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Rain, Sleet or Snow: Weather-Proofing Your Roof

A functioning roof installed by expert roofing is one of those quiet reassurances that we rely on every day – rarely do we tend to notice it at all, at least until something goes wrong. And to keep such issues at bay, this requires some planning ahead. 

Part of guaranteeing a long-lasting roof that will serve you well for years to come (or even decades) is ensuring it’s been properly modified to withstand the elements. In other words, weather-proofing your roof is a must.

Early weather-proofing investments will spare you the headache of later – and likely longer – construction commitments to your roof. Repairing a hail damaged roof, for instance, will cost you much more than the preventative measures to strengthen your roof before a storm hits. In fact, post-hurricane studies have shown that the overwhelming majority of insurance filers following severe weather pertained to roof damage. (Other studies reveal that such prior roof damage could then result in severe water damage in subsequent rainstorms.) 

Weather-proofing your roof will reward you with its extended strength and lifetime. Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a contractor, use this guide to help you correctly weather-proof your roof. 

Weather-Proofing Your Roof: On Your Own

Inspect for damage. Assess the state of your roof: check for loose or missing shingles, and other signs of damage. Gaps in the shingles that expose the underlayment (exactly how it sounds: the underlying layer) to the elements will hasten its decay. If you later decide to call up a professional roofing contractor, you may still choose to forego a roof inspector. That first evaluation step you can do more easily on your own.

Warning: Working on a roof can be dangerous. For your safety we do not recommend this and encourage you to hire licensed and trained professionals like Ace Construction & Remodeling roofing experts.

Note what can be revamped, and what will need replacing. If some shingles are older but still functional, they can be weather-proofed to prolong use. (Older shingles that have brittled are not safe for further layering, and are pointless to waterproof, replace them when necessary.) 

Waterproof your roof. This can be done one of two ways: waterproofing under the shingles, or waterproofing over them. If you’re investing in a new roof installation or replacing an old one, you’ll want to waterproof under the shingles. Including sub-shingle weather-proofing during installment will help it last much longer. Layered materials between rafters and shingles – tar paper, roofing felt, or thermoplastic polyolefin – that create the combined capabilities of keeping moisture out and reducing condensation in the attic – are key to maintaining a strong roof. 

However, if expensive repairs are a moot point for you; your roof is worn but not badly damaged; or you’re managing limited budgetary constraints; waterproofing over the shingles may be best for you. To restore shingles’ waterproofing oils or resins, simply roll or spray a waterproofing compound directly onto them.  

Keep in mind, if your underlayment is not already waterproof, applying these compounds is a fruitless effort. If this is the case, it is recommended that you weather-proof to the fullest extent possible by installing under-shingle waterproofing reinforcements.

Storm-proof your roof. Named notoriously as “roof eaters,” tropical storms and hurricanes can wreak havoc on an unprotected roof. 

With a shingled roof, regular inspections are crucial. Brittled shingles are damage-prone, and will tear and lift off in strong winds. If sturdy shingles remain, use six nails per shingle to secure them; replace all others that have worn. Verify the integrity of your roof’s shingles before installing a new layer on top, as worn shingles, even beneath a layer of brand new ones, significantly lower a roof’s wind rating

For the DIYer, you’ll need a ladder, putty knife, and caulking gun. Have a friend spot you while using the ladder. Assuming some flexibility in the shingles, apply the adhesive to their underside. Using your foot, press down firmly on each shingle to ensure full contact with the adhesive. 

Coastal residents especially will need to reinforce their roofs against strong winds. The best remedy is prevention; arrange for regular inspections to verify your roof will perform as needed. Due to specificity of materials (stainless steel flashing, hot dipped nails) and recommended inspections, it is best to hire a roofing company.

Weather-Proofing Your Roof: Hire a Pro

An expert roofing professional takes the stress out of weather-proofing your roof, granting peace of mind for the homeowner. In addition, there are inherent risks to climbing on the roof yourself. For your safety we strongly recommend hiring a professional.

Also consider that people that try to do these jobs themselves rarely have the skills and knowledge necessary to do quality work. At Ace Construction & Remodeling we often get called in to fix jobs that weren’t completed correctly or at all.

So, first enlist the help of a roof inspector, a step that will typically save you money in the long term. Next, choose a professional roofing contractor, considering these factors before you hire. 

A pro can give you a roofing estimate, or a new roof installation estimate, depending on what’s recommended. Ask your contractor how often they recommend roofing inspections, evaluating your location and year-round weather patterns.

At Ace Construction, we know what quality roof work looks like. Our licensed professionals are here to help. To request a quote, click here.

How to Get a New Roof from Insurance

Will your homeowner’s insurance cover a roof replacement? Even if you’ve thoroughly reviewed your policy, it can be unclear whether it will cover certain damages to your roof. Determining how to get a new roof from insurance can be difficult to explain. There can be so many exceptions and stipulations that vary from one insurance provider to the next.

Determining roof replacement insurance can be frustrating, especially if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible. Your provider may agree to pay partial or full cost or refuse coverage altogether if certain damages are deemed ineligible.

Our guide will walk you through what factors influence coverage, and how to get the most roof coverage from insurance. And hopefully we’ll help you raise the likelihood of your policy covering necessary repairs or complete roof replacement.

