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Wainting to have your roof inspected could cost you $$$

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Nov 17, 2017 1:04:05 PM

When you own a home, it's important to not just take care of problems as they come up, but also to be proactive. By taking the time to help maintain your home, you can help to save yourself time, money, and energy in the long run. In the case of your roof, the you should never wait until a problem occurs. Instead, have your roof inspected on a regular basis. www.robertevansjrinc.com

Know Your Roof

In order to take proper care of your roof, you need to know what material it is actually made of. Especially if the roof was already in place when you moved in, that might not be obvious knowledge. It may be comprised of asphalt shingles, composite shingles, wooden shingles, or even tiles. Once you know the materials used, you can determine the best plan for your roof.

In addition, it makes sense to take a periodic look at your roof. Don't expect to be the only authority on it. But if you notice that any shingles have shifted or are missing, a proper roof inspection should be the next item on your agenda. Also, when you are cleaning out your gutters, you might notice a lot of debris from your shingles. That debris, called granules, then is another sign that your roof can benefit from a professional inspection. Informal checks on a regular basis help you better understand when you need to consult professionals.

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Timing Is Key for Roof Repairs

When something is wrong with your roof, a professional should take a look as soon as possible. For regular inspections, however, you can make sure you get the timing just right - before or after the harsher seasons. New Englanders, for instance, are familiar with snowy/ noreasters during the winter months. Storms can pose a significant threat to your roof, making it even more important to get a professional inspection regularly. 

In that case, it makes sense to have your roof inspected before and after the Winter season to detect any potential damage. On the flip side, if your roof receives an inspection before Winter can strike and you detect some damage, it can be repaired before anything worse can happen. Finally, the hot sun during summer, and its ultraviolet radiation followed by cool summer rains, can do damage to your roof. Plan your roof inspections around the hottest days to get the best possible evaluation.

How Often Do You Need to Inspect Your Roof?

Composite, asphalt, or wooden shingle should be inspected every three years. This time interval is a great way to make sure that your roof and the shingles are in good shape on a consistent basis. Of course, it makes sense to turn to a professional more frequently if you suspect damage, or simply want to assure yourself about the roof's life. But as a general rule of thumb, an inspection every three years will help to maintain the life of your roof. An asphalt shingle roof on average should last for 20 + years, which is more than achievable with regular inspections and repairs as needed. Call us today to set up your Free Roof inspection! 508-877-3500

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Don't Wait for a Leak !!

Posted by Robert Evans on Sep 22, 2017 3:29:48 PM

Do you know when it’s time to replace your roof? Don’t wait until you notice a leak. Look for these tell-tale signs that you roof needs to be replaced.

 

  • Do you smell mold in your attic? Are there dark or discolored sports in the wood or drywall in your attic space? Is insulation discolored or wet? Get up there with some good lighting on a regular basis and inspect it. You want to catch any damage here, before it spreads to your living area.

Is there a lot of moss growing on your roof? Moss can add weight to roofs, store moisture causing wet rot and mold damage, and compromise the structural integrity of your roofing materials.

  • Are asphalt shingles losing granularity? The granules on asphalt shingles are vital barriers to sunlight, which can cause your tile to shrink and expand with the temperature. When there are granules missing, the tile itself is exposed to the elements. This can cause cracking and leaks.
  • Are shingles curling or cracking? It’s time to replace them. The barrier to water is now compromised.
  • Check flashing and caulking around joints, angles, sunroofs, etc. Are the flashings in good shape? Is the caulking still intact or is it cracking or becoming separated? Repair these vulnerable areas right away, before the next rain pushes water into the gaps.
  • Check the area immediately around chimneys. This is a notorious vulnerable point for roofs, because roofing materials expand and contract more than the chimney itself, creating gaps.

