How can a homeowner recognize when their roof system has problems?
All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or
other serious damage occurs. In Yakima twice-a-year inspections need
to be made (especially after the first 10 years) so you can determine
if any damage has occurred during the last six months.
Outdoors: Look for cracked, warped or missing shingles; loose seams
and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating
and causing clogging and drainage problems in the gutters or downspouts;
mildew or debris on your roof; overhanging trees; and other visible
signs of roof system problems.
Indoors: look for cracked paint, ceiling discoloration, bubbling paint,
rot or mildew, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs
of damaged roof areas. Other areas of concern:
My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?
Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose
or a section of the roofing shingles being damaged by wind. A complete
roof system failure, however, generally is irreversible and your roof
will need to be totally replaced. Sectional damage can be the result
of improper installation such as using staples to roof the home, or
the nails are too short to get a good grip on the sheathing under the
shingles. Also the wrong shingles could have been used for the house.
What are my options if I decide to reroof?
First, contact A-1 Construction to give you a free
roof inspection. If it is determined that you need a new roof, you
can choose one of two options: 1) a complete replacement of the roof
system, involving a tear-off of your existing roof system and replacing
it with a complete new roof, or 2) repairing the roof system if the
damage is limited to a few shingles, such as when a wind storm has done
a little damage.
Can I do roof repair work myself?
Most work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors
are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems.
There are many techniques learned over many years that allow them to
install your roof properly to insure a leak proof job. You can damage
your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure
yourself by falling off or through the roof. It is better if you do
what you know how to do ... and let a professional roofer help you to
ensure your roof protects the investment you have made in your home.
Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined
to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked
or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and
other debris. If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly
braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled
shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system), if possible,
if the roof is too steep to walk on easily, view the roof from the ladder
or have a free roof inspection
conducted by a competent roofing contractor to determine any roofing
repairs that may need to be done.
How long can I expect my roof system to last?
Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for 20
years to 50 years. The manufacturer of the roofing system provides information
about the expected life of the various roofing systems they offer. Some
roof system types, such as slate, clay tile and certain metal (e.g.,
copper) systems, can last longer than shake roofs, for example.
Actual roof system life span is determined by a number of factors,
including local climatic and environmental conditions, proper building
and roof system design, installation techniques, material quality and
suitability, proper application, ventilation, insulation and adequate
Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties from 30
to 50 years. Recent federal law also requires a wind warranty of 70
to 110 miles mph on roofing systems and products. Take a close look
at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations
manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach their expected
lives. These warrantees can be viewed on their websites.
What will a new roof system cost?
The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things
as the materials selected, contractor doing the work, home or building,
location of the home or building, local labor rates, and the time of
year. To get a good estimate for your roof system, get two or three
proposals from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that
price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of
the materials and workmanship. Also ask friend or relatives for recommendations.
For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding
prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look
at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and
needs. You need to purchase the most expensive roofing materials you
can afford because all the other items used on the job, such as felt
paper, ice & water guard, metal trim, vent flashing costs the same
with all the shingles. The labor is usually the same, the only difference
is the cost of the shingles.
Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise
and craftsmanship. Insist on a contractor who is committed to quality
How can I determine my annual roofing cost?
When considering your roofing options, the following formula may help:
Annual Roofing Cost = Total Cost (Materials & Labor)
Life Expectancy of Roof System (in years)
What is the advantage of using Ice and Waterguard?
and waterguard underlayment is installed underneath the shingles for
extra protection in areas that are prone to water leakage. High wear
areas like the valleys on the roof, around dormers, rakes, eaves and
skylights are good places to put an extra barrier of protection against
water leakage caused by ice damming and wind-driven rain. Waterproofing
underlayment is self-sealing so that it seals around nails providing
a water tight barrier against moisture.
All our roofs are nailed
We do not use staples, staples can cut the shingles and allow them to
blow off easily. The major cause of wind damage to shingles is the use
of staples instead of roofing nails.
How can I pay for my roof repair or replacement?
We accept cash or check payments.
A-1 Construction of Yakima, Inc. is a proud member of the
|National Roofing Contractors Association
Washington State Contractor's License #A-1CONYI039M9