How to Get Insurance to Pay for Roof Replacement?

Several features of your roof will influence its eligibility for insurance coverage. A few factors to consider are its shape, recent updates, your location, age of the home, credit score, the deductible, frequency of claims, home security system, and preventative maintenance. Knowing these factors – and how they’ll affect you – is key.

Then, take action: raise your credit score, partner with an expert roofing company, invest in long-term preventative maintenance. Take every possible measure to raise your likelihood of qualifying for coverage. Life happens, and you never know whether the time will come when you’ll need it.

Also, do your research on local roofing companies, and ask if they’d be willing to advocate for you with your insurance provider. Expert roofers like Ace Construction & Remodeling Inc. can sometimes help manage coverage on your behalf.

Fortunately, there are several damage-causing events for which homeowner’s insurance does cover partial or full roof replacements. With a bit of planning ahead, you can learn what damages are less likely to be eligible for insurance coverage and take preventative steps. Knowing early which roof vulnerabilities are best to plan for will help you determine whether you’ll qualify for coverage in the future.

How to Get a New Roof from Insurance: The Unavoidable

Impairments inflicted by “acts of nature,” such as foul weather or storms, could also warrant partial or full coverage for roof damages. For example, what happens when a hailstorm wreaks havoc on your roof? If you’ve invested in both quality materials, expert roof installation, and preventative maintenance, but a bad storm still causes major damage, you could qualify for coverage toward leaking roof repair.

Your roof is the most exposed part of your home. Generally, insurance companies do acknowledge that severe effects from the elements are, at times, inevitable. If you can make a clear case that any sustained damage to your roof was unavoidable, your provider is likely to oblige. There are exceptions though, as Matt Timmons shares in How Insurance Covers Acts of God he says “But damage due to earthquakes, volcanoes and floods generally isn’t (covered).”

Taking care of your roof can boost the likelihood of your insurance policy covering a replacement. If ongoing roofing maintenance is left neglected long term, your insurance provider could claim damages ineligible if they were “preventable.” They may also refuse covering repairs or replacement if your roof is older and deemed past life expectancy.

How to Get a New Roof from Insurance: Steps to Take

To improve the likelihood of your provider deeming your roof damages acceptable for coverage, follow these steps:

  • When the unexpected happens, diligent roof maintenance is key to ensure insurance coverage. Make it clear to your provider by proving that all preventative efforts were made to ensure your roof’s durability and longevity.
  • Arrange roof inspection services to maintain its good condition. Spotting issues early keep damages minimal and costs low.
  • Take pictures. Be prepared with proof that it was in good condition before circumstantial damages occurred.
  • Keep neighboring trees trimmed to prevent foliage overhang on your roof. If your roof even appears to have sustained any damage from trees, you could be considered at fault.

A Roofing Calculator: Why You Need One and How to Use It

If your roof had an issue, there once was a time when very few of us thought twice about hiring a pro to fix it. And with that, there wasn’t much need for a roofing calculator. But since the COVID-19 outbreak and its various unforeseen stallings on home projects (shrunken income, lower budgets, public health concerns), many homeowners have considered the option to save on labor costs by way of the do-it-yourself alternative for re-roofing their homes.

That said, roofs are a costly investment. While it’s typically recommended that a licensed professional do the job, with the right preparations it is possible to re-roof your own home. [Warning: Attempting to re-roof a home yourself has many risks in addition to the complications that arise from doing things incorrectly. We highly recommend getting a quote from Ace Construction Roofing Company. You can discuss with them the pros and cons of trying to do this yourself, and your best options for hiring Ace.]

Either route you choose to go, consider using the measurement tool that’s a re-roofing project must: a roofing calculator. This will show you the total surface area of your roof measured in square footage, which will inform you how many shingles and nails you’ll need to purchase, and later, more importantly, how much it’s all going to cost.

When measuring your roof, note that a “square” in roofing terms equals 100 square feet. (For example, 12 squares equal 1200 square feet.) When ordering shingles, you’ll order them by the square.

DIY-ing? Roofing Calculators and other Factors to Keep in Mind

Do your homework. You will need to weigh factors like time you can invest, the realistic project timeline, and your budget. When it comes to re-roofing, mishaps are costly, and common roofing mistakes should be researched beforehand.

Other factors to keep in mind will be roofing material, number of shingles, and even the number of nails you’ll need. (Do you live in a windy area? You’ll need even more: six nails per shingle, rather than the typical five). And where do you get the materials? Many roofing 

Using a Roofing Calculator to Measure YourRoof’sSquareFootage

To access a roofing calculator, consider tools like RoofCalc or Calculator.net, both of which are free and user friendly. Remember the term “plane” from 9th grade geometry? Here, plane refers to each distinct flat surface of your roof, or “roof plane.” (For instance, a sloping shed may only have one roof plane, whereas a gable has two.)

Remember also that multiplying length by width equals area? Simply measure each plane’s square footage, then add all of them together. This sum equals the total square footage of your roof.

To calculate the square footage, measure the area of each plane. From the top of your roof, throw a rope down and mark to measure where it meets the eaves (the point where your roof either meets or “overhangs” with the house).

