ROOF REPAIR & MAINTENANCE IN PORTLAND
Residential roofs undergo a lot of wear and tear in the Pacific Northwest. While it’s a beautiful place to live, the consistent moisture and rainfall in Portland can pose a serious problem if your home’s roof is in need of repair or replacement. Water damage is no joke and can transform from a minor problem to a major expenditure amounting to thousands of dollars in damages if not taken care of quickly.
From dry rot repair to re-roofing, Pacific West Roofing has the experience to get your home back on track and protected from the rain and moisture that winter brings. When your home is in need of a new roof, it can become a dire situation in no time. So when a heavy storm comes rolling through, or a tree falls onto your roof, get in touch with the pros at Pacific West Roofing. Here is a quick list of residential services we offer:
The best defense to expensive roof repairs is good maintenance. Our technicians will ensure that your roof is prepared for extreme weather and guarded against moss and other pests that weaken roofs over time:
- Removal and treatment of moss
- Cleaning debris from roof, gutters, chimneys
- Sealing roof against future leaks
- Replacing/caulking flashings
From re-roofing to skylight replacement, we have the tools to tackle just about any repairs you may need. In addition, we can repair most roof types, including tile, shingle, and shake roofs:
- Reroof all composition, treated shake roofs & PVC single-ply membrane for flat roofs
- Tear off all roof types
- Chimney reflashing and counter flashing
- Repairing loose shingles and shingle nail pops
- Skylights: Replacement and re-flashing
- Dry rot: replacement and repair
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7 COMMON ROOFING QUESTIONS, ANSWERED
IS IT TIME TO REPLACE MY ROOF?
Water damage in your attic, pools of water, or brown and discolored portions of your drywall can all indicate there is an issue with your roof. These often indicate that your roof has a leak. In addition, if you have significant areas of cracked or missing shingles, you should consider either replacing them or replacing the roof right away. Shingles are the only thing to keep water out, so any damage to them is not something to ignore.
DOES A LEAKY ROOF MEAN IT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED?
Not necessarily, it could be an isolated incident of a branch puncture, a pipe flashing failure, or a clogged valley full of tree debris diverting water. There is a myriad of possibilities for a single roof problem.
WHAT DOES WATER DAMAGE LOOK LIKE ON MY HOME?
Brown and discolored parts of your ceiling or attic could indicate water damage. In addition, if you have mold in your ceiling or attic, this could also indicate that there is moisture coming from your roof or your roof needs to have an inspection for a ventilation upgrade.
IF MY ROOF IS OLD, DO I NEED TO REPLACE IT?
If your existing shingle roof is between 20 and 25 years old, it should probably be replaced, especially if there are leaks or shingles missing. If the roof has several layers of shingles on it and it’s over 20 years old, you will probably need a new roof right away.
CAN I REPAIR OR REPLACE THE ROOF MYSELF?
Most roofing work should not be done by the homeowner, but instead by a roofing professional. These contractors are familiar with what to look for in roofing systems and have been trained on proper roofing repair and replacement techniques. Re-roofing projects need to be completed with quality, accuracy, and efficiency.
HOW MUCH DOES A NEW ROOF COST?
The price of a new roof can vary greatly, depending on the materials you select, how steep and how many stories, labor rates, and depending on if it’s a complete tear-off job with new plywood or if they can just add a new layer of the roof to your existing roof.
HOW LONG WILL MY ROOF SYSTEM LAST?
Usually, a quality roof will last about 22-30 years. Sometimes, they can last longer, depending on the material. If you have roofing questions, Pacific West Roofing is here and happy to help! Contact us today with any concerns you may have.
WINTER ROOF MAINTENANCE TIPS
Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest can do a number on your home’s roof. Here are some simple maintenance tips you do around the exterior of your home to make sure it’s ready for the cold months ahead.
Check your gutters: Start your pre-fall roof inspection by checking on the state of your gutters. You already know that fall means more debris (leaves, branches, etc.) will make its way into your gutters. So, make it easier to keep up with by clearing them prior to the season and maybe including some gutter screen systems of fillers that really work.
The repercussions of debris in your gutters can be multifaceted. Water can get dammed up and drip over the gutter’s edge, causing ground erosion below. Pooling water and wet debris can also damage your roof.
Check windows: Cold weather is coming, and while you want your home to be well insulated in both hot and cold months, you will likely notice the problem more in the winter. If your windows look the least bit compromised, caulking them is a super affordable way to ensure better home insulation.
Inspect your roof: Look for any wear and tear that may exist on your roof. This can include missing or cracked shingles, pipe flashing rubber boots cracked open, skylights and chimney flashings needing a fresh re-sealing at the corners, or uneven roof surface areas. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, consider hiring a professional roofer to conduct a roof inspection. If there are serious problems, it’s much better to deal with them in the fall than in the harsher winter months. Plus, it can save you in utility costs.
Clean the fireplace: If you have a wood-burning fireplace, now’s the time to have it inspected and cleaned before it gets put to heavy use. Excessive soot and other debris built up in the chimney can create a fire hazard.
Fix pavement cracks: Cracks in your driveway or sidewalks can get worse if expanding water (in the form of ice) has its way. Use a filler followed by a coat of sealant to extend the life of your asphalt.
Clean yard equipment: Most stuff, like your lawnmower and leaf blower, will be stored away for months. Make sure they are cleaned first to keep them in good working condition when you need them again.
While you’re not exactly hibernating for the winter, there are certain home tasks that need to get done, since much of your home exterior tasks will go into hibernation until spring.
ROOFING CONTRACTORS IN PORTLAND, OR
Pacific West Roofing is committed to providing quality roofing products and services so that you can have peace of mind that your home can withstand the elements. Contact us today and speak to an experienced roofer about what your home needs to keep your family safe and comfortable.