Prestige Roofing Remembers Humble Beginnings

This December, Prestige Roofing turned twenty years old! We recently took a little time to celebrate our anniversary and to appreciate hard work and dedication of the entire Prestige Roofing team over the years. Of course, we got to reminiscing, so here are some memories of our early days as recalled by co-founder, Tom Romney:

The Very Beginning: Dec 1995

“After managing another roofing company in Las Vegas, Jack and I decided we wanted to build a roofing company of our own so we started Prestige Roofing. Our first job was a $700 reroof on a small garage. We used the money to buy a fax machine and a file cabinet. We actually worked out of my house for a month before moving into our first office near Pecos and Craig Road.

Prestige Roofing orignal offices at Craig and Cheyenne in N Las Vegas

For 3 months the two of us did all the work before we had enough money to hire a few employees. In those early days we did mostly small residential re-roofing projects with a little new construction custom home roofing sprinkled in. We bought a manual sheet metal brake and started dabbling in small metal fascia work.

The Early Years: Aug 1998

Three years later, we had grown to have enough equipment and employees that we ran out of space and had to find a new home. I guess we were feeling pretty optimistic, because we went way out on a limb and purchased our current building near Cheyenne and Clayton in North Las Vegas. It was a little too large for us to begin with so we rented half of it out. We continued to grow and by Aug of 2000 we took over the entire building.

Prestige Roofing new building on Bunkerhill in North Las Vegas

Hard Times in the Roofing Business and Lessons Learned

Through the recession years we had to hunker down and grind out a living, but we were able to hold together and keep all of our key personnel. During those years, we learned to appreciate every single client even more than before. And we learned that the best way to survive hard times is to work harder than ever to make sure our product was of the very best quality. This way, when a client needs a roof, they will think of us first.

Over the years we have earned the reputation of being a high quality company who strives to always deliver what we promise. In addition to the reroofing work that got us going and is still a big part of our business, we have installed roofs on schools, churches, shopping centers and the most exotic custom homes in Southern Nevada. In addition to all of the standard roofing materials, we have become experienced specialists in custom projects using materials like prefinished steel, copper, and zinc roofs and siding, as well as custom tile roofing hand-built using 200 year old antique clay tile salvage from buildings in France and Italy.

The Prestige Roofing Family

Prestige Roofing staff sending greeting to coworker

An important part of the success of any firm is the dedication and hard work of the staff who are on the front lines and get the jobs done every day, no matter what. We have always tried to provide a solid and stable career opportunity for all of our employees, many of whom have been with us for 15 years or better. We have watched each other’s families grow up and we’ve rooted for each other when someone got sick. Jack and I have enjoyed being a part of their lives and we look forward to sharing many more years of hard work and fun with them.

Looking Forward to Twenty More Years

Las Vegas has come a long way since 1995 when it was still a pretty small city.  One thing we’ve learned over the years is that Las Vegas never stops and it’s continuing to grow and change all the time. We plan to grow and change with it and continue to offer the highest quality roofing solutions in town. As we end 2015, we are looking forward to the future and to continuing to be one of the premier roofing contractors for Southern Nevada.”

Large southwestern home with red tile roof and large picture windows gatedYour roof protects your home from the elements, so it’s important to keep it in good shape at all times. No matter where you live or what kind of roof you have, to make sure it lasts a long time and does its job, it’s important to make sure your roof remains in good condition which will help extend its life and save you the cost of damage due to leaks or mold. From spotting problems early to performing routine maintenance, learn more about how to properly care for your roof and when to get in touch with your roof contractor for help.

Common Residential Roofing Problems

Tile roofs that are common in Las Vegas are generally tough and meant to last for many years, but they can develop problems over time, some related to age, others due to poor installation or damage. Roofs can be damaged by strong winds, heavy downpours, storms, falling trees or other objects, and other weather or environment-related conditions. Some of the most common problems that can develop with your roof include:

  • Cracked or chipped tiles: Having tiles that are cracked or chipped can make it harder for your roof to completely protect your home from water or wind damage. These flaws also affect your home’s appearance and value.
  • Missing tiles: Tiles that come off due to strong winds or through wear and tear leave gaps in your roof, which increases the risk of having water get inside your home. Faulty roof construction: If your tile roof was not
  • Faulty installation: if your roof was installed incorrectly or if you’ve had faulty repairs done, your home’s interior can be at a higher risk of leaks. Problems such as exposed nails, cracked roof cement or mismatched materials can all compromise your roof’s ability to protect your home.
  • Cracked flashings: Flashings on your roof keep water away from vulnerable areas, such as around chimneys, but they can’t do their job if they’re cracked or deteriorated. When gaps or cracks form in roof flashings, water can seep through to your home’s interior.
  • Ponding: Water can build up on flatter roofs after frequent rainstorms. This buildup, known as ponding, can weaken your roof and lead to structural damage.

Roof Repair or a New Roof?

Roofer at work installing red roof tilesIf you do notice any signs of damage to your roof, should you have repairs done or invest in a new roof? This depends on the type of damage you have, how severe it is and what kind of condition your roof is in overall. Minor problems that occur on a tile roof that’s relatively new and in good shape can be repaired. But, if you have an older roof that’s showing many signs of wear and tear, has underlying issues in the roof system, it’s worn out look detracts from the beauty and resale of your home, or if your roof has major problems, such as severe damage, you should consider having a brand new roof installed.

Importance of Regular Roof Maintenance

While tile roofs are durable, it’s still important to have them regularly maintained. This helps lower the risk of problems and can extend your roof’s life span. Keep your roof clean and clear off debris that accumulates on it. Don’t forget to clean out your gutters as well, which can help reduce the risk of ponding on your roof. If you see missing or cracked tiles, have them replaced as soon as possible. You can perform routine inspections on your own, or have a local roofer in Las Vegas do them for you.