Of course, this sounds simple, but when you start getting “planes” that are trapezoids or pentagons, or irregular shapes with unequal sides (Remember regular and irregular polygons from Geometry class? – oh, yea, we hope you didn’t sleep through that class.) figuring the square footage can be complicated. Our suggestion…just put your mind at ease and get a quote from Ace Construction Roofing Company.

Measure The Roof Slope (also using a roofing calculator)

A roof surface may be either ‘functionally flat’ or ‘pitched.’ A roof’s pitch, or slope, measures its steepness, shown as either a ratio or the number of angular degrees a roofing plane “deviates” from horizontal level. You will need to measure this as well, especially if your roof is particularly steep.

The online roof calculators ask you for each measurement needed. The better ones will explain how to get the measurements. Be aware, if you are off on your measurements, this can significantly affect the accuracy of your calculations. And if you are ordering special shingles and come up short it can be a real problem.

Roofing C basics For a Simple Gable Roof

To calculate pitch, first measure the roof length by measuring the exterior walls (plus overhang) for the length of the house parallel to the ridge (the point where the roof starts to slope).

Then, from either ground or rooftop, toss a rope over the ridge and mark it where it meets each eave. This will measure the width. Be sure to do this for each roof section that has a horizontal ridge.

You can also determine your roof pitch by using other types of roofing calculators: a pitch gauge (available at most home improvement stores) or a smartphone app (available free through any app store).

Calculate Your Materials (how many nails you’ll need).

Roofing calculators won’t tell you this, nor the other equipment and supplies you will need. So, you’ll have even more research to do. But for the nails, once you’ve determined your number of shingles, multiply times five, the standard number of nails per shingle. (As mentioned earlier, if you live in a particularly windy region, count six per shingle.)

Having Second Thoughts?

If after reading this your head is beginning to spin with calculations, not to mention many other more serious concerns, then do yourself a favor and call Ace Construction Roofing Company. Ace roofers are experience, trusted and highly rated and are a preferred contractor with Owens Corning roofing materials.

What’s Got You Covered? 10 Types of Roofing to Consider for Your Home

Among the many decisions homeowners face – from landscaping, to what mortgage type is best – the kind of roofing you have may not exactly come first to mind. (“Fabulous! Are those new asphalt shingles?” is not a query we hear often from neighbors.) Nonetheless, types of roofing chosen cansignificantly impact your housing experience – for better or worse.

The front-end investments of both taking your time considering your options, and paying for quality, will likely spare you the headache and stress of later upkeep costs. After all, while no one intentionally advertises their warm attic for refuge-seeking wildlife to nest up – say, by way of rotted holes in their roof – very few of us plan not to.

Factors to Consider for Roof Types

Which types of roofing suit you best will depend on matters most important to you. Factors to consider are climate, budget, durability, and appearance. Do you live in a snow- or rain-heavy region? Is environmental friendliness important to you? How about energy efficiency? Are you planning to sell, and wish to raise the value with a centuries-lasting tile roof? Does your dream home emit a warm, rustic glow of wood shakes atop your log cabin? Reputation and experience of your roofing company will also influence the final price.

Fortunately, a range of favorable options exists. To cover your home, here are ten roofing types we recommend for a quality roof.

Synthetic Roof Types

Synthetic roofing products have expanded in variety to include rubber, plastic, and polymer, which tend to be cheaper, lighter, and less fragile to install than natural products. Some are even fire-resistant. A trained eye might be able to spot synthetic from natural; more likely, telling the difference from the curbside is nearly imperceptible.

Asphalt shingles – Don’t be fooled – it’s not just for paving driveways. The most popular option in the United States, this gritty type of roofing is easy to install and lightweight and therefore the most economical option. Its woven fiberglass base mat and ceramic granule covering create a sturdy protection that keeps out undesirables like UV rays. Asphalt’s availability in a full range of colors offers flexibility with most architectural home styles. While it is the most wallet-friendly material, asphalt is also environmentally unfriendly, and will not last as long as its heavier and costlier roofing compadres.

Cost: $

Lifetime: 15-30 years

Low maintenance, extreme impact, fire rated, authentic in beauty if not in composition – what’s not to love? Mimicking the appearance of its natural counterpart, synthetic wood shakes offer that similarly pleasing log-cabin look at a fraction of the cost. Innovations in technology have reached a quite convincing comparability to the real wood roof types, minus the same upkeep headaches that often come with natural wood.

Cost: $

Lifetime: 30 years

Synthetic slate – is formed from a blend of petroleum-based materials into metal forms, cast together from authentic slate. Like synthetic wood to natural, this too mimics the favorable appearance of natural slate. It also costs less – about one third to one half – thanks to its lighter weight and easier installation. Bonus: even synthetic slate is still considered a “green” alternative. If using recyclable content is important to you, a few synthetic slate options do incorporate post-consumer recycled materials.

Cost: $

Lifetime: 50-80 years

Durable, pliable and waterproof, rubber comes next for synthetic roof types. Designed to install where asphalt shingles don’t perform well, rubber can be installed on top of certain types of existing roofing and consequently save substantial labor costs.

Cost: $$$

Lifetime: 50 years

Natural Roof Types

Wood – roofing is installable in either shingles (trim and crisp, cut by a machine) or shakes (hand-splint, for a rustic appeal). The highest-value option is cedar, which tends to outlast most common types of roofing by at least a decade. If aesthetic matters greatly you, this may be a viable choice: a cedar roof will reward you with that enhanced, natural beauty to your home. Wood roofs pair beautifully with more traditional or historic houses. Residents of fire-prone regions should look for products treated with fire-resistant coating.

