Winter snow on a tile roof

Sometimes we may delay making roof repairs or improvements, or having roof replacement work done on our house until suddenly we realize it can’t wait. Maybe an event like a storm or fire, or the discovery of an underlying problem happens suddenly needs attention right away. Winter, in many parts of the country, may seem like a bad time to build a new roof or get a roof repaired, but it can’t always be avoided. And, it doesn’t have to be.

The truth is, you can have your roof repaired and even replaced in the winter with little risk to your project or your pocketbook. While the work can be more challenging for roofers, there are many ways they adapt their work to the weather.  In some ways, roofing in the winter may even have advantages to the homeowner, and the roofer as well.

Advantages of Roofing in Winter

There is little need to delay getting your roof replaced or repaired just because it is winter. One good reason to complete your winter roofing project is that if your roof is leaking or is not energy efficient, the quicker you fix the problem, the less damage your house will sustain and the faster you can stop wasting money.

Some homeowners may find that scheduling roofing work in the winter is easier and may even cost less. In some areas, building slows down in winter. Roofers have more availability and can schedule the job faster, which means your work is done sooner. You can take advantage of the slower winter months to get more quotes from more contractors and find the best and most reliable company. Roofing companies appreciate your business in winter because they can keep their roofers working year round.

Considerations for Winter Roofing

The ability to complete winter roofing in cold climates can be impacted by the weather, as well as things like the pitch of your roof and the type of roofing or roof materials. Areas of heavy snows and frigid temperatures will be the most challenging. Roofers are aware of the characteristics and limitations of the materials they use. They may make adjustments to the schedule or suggest different materials if the weather is extremely cold.

Flat Roofs

roofer installing bitumen flat roof with heat during winter

The pitch of your roof matters. Flat roofs, which are used for many commercial roof systems, will accumulate more snow and may be harder to access in winter.  One common flat roofing material, EPDM rubber roofing, must be installed at 40 degrees or warmer. Colder than that and the adhesive that is used to seal the roof won’t bond correctly. Modified bitumen roofing, a type of asphalt roofing system, is a tried and true system whose seams are sealed using hot air, so the ambient temperature is not as important. Single layer flat roofing systems, such as KEE roofing membranes, are high strength and very durable. These roofs perform very well in cold weather and under snow loads. For repairs, your roofer will be able to determine the type of flat roof and how the work can go forward during the winter months.

Sloped Roofs

Most roofs are sloped to allow for water runoff and snow shed. The angle of the roof can affect how fast it sheds snow. It also impacts worker safety, especially if ice is a possibility. A high sloped roof will be harder to work on in snowy and icy conditions than one that is gently sloped. There are many choices for sloped roof materials, and they also may be impacted by winter weather. Here are some considerations about materials and winter roofing.

Asphalt Shingles

In most areas of the country, the most common roofing material for a sloped roof is asphalt shingles. The most important thing to consider when installing these shingles is the thermometer. The lowest temperature recommended for installing most asphalt shingles is 40 degrees, or the shingles will not bond well. Asphalt shingles may be affected by cold temperatures. In warm weather, the shingles are flexible and pliable. In cold weather, they become brittle and may chip and break, wasting shingles and therefore wasting money. Asphalt shingles awaiting installation should be stored indoors if the weather will approach 40 degrees or lower. When they are out of storage, they must be kept flat or they may break.

Concrete Tile

Southern Highlands 024-reclaimed tile

Concrete tile roofing handles large temperature swings, like those in Las Vegas and the Desert Southwest, very well. Concrete has air pockets that allow it to breathe and not crack in extreme temperatures. Concrete tile roofing can be installed year round although not at below freezing temperatures to allow the sealants to dry properly.

Metal Roofing

Another good roofing material for sloped roofs is a metal roof. Copper, aluminum, zinc or steel, a metal roof won’t crack or split no matter how cold it gets. Metal roofs are ideal to install during the winter since there is no need for a bond that has to cure and seal. Instead, installers put a breathable underlayment down on the roof which is intended to prevent moisture from getting between the metal and the roof. Since metal contracts with cold and expands in heat, installers may prefer not to install when temperatures are below freezing so as to avoid the chance of any warping of the metal as the weather warms up.

