Tag Archives: Roof Repairs

Buildings.com “The Top 10 Most Common Roof Problems”

Have you ever wondered about the most common roof problems? This list, compiled by Buildings.com, focus’ mostly on built-up roofs (BUR).

  1. Roof leaks and moisture
  2. Blow-offs, tenting, reduced wind uplift resistance, and billowing
  3. Poor installation and unsatisfactory workmanship
  4. Lack of maintenance
  5. Ponding water
  6. Punctures and the addition of penetrations post-installation
  7. Safety
  8. Improper repairs
  9. Shrinkage
  10. Blistering

Some of these seem obvious, when water is dripping into your building, there is a problem.  However, ponding water, shrinkage or blistering are not something that can be seen from the ground.  Having a proper and ongoing maintenance plan can catch these problems prior to a big storm saving building owners money.

Have you experienced any of these problems at your home or business? Give Matt Bogosian (615-627-0207) a call for all your roof maintenance and repairs.

Read about the complete list at Buildings.com

RDH News: Roofing Estimator

Steve Righter

Steve Righter: Estimator

Steve Righter,

Roofing Estimator,

Over the last thirty years, Steve held many titles including roofing installer, foreman and estimator.  He also owned his own roofing business for twenty-three years in Chattanooga prior to joining our firm as an estimator in 2007.  He has a Bachelors of Religious Education from Tennessee Temple University.

His overall estimating duties include sales and estimating, design and specification, supervision, approving submittals and work orders and developing and maintaining new and existing relationships with building owners, homeowners and General Contractors.

Achievements & Associations:

  • Tennessee Residential Building License-2004
  • Continuing Education Credit for Building License.
  • CPR Certified

Feel free to contact him:

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Imagine your New Roof

Wouldn’t you like to see what your house would look like with new shingles, metal or slate?

Some manufacturers allow you to design your house (or one similar) with the shingles of your choice and color.

Changing Colors

Changing Colors

Find your perfect shingles to match the style of your home or you:

Or just browse through colors, styles and materials for inspiration.

Roof Repairs: Gutters & Downspouts

When should I clean out my gutters?”

Clogged Gutter

Clogged Gutter

This is a question we get asked often and the answer is twice a year, spring & fall, or more often if you have large trees in your yard.  Organic debris falling onto your roof mixes with shingle granules and then goes straight into your gutter and downspouts.  Larger materials like leaves or twigs gather at the downspout opening and prevent the rainwater from following the correct path.  Instead water pours over the front edge of the gutter potentially damaging the foundation or flooding a basement.  Or water backs up under the shingles sending water pouring down the interior walls of your building.  Excessive moisture to soffits, fascia, and wood framing causes rot and causes them to no longer be structurally sound.  Leaving organic waste in your gutters for years causes decomposition and creates slime perfect for growing  small plants and trees.  These can cause additional problems due to weight and root damage.

Watch for reduced amounts of water exiting your downspouts, water overflowing the gutters or algee or small plants as indications of gutter problems.

If you choose the DIY route for your gutter cleaning, use proper safety precautions including ladder safety, gloves and eye protection and our checklist.

Checklist for Cleaning Gutters

Clear the downspout

Clear the downspout

  • Clean out the gunk– focus on clearing the downspouts and use the organic debris for your compost
  • Check the gutter supports – replace any missing or loose spikes with OMG FastenMaster & fasten through the fascia to the rafters.
  • Repair leaks – chisel off the old caulking & allow to dry. Use new bead silicon sealing to fill holes or seams.
  • Downspout fasteners – rivets can come loose or be gone completely. Use a rivet gun to re-secure the rivets.
  • Thoroughly clean gutters and downspouts – Flush with water to eliminate any lingering debris.

We offer gutter cleaning and repair so you can keep your feet on the ground.  Call us today to have your roof inspected and gutters cleaned.

Roof Repairs: Drains, Overflows & Scuppers

Our roof was holding water and now its leaking!”

Standing water on roof

Standing water on roof

Simple roof maintenance will prevent many of these problems on a majority of low-sloped roofs.

Getting water off the roof as quickly as possible is very important. Especially on a flat roof, because when drains are blocked water will pond on the roof. This increases the chance for a severe leak to occur.

Roof drain clogged with organic debris

Roof drain clogged with organic debris

It is important to have your drains cleaned at least 2 times per year. When your drains are blocked and after many heavy rain storms your roof will look like the first photo. If this amount of water finds a way into the building it is going to cause excessive damage to the interior.

Trash in the downspouts

Trash in the downspouts & scuppers

It is not uncommon for trash to end up on a roof. Kids love to throw there empty bottles on roof as they walk by. Occasionally these bottles make their way to your downspouts. This can result in a  waterfall along your building.

What to look for:

  • Standing water – if you have windows overlooking your roof, look out after a hard rain storm, water should be completely gone after 6-8 hours.  If not, use a ladder to access the roof and check after a rain storm.  Lingering water is an indication of problems and serves as a breading ground for mosquitoes.
  • Clear drainage – look at the second and third images: organic or trash can block water paths and cause standing water and damage.
  • Repair drains – visually inspect after the removal of debris and replace damaged drain baskets.  Caulk as necessary any damaged areas of
  • Thoroughly clean  – Flush with water to eliminate any lingering debris.