Cost: $

Lifetime: 30 years

When it comes to weathering all elements – rain, sleet, snow, or hail – no other substance exceeds metal roofs in durability and performance. Sow a heftier front-end cost, and you will reap long-term gain of little to no maintenance, fire protection, and longer wear from the elements, as it will outlive other options like wood and asphalt. Available in panels or shingles, metal types of roofing include aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc.

Cost: $$

Lifetime: varies (aluminum will last 50 years, while copper could make it to 100 years or more)

Slate – offers a distinct elegance, available in black, green, grey, red, and purple. A heavier option like this one does call for structural consideration – can your home bear the weight of a denser roof material? Though of far higher cost, a slate roof gifts its investors with a century-long lifetime of little to no troubles.

Cost: $$$$

Lifetime: 75-100 years

For a touch of texture to a roof, clay and concrete tiles bring a distinct beauty atop one’s home. Both roofing types are energy efficient and extremely durable, but expensive, and quite heavy, and therefore must be installed by a licensed professional.

Cost: $$$

Lifetime: 100+ years

Finally, our tenth and final among our list of roof types is Spanish tile. Reminiscent of Spanish moss and stucco homes, with its distinct sheen, color, and wavy shape, Spanish tile proffers a uniquely upscale look. A bit of a synthetic/natural hybrid, it’s frequently composed of items like wood, concrete, plastic, or solar cells. It’s a great insulator and non-combustible, and one of the longest-lasting options on the market. Given its longevity and durability, Spanish tile falls at a surprisingly high-value rate.

Cost: $$

Lifetime: 100+ years

Overwhelmed?

We get it. As a homeowner, it can be daunting to face an unfamiliar decision like choosing from the many types of roofing. Never fear: our professional and experienced contractors are here to help.

Roof Repair: 12 Clues to Finding Leaks

Roof Repair for Leaks are an Emergency

Roof repair is just as important if not more so than getting a new roof. But the first point we would like to make is if you already have leaks you might want to call your local roofing company. Why? Because we consider any leak to be an emergency. With that said it is always good to have the knowledge of what to look for in terms of leaks and being able to keep an eye on your roof structure.

Why Would I Need Roof Repair?

There are a number of factors that can cause the need for roof repair. Here are just a few.

  • Storms with high winds and/or hail can cause significant damage. If this happens you may need to install a tarp on your roof until your roof repair company can get there. They could be backed up with multiple storm damaged homes.
  • Extreme heat in the summer can cause issues to develop.
  • Debris from trees, or even limbs hitting or scraping the shingles.
  • Critters that reach your roof from the trees, or even across power lines.
  • Continuous neglect of your roof.
  • As your roof ages, more issues arise.
  • And of course, previously unresolved damage.

Cost of Roofing Repairs (do it yourself?)

There are a great many factors involved in the pricing of roof repairs. These include the type of roof, the amount of repair work to be done including the extent of the water damage. As well skylights can add to the cost if they are directly involved in the leak or area of damage.

You may consider trying to repair your roof yourself to save money. But unless you have the expertise of a professional roofer, or it just happens to be a simple and little fix, you definitely want to call your local roofing company. There is just no substitute for their knowledge and craftsmanship when it comes to roofing repairs.

12 Clues to Finding Leaks

Water stains extending  across ceilings, or running down walls is a clear sign of a roof leak.

  1. Note: it is possible to have a water stain in one spot only (especially if that is a low spot on the ceiling. You could have a leak in a corner, valley, or by a chimney, but the water stain on your ceiling is in the middle of your house – not anywhere near the chimney or other items. Water can travel a long way, and it may work itself to the lowest spot in your ceiling before penetrating down through the drywall.).
  2. Often you should look uphill on the roof and to the right or left of the stains for finding potential causes for leaks.
  3. Also if your ceiling has a plastic vapor barrier it may hold water until it runs to another low spot where it can get through.
  4. Look for roof penetrations – water leaks are often found around these items: plumbing, roof vents, chimneys, dormers, or anything else that sticks up from the roof.
  5. Frosty Nails protruding through the roof decking (that missed the framing). In the winter time if you see nails in the attic with frost on them it could mean you have a small leak either at the nail itself, or possibly higher up.
  6. For hard to find leaks some people recommend using a garden hose to test spots. This can be an effective technique but you also could cause a significant amount of damage. Our recommendation is that you call your local roof repair company like Ace Construction & Remodeling.
  7. Inspect for Torn rubber around roof plumbing.
  8. Be aware of cracked housing on plastic roof vents, or broken seams on metal roof vents.
  9. Down near the bottom of the dormers check for missing siding, or rotting siding as this is a great place for water to penetrate and work it’s way below your shingles.
  10. Look for cracked caulk around dormer windows. Again, water can seep through and work it’s way down behind the siding and underneath your shingles.
  11. Watch out for poor flashing. Flashing that is missing, or has pulled away from the surface it was mounted to will certainly cause problems. It might be loose flashing, rusted flashing, or even just flashing that is no longer sealed properly. This is common around chimneys.
  12. Look closely for tiny holes in shingles. These can be easy to miss or you might see them and think that it is not leaking. But it can be a slow deterioration problem and can cause damage for years before you realize what is happening.