Sensible Safety Precautions for Roofing in Winter

roofers at work in winter dressed for the cold

Once your roofer is ready to start, he will watch the weather carefully.  Snow and ice can be dangerous and cause workers to slip, so work may be delayed or stopped temporarily to wait for safer conditions. Workers are always equipped and trained to use OSHA approved safety equipment to prevent slips and falls. A good roofer will keep an eye on weather forecasts and build extra time into the project schedule to allow for bad weather interference.

It’s important not to delay roof work any time of year, especially in winter. Even a slightly damaged roof can suddenly become a big (and more expensive) problem if it’s hit with heavy snow, rain or high winds. Winter is a slower time for builders and roofers, so it’s a great time to get an inspection, repair or roof replacement taken care of quickly.

Winter Roofing in Las Vegas

custom copper roofing and fixtures in Las Vegas

Living in Southern Nevada offers homeowners advantages when it comes to scheduling roof repair and roof replacement. We have the pleasure of clear and sunny days pretty much year round. However, with colder, shorter days in winter and sometimes gusty winds, winter roof repair and replacement can still be a challenge.

At Prestige Roofing, with over 25 years of service to the Las Vegas Valley, we’re experienced with year round roofing. We work around our infrequent weather disruptions and keep your project on track. If overnight lows have made it dangerous to work early in the morning or if early sunset means shorter work days, we work around those delays to keep your job on track.

Let Prestige Roofing put our winter roofing experience to work for you.  If you need roof repairs or a new roof in Las Vegas or anywhere in Southern Nevada, contact Prestige Roofing at 702-646-7536 to find out how we can help you—winter, spring, summer or fall.

New Commercial flat roof downtown Las Vegas business district

A roof is more than a cover for your commercial property.  The commercial roof that covers your building is its first line of defense against the elements, from wind and rain, to damaging UV solar radiation and freezing ice and snow. The most cost-effective way to help your roof last longer, and make sure it’s doing its job protecting your investment in the building and what’s inside it, is by taking a proactive approach with preventive maintenance. Here are some basic steps you or your maintenance crew can take to help spot and avoid roof problems:

Carry Out Regular Roof Inspections

Ask your maintenance guy to check on things such as:

  • Check the roof for signs of pooling or standing water, particularly after a strong or lengthy rain event. This is a potentially dangerous condition as it could result in leaks or weaken the support beams beneath the roof’s surface.
  • Ensure that rooftop vents or any equipment are well sealed to prevent leaks or wind damage when loose flashing is uplifted.
  • Keep trees around the property trimmed away from the building. Trees can produce debris build-up which could end up clogging the gutters and drains, and branches can fall and damage the building during high wind or freezing events.
  • Secure any loose objects on the roof, and periodically remove accumulating debris, such as leaves.
  • Watch for the appearance of bubbles on your flat roof, which is caused by too much heat or moisture. If left unattended, you will be risking wind damage or leaks.

Because of the region’s extreme heat and winds, engineers recommend professional commercial roof inspections twice every year in Las Vegas. Ideally, the semi-annual roof  inspections should be performed in the spring and fall after the end of the harsh weather seasons.

A roofing professional will inspect the roof for any gaps in the flashing. He will check on the condition of your gutters and downspouts. He will be able to give you maintenance tips and recommendations so your staff can be proactive in spotting and preventing problems. Your roof inspector will also point out any damage to your roof and recommend a solution. It is advisable to have a professional inspect your roof after a severe hailstorm or wind even though it appears unscathed.

Make Basic Roof Repairs

school rooftop with HVAc and other equipment

Simple repairs such as sealing of cracks could be performed in the course of the inspection. Other complex repairs or complete commercial roof replacement need to be scheduled in advance. Don’t neglect damage found during an inspection. Repairing minor issues right away will prevent them from developing into much costlier and more extensive damage over time. Broken seals or loose flashing, for example, can lead to long term leaks, mold, or ripping of roof materials so that large sections need to be replaced.

Add a Reflective Coating to your Commercial Roof

In addition to basic repairs, applying a reflective coating to your commercial roof helps withstand damages from the elements. White solar reflective coatings can help lower energy costs in the building as well as help protect the roof from UV damage. High-quality coatings are UV-resistant and can withstand Las Vegas’ extreme summer heat. A coating that has a significant amount of aluminum gives your roof a silver finish and also maximizes its reflective properties. Or, just a fresh coat of coat of liquid bitumen will help renew the roof’s waterproofing and UV protection. While some of this work can be done by your maintenance crew, consult with your roofer for the best solution for your roof’s particular needs.

