Brookline, MA Based Roofing Contractor
We provide a full range of exterior contracting services in the Greater Boston area. These services include shingles installation, flat exteriors (EPDM, Bitumen, Tar etc.), waterproofing and leak repairs. We provide a host of residential and commercial service plans and long terms warranties. Our physical office is located in Brookline, MA which borders the fabulous neighborhoods of Brighton, Allston, Fenway–Kenmore, Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury (to the east) and Newton (to the west).
Can I Save My Existing Roof & Avoid Buying A New One?
The lifespan of a roof depends on the grade of its shingles and the climate you live in. A typical roof will last anywhere between 15 to 35 years and if you stay in your home for the long term, you can expect to replace your roof a few times in your life. Unfortunately, not many homeowners set aside a budget for roof replacement which is why there are more roof repairs than there are replacements.
Roof repairs are usually much cheaper than replacing your roof but the cost of repairing instead of replacing may build up over time and prove to be the less economical choice.
If you are having difficulty deciding on replacing or repairing the exterior of your home, continue reading to find out more about the signs that replacement may be the better option.
The deck is the insulated layer found between your roof’s shingles and the plywood nailed to joists. Over time, shingles deteriorate and water begins to seep in and saturate your deck resulting in a sagging inward curve. There will be a bulge in your ceiling and this means it is only a matter of time before water begins to drain into your home.
Internal water damage:
As time passes, all homes are likely to have leaks somewhere which leads to unsightly brown spots on your ceiling. If you choose not to address it, the damage can get so bad that it can lead to severe problems. If the leak is bad enough, roof replacement may actually be cheaper than roof repair. Leaks can get behind walls and even below your floors, spreading damage all around your home if you let it. Should you ever see brown spots on your ceiling, there is a strong possibility of it leaking at other parts of your house as well.
Molds are a common problem for roofing with leaks, especially if the leaks reach the drywall. Molds can cause serious problems to your home and your health. It will also make it more difficult to sell your home until a roofing company properly addresses the problem.
A roof should always be sloped in such a way that allows water to run off of it and never pool. Pooled water is commonly caused by clogged drains and botched roof installations. If you choose to avoid fixing the problem, the shingles will begin to wear out unevenly and create even larger pools of water.
Worn or damaged shingles:
Shingles have different stages of deterioration. In the initial stage, they will be shedding granules which lead to clogged gutters. At the end of the final stage, they will have curled and buckled. Shingles that have shed out granules can still keep water out but once they buckle, leaks will begin to appear.
You will need to decide if to repair or replace your roof. You’ll have to decide between the two on your own but if your roof shows signs of at least 2 of the aforementioned problems, it may be better to get your home exterior replaced. Consult your local roofing company for better advice and an inspection of your roof.
Countless building owners are facing this problem every year, should I replace my building’s roofing or should I simply repair it? In most cases, the answer is never clear and in others, the need to replace an exterior is more obvious like if a storm has ripped off half of your roof. Majority of cases there aren’t so clear cut, such as when your building has leaks that never seem to leave. If you are having a hard time deciding whether you should replace your roof or repair it, check out the following tips for how to proceed.
Get professional advice:
While it seems obvious, you’d be surprised at the number of building owners who get advice from amateur and unlicensed contractors because of their lower rates. The savings though are usually overshadowed by the fees they pay later on due to botched repairs or poor workmanship. Before making a decision, get the opinion of a GAF roofing contractor that is properly insured, bonded, and licensed.
Is it a persistent problem or isolated?:
As your roof ages, the materials around it begin to deteriorate and you will have to replace your roof eventually. In many cases, a roof that is still in good condition can have isolated problems that can be solved through exterior repairs. If the same problem keeps showing up, you may need to get your roof replaced.
How old is your roof?:
If you have an old roof that is experience problems, spending money to repair it may not be the best course of action. Repairs are usually much cheaper than replacements so repairing your roof just one more time may seem tempting but it is not advised if your roof is approaching the end of its lifespan.
