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Do I Need to Replace My Roof to Add Solar Panels?

Solar power is an efficient, environmentally friendly form of power that more and more people are incorporating into their homes each year. By adding solar panels to your home, you can cut down on your power bills while doing your part for the earth. It’s an appealing prospect, but if you’re considering adding solar panels to your home, you should know the effort required.

The fact of the matter is, you’ll likely need to replace your roof before you add solar panels to it. Most solar panels are built to last for 20 to 25 years, and removing them to repair your roof after they’re installed can be a difficult and expensive process. Unless your roof is already new, it will likely need work done on it before it comes time to replace your solar panels. That’s why we recommend ripping the Band-Aid off and replacing your roof now. It may be a bigger ordeal than you were planning to embark on, but in the long run, you’ll be thankful you did.

Get the Help of an Expert

If you try to replace your roof and add solar panels on your own, you’ll just end up in a world of hurt. This kind of roofing work is well beyond the skill set of even the handiest homeowners, so call in professionals such as Interstate Roofing before you try to do anything on your own. It’s not just the extra helping hands you need either. What you really need is their expertise.

Not all roof damage is visible at a glance, so having someone who has the experience needed to spot any problems the untrained eye might miss will be invaluable. Have a conversation with your contractor about what you’re planning to do, and they’ll be able to assess what roofing work might be necessary to make your dreams a reality. Together with their help, you can devise a plan of action for how best to proceed.

Assess the Layout of Your Roof

First and foremost, you’ll need to take stock of what you’re working with. Measure the dimensions of your roof to get an idea of how to best situate the solar array. Take a look at the environment around you and determine if anything might block light from reaching the array. You don’t want to go through the trouble of installing solar panels only to have a tree branch or your neighbor’s house stop the sunlight from reaching them.

Do what you can to mitigate any shade, trimming branches if you need to. Check to see if there are any vents, antennas, or other protrusions that might need to be moved and make plans to adjust their positions. Keep in mind that if you need to move anything connected to your HVAC or plumbing system, you may need to get in touch with a contractor to relocate it.

Start Any Necessary Repairs

Removing a solar array to repair a roof can be a pain, so it’s best to take care of any problems sooner rather than later. After you and your expert help have taken the time to analyze the situation, determine what might need to be addressed before you replace your roof and install solar panels. If you find any weak spots or damaged sections of the roof, they will need to be repaired before even attempting installation. This goes for not just problems on the exterior of the roof, but for under it as well. Water damage, leaks, or damaged rafters will also pose a problem.

A single solar panel is heavy enough, but an entire array will add a massive amount of extra weight for your roof to support. That’s why we strongly recommend you replace your roof before you install solar panels. By taking the time to replace everything first, you can be sure to address any problems now, as well as steeply reduce the odds that you’ll need to remove the array for any future repairs.

How Will You Connect to the Grid?

Unless you’re planning to replace the roof and add solar panels to a cabin out in the middle of nowhere, you’re going to need to figure out how your new array will connect to the grid. Get in touch with your utility provider and see what they’ll need from you to smoothly integrate the solar panels into your home. Are there any fees required as part of the setup? How long will it take and involved is it to get the array connected? How will you be compensated for the energy you generate, and how often?

The financial question will likely be the trickiest, as different states set different reimbursement rates depending on their outlook on solar energy. In states where the reimbursement rate is lower, you’ll need more time to see a return on investment. Everyone’s situation is unique, so take the time you need to sort out the details.

Set Yourself a New Maintenance Schedule

Once you’ve taken the time to replace your roof and add solar panels, you can’t just let them sit up there for the next few decades. As with many aspects of home care, regular maintenance is key to keeping your solar array firing on all cylinders. You’ll still have all the standard roof maintenance, of course. Unfortunately, adding a solar array can make what would be standard roof repairs quite tricky. Again, this is why we highly recommend you have your roof redone before installation.

Then set up a regular inspection with a trusted roofing company, if you don’t already have one, so that you can regularly have expert eyes to spot problems early and nip them in the bud. Solar panels can make it harder to properly drain and ventilate your roof, with the array catching and collecting debris that would ordinarily slide off your roof, so staying on top of any blockages that form is crucial. For the same reason, you’ll want to keep an eye out for any critters that might use your solar panels as a shelter. With frequent inspections, you can stay one step ahead of damages, blockages, and unwelcome neighbors, leaving you to enjoy your green energy for years to come.

 

5 Minor Roof Repair Jobs You Can DIY and When to Ask for Help

If your roof is in need of major repairs, then you’ll need to be on the phone with a professional contractor ASAP. The last thing you want is for your roof to be compromised or for an already precarious situation to become worse. Often, however, you can actually undertake minor roof repair jobs on your own. Telling the difference between a job you can DIY and one you should leave to the professionals, however, can be challenging.

Below, we’ll illustrate five minor roof repair jobs you can perform on your own, provided you have the right tools and the motivation to get it done. We’ll also explain when it’s time to call a professional and how to find the right people for the job.

1. Fix a Leak from the Inside

Part of the reason you hire a professional roofer is that they’re highly experienced moving around on rooftops. Trying to perform roof work yourself comes with an obvious safety hazard, especially if you’re not used to working high up. The first step, of course, is to locate the leak inside your attic. Finding the source of the leak isn’t always easy; you may need to hose your roof down with water first. Then head into the attic and see if you can see where the water is dripping from. Tell-tale indicators that may help you to do this include nearby water damage and spots of black mold in the wood.

