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What Time Of Year To Replace A Roof

Truth be told, the best time of year to replace your roof is whenever you’ve been able to adequately plan for it. Acting under pressure from a leaking roof or a gaping hole can push people to make rash decisions that they’ll regret later. Not to mention that depending on the time of year, scheduling a replacement could take weeks if your roofing contractor is busy.

When it comes to roofing, busy season usually falls between late summer and fall, but that doesn’t mean that the other parts of the year are better or worse for getting your roof replaced. U.S. News & World Report does suggest avoiding seasons known for bad weather, which may change depending on your climate, so it’s worth taking a look at all the times of year that you could replace your roof and decide which is best for your needs.

What time of year is best to replace a roof

Spring 

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As winter fades away and takes the cold weather with it, many homeowners start thinking about all of the home improvement projects they can tackle now that it’s enjoyable to be outside again. And if they’re experiencing leaks, drafts or cave-ins thanks to harsh winter weather, it’s also the time of year many homeowners start thinking about replacing their roofs.

Winter can be too cold, summer can be too hot and fall can be too busy, so for most areas of the U.S., spring is the best time of year to get your roof replaced. Asphalt shingles in particular need time to adhere to your roof and create the sealing that keeps them in place, which can’t happen in temperatures below 45°F. This makes spring an ideal time to consider a roof replacement.

The only downside to replacing your roof in the spring is that the weather can be a little unpredictable. Rain interrupting your install can result in some delays, but good roofers know how to accommodate for the changing weather and often come prepared with backup plans if the sky decides to open up. If you can plan ahead to avoid the weather, you don’t have to let spring storms rain on your parade (or install).

Summer 

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For most roofing contractors, summer through fall is the busiest time of year. The weather is typically consistent and warm enough to allow all tools and materials to function, making it a time when most people book their roof replacements. Late spring to early summer is often marked as one of the best times of year to replace a roof since, in most climates, the rain has stopped and the extreme heat and humidity of late summer haven’t set in yet.

One downside to this optimal time, however, is that there are a lot of people trying to schedule roof replacements at once. This means that prices go up and time slots become very limited. Roofing contractors will work with you to schedule the best time to come do your roof, but due to the significant increase in appointments during this time, it may be a while before they’re able to get to your house.

If your project gets pushed too far back into the summer season, you may end up having to install your roof during the dog days of extreme heat and humidity. Not only does this type of weather have an effect on the working conditions and hours your installers can reasonably work, but it can also affect the roofing materials themselves.

Extreme heat can start to melt asphalt shingles, making them less durable during installation and more prone to getting scuffed and damaged.

Fall 

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A basic Google search will tell you that fall is the best time of year for roof replacements. The combination of cool, stable weather and the onset of winter leads most homeowners to start thinking about how their homes will be affected by the upcoming cold, snow and sleet — which is why fall is one of the busiest seasons for roof replacements.

Since the temperatures average between 45°F and 85°F with little threat of unpredictable rain, fall is typically one of the best times of year for shingles to set and seal. With the overall cooler temperatures, roofers are also able to work longer days without getting overheated, helping your project get finished faster.

But replacing your roof in the fall can have some drawbacks. Since so many people are often vying for the same appointment slots for their roof replacements, it can be weeks or longer between when you sign your contract to when you get your new roof. Roofing contractors will also often tackle the most needed roof replacements first, possibly pushing your roof replacement into the beginning of winter depending on your roof’s condition.

For these reasons, Devon Thorsby, a real estate editor for U.S. News & World Report, advises that if you hope to replace your roof in the fall, it’s wise to plan a month or two in advance so you’re prepared for any delay that may arise.

Winter

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Winter can be a difficult season for roofing contractors to complete roof replacements. If winter is when your schedule allows for a roof replacement, or a sudden emergency forces your hand, it’s important to try and plan ahead as much as you can.

