You might think you don’t need to start considering installing a new roof until the old one starts springing a leak, but if you wait till that happens it will be more costly. Why? Because by the time you see the leak happening, the damage to the structure of your home will already have happened and you’ll have more expenses to fix it.
Here’s some things to look for to help in deciding whether its time to hire someone to install a new roof:
How old is the current roof? If it was installed correctly and with proper materials, an asphalt shingle roof will last about 20 to 25 years, sometimes longer, and a tile roof should last 30 years or more. It could also depend on how many shingle layers you have, if its an asphalt shingle roof, and if it has been properly ventilated. If you’ve lived there for a lot of years and you don’t know when the roof was installed, you might want to consider having a roof inspection.
- Go outside and take a look at the roof. Are the shingle lines straight or do you see sagging or other imperfections? Sagging means that the sheathing under the shingles is rotting. Pay particular attention to the valleys, which are the most important parts of your roof because it’s where rain flows to the gutters and the ground.
- Do you see cracked, curled or broken shingles? Cracked or broken tiles? As shingles and tiles age, they deteriorate. Are any shingles or tiles missing? Check to see if all of the tabs or end pieces are intact.
- Is your chimney flashing constructed with roof cement or tar? Chimneys can be a serious weak spot on roofs and need to have a long-term, water-tight fitting such as sturdy metal flashing.
- Go up in your attic, during or immediately after a good rain, and look for signs of leaks or water damage. Also check to see if there’s any daylight streaming through the roof where it shouldn’t be.
If you’re seeing any of these warning signs, hire a qualified roof inspector give you a professional opinion.
Hiring a Roofing Contractor
Installing a new roof will probably be one of the biggest investments a property owner will make. If it goes well, it’s an investment that will last 20 to 30 years or more. But that also makes it risky, because while there are a lot of honest, knowledgeable and professional roofing contractors, there are also many crooked and incompetent ones. That’s probably why roofing has always been one of the most frequently researched professions on the internet.
When hiring a roof installation contractor, follow these guides to get the most out of your hard-earned money:
- Ask the contractor to show you their proof of licensing, workers comp and their liability insurance. Make sure you write down the contractor’s license number, so you can verify it with your state or local registrar of contractors, and to check if they have any complaints that are unresolved.
- Get references of past customers and make sure you call them. If the roofing contractor acts offended or put off when asked for references or licensing proof, you should view them with suspicion and probably choose someone else to do the job.
- Be especially careful of someone who knocks on your door offering a super deal, especially if its after a storm that’s done a lot of damage in your neighborhood. There are some reputable roofing contractors that look for work this way, but it’s also a usual tactic scammers use.
Is Your Existing Roof Under Warranty?
When your roof has a problem, you need to know if its covered by your homeowner’s insurance and what your roof’s warranty will cover.
Many home insurance policies don’t have coverage for roofing damage. The only way to know if it is covered is to get hold of your insurance agent and go through and read the policy. Make sure to check the fine print for any exclusions.
Ask your insurance company’s agent about weather, fire and repair damage. Also, check with your insurance company about their policies for claim payment for roof damage. Insurance companies that have adjusters for roof repairs can make faster payments for any roof damage that is covered.
Not all roofs need insurance for wind damage. Insurance policies that cover fire damage often include wind damage in the policy, but make sure you check it.
Roof warranties should protect you if the new roof installation is poor or the roofing materials are defective. There are two kinds of warranties. Most highly rated roofing contractors offer both types. A manufacturer’s warranty covers the materials, while a workmanship warranty covers you if the contractor provides faulty installation. A lot of times, a good, professional roofing company will offer a guarantee on their work for the lifetime of the roof.
What Will a New Roof Cost?
Considering the investment that a new roof installation entails, it’s very important to look at the different things that influence the cost to replace a roof.
There’s a fairly big price range for the different types of roofs available — from asphalt shingles to metal, tile, and slate — and the type of material you choose will be the most important of the cost factors.
Nationwide,consumers spend an average of about $11,0000 to $12,000 to tear-off and replace an asphalt roof. A metal or tile roof installation averaged $15,000 to $17,000, and could be more depending on the materials chosen, while roof repairs for various leak issues, shingle or tile replacement, and minor fascia work cost consumers $700 to $900 on average.
The roof’s size and pitch also play a big factor in the estimate, as does the roof’s accessibility. Make sure you get at least three estimates for a new roof installation before hiring your contractor, and make sure those estimates take all of these factors into consideration so you’re comparing apples to apples and you aren’t surprised by any added expenses in the middle of the job.
Our company has offered condo renovation services to customers in Metro Manila for several years now. We believe that renovating condos isn’t the same with renovating single family homes.
Condo owners should understand what cannot and can be changed according to the rules and statues of their condo boards. Essential mechanical structures such as plumbing, electrical, load bearing walls, windows, and some mechanics can’t be changed. As experts in renovation and interior design, we are well aware of these facts and you can be assured that you will only get nothing but results.
How Our Condo Renovation Works?
One of the first things that we do is to give you a glimpse of the design for your new condo look. We can show you the 3D model of the design for you to know what the end result will look like before we get started with the project. Through proper design, hull away and delivery, time frame, and planning, expect that your condo renovation will run smoothly with us.
