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Is Condensation a Threat to My Roof?

Roof condensation can be a major issue for any Middle Tennessee homeowner, especially as temperatures drop during the colder months. The clashing of warm indoor heat and cold outside air causes excess moisture to form. Whether due to internal or external moisture, roof condensation can lead to structural roof damage, mold and mildew growth, rotting, insect infestation, and other problems. This fall, focus on preventing roof condensation before chilly weather sets in. If you think you could have attic condensation or a roof leak now, contact our local roofing company to set up a free roof inspection

Metal and Shingle Roof Condensation Solutions

Roof condensation and water damage can result in expensive, yet preventable repairs and even complete roof replacement. The best way to ensure your roof lasts as long as possible is with regular maintenance and inspection.

1. Make sure you have proper insulation.

Quality insulation regulates the temperature in your home during both hot and cold seasons, making it one of the most important components of your roof’s longevity. Proper insulation can keep excess moisture from ever forming, so make sure to look for any damp spots or leaks when checking your insulation.

2. Purchase a dehumidifier.

An affordable, beneficial way to avoid roof condensation is by adding a dehumidifier to your home. Dehumidifiers pull excess moisture from the air to prevent mold formation, water damage, and ultimately decrease the chance of roof condensation.

3. Install a roof moisture barrier.

Roof moisture barriers are water-resistant underlayments that provide an extra layer of protection from the elements as well as water damage. They are installed underneath all other roofing materials and also promote energy-efficiency.

4. Schedule a free roof inspection.

Five Points Roofing Company offers free roof inspections for Middle Tennessee homeowners. We are happy to inspect your roof at no cost. Contact our team to inspect the most common areas for roof damage, including your shingles, flashing, chimneys, and ventilation.

Local Roof Repair Contractors in Middle Tennessee

If you’re looking for a roofer in Brentwood or anywhere else in Middle Tennessee to inspect your home for roof condensation, reach out to us. Our roofing contractors and inspectors are local experts and will help you determine whether you need a full replacement or a simple repair.

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Average Roofing Costs in Tennessee

Roofs are not cheap, whether in terms of materials or labor costs. Yet, there are few building maintenance projects that are more important. Improper roofing installation or unsuitable materials could end up costing property owners more than an upfront investment would have.

There are many factors that influence average costs for Middle Tennessee roofing services, which can change over time and across locations. For this reason, there is a fairly wide range of average roofing costs. According to HomeAdvisor, the average homeowner spends roughly $15,000 on roof installation, and the average national cost tends to fall anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000 (2020 HomeAdvisor Report). This cost breaks down to about 40% for materials and 60% for labor.

At the high end, people pay as much as $250,000 for a new roof! However, at the low end, they may pay as little as $5,000. Because there are so many price factors at play, homeowners and roofing contractors have the flexibility to make thoughtful and cost-effective choices. Knowing these factors can empower homeowners to minimize unnecessary roofing costs.

Cost of Roofing Materials

The average cost of installing a roof is $15,000; what contributes to this figure? The price of a quality roof installation varies by a number of factors. There’s not much room for negotiation when it comes to the cost of roofing materials. Different materials have different standard costs per unit. Bear in mind that the slope, or pitch, of the roof will narrow down roof composition options.
Asphalt shingles, for example, are by far the most common choice in the United States due to their low cost and widespread availability. They are associated with medium pitch. Wood shingles, on the other hand, cost roughly five times as much as asphalt and require a minimum slope to maintain adequate drainage.
In general, heavier items, like tiles instead of shingles, cost more per unit and require more expensive structural support. With some materials, certain colors and textures are priced higher than others. And, there is a premium on durability with any kind of roofing material.

Other Costs to Consider for Middle Tennessee Roofing Services

A fundamental budgetary consideration is whether the installation requires disposal or modification of an existing roof. The average cost of roof replacement in Middle Tennessee can cost more if roofing contracts are required to remove an extant roof, make preliminary repairs, or lay down new underlayments such as a water shield. Of course, a self-installation project will cost less than a professionally installed roof.