Replacing a roof becomes problematic when temperatures drop below 40°F. Shingles need thermal sealing in order to set, and while this process can happen quickly in warmer temperatures, it could take days or weeks in colder temperatures. If shingles get too cold, they can also crack or break during your install. Plus, snow, sleet and other winter weather can make it extremely unsafe for workers to complete an install.

Fortunately, it is still possible to replace your roof in the winter as long as your roofing contractor knows what they’re doing and everyone’s schedule is accommodating to any changes in weather. When shingles are properly stored in a warm environment and are quickly applied with specialized tools, they can seal just as well as shingles applied in the spring or summer. Another benefit to winter roof replacements is that there’s a decrease in the amount of work that roofers are able to book, which means you may be able to snag a good deal.

Any reputable contractor can guarantee the quality of their work regardless of the weather, so replacing your roof in the winter may be the best option for you if you want schedule flexibility.

Call Five Points Roofing today and we can help with any other questions you may have: (615) 794-4001

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You Might Be Surprised! 10 Roofing Facts You Didn’t Know.

You see your roof every day. You see your neighbor’s roof every day. You see dozens, maybe even hundreds of roofs every day.

But what you don’t know just by looking at them is that the typical roofing system is incredibly complex, employs some of the best cutting-edge technology in the construction industry, and hides a bevy of “trade secrets.”

We’re pulling back the curtain (or shingles, in this case) and revealing 10 roofing facts that might surprise you.

1. Where you live dictates what style of roof you should get.

It’s a roofing fact: some roof types just work better in certain regions and climates. Gable roofs, or roofs formed with two triangles at a 90-degree angle, work best in colder, snowier climates or when homeowners want to build attics or have vaulted ceilings.

Hipped roofs, which have four slopes of equal length on all four sides that meet at the top to form a ridge, are more wind resistant than gable roofs and might work best in windy areas.

Water tends to pool more easily on a flat roof, which means this type of roofing system might be best in a drier, less rainy climate.

2. Flat roofs are not flat.

Don’t be fooled by the name. Flat roofs are not entirely flat. They actually have a slight slope of at least ¼ inch per foot.

3. A roof is a lot more than shingles and wood.

Facts about roofs.

A good roof system has no fewer than seven necessary components. There’s the roof decking, which has to support all the weight of the roofing system. Next comes the ice or water barrier to help prevent damage if ice damming occurs. A roof also needs a waterproof or water-resistant underlayment that will protect the deck directly from moisture creeping in. Then there’s the metal flashing, which ensures the water runs off the edges, and a drip edge, which has a similar function. Finally, a roof has to have shingles. And don’t forget the ventilation system–the soffits, eaves and vents which allow air to circulate.

4. It’s not okay to cover an existing roof.

While it may seem like an inexpensive, quick fix to a roofing problem, double-layered roofs can cover up big roofing issues that need to be addressed. In addition, a double-layered roof adds weight and just hides the corroding material, allowing the problem to get worse. If previous roofing materials were installed over the top of your existing roof, you should replace the entire roof as soon as possible.

5. You can’t DIY a roof.

Yes, it seems to run counter to what all the DIY programs tell you. The true roofing fact is, a roof is actually a complex system of layers that require proper installation from skilled professionals with the right training and tools to ensure it all works together correctly. Going the DIY route can result in damage to your attic, walls, wood frame, and even electrical systems.

6. Roofs breathe.

Roof ventilation facts.

As funny as it may sound, a roof needs air. Roof ventilation, ie: the flow of air on the underside of a roof deck, is one of the most critical aspects of the whole roof system. Roof ventilation allows warm, moist air to escape and cooler, drier air to come into the attic. Without ventilation, condensation is going to build up in your attic, which can damage walls, wood and insulation.

7. A roof can be good for the environment.

Environmentally friendly or “cool roofs” reflect infrared and ultraviolet rays from the sun away from the building and have a higher thermal emittance, or ability to efficiently emit radiation. According to the EPA, cool roofs not only help homeowners conserve energy, but they reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well by mitigating the heat radiated into the atmosphere.

