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
Logically, it’d make sense that the solar home’s value would be significantly higher than the home without solar panels. But the question is by how much more?
According to the Office of Energy and Renewable Energy (EERE), you will be able to significantly increase your home’s value when you install a solar energy system. Research indicates that the more solar panels there are on the roof, the higher the value of the home – with an estimated increase of almost $6,000 per kilowatt of solar energy. This indicates a rise of over $29,000 in the retail value of the home for a 5-kilowatt installation. Several buyers across the country will be willing to pay approximately $15,000 more for a home equipped with an average-sized solar panel.… 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
There is no escaping the inevitable: snow and ice brought by the winter weather. This wind is starting to howl, and, soon, those gusts will carry snow drifts and flurries your way. So, before loads of snow begin threatening your home, it’s about time to winterize your home, particularly your windows and doors.… Continue Reading