Roof Drain Installation : Great Option for Flat Roofs By Ron Ferris & Son

First off, Roof drain installation should be performed by a trained roofing professional.

Whether you own a home or business with a flat roof you will need to choose an option to quickly and effectively remove water from your roof.

Standing water can cause several problems. The growth of moss and mold are the least of your problems. Standing water will break down the outer protective finish on flat roofing materials. Flat roofing coating and seems (especially if installed improperly.) A twenty foot by twenty foot area with one inch of water weighs one ton. Your roofing system and decking is not designed to hold this kind of weight over a long period of time.

Roofing Rochester NYThere are several options on how to remove water from a flat or low slope roof. Gutters and downspouts are very common on residential flat roofs. Water follows the slope of the roof to the gutter and down the spout away from the house. This method however requires maintenance to avoid clogged downspouts.

A roof drain is another option. By using this method water is directed through a series of pipes internally. That is why it is paramount that proper roof drain installation is performed by a professional flat roofer. Is your roof drain or internal pipes leak, it can cause extensive damage to your underlying roof deck and buildings interior.

However a roof drain properly installed in a flat roof or low slope roof can be an extremely effective means to avoid standing water on your roof. If you need an expert roofer in Rochester NY to help you with this give us a call at 585-288-0895 or visit our site for more information!


Roof Algae / Mildew Discoloration

The last thing anyone wants to see on their new roof is discoloration. This is becoming a very common occurrence on new roofs in Greater Rochester and surrounding counties, and can be treated with prevention.

The discoloration does not mean your roof is defective, but it can be difficult to remove and is best left to a roofing professional. Pressure washing may be effective, but is often too powerful. Without the proper experience, you can unwillingly remove roofing shingles or their protective finish. Even a trained professional powerwasher can cause irreversible damage.

Our professional recommendation at Ron Ferris & Son is to install zinc stripping at the peaks of problem areas, These strips oxidize when the come in contact with the air. When this process happens, they release metal ions. When it rains or water is applied to the roof, the ions will travel breaking down the algae.

If you are having problems with algae or mildew on your roof call the professionals at Ron Ferris & Son! 585-288-0895

Prepare Your Roof For Spring – Tips from the Professionals at Ron Ferris & Son

Preparing your homes roof for spring can save you huge money by avoiding costly repairs caused by spring storms. Take an hour this weekend to see what effects late fall and winter have had on your roof.

Check for damage caused by winter snow and ice dams. Shingles and roofing support materials can be damaged by winters freeze and that cycles if water has penetrated the outer protective surface of your roof. Inspect all ventstacks, flashings, and chimneys for ice damage. Clay tile and slate roof owners need to pay special attention to any broken or shattered tiles.

Gutter and downspout inspection are important to make sure spring time rain is directed away from your roof and home. Clogged gutters can allow rain to get under the cave edge shingles causing damage to underlying decking or worse. Leaves, tree branches, and other materials can collect on your roof and gutter / downspout system. These can all wash together at the first big rain causing a clog and rain to back up.

The most important thing to remember when evaluating your roof this spring is SAFETY. We at Ron Ferris & Son offer inspection services. If you think your roof is in need of inspection or repair give us a call at 585-288-0895 or 315-524-8924 or visit our website at for more information!

Roofing Customers FAQ

Matthew from Ron Ferris & Son Presents his Roofing Customers most FAQ!

Q: How long will it take to perform my roofing tear-off ro re-roof?

A: 1-3 days is the average amount of time necessary but some larger projects may take longer.

Q: How long will my new roof last?

A: Most manufactures are for 30 years. We believe with the use of top quality products, proper installation and adequate ventilation it will outlast even that period of time.

Q: Do I ever deal with a subcontractor or salesman?

A: Never, you deal directly with one owner to coordinate your project and directly with another to perform your job.

Q: How long have you been in business and are you reviewed?

A: we have been in business since 1979, running 3 generations strong. You can check us out on  BBB, Angieslist, and the BCB.

Q: How many layers of roofing can I install?

A: NYS roofing code states it is unwise and unsafe to install more than 2 layers of roofing. We WILL NOT install a 3rd layer.

Q: Are you insured?

A: Yes we have full workman’s comp and liability insurance. You are always protected when working with Ron Ferris & Son

Q: Do you take measures to protect my home and landscaping?

A: We not only take every measure possible to protect your home and landscaping, but we provide clean walkways and thorough clean up to ensure your family and pet’s safety.

Q: Do you “price match” competitors?

A: Although we strive to provide our customers with the most competitive pricing as possible, we will not sacrifice our employee safety or the quality of our work to do so.

Q: Will ice/water shield prevent ice damage?

A: No. Ice/water shield will not prevent ice damming, but we install our ice/water shield 6 ft. high on all roof eaves and finish it with only the highest quality GAF roofing materials to ensure that ice and water cannot penetrate your new roofing system

For more information visit our website @ or call 585-288-0895!