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A Little Natural Light Can Make All the Difference

A Little Natural Light Can Make All the Difference

Skylights can brighten up even the darkest of rooms. Even small units make a big difference in the way rooms look and feel, but before you make the cut in your roofline we want you to be aware of the pros and cons of skylights.

Are you looking to add a little oomph to your home this summer or fall? A skylight is a great way to incorporate natural light into your home, but before you make the cut in your roofline we want you to be aware of the pros and cons of skylights.

Size and Type
The size and type of skylight will come into play as you consider the best option for your home. Your roof—type and pitch—will even impact skylight installation and overall success.

You could go for a fixed skylight which offers additional light but does not provide exterior or interior access; the window itself is “fixed” into position. A fixed skylight is best for homeowners looking to add a bit of natural light to an interior space like a living room, bedroom, or bathroom.

You could opt for a functioning window, or a skylight that actually opens from a hinge and can functioning around to let in both light and fresh air. A functioning window is best for homeowners looking to be able to have a bit of extra light, as well as airflow in an interior space. The functioning window option is best for low ceilings.You could even install escape windows. Escape windows offer the ease and stability of a fixed skylight but the functionality of a full range of motion to open during emergency situations.

Waterproofing
As you consider skylight type, there’s always one major concern to keep in mind. What is the number one enemy of any roof? Water! Waterproofing a skylight is a must and something that is best handled by a professional installation company or roofing company like us. Flashing kits must be installed to make sure the window is waterproof. These kits vary depending on your roof-type, (shingles, asphalt, tiles) as well as the window size and design.

Pricing
Skylights, like most other home decisions, range in price, style, and size. On average, a skylight will run $200+, not including labor and installation. Labor costs are dependent on the size of the window, the placement of the skylight on the roofline, and the type of roofing that covers your home. Contact us to learn about skylight installation.

Skylight Pros:

  • Allows for more natural light on the interior of your home
  • Can allow for more fresh air or airflow depending on the type of skylight installed
  • Offers a feeling of closeness to nature and the outdoors
  • Considered sleek and stylish

Skylight Cons:

  • Proper installation is vital for the overall health and wellness of a skylight
  • Prone to water damage/leaking over time
  • Often requires maintenance or repairs more often than traditional windows
  • Additional light in the home could bleach furniture or fabrics; or increase glare in your home
  • Hire the best roofing contractor in the Spokane area. Founded in 1999, Kodiak Roofing Company, Inc. is the best roofing contractor in Spokane, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Kodiak Roofing Company has worked hard to deliver satisfaction and excellence to each homeowner as well as give back to the community. Kodiak Roofing Company is a member of the Better Business Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business, Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, and the Spokane Home Builders Association. Kodiak Roofing Company is dedicated to quality, professionalism and dependability; and offers the most competitive prices and the most comprehensive work in roofing, siding and windows. If you're a homeowner or contractor in need of a Spokane roofer, siding or windows, call today for a free estimate.


    Consider the Roof: Preserving a Historic Home

    Consider the Roof: Preserving a Historic Home

    Every home has a bit of history even if it is new construction. If only the walls–or roof–could talk!

    A roof has tales to tell and sometimes even more so than the walls might. Think about it—the roof over your head was put there by a team of people, then it is kept healthy by you, maybe you’ve replaced a section or added a new addition, maybe you purchased the home from someone who bought it a few years back, either way, many people have a hand in the king protector of your home.

    People build and maintain homes. You have contractors and construction workers, trades and inspectors, home owners, volunteers, and others all working together on, at the most basic level, four walls and a roof.

    Historic homes often have quite a bit of character. Strong character is all about history and storytelling.

    Is your roof steep or late-medieval? Do you have gables or soffits? Do you have a flat roof or something flamboyant with cones and spires? Was your home built over 40 years ago? The type of roof protecting a historic home must be treated with care, respect, and consideration of the original material, design, and age.

    Roofing today comes in a variety of materials, each with pros and cons. Matching an original roof should be the goal of any historic homeowner. With a little upfront work and due diligence, a historic home can be made new again with an expert completed roofing job.

    Get to Know the Material

    Historic homes can be protected by several different roofing materials. Some of the most popular materials include wood shingles made of pine, oak or cedar; slate in shades of black, gray, red, or blue; asphalt in dark colors and shapes; and metal which can even be melted, re-cast and reused.

    What to Watch For

    When considering updating the roof of a historic home, it’s best to bring in an expert like Kodiak Roofing. Some homes built in the 20th century or earlier were built with cement-asbestos shingles. Only the experts will know how to spot and safety remove this popular early 1900s material from a historic home.

    Updating a roof should not hinder a home’s historic charm and character. Work closely with your roofing contractor to find the right material to help keep your home protected and “alive” to collect stories of its inhabitants for years to come!

