Roof Pitch and How To Choose The Proper Roofing Materials

When choosing a roofing material to replace your existing roof you have a variety of options: composite, asphalt, wood, slate, metal, rubber, roll roofing, etc. But the roofing material that is right for your specific application can definitely be affected by one major factor, the roof pitch. For example, you may think you want asphalt roofing shingles but if the pitch( or slope) of your roof is too low you may be forced to use roll roofing. Roofing pitch by definition is the sloped or angle of your roof.

Roof pitch is designated by two numbers divided by a slash or colon. Whether a slash or a colon is used, these numbers represent a ratio such as 2:12 or 10/12. The first number (numerator) represents the vertical height while the second number (denominator) represents the horizontal length. For roofing purposes the denominator will always be 12 to make things easier mathematically. For example: a roof pitch of 10/12 means that for every 12 horizontal feet the roof raises 10 feet. Another way to look at it is for every 10 feet the roof raises there is 12 horizontal feet. On average roof pitches range from 4/12 to 8/12 with more extreme pitches being at 12/12. Low pitch home’s were more common in the 1960’s and 1970’s while intricate, modern design home tend to have greater slopes, sometimes as much as 14/12 or more.

Contemporary style homes and commercial/ industrial buildings with a pitch of 3/12 or less require rolled roofing that is either self adhering or torched down. Asphalt roofing shingles are meant to shed water, not withstand “pooling” water. A watertight seal is necessary to allow for slow drainage or “standing” water. Some standing seam metal roofs can also be used on roofs with a pitch less than 3/12 where water will drain off too slow for traditional shingles.

For homes and businesses with a roof pitch of 4/12 or greater asphalt and composite roofing shingles are a perfect choice. Affordable and durable, asphalt roofing shingles are still the number one choice of over 95% of homeowners in America. They come in a wide variety of styles and colors and when installed properly can provide long lasting protection as well as increased home value. Another excellent choice, although not as popular is metal roofing. The installation of a metal roof can be much more expensive initially but can provide longer lasting durability, fire and wind resistance over time.

Finally for structures with a roof pitch of 5/12 or greater cedar shake, slate or tile shingles can be installed. These types of roofing material do not seal or lock together and are more susceptible to water leakage than asphalt, composite or metal roofing. For this reason they rely more upon a greater roof pitch to effectively shed water. Keep in mind that these designations are not necessarily exclusive to each roofing type, for example roll roofing is commonly used on low slope roofing but can also be used on a steep pitched roof if you desire.

If you are interested in learning more about the pitch of your roof or what roofing materials might work best for your specific needs call the roofing professionals at Ron Ferris and Son Roofing. We have been helping home and business owners protect their properties for over 35 years. Call for a free roofing estimate today at 585-288-0895 or visit us online @



Rochester NY Roof Repair


Rochester NY has seen more than its fair share of rain during the spring and summer months of 2017. With every rain storm that rolls in you may find yourself in a state of panic if you have been putting off a much needed roof repair. Most roof repairs start off small and can cost hundreds of dollars to fix, but if left untreated can grow into a costly fix of several thousand dollars. A roof repair that seems expensive now will only grow over time which means more money out of your pocket and more damage to your home.

A simple roof repair can easily turn into a roofing system that is no longer able to resist wind and rain, resulting in damage to your roof decking and insulation. Wet roof decking and insulation can cause mold and mildew in your home’s attic or crawlspace, becoming a health hazard. Unless you want to deal with mold, fallen interior ceiling or a possible roof collapse, now is the time to fix that leaky roof. In some cases a major storm or severe weather can cause the need for a roof repair, but other times the roof is just old and in need of a roof replacement.

Whether you are in need of a simple roof repair or complete roof tear off, there is more than just the cost to be considered when selecting a roofing contractor. Make sure to choose a roofer with a long standing reputation for quality work in your community and who is fully insured with workman’s comp and liability insurance. Check for online reviews of satisfied customers and ask your roofer questions about your roof repair to ensure they have the knowledge to fix it properly. Question whether or not the work will be sub contracted out and if not, are the shingle applicators factory certified to ensure the installations meets warranty standards. Make sure the owner will be inspecting the work once it is completed for quality control. Most importantly make certain your roofing company provides you with a personal workmanship warranty, as a manufacturer’s warranty will not cover a roof repair or an improperly installed roof replacement.

Roof repairs and sometimes roof replacements can be covered by your homeowner’s insurance so contact your insurance provider before you start calling roofing companies in Rochester NY. Always get more than one estimate and be sure to compare apples to apples. If one estimate seems to good to be true…..they are probably not providing you with quality materials, installation and warranty. If you need help finding your way through a much needed roof repair or replacement call the professionals at Ron Ferris and Son Roofing today at 585-288-0895 or visit our website to schedule a free roofing estimate.

