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Choosing Shingle Color
The right roofing can boost the curb appeal of any style of home. This is why we trust IKO asphalt shingles. For beautiful protection that’s engineered to last, IKO sets the standard.
With so many colors of asphalt shingles available, choosing a shingle color for your roof can be difficult. IKO created this handy visual guide to help you find a color that complements your home. We are reposting it here for your convenience.
Leverage the RoofViewer app to see how different colors would look on your home.
Contact us today for expert help with choosing your shingle color. Point Roofing is Boise’s #1 Roofer rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, serving Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Garden City, Star, Middleton, Homedale, Marsing, Greenleaf, and the surrounding areas.
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Learn how to tell if it’s time to for roof replacement, and get information on the latest roofing materials and approximate costs.
A roof replacement is a big, expensive job, so do your homework to make sure you get the most out of your investment. Understanding the process and the types of roofing materials available is essential to making the right decisions for your home.
Unfortunately, knowing when to replace your roofing is the home improvement version of Russian roulette – you’d like to squeeze as much service as possible out of your existing roof before it springs a leak. Once it does, however, it’s already too late to avoid additional expensive repairs. Knowing the warning signs of an aging roof can help you time your replacement correctly.
Spotting potential trouble
Once every year, examine your roof. You don’t have to get up on top of the roof to check it out; stand on a vantage point where you can see the entire roof – possibly a neighbor’s yard – and scope it out with a pair of binoculars. Look for signs of wear that include shingles that are cracked, broken, curled and missing; rust spots on flashing; moss and lichen growth; and any discoloration and peeling paint under eaves.
Pay special attention to any branches that are touching or within five feet of your roof. In stiff winds even branches that are several feet from your roof can rub against roofing surfaces, wearing away the protective layers, lifting shingles or even puncturing the roofing materials. Trim back all branches.
Inside the house, look for dark spots on ceilings and walls – sure signs that moisture is entering your home and that your roofing may have a leak.
Small trouble spots can be fixed with a shingle repair or replacement. If your roof isn’t steep (a pitch defined by the National Roofing Contractor’s Association as 25%, or 3-in-12 or more), and you’re not afraid of heights, you can attempt these simple repairs yourself. Take every safety precaution when working on a roof. Otherwise, call in a professional.
If you have asphalt roofing shingles, one of the surest signs of an aging roof is finding piles of granules inside your gutters. These colored mineral granules coat the surface of asphalt shingles and help protect them from sun and hail damage. As the shingles age, these granules loosen and are washed into the gutters.
Knowing the age and life expectancy of your existing roofing puts you ahead of the game when it comes to determining if you need a replacement. The overwhelming majority of roofs are asphalt shingles, which can have a very different life expectancy depending on the manufacturer and style. Asphalt shingles generally perform better in cooler climates. In warm, southern regions, lifespan of asphalt shingles may be as little as 10 to 12 years. Other types of roofing, such as wood shingle and metal, can have considerably longer life expectancies with proper maintenance.
Tearing off the old roof/
When it comes time to replace your roof, you’ll need to decide if you want to tear off the old roofing. A single layer of existing asphalt shingles in good condition can be roofed over once, but an existing second layer and other types of roofing materials must be removed before new roofing can be installed. Expect to pay $1 to $3 per square foot to tear off and dispose of old roofing, depending on the complexity and steepness of the roof.
While it may save money to add a second layer of roofing without the expense of tearing off the old shingles, keeping the existing roof means keeping the old flashings and vent boots – generally considered the weak link in your roofing system. The new flashings and vent boots that accompany a clean installation ensure the best possible protection for your home and generally are worth the extra cost of a tear-off.
Shopping for roofing
Roofing materials are sold by the “square,” a measurement equal to 100 square feet. When gathering estimates expect to see the roof size represented in this form, you will also see that the roofing contractor will add 10% to 15% for waste when re-applying the new materials.
