Do you have a roof replacement planned this summer for your Buffalo home? Before any major roofing construction, planning and preparation is key for a smooth transition. It’s recommended that homeowners take precaution to ensure full protection of their home, as well as the personal safety of themselves and their families.
Here are three ways in which you can get your Buffalo property ready for a roof replacement:
Cover and protect belongings in your attic
During any roof replacement, your attic will inevitably be affected with debris and shards of material that fall from hammering on the rooftop. You can protect belongings in your attic by covering them with large drop sheets and removing all your valuables. Once the roof installation is complete, you may also need to vacuum particles in the attic that accumulated as a result of construction.
Protecting your home and Remove all outdoor furniture and other valuables
During the summertime, it’s common to have patio furniture, bikes, sprinklers and other items lying outside your home on the lawn and driveway. However, before a roof replacement begins, it’s critical to move all these valuables completely out of the way, either into your garage or somewhere else where they’ll be protected once the roofing process gets underway. In addition, make sure all vehicles are removed from the driveway, as the roofing company will need to park as close to your home as possible for easy access to their tools and trucks throughout the day.
Avoid letting children or pets outside during construction
While it may seem obvious, it’s extremely important to keep children and pets at a safe distance from the work zone for many safety reasons. First, there will be lots of debris and shingles falling from the roof which can be very dangerous. Second, workers will be busy hauling large pieces of roofing materials and other tools which can be hazardous to others nearby. Make sure your children understand that your front and backyards are off-limits during the construction or consider making arrangements for them to stay with a relative or neighbor until the roof replacement is completed.
Taking the steps above will ensure your property is fully protected throughout the entire duration of your roof replacement. Most importantly, you’ll feel comfortable knowing you and your family are safe during the process!
At AVA Roofing, our customers’ safety is always our top concern. Get in touch with our offices in Buffalo and learn about our roof replacement services!
Are you a Buffalo homeowner looking for a roofing contractor for a new roof? From cost to quality of customer service, there are undoubtedly many things to consider when choosing a roofing professional. When it comes to residential roof construction, the professionals at AVA Roofing are not only highly skilled roofers, but are committed to delivering exceptional customer service during every stage of a roof replacement.
Here’s what sets AVA apart from the others:
Full inspection onsite and timely estimate
As soon as you call us, we’ll set up a time and date for a visual inspection to provide an estimate on the job site. Our team will give you detailed information about the project, timeline, and what to expect. In many cases, our customers get a full estimate from us before other roofing companies even call them back – our goal is always to promptly respond to every customer who calls us and give them the necessary information they need to make an informed decision about how to move forward with their roof. If you decide to hire us, we’ll come out to your house and sign an agreement. We do not take any deposits for our jobs.
Protecting your home and property
When we arrive on the first day of the job, our first priority is to protect your home. Our roofing contractors begin assembling our ladders and hang tarp from your roof to protect the siding, windows, and screens. We also make sure all your landscaping is protected. We always have a foreman on the job to monitor the job site and our team works closely together to ensure optimal safety at all times. At the end of the project, our team also does a complete cleanup of the job site. From cleaning up nails to eliminating all debris, we are very detailed and will leave your property spotless.
Post-project customer service
We offer a 10-year warranty on full replacement, as well as a material warranty. If you have any questions about your roof after the project is completed, we will be as responsive as possible to address any questions or concerns. As one of our customers, you’re our greatest asset and we want to be the first and only contractor that performs all your current and future roofing needs. We believe our post-project service is just as important as the service you’ll receive before and during your roof replacement.
Having a full roof replacement done can be an overwhelming, especially if it’s you’re first time getting a new roof. If you’d like to learn more about AVA’s process, watch this informational video or get in touch with the team at our Buffalo offices by calling (716) 990-4793.
Are you so focused on your roof’s structure and functionality that you’ve forgotten that the air in your attic can be just as important for your roof’s integrity and lifespan? Without proper attic ventilation, the roof of your Buffalo home can overheat in the summer from trapped heat in the attic, and in the winter, heat in the attic can escape and cause moisture build-up, resulting in ice on the roof and damaged shingles. By resolving ventilation issues, you can extend the life of your roof and save money in the long run.
While it’s best to have an experienced roofing professional perform an inspection of your attic, here are some quick ways to tell if your attic is properly ventilated:
Pay attention to leaks
If you’ve had leakage on your roof, this is potential indication of trapped moisture in your attic. When this happens, damage to your roof’s structure can occur as a result of ice dams in the winter or mold in the summer. When vents are properly installed, it’s easier for moisture to be released. A leak inspection by the roofing professionals at AVA’s Buffalo offices can help ensure the longevity of your roof
Notice changes to utility bills
One of the hallmark signs of poor attic ventilation is skyrocketing utility bills due to loss of heat in the winter or loss of air in the summer. If you notice your utility bills spiking during peak periods of hot or cold weather, it’s likely that your HVAC is running on overdrive and that air being trapped in your attic may be the culprit. Improving airflow in your attic will level out the amount of heat or cool air being circulated, allowing your HVAC to function better.
Take unwanted critters seriously
While one or two unwanted rodents in the attic from time to time isn’t always a cause for concern, the ongoing incidence of pests can be directly related to moisture in the attic. Because pests of all types thrive in wet, damp environments, a pest control issue is often a sign of improper attic ventilation. Unless you experience a single, isolated incident, never ignore a growing pest control problem!