8. Professional roofing cleaning companies are a thing.

It’s a roofing fact that it’s important to keep your roof clean and clear of moss, algae and fungus/lichen, but did you know there are professionals who specialize in keeping roofs clean? They have special techniques and products to do it, including equipment that doesn’t harm shingles and biodegradable cleaning solutions that are less harmful to plants and the environment. They even have a trade association, the Roof Cleaning Institute of America.

9. A faulty roof can break a home sale.

A new roof can be a major selling point when you go to sell your home. Conversely, a roof with leaks, missing or damaged shingles, or other visible signs of disrepair can send a potential buyer running. The last thing a new homeowner wants to do is spend money on a costly roof replacement. It’s far better to replace your roof before you sell your home.

10. My roof will last forever.

Almost, but not quite. The typical lifespan of a roof really depends on the materials and installation. A simple, 3-tab shingle roof may be warranted for 20 to 25 years. Shake style shingles can be warranted for up to 50 years.

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How Much Does A New Roof Really Cost?

The fact is, roofs don’t really have price tags dangling off of them. So, how do you know how much a new roof costs? There are quite a few factors to consider. As Middle Tennessee’s leading Roofing company, we’ve got answers that can help you budget your roof replacement.

First, it helps to understand the various parts that make up your whole roof.

Understanding your roof system

A roof is made up of several layers that work together as a system to protect your home. Proper installation of each component protects the roof, attic, walls, and foundation from wind, rain, ice, heat, and humidity.

In addition to shingles, a complete roofing system includes:

  • Deck: The main wooden structure.
  • Underlayment: A layer installed under the shingles to keep the deck dry.
  • Flashing: Material used to deflect water away from seams or joints around chimneys, exhausts, etc.
  • Vents: Items that optimize airflow through the attic to keep the roof dry.
  • Drip edge: Material along the edge of the roof that guides water to the ground or in the gutters.
  • Soffit: The area underneath a roof overhang.
  • Fascia: The horizontal roof trim on the end of the rafters that often holds the gutters.
  • Winterguard: waterproofing shingle underlayment – key in fighting water penetration

Factors that affect new roof costs

Now that you understand the complexity and interconnectedness of your roof replacement, here are five factors that will impact the cost:

  • Size

    The biggest factor in determining how much it will cost to replace your roof is the size of your roof. The cost of roof replacement is calculated in terms of roofing squares; one roofing square is 10 feet by 10 feet, or 100 square feet. Whenever possible, we use state-of-the-art, satellite technology to precisely measure the roof of your home. This ensures the right amount of roofing materials are ordered—thereby saving costs and reducing waste—and helps provide a better estimate on how long the project will take.

  • Removal

    Before a new roof can be installed, your roofing professional will need to remove and dispose of the old roof, which can include layers of old shingles and underlayment. Any debris must be moved to a proper landfill site, which typically charges by the weight of the materials. The costs associated with this process depend on the amount of time and labor it takes to remove the old materials, as well as the landfill charges.

  • Style & Shape

    The slope of a roof can make a big difference in determining the cost of replacement. The slope is the angle of incline and indicates the vertical rise compared to the horizontal run. For example, if your roof’s slope is 6:12, it means the roof rises six inches vertically for every 12 inches it runs horizontally. The steeper the slope of the roof, the more shingles it takes to cover it. In addition, a roof with a very steep slope requires greater staging and safety equipment, which can cost more.

  • Materials

    There can be a major cost difference between the different types of roofing materials. Asphalt is generally the most affordable option, with slate and shake, or wood shingles being the most labor-intensive and the most expensive. Five Points Roofing has a whole range of shingle options, including luxury and designer asphalt shingles.

  • Features

    Chimneys, skylights and vents can improve the look of your roof but for a roofing contractor, these features can all be potential obstacles to carefully work around during the installation process.