Beware of Poor Work on Roof Repairs

It is important to note that you shouldn’t depend on caulking for your repairs of holes and many roof repairs – at least not for the long term. It is common for homeowners to try to fix their own leaks. We see many of them have used regular caulk, or bathroom caulk to seal up holes of joints. It just won’t get the job done and will give you a false sense of security.

It is best to call your local roofing repair company, Ace Construction & Remodeling. Our expert roof repair contractors know what professional means when it comes to quality and a job done the right way!

Buying a Home? Roof Inspectors Will Save You Money

Are you planning on buying a home? Roof inspectors are an important part of the process which we explain in detail going forward. 

Checking a roof when buying a home is probably the best and sound advice we can give you – hence the need for roof inspectors. But we will get to that in a bit. Not only is the roof essential for keeping the elements out, it’s also a significant chunk of the overall value of the home. If the roof isn’t up to scratch, you could end up with a liability on your hands.

After all, buying a home is a huge investment. And you want to protect your investment from the start before you even make the purchase. A roofing problem can be very costly. If you can identify the problem prior to making a purchase you will be in a much better position.

Typical roofs in Indiana cost:  $6000 to $45,000 depending on factors such as the type of roof, size of course, and even the angles and grade. Last thing you want is to get stuck with a home that has a bad roof and you weren’t expecting it.

We recommend hiring roof inspectors prior to purchasing a house. But even before you do that, there are things you can look for yourself.

Has It Been Cared For Properly?

Doing your own personal roof inspection

The first thing to determine when buying a house is whether the current owner cared for the roof. Most owners will look after their roofs in an attempt to preserve the value of their homes. 

Conversely, others don’t put too much effort in maintaining, repairing or replacing their roof. As a buyer, it’s your job to check whether the current owner has done basic roof maintenance tasks. 

Of course if you don’t feel comfortable making these judgements on your own, the professionals at Ace Construction & Remodeling are here to help. They have experienced roof inspectors that know what to look for, even stuff that might be hiding!

Is Roof Ventilation Going To Be A Problem? 

Roof ventilation is important. It helps to keep humidity levels down. A lack of ventilation can wreak havoc because it allows condensation to build up. Condensation, if frequent, can provide a water source for the growth of mold. This might be unknown to you but mold is something that can damage your health.

A poorly ventilated roof can lead to other problems. Excess condensation in the attic leads to soggy insulation which can reduce its effectiveness. Homes with damp insulation do not retain heat as well as they should. As a result, this will increase your energy bills. Replacing insulation is expensive and something you’ll want to avoid.

Knowing and understanding what is appropriate ventilation really is best left to the roof inspectors. But you can surely take a peak in the attic looking for signs of condensation and mold.

How Long Before The Home Will Need A Replacement Roof? 

It may be difficult for you to determine the age of a roof. But where you can it will give you an idea of when you will have to foot the bill for a new roof. Of course, if it looks like it’s already lived it’s full life, then you might want to ask the seller to replace the roof prior to closing.

Roofing inspectors can’t tell you exactly what age the roof is, just by looking at it, but there are clues that give them an indication. You can also ask the seller for their paperwork on the roof. They may still have it and it would tell you the exact age of the roof. Keep in mind though that it doesn’t determine how many years are remaining. Roof inspectors can look at the age and how much it has worn in that time, as well as other factors to give you an idea of the remaining life of the roof.

When looking for a home to purchase, here is what roof inspectors recommend.

Before you make an offer

You can look for signs of problems. These are “clues” that there could be a significant problem. You don’t always know if the problem is current or a past issue that has been fixed. But you can ask the seller about it, or your real estate agent. If they don’t give you a straight answer, or don’t know the answer, it’s best to rely on a roofing inspector.

Here are some things to look for:

  • Are there water stains on the ceilings? If so, there is very likely a leak in the roof. It could be an old leak that was fixed. But if you find this, you will want to hire a roof inspector.
  • Is there fresh ceiling paint? Now this is not necessarily a bad sign. Seller’s often will repaint the inside of a house to give a clean look and help it to sell. But if you notice the walls haven’t been painted but the ceiling has, you may be looking at a cover up of water stains. Also realize that most paints wont cover a water stain. The stain usually bleeds into the paint and is also something to look out for. A special kind of paint is needed to cover the stains.
  • Do you notice curled shingles? Shingles tend to curl, particularly on the ends or corners. This is a natural thing that happens as the life of the roof gets old. It is an easy sign to know a roof replacement is coming due.
  • Are there missing shingles/tiles? If you see this, it is a sign the roof needs immediate attention. Often there is water damage from missing shingles. So if you notice missing shingles don’t assume it just needs a new shingle slapped up there. Roof inspectors are needed to come out and determine the extent of the damage.
  • Are water stains under the roof? If you have easy access, take a look in the attic. If you can see water stains on the deck boards, or running down the rafters take this very seriously. You could be looking at very expensive repairs.
  • Look for water damage fascia boards. You can look for cracks, peeling paint, discoloration all of which could be signs of problems.

After your offer has been accepted

You might be wondering if you really need a separate roof inspector if you are having a general home inspection? The answer is that it depends. It never hurts to be cautious and get it done.