    Hire the best roofing contractor in the Greater Spokane & North Idaho area

    Founded in 1999, Kodiak Roofing Company, Inc. is the best roofing contractor in Spokane, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Kodiak Roofing Company has worked hard to deliver satisfaction and excellence to each homeowner as well as give back to the community. Kodiak Roofing Company is a member of the Better Business Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business, Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, and the Spokane Home Builders Association. Kodiak Roofing Company is dedicated to quality, professionalism and dependability; and offers the most competitive prices and the most comprehensive work in roofing, siding and windows. If you're a homeowner or contractor in need of a Spokane roofer, siding or windows, call today for a free estimate.


    The Cranium of Your Home = The Roof

    The Cranium of Your Home = The Roof

    As Spring takes hold and we venture outdoors to examine our homes, be sure to check on your roof. Do you know what type of shingle you have or what you should consider if you’re looking to replace a roof this summer? From asphalt to slate, roofing materials come in all shapes and sizes, each with its own pros and cons.

    What’s the big deal?

    Your roof is vital to the functionality of your home. Consider your roof like your cranium. The cranium is meant to protect the brain and all the vessels and nerves that control voluntary movement, emotion, speech, and intelligence from harm. Your roof protects the entrails of your home from the elements of the weather and nature—from each electrical outlet, lamp, couch, bed, blanket, or table, to the hanging dress in your closet or the dirty sock in your hamper.

    Different aspects of your geographic location, weather patterns, and even the pitch of your roof have an impact on the roofing materials that will best protect your home.

    What’s the difference?

    There are many different types of roofing materials. In this post, we are going to help you distinguish the pros and cons between asphalt shingles including organic and fiberglass, as well as wood, slate, tile, and metal roofing. At Kodiak Roofing, we install composition architectural style shingles, metal roofs, and coatings like TPO, PVC, EPDM and more.

    Organic Asphalt Shingles are made with recycled materials and natural products.
    • Pros: Waterproof, heavier than fiberglass, and inexpensive.
    • Cons: Prone to moisture and saturation in areas with high humidity or freezing temperatures.
    Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles are durable and made from fiberglass and a waterproof coating.
    • Pros: Lightweight, longer warranty, low cost, and fire-resistant.
    • Cons: Install process can influence lifespan dramatically.
    Wood Shingles are often made from cedar.
    • Pros: Affordable, environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, 30 to 50-year lifespan.
    • Cons: Increased risk of fire damage, termites and mold.
    Slate Shingles are known for having the best water and damage resistant properties.
    • Pros: Extremely long lifespan of 80 to 100-years and ideal for winter temperatures.
    • Cons: Expensive to install, expensive to repair, heavy material, increased odds of replacement of single shingles over time
    Tile Shingles can be molded into different shapes and provided in different colors.
    • Pros: Lifespan of up to 80-years and best in warmer climates.
    • Cons: Expensive to install, prone to leaks, small cracks and holes in individual tiles.
    Metal Roofing is best for a home with a very steep or very flat roof and often made of low-galvanized metal, copper, tine, zinc and aluminum.
    • Pros: Affordable with a 50+ year lifespan.
    • Cons: Noisy with hail or rain, prone to curled up seams or edges, holes, and rust.

    Regardless of the type of shingle or roofing material you currently have, it’s always important to seek professional advice if an issue occurs, you’re considering repairs, or looking to purchase and install a new roof. A roofing job, specifically the shingles installed, should include some sort of warranty. Be in the know and ask a professional contractor like us about available warranties.

    Founded in 1999, Kodiak Roofing Company, Inc. is the best roofing contractor in Spokane, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Kodiak Roofing Company has worked hard to deliver satisfaction and excellence to each homeowner as well as give back to the community. Kodiak Roofing Company is a member of the Better Business Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business, Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, and the Spokane Home Builders Association. Kodiak Roofing Company is dedicated to quality, professionalism and dependability; and offers the most competitive prices and the most comprehensive work in roofing, siding and windows. If you’re a homeowner or contractor in need of a Spokane roofer, siding or windows, call today for a free estimate.


    The Roof Can Be a Deal Maker or Breaker

    The Roof can make or break a deal
    As roofing experts, we want to help you—whether you're the Seller or the Buyer—understand how a roof will impact a sales deal.

    We're heading into Spring and that time of year when people are on the move, literally! As roofing experts, we want to help you—whether you're the Seller or the Buyer—understand how a roof will impact a sales deal.

    For the Seller:

    Congratulations! Your home is on the market, or soon to be listed, and you're ready to make a move down the street, to a new town, a new state, or a new country. Over the last few months or years, you've lived and worked on your home. You've built sweat equity and you know its nooks and crannies. You have the most information about your roof and a buyer will want to know what you know and more!

