Most of us are probably looking forward to soaking up some warm summer sunshine. But your roof likely is not. Roof shingles and other materials can suffer great damage in hot temperatures, which in turn leaves your home more vulnerable and less secure. With summer quickly approaching, now’s the perfect time to prepare your roof for the bright, hot sun rays that often lead to costly repairs. And when it comes time to fix your roof, leave it to a professional Reno roofing company like East Fork Roofing. As reliable and honest Reno roofing contractors, you can trust that your home’s roof is in good hands when you work with us.
When your roof gets too hot, there are all kinds of things that can go wrong. Not only will your shingles be affected, but the roof decking, attic, and interior of your home may also suffer damage caused by the sun. See what risks your roof may face this summer:
Your roof decking is supposed to provide an extra layer of protection to your roof, but it isn’t indestructible. Excessive exposure to water and moisture can cause the wood material of the roof decking to rot and warp. This, combined with the rising temperatures of summer and poor attic ventilation can lead to further damage. If your attic is improperly ventilated it will likely overheat which often results in the development of condensation causing the roof decking to rot. So, be sure to check for any leaks in the roof or surrounding areas and have your attic inspected by a licensed roofing contraction for proper ventilation.
Moss and mold thrive in a wet and hot environment which makes your roof the ideal spot for moss and mold to grow. Not only are moss and mold unappealing aesthetically, but they can also cause severe damage to your home and even your health. While moss tends to grow on the outside of your home, usually in between shingles or on top of them, mold can easily find its way to the inside of your roof. This generally causes damage to the wood and can affect the entire structure of your home. To keep you and your family healthy and safe, hire a trusted roofing company to assess your roof and have them make any necessary repairs as soon as possible.
Shingles are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and climates, but this doesn’t make them completely safe from damage. Extreme heat can cause shingles to dry out and become very brittle. This can change the shape of the shingles, making them curl or bubble, and could even cause them to crack and deteriorate. Roofing shingles generally have a long life span, but extreme weather conditions can cause serious damage to shingles.
If you have a tile roof, you probably have noticed a few cracked tiles here and there. Although tile is meant to withstand the heat (making it great for places like Arizona), it does not do well with both extreme heat and cold. Between our hot summers and cold winters, tile expands and contracts more than it was meant to and eventually cracks. Now that the weather is nice, it is a good time to evaluate what type of roofing material best suits your needs, your tastes, and the weather. We are more than happy to give you a free satellite estimate for asphalt shingles, even if you just need a price to weigh out your options.
Shingles not only give your home a finished, polished look, but they also serve as a protective seal that prevents moisture, dirt, and animals from penetrating your roof. Roof shingles are key to keeping your roof protected and your home safe from related damages. To ensure that your roof is properly taken care of, make sure you hire a licensed, experienced roofing contractor to perform your roof replacement.
At East Fork Roofing, our Reno roofing company’s contractors and roof replacement specialists complete more than 150 roof replacements a year. Connect with us today for a free roof replacement quote!
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!
Since 2005, East Fork Roofing has been Northern Nevada’s roof replacement specialist serving the community with quality service. As a family owned and operated roofing company in Reno NV, we take pride in our work and strive to keep a reputation of quality, honesty, and integrity. In addition to our strong company values, East Fork Roofing is a roofing company that offers a number of features that set us apart from other roofing companies in Reno, NV.
Our roof replacement process begins with a unique proposal designed to provide a highly-detailed quote, in as little as 72 hours, without the hassle of having to meet with us for a site visit. Unlike other roofing Reno contractors, who require a site visit to be able to quote the project, East Fork Roofing has a sophisticated estimating system that allows us to quote the roof replacement before visiting the site. We have developed a thorough, multi-step proposal process that is customized to each customer, yet still time efficient.
The first step of our process is to measure every aspect of the roof using specialized aerial-imagery software. In addition to recording these measurements, we also conduct a risk and scenario analysis. Based on a combination of this data, East Fork Roofing company Reno, NV is able to generate a roof replacement proposal which outlines the base cost and pricing for specific scenarios that may apply to your individual project.
Once the proposal has been accepted by the customer and down payment has been made, the next step is to conduct a “planning inspection.” East Fork Roofing will send out the foreman who will be responsible for executing the project and they will perform this inspection. The experienced foreman will complete an in-depth analysis and determine if any of the proposed scenarios apply. In addition, the foreman will plan the details of the execution of the project including a project safety plan, property protection plan, building code evaluation, and trash removal plan. Most other Reno roofing contractors do not create this plan until the day of execution or just fly by the seat of their pants.
The next step is the plan review by our scheduler, together with the project manager. This second pair of eyes is key in ensuring customer satisfaction.
The final step in this process is a review of the plan with the customer. We believe this is the most important part, which many of our competitors leave out. Our customers really appreciate this step of the process because it allows them to know, in detail, how we plan to execute the proposed project, seek clarification and give input. These last two steps are what excites our customers most because most tradespeople do not communicate details.