Roof repair history:
If your roof has had bad repairs done in the past, it might be better to have a new roof installed even if your current problem would be classified as a repair issue. Again, repairs are cheaper than replacements but repeated repairs will eventually become more costly. Exterior roofing companies will be able to properly assess your roofs repair history and determine whether a new roof is needed or not.
Cost of repairs:
Depending on the current state of your roof, it may cost more to repair than to implement a new roofing system. For example, if your roof repair involves removing panels or shingles to fix a certain problem in your deck, the labor involved in such a repair might actually cost more than a replacement. The cost of repairing materials involved may actually make it just as expensive as buying new materials altogether.
As mentioned earlier, each roof will have to be replaced eventually and all building owners will wrestle with this decision. Needing a new roof may be obvious or it might actually need to be repaired before more obvious problems present themselves. Before making any repairs or replacements, be sure to consider the aforementioned tips and always take the advice of GAF roofing companies over not GAF accredited companies.
DIY Flat Roofing Vs. Hiring A Roofing Contractor
Should I DIY it, or hire a professional? Thousands of Americans ask themselves this question daily. We hope to answer this common age old question in the article below. Of course the answer partially lies in your level of expertise, but for the average handy man, this article will be a great help.
A flat roof, as opposed to a sloped roof, is a category of rooftops in which the level of the roof is almost horizontal. The roofs are constructed in a way to keep the angle as level as possible. There is a large number of homes and commercial buildings that opt for flat roofing structures as they help in providing a subtler and more elegant look. This type of roofing allows the roof space to be used as per the need of the residents. In most cases, the flat roof is used as a living space or a living room.
Addressing the question at hand
As to the question, whether you should do your flat roof yourself or hire professional, we can analyze the issue by enlisting the potential problems that can arise as a result of the faulty installation of a flat roof.
The major problems associated with flat roofing:
Leaks and moisture – This is probably the most common problem with flat roofs. Leaks and lingering moisture issues are a result of improper installation and construction of the flat roofs. Just like any other roof, over the course of time a flat roof will develop leaks, but because of its surface is flat, the water is not drained as it does not have anywhere. As a result, the water goes straight down. This results in moisture seeping into the roof itself and causing problems that may, in turn, lead to mold and fungus and paint and structural damage. To ensure this from not happening, manufacturers make it a point of making the flat roof not completely flat and having a secondary roof pitch. The pitch is the slope of a tent, and flat roofs have a pitch of up to approximately 10°. The slight slope exists to provide a gradient for drainage to the water, but if not maintained well, can also result in problems.
Buckle in the membrane: Similar to its alternative shingled roofs, flat roofs are constructed essentially made up of a membrane soaked in asphalt, after which they are laid across the top of the building to make the roof. However, unlike shingled roofs, the membrane on a flat roof is all one piece. Excessive movement and lack of expertise can cause damage in that asphalt membrane, which can result in the reduction of your extended roof life. Over the course of time, this can result in a buckled roof which is not safe to live under. If you search online for “buckled flat roofing on Brooklyn Brown-stoner” you will see a lots of pictures of this disastrous product of faulty labor. Although historically NY has been the mecca of flat exteriors over the last few decades, Boston has been catching up with the trend at a rapid pace.
Pooling water: As discussed previously, if the flat roof is not given a certain amount of pitch, it will result in a lack of water drainage and may cause water to pool in divots and dips in your roof. If pooling water is allowed to linger, it will eventually deteriorate the exterior of your roof and damage its structural integrity, shortening the lifetime of the flat roof. This is why a proper pitch (slope gradient) needs to given to the roof, one significant enough to prevent water pooling and not so significant enough to ruin the aesthetic nature of the flat roof.
Debris Accumulation: Another problem associated with the lack of expertise in installing a flat roof is a collection of debris. This problem, again, stems from the absence or lack of a slope which allows leaves, branches, and other debris to collect more easily on a flat roof and block drainage. Furthermore, a big uncleared pile of leaves can hold moisture that can freeze, unfreeze, and then refreeze throughout the winter. This cycle can be damaging for the roof underneath.
Considering all of the above problems that can arise due to an absence of expertise and skill in installing the roof, it is best suited that one should always hire professional for installing a flat roof. This will decrease the potential risk of installation errors and faults.