Most of us are probably looking forward to soaking up some warm summer sunshine. But your roof likely is not. Roof shingles and other materials can suffer great damage in hot temperatures, which in turn leaves your home more vulnerable and less secure. With summer quickly approaching, now’s the perfect time to prepare your roof for the bright, hot sun rays that often lead to costly repairs. And when it comes time to fix your roof, leave it to a professional Reno roofing company like East Fork Roofing. As reliable and honest Reno roofing contractors, you can trust that your home’s roof is in good hands when you work with us.
When your roof gets too hot, there are all kinds of things that can go wrong. Not only will your shingles be affected, but the roof decking, attic, and interior of your home may also suffer damage caused by the sun. See what risks your roof may face this summer:
Your roof decking is supposed to provide an extra layer of protection to your roof, but it isn’t indestructible. Excessive exposure to water and moisture can cause the wood material of the roof decking to rot and warp. This, combined with the rising temperatures of summer and poor attic ventilation can lead to further damage. If your attic is improperly ventilated it will likely overheat which often results in the development of condensation causing the roof decking to rot. So, be sure to check for any leaks in the roof or surrounding areas and have your attic inspected by a licensed roofing contraction for proper ventilation.
Moss and mold thrive in a wet and hot environment which makes your roof the ideal spot for moss and mold to grow. Not only are moss and mold unappealing aesthetically, but they can also cause severe damage to your home and even your health. While moss tends to grow on the outside of your home, usually in between shingles or on top of them, mold can easily find its way to the inside of your roof. This generally causes damage to the wood and can affect the entire structure of your home. To keep you and your family healthy and safe, hire a trusted roofing company to assess your roof and have them make any necessary repairs as soon as possible.
Shingles are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and climates, but this doesn’t make them completely safe from damage. Extreme heat can cause shingles to dry out and become very brittle. This can change the shape of the shingles, making them curl or bubble, and could even cause them to crack and deteriorate. Roofing shingles generally have a long life span, but extreme weather conditions can cause serious damage to shingles.
If you have a tile roof, you probably have noticed a few cracked tiles here and there. Although tile is meant to withstand the heat (making it great for places like Arizona), it does not do well with both extreme heat and cold. Between our hot summers and cold winters, tile expands and contracts more than it was meant to and eventually cracks. Now that the weather is nice, it is a good time to evaluate what type of roofing material best suits your needs, your tastes, and the weather. We are more than happy to give you a free satellite estimate for asphalt shingles, even if you just need a price to weigh out your options.
Shingles not only give your home a finished, polished look, but they also serve as a protective seal that prevents moisture, dirt, and animals from penetrating your roof. Roof shingles are key to keeping your roof protected and your home safe from related damages. To ensure that your roof is properly taken care of, make sure you hire a licensed, experienced roofing contractor to perform your roof replacement.
At East Fork Roofing, our Reno roofing company’s contractors and roof replacement specialists complete more than 150 roof replacements a year. Connect with us today for a free roof replacement quote!
While you’re relaxing comfortably in your home during a brutal winter storm, the outside of your house is working hard to keep you safe and protected from the elements. With that being said, your home’s exterior will likely suffer some damage. In order to protect your home from harsh winter weather, take a look at some of these common winter roof problems, and how to handle and prevent them.
Damage to your roof may easily occur in the cold and wet winter months. With heavy amounts of snow and ice, you could be facing damage to roofing shingles, insulation and other parts of your home. Tree branches can also harm your roof by scraping roof shingles, and strong gusting winds could pose a threat to your roof’s protective top. Here are the various ways winter weather can cause roof problems.
There are numerous different ways that water can damage your roof. For instance, condensation, which occurs when warm air meets a cold surface, can lead to mold and mildew. In turn, this can also affect the inside of your home by causing damage to the interior structure. And if you have wet insulation within the home, this can be a problem as well. This is because there’s a greater risk of moisture being pulled into the ceiling from the wet insulation once you turn your furnace on for heat in the winter. This could then lead to discoloration of the ceiling and potential leaks.
Another common winter roof problem occurs when icicles form along the edge of the roof. Not only are icicles a danger to people and pets, but the excessive amount of weight they put on your roof can cause damage to your gutters and the roof itself. In order to prevent icicles from damaging your roof, be sure to keep your gutters free of debris and leaves. And when it comes to ice dams, which form when melting ice from warm sections of the roof flow down and re-freeze on the lower surface, you want to be sure they don’t leak into your home through cracks in the roof. While you can’t fully prevent ice dams from forming, having proper insulation and ventilation will help.
Tree limbs pose a threat to your roof by scraping and damaging shingles that are necessary for keeping your roof protected. Also, tree branches that get stuck and left on the roof can be a problem too. An abundance of tree limbs gathered on the roof could add unnecessary weight and cause damage to your roof’s structure. In order to avoid having to repair roof shingles, it’s best to keep tree branches trimmed back about 6 feet away from the roof.
The Reno/Sparks area is no stranger to the occasional wind storm, but do you know how damaging the wind can actually be for your roof? Well, strong enough winds can tear shingles and other roofing materials right off of your roof. This could leave your roof exposed to other damaging weather such as rain and snow which will cause further damage to your home. If you do notice roof shingles or other roof materials missing from your roof, be sure to contact a professional contractor immediately.
Before the winter season hits full force, you should learn how to prepare your roof for the harsh wet and cold weather. Start by clearing off any debris from the roof and gutters. Extra build-up can put a tremendous amount of weight on the roof which could cause serious damage and debris build-up in the gutters could also affect water run-off. Also, be sure to cut back any tree branches that come close to the roof because the limbs can scrape off necessary roofing material such as shingles. And lastly, be sure to inspect your roof before the inclement weather begins. This way you’ll be prepared if there is damage and can hopefully get the problem fixed before the first storm of the season.
While there are many ways you can help prevent roof damage from occurring, not all problems can be prevented or fixed by you alone. It’s best to contact a licensed roofing contractor if you notice any roof or ceiling damage. If you’re in need of a roof replacement then connect with the experts at East Fork Roofing to ensure your roof is in the right hands. We offer free roof replacement quotes and we’re dedicated to helping homeowners across Northern Nevada have durable, safe, and long-lasting roofs. Contact us today!
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:
And here is what it looks like when they blow off:
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:
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/