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Professional Roofer Crystal Lake

Professional Roofer Crystal Lake

There are many things that impact the life of your roof in Crystal Lake, Illinois ranging from; Age, to weather impacts, ventilation, and general wear and tear. There are many important things you should know about your roof and Gen Ex Construction is here to help. We have been roof specialists, serving the Crystal Lake area since 2004! That is why Gen Ex Construction is the name people trust when it comes to roofing services in Crystal Lake, Illinois. That is why Gen Ex Construction is here, to provide you with the absolute BEST in roofing services.

Roof Repair Crystal Lake

One of the most important things to remember is that if your roof has 3 layers, then you have to tear off the entire roof.  This is a state statute. According to Illinois, there are only 2 layers of roofing allowed. Therefore, if you have an older home it is important to know how many times the roof has been redone. If you notice any of the warning signs on your roof, then it is time to consider whether it is better to repair or replace your roof.

If you are under that threshold then you might be a candidate for roof repair instead of replacement.  While you can always choose to repair a roof yourself, it is better to rely on a professional roofing repair service in your area. Gen Ex Construction has been serving Crystal Lake, Illinois with the best roof services since 2004!

The timing of the project:  We know the brutal winters, Crystal Lake, can have. Therefore the time of season should also be a point of wondering whether you should repair or replace.  The best time for roof repair, replacement, or installation is March through November.

What the Repair Entails:  If the repair is only going to fix one problem, whereas replacement gives your home better safety, then always choose replacement every time.  It is important to make sure that your family and our belongings are safe for the future. However, if it is a minor repair, that doesn’t compromise the structural integrity of your roof, then choose to repair the situation.

Cost v ROI:  Cost of the repair might be cheaper than replacing the whole roof. However, if you are considering moving soon or if you are looking at different roofing styles than the one you currently have, a new roof is actually more affordable because a new roof is a great selling point for your future home.

Types of Roofs

The materials that are used to make roofs are not the only thing that has advanced since the first homes. The shapes of the roofs and functions have also changed. While most are a result of the structural changes to the home, some are created as aesthetics all on their own, and some are designed to serve special functions as well.

  1. Flat Roof: As simple as the name, a flat roof has no peaks on it. Often used on warehouses, factories, and large structures. A Flat roof has the added benefit of the roof being used as an outdoor area. This is the most common roof seen in the major cities. It is also a style of roof seen on many modern and mid-century homes.
  2. Bonnet Roof: A bonnet roof has an additional section that covers the area around the edge of the roof with an overhang, often supported with pillars to provide people with protection while outside. This can be added to any of the other designs such as hip, gambrel or gable, but once the addition is made becomes a Bonnet Roof.
  3. Pyramid Hip Roof: This roof follows the same structural format of a Hip roof, except that instead of coming to a ridge, the flat sides of the roof come to a single point, often located in the middle of the structure.
  4. Saltbox Roof: This Roof is characterized as an inverted V over the structure, but has one side that he longer than the other. Giving this style of roof an offset look.
  5. Gambrel Roof: This is often called the “Barn roof.” This is due to the extensive use of Gambrel roofs on barns. This roof has 4 sections, two small shallow angled sections at the top, with two steeper sections adjacent to them.
  6. Gable & Valley Roof: This is a typical roof that people will see around suburban areas. This roof goes up to a ridge over the interior of the structure. This covers different sections of the home and meet up with other ridges, but have a line called valleys where they meet when at an angle to each other. These roofs are characterized by an inverted V shape at the ends. Interestingly, you can mix and match roof styles when building a gable and valley roof such as a gambrel and gable or gable and hop.
  7. Hip Roof: These are also common, unlike Gable roofs Hip Roofs slip upwards from all edges of the home, coming to a central ridge. This style can be fitted to homes that have any layout, and when the structure includes a cross footprint, the ridges meet at an inward slope.

Signs Your Home Needs A New Roof

If you think your roof needs repair or that your home needs roof replacement; keep your eye out for these warning signs:

  1. Leaks:  If you notice, holes or leaks, in your roof, you should consider calling a professional roofing service to come and inspect your roof to make sure it is still safe.
  2. Age: If your roof is at least 18 years old then you should call a professional roofing service to inspect your roof immediately.  After 18 years roofs start to break down and lose its ability to hold their integrity.
  3. Cracked Shingles:  Along with missing shingles, curling shingles, cracked shingles are just as serious a warning sign that you should consider getting a roof replacement.
  4. Dark Streaks:  This is a sign of airborne algae that has started to grow on your roof.
  5. Moss: If you have a moss covered roof, even if you like the aesthetic look, you can be opening yourself up to more problems.  Moss in between the shingles can actually hold moisture which in turn will actually damage the roof more.
  6. Curled shingle edges: If you notice the edges of your shingles curling up, or if you notice the shingle tabs are cupped, then this is a good indication that you should consider getting your roof replaced.
  7. Bald Spots: If your roof has several bald spots, where there are missing shingles you should definitely consider getting a professional roofing service to come out and inspect your roof.