    Here are the Top 6 Considerations a Seller should keep in mind when it comes to the roof:

    1. A roof with less than three years of life left in it is an easy way for a buyer to negotiate a lower price.
    2. Replacing your roof just prior to selling may seem like a great idea, but you don't always get your ROI in a sale. A roof, and one in good condition, is often a buyer's expectation.
    3. If your roof is nearing the end and you don't want to tackle any repairs or replacements prior to selling, know that the health of the roof will likely be brought up during the home inspection.
    4. Consider having a roof inspection prior to a home inspection scheduled by a buyer. Find a reputable company (we're great at this) and have an expert take a good look at what's covering your home. If necessary, the expert will be able to offer to fix a few small issues at a decent price with a quick turnaround.
    5. Consider the housing market in your area. If your roof could use a little work but a few other homes in your price range have a roof that is five years old or newer, you're likely to get a buyer who wants to negotiate list price because of your roof.
    6. When in doubt, it is generally best practice on the Seller's side to “repair and replace”. If something is left as is and in need of a bit of TLC during showings and inspections, it will most certainly become a point of negotiation for a buyer. However, sometimes the cost to repair and replace isn't worth the hassle. As the Seller, that's your decision to make (likely with suggestions from a Realtor and a Roofing Expert like us).

    Overall, with this list of 6 things to consider as a Seller, you'll have a good idea of what the buyer will see in your roof, helping you to understand their perspective and ultimately make the deal!

    For the Buyer:

    Whether you're relocating to the area, looking to buy your first home, or moving to find more space with a big back yard, the Buyer has a lot to consider when it comes to looking for a new home. The roof is one of the most important aspects of any home. Why? It gives you shelter, protects you from rain and snow, and keeps the heat or cold in during winter or summer. Plus, a roof can become expensive if you aren't sure what to look for during your house hunt.

    Here are the Top 6 Considerations a Buyer should keep in mind when it comes to the roof of a home:

    1. Make sure the roof is in good condition with at least 3-5 years of life left. The newer the better, usually ... an inspection is still highly recommended! Just as though when you buy a new car with too many miles on it, a house with poor roof conditions is hard to get financing and in some cases even homeowners insurance.
    2. If a roof is less than three years old be sure to inform your home inspector. If the inspector has concerns, it is in your best interest to call in a roofing expert (we're here to help) to take a closer look at the pitch, construction, and overall health of the roof.
    3. When considering a home with a shingled roof, make sure the roof only has one layer of shingles. Why? The only pro to a shingle over is that it is cheaper and cleaner. If there were issues with the roof like bad flashing or an issue with the base wood, those things aren't repaired in the shingle over process and issues occurring sooner rather than later are likely.
    4. The roof is often the biggest deal breaker in a home sale. Your inspector is working to protect you and your investment. Work with your inspector and be sure to be present on inspection day. Better yet, bring along a friend, parent, or other relative to be a third set of eyes!
    5. During the inspection, you will look at the roof itself from the outside in. You'll look for water stains on the ceiling or fresh paint on the ceiling, as well as curled or missing shingles or tiles. Your inspector will also check the gutters to assure drainage systems are in good working order and for any dry rot or sagging and crumbling along the roof line. If any of these things are not up to par, you'll want to get more information about the roof or bring in an expert for a second opinion before moving forward with the deal.
    6. Replacing a roof can be expensive. Just because a roof is older doesn't necessarily mean you should negotiate for a lower price. Sometimes smaller fixes aren't worth the hassle of renegotiating a sale. Some repairs may be necessary, but you might want to hire an expert you trust to do the work in your soon to be new home, rather than count on the Seller to find a company and spend the money for the fix.

    Overall, with this list of 6 things to consider as a Buyer, you'll have a good idea of what the Seller is willing to do, helping you to understand their perspective and ultimately make the deal!

    So, whether you're the Seller or the Buyer, know that the roof of a home matters when it comes to a final deal. If you have any questions or are looking for an inspection, contact us today!

    Hire the best roofing contractor in the Spokane area

    Founded in 1999, Kodiak Roofing Company, Inc. is the best roofing contractor in Spokane, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Kodiak Roofing Company has worked hard to deliver satisfaction and excellence to each homeowner as well as give back to the community. Kodiak Roofing Company is a member of the Better Business Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business, Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, and the Spokane Home Builders Association. Kodiak Roofing Company is dedicated to quality, professionalism and dependability; and offers the most competitive prices and the most comprehensive work in roofing, siding and windows. If you're a homeowner or contractor in need of a Spokane roofer, siding or windows, call today for a free estimate.


    DIY vs Professional Roof Repair

    Do it yourself or hire a pro for roof repair? Hire Kodiak Roofing, the roofing pros

    Bob Vila makes everything look so easy, doesn't he? Cable TV building and repair shows are fun to watch, and informative. They do everything DIY, from installing windows to pouring concrete, to hanging drywall, to roof repair.

    Deciding whether to go DIY or hire a professional for roof repairs should come with careful consideration. Your roof is your home's most important defense against the elements. Here are a few points to think about before getting the ladder out of the garage and going to work.

    Cost

    Spokane winters are tough on roofs, but if you're lucky and only lose a couple shingles over the fall and winter, a quick patch-up with a few shingles and some nails could work.

