Communication: The Key to a Better Roof!

When it’s time to replace your roof, it’s important to choose a reliable company. You want a company that has the skills, equipment, and training to put a strong roof over your head. One important aspect of this is good communication skills. You could be unsure of the final cost, or the timeline for completion of the project. A good relationship with your roofing contractor will improve all aspects of the job, resulting in the roof you want for a fair price and finished in a timely fashion.  These important traits should inform all of your interactions with your contractor:  Regular discussions  These could come in the form of regular meetings or informal phone calls. These discussions keep you in the loop and let you know if any problems or complications have occurred. It also allows you to express any concerns about the progress of the job.  Good records  You should write down any important discussions you have with the crew or the supervisor, especially concerning the budget. Also, jot down any questions that occur to you, to ask the next time you speak with the contractor,  Mode of Communication  Let the contractor know which types of communication you prefer; email, phone calls, texts, or face-to-face talks.    Click here to set up a no-cost evaluation with BOLT Construction &...

4 Common Causes of Roof Damage (And How to Fix Them)

When your roof is leaking, you should hire an experienced roofing contractor to assess the situation and provide a lasting solution. Knowing the cause of the leak will help to prevent the problem from getting worse and protect your home.  How does roof damage develop? What can you do to prevent or address the issues?  Here’s what to know:  Water build-up  You are likely to notice a build-up of water on your roof if the surface has a low slope. This build-up will lead to excessive weight and stress on the roof which could damage the roof, causing it to leak. To protect your roof from this, you should assure the surface is well designed and have a proper draining system with clear gutters, drains and downspouts.  Improper sealing  Gas lines, vents, HVAC units and pipes can lead to a leaky roof if they aren’t properly sealed. Without giving these the proper attention during installation, they will become open holes in the roof membrane. A roofing contractor will ensure the penetrations are properly sealed to avoid the problem. Regular roof maintenance and inspection will further prevent leaks and expensive repairs.  Roof membrane damage The roof membrane is a waterproof layer that seals the interior of your home, effectively preventing water from leaking. However, factors such as harsh weather, foot traffic, mechanical damage and wear and tear can compromise the structural integrity of the membrane. Regular maintenance, inspections and repairs will ensure it remains in good shape. In severe cases of damage, the roof membrane may need to be replaced.  Aging Roof Your roof will become weaker as it ages, even with regular maintenance....

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW

Sometimes when I take my car to the dealership to have maintenance completed, they ask me questions or point things out, and most of the time I feel like they are speaking a foreign language. While I am sure they know what they are doing, I have NO clue what’s going on when it comes to anything that has to do with my car, other than how to start it and make it go. Some people may say I am irresponsible because I don’t know but I would have you consider that I am just not really that interested. Like most of you reading this, I take my car to the experts because I am not one. I take it to the people who know because I don’t know what I don’t know and I sure as heck can’t fix it on my own. Now, let’s apply this concept to your home. Similar to your car, your home has a lot of moving parts. Different than your car, your home does not come equipped with a warning light or a reminder sticker in the window. When your home begins to break down or when your home suffers damage as a result of a storm, hiring the right contractor may feel like taking your car in for maintenance. Many contractors will eagerly come and perform an inspection but often times, the result of the inspection can be overwhelming. Most reputable contractors should be able to walk you through an informative, yet easy to understand inspection outcome with easy to understand solutions. The key to a great experience is simplicity in...

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE!

Some of us want to shop price to be thrifty. Some of us want to shop price because we think it’s all the same. Some of us want to shop price because we legitimately want the best deal. There is nothing wrong with shopping price until shopping price means sacrificing quality. We are all “price conscious.” But, what does that really mean?   Being “price conscious” is all centered around your experience and your perceived concept/reality of the word “VALUE.” How you see value in something directly relates to an associated cost or price you are willing to pay. If you see something as low value, you won’t be willing to invest as much for it. However, when you see something as high value, you will pay a premium to acquire it. When it comes to the roofing system on your home, value is everything. A contractor that is willing to give you anything for “free” does not possess a high level of value on their own services. If they did, they wouldn’t just “give it away.” The same can be said for the contractor who uses cheap or inferior material on the roof of your home. That’s why choosing the right contractor can make all the difference. Yes, if you choose one that is more reputable, more experienced, that uses higher quality material; you are going to pay more now. But, let’s be honest, using one that uses less of all those simply means you are going to pay more later. Either way, you will pay the price for your decision. 3 Steps to choosing the “right” contractor....

An Informational Comparison of Slate Roofing

Natural Slate vs Synthetic Slate Roofing Here at BOLT Construction & Roofing we are big fans slate roofing, but we know it can be a difficult decision for homeowners when faced with a slate roofing restoration project. Natural slate has so much character and charm, but requires a highly skilled installer to do the work precisely. Synthetic slate is more cost effective than it’s natural counterpart and is built to have the charm but in a more durable package. The following infographic will give you a nice comparison of the...

WHAT THAT WATER STAIN IS TRYING TO TELL YOU

WHAT THAT WATER STAIN IS TRYING TO TELL YOU For many homeowners, noticing a water stain after a rainstorm is an obvious sign that there’s a problem with the roof. But what if it hasn’t rained and leaks are still occurring? Water stains occur for many different reasons and sometimes can be tricky to pinpoint. A slow leak is usually harder to find than a big leak because it may have migrated from its original opening. It’s not uncommon for water to run along rafters before making it to your ceiling, complicating the true source of the problem. Determining the cause of a leak requires a visual inspection of the area above and around the stain. This inspection may require access to an attic, roof or even an enclosed floor structure. While it’s not always possible to find the source of a water leak, the location of the stain will often give you a good idea. Here’s a list of some of the most common sources of ceiling stains. WATER STAIN ON CEILING Improperly installed roof flashing or old flashing is one of the most common causes of ceiling stains. Penetrations are found on every roof and require flashing to keep water from getting in. When flashings are not installed properly, water will get into these penetrations, into the attic and eventually, into your ceiling and/or walls. Chimney, skylight and pipe jack flashings are usually the most common source of ceiling stains. Overtime old flashings will crack or rust, causing openings for water to get in and enter your attic. If noticing ceiling stains and your roof is easily...