But here are some things you should know. Home inspectors may have some general knowledge and can point out obvious problems (you may see these same problems yourself). But they are not experts when it comes to roofing. In fact, many home inspectors are well aware of this, so when they write their report they may recommend that you get roof inspectors to come do a separate roof inspection.

If the general home inspector recommends roof inspectors be hired, then you definitely should do it! It means they saw something that concerns them and you better get it checked out.

If you are in the Madison County area (Anderson) or Delaware County area (Muncie) call us for professional advice. Our roof inspectors will save you money in the long run.

When you or the roof inspectors find a problem, what are your choices?

  1. Ask seller to repair problem – You can always ask the seller to correct the problem. Just beware, some sellers will do the cheapest job possible, and you have little say in what is done or how it is done. After all, they are paying for it so they get to make the choices. It may lack quality, and may not appear as you would like.
  2. Ask seller for credit at closing – This will allow you to handle the repairs after closing. You never want to do or pay for the repairs prior to closing, just in case for any reason you don’t end up closing on the house. If that happened, you will have paid for repairs on the seller’s house and have no way to get your money back. You can also lower your offer by how much you believe the repairs will cost you. Your real estate agent can help you with this. It is effectively the same end result as the credit at closing. If you choose this route, make sure you have the cash available to do the work. Sometimes buyers only think about the cash needed to get into the house. Then they are unprepared and cannot make the repairs that are needed, even when they get a lower offer accepted. And then deterioration accelerates and things get worse in a hurry.
  3. Leave negotiations alone and accept the house “as-is.” Of course the problem is all yours then. Be sure you have the financial resources needed to handle all repairs.
  4. Rescind your offer, walk away, get your earnest money back.
    • Structural damage to the roof (cracked or deteriorating roof beams) – this can be a serious problem and very costly. And potentially a problem for the mortgage company. They may no longer be willing to extend you a loan on the property. And unless you are a cash buyer, you may need to walk away.
    • Water damages mentioned before – can be fixed, but if it’s serious enough that it causes structural instability, mold, and other problems that are difficult to fix, you may need to walk away from this one.
    • Building code/permit issues – occasionally a roofing job may have been done without obtaining the proper permits (inspections to see if it meets local building codes). This could become your problem when purchasing the house. You could end up having to pay a bunch of fees for county/city building inspectors to issue a permit. But if they find issues that don’t meet code, they could ask you to get them fixed, or even require the work to be redone all over again (roof replacement). And they are not going to give you the permit until you do what they tell you to do. With roof inspectors checking things out, they will be able to determine if there are code violations. If so, then you have to do some more investigating, or a choice to make about whether to walk away.

If the roof inspectors report shows bad things – does that mean I shouldn’t buy the house?

Not necessarily. After all, you probably fell in love with the house, so it may be a great house for you and your family. But on the investment side you need to consider a few more things if you still want the house.

How long do you plan to live in the house?

Do you have the money to immediately make repairs? Will the seller help cover the cost of the repairs, and/or replace the roof entirely?

What additional repairs & upgrades will you need to make in the future, and how much will they cost? For answers to this a professional roofing company can be very helpful.

Whose responsibility is the roof repairs/replacement?

Like other home repairs & upgrades, it really depends on whether it is truly a need, or just a personal preference.

If you don’t like the color of the roof and you see it has about half its life remaining, then the roof doesn’t really NEED to be replaced. Asking for this from the seller in this situation might not get you very far. Perhaps they may split the costs with you.

On the other hand, if there are damaged areas of the roof and the roof is showing its age. Then that roof NEEDS to be replaced and since the seller has lived there during the life of that roof, we think it would be the seller’s responsibility.

But in the end, it’s all negotiable. We suggest you consider the “needs repair versus wanting upgrades” approach to who should be responsible for repairs & roof replacement.

Who pays for the roof inspectors?

Just like the general home inspector, roof inspectors fees are usually the responsibility of the buyer. But it is well worth it for your protection, peace of mind, and considering the size of this investment.

Summer Roofing Maintenance Tips

Summertime is supposed to be for fun outdoor activities. It’s for golfing, family vacations, swimming pools, and yes perhaps even an outdoor house project. But let’s not forget about your roof, needed inspections and regular roofing maintenance. It may not sound like fun, but it’s really not that bad, and definitely a necessity.

What you may not realize is that in the summertime there can be some real challenges to your roof and gutter systems. Higher temperatures certainly age and effect certain materials more than others. And let’s not forget about those summer thunderstorms that produce lots of rain and of course high winds.

Following these summer roofing maintenance tips will allow you to have more “fun in the sun” in the long run. If you aren’t up for it, you can always call your local roofing company, Ace Construction & Remodeling to help you with any of your needs. But even with that, it is still a good idea for you to keep an eye on your roof and gutters and keep your gutters clean.

So, what do we mean by roofing maintenance? Well, it’s really not as bad as you might think. We are suggesting that you tackle minor things, and easy tasks you can do from the ground. The exception would be cleaning gutters but be sure you take every safety precaution when climbing a ladder even if it is just to reach the gutter. Some of these tasks are things you might not have thought of, and other are just looking for warning signs.

Tip #1 Roofing Maintenance: Shingle Inspection

You can inspect your roof by simply walking around the perimeter of your house. What are you looking for? Maintaining a good roof is partly just observing the roof tiles or shingles for problems.

