Spring cleaning always seems like a daunting task at the end of the winter. It seems to take forever and it isn’t the fun job. It is very beneficial though, it can make your home look picture perfect and ready to show off all summer long. It also can save homeowners money, depending on how much the homeowner checks the siding and windows for cracking or leaking they can either spend a lot of money or very little on repairs after a winter.
Spring cleaning can be daunting, but there are so many rewards to getting it done. Having a clean home is always a satisfying feeling and giving your home a face lift after a harsh winter is a great reward.
In the state of Colorado, most insurance companies have rates and discounts based on the type of roofing you are looking to buy. Companies such as State Farm offer premium rates for both impact resistant roofing and standard roofing. Many other insurance companies lean towards discounted rates for impact resistant roofing because they aren’t replaced as often, and in turn saving the insurance company money in the long run. States with high weather fluctuation and large storms are commonly covered by their homeowners insurance for impact resistant roofing.
Thirty years is the general life expectancy of a shingle, however the “30 year” name does not guarantee that they will last thirty years. 30 years is the life expectancy in ideal climates and conditions. Climates with high temperature shifts or a lot of sun have a lower life expectancy than climates with steady temperatures and a bit more shade. Generally the life of a 30 year shingle is around 15-20 years, for no climate is exactly what is needed to get the full 30 years. 30 year shingles often have warranties attached to them and depending on the company the warranties vary from 5 years to 20 years. 30 year impact resistant shingles vary in strength from class 1 to class 4. The type of class determines the material and the resistance of the shingle. Generally class 4 is the highest level of protection making the shingle less susceptible to hail damage or damage from other storms or weather debris. 30 year impact resistant shingles are beneficial in climates that receive a lot of storms such as hail. However the price difference between standard 30 year roofing and impact resistant 30 year roofing is substantial. On roof shingles, there are small rocks that can be knocked out of place in the case of a storm. If the stones are knocked out of place, the shingle becomes more susceptible to damage regardless if they are impact resistant or not. So the question being 30 year impact resistant roofing vs 30 year standard roofing roofing, which is worth it? The answer depends on the climate you live in, depending on the amount of hail or wind you get spending the extra money on a shingle that may get shredded or ripped off within a couple of years may not be worth it. In some climates where the weather is fairly mild with occasional storms impact resistant roofing may be a viable option for your home.
It is always smart to have someone take a look at your home after a storm, there may be more damage than you can see with the naked eye. Hail, snow, wind, and rain can all harm a roof in varying ways. Depending on the severity of the storm, it could do anything from remove shingles to knock some pieces loose or do nothing at all. Giving the wide range of potential damages, it is beneficial to have someone look at your home even if you can’t see any damages. Poor roofing can lead to cracks and leaks which is an expensive fix for a homeowner. Storms especially hail can cause damage to the sealing strips. Homeowners can save money by having a professional look at their home after a storm because it is much easier to replace bits and pieces throughout the lifespan of the home than have to replace the whole thing because of some damages. Generally a roof lasts a certain amount of time based on the geographic area where the house is located. That lifespan ranging anywhere from 10-30+ years depending on the type of roofing you have. Being prompt with the roof repairs can make that life expectancy increase and the value of the home remain sound.
No one can deny the beauty and appeal of a wood shake roof. On any home, it adds a warmth that is hard to replicate. I love the texture, color, and dimension that wood roofs add to a home of any style. Unfortunately, wood roofs also come with a heavy price tag and maintenance issues that can cause serious headaches. In fact, many insurance companies are requiring homeowners to replace their wood roofs with manufactured alternatives.
First, climb up on your roof to check its condition – proper maintenance and care is key to prolonging the longevity of your roof. Keeping your wood roof in good condition can add many years and save you thousands of dollars. If your roof is too hard to climb on yourself, call a roofer that you trust to come and complete the inspection for you. Most roofers will do this for no charge and can help with any repairs that might be necessary.
When our roof inspectors climb on homeowners roofs to inspect for damage and wear we look for shingles that are no longer offering protection to the underlayment. This underlayment is the main, waterproof layer that protects your home from the outside elements. The shingles are installed on top of the underlayment and offer it protection. Once the underlayment is exposed to the sun and elements, the life of your roof is near an end. We look for solar burns through shingles as well as curling shingles and shingles that have hit marks and cracks from hail. If shingles have worn in this way, they are at risk for coming off during high winds and severe weather and exposing the underlayment. We also look for thin and brittle shingles, telling us that the life of the shingles is near an end.
Call a trusted roofer. Get recommendations from neighbors and sites such as Houzz, Home Advisor or Thumbtack. Your roofer will come out and perform their own inspection on your roof and recommend repair or replacement options. In many cases, insurance companies will not allow you to replace your wood roof with the same material, so make sure you check with your insurance agent before making any decisions.
Taking care of your roof is critical in prolonging it’s life and protecting your home. Following steps and performing general maintenance can save you thousands of dollars and big headaches along the way. As always, contact us with any questions or for a free roof inspection.