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!

Why Fail Is The Best Time to Replace Your Roof

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!

Does Your Roof Need to Be Replaced?

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.

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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!

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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.

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Damages That May Occur Due to High Temperatures

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:

Roof Decking Damage

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 Damage

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.

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Cracked, Uneven, and Warped Shingles

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.

Cracked Concrete Tiles

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.

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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!

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The days are getting longer and the snow is starting to melt as springtime approaches in Northern Nevada. The harsh winter months may have caused some damage to your roof, so now is the perfect time to see how it held up and make some improvements. This blog will offer some insight into prepping your roof for Spring, and East Fork Roofing is here for all your Reno roofing needs!

1) Inspect

To start off, if possible, get up on your roof and see if there’s any visible damage. If it is not safe, most damage can be noticed from the ground. You’ll want to look out for broken or missing shingles, protrusions, significant shingle granules in the gutters or on the ground or anything else that looks unusual. A quick inspection can give you an idea of what you need to fix, and you can take care of those small issues before they become complicated and expensive. 

2) Clean

During your inspection, you might notice some debris on the roof. A buildup of debris can cause damage and block water flow in your gutters as the Spring rain comes. Make sure your gutters are clear and remove all the tree limbs, leaves and nests. Blocked up gutters can cause stagnant water which can bring more damage and a greater possibility of mold. 

3) Check the Ventilation

Another important aspect to your home is the ventilation. Moisture levels will rise in the Spring making ventilation much more important. Proper ventilation requires intake vents (usually soffit vents) and exhaust vents (the ones you see near the top of the roof). This helps ensure air is flowing through the attic and not blocking in heat and moisture. Check the intake vents, and make sure they are clear from debris. If you have an older home, keep in mind that you may need more exhaust vents than are currently on your roof. (To see a video about how ventilation works, click here.)

4) Review Important Documents

In the event where you do have a roofing problem, you’ll want to make sure you have all your insurance policies and warranties at the ready. If you’re not sure about your insurance or warranties it’s a good time to review them with an agent to ensure you have quality protection in case you do have a problem. 

reno roofing contractors5) Request a Free Roof Replacement Quote from East Fork Roofing

Here at East Fork Roofing, we take pride in being one of the most trusted roofing companies in Reno, NV. After you’ve done your inspection of the roof, and you notice problems or are unsure, feel free to contact us for any questions. We have an advanced estimation system that uses satellite imagery without the need for a site visit. We generate a proposal of what it would cost for a basic roof replacement and send it to your email. After acceptance of the quote, we start the planning, roof tear-off, installation, clean up, and finally the final inspection to ensure the integrity of our work. 

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We aim for fast and accurate roof replacement quotes to solve your Reno roofing issues quickly. Our local team has been Reno residents for over 30 years now, and we take pride in our reputation for quality work, honesty, and integrity. Head over to our contact page if you have any questions or want to learn more!

In today's tech-savvy world, you can find DIY videos for just about anything, including roof repairs and roof replacements. However, watching videos on YouTube won't give you all of the information you need to complete a project as big as replacing your home's roof. When it comes to a task of this magnitude, it's best to leave the heavy lifting to a professional Reno roofing company. So, instead of putting yourself and your family at risk by attempting to fix your own roof, take a look below to see why it's worth it to hire a qualified roofing contractor.

Safety

Roofing can be a dangerous job, even for professional roofers. "Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry..." (OSHA, 7). You put yourself at great risk of injury, or even death when you try to tackle a project of this nature. Luckily, professional roofing contractors are trained and experienced in working on top roofs and are familiar with proper safety protocols. Fall protection (the use of harnesses, ropes, etc.) is ladder safety is essential to roof safety. It is also vital to have the proper tools and know how to handle them. By hiring a Reno roofing company, you not only save time and money; but you experience peace of mind as well.

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A lot of the time people take on DIY projects to save money. However, it may actually cost you more to replace or repair your roof yourself. Unless you already have all the necessary and proper tools and equipment to do a roofing job, then you'll have to spend an abundance of money to get these items. Look up basic tools like compressors or nails guns and you will see how quickly it adds up. You'll also be responsible for purchasing all of your own roofing materials, permits, and back-up materials and tools that are needed to complete the project. And if something does go wrong, because roofing can be unpredictable if you're not a licensed contractor, you may find yourself paying more money to have mistakes properly fixed.

Hiring a Reno roofing company may seem expensive at first, but it's actually much more cost-effective than if you decided to do the job yourself.

