Roofing Services: The Ultimate Guide
The more you know…
I created this article to help homeowners make educated decisions when it comes to roofing services. I will focus on the basics of roofing, the different types of roofs, how to maintain your roof when you need a new roof and some benefits of hiring a professional roofer. I’ll also provide tips on filing an insurance claim for your roof if you need one.
My goal is to be thorough and help you learn as much about roofs as possible so that you can make the best choices for your home. Our team of professionals is here to help with any roofing issues you might experience. Our team has extensive experience and will provide quality workmanship on every job.
What is roof maintenance?
It is periodic cleaning of your roof structure to ensure that the roof continues to last for a long time. Making sure that you have a yearly inspection of your roof can help you identify problems before they become major ones. Roof maintenance is an integral part of owning your own home. A well-maintained roof can help to keep your roof in good condition and extend the life of your roof. It is also possible that your insurance company could deny an insurance claim for damage caused by poor maintenance.
Because your roof is one of the most critical aspects of your home, you must take steps to make sure that this part of your house is in good condition. You should prioritize roof maintenance over other projects. You can always hire a professional roofing services company to maintain your roof! Read more on what is roof maintenance.
How often should you clean your roof?
It’s ideal to clean your roof every few months, especially if you live in an area that’s prone to snow or rain. You may consider doing it more often if you live in a heavily wooded area, where limbs, leaves, and debris fall onto your roof.
If you do not maintain your roof correctly, there is a risk that it will leak or fall down altogether. This can be very dangerous and expensive if such a scenario takes place regularly. To avoid roofing damage, be sure to inspect all the vulnerable areas such as skylights, chimneys, and gutters.
If you aren’t sure what to look for, then ask a professional for advice. It’s also worth having a professional roofing company come by now and again for an overall inspection. They can tell you whether there are problems with the structure or if some repairs are needed.
Stable Roofs offers roofing maintenance as part of our professional roofing services. For more information on how often should you clean your roof, check out our article.
Roofing Services: Roof Inspections
It is imperative to perform regular inspections on your roof in order to properly maintain it. If there are no issues with the structure of your roof and if you have not suffered from any loss due to rain or storm, then you can do a regular inspection of your roof every year. This will help you identify problems in advance and take necessary preventive measures so that nothing terrible occurs later.
Our company’s experienced and qualified roofers can inspect your roof as part of our roofing services, potentially saving you thousands in unnecessary repairs due to roofing issues that could have been corrected earlier.
Don’t wait if you think that a storm has damaged your roof. Contact us as soon as possible. It is essential to consult a trained roofing professional who can evaluate your roof for any damage, what options you have, and what actions you should take to rectify them. You can rely on our roofing services to keep your roof in good condition and make the process as easy and fast as possible. We can even help with your insurance claim!
At Stable Roofs, we assure the homeowners we serve that we conduct a comprehensive, multi-point roof inspection process to make an informed choice regarding their roof replacement or repair.
- What we look for during a roof inspection:
- Shingles that are missing, loose, or worn out.
- Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
- Flashing that is loose, damaged, or missing.
- Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
- Damage caused by wind, hail, or lightning.
- Gutters that are clogged, dirty, or not functioning correctly.
- Vents that are damaged or missing.
- Roof decking that is damaged or caved-in.
- Fascia or soffit with stains or rotten wood.
We cover this in greater detail in What do we look for in a roof inspection?
The Roof Inspection Process
There are essentially two types of roof inspections regular roof inspections and event-based roof inspections involved in our roofing services. Event-based inspections are those that follow an event that could have resulted in damage to your roof, events such as heavy rainfall, large hailstones, heavy rain, high winds, and heavy snow.
Regular inspection process:
Inspect recent repairs: Roofs have locations that are more likely to require repairs than others, and you should make sure to assess these higher maintenance areas during your inspections to ensure that prior repairs are still holding up.
Check for loose, broken, or missing materials: Roofs begin to age from the day they are installed, meaning that materials can loosen or go missing without being exposed to extreme weather events. Further, loose materials in one area may signify a weakening of the same materials in other locations on the roof, which is yet another reason to examine the entire roof carefully.
Look for signs of leaks in the attic: Check for water stains or mildew odor as indications of leaks. Pay particular attention to ducts and vents that pass through the roof’s deck, as these areas can potentially leak.
Check the roof’s flashing: Ensure that seals are intact by looking for visible signs of distress on flashing. A vent that does not fit tightly inside its flashing could also be indicative of a leak.
Make sure the gutters and downspouts are clear: A visual inspection of open gutters may be sufficient, but pouring water into enclosed drainage components such as downspouts may be necessary to make sure they’re clear.
