Purchasing a new roof is a large investment, so it is extremely important to hire the right roofing contractor for the job. Just because a company promises they will do the job quickly and cheaper than others does not mean that they are the best option. In order to find a reliable and knowledgeable roofer, you must ask some important questions and do some investigating to ensure they will do a good job on what we think is the most important aspect of your home or business. Here are some questions you should ask before you sign a contract and pull out your wallet:
At Bill White Roofing and Specialty we are committed to quality and complete customer satisfaction. We always say “Your roof is our roof” and our work reflects that. We know the importance of a strong and sturdy roof so we go the extra mile to ensure it is in the best shape possible. If you have any problems with your roof, have questions about your roof, or just want a roof inspection to give you peace of mind, give us a call. We would love to hear from you!
It’s almost spring cleaning time again! Your house needs to be cleaned from top to bottom, your garage de-cluttered, your landscaping refreshed, and your roof needs some attention too. After a winter full of storms, ice, and drastic weather changes, your roof could have possible leaks, missing shingles, mold, and other serious problems. Follow our spring cleaning checklist to assess the state of your roof:
Did you know that if your roofing shingles are not nailed correctly, your roofing warranty can be voided? When the warranty is void, roof repairs are not covered. Improperly nailed shingles will also cause significant problems for your roof. They will blow off easier during high winds and they will also leave the roof vulnerable to leaks and other damage.
You’re probably thinking, “If I hire a licensed roofing contractor to do the work, they have to know how to nail the shingles on correctly, right?” Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Even though most shingle manufacturers place the proper nailing instructions on every wrapper, most shingles are clearly marked where they should be nailed, and most manufacturers provide training and certification on proper shingle application, many homeowners end up with roofing problems due to improper shingle installation.
Because the proper placement of the nails takes training, knowledge, skill, and lots of experience, it is very important to do your research and hire a qualified roofing contractor in Birmingham to ensure the job is completed correctly. When you narrow down your potential roofing companies, be sure to read online reviews from previous clients, ask to speak with their most recent clients, and ask a lot of questions about their process for installing shingles.
A big topic in the roofing industry is the difference between hand nailing and using a nail gun when installing a roof. While there are many arguments for both methods, our preferred method is to hand nail each roof we work on. By hand nailing each shingle, we can ensure the nail is placed properly and is nailed in at the correct depth…flush with the shingle and not over-driven or under-driven.
When a nail gun is used to install shingles, there is more room for error, especially if the person using the gun is inexperienced or is moving too quickly. When we hand nail, we are able to feel whether the nail catches the wood and whether it is flush with the shingle. Nail guns have to be held at the correct angle to prevent the nail from going in crooked, and the air pressure of the gun must be adjusted according to temperature variations, wood type, and roof type. One small error with a nail gun can cost a complete roof warranty. So, while hand nailing can take more time, it is more precise and there is less room for error. Our roofing crew has years of experience with hand nailing roofs, so they are still able to install a roof quickly and correctly.
Please contact Bill White Roofing and Specialty about roof replacement in Birmingham or any of the surrounding areas.
Your roof is a very valuable investment that will last for a very long time if taken care of properly. While there are numerous things that you should do to help maintain your roofing system, here is our list of things you should NOT do to your roof:
If you haven't had to shop for a new roof in the past decade, you're probably unaware of the fact that there are tons of options when it comes to roofing materials. A roof typically lasts anywhere from 20-50 years, so chances are, you will have to replace your roof at some point in your life. Because your new roof will last for years, it is important to choose your roofing shingles wisely so they'll not only last as long as you expect, but also so you don't cringe every time you pull up to your house. With that being said, here are several factors you should keep in mind when choosing the color of your roofing shingles:
Climate: The color of the shingles will help keep your energy bills in line because it can affect the temperature in your attic by 20-40 degrees. Lighter colored shingles reflect sunlight and will help keep your home cool, while darker colored shingles absorb heat and will help keep your home stay warm if you live in a colder climate.
Color of Your Home: You'll want to coordinate the color of your roof with the other elements of your home, whether it is brick, stucco, or covered in siding. Dark gray or black shingles look great with a gray, blue, or white house. If your home is brown, cream, or tan, you may want to go with brown shingles or a mix of cream and brown. If your home is a different color, such as green, red, or yellow, you will have more flexibility when it comes to choosing a color because they all will compliment your home.
Make a Statement: What type of statement do you want to make with your home? Neutral colors such as tan, cream, brown, black, and gray are the safest option and will stay in style the longest. If you're going for a trendier statement, you can use a color combination such as various brown tones or a mix of blues, blacks, and grays.