Starting with the most obvious problem is any kind of buildup of debris on your roof. This sometimes happens in the valleys of the roof where leaves and branches and such can accumulate. It is important to remove the buildup, not letting it stay there for long periods of time.

Other things to look for in your roofing maintenance inspection that are easy to identify are the growth of moss of other fungi (funguses). If you see this accumulating on your roof it might be time to call a roofing professional and get their opinion on the next course of action.

And finally, you should be observing the condition of your shingles. If you see shingles with dents in them, or cracked shingles, or even holes in them then it is time to take action. You should also be looking for missing shingles and any sort of shingle lift.

Beyond that, a simple eye inspection looking for anything irregular is helpful. Again, if you don’t feel up to the task, your Ace Construction roofing maintenance experts will handle everything for you. You will be in good hands.

Tip #2 Roofing Maintenance: Flashing Inspection

Flashing (metal) materials are usually used at joints on the roof with an object. Flashing can be found around vents, skylights, around chimneys, and virtually anything that projects out of or on top of the roof.

In addition, valleys where roofing angles come together creating a place for water to accumulate and drain should include flashing. Often you can’t see this flashing from the ground if the shingles overlap each other in the valley. But you can look for a buildup of debris in the valleys and/or deterioration of the shingles in these spots.

Tip #3 Gutter Systems Inspection

It may not seem like gutters would be a part of the roofing maintenance plan, but they are a part of your roofing system. So, maintaining your gutter system is a part of maintaining your roof. In fact, your gutters may require more regular attention than your roof ever will if they are in a place where debris accumulates.

One of the most obvious things to check for in your gutter system is the downspouts directed so that water runs away from the home. And if not, this is a fairly easy fix in most cases.

The rest of the gutter maintenance that has more impact on your roof, preventing damage is most likely done on a ladder. Again, if you don’t feel comfortable climbing ladders to maintain your gutters it is best left to the professionals.

Here’s what you should be looking to identify and fix. Check the angle of the gutters to make sure the water runs toward the downspouts. If the angle isn’t correct, the gutter could be sagging. So then check to see if the gutter is secure to the fascia board. This might require simply pounding in some loose spikes into the fascia board, but there are a variety of ways to secure the gutter that might be a little more work than you bargained for.

Storms can loosen gutters as well as excess water, in particular if the water begins to rot the fascia board, or even roof decking. So, part of your gutter inspection should include looking for rotted wood.

Also, it is important to examine the gutters at the bottom of the valleys. Watch it during a rainstorm and see if water is spilling over the gutter at or near the valley locations. In some cases, a rainwater diverter (gutter guards, splash guards) may need to be installed.

Tip #4 Gutter Cleaning

If gutters are not regularly cleaned water can back up over the edge and cause rotting of fascia boards and roof decking boards. If left unattended, the water damage can even spread to roof rafters. This can significantly increase your repair costs, so it’s best to keep the gutters clean.

Check your gutters for the accumulation of debris. Leaves, twigs, dirt, etc. all build up and can obstruct the flow of water. It is amazing how much can build up and how quickly it happens. Remove the debris regularly.

If you see small plants growing over the top of your gutters, you are long overdue for a cleaning, and you might want to think about getting some regular help!

Testing the gutters after cleaning is the next step. Run some water into your gutters using a garden hose. Run it in various places and observe the water path. Check for leaks and standing water, or even water running over the side. These will be clues that you have more issues to address.

DIY Roof Maintenance and Inspection

Can you do this yourself? You certainly can, especially the gutter cleaning tasks. However, sometimes spotting roof problems is better left to the trained professionals at Ace Construction & Remodeling. This is especially true if someone needs to climb up on your roof to get a closer look at things.

With proper care and attention to your roof and gutters your whole system will last much longer. And if a small issue arises you can call Ace Construction and have them come handle the repairs (roofs, gutters, flashing, skylights, etc.) before they turn into a much bigger and more costly problem later on.

If you need roofing repairs or you want to look into having a new roof installed call the expert roofing company at Ace Construction & Remodeling! We provide the best service to our customers in east-central Indiana.

You can request a quote or give us a call: 765-644-6030.

How Much Does Roof Replacement Cost?

The roof over your house is the barrier between you and the elements. It protects from rain and snow coming down on both you and your possessions – making it one of, if not the most important aspects of a home. This is why it is so essential to address a compromised roof right away. If unattended to, it could lead to severe consequences. If you are in need of a roof work, for either appearance, functionality, or both, you might be wondering about the roof replacement cost for your home.

It is easy to get overwhelmed when considering roof replacement cost. Below we will break down the different types of roofing so you can get an idea of what might work best for you. You might be surprised how affordable getting a new, functional roof can be in the end. And financing options for qualified customers may make the process easier.

New Roof Cost & What Type Is Best for You?

Roofing types can range from simple and affordable to complex and costly. Chances are there will be a style for your exact needs and budget. When your questioning how much does a new roof cost, some of the choices below may help.

However, you need to realize that there can be a wide range of new roof cost when it comes to installation. This is because the slope, pitch, height (2-story versus single story), and size all impact the roof replacement cost. In addition, if you need to tear off an old roof that will raise the cost of a new roof.