Once you have located the source of the leak, you can put a tarp on it. Smearing tar on your roof may stop the water for a bit, but think twice, as it’s not compatible with many slow slope membranes and will ruin roofing shingles, not to mention void any sort of warranty you may have. Note, however, that these fixes are most likely temporary. If you notice the leak returning, contact your professional roofing contractor.

2. Fill in Insulation

Insulation is a critical part of your home, having a direct effect on your energy bill, as it helps to keep cold air out during winter and hot air out during the summer. Poor insulation is a major part of excessive energy costs, but you can often DIY a solution yourself with a little spray foam insulation. This can be purchased at any hardware store and used to fill in cracks and small holes. Do so, and after a while, your home will become noticeably more comfortable. Just be sure not to fill in any intake vents. Filling holes that are meant to bring fresh air into the attic can cause condensation and mold.

3. Repair Damaged Shingles

The shingles on your roof serve to keep the rain and snow from getting into your house. The weather, however, can also do a number on those shingles. Often, you’ll discover they have been damaged or even carried off completely after a storm with heavy winds. Fortunately, repairing damaged shingles is one of those minor roof repair jobs that you can undertake yourself, assuming that the damage hasn’t become too severe.

Since repairing shingles involves actually climbing onto the roof, you will need to ensure that safety is your primary concern. This means rubber-soled shoes with excellent tread, a good, sturdy ladder, a roofing harness, and at least one other person to serve as your spotter/assistant during the job.

Shingles that have been partially ripped off can be repaired with a little roofing cement, temporarily. Those that are completely missing will need to be replaced. If you do have to replace any shingles, make sure that the new ones you purchase are the correct color and material.

4. Roof Flashing Repair

The thin metal that is used to divert water away from sensitive areas of your roof is known as flashing. Over time, flashing can become damaged or corroded, which can lead to water getting into places where it isn’t supposed to. This, of course, can eventually lead to more serious problems with your roof. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to make minor repairs to your roof flashing.

Once again, of course, make sure that safety is your primary consideration when repairing roof flashing. If you notice that there are damaged or rusted patches in your roof flashing, they can be patched fairly easily with the same roofing cement that you use for your shingles. First, sand away the rusted parts, and then cover the resulting hole with a small amount of cement. If the hole is too large to simply be filled in with cement, you can also utilize a patch made from the same material as the flashing itself. The patch can be glued over the damaged area using the roofing cement. Again, this is a temporary solution, not to mention unattractive.

5. Quick Temporary Repairs

Sometimes, you will need to perform an emergency roofing repair yourself, just as a temporary fix until your roofer arrives. For example, if a storm tears through your area, it might end up shredding a number of the roofs in your neighborhood, leaving the local contractors busy. It may also leave your roof damaged and leaking in multiple areas. If this is the case, you can usually DIY a quick fix, although you’ll still need to get a professional in there as soon as possible.

Note that you should never climb onto your roof while conditions are unsafe. The weather should be good, and the roof should be completely dry. If there is any rain or wind, or if it’s a particularly hot day, you will have to wait; otherwise, the situation may be unsafe. When it is safe, however, you can create a quick and temporary fix by spreading a waterproof tarp across the damaged area of your roof and quickly nailing it down with a few roofing nails and lath.

It’s also possible to purchase roofing tape to quickly plug holes in the roof if you have a low-slope roof. This can be found at most hardware stores, although, of course, it is also a very temporary fix.

When To Ask For Help

Anytime the damage has become more severe than a simple patch job can fix, or when the job seems like it may be unsafe for you to perform on your own, you should contact a professional roofer. Remember that doing the job incorrectly can lead to extremely costly repairs down the road, so it’s critical that it’s done right. If you’re uncertain about whether you can DIY the job, it’s better not to take the chance. Contact a professional.

Finding the right professional is a matter of shopping around. Look for someone who is properly insured and certified and who has many years of experience. Interstate Roofing is a great example of such a company. Having been in business since 1988, you can be confident that we will keep your roof in tip-top condition for many years to come.

Spring Is the Perfect Time for Interstate Roofing Maintenance

Why Spring?

As the warm weather approaches and we can finally get outside again, your roof maintenance may be the last thing you want to be thinking about. In reality, spring is the perfect time to get it handled before the rush of summer activities. The winter months take a hefty toll on a roof, whether it’s heavy rains, freezing temperatures, ice, or snow, they all have the potential to cause serious and costly damage.

Getting your roof assessed and repaired early and regularly will take a load of stress off you when the glory of summer is fading out and time starts running short before the rains arrive. As summer sets in, you might discover it can be challenging to find an available professional, or you may have a very long wait. When it comes to the roof over your head, it’s better to be proactive and contact Interstate Roofing for an inspection and repair assessment.

Why Choose a Professional?

There are myriad reasons for hiring a professional to inspect your roof. Superior knowledge and experience mean they have the ability to identify issues that a layperson just might not recognize as a problem. They are skilled at identifying peripheral problems, such as issues with a gutter system, chimney, or structural support, and a professional will have all the necessary and appropriate safety equipment and protocols for repairs. Probably the most obvious safety aspect of working on a roof is the fall potential, and if you have a multi-level roofing situation, this could mean a substantial distance to the ground.

Most homeowners aren’t really DYI roofers, and for good reason. Roofing may seem straightforward on the surface, but there is a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise that may mean the difference between a roof that lasts the life span of the manufacturer’s estimate, or one that fails, potentially causing water damage to the interior. A professional will know what and where to look to ensure that your roof is working as it should. Even a small leak can cause thousands of dollars in water damage, wood rot, mold, or more.