Note that certain types of asphalt shingles with cooling granules and metal roofing with appropriate pigmented coatings help reduce energy costs and may qualify for a federal energy efficiency tax credit of up to $1,500. Check with your contractor to see if the roofing you choose meets Energy Star requirements and if the manufacturer offers a certification statement that you can use to obtain the credit.
Asphalt shingles, also called composition roofing, are by far the most popular type of roofing material. They are readily available, durable, relatively inexpensive and can be installed by an experienced do-it-yourselfer if the roof is not too steep. The individual shingles feature slits that divide the shingle into three pieces or tabs that give the finished roof a textured appearance. For this reason they are sometimes called “3-tab shingles.”
Asphalt shingles feature a fiberglass or cellulose core sandwiched between layers of asphalt. A top coating of mineral helps protect the shingles from damage by the elements. Some varieties include zinc- or copper-coated ceramic granules that help prevent the growth of algae and moss, a problem often found in the warm, humid climates. Some types have especially high wind ratings that are especially suited for coastal regions.
Generally, thicker shingles are more durable and have longer warranties. A variant called architectural or laminated shingles features overlapping tabs that mimic the shadow patterns of thicker materials such as slate and wood. All varieties of asphalt shingle come in many colors.
Wood shingles and shakes are premium products prized for their beautiful natural color and traditional appearance. After several years, wood roofing will weather to a soft, mellow gray.
Although similar, shakes differ from shingles in how they are manufactured. Shakes feature one or both faces that are mechanically split, creating a heavily textured, rustic surface. In some cases, the back of the shake is sawn to produce a relatively smooth, even surface. Shingles are sawn on both sides. Shingles are tapered along their length; shakes may be tapered or a uniform thickness. In general, shakes have thicker butt ends than shingles. Medium shakes are 1/2 inch thick at the butt; heavy shakes are 3/4 inch thick.
Wood shingles and shakes aren’t recommended for do-it-yourself installation unless the DIYer has considerable experience. Shakes and shingles usually are applied over a series of horizontally installed 1×4 or 1×6 furring boards called space sheathing. Gaps between the boards allow air circulation vital to preserving the lifespan of wood roofing materials. Apply wood shingles and shakes only to roofs with a pitch of 4-in-12 or greater.
Some locations allow shakes to be installed over solid plywood sheathing to help resist seismic activity; other locations don’t allow wood roofing at all due to fire hazards, or may require wood roofing materials to be treated with a special fire-retardant chemical. Be sure to check with your local building authority when planning to use wood roofing.
Metal roofing comes as panels or tiles. Panels are manufactured in lengths up to 20 feet long so they can span from the eaves to the ridge without horizontal joints. The panels are joined along their edges with “standing seams” that prevent water penetration and give the roof its characteristic ridges. Once associated with mountain getaways and high-end architectural homes, standing-seam metal roofing has become an increasingly popular option for other styles of houses as well. Because it features a factory-paint finish, it is available in a variety of striking colors.
Interlocking steel and aluminum shingles mimic the textural look of wood shakes and slate roofing. They are lightweight, strong, fireproof and resist rot. Metal shingles can be recycled and are one of the more environmentally friendly roofing materials.
Clay tiles with their distinctive barrel shape and reddish-brown color, often are associated with classic Spanish-style architecture of the American Southwest. Flat, glazed clay tiles are reminiscent of French farmhouses and come in many colors. These tiles are made from a mixture of pulverized clay and water, and are extremely heavy — a square can weigh half a ton or more. If you’re considering having your roofing replaced with clay tiles, it’s a good idea to first have your roof structure evaluated by a structural engineer to see if reinforcement is necessary.
Clay tile roofing is extremely durable and may last 75 years or more. Although strong, clay tiles may break if walked on. Occasionally, chipping or breaking occurs and tiles must be replaced.