There is one last step, which is not actually part of the proposal process, but is key to the difference we represent. At the end of the project, the same Foreman who completed the planning inspection, completes a quality inspection. This is completed to ensure the project was executed as agreed. We call this our closed-loop quality process.
East Fork Roofing offers financing in the form of traditional interest loans. We prefer to use an outside finance company because they are financing experts and your financing remains private between you and the finance company. Most of our Reno roofing competitors either don’t offer financing or offer gimmicky financing.
Why do we only offer traditional interest financing? The short answer is that it does not add hidden costs to the project in the form of dealer fees.
In order to better understand the answer, we need to understand how financing including gimmicky (hidden cost) financing works.
Traditional interest financing looks like a loan with a fixed term, a fixed interest rate, and a fixed monthly payment. There are no surprises. There are also no dealer fees, meaning that there is no cost to us to offer them to you.
Gimmicky financing looks like 1 year same as cash or 0% interest or other offers that sound good at face value. The key to identifying gimmicky financing is the sleight of hand used to distract you away from the total price difference. Sometimes these types of finance programs actually save you money. Most of the time they do not. Here is how it works: Finance companies make money on interest. By offering, for example, a 0% interest for a year loan, the amount of money that a finance company makes would be reduced if they did not recover the money somewhere else. They recover the money for this reduction in interest rate by charging it back to the contractor in a reduction in the amount that they pay the contractor when the loan is finalized. This is done at a premium, meaning that the cost charged back to the contractor is higher than the amount saved to the customer by offering the loan. To offer this type of loan, the roofer has to either absorb the cost or build those costs into the price offered. These added costs are typically hidden by offering you more roof than you need in the form of unnecessary upgraded underlayments, warranties that will never be needed or used, or roofs that last longer than you will live.
The biggest reason why we don’t offer this type of financing is because we have not found a way to offer them without having high-pressure salespeople on our staff.
At East Fork Roofing, we understand that replacing a roof is an investment and requires serious consideration in terms of choosing the right company for the job. When searching for a roofing company in Reno and Northern Nevada areas, most people don’t get just one quote. Many people shop for different quotes and don’t want to get locked into a contract before they are sure. Because some of our competitors can take up to 30 days or longer to quote a roof and availability of project dates changes daily, waiting for 2 or 3 other quotes, puts the customer at a significant disadvantage to reserving the best date at the best price. To allow customers to commit with confidence, East Fork Roofing company in Reno offers free cancellation on all our projects.
With our free cancellation policy, each customer is able to receive a quote, book a project date, and then have the option to cancel within 10 days of the start date. Our goal is customer satisfaction, and this policy enables customers to reserve a date without feeling locked in and cancel the project for any reason. We always want to make sure East Fork Roofing is the right fit for your Reno roofing project, budget, and schedule.
Per NRS 624.331, the legal minimum for all licensed contractors to guarantee workmanship is 4 years. If any issues occur and are not resolved by a licensed contractor, the law provides a method by which you may file a complaint to have the Nevada State Contractors Board review the matter. Many of our competitors are guided only by this statute that binds them. East Fork Roofing Reno gives you more.
Along with East Fork Roofing’s 5-year workmanship guarantee, we also register the shingle warranty with the manufacturer on your behalf.
Another factor that sets East Fork Roofing apart from our competitors is our licensure in mobile home roof replacements. Nevada law requires a special license for any contractor to be authorized to do any work on a manufactured or mobile home. We are licensed by the state of Nevada Manufactured Housing Division to service mobile homes.
Also, most mobile homes have roofs which are lower slope than standard homes. For this reason, most mobile home roofs are actually more expensive than standard home roofs because they require specialized materials and methods to protect against the higher likelihood of leaking. Also, mobile homes are not permitted to have a second layer of roofing installed due to weight restrictions inherent in manufactured homes.
If the shingles on your house or mobile home are buckling, peeling, or lifting, get in touch with roofing companies in Reno NV. Contact East Fork Roofing, Reno’s roof replacement specialists, to get started today and get on your way to a new, long-lasting roof.
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)!
After Roof Replacement
Additional After Photos
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).
One of East Fork Roofing's upgrade offerings on all replacement proposals is the option of ridge on rakes. Not all roofing companies in Reno, NV offer this service, but the purpose of this post is to help aid you in the decision of whether or not you want this upgrade for your roofing project.
Upgrading to ridge on rakes adds additional wind protection. That is because each ridge rake piece is nailed to the roof as well as the wood on the rake (which is called the fascia). This does not change the wind warranty provided (130 mph), but will provide added protection. Most customers feel the 130 mph wind warranty is sufficient, which is why adding ridge tends to mostly an aesthetic decision.
Here is a home without ridge on the rakes:
As you can see the roof has a sleek and clean appearance and still has great wind protection.
Here is a home that has ridge on the rakes:
The added ridge pieces brings additional beauty and additional wind protection to the home. One last thing to consider is that ridge on the rakes can create a more complicated experience when the home needs to be painted.
So, what do you think? Is ridge on the rakes for your home or do you prefer the more traditional look of a home without it? Regardless of what you decide, East Fork Roofing is one of the few roofing companies in Reno, NV that does both!