Metal Roof Inspection

Why You Should Have Your Roof Inspected

Metal Roof Inspection

Keeping your roof well-maintained is critical to ensuring it keeps you protected for a long time. A roof replacement is one of the most expensive and time-consuming repairs a homeowner ever faces. Just like with your car, it’s important to regularly inspect your roof to keep it in tip-top shape.

You might be tempted to grab a ladder and get up onto the roof yourself. However, navigating a roof is dangerous, even for professionals who do it all the time. Not only are there safety risks, but if you don’t know where you’re stepping, you might actually wind up causing damage that wouldn’t have otherwise happened. Here are a few important reasons you should leave it to your Omaha roofing professionals to do the dirty work.

Good Roofers Offer Free Inspections

New Roof Underside

A reputable and reliable roofer won’t charge you for your inspection, so you might as well take advantage. It’s a common standard among roofing contractors these days, so if you find a roofer who wants to bill you for a simple inspection, it’s a good bet you can find a more qualified roofer to help you. A good roofer will give you an honest evaluation and won’t try to add on services or charge hidden fees. They’ll make up for their time you wind up hiring them to perform any of the necessary repairs.

Preventing and Repairing Damage

Contractors Working On Roof

As you might expect, heavy storms and loads of snow can do a number on your roof. High winds have a frustrating tendency to tear shingles off, and to break tree limbs, which can subsequently fall onto your roof. And, if your roof hasn’t been inspected, you may not know about pre-existing issues such as weak flashing or loose shingles. Regular inspection and maintenance can prevent these issues before they lead to even more damage.

You may also see damage from moss, mold, or even animals who’ve made their way up to your roof. In particular, birds nesting on your roof can spread seed and spur on the growth of plant matter, which can slowly rot away your roof.

Also, in addition to a routine roof inspection, you’ll need to keep your gutters clean. This will help prevent brush from building up and allowing mold to grow. This is also important to allow for proper drainage on the roof. If water begins to pool because it can’t flow down the gutters, it can waterlog your roofing materials and weaken them over time. This sort of damage can cause leaks that are majorly expensive to fix!

Getting the Most From Your Warranty

Most roofs will come with a warranty to protect you. However, as a homeowner, it’s easy to lose this benefit by losing track of your warranty paperwork, of by not filing your claim in a timely manner. If you have a leak in your roof, an inspector can advise you on whether a warranty claim is the right way to go.

Your Insurance Company Cares

If something is going wrong up on the roof, you don’t want to neglect the damage until you have a mess on your hands, like a bad leak. If you haven’t ever had a roof inspection before, your insurance company can (and probably will) point to this lack of maintenance as a perfectly good reason to reject your claim. If you want to protect yourself against an abusive insurer, you’re doing yourself a favor by having your roof inspected once each year.

If it’s been over a year since you’ve had a roof inspection (or if you’ve never thought to have one), give us a call at Nelson Contracting to schedule your free inspection today.

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Why You Shouldn’t Work on Your Own Roof

Installing New Roof Tiles

Plenty of homeowners out there pride themselves on keeping and caring for their own house. Some folks love to do all their own landscaping, all their own painting, or even build their own decks and lawn pieces. Plus, all of us like to save a few bucks. However, when it comes to dealing with your roof, there’s just no good excuse for doing things on your own. Too often are homeowners severely injured by failing to practice proper roofing safety. There are several things that can go disastrously wrong with DIY roofing projects. Here are some of the biggest reasons you should call a certified roofing contractor to handle your roofing issues for you.

Expertise, Equipment and Materials

Contractors Fixing A Roof

So, you wanna be a DIY roofer? Tell us: what kind of flashing is better for a steep roof ridge, copper or plastic? Where should your fascia panels be located to ensure the best attic ventilation? Do you actually need them at all? What sort of tools do you use to install shingles? How about roof vents? While you might find some answers by hitting Google and Youtube, you can’t know everything you don’t know. What seems easy and obvious might actually require a lot of knowledge and careful planning.

Plus, a professional roofer deals with roofing materials every single day. They know the products they can trust, and oftentimes they can get you a better price than you’d get cruising the hardware store shelves yourself. And, a pro will already have all of the specialized tools needed to properly install those materials.

