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.

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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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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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Asphalt Shingles

Today’s roofing materials offer homeowners many alternatives including cedar shakes, clay tiles, slate, and metal. Many budget-conscious consumers find asphalt shingles to be one of more desirable possibilities. Asphalt roof shingles, or composition shingles as they are also called, provide an appealing appearance and reasonable protection for considerably less than many other options.

Asphalt shingles come in two varieties.

The Two Kinds of Asphalt Shingles

Organic shingles are the older sort of roof shingles. Manufacturers make them by saturating waste paper with asphalt to waterproof it and embed layers of adhesive salt and ceramic granules on top.

Fiberglass shingles are the more recent invention. To make them, manufacturers start with a base layer of glass fiber reinforcing mat. They then coat this base layer with asphalt containing mineral fibers. Once again, the coating makes the asphalt shingles waterproof.

The differing compositions of the two types of asphalt shingles give them somewhat different qualities. Organic shingles are more durable but also more flammable then fiberglass ones, which provide excellent fire protection. In addition, the high asphalt (which is to say, oil-based) content of organic shingles makes them the less “green” alternative. On balance, most people feel fiberglass shingles are the superior choice, and they are gradually edging organic ones out of the marketplace.

Whichever type of roof shingles homeowners are considering, they should be aware that all asphalt shingles present certain advantages and some disadvantages as well.

 

Advantages of Asphalt Roof Shingles

As mentioned previously, asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable options for roof shingles, at least in the short term, and once installed, they should provide a house with acceptable protection from 12 to 17 years.

 

Easy Installation of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are fairly lightweight, albeit, not the lightest possible alternative. They don’t require extensive preparation, special tools, or special training to install. Any professional roofing company can do the job.

That means the installation should be finished in just a few days. That can save the homeowner money on labor costs, as can the fact that so many roofing contractors vie for asphalt shingle roofing jobs. Because of this, competitive pricing is common.

In any case, customers can confidently expect installation to cost significantly less than the installation of metal, riles, or slate.

 

Variety

Despite the comparatively modest upfront cost, asphalt shingles provide homeowners with several options as to their appearance. They are available as 3-tab shingles, architectural style shingles, and premium style shingles.

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3-tab Shingles.

With their simple 3-tab pattern, 3-tab shingles are the most economical choice. The shingles themselves cost about $75 to $90 to cover 100 square feet.

3-tab shingles are rated to withstand 60 to 70 mph wind uplift and generally come with a manufacturer’s limited warranty of 10 to 25 years.

 

Architectural Style Shingles

Architectural style shingles are also known as dimensional (laminated or composition) shingles. Asphalt shingles of this type enhance the appearance of a roof by counterfeiting the look of natural wood or slate roof shingles.

The customer pays somewhat more for that enhanced appearance. Generally speaking, it costs $140 to $180 to buy enough shingles to cover 100 square feet.

Architectural roof shingles are rated to withstand 110 to 130 mph of wind uplift and come with a manufacturer’s limited warranty of 20 to 50 years.

 

Premium Shingles

Because of their unique appearance, premium shingles are often considered the most desirable type of asphalt shingle, and their price reflects this. It costs from $225 to $250 for enough shingles to cover 100 square feet.

Premium shingles are typically rated to withstand 110 mph of wind uplift and come with a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty.

Variety: Further Considerations

Whichever of the three types a person prefers, asphalt shingles are available in various colors including green, blue, yellow, and red. They come in a number of patterns as well, and the combination of choices helps homeowners make their houses look attractive and unique.

Unfortunately, asphalt shingles have some disadvantages as well.

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Disadvantages of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt roof shingles are more easily damaged than a number of other alternatives.

Installation can damage them if done when the temperature is below freezing.

Asphalt roof shingles tend to do better in cooler climates because extreme heat can cause them to loose color and crack.

Extreme temperature fluctuations can also cause asphalt roof shingles to expand, contract, and eventually crack.

The cheaper asphalt shingles, notably, the 3-tab variety, are more vulnerable to wind uplift than many of the other available materials.

Finally, attic ventilation issues can damage asphalt shingles.

 

Maintenance

Because they’re more susceptible to damage, asphalt shingles require more in the way of regular maintenance and repair with the periodic expense that entails. When homeowners discover damage, they should undertake repairs promptly, certainly before the next rain- or snowfall, to keep the problem from getting worse.

 

Environmental Considerations

As mentioned above, organic shingles are more of an environmental problem than fiberglass shingles, but in fact, neither sort of asphalt roofing shingle is an especially green choice. All asphalt roof shingles are a petroleum-based material, and as a result, manufacturing them takes a lot of energy and releases greenhouse gases.

Moreover, as a general rule, asphalt shingles aren’t recycled. They end up in landfills after a relatively brief service life compared to a number of other more environmentally friendly alternatives.

By weighing the advantages and disadvantages and discussing the alternatives with a roofing professional, homeowners can make a sensible choice as to whether asphalt shingles are right for them.

