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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Roof replacement

Roof Replacement: What Every Homeowner Should Know

Sooner or later, every homeowner is likely to face the need for roof replacement.

Stay Dry Roofing specializes in residential and commercial roof replacement and help you through your project by honestly walking you through the process.

Sometimes the need for a roof replacement in Indianapolis arrives suddenly.  A tree may fall on the roof, or the high winds of a tornado or hurricane can strip it away. We’ve all seen photos of homes left in the wake of violent storms like Katrina and Irma with tarps covering the holes where their roofs used to be.

Even if your home is spared such a disaster, though, it’s an unfortunate fact of life that every roof deteriorates over time. Rain, snow, and even sunlight take their toll. As we have all these in our area, roof replacement in Indianapolis is a necessity.

On average, a properly constructed roof lasts 15 to 25 years, with the use of more or less resilient materials and the particular weather conditions in the area nudging the needle in one direction or the other. Stay Dry roofing uses high quality products like GAF and are a certified Weather Stopper Roofing Contractor. Make sure your local roofing contractor in Indianapolis uses quality materials and are licensed, bonded , and insured.

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How important is roof repair?

If your roof is open to the outside world, animals and insects can get in, damage your property, and turn your house in an unpleasant and unsanitary environment. You may well need to call an exterminator to get rid of them, and then, of course, if you haven’t yet accomplished roof repair or roof replacement, a fresh wave of unwelcome creatures is likely to invade your home in due course.

Even more seriously, a roof protects everything underneath it, and a damaged roof protects it poorly. Dripping water and dampness can damage virtually everything inside the house. They can promote the growth of toxic mold, warp floors, and rot walls. Such damage can be happening even if it isn’t yet apparent, and it can progress swiftly if you don’t undertake roof replacement or repair quickly.

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Roof repair or roof replacement can also help you sell your house.

A new roof may simply look better and make the house more appealing to potential buyers.

Roof replacement can also increase energy efficiency. Even the most modern doors and windows can only do so much if the roof allows a significant exchange of heat with the outside world. Thus, potential buyers who want to their minimize heating and air-conditioning bills or lessen their impact on the environment are likely to consider the house more favorably if it has the new cool-roof technology.

A seller may even find that it’s impossible to sell the house until any problems with the roof have been corrected. This is likely to be the case even if there are as yet no visible signs for potential buyers to notice. Every home sale requires a home inspection, the inspector will almost certainly recognize that the roof is defective, and once that happens, the sale cannot go through.

How can you evaluate the condition of your roof?

Leaks inside the house reveal an obvious problem. But even if there aren’t any, it’s worth checking your roof occasionally to catch developing problems.

A trained professional inspecting a roof may discover problems that someone less knowledgeable would overlook. Still, you can make a basic and useful assessment.

Check for shingles (if you have them.)

Look for shingles with curling edges, cracked or brittle shingles, and places where shingles have fallen away entirely. Also check for gaps that expose the mat, the protective layer underneath the shingles.Look for sagging gutters.

These are typically the result of the gutter getting clogged with debris.

Check for damaged soffits.

Soffits are a feature that helps ventilate attic space. Soffit damage often results from damaged shingles, loose flashing, and ice dams and can cause water to pool on a roof.

Look for insects around the damaged spot. They may well be nesting there.

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Look for loose flashing.

The flashing around chimneys and skylights can come loose in a windstorm. Recurring changes in the temperature can loosen it as well.

Happily, not every problem requires roof replacement. Sometimes spot repair will take care of it just fine.

Sometimes you can simply replace a couple damaged shingles with new ones. You may be able to deal with sagging gutters by replacing the section of gutter or simply re-securing the mounts.

Sometimes, though, for example, when there’s extensive leaking, or considerable obvious damage, roof replacement is required.

You may also opt for roof replacement simply because you know a roof is old and it’s inevitable that you’ll need to replace it soon. In that case, why not do it now, before its deterioration can cause any serious problems in your home?

What Is Roof Replacement?

Roof replacement is a multi-step process that will vary somewhat depending on the particular house and the particular roof being installed. A typical roof replacement in Indianapolis involving a shingled roof might go like this:

The roofers begin roof replacement by removing the existing shingles, put them in a roll-off, and dispose of them.

They then make repairs to the underlying structure. If it’s in good condition, the repairs can be minor. If it’s not in good condition, they replace bad wood with new boards or plywood, whichever is appropriate for the particular roof.

