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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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Most Common Places For Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are a common annoyance for homeowners. As soon as you see the signs of one (like discolored or damp walls and ceilings), the first step to take is to try to find the source of the leak. If it turns out to be something easy to fix, you can sometimes tackle the repair yourself.

  1. Around the chimney. The flashing around the chimney is a prime source of leaks. Flashing covers up a fairly large gap between the chimney and the roof, and it tends to pull away from the brick over time or rust. This is generally pretty easy to spot, so you’ll be able tell quickly if that’s where your leak originates.
  2. Problem shingles. The shingles on your roof can get damaged when they’re very old or when there’s been a big storm. When water gets past the shingles, it can seep into the underlayment and sheathing, which can then cause leaks inside the home. Look for signs like loose granules, curling or buckling shingles, or obvious missing spots.
  3. Gutters. Has it been a while since you’ve cleaned out the gutters? When they’re clogged or damaged, standing water can back up and cause leaks. The water can also freeze in the gutter and cause a multitude of other problems, so it’s very important to clean out your gutters regularly even if you don’t suspect leaks.
  4. Valleys. When two planes of your roof intersect, the line where they meet is called a valley. Depending on where you live, this could be covered with flashing, rolled roofing, or something else. Water collects in these lows spots, so any problem with the covering will often allow water into the house.
  5. Around ice dams. Even if your roof is great shape, ice dams can cause leaking. These ridges of ice that form at the edge of roofs catches melted snow and doesn’t allow it to run off like it should. This backed-up water can cause major leaks.
  6. Vents, pipes, and other roof penetrations. Anywhere there’s an object that protrudes above your roof, there’s a potential for leaks. Check the flashing around these objects for rust or loose spots.

If you go through the most common spots for roof leaks and can’t find anything, but you’re sure you have a leak, then it’s time to call in a professional. Don’t wait—even a small delay can make a leak worse and a fix much more complicated.

What Is Flashing And Why Is It Important?

Your roof is one of the first barriers of defense against the elements when it comes to your home or business.  Flashing is an essential part of your roof system.

When installed correctly, it is essential in preventing water intrusion at various locations on your roof.

What is flashing?

The protective seal that prevents water intrusion at areas such as skylights, chimneys, dormers and vents is called flashing.  Flashing is a critical preventive measure for moisture damage when water is most prone to penetrate a roof’s surface.

Where is flashing important?

Flashing is important at all roof penetrations, including edges, valleys, joints and any grooves, gaps, intersections and projections on the roof of any structure.

How can improper flashing damage my roof?

Poor or improper flashing can lead to premature deterioration at roof joints, so it is imperative to have flashing installed correctly when a new roof is installed.  Having it done right the first time is one of the best things you can do to preserve your investment.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Employee Spotlight.

Happy Holidays to all our friends and clients! We here at Five Points Roofing are wishing you the best of the season and many more to come!

Today we want to highlight one of our long term employees that’s been here for over 4 years, Mike Cates!

Mike is one of our top Project Managers and is a HAAG certified roofer. Mike has been taking over some of our recent projects and is highly proficient in operating a drone to both inspect and ensure the safety of our employees. He is an avid camper and loves to canoe when the summer rolls back around. Here’s to Mike! If you see on your next project, be sure to say hello!

Call us today to schedule a free roof evaluation and estimate (615) 645-2055.

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FAQ: Hail Damage Repair

Today we’re going to talk about hail and your roof. With all the storms we get yearly in the Middle Tennessee area many of them have pockets of hail. Hail can be devastating on a roof and the hail storm damage can be severe enough to dislodge granules from the surface of the shingles. In spots large enough to expose the asphalt will leave a roof has compromised. This isn’t always the case though, as damage can go unseen, especially from the ground.

The colored granules which are placed on the surface of the shingle provides an aesthetically pleasing product as well as protection to the underlying asphalt from sun exposure which results in deterioration. This is why a hail-damaged roof will tend to fail prematurely.

