Should You Restore or Replace Your Roof?

Your roof requires periodic maintenance. At some point, an inspection may reveal damages that require immediate attention. You either need to replace or to restore your roof. What is the difference between the two, or are they interchangeable terms? What Is a Roof Replacement? A residential roof replacement is pretty self-explanatory. This is the removal of all existing roofing material and the installation of new roofing panels, insulation, and underlayment. In other words, when you replace your roof, everything is new. What Is a Roof Restoration? Not as many homeowners are familiar with a roof restoration or what it entails. To restore your roof simply means that you replace worn parts. Here’s a useful analogy: a roof replacement is akin to replacing an entire car engine. Restoration is comparable to just replacing the engine’s filter, timing belt, spark plug, etc. With a roof, this may entail replacing a few loose shingles, reinforcing the flashing, or refortifying insulation. A roofer may also recommend a restoration if the shingles are worn but the underlayment is otherwise in sound condition. Benefits of Restoration It’s far less invasive to restore your roof that to replace it. The process is also far more affordable and less time-consuming. The restoration may also include an upgrade to more efficient parts, such as Energy Star and LEED-approved shingles. Furthermore, some commercial roof restorations may qualify your business for tax deductions. Making upgrades, such as adding skylights or soffit vents, may also constitute a restoration. Does Your Roof Qualify for a Restoration? Depending on the extent of damage, some roofs may require a replacement instead. Your roof may require a replacement if it shows significant signs of: Leaks and moisture Decay and rot Moss or lichen growth We Replace and Restore Roofs Contact Roofing & Construction for an examination of your roof. Our services cover both private and commercial property in and around Seattle. A survey determines whether it would be better to restore or to replace your roof. Seattle Roof Repairs, Restoration, and Reroofing Serving customers in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Redmond, SnoqualmieYour roof requires periodic maintenance. At some point, an inspection may reveal damages that require immediate attention. You either need to replace or to restore your roof. What is the difference between the two, or are they interchangeable terms?

What Is a Roof Replacement?

A residential roof replacement is pretty self-explanatory. This is the removal of all existing roofing material and the installation of new roofing panels, insulation, and underlayment. In other words, when you replace your roof, everything is new.

What Is a Roof Restoration?

Not as many homeowners are familiar with a roof restoration or what it entails. To  restore your roof simply means that you replace worn parts.

Here’s a useful analogy: a roof replacement is akin to replacing an entire car engine. Restoration is comparable to just replacing the engine’s filter, timing belt, spark plug, etc. With a roof, this may entail replacing a few loose shingles, reinforcing the flashing, or refortifying insulation.

A roofer may also recommend a restoration if the shingles are worn but the underlayment is otherwise in sound condition.

Benefits of Restoration

It’s far less invasive to restore your roof that to replace it. The process is also far more affordable and less time-consuming. The restoration may also include an upgrade to more efficient parts, such as Energy Star and LEED-approved shingles. Furthermore, some commercial roof restorations may qualify your business for tax deductions. Making upgrades, such as adding skylights or soffit vents, may also constitute a restoration.

Does Your Roof Qualify for a Restoration?

Depending on the extent of damage, some roofs may require a replacement instead. Your roof may require a replacement if it shows significant signs of:

  • Leaks and moisture
  • Decay and rot
  • Moss or lichen growth

We Replace and Restore Roofs

Contact Roofing & Construction for an examination of your roof. Our services cover both private and commercial property in and around Seattle. A survey determines whether it would be better to restore or to replace your roof.

Seattle Roof Repairs, Restoration, and Reroofing

Serving customers in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Redmond, Snoqualmie

Why Is A Commercial Roof Flat?

flat commercial roofWhy are commercial roofs typically flat while residentials roofs are sloped? What is the reason behind such construction? We’ll explain the purpose for a flat commercial roof, which is the norm for public buildings across Seattle, and elsewhere.

The Reason for Flat Commercial Roofs

Actually, commercial roofs aren’t completely flat. They are sloped, but just very slightly at 2%, just enough to prevent water from ponding. Nevertheless, they’re flat in comparison to residential roofs. Why is this?

