According to the roofing experts, fall has been deemed the best time to conduct roof replacements. Fall presents many benefits that aren’t found in the other seasons. These include mild temperatures, more predictable weather, and less moisture. With the harsh winter months just around the corner—make sure your roof is ready to endure the heavy moisture!
For starters, the mild weather takes a lot of stress and strain off of the roofers who are replacing your roof. They can work more efficiently without worrying about heat exhaustion and other heat-related concerns.
Fall is usually a drier time as well—especially in the Northern Nevada climate. Less moisture and consistent mild weather make it much easier to schedule your roof replacement without having to constantly check the weather for any rogue storms coming out of the Sierra Mountains.
In regards to the technical aspects of roof replacements, the cooler weather will help the shingles also stay at a reasonable temperature for installation. When it is too hot, the shingles soften, making them difficult to work with. The weather is also warm enough to properly seal the shingles quickly after the roof is complete.
Lastly, with winter looming around the corner, it’s smart to ensure that your roof will make it through the unpredictable Northern Nevada winters. Even small issues can be amplified causing structural damage, trigger leaks, and other moisture-related problems. The last thing you want is to wake up on Christmas morning with a leaky roof!
If you’re concerned about your roof being too old or having issues, there are some telltale signs that your roof may need replacing or some serious improvements.
You can check yourself by looking for obvious signs of deterioration or faultiness. Look out for things like missing shingles, peeling, buckling, lifting, or shininess of the shingles.
If you’re still unsure about the conditions of your roof, here at East Fork Roofing we offer a sophisticated quoting process that we conduct on each of our projects. With solely aerial imaging, we can get a replacement estimate back to you in 5 business days or less.
Along with our aerial imaging processing, we also conduct a risk and scenario analysis. This will generate a proposal of total costs and any anticipated scenarios we could encounter along the way.
After our proposal, we are there with you every step of the way from the planning and initial removal all the way to the cleanup and final inspections. Contact us today to get started on your new roof before winter is upon us!
Installing a new roof is no easy task, and not everyone is up for the challenge. Often, roof shingles can pose problems of their own which makes the process even more difficult. For example, shingles that appear bumpy or seem indented may be faulty or they may just need time and warmth to settle. Regardless of this, hiring a credible, qualified professional roofing contractor can alleviate these concerns and hopefully prevent them from happening altogether. If you’re in need of a roof replacement, contact the expert roofers at East Fork Roofing. And if you’re unsure about the condition of your roof, or need help identifying your issue, keep reading to see why your roof shingles aren’t flattening.
Shingle bundle distortion is a fairly common occurrence that can cause shingles to not lay flat after installation. But, what causes shingle bundle distortion? Well, shingles are made of asphalt, which is a naturally malleable substance. As such, they commonly become distorted due to the way they sit while being stored and transferred. Sometimes the wood pallet that the shingle bundles sit on will affect the form and shape of the shingles themselves. Often, shingles will conform to the shape of whatever is underneath them, and if the surface isn’t completely flat, this could lead to bumps and dips in the shingles. Fortunately, most shingles will correct themselves with warmth and time.
If you’re finding an issue with your shingles and have recently had a complete roof replacement, then the issue may just be that your shingles are misshapen due to the way they were stored prior to installation. Usually, when this happens the shingles will become flexible once they get hot enough which will also allow the adhesive to bond the shingles in place. The heat from the sun will help soften and flatten the roof shingles, allowing them to form a permanent seal to the roofing materials underneath.
Some shingle distortions, however, are caused by faulty installation. If you happen to notice voids or gaps underneath the shingles after you’ve given them the chance to seal to the roof, then the problem may be related to faulty installation. For instance, if the shingles are incorrectly nailed to the roof, it can permit the beneath layer to slip. This often results in uneven shingle layering and ultimately, an uneven roof.
While it isn’t recommended to install new shingles over old ones (you should always have the layers removed before installing new shingles on top), it’s still common for people to have this done due to costs and other resources. By doing this though, you run the risk of creating more problems for your roof and the new layer of shingles you plan to add to it. If the existing shingles do not lay flat, then your new layer won’t lay flat either. That’s because shingles are designed to conform to the surface beneath them. This can also prevent the new shingles from properly adhering to the existing roof layer, leaving bumps and bulges in your roof. To prevent this from happening, you should have all layers of the existing roof stripped so that the new layers can be properly installed.
