Are you considering skylights for your new home? Unfortunately, skylights have gotten a bad reputation in the building industry, resulting in many people being skeptical about putting them on their homes. However, problems and issues that commonly occur with skylights can easily be avoided with the right roofing protocols.
Here are three of the most common myths surrounding skylights – and the truth behind them:
All skylights leak.
While skylight leakage is a well-known problem, this issue can be prevented by making sure skylights and roofing materials are properly installed and functional. If a skylight is leaking, roofing materials must be correctly nailed down so that shingles are firmly in place around the skylight. The seal between your roof and skylight should also be checked to ensure there are no signs of damage to the roof that would allow water to get trapped and cause leaks. If you’re building a home with skylights, hiring a reputable roofer is key to guaranteeing proper installation.
Skylights require ongoing maintenance.
If the thought of constant maintenance is turning you off from skylights, you should know that having regular roof inspections can help to identify skylight repairs before they become larger, more costly problems. Furthermore, the type of glass that’s used for your skylights can often determine their longevity and ability to withstand damage. Be sure to ask your roofer about a high-quality glass that will allow water and debris to easily disperse off the surface of the skylights, reducing the need for constant cleaning.
Skylights can overheat your home.
While skylights can provide significant sunlight, the idea that they can overheat your home is a bit of an exaggeration. How much heat skylights emit depends on many factors, including where they are placed on your home and the type of insulation of your windows. Additionally, the time of year can also make a difference, as there’s much more direct sunlight (and hours of sun) during the summer than the winter. Based on your individual home and climate, it’s best to consider all these factors.
Add to Your Roof’s Aesthetic with AVA
Enhancing your roof’s aesthetic appeal, skylights can be a beautiful asset to any home. Contact the roofing experts at AVA Roofing and learn about the many skylight options available.
Most people know that mold anywhere in or around their house can be harmful; however, mold on a rooftop can especially present some unforeseen issues. It’s common for mold to develop on roofs, especially under climate conditions that cause a high degree of moisture. Potential signs of mold on your roof typically include leakage, damage to your roof’s structure, nasty odors in your home, or visible mold already inside your home. Unfortunately, failing to address mold on your roof can have long-lasting ramifications on the quality and integrity of your house, costing you thousands of dollars in removal costs.
If you suspect any mold on your roof, here are some of the most important reasons to have it removed immediately:
Mold can spread to other parts of your home
Mold on your rooftop can turn into your worst nightmare, as it can easily spread to other parts of your home if left untreated. Whether it washes down from your roof shingles or gets stuck in the cracks, mold can penetrate many types of roofing materials while making its way indoors. Once mold enters your home, it can cause a variety of health-related issues – including dizziness, headaches, and memory less, among many more severe conditions. Additionally, mold can cause major damage to the interior of your home, potentially causing the collapse of ceilings, caving in of floorboards and the breakdown of walls.
Mold can attract rodents
One of the most overlooked issues of mold is that it can attract rodents both outside and inside your home. Because of its damp and soft consistency, mice, rats, and squirrels often chew on roofing materials covered in mold which can cause more additional damage to your roof. Often rodents will create nests on your roof or end up finding ways to get into your attic. Having rodents anywhere around or inside your home can compound mold issues, resulting in an entirely new set of problems.
Mold can result in the need for a full roof replacement.
In the worst-case scenario, unattended mold on your roof can become completely irreparable. If the mold has caused permanent damage to your roof’s framing, sheathing or structure, it’s likely that you’ll need to have a full roof tear-off to remove the mold and stop contamination. By taking steps to remediate the situation at the first sight of mold, you can prevent interior spread and reduce the need for extensive removal or structural repairs.
In addition to the simple fact that mold is unsightly, it can have devastating effects on both the outside and inside of your home. Addressing mold issues before they get out of hand will be critical to protecting your roof and ensuring no further damage is done in the future.
Have AVA Evaluate Your Roof
Are you concerned your roof has a mold issue? Get in touch with AVA Roofing to have your roof evaluated as soon as possible.
If you’re in need of a new roof, chances are you’ve put this off for some time. While it might not be the most exciting project on your to-do list, investing in a new roof will play a key role in maintaining the value of your home and preventing irreversible damage to your property in the coming years.
Here are three reasons to consider having your roof replacement done this summer:
1. More time and flexibility
Because a roof replacement is a major home project, it’s best to move forward with it during a time when you and your family have a more flexible schedule. If you have small children, making their safety a top priority will ensure they don’t get hurt during the roofing installation. During the laid-back days of summer, it’s often easier to make arrangements for your children to stay somewhere away from the home, such as a neighbor or grandparent’s house. Or, you may opt to take a family vacation while your roof is being installed so you don’t have to experience any disruption or noise!