    For a larger project – maybe a whole section of your roof, for example – a contractor is likely your better option. This ties into the next point to consider.

    Experience

    Your day job may not involve swinging a hammer, but maybe you've helped with or done your own construction work a time or two so you may think roof repair will be easy. If you've lost a single shingle, that could be true. However, hiring an experienced roofing contractor in Spokane who will evaluate the entire roof could save you money in the long run as they may find some hidden problems underneath.

    Safety

    According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, every year 500,000 people are treated for ladder-related injuries. Clearly, this is something to consider before getting up on your roof. It can be a dangerous place to work. Unlike roofing contractors, most DIY'ers don't have equipment to stay safe while up on the roof. Roofing contractors have the experience and safety equipment to do the job well and safely.

    Time

    On TV, the building and repair show wraps up the whole project - in perfect weather and with smiles on their faces - during the hour-long show. Your DIY project though, will require time on the roof to closely inspect repair needs, trip(s) to the hardware store, and time on the roof making repairs. Hopefully everything goes smoothly because if not, that's more time.

    Is the weather forecast favorable? Remember, your roof protects your home from the elements. If you can't finish the job before a spring storm sets in, you may expose the interior of your home to damage.

    As they have the right tools, experience and supplies, a good roofing contractor can often finish a project in mere hours that would take a DIYer a day or two; and what would take the average DIY'er a week or more, a contractor can often finish in one or two days. DIY projects can be fun, and it's often cheaper to build, paint or make repairs yourself. Roof repairs certainly can be done DIY, especially minor fixes. Before you start a project on arguably the most important exterior surface of your house, however, consider the list above. While roofing contractors may be moderately more expensive than doing it yourself, the repair cost is much less than the cost of your safety and time, and your peace of mind knowing the job was done right.

    Need roof repairs or replacement in the Spokane area? Contact us for a free roofing estimate!


    How Snow and Ice Impact Your Roof

    Do it yourself or hire a pro for roof repair? Hire Kodiak Roofing, the roofing pros

    Remember the winter of '08?

    We sound like an old-timer from a Western movie when we say that. With another Spokane winter approaching, we hope people take an old-timer's advice.

    The winter of '08 was a bad one in Spokane. With record snowfall, there were collapsed roofs all over town. During one 24-hour period in December, Spokane International Airport had over 19 inches of snowfall, burying (in snow) the previous 24-hour record of 13 inches set way back in 1881. It was Spokane's snowiest day in 127 years!

    And this winter is forecast to be another very snowy one.

    Snow and ice can damage your roof in some expensive ways. Let's look at how winter impacts your roof, and how to prevent costly repairs.

    Freeze/Thaw Cycle

    As snow melts, it can easily get into small cracks in your roof or gutter system. When the temperature drops below zero, the water freezes and the cracks expand. Rinse/repeat… more water can enter the now-larger crack, freeze and the crack will get bigger.

    Snow and Ice Buildup

    An individual snowflake is light. But even just a few inches of snow and ice are very heavy and can cause serious stress on roof flashings and roofs themselves – especially flat roofs. Snow and ice should not be left to accumulate on your roof. And after a particularly snowy winter, you should get your roof inspected by an experienced roofing company to find and fix any minor damage before it becomes costly.

    Roofing Blisters

    When warmer spring temperatures return, roof blisters may occur. The rising temperature can trap evaporating moisture and warm air between the layers of your roof. This happens most frequently on flat or low-sloped roofs.

    Ice Dams

    Ice dams that form on your roof have a good chance of becoming leaks that can damage your attic and interior ceiling and walls when warmer months arrive. During the winter, heavy ice can increase the possibility of a roof collapse. Ice dams are especially common and problematic on flat roofs.

    Damage During Snow Removal

    During the winter, it's a good idea to keep a close eye on your roof. You can try to remove snow and ice yourself. However, many people end up puncturing shingles or the roof's waterproof membrane and causing damage as they scrape extra hard to remove ice buildup.

    Roofing material manufacturers understand the importance of moisture resistance, and they design shingles so water runs off the surface. Water resistance is complete enough to ensure no moisture seeps in and penetrates the lower roof deck. However, no roof is completely waterproof, running water won't get in your shingles but ice dams and snow build up can cause pooling water that penetrates even brand new roofs. Similarly, flashing is constructed of either galvanized steel or aluminum. Flashing is designed to fit around vents and chimneys to prevent water penetration in seams and cracks. Water runs directly off the metal and into the drainage system. Taking care of these issues before they cause damage can be the difference between a small maintenance fee or a costly repair.

    Take some old-timer advice and “remember the winter of '08.” Call Kodiak Roofing to take care of your roof this winter. We are experienced and well-equipped for snow removal during the “non-roofing” months. And we're happy to help protect your roof from Old Man Winter so it will last for many years to come.


    Protecting the Chim-Chimney and Your Roof

    Let Kodiak Roofing keep your chimney and roof in top shape

    "What did I tell ya? There's the whole world at your feet. And who gets to see it? But the birds, the stars and the chimney sweeps."
    – Bert the Chimney Sweep in "Mary Poppins."