Our renovations include kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms. With our years of experience in the industry, you can guarantee that our renovation isn’t just an average one as we want to put “wow factor” in your space.
Another aspect that we consider important is project management. It includes both during, before, and after support for our clients. Our team will always guide you throughout the process, while ensuring you that your condo renovation project will be done in accordance to your plan.
Our pre-construction protocols contain data gathering, site plan review, zoning review, building permits, analysis and calculations, bid assessment, and budgeting. With the advantages of our experienced professionals, you’ll feel confident that we are getting the best project for your time and budget.
When our pre-construction stage is done, then construction agreement starts. Such obligations include site reviews and safety, project monitoring for schedule and quality, proper startup customs, expenses, invoice accuracy, and control of contractor. We do frequent visits and reviews as well as quality control evaluations at different completion stages.
Make Most of Your Condo Space with Our Condo Renovation Solutions!
If you’re searching for an experienced and talented professional for condo renovation, look no further than us. We specialize in an approach to remodeling that incorporates construction services, design, and products into a turnkey process. Offering support and convenience, our style in project management allows you to achieve the home you’ve always wanted without interrupting your busy professional and personal life.
Whether your plans on condo renovation start and end with a standalone kitchen remodeling project or to extend your living space, never hesitate to trust us because we have the skills and knowledge necessary to manage your home condo renovation project, no matter what scope or size. In addition to that, due to the regular status reports and responsible billing schedule, which ties invoices to work progress, you may rest easy knowing you’ll always be well-informed and updated throughout your renovation project.
Contact us today with your condo renovation project and let professionals do the job for you!
Stones and Wall Cladding
The term ‘cladding’ refers to components that are attached to the primary structure of a building to form non-structural, external surfaces. This is as opposed to buildings in which the external surfaces are formed by structural elements, such as masonry walls, or applied surfaces such as render.
Whilst cladding is generally attached to the structure of the building, it typically does not contribute to its stability. However, cladding does play a structural role, transferring wind loads, impact loads, snow loads and its own self-weight back to the structural framework.
In particular, wind causes positive and negative pressure on the surface of buildings and cladding must have sufficient strength and stiffness to resist this load, both in terms of the type of cladding selected and its connections back to the structure.
Cladding is needed to:
Create a controlled internal environment.
Protect the building from external conditions.
Provide privacy and security.
Prevent the transmission of sound.
Provide thermal insulation.
Create an external facade.
Prevent the spread of fire.
Generate an ‘airtight’ building envelope.
Providing openings for access, daylight and ventilation.
Cladding is often prefabricated in panels that are attached to the structural frame of the building, and some cladding systems can be purchased ‘off the shelf’.
Cladding systems may include additional components, such as windows, doors, gutters, roof lights, vents and so on.
The nature of cladding selected for a particular building will depend on considerations such as:
How the building is going to be used.
Internal and external conditions.
Building regulations requirements.
Accessibility and buildability.
High-quality, well-designed, properly-installed cladding can help maximise thermal performance, minimise air leakage, and optimise natural daylighting. This can help reduce the need for mechanical and electrical building services, and so improve energy efficiency and lower capital and running costs.
Poor design detailing or installation may compromise cladding performance and can result in safety problems such as cladding collapse or cladding panels pulling away from the structure.
When selecting or designing a suitable cladding, designers should pay particular attention to:
Control of air leakage.
Control of condensation.
Integrity and continuity of Insulation.
Prevention of water penetration, or provision of drainage.
Control of thermal movement.
Spread of fire.
Ease of installation.
External attachments and fixings.
Maintenance, remedial work and renewal.
Resilience, strength and durability.
Commercial Space Remodeling
When your booming business needs to expand, restructure, or redesign your workplace, that’s where commercial remodeling and renovation comes in. Commercial remodeling and renovation is the best option for giving your company a new, refreshing look without breaking the bank.
Not only can commercial remodeling and renovation improve your business, it can also increase productivity, improve employee morale, and decrease costs by updating the workspace. It’s a significant investment, but has the ability to positively impact your company image as a whole, both internally and externally.
Benefits of Remodeling & Renovation
If you’re building is showing signs of aging or isn’t fitting your business needs as efficiently as it should, commercial remodeling and renovation is a viable and cost-effective option for your company. Remodeling allows you to optimize your employee’s environment so they can be more productive within a work space that’s practical and tailored specifically to them.
Taking an existing space and updating it can also have a positive impact on both the employees and customers. Employees will be excited about the new changes and more efficient because the space will have been designed specifically for their work needs. Customers will be eager to check out your new space and overall it gives the community a buzz that could potentially increase your business traffic through word of mouth. Who doesn’t love free advertising? Improve your company image by communicating that your business is thriving and successful with a remodel or renovation project.
Our Approach to Commercial Remodeling & Renovation
Keeping your commercial building in tip-top shape can be difficult over time. Our experienced professionals take your space that was previously broken, damaged, or in need of an update and improve it according to your goals and needs.
With a remodeling project, there are multiple things to consider before beginning such as the existing size/layout, infrastructure, budget/time frame, and specific business needs. With Gazillionaires Builders, we take your employees, your business, and your customers into consideration to make sure your new space will accommodate each group.