 

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Roof Hues

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Aug 8, 2017 9:26:23 AM

Picking a color for your roof is not always easy. For each shingle available, there are a multitude of shades and color combinations. Remember, you have to live with your roof for the next 20 to 30 years, so choose wisely ! Also, picking the right color can boost your curb appeal and help your property value. Here are some things to consider when choosing the color:

  1. AVOID MATCHING - Some of the worst roofing mistakes happen when a home-owner chooses a hue that perfectly matches the siding or brick. It creates a monotone and lifeless look. Try to complement and contrast colors instead of matching them exactly.
  2. DON'T OVERWHELM - Rule of thumb: If the rest of your home is busy ( for example: multicolor brick), you will want to choose a toned-down shingle color. Too many patterns or colors can overwhelm the eyes. However, if your home has a monotone exterior, then adding a vivid color up top can add tremendous curb appeal. 
  3. LIGHT THE WAY -  When using roofing samples, look at the sample in the sun and in the shade. Put the sample in a sunny place where the brick colors meet the paint and siding colors, then check the same sample area when it's shaded. Lighting affects how you see color, so make sure the hues work well together at all times of the day.
  4. BUILD OFF BRICK - If you have a brick house, remember that those colors are pemanent, so be sure your shingles complement them. Place samples next to the brick first, before trying to match it with  any other home elements, such as shutters and painted trim.
  5. CONSIDER RESALE - You may prefer a bold, bright roof, but it's not everybody's cup of tea. If you are selling your home in the near future, go with a more neutral color. However, if you're staying put, a rich color can add character and charm.
  6. LIGHT OR DARK? - People often ask about dark versus light colors in regard to heat retention. One study concluded that the plywood sheathing beneath black shingles was 10 degress warmer than a white shingled roof in the sun. However, the study found less of a difference between the other shades ( grays and browns ). My advice: choose the color you like. 
BRIGHT IDEA : Having a hard time visualizing how these colors would look on your home ? Just let us know what colors your are considering and we can give you address's in you town of roofs we have completed with those colors actually installed on a roof.  Contact us today - 508-877-350 or check out our website www.robertevansjrinc.com

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Why is Roofing Underlayment Important ?

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jul 11, 2017 2:23:19 PM

Why is Roofing Underlayment Important ?

More reasons to choose RhinoRoof U20

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Say goodbye to traditional asphalt saturated felt paper - Break free from felt™ with RhinoRoof® U20 synthetic roofing underlayment! 

RhinoRoof U20 is a highly engineered, mechanically attached, coated woven synthetic roofing underlayment for sloped roofs. RhinoRoof's durable and high strength design along with its fiber grip walking surface provides a considerable improvement over asphalt saturated felt. The fiber grip textured walking surface can also be chalked just like felt.

Gain an edge in productivity and profits; RhinoRoof’s light weight, 42” width and 286 ft run length allows for fewer laps, cuts, and easier roll handling compared to felt. This means you can do more jobs in less time, use less labor, and inventory fewer rolls.

Gone are the days of blow-offs and call backs! RhinoRoof U20 is 12 times stronger than #30 felt and therefore offers superior wind resistance and durability through heavy roof traffic and adverse weather conditions. Stay on track, take on more jobs and sleep assured your U20 projects will remain intact and dried-in. RhinoRoof U20 will save you time and money with less material damage and fewer post-install repairs.

Unlike traditional asphalt saturated felts, RhinoRoof U20 can be used in extremely low temperatures without becoming stiff and difficult to unroll. It also does not dry out, crack, or leach oils in the heat like felt. RhinoRoof U20 is 100% synthetic and will not absorb water and wrinkle like felt. It lays flat and will remain 100% impervious to mold.

RhinoRoof U20 can also be used in conjunction with Titanium® PSU30 self-adhered underlayments for ice damming protection along the eaves and in the valley areas.

RhinoRoof U20 will continue to protect your long life primary roofing long after felt has turned to dust! Unlike felt, RhinoRoof U20 is also backed by a 20 year manufacturer’s limited warranty.

Break free from felt, choose RhinoRoof U20 synthetic roofing underlayment from InterWrap.

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Don't wait for a leak

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jun 5, 2017 10:45:57 AM

Do you know when it’s time to replace your roof? Don’t wait until you notice a leak. Look for these tell-tale signs that you roof needs to be replaced.

