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5 Ways to Protect Your Roof From Storm Damage

Storm season is an unpleasant time of the year for many people. 

Some of this weather can even destroy or damage our roofs. This damage can take even the most attentive property owners by surprise at times.

While no one can completely avoid this storm damage, there are steps people can take to prevent some of it.

From routine roof checks to simple maintenance, here are five things you can do to keep the roofs over your heads.

1. Assess the Condition of Your Roof Early On

The time to be concerned about the condition of your roof is before storm season hits. Waiting until storm season arrives is only going to make any existing problems worse.

You don’t want to spend more than what is necessary because you waited too long to make simple fixes, right?

In any case, there is a pretty generic checklist that can be used to examine the overall condition of your roof. The first order of business should be to look for the obvious things, such as missing tiles or shingles.

You should also be sure to check the condition of the tiles that are still on your roof.

Are they loose or bent? You might want to think about arranging some small fixes if so.

You might also consider evaluating your roof’s condition from the inside of your property. This works best from the attic.

If you find leaks or gaping holes that allow water or air to enter the building, you need to make some fixes before storm season hits.

Be sure to do this type of check at least a couple of times a year. You could do one before winter sets in to make sure that you have no problems up top. If you don’t check your roof before winter, you risk not being able to once the snow and ice pile up.

You might also choose to check up on your roof after winter ends. This is the perfect time to find out how your roof held up during the colder months.

2. Selecting The Proper Products For Roofs

This tip is more geared towards those of you who have some property that isn’t residential. We’d just like to address some mistakes that building owners might make.

Sometimes building owners, for one reason or another, choose residential products for their roofs. This is specifically problematic when residential gutters are chosen for commercial buildings.

So, what’s the problem?

Commercial buildings typically collect more water than their residential cousins.

As a result, a lot more water runs through these gutters. If commercial buildings rely on residential gutters, the water will run all the way to these buildings’ foundations. This will damage them.

Technically, this doesn’t necessarily result in storm damage to your roof. Still, this is a problem that starts on your building’s roof. So, it’s a problem that you’ll need a roofing company to fix.

3. Clean Your Roof As Needed

Many people don’t really know the positive effects that a little spring cleaning can have on their property. Cleaning is more than cosmetic. It can literally save your roof from storm damage.

When cleaning your roofs, start by removing the obvious junk up there (basic maintenance).

If you have tons of foliage or branches lying around on your roof, get rid of them. Every bit of garbage that builds up on your roof makes it heavier.

When your roof gets too heavy, it becomes easier for certain sections to cave in.

Clearing your roof is also a matter of preventing drains from getting clogged. During the winter months, snow and ice can cause problems like this.

Your gutters should also be cleaned. They play a vital part in proper drainage. Without properly functioning gutters, your roof is much more likely to develop a leak.

4. Repair Damage Quickly

Repairing damage quickly is the name of the game.

That said, storm season or not, you should get to repairing any damage you can identify as soon as you see it.

Don’t wait until you absolutely must get the repair done. You might think that it’s okay to sit on the damage for a while. However, ignored issues make it easier for your roof to suffer storm damage when the weather gets bad.

Got a hole or a leak in your roof? Need new gutters? Then, please, repair this damage as soon as possible. You’ll probably end up paying more in the long run if you don’t.

5. Call In The Pros

Trust us when we say that we’re coming from a good place when we tell you to call in the professionals.

There are plenty of doable DIY fixes, but sometimes you just need someone who is extremely qualified to do the job.

We know that some of you want to hold on to your money, and we get it. That doesn’t change the fact that you pay professionals for a reason. They know what they’re doing, and they’re usually pretty good at it.

Professional roofers know all about fixing problems with gutters and doing roof replacements. Not only that, but they’re also excellent at uncovering hidden problems. These are issues you might never have been able to identify without their help.

Further still, your roof is not a place to attempt DIY fixes. Roofs are not cheap. So, there is no reason to undervalue your roof so much that you turn into a personal project.

Stay One Step Ahead of Storm Damage

The weather is unpredictable.

So, it’s impossible to always stay ahead of any damage that it might cause to your roof. Even if you can’t stay ahead, though, it’s nice to be prepared at the very least.

Preparedness is what we excel at here at Davis Contracting. We specialize in repairing roofs, windows, and siding. We’ve been doing so for more than 15 years now.

That said, if you’d like to get your estimate or home inspection, don’t forget to fill out our contact form. We’ll be in touch soon after you do.

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5 Red Flags of an Unreliable Roofer

Fixing the roof on your home or business is no easy task.

Proper roof maintenance takes a lot of time and money.

The right contractor can be the difference between a job well-done and a job that cuts corners and takes longer than expected.

If you are having second thoughts about the roofer you hired to work on your home, you want to keep reading.

Here Are 5 Red Flags of an Unreliable Roofer

1. More Money, Less Work

There is no reason for a contractor to ask for a big chunk of the final price up front.

Many will ask for a small amount in order to fund materials and other necessities. This is common practice.

The Better Business Bureau recommends a standard of paying for roofing in thirds. Payments happen before the job, in the middle, and upon full completion and approval. This ensures funds are respected on both ends and trust is established between contractor and homeowner.

Some companies may claim to need full payment, or an amount closer to 50%. Stay away at all costs.

Reputable small businesses will be able to fund projects via credit, and big businesses have no need to ask for so much up front.

2. Strange Hours and Unprofessional Behavior

A contractor essentially works on their own time.

A good roofer, though, understands time is money for both parties. They will respect the project deadline and personal hours.

Most roofers operate on an average workweek of 30-40 hours. They keep as close to a traditional 9-5 in order to ensure the project stays on track. Plus, this means your roofing job shouldn’t interfere with your home life.

The questionable ones try to roll in to the work site at noon on Monday and skip out early on Friday afternoon. They will rush the work to move the project along in order to make up for not working full hours.

This is a huge red flag.