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Preparing for Summer Roof Damage

Roof inspections are something that needs to be done at least once a year and most roofing experts recommend an inspection before each major season change- winter and summer. This is done to spot and correct issues before the coming season cause more damage. Summer roof damage is something we see a lot of here at Stay Dry Roofing, and if you need help with your Indianapolis roof inspections or repairs we are here for you!

Severe Storms

During the heat of the summer months, we forget at times how bad storms can be. This is especially true of the areas in and around Indianapolis. Storms bring wind, rain, hail, and debris- all which can damage your roofing system. The Wind can tear off shingles, rain can cause leaks, hail can damage the roof, and debris flying around can wreak havoc on any roof! We specialize in Indianapolis roof inspections and can help with any repairs so give us a call!

Extreme Heat and humidity

Summer is known for lots of sun, higher temperatures, and increased humidity. These can be annoying for us day in and day out, but they can also lead to summer roof damage. Heat and humidity can cause shingles and roofing materials to warp, bubble, or curl. Exposure to the rays of the sun can dry out roofing material and cause them to break and peel. This is why it is important to get a contractor experienced in Indianapolis roof inspections to look at your roof!

Hail

During severe storms, damaging balls of ice can fall from the sky and damage asphalt shingles. Other roofing materials can be broken and damaged as well. Large hail falls can leave splintered wood or even holes in your roof. The damage caused by hail can lead to major leaks and water damage which can cause mold and mildew and rotting wood. Letting this damage go untreated can cause weakening of the roofing system and failure of the roof as a whole.

High Winds

The Wind is a major force to be reckoned with and it can do a lot of damage to roofing systems.  At Stay Dry Roofing, many of our Indianapolis roof inspections are done after summertime storms. summer roof damage can occur in many varying levels of severity and much of it can be caused or made worse by high winds that come with most of our summer storms. Watching for signs of high wind damage following a storm helps keep the roof in good shape.

 

For more information about how to watch for and prevent summer roof damage during this storm season, give our experts a call. When it comes to Indianapolis roof inspections, Stay Dry Roofing has the experience and reputation for quality and excellence that you want and need! Let us help you keep your roof in tip-top shape this season!

 

Popular Roofing Options for Homeowners

When it comes to finding the most popular roofing options for homeowners, there are many choices out there. It can be a bit overwhelming and downright confusing. So to help make sense of it all, here is a basic overview of the main roofing options you will likely be choosing from:
Asphalt Shingles

Bar the most commonly used residential roofing material in this country, asphalt shingles are easy to install and are cheaper to make. They come in a variety of colors and new durability and insulation features are also being included in this roofing material.
Pros: Many colors are available for a very affordable price.
Cons: They have a shorter lifespan and rank low on insulation value.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

These tile options generate an attractive and elegant roof for any home and offer a more exotic flare to the home. Clay tiles have an attractive color and are more lightweight, making them good for older roofs. Concrete tiles are less expensive but require reinforced roofs to support their heavy weight. Both types of tile can last 40 or more years, making them one of the best roofing options for homeowners.
Pros:
 Non-flammable, durable, energy efficient and extremely long-lived.
Cons: These tiles are expensive, heavy and have more involved installation needs.

Metal Roofing

When looking at roofing options for homeowners, metal is proving to be a popular choice. Metal roofs are becoming more and more popular in residential homes. One of the reasons for this is that they are extremely durable and resistant to extreme weather conditions. You can buy metal roofing material in large panels or individual shingles made from stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc.
Pros: Metal roofing last much longer than wood or asphalt materials.
Cons: This type of roofing is relatively expensive upfront for installation.

Wood Shingles

One of original roofing materials, wood shingles have long been popular among homeowners because of how well they endure and age with time. Wood shingles and panels offer a rugged elegance to a home and this look is becoming popular again.
Pros: Are usually made of highly durable cedar, redwood and southern pine.
Cons: Fire codes limit their use in some area and they are susceptible to rot and decay.

Synthetic Roofing Products

In your search for the best roofing options for homeowners like yourself, you will likely come across many options for synthetic roofing materials. Many of these are long lasting, can be made to mimic other materials like wood, are easy to maintain and care for, and offer a beautiful addition to your home for an initial investment.
Pros: Synthetic roofing are more durable and easier to install and maintain.
Cons: These newer products aren’t as time-tested as traditional materials.

To learn more, and to see firsthand what roofing options are available to you, contact the Stay Dry Roofing team today and let us help you through this very important process! We understand the many different types of roofing options for homeowners that are out there and we also understand the importance of the best roofing choice for your home, so let our expert team go to work for you. Call today and set up your consultation appointment!

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Choosing The Right Shingles

Choosing the Right Shingles for Your Home

quality shingles for your roofYour roof is only as good as the materials that are used to cover it. The shingles you put on your roof can have a huge impact on how well it functions, and how long it holds up to the wear and tear day in and day out. Choosing the right shingles is important, because you want to get the highest quality shingles for your roof whether you are looking for a replacement or a new installation. Read More