2. Improved energy efficiency
What many people don’t realize is that a new roof can do wonders for energy savings! With the summer months bringing along hefty air cooling costs, investing in an energy efficient roof can combat high energy bills and improve your home’s insultation. There are many energy efficient roofing materials to choose from, including asphalt shingles, metal roofing, slate roofing, and tile roofing. As you pick out your new roof, opting for a lighter color or more reflective roofing material can help to significantly cut home energy consumption and put more money back in your wallet.
3. Efficient installation
Due to less precipitation, the summer season typically presents the best time for the most efficient roof installation possible. Rainy days can often slow down the installation process, so choosing the month of July or August for your replacement will almost always be in your favor. Additionally, it’s in your best interest to get your roof replaced when there’s a reduced likelihood of damaging storms that could potentially derail the installation process or cause damage to your home!
Do you have plans to sell your house at some point in the future? As you get ready to put your home on the market, it’s essential to take the quality of your roof into consideration and evaluate the need for a roof replacement or any repairs. Roof maintenance is heavily tied to a home’s value; therefore, investing in your roof will ultimately help you acquire the most equity within your home.
Here are two of the main reasons to keep your roof in top shape, especially if you’re planning to sell:
Preventing costly damages within your home
Making sure your roof remains in good condition is essential not only for preventing roof damage, but for preventing other major problems from occurring in your home – such as water leakage, attic or ceiling damage, poor insulation, interior mold, and rodent infestation, among many others. These issues can wreak havoc on your house and are likely to require an entirely different set of services beyond the scope of standard roofing repairs. Being proactive with maintaining your roof is critical for avoiding a multitude of other costly repairs that could potentially lower the value of your home even more than a damaged roof itself!
Increasing buyer appeal
In many ways, investing in your roof will make your home more marketable when you choose to sell. Realtors often promote a new or highly maintained roof as a major selling point to prospective buyers, presenting it as a major asset to the long-term value of the home. Buyers tend to be more attracted to houses in which they will not have to worry about any costly roofing repairs in the foreseeable future. It’s common for buyers to opt for a house with a newer roof when comparing to similar houses on the market with roofs in far less condition.
No matter what, your roof will always play a role in your home’s equity. Taking the necessary precautions to fully maintain your roof – whether through major or minor repairs – will always be beneficial to the long-term value of your home.
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Are you planning to put your house on the market? Contact AVA Roofing and learn how a new or improved roof can set you up for selling success!
With summer being the ideal time to make improvements to your home, there may be many types of projects you haven’t yet considered. Whether you’re looking to maintain the integrity of your roof or have been wanting to make updates to the exterior of your home, there’s a great benefit to utilizing the summer months to get these types of projects done. As you gear up for warmer weather and more time off, here are three types of home improvement projects to consider:
1. Roofing repairs
While it’s certainly not the most glamorous of projects, using the summertime to complete major or minor roofing repairs can save you from a lot of aggravation and costly problems in the future. From broken or missing shingles to water leakage in your attic, there are often roofing related concerns that can arise, especially in homes 10 years or older. Enlisting a trusted roofing company to do a full inspection of any problems you may suspect will help you get a sense of what issues need to be addressed to avoid any long-term term damage to your home.
2. Updated siding
If you’re looking for an easy way to give your home’s exterior a complete facelift, look no further than updated siding! Because siding over the years can become damaged, faded and outdated looking, new siding can instantly increase your home’s curb appeal, giving it an entirely new and refreshed look. In addition to the cosmetic benefit, updated siding will serve to repair any structural damage of your existing siding that may be causing leakage or other hidden issues. Replacing your siding also presents a great opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency, as you’ll be able to add more insulation within the exterior walls of your house.
3. Garage remodeling or replacements
Are you sick of having an old, ill-working garage that’s constantly causing problems? You may want to consider having your current garage demolished and investing in a completely new, more efficient garage. Keeping your personal needs in mind, this project will allow you to work with contractors on a new garage design that better meets your lifestyle. For instance, you may choose a garage that doubles as a guest house, workshop or mancave. Whatever you have in mind, the summer is one of the best times to make a garage remodel or replacement a reality!
Tackle Your Next Project with AVA
At AVA Roofing, we offer all the above services, among many others. By working with our experienced team of professionals, you’ll experience the highest degree of workmanship and customer service.