    Your chimney may be the only part of your house that takes more abuse than your roof. It's exposed to the elements, extreme heat, mold… and sometimes even animals. Damage to your chimney can directly damage your roof over time, costing you thousands of dollars. We get a fair amount of rain and snow here in the Spokane area, and water is a chimney's worst enemy. Let's look at the problems water can cause, and some ways to protect your chimney and roof.

    Water Penetration

    Water penetration is the biggest cause of damage to chimneys and the surrounding roof, as well as interior ceilings and walls. It can cause interior and exterior damage to your home and chimney including rusted damper assemblies, rotting and water-stained walls and ceiling, rotted wood in the attic, collapsed hearth supports and a collapsed chimney structure.

    Waterproofing Your Chimney

    Waterproofing is easy and will extend the life of your chimney and protect against expensive roof repairs. Here are some simple ways to waterproof that will help prevent damage.

    • Install chimney caps: Also called rain covers, chimney caps are probably the most inexpensive preventive measure to prevent water penetration, mold and damage. A chimney cap should be easily removable to allow inspection and cleaning, and should be constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant material.
    • Replace or repair flashing: Flashing is the waterproof seal between the roof material and the chimney. Flashing prevents rainwater or snow melt from running down the sides of the chimney and damaging ceilings and walls, and causing rot in the attic. Over time, flashing rusts and loses its waterproof integrity.
    • Waterproof the chimney: Several products have been developed specifically for waterproofing masonry chimneys. These formulas are 100% vapor permeable, which means they allow the chimney to release evaporating water from inside the brick or masonry. This permeability is very important, because otherwise water vapors and moisture are trapped inside the chimney causing further deterioration.

    Winter rain and snow are coming. We'll be happy to make a thorough inspection of your roof and flashing for rust or leaks. And we can make any necessary repairs or replacement to damaged shingles or flashing material. Contact Kodiak Roofing today to schedule your estimate!


    Get Your Roof Spokane Weather-ready with an Inspection and Certification

    Let Kodiak Roofing prepare your roof for the Spokane Winter

    As a homeowner it's important to maintain the condition of your roof. It is, afterall, your home's main defense against the elements. Preventative maintenance is usually a small expense that helps prevent larger problems in the future.

    30% of real estate inspection claims are due to roof leaks and water penetration, and roof problems are responsible for 39% of homeowners' insurance claims, according to the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association.

    Because of the roof's location, however, it isn't easily accessible for a close look. Are minor, but important repairs needed? Is there hidden damage you can't see from the ground? How long will your current roof last before replacement is needed?

    These important questions can all be answered with a roof inspection.

    To Inspect or Not to Inspect... That Is the Question

    The answer to this question is straightforward. If your roof is definitely in need of a full replacement, whether because of major damage or your current roof has reached the end of its lifecycle, you can skip the inspection. Opt instead for an estimate for the cost of a new roof.

    Sometimes, however, you may want an inspection performed for your own peace of mind before an upcoming Spokane winter, or perhaps before you buy or sell a home.

    What to Expect When They Inspect

    The roof inspection is like the routine health checkup you get at your doctor's office. It will provide you with an overall picture of your roof's health. The results of the inspection will include an estimate of the remaining time your roof will last before it needs replacement.

    The inspector will make a close inspection of the condition of the weather-facing side of your roof. Many inspectors will also check the underside in the attic, upon request. You'll be made aware of any minor damage that may need localized repairs, as well as any conditions to keep an eye on such as potential leaks, overhanging tree limb hazards or worn shingles.


    Be Certain to Certify

    When the inspection and any related repairs are complete, the inspector should give you a roof certification. A roof certification is essentially a roofing contractor's post-inspection statement of opinion that your roof doesn't currently need additional repairs, and that it will last an estimated number years.

    A certification is also useful when selling or buying a home. As a home seller, a recent certification indicates that an important part of the home is properly maintained. As a home buyer, your real estate agent can request an inspection and write into the contract any necessary repairs, or even a new roof if necessary. Kodiak Roofing can make any necessary repairs, and conduct an inspection. Of course, the homeowner can arrange repairs themselves, and either we or another company can inspect the roof. The certification is good for your peace of mind as a homebuyer that your dream home won't create a costly roof repair nightmare.

    Here at Kodiak Roofing, our inspectors, Jack and Jade, have over 70 years of combined roofing experience. They really know what they're doing, so you'll feel confident your roof is always ready for Spokane weather. Call us today and we'll be happy to perform a roof inspection and certification for your home!


    Winter Is Coming: Ready Your Roof with a Professional Inspection

    Let Kodiak Roofing prepare your roof and gutters for winter

    Last November saw some rough weather in the Spokane area. Hurricane force winds uprooted trees and knocked out power, and homes and businesses were battered by the elements for days on end.