Roofing Material

  • Composite Shingles: The most common type of roofing material. Composite shingles vary widely in quality meaning that they will last anywhere from 15-30 years on average. There are some higher quality composite shingles that are certified for 50 years, but that does not mean that will be how long they last. Composite shingles are the most common and are inexpensive to purchase and install.
  • Wood Shingles: Wood shingles are prone to weathering and decay, but come with a lifespan of around 25 years. To increase the lifespan broken shingles should be replaced quickly, and moss should be kept under control.
  • Tar and Stone: This style is typically used on flat roofs. This involves laying sheets down and covering them with tar to seal and keep water out. Then stones are spread on top to provide a strong protective layer from debris and hail.
  • Asphalt Roll: Easy to install and inexpensive, Asphalt roll is good for outdoor structures like sheds. With a lifespan of 5-10 years, it does not make a good material for homes.
  • Just like the variations in roofs, the material used to create them is also as diverse. Dirt, sticks, logs, and other materials were the original roofing materials, but we have come a long way since then. With modern capabilities and more durable materials, your roof can look great and function for years with little to no maintenance.
  • Wood Shake Shingle Roof: Similar to Wood Shingle roofs, wood shake shingles are thicker. This makes them more durable and able to resist UV light and weather better. Increasing the lifespan of wood roofs to 35-40 years. Wood shake shingle roofs can last for 50 or more years with proper maintenance. Replacing broken or warped shingles, removing debris, and making sure to keep Moss under control.
  • Slate Roof: With the longest lifespan of over 100 years, Slates are the most durable of all the roofing material. Slate roofs from 1500-1600 are still intact today. The drawback of Slate roofs is that they are heavy, requiring special trussing or reinforcement of the structure to be utilized.
  • Metal Roof: Becoming more popular are metal roofs. Typically used on free-standing structures, Standing Seam Metal Roofs are stronger and more durable. On average standing seam metal, roofs have a lifespan of 30-50 years.
  • Clay/Concrete Tile Roof: This is often seen in warmer climates. Durable and weather resistant. Clay can last 100 years or more. What can reduce the lifespan of a clay/concrete roof is how quickly the tiles break. Broken and cracked tiles should be replaced quickly. A common belief is that tile roofs are only usable in a warm climate, but if the proper tiles are selected this style can be used in colder climates as well.

Commercial Roofer Crystal Lake

Any business owner knows that having a successful business is all about quality. If the work done to your business’ roof isn’t done right, it can not only cost you more money to fix but customers as well. Having a job done right is all about the attention to detail. Using high-quality materials and skilled labor to install them means that you won’t have to worry about something going wrong.

Commercial Roof Crystal Lake

When it comes to your business, the right roof can make a big difference. Flat or sloped means your options are different. Flat roofs tend to be on wide or tall buildings such as strip malls, warehouses, and skyscrapers. These roofs are flat for a reason because most of the HVAC and exhaust equipment on the roof needs to be worked on, and a sloped roof means the potential for falling. Smaller buildings have sloped roofs much like homes. Some of these commercial buildings are homes that were converted into commercial buildings or older buildings, which present their own set of unique challenges. Either way, having extensive knowledge in both is what makes the difference. With an unlimited roofing license means that Gen Ex is certified to be able to work on all types of roofs.

Common Commercial roof types are:

  • PVC – Similar to the pipes that run throughout most homes. PVC roofs are one of the more durable options while still being lightweight. The heat welding process creates strong, lasting bonds that will last and is flexible while being UV resistant. The biggest downside to this roofing material is cost. PVC is one of the more expensive options and does not stand up as well in colder weather.
  • TPO – This roofing material is thermoplastic polyolefin roof. It is an inexpensive material that is lightweight. TPO is also white which reflects the heat from the sun helping to keep your building cool. The drawbacks of TPO roofing is in the manufacturing process. It is not consistent between different manufacturers and can shrink causing cracks. It is also not fire resistant, meaning a fireproofing process will need to be included.
  • EPDM – Also known as rubber roofing. This is an inexpensive roofing material that can resist UV rays and is lightweight, so your roof doesn’t have to be reinforced to support it. The downside to EPDM is that the material is easily punctured by hail or falling branches. It also is not very aesthetically pleasing to look at.

Professional Roofing Company Crystal Lake

Having a name you can trust makes all the difference. With years of experience and dedication to customer service, you will be glad that you called us. We pride ourselves on the positive things that our customers have to say about us. We don’t cut corners on our services or the products we use. So when you have a problem with your roof or siding, give us a call and we’ll be there to help whenever you need us with 24/7 emergency roofing service!

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