Be aware of long breaks and what workers do on their breaks as well. A half hour to an hour lunch is reasonable for a full day of intense manual labor.

A beer with lunch is unacceptable.

Any respected business owner and employee understands the project site is a place for professionalism. They will not tolerate any misbehavior on the job.

A roofer should be mindful of the homeowner and residents, with full respect of privacy and little to no foul language.

3. Safety and Numbers

Safety comes first on any roofing project.

A reputable company will make safety for both your family and its workers the number one priority. It does this by operating within a standard set of safety guidelines.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration can help you understand these guidelines on a construction site. It is referred to as a high hazard industry. This means that the work carries risks, and is not something to take lightly.

Since roofers will be working above 6 feet off the ground, they should wear fall protection and proper foot gear. In the event of injury, it is the job of the contractor to handle treatment and insurance.

Do not engage in a situation where a roofer may try to come after you, the homeowner, for injury compensation. This is a big, serious red flag.

Another issue to look for is rotating or transient employees. Are the people that started the project the same as those showing up for work halfway through?

A consistent team reflects a legitimate company. It says your contractor is practicing good business, from payments to employee satisfaction.

Remember, it is the job of a responsible roofer to be aware of and fix any safety hazards.

In the event you see something suspicious or have a problem with an employee, they should be open to your feedback.

4. Communication Is Important

Speaking of feedback, let’s talk about communication in general.

Keeping an open, consistent line of communication with your contractor is essential in completing a project efficiently and on time.

A best practice on this point is to talk with your roofing company and their team at the start of each day. This keeps you informed on daily/weekly goals and the progress in achieving them.

It also helps with misunderstandings. If you are suspicious of late arrivals or long breaks, ask your roofer before thinking the worst. However, it shouldn’t take days for you to be able to get in touch with your roofing company.

The right questions can help you to determine which kind of employee your roofer is.

Additionally, the more you talk to your roofing company, the less likely they are to pull away.

In particularly bad situations, contractors leave sites in the middle of the job and refuse to return or even answer a call.

They essentially take the money made up to that point and run. This happens frequently with those companies that ask for a lump sum up front. It also happens with storm chasers.

5.  No Contract, No Deal

The contract is the most important part of dealing with a roofing company.

It makes everything leading up to that point and everything after legitimate. It is also a point of reference for payment and material discussions that may happen down the road.

Any good contractor will have no problem signing a contract. In fact, they will bring it to you. They will offer full disclosure to the terms of the deal, without rushing you to sign or read quickly.

Do not hire someone to work on your roof without a contract. No matter how small the job may seem, or how big of a hassle, the contract binds both parties.

It is your insurance for the job to be completed on an agreed price point at an agreed deadline. It is the contractor’s guarantee of payment. It also shows your their plans for choosing and laying materials.

In short: no contract, no deal.

Hire A Reputable Roofer

Now that you are aware of what bad roofing looks like, you can be confident in choosing your next contractor.

Contact us today for your home or business roofing project.

Cost of a New Roof

How to Estimate the Cost of a New Roof

So, you’re thinking about getting your roof replaced, but you have no clue how much money you need to budget.

If you’re scratching your head researching price estimates, don’t worry. Roof replacement costs can vary greatly, and the price you pay is determined by a number of different factors. 

However, it is important to have an estimate before your sign on. For one, you’ll want to know how much money you need to budget for the project. Also, you’ll want to be able to compare estimates from different companies. That way, you’ll be able to tell if a company is charging too much and trying to rip you off or if they’re charging too low and are possibly running some sort of a scam.  

Luckily, figuring out the cost of a new roof isn’t as hard as you may think. You just need to know what factors to take into consideration. Keep reading to find out what these are. 

Location, Location, Location

If you live in the South and you’re talking to your friend in New York who just got their roof replaced, you’re probably not getting the best estimate. This is because the cost of a new roof is largely affected by your geographical location. 

Those living in the deep South (think Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana) are going to pay a significantly lower fee than those living in the Northeast states. If anything, talk to friends in your state who’ve had their roof replaced to get a better idea of what you’ll end up paying. 

Size Matters 

Above everything else, the size of the roof is the largest cost factor. Obviously, the bigger the roof, the more you’ll pay.

But if you don’t know the exact size of your roof offhand, don’t worry. It’s pretty easy to figure out and you don’t have to climb on top of your roof with a tape measure. 

First, you need to understand how roofers set their prices. They charge per roofing square. An area that is 10 by 10 feet (or 100 square feet) is the equivalent of one roofing square. 

For example, the average home is around 30 squares, meaning its roof is 3,000 square feet. 

Now, we promised you wouldn’t have to climb your roof with a tape measure, but you will need one to figure out its size. You will use a tape measure to figure out the length and width of the inside of your home. If your home is irregularly shaped,  you can divide it into sections, find the area of each, and then add them together. 

Once you know the area of your home, you’ll need to figure out the pitch. We’ll talk about that in the next section. 

Pitch 

Pitch is another word for slope, and it’s another very important variable that can affect the cost of your roof. 

In order to measure the pitch, you’ll need to head up to your attic. Place the end of a ruler against the bottom of a roof rafter (also known as a roof beam), holding it at a perfectly horizontal level. Now, move a finger to the 12-inch mark. Measure vertically from this mark straight up to the underside of the rafter. That number will tell you the length the roof rises for every 12 inches it runs horizontally. 

And why is this number important? Well, if the number is 7 or greater, it means you have a high pitch/slope. This means that the roof isn’t walkable and that you’ll have to pay more, as extra safety equipment and harnesses will be required. 

Some roofing contractors will charge extra at starting at a 6:12 ratio, so be sure to talk to your contractor about their cut off. 

Material Costs 

The kind of material you choose will also greatly influence the cost of a new roof. 

Luckily, if you are replacing a roof, all of the previous shingles will be torn off. Therefore, depending on your budget, you can opt for a cheaper or more expensive material. Let’s look at the different materials you have to choose from:

Asphalt Shingles: The most common type of roofing material in America are asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are very cost-effective. They are also light and very easy to install for the average home handyman. 