 

  •  Do you smell mold in your attic? Are there dark or discolored sports in the wood or drywall in your attic space? Is insulation discolored or wet? Get up there with some good lighting on a regular basis and inspect it. You want to catch any damage here, before it spreads to your living area.

Is there a lot of moss growing on your roof? Moss can add weight to roofs, store moisture causing wet rot and mold damage, and compromise the structural integrity of your roofing materials.

  • Are asphalt shingles losing granularity? The granules on asphalt shingles are vital barriers to sunlight, which can cause your tile to shrink and expand with the temperature. When there are granules missing, the tile itself is exposed to the elements. This can cause cracking and leaks.
  • Are shingles curling or cracking? It’s time to replace them. The barrier to water is now compromised.
  • Check flashing and caulking around joints, angles, sunroofs, etc. Are the flashings in good shape? Is the caulking still intact or is it cracking or becoming separated? Repair these vulnerable areas right away, before the next rain pushes water into the gaps.
  • Check the area immediately around chimneys. This is a notorious vulnerable point for roofs, because roofing materials expand and contract more than the chimney itself, creating gaps.

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Choosing Roofing Materials

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Choosing Roofing Materials

From asphalt shingles to wood shakes to clay tiles, here are the many options available for the topside of your home.

 
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For most of us the roof is an afterthought—at least until it starts to leak. Then we realize how critical that surface of our house's exterior really is. Yet, as well as keeping the house dry, the roof contributes greatly to the look of the house, so when building a new house, adding on, or re-roofing, it may pay to consider the options. Right now there are more options in the marketplace than ever, so choosing one is tough. I know because I am in the midst of selecting a roof for my cabin in Maine, and every time I know what I want I look at one of the other options and begin to change my mind! The choices range from asphalt shingles to wood shakes and clay tiles, from steel panels to rubber lookalike slate. The most important trend to note, however, is that as with home-construction materials in general, there is an increasing move towards engineered roofing materials. This change is being driven by a few different factors. One is simply the high cost of wood. The second is that in many cases, codes now mandate the use of fireproof construction materials. And third, people understandably want to build with materials that not only look good but also are very long-lived.

Asphalt Shingles
The roofing material we all see the most of these days—the one that covers the roofs of a great majority of houses across America—is the standard three-tab asphalt shingle. One of the least-expensive roofing options, asphalt shingles are available in a dozen or so different colors both solid and blended. The shingle products being made today are usually guaranteed for 20, or in some cases 30 years, making them an excellent value. Value is the principal advantage of this roofing material, which explains it's commonality. The disadvantage, however, if there could be said to be one, is the fact that it is so common. The next upgrade from a standard three-tab is a thicker variation called an architectural shingle. These shingles are built up to be about twice as thick as a normal shingle with the layers staggered to give them a heavier, more substantial or "architectural" look. In some colors they resemble slate, and in other colors wood shakes. We used architectural shingles on the Lexington ranch house. With only a modest upgrade in cost and up to a 30-year guarantee, architectural shingles also represent an excellent value with an added touch of style.

Shingles, Shakes...
For looks, it is hard to beat a wood shingle roof. Over time it weathers out to a gray or soft silver that seems to root the house to the landscape. Several species are used: Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Eastern White Cedar. Shingles are relatively smooth and cut to a uniform thickness, although they vary in width. Wood shakes are thicker and rougher, being split rather than sawn from the logs. Wood roofs are meant to breathe and should be laid over a substrate that allows air to circulate behind them: skip sheathing—wood strips or battens nailed directly to the roof rafters—is the traditional method of installing a wood shingle roof. About 10 years ago we began using a plastic matrix product that is something like a scrubby pad, which allows air to circulate behind the shingles. This product can be laid on top of a building-paper-coated plywood roof deck, making it ideal for a retrofit. Another method of getting air circulation behind the shingles is to lay them on pressure-treated lattice. For all their great looks, shingles and shakes are expensive to install and do require some periodic maintenance, typically in the form of washing to remove any mildew or moss, and then re-oiling with a clear wood finishing product. On our current Shingle-style project here in Manchester, Massachusetts, we're using a wood shingle that is new to us: pressure-treated Southern Yellow Pine, which grays out in a few years to resemble cedar and is said to require no maintenance at all. A properly installed and maintained wood roof should last at least 30 to 50 years. In fact, we have seen roofs on which the shingles were still good after 25 years or so, but the galvanized nails were finally rusting, so be sure to use a high-quality stainless-steel nail!