The reason comes down to both cost and practicality. A flat roof has a lower total surface area than a sloped roof. The former requires less material and framing.

Plus, if you think about it, a sloped roof on a school, hospital, or warehouse would look out of place. We also think sloped roofs have a homely vibe that is best reserved for living units. Continue Reading →

What to Do About Pigeon Roof Damage?

pigeon roof damagePigeons seem harmless. In fact, you even probably toss them some bread crumbs every now and then. These feathered creatures you feed on the ground like to roost in high places, including roofs. Every year, pigeon roof damage is extensive; they also damage HVAC systems, telephone poles, and more.

How Pigeons Damage Residential Roofs

Pigeon droppings are especially problematic. It’s highly acidic and can erode shingles and the membrane underneath. This can drastically reduce the lifespan of most residential roofing materials. The droppings are also a source of pathogenic bacteria and viruses. This is especially dangerous to housecats that spend a great deal of time on rooftops. The surrounding property, including the driveway, front porch, and parked cars are also susceptible to pigeon poo.

Furthermore, pigeons may also build their nests right on the gutter, causing blockages that lead to pooling water.

How Pigeons Damage Commercial Roofs

Pigeons may roost on the flat surface of commercial roofs, causing damage to sheet metal and asphalt. Some may choose to set up a nest in the openings of rooftop HVAC systems, which also causes damage. Pigeons may also create a nest inside electric signs. Nesting materials are flammable, causing a serious fire hazard. Continue Reading →

Considerations for Restaurant Roof Protection

restaurant roof protectionNot just any type of commercial roofing will suffice for a restaurant or facility that prepares food. Due to discharge from exhaust fans, the roof can quickly degrade. We’ll explain the considerations necessary for adequate restaurant roof protection.

Why a Restaurant Roof Requires Extra Protection

The roof exhaust system releases gas from stoves, ovens, and grills. It may also release remnants of grease. Prolonged exposure causes roofing surfaces to deteriorate, making them soft and spongy. The fumes and oil will also wear out seam adhesives, causing them to lose their bond. For roofs with thermoplastic, the surface will form blisters.

That’s not all. Vented grease may collect around the exhaust fan. This creates trip hazards, not to mention possible pest infestation. Your facility may also be in violation of EPA regulations. Water runoff could potentially carry the grease into the ground or sewer system. Continue Reading →

Managing Roofing Adhesives in Cold Weather

roofing adhesivesLate fall and early winter is when the Pacific Northwestern chills begin setting in. Can you perform maintenance work on your residential roof during this time? This is an important question because cold weather affects roofing adhesives. Without the right techniques, the adhesives may not dry and create a solid seal.

How Cold Weather Affects Roofing Adhesives

Cold temperatures change an adhesive’s physical properties, causing it to become rigid. This makes the compound unusable, possibly bringing roofing work to a halt. You need adhesives for securing the roof membrane. Continue Reading →

Flat Vs. Sloped Roof for Residential Properties

Flat Vs. Sloped RoofHomeowners often associate flat roofs with commercial roofing. However, a flat roof architecture—while atypical for a home—is also viable for residences. We’ll discuss the difference between a flat vs. sloped roofs and their respective pros and cons.

Flat Roof

A flat roof installation may be cheaper since the total area is usually less than that of a sloped roof. We recommend a flat roof if you contemplate using the area as a part-time living space. This is a trendy option. Some homeowners even go the creative route by covering the roof in soil and grass to promote green living. While this is certainly an option, the roots can burrow into the roof and cause leak-induced damage.

The biggest drawback, though, is a flat roof’s relatively short life expectancy. Flat roofs are typically made from asphalt topped with a gravel-based coating. While fairly inexpensive, the lifespan is only about 10 to 15 years. Other material options include rubber with an elastomeric membrane. This is significantly more expensive but has a lifespan of 40 to 50 years. The warranty, though, may still protect the roof for just 10 to 15 years. Continue Reading →

Shingle And Tile Roofing: Learn How They Differ

shingle and tile roofingMany types of residential roofing are available. Shingle and tile roofing are two common styles. Homeowners, though, tend to use the two terms interchangeably even though they denote different types. We’ll explain the difference and the main characteristics of each one.