We offer drain, overflow and scupper cleaning and repair so you can keep your feet on the ground.  Call us today to have your roof inspected and gutters cleaned.

Roof Repairs: Blown Off & Loose Shingles

Spring and early Summer are the perfect times to visually inspect your roof.  Start by walking around your home or business and looking for loose, missing or damaged shingles.

Missing and blown off shingles

Shingles damaged due to high winds

Blown off shingles are pretty common after a storm.  Once gone, typically a fastener or two becomes exposed under the shingle.  Water can get into the building around these fasteners.

In the second photo, the shingles and felt are gone exposing the wood deck. Continual water onto exposed untreated wood quickly leads to rot and greater expense to the owner.

Shingles completely gone and exposed deck

Exposed decking

The last photo shows about 15 shingles that came loose as a section.  The most likely cause for a larger area to slide is improper fastening when the roof was installed.

Shingles loose & Sliding

Shingles loose & sliding

Shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible to ensure the longest life of your roof and to protect your home.  Qualified roofers are able to fix these problems quickly and not further damage your roof in the process.

We advise having your roof inspected and gutters cleaned semi-annually to catch simple problems before they become big headaches. Having your roof inspected even when you don’t have a leak is important. Sometimes you can have problems that are hard to see from the ground.

Leaking Roof: Step-by-Step Guide for Repairs

This morning you woke up after another strong storm blew through and you sense something is wrong. As you walk to get your first cup of coffee, you hear a drip. Entering your kitchen, you notice a puddle of water on the floor and your ceiling is wet. You have a roof leak. Don’t panic. This is a common occurrence and one that can be fixed.

So what do you do next?

Missing Shingles

When you walk around your building, missing shingles are a good indication of a problem.

  • You first need to contain the leak.
  • Dry the area and get some type of catch pan underneath the leak. This prevents further damage and gives you time to figure out your next move.
  • Go outside and  inspect your roof.
  • If this is your home, go ahead and take a walk around the house and see if you see anything unusual.  Blown off shingles or loose flashing around a chimney are good indications of the source of your leak.
  • If this is a business and you can’t get on the roof, that is understandable. Note where the leak is and be prepared to show our technicians the room that has water.

Is your roof under warranty?

If it is, you should have a copy of the warranty filed away. Most roof manufacturers require the owner to report the leak to directly to them first. The manufacturer then contacts the roofing contractor to come do the repair. This is an important step. Manufacturers are getting stricter on how they handle claims.

If your roof is not under warranty, or you are not sure, you can now move on to calling RD Herbert and Sons.

What should you expect when you call us?

Once we receive a leak call at the shop we will need some information from you. Prepare this prior to your call to make the process smoother.

  • your contact information
  • type and age of your roof
  • the leak locations
  • any restrictions on gaining access to the room where the leak occurred or to the roof.

We create a service ticket and add you into our rotation. We service the majority of our leaks on a first call, first serve basis. If you have an emergency, we will do our best expedite your ticket.

Where is the water coming from?

Metal apron flashing

The metal apron flashing between the siding & roof pulled away leaving raw wood exposed. This allows water into your home.

When people look up and there is a leak, the most common assumption is that the roof is the problem.  However, the exterior of a building composed of multiple different systems all tied in together to form your building envelope. In addition to the roof you have walls, windows, floors, and the flashings that tie them all together. Because of this it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint where a leak is coming from.

When we go to fix a leak we try to fix the most obvious things first. We fix the defects that we can see in and around the area of the leak. We do this to eliminate these areas as the source of the leak and to keep costs low to you. Most of the time, this solves your crisis and we are done. However, sometimes a leak is more complicated than it appears. It could be coming through brick, traveling from a defect 30 feet away, or even coming from a air conditioning unit. Because of this you need to be prepared to monitor that area the next couple times it rains. If it leaks again, we need to go into a more in depth investigation of your problem.

Ultimately we are here to help solve problems for our customers. Nothing makes us happier than a customer that is happy with our work. A roof leak can be a stressful situation. Make sure you follow the steps above and you will make it through just fine.

RDH News: New Personnel

 

Matt Bogosian

Matt Bogosian: Maintenance Division Manager

Matt Bogosian,

Maintenance Division Manager

At The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Matt earned a degree in Economics and a Minor in Business Administration.  Matt manages the maintenance division for RD Herbert and Sons. He has extensive training in leak detection, preventative maintenance, roof analysis, and customer service. Matt’s experience in the construction and building products industry totals 10 years with an emphasis on roofing, coatings, and building envelope solutions.  Daily job duties include estimating repairs, scheduling the repair technicians, customer relations, and obtaining new clients for the company.

The Maintenance Division’s goal is to provide the best experience for RD Herbert customers as possible. When someone calls the maintenance department they usually have a problem. The maintenance department’s goal is to provide a solution that fits the customer’s needs. While fixing leaks is our main job, we believe in Preventative Maintenance. PM is the single best way to extend a roofs life cycle.

Feel free to contact him:

Matt Bogosian: 615-394-1369

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Project Gallery

Check out our project gallery for a glimpse of our work.  These include projects from Commercial, Residential, Green Roof, Architectural Sheet Metal and Custom Metal Fabrication.  If you would like to see more on certain project, click on the photo and it will link to our website for additional photos and information.  Remember that this is only a small sample of what our company is capable of doing.

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