If you’re a strict do-it-yourselfer, you’ll need some additional information on roofing problems to look for when performing your own roof inspection. Most importantly, if you have an emergency, a prepared professional is going to get that handled effectively and efficiently. Luckily, the Interstate maintenance team is on-call 24/7 for those urgent situations.

What Is Interstate Roofing Maintenance?

Experts recommend having annual roof inspections to evaluate the condition of your roofing materials. Each year, your home is subjected to rain, snow, ice, hail, and wind, and sometimes it can happen all in the same day, so it isn’t surprising to have seasonal physical damage, moss or algae growth, missing vent covers, or improper guttering, each of which can affect the life of your roof. Also, your roofing materials manufacturer may have specific maintenance guidelines that must be followed in order to keep your product warranty in good standing, so make sure you get those details from your roofer.

In general, annual roofing maintenance includes a visual assessment of the roof and then getting any missing or damaged shingles replaced immediately. As mentioned earlier, an experienced professional from Interstate Roofing could also identify less noticeable issues, such as missing granules, curling, cracking, and lifted flashing.

If you have a chimney, the contractor will notify you of any cracked or loose bricks that should be replaced, of loose or cracked mortar that should be addressed, and of any flashing issues. A falling brick or chunk of your chimney can require additional, costly repair.

After the exterior inspection, a professional roofer may also look at your attic. This isn’t common with a standard roof maintenance contract but can be done when issues are identified. Additionally, water stains on the ceilings, bulging or bubbled paint, and mold or mildew are signs that there’s a leak that must be addressed. Finally, your inspector can make recommendations relating to tree branches that may hang over your roof creating problematic shady areas or areas where a branch has the potential to cause friction wear and tear if it can connect with your roof during windy weather.

Roof Cleaning

Once the required repairs have been completed, it’s time for the clean routine. It’s not advisable to have your roof washed each year. If regular maintenance is performed (keeping the roof free of dirt, debris, and moss), you should never have to wash your roof. If a roof isn’t regularly maintained, sometimes the only thing left to do is to remove the moss by pressure washing. “Wash your roof” may not be something that even occurs to you, and for most people, it’s just too risky or physically challenging to be working on a roof. Not to mention, a power washing turned up too high can damage the roof more significantly than the moss you’re trying to get off. Our team of experienced professionals has the proper safety equipment, tools, and techniques to get the job done in the safest way.

A thorough roof washing will include removing all leaves and debris, clearing the gutters and tops of spouts, rinsing the shingles, installing a pesticide (in some cases), and providing recommendations to maximize your roof’s performance. It’s also a good idea to water and protect your landscaping before your roof maintenance begins.

Interstate Roofing maintenance includes gutter cleaning for a very simple reason: a poorly functioning gutter can introduce pathways for water to seep into your structure and ultimately cost you time and money. Your professional roofing maintenance should include checking that the gutter is properly secure, appropriately sloped, clear of any debris that might prevent drainage, and free of rust or cracks.

Maintenance Costs Less than Damage Repair

Roofing maintenance isn’t something to take lightly. Roof maintenance could cost as little as $400. if neglected, small damages can cause big problems in the long run, and replacing an entire roof can cost you $10,000 to $50,000, plus. This is a pretty good incentive to start early and recognize that roof maintenance isn’t a job for a neighborhood college student home on spring break with a power washer. Incidentally, this can cause more damage than good, so take the time to develop a relationship with a roofing expert you can trust.

Interstate Roofing has 30 years of experience in Oregon, and we have a dedicated crew to deliver the high-quality roofing options our clients deserve. Most roofs last about 20 years in the Pacific Northwest. so keeping it in optimal shape is in every property owner’s best interest. Contact Interstate Roofing to schedule your professional maintenance today.

5 Signs You Need Roof Repair in Vancouver WA

The roof is one of the most important parts of your entire home. However, even with how essential the roof is, it can be commonplace to miss key signs that roof repair in Vancouver, WA, is necessary. No matter how strong your roof is, it’s still going to have a limited shelf life. Even a strong roof built out of asphalt shingles is going to need to be replaced after around 20 years or so. So regardless of what your roof is made of, it’s crucial that you keep a close eye on its condition because if that roof is badly damaged, that could easily result in major damage to your home.

It’s not always 100 percent clear when you need roof repair, but there are some definite tell-tale signs you can look for so you’re aware as early as possible that action needs to be taken. When you spot these signs, you should hire roofing professionals such as Interstate Roofing to take care of your roofing needs.

Whichever company you select, you should make sure beforehand they fit the bill for what you require in terms of experience, reputation, location, and pricing. Don’t be afraid to be picky, as this is an extremely important job, so it must be done correctly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Picking the wrong roofing company isn’t an option because if the job is done by somebody who can’t adequately complete it, you could be looking at damage to the home that’s not only gravely serious but completely irreversible as well.

Here are five signs you should be able to spot without much problem that would indicate a need for quick roof repair in Vancouver, WA.

1. Too Much Moisture or Too Many Leaks

Moisture doesn’t generally just appear out of nowhere. Rather, it tends to be a condition that permeates as the result of a damaged roof. In addition to obvious leaks, the presence of water stains can be a way of determining whether serious damage has either already occurred or is on the verge of occurring soon.

