As the seasons change, it is important to perform roof maintenance to ensure optimum protection from the elements. Your roof should be inspected a minimum of once a year, and after an extreme weather event. Additionally, you should always keep an eye open for any leaks throughout the year.
Residential roofing services are available to help remedy any issues you have with your home. Working with a professional Portland roofing company can be useful as roofing companies provide valuable information on maintaining your roof and advise you on what roof repairs are necessary. If you need a full roof replacement, they can guide you on what styles and roof materials are available. Work with a family-owned roofing company with plenty of experience on the best roofing materials for the Portland metro area. For quality work, call Clear Vision Construction LLC for a fair price and an excellent job.
What Are Signs That Your Roof Is Deteriorating?
When roofs show signs of wear and tear, it is time for a repair or a complete roof replacement. Roofs, on average, only have a lifespan of 30 years, although some materials, such as ceramic tile or stone materials, can last much longer. Portland roofers can inform you on whether you need a new roof installation depending on your roof's age and the roofing material's quality or a simple roof repair. Your Portland roofing contractor can let you know what repairs are necessary on the spot. If you want to check for yourself, here are some signs that your roof needs repair and maintenance:
Missing Shingles, Curled Shingles, or Loose Shingles
Sometimes, shingles are loose or missing, especially if your roof is older. All it takes to fix the issue is a quick replacement of the shingles. However, if your roof has many missing or loose shingles or you previously had to replace several of them, you might be dealing with a more significant issue, and a simple roof repair might not be enough.
Your roof is exposed to the elements when there are missing, curled, or damaged shingles. When water accumulates, the roof deck begins to deteriorate, which can cause nails on other shingles to break free and fail. If this issue isn’t addressed right away, it can worsen.
Granules in the Gutter
Granules on top of asphalt shingles help shield the underlayment from the sun and the elements. It is common to have granule loss within the first six months after a composition roof is replaced. This is due to the excess granules that are applied to the shingles during manufacturing to ensure proper embedment into the asphalt coating.
Occasional granule loss is normal over the lifespan of an asphalt roof, however, severe granule loss can be a sign of roof deterioration. If you are noticing excessive amounts of particles in the gutters, your asphalt roof could be beginning to deteriorate. The underlayment may be exposed to the elements without that shielding layer and the granule's mounting adhesive could be degrading, and you will need some repairs.
The intersection of two shingle surfaces at a summit is known as the ridge. That ridge ought to be true and straight. It is a clue that the structure below is beginning to fail if it begins to drop or dip at which point you will need a roof repair.
Your roof's color should be reasonably consistent over its surface. You should pay more attention to your roof maintenance if a region is darker than the rest or appears unclean.
Algae can grow on rooftops, especially in moist and gloomy areas. The algae is responsible for the dark streaks. While algae development is not always harmful to the roof, it is recommended to get it removed.
Exposed or Loose Nails
Although it might seem harmless, a loose or missing nail is a place through which water can enter the roof’s structure and cause severe damage to the attic and interior. You should get the nails replaced as soon as you can.
Wind damage can cause nails to loosen as the shingles are thrown up. If you continuously repair loose or missing nails, your roof may have a deeper problem. The roof deck may be decaying, resulting in nails in one place becoming loose more quickly.
Loose, Missing, or Damaged Flashing
Flashing is the material used by roofers to keep water from seeping around the margins of vents, skylights, and chimneys. Flashing is commonly seen as metal sheeting over chimneys and rubber boots around vents. Water will get inside if the flashing becomes loose, is damaged, or is entirely absent. Rust patches on galvanized steel flashing might allow water to pass through, leading to water damage.
Roof Older Than 20 Years
Asphalt shingle roofs typically last 20 to 25 years before needing replacement. It is recommended you start saving for a replacement when it reaches the age of 20. If you don't know how old the roof is, hire a professional roofer to find out.
The roofer can provide you with an estimate of the roof's age as well as a report on its condition. You can also get professional advice from the roofer on how long it should last before it needs to be changed. Replacing the roof before it completely fails is better for your budget than doing an emergency replacement, and it will also boost your property’s value.
Mold In or On Exterior Walls
Mold development in or on a structure is a red flag. Correctly installed residential roofs and gutters will shed rainfall from the shingles and redirect it away from the house, preventing moisture damage. Mold might begin to grow on the outside of the construction or inside the wall cavities if water enters the outside walls due to roof leaks or gutter failures. If you notice mold, don't just wipe it away. Contact a professional Portland roofer to learn why the region is damp enough to grow mold.
When wildlife such as squirrels, raccoons, mice, rats, possums, and other animals create holes in your roof, this ruins the roof’s integrity and can cause additional damage and leaks. Animals can chew on the shingles, siding, and lining of your roof and wreak havoc inside. This can also signify an old roof, as older and worn-out roofs are easier to gnaw through. A roofing company can install a stronger roof that isn’t worn out or deteriorating.
What Should I Expect During a Roofing Estimate?
