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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Fall Roof Preparations For Roofing System

As the hot summer days begin to cool off at long last, the kids are now beginning a new school year, and we are seeing signs that the cooler wetter weather is on the way. Fall is a special time of year and it is a favorite time of year for many residents in the Indianapolis area. Between now and the first freeze of winter, there are four things you can do to prepare your roof for bad weather. It is often overlooked until the truly chilly weather hits and we know winter is not far behind, but it is important to deal with fall roof preparations now so you are ready for whatever winter throws your way.

roofing care tipsClean Our Your Gutters

You should be doing this on a regular basis anyway to ensure they can do their job and keep water drained. However, as the leaves begin to fall it is important to clean the gutters out often, especially if you have a lot of trees around. When leaves and debris collect in your gutter system, eventually, it will create a clog in the downspouts. When this occurs, the water cannot drain away fast enough and can get backed up and pool on your roof. The added weight of the wet leaves and water could also pull your gutters loose and damage your eves and roofing shingles.  Standing water is also more likely to seep into the shingle sand leak into your attic and into your home. To prevent these problems and unforeseen repair costs, keep your gutters clean and inspect them at least once a month while the leaves are still falling.

Clear Off Debris

It is also very important to remove leaves, pine needles, branches, moss and any other debris that has collected on your roof. Even small bits of debris will hold moisture and possibly rot or mold, which will break down your roofing material. Additionally, the added weight can weaken your supports and damage interior opponents of your roofing system. Make sure they are free and clear of debris so as to allow water to flow. If you are confident in your ability to do so you can clear off the debris yourself but it is highly advisable to call in roofing professionals to clean your roof for you. This is an important part of the fall roof preparations that you need to take time for now before the cold weather truly sets in. You should do this several times during the fall to keep your roof clean and free of debris and trash.

Roofing damageCheck for Signs of Damage

Once your roof is clean of all leaf litter and debris, you should be able to easily scan the surface for missing shingles or tiles that are cracked and broken, or other signs of wear and tear damage. You can use binoculars if you need to do your inspection from the ground or if you are able to do so safely, you can climb up to the roof to have a look. Be sure to look at any flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights to make sure they are in good shape too. These areas are common problem areas that can lead to leaks when the flashing cracks and warps away from the roofing. Even seemingly small damage can quickly lead to major issues if left unaddressed. Even the best DIY individuals often find it is easier to call in roofing experts to help with fall roof preparations and repairs to the shingles and flashing during this time of year.

Check Insulation and Ventilation

The final part of fall roof preparations you need to check off your to-do list this season is to get into the attic and check the ventilation and insulation there. Without adequate airflow in your attic, temperatures can fluctuate greatly in the colder seasons, causing you to use more energy to keep your home comfortable. During the day, sunlight hits your roof and heats up the air in your attic which warms up the house but can also cause condensation to occur when the attic gets a lot warmer than the cooler outside air temperatures. This can lead to water and moisture and rot, mildew, and even water stains can occur if the condensation gets bad enough. And if your ventilation system is not functioning as it should all the hot air has nowhere else to go, it will seep into your home and make things too hot and stuffy.

Fall Roof PreparationsContact Stay Dry Roofing

To learn more about fall roof preparations give us a call today and let our team of experts take care of your roofing system for you. We are here to help you and are ready to assist with any inspection, repair, or maintenance work you may need ahead of the winter weather. So, call today to schedule an appointment or to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.

 

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Important Roof Maintenance Tips for Fall

If you have been a homeowner for any length of time, then you know how important the roof is. It is what protects your home, your family, and your possessions from most of the elements and keeps everyone and everything safe. There is a lot that goes into proper roof maintenance and there are many things you have to think about and do to keep your roof in tip-top shape. It can be hard to know what to do and when to do it. That is why Stay Dry Roofing is proud to serve the area and meet all of your local roofing needs.  We are especially busy this time of year as fall is when the bulk of roof work is done in the area and it is when we get asked about roof maintenance tips for the fall.

Fall Roof Maintenance Tips You Need to Know 

Roofing repairsFall is an important time for roof maintenance because it is conveniently placed between the two times of year that tend to do the most damage- spring and winter. Spring rains and storms can damage roofing systems and winter snows and ice can as wreak havoc on your roof.  Fall is the time to look for damage and prepare for the damaging weather ahead. If your roof is damaged and in need of repair, now is the time to get it taken care of. roof maintenance tips for fall are a big deal and that is why the Stay Dry Roofing team wanted to give you the five best tips to make the most of your fall season roof work:

Trim Back Your Trees and Removed Damaged Ones

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As the leaves start falling from the trees around your home, it will be obvious if there are branches that are too close to your home. Branches that are at risk from ribbing against your siding or roof shingles or large branches hanging over your roof that looks a little weak or damages can be a sure way to have problems down the road. It is important to trim those back now so they do not danger your roofing later. When winter comes, snow and ice can weight down branches and cause them to bend or fall into your home. Removing these branches now will reduce your risks for damage later on. Additionally, making the most of the roof maintenance tips for fall and cutting back branches now, can minimize the leaves that clog gutters and roof valleys. Calling the roofing experts at Stay Dry Roofing can make this fall maintenance chore cinch!