    The storms' visible impacts are gone – downed trees have been removed and the power has long since been restored. The wind and rain, however, may have had a less noticeable, but potentially very costly, effect on your roof.

    Good weather is still in the near forecast, but fall and winter loom ahead. There are several big benefits to performing a visual inspection of your roof, and scheduling a professional inspection if you suspect there may be damage. Inspections and minor repairs now will help keep an expensive roof replacement from happening sooner rather than later.

    You don't need construction experience to perform a thorough roof exam. Create a simple checklist using these tips.

    Outside Looking... Up

    Start with a visual inspection of your roof from the outside. If you're afraid of heights, don't worry, we've got you covered. You don't need to climb a ladder. Perform an Earthbound inspection with a pair of binoculars.

    Thoroughly inspect of the entire roof. We suggest mentally dividing the roof into sections… perhaps start with the lower right corner and scan right-to-left, working your way up the roof in rows. Immediately note on a simple sketch of the roof any potential damage you see. Without this drawing it's easy to forget where you saw trouble spots.

    Look for:

    • Missing, buckled, curled, badly warped or cracked shingles
    • Patchy roof discoloration
    • Cracked caulk or rust spots
    • Cracked or badly weathered rubber seals around vent pipes
    • Piles of grit or sand from asphalt tiles

    Call a Pro

    During your inspection you may find obvious damage. Some signs of damage, however, are less obvious or even hidden, unless you really know where, and how, to look. For this reason, many people prefer to call a roofing professional, like our certified inspectors here at Kodiak Roofing, to perform a thorough inspection. Instead of inspecting your roof yourself, let our roofing professionals climb the ladder and inspect the roof and attic while you remain safely on the ground. We don't mind. It's what we do! When the inspection is complete, we'll detail all the options available for any necessary repairs. We'll also advise you on ideas you may not have considered, such as ways to increase your home's energy efficiency. Even if last fall and winter were the proverbial "hundred year storm" and we see milder seasons for years to come, schedule regular roof inspections. Keeping an eye on your roof and fixing minor problems before they become big repairs can extend the life of your roof.

    Contact Kodiak Roofing today to schedule a roof inspection appointment!


    A Solid Roof Protects Your House and Your Home Insurance

    A Solid Roof Protects Your House and Your Home Insurance

    People don't often put much thought into it, but the roof is the most important part of a house.

    Insurance companies agree. They know the roof is the first part of your house that fire, as well as wind, rain, snow, hail and other weather-related forces act on. And in the Spokane area we get the full range of harsh conditions.

    Many homes were affected by last November's storms with hurricane-force winds. If there's roof damage, the rest of the house is exposed. And that potentially leads to more insurance claims.

    Some homeowners figure their roof is "just fine as it is." After all, it looks solid and it's not leaking so it must be ok, right? Well, yes and no. To the home owner, a roof that doesn't leak is doing its job… keeping out the elements. To the insurance company though, it's more complicated.

    Actual Cash Value

    According to Insurance.com some insurance companies won't write new home insurance policies on roofs over 20 years old. And if an older roof is damaged, insurance will only pay "actual cash value", or ACV, for a replacement. This means the insurance will only cover what the old, weather-beaten roof is worth. And often that ACV is low, leaving the homeowner to pay a significant out-of-pocket expense of tens of thousands of dollars.

    Roof Inspections

    Roof leaks may be covered by your policy, but insurance companies feel homeowners should do what they can to prevent leaks and minor damage. It's up to you as the homeowner to maintain your property. If a leaky roof isn't fixed in a timely manner, an insurer might not cover damage.

    Some insurers refuse to renew existing homeowner insurance policies on houses with roofs older than 20 years without passing an inspection. Policy holders whose roofs fail inspection will not be renewed without a full roof replacement.

    Don't risk losing your home insurance policy, or paying out-of-pocket because of a damaged roof. You may still be able to file an insurance claim that covers roof repair or replacement. If you have questions about your roof, need an inspection, minor repairs or a full roof replacement, Kodiak Roofing Company is at your service. Winter weather will be upon us soon. Contact us today!


    There's More to Energy-efficient Windows Than Meets the Eye

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    What is your roof's number one enemy? WATER!

    While insulation is important to your home, the temperatures vary so much in the Spokane and North Idaho area, you need good windows, too. Necessary to let light into your home, windows are also essentially thermal holes. Your home could lose up to 30% of its heat or air-conditioning through the windows. That's a lot of wasted energy!

    Windows lose and gain heat through conduction, convection, radiant transfer and air leaks. Let's look more in detail into these four ways windows impact your energy usage, and what you can do to improve each with high energy-efficiency windows.

    Conduction

    Conduction is the transfer of heat through solid materials. A good illustration is how heat is conducted from a stove to food through the metal of a pan. Heat flows through windows in a similar way.

    High energy-efficiency windows use multiple-glazed window panes with a low-conductive gas such as argon or krypton filled into the space between panes. This gas has a higher heat flow resistance than air, which reduces temperature transfer between the air inside your home and the outside.