Time-Saving

If this is your first attempt at a roof replacement project, chances are you'll be working at it for a while. If you succeed, you might save a little bit of money, but you'll have spent a lot of precious time doing so. tearing off an existing roof is a lot of manual labor not many people are prepared for and installing the roof is hard on your back and knees. Don't forget to factor in recovery time for those aches and pains. Also, if you make a major mistake, you'll either have to work longer to repair the problem or you'll likely have to call a professional to fix it. Instead of wasting valuable time, and money, call a Reno roofing company first. A professional contractor has the experience and skill to get the job done more quickly and efficiently, which saves you both time and money.

Experience and Expertise

It takes a certain level of skill and experience to properly install a new roof or make roof repairs. For example, if you come across a problem such as faulty equipment, a professional roofer will be more capable of dealing with such an issue. Also, the quality of work will prove to be much better as well. Practice makes perfect, and if you haven't worked on a roof before, it may not be as functional or sturdy as it needs to be. Roofing is not just nailing shingles to wood, it is ensuring the pipes, chimneys and walls are properly sealed. Not to mention knowing how to install shingles in a valley to ensure it is watertight. Your roof is what protects the interior of your home. When it comes to something as serious as your home's roof, you should use the most qualified and experienced professionals available.

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You may be equipped at home with an extensive tool collection, but that doesn't mean they're right for the job. Roofers use specific tools and equipment to replace roofs that you may not have laying around at home. This means you'll either have to buy the proper tools which can be expensive for one-time use, or you'll be unprepared and ill-equipped to complete the project. Fortunately, hiring a professional roofing contractor will ensure the quality of tools and products used on your roof. Rather than struggling with improper tools or overspending on tools to get your roof done, leave it to the professionals at East Fork Roofing.

Connect with your Reno Roofing Company

Using a professional roofing contractor or roofing company will help you avoid a lot of unnecessary expenses and risks. If you're in need of a quality Reno roofing company, check out East Fork Roofing. We specialize in roof replacements and mobile home roofing for the Northern Nevada areas such as Reno, Sparks, Carson City. We're also BBB accredited and properly licensed so you can trust that we'll provide you with the best roofing services possible. Connect with us today to get started on your new roof! 

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.

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Common Winter Roof Problems 

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. 

Excess Water and Condensation 

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.

Ice Dams and Icicles

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 and Branches

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.

Strong Winds 

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. 

How to Handle or Prevent Winter Roof Problems 

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. 

Connect with East Fork Roofing 

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!

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.

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Powered Roof Ventilation 

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

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. 

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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

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.

Other Energy-Efficient Roofing Materials 

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.  

Connect with the Experts at East Fork Roofing Reno

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!

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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. 

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Asphalt or Composite Shingles

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.

types of roofing, reno roof replacementMetal Roofing

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.   

Wood Shake Roofing

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.

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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 For Your Roof

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. 

East Fork’s Number One Choice For Reno Roofing 

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. 

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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:


Roof Replacements During the Spring

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. 

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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. 

Roof Replacements During the Summer

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. 

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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. 

Roof Replacements During the Fall   

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. 

Roof Replacements During the Winter

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.

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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.

East Fork Roofing Company Reno, NV

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.

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Recently, Reno, NV came in second place as “The Windiest City in the U.S. in 2016” according to the research and consulting firm CoreLogic. To arm your roof with the best defenses against Reno’s gusts, Reno's very own roofing company, East Fork Roofing, highly recommends that you choose to go with shingles that come with the appropriate wind warranty.

East Fork Roofing was started in the mid 90’s by roofing contractor, Clay Davis, who resides in the Carson City area. He has been servicing Reno/Carson throughout that time and knows a thing or two about installing roofs in a high wind area. He taught his son, Mike, these principles from a young age and now Mike owns and operates East Fork Roofing, LLC out of Sparks, NV.

East Fork Roofing is roofing company in Reno and nearby cities, so they are familiar with the Northern Nevada area and its windy weather conditions. As far as shingles go, the first order of business is to avoid 3-tab shingles if you live in a high wind area.  These shingles are flat and only have a wind warranty up to 60 mph. Here is a photo that illustrates the 3-tab shingles:

3 tab shingles

And here is what it looks like when they blow off:

house with missing shingles

East Fork Roofing, for the past 15-20 years, has been using a stronger “dimensional shingle”. These sturdier shingles can withstand winds up to 130 mph. Protection up to 60 mph just isn’t enough when you take into consideration that according to the RGJ, Reno saw wind speeds up to 90 mph last year. Here you can see the superior shingles:

3 tab shingles on a house

When it comes to wind conditions in Northern Nevada, choose roofing companies in Reno NV like East Fork Roofing that use products from Malarkey and Certainteed, both of which carry wind warranties up to 130 mph. They also come with manufacturing warranties should there be any defects. If you wanted even more protection there is also an option from Malarkey for a heavyweight shingle that resists winds up to 140 mph. Lastly, East Fork installs your shingles correctly with the right type, spacing and amount of nails so that your shingles have less of a chance of blowing away in the first place. EFR also covers their workmanship with a generous 5-year service warranty.