At Clear Vision Construction LLC, our roofing contractors understand what is needed for clients in the greater Portland, Oregon, metro area and have the necessary experience in performing roof repairs that reflect the common weather patterns. They can then determine an appropriate price that is reasonable and fair. Here are some of the things that a professional Portland roofing company may look for:
Your roofing contractor can search for symptoms of poor insulation in your home. They may detect frozen pipes exposed to icy weather due to roof cracks. Contractors may also detect cold spots in various parts of your home. If you have high energy bills, it could be a sign that you have inadequate insulation.
A roof replacement can improve your insulation and help you save money on your energy expenses. Mineral wool, spray foam, structural insulated panels, glass rock, loose-fill, and blanket insulation are all options. You can speak with our Portland roofing contractors to determine which material is appropriate for you, as all of these types of insulation are significantly different.
Each has its own set of advantages for trapping hot or cold air, protecting the environment, and lowering the expense of running your heater or air conditioner.
Ice buildup on your roof can cause your attic to become too warm since the snow accumulates and holds heat inside, owing to poor ventilation. The heat from inside can melt the snow, causing it to refreeze in your gutters later and form ice dams. This might cause significant damage to roof shingles over time.
When your contractor replaces your roof, they can also help you optimize ventilation by adding intake and exhaust vents. Intake vents can be put to your roof discreetly, such as under eaves and along the lower margins.
This can help to increase the rate of air circulation. Ventilation can also help cool air fall and warm air rise faster, reducing pollution and making it easier to keep your home at a consistent temperature. Skylights can also be used to increase your home's ventilation.
Mold or Mildew Growth On Walls and Ceilings
Mold and mildew growth are other indicators of poor ventilation and can manifest as allergies and respiratory difficulties in your family over time. If you don't see this when gutter cleaning, your contractor may discover these signs of insufficient ventilation.
Leaks and Flashing
When the flashing isn’t properly secured, melting snow and rainwater can leak inside your attic and home. The flashing has to be updated if it is no longer in good condition. This doesn’t only apply to chimneys, and your contractor will also check the perimeter of the roof, ventilation fans, where the roof intersects in certain sections, skylights, and pipes for breaches in the flashing.
When these areas are broken down, snow and rain can seep in and cause water damage.
Your contractor may apply different types of flashing based on what works best for your existing roof. They may use base, continuous, saddle, counter, step, valley, skylight, drip, vent pipe, and kick-out flashing.
Roof shingles can deteriorate and fall apart, and your contractor may notice rust, stains, and cracks in your shingles. When there are missing or curling shingles, it may be time to rehaul your roofing system and dry rot repair. When the shingles are damaged and falling apart, the roof is no longer shielded from the environment, and the base foundation is damaged. Moisture and cold drafts can get into the roof without protecting the shingles.
You can revamp your roof with a new look, such as metal roofing and other shingle materials. The most common type of shingles when talking about roofing in Portland is asphalt; however, there are many other materials you can choose from. There are ceramic, treated wood, slate, and more tile roof styles that are available. You can speak to a contractor to determine which type of tile matches your roofing needs.
We Recommend Roofing Contractors For Chimney Upkeep
Chimneys are ventilation structures that are used in homes to isolate hot poisonous exhaust gasses and smoke produced by boilers, stoves, furnaces, and other related vessels. They are typically installed on roofs to facilitate the smooth movement of gasses. Because chimneys come in a range of shapes and sizes, it's critical to understand the many methods of chimney maintenance.
If necessary, we can help you find contractors that can repoint your chimney so that it lasts for a longer time. Chimneys also need to be inspected, along with their accompanying vents, to ensure that they aren’t causing a problem for your roof’s insulation.
The roofing construction company may also check for mold to ensure there isn’t a sneaky leak happening that no one has noticed. Mold often appears as discoloration on the walls and ceilings of your home, but it also might be hidden inside your walls and vents without becoming visible. Contractors may check for moisture and excess humidity, which are other indicators that mold might be growing in your home.
At Clear Vision Construction, LLC, we can help you with more than your re-roofing project or siding installation. If you need help with your doors, windows, or exterior paint and want a company that is cost-transparent, honest, uses in-house installers, top roofing products, and warranties, and truly cares about your needs, then contact us today! Become one of over 4,000 homeowners who chose CVC as their prime roofing company!
Should You Install New Siding On Your Home?
Siding not only protects the exterior of your home but also increases its curb appeal. A new roof can match the siding and make your property more modern. New sidings on the market also include features, such as increased insulation, which can help you save money on your energy bills.
Should I Replace or Repair My Roof?
Depending on what type of roof you have and its condition, if it’s older than 20 years you should consider replacing it to boost your property's value and make use of the latest materials and innovations. Most roofs that haven’t yet reached the 20-year mark can be repaired and fixed for minor issues. Contact a roofing contractor to assess your roof’s condition and decide on the best course of action.
Does Repairing a Roof Take A Long Time?
A professional roofer can repair your roof within a day if there are minor repairs to be conducted. In some instances, it can take a couple of hours or days to complete a roof repair, depending on its condition and the roofer's experience.