With springtime now upon us, you may be in the market for a new home. As you look at houses, you’ll likely have a multitude of questions and concerns – one of which should involve the condition of your future house’s roof. Having full knowledge about your home’s roof before you sign on the dotted line will save you significant money and aggravation in the future, making it an essential focus during your search. As you embark on your house hunt, here are three of the most important roofing questions to ask your home or roofing inspector:
1. What is the roof’s history?
During the assessment of any roof, acquiring information about the roof’s history in terms of the age of the roof, as well as past maintenance and repairs is critical. The seller of the home is responsible for providing information related to details of the roof’s history, such as when it was replaced and the types of repairs that have been done over the years. As a future homeowner, having this information will also ensure you’re educated about roofing warranties that would be transferred to you as the new owner, as well as what repairs and issues you may encounter down the road.
2. What are the main issues with the roof (if there are any)?
Once the house’s roof is inspected, you’ll want to get clear on any roofing issues that exist. Some issues are more costly than others to resolve, which is why it’s best to get as much specific information and details as possible. For example, problems with a roof can range anywhere from structural damage and water leakage to building code violations. Depending on the severity of the issues, you have a few options as a buyer. You can accept the house “as is” in its current condition; you can lower your offer based on how much repairs will cost; you can ask the seller to rectify the roof problems at their own expense; or you can simply back out of the sale. Having an inspection of the roof done by a reputable roofing company will ensure you know exactly what needs to be addressed so you can plan for future repair costs.
3. When will the house need a new roof?
Above all, your inspection should result in a full understanding of when you will need a new roof. With a new home being a major investment within itself, it’s in your best interest to have a sense of when and if you’ll need a new roof in the near future. One of the ways you can determine the lifespan of a roof is by the material it’s made of (most roofs typically consist of asphalt shingles, tile, slate, wood or metal material). Your inspector should be able to provide you with information about the roofing material used, as well as the roof’s lifespan, which will help you determine the potential cost and timeline of a roof replacement.
Get in touch with AVA during your house hunt
Are you in the process of buying a new home? Get in touch with AVA Roofing and learn how we can address all your home’s current and future roofing needs.
Being proactive about asking the questions above will help you be informed about the condition of your future home’s roof so you can feel confident in your investment, and budget and plan as necessary.
Looking to get a new roof? Before you move forward with a roofer, it’s essential to inquire about the company’s warranty options. What’s important to understand is that not all warranties are created equal. Knowing what warranty comes with your new roof – and being aware of the fine print – can save you a lot of money and aggravation in the future. Here are some factors to keep in mind as you compare roofing companies:
Different types of warranties
The most common type of warranty is a manufacturer’s warranty which is essentially a roof shingle warranty. These standard warranties last approximately 20 years and provide protection for shingles that become damaged before their expected lifespan is over. With shingle warranties, damages are typically only covered for roofs that have been regularly maintained. Beyond the manufacturer’s warranty are other types of warranties, including workmanship warranties, full system warranties and roofing labor warranties. All these types of warranties vary in terms of their duration of coverage, as well as offer different terms depending on the company. Asking roofers about their warranty options will help you make the best choice for your home and financial situation.
Unfortunately, there are many roofing companies offering long-term
warranties, only to close their doors a couple years later. As you choose a
roofer, be sure to research how long the company has been in business. Most
roofing companies that have been in business for at least 10 years are
generally reliable in terms of warranty coverage. You can also compare roofing
companies by checking out online reviews and getting local referrals.
Roofing warranties for new homes
If you’re in the midst of getting a roof for a new home, the warranty protocols tend to be a bit different. In many cases, a builder warranty is offered through the home builder used. For a new house, most issues with a roof will be considered structural problems which are often covered for about 10-year period to rectify any major problems or irregularities. If a builder refuses to offer a warranty, you can consider purchasing a warranty through an independent company to guarantee coverage.
AVA Provides Reliable Warranty Options
At AVA Roofing, we’re committed to providing trusted and reliable warranty options for your new roof. Contact our team and let us handle your roofing needs!
Are you in the process of researching roofing companies? Before you choose a roofer, it’s important to do your due diligence and make sure the roofing company you choose is fully insured. Both big and small roofing projects always present a degree of risk and taking steps to protect yourself and your home is key. Here are the three major factors for why hiring an insured roofer is so critically important:
Risk of roofer accident
It’s important to remember that no roofer is perfect, and mistakes
happen on the job – even with the most experienced roofers! Because roofers
must work on ladders, handle heavy materials and engage in risky
construction-related projects, they are at a higher risk for personal injury.
