15 to 25 years. Unfortunately, the actual lifespan of the roofing system is often much less due to environmental wear and tear and other factors. Exposure to extreme heat and cold, weather patterns, storm damage, and other factors such as sea salt exposure can make your roof wear out much faster than it normally would. Roof replacement is needed when the wear and tear get too severe.

Time for a Major Remodel

If you are looking at doing some major upgrades to your home’s interior, you may want to consider a roof remodel as well. You want your home to look good inside and outside! Also, if you are considering an addition to your home, it may be time for a new roofing system. Many people consider a roof replacement when adding onto their home because it makes sense to do it all at the same time. Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we recommend our customers do this so there is not an unsightly mix of old and new roofing material on their home.

selling your homeYou’re Going to Sell Soon 

For any homeowner looking to sell their home in the near future, a roofing upgrade is one of the best things they can do to get their home ready for the market. Your new roof will increase the overall value of your home, and it can go a long way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Buyers often make an initial impression of homes they are viewing before they ever walk in the door.  Making sure your home has good curb appeal can help you secure a buyer.

You’re Looking at Buying a Home

Not every homeowner will automatically get a roof replacement done when they are selling their home. However, you as a buyer can use it as a negotiating tool when you are considering buying a home. You could offer the homeowner a higher price for their home if they take care of the roof upgrade, or you could negotiate a lower selling price since you are the one who will need to handle the roof replacement in the near future. Factors involving roof replacement can really come into play in the buying and selling of a home!

Energy Efficiency Tax Credit

Replacing an old roof can do a lot to help you lower your energy use and waste, and thus lower your electric bills each year. Plus, several federal tax credits are available for residential homeowners who have energy efficient roofing systems. These roofs have been designed to be cooler and to help reduce heat and cool air transfer within the home. Many of the roofs we install here at Stay Dry Roofing have this energy efficiency rating.

You Just Want Something Nicer

 

Sometimes deciding on a roof replacement project is simply a matter of taste and preference. You may be ready for something new and different than what you have had for the last 20-30 years. There are many wonderful roofing materials and roof styles available now that were not even thought of several decades ago. Many of our customers call us about a new roof installation simply because they want something nicer and are ready for a change.

The Roof Needs It

Finally, the most obvious reason for getting a new roof replacement project started is that the roof needs it. Broken and damaged shingles, cracked tiles, worsening leaks, worn eves and flashing, and other signs of wear and tear and damage signal that it is time to take action. This is the most common reason why Indianapolis homeowners get a new roofing system installed and it is still the most common reason we see here at Stay Dry Roofing.

Trust the Experts For Your New Roof

To learn more about what to consider when the time comes for a new roof replacement upgrade, we are here for you. It can be a bit overwhelming at times to keep tabs on everything, but you do not have to go at it alone. Our team here at Stay Dry Roofing can help you make sense of it all and can help you make the choice that is right for you and your roofing needs! Call us today and let our team of Indianapolis roofing experts go to work for you!