For Four Big Factors That Determine A Roof’s Lifespan
Most think that the roof of your home will last as long as the house – you buy a home and the roof sits on top and it caps off the biggest investment you will ever make. In reality, your roof takes the brunt of all the damage that can happen to a home. Wind, rain, sleet, ice, snow, blazing sun, tree branches and leaf debris can all cause damage to your home’s roof and lessen the lifespan of the first barrier to your house. There are many factors that can affect your roof’s lifespan, and no matter how hard you try to avoid it, even the most durable and well-maintained roof will have to be replaced at some point. Here are some considerations to help you better understand the various factors that can impact the lifespan of your roof. Knowing what makes up a solid and dependable roof sets Fusion Roofing and Restoration apart from other Cincinnati area roofers. Experts in the industry, we know what it takes to keep your home in tip top shape!
- Roofing materials. Asphalt shingles provide an excellent combination of style, affordability, durability and energy efficiency, which is why they are the most popular choice among Cincinnati homeowners. If longevity is more important to you, metal or tile roofs are a better option. Recently, metal roofs have become a trendy and solid option for replacing your home’s roof.
- Installation methods. Installation mistakes are the leading cause of early roof failures. This is why choosing a proven, experienced roofing company like Fusion Roofing and Restoration is so important. No matter how good the quality of materials you use on your roof, if the roofing team you hire doesn’t know what they’re doing, you could end up with a failing roof that has to be replaced long before its time, regardless of the guarantee or warranty.
- Weather conditions. This is one factor that you simply can’t control. Well-installed roofing systems can take a beating from Mother Nature and still maintain their integrity, but over time the repeated barrage of wind, rain, hail and sun will wear down your roof. We all know Cincinnati is notorious for wild swings in the climate – one day it is 90 degrees and sunny and the next the night get into the 40’s and rain pounds for days. Having the best materials installed by the best professionals at Fusion is your #1 defense to all that nature can throw at your home.
- Ventilation. If the temperature in the attic is not well-regulated, your shingles could end up baking from the inside out in the sweltering summer sun. This effect is caused by inadequate ventilation and can lead to out-of-control utility bills. An under ventilated attic can also encourage moisture damage and mold growth. A free inspection from Fusion can determine if the attic or crawl space is properly ventilated. If it isn’t, Fusion’s roofing experts will walk you through how properly ventilating the space will cut utility bills, eliminate mold, and make your home a safe and secure space for your family to enjoy.
At Fusion Roofing and Restoration, our skilled installers have the experience necessary to ensure that your roof (and home!) will have a long, happy life. Get the most from your investment. Give us a call or fill out the form below for your FREE consultation and roofing estimate today!
Don’t Do It Yourself! Why DIY is not the best option for roof repairs.
If you enjoy working with your hands and doing weekend DIY projects, it can be tempting to try to save money by doing roof repairs on your own. But even if you consider yourself an accomplished DIY-er, roof repair takes skill and knowledge that only comes with years of experience. That is why repairing your roof is one project that should be left to professional roofing contractors like like Fusion Roofing and Restoration!
While we always encourage homeowners to be educated and involved in the replacement and repair of their home’s roofing and gutters, we always want homeowners to remain safe, avoiding additional repairs needed after the initial repairs we completed. Here are a few points to remember when mulling over a DIY roof repair of your own:
Roofing isn’t as straightforward as some other lines of work. The materials, tools, and installation techniques required in any given situation vary depending on what the problem is and where on the roof it is located. If you are trying to do a repair yourself and don’t get it exactly right, you’ll end up with leaks in the future that will cost you more to fix than if you had just hired a professional in the first place. Also, an experienced roofer will be able to identify weak spots and signs of leaks and other damage on your roof that your untrained eye can miss. Knowing what to look for up front will save you hundreds to thousands in the long run – and nobody likes spending more money than they need to on large projects!
When it comes down to it, roofing is just plain dangerous. roofs have slopes and turns that unless you’ve done it a thousand times like the trained specialists at Fusion have, it can be a exhausting and scary project. What is meant to be a quick roof patch can quickly turn into a serious or even fatal injury when an inexperienced homeowner falls off of a ladder or the roof itself. An experienced roofing company knows all the precautions to take and has the safety equipment necessary to keep their roofers safe – and even then, accidents can still happen. Other dangers of working on roofs include stings from wasps or hornets, whose nests can be hidden in chimneys, nearby trees, and various points on your roof. The weather can affect safety too, with moisture from dew or storms making the roof slick and gusts of wind that can cause you to lose your balance.
If you’re not yet convinced that a roof repair should be left to the professionals, consider that by doing it on your own, you could be voiding the warranty on your roof. Manufacturers of roofing material know that if their product isn’t installed correctly, problems can happen down the road that have nothing to do with the quality of their materials. This is why many manufacturers require their products to be installed and repaired by a professional roofing company. Fusion Roofing and Restoration is Cincinnati’s best local roofing company, proudly serving the tristate with expert roofing installations, repairs, estimates and more. We love our customers and want to see them safe – give Fusion a call today to schedule a free inspection and let us do the dirty work!
Is Your Roof Winter Ready? How To Tell And How To Winterize Your Roof This Year!
Preventing Potential Problems By Inspections With Integrity
After the whirlwind summer we had in the Cincinnati area, many tri-state homes took quite a beating. This spring gave us high velocity winds that ripped shingles from roofs all over town. Hail the size of golf balls pummeled siding and gutters, and left craters in some homeowners roofing. Couple that with blistering heat that weakens the strength of your roofing materials, and you have the perfect combination for roof repairs and replacements before winter.
Even though you may not have a noticeable leak or visible missing shingles, your roof may not be ready for autumn and the frigid cold winter. Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Eastern Indiana is known for wide swings in weather as the seasons change. One day you’re in shorts and the next in a parka – this temperature change will exacerbate any existing problems with your roof.
Cracks in asphalt roofing, nail pops, and missing shingles will all give themselves away and you’ll be left with materials that are not meant to be exposed to the elements. Leaving this vulnerable will create more damage and potentially make larger issues if left untreated. But how do you know you have issues before it’s too late?
During our roof inspection, our trained roofing specialists will identify small issues that can lead to much costlier problems. Eliminate these costly repairs with preventative inspections from Fusion. We provide a full report on any issues, the potential long term damage they may cause, and a price quote to mend any needed weaknesses.
Winter is right around the corner – don’t get caught out in the cold! Call Fusion at 513-715-1306 to schedule your inspection and get ready for the impending winter months. You can also fill out our contact form and Jessy will be in touch with you soon.
Emergency Roof Repair
Older roof losing shingles or materials? Recent storm damage do a number to your roof? Don’t let another day go by letting your roof take hail, wind, or rain damage. Call Fusion today for a free estimate on repairing the roof of your home! See below for photos of some of our recent projects.