Category Archives: Roof Replacement

Up on The House Top

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorating occur every November and December. With the holiday season upon us, you might be feeling the itch to break out those strings of twinkling lights, but don’t get so carried away with the holiday spirit that safety precautions fall by the wayside. Here are a few tips to keep you—and your roof—safe this holiday season.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

  • Untangle strands of lights to save you time and effort while on the roof.
  • Check your lights for bad bulbs, frayed wires or lights that flicker before hanging them. These could be signs of electrical damage, which poses a potential fire hazard.
  • Use extension cords rated for outdoor use.
  • Ensure that your ladders are in good condition and that you set them on flat, solid ground.
  • When hanging lights directly from a ladder, try not to extend beyond the natural reach of your arm.

 

UP ON THE HOUSETOP

A good question to consider while implementing your holiday decoration plan is, “Would Clark Griswold do this?” Generally, if the answer is yes, do not proceed—especially when it comes to stapling lights to your roof.

The best way to hang holiday lights is by stringing them through plastic clips attached to your shingles, gutters and eaves. Plastic clips designed for use with holiday lights are easy to install and remove, affordable and readily available at most home improvement or large retail stores. Using plastic clips instead of traditional nails or staples will prevent you from puncturing your shingles or gutters; even the tiniest hole in a shingle can allow moisture to seep in and potentially damage the roof. Using nails or staples can also puncture the wires of your lights, or wear down their insulating coating, potentially causing electrical problems.

If you plan to utilize other rooftop fixtures in your decorating, be sure to install them securely using zip ties and sand bags, or by tying them to a chimney or other structure for additional support. If the fixtures aren’t supported sufficiently and tip over, they could possibly damage your roof.

To increase the lifespan of your roof, you should try to limit how much you walk on your rooftop, but spending a short amount of time on your roof a few times of year won’t do too much damage, if you’re careful. Be sure to walk gently and wear safety shoes or sneakers, or any soft shoe with a good grip. You’ll want to do any work on your roof earlier in the day, before the shingles have soaked up too much sunlight; direct sun exposure can heat the surface to well over 100 degrees, even on cooler days.

 

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

Everyone’s least favorite part of holiday decorating is, arguably, having to take down the decorations you worked so hard to put up. Though you don’t want to be the house on the block with holiday lights that extend into the summer months, you shouldn’t be too hasty with your disassembly, either.

Avoid pulling on the lights to remove them from their clips. This can damage the shingles, or any eaves or gutters you’ve attached the lights to, as well as the lights themselves. Expending the extra effort now could save you time and money later.

For all your roofing questions and needs, email us at johnsonroofingllc@gmail.com, or call us at 480-467-4572

Increasing Your Home’s Value With a New Roof

Increasing Your Home’s Value With a New Roof

A new roof is an attractive feature for home buyers. In fact, having a new roof can increase your home’s value and lead to a bigger sale price when the time comes. Inspecting your roof, determining when the roof needs replacement and finding the right contractor can help turn your home into a hot item on the real estate market.

Know The Signs You Need A New Roof

When a roof needs to be replaced, there will often be evidence that the homeowner can see. Some of the most common warning signs include:

  • Curling shingles and curling ridge caps.
  • Missing shingles.
  • Sagging in the roof.
  • Loss of asphalt granules on the shingles.
  • Leaks inside the home.
  • Evidence of water damage in the attic.

You can find these problems by conducting a thorough investigation of the roof before listing the home for sale. A professional inspection is almost always best, but you can take a preliminary look around your place if you’d like.

To start, walk around the perimeter of your property, and look up at your roof with a pair of binoculars. Examine the individual shingles for bald patches, curling edges and missing pieces.

If you don’t see evidence of roof problems when looking up at the roof from a distance, get on a ladder and examine the shingles up close—just make sure to be safe any time you find yourself in high places. Check inside the gutter and at the base of the downspout for asphalt granules. If granules are falling off the shingles in large clumps, or if there’s evidence of wear and tear on the shingles, this could be a sign that the roof needs repair or replacement.

In the final phase of the roof inspection, go inside the attic and look for water damage in the trusses and plywood. Mold, dark stains and moisture are all indications of a leak. Remember that old water damage may not be signs of a current roof leak. If you suspect any problems, contact a professional to perform a more in-depth investigation.

ROI Of A New Roof

A new roof is worth a lot at the time of sale! In fact, a new roof can increase the value of your home by nearly $12,000. There are many different factors that will affect the ROI of the roof, including:

  • Type of roofing material used and the climate in the area.
  • Warranty on the roof.
  • Size of the home.
  • Appearance of the roof.

Homeowners who are hoping to sell their home soon after the roof is installed can work with their contractor to determine the best value at the best price—of all the great renovations to make before selling a home, a new roof ranks as one of the best when it’s needed.

