Few things match the rise in stress levels for a homeowner when you discover water pouring through the ceiling during a rainstorm. Running for buckets will save your furniture and flooring, but imagine what all that water has done to your house before you even knew you had a problem.
A leaky roof is very frustrating, and that is why you need us to take care of it. Our roofers don’t quit until we find the source of the leak and stop it in its tracks. You don’t need to be at home for us to do our job. Our goal is to complete the roof repair on the same day. You can count on us to take down your stress and allow you to get on with your day.
One tiny roof leak left unattended is enough to breach the waterproof seal on your home and leave it wide open to water damage. Once moisture gets inside, mildew, rot and mold weaken the structure of your home. Black mold is a highly toxic substance that can be deadly. In many cases you will be forced to evacuate your home to have it removed. Fixing roof problems is not something that can wait until later.
It may seem easier to wait until it is convenient or your budget allows you to have roof repairs done, but you will pay far more for the delay. Roof leaks, no matter how small develop into complications that lead to very costly repairs and renovations. The interior structure of your home is not waterproof, and when exposed to excess moisture it simply deteriorates and becomes unstable. The cost to repair a small leak is minimal compared with ripping out and replacing entire sections of the house.
Our roofers are accustomed to handling emergency roof repairs on the spot with a solution we guarantee.
Flat Roofs have been a part of Utah homes and American architecture for hundreds of years. Advances in building materials have helped to extend the life of flat roofs, and extend the time frame between flat roofing repairs.
A main reason for failure of these traditional flat and low-slope roofs is lack of maintenance, or failure to notice where people or events cause the rupture, tear, break or holes in the material (tar paper, gravel, etc.). This exposes it to weather and sun, producing cracking and blistering over time, and eventually leaking moisture and water inside the home or building.
One problem with maintaining flat roofs is that if water does penetrate the barrier covering, it can travel a long way before causing visible damage or leaking into a building where it can be seen. Thus it is not easy to see where it is leaking in order to repair it. Once underlying roof decking is soaked it often sags, causing a further collection or "puddling" of water in that area, making the problem worse.
Another common reason for failure of flat roofs is lack of maintenance of drains whereby gravel, leaves and debris block water outlets (around spigots, drains, downpipes and/or gutters). This collected water cannot drain away, and consequently builds up. The deeper the water, the greater the pressure, which can force more water into the tiniest of cracks or holes. When the Utah winter climate arrives, puddling water freezes into ice, breaking up the roof surface, as it expands and freezes.
Since the 1970's, EPDM became a common flat roof material.
EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, a type of synthetic rubber. EPDM was used in roofing materials, particularly on flat, low slope roofs, because of its outstanding heat, ozone and weather resistance. The cold Salt Lake City and Utah winter weather seasons made EPDM a quality choice for flat roofs in the past.
Since the new millennium, and especially since 2002, TPO roofing material has superseded EPDM as a flat and low-slope roofing membrane.
TPO (short for Thermoplastic Olefin or Polyolefin) are single-ply roof membranes constructed from ethylene propylene rubber. They combine the durability of EPDM rubber with the proven performance of hot-air welded seams. They have been tested as having excellent resistance to ozone, are algae-resistant, environmentally friendly and safe to install. The material's manufacturers are so confident in properly welded seams that the material is sometimes advertised as a monolithic (seamless) roof. Seam strengths are reportedly 3 to 4 times those of EPDM's adhesive and tape seams.
TPO is highly resistant to tears, impacts, and punctures with good flexibility to allow for building movement. TPO's are available in white, light gray, and black with thicknesses from .045” to .060”.
TPO membranes are installed with glue bonding chemicals for full adhesion. This means the glue forms a chemical bond between the membrane and sub-roof surface.
These flat roof membranes can also be mechanically attached, using some type of special screw-type fastener to secure it. The type of fastener depends on the type of sub-roof surface.
TPO roofing materials can also be ballast installed. Ballast TPO roofing means the membrane is laid loose over the top of the roof, sealed at all penetrations and around the edges, and then a ballast is put on it to hold it in place. These ballasts can consists of smooth, round, river rock, distributed at a rate of 1,000 to 1,200 pounds per roof square (100 sq. ft.), or concrete pavers placed at an average of 20 pounds per square foot across the roof.
Properly installed TPO roof systems have service lives ranging from about 10 to 20 years, depending on the type of installation. Full removal of the existing roof, the amount of slope the roof has, weather conditions, as well as several other criteria contribute to the longevity of a roof's service life. Typically, if you remove an old roof down to the deck before installing a new one, then the new roof will last longer. Also, the steeper the slope and the less severe the weather conditions, the longer a roof will last. High winds and hail can affect roof life rather quickly.