Another weighty factor is the size of the home to be roofed. This one is straightforward: the bigger the building, the pricier the roofing job for both parts and labor. What about the shape of the roof? A very steep, high-‘pitch’ roof will by definition cost more than a plain, flat roof because there is simply more surface to cover. You can get a rough estimate with a roofing calculator.
Sophisticated styles such as Colonial or Victorian are steeper, which partly explains why their prices tend to be similarly steep. Note that many contractors adjust their pricing after a minimum pitch to account for the added dangers of working on a steep slope.

Additionally, very complex roofs with special features like chimneys or skylights require a bigger budget. Gutters, drains and other accessories will inflate the total purchase as will flashing to mitigate water damage and vents that protect against temperature extremes. Also, most roofs come with warranties, some of which are offered for a fee.

Contact Us for Roofing Quotes in Middle Tennessee

Whatever the project constraints are, remember that the cheapest materials and work can easily end up costing more in the long run if significant repairs must be made too soon. In contrast, expensive materials can increase a home’s value and even lower insurance premiums. Roofing is key to a property’s value, so it’s vital to hire a Middle Tennessee Roofing specialist for all roofing services.

Five Points Roofing Company can help you sustain your investment in the long term. To learn more about average roofing costs and to schedule a free Signature 5 Point Roof Inspection, contact Middle Tennessee’s best roofing contractor today!

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COVID-19 Announcement

To our Middle Tennessee community,

We understand and acknowledge that Middle Tennessee has had a tough time lately. With the devastating Tornado damage across Middle Tennessee, and now, the ever-present uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we want to make it known that Five Points Roofing Company is still here for all of your roofing needs, and we stand with you.

Five Points Roofing Company will remain open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic as home and business repair services have been deemed essential businesses under Mayor John Cooper’s “Safer at Home” order.

There is still extensive roofing damage to repair throughout Middle Tennessee after the March tornado, and if you need roofing assistance, we are here to help. For any of your roofing needs, big or small, you can count on Five Points Roofing to provide the most professional, hygienic service possible for you. We are taking all necessary precautions to provide roofing services that comply with all guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We can inspect and replace roofs all while maintaining the safe 6 foot distance. We don’t need to go inside, and all documents can be shared or signed electronically.

Our roofers are HAAG Certified and are highly proficient in repairing all major types of residential roofs. Our team of Nashville roofers are experts in the following areas:

  • Proper inspection safety techniques
  • Current code requirements
  • Proper installation techniques
  • Hail damage
  • Wind damage
  • Roof maintenance
  • Mechanical damage

Repair costs for each roofing type:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood/shingle/shake
  • Fiber cement
  • Metal

Our focus has always been and will always be on you, the customer. Throughout this difficult time, you can count on us to take care of any of your roofing needs. Five Points Roofing Company is a family-owned and operated roofing company built on customer service and satisfaction. We’ve been voted Middle Tennessee’s best roofing company for five years in a row and have over 75 years of experience in the roofing industry. We proudly serve the Nashville, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill, Franklin, and Brentwood areas.

If you’re looking for a roofer in Middle Tennessee, contact us today, and know that you can trust in Five Points Roofing Company to get the job done right! Stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Five Points Roofing

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The Elements of a Proper Roofing Inspection

When scheduling a roof inspection, here are some of the things we typically look for that will help protect your roof from irreversible damage.

Missing or damaged roof materials

The shingles, roof tiles, fasteners, and the gutter/downspout system protect your home from the elements. If any of them are damaged or missing, the roof and the structural elements below (underlayment, framing materials, vapor barriers, and insulation, etc.) are vulnerable. We’ll notice sealing or structural issues with skylights or roof windows that may not be evident from the interior.

Your roof inspector will make a list of any yellow and red flags and report them to you, along with suggestions and an estimate for repair costs, so you can decide how to proceed.

Evidence of algae or moss

It may look pretty, or seem cottage- or green roof-like I appearance, but any evidence of algae or moss on a roof is bad news. Once those colonies take hold, they’re breaking down the structural components of your roofing material(s). They can also wick moisture through to the interior of your home.