    Convection

    Heat also moves through windows via convection. In a cold climate, warm indoor air makes contact with the interior surface of your windows. The air cools and becomes more dense, dropping toward the floor. As the air drops, warmer air replaces it near the window in what's known as a "convective loop", or as you feel it… a cold draft.

    High energy-efficiency windows raise inside window temperature. This in-turn reduces the convective loop and you don't feel the need to turn up the thermostat as often.

    Radiant Transfer

    Radiant transfer is a fancy term for the movement of heat energy from a warmer surface to a cooler one. An example is the warmth on your skin when you stand near a stove. Conversely, your face feels cool when it radiates its heat to a cold sheet of window glass.

    Clear glass absorbs heat from inside your home and reradiates it outdoors. Radiant-heat loss through windows can be greatly reduced by placing low-emissivity (low-E) coatings on glass that reflect specific wavelengths of energy. In the same way, low-E coatings keep the summer heat out.

    A low-E coating is a microscopically thin metal or metallic oxide layer on one or more of the panes of glass. The low-E coating have been designed to allow for high solar gain, moderate solar gain, or low solar gain meaning they allow different amounts of sunlight to enter… good for allowing warmth into the house in winter, or keeping heat out in summer.

    Windows with low-E coatings typically cost more than regular windows, but they can reduce energy loss by as much as 30% to 50%.

    Air Leaks

    Air leaks siphon about half of the average home's temperature-control energy to the outdoors. Air leaking through windows is responsible for much of this loss. High energy efficiency windows have durable weatherstripping that effectively blocks air leaks. How well the individual pieces of the window unit are joined together also affects air leaks. Glass-to-frame, frame-to-frame and sash-to-frame connections must be tight. Energy-efficient windows save on home energy costs every month. The payback period for energy-efficient windows ranges from about two years to ten years. Let's fix those thermal holes in your home. Kodiak Roofing is your locally-owned roofing contractor, and we also install high-efficiency windows! Let's talk windows! Contact us at Kodiak Roofing today!

    For more information about energy-efficient windows, contact us at Kodiak Roofing today!


    First Comes a Roof, Then Come the Gutters

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    What is your roof's number one enemy? WATER!

    A roof that is well installed with the proper material will keep your home dry. But a roof without gutters does little to stop rainwater from attacking your home from the ground up.

    Protecting those gutters is important. This time of year we all need to be proactive when it comes to our gutters.

    Keeping the troughs clear and making sure there's little to no debris near the downspout sections will help to protect your home and your roof.

    Cleaning gutters should be a two-person job. One person should be up on a ladder or standing on the roof, while the other person is around to help in case of an emergency. Whenever you are doing work on or around your roof, safety must be top of mind.

    Cleaning Gutters:

    1. You'll need a strong pair of work gloves (if you go the old fashioned route!)
    2. There are other tools available as well (Gutter Getter Scoop)
    3. Make your way to the roofline
    4. Scoop out the goop (e.g., leaves, pine needles, dirt)
    5. Be mindful of insects!
    6. Dispose of gutter goop in lawn care bins, disposable bags, or wooded areas
    7. Rinse the troughs (this will clear any remaining debris and give the gutters a "new" appearance)
    8. Assess the troughs and downspouts to make sure they are attached and working properly

    Clear gutters = peace of mind when the rains arrive!

    Do you really need gutters? There are hundreds of homeowners who choose to forgo gutters.

    The cost of gutters can be scary, but the overall return on investment is what you should focus on.

    Here are 3 reasons why the best homes have a roof with a gutter system:

    • Gutters control the flow of rainwater from your roof to the ground which prevents rain damage to your home's exterior and foundation. Gutters manage runoff properly and guide it through downspouts to appropriate areas.
    • Gutters prevent erosion and protect your landscaping from being washed away.
    • Gutters work to help keep insects from your basement or crawlspaces; if your home's foundation is wet, it can be a breeding ground for mold, mildew and insects.

    For more information about roofing work and gutter options, contact us at Kodiak Roofing today!


    May the Roof Be with You

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    So you're thinking about investing in a new roof. Here at Kodiak Roofing, we want to help you make an informed decision. There are a number of roofing materials out there, and each has pros and cons.

    Whether you're purchasing a new roof for your home or commercial building, or selecting roofing material for new construction, the best roof is the one meant for your roof-type and is cost effective and durable.

    Here at Kodiak Roofing, we install composition architectural style shingles, metal roofs, and coatings like TPO, PVC and EPDM.

    So what do you need to know about roofing? We've combined our knowledge with some of the best information on the internet ... we did the searching, so you don't have to!

    Here's a residential roofing breakdown:

    Composition Shingles

    Composition shingles are a somewhat newer product in recent years, and are made from a variety of materials. The combination of these materials makes for a stronger, more durable shingle.

    Metal

    Metal is best for homes with flat or steep rooflines, and can be relatively inexpensive. Low-end galvanized metal roofs can last up to 50 years.

