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Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Roof

As the vibrant hues of fall give way to the crisp chill of winter, homeowners in Oregon are well aware of the challenges that colder months can bring. Among the various preparations, safeguarding your roof against the unforgiving winter elements is crucial to maintaining the integrity of your home. At Pacific West Roofing, we understand the significance of a well-prepared roof and the peace of mind it brings during the rainy and snowy season in the Pacific Northwest.

Portland’s diverse weather, from heavy rain to occasional snow, can take a toll on roofs, especially if they’re not adequately maintained. Therefore, ensuring your roof is winter-ready is a responsibility we take seriously.. A well-maintained roof not only protects your home but also increases its value and longevity, potentially saving you from costly repairs in the future.

Before winter sets in, scheduling a comprehensive inspection with Pacific West Roofing can be a game-changer as minor leaks can turn into costly repairs. Our professional team, equipped with years of expertise and in-depth knowledge of local weather conditions, can spot vulnerabilities that might lead to leaks, ice dams, or structural issues. Timely repairs or maintenance can prevent small issues from escalating, securing your home against the winter’s wrath.

At Pacific West Roofing, we are dedicated to providing top-notch services, offering everything from minor repairs to complete roof replacements. Our team prioritizes quality materials and expert craftsmanship, ensuring that your roof is robust and resilient against Portland’s winter conditions.

By choosing Pacific West Roofing, you’re not just selecting a ‘roofing near me’ option; you’re investing in the safety and durability of your home. We take pride in our commitment to customer satisfaction and our local community. Let us handle your roof repair in Portland, so you can relax knowing that your home is well-protected this winter.

Don’t wait until the last minute—schedule an inspection with Pacific West Roofing today. Prepare your roof for the winter ahead and experience the peace of mind that comes with a secure, weather-ready home. Trust us to keep your shelter strong and reliable, no matter what the Portland winter brings.

Proudly Serving: Portland, Woodburn, Wilsonville, Tualatin, Canby, Oregon City, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Molalla

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The Importance of Hiring a Local Roofing Company

When you need professional roofing contractors for your home or business, it’s worth putting real consideration into which residential or commercial roofers you want to hire. Hiring a roofing contractor to repair, replace, or install a roof is an important decision, and it might have a big impact on the safety, comfort, and health of your property for many years. One thing you may be wondering is whether or not it’s important to choose a local roof business in the Portland Metro Area. The answer is yes, and here, we’ll take a closer look at how going with a local roofing company can benefit you in both the short term and the long term.

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Roof Maintenance Essentials

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Spring has long been associated with being a great time of year to do some cleaning, air out the house, dust off the garden tools, and freshen up the yard. Depending on your ambition and how much you got done in the fall, the list of projects can get quite lengthy. And for good reason: the change of the season is always a good time to do your regular home maintenance, especially when it comes to your roof.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Roof

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How Often Should I Have My Roof Inspected? | Pacific West Roofing

You keep on top of preventative maintenance for your health, your car, and even your kids’ homework—but what about keeping that literal roof over your head in top shape? Sure, Spring cleaning has you sweeping behind the fridge and winter prep might have you checking to see if the water pipes are in good shape, but when’s the last time you had the roof inspected? Roof maintenance is two-fold: One you can do yourself (if only with a pair of binoculars), but this should be complemented with an expert inspection at routine intervals.

When looking at a roof yourself, keep an eye out for uneven surfaces in the decking and cracked caulking. Are any of the shingles curling, buckling or blistering? Are there even some missing shingles? Look at the rubber part of the pipe vents and see if they look worn down or split open. Any damage to chimney caps should be addressed, and if you notice moss or lichen, that can be a sign of decay. Black algae may seem like a cosmetic fix that doesn’t necessarily need immediate attention, but it’s an excellent food source for moss, which can remove granules from the shingle exposing the asphalt to the sun’s rays.

 

When Action is Necessary

For homeowners with colored grit found in places like the gutters, that’s a red flag. It might look like sand, but it means the roof is being exposed to dangerous UV rays. It might be that the roof’s service life is about to expire, and acting quickly may give you a few more years. Any shingles with issues require immediate replacement, and there are some things a handy DIYer can do him or herself, such as nailing back in loose shingles, but for the most part it’s best to leave things to a pro.