Just a point for clarification on terminology. Sometimes you may see shingles priced “per square foot” and other times you see per “square,” i.e. how many “squares” of shingles are needed to cover the roof. Roof surfaces are measured in “squares” and a “square” is equal to 100 square feet. If you know the total square footage of your roof you can divide by 100 to get the number of squares needed. (4,000 sq. ft. ÷ 100 = 40; This means you would need 40 squares to cover the roof.)

Below, we briefly address a few different materials at different price-points. Either way you may be leaning, it is always best to get a professional opinion from roofing pros like Ace Construction & Remodeling.

Asphalt (Composite) Shingles: $3.50 – $5.50 Per Square Foot for Roof Replacement Cost or $350 – $550 per square installed on a standard sized single-story home.

We simply cannot talk about roofing without mentioning asphalt composite shingles. This is currently the most popular roofing type in North America, and easy to see why. For one, it is relatively affordable coming just a bit above the pricing of rolled roofing. It also gives your home more visual flair – giving the appearance of a “homier” household.

This is one of the most common roofing styles and a safe recommendation for those looking for an affordable new roof cost option that looks nice and is functional. You can expect anywhere from 13 to 32 years of use out of this roofing.

Rolled Roofing: $1.50 – $3.50 Per Square Foot

If you want an affordable option for roof replacement cost rolled roofing might be for you. This is an efficient, affordable, and functional style of roof that has become quite popular lately with those looking for exactly this sort of deal for their roofing needs.

Rolled roofing is sometimes thinner than traditional asphalt shingles and is installed in long sheets. Generally, it is best suited for roofs with a low slope and is often applied to sheds, barns, and garages. It has been less popular for homes, but can be done, especially if the home has a low-sloped roof.

Rolled roofing is made up of mineral-impregnated asphalt and you can expect it to last around a decade but depends on a variety of factors. If you need to quickly solve a roof that is in critical condition, it doesn’t get much better for this purpose!

Metal: $7 – $12 Per Square Foot

There are a number of benefits to going for a metal-based roof. For one, a metal-based roof is highly effective as insulation – meaning it is great at keeping both cold and warm air inside, saving you on energy costs. Also, metal roofs are notorious for their longevity – lasting upwards of 75 years! And metal roofs tend to be fire retardant, making them ideal for areas where fires might be a threat.

The new roof cost when using metal materials may be a bit up there compared to the previous two roofs, but the lower energy costs and longevity can make it worth it in the long run.

Metal roofs come in a variety of metal types which effect the total cost of the material. Aluminum provides good protection against corrosion. Galvanized steel tends to be the best when concerned about new roof cost. And there are even stone coated steel shingles and tiles, but these tend to be more expensive.

Some of these choices may be a more visually pleasing alternative to standing metal seam roofing which can be more expensive. However, standing metal seam roofing is great for areas that experience heavy snow because it will slide down quite easily on a well sloped roof.

Wood Shingles: $5 – $10 Per Square Foot

For those that want a visually attractive roofing option, wood shingles are sure to please guests. In addition, it provides great curb appeal for anyone’s first glance at your home. It is important to remember that unlike the previously mentioned roofing options, wood can be a high maintenance option, especially if you live in a damp climate.

With natural wood there are a few things to watch out for, such as termites, rot, and sometimes even woodpeckers peck holes in wood roofs. Wood shingles are natural, and beautiful, but must be bought with the knowledge that you will need to keep an eye on it. And the higher roof replacement cost often is well worth it if you are going for a distinct visual style.

Clay Tiles: $10 – $20 Per Square Foot

If you want a roofing option that is truly “set it and forget it,” then you can’t go wrong with clay tile roofing. We say “set and forget” because the lifespan of this roofing material can quite easily last for over 100 years.

With this option it is best to ask your Ace Construction contractor about the pros and cons. Just a side note: concrete tiles are a possible substitute for clay. They are cheaper, but they may not last as long. Be sure to ask your Ace contractor about all your options.

The new roof cost with clay tiles is a bit up there on the pricing scale, but it is one of the best all-around roofing options for those who want something that looks stunning while lasting seemingly forever!

Synthetic Slate: $9 – $16 Per Square Foot

Natural slate, which can run you a very hefty penny of $30-$75 per square foot, provides the longevity of clay while looking gorgeous. But it is safe to say that the roof replacement cost of natural stone slate is eye-watering for many folks just looking to get the appearance of the material!

Luckily, synthetic slate exists and provides a more affordable option. Synthetic slate is made of a variety of materials and is very convincing when looked at from a normal viewing distance – and if you are worried about functionality, don’t worry, Synthetic slate is durable and can last you upwards of 50 years.

Some of the benefits to synthetic slate depend on the specific type that you choose. Some are lighter than natural stone, some are maintenance free, while some have superior snow protection and perform well in harsh weather. With a little research you can become more informed about the variety of synthetic slate roofing products and which would work best for you.

In general, it is great option all around that blends fashion, functionality, and a price that is largely competitive with wood and clay roofing.

Free Estimates: Roof Replacement Cost

Ace Construction and Remodeling roofing company provides expert contractors that are experienced at helping homeowners choose the right material for their roof replacement cost budget.

For a Free estimate of your new roof cost, simply complete our request form here, or call us at 765-644-6030.