    EPDM

    EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene M-class. It's a synthetic elastomeric rubber with high resistance to weathering and abrasion, and flexibility in low temperatures as well as high temperatures. It's also UV resistant, hail resistant and heat resistant in addition to being fireproof and wind-uplift resistant; this is great for the changes we experience in the northwest weather. This is most often used for flat or low-slope roofs.

    TPO

    TPO Roofing Systems are Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply roofing membranes that are among the fastest growing commercial roofing products. As demand increases for heat-reflective and energy efficient roofing systems, TPO single-ply roofing membranes continue to provide exceptional resistance to ultraviolet, ozone and chemical exposure. A single-ply, TPO membrane roofing system is the recommended replacement for hot tar, hot mop, built up and torch down commercial roofs.

    PVC Membrane Roofing Systems

    PVC's installation process is similar to TPO, and PVC roofing holds up better to chemical abuse than does TPO on low slope roofs.

    Did you know: Homeowners in hot climates often replace roofing more often than homeowners in cooler regions.

    The best roof for your home is the one meant for your home's roof pitch, climate and weather patterns ... and of course, is installed by experts.

    At Kodiak Roofing, we know roofs and we're here to answer your questions about shingle type, durability, life-span, cost and what's best with our climate in Washington and Northern Idaho. Contact us today!


    Your Roof's Pitch is a Game Changer

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    Let's talk about pitch ... not the kind that end in grand slams, bunts and strikes. We mean the pitch of your roof!

    What Is Roof Pitch?

    The pitch, or angle, is calculated by the number of inches the roof rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally1.

    The majority of single-family homes throughout the country have a mid-grade angled roof, with a pitch range between 4/12 and 9/12. This enables them to have a low profile while still allowing for rain or snow run-off.

    Low-slope or flat roofs are generally used for commercial buildings. Pitches lower than 4/12 are defined as low-slope roofs.

    Then there are high-grade or steep-slope roofs, like those we see on turrets, which have a pitch above 9/12 and are often used for decorative facets to a home's exterior.

    Why Does Pitch Matter?

    Roof pitch influences the roofing materials needed, how to design and build an addition to your home, the best way to install skylights, and more. Different pitches require different materials and unique installation techniques.

    What Should Your Contractor Tell You?

    Know that many roofing manufacturers void warranties if their product is installed improperly or used for the wrong roof style. You could have to foot the bill for expensive leak repairs or a new roof replacement. No one wants that!

    When talking with your roofing contractor, make sure you aren't being pushed into a new roof that is not intended for your roof type. Instead, be informed and ask your contractor these four questions:

    • What type of roof do I have?
    • What are the best products on the market for my roof?
    • What products do you recommend?
    • Are warranties included?

    A roof protects not only your house but also your family and personal items. A home's longevity is dependent on how well your roof does its job.

    From flat to steep-slope roofing, knowing the pitch will help your home stay in the game!

    For more information about this or other questions give us a call (509) 487-9910. Our estimates are always free and our staff have the experience and knowledge to help! Visit Kodiak Rooking Company for more information.

    Additional resources: ThisOldHouse.com, eHow.com, or AngiesList.com.


    A House Is Not a Home without a Roof

    Choosing a Roofing Contractor: 5 Things You Need to Know

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    If you're looking for a new roof, roof patch, upgrade or addition, your roofing contractor could make or break your overall investment. There are hundreds of ill-equipped roofing companies and scammers ready to pounce on unsuspecting home owners.

    So, what should you be on the lookout for? What should you expect from a roofing contractor?

    Here are a few of our top tips:

    Local

    Select a roofing contractor with a local reputation. You want to hire a contractor who is present in the community and available to answer questions, provide advice, and offer assistance when issues arise.

    Insured

    Ask to see certifications, proof of liability and worker's compensation insurance. Hiring a contractor without insurance is like playing a football game without a helmet. No insurance, no protection.

    Proposal in Writing

    Always request an in-person quote. The roofing contractor should take the time to assess the perimeter of your home and walk the surface of the roof. Then, the contractor should provide a written proposal including the scope of work to be completed and the estimated cost of service. Too often quotes are given without paper documentation.

    Experience

    Be wary of a "storm chaser" who could take advantage of you and possible weather damage to your roof. Since the average new business lasts only four years, you'll want to make sure your roofing contractor has more than four years of experience. This can save you from a lot of headaches.

    Warranties

    Some roofing materials are covered by a manufacturer's warranty. Who doesn't want that extra protection? Be sure to ask your contractor if, and how, available warranties might apply to your roofing job.

    If you find a local, insured and communicative roofing contractor, you'll be happy with your investment now, and for years to come.

    At Kodiak Roofing, we want to be your roofing contractor in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area. As a licensed, bonded and insured family-owned roofing company since 1999, we're here for you for the long haul.

    For additional reading visit Angie's List, The Old Farmer's Almanac, or The BBB.