Shingle Roofing

Shingles are typically made from asphalt, are rectangular, and overlap one another to keep out water. Shingles are the most common residential roofing type. Homeowners appreciate shingles for their low up-front cost, durability, and waterproof and wind-resistance abilities.

Shingles also reflect sunlight quite well. Also, modern manufacturers have designed shingles to resist fire and algae growth.

Tile Roofing

While Shingles are more popular in the U.S., tiles are more commonplace worldwide. They have also been in use for over a century, pre-dating shingles by several decades. The tiles are made from slate or terra cotta and hang in parallel rows to keep out water.

Tile is heavier than shingle, giving it good strength and superior wind resistance. They also have long life spans, with manufacturer warranties averaging 50 years.

This is also a good style if you appreciate Spanish or Mediterranean architecture.

Which Is Better?

We supply both styles for residential and commercial roofing, but don’t advocate one over the other. While tiles tend to be sturdier, shingles are not that far behind, thanks to modern manufacturing methods. Go with shingles if you want a budget-friendly option. If you’re willing to shell out a bit more for excellent craftsmanship and an old-time look, you can’t go wrong with tile.

We Install Shingle and Tile Roofs

Contact Roofing and Construction if your roof is due for a replacement. Our team does roofing installation and other services for an up-to-date roof. Whether you choose shingle or tile roofing, you receive the best in material, installation, and workmanship.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Roofing for Existing Homes and Homes Under Construction

Serving customers in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Redmond, Snoqualmie

Is the Roof to Blame for a Ceiling Leak?

ceiling leakA ceiling leak shouldn’t be confused for a roofing leak. Just because water is emanating from the ceiling does not mean that the roof is the problem. The drip point isn’t always the source of the leak. Water follows the easiest path until it reaches an obstruction or the lowest point. We’ll consider possible sources of a ceiling leak if not from the roof.

Sources of a Ceiling Leak

Plumbing

Clogged drain pipes can cause leaks. If the water appears fresh, then bad piping is likely the culprit. If the water looks dirty, then it’s more likely a residential roof leak. Continue Reading →

Use a Data Warehouse Roof To Protect Your Information

data warehouse roofsMore businesses are beginning to store their data in the cloud. Even so, many still rely on in-house data warehouses for storing their digital information. Businesses need to safeguard their data not just from hackers, but from natural elements as well. A sturdy commercial roof protects your data warehouse from extreme heat and cold.

Why Roof Quality Matters

The roof may directly block sunlight, but the panels may also be collecting heat that causes the temperature to rise inside the data warehouse. Heat is the greatest enemy of anything made up of internal circuit boards. Too much heat can result in condensation buildup inside the circuitry and cause damage. Heat can also melt the capacitor and cause short circuits in motherboards.

Certain roofing materials, such as metal, are also known to collect heat and retain it long after the sun has gone down. This is especially true of darker-colored panels as well as the tar paper beneath. This isn’t to say that these materials are inferior. It’s just that they may not be the best choice for data warehouses and some commercial roofs. Luckily, Bellevue isn’t exactly known for blistering climates, so this isn’t a major concern for businesses in the area. Continue Reading →

Flat Roof Drainage Systems

Flat Roof Drainage SystemsFlat roofs have been around just about as long as sloped roofs. A flat surface, however, means the need exists for a more complex drainage solution. Otherwise, pooling can occur the minute the area experiences a rain spell. Pooling leads to leaks and premature deterioration of the roof membrane. We’ll go over the three primary types of drainage systems for flat roofs and how they work at keeping roof puddles at bay.

Gutters

Gutters are the typical drainage systems seen on residential roofs. They consist of an open pipe affixed to the edge of the roof and ends with a downspout. Gutters are just as applicable for flat roofs. Plus, they’re also a cost-effective solution since they can be installed without making any structural changes to the roof itself. Continue Reading →