So, if you have 3-tab shingles and/or are missing shingles, call East Fork Roofing LLC today for a free roof replacement quote at 775-800-7663. (Clay's contractor’s license is now under the name “Clay Davis” and the number is # 0058079, while East Fork Roofing LLC’s number is #0081744.)

 

Link to RGJ article: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2017/01/17/reno-second-windiest-city-us-2016/96675108/

What is Roof Sheathing?

Much more than just plywood sheeting to which shingles are attached, a roof’s sheathing is the glue that holds an entire roof together. Roof sheathing is ultimately what keeps your roof structurally sound, as it stabilizes the rafters and supports the roofing materials. East Fork Roofing, a roofing company in Reno and Northern Nevada, strongly believes in maintaining your roof sheathing. 

Roof sheathing also helps keep the roof trusses and rafters properly spaced, which allows for contraction and expansion with seasonal weather changes. Most often made out of materials such as plywood or OSB, these installations can vary based on budget and weather conditions.

Does My Roof Need Sheathing?

1. Poor Building Materials or Bad Sheathing

In any case of roof replacement or repair, we will check for bad sheathing, which include sheathing that will not hold the nail properly due to dry rot or moisture, or the usage of inferior building materials. In an average home, there are 2-5 sheets, and in cases of bad sheathing, we will replace each bad 4’x8’ sheet individually.

During our planning inspection, we will walk the entire roof to see if it is overly spongy. If this is the case, we will approximate the costs prior to the project.  As a general rule, approximately 1 in 500 roofs will have an issue where the cost to replace each sheet individually will be more than if a second layer of sheathing had been installed. With East Fork Roofing Reno, the customer can feel free to cancel or postpone the project until they get a second opinion.

2. Outdated Sheathing Practices

Prior to the invention of plywood, a type of sheathing was used where wood planks were installed. These generally consisted of 1”x8” or 1”x12” planks installed with small gaps between them.

If your roof was installed with this sheathing style, you will experience problems when it comes time for your roof to be replaced or fixed. Due to the gaps all over the plywood, a significant percentage of nails will not hit solid wood when shingles are being installed, increasing the chance for shingle blowoff and roof leakage. We will require that a layer of sheathing be installed prior to installing your new roof so that these gaps do not exist.

3. Shake Roofing

During the 70s and 80s,  a fad emerged where shake roofing was installed over 1”x 8” boards spaced approximately 4-6” apart.  To resolve this, after the old shakes are removed, sheathing must be installed to provide a proper substrate to which the shingles can be attached.

If your roof was installed with shake roofing, it is time to get a replacement done the right way with a qualified and experienced roofing company.

Benefits of Sheathing

toolbelt for a certified rooferStructural Integrity: When done correctly, sheathing is not only a base for laying down shingles, but also adds to the structural integrity of the home is it ties all the trusses and rafters together.

Soundproofing: Laying down a layer of plywood or OSB helps to add an additional layer of soundproofing from rain, storms, or other weather conditions.

Which Sheathing Material Should You Use?

There are generally two types of sheathing that are used most often by professional roofing Reno contractors, plywood and OSB, each having their own advantages.

OSB is a less expensive option, although it has been considered to be lower quality as well. However, there are many benefits and advantages of OSB over plywood. OSB is generally more square and can be made into much larger sheets. It is also very strong, and the screw hold measures equally with plywood.

When moisture enters the picture, plywood performs much better though. Unlike OSB, when plywood expands from water exposure, it expands evenly throughout the panel and then returns back to normal thickness, whereas OSB expands unevenly around the edges and will expand up to 15% of its normal size.

A professional roofing contractor can evaluate your needs and decide which sheathing material is the best fit. Though OSB and plywood are the most popular options, others include strawboard, gypsum and foam sheathing.

Roofing Company Reno, NV

Unless you are an experienced contractor, you shouldn’t try to replace or lay your roof’s sheathing as it is the framework of your home. Professional roofing companies in Reno NV like East Fork Roofing are able to select the proper materials and fasteners for your home. If you are in need of roof sheathing or replacement, let our experts evaluate your roofing needs and install the best sheathing for your house. Let us set you up with a free quote!


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