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