...And Fakes
Originally, our Craftsman-style bungalow in Santa Barbara, California, would have been clad in a combination of wood shingles and shakes, because the building needed that shaggy rough-hewn appearance to look authentic. However, because of fire danger, local codes now require all roofing materials to be fireproof. Accordingly, we used a heavy architectural asphalt shingle on the roof, and a cementitious shingle manufactured to look like a wood shake for the side walls -- although they are suitable for use on the roof as well. Use of these "fake" shakes is rapidly increasing, both because they satisfy the strict fire codes in the West and because they are long lived and require no maintenance.

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Slate and Fake Slate

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Standard asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing option.

In the Northeast slate was a traditional roofing material for high-end houses and municipal buildings. It is beautiful, lasts for generations, sheds ice and snow, and is very expensive. Because of its cost and weight, which requires a beefier roof structure to support, slate is not often used these days. Yet on our Billerica project, rebuilding Dick Silva's burnt-out family home, we wanted the slate look. Again we turned to an "engineered" product, this time a slate lookalike fabricated from recycled rubber and plastic. At only about one-third the weight and cost of slate, these shingles can be installed using standard tools and techniques. From the street, the discerning eye might be able to tell the difference between engineered and the real McCoy, but most of us would be very house-proud with one of these roofs on our homes. Plus, these shingles are guaranteed to last for as long as 50 years.

Metal
Metal roofs, in the form of corrugated, galvanized sheets, have been a standard feature of barns, sheds and other agricultural and utility buildings for years. This type of roof is cheap, rugged, long-lasting and easy to install—perfect for a utility application. On the other end of the spectrum is a copper roof, elegant enough to grace the country's finest mansions and public buildings. Graceful bay and bow windows are often roofed with sheet copper soldered at the seams. We used such roofson both the Billerica and the Lexington houses. Larger expanses of roof are covered using the "standing-seam" method, in which one sheet joins with its parallel mate via an interlocking, water-tight seam. Metal is a great choice for a house in snow country, as well as in agricultural country. Fortunately, in terms of products available, there is much to choose from between the galvanized low-end and the copper high-end. On our Milton project, we used a formed-in-place, standing-seam steel roof on the workshop addition to the barn. While not as dear as copper, this roof was expensive — and beautiful. There are a variety of powder-coated steel roof "systems" on the market, some very cost-effective variations on the galvanized sheet-steel theme. Others are factory-built standing-seam roofs, custom made to your house or barn and installed by a roofing contractor. The advantage of these systems is that they require no special fabricating equipment and can be installed by any qualified contractor. (I am even considering using one on the shed I have to build in Maine.) In addition to standing-seam roofs, several types of metal shingles are also available. One, an interlocking tin shingle we used on the roof at our Key West project I have never seen anywhere other than the Keys. Another variation commercially available nationwide is an interlocking copper shingle. Regardless of the style you choose, in general, a properly installed metal roof should last you at least 50 years.

Ceramic
Ceramic tile roofs are found throughout the Mediterranean and Levant—and of course in the Mediterranean-Revival-influenced architecture of Florida and California. Barrel tiles, the most common type of ceramic tile, resemble half cylinders about 16 inches long. In the old days they were individually made by hand, their tapered shape achieved by forming the clay over the top of the thigh. We actually used some of these handmade tiles on our renovation of a hurricane-damaged Mediterranean-Revival house in Miami. And more recently, we used high-quality reproduction barrel tiles on our West Palm Beach project. Tile roofs are quite heavy, so the roof framing must be stout enough to support the load. Waterproofing is achieved via a waterproof membrane laid directly on the roof sheathing. Then the clay tiles are laid one by one in a pad of mortar. Tiles turned upside down form a trough, which is then covered by tiles laid right side up. The whole process is quite labor intensive, which makes an authentic tile roof quite expensive -- about $1,000 per 10x10-foot square, or about three times the cost of a standard three-tab shingle job. In addition to barrel tiles there are a number of variations of clay roof tiles. Some are shaped like thick shingles, some like slates. A high-quality tile will be hard-fired and will not absorb moisture that could fracture the tile when frozen. Thus such tiles are suitable for northern climates. All high-quality tile roofs are expensive, both in terms of the material and the installation, and so clay tile roofs are fairly rare. Yet in the long run the most expensive might be the most cost effective, since you can expect to get 60 to 80 years or even more out of a well installed tile roof. I know of a hard-fired clay shingle roof on a seaside mansion not far from our current project in Manchester.