Illusion: Darker colored shingles will make your home look smaller while lighter colors will make it look larger
Your Neighbors: If you are a member of a neighborhood association, you will need to check with them to see what colors are approved for your roofing shingles. If there are no rules concerning the color of your roof, you should still take into consideration how your roof will blend with the surrounding homes. You don't want to choose the exact same color roof as your next door neighbors, but you also don't want the colors to clash.
Consult with a qualified and experienced roofing contractor to help you choose the best roofing shingle for your home. There are so many options on the market so they should be able to help you narrow down your choices. Shingle type and color are important decisions that will greatly affect your home's curb appeal as well as resale value.
The roof is your home or business' first line of defense against sun, rain, snow, or wind...but it is often forgotten about until there is a problem. As a homeowner, you will probably only purchase one roof in your lifetime. It is crucial that you make educated decisions on this protective barrier to avoid moisture problems and structural damage.
There is a lot of information out there about roofing, but not all of it is true. (You really can't believe everything you read on the internet????) Here are the most common myths about roofing and why they are just that, myths:
Myth #1: All asphalt shingles are the same.
All shingles are not the same. There are a wide variety of shingle types to choose from, and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. They are rated by durability and wind resistance, and some shingles are created to protect against specific issues such as black mold and algae. An important point to remember is that the price of the shingles is not always an indicator of their quality. Some inexpensive shingles are very reliable while other expensive shingles are known to have problems. At Bill White Roofing and Specialty, we will be able to help you determine the best shingles for your particular roofing needs.
Myth #2: You don't need to replace the flashing
Flashing is the metal material put in place to divert water away from roof openings. Because it is made of metal, most people think that it is indestructable. As time progresses, however, it can become loose or knocked out of place, become rusted, crack, or break. If your flashing is compromised, you will have major roof problems. It is best to inspect it twice a year to catch any damage at an early stage.
Myth #3: Pressure washing won't damage the roof materials
While you may think pressure washing is a great way to clear your roof of dirt and grime, it can actually harm the roof and cause its lifespan to shorten. High pressure washing will force water underneath the shingles and behind the siding, resulting in mold and mildew. It will also damage the texture of the shingles, causing them to deteriorate pretty quickly.
Myth #4: Insulation in the attic saves energy and aids in roof performance
While insulation in the attic is exremely important, it must be executed properly. Adding more than the necessary insulation will block ventilation and possibly trap moisture, resulting in mold and mildew growth and damage to the roof decking. It is best to consult with a qualified roofing contractor to determine the appropriate levels of insulation necessary for your roofing system.
Myth #5: Gutters are not part of the roofing system
Gutters are actually a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to diverting water from your structure, which is what your roof is designed to do among other things. The gutter system prevents water from dripping down the exterior walls and onto the foundation of the building. If the gutters are damaged or full of debris, water will build up and cause serious problems such as leaks and rotting wood in the fascia boards, soffits, and decking. You should have your gutters cleaned out frequently and inspected for damage to avoid costly problems.
We can't stress enough the importance of regular roof maintenance. Be sure to contact a reliable roofing company like Bill White Roofing and Specialty to help keep your roof in prime condition. It is one of, if not the, most important aspects of your building.
We are really into roofs here at Bill White Roofing and Specialty, and we enjoy sharing our knowledge and expertise with anyone who may be interested in learning more about the most important aspect of their building's structure. As a leading roofer in Birmingham, we feel that education and awareness are very important when it comes to prolonging the lifespan of your roof.
Here is a list of common terms and phrases that are used in the roofing industry with (hopefully) easy to understand explanations:
The decorative molding, usually metal or wood, found at the ends or edges of the roof. The fascia, frieze board, and rake are all types of cornices.
A relatively small peaked area of the roof constructed to divert water around projections such as chimneys, walls, and expansion joints.
The surface over which the roofing materials are applied. Roof decking is usually made of wood boards, plywood, or planks and is attached to the rafters. Also called sheathing.
A raised, framed section projecting through the sloping plane of the roof, usually with a window.
This metal strip is installed along the edges of the roof in order to help channel water away from the roof deck, eaves, and siding.
The lower edge of the roof, usually the area from the fascia to the building's outside wall.
A vertically positioned board or trim that is placed around the outer edge of the roof. It typically helps with waterproofing the interior of the building.
The material used to keep water from entering the roof system anywhere there is a projection or intersection. Examples of places roof flashing is installed are: chimneys, vent pipes, valleys, wall joints, perimeters, expansion joints, and any other place the roof covering is interrupted.
The triangular section of the building that is directly under the slope of the roof and above the eave.
