Discovering that you have a leaking roof can be very discouraging; particularly, if water has leaked inside and damaged the roof deck, insulation, drywall, carpet and personal items.
Unless a roof is old or severly damaged from extreme windy conditions, a roof that is properly installed, with quality material, everywhee & not just the shingles, should last 15 to 20 years.
Factors that impact your decision to repair or replace your roof depends on the condition of the roof, primarily, by the age of your roof, the presence of adequate ventilation and the quality of the material & workmanship of the roofer who installed it.
There are several reasons why shingle roofs degrade to the point where replacing the roof is the only practical solution. Here is a list of the more common causes:
(a) Damage from weather, limbs & foot traffic.
(b) Deteriorated shingles & materials.
(c) Use of inferior/wrong roofing material.
(d) Ice dams and wind driven rain & snow.
(e) Breached roof penetration systems.
(f) Inadequate attic space ventilation.
(g) Improperly installed roofs.
(h) Improperly installed fascia & gutters.
Many people don't pay any attention to their roof until they find missing shingles in their yard, after a wind event, or discover a leak, after a rain or snow storm.
Others realize that their roof needs to be replaced when they examine their roof and see curled, cracked, lifted or brittle shingles. Those are just the more common examples that a roof is approaching the end of it's useful life.
By that time, attempts to repair a roof are, generally, futile, and will only delay the inevitable. Meanwhile, your home, your most valuable asset, will be at risk, leaving it vulnerable to water damage or worse: exposure to deadly mold growth in damp areas that may have formed as the result of water leakage or condensate from an inadequatly ventilated roof.
The following pictures are a few examples of typical roof problems that a home owner may encounter. Not so obvious, are ones caused by poor workmanship, like popped nails, shingles that were not adequately sealed, missing ice and water protection.
Missing shingles are, usually, the first roof damage home own-ers notice, especially after shingles or tabs are discovered in their lawn after a severe wind storm.
Our roofs are warranteed by the manufacturer to resist blow-off damage for winds up to 130 mph for the first ten years, because of the material we use and our workmanship.
The debris under the shingles in this image shows what happens if the shingles don't adhere to the roof's underlayment, leaving the shinglesvulner-able to blow-off, which exposes the roof to leaking. It is a great example of why we do not install roofs when the weather is not suitable.
Our policy requires the following weather conditions before we install a roof: a weather forecast for an overnight temperature greater than 45oF, followed by a warm sunny day.
Ice & water protec-tion is necessary to protect the roof deck, at the eaves of a roof, from water damage from over flow from debris filled or improperly installed gutters, ice dams or wind driven rain & snow.
Popped nails are mostly caused by a roofhaving been installed when the weather conditions were cold and/or the result of older style shingles shrinking over their life and exposing nail heads. They are, also, caused by inexperience roofers not adjusting the settings of their nail gun correctly
A sagging roof deck is one of the more serious problems of a roof. It is caused by water that has leaked onto a roof deck or moisture that has accumulated over time due to inadequately ventilated attic.
Typically, our charge for a repair on a shingle roof is $325.00 + materials cost for repairs in Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah & Clarke Counties and Winchester.
Note: The material cost is our price to purchase it. We don't mark it up.
When the repair site is more than 35 miles from our Middletown office or beyond any of the above named counties, we must charge $350.00 + materials cost. This fee includes a fuel sur-charge for having to travel to/from our supplier to pick-up job material.
When you contact us for a repair, give us your address and whether or not you have adequate material on-hand for the repair, we will tell you which rate applies.
All repair payments are due upon com-pletion by check or cash. We do not accept credit cards.
Note: We, also, repair roofs in the nearby counties of West Virginia.
Estimates for a re-roof or a "new-build" roof are free. We do not offer estimates for reepairs. If you need a repair, we come out to do the repair. We do charge less than $325, if the repair is a minor one.
We do not quote or install roofs over existing roofs. called 'roof-overs', because they can not be covered by a warranty.
When you contact us and request a quote, we will tell you what we will do and schedule a time for a 'site survey' of your roof, if one is necessary. You don't have to be present, when we do that.
Previously* and ocassionaly, now, this is what we did to prepare a quote:
(a) Take pictures of the roof;
(b) Measure your roof;
(c) Make a sketch of it;
(d) Create a CAD drawing of your roof;
(e) Develop a bill of materials (BOM);
(e) Calculate the total price of the job;
(f) Prepare a statement of work (SOW);
(g) Prepare a written quote.
*Now, in lieu of what we've done in the past, we obtain a drawing package from Eagle View, that provides all of the dimensions, areas, pitches, etc. that we need to create the quote.
Next, we do the following:
(a) Develop a bill of materials (BOM);
(b) Calculate the total price of the job;
(c) Prepare a statement of work (SOW);
(d) Prepare a written quote.
After a potential client's quote & SOW are completed, you will be contacted to arrange for a convenient time to deliver our quote, SOW, references, show material samples and answer all questions that you may have.
In fairness to clients and us, we avoid sending quotes by telephone, fax, email or mail We prefer to meetface-to-face to present our quote and SOW, show samples of the material we propose to use and answer questions, a win-win situation.