Asphalt usually costs $120-$400 per 100 square feet. 

Wood Shake: Wood shake is a beautiful option, but also much more expensive than asphalt and is very high-maintenance. This is because it deteriorates fast, is prone to fire, and is susceptible to insects and mold. However, if you can afford it and can keep up with the maintenance, its looks are hard to beat. 

Wood shake roofs typically cost anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000 in total. 

Metal: If you’re intending to live in your current home for a long period of time, a metal roof is the way to go. They are hands down the most durable material available. 

Metal usually costs $500-$1800 per 100 square feet. Steel will be the cheapest, aluminum the next cheapest, and copper the most expensive. 

Tile: Many people choose tile because it is easily replaced if damaged. Also, you have the option with tile to choose your own shape and color. 

Tile prices range from $600- $4,000 per 100 square feet. You can expect to pay more if you choose to customize or if you opt for ceramic tiles. 

Slate: Slate is a great option for those looking for something very long-lasting with a slightly more appealing look than metal. 

Slate costs an average of $800- $4,000 per 100 square feet. 

Other Factors 

Location, size, pitch, and materials are the biggest factors you need to take into consideration when estimating the cost of a new roof. 

However, there are some other things to keep in mind, such as:

  • Removing the old roof tiles: Usually $3- $5 per square foot
  • Water or storm damage
  • Chimneys and Skylights: Roofers need to work around these, so it can increase the price
  • Labor Costs: Small, local companies can usually offer a better price because they charge less for overhead

Cost of a New Roof: Wrap Up

Once you have an idea of what you’re willing to spend, you’ll definitely want an estimate from the roofing company as well. 

Davis Construction is a licensed and insured roofing company that offers free estimates. Just fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you with an estimate in no time. 

Living under a damaged roof is dangerous for your entire family. Click here for 8 signs you need to hire a roof replacement service to fix your damaged roof.

8 Signs You Need to Hire a Roof Replacement Service

While your roof may be something you take for granted, it’s definitely a part of your house you should be keeping tabs on, in order to avoid damage to the rest of your home, as well as avoiding serious harm to you and your family.

Living under a damaged roof is extremely dangerous, read further for a look at the 8 signs you need to hire a roof replacement service to fix your damaged roof

1. Damaged Shingles

Shingles should lay flat, as close to the roof as possible. It’s a good idea to take a look at your roof after rain, snow or a windstorm, making sure there are no signs of trouble.

In the case of shingles that are curling, or cupping, there may be a ventilation issue at play.

Should you run across issues like cracking, missing shingles, or shingles that are buckling, it’s a good idea to get someone from a roof replacement service onsite to assess the damage.

2. Granules in the Gutter

Asphalt singles are covered in mineral granules, which offer protection against UV light, water, and bad weather. If you notice granules appearing in the gutters or runoff water, it may be a sign that your roof is beginning to wear out.

A note about granule loss, if you’ve replaced your roof recently, some loss is normal. The installation process may loosen the granules, as roofers were walking over the roof.

Once in place, however, you’ll want to keep an eye out for granules in the gutter—loss after a big storm, for example, could be a sign of further damage.

3. Bald Spots

Bald spots, caused by granule loss (mentioned above), which are easier to spot, are a sign that something is amiss. In many cases, you can spot bald spots easily from the ground. 

Again, a balding roof may give you some insight as to when it’s a good idea to get the problem checked out.

4. Damaged Flashing

Check the flashing around the vents, chimney, and skylights. This stuff seals the seams of the roof, protecting against rains and harsh weather. Flashing with breaks or cracks could cause leaks in the roof, leading to bigger problems down the road. 

Another note about flashing. Older homes will often use cement or tar-based flashing. Upgrading to a more durable metal flashing can prevent cracking and will bolster your shingles from whatever the weather has in store.

Upgrading to a more durable metal flashing can prevent cracking and will bolster your shingles from whatever the weather has in store.

5. Sagging

A sagging roof definitely spells trouble for homeowners. Sagging is more than just a cosmetic issue, this problem could be indicative something larger like water damage, weakened materials or structural rot.  

Here’s a bit more info on what might cause a roof to sag:

Too Much Weight

Weight becomes a major issue during bad weather. Heavy rainfall, ice, and snow can lead to big problems when they sit on your roof for extended periods of time. Too much weight applied to the roof can weaken the structure of the foundation over time, and eventually, you’ll run the risk of having the roof cave in on your home. 

Damaged Roof Material

Shingles may play a big role in how long your roof will hold up. High-quality materials like slate last longer than roofs made with asphalt shingles. Low quality or poorly installed roof material (including beams and nails) may contribute to sagging over time.

6. It’s Time for a Roof Replacement Service If the Roof Is Leaking

One of the more obvious signs it’s time to call a professional roofer—even small leaks can cause big trouble.

Leaks are one of the earliest tell-tale signs of roof failure and can lead to water damage or a weakened foundation. While it may seem like the easiest path forward is to patch up leaks as they develop, you may end up spending more money in the long run on small repairs.

Additionally, roof leaks can lead to damage to your ceilings or attic, as well as major health concerns.

Water damage often leads to mold or mildew—which can cause health problems like allergies, rhinitis, asthma, or more serious, life-threatening concerns.

Sure, the growth of toxic black mold is rare, but chances are, you’d rather avoid putting you and your family at risk. 

Should you be experiencing leaks, it’s a good idea to at least consult with a roof replacement service professional, to develop a path forward. You’ll definitely want a safe, leak-free roof come winter.

7. Your Roof Is Old

Look at your old home improvement records for information regarding your roof’s age. Knowing how long you’ve had this specific roof over your head can offer a great deal of insight into how much life it has ahead.