Also, be sure to use quality roofing materials. Although the cost of some shingles may seem worth it, they can be much thinner and more susceptible to damage than higher quality materials. They may also lack a sufficient amount of adhesive which can prevent the shingles from sealing adequately.
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. Many roofing companies in Reno, NV lack the expertise and the skills to repair or replace your roof the right way, the first time! Our specialists are well-versed in all roofing situations and can handle any job that comes their way. Connect with us today for a free roof replacement quote!
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!
Energy efficiency has become a growing concern for homeowners. One of the most effective ways to improve this is by investing in energy-efficient roofing systems. Not only will an energy-efficient roof save you money on your electric bill, but it’s also beneficial for the environment as well. Check out the different ways you can enhance your roof, and improve your energy efficiency.
Powered roof vents draw additional air through your attic space which reduces the amount of hot air that gets trapped in the attic. While it’s more common for homes in warmer climates to have these, homes in cold climates could also benefit from powered roof vents. Having proper attic ventilation will help make your roof system last longer and prevent further damage to framing and sheathing caused by moisture that naturally occurs in an attic. Letting hot, moist air remain in your attic can cause damage, and increasing the flow of air through the attic can help prevent this.
Other benefits of having proper attic ventilation are:
Radiant heat barriers can help reduce cooling costs by up to 10%. The barriers are installed in homes, typically in the attic, as a way to reduce heat from the sun and improve energy efficiency. The materials used to create the barriers are highly reflective which reflects heat and prevents it from being absorbed into your home. The radiant barriers are used to reduce radiant heat gain, unlike other techniques that work to slow the conductive heat flow.
Also, because heat is constantly moving from hot areas to cool areas, radiant heat barriers will prevent heat from transferring. This will allow the cool air to stay cool.
Energy-efficient roofing systems will be more effective if they are accompanied by additional insulation. Added attic insulation will help lower the reliance on using heating oil and natural gas to warm your home. This can help lower heating costs by 10-50%. Additional insulation can help control your home’s temperature and protect it from heat, cold, and humidity.
You would have to use a separate company to install extra insulation, but you can get this done at the same time as a Reno roof replacement.
Malarkey shingles are not only an option to enhance your home’s energy efficiency, but they are also environmentally friendly. These shingles are made from recycled materials some of their lines and contain granules that have been proven to reduce smog levels. Also, these shingles are available in a variety of colors, some of which are solar reflective. This is what makes them a more energy-efficient option in Reno roofing materials. Having solar reflective shingles will help reflect heat from the sun’s rays, and help keep your home cooler.
While having added insulation and powered roof vents will improve your energy efficiency, these alone may not be enough to prevent heat from penetrating through your roof. Installing a reflective rooftop is the most effective method for preventing excessive heat. You want to avoid allowing heat to get through your roof because it will warm up attics and top floors, causing your air conditioning unit to work much harder. Luckily, homeowners are able to choose more energy-efficient roofing materials on their own thanks to the federal ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR labeled materials are highly solar reflective and have proven to be more effective than other types of roofing materials.
East Fork Roofing can help you get a high-quality Reno roofing that is also energy efficient. Their trained team of Reno roofing specialists thrive on providing high-quality customer service that will leave homeowners feeling confident about their new roof. Connect with them today for a free Reno roof replacement quote!
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.
Are you struggling to figure out when the best time to replace a roof is? There are a few things to consider when deciding the right time for a Reno roof replacement. Is your roof in desperate need of repairs right away? What’s the weather like in your area during the different seasons? And, more importantly, when is your roofer going to be available to get the job done?
It’s critical that you plan a roof replacement according to your needs and availabilities. The best time to have your roof replaced really depends on you. It’s important that you plan ahead for this is a big job. You should get at least 3 quotes from different roofing Reno companies to ensure you get the best price possible. And while you’re calling around for estimates, be sure to ask about their availability and scheduling options. Here’s some more tips for choosing the best time to have your roof replaced:
If you’re planning on having your roof replaced during the spring season, you should know that it’s best to schedule for this in the winter. Scheduling a roof replacement early on, before you plan on having the services done, will ensure that you can get a spot in the books and gives you adequate time to prepare yourself.