Next, they install ice-dam protection. This is a barrier of synthetic material that prevents backed-up ice in the gutters. It makes sure ice-melt will drain away as it should and not get under the roof.

They then lay down asphalt paper.

With that accomplished, they apply the new shingles. They start at the eaves and work up.

They then apply flashing against the stack vents, chimney, and anyplace else where water might otherwise leak into the house.

Finally, they install the ridge vent at the peak of the house’s sloped roof. A ridge vent lets warm, damp air escape from the attic and so increases the energy efficiency of the house while extending the life of the roof. With it in place, the roof replacement is complete.

What Does Roof Replacement Cost?

The average homeowner spends around $7500 – $12,000 to replace a roof. This varies somewhat depending on the part of the country you live in. Denver, for example, is higher than the national average, and Austin is lower. The price also depends on a number of other factors. These include the following.

Materials for Roof Replacement

There are a number of materials available for roof replacement. These vary as to their price, durability, and other factors.

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Asphalt Composition Shingles are relatively cheap and easy to get. They do, however, have a “flat” appearance that may make you fell they’re less attractive than some of the other options.

Wood Shake Shingles look nice. They’re somewhat expensive, though, and have the drawback that they can be used on steeper-pitched roofs but not lower-pitched ones. An all-natural material, they’re also high maintenance, tend to deteriorate more quickly than some other options, are vulnerable to fire, and can be attractive to invasive insects and mold.

Metal Roofing is one of the more expensive options, but it’s also resistant to many of the problems the beset other roofs. Barring accidents, you can expect it to last quite a while. It’s still relatively new, and thus, not every roofing company knows how to install it properly.

Slate Roofing is durable and generally considered quite attractive and is one of the more expensive options. It’s slippery to walk on, so if you get it and then go out on your roof, be careful.

Tile Roofing has the advantage that damaged tiles are easy to replace. Roofers can form it into custom colors and shapes.

Rubber Slate, also known as Faux Slate. This is a recycled post-industrial synthetic.

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The bigger the roof area, the more roof replacement will cost. The most accurate way to obtain accurate roof measurements is for someone (you, a friend more comfortable with heights, or a roofing professional) to climb out on the roof and take them. Then you’ll need to calculate area using some basic geometry or use this handy roofing calculator from Home Advisor.

A gabled roof (one where only two opposites slope downward and there are no dormers or other such features) is relatively easy to measure. Just measure the width and length of each side, multiply the width by the length of each side, and add the two totals together.

Hipped roof are more difficult because they have downward slopes all around the house. This means there are no definitive square sections. The shorter sides are triangular, and the longer ones are trapezoidal. You can find the area of a triangle by multiplying the base by the height and dividing the total in half. You can find the approximate area of a trapezoid by dividing it into a rectangle and two triangles, determining the area of each, and adding the sums together. It’s more accurate, though, to measure the two parallel sides (the bases), divide the result by two, and then multiply that by the height of the trapezoid.

When it comes to measurement, domed roofs are the most difficult of all. If it’s a basic spherical (non-ellipsoid) dome, multiply the radius of the base times itself, multiply the height times itself, and add the two totals together. Then multiply the result by 3.14 (pi.)

Measure for features like dormers separately.

Don’t adjust for flashing, skylights, and similar features. They generally don’t account for enough area to throw off your calculations to a significant degree.

If it’s not safe, comfortable, or otherwise practical for anyone to go out on your roof and measure, you can also measure from the ground, although this option is less accurate.

Start by measuring the house’s footprint including eaves and other overhangs. You may need to hang a plumb-bob from the edge of an overhang and mark where it touches the ground. Next, measure to the exterior wall of the house. This will enable you to calculate the length of he overhang. Then determine its square, divide by 100, and round up.

Once you know the area of your roof, you can figure out how much roofing material you’ll need.

Roofing material comes in “squares.” Each square equals 100 square feet. Because roofers need to cover such large areas, it wouldn’t be efficient for them to deal in lots smaller than this.

Roof Pitch

The roof pitch is the roof angle’s steepness over a 12-inch run. To determine this, start by measuring 12 inches up from the roof’s lower edge. Then use a level and find the number of inches from the suspended end of the level to the roof. That gives you the pitch, commonly expressed as X in 12 where X equals the distance to the surface.

The roof pitch yields a value that affects your other calculations.