If a roofer gets hurt on your property, an insured roofing company will provide
coverage for injuries related to the job. This protects you, as the property
owner, from having to resort to your home insurance in the event a roofer gets
hurt working on your roof.
Risk of homeowner or family member getting
In addition to the risk of a roofer getting hurt, roofing projects
can also put homeowners and their family members at risk to a certain extent.
For instance, a homeowner may step outside their home during a roof replacement
and get struck by a shingle or other type of dangerous material falling to the
ground. Using a roofing company with liability insurance that covers this type
of situation will ensure you won’t be responsible for covering the medical
bills should an unforeseen injury occur.
Risk of accidental home damage
With any roofing project – from small repairs to full roofing replacements – there is always a risk of damage to your home. Between equipment and heavy materials used by roofers, your home can experience minor or major damage if a mishap or accident occurs during the project. If any form of damage to your home happens on the job, your roofer’s insurance will cover the cost of property damage.
As a homeowner, you probably know that the condition of your roof
plays a major role in the value of your home. Being vigilant about maintaining
your roof and making repairs in a timely manner is essential for keeping your
home in the best shape possible. Whether your roof is 30 years old or just a
couple months old, here are some important tips for prolonging the life of your
Replace missing shingles promptly.
While it may appear like minor wear and tear on the surface, even just one missing or torn shingle can wreak havoc on your roof. Shingle repairs will ensure any gaps in your roof are filled, protecting your roof’s structure from weather elements, such as wind, rain and ice. Replacing broken or missing shingles sooner than later can eliminate the need to spend significant amounts of money on a full-blown damaged roof in the future.
Prevent ice dams.
If you live in a cold wintery climate, taking proactive measures each year to prevent ice build-up from forming on your roof is key. Ice dams can cause many problems for your roof, including structural damage to the edges of your roof and gutters, carbon monoxide from blocked chimneys or vents, and even possible roof collapse. If you notice any signs of ice or water damage on your roof – or in the form of condensation in your attic – it’s critical to get to the root of the problem before the condition of your roof is permanently affected.
Get regular roof inspections.
Unfortunately, many roofing issues are hard to spot with the human
eye. This is why having regular roof inspections can help significantly in
identifying issues that may eventually lead to bigger problems down the road.
An experienced roofer can evaluate your roof for both minor and major problems,
giving you an estimate for how much potential repairs may cost and helping you
understand what issues need to be rectified immediately.
AVA Will Help Prolong Your Roof’s Life
Hoping to prolong the life of your roof? Learn how AVA Roofing’s team can help you keep your roof in top shape, saving you money and aggravation in the years to come!
Busting the Most Common Roof Maintenance Myths
When it comes to roofing maintenance, it seems like everybody has a different opinion about how to properly take care of roofs. Unfortunately, it you believe everything you hear, you may end up disregarding roof problems that can potentially turn into major disasters for your home. Keep reading as we bust three of the most common roof maintenance myths:
Modern roofs don’t require regular maintenance.
Because the quality of roofing materials has improved over the
years, many people mistakenly believe that new roofs don’t require any form of regular
maintenance. However, while newer roofs tend to be extremely durable and
long-lasting, they are not free of many of the common problems any roof can
face over its lifespan – such as torn shingles, holes, and shrinking, just to
name a few. Regularly maintaining your roof and rectifying any damage that
occurs will ensure even minor issues don’t become worse.
Gutters are separate from roofs.
What many people don’t realize is that gutters and roofs go hand
in hand. If your gutters are clogged or damaged in any way, this will have a
direct effect on your roof’s ability to function properly. This is because
clogged gutters can cause severe leakage under your roof, weighing down your
roof’s structure and resulting in the accumulation of mold and water damage.
Having your gutters cleaned on a yearly basis will ensure your roof maintains
its structural integrity and protect it for years to come.
Roof warranties cover everything.
You may be under the impression that your warranty will cover any roofing issue that comes up; however, this sadly is not often the case. Warranty coverage is highly dependent on your roofing company and the level of regular preventative maintenance you’ve had done. In most cases, even extended warranties do not cover roof damage caused by weather conditions or long-term neglect. Typically, your roof warranty (most commonly referred to as a manufacturer’s warranty) will only cover minor repairs, such as a broken shingle or a defect in roofing materials. It’s best to check the fine print of your warranty before assuming anything!