When indentations/surface damage of the shingle are not visible, we always look for indentations on vents, ridge vents, siding, or any other softer metal objects that may show impact. The effects on the shingle may not be apparent for about a year. At this time, circular areas of granules will fall off the shingle. This is often called spalling. What has occurred is that the impact of the hailstone has broken or weakened the bond between the granules and the asphalt.

After a year or so of weathering, the granules fall off the shingle in the circular area of impact. With granules missing, the sunlight (UV) quickly attacks the asphalt and the maximum performance of the shingle has been compromised. The results of a hailstorm will void the shingles manufacturer’s warranty, as they cannot warranty against “Acts of God” such as hailstorms. That is why it’s necessary to deal with hail damage before it becomes a bigger problem.

Experts agree hail damage is a necessary and critical roof repair. The points below detail how hail damage can progress.

  • The shingles hit by hail have loosened the bond with the granules to the asphalt layer. While you cannot see this from the ground the loosened granules will often end up where your gutters drain. If you see a large accumulation of granules after hail you should have your roof inspected.
  • Once the granules fall off the damaged areas of the shingles, the sun’s ultraviolet light can weaken the exposed spots and make them brittle. In the winter, the shingle expands and contracts and can curl and crack after being weakened by hail. The exposed areas are then very susceptible to leaks and wind damage.
  • Storm and weather related damages have different characteristics as it passes through the seasons. Thus, an inspector can tell whether the damage is new or older. Insurance claim periods can vary but typically there is a set amount of time a home owner can make a claim after the damage occurs – whether you were aware of the damage or not. Aspen has detailed maps showing where and when areas received significant hail damage to roof, that can be useful to help pinpoint the damage date.
  • Once leaks occur, the damage can be extensive due to potential damage from mold, electrical issues, ceiling and wall damage from water and perhaps even personal property losses. The damage can also come very quickly and often is not initially detected.

If you’ve ever had hail in your area, it’s imperative to get a professional roof inspection by an local, established roofer. Our family here at Five Points Roofing have been serving the Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Brentwood and entire Middle Tennessee market for decades and we’re here to ensure your roof is in good shape and ready for whatever weather is thrown at it.

Call us today to schedule a hail damage evaluation and estimate (615) 645-2055.

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Some Good Roofing Questions

We get asked questions by curious homeowners all the time. Should I go with a different contractor for a significantly lower price?  Can I save money by buying my own materials?  Should I try to repair the roof on my own?

With any investment, such as your home, you really should weigh your options before making major decisions on how to maintain it.  Avoid these pitfalls when making decisions on how to preserve your roof.

  1. Starting a major roof repair or replacement by yourself (if you are inexperienced).

Unless you have extensive roofing knowledge, it’s probably best to leave the roof work to the professionals.  Tearing off a roof is dangerous and difficult work.  We have often been called in to “rescue” homeowner from a project that they began but soon realized they were in over their heads.  The mistake is often made in an effort to save a few dollars, however, this can cause more damage and cost more in the long run.  With the proper safety equipment, knowledge and skill level, a certified roofing contractor is the way to go.

  1. Buying your own materials.

Shopping around for the best deal is a good thing, but when it comes to having a roof system installed, it pays to allow a qualified contractor with a competitive price to purchase the materials for you.  Not only do you avoid having incorrect quantities or products, the contractor may also have access to better, more competitive pricing due to established relationships with regular suppliers.  A roof installation tends to be a package deal and a good contractor will be able to provide a workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty with your system.

  1. Installing a product that does more damage than good over time.

Not all products are good products for your roof.  Contrary to popular belief, rain diverters can actually cause more damage than good, forcing water to back up under shingles, resulting in costly damage.  Another product that can ultimately cause problems are flush mounted skylights.  They typically don’t have a very wide flange and therefore tend to be unable to support high volumes of water.  Under heavy rain, water can go beyond the flange and penetrate beneath the roof, resulting in leaks.  Rely on a qualified contractor to help you decide what products will perform best for your roof.