Do you suspect ventilation issues with your attic? Not to worry! With the right professional service, ventilation problems can be addressed before they cause long-lasting damage to your home.
To learn about AVA’s attic ventilation inspection process, check out this video or contact us directly at out Buffalo offices to schedule an inspection by one of our qualified roofing professionals.
In the market for a new roof? You may be feeling overwhelmed with the decision of choosing the best roofing professional for the job. With dozens of roofing companies in Western New York, knowing what to look for in a roofing contractor can be confusing.
As you consider roofing contractor options, here are three important factors to consider:
Being one of the most high-risk types of work, any credible roofing professional should be insured. Asking roofers if they have proper workers’ compensation and liability insurance should be the first question upon inquiring about services. In the event of onsite injuries or property damage (which occur more often than you might think), insurance is important for covering these types of liabilities. If you use a company that’s not insured, you as the homeowner may be faced with medical bills and other costs, should an unforeseen accident occur on your property. In some cases, homeowners’ insurance doesn’t even cover these types of incidents, making it especially important to vet a roofer that’s fully insured.
Any roofing repair or replacement requires professionals who are fully skilled and equipped. Asking every potential roofing company about their level of experience and how long they’ve been in the industry will give you peace of mind that your roof is in good hands. In addition to asking companies how many years they’ve been in business, it’s a good idea to read reviews online to form an opinion for yourself about each company’s expertise. If you know other customers who have used the company, be sure to check with them for their feedback too.
While it’s easy to forget, a solid roofing company should offer exceptional customer service. This means providing responsive communication, ease of scheduling and a high level of professionalism in all interactions. You can gauge a roofing company’s quality of customer service by paying attention to how quickly they return your calls, as well as how clear they are with promptly providing answers to your questions and addressing any concerns.
Remember, your roof is one of your home’s most major assets. Taking time to research and assess the best roofing contractor for your Buffalo home is critical not only for ensuring the best quality roof replacement or repair services, but for maintaining the value of your home for years to come. If you’re in search of a trusted and highly experienced roofing contractor in Western New York, get in touch with the experts at AVA Roofing!
Have you ever encountered a pest infestation problem? There’s no denying this is one of the worst problems to have as a homeowner! In Western New York, there are many types of pests that can cause damage to your roof and invade your home, with some of the most common being squirrels, raccoons, foxes, bats, birds, snakes and insects (among many others).
Here are three tips for protecting your roof and home from unwanted pests:
Have your roof regularly cleaned and inspected
As a Buffalo homeowner, regular roof inspections are one of the most effective ways of keeping your roof free of pest infestations. Once a year, hire a trusted roofing professional to clean your roof and inspect it for any signs of infestation. With a general inspection and cleaning, all debris (which often attracts pests) will be cleared from your roof and any signs of pests will be detected before they become problematic. Typically, a roofing professional will be able to identify right away if there are defects in your roof – such as holes or spaces – that are allowing animals and insects access to your attic.
Take preventative measures
Investing in prevention is your best bet when it comes to keeping pest issues under control. There are many methods of prevention that can be implemented to ensure your roof stays free of critters, including sealing; replacement of missing singles or roofing tiles; gutter cleaning; foliage trimming; and roofing nets. Taking steps to prevent pests is just as important as getting rid of them. While pest prevention is an investment up front, taking these measures can save you a major headache in the future.
Choose a metal roofing material
If you’re in the process of building a home or planning to get a new roof soon, a metal roof is often the best option for preventing pests from entering your home. Because metal roofing materials are molded to fit the exact shape of your home, the tight seal of the roof provides an extra barrier of protection against pests. Additionally, chewing pests are less likely to eat through metal roofing materials.
Have you been experiencing pests in or around your home? Get in touch with AVA Roofing at our offices in Buffalo. A roof inspection by one of our trusted experts can help address pest infestation issues and prevent them in the future.
Are you desperately in need of a new roof, but planning to wait until the weather breaks to schedule it? While it may seem odd to have extensive roofing work completed during the winter (especially for homeowners in Buffalo), having a roof replacement done this time of year can have some perks.
Here are three reasons to consider off-season roofing installation this winter:
Getting your house ready to put on the market
Prepping your house to put it on the market this spring? There’s no better time than winter to get a new roof and enhance the value of your home. You’ll eliminate the need to have a bunch of roofers at your house during primetime selling season, giving you more flexibility to focus on exterior cosmetic updates, such as landscaping or painting. Additionally, getting on a roofing company’s schedule is much easier and more flexible during the winter. Waiting until the seasons change may leave you with limited openings, making it more difficult to show your home to potential buyers.
Preventing future damage
If your plan is to wait until spring or summer to replace a poorly functioning roof, you may be subject to further damage that could have been prevented. Roofing problems often get worse from sleet and snow, and can become more costly and severe if you wait several months for a replacement. Rather than potentially sacrifice the structural integrity of your house in the future, taking the plunge to get your new roof in the winter can save you a major headache.
Typically, due to less demand by homeowners in Buffalo, roof replacements in the winter tend to be less costly than during other times of the year. Since winter is generally considered “off season” in the roofing industry, you’ll likely get a lower rate. Along the same lines, you may also spend less for roofing materials which can be appealing if you opt for a more expensive roofing option.
At AVA Roofing, our team works year-round while always putting our workers’ safety first. With the exception of dangerous weather conditions, we do full roofing replacements throughout the entire winter season. Get in touch with our office in Buffalo about roof replacement services during the off-season today!