Rochester NY Roofing Installers

Over 90% of homes in America have asphalt roofing shingles. These roofs typically last 20-25 years depending on the quality of materials used. If you have asphalt shingles on your home that are past this age, there is a good chance it may be time to replace your roof. The most obvious signs that your roof has reached it’s life expectancy are cracking, curling, warped or missing shingles. A sagging  or spongy roof can also be a good indication that your roof decking is in need of replacement. Check your roofing gutters for a layer of gritty stones. These are the granules from your roofing shingles that help protect them from damaging UV rays. If they are present in your gutters that means they are no longer protecting your shingles or your home. A more serious sign of the need for a roof replacement is leakage or moisture in your attic which if left untreated can lead to mold or structural damage.

Rochester NY roofing installers are easy to find but you want to find a reputable roofing contractor to help you determine what solution will be  best for your specific roofing needs. Start by finding a roofing contractor who is fully insured as well as factory trained and certified. This will protect you while their employees are working on your home and ensure that your new roof installation complies with shingle manufacturers warranty standards. Next, make sure the potential roofing companies you interview provide not only a comprehensive material warranty but also a personal workmanship warranty. Make sure your roofing specialist checks the roof flashing’s to see if they need to be replaced and that they don’t use roofing tar instead of replacing them. A qualified roofer will make sure you already have or will install adequate roofing ventilation. Local housing codes and shingle manufacturer warranty standards insist upon one square foot of attic ventilation per 300 square feet of attic space.

Ron Ferris and Son Roofing are the best roofing installers in Rochester NY. We are Angieslist Super Service providers as well as an A+ rated member of the BBB. Our family owned and operated roofing company has been ” Installing peace of mind since 1979.” We are factory trained and certified by Americas leading asphalt shingle manufacturers. Our owner is on every job we perform and we never use subcontractors. Our owner will meet with you directly and plan our schedule to fit yours. If you think you need a new roof or a roof repair on an old roof call us today and find out how easy getting a new roof can be. Call the pros at Ron Ferris and Son Roofing today at 585-288-0895 or visit us at to schedule a free roofing estimate.

Rochester NY Gutter Cleaning

With exception to your roof, a rain gutter system is one of your home’s only lines of defense against water damage. Gutters catch rain that is shed from your roof and carry it to a safe location away from your home’s foundation and landscaping. If they are not maintained and kept clean, damage can occur to your siding, landscapes, driveway and foundation. Many different types of dirt and debris collect in your gutters but the most common are organic plant matter, sticks and leaves from surrounding trees and roofing granules. These dirt and debris will create clogs in your gutters and downspouts that will prevent them from safely moving water away from your home.

To prevent damage and keep water flowing as it should, regular gutter cleaning in Rochester NY is essential. You should clean your gutters a minimum of every six months, especially after fall and just before heavy spring rain begins. Some homes in heavily treed areas may even require cleaning every three months. Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your home and gutters if your gutters are not properly cleaned before winter. Ron Ferris and Son can help you make sure your gutters are cleaning consistently and check for necessary repairs to your gutters. Cleaning your gutters yourself can be a very dangerous job, best left for a fully insured professional.

Gutters should always be cleaned by hand and never with a blower or power washer. Blowers and pressure washers can damage your gutters or fascia and make a real mess on your siding. Downspouts should also be disconnected and tested to ensure proper drainage. A reputable gutter cleaning company will remove all debris from the job site when they leave. Make sure the gutter cleaning service you choose are properly insured and promote job site safety. Ron Ferris and Son provides professional, fully insured gutter cleaning services and we stand behind out work with a  100% satisfaction guarantee.

Ron Ferris and Son has been providing homeowners clean and maintained gutter service since 1979. We are A+ members of the BBB and Angieslist Super Service provider. We serve Monroe and Wayne county and offer gutter cleaning starting at $69.99. When it comes to maintaining your gutters, prevention is key. Call today and find out how easy getting your gutters cleaned can be. Call us at 585-288-0895 or visit us at to schedule a free gutter cleaning estimate.

Home Buyer’s Guide To Roofing in Rochester NY

When searching for a new home in Monroe or Wayne county one of the things potential home buyers tend to overlook is the age and functionality of the roof. Purchasing a home or place of business in Rochester NY is an expensive investment and overlooking issues with an old roof could wind up costing you thousands of dollars. Below is a detailed list of some of the things to be sure to inspect on the roof before buying a home.

First conduct a visual inspection of the roof to see if there are any obvious issues. Some obvious telltale signs you should watch out for are:

  • Loose, missing, curled or buckled shingles
  • Presence of moss, black streaking or rust spots near furnace pipes
  • Excessive amounts of tar or roofing sealants
  • Missing roof flashings or worn out rubber around bathroom pipe flashings

It is also important to check the gutters for roofing granules as this is a sign that the roof is worn out and is no longer protecting the interior of the home. Be sure to inspect the home’s interior ceilings and attic for signs of water leaks. If left untreated, a roof leak can lead to serious issues with mold, decreased value of your home’s insulation and structural damage. Some signs that a roof leak are present are:

  • Water spots or daylight showing around or near chimneys, roof flashings, roof valleys and roof vents
  • Water stains on ceilings
  • Peeling of paint or discoloration on overhangs, soffits and fascias
  • Water stains or mold on the underside of roof decking

Mold growing on the underside of the roof decking can also be a good indication of an inadequate roofing and attic ventilation. If you are planning on buying a home or you are just concerned with the condition of the roof on your current home, your best choice is to contact a reputable roofing contractor to perform a roof inspection. Ron Ferris and Son Roofing has been helping homeowner’s in the Rochester area replace and repair their roofs since 1979.

