RoofReplacement

ROOF REPLACEMENT

No one understands the importance of your properties more than Advocate Construction. Your home is where your heart is; your commercial property is where your professional aspirations become a reality.

Making improvements to your home or office space is a big deal, and a roof replacement is a job that must be done right the first time. That’s why the most important aspect of a roof replacement is the people you put to the task.

Roof Replacement Process

Because our team at Advocate Construction wants to make your roof replacement process as seamless as possible, we assign you a project manager to be your partner throughout the entire process.

Your project manager is your advocate. This professional will serve as a liaison between you and the specialists that will install your roof. He or she will take the time to listen to your concerns, understand your needs, and answer any questions you have about your roof replacement.

Our goal is to build a trusting, lasting relationship with you, because your happiness is paramount.

100% Warranty

No one should make home or commercial improvements without being 100% certain that all materials and labor are protected under warranty. We guarantee the work of your roof (as well as any siding or gutter replacements) by our specialists and provide a warranty for your peace of mind.

Warranty vs. Life Expectancy

While it’s important to know you have a warranty while working with Advocate Construction, it is also important to understand the difference between a warranty and the life expectancy of your roof replacement project.

A warranty covers possible manufacturing defects in the products used on your roof replacement over a set period of time. A life expectancy is the length of time you can typically expect the product to last if it is properly maintained.

Every warranty has its own specific terms and conditions, but we guarantee upfront that our materials and labor are completely covered.

Options That Will Fit Your Budget

Replacing your roofing, siding, and gutters is a great investment for your home or commercial building. A new roof can not only keep your property safe from the elements, but also increase its value.

At Advocate Construction we know it can be stressful to plan for these improvements. We also know that some projects require a quick solution, leaving no time for planning at all. This is why we offer flexible payment options to minimize the upfront costs of your project.

One reason you would need to promptly start the roof replacement process is a leak. Leaky roofs can wreak havoc on your home or commercial property. Both environment forces and preexisting issues (such as insufficient ventilation) can cause roof leaks.

Reasons for Roof Leaks:

  • Improper installation of materials
  • Damage from ice, wind, or hail
  • Improper roof maintenance
  • Failed flashing and other material failure surrounding roof penetrations

When it comes to roof leaks, you may think structural issues (such as ceiling and attic damage) are your only concerns, but this is not the case. There are also significant safety and health risks associated with leaks.

The electrical issues caused by roof leaks can become fire hazards. Additionally, black mold may grow from the moisture. Roof leaks can also lead to higher utility bills and wasted energy.

It is important to fix your roof at the first sign of leakage in order to avoid paying for excess repairs. Acting quickly can also protect occupants from exposure to dangerous bacteria.

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Signs You Have a Roof Leak

Puddles - The most obvious sign of a roof leak is puddles inside the property. If you see puddles, you have roof damage.

Discolored Ceilings - Rainstorms are significant contributors to roof leaks, especially storms that span multiple days. If you’re wondering how to determine if a leak has sprung, check your ceilings for dripping or discoloration. Remember, if bad weather persists, the leak will grow. Time is of the essence. If you see discoloration in various places throughout your home, you likely have multiple leak spots.

Paint-Peeled Walls - The moisture created by a roof leak can seep down and cause painted walls to start peeling. It is important to note, however, that there are multiple reasons why paint may peel from a wall. We recommend getting an inspection to identify the cause.

External Roof Damage - If you see damage on the outside of your home, it has likely made its way inside.

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One of the most unnerving parts of the roof replacement process involves understanding the associated costs. At Advocate Construction we work with both you and your insurance company to determine which services are covered and which are not.

The good news is that most homeowners’ insurance policies cover roof replacement caused by damage. Many commercial policies also cover roof replacement caused by damage from the elements. We can take a look at your policy and determine an appropriate course of action.

Understanding Your Roof Replacement

First and foremost, it is important to select your contractor and determine whether your insurance covers full or partial costs of your roof replacement. Next, it’s time to consider exactly what is involved in a roof replacement project.

Choosing your Roofing Material

The main material involved in your residential roof replacement is shingles. We work with three different types of shingles:

  • Asphalt shingles, which are affordable and resilient
  • Wood shingles, which can last for decades and add aesthetics you can’t achieve with other options
  • Slate roofing shingles, which offer superior water/freezing resistance

We use asphalt shingles on most roof repairs and installations. Currently, asphalt shingles are the most popular types of residential roofing material because they are durable, recyclable, relatively inexpensive, and easy to maintain or replace.