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Repair or Replace my Roof ?

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Apr 12, 2017 3:01:22 PM

Evaluating Key Danger Signals

Does your roof need repair or replacement? Look carefully for the following signs of a failing roof, like:

  • Leakage in the attic after wind-driven rain or ice build-up
  • Blistering and peeling of interior and/or exterior paint
  • Stains, mold, or mildew growth on interior ceilings and walls
  • Exterior decay of sheathing and/or siding
  • Missing, cracked, or curled shingles

How To Inspect For Damage

It is a good idea to inspect your roof regularly, particularly if you live in areas of the country that experience extreme weather. You can inspect your roof yourself, either by climbing on your roof or by using binoculars from the ground.

Here are just some of the ways to inspect for damage:

  • Check flashing for damage or for inadequate coverage
  • Look under eaves and overhangs for damage that might mean water leakage
  • Examine shingles for any that are missing, cracked, curled, torn, or warped
  • Look for any open seams or joints that could lead to leaking
  • Look for popped or rusted nails, or stains around nails
  • Check for unevenness, sagging, or unsound areas
  • Inspect your sources of roof ventilation—are they clogged, do you have ventilation, is there enough ventilation?
  • Inspect gutters for sagging, signs of leaks, and accumulation of granules
  • Check for dark patches or growth
  • Check around pipes and roof penetrations to make sure they are sealed and in good shape
  • Look inside the attic for signs of leaks, dark spots, holes, or sagging sheathing

For those who are uncomfortable with the idea of walking around their roof, the safest and most thorough option is to contact a professional roofing contractor to do the inspection. Call Robert Evans Jr. Contracting 508-877-3500

 

 

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Roofing Maintenance Checklist For Spring

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Mar 6, 2017 1:12:44 PM

ROOFING MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST FOR SPRING

 

As the first quarter of the year 2017 ends, here’s an important question you need to answer: how’s your roof holding up? Now that the skies are clear again and the temperatures are rising, it’s high time you schedule an overdue inspection, repair, and cleanup. Here’s what you need to do.

  • Identify roofing problems.

Extreme weather can damage your roof. For preventive maintenance, it’s best to schedule a professional inspection regularly. Spring is a good time for a thorough checkup. It’s an opportunity to catch issues leftover from last winter and identify potential problems that might give you more trouble later on.

During the inspection, our roofing experts will:

  • watch out for damaged roofing components. If you have asphalt shingles, we will assess for granular loss from asphalt tabs. This could mean your shingles are nearing the end of their service life and need to be replaced.
  • look for stains on interior ceilings, exposed rafters, and attic area. They might point to leaks that need to be fixed promptly.
  • be on the lookout for storm damage as well, especially when bad weather has recently affected your roof.
  • inspect your gutters to make sure they’re securely fastened and clog-free. That way water can flow freely away from your walls for the rest of the year.
  • Schedule repairs.

Don’t stop after the inspection. Make sure you follow through with prompt action. Use your findings as a guide when initiating fixes. Even better, consult an expert roofer about the most cost-effective solution for your roofing problems.

  • Consider replacement.

Sometimes, spot repairs won’t fix the problem entirely. They may help extend the life of your roof for a few years, but if your roof is old or thoroughly damaged, getting a replacement would be a more long-term solution.

Don’t wait until summer or fall to tick off all the items on this checklist. As early as this spring, Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. can help restore your roof’s good condition.