If this is what you’re facing, you need to deal with it immediately because it can not only lead to expensive long-term property damage, but it can also result in widespread mold in your home, which could be a detriment to the health of your family.

2. Sagging Roof Deck

A sagging roof deck isn’t usually an event that happens overnight but, instead, is something that develops over a significant period. The easiest way to detect this is to see if the natural lines on your roof look warped or are simply sagging.

Most roofs have a natural angle, but they should also have a consistently straight line. If you see that your roof doesn’t have this, you should replace your roof as quickly as possible because it almost certainly means your current roof has reached the end of its life span. You cannot afford to ignore this issue under any circumstances because, if you do, it could potentially lead to your entire roof collapsing.

3. Major Damage to the Shingles

Shingle damage is generally the most obvious sign of roof damage, and as a result, it should be easy to spot. If you see missing shingles, shingles with curled edges, or cracked shingles, you know your roof is in trouble, and you need to call roofing professionals. You may also see asphalt shingles that have shed granules. An easy way to see if granules have been shed is to look for black sand—which is what granules look like—in your gutters or around the outside of the house. This is a surefire sign that your shingles are in desperate need of replacement.

If it’s only a few shingles that must be replaced, you may be able to patch or repair them. However, if multiple shingles need replacement, you should replace the entire roof. Either way, these repairs should be taken care of immediately because the longer you wait, the more the damage can spread.

4. Algae Growth

Algae may be something you sometimes would like to see in the ocean, but it’s not something you ever want to see on your roof, unless you have invested in green technology on your roof. So if you haven’t taken the initiative of creating a green roof, then you don’t want to see the shingles on your roof covered in algae. That’s a clear indication your roof needs repair in Vancouver, WA.

Algae/moss growth on your roof may be the result of moisture building up within certain sections of the roof. It can be the byproduct of a sagging roof, damaged shingles, or tree cover and Pacific Northwest weather. So if you spot algae or moss growth of this nature, it’s a good reason to call roofing professionals as soon as possible.

5. Clogged Gutters

If your gutters are clogged almost routinely, there’s a high probability that you’re dealing with serious shingle damage. Frequently clogged gutters are considered one of the most obvious warning signs that your roof needs major repair if not a complete replacement.

So, if you see a clogged gutter, go in for a closer look to see what may be causing the issue. If you see numerous pieces of shingles or granules, then your roof is rapidly deteriorating and needs to be replaced immediately. You cannot afford to wait very long to replace the roof because until your roof is fixed, your home is highly susceptible to adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain, which could cause costly and painful long-term damage to the house.

If you need a second opinion, call in professionals. A quality roofing company like Interstate Roofing will be able to look over the issue and give their honest opinion and a free estimate for any work that needs to be completed.

Summer Is the Perfect Time for Roof Repair in Portland: Do You Need It?

What does it mean when the weather turns beautiful, the kids are out of school, and the smell of barbeque is wafting down the street? It must be summertime in the Pacific Northwest—and that means it’s also the perfect time to consider repairing your roof. In fact, you may have already Googled “roof repair Portland, Oregon,” recently because you’ve started thinking about whether or not your roof might need some TLC.

The warm-weather months are the ideal time to get serious about these types of improvement projects, so let’s look at some of the factors that might determine whether you need to repair your roof.

The Importance of Roof Inspections

Your roof protects your home and everything inside of it from rain, sun, snow, and wind, so it’s especially important to maintain and keep it in good working condition. Because your roof is a complex structure that’s exposed to nature’s elements every single day of the year, there are numerous issues that can come up. And when it comes to your home, an ounce of prevention is most definitely worth a pound of cure. Or, in other words, regular maintenance is good for both the appearance of your home and your wallet. Dealing with any needed repairs sooner rather than later will end up saving you money in the long run.

Roof damage can be obvious, like the quintessential drip-drip of water into a bucket due to a leaky roof, or noticing damaged or peeling shingles. It can also be subtle, so you’ll need to be on the lookout to be able to recognize the signs of damage. This could mean doing an inspection of the roof anytime there’s extreme weather or if your roof is getting old. Even if your roof is on the newer side and the weather has been fair, it’s still a good idea to pay attention and prevent any minor problems from becoming bigger. When inspecting the roof, remember to look at the exterior and the interior. Roof damage can happen anywhere.

Specific Signs to Look For

When checking the outside of the roof, there are a few warning signs that indicate a need for repairs. The first is the visible presence of discoloration and water spots, which are small areas of water damage that will eventually warp shingles and the exterior finish. It’s especially important to pay attention to where the roof and the exterior walls meet. Damage can certainly create visible distortion in this transition area, so you should be able to detect any signs of a problem.

Similarly, make sure to check around the chimney, vent pipes, skylights, and other objects that are in contact with your roof, as these areas are subject to wear first. Visible signs of wear to shingles or damaged flashing should be taken care of immediately, and usually minor roof repairs will fix the situation. Either way, it’s best to have these areas looked at by a professional as soon as possible to avoid leaks.

While inspecting your roof, make sure to also look at the gutters. One sign of a damaged roof is the presence of small granules resembling black sand clogging up the gutters. These granules likely come from shingles that are either damaged or have been exposed to the elements for too long, and it’s a good indication that you should also look at the shingles themselves. They might be breaking down due to weather or the lack of proper ventilation from the inside. Are the shingles curled at the ends? If they are cracked or curling, it means they’re nearing the end of their lifespan. Missing shingles also mean you need roof repairs, because they should be replaced as soon as possible.