Paying for your new roof 

Roof replacement is an important investment. The good news — there are plenty of financing options available to make sure you’re not breaking the bank, shingle by shingle.

Five Points Roofing has convenient financing that fits every homeowner’s budget. We work hard to keep our financing options as simple as possible. Our goal is to give you the peace of mind you need.

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Help! I Have Storm Damage!

Strong winds, heavy rains, scorching sun and massive snowfall – your home’s roof takes a beating 365 days a year.

This year’s spring weather has been particularly damaging to roofs across the country. Hail storms and tornadoes damaged the roofs of two residence halls and the sports coliseum at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, a thunder and hail storm in Sacramento caused leaks and soaked 250 books at the California State Library, and the mid-Atlantic and New England got pummeled by no fewer than four nor’easter snowstorms in less than three weeks.

All of these annual and relentless weather events can leave you with a damaged roof and even cause leaks that can impact your home’s interior.

What storm damage might look like

Sometimes, the signs of a damaged roof are pretty obvious, like water spots on a ceiling or curled, buckling or missing roof shingles. You may also see broken or damaged roof flashing, wet walls, water issues around your home’s exterior, or winter ice damming.

What to look for:

  • Shingle condition. Missing shingles are one obvious sign, but pay attention to the granule buildup on your shingles as well as early signs of damage. Hail storms can cause dings and dents in asphalt shingles and should be noted as well.
  • Missing flashing along the edges of the roof and along skylights, vents, and chimneys.
  • Loose or pealing sealant along those same penetration points.
  • Water damage in the attic or along the ceiling.

Other time, the signs aren’t so obvious, which is when it might be time to call in a professional roofing expert. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners get their roof inspected by a professional twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring.

How to start the process of roof replacement

Once you’ve assessed the damage, the next step to replacing your roof is to request an estimate.

At Long Roofing, an expert will sit down with you and your family to select the perfect roofing materials — from the protective underlayment to the shingles that will cover your whole roof system.

We’ll also work through financing options, discuss warranty packages, and accommodate your schedule to find the perfect day to complete your new roof installation.

What your homeowners insurance covers

Homeowners insurance and roofing.

Figuring out what your homeowners insurance covers and does not cover can be confusing.

Homeowners insurance covers your roof in cases where it is damaged for reasons outside of the homeowner’s control – a few examples are fire and vandalism. Your policy will also usually cover damage from extreme weather events or “acts of God” like hurricanes and tornadoes. Similarly, roof damage caused by moderate weather incidents such as hail, wind, and rain are often covered by homeowners insurance.

When filing a claim, it’s important to thoroughly document any damage that occurred. Also, make sure you keep receipts for all work done on the home. Many policies will cover these expenses when submitted with a claim.

However, keep in mind that coverage will often depend on the age of your roof, the area you live in, and may other factors. The easiest way to know what’s covered or what’s not when it comes to storm damage is to contact your insurance provider and go over the specifics of your policy, including what’s covered and what your deductible may (or may not) be.

What your warranty looks like

When you purchase a new whole roof system, that roof will come with its own warranty. But not all roof warranties are the same. In fact, many homeowners learn the hard way that most roof warranties only cover the cost of materials or just manufacturer or installation defects—not weather-related issues.

Beware of storm chasers

Roof storm chasers.

The last and final point we’ll make about natural disasters is that they can be a magnet for dishonest contractors.

“Unfortunately, severe storms can bring out the worst in people, especially unscrupulous roofing contractors who scam consumers needing to repair or replace their storm-damaged roofs,” the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety said after Denver’s record-breaking hail storm in 2017. “These fraudsters will often make false promises, insist on full payment before work begins or is completed. Sometimes, they will even create damage where none existed.”

Do your due diligence when choosing a roofing contractor. Check with local and state agencies to find out if your anticipated contractor is licensed and qualified to do the work.

6 Questions To Ask A Roofer

Be sure your roofer can answer questions about their location, insurance and more.

