While you’re relaxing comfortably in your home during a brutal winter storm, the outside of your house is working hard to keep you safe and protected from the elements. With that being said, your home’s exterior will likely suffer some damage. In order to protect your home from harsh winter weather, take a look at some of these common winter roof problems, and how to handle and prevent them.
Damage to your roof may easily occur in the cold and wet winter months. With heavy amounts of snow and ice, you could be facing damage to roofing shingles, insulation and other parts of your home. Tree branches can also harm your roof by scraping roof shingles, and strong gusting winds could pose a threat to your roof’s protective top. Here are the various ways winter weather can cause roof problems.
There are numerous different ways that water can damage your roof. For instance, condensation, which occurs when warm air meets a cold surface, can lead to mold and mildew. In turn, this can also affect the inside of your home by causing damage to the interior structure. And if you have wet insulation within the home, this can be a problem as well. This is because there’s a greater risk of moisture being pulled into the ceiling from the wet insulation once you turn your furnace on for heat in the winter. This could then lead to discoloration of the ceiling and potential leaks.
Another common winter roof problem occurs when icicles form along the edge of the roof. Not only are icicles a danger to people and pets, but the excessive amount of weight they put on your roof can cause damage to your gutters and the roof itself. In order to prevent icicles from damaging your roof, be sure to keep your gutters free of debris and leaves. And when it comes to ice dams, which form when melting ice from warm sections of the roof flow down and re-freeze on the lower surface, you want to be sure they don’t leak into your home through cracks in the roof. While you can’t fully prevent ice dams from forming, having proper insulation and ventilation will help.
Tree limbs pose a threat to your roof by scraping and damaging shingles that are necessary for keeping your roof protected. Also, tree branches that get stuck and left on the roof can be a problem too. An abundance of tree limbs gathered on the roof could add unnecessary weight and cause damage to your roof’s structure. In order to avoid having to repair roof shingles, it’s best to keep tree branches trimmed back about 6 feet away from the roof.
The Reno/Sparks area is no stranger to the occasional wind storm, but do you know how damaging the wind can actually be for your roof? Well, strong enough winds can tear shingles and other roofing materials right off of your roof. This could leave your roof exposed to other damaging weather such as rain and snow which will cause further damage to your home. If you do notice roof shingles or other roof materials missing from your roof, be sure to contact a professional contractor immediately.
Before the winter season hits full force, you should learn how to prepare your roof for the harsh wet and cold weather. Start by clearing off any debris from the roof and gutters. Extra build-up can put a tremendous amount of weight on the roof which could cause serious damage and debris build-up in the gutters could also affect water run-off. Also, be sure to cut back any tree branches that come close to the roof because the limbs can scrape off necessary roofing material such as shingles. And lastly, be sure to inspect your roof before the inclement weather begins. This way you’ll be prepared if there is damage and can hopefully get the problem fixed before the first storm of the season.
While there are many ways you can help prevent roof damage from occurring, not all problems can be prevented or fixed by you alone. It’s best to contact a licensed roofing contractor if you notice any roof or ceiling damage. If you’re in need of a roof replacement then connect with the experts at East Fork Roofing to ensure your roof is in the right hands. We offer free roof replacement quotes and we’re dedicated to helping homeowners across Northern Nevada have durable, safe, and long-lasting roofs. Contact us today!
With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to start inspecting your roof and getting it ready for the harsh winter weather. Your roof is more susceptible to damage in the winter due to rain, snow and sleet however, the biggest risk to your roof is the high gusting winds that accompany winter storms. And if your roof suffers severe damage, the rest of your home may be affected as well. It’s important to be aware of any problems with your roof before winter so that you can be properly prepared for what’s ahead. You don't want to ignore any problems and have to end up getting a Reno roof replacement. So, take these tips on how to prepare your roof for winter, and avoid a roofing catastrophe.
Determining how old your roof is will directly affect the time in which it needs to be replaced. Most roofs last about 20-30 years and as it gets closer to reaching the 30 year mark, the more likely your roof will need to be replaced. And if you’re thinking that a repair may be your best solution, think again. Repairs are always more expensive proportionally than getting a roof replacement. This is due to a lack of matching materials, the higher skill level that’s required to do repairs, and staffing inconsistencies with repairs. Extra staff will be needed to answer repair calls, which can be costly to roofing companies, which in turn means repairs will be more expensive.
Roofers typically don’t offer repair services due to the liability of performing roof repairs. There are various risks for roofers to make repairs on a roof, which may not be worth it in the end. For instance, a roof repair typically costs $300-$500. However, a roofer could be exposed to the liability of facing thousands of dollars worth of damage if leaking or other damage occurs.