Over 35 years of roofing field experience and knowledge is what sets us apart from our competition and ensures you the highest chances of achieving a stress free home purchasing experience. We are Rochester NY’s residential roofing specialists. Our owner will inspect your roof and provide a detailed plan to replace or repair your existing roof. We are fully insured for roofing and provide free roofing estimates. Or complete devotion to customer satisfaction is what has earned us an A+ rating with the BBB,BCB and Angieslist customers. Call today and see how easy getting a new roof or repairing your existing roof can be at 585-288-0895.

How Good Is Your Roof Warranty


Why should you even worry about the warranty on your new roof? Your contractor told you they were lifetime shingles right? Wrong!  A new roof in Rochester NY is a huge investment, usually thousand of dollars and one you hope to make only once or twice in your life. Should a problem occur with your new roof, knowing what your warranty covers could save you big money. While material defects are rare, it could cost more to remove and replace as the roof originally cost, so make sure you understand the warranty being presented to you.

There are two distinct types of coverage provided in a roofing warranty- one covers material defect and one covers workmanship errors. Two thirds of all roofing problems are caused by improper installation, not with materials. Make sure the roofing company you choose offers a strong personal workmanship warranty and has a reputation of standing behind his work. Ask for references and check third party reviews such as BBB or Angieslist.

When evaluating the strength of a shingle manufacturer’s warranty  consider:
–   Who do you file a claim with in the event of a problem
–   Is removal and disposal cost of defective material included
–   What  is the warranty for wind damage
–  Is there a warranty against moss and for how long
–  Will the shingle manufacturer cover the roofers workmanship

Make sure to choose a roofing specialist  who is factory trained and certified through one of America’s leading shingle manufacturers. Only a certified roofing contractor can provide a true lifetime warranty and upgrades to your new roof warranty. Choose a roofer with a long standing history of quality installations. Most roofing companies stay in business lees than ten years,  which is much less than the life of your new roof.  Where will you turn then, when you have a problem with their installation.

The pros at Ron Ferris and Son Roofing have been provided the industry’s most comprehensive written warranties since 1979. We provide a lifetime shingle warranty on all qualifying complete roof replacements and an ironclad 15 year personal workmanship warranty. Our in house applicators are factory trained and certified – and every completed project is subject to a stringent quality review. Call us today @ (585)288-0895 and see how easy getting a new roof can be!

Spring Roofing FAQ’s

Q: Can I repair my old roof or does it need to be replaced?
A: A leaking roof should be addressed immediately but does not always call for a complete replacement. Repairs can be performed to stop leaks, but multiple leaks, blow offs and widespread issues will almost certainly require replacement.

Q: Should I have my old roof removed before installing a new roof?
A: If your home only has one layer of shingles, a reroof may be possible. If you have more than one existing layer of roofing or cedar shake shingles then a tear off is required to adhere to local building codes and warranty standards. Problems with roof decking and roof flashings will not be addressed with a reroof and could lead to future problems or premature failure of your new roof. Roofing experts estimate that the life of your new roof can be reduce by up to 20% if installed over a pre existing roof.

Q: What is the best roofing material to use on my house?
A: There are so many high quality residential roofing products available from asphalt roofing shingles to stone coated steel shingles. While each carry their own advantages over the other both are capable of increase your home’s curb appeal and providing long term durability if installed properly. Consumers should also keep in mind the strength of the product warranty when choosing a roofing material.

Q: Why did my roofing contractor tell me my porch is too flat for shingles?
A: Roofing manufacturers and municipal building codes will allow for the installation of asphalt shingles on roofs with a pitch as low as 2  1/2: 12( 11 degrees) of slope. However, a qualified roofer with your best interests in mind will not recommend shingles for any area with a slope less than 4: 12( 18 degrees). Asphalt roofing systems are only effective at shedding water,they are not effective  at withstanding ” pooling” water. Gravity and roof slope are essential for shingles to work properly.

Q:I have several roofing estimates, why do they vary so much in price?
A: There are several factors that will determine what price your contractor presents you with. Everything from the materials they use, the insurance they do or don’t carry, whether they use sub contractors and have commissioned salesman. If you have one estimate that seems to good to be true, it probably is. Most low bid roofers are uninsured and follow substandard installation practices.

Q: My roof was installed this winter, was it too cold for them to due a good job?
A: Asphalt roofing manufacturers have no predetermined standards regulating what temperature is too cold to install a new roof. To ensure a better installation as your contractor to store the materials in a heated area and only bring enough to complete each day’s work. Also request that they hand nail the fasteners when applying the shingles and use 6 nails per shingle. This technique is known as ” storm” nailing and will protect against blow offs until warmer weather can activate the sealing strips.

Do you have a question about your roof? Ron Ferris and Son Roofing has been helping homeowners protect their homes in the Greater Rochester Area since 1979! Call us today @ (585)288-0895 and see how easy getting a new roof can be.

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