Concrete tiles are durable, fireproof, insect-proof and resistant to damage from hail. They can be molded to closely resemble wood shakes, barrel-style clay tiles, glazed clay tiles and even slate roofing materials, but generally are less expensive. Most concrete tiles include a molded, interlocking system that makes the roofing extremely tough and long-lasting — some varieties include lifetime warranties.
Regular concrete tiles are heavy (at least 900 pounds per square) and may require additional reinforcement for the roof structure. Lightweight concrete tiles reduce the load (600-700 pounds per square) but cost more. Although difficult to install, a determined DIYer could tackle a concrete tile roof project.
Slate was once popular but is now prohibitively expensive for all but the most deluxe application and renovation project. Typically quarried in the Northeast, slate splits naturally into sheets that make virtually indestructible roofing tiles. With its beautiful dark gray, green and red colors, slate adorns some of the most historically significant buildings in the U.S. It may weigh as much as a ton per square, making careful roof engineering absolutely necessary. The specialized skill necessary to install slate is a vanishing art.
Rubber composite shingles are made from a blend of plastic and rubber, and many manufacturers use recycled rubber exclusively so environmental impact is low. Most rubber tiles are molded to resemble slate and wood shakes, and do a remarkable job of mimicking their natural counterpart, both in color and in texture. Rubber shingles are tough and durable, won’t break, and are impervious to rot and insects. A 50-year warranty is standard.
For expert residential roof repair in the Treasure Valley area, contact us today. Point Roofing and Restoration is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, and serve Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Garden City, Star, Middleton, Homedale, Marsing, Greenleaf, and the surrounding areas.
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Every roof has a life cycle.
Our team of Boise commercial roofing experts will do a comprehensive survey of your roof, including an existing conditions photo report and core samples to determine the layers that are on the roof and determine if the roof is holding unwanted moisture. We also provide a value-engineered repair or replacement solution that fits your budget, energy concerns, sustainability strategy, and business priorities.
Proactive Roof Maintenance
Proactive roof maintenance planning is an easy way to prevent a lot of headaches, stress and unnecessary roof repairs. Start your roof maintenance plan by taking these three easy steps:
Be Aware of Your Roof’s Condition
Why ignore your roof until it starts leaking? Extend its lifespan and avoid costly roof repairs by taking a proactive approach to roof maintenance. Having an experienced roofer perform periodic in-depth checkups is a step in the right direction. You should also keep an eye on the overall condition of the roof, noting any concerning issues that are likely to lead to leaks. Make regular visual scans from the ground to spot issues when they first occur. Use binoculars if needed, and look for curled or broken asphalt or wood shingles, damaged or misaligned slate tiles, leaky or sagging gutters, areas that look darker than the rest of the roof, or deteriorated flashing.
When your roof fails, the need for roof repair can become urgent!
Eventually every roof will fail and need to be replaced or repaired in some form. The roof endures all kinds of elements season after season, year after year, and the materials eventually wear down and roof repair is needed. The typical lifespan of a roof is anywhere between 12 and 50 years depending on the roofing materials used.
So you have a roof leak and need roof repair. You need a good roofer.
Who do you call?
Most people do not have a list of contractors ready to review when disaster happens at home. For those who have been in their homes for years, catchy commercials may trigger a name, or service to call when in need of a roofer or other contractor. Maybe you have had a name branded into your brain from yard signs, service trucks, and a roofer’s name comes to mind when one is needed. Most of us find a roofing contractor by taking our search to the internet, or looking in a phone-book. Once you have a list of roofers to call, how do you identify the best local roofer for you?
A good idea when starting any project, is to do a little bit of homework on each company.
Start with a file for each one. In these files, have a simple checklist to fill out and a few key questions for each roofer. Check out our sample checklist below. Remember, you may need to adjust your list to be more specific to your project. Writing each contractor’s answers down will help you when deciding later. You’ll be able to compare the answers, and have a clear understanding of each company’s responses.
Five ways to identify a good roofer.