To monitor roof damage that’s happening on the inside, make sure to pay attention to the attic space and rooms closest to the top of the house. If there is significant water damage, it will begin to warp the ceiling and walls of the rooms below. You might notice small—or large—spots of brown staining on the ceiling or on the insulation in the attic. Homes with hardwood floors may also start to see drops or puddles of water in the middle of the room. If you notice the decking or rafters in your attic are sagging downward instead of remaining straight, they may be wet from leaking moisture; this can usually be managed with repairs if the issue is localized.

Another thing to look for while checking the interior is outdoor debris inside of your home, as this can mean there’s a hole somewhere in the roof. Speaking of holes, if you can see any streams of light coming into the attic or any other room underneath the roof, it’s an opening that could also let water in. This is usually a sign that your roof needs immediate repair so as to avoid additional damage to both the interior and exterior of your home.

I Need Roof Repair! Now What?

If you’ve discovered that roof repair in Portland is something you’ll be searching for due to coming across any of the above warning signs, pause for a moment and congratulate yourself for being a responsible homeowner who is staying on top of their roof repairs (no pun intended).

Next, consult with a seasoned professional such as Interstate Roofing that can help you take care of the issue, sooner rather than later. Remember that summer is the perfect time for roof repairs in Portland, so you’ve picked the right time to do it. You can ensure your home will be protected from the elements once the autumn and winter weather returns.

5 Facts About Professional Roof Maintenance in Vancouver WA

There’s no doubt about it: the roof is one of the most important parts of any building. It keeps out rain and snow and protects people and property from the sun on hot days. All too many people, however, neglect the maintenance of their roofs and allow them to fall into disrepair.

Other people attempt to DIY roofing projects, and while there are certain tasks you can undertake yourself, ultimately, roof maintenance is something that should be undertaken by a professional. While home and business owners tend to worry about the costs involved in hiring a professional roofer, the reality is that the cost to you will likely be far more if you neglect professional maintenance. Here are five facts about professional roof maintenance in Vancouver, Washington.

The Best Roofs Are Built with the Vancouver Climate in Mind

Does it sometimes seem like your roof needs more maintenance than those of other nearby homes? There might be several reasons for this, but one of them is critical: climate.

Have you ever wondered why the buildings you see in the deserts of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and other arid climates have such a distinct look to them? The famous pink adobe buildings and flat rooftops; compare that to the equally iconic pointed gables snowy places like Switzerland are known for. The fact is, those picturesque roofs were designed with the climate in mind.

If your building is being constructed in a hot, dry area with minimal rain, a flat roof will often be your best option. It will save on materials costs and you usually won’t have to worry about water pooling up there. On the other hand, if you live in an area known for getting lots of rain and snow, your roof will likely need a steep incline so that puddles of standing water don’t form and damage it.

The Pacific Northwest, and specifically coastal areas like Vancouver, tend to get a lot of rain throughout the course of the year. Because of this, if your roof is too flat, you’ll notice your roof repair bills go way up. Talk to your professional roofer about ensuring your roof is optimized for the Vancouver climate.

Roofs Don’t Last Forever

Plenty of people spend a great deal of time and money fussing about their porches, bedrooms, or other parts of their homes without stopping to consider their roofs. But depending on when you moved in and how long your house existed before you showed up, it’s possible that the roof is the oldest part of your home. Even if it isn’t, you have to consider that the roof, just like every other part of the home, won’t last forever. Indeed, your roof is one of the parts of your home that receives the most wear and tear, as it’s constantly subjected to the elements. Even so, a well-cared-for roof can last for decades. With proper care, your roof can last for 25 to 30 years or more.

The key to the longevity of your roof is, no surprise, maintenance. You’ll need to have your roof checked out and repaired on a semi-regular basis, with a trusted professional roofer who will look for leaks and other problems and repair them. If your roof is nearing the end of its useful life, the same roofing professional can start the process of replacing it.

Your Roof Is a Huge Part of Your Home’s Value

People often hesitate to have their roofs repaired when they should because they’re worried about the upfront costs. While it’s true a major roofing project can set you back a decent amount of money, ultimately, keeping your roof in good shape will save you a lot more in the long run. And should you ever sell your house, an immaculately cared for roof can actually earn you money. This is because the roof is such a major part of your home’s value. When a house hits the market, prospective buyers will want to know that, should they choose to live in the house, that it’s protected from the elements and they won’t have to undertake any major repair projects for a good, long time.

The appearance of the roof also contributes in no small way to a home’s curb appeal; in other words, the better your roof looks, the more valuable your home is. Regular roof maintenance will go a long way toward boosting the resale value of any house.

Your Roof Can Save You Money in Other Ways

With today’s green movement in full swing, homeowners are always looking for ways to conserve energy, while also saving money on their energy bills. Talk to your professional roofer about possibly constructing a “green” roof: one that’s designed to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Modern technology has given us roofing shingles that are lightweight, durable, and can reflect a good deal of the sun’s rays away from your home.

Your home, especially if it’s older, might be equipped with an obsolete roof. Talk to your roofing professional about beginning the installation process for a green roof, and you’ll save money on energy, increase your home’s value, and possibly even earn Vancouver tax credits.

A Good Professional Roofer Is the Key to All of This

Roof maintenance offers in Vancouver, WA, can be a bit confusing, to say the least. Meaning simply that there are many roofers out there and choosing the right one can offer a challenge. But it’s absolutely crucial to your home—and your financial future—that you have a competent roofer you can trust.