In general, an asphalt shingle roof lasts just about 25 years, give or take depending on climate and conditions. Roofs installed over existing shingles, on the other hand, may only last up to 20 years.

Even if you’ve got a roof that looks good for its age, it’s a good idea to get it replaced if it’s been hanging around for 25+ years.

8. You Can See Sunlight in the Attic

Finally, if you can literally see the sun peeking through cracks in the attic, it’s time to hire a roof replacement service.

Not only are you losing out on efficient temperature control, gaps and cracks in your roofing can lead to damaging leaks that can undermine the structural integrity of the foundation. You’ll save money in the long run by taking care of this issue right away.

Roof Replacement Service in SC—Call Davis Contracting Today! 

When the time comes to hire a roof replacement service, look no further than Davis Contracting

Our staff is licensed, bonded, insured and more than well-equipped to repair and replace roofs that don’t properly protect your home and loved ones from harm. 

If you suspect it’s time for a new roof, give us a call and we’ll get you taken care of.

Roof Damage

How to Avoid Roof Damage in Greenville SC

Roof damage, no matter how slight or severe, is inevitable. At some point as a homeowner, you’ll encounter problems with your home’s roof. You may be asking yourself, “So, what can I do to prevent roof damage? How can I make my roof last for as long as possible?”

We’re here to answer just that!

The constant sunny weather and lack of snow in South Carolina may make it seem like the homeowners here have it easy.

But did you know that Greenville gets around 50 inches of rain per year? That’s higher than the national average. It means that Greenville homeowners are especially susceptible to storm damage

Roofs are integral to the safety and foundation of our homes. In this article, we’re going to talk about how South Carolina homeowners can avoid roof damage. Don’t let your roof succumb to short-term and long-term damage!

1. Keep Your Gutters Clean

Gutters drain rainwater away from your home. For them to do their job, they need to be properly cleaned from time to time.

When gutters clog with leaves and debris, excess rainwater can accumulate on the roof. This can cause serious problems. You could be dealing with leaks and damage to the interior and exterior of a home.

Clogged debris pose as fire hazards, as well. It can also weaken the foundation of a house. It can even cause roofs to collapse completely. Repairing roof damage can cost thousands of dollars. Serious problems like roof collapses can exceed tens of thousands of dollars.

Clogged gutters also attract pests, rodents, and insects. They can lead to mold and spore growth. This can be a serious health hazard to your family. 

How often should you clean your gutters?

It depends on how many trees are in your yard. Yards with more trees means that more leaves and debris can wind up in your gutters.

The most important time of year to keep an eye on your gutters is in the fall and spring. However, they can still clog in the winter.

Since it doesn’t snow that often in Greenville, clogged gutters aren’t much of a threat in the winter. But it’s still a good idea to check them from time to time during the cold months.

Cleaning gutters is a task most homeowners can do themselves.

But the job can be dangerous if gutters are located high up. It can also be dangerous if your yard isn’t level. Without a sturdy ladder, you won’t be able to clean your gutters alone.

That’s where a professional comes in. They can clean your gutters and check their durability for a reasonable price.

2. Trim Your Trees

As we mentioned, leaves and tree debris are the main cause of clogged gutters. Homeowners with many trees in their yard have to especially stay on top of their gutters.

But excess trees in a yard can cause other roof damage. During high winds, branches can fly off and hit your roof. They can loosen the shingles or tiles off your roof. They can also damage other areas of your home.

Though it’s not common in Greenville, frost can accumulate during the winter. When this happens, tree branches are at a greater risk of falling onto your roof.

To prevent roof damage caused by tree branches, it’s important to trim your trees. This is easier for shorter and smaller trees. But it can be more difficult without a sturdy ladder or level ground.

3. Check for Roof Damage

From time to time, you should grab your ladder and check your roof for damage. Again, this will be difficult without a strong or tall enough ladder. However, it’s important to do.

Check your roof 2-3 times per year. The best time to check your roof is after a thunderstorm or windstorm. It’s crucial to check it before and after hurricane season.

When you go up on your roof, check it for damaged shingles or tiles. Also, look for missing shingles or missing gravel. Replace any damaged/worn out shingles or tiles.

If the nails on your shingles are loose or improperly installed, they can cause damage to your roof. They can also fly off and cause damage to other areas of your house.

Additionally, check for surface bubbles, blisters, or cracks on flat roofs. Trapped moisture or air can cause these, and excess sunlight can exacerbate them.

You should also check the flashing of your roof. The flashing is important because it directs the flow of water away from openings into the house. It needs to be in good condition so that water flows away from the house.

Fixing roof damage like blisters or cracks can be challenging if you don’t know how to. It requires cutting away the damage and applying layers of new membrane material to the area.

The worst thing you can do is to ignore existing damage. Eventually, the damage will become so bad that you’ll need the help of a professional. You can end up spending thousands of dollars to repair the damage or install a new roof entirely.

4. Ventilate & Insulate Your Attic

A vented attic in any climate is necessary. But in South Carolina, a vented attic can be the best thing for your home during the hot summer.

A vented attic forces hot air out of the attic and helps cool it down. In turn, it helps keep the rest of your home cooler and puts less strain on your air conditioner.

Though it doesn’t snow often in South Carolina, it’s a good idea to ventilate and insulate your attic.

Because it rains so much, an insulated attic can expel moisture and excess heat. It won’t release so much heat that it will cause frost or snow to melt and cause water leaks. But insulation will prevent ice dams from forming on the roof altogether.

Poor ventilation can also further damage to loose shingles. During high winds, poorly-ventilated roofs loosen shingles.

Talk to a professional roofer about whether you need to install better insulation. Depending on how old your house is, your insulation or ventilation system may need to be replaced. In any case, a professional roofer can determine the next best course of action.

Avoid & Prevent Damage to Your Roof Year-Round!

By keeping your gutters clean, trees trimmed, and your roof in good shape, you can avoid damage to your roof.