Have your form ready to fill out. On this form grade the roofer from 1-10, 10 being the best.
How did the first call go? Was the first impression good or bad? Was the call pleasant and professional? Were you notified of the estimators name and arrival time? Did you find that all of the companies you called set clear expectations and gathered enough initial information? At Point Roofing, we ask as many qualifying questions as possible. We do this to match you with the right estimator so we prepare your estimate in a timely manner.
On the day of the appointment was your estimator on time? If late, were you notified within a timely manner? At Point, we realize everyone has obligations and time constraints. We feel it is incredibly important to be respectful of your commitments and time.
Is the estimator prepared? Does he/she have brochures, and examples of jobs like yours? Does he have the correct equipment to look at the roof and provide you an accurate estimate? Did the roofing contractor have a professional appearance and tone? Were all of your questions and concerns addressed with confidence and in a timely manner?
Can the roofing contractor provide you with the credentials to do business such as licenses and proof of insurance certificates? Do not work with an uninsured contractor. Make sure that you protect one of your biggest investments.
Does the estimator ask for the job? Is he prepared to complete a contract and get you scheduled start the roof? Don’t be offended by this, it is their job to get business for their company and a well prepared and professional roofer will ask for the business.
Below is an example checklist
These are some good questions to ask to ensure that your project is being handled by an experienced, quality roofing contractor.
• Are you licensed and insured?
• Can you provide me with those certificates on initial appointment or email those to me?
• Are you able to provide 3-5 references upon request?
• How long have you been in business?
• What type/length of workmanship warranty do you offer?
• What type of warranty does the product you recommend offer?
• Do you recommend any particular upgrades based on the fact that we have harsh winters/summers/high winds/hail?
• Do you pull all of the appropriate permits?
• Will the roof be installed to manufacturers specifications?
• Do you use nails or staples to install the material?
• What type of underlayment do you use and why?
• Did you notice any areas that would need code upgrade?
• Does my house have proper ventilation? If not what do you recommend to resolve this and how will it benefit me?
• Are there any areas of concern on my roof that you think may incur additional costs?
Taking these tips into consideration along with any other questions you may have will ensure a quality job is completed.
Remember, Roof with the Best, or leak with the rest!
For expert residential and commercial roof maintenance and repairs in the Treasure Valley and surrounding areas, contact us today. Point Roofing and Restoration is an Idaho roofer rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, and serve Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Garden City, Star, Middleton, Homedale, Marsing, Greenleaf, and the surrounding areas.
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Winter is right around the corner. Do you have a snow removal plan for your property’s roof?
This last winter, many property owners had a hard time finding snow removal service because everyone was booked solid. Don’t get caught off guard this winter! Be prepared by getting on our list now!
Point Roofing and Restoration provides commercial and residential snow removal throughout the Treasure Valley and surrounding areas. Located in Boise, Idaho, we are ready to mobilize to any of our surrounding cities. No job is too big or too small.
No other Idaho roofing contractor is more prepared, or fully staffed for dealing with snow build up on roofs than Point Roofing and Restoration! We handle snow and ice dam removal for both, residential and commercial roofs.
Our rapid-response snow removal crews are strategically positioned and are on-call to assist you. Every Point crew is outfitted with the gear and equipment required to safely and efficiently remove heavy snow after winter snow storms.
Steam is the best option for removing stubborn ice dams while protecting your roof. You won’t find our crews using any harsh chemicals on your property! We always take care of your property as if it is our own.
Whether your property is residential, commercial, or multi-unit, Point Roofing is a Boise Roofer rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau, and we are ready to help you weather the winter storms! Let us provide you with peace-of-mind this winter!
Join our list for snow removal and ice dam removal today!
Fill out the form below to get signed up on our Winter Snow Removal List.
After you fill out the form, we will be review your property, and send you your estimate and deposit amount. You will receive this info within 2 business days.
Please Note: Spaces are only held once the deposit is paid-in-full.