That’s why you’ll need to look for a company like Interstate Roofing—one with highly experienced professionals who can get the job done in a safe and cost-effective manner. The roofers from Interstate can handle everything from basic checkup to major projects—and they’re on call 24/7 should you have a roofing emergency.

What Services Are Available with Roof Repair in Tigard, Oregon?

It starts with a windstorm. A few days later, you notice water stains in your ceiling that weren’t there before, puddles of water in places there shouldn’t be, or a feeling of more moisture than usual inside your home. You put it off, thinking it might be your imagination, until … oh no … is that mold?

But part of the confusion and potential stress of roof repair or even replacement is not knowing what tools or options are available to you. There are many other ways to keep your roof in good shape, even if the above doesn’t apply. That’s where Interstate Roofing comes in!

Interstate Roofing is a family-run business, and has been going strong since 1988. Roof repair in Tigard, Oregon, can often seem like a daunting or expensive project to tackle. Before you start thinking the situation is desperate, here are four ways Interstate Roofing is available to help you.

Roof Repairs

If you know that you have a leak and have a good idea of where it is or what caused it, Interstate Roofing is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Maybe that windstorm did hit after all, or an overhanging tree limb wore away a few tiles and the protective layer underneath. Reach out to us or visit our website for further information and to talk with a service technician specifically trained to find and repair leaks (note that emergency rates will apply).

With any repairs anticipated to be “minor repairs,” the technician will come to your home to find and repair the leak on a time and materials basis. However, if the leak is actually part of a larger repair or project that will exceed “minor,” the technician will cover up the area with a tarp or make a temporary repair to prevent further water damage. After that, you’ll receive a quote for a permanent repair or a replacement roof.

Carpentry

Dry rot is a big problem in the Pacific Northwest. Despite its name, dry rot requires dampness for fungi to thrive and to eat away at timber and other construction materials. Dry rot, also more aptly called brown rot, will break down the cellulose in wooden materials, leaving the wood weakened and brittle. It may also look different, giving the wood a shrunken appearance, and in extreme cases will crumble easily.

But don’t despair! Interstate Roofing has a team of in-house carpenters who can help in case there are any unforeseen dry rot or structural issues they discover while fixing your leak. This means there won’t be any waiting around for subcontractors to show up, no third party giving another bid. This speeds up the process so that your home can be repaired quickly, without any lag.

Additionally, our carpenters can help you realize your home’s full potential, with installations that include skylights, solar tubes, fascia boards, and more!

Maintenance and Cleaning

We fully believe at Interstate that caring for your roof through maintenance will give it a longer life and give you greater peace of mind throughout that life. We offer maintenance agreements specially designed to ease our customers’ worries and to hopefully prevent those panicked calls in the middle of the night.

Through regular visits, we can ensure to meet (and exceed!) standards of both the industry and our own, making sure your roof looks its best for as long as possible and prolonging its life. Of course, if the roof does leak even after regular maintenance—because these things do happen—having regularly visited your roof will mean that your roof will be familiar to us as well, and we won’t be starting from square one.

Another thing to watch for is whether you see moss growing on your roof. It may lend a certain charming air to it, but that plant matter is breaking down the elements in your roofing tile and may create more problems than you realize. Moss begins growing when spores are released into the air and land on your roof.

Over time, the moss will anchor into the roof shingles and grow into the corners between shingles, where spores tend to collect. In the Pacific Northwest, where we get lots of moisture year-round, this means the moss can grow into a mat that will start to pull the shingles apart. North-facing and shaded roofs will see a higher rate of growth since they won’t get as much sunshine and won’t dry out completely.

Once it’s established, the moss can even act like a sponge, which means the water really won’t go away. The moss will store rainwater this way, and that could create a wick effect where that water will soak into the roof underlayment, which may eventually mean not repairs, but replacement. Regular maintenance and cleaning of moss, lichen, or algae will ensure that you won’t need roof repairs, which could be much more expensive!

Gutters

Gutters are another aspect of a roof that needs regular maintenance. They require occasional patrolling, especially if you have large trees nearby that shed their leaves every year. Clogged gutters can’t do their job! Gutters protect not only your roof, but also the foundations of your home, preventing your basement from flooding, keeping your siding and exterior paint dry, and stopping water seepage into windows and doors.

Directing water away from the building—especially in Oregon where we get a few months of heavy rains and some months of light rain every year—becomes very important. Interstate Roofing can offer gutters in a variety of colors, materials, sizes, and styles. Any style of gutter offered by Interstate technicians are proven systems and can be custom fabricated to best suit your home and what look you want to create. We can also add accessories, such as cleanouts, which make it easier to unclog and harder to clog in the first place. For more information, download Interstate’s Gutter Guide Free PDF.

No matter what type of roof repair in Tigard, Oregon, you need, Interstate Roofing has you covered!

5 Tips for Summer Roof Maintenance in Portland, Oregon

When is the best time to check the roof of your home for potential maintenance items? If you said winter, you’re half right.

Wintertime roof maintenance in Portland, Oregon, means clearing the gutters of leaves and needles that fell from the trees during the fall. It means ensuring puddling water doesn’t build up on your roof and accumulate where it shouldn’t. And that’s important to watch for during the rainy season.

But it’s equally as important to keep an eye on your roof in the hot, dry summer months. Where do you begin?

Perform an Inspection

In order to determine if you have problems with your home’s roof, you have to do a visual inspection of your property on a regular basis so you know if and when things go wrong. You can start by doing this yourself and then call in a pro if you determine something doesn’t look right. Or if you have any questions that may impact the safety of your home.