In an ideal world, roofs are expertly inspected annually, preferably in the autumn before the wind, rain and snow sets in. Otherwise, it’s recommended to have a new roof inspected after the first five years, then at 10 years, 13, 15, 17, and every year after that. Handymen are truly “handy” for small fixes and can save you a few dollars, but there’s no substitute for a professional, licensed roofer who carries liability insurance and workers compensation on their employees.

WHAT’S THIS GOING TO COST?

Many reputable roofers offer free or low cost inspections, but the actual repairs will certainly have a price. Shingle replacements are usually under $250, common skylight and chimney repairs are under $500, and repairs to flashing are typically under $25 per foot. And if you have moss? That’s best removed in the autumn with a moss killer designed specifically for roofs (don’t use one for lawns, as you’ll suddenly have a green roof).

Dead moss can then be removed in the spring, right in time for your annual spring cleaning activities. You can hire a roofer or do this yourself, but keep in mind that it can take a few hours to sweep and clean a roof, which can be a back-breaking task for a larger home– especially with a steeper roofline.

THE SKY IS LEAKING

By the time a roof is actively leaking, it’s probably been damaged for quite awhile. That’s why it’s paramount to keep up with regular inspections. Telltale signs can include dark spots on the ceiling interior, peeling paint near roof overhangs, damp areas by the fireplace, and water stains on the pipes.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Roof replacement can be extremely expensive, and it’s always better to keep up with maintenance rather than waiting for the worst to happen.

 

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How Are Your Pipe Flashings? | Pacific West Roofing

When it comes to owning a home, a good maintenance plan is always a worthy investment. In fact, you can avoid some expensive water damage issues by having your roof inspected every 3-5 years. Here in the Northwest, your roof will get hit with more than three feet of rain every year. Combine that with a couple annual wind storms and it makes a lot of sense to have your roof checked once in a while. Inspections are a special part of the quality service we’ve offered in Portland since 1980.

A COMMON PROBLEM

When your home was originally constructed, pipes were installed everywhere for plumbing and ventilation, a few of which protrude through your roof. Some of these pipes let air in so that water flows smoothly through your sinks, tubs and toilets. Others facilitate the exhaust of hot moist air generated in your kitchens and bathrooms. At the point where the pipes come through your roof, a metal base plate and rubber seal are also installed, which is called flashing. These fixtures are made to keep the penetration leak free and they come in a variety of sizes to accommodate whatever pipes are used.

However, the service life of the most common pipe flashing products on roofs in the Portland area is about 8-10 years. You can find higher quality flashing products that will last up to 20 years. As time passes, the flashings will wear out. The rubber will crack and deteriorate, letting water flow into your attic and your home.

If this continues on unnoticed, the rain that comes in through your compromised flashings will travel down the pipes, behind the walls, and eventually rot the wood structure in your kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry room. Wherever there is an elbow in the pipe, the water could drip, causing stains and leaks in your ceiling.

We’ve been working on roofs in the Portland metro area for 35 years now, and we’ve seen and used a variety of flashing materials made by different manufacturers. Not all of them fail in that 8-10-years time frame. There are a number of factors that can affect the lifespan of your flashings, such as the slope and directional exposure of your roof. If your roof has a steep slope but your roofer used a low-slope flashing, it may not last as long. Additionally, the flashings that exist on the sides of your roof that face the South or the West will endure more heat and direct sunlight, causing them to break down more quickly.

THE PROPER SOLUTION

With every problem there are good and bad solutions. The quick fix for a leaky pipe flashing is to seal it with caulking, but this is not intended to be a lasting solution. You’d be lucky if it got you through one season. Depending on the cause of the flashings’ demise, as well as the age of your roof, the best solution is usually to install a new flashing. Cutting corners will only cause a frustrating cycle of unnecessary stress and repairs.

Concerned about roof leaks? Give us a call at 503-635-8706 or visit our contact page to send us an email.

 

 

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Got Roof Moss? We Can Help! | Pacific West Roofing

How long has it been since you thought about roof maintenance? If it’s been a long time, do you ever wonder what moss might be doing up there? If you’re a homeowner and none of this registers, it’s time for you to consider an inspection to assess the moss accumulation on your roof.

