Zach Walter is a Field Representative and Inspector with Point Roofing and Restoration, serving all of Southern Idaho including Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Star, Kuna, Idaho Falls, Ammon, and all surrounding areas.
John Binkley is a Field Manager and Inspector with Point Roofing and Restoration, serving all of Southern Idaho.
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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So it’s raining outside… And inside, too?! Yes, unfortunately, you have a leaking roof.
Other not-so-obvious signs of a leaking roof are bulges or discoloration in your ceiling. It’s likely that water is pooling on the other side of that bulge or dark spot. You’ve got to take immediate action.
Contain the Leak and Prevent any Further Damage
Put a bucket, trash can, or some other container under the site of the drip or suspected leak. Note: Consider propping up a board inside the container so the drips hit the board and not the accumulated water. This will prevent the repetitive and annoying dripping sound.
Now, get a screwdriver, and locate the center of the bulge where water is accumulating and puncture it right in the middle. Though it might seem counterintuitive to punch a hole in your ceiling to stop a leak, the new hole will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling. If water accumulates and pools, the entire ceiling could collapse. The general rule with ceilings is that smaller holes are easier to fix than big ones.
Call a Professional
The problem is identified and contained. Well done! This is normally where you call a roofing contractor. But you changed the oil in your El Camino last weekend after just watching a few videos on YouTube, so you can do it yourself, right?
Unless you really know what you’re doing, this isn’t a DIY project. Given the expense and catastrophic damage that could result from shoddy work, we recommend you hire someone well experienced, like Point Roofing in Boise, Idaho, to handle your leaking roof.
Next Step, Rely on Your Experienced Roofing Contractor.
When your roofer comes to inspect and give you an estimate, keep your antenna up for common red flags. Anyone will first check out the original roof leak — and your nifty screwdriver hole. It’s what they do next that counts.
An experienced roofing professional will inspect your roof both from the exterior of the roof itself as well as the inside of your home, typically the attic. Inspecting the underside of the roof sheeting can show signs of water damage, however it is not a fool-proof method so inspecting the roof for damage is needed as well.
It’s impossible to exaggerate how important it is to act quickly when it comes to a leaking roof – the clock is ticking. Leaking roofs never fix themselves or get better on their own. By letting 24 hours turn into 48 hours, you’re increasing the likelihood that what could have been a manageable problem might result in catastrophic structural damage or mold contamination. While mold might not sound like a menace, its worst variations can kill you. At the very best, it’s gross and unsightly.
The leak isn’t bad — yet. Get it fixed now!
If you do spot of any of these problems, contact an experienced roofing professional, like Point Roofing. Not only can we perform the proper roofing repair, we can also help you take steps to prevent these problems in the future.
For expert help with ice dams 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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Roof Leak? Call an Experienced Professional
Dealing with a roof leak can be very dangerous. While we write this article to assist those who like to “do it” or “Diagnose it themselves”, We always recommend having an experienced professional handle your roof leak. At Point Roofing we have the experience and certifications to handle any roof leak on any structure, residential or commercial.
Think Safety First
Fussing to try and find a leak as soon as it happens is something that could put you in the hospital. Meddling on a roof while it’s raining or covered with ice and snow isn’t the ideal way to find a leak. Trying to temporarily fix a leak could be highly dangerous. If you want to do it right, there is no quick-fix. Just take your time, and be very patient and careful to wait for Mother Nature to give you the green light.
Being on a roof will put the body in positions that are not comfortable or safe. Make sure to wear rubber sole shoes to prevent slipping. Also use a harness and always work with a buddy.
Spray the Roof
Take a garden hose and go up to the roof and start spraying in different locations to find the leak. Wait if it’s wintertime because it’s not safe to run water on the roof when it’s freezing out.
Keep Gutters Clean
One of the most common areas and causes for roof leaks are clogged gutters. Gutters that have not been cleaned can cause the water to build up during rain.
Avoid Dry Rot
Dry rot isn’t related to any type of water damage, but lack of ventilation. If a roof repair is right in the middle of the roof, there is a chance that the plywood might be deteriorating. The roof will actually sag in and cause the roof shingles to get brittle, crack and then leak. Preventing dry rot consists of installing proper ventilation. We highly recommend vented ridge, however it is very important to make sure that there is enough intake air to allow the ridge vent to work.
Prevent Ice Buildup
In the wintertime, ice has no problem building up under the roof membrane, shingles and gutters. The ice builds back up when it reaches the wall line where the house is heated and it creates an interior drip. Proper ventilation, rain and ice shields along with installing a drip edge will help prevent this problem. If you do see signs of ice dams, it is important to get those removed as quickly as possible. Check out our blog on Ice Dams for more information.
Fix Roof Boots
Flashing, roofing, ice damming and skylights are all obvious places for potential leaks. One thing people often miss is the rubber boots. It’s where the plumbing and HVAC vents comes up that you find roof boots. If they dry up they will get brittle and crack, and can quickly cause major leaks. It’s a quick fix; purchase a new roof boot in a local hardware store. You may have to remove some of the shingles, lay a better tar under it and put it back in place.
Sometimes shingles are faulty and will begin to crack after they’ve been nailed down. If you have concerns your roofing materials may be faulty it is a good idea to call an expert to inspect the shingle for signs of a manufacturer recall. It can be a difficult process to determine if a roof has been recalled and replace the roof.
A valley is where the intersection of two roofs comes together. It is also called the ridge, which is again where two roofs meet at the top. Valleys are very common places for leaks because that’s where the water from the entire roof goes to and it will start sloshing back and forth. Keep in mind, the valley is the easiest area of the roof to walk and also the easiest to damage. Take caution to keep your feet to the outside of the valley to avoid tearing this very sensitive and critical area.
Check the Attic Space
If you cannot easily tell where the leak is coming from on top of the roof, get into the attic and track the leak to the area where it is coming in. Sometimes you will be surprised how far the water traveled before you noticed it coming inside.
It’s important not to get discouraged when a leak can’t be found. It’s a process of elimination. You’ve covered one area, installed the shingles back and sealed it watertight so at least one spot is eliminated. Now, you can try other areas.
For expert residential roof repair and replacement 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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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.