In addition to everything listed above, an event-based assessment is intended to look for signs of damage that occur suddenly, such as holes in roofing caused by lightning.
Check for signs of water pooling: A puddle indicates a drainage problem, such as clogged gutters and downspouts or an ice dam in frigid temperatures.
Assess the damage caused by hail: A large hailstone can damage shingles and flashing, so check the whole roof for damage.
You can find out more about our roof inspections by visiting the roof Inspection process.
How often should I get a roof inspection?
It’s always wise to schedule a roof inspection annually to make sure that you have no damage or leakages. If you plan to sell your house, the buyers will want to know that the roof is in good condition before they purchase it. Stable Roofs offers free roof inspections as part of our roofing services. Visit How often should I get a roof inspection? To learn more.
Roofing Services: Roof Repairs
Your roof is the one thing protecting you from Georgia’s harsh, unpredictable weather. If your home has any damage to its roof or leaks that were not repaired earlier on, these problems will only get worse, and they could potentially cause much more severe consequences later down the road. That’s why we want to help you! Contact us for roofing services, we offer free inspections and project estimates. Schedule an appointment with us, and we’ll come to your home or business when it’s convenient for you.
Can't I just fix the roof rather than replace it?
Many homeowners prefer to repair their roof rather than replace it. Sometimes it’s better to fix a part of your roof than replace it entirely. Your roof’s condition and how much of it has been affected by the damage determine whether or not you will have to replace it. Contact Stable Roofs if you need a roof repair or replacement. Our roofing services are the best in the metro Atlanta area. To learn more about this topic, check out our article To Repair or Replace?
Why does a roof leak?
Mistakes during initial installation might result in water getting into your attic. Chimneys, skylights, and vents are at risk of leaking if the previous roof installers failed to seal them properly. Seams between every material on a roof should be sealed as well. The importance of water tightness cannot be overstated! If you notice any issues with moisture inside your house or don’t know what kind of problems could arise from these mistakes, then call us right away so we can get out there before anything gets worse.
No matter how well your roof was installed in the first place, it’s still going to be subject to decay. The most important thing is that you start looking for signs of wear and tear early on so that a problem doesn’t get too bad before you address it.
Storm damage can be subtle and difficult to identify. Stable Roofs is here to help with your storm damage needs! Storms can be devastating, but we are committed to helping you get back on track. Our team of experts will meet your insurance adjuster at the house and work together in locating the real issue that caused all this mess- so don’t worry about a thing!
Roofing Services: Emergency Tarping
A tarp is a temporary solution to stop damage to your roof. Suppose you think your roof has been damaged because of a storm or accident. In that case, emergency services are available from professionals who can help with repairing the roof and other inspections by trained experts before long-term repairs begin. For more information, visit How to Cover a Leaking Roof.
Can I work on my roof myself?
Can you? Sure. The question should be, should you? If you are looking to save money on roofing services, then the best thing I can tell you is don’t do it yourself. Roofing services are one area where most homeowners should leave it up to a professional. If it’s not done safely or adequately, it could easily be a recipe for disaster. Most people who try to fix their roofs end up paying more in repairs than if they had just paid someone else from the beginning!
I never recommend homeowners get onto their rooftops unless necessary because of all the hazards that come with working at such heights- even when wearing safety gear. On top of being physically dangerous, there’s always a chance something goes wrong no matter how careful one tries to be, which will leave your home needing expensive repair or replacement work before too long again, so why risk it? To read more on this, go to: Can I work on my roof myself.
How do I know if my roof is leaking?
Sometimes signs of a roof leak are apparent. Other times they are challenging to detect and may be caused by many different reasons. Some common signs of a roof leak include:
- If you can see water staining in the ceiling, walls, or windows. This could also be seen as discoloration on the ceilings of bedrooms next to the bathroom area.
- The smell inside and outside of your house is that of musty mold and mildew. This indicates that there has been some sort of moisture intrusion occurring for quite some time due to undetected roof leaks.
- Missing shingles on your house. If shingles are cracked, damaged, or missing altogether, this could allow moisture to penetrate your roof and cause a leak.
- Damaged flashing or covers around roof penetrations can also be a sign that a roof leak is imminent. These items are necessary to keep water out.
For more information: visit our page; how do I know if my roof is leaking?
Replacing roof shingles
After a storm, if you notice that some things are missing or damaged on your roof, you may be able to fix them. Check with a roofing contractor to ensure that the damage on the top doesn’t extend further into the structure.