If the pitch is 2 x 12, multiply by 11.02.

If it’s 3 x 12, multiply by 1.134.

If it’s 4 x 12, multiply by 1.159.

If it’s 5 x 12, multiply by 1.191.

If it’s 6 x 12, multiply by 1.230.

If it’s 7 x 12, multiply by 1.274.

If it’s 8 x 12, multiply by 1.322.

If it’s 9 x 12, multiply by 1.375.

If it’s 10 x 12, multiply by 1.432.

If it’s 11 x 12, multiply by 1.493.

If it’s 12 x 12, multiply by 1.554.

Roof Height

The height of a roof is its height from its base to its peak. This matters because extremely high roofs are a more hazardous workspace where materials can easily slide around. Thus, high roofs increase difficulty, time, and cost.

To determine roof height, multiply the width of the roof including overhangs by the pitch expressed as a fraction. 4 x 12, for example, would be 4/12. You’ll make the calculation easier by converting the fraction into a decimal. In our example, 4/12 equates to .33.

Water Damage

Water damage can increase the cost of a roofing job. Unfortunately, it, or the extent of it, sometimes doesn’t become apparent until roofers start removing shingles and inspect the deck beneath.

Permits

Depending on where you live, it may be necessary to obtain permits. This can add as much as several hundred dollars to the cost.

Indianapolis Roofing Code Requirements

The building codes in your area may require measures that add significantly to the cost of roof replacement. For example, it could be necessary to remove, relocate, repair, or upgrade electrical, plumbing, or other systems associated with the roof to bring them into compliance with current codes.

Complexity of the Structure

It’s more difficult and time-consuming to install a new roof on a house with a lot of skylights, chimneys, or what have you. This results in somewhat higher costs.

Miscellaneous Costs

There can be other costs as well, possibly including tests and removal for hazardous materials and sales tax.

Roof Replacement Costs Calculator

To obtain a rough-and-ready estimate of the cost to replace your roof, use the calculator below.

Please note that the calculator doesn’t take every variable into account. Because every roof and house is different, it can’t, and as a result, a roofing company may give you an estimate significantly different than the one you calculated. Still, the one you figure here can yield information that will help you start planning what you want to do.

How to Save Money on Roof Replacement

As noted above, the average cost of roof replacement in the US is $7500, and depending on the size of the house, the materials selected, and other factors, it can run a lot higher than that. Here are some tips to make the job as affordable as possible.

Check if your insurance company will pay.

Your homeowner’s insurance may cover part or all of the cost of roof replacement. Your specific policy will tell you what’s covered and to what extent, but as a general rule, you’re insured for damage that isn’t the result of neglect. For example, if a windstorm blows a tree down on your roof. If you insurance company will pay, here is a roofing process infographic to explain further.

Roofing Insurance Process

Time the job properly.

That’s if you have the option. Sometimes roof replacement is clearly urgent and needs to happen as soon as possible.

But if your damaged roof isn’t yet producing other significant problems, it’s worth knowing that roofers tend to be busiest in late summer or fall. If you schedule your roof replacement for another time, like late winter or spring, you may be eligible for an off-season discount.

Get multiple quotes.

Roofing companies vary in their prices just like other prices. Find a good deal for your roof replacement, but be wary of deals that seem too good to be true because it’s possible they are. The company may be able to offer that “bargain” because they do inferior work with inferior materials.

Know what you want before you ask for estimates.

Exploring the possibilities for roof replacement and deciding on what you want will help keep estimates consistent and make it possible for you to compare them. One contractor won’t give you a quote for asphalt shingles while a second one quotes for wood shake shingles. Locking down the details beforehand also encourages competitive pricing.

Ask about an overlay.

Sometimes it’s possible to accomplish roof replacement simply by putting a new layer of roofing on top of what’s already there. This requires fewer labor hours and thus reduces your cost.

But that kind of roof replacement isn’t always possible. Multiple layers of roofing can make the roof too heavy for the underlying framing. This issue is particularly prevalent in older houses.

Using an overlay for roof replacement can also result in telegraphing. This term refers to the fact that the new surface can end up with some of the same waves, bubbles, and bumps it’s covering up. That can make it look bad, although roofers can sometimes minimize the problem by going over the old roof and dealing with obvious issues like gaps and protruding nails.