Take Time to Inspect and Clean Out Your Gutters

gutter maintenanceClean gutters are important, not just for aesthetic reasons but because they can affect the structural integrity of your roofing system as well. Clean and properly maintained gutters are needed to keep water flowing properly off your roofline so rainwater does not pool on the roof and seep into the home. Clogged gutters will keep the roofing materials wet for longer periods of time which will eventually lead to cracking, mold, and other damage later on. One of the best roof maintenance tips for fall season is to give your gutters some love and attention. Clean out your gutters before the leaves of fall start to clog things up and make a mess and be sure to check on them regularly to ensure they continue to do their job. Stay Dry Roofing can help you with roof and gutter maintenance and repairs this fall so give us a call.

Install Gutter Guards if They Are Needed for Your Roof

gutter-installationGutter guards are an important part of your roofing and gutter system, yet they are something many homeowners do not have or do not even know about. They are extremely affordable, fairly easy to install and maintain, and they will greatly reduce gutter clogging. This, in turn, reduces the time you have to spend on gutter maintenance and cleaning and reduces the chances of damage occurring. These simple caps go over your guttering to prevent leaves from falling inside. It is like putting a roof over a canal to keep things from getting inside. Water is still able to get through thanks to small holes in the caps, but leaves, twigs, and bigger debris cannot get into the trough of the gutter and keeps it clutter free. If you have questions about getting gutter guards installed for your home contact the Stay Dry team today and let us lend a helping hand.

Get A Professional Pre-Winter Roof Inspection Done

roof inspectionsExpert roofing inspectors have an eye for damage and problems that may go unnoticed by the average homeowner. This is why it’s always a good idea to have someone look at your roof during the fall season. Getting a professional roof inspection done before winter sets in is one of the important roof maintenance tips for fall that cannot be ignored. It is an important part of roof maintenance because it will alert you to potential problems early on so you can fix problems you may be having right away. It is much easier to repair a roof before the snow and ice start to fall; it is much safer to do roof maintenance and repairs this time of year as well. If you wait too long, you will have a much bigger problem on your hands. Call Stay Dry today to find out about our fall roof inspection services and get any repair work done sooner rather than later.

Invest In Roof Repairs As Needed

roof replacementIf you find out that there has been damage done throughout the year and you learn that you need repair work on a certain part of your roof, it is not something you can afford to ignore and put off. It is of the utmost important you make sure you take care of any repairs and maintenance work now rather than later. Small problems in the fall can turn into huge problems in the winter, and damage done over the winter can lead to even more extensive and expensive repairs in the following spring. Taking the time and energy to stay on top of maintenance work and investing a little money into small repairs now will save you in the long run and will help preserve the integrity of your roofing system. Stay Dry Roofing has helped many homeowners with the best in roof maintenance tips for fall and we can do the same for you as well!

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To learn more about these and other great roof maintenance tips for fall call us at Stay Dry Roofing today. We offer a range of inspection, repair, maintenance, and installation services so you are sure to find what you need right here. Call today for a free consultation and project quote and let us help you prepare your roofing system for the coming winter weather!

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Less Obvious Signs of Storm Damage You Need to Watch For

“Government codes and regulations are designed to ensure maximum safety of a building’s future inhabitants as well as the construction crews that work on them. State and local governments abide by the standards set forth by the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association” (Government Requirements). We all know the importance of the roof and we all know, even if we are not consciously aware of it, that the safety and security of our family, possessions, and our home itself depends on the strength and reliability of the roof. This is why it is so important to take care of your roofing system, especially following any sort of storm or high wind event.  You must check for both the obvious as well as the less obvious signs of storm damage.

After a storm or high winds, such as we see often here in Indianapolis, most homeowners know to look for signs of damage. As soon as the storm passes, they head outside and do a quick check of their property and see if their roof and everything else is still in one piece. However, many homeowners today are not well versed in roof care and specifics so what do you look for exactly when inspecting your roof after a storm? Branches on the roof, broken gutters, holes in the roof, torn or missing shingles, damaged flashing, standing water, and the like are the most common things homeowners look for. Those are all good things to check for since you want to address any damage as soon as possible!

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Hidden Signs of Roof Damage – It’s Not Always Obvious!

Unfortunately, there is a lot of damage that can occur to the roofing system that is not so obvious to the untrained eye, especially when looked at from the ground.  Less obvious signs of storm damage can easily go unnoticed by the homeowner initially. This leads to an issue where problems grow and become major problems down the road. Th key is to know and identify hidden signs early so they can be addressed before more of your roofing system is damaged or compromised! That is where our team of experts here at Stay Dry Roofing can come in and make all the difference in the world as we look for the hidden signs of roof damage that not everyone can easily identify.