If the damage extends beyond just the shingles, replacing the entire roof is a safer (and more cost-effective) option. In cases where there are leaks, depending on their severity, you may be able to replace only part of the roof rather than the entire thing. Having the damaged area inspected by a professional roofer will allow you to determine the best course of action.
Repairing damaged sections
Patching your roof might be a way to get by, but you’ll need professional assistance before deciding whether this is the best option for your home. A patch may also make it harder to keep up appearances on the outside of your house and could end up being more noticeable than an entirely new layer of shingle tiles, or metal panels would have been in the first place.
Overlaying is the process of putting a layer of shingles over existing shingles. While it is possible to have two layers on your roof (most local building codes allow it), we do not advise it since the damage is still under the first layer and may worsen with time. We don’t even offer this as one of our roofing services. Additionally, you’ll pay more labor costs when replacing your roof since there will need to be two sets removed before installation begins.
Whenever possible, please talk with a roofing contractor about how this might impact you so that they are aware of any other repairs needed or whether another option may be more practical based on your budget.
Roofing Services: Roof Replacements
For homeowners, replacing a roof can be an overwhelming and frustrating process. Many of them are confused about the process, let alone how to begin. There’s uncertainty about the entire project: from finding a roofing contractor to worrying over costs; some even experience frustration with not understanding what they need or why it’s necessary. Stable Roofs understands this stress that many go through to get their roofs replaced by providing personal care for each homeowner while working on every aspect of your individual needs sensitively and thoroughly!
Should I repair or replace my roof?
How can you tell when it is time to replace your roof? This question plagues the minds of many homeowners as they are faced with pricey repairs. When considering how much you may spend on such a significant and necessary improvement, homeowners often question whether repairs are worth considering or whether replacing the current roof will be required. It’s also important to remember that no matter where you live, roofs must protect homes from all kinds of weather 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year without fail.
Your roof is exposed to all kinds of environmental factors. It’s not just subjected to the beautiful spring and fall seasons but also the extreme summer heat or the frigid winter cold. Snow can accumulate on your roof during blizzards, while wind damage from storms like hail can cause cracks in its surface, which means that its quality will decrease over time as well. To read more about this, visit our blog page Repair or Replace?
What are the signs that you might need a roof replacement?
There are many different signs that you need a new roof. One of the most common signs of needing a new roof is when water backs up and leaks into your house. Other signs include moldy ceilings, cracked tiles near the roofline, and bubbled shingles on your roof. You may also have a problem if the roof seems to be covered in algae, if it’s made of substandard materials, or if your roof is very old. In addition, if you live in a neighborhood with frequent storms, your roof is probably showing signs of damage. If any of these problems have started to plague your home’s roof, then it’s time for an inspection and repair or replacement. The first step is to find a professional that has experience with repairing roofs like yours. You should never attempt this project yourself, as the consequences can be highly hazardous.
If you’re suffering from a leaking roof and want more information on how best to fix the problem and keep it from happening again in the future, we encourage you to contact us today for quality service. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and offer free estimates on all work. Call (770) 766-7770. now for immediate assistance.
What season is the best to replace your roof?
One of the best seasons to replace your roof is during the fall. This is because most of the leaves are off of trees and out of the way, which makes it much easier for you to get on top of your roof. Plus, the heat isn’t unbearable. You also don’t have as many bugs like mosquitoes and spiders, which will try to fly into your house. By replacing your roof in the fall, you will be able to see what problems or issues your roof may have. If you are looking to replace your roof and want professional service, give us a call today. We will perform a free roof inspection and same-day estimate. (770) 766-7770. For more information, visit our page on what season is the best to replace your roof.
Should you replace your roof before selling your home?
If you’re selling your home, replacing your roof before listing the property might be a good idea, but it’s not always necessary. Doing so will significantly increase the chances of an accepted offer and a high price, but it will also cut your profit margins. It’s possible that if you don’t replace the roof or repair any problems with it before listing, the buyer may require you to do so before they can complete the purchase. You’ll also want to get the roof inspected by a professional. This will let you know if there is a need to replace your roof before selling your home. You should also fix any problems that are found during that inspection.
Starting off with a good roof will also help when selling your home. A buyer’s realtor and friends and family are likely to pay close attention to the roof, so doing a quick inspection before having any showings is essential. You’ll want to make sure that there aren’t any problems with the roof that could potentially cause leaks or other issues for you and your potential buyers in the future. For more visit Do I Need To Replace My Roof Before I Sell My Home?