Also keep in mind that most roofing companies are relatively small. They’re usually composed of just 1-10 roofers. Because of this, many roofers don’t run emergency repair services, which means getting help in a hurry can be a challenge. Many of these roofing emergency resources are locked up for warranty repairs for existing customers.
Another tip we have for how to prepare your roof for winter is to examine your roof’s shingles. Roof shingles can loosen following a storm, which can lead to further roof damage. To be properly prepared for winter, inspect your shingles for curling or lifting and have them replaced by a professional roofer. And if your roof is suffering from major damage, they can inform you of those problems and advise you on how to have it handled.
Prior to the winter season, you should clear any debris that may have gathered on your roof. Added roof debris can prevent water from running off, which could result in damage. It’s important to have it cleared off before the wet climate hits your roof.
Just as you should clear off debris that's collected on the roof, you should also clean out your gutters. Gutters allow the water from your roof to runoff. If these are clogged up and full of debris and dirt, you could get water collecting on your roof which will cause damage to the shingles and other roofing layers. There are various tools you can look for to make cleaning gutters easier, or, you can call a roofing contractor.
Consider the risk of damage caused by harsh winter weather compared to the cost of a Reno roof replacement or repair. Since most roofs last about 30 years and the average roof costs $8,000-$10,000, each year of your roof’s life is worth about $300. So, trying to squeeze another winter out of your roof, considering the possible damage and inconvenience, may be greater than the savings of getting your roof through another year. For example, how much is it going to cost to repair the damage if a large portion of your roof blows off and it’s a few days or weeks before someone can cover it with a tarp? You’ll end up wishing you had your roof replaced if something like this happens.
Hopefully these helpful tips showed you how to prepare your roof for winter. If you’re in need of a roof replacement give the experts at East Forking Roofing a call. East Fork Roofing can get you a replacement quote in as little as 3 business days for a new roof and warranty that will give you the confidence that your roof is ready for the winter. For homeowners who need a tarp to bridge the gap between now and when East Fork Roofing can complete your roof replacement, they also offer a tarping service. When it comes to something as important as your home’s roof, you can’t be too careful. Don’t wait to have your roof inspected, and get it replaced before any major damage occurs. Connect with East Fork Roofing today!
Your roof is an important component of your home. It defends the rest of your house from rain, snow, wind, and heat, affects the energy efficiency of your home, and generally provides protection for you and your family. Choosing between the different types of Reno roofing material to use to replace your old roof can be a tough decision to make. There are so many to choose from, with various life expectancies and costs, how do you choose which one will best protect your home? Knowing more about the various types of roofing material, including underlayments, will help you decide which type of roofing will best fit you and your Reno home.
Asphalt shingles, also called composition shingles, are used by 80% of the housing market, making them the most popular type of roofing available. They are made with layers of fiberglass mat coated with asphalt, and then layered with granules made from ceramic or crushed rock material. This roofing material comes in a variety of styles, colors, weights, thickness, and textures making them extremely versatile. With the proper maintenance and care, asphalt shingles should be expected to last between 25 to 40 years. Along with their versatility and affordability, asphalt shingles are also durable. They protect well against harsh sunlight and weather and require little maintenance.
Metal roofs are made from sheet metal panels of stainless and galvanized steel, copper, aluminum or an alloy mix of tin and steel. While metal roofs have a longevity of about 50-75 years, the cost can be as much as 3 times as expensive as asphalt roofing. However, metal roofs are extremely durable and keep out most moisture, protect against wind, and reflect light and heat which can improve energy efficiency. Metal roofs require little maintenance, but non-galvanized metal roofs do require painting every few years.
Shake roofing is made from split logs that are typically cedar, but could also be made from redwoods. Shake roofing is favored for being attractive and appealing to look at as opposed to other types of roofing. However, shake roofing is not ideal for Reno roofing. It's not the most durable in a dry climate like Northern Nevada and are no longer permitted by building code in Reno or any other local building department. In some cases, shake can last 50-60 years and is recommended over metal or other options. One such example is where pine cones may fall onto a roof and dent the metal. Another drawback to shake roofing is the limited supply of skilled workers to install and maintain them.
Of all the different types of roofing, clay and concrete tiles have the highest life expectancy. Clay and concrete tiles should last anywhere between 50 to 100 years. Like metal, the key to a good tile roof is using the highest quality underlayment available, since underlayment will always deteriorate before the tiles. A huge benefit to clay and concrete tile roofing is that they are fire resistant, which can help reduce insurance costs. Most cement tiles are made with additional water locks, or interlocking ribs on the edges that prevent water from getting through. Combined with a good underlayment, cement and clay tiles should last for a substantial amount of time. This type of roofing can be expensive, however, cement tiles are usually cheaper than clay tiles.