Cutting back trees can help, but once algae and moss are established, the roof requires a thorough cleaning. This is a potential DIY task, and part of routine roof maintenance, but you must take precautions to secure yourself to prevent falling or injury.

Evidence of ponding or pooling water

Flat roofs have trended from time to time, and are popular in commercial applications – partially because they’re cheaper to build. However, roof slopes are more about functional design than aesthetics. Your sloped roof ensures water can’t pool or collect, putting your home at risk for leaks.

If we see evidence of ponding or pooling water, we’ll look for the source and suggest repairs, ranging from clearing clogged drainage lines or redesigning gutters/downspouts to re-pitching the roof.

Cracked, rusted, or loose components

Roofing systems made from multiple components and an issue with anyone of them compromises the hole. While we’re up on the roof, we’ll look for evidence of cracking, rusted, loose or missing components including:

  • Caulking and sealing
  • Flashing
  • Chimney caps, mortar or bricks/stones
  • Gutters
  • Rubber boots around pipes or other projections

We’ll also look at all the awkward locations that are hard to access on your own – like the eaves, overhangs, and undersides of gutters.

Proving your roof has been maintained as per manufacturer’s instructions will expedite homeowner’s insurance claims as well as any warranty items that need to be addressed over the roof’s lifetime. We’re experts when it comes to dealing with insurance companies, so rest assured, if you have any damage, we’ll walk you through every part of properly filing a claim and getting your roof replaced.

Call us today to schedule our signature 5 Point Inspection! (615) 645-2055

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Making Your Home Energy Efficient

To help save energy and money on utility bills, look to your home’s roof, siding, windows and doors.

Your home’s exterior plays a big role in helping you stay cool indoors over the summer. Whether or not you have air conditioning, you’ll want to keep the cool air inside to feel more comfortable and to save energy and money on your utility bills.

Here are a few simple things you can do.
  • Turn off your AC and open the windows at night to let in cool air.
  • Install awnings or shutters.
  • Throw shade—in a good way—on your house with a wall trellis, lattice with vines or deciduous trees on the south side of your home to provide maximum summertime roof shading.

You might also want to do some larger upgrades to make a big difference in energy and cost savings, like getting a new roof or siding, or upgrading doors and windows. Here are a few tips to save energy with your roof, siding, doors, windows and HVAC system.

Roof

  • Ready to replace your roof? Opt for a “cool roof” that’s lighter in color and uses ENERGY STAR-certified products that help reflect sunrays. Bonus: Decreasing your roof temperature can add years to your roof.
  • Hands down, insulation is the most cost effective way to save energy. It helps reduce heat transfer from outside air to inside your house. While you’re at it, consider adding a radiant barrier to the underside of the roof deck (between it and the insulation) to further reduce heat transfer.

Siding

  • Just like your roof, your siding should have a layer of insulation. It provides a good weather barrier to help protect your home during storms while helping to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You can’t add insulation to installed siding; when you’re shopping for new siding, ask about how much insulation the siding has.
  • Check for rotten areas on wood siding, making sure there are no cracks or spots where air can infiltrate or escape. Also check the caulking at least once a year — it can shrink and crack over time.

Front Door

  • Make sure the door closes properly with a good seal, and check that all the areas around the frame are covered with weather stripping. If the door does not close properly, or you can feel a draft, it may be time to consider getting a new door replacement.
  • If you have glass in your doors, check for cracks in the glass.

Windows

Check exterior and interior caulking around windows for cracks. Make sure your windows close and seal correctly. You can buy new low-E windows, which minimize ultraviolet and infrared light, or you can hire a tinting company to apply a film to the interior of the windows to reflect UV light.

HVAC

Have your HVAC system serviced once a year to make sure it’s running efficiently. And be sure to trim any plants near the air conditioner for adequate airflow.

Practicing proper heating and cooling preventive maintenance techniques can go a long way when trying to make your home more efficient.

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