  1. Not hiring a solid contractor.

Make sure that you do your homework.  Find a reputable contractor to perform work on your home. Sometimes price isn’t the only factor to consider when it comes to the service you are receiving.  Talk to friends, family and co-workers about a roofing company in your area that has a good name in the community, competitive pricing and a track record of quality work.   Check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews, and see if there is a company website for a feel and feedback on the contractor’s work history.  You want a company with integrity and a great finished product – it is absolutely worth the extra time.

Give us a call here at Five Points Roofing if you have questions, we’ll be happy to answer them.

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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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6 Roof Maintenance Tips

Roof maintenance is key to ensure your roof’s lifespan is extended to it’s max. Here we offer 6 easy tips to keep your roof in tip top shape. Read more

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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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Why You Should Replace Your Roof In The Fall

With winter in Nashville just around the corner, you may be noticing some issues with your current roofing system. From missing shingles to ceiling leaks, you might just now be realizing that you need to replace that roof.

But can you replace a roof in the fall or winter? This is a great question that we get every year from Tennessee homeowners. The fact is that you yes, you CAN replace your roof, but it’s important to use proper technique from start to finish. This way you can ensure that your roof performs at peak condition at every season.

These are the best techniques that professional roofing contractors use for winter roof installation:

What’s the Best Temperature for Roof Installation?

In an ideal world, asphalt roof shingles should be installed between 40 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Even high quality asphalt shingles can crack when hammered, and installing in the wrong temperature can promote breakage. This is one of the biggest problems when you install asphalt shingles when it’s under 40 degrees.

With that said, winter is often a great time to get a good deal on a new roof, however we will need to wait until the temperature is in the right range before scheduling an installation date.

Top Troubles of Roofing Installation in the Winter

 

Aside from asphalt shingles becoming brittle in the winter, there is another important reason as to why it’s important to wait for the right temperature.  Any ideas? It’s all about adhesive! When the temperature drops below 40 degrees, some self-adhesive shingles have a hard time sticking. The sealing strips typically have no trouble bonding in the spring and summer, but in the winter we need to wait until the temperature is higher.

If you choose another type of roofing aside from asphalt, you’re not necessarily out of the woods. Fiberglass shingles are very susceptible to fracturing in the winter, and shakes can also break apart as temperatures approach the freezing mark.

If I Waited Till Winter, Can I Still Replace My Roof?

Despite a handful of obstacles that come along with winter roofing installation, winter is still a perfectly acceptable time to replace your roof, and as mentioned before, the best deals are often offered as the roofing business slows down.

In addition, we use numerous techniques to ensure that your new roof isn’t impacted by cold temperatures.

Keeping Your Roofing Shingles Warm

One of the first steps is to make sure the roofing shingles are warm before they’re installed. This is as simple as storing them in a heated garage or warehouse before delivering to the homeowner.

Properly Sealing the Shingles

In addition to keeping the shingles warm, it’s also important to use proper technique for sealing shingles in the winter. Most roofing shingles are designed with thermally-activated asphalt sealant. This bonds the shingles to the roof using sunlight, and it can take up to a couple weeks for the shingles to completely stick.

The approach is a bit different in the winter, where sunlight can sometimes be a bit scarce. In the winter time, a professional roofing contractor may choose to hand-seal the shingles with an approved asphalt roofing cement or other adhesive that’s provided by the manufacturer. Every tab should be sealed with one or two dabs (roughly 1-inch in diameter) of asphalt roofing cement. The cement should be near the shingle’s edges, but never exposed.

Rakes and eaves are two of the most susceptible areas for wind blowing shingles off the roof. Use a lot of care in this area and be sure that each shingle has the proper amount of sealant for best results.

What About Winter Roof Maintenance?

Even if you don’t intend to replace your entire roof this winter, your roof still may require maintenance. Be very careful about walking over shingles when it’s cold, since they can easily break under the weight of your foot—especially if the shingles are located on an uneven surface or they’re slightly curved.

Activity on your roof may also break the sealant bond on the shingles, so be prepared to hand-seal shingles that are peeling away from your roof.

If you have any questions regarding a new roof replacment, now is the time, feel free to initiate a chat with us online or give us a call at (615) 794-4001.