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!

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.

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Roof Shingle Bundle Distortion

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.  

New Roof Shingles

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.

Existing Roof Shingles

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.  

Have Your Roof Shingles Installed by East Fork Roofing 

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!

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prepare your roof for spring

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!

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!

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.

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Finding the Right Roof Placement Reno Company

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.

  1. Be Proactive. Waiting too long to have your roof replaced will lead to the cost going up. Leaving a project this big to be done at the last minute will require that materials and labor are expedited which will cost you more money. Prices are lower when you’re not in a rush, so don’t wait.
  2. Consider financing through a bank or third party. Some roofing Reno contractors offer financing but will charge higher prices and use financing to sell you roofing with little added value. It may be better for you if you seek financing through your own bank or with a third party loan and use a contractor who does not offer financing. If a contractor is offering you a roof with financing and it is significantly more expensive than contractors who do not offer financing, you may be subjecting yourself to an overpriced roof.
  3. Get at least 3 quotes in order to get the quality to price ratio that meets your preferences. Getting quotes from multiple roofing companies in Reno will give you the objectivity to help you feel confident in the contractor and product you ultimately choose.
  4. Make sure the company you choose is properly licensed, insured, and bonded. This is probably the most important aspect of finding the best roofing company in Reno because it means that the company itself is responsible for any injuries that may occur during the roof replacement. It also means that they have the proper paperwork to be performing this work on your home. Some companies try to save money by not providing worker’s compensation or general liability insurance. You don’t want to use a company like this because it could mean that an injury or accident that occurs on your property could become your responsibility and you could later face legal actions. Click here to view the Nevada Contractors Board website where you’ll be able to search for companies that are properly licensed.

Preparing Your Family And Your HomeWays to Prepare Yourself and your Family this National Preparedness Month

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.

Start by creating accessibility to your roof and moving any fragile items from your yard

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.

Cover items in your attic and remove wall hangings

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.

Prepare your children and pets

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.

Warn your neighbors

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. 

Be cautious and aware of your surroundings

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. 

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Use East Fork Roofing - Roof Replacement Reno

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!

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