Many people start thinking about having their roof replaced in the spring. This is partially due to the weather change because it’s easier to perform maintenance on your home when the weather isn’t so frigid. But, it’s also because winter weather can be damaging to an older roof. This means repairs are more likely to be necessary following a heavy winter.
Spring is considered the best time for most areas of the U.S. to have a roof replaced because of the weather. Asphalt shingles require time to adhere to the roof and create a sealing that sets the shingles in place. It’s easiest for this to happen if it’s not too hot or cold out which is why spring is considered the best time to plan a roof replacement. There are still weather conditions to consider during the spring, such as rain, that can delay the process. As long as your roofing Reno contractor comes fully prepared this shouldn't be a problem, but it's still important to take this into consideration.
Another good reason to consider purchasing during winter and installing in spring is because some roofers offer lower pricing during the winter in an effort to keep everyone busy. Most construction businesses see the biggest drop in sales from Christmas to Tax Day (most likely due to money constraints created by Christmas and alleviated by tax refunds). Because of this, some roofers may discount their prices during this slow period.
With the weather staying consistently warm, summer makes a good time for contractors to install a new roof. Not only does the summer weather provide better working conditions, but the materials and tools needed to complete the job will better function as well. More specifically, late spring to early summer is the most prime time for a roof replacement to happen. There’s less chance of rain, and it isn’t too hot yet, which makes it perfect for Reno roofing contractors to start construction on.
It’s important to keep in mind that summer is a VERY busy time for roofers because of the optimal weather conditions. This means that scheduling an appointment may be difficult and should be made early on. Also, keep the pricing in mind. Prices are going to be higher during the busier seasons, so you should account for this when you plan the best time to have your roof replaced.
Be wary of choosing a time of year where the area you live in is extremely hot. The blistering heat can affect working conditions which will consequently affect working hours. This can lead to unwanted delays. And, high temperatures can cause asphalt shingles to melt which will make them less durable, resulting in damaged pieces. Try to avoid torrid weather conditions and schedule around the hottest part of the summer season.
If you research when is the best time to replace a roof, most results will come up as fall being the best time. As stated earlier, this is when roofing companies are the busiest. Most people are trying to prepare for the winter season and it’s common for roof repairs to be on that list of things to get done.
Fall is a great time to have your roof replaced because the temperature’s generally don’t get below 45°F or get above 85°F. There’s also very little rainfall. This allows shingles to set and seal properly without the use of special tools or techniques. The weather also lets roofers work longer days and can get the project finished faster.
It is very important to remember how busy this time of year is for roofing contractors, so you should book your roof replacement early in advance. Booking too late can result in delay and sometimes contractors are even forced to take on roofs that are in serious need of repair, forcing your replacement to be pushed back. If you are planning on having your roof replaced in the fall, you should plan it at least 2 months in advance.
Winter is not the most convenient time to have your roof replaced, but in cases of emergency or if it’s the only time you have in your schedule to have it done, it can be done. Because of the freezing temperatures, winter can pose a lot of problems for replacing your roof. If temperatures remain below 40*F for more than a month then thermal sealing is delayed and wind damage can occur until the temperatures rise high enough for the seal to activate. Shingles need adequate heat in order to seal and set properly and in the winter this can sometimes take days or even weeks to happen. Snow, extreme cold, and sleet can also make working conditions unsafe for contractors. This may cause delays on the progress of your roofing Reno project, which is not ideal in the winter.
While you may be concerned about the quality of your roof if you decide to have it replaced in the winter, you should know this isn’t true. Most roofing Reno companies are prepared for all sorts of inclement weather.
There are some benefits to having a roof replacement done in the winter though. For instance, you won’t be competing for time slots because most people avoid such repairs in the winter. And, if you’re lucky, you could also potentially get a discount on services because most companies are pretty slow during this season.
If the shingles on your house or mobile home are buckling, peeling, or lifting, roofing companies in Reno NV are ready to help. We can help you get your roof in tip top shape, anytime of the year. No need to ask when is the best time to replace a roof because we are prepared for anything. Contact East Fork Roofing, Reno’s roof replacement specialists, to get started today and get on your way to a new, long-lasting roof.
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!