While you can do your part, sometimes you can’t control damage on your roof. In an area that’s as susceptible to storm damage as Greenville, serious roof damage is a common problem. 

Not sure if your roof needs professional care and repair? Contact Davis Contracting for your free estimate today!

Roof Maintenance

A Complete Guide to Roof Maintenance

How is the condition of the roof at your home or business? When was the last time you or a professional went up to take a look around?

If you haven’t been keeping up with your roof maintenance, you could be neglecting some pretty serious issues. Even if everything seems alright from the inside, you might be one wind or rainstorm away from expensive damages.

Not sure where to start when it comes to taking care of your roof?

Don’t worry.

Read on to learn everything you ever needed to know about roof maintenance.

Why Roof Maintenance Matters

You can save a lot of money on your home or business by taking the time to maintain your roof. In addition to improved finances, there are a lot of other benefits that come with proper roof maintenance. They includee the following:

Extended Lifespan

You will be able to go longer between total roof replacements if you take the time to maintain your roof properly. If properly installed and maintained, your roof can last up to 20 years.

Without maintenance, you cut off 5-10 years of your roof’s lifespan. If you plan on staying in your home longer than that, a replacement every 10 years will get expensive — fast.

Avoid Structural Damage

A leaky roof can lead to a number of other problems with your home’s structural integrity. This can include rusted steel and rotting wood.

Avoid Interior Damage

A leaky roof can wreak havoc on your carpet, furniture, and electronics. To avoid expensive internal damage, make sure you’re maintaining your roof.

Decrease Liability

If your commercial property has a leaking roof, you’re creating a hazard for your customers every time it rains or snows.

Someone might trip over the buckets and containers left all over the place to catch water. Furthermore, if water misses the bucket and gets on your floors, someone could slip and fall.

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is much more cost effective than having to replace your entire roof.

The first step in preventive roof maintenance is to conduct an inspection. You should have your roof inspected at least twice a year — once in the spring and once in the fall.

Some things a roofing professional will do during the inspection include:

  • Inspect drains and downspouts for blockages
  • Check penetrations and flashings for gaps or tears
  • Inspect vents and equipment to make sure they’re properly sealed
  • Look for signs of damage, including rotting boards, missing shingles, and chipped window sashing

Other potential hazards that you can be on the lookout for include trees growing too close to the roof. This can lead to scratching, gouging, shingle punctures, and clogged drains from falling leaves.

Additionally, look out for black or discoloring streaks. This is a sign that you have mold, algae, or fungus on your roof.

Maintaining your roof can prevent life-threatening disasters.

Risks For Specific Roof Types

Keep in mind that your home or business may be vulnerable to different risks depending on the type of roof you have.

Built-up Roof

Built-up roofs can be vulnerable to blisters.

Blisters are air pockets that form when a roof is not built properly. Blisters are difficult to repair. You usually have to wait until they break open to do anything about them.

Another common problem that built-up roofs are vulnerable to is displaced or damaged surfacing.

Surfacing protects the waterproof bitumen on your roof, but it can be damaged by strong winds. If the surfacing is damaged, the lifespan of the entire roof is compromised.

Modified Bitumen

Modified bitumen roofs, especially those that date back earlier than 2004, can also be vulnerable to blisters.

If you live in a high-UV area, your modified bitumen roof might also be vulnerable to sun damage. This can lead to exposed membranes and leaks.

Single-Ply Roof

If you have a single-ply roof, you might notice raised spot fasteners.

This can be a result of building movement or excessive foot traffic. Raised spot fasteners can often be repaired by cutting an X in the area, re-seating the fastener, and then putting a patch on top.

Single-ply roofs can also be vulnerable to open seams. Since this kind of roof has no redundancy, it is the only thing standing between your building and the elements.

Keep in mind, too, that single-ply roofs can be torn easily by dragging equipment or tools across them.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs also can suffer from raised fasteners. When fasteners are raised on a metal roof, it is usually because they were not seated with the proper gaskets.

Metal roofs can also suffer from corrosion. A corroded roof can be disastrous for your home or building, so it’s important to catch it early. This is why regular inspections are so important.

Corrosion often comes from rooftop HVAC units.

These units produce condensation that contains coppers ions and acids that damage the protective coatings on metal roofs and cause rapid rusting. To avoid this damage, duct the water to keep it from running across the protective coating.

Repair Your Roof Correctly

After you’ve inspected your roof, it’s time to repair any of the issues that you noticed.

If you make repairs while they’re small, you can save money, prevent damage, and avoid having to do a much bigger replacement sooner than you’d like.

Some basic repairs, like small splits, can be handled on your own.

Keep some polymer-modified mastics on hand to easily mend these splits. Polymer-modified mastics are flexible, UV resistant, and have low-temperature flexibility. This will prevent cracks and leaks in cold weather.

Reflective coatings are another good preventive investment. Look for high-quality coatings that are UV-resistant and able to withstand harsh environmental conditions. It’s also ideal to invest in coatings that contain aluminum paste for maximum reflection.

Reflective coatings have been proven to increase the R-value of a building, so they will also help you save money on energy costs.

Hire A Professional

If you have no experience with roof maintenance, or if your repairs go beyond basics fixes, you should definitely hire a professional to help you.

Not only will you eliminate the risk of potentially injuring yourself, but you’ll also be guaranteed a high-quality, long-lasting repair.

Whether you need a brand new roof or help with repairs, we’re here to help at Davis Contracting. Contact us today for a free inspection or estimate!

Installing New Windows

Installing New Windows: What You Need to Know

Are you are living with outdated windows that have lost their luster? Do you no longer have you a clear view to the outside?

If so, it may be time to replace your windows..

Installing new windows can be a good resell investment. So, if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market in the future, it’s worth considering now. It is also a great way to give the exterior of your home a fresh look while increasing your home’s value.

New windows don’t just boost your curb appeal. Additionally, the right replacements can have some awesome energy-efficient benefits. Depending where you live, you may be eligible for incentives or rebates through your local utility company and insurance provider.