One drawback to tiles is the higher likelihood of leaks and limited access to labor to complete repairs. Tile systems are different than any other system in that tile systems are not built to be 100% watertight. The key with tiles is the underlayment. Water will get below the tiles.
The other drawback to tiles is a design flaw. Tile systems require the use of battons. After the underlayment is installed, 1"X2"x3ft wood battons are installed with 3" gap between each batton. The tiles are laid on the battons and nailed to the battons. When water gets under the tiles, it can pool on the battons and it flows sideways along the battons. This makes pinpointing a leak very challenging because water may get below the tiles in one place, find a weakness in the underlayment in another place and come through the sheetrock in another place. If and when leaks develop, large sections of the roof must be overhauled to make sure all leaking is resolved. This is the main reason homeowners tire of tile and switch to asphalt shingles.
Underlayment is an added layer of protection that is applied directly to the roof deck and lays under all other roofing material. It helps protect your roof deck from water damage and acts as an extra barrier of protection for your home. There are three different types of underlayment:
Whether you have an asphalt, metal, tile, or shake roof, having a good underlayment can really help your roofing material last much longer. And in some areas that are above 5,300 feet, it may be required to have an extra underlayment added to the roof.
At East Fork Roofing, we stick to the ever popular asphalt shingles to be used on all of our roof replacements, and for good reason. Asphalt shingles are affordable - in material and labor. They are installed easily which helps cut down on labor costs, and the material itself is very affordable compared to alternative roofing materials. Another benefit is their compatibility with most roofs, especially for homes with steep sloping roofs. Asphalt shingles have a class A fire rating and a great selection of styles, colors, and quality levels.
Connect with us today to get a free roof replacement quote in as little as 3 business days.
Maintaining a well-kept roof is vital to the health of your home. An old or damaged roof can lead to leaking that may damage other parts of your home and can even result in poor insulation. If you notice any leaking in your home or can see several shingles on your roof are starting to curl, lift, or crack it might be time for a roof replacement for your Reno home. It’s critical that you have roofing in Reno that is durable and safe for you and your family. Below, we’ll help you prepare for having a roof replacement done.
Reno Roofing companies are not all the same, and when you’re having something as serious as replacing your home’s roof done, it’s important to do a little research on which roofing companies in Reno, NV will be best to use.
Making sure you and your home are fully prepared before a roofing specialist comes in and start work on your roof is critical. You want to create an environment that will be safe for you, your family, your home, and the team performing all the work. Having your roof replaced can take anywhere from one to several days depending on various factors such as weather and the size of your roof. Being adequately prepared will ensure a smoother and easier process.
You’ll want to clear out any vehicles, kids toys, lawn equipment, or anything else sitting in your drive-way so your roofer/contractor has easy access to tools and materials they’ll need. If you have patio furniture in your yard you’ll want to move this away from the house in order to avoid debris landing on it. The same goes for dog houses, planters, and any other fragile items you have in your yard or surrounding areas. You can also mark sprinklers and other items in your yard that workers could possibly trip or stumble over. And you’ll want to identify accessible power outlets. Your contracting team may need to be able to access these for power tools they’ll need to complete the project.
Although rare, having your roof replaced can cause quite a mess and if you’re not careful, could lead to further damage in your home. Start by covering your belongings stored in the attic. Things can become dirty during a roofing Reno project. Dust and debris can fall into attic spaces or open-attic garages during the process, so some preparation may be necessary to decrease the amount of cleanup you may have to endure.
The vibrations caused by hammering and other machinery can cause pictures or shelves to fall off the wall so you’ll also want to remove any wall decorations. Do a quick walk through beforehand to ensure you’ve removed anything that isn’t secured to the walls or ceilings.
The noises and sounds that come from having a roof replacement done can be new and frightening to children and pets. If your children are old enough, you can explain to them that the noises aren’t bad and that they won’t last forever. If your children are fairly young and don’t handle loud noises well, you may want to plan other arrangements for them during the duration of the project. This can be a good idea for pets as well. If you know your pet won’t mind the extra noises then just make sure they are out of the way of workers and debris. If you know your pet won’t be able to handle the commotion, plan to have them stay with a friend or board them until the project is completed.
While you may be excited to have a brand new roof added to your home, your neighbors might not be as enthused about your Reno roofing project. Give your neighbors a heads up that construction to your roof is going to be done so that they can plan accordingly as well. They’ll appreciate the warning and this will help the roof replacement process at your Reno property to go as smoothly as possible.