Before hiring a roofing company, there are certain questions you should ask. A poor job can mean costly roof repairs and leaks in the future, which means more time and money spent. Ask a roofer the following questions before making a hiring decision:

1. What is your full company name and physical address?

Ask for the roofing company’s full name and address. If they use a Post Office box, ask for the physical location. A roofing company that doesn’t have a physical location is a cause for concern, and you should move on. Check Angie’s List to find a reliable roof repair or roof replacement company in your area.

RELATED: Hiring a Roofer: It’s not an Estimate, It’s an Interview

2. Do you have insurance?

Roofing contractors should have workmans’ compensation and liability insurance to protect the homeowner in the event of an accident. Workers’ compensation protects the homeowner if a roofing company’s employee gets injured, and liability protects you from damage caused by the roofers during repair or replacement.

Without workmans’ compensation insurance, the homeowner may be responsible for medical bills and other costs associated with the injury. Your homeowners’ insurance may not cover these types of accidents, so you will be personally responsible for the costs.

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Some contractors use subcontractors for roofing jobs. Make sure you get lien waivers to protect yourself if your contractor doesn’t pay them.. (Photo courtesy of Colin Kessler)

3. Do you use roofing subcontractors?

Ask whether any part of the job will be performed by a subcontractor. If so, make sure you ask these same questions of the roofing subcontractor — particularly ask whether they are insured.

MORE: What is a Contractor Lien Release or Subcontractor Lien Waiver?

4. Do you have a roofing contractor license?

Ask the roofing contractor if he or she is licensed by your city or state. Licensing requirements vary by state. Some cities and counties also require a contractor to be licensed. Verify whether a license is required in your area, and if it is, check with your local licensing offices to make sure your roofer’s license is up to date and doesn’t have any outstanding violations.

MORE: What Information Should Be in a Roofing Estimate?

A business license is not the same as a roofing contractor license. A business license is for tax purposes and identifies the company. It does not mean the person has passed a test or is qualified to work as a roofer.

5. Do you have homeowner references?

Ask for local residential job sites you can visit and check previous roofing work. You can also ask for references, but sometimes past customers do not want their personal information released or a contractor cherry picks a couple of happy customers. Follow up with the homeowners and ask whether they are happy with the roofing job completed by the contractor.

6. Do you offer a warranty for your roofing work?

Ask how long the roof repair company guarantees its work. A roof warranty typically lasts for a year, but some roofers offer longer warranties. The manufacturer usually covers the materials, and the roofer covers the work. These are two separate warranties, so ask the roofer what is covered under each warranty and the length of each.

As always, give 5 Points Roofing a call today and we’ll help walk you through the process!

Ensuring Proper Ventilation

It is very important to ensure proper ventilation in your attic so that your home is comfortable during all seasons. The free flow of fresh air through the roof is essential for the maintenance of the right temperature in your home. Proper roof ventilation ensures that your home is warm in the cold seasons, saving you many expenses. If you want to make sure your attic is well ventilated through the roof read this article to learn why and how to do it properly.

A roof that is well ventilated will last longer than improperly or non-ventilated roof and attic. The lack of ventilation or the improper one can lead to mildew and mould, which are created by the humidity and warm air. Moisture can   weaken your roof decking, making your roof more fragile. When moisture and heat get stuck under your roof this may lead to cracked slates and progressively worsening of the roof condition. The lack of ventilation or the improper one can create forming of ice dams as well. This happens when warm air gathered in your attic melts away the snow on your roof. When the weather becomes colder, the melted snow freezes again. This process of melting and freezing again is repeated over and over, thus creating ice dams. They keep the water stuck at the eaves which leads to a lot of roof damage.

There are a few types of roof ventilation you can provide – from installation of basic static vents to more modern power vents. The most effective exhaust ventilation is provided by ridge vents. Their name comes form the place where they are installed – along the ridges of the roof. To provide intake ventilation you can install soffit vents. These vents can be installed along the underside of the overhang of your roof or along the eaves. You can choose gable vents which are installed at the gables and work together with a fan for better results. You have the option of installing roof vents instead of gable or ridge vents. Their location is higher on the surface of your roof.

