Rochester NY Roof Shoveling and Ice Removal
It is important to remove snow and ice from your roof, as even the strongest roofs can develop structural problems and form leaks from snow damage. The main problem that occurs is when the snow melts and re-freezes, resulting in more weight from the ice that forms. If this happens too often without getting shoveled you could develop a roof leak or worse yet, structural damage. The first thing to take into consideration is safety. Before climbing up onto your roof you must first evaluate the situation. A steep roof may not be safe to walk on, try to find a flat stable area. To further ensure your safety, call a roofing professional in Rochester NY.
Avoid damage to your roof. When you start to shovel you are going to want to shovel gently to avoid damaging the roof’s surface coating. Be sure to use a lightweight, telescoping “roof rake.” This will make your job much easier. Shovel down to about an inch within the roofs surface. If you have ice dams, you can chop channels to relieve melting snow above, but be careful not to chop too deep and damage the surface of your roof. This type of practice should be left only to a roofing company in Rochester NY.
Be sure to watch for people, shrubs, and vehicles when shoveling, to avoid harming them. Once the snow and ice dams are cleared from your roof, carefully make your way back to the ladder and make your way back to the ground.
Removing snow from your roof can be a very dangerous task, so if you do not feel comfortable doing so please give us a call! Personal safety is important and some of your best tools are good judgment and common sense. At Ron Ferris and Son, one of our roofing services in Rochester is roof shoveling and ice removal. We have a standard method we use to clean snow along roof eaves to prevent ice dams and leaking. This usually involves clearing the first 3-6 feet along the bottom eaves and in valleys or around roof dormers. If necessary we will also chop channels in ice dams if they have already formed, but by then it is sometimes too late. Most insurance companies will tell you to clear any snow measuring 6” or more and most roofing manufactures suggest clearing anything over 2-3 inches. Ice damming can occur fast and within a matter of a few days a home’s roof deck, insulation and interior can sustain water damage.
So call the professionals today at 585-750-6757 or request a free estimate online and we will assess the best option to suit your specific roofing needs!
How to Install Roofing Shingles in Rochester NY
Installing roofing can be a difficult, dangerous job and should most times not be attempted by homeowners, especially if you have only a small amount of roofing installation knowledge and experience. It is very important that you do a quality roof tear off and roof deck preparation before installing new roofing shingles otherwise you are risking the integrity of your new roof. A poorly prepared deck and quickly turn into a leaky roof or unsightly humps in new roofing shingles. Failure to tear old roofing down to roof decking will void most shingle manufacturer’s warranties, or severely limit its coverage
If you are using the same roof decking, carefully inspect each and every square foot for leftover debris, nails, and be sure that all decking is still properly fastened, if not re-nail existing decking to prevent future damage to shingles or underlayment’s. After that we suggest to apply 6 feet of ice and water shield on all eaves, dormers, and valleys. We also suggest installing 12 inches of pre-bent aluminum in all of the valleys to prevent those areas from wearing out before your new roof does!
At Ron Ferris and Son we would then cover the rest of the exposed roofing deck with a synthetic-scrim reinforced felt. If you are doing this on your own is sure to pull this felt as tight as possible. Also remember to overlap all length seems 3” and lay seems 6” on ice water shield and synthetic felts. At this point you can apply the metal drip edge around all the eaves and outside roof edges. You may want to cut your hole for your ridge vent at this point because you have the added “walkability” of the synthetic felt, and won’t get sawdust on your new roofing shingles.
You can now proceed to install your “starter shingle” course to the bottom eave but make sure to offset the seams of the starter shingle and the first course of your roofing shingles. You can now apply your chosen asphalt roofing shingles following the shingle manufacturer’s installation instructions. We recommend 6 nails per shingle, not 4, to increase wind resistance. Next install your ridge caps and attic ventilation system and with adequate intake at your soffits. You now have a properly balanced, complete roofing system! If this process sounds overwhelming, call us! We are Rochester’s roofing specialists. We will be more than happy to provide you with a free roofing ventilation assessment.
One of our owners will guide and educate you every step of the way, from estimation to installation, the pros at Ron Ferris and Son have all your roofing services in Rochester NY covered!
Call the professionals today at 585-750-6757 or request a free estimate online and we will assess the best option to suit your specific roofing needs! Picture shingle master
How Much Does a New Roof Cost in Rochester NY
There is no definitive answer as to “how much does a new roof cost” without an estimate from a certified roofing company like Ron Ferris and Son. Roofing estimates in Rochester NY can vary greatly depending upon a few considerations;
· Size of the roof
· Materials to be used
· New construction roofing
· Roofing tear off
· Cedar shake tariff with new roof deck
· Type of home
· Warranties provided
From there you should consider getting estimated from certified, insured roofing companies. Many roofing contractors in Rochester will provide a free estimate for their services. Be careful to evaluate contractors thoroughly. They must be; certified roofers, insured roofers, Master Shingle Applicators, and provide lifetime warranties with algae protection. Also make sure to ask for proof of workers comp/liability insurance as well as past customer references. Be sure to check reviews and use a BBB, BCB A+ rated contractor.
Be sure to evenly compare materials to be used and limits of warranty. Our lifetime transferable warranties are a 50 year non-prorated warranty covering all materials, old roofing tear off, re-roofing, and the cost of disposal. Many manufacturer warranties only cover the cost of materials. This warranty can only be provided by a Shingle Master Company whose workforce is made up of Master Shingle Applicators and have performed comprehensive training and testing programs through CertainTeed.
Our Integrity Roofing System is built around an asphalt composition designer shingle weighing in at a class leading 240lbs per square. That is 50lbs heavier than GAF Timberline. More weight per square means more granules and asphalt which equals better, longer lasting protection for your home.
As with anything, higher quality is probably going to warrant a slightly higher installation fee. Do not focus your attention only on the cost, but the quality of your new lifetime roofing system. “Cheap is never good and good is never cheap” is easily forgotten as a home improvement as expensive as a new roof in Rochester NY. The value and beauty of a quality roof installation will last long after the cost factor has been forgotten.
Are you ready for only the best quality roofing components installed by factory trained applicators and protection with a 50 year transferable, non-prorated warranty? Then call the pros at Ron Ferris and Son! One of our owners will personally guide you from estimation to installation to ensure a worry-free roof replacement in Rochester NY! Call the professionals today at 585-750-6757 or request a free estimate online and we will assess the best option to suit your specific roofing needs!