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Pros and Cons of Roofing Repairs:
Your roof is wearing out – right now. Thanks to the UV radiation that bakes roof shingles until
they are brittle, the summer sun takes more years out of a roof's life than any other
environmental factor. If your roof is looking a little worse for wear, the summer is also a good
time to think about having it repaired or replaced.
First, roof leaks can almost always be repaired without replacing the roof. Most roofs leak due
to flashing problems, typically at an intersection of two roof components; roof and plumbing
vent, roof and chimney, roof and wall, etc. An easy way to help pinpoint that leak is by
strategically rinsing down each area with a hose until the offending spot is found.
Replacing a roof, on the other hand, is something that has to be done periodically, and is seldom
done because of an obvious leak. More commonly, the shingles have dried out and become
cracked, brittle and deteriorated to the point where the roof remains saturated under the roof
shingles, causing slow decay rather than an obvious stick-the-bucket-under-it leak.
While spot repair may be possible if the majority of your roof surface has plenty of mileage left
in it, if your roof is approaching the 20-year mark (or so), replacement is a better way to go.
If you do replace your roof, do you add another layer, or do you completely replace it? Here are
the pros and cons of that decision:
•A brand new roof provides the opportunity for secure sealing, the latest in underlayment
materials and flashing, and a longer guarantee of material integrity for a lifespan of 20 years or
•On the other hand, applying a new roofing layer on top of the old is possible only if your
existing roofing is one layer thick and in good condition, has strong decking, and has shingles
compatible with the new application. Longevity isn't as extensive with this option, being around
25 percent less than that of a new roof. The reason for this is because the old layer holds a lot
of heat, and that heat helps the new roof dry out that much more quickly, shortening its life.
If your roof's condition provides the opportunity to choose between these options, consider the
number of years you plan to stay in your re-roofed home. If a long haul is in the cards, a whole
new roof is the wise choice, while a shorter stay justifies saving cash with the second-layer
REO Construction Co. has been doing roofs for over 15 years. Whether it is roof replacement
or roof repairs, we promise to maintain our high quality standards and workmanship. Asphalt
shingles are currently the most popular type of residential roof material for a variety of reasons.
They are relatively inexpensive - things that determine cost are, slope of the roof, height of the
building, ease of access to the premises, complexity of the project, the particular type of shingle
and numerous other factors. They come in a variety of colors and styles, are fairly durable
(some have been tested and have achieved a class IV hail rating - the highest available!), and can
be easily repaired and maintained. Give us a call today for your free quote.
Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: glass fiber (a.k.a. fiber glass) and organic. Organic
shingles consist of an organic felt material which is generally paper saturated with asphalt to
make it waterproof. A top coating of adhesive asphalt is then applied and the ceramic granules
are then embedded. Organic shingles contain around 40% more asphalt per square (100 sq. ft.)
than their glass fiber counterpart which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent
durability and blow-off resistance.
Glass fiber shingles have a glass fiber reinforcing mat manufactured to the shape of the
shingle. This mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers. The glass fiber mat
is not waterproof by itself. Its purpose is for reinforcement. What makes the glass fiber shingle
waterproof is the asphalt. However, the asphalt itself will not stick to the mat. For this reason,
"fillers" are used. The fillers in the asphalt cling to the glass fibers in the mat. The asphalt then
encapsulates the glass fibers, fills all of the little holes and voids in the mat rendering it
waterproof. After this cools a bit, adhesive asphalt is used to cover the mat and the ceramic
granules are then embedded.
The ceramic granules are there for two reasons. The primary reason is to protect the shingles
from the sun. The sun's UV rays are very damaging to asphalt and cause it to deteriorate
prematurely. This is one of the same reasons that gravel is used on built-up roofs. The second
and more obvious reason for the granules is aesthetics. Asphalt shingles are available in a wide
variety of colors to match almost any facade or landscape.
So which type is better? By far, the more popular shingles are the glass fiber ones. This may
be because they are cheaper and easier to manufacturer than organic shingles making them more
cost effective to the homeowner, or it may be that they are easier to work with, or they may
simply be a personal preference of the roofing co
Still another factor affecting asphalt shingle roofs is attic ventilation. Proper roof ventilation has
been known to extend the service life of a roof. Whether it is because it has a direct effect on
the shingle themselves or on the other components such as the roof deck is uncertain. Attic
ventilation is an important part of roofing. Proper attic ventilation extends the life of a roof and
reduces problems because it minimizes the temperature differential between the attic and the air
outside. Proper ventilation will remove moisture and heat from the attic. Trapped heat and
moisture can raise energy costs, cause ice dams, and damage roof system components as well
as structural and personal items located inside the attic where temperatures can easily reach
150° F (65° C). Condensation that forms inside attics can be caused by the use of washing
machines, dish washers, bath tubs, showers, and tumble driers unless these items are properly
ventilated through the roof. In some cases the condensation can be bad enough to be mistaken
for a roof leak.
REO Construction Co. prides its self in making sure your roof has the proper ventilation, to get
more life out of your new roof.