Every roof must have regular maintenance. The reasons for this are: increased lifespan of your roof shingles, granule retention, leak prevention, and even costlier repairs down the road due to negligence.

How do you lose the moss? Treatment! There are a variety of moss control products including earth friendly solutions. Once the moss has been treated and dies, it can be flushed off of your roof with a gentlepressure washer or broom. The next step is to do your best to prevent moss in the first place. Consider some of these basic preventative measures:

 

  • Keep your roof free from tree branches. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have trees around your home, just keep the branches from growing on or over the roof.
  • Keep your roof clean. Try to keep debris off your roof, particularly in areas that are susceptible to moss growth such as the North side.
  • Consider preventative measures that are administered through a professional roof maintenance company.
  • While it’s not the most comfortable situation in the world, there may be instances where you need to speak to a neighbor about their property. For instance, maybe they have a tree that is growing over your roof. Also, a home that is up wind needs a roof that is well-maintained, otherwise their moss spores may travel to your roof.

If you want to treat your roof for moss, or if you would just like us to consult with you regarding your roof, please contact us online or call us at (503)635-8706.

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8 Symptoms of Bad Gutters | Pacific West Roofing

Pacific Northwest winters don’t usually consist of heavy snow, but instead, heavy rain. This means that the gutters of your home are on active duty for days and months at a time. Many inches of rain and occasional ice storms can be hard on your gutters, especially if they are old or need repair. Gutters protect your home from water damage, which can translate to issues with insulation, temperature regulation, or mold growth. Check your gutters on a regular basis, and if you aren’t sure if you have bad gutters, keep an eye out for some of the signs listed here.

HOW OLD ARE YOUR GUTTERS?

The average lifespan of gutters is between 15 and 20 years. If they haven’t been replaced in that time, then they should be checked by a professional to see if they are working at their peak. Even if they look fine, they might not be. Making sure that you have quality gutters will save you money in the long run.

CRACKS OR RUSTING

If you see noticeable cracks or the beginning of rust on the gutters, it is time to consider replacing them. Rust and cracks lead to leaks, which can lead to damage and costly repairs later down the road.

SAGGING

Do your gutters look uneven or look like they’re sagging? This can be a sign that the system needs to be repaired or replaced professionally. Gutters that sag or slouch mean that they won’t work efficiently and could clog or leak.

POOLED WATER

If you see a lot of standing water near the downspouts, this could lead to a serious problem. When water pools near the bottom of your home’s exterior it can easily work its way down to your foundation. Having water underneath your home can lead to mold, rot, and expensive structural problems. If you see pooled water anywhere within a few feet of your home, call a professional to have your foundation, crawl space, and gutter system checked out. All you may need is an extension to your downspout that leads water further away from your home.

CLOGS AND MORE CLOGS

Northwest rain and wind storms can blow twigs, leaves, and other debris into the gutters. Clogs can be prevented by installing gutter guards, but if you are dealing with clogged gutters all the time, there may be an issue with the actual gutter that is causing the clog. If left to persist, overflowing gutters can lead to the pooling water problems mentioned above.

DETACHED GUTTERS

This is pretty common sense, but if a part of your gutter system is hanging off the side of your home, it’s likely broken and needs repair or replacement. Make sure that your gutters are installed well so they don’t fall off during the next rain, wind, or snow storm.

LEAKS INSIDE THE HOME

If you see any water damage where exterior walls meet your ceiling, you may have a gutter leak instead of a roof leak. Check your gutters in that spot for a crack, clog, detachment, or poorly sealed seam.

EXTERIOR DAMAGE

Have you noticed changes in your home’s siding? Is the paint peeling, chipping or rotting? This could be the result of ineffective gutters. Water could be leaking through or overflowing and splashing up against the house, and without the sealing power of paint, wood siding is quick to rot. Have your gutter system repaired or replaced now to prevent the need for bigger exterior projects.

If it’s time to do something about bad gutters, contact Pacific West Roofing for a free estimate. Call us at 503-635-8706 today.

 

 

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