Loss of Granules

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that the asphalt shingles on their roofs right now are covered in sand-like granules. These essential little components are hard to see and are invisible when viewed from the ground. However, it is this component of the shingle that helps block UV rays, reduced heat buildup, and provides a sort of water shield on the surface of the shingle. If there are a substantial number of granules piled at the end of the drain spout or you see them scattered over your lawn and driveway you may need new shingles. Without the granules, the shingles are exposed and will not do as good a job at protecting your roof from the effects of storms and other environmental impacts. This is one of the less obvious signs of storm damage that we see homeowners overlook the most here at Stay Dry Roofing. So, make sure your roof is in tip-top shape and call us today for a post-storm inspection.

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Shingles Damaged by Hail

Many homeowners think they know what hail damage looks like. They envision a hole or dent in their shingles that will look the same anytime hail damage has occurred. This is a misconception and it costs many homeowners because they miss the early signs of roof damage. The exact look of the damage will be a little different each time based on the type of roof you have, how bad the hail was, and what direction the storm was moving. Our trained roofing experts, however, can easily identify even the smallest telltale warning signs that damage has occurred. We look for things like dents, bruises, cracks, worn area, and broken edges on shingles usually cannot be seen from the ground level. This is why we recommend you don’t trust a simple walk-around of your home- you need a full up-close diagnosis to be sure. These less obvious signs of storm damage can be easily detected by our team of experts.

Lifting Shingles

Shingles which has been torn off and lay scattered around your yard and driveway are rightfully concerning. However, one of the less obvious signs of storm damage is the lifting of the shingles. When shingles get loose they can begin to pull away and break the tight seal they form on the roof. This might not be as obvious right away, especially if you are inspecting from the ground only. Some homeowners wrongfully assume that if they do detect lifting shingles that they just aren’t worth worrying about. The truth is, the shingles have still been damaged and are no longer performing up to their full potential. Just as a seal that is partly cracked will let some water in, so too will the shingles allow rainwater to slowly seep into your home because there is no longer a water-tight seal. The Stay Dry Roofing team can inspect and replace damaged shingles for you so you can rest easy when the next storm rolls through!

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Dented Gutters and Flashing

There are many ways homeowners overlook and disregard some of the less obvious signs of storm damage. And they all come back to haunt them in the end. One such sign of damage that is frequently overlooked is problems with the gutters and flashing.  From the ground, you might spot major issues like broken pieces, lodged branches, and other obvious signs. However, even smaller dents, debris lodges within the drain spouts, and loose fittings and attachments can also pose a major risk to your roofing system. Left unchecked, these less obvious signs of storm damage will only grow and will eventually become major issues. It is always best to do an inspection after a storm that has had a lot of rain or wind with it to ensure your gutters and flashing are still firmly attached and are not damaged. That ounce of prevention after a storm will save you time and money down the road so call us today for a post-storm inspection.

Minor Holes and Leaks

Any damage that your roofing system sustains because of a storm is bad. Small damage is still damage and it can still lead to worsening problems down the road. Minor leaks will grow and cause major damage to your roof and your home’s interior as well. Little issues like cracked shingles and loose gutters will soon grow into bigger issues that can cause serious damage. Any damage detected on your roof needs to be treated like a big deal because even if it’s not a big issue right now, it will soon become one if left unaddressed. If you have seen any signs of damage or you are concerned about your roof, pick up the phone and call your roofing experts today for a professional inspection. You would not ignore the check engine light in your car so don’t ignore the warning signs your roof is trying to send to you. Take care of minor damage and problems now while you still can!

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Help With the Less Obvious Signs of Storm Damage

“Roof systems (ranging from roof coverings to structural members) typically fail when winds produce forces greater than the capacity provided by the elements of the roof system. Winds can tear roof coverings from roof decks and can separate roof decks from framing. Roofs can also fail if punctured by windborne debris. In most cases, debris punctures pose less of a problem on residential structures, where a roof ’s slope may limit the amount of rain that can enter a puncture (unless that puncture occurs in a valley or other area of the roof where water is channeled or collected). However, in buildings with flat or low sloped roofs, punctures from windborne debris can lead to extensive interior damage” (FEMA).

If your roof has sustained damage after a storm or you think it might have, call us today here at Stay Dry Roofing. We have decades of experience, working in the local area helping homeowners just like you! When it comes to detecting the less obvious signs of storm damage we know what to look for and we know what to do to get your roofing system back in tip-top shape. Call us today for a consultation and free estimate! Keep yourself, your family, your possessions, and your home safe and secure with a quality roofing system that will hold up against any storm. Don’t put off roof maintenance and repair work. Call in the experts and let s show you why more homeowners in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas trust us for expert help with the less obvious signs of storm damage! Get started now!

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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!