We’re the experts in residents trust to work on their home. We’ll inspect your roof, evaluate its actual condition, and recommend solutions based on our findings. We’ll help you out should you need repair or replacement.

We’re Certified Certainteed Select contractors, a status not awarded to just any roofer, so you can be sure that our services and products are all top-notch. We’re able to work with several roofing types, including asphalt shingles, metal, tiles, and flat/low-slope.

Give us a call at (508) 877-3500 today to set up a free in-home consultation with one of our roofing experts. You may also request an estimate of our services while you’re at it

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what causes ice dams ?

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Feb 14, 2017 3:01:47 PM

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Importance of having your roof Inspected

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jan 5, 2017 11:02:52 AM

A roof inspection is one of those Pro-active jobs that’s easy to overlook. Add a once-a-year reminder on your calendar to go out on a warm day and fix any problems you find.

Its always best to call a professional to do any inspection involving your roof but  You can try doing a rough safe inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars

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Or, you can get up close and personal with your roof using a ladder. However, there’s no need to get up on your roof just yet. The less you walk around up there, the better for your roof— and the safer for you. Work your way around your house, noting any potential problems.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
  • Missing or broken shingles.
  • Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
  • Missing or damaged lead flashing around chimney and look at chimney cap for any damage.
  • Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.

If you find piles of colored grit / granules from asphalt roof shingles in the gutter system, that’s a bad sign — those sand-like granules cover the surface of roof shingles and shield them from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Check the age of your roofing and see if it’s nearing the end of its life cycle.

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Easy Fixes for Roofing Problems

Any loose, damaged, or missing shingles should be replaced immediately. Check for popped nails that need to be hammered back in place.

Metal and vinyl flashing around chimneys, skylights, and attic vents that has separated needs to be resealed with caulk. However, flashing and vent boots that are beginning to rust or deteriorate should be replaced.

Contact pro roofing companies and seek at least two bids for repair work. You could use a handyman for minor fixes and possibly shave costs, but the person should be bonded, have proof of liability, and have workman’s compensation insurance and make sure he knowledgable about roofing . 

Some costs for common repairs include:

  • A few broken or missing shingles: $250 to $450.
  • Large repairs (10-foot-by-10-foot section of roofing): $300 to $450 asphalt; $200 to $1,000 wood.
  • Replacing flashing or boots around chimneys, skylights, and vents: $350 to $800.
  • Repairing flashing in valleys: $25 to $50 per running foot.

Clearing Your Roof of Moss

Moss eradication begins in the fall. Apply a moss killer intended for roofs (granules for lawn-use contain iron which will stain a roof). Do not use a power washer as it will wear away the shingles causing pre-mature aging.

In the spring, use a broom to remove remaining dead moss. Spread moss killer along the ridge of the roof and on any remaining green patches. Cost: $20 for moss killer to treat 3,000 square feet of roof. Allow about three hours to sweep the roof, clear the gutters, and apply the granules. Again always best and recommended to hire a professional roofer to do any roof work. 

Be Alert to Early Signs of a Roof Leak

A yearly roof checkup is great, but problems can occur at any time. Early signs of trouble include:

  • Dark areas on ceilings.
  • Peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs.
  • Damp spots alongside fireplaces.
  • Water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace.

If you find worrisome signs, especially if the roof is old or there’s been a storm with heavy wind or hail, get a professional assessment. Some roofing companies do this for free; specialized roof inspectors, like those who work through the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association. Robertevansjrcontractinginc.com 

 

Replacing Your Roof

If your asphalt roof is 15 years old or more, it may be due for replacement. The national median cost for a new asphalt shingle roof is $7,600, according to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. You’ll recover a healthy 105% of that investment if you should decide to sell your home, making a roofing replacement job the only project in the “Report” that repays more than the initial investment.

Not only that, but you’re bound to be glad you replaced your roofing. Homeowners polled for the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” gave their new roofing a Joy Score of 9.7 — a rating based on those who said they were happy or satisfied with their remodeling project, with 10 being the highest rating and 1 the lowest. Call us today at Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. for your free roofing Quote 508-877-3500 

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