The IRS has not given guidance yet, but up until December 31, 2016, you could also claim a tax credit on the installation of new doors. Check with Energy Star for updates.

Read on for a few tips to help make your window replacement process a little easier.

Why replace your existing windows?

Let’s be honest: we are more likely to clean our windows from the inside than the outside. If our homes have multiple levels, the chances of regular cleaning decreases over time.

After years of neglect, residue can build up. This creates an undesirable appearance. If a little elbow grease and ammonia doesn’t fix the problem, new windows may be needed.

Other factors for installing new windows have to do with efficiency. Has settlement of the house’s structure caused issues with the operation of the windows? Do you feel a draft entering during cold months? Is your AC less efficient during summer months?

If you answered yes to these questions, it may be time for new windows.

Outdated windows may be difficult to repair if hardware is no longer available. Or, maybe you simply want something more modern.

Leave it to the professionals

If you have experience in the construction industry, installing replacement windows could be a weekend project that you tackle yourself. Otherwise, leave it to the professionals.

Hiring someone skilled in installing new windows comes with the assurance that measurements are correct and that your framework is intact.

The contractor can also explain the type of windows you have. They can let you know if you will incur additional costs if you choose to go with a different style. They can answer if the existing frame is compatible with the new window, or if a new frame will need to be constructed.

Just in case an issue arises during installation, your contractor will be able to address it immediately.

Is your framing and woodwork intact?

Installing new windows can and should be an easy one or two-day project. The total time spent depends on the number of windows you’re replacing.

One thing you will need to check is the condition of the wood used for the trim and casing. If you detect rotting wood, this will add to the project time and replacement costs.

Older homes were often built with old-growth woods. These woods have longevity. They are known to withstand time and weather conditions.

If you live in a newer home, you definitely want to ensure there are no issues that could cause problems down the road.

Choosing the perfect windows

Are you replacing one window or all of the windows in your home? This could limit your selection.

There are several types of window styles to consider. Take your time and decide which will best fit your budget while beautifying your home.

Awning, Bay, Casement and Picture windows are just a few of the possibilities.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match. You could choose a picture window for the living room or a bay window for the kitchen. Or, go with the popular multi-pane look.

Take some time and do some window shopping to learn about your options. Be mindful of your existing measurements for your window openings.

Ensure the cost of your windows line-up with the value of your home

Yes, installing new windows can increase the value of your home. However, it is an expensive investment.

Do not make the mistake of purchasing high-end windows that will not have a great ROI.

Windows, like cars, have resell markers. Installing high-end windows in a mid-level home is like placing a state-of-the-art sound system into a Pinto. The extra cost will mean little to the bottom line of your appraisal.

In this case, less is better.

Also consider the ROI on changing your window sizes and whether or not it will increase your resell value.

Installing new windows around your schedule

Although it takes less than an hour to install a single window, it could take weeks to receive your order. Add to that the contractors schedule and you may be looking at 3-6 weeks before the project is complete.

Most windows can be installed from the outside, but there are times when the contractor may need to come inside your residence. You will need to insure access to the home to avoid delays.

You do not want to leave your home exposed to the elements. Doing so can create a serious security risk. It may be best to schedule the day off or have someone there during the installation.

Spring and fall may be the best seasons to replace your windows. Installing new windows during months that experience a lot of rain or snow may delay the process.

The bottom line

Installing new windows is a major purchase that will not come with an immediate return, unless you are planning to sell your home in the near future.

The cost-efficiency can be seen on your monthly utility bill. However, it may take some time for your windows to pay for themselves. The greatest benefit you’ll receive is the updated look to your home. The elimination of nuisances of your old windows is another plus.

Some contractors may receive manufacturer and store discounts on window orders.  Be sure to inquire if those discounts are passed on to you. Your windows come with a manufacturers warranty, but you should also get a warranty on the installation.

Davis Contracting is here to serve you and answer your questions.

If you are looking to replace existing windows or install windows in new construction projects, contact us today.

Roofing Company in Greenville SC

8 Questions to Ask a Roofing Company in Greenville SC

So, you want to hire a roofing company in Greenville SC. But, you’re not quite sure who to hire.

Hiring a roofing company is a very important decision. Many people hire the first company they come across and then end up sorely regretting it later.

This is because a poor roofing job can result in leaks and costly roof repairs in the future. If you don’t choose the right company, you may end up spending more time and more money on repairs than on the initial job.

Obviously, this is something you want to avoid.

Now, you may be thinking, “I don’t know anything about roofs, how can I tell good roofing company from a bad one?

Luckily, finding a quality roofing company in Greenville SC isn’t as difficult as you think. You don’t need to be a roofing expert. You just need to know the right questions to ask your contractor.

We’ve got the top eight questions you should ask a roofing company before signing on.

Question #1: Are You Licensed?

Licensing requirements vary by state. In general, however, most states require roofers to be licensed in the state.

Before hiring, research the roofing code requirements in your state and in your city. If licensing is required in your area, only work with roofers who hold a valid license. Make sure that the license applies to the state you live in. And, make sure that the license is up to date.

If you work with a roofer without a license, it will be very difficult to take recourse in the event something goes wrong.

Question #2: Are You Insured?

There are two kinds of insurance you’re going to want your contractor to carry: general liability insurance and workman’s comp insurance.

General liability insurance covers damage to your property in the event of an accident.

It may not seem likely for damage to occur to your property, but think again. A roofer could burn your house down in the process of welding something. (Yes, it has happened!) If your roofer doesn’t have the proper liability insurance to cover this tragic accident, you may be held responsible for payment.

Workman’s comp insurance covers any injuries incurred by your roofers while working on your home. It used to be that companies with less than three employees didn’t have to have workman’s comp insurance. Now, it is a requirement by law.

Still, some roofing contractors skimp on this insurance because it’s pretty costly. But, if one of their employees gets hurt on your property, you could be the one forking over thousands of dollars for medical bills.