Even when an overlay is possible, it isn’t necessarily advisable. This kind of roof replacement can void manufacturer warranties on materials. It can also increase the cost of future roof replacement on the day when the old roofing does have to go and there are more layers that need to be stripped away.

Do It Yourself?

Well, theoretically, perhaps you could. Before going this route, though, you should consider carefully.

A professional roofing team typically takes 3-4 days to complete a straightforward roof replacement of average size. Larger and more complicated jobs take longer. You and your helpers (if any) aren’t likely to make progress as quickly, How much time do you have to devote to the project?

Even if you do have the time, another factor comes into play. Partially installed areas need to be completely dry before the installation of covering layers. Thus, wet weather can delay the completion of a job. By working as quickly as they do, professionals minimize this problem and take maximum advantage of dry periods.

You should also recognize the possibility that you’ll forget to order something you need or the materials won’t arrive on time. This too will extend the time it takes to finish the roof replacement. In contrast, a professional roofing company shouldn’t have this problem.

The most important consideration may be that, even if you’re handy, you probably don’t have the expertise of experienced professional roofers. You can be confident they’ll do a good job, and if there are problems, they’ll correct them. You won’t be left regretting your own mistakes and paying to fix them yourself.

Roof replacement job underway

How to Choose a Roofing Company

As noted above, you’ll want to ask for estimates from several roofing contractors to get the best deal. The National Roofing Contractors Association highly recommends that you check to make sure a company’s workers are licensed and insured. A firm should be able to show you roofer’s proof of insurance.

Also check a company’s online reviews. You want a contractor with a solid reputation.

A roofer should pay attention to what you want and suggest alternatives and solutions to problems where appropriate. He should be willing and able to answer any questions you have and explain any recommendations. He should, for example, be able to explain why spot repairs won’t suffice and roof replacement is necessary. He should be able to tell you why an overlay is or isn’t a good approach for your particular home.

Stay Dry Roofing takes pride in providing customers with the best possible experience when seeking quotes (and afterward as well.) We offer no-obligation quotes and financing options that include, in some cases, 0% financing with approved credit. If you’d like to read more about our excellent customer service, you can find that here.

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Common Causes of Roofing Emergencies in Indianapolis

Roofing damage can happen for any number of reasons and it always seems to happen at the worst possible time.  When you are faced with any number of roofing emergencies, you want someone you can rely on and trust in your time of need. Finding the right roofing contractor team means knowing they have the experience and skills needed to take care of your unique roofing needs. Many in the Indianapolis area have come to trust Stay Dry Roofing services for all their roofing repair needs. Here are the most common causes of roofing emergencies that we see on a regular basis:

roof storm damageDelayed maintenance

One of the most common reasons for roofing emergencies is the accumulation of normal wear and tear that reaches a point of catastrophic failure of the roofing system. When minor issues are not taken care of and maintenance is not done on schedule, the roof can be severely weakened and can become damaged to the point that a serious problem arises. This is why the roofing experts here at Stay Dry Roofing encourage all of our customers to stay on top of maintenance and general care and why we offer services to ensure your roof is ready for the year ahead!

loose and damaged shinglesPoor installation

Attempting a DIY roof project that is beyond your skills, cutting costs by using cheap materials, or using a contractor that is not experienced will result in major issues with the roof structure. It may not be obvious right away but down the road in a year or so, it will become apparent as more and more issues arise. This can lead to not only issues with things like leaks and shingle problems, but it can affect the overall integrity of the roofing system and can put you and your family in danger! If you need roof repair work done, trust the experts and avoid some big roofing emergencies down the road.

 shingle replacementsHigh winds

Indianapolis roof repair emergencies are often caused by high winds, including bad thunderstorms and tornadoes. Summer storms can be quite severe at times and the high winds can tear off shingles, decking, siding, or damage the roof with flying debris. This type of damage ends up exposing other rows of shingles, it can expose the underlying layers and can damage support beams and other structures of the roofing system.  Many roofing emergencies occur when minor damage or wear and tear is made worse by bad wind- more extensive damage is often the result.

winter roof careIce accumulation

Indianapolis roof repair is very important, especially in the face of the bitter winter storms. Most winter damages to the roof are caused by the fluctuating highs and lows that are common. Secondary damage can also happen from the sheer weight of the snow and ice that can accumulate when winter roof maintenance is ignored for too long. Damaged shingles, broken supports, water damage, broken gutters, torn flashing, and other issues are common when ice dams form and snow accumulates on the rood. Winter damage is one of the big issues we see among residents in Indianapolis so be ready!

