Residential Roofing & Repair
Good roofers and home inspectors know a secret that they wish everyone knew….More than half of the residential roofs we see are not properly installed.
We have all heard the horror stories regarding bad contractors. Jobs gone wrong, down payments that disappear with no work being done, unqualified/uninsured people doing the work. Regardless of what the cause is, the end result is the same…A customer who is left with the mess, and a contractor who suddenly can’t find their phone. When it is 2 am and your new roof that looks great from the ground is leaking you suddenly realize that the few dollars that you saved by having your brother-in-law’s buddy do your roof on the weekend was not worth the few dollars saved.
Houston, We have a problem
Like many things, roofing included the quality hides in the details. Most of the time these details cannot be seen from the ground. More often than not, an improperly installed roof will hold out the water in the beginning. Then it will begin to leak. Maybe only when the wind blows a certain way, or only in freezing weather, or maybe every time it rains. A good portion of these roofs will hold out water for a year or two, then suddenly you are chasing a leak every time you turn around.
Stepping over dollars, for pennies
Your house is likely the largest investment you have, and your roof is one of the most important components of that investment. Much like your roof, your heart is a critical component serving a larger body. If something goes wrong, do you want the best heart surgeon or the cheapest?
Ice & Water Barrier
Ice & Water Barrier is one of the best things that ever happened in the world of residential roofing. Ice & Water Barrier is a 3-foot wide roll of self-adhesive material that has a black granulated surface. This material self-adheres directly to the plywood decking and self-heals around nail punctures from the shingles that are installed over it. This material can be placed on the eaves, and up the rakes to prevent wintertime leaks caused by ice damming. Not as an upgrade, but as standard practice, we install Ice & Water Barrier under all valleys. This product can be used in other problem areas as well such as skylights, chimneys, and pipe flashings.
Every house has at least one pipe flashing. Most modern houses have 2-3 pipe flashings. A leaking pipe flashing can cause ceiling damage anywhere in your house, but the most common areas that a bad pipe flashing will reveal itself are on kitchen and bathroom ceilings. Pipe flashings are considered a maintenance item and will typically need a new seal after 10-12 years depending on site conditions. If one of several pipe flashing has failed, it may be a good idea to service all of them.
An often overlooked component of residential roofing systems is the ventilation. Ideally the attic space will be as close as possible to the temperature outside. This is why the ceiling rather than the roof is insulated. If a roof is improperly or inadequately ventilated the roof can fail prematurely, or condensation will form and cause water spots on the ceiling. If the ventilation system is out of balance it can cause a reverse draw and pull large piles of falling snow into the roof vents. A properly balanced system draws air into the vents in the eaves and exhaust air out of the roof vents. Causes of system imbalance can be an imbalance of the ratio of soffit vents to roof vents, blown in insulation blocking soffit vents, or plugged soffit vents. The soffit vents have an insect screen on the inside. Over time dirt accumulates on the insect screen and blocks the air flow. This issue is compounded when the vent get painted over. Often times it is a good idea to replace the soffit vents when installing a new roof system.