Bottom line, make sure the roofing company in Greenville SC that you hire has both forms of insurance.

But, don’t simply take their word for it. You should ask to see an insurance certificate to verify. In order for the certificate to be valid, it should include your name and address on it as proof that you are additionally covered in the event of an accident. It’s never a bad idea to call the insurance company to make sure the certificate is valid and that everything is covered.

Question #3: What Will You Do In the Event of Inclement Weather?

Even if the forecast says sunny for the next two weeks, we all know the weather guy isn’t always right.

If you work in an office or an indoor setting, a small change in the weather probably isn’t something you pay attention to. However, when you’re hiring a roofing contractor, weather should be at the forefront of your mind.

A rain storm that lasts for a few hours could potentially wreak havoc on the inside of your home. Therefore, you want to make sure your roofing company in Greenville SC has a plan in case the weather turns ugly.

You want to hire a company that will have some type of plastic sheeting or tarp on hand in the event of a storm. This will ensure that everything beneath the roof stays dry.

Also, if the storm lasts for several days, the company should be willing to come back and check that the covering is working and staying in place.

Question #4: Do You Have a Local Phone Number and Physical Address?

If your roofing company doesn’t have a full name and physical address, you’ll want to steer clear, as they likely could be trying to scam you.

You need a company that will be able to come back to fix any potential problems, so don’t hire anyone who can’t provide this information.

Question #5: Do You Offer a Warranty?

You’ll want to make sure your roofing company offers two types of warranties: a manufacturer warranty to cover the products themselves and a workman’s warranty offered by the workers installing the work.

The product warranty should be at least 25 years and the workman’s warranty should be for at least one year. Make sure to choose a company that offers both.

Question #6: Will You Remove My Old Roof?

Some roofers will try to convince you that they can save you time and money by inspecting the old roof and shingling over it if all looks well.

However, the only way to tell if the old shingles are damaged is to pull them up completely. Therefore, you don’t want a roofer to work on your house until they’ve completely removed the old roof.

Question #7: Do You Use Subcontractors?

Some roofing companies in Greenville SC, and other places choose to use subcontractors to help complete their work.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. However, you’ll want to make sure that these subcontractors have all of the same licenses and insurance that your contractors do.

Question #8: Can You Provide a Written Estimate?

While final costs are difficult to pinpoint, there is no reason your contractor can’t provide you with a  rough estimate for your roof repairs.

Doing so will help you avoid any surprises and conflict in the long run. Make sure the estimate includes the cost of removing the old roof, adding the new one in,  and any other likely road bumps that may come up.

Questions for Roofing Companies in Greenville, SC: Wrap Up

Hopefully, this article gives you more confidence about hiring a roofing company in Greenville SC.

If you have any more questions or would like a free estimate for your roofing job, please fill out our contact form and we will get back to you shortly.

Leaking Roof

9 Common Causes of a Leaking Roof

When you think of a leaking roof, you may think of a missing or broken shingle. But roofs are actually very complex, containing multiple places and pieces within them where something can go wrong.

Leaks can cause serious damage to your home if left un-repaired, so spotting leaks and getting them fixed is important.

Understanding more about the parts of your roof and what causes leaks will help you identify leaks quickly to resolve the issue and protect your home.

Read on, because today we’re going to talk about 9 common causes of a leaking roof.

Cracked Flashings

Flashings are pieces of metal that help redirect water away from joints and crevices in the roof. As an example, there is space that exists between your chimney or bathroom vent and the roof.

Water doesn’t care how small the crack is; it can get inside.

Flashings overlap the crevice to redirect water away from it to avoid leaks. While this material is very durable, it can leak if cracked.

Sourcing a leak isn’t always easy. But in the case of flashing cracks, you may have water pooling in your bathroom vent, stove fan, chimney or other places a flashing was used to redirect water.

Broken Shingles

Depending on the slope of your roof, broken shingles may or may not be easy to spot. But if you have a leak, a broken composite shingle may be the culprit.

On most roofs, it will appear as an oddly placed dark spot on the roof where the underlying material is showing. Shingled roofs are designed with overlapping shingles, so the shingle may not cause trouble at first. It certainly will if left unrepaired.

Some families actually venture out onto their roofs from time to time. A child may decide that the roof is a place to hide from parents and responsibility. Or someone may just want to get away to a quiet place. Regardless, the typical residential roof is not designed for frequent foot traffic.

While walking on the roof on occasion won’t hurt it and may actually help you spot problems, using the roof as an outdoor getaway will cause the roof to corrode more quickly.

Improperly Sealed Valleys

Most houses don’t have those triangle roofs that we drew as kids. Roofs are typically more complex with two or more peaks and the valleys that must accompany them.

These valleys can take a beating because they’re the low point of the roof. All of the water runs down the slope and through the valleys.

Because of this, they need a special barrier in the form of a valley flashing. If it’s not properly sealed or cracked — Voila! — leaking roof.

Cracked Vent Booting

Those pipes that stick up from your roof are vents to permit air and moisture to escape your home. They have a tight rubber ring placed around them called a boot as well as a flashing at the base to prevent leaks.

The booting can corrode and crack over time causing a leaking roof.

Ice Dam Build Up

If you lived in a cold climate, you might experience ice dams. A ridge of ice forms on the roof. This happens because your attic is warmer than the outside air. It partially melts the snow and ice, which runs down the roof and refreezes at the edges.

This dam prevents water from running off the roof. That water pools at the damn and will eventually corrode the roof.

In cold climates, removing this ice is a regular home maintenance task that those of us in South Carolina don’t have to deal with.

Skylight Woes

We love skylights. They allow the sunshine in to the house, which helps to brighten dark spaces. But when improperly sized, not properly sealed or when damaged over time, they can leak.

This could be a leak in the skylight itself or the flashing around it.

Clogged Gutters

Similar to the ice damn effect in very cold climates, clogged gutters can prevent water from properly running off your roof.