The slatted devices that are installed in a gable or on the underside of the roof eaves to help ventilate the attic and regulate temperature and moisture.
The structural beams that extend from the ridge to eave in which the roof deck is attached.
Sloped edge of the roof that is adjacent to the outermost rafter
The horizontal line across the highest point of the roof where the two sloping sides intersect.
The enclosed area under the roof eave that extends past the building structure.
The material (usually felt) that is placed between the roof deck and shingles to serve as an extra layer of protection from moisture.
The area where two sloping roof sections intersect, creating a "V" shaped indention.
Our mission is to be the best roofing company Birmingham has to offer. Please give us a call at (205) 942-8374 or check out the rest of our website to learn more about how we can help you with anything roof-related!
Owning a home or business is a huge responsibility. Maintenance must be done throughout the year to ensure your investment is protected. As winter is quickly approaching (thank goodness for some cold weather finally!), there are several things you can do to winterize your roof. Performing preventative maintenance will save you from a roofing emergency. By checking and repairing these parts of your roof, you can cruise through the winter knowing that your roof is in good shape:
1. Remove or trim overhanging tree branches
Branches can cause a lot of problems for your roof, so they need to be trimmed or removed. Large overhanging branches will become very heavy with snowfall and will break and fall onto your roof. Low hanging branches will scrape your roof and damage your shingles.
2. Clean gutters and downspouts
We can't stress enough the importance of keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of debris. Rainwater and melting snow need to be able to drain properly in order to prevent water damage to your roof, siding, foundation and other parts of your home or business.
3. Inspect the roof and repair
Repair loose, damaged and missing shingles to prevent leaks. Check the roof flashing (the material placed around joints and openings in your roof) for signs of wear or damage. Cracked caulk should be removed and replaced. Have a qualified roofing contractor in Birmingham inspect and repair any issues that are found.
4. Insulate your attic
Your attic should be properly ventilated and insulated in order to prevent heat loss as well as the formation of icicles and ice dams. Be sure to consult with the experts at Bill White Roofing and Specialty on proper insulation levels and ventilation techniques.
5. Look for warped wood
Inspect the woodwork around your home or business especially around the roof and in the attic for warping and mold growth. These are signs of water damage, usually pointing to a larger problem like a leak.
While it hasn't rained here in Birmingham in quite some time, it's still important to safeguard your home or business from potential roof leaks. If it ever does rain again, the last thing you want is a bunch of drip buckets strategically placed throughout your living room or office.
Whether your roof is 3 years old or 30, a roof leak needs to be taken care of immediately so as to prevent further damage. Repairing a small leak could save you a lot more money by preventing the need for a roof replacement or major remodeling job.
At Bill White Roofing and Specialty, we are your roof repair experts. We've compiled a list of the most common causes of roof leaks, what they look like, why they occur, and what needs to be done to fix them
1. Cracked Roof Flashing
2. Broken Shingles
3. Improper Sealing of the Valleys
4. Clogged Gutters
5. Attic Condensation
Roofs take a beating from heavy storms, strong winds, and extreme temperatures. If proper care and maintenance is put into place, a roof will keep you safe and dry for many years. Review this list of common causes for roof leaks and be sure to add these areas to your maintenance plan so you can avoid major damage to your roof and home. As an experienced roofer in Birmingham, Bill White Roofing and Specialty will be glad to assist you with inspecting and maintaining all of your roofing elements.
Just as in selling a home, there are numerous things to take into consideration when buying a home. If you find a home you love, it is extremely important to have a home inspection performed by a qualified contractor to determine if it is worth it for you to make such a large investment. Unless it is a brand new home, chances are there will be a list of items suggested by the inspector that need to be addressed before purchasing the home. You can ask the seller to repair things on that list or lower the purchase price of the home to cover the cost of repairs. So what happens when the inspector tells you that the home you are thinking about buying needs a new roof?
Before you decide to move on to another house, keep in mind that you have several options, and that you have some negotiating power in this particular situation. Insurance companies typically won't issue a policy on a home with a roof that is at the end of its lifespan, and most mortgage lenders require homeowner's insurance before approving the loan. That results in the seller only being able to sell the house to someone who can pay cash, and they would have to discount the sales price of the home significantly. It is in the seller's best interest to work out a deal with you to replace the roof, especially because the same issue will come up with anyone else interested in buying the house. Your options at this point are:
Don't let a bad roof cause you to change your mind on a home you are interesting in buying. Ask your realtor to help you figure out the best way to move into a home with a brand new roof that will last for years to come. At Bill White Roofing and Specialty, we will be glad to help you in any way we can.