It’s going to be slightly uncomfortable around your home while your roof is being replaced. Safety is the number one priority during a project like this, so watch out for falling debris, ladders, extension cords and other construction equipment that isn’t ordinarily there. Be extra cautious and stay alert during the installation of your new roof. And remember, this inconvenience is only temporary and soon you’ll have a brand new, durable roof that you can enjoy for years.
We're a licensed roofing company that specializes in roof replacement in Reno and nearby areas. We don’t use subcontractors and each member of our team is trained to contribute an important role to each project. When performing a roof replacement, we always recommend that you have the entire roof replaced rather than adding shingles on top of old shingles. This is because we know that the quality and durability of your roof are important and the best way to do that is to start fresh. We provide quality materials and also offer a 5-year workmanship guarantee. Connect with us today to get a free roof replacement Reno quote!
East Fork Roofing did a roof replacement in Reno, NV near the beginning of December of 2017.
There were two buildings for this project. The Reno roofing company that began by removing the old roofing materials and disposing of them. After that, they installed new OSB, charcoal metal drip edge, 15 lb felt and 40-year composition shingles.
The shingles this customer chose were Malarkey Highlander's "Weathered Wood". If you would like to learn more about them, you can head to Malarkey's website by clicking here. (Malarkey has since upgraded their Highlander line to include recycled polymers for added strength and benefits and now calls it Highlander NEX.)
Is the lifespan of your roof over? Call East Fork Roofing for a free estimate at 775-800-ROOF (7663)!
This lovely home in Minden, NV had roof replacement services done by East Fork Roofing LLC at the beginning of December of 2017.
Roof replacement in Reno is done by tearing off and disposing of the old composition shingles and other associated materials. After replacing some plywood, they installed new charcoal colored metal drip edge, 15 lb felt and 40-year composition shingles.
The particular shingles this client chose were Malarkey Highlander's "Rustic Slate". You can learn more about them here at Malarkey's website. (Malarkey has since upgraded their Highlander line to include recycled polymers for added strength and other benefits They now call it Highlander NEX.)
Does this gorgeous new roof remind you that it is time to get a replacement for your home? If so, call East Fork Roofing for your free estimate today at 775-800-ROOF (7663).
East Fork Roofing conducted a roof replacement project on this Reno home at the beginning of November of 2017 in Reno, NV.
For this project, East Fork Roofing installed charcoal metal drip edge, 30 lb felt (an upgrade), and new 40-year composition shingles. This client also chose to install ridge on the rakes for added wind protection.
The shingles chosen by the client were Malarkey Highlander in the color blend of "Black Oak". If you would like to learn more about them, check out Malarkey's website here. (Malarkey has since upgraded their Malarkey line and now calls it Highlander NEX.)
Have you been considering a new roof lately? Call East Fork Roofing to get your free estimate: 775-800-ROOF (7663)!
After Roof Replacement
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Today's featured roof was replaced by East Fork Roofing, LLC during the early part of August 2017 in Gardnerville, NV.
The original shake roof was past its lifespan, so East Fork Roofing removed it and had it disposed of. After that, we looked over the plywood that was underneath and found everything to be well. Once that was done, new charcoal colored metal drip edge, 15 lb felt and asphalt shingles were installed. The client liked the look of wood, but wanted the benefits of composition shingles, so they chose Malarkey Highlander's "Weathered Wood" color blend. (You can learn more about Malarkey's Highlander line here at their website.)
Is it time to upgrade your shake roof to composition shingles? Call East Fork Roofing for your Reno roof replacement estimate 775-800-ROOF (7663).
We are once again in September and it’s National Preparedness Month. If you are not aware, September is the month dedicated to preparing and educating people on disasters. Natural disasters like wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes can occur without notice. That is why being ready for anything is important.
The first thing to have when a disaster strikes is a meeting spot or evacuation center. This could be the nearest fire station or a 24-hour grocery store that are a safe distance away from your home. These meeting spots may depend on the event but it’s important to establish a place and have a solid plan ahead of time. Once you have this setup, it’s time to think about other possible scenarios.
Develop a family disaster plan. Like mentioned earlier, plan a place to evacuate should any disaster arises. If you are separated when an emergency occurs, plan how you will reconnect. Make a disaster kit. This should contain essential items to survive 3 to 5 days. Drinking water, first aid kit, identification documents, non-perishable food, flashlights, and battery-operated radios are some of the things you should pack.