Flashing

More goes into your roof replacement than just shingles. Flashing is a thin material that protects you from leaks by acting as a water barrier around roof features, such as vents, chimneys, and skylights. Flashing also prevents water from seeping under shingles.

Underlayment

A roofing underlayment is a water-resistant or waterproof material that is applied underneath all other roofing materials; it serves as an added layer of protection against inclement weather. Since the underlayment is the first line of defense against leaks, it is essential for any roofing project.

Here is a list of other materials and features that may be included in your roof replacement:

  • Drip edge - These metal strips are installed at the edges of the roof to help prevent water from getting underneath its shingles.
  • Ice and water shield - This is a rubberized membrane that seals up around penetrations, closing the places most vulnerable to ice damming.
  • Valleys - These angles formed on the roof are designed for water runoff. They are critical components and need to be protected.
  • Ridge vent - Ventilation is necessary for allowing moisture to escape and preventing damage—not only to your roof, but to your entire house. Ridge vents are popular options for this protection.
  • Chimney cricket - If your property has a chimney, your contractor may recommend installing a cricket: a peaked structure at the back of the chimney designed to help prevent ice and snow buildup. A cricket also deflects water around the chimney.
  • Pipes and fans - Vents are used to allow air to escape from the attic, bathroom, or other rooms toward the top of your property. A contractor may be able to keep the same vents that are already on your roof, or they may need to replace them with new pipes or a different ventilation option.
  • Gutters - If you’re going through a roof replacement, it’s a good idea to inspect your gutters as well.
  • Soffit and fascia - During your roof replacement, you may also need to replace the soffit and fascia. Soffit is the exposed siding that covers the underside of your roof’s overhang. Fascia connects the roof to the soffit in the place where gutters are attached.
  • Plywood and sheathing - This wood creates the solid structure of your rooftop, beneath the underlayment. If contractors discover any damage to the plywood and sheathing, this will be addressed during your roof replacement.

Here are some potential signs that it’s time for a roof replacement:

  • Curled up shingles
  • Cracked shingles
  • Bald spots or missing granules on shingles
  • A roof that is 20+ years old
  • Old and worn shingles
  • Dark streaks from airborne algae
  • Moss growth
  • Wind damage
  • Exposed nails
  • Leakage
  • Flashing issues

The above issues can indicate or lead to the need for a roof replacement. If you suspect you have a leak, or see signs of old and worn out areas of your roof, it’s time to bring in the experts. Advocate offers free consultations to diagnose these issues and recommend next steps.

How to Prepare for Your Roof Replacement

Our professional roofers will help you through the entire roof replacement process, but there are still steps you can take to prepare your residence or building.

Here are some things to consider:

Children and animals - Home project: It’s a good idea to set boundaries for children so they understand where they can safely go and what will be considered a “work zone.” If you have skittish pets or young children who still rely on nap times, you may consider having them visit friends or family during working hours. Commercial property: Notifying the businesses in your complex of a roof replacement is an important step, especially if the businesses are related to children or animals, such as daycares and pet stores. This will give them time to make any necessary accommodations.

Removing wall decorations - This is a simple task that can easily go undone. There will be vibrations from the hammers and machinery used throughout your roof replacement, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. While it is common to complete a project without an issue, we still recommend taking this simple step to avoid damage. Some clients choose to remove hanging light fixtures as an extra precaution.

Protect belongings in attic - Whether you have holiday decorations, precious family heirlooms or work file cabinets stored in your attic, we recommend covering these items with an old sheet or drop cloths to protect them from falling debris or dust during installation.

Prepare your outdoor areas - For both home and commercial projects, we recommend pruning trees and cutting grass before the roof replacement begins. This will make it easier to spot debris that may have fallen, allowing your professional roofing team to quickly clean it up. Any low-hanging tree branches near your roof should be trimmed for safety purposes.

Advocate Construction is a team of experienced professionals. We not only have the knowledge and capability to replace your roof, but also the expertise to guide you throughout the entire project. When it comes to roof replacement, time is of the essence. Our flexible financing options and 100% satisfaction guarantee allow you to rest easy, knowing your property is in good hands.

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