Damage Potential

Roof Damage Repair

If you don’t go up on your roof much (and we advise that you don’t) then you just don’t know where is safe to step and where’s not. Shingles and roof tiles are made to stand up to forces like wind, rain, and heat, but they can’t bear the heavy weight of adult footsteps. Only some of the surfaces on your roof may be safe to walk on, and in some cases, there aren’t any walking surfaces at all.

In fact, even if you find a stable surface that supports your weight, you can still cause small damage to your shingles that seriously detract from their longevity. Small cracks, especially under the surface of the shingle, can let water in. When this leaks into the roof deck, you can experience rot, and eventually leaks. Plus, walking on shingles will knock loose the small granules on the surface. These granules help the shingle deflect heat, and granule loss by itself is a sign that you will soon need to replace your shingles. Don’t exacerbate the issue by walking on them!

A professional roofer will know exactly how to identify the strong and weak points on your roof, and is equipped with the means to access any part of the roof safely and without causing further damage.

Safety

Roof Tarping

Of course, the most important reason to stay off of your roof is safety. According to census data, roughly 75% of deaths in the roofing industry are the result of falls. And these statistics are from the professionals. Falling off of your roof, even from a low height, can permanently alter your life, or even end it. You don’t have the proper safety tools and training to ensure that you can safely navigate your roof.

The only safe way to handle roofing issues, whether it’s an inspection, repair, or cleaning, is to call a trained professional. Get in touch with us at Nelson Contracting to schedule your free inspection and to keep yourself out of harm’s way.

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Is Cleaning My Roof Necessary?

Cleaning A Roof

Any proud homeowner wants to keep their most valuable asset looking its best. Whenever your paint starts to chip, or your siding starts to fade, you feel the pressure to call a painter or contractor to come fix it. After all, the neighbors can all see!

But what about your roof? Many homeowners don’t give their roof a second thought. However, keeping your roof neat and clean is an important part of maintaining a healthy roof. Not only will a clean roof keep the HOA folks at bay, but it will help to maximize the roof’s longevity.

Natural Enemies of Your Roof

There are a few common foes among dirty roofs that you need to be vigilant in your efforts to stop.

Mold

Algae can cause ugly dark stains on a shingle roof. This is because algae thrives off of the asphalt materials used in shingles. Algae is also very attracted to limestone, another common material in construction and roofing.

Algae is a problem of more than just cosmetics. It’s a kind of bacteria that’s slowly eating through your roofing materials. This deterioration makes your shingles more susceptible to heat damage. Uncleaned algae or other molds can significantly reduce the lifespan of your roof. Lichen, also, is an invasive mold that grows in harmony with algae. It, too, thrives on asphalt shingles, setting itself deep into the shingle to reach the oily adhesive.

Moss

Moss Growing On Roof

You may be more readily familiar with moss, which is a full fledged plant of its own. However, moss has very small roots, and it needs quite a lot of water. Animals are often responsible for carrying the spores to the roof, which then develop in the shadier or damper spots. Unremoved moss can result in your shingles curling up, typically meaning you need some serious repairs.

Also, moss retains water almost like a cactus, meaning that a patch of moss is essentially a pool of water constantly soaking your roof. This can lead to rotting shingles. Especially if your shingles are made of wood, you’ll need to get the moss removed as quickly as possible. This can be tricky, so we highly recommend calling your local roofing specialists to lend you a helping hand.

DIY Cleaning vs. Professional Cleaning

Frankly, we never recommend performing any activities on your roof by yourself. Roofing jobs are dangerous even for trained professionals. If you don’t go up on your roof often, you won’t be used to navigating the slopes and you won’t know where is safe to step. Beyond just the risk of injury, you could wind up causing more damage to your roof.

Additionally, you don’t want to clean your roof if it’s not truly necessary. While you may be tempted to give it a good rinse after a dust storm, you could still wind up hurting your roof more than helping. The small granules found on the surface of asphalt shingles serve a key purpose in preventing the shingles from overheating. Over-cleaning can wash away these granules to the point that the shingles become overexposed to the sun, drastically reducing their longevity and even affecting the temperature of your home.

If you’ve got growth up on your roof, or even if you’ve just noticed discoloration and you want to give your home that new-roof shine, call your friendly neighborhood roofing experts at Nelson Contracting, we can provide a good recommendation. Keep your home safe against unwanted infections from moss or mold. If you’re interested, we offer a free, no-obligation roofing inspection so you always know your home is in great shape.

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