Information is available for everyone. It can be from federal, state, or local resources. Stay informed and learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
Most municipalities in the US have a disaster response and recovery plan made by the local government. If you want to help out, you can be an affiliate with an agency that is engaged in disaster response and relief.
Disasters occur without any prior notice so it’s best to be prepared at all times. Revisit and update your family disaster plans time and time again. Change the supplies in the disaster kit so the food and water stay fresh. Being prepared will give you more chances of survival, it is key.
This is scary whether you are at home or not. Know how to protect your home from potential invasions to keep you and your family safe. You can start by checking the locks on your doors and windows. Secure any pet entrances and purchase a security system for your home. The presence of even one security camera will chase away burglars. If a break in happens and you are at home, here are a few things to remember.
Responding to a situation like this is to practice. It’s important that you can think straight so that you will know how to defend your family and keep them safe.
Be sure that your home has the correct amount of fire alarms as this is the first line of defense. Practice setting them off and educating family members on what they should do if this alarm rings. Make an evacuation plan in your home and assign tasks to family members. In situations like this, it is very important to not panic. Make sure everyone is accounted for, even the pets, and then call 911 for help. If there is thick smoke, use something like a shirt to cover your mouth and nose to avoid inhaling it. If in the event, your clothing catches fire, know how to stop, drop and roll. Practice these safety measures so that if this disaster happens, family members will know how to respond.
If you live somewhere that’s prone to flooding, it’s good to know the warning signs and how to evacuate to a safe place. If you find your family and yourself trapped once the flood has begun, know that you should never enter fast flowing water on foot or in a vehicle. This can get you hurt or worse.
When water has flooded in your home, disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off your main electricity. Move furniture and other valuable stuff to higher ground. Depending on the frequency of the flood, it may be worth it to flood-proof your home.
Being prepared is the key to being safe from disasters. Take these simple actions and teach them to your family. Stay alert, stay safe!
This month of August is the best time to focus on managing stress and promoting self-care and healthy routines. You know why? Because it is National Wellness Month! Studies have shown how self-care helps reduce stress and promote happiness. And putting efforts into making a change in your lifestyle can significantly affect your health in positive ways. If you want to take the first step to living a healthier life, read the tips below.
A good way to start off National Wellness Month is to drink water! One of the very first things you should do when you wake up in the morning is to drink a glass of room temperature water. This will help cleanse your system and flush out toxins before you even eat any food. Also try adding a twist to your regular water by putting a slice of lemon or lime for a citrusy taste.
The importance of sleep cannot be emphasized any more. Regardless of your age, it’s imperative that you get an adequate amount of sleep every night. A lack of sleep is detrimental to your health in several different ways. Not only will it cause damage to your heart, it can also make you feel constantly tired, irritable and can reduce your attention span.
In between meals snacks don’t always have to be junk foods. You can snack the right way by switching to healthier alternatives. Instead of consuming too many sweet and starchy foods like candies, potato chips, and cookies, you may want to have nuts, berries and fruits. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals and are good for your health.
We are all aware of the benefits of working out and exercise. However, these are some things we usually take for granted. Exercising doesn’t always mean going to the gym and spending an hour or so sweating out. It can be as simple as taking a daily walk to or from work. Instead of taking the elevators, use the stairs as often as possible. Or take your dog for a long walk during weekends. The important thing is that you take time to do some physical activity every chance you get. Having an active lifestyle can improve your heart health and overall wellbeing.
People who don’t have friends are said to have higher likelihood of sickness and early death. Their stress and depression can make them physically ill. This is the reason why experts highly recommend that we make time to connect and nurture healthy relationships with the people around us. Spend more time with your family, friends and loved ones. No matter how busy you are, make it a point to get in touch with someone close to your heart. Catch up with your friends during your free time. Visit your parents on the weekends. Doing these things can significantly impact your health, even in the later years.
Finding a new hobby can help reduce stress. If you haven’t done anything fun and exciting for a while, it’s time to look for a new activity that you can enjoy with your friends or family. Think about going hiking, playing a new sport or trying out a new adventure. This will help you unwind and even give you opportunities to meet other people who share the same interest. But if you want to try out some activities alone, that’s perfectly fine, too. For as long as it pumps your adrenaline and makes you happy, you can never go wrong with it!
If you have some habits that you know are detrimental to your health, stop them now before it’s too late. This includes smoking and excessive drinking. Smoking reduces a person’s lifespan by several years. It can affect your lungs as well as your skin. It is one of the major causes of death in the world. If you want to live longer, ditch the unhealthy habits and always choose life!
There is no better time to live a healthy lifestyle than now. Start making these small changes now during National Wellness Month and you’ll be amazed at how they can improve your life in general.