Water pools on the roof, which will cause corrosion.

If not cleaned, the gutters may also become heavy and disconnect from the house. Then water runs off the roof, but in non-ideal places which could cause basement or crawl space leaking as well. The lifespan of vinyl siding or other household materials may be diminished by runoff.

Cracked Chimney

Chimneys are typically made of bricks. These bricks are sealed together with mortar.

You may have seen a movie in which brick masons slather that gray paste over the bricks and then lay another layer of brick. This paste hardens connecting the bricks.

This mortar is highly durable. But over time the elements, land settling or foundation issues can cause the mortar, and sometimes the bricks themselves, to separate and crack.

The mortar needs to be replaced to stop the leaking roof.

Condensation in The Attic

So, you’ve repaired the leaking roof and all is well. Then you notice a musty smell from the attic. And perhaps the ceiling shows new signs of a leak.

It may not be a new leak at all. Moisture can become trapped in your attic. When the temperatures change and the inside is cooler than outside, this water will condense like the water on the outside of an iced tea.

This water may be enough to cause a drip into your living space. Or it may cause mold and mildew in your attic.

Blocked vents may be preventing moisture from escaping. They may have collapsed, become damaged, or clogged with leaf debris. Clearing them should resolve the moisture retention. If mold and mildew are severe, those may need separate treatment.

Leaking Roof? Don’t Delay

The roof is your home’s and family’s protection from the elements. While there are many causes for leaking roofs, all roof leaks should be handled sooner rather than later to avoid more serious damage to the home.

If you’ve got a leak, regardless of the cause, we’ve got the solution. We’ll work with you to protect your home. Contact us today for a free inspection.

Local Roofing Company in SC

7 Reasons to Hire a Local Roofing Company in SC

There is maybe nothing more frustrating and scary for a homeowner than having problems with your roof. Beyond the long term issues a roof problem can cause with the value of your home, the damage to property and peace of mind can multiply fast.

What’s worse is that it can be difficult to know where to turn. We have all heard the horror stories of roofing companies who fail to stand by their work, disappear overnight, or pass on their own financial issues to their clients.

Who can afford to add more problems to an already difficult situation? No, for homeowners with issues you need to hire a local roofing company in SC.

South Carolina residents need the best. Here’s why:

1. Lower Cost from a Local Roofing Company in SC

When the average homeowner in South Carolina thinks about hiring a roofing company their mind starts swirling with dollar signs. How can they afford the expense of hiring a professional roofing company?

But with today’s real estate market at all-time highs, you can’t afford not to protect the value of your home. And if you are thinking about saving some pennies by doing the project yourself, think again.

Most homeowners find that hiring a roofing company will definitely save money in the long run. For one thing, as long as your company is well reviewed by the Better Business Bureau you can be sure the work will be done right the first time.

There is nothing worse than the added expense of having to hire a contractor after you have already spent your own money trying to do a job.

A local roofing company in SC that is well reviewed will have the proper tools, employees, and experience to do the job more economically.

2. You Have The Benefit of Referrals

One of the other reasons it is best to hire a local roofing company in SC is that your friends and family will likely have experience with their services. All of us prefer to hire services we know are trustworthy and high value.

With a local provider, you can choose someone your friends and family recommend. Plus, they know you are part of a local network and can’t afford to cut corners or run away in the night.

Great referrals mean you are using a company that stands by their work.

3. Local Support

Like all businesses, there are discount roofing companies out there. The larger organizations can make bold claims about cost savings but do they really stand by their work?

Using a larger chain to order products over the internet is one thing. But can you afford to trust your roofing services to a company without a strong local presence?

You don’t just get the benefit of doing business with local members of your community by hiring a local roofing company in SC. In addition, you know they will have to stand by their work and support you if issues arise in the future.

4. You’re Investing In Your Community

Any service provider can make promises about cost savings and service quality. But if you are never going to see them again what is on the line for the company by making these promises?

We live in a culture that is increasingly suffering from poor customer service. If you try and phone one of the larger companies you may be placed on hold for long wait times or even have trouble talking to a human being.

Choosing a local roofing company in SC means doing business with someone who you will bump into in the grocery store, or see at Little League games.

They have to stand by their work as you will see and do business with mutual friends down the road. Plus, the best companies are always invested in the community.

Buying local means you are getting the best service and investing in the overall economy of South Carolina at the same time.

5. The Best Protection

Anyone who has done business with one of the larger companies knows that you need to watch out for the fine print. You can pay for a warranty only to find that you are not covered down the road.

Some roofing companies use the warranty of the products but don’t stand by their own work. In essence, you are getting short term cost savings without the full protection of craftsmanship.

With a local roofing company in SC, you get the best protection with your work. You can rest assured you are working with a company who is performing quality repairs that will last.

6. Fast Response

If you’ve ever had a roof problem you know it needs to be fixed immediately. With the hoops, you need to jump through with warranties and insurance adjustments the last thing you want it to wait to get on your roofing contractor’s schedule.

A local roofing company in SC can offer fast response and quick support that larger companies can’t

7. The Best Of Both Worlds

The best roofing companies have experience with industry leading practices and products. But they also have a wealth of local experience and support.

By no means should anyone trust their home to a small local company who isn’t bonded, insured, or well reviewed. But a local roofing company in SC with a proven track record offers the best of both worlds.

You get the customer service of a local company and the craftsmanship of an industry expert.

Trust The Experts

There is no doubt that there are more benefits to hiring a local roofing company in SC. But once you know that, which company do you pick?

You need someone who is trusted in the community and is licensed, bonded, and insured. They should have a wide range of experience in residential roofing as well as commercial roofing services.

Davis Contracting can help you with the roof repairs you need.

Don’t wait another day to remedy that long-standing roof issue. You need to protect your loved ones and your property from further damages and protect the value of your home.

Contact Davis Contracting for a free estimate or free inspection now.