Get the Most Return For Your Investment

There are many ways that homeowners can get the most return from their investment when it’s time to sell their home.

  • Note the new roof in the listing, and mention the warranty in the listing as well.
  • Take a few exterior pictures that feature the roof prominently, then include those pictures in the listing.
  • If advertising the home with flyers or brochures, list information about the new roof in the literature.

Getting Started With Roof Replacement

If you’re a homeowner thinking about getting a new roof before selling your home, start by looking for a licensed contractor. This is a project you’ll want to do right the first time, so go with the professionals you can trust. Contact us today to see what we can do for your home.

How To Avoid Roofing Repair and Replacement Scams in Phoenix Arizona

How To Avoid Roofing Repair & Replacement Scams in Phoenix Arizona

Each year the Phoenix Better Business Bureau takes calls from residents who received damage to their homes. A common factor in these calls is that the resident trusted an unknown “contractor” who knocked on their door offering help with their repair needs. Some residents are also solicited over the internet through websites like Thumbtack. It is always important to search and make sure the company you will potentially use is reputable. Unfortunately, the stories usually end up with the resident being scammed out of their hard-earned money and left with the repair job incomplete.

Consumers with home repair needs should keep in mind the following:

  • Most licensed contractors don’t wander neighborhoods knocking on doors to look for work.
  • If the person at your door claims they did work for someone else in your neighborhood, don’t just take their word for it, ask your neighbor.
  • Obtain the name and address of the company that person allegedly represents to check the company licensing.
  • Don’t succumb to high-pressure sales tactics in person or over the phone.
  • Do not pay cash in full before work begins.
  • Obtain quotes from multiple companies before making a final decision.

We encourage Arizona residents to first check out a company with Better Business Bureau and the Arizona Registrar of Contractors before hiring someone to do work on their home.

How To Know When It Is Time To Replace Your Roof

How To Know When It Is Time To Replace Your Roof

Johnson Roofing will gladly assist you in maintaining your roof integrity through scheduled inspections and repairs. Identifying and addressing small problems as they occur will prolong your roof’s life and ultimately save you money. At some point however, all roofs eventually need replacing.

Many factors may affect the “normal” lifespan of your homes roof. For example, a metal roof will have a longer lifespan than a standard 3-Ply shingle roof. The quality of the materials used when installing the roof as well as the workmanship can affect roof life. And of course, climate and weather events. It’s a good habit to inspect your homes roof after any weather event, but also at least once a year by walking around and looking for signs of wear and tear. Cleaning your gutters is also an excellent time to examine your roof more closely.

Here is a checklist of things you can look for that may necessitate you contacting a professional roofing company, and could mean it’s time to replace your roof.

● Shingles are curling, torn or cracked

● Shingles show exposed bald areas where granules are missing

● Your roof is missing shingles. This is an indication that your shingles are worn out and need replacement

● If you notice many of your neighbors having their roofs replaced, and if you know your home was built in the same time period, your roof is likely to be nearing that point as well. A shingle roof could last 20 to 25 years but events over the life of the roof as well as other factors could shorten its lifespan

● There are signs of discoloration from algae, lichens, or moss. In areas where moss is very prevalent, roofs can experience shingle damage and granule loss as moss holds in moisture and can degrade shingles over time

● Anytime you notice leaking after a rainfall or water spots suddenly appear and continue to grow you may need to replace your roof. At the very least, you have an issue that needs immediate attention. Water damage can ensue, potentially leading to mold damage. Addressing this issue at the onset of the problem will save you in the long run

● “Blistering” shingles. When debris builds up on your roof, the attic is poorly ventilated, or the shingles are just past their lifespan, moisture or gas inside the shingles may cause it to bubble outward. When these blisters break open they leave holes in the shingle and will need to be replaced to prevent damage to the wood below

● Examine your attic. Yes, start from the inside with a good flashlight! Do this if possible on a sunny day and look for any traces of light entering the attic or signs of water staining on beams, walls or flooring. Any of these signs are an indication you have leaks which require immediate attention

A Trustworthy Roofing Contractor in Arizona

Johnson Roofing is your trusted friend in the roofing business in the valley of the sun. Since 2004 Johnson Roofing has been offering the highest quality roofing services in the valley of the sun. With an average rating of 5 stars from all major review sites, you can feel confident that you are getting not only the most professional service available, but the best pricing for your particular need. Johnson Roofing specializes in roofing repairs, replacements, and new roof installations. Doesn’t matter if it is residential, commercial, or industrial. Johnson Roofing can assist you with any home roofing need. Call us today for a no obligation free consultation 480-467-4572 or check us out on www.johnsonroofingaz.com