Installation of vents is a good decision you can make for your home which will save you a lot of roof damage and expenses. It has to be done properly by professionals. Here are some recommendations for the proper vent installation. If the half of your vent openings are located along the soffits, while the other half of them are situated along the ridges, 1 foot of exhaust and intake ventilation is enough for every 300 sq ft. If you have installed soffit vents, 1 foot of ventilation is enough for every 150 square feet of your attic floor area. It is advisable that you leave minimum an inch space between the the roof sheathing, the soffit vents and the insulation.

You should definitely consult with a licensed roofing company such as 5 points roofing to ensure that your roof and attic ventilation is in line with the local regulations. Depending on your climate zone there are different codes and requirements for the ventilation in your roof and attic. During the summer the high temperature in the atmosphere outside heats up your home. Proper roof vents release some of the hot air to regulate the temperature in your home. They also provide a conduit for the cool air to get in your house. During the winter, daily activities create moisture in your home. Cool outdoor air and the heated air in your attic create ice dam formation. Proper vents provide cooler air to get in your attic through the conduit. The hot and moist air is released through the vent so that the temperature in your home is regulated. This is how proper ventilation works and maintains the comfortable temperature in your home.

Listen To Your Roof

We hope this message finds you warm and well. As temperatures dip and drop, we encourage you to, from a position of safety and warmth, “listen” to your roof. If you tell the neighbors that you want to “hear what your roof is telling you” this winter, they may be convinced you’re suffering from a bad case of cabin-fever! However, there is much you can learn by paying attention to your roof during cold, harsh weather. In this issue of our newsletter, we take a look at how you can understand what your winter roof is “saying” about your home.

SNOW ON THE ROOF?

If you end up with snow on your roof, pay close attention to how it melts. Ideally, it will melt evenly over your entire roof surface as the outside temperature warms up. If though, you see it melting in just certain areas, that indicates “hot spots” in your attic which are the result of warm air from the living space leaking into the attic. This is not only inefficient from an energy standpoint, but is also the chief cause of potentially damaging and dangerous ice dams and icicles along the bottom edge of your roof. Melted snow from high up on the roof drains down the roof until it hits the cold overhangs where it re-freezes, forming ice.

Melted patches on the roof also indicate inadequate attic ventilation. A properly vented attic will be similar temperature-wise to the outside ambient temperature, preventing snowmelt on the roof until outside temperatures are above freezing.

Sealing off your living space heat from the attic and increasing your attic ventilation will help the snow to stay on your roof until it melts naturally. Natural melting of the snow due to temperatures being above freezing means that the melted water can fully exit the roof as well as your gutters and downspouts. This avoids any issues with ice dams.

FROST IN THE ATTIC?

Next, take a look in your attic on a cold day. Frost on the bottom side of your roof deck or on nails protruding through the deck tells you that you have an unhealthy accumulation of moisture in your attic. High moisture levels in the attic can lead to dangerous mold growth. Your attic insulation is also less effective when it is damp.

To decrease the moisture in your attic, ventilation is normally the key. Sometimes, it may be possible to add a vapor barrier behind your home’s ceiling to help keep moisture form migrating into the attic.

SCHEDULE A SPRING CHECK UP?

Finally, if you have a traditional asphalt or fiberglass shingle roof, take a close look at it in the spring. Cold winter temperatures can make aging shingles crack and even break. If you see more damage to your roof after the winter than what it had before, it will indicate that your roof is getting close to needing to be replaced. Also in the spring, look closely inside your attic, especially at the bottom of valleys, for any indication of roof leaks due to ice dams.

Stay warm this winter. Curl up with a good book or a favorite movie. But when you have time, take a look at your roof and your attic. What is your roof trying to tell you?