First, take a look at your home’s gutters and eaves. This is where debris often accumulates. Left over time, it turns into a gunky mess of leaves, dirt, and other debris that can solidify and block water’s path. These blockages are a common place for rodents or other pests to build nests and make their homes.

Next, take a look at your roof’s flashing. These are the metal strips used around chimneys, vents, and other protruding elements coming out of your roof. Over time, these metal pieces can pry loose and move, allowing water to seep through. This is often where leaks start.

Finally, assess the shingles on your roof. Are any loose? Are any missing? If any of your shingles appear to be damaged, there’s a good chance a problem exists beneath the surface too. That’s the first indication a leak might be developing. And if you notice it during the dry summer months, you’re less likely to receive extensive damage inside your home.

Maintain Your Gutters

Now that you’ve looked inside your gutters, it’s time to make cleaning them a regular part of your routine. That’s the best roof maintenance item you can add to your to-do list to keep your Portland, Oregon, home operating at its best.

Have you ever sat inside and watched heavy rain pour beyond your roof, over the top of your gutters, and puddle alongside your home? That’s what happens when your gutters aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do. That means there’s a blockage somewhere in the system. And it’s your job to ensure it’s removed and the puddling stops.

Many things can impact the flow of water through your gutters throughout the year. A severe thunderstorm can loosen gutters and create tiny cracks throughout the gutter system. If a tree branch breaks off, it can crash into your gutters and knock them loose. Even age can wear on the building materials, breaking down wood, metal, and connections over time.

If you own a home, your gutters are the key to maintaining a safe, dry environment throughout. And one of the most common problem areas is the gutters. Watch them. Check them. Inspect them. And if you think you have a problem, even if you aren’t sure, check with a professional, such as Interstate Roofing, before the problem grows.

Maintain Your Trees

Let’s talk about another common problem with Portland, Oregon, homes: big trees. We love our trees. They’re a part of our culture. We protect them with laws and regulations. But when they’re near your homes, they can also be a bit of a problem.

It doesn’t take much of a storm to wreak havoc on a large tree. Broken limbs can sail across your yard. Large limbs can break away and come crashing down. And, of course, there’s just the day-to-day living with your trees, as they drop leaves, needles, flower petals, fruit, seeds, sap … you get the picture. As much as we love our trees, it also can be a bit of a challenge keeping up with daily care.

It can be difficult to assess the health of a tree, especially when it towers over your home. Even if a tree seems healthy, one quick change in the weather can impact your home and create large amounts of damage. If you have a question about a tree’s health, fix the problem before it becomes a bigger issue and causes extensive damage to your roofing system.

Maintain Your Skylights

Many Portland homeowners use skylights to bring light into their homes. And while they are a perfect addition to any home wanting a little more natural light, they can be a major contributor to home maintenance issues.

Check the flashing that runs around your skylights on a regular basis to ensure it hasn’t loosened. You should check it after every major storm too, as small leaks can quickly become big problems.

While the Pacific Northwest doesn’t see hail storms at the same frequency as the Midwest, there are occasional blasts in the summer. If a small, pebble-sized hail hits the right way, it can damage glass. Small divots and cracks can allow water to flow in a way not designed. And that means the water can move throughout your home in a way you might not expect. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye to the sky, especially if there’s been a severe storm.

Check for Mold

Some of your roof maintenance projects don’t occur outside; instead, they require a steadfast eye as you move throughout your home. As you enter each room in your home, look up to the ceiling. Have you noticed discoloration anywhere on your ceiling? Is there a spot that won’t go away? Does it appear darker in a thunderstorm?

This is a telltale sign something could be wrong up in your attic. Your attic can be a breeding ground for mold if not properly cared for. While you should never touch insulation, especially if it’s fiberglass, you may have noticed problem areas if you’ve ever popped up and taken a look around.
Specifically, check for different colors on wooden beams. Look for peaks and valleys in the insulation batting. Look for movement in metal joists and flashing. Notice unusual smells. All can be a sign of a problem with your roof and water seeping in and impacting the rest of your home.

Mold is a dangerous issue. It’s important to deal with it as quickly as possible so it doesn’t impact your home or your family’s health.

If you spot or suspect any problems during your summer roof maintenance of your Portland, Oregon, home, it might be time to schedule a roof repair appointment. At Interstate Roofing, we’ll happily take a look and provide you with a free estimate of any work that needs to be done.

What Is a Toe Board & How Else Do Roofers Stay Safe?

Safety is key in any construction job and few workers in the residential housing business understand this better than roofers. Since they’re working high atop a part of the home not really designed for people to stand on, they must find creative ways to protect themselves from injury without damaging the home.

One of the ways this is done is through the use of a toe board, a simple but effective method to ensure a roofer’s safety. There are a number of other methods roofers can use to stay safe as well. These will vary depending on the type of roof and the materials and tools that the roofer will be using.

Here are some of the precautions we take to ensure our team remains safe no matter how small or large the roof we are working to repair or replace:

Toe Board

If your home has a standard gable roof shape—the inverted “V” that most people picture when they imagine a house—then it’s designed to allow rain to roll off and protect you from the elements.

It’s not, however, designed to be stood upon.

When working, however, roofers must have the freedom to move around on your roof, whether it’s to nail on shingles, repair damage, or perform diagnostic work. One of the ways we move around on this type of roof without fear of falling is through use of a toe board.

