Low-sloped roofs are designed to protect your home or commercial building against the weather and other natural elements. But unlike steep-pitched roofs, these systems are more affordable and more suited for homes that have modern and contemporary architecture. They also require proper care and maintenance to stay durable and effective throughout their lifespan, just like any other roofing system. This means they must be inspected and cleaned by a trusted contractor regularly.… Continue Reading
Replacing your roof is a major project. If done right, you can protect your home and easily improve your home’s resale value. However, to ensure it’s installed correctly, you’ll have to properly plan out your roofing project.
To help you avoid committing mistakes when planning, here are four mistakes to avoid when you are planning to replace your roof.
1. Forgetting to Clarify the Project Scope
A roof replacement project is essentially a collaboration between you and your roofing contractor. Nothing is worse than being halfway through the project and realizing that your roofing system is not what you’ve envisioned. This is why it’s important for you and your roofer to fully understand the project scope from the start. Remember: clear and constant communication between you and your contractor is essential to your project’s success.
2. Choosing Price Over Quality
If you’re going to compromise the quality of a roof for a more affordable price, then you’re likely to put your home’s protection at risk. This can end up costing you more later on due to premature damage. That’s why when it comes to choosing materials for a roof replacement, we always recommend durable, cost-effective products from trusted brands like GAF.
3. Not Being Thorough With the Contract
Roofing projects should always have a contract that contains all the important details. A breakdown of materials, schedule, time frame and overall costs should be included in the contract. Homeowners who fail to be thorough with the contract will likely find themselves being caught off-guard by an unexpected expense.
4. Not Getting to Know Your Contractor
Before hiring a contractor to work on your home, you should first do your research by checking the company’s website, reading reviews and asking for references. If someone you know has worked with your prospective contractor before, you can also talk to them. Make sure that the roofer you hire is licensed and insured to protect you in case of an accident during the construction.
BSR is an exterior services provider that offers the most popular and manufactured-to-last shingles and roofing materials. We’re also proud to be a GAF Certified Roofing Contractor, assuring that GAF manufacturer warranty coverage on installed roofing materials remains fully valid.
BSR offers free initial estimates so you can get to know us and learn the potential costs of your upcoming job. Contact us at (607) 722-7221, or fill out our online form to get started. BSR is proud to serve businesses and residents in Ithaca, NY.
Your residential roofing system is made of different components that work together to effectively protect your home from weather elements like rain, snow and storms. In most homes, the roof extends past the exterior wall, forming a horizontal gap between the edge of the roof and siding. The underside of this gap, called eaves, is covered by the soffit.… Continue Reading
Roof inspections are crucial in determining the current state of your roofing system. They inform you of any potential risks or existing problems that need to be fixed. The results of a roof inspection are also crucial in providing appropriate and effective roof repair. Here’s what happens during an inspection.
Roof inspectors check the attic, interior walls and interior ceilings to look for signs of roofing issues – such as water stains, molds, rot and any indication of water infiltration.
Experts need to know if your roof has missing, curling or loose shingles as well as rust and missing flashing or fasteners. They also inspect the rubber boots and seals around your vent pipes, making sure there are no gaps or deterioration in the material. Another thing that they check is if shingle aggregate has collected on the ground or in the roof valleys. This could mean that your roofing is about to reach the end of its lifespan.
This takes into account other components, such as soffits, fascia and gutters. Problems in these parts can affect your roofing and require a roof repair. During structural inspections, contractors also check if your roof has uneven planes or sagging and if you have inadequate attic ventilation. Improper ventilation is a leading cause of heat and moisture buildup, which increases the risk of ice dams during winter. Ultimately, if left unaddressed, it can shorten the lifespan of your roofing.
During this part of a roof inspectaion, the quality of installation or previous repairs are checked. If your roof had been poorly installed or inadequately repaired, problems like leaks or roof damage may crop up at some point.
BSR has been providing roof repair and replacement services since 1913. We also have expertise in other home exterior services, including siding, gutters, windows and doors. Call us at (607) 722-7221, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in Vestal and Binghamton, NY.
Some homeowners make the mistake of waiting until spring to have their old roofing replaced, not knowing that harsh winter elements can make it more susceptible to leaks and severe damage. Heavy snow, powerful winds and melting ice can penetrate a dated roof, causing holes and allowing moisture into your foundation.… Continue Reading