fallen tree roof damageFallen tree limbs

When limbs break and fall onto the roof, whether from a storm or lack of proper care of the tree, the results can range from annoying to devastating. Depending on the size of the branch and where it hits, damage can range from messed up shingles and tar paper layers, torn and damaged gutters, or complete collapse of part of the roof. Indianapolis roof repair and maintenance is an on-going process, and it involves everything on and around the roof, including the trees. When you need help during your roofing emergencies that involve trees damage, let us help!

roof care and maintenanceFlashing issues

Flashing is an important part of the roofing system of many Indianapolis homes and is commonly used around the chimneys, vent stacks, dormers, skylights, and roof valleys. Loose or damaged flashing will allow water to seep in under the shingles and get into the roof supports, it can rip off shingles thus making water damage more likely, and it is among the more common roofing emergencies in Indianapolis. If you are noticing loose or damaged flashing on your roof call us today to take care of it before it gets out of hand and leads to a major emergency repair.

Indianapolis roof maintenance and repairContact us

Roofing emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone, so it always best to be prepared. When you trust Stay Dry Roofing, services like roof repair and maintenance are done quickly and professionally. We treat you and your family the same way we would treat our families and are committed to providing the best roof maintenance, repair, and installation services to our customers in and around Indianapolis. Call us today, before your roofing emergencies happen, and let us show you how we can help you in your time of need- we look forward to talking with you!

Commercial Roofing System Care

Commercial property managers and building maintenance workers have five basic facts that they must know about the roofing system of their building in order to take the best possible care of it. Knowing these fundamentals will make the decision easier to make and will allow managers to make informed decisions and make wise judgment calls that will benefit everyone involved. For optimum commercial roofing system care, the following five areas of focus will help make maintaining commercial roofs less stressful and more affordable in the long run. Here at Stay Dry Roofing, our years of experience and our teams of skilled and licensed roofing contractors can help you stay on top of all of your commercial roofing needs!

Composition

It is important to know the style of your roofing as well as the materials used in making it because each one will have different wear and tear patterns, different lifespans, and different care and maintenance needs. Typical commercial roofing materials that managers and grounds maintenance crews may encounter include:

– Single-ply membrane

– Built-up roofing

– APP or SBS

-Flat or low slope

– Metal

-Shingles

If you are uncertain about the materials used in your industrial roof’s composition, try to contact the company that installed it if you have those records or call in a professional roofer and have them assess your roof. Not knowing the composition of the roof is like not knowing if you are driving a Hummer, a sports car, a minivan, or a pickup truck. Proper care and maintenance is critical and if repairs are needed doing it the wrong way can destroy the entire roofing system.

Age

Regarding the majority of commercial roofing, the roofing system can age in two basic ways:

– Chronologically- measured in the number of years since installation and accumulated weather, wear and tear, and natural degradation of the materials.

– Chemically- exposure to heat and cold, dry and wet conditions, snow, hail, pollution, seawater, and other elements can chemically erode the materials too.

Areas with extreme temperatures or a wide range of temperature fluxes throughout the year can take a major toll on the roofing system. Heat and cold can cause some materials to crack or become brittle. Pollution, sea water, and sun exposure can dry out materials and make them more prone to weather damage. Snow and ice can cause major damage to roofs at times and seasons storms can also impact the lifespan of the roof. There is a lot that has to be considered for commercial roofing system care and understanding how your roof ages and what the approximate chronological and chemical age of the roof is will go a long way in helping managers with maintaining commercial roofs.

Repair Record

Just as you keep records for the work done on your vehicle, your office, or your equipment, keep records showing repairs and work that have been done to your roofing system. This information needs to be as detailed as possible and includes diagrams, descriptions, and photos whenever possible. This helps provide a trail you can go back and review in the event anything is missed during and inspection or there are problems with a repair or other work down the road. This is one of the biggest issues we see with commercial roofing repairs here at Stay Dry Roofing– there is no track record for what has been done, when it was done, how it was done, and who did it. This makes our work all the more difficult and makes things much more stressful on the managers too.

commercial roofers

Repair Budget

Know what the monthly and yearly building’s repair budget is and what the plans are for repairs and work throughout the year will help you plan and prepare. Spending half the budget in the first few months of the year might be ok once but doing such every year and not following a good maintenance and care routine can leave you open to future problems and leave you with money to cover the work. Building managers often neglect the roofing system until something goes wrong so it is important to know how much of the budget can be pushed to the roofing system. It is also important to use that money as needed to keep your commercial roofing system in tip top shape.

