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Maintaining and making sure your roof is in its best condition should be on the top of the list of home repairs. A well maintained roof protects your home and interior and all the hard earned dollars you put into your investment as a homeowner. If you have any signs of damage or wear you should take instant action. Turning a blind eye and ignoring even what seems to be a small problem, will lead to the eventual need of a new roof and other parts of your interior needing to be repaired. Its important you keep an eye out for roof damage or signs of a leak and if needed take the proper steps for roof repair immediately.
Common reasons a roof leaks and signs your roof is about to leak.
Common signs that you may have a roof leak or that roof problems are on the way. The quicker you notice these signs and take action the cheaper it will be in the long run. So keep an eye out and protect your investment (Your house). Its suggested not to let the roof leak cause problems to pile up and deal with the problem before it gets worse.
Blown off or missing shingles - In any case no matter what material the shingles are made of, shingles are apt to lifting up due to high winds. The lighter the material the more likely they are to lift, however even heavy asphalt shingles can peel and blow off, leaving your bare roof exposed to the outside weather and rain, that will inevitably rot the wood, create mold and seep into your home.
Bad or leaking pipe flashing - The vent pipes on your roof lay under your roofing. If installed properly they should be well sealed, but over time the metal connecting vents and other ducting to your roof over time age, corrode and crack. In addition to this Plumbing vents that prevent water from leaking into your house have a rubber gasket that is prone to deteriorate within 10 years, depending on weather conditions. They should be inspected for cracking and any other signs of distress. This is most likely the most common cause for roof leaks.
Chimneys - Chimney flashing's can leak if pulled away from your chimney or installed improperly. The flashing may also have corroded and begun to crack. However the most common reason for chimney leaks is old or a badly done caulking job. If all of these are fine chances are the chimney itself may have fractures and allowing water in through the fractures, in this case you have to have it fixed immediately
Valleys - Valleys are the angles that are created when two sloped roof panels meet perpendicularly. Even some experienced roofing contractors make mistakes when weaving a valley together. The shingles have to be cut to fit the valley and sometimes the cuts are made rough or uneven, many people compensate by installing flashing, to correct the uneven edges at the joints. While this helps with the rough cuts and uneven edges, the flashing's then have to be inspected routinely for gaps that allow water under the shingle. So to save yourself the trouble get it done correctly and make sure the leak isn't coming from a badly done valley job.
Ice dams - Ice dams are formed when snow freezes on your roof blocking water and run off to drain into your gutters or leave your roof causing water to backup underneath your roofing shingles and thereby draining into your house.
Low slope/inadequate roof pitch - Often times inexperienced roofing contractors wont warn the home owners about installing a shingle roof on a low slope roof with inadequate pitch for run off and instead of draining off the roof it back ups underneath the shingles this is especially common in seasons or places with higher rainfall.
Roof Replacement cost and your Free Estimate
A new roof will protect your home against wind and weather that might damage both the outside of your home as well your home’s interior and valuables. But what goes into deciding if you need a new roof and if so which type do you choose?
True Blue Free Inspection:
Your first step is calling True Blue Construction at 516-590-7777 and setting up your free roof inspection. Our expert roofing contractors will come to your home because each home has different challenges; from the type and pitch of the roof, to the type of shingles, and access points to the roof, we always provide an honest site inspection and accurate estimate for your roofing needs.
If our inspector evaluates your home needs a new roof, he will determine your roof size. Roofing contractors don’t usually use the measure “square feet.” Instead, they talk in squares. A square is their basic unit of measurement—one square is 100 square feet in area, the equivalent of a 10-foot by 10-foot square. The typical Long Island two-story, 2,000-square-foot house with a gable roof will consist of less than 1,500 square feet of roofing area, or about 15 squares.
A number of considerations will affect the cost of a new roof. The price of the material is, of course the starting point, but other factors also must be considered. One is the condition of the existing roof if you are remodeling a house—if old materials must be stripped off. The shape of the roof is another contributing factor. A gable roof with few or no breaks in its planes (like chimneys, vent pipes, or dormers) makes for a simple roofing job. A house with multiple chimneys, valleys, skylights, or other elements will add to the cost of the roof installation. Our contractors will discuss all these factors in detail when giving you our free estimate.
What type of Roof
Not every roofing material can be used on every roof. A flat roof or one with a low slope may demand a surface different from one with a steeper pitch. Materials like slate and tile are very heavy, so the structure of many homes is inadequate to carry the load. Our roofing contractors will provide you with both the advantages and disadvantages as well as the cost of the most common roofing choices.
Making the Choice
More often than not, if you are remodeling, the existing roof of your house will determine your choice of roofing material. Should you be considering other options, you’ll want to consider not only the cost but the color, texture, weight, and durability of your alternatives, as well as what traditionally has been used on houses like yours.
Available Roofing options.
This is the most commonly used of all roof materials, probably because it’s the least expensive and requires a minimum of skill to install. It’s made of a fiberglass medium that’s been impregnated with asphalt and then given a surface of sand-like granules. Two basic configurations are sold: the standard single-thickness variety and thicker, laminated products. The standard type costs roughly half as much, but laminated shingles have an appealing textured appearance and last roughly half as long (typically 25 years or more, versus 15 years plus). Prices begin at about $50 a square, but depending upon the type of shingle chosen and the installation, can cost many times that.
Wood was the main choice for centuries, and it’s still a good option, though in some areas fire codes forbid its use. Usually made of cedar, redwood, or southern pine, shingles are sawn or split. They have a life expectancy in the 25-year range (like asphalt shingles) but cost an average of twice as much.
Aluminum, steel, copper, copper-and-asphalt, and lead are all durable—and expensive—roofing surfaces. Lead and the copper/asphalt varieties are typically installed as shingles, but others are manufactured for seamed roofs consisting of vertical lengths of metal that are joined with solder. These roofs start at about $250 per square but often cost two or three times that.
Slate is among the most durable of all roofing materials. Not all slate is the same—some comes from quarries in Vermont, some from Pennsylvania and other states—but the best of it will outlast the fasteners that hold it in place. Hundred-year-old slate, in fact, is often recycled for re-installation, with the expectation it will last another century. But slate is expensive—typically prices start at about $800 a square—and since slate is very heavy, most homes may need some structural reinforcement to support this added weight.