The roofer simply nails a long wooden board—usually a standard 2×4—and uses it to create a walkway. The toe board method is commonly used by most roofing contractors for safety and staging purposes.

Although toe boards involve driving nails into the roof of your home, they will not do any damage unless they are not properly removed. When researching a roofing company, ensure that if they use a toe board, they have an appropriate removal technique so that you are not surprised by leaks down the road.

Roof Brackets

Similar to a toe board, roof brackets allow the roofer to create a scaffold of whatever size is needed on the roof. Also known as “roof jacks”, roof brackets are metal devices across which wooden boards are placed to create safe areas for workers to stand.

Like a toe board, its use involves driving nails or screws into the roof itself, and so it’s important that it’s properly installed so that it does not become loose. It’s also necessary to remove it correctly to prevent any damage to the roof.

Safety Harnesses

The safety harness is another tool in the roofer’s arsenal designed to prevent injuries. As you might expect, slips and falls are the most common cause of injuries and deaths during roofing. Usually, these happen to amateurs attempting a DIY project or contractors who do not furnish the proper safety equipment for their employees.

Especially on very steep roofs, a toe board may not be enough to keep the roofer safe. With a harness that is clipped into a sturdy fixed point, roofers will have an added level of security should they lose their footing. In many states, safety harnesses are required by law if the roof is more than 10 feet high.

Roofing Ladders

Ladders are another essential tool for roofing jobs, but it’s critical that your roofer arrives at the job site with the right one. If a ladder is too short, it will be at risk of slipping off when it’s leaned against the roof.

The ladder should also be fastened to the roof; this will add a layer of security to prevent it from toppling over. Roofing ladders are designed specifically for working on your roof. They are essentially the same as any other extension ladder, but they can be securely attached to the slope of your roof to allow roofers to climb up and down with ease. A roofing ladder should never be attached at an angle of more than 75 degrees.

Proper Training

Of course, safety is much more than just equipment. When you’re researching a roofing company and asking about its safety policies you’ll want to ensure their employees are properly trained to handle any roof environment.

They’ll need to be constantly working to familiarize themselves with every tool they might use on the job; they should also have regular safety meetings and inspections.

It’s important that every employee receives safety training as soon as they are hired and that everyone is trained to handle any number of injuries or emergencies that could occur. CPR and First Aid training are a must, as is a process to investigate any accidents or incidents.

You’ll want to research the experience level of your roofing company as well. Ideally, you’ll find a roofing company, like Interstate Roofing, that has been in the business for years and employs only roofers who confidently know what they’re doing.

Working on Your Roof

A structurally sound roof might just be the most important part of your home. It protects you from the rain, as well as sleet, hail, and snow. During the summer it keeps you protected from the sweltering heat. If your roof begins to show signs of damage or decay, it must be fixed immediately. If not, water can leak in and cause devastating damage to your home and belongings.

In worst case scenarios, roofs can even collapse and cause catastrophic damage to the home and threaten the safety of the people inside it. That’s why it is absolutely critical to keep your roof in good shape; you can’t cut corners when your family, home, and property are at stake. You will need to invest in the services of a good roofing company like Interstate Roofing.

A reputable business won’t just do an amazing job fixing up your roof, it’ll also commit to the safety of its workers. Before you sign a contract with any company, you should research whether they make use of a toe board and what other safety practices they employ.

Is There a Roof Disaster Lurking Under Your Shingles?

Looking up for hidden trouble
When was the last time you were on the roof? The view of Mt. Hood might be better, but still: That expanse crowning your home needs regular inspection, so it deserves your attention at least twice a year. Before you climb the ladder, stand back and scan the roofline. Hidden trouble is easier to see when you know what to look for.

Is Your Flashing Flush?

Whether it’s metal, plastic, or rubber, flashing is your roof’s best friend because it deflects water from joints and seams. You can see it around vertical vents and chimneys where it protects structural framing. Flashing forms a water-proof barrier with its snug fit, but age and weather compromise its integrity. Because the material defends vulnerable areas of the roof, its failure can lead to serious structural damage. Even small flashing leaks allow moisture under surrounding shingles, which sets the stage for algae growth and wood rot.

Are the Shingles Out of Shape?

Missing shingles shout out loud that you’ve got trouble on the roof, but what do they communicate when they buckle and curl? This odd appearance is common on older roofs and indicates underlying moisture problems, but the shingles aren’t always to blame. A poorly ventilated attic forces damp air upward through the roof’s structure causing shingle material to buckle and curl. The uneven warping traps debris and rain water, and it sets up a natural breeding ground for mold and moss. When healthy shingles lose their shape, your roof loses its protection.

How Bad Is the Weather?

It’s tempting to blame Portland’s generous rainfall for our roof problems, but summer sunshine and winter cold take their toll too. The temperatures don’t have to sizzle for UV rays to dry and crack shingles. When melting snow runs off the roof, moisture collects around seams and joints, where it re-freezes and warps flashing. Once roofing materials are damaged, a strong gust of wind on a beautiful spring day can give sudden flight to shingles and flashing. It doesn’t take a Pacific storm to inflict weather damage on your roof.

Don’t wait until the kids’ soccer ball gets stuck behind the chimney to find out you have trouble on the roof. A visual checkup from the ground reveals a lot, but a professional roof inspection is the best way to make sure everything overhead stays in good shape. Just contact us at Interstate Roofing. We don’t retrieve cats or soccer balls, but we know how to take care of your roof.