When it comes to selecting a contractor to work on your house, it can be a difficult process to find the perfect match. There is a lot of trust that goes into having strangers work on your house and transform it into something new and better than every before! Because of this, there are a lot of different factors that homeowners weigh.
Innovative Contracting Services has been serving the greater Boston area since 2000 and we have seen countless homeowners get left in the dust from unrepeatable contractors that over promise. We wanted to share, what we believe to be the surefire way to know that a company can be trusted.
Recommended By Manufacturers:
This may be the number one thing to check when talked with contractors. Roofing and siding product manufacturers across the company hand out levels of recognition to contractors that install high levels of their product and to the ones that do it the right way. They do this to ensure that their materials are being represented the way they should.
The average person may not know the difference between company a and company b, but if no manufacturers back one company, than that’s telling you something.
At Innovative Contracting Services, we are recommended by James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding & CertainTeed Shingles.
Your roof consists far more than the shingles you see: rather it is a complex network of vents and shielding designed to let necessary things out while stopping rain, snow, and debris from getting in. And while it is always the best idea to have professionals work on your roof, it doesn’t hurt to have a little knowledge under your belt when it comes to understanding what they are saying. Therefore, here are 9 components of a roof that you should know when speaking to your contractor.
SHINGLES: The most prominent and well-known portion of the roof. Roof shingles are most commonly asphalt, but wood, metal, slate, and tile are also popular options. It is vital to make sure that these shingles remain securely fastened and regularly cleaned for optimal lifespan.
VENT PIPE: A plastic or cast-iron pipe protruding from the home’s plumbing system and extending through the roof, allowing fresh outside air into the plumbing system. This ensures sinks, tubs, and toilets drain quickly and efficiently.
CHIMNEY: A tall structure usually made of brick or stone that extends beyond the roof to allow smoke and fumes to escape. While they are usually placed next to the roof, they can also protrude up through the ridge or slope of the roof. An important thing to do is make sure that the flashing along the side of the chimney has no leaks and is securely fastened, as a lot of leaks stem from flashing around the chimney coming undone.
FLUE: Within the interior of every chimney is a lining of flue, which helps carry smoke and fumes through and out of the chimney. Typically made of square or rectangular tiles of clay, they prevent smoke from being absorbed within any semi-porous materials lining the chimney.
RIDGE: A sloped roof’s highest point. Often has a vent running along its length to allow hot air out of the attic.
GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS: A roof’s primary drainage system. Is attached along the fascia of the bottom of a roof to collect any runoff rainwater and debris, where the water is then redirected to fall away from the home, to avoid damage to the facade as well as any patios, pathways, and gardens underneath. An important thing to do is clear your gutters regularly, in order to prevent blockages.
FASCIA: A horizontal board fastened to the bottom of a roof along the roof rafters. Rain gutters are usually attached to them.
DRIP EDGE: Metal flashing that is placed along a roof’s edge to ensure that rain does not fall straight down onto the ground below, and is instead redirected into the gutter system.
TRUSS: The framework of the whole roof, trusses run underneath the insulation and shingles, supporting the roof upwards. Usually, if a leak occurs, trusses are among the first to get hit with water damage, so failure to address leaks can lead to serious structural degradation, posing a hazard for anything underneath.
While you may not be a fully-fledged expert, this little tidbit of knowledge should be enough to get you started on knowing what your contractor is saying, as well as help convey what you want done on your roof. If you are looking to have some work done on your roof or are looking to install a new one, feel free to call us at 781-393-4427, or fill out an inquiry form. We’d love to work with you!
There are many different signs that will show a homeowner that it’s time for a roof replacement. Don’t wait for a big leak to call a roofing contractor. Being proactive will ensure less damage to your house and will eventually save you money.
Signs it’s Time For a New Roof
How Old Is Your Roof?
If your asphalt roof is only 5-10 years old, chances are it has plenty of life left in it. Asphalt roofs typically last between 20-30 years so if your roof is within the ladder of that time range, you may not have that much time left.
Entire Shingles Are Missing
A shingle here or there isn’t the end of the world as they can be replaced. But, if shingles are missing all over your roof, your house will start to look like a checkerboard. Additionally, this probably means that something is wrong with your roof.
Curling of Shingles
Shingles that curl means that the edges turn upward and away from the flat position that they previously were. This shows that your roof is weathering and could be a sign that potential leaks are in the making.
Granules in the Gutters
If you look in your gutters and see a pileup of shingle granules, it’s something to worry about. That means that your shingles are becoming less protective and the quality of your roof will start to deteriorate quickly.
Sunlight Through Your Attic
This may be the easiest thing to notice, but go up into your attic during a sunny day and look for sunlight making its way into your attic. If light can get in, that means so can rain, air, snow and possibly critters.
This is probably the most frantic sign that should yield immediate action. A sagging roof usually indicates structural damage and the problem is just waiting to get worse.
For more information, please feel free to reach out. Our team at Innovative Contractor Services is here to make sure that your damage roof gets repaired or replaced immediately.
Looking for a new roof? Innovative Contracting Services provides homeowners throughout Massachusetts with a range of re-roofing, roof ventilation, and free roof estimates. Homeowners often come to us and aren’t sure what they are getting by replacing their roof. They will hold and keep a failing roof just because they only see the money coming out of their bank account. Listed below are the main benefits that you’ll gain by installing a new roof.
1. Energy Savings: An roof older roof can leak air into your house making your energy bills rise. A new roof with Innovative Contracting Services will be fully insulated and air will always stay inside. This means your air conditioning and heating systems don’t need to be cranked up to compensate for a leaky roof.
2. ROI: The money you put into your new roof isn’t just disappearing. New roofs yield on average a 70% ROI.
3. Protecting Your Home: A failing roof will result in many more problems than a leak. If not fixed, water can cause so many more issues from mold growth, structural damage & more. The longer the wait, the more money you’ll end up spending to fix the problem.
4. Curb Appeal: Hows your roof looking? If you’re walking down the street and your roof is unsightly, a new roof will bring a breath of fresh air to your home.
5. Property Value: If you plan on selling your home anytime in the near future, a new roof will surely help you out. It make selling your home an easier process as an older roof is much less attractive from the homebuyers standpoint.
6. Peace of Mind: Family is important and replacing your old roof with a new one is the best way to keep everyone safe. You’ll feel better at the end of the day knowing your house is safe.
For more information about Innovative Contracting Services, please feel free to reach out. We can be reached over the phone at 781-393-4427 or through our online contact services.