Manufacturer’s Warranty

Most of the time, your commercial roofing system will be covered by some sort of manufacturer’s warranty that will protect against manufacturing defects and, sometimes installation errors. It is important to know the terms of the warranty and what can and cannot be done under the warranty. Make certain you know what is covered and for how long. Check to see who is able to do inspections and repair work because many warranties will become voided if a non-professional does anything to the roofing system or if a contractor outside the approved listings of the warranty provider is used.

Quality Service

Contact Stay Dry Roofing today for inspection, repair and other commercial roofing services. We understand how important commercial roofing system care and maintenance is to the overall security and safety of your business. We have made it our business to help professionals like you with every step of maintaining commercial roofs. So contact us today and let us help you keep your roofing system in good working order all year long!

 

What Not to do With Commercial Flat Roof Care

There is a lot of work that goes into maintaining and managing a commercial building. Unfortunately, one of the most neglected and overlooked components of any commercial building is the roof. Most businesses have flat roofs and far too many do not know how to properly care for their roofing system and end up doing things that do more harm than good.  This is why commercial flat roof care is an important part of what we do here at Stay Dry Roofing!

Taking Care of the Roof

Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we specialize in all types of roof repair and maintenance, including commercial flat roof care. Our team of experts can help make taking care of a flat roof easy by educating our customers on the following things to avoid with their roof care plans:

Stay Off the Roof

Some building owners look at the roof of their business as something they are the sole owner of. While it is true that you need to take care of the roof, just as you would any other piece of property like your car. However, if you mess around with your car without fully knowing what you are doing or messing around for the sake of tinkering with it, chances are you are going to do something wrong or cause damage. A roof is the same. The roof may be a tempting piece of your property that you just feel like you need to get up there and check out on a regular basis, but this is not always best.  Yes, you need to inspect your roof and be on the lookout for problems but inspections should only be done once or twice a year. The less time you spend on the roof, the safer you are and the less likely it is that something will go wrong while you are up there. Leave the inspections and checks to the roofing professionals like our team here at Stay Dry Roofing. We have the crews, the experience, the equipment, the skills, and the training needed to navigate on your commercial flat roofing safely.

Avoid Procrastination

Another big mistake many business owners and building managers fall victim to is giving into the temptation of procrastination. Ignoring the early wanting signs of a potential leak or other roofing issues only increases your eventual repair cost. Small repairs will quickly become bigger problems and the bigger the issue the more involved and costly it will be to repair. You also stand to lose a lot more when there are problems with a commercial flat roofing system that are ignored. In a residential setting, a leaky roof can damage furniture and personal possessions. In a business setting a leaky roof can damage product, equipment, materials, furniture, and can also cost in lost hours and profits due to lack of working hours. If your commercial property has shown you any warning signs or indications of possible problems, get that small repair made soon, before it gets out of hand. A small quick repair will save you money in the long term. For help with your commercial flat roof care routine, let the experts handle every aspect of taking care of a flat roof system for you and put your mind at ease!

Absolutely No DIY Projects

Some people think they are skilled enough to handle roof repairs and maintenance on their own. Maybe they are skilled or talented enough to take care of their home’s roofing system, but it is not advisable to try a DIY project on commercial flat roofs. You need the help of a professional roofer in order to:

– Differentiate between the different materials that are commonly used on roofs

– Know the right products to use on the roof that will not damage various components

– Ensure amateurs mistakes are not made that can weaken or damage the roofing system even more

– Make sure any warranties on the roofing system are not voided out

No matter how skilled you may be, it is always best to leave roofing work to the professionals. Professional commercial flat roof care will always be better and to a higher level than what a non-contractor can provide, no matter what their skill set or experience may be. When you need help taking care of a flat roof on your commercial building, call in the experts and get the work done right the first time.

Expert Roofing Help

Now that you know the way to take care of your commercial flat roofing system and what you should not do, turn to Stay Dry Roofing for the professional touch you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about the amazing services we offer including inspection, maintenance, monitoring, repair, new installation, and re-roofing. Whatever your needs are, we can help, so contact us today to get started!