The Roof Replacement Process
The roof replacement process consists of four steps. The first step is to do a thorough inspection to identify the type of roofing and the age. This step also includes assessing the general condition of the roof and any potential damage. The next step is to remove the existing roofing materials. We strip away the roofing material down to the roof decking. At this point, any other issues with the roof should be repaired. If the roof decking is in good shape, we will keep it in place, and if not, we will replace it accordingly. The next step is to put on the new materials, such as new shingles or siding, depending on the type of roof. The last step is to clean up any excess debris and do a final roof inspection. For more details on our process, visit our page on the roof replacement process.
Total Roof Replacement vs. Partial Roof Replacement
What is a total roof replacement?
Total roof replacement replaces the entire roof of a property, including any internal structural support beams or joists. This is typically done when a building suffers damage to the roof or where it has become too severely damaged to repair.
What is a partial roof replacement?
A partial roof replacement involves replacing only part of the outer structure and leaves either side of the original structure untouched. In most cases, it will involve removing a section of the roof and supporting beams of an existing building. This has several advantages over total roof replacement: less material is removed from the property to access the new roof structure. There is usually no internal demolition work required before construction.
Differences Between Total Roof Replacement vs. Partial Roof Replacement:
Total Roof Replacement: As mentioned above, this involves completely replacing every part of the roof covering. While only internal structural changes may be needed for many partial replacements, with a complete replacement, all internal and external support structures must be replaced or adapted for them to function correctly. For more on the subject, visit our page Total Roof Replacement vs. Partial Roof Replacement.
How long will my roof replacement take?
Replacing a roof usually takes about a day for experienced installers. The time will vary depending on many factors such as weather, height and size of the structure, and the complexity of the roof. We explain this in further detail on our page How Long Will my Roof Replacement Take?
How To Avoid Voiding Your Roof Warranty
To keep your roof warranty intact, you need to avoid voiding it. After such a significant investment to have your roof replaced, you want to make sure you don’t do anything that will jeopardize the chances of any damage being covered by a warranty. So, you should avoid installing things on your roof and properly clean and maintain your roof. Stable Roofs offers roofing services to help keep your warranty intact. If you want more information on this matter, consider visiting How to Avoid Voiding Your Roof Warranty.
Roofing Insurance Claims
Many clients making roofing insurance claims are not aware of the types of claims that they can make. There is a fundamental difference between leaking, tearing, and collapsing roofs. Leaking roofs involve water seeping through the shingles or the flashing beneath them. This is usually a result of severe storm damage, faulty installation, or leaky gutters and should be covered by the roofing insurance claim. The tearing and collapsing roofs generally happen due to storm damage, and in some cases, the damage may not be covered by insurance. If you have reason to believe that it was due to storm damage or faulty installation, then you should focus on making an insurance claim instead of doing any repairs yourself.
How do roofing insurance claims work?
Insurance companies, in general, will often cover roofing insurance claims on their own or with an outside company. A claim for a roofing issue can include the loss of a roof due to damage, storm-related damage, and hail. The coverage will be determined by the type of policy that is purchased. Some policies may also offer protection from additional damages such as fire, theft, vandalism, etc. The insurance cost will vary depending on the policy purchased, its coverage, and any other extra protection. For more information, you can read our article on how do roofing insurance claims work.
What damages are covered by roof insurance?
Roof insurance is a type of insurance that covers damages to your roof. This could be due to any number of causes from storm damage such as wind or hail damage. Roof insurance may also cover your roof if it is damaged by fire, earthquakes, and other acts of nature as well. We dig a little deeper into storm damage repairs our article What damages are covered by roof insurance.
How do I know that my roof is covered by insurance?
When you have a problem with your roof, knowing whether your insurance covers it is essential. The best way to find out if your roof is covered by insurance is to contact your policy provider. State Farm, for example, offers full coverage for leaks and other weather-related damages for up to 10 years. For more details, visit our blog How To Know That A Roof Is Covered By Insurance?
More on Stable Roofs Services
Stable Roofs offers both residential roofing services and commercial roofing services to the citizens of Marietta, GA, and the surrounding area. We have a wide range of roofing materials to choose from and offer competitive pricing to fit your needs. Our experienced roofers are here to help. Customer satisfaction is one of our main priorities. We are a commercial roofing contractor that provides professional roofing services for the building owner. Stable Roofs offers different commercial roofing services, including maintenance, new installation, and repair services. Whether it’s multi-family structures, apartment complexes, or industrial buildings with flat roofs, we have a solution for them all. Professional roofing services are essential for the safety and well-being of the building and those who occupy it. A commercial roofing contractor takes pride in knowing that they provide a valuable service with lasting effects for both the business owners and their occupants. So, if you need a quality commercial roofing company, get in touch with us today! (770) 766-7770.