Benefits of Regular Commercial Roof Care

  • It saves you money – with regular inspections and maintenance, your overall repair bill will be lower. You won’t be hit with surprise repairs that are worse because of years of neglect. Problems will be caught and fixed before they escalate.
  • Protect your warranty or insurance claim – most roofing brands will void their products’ warranty if a failure is as a result of poor maintenance. Moreover, should you file a claim for a storm-damaged roof, the insurer might be able to avoid payment if you have not kept up with its maintenance. Check your roof warranty and your business insurance coverage to be sure you understand your obligations for keeping the roof in good condition.
  • Lower risk factors – with regular care of your roof, any equipment you maintain on the roof is regularly checked, helping to make sure that malfunctions due to damage or debris are less likely. This also creates a safer working environment for your employees.
  • Less energy waste – not maintaining your roof and equipment drains your energy leading to inflated utility bills, and maintaining a reflective coating helps lower cooling costs in summer.
  • No surprise damages – major damages could disrupt your activities, destroy personal property in the building, like equipment, records and furniture, or even cause you to close down your business. Taking care of your commercial roof regularly warns you of any potential problems.

When to Call a Commercial Roofing Professional

Prestige Roofing crew working on a downtown Las Vegas commercial roof installation

While you may have been prudent in maintaining the roof of your commercial building, there are instances where you urgently need to call in a professional.

If you notice excess granules on your gutters and downspouts, it could mean that your roof has reached the end of its life cycle. Granule build-up implies that the roof has lost its texture and sturdiness, and might fold in or tear should there be a huge storm. If you notice the roof is sagging, it’s time to engage a professional.

Water stains on the ceiling could be as a result of an undetected leak. In such a case, a professional will be able to identify and remedy the situation.

Knowing your roof’s age helps you discern when it’s due for replacement. Most roofs are designed to last between 20 to 25 years. Keep an eye on its condition as it approaches this age, and prepare to replace it.

At Prestige Roofing, we will conduct a full assessment of your commercial, civic building, or residential roof in Las Vegas Valley, including a report on our findings.  We can work with your team to come up with a preventive maintenance plan. When it’s time for a replacement roof, Prestige is an experienced commercial roofer who can help you make the right choices for a new roof for your building. Contact us today at 702-646-7536 for a free estimate.

New tile roof on large suburban home in Henderson Nevada aerial shot

Whether you’ve been in your home a while, or you just bought an existing home, your home will probably need a roof replacement sooner or later. Facing such a large project can be confusing and time-consuming, not to mention expensive. The process is made much simpler when you know what to expect. You’ll be able to make decisions and choices with more confidence, ask better questions and get a better roof for your investment.

If your roof is older and looking a bit worn, start preparing for a roof replacement now. No matter how far away the replacement is, it’s always good to start a roofing budget with a little money set aside each month. This will make this one time project easier to afford and let you be ready when it’s time to buy the right roof for your home and not have to settle for something that might not be up to the job of protecting your home. Read up on the reroofing process and learn about types of roofing materials you will be able to choose from.  Like most things in life, the project will go a lot better if you plan ahead.

Here are the basics you should know before you start obtaining bids from roofing contractors and beginning the process of roof replacement.

Why a Timely Roof Replacement is a Smart Move

old tile roof on Las Vegas home ready for roof replacement

A sound roof protects your home’s interior, including insulation, walls, HVAC, electrical system, window frames and doors, kitchen cabinetry and flooring, even your belongings, like furniture, electronics and artwork. Ongoing roof problems due to wear and tear or other damage, can sometimes result in disaster. Waiting until it’s too late and a flood or other failure occurs, will only increase the cost of replacing the roof and restoring your home, including extra work to repair structural damage below the roof, including the layers beneath the roof.

In addition to protecting and securing your home against storm damage, water leaks, mold or other costly damage, the benefits of a new roof can help pay for the roof installation itself. A new roof will look great and enhance the curb appeal and sales value of your home. Your home will be easier to sell as potential buyers will know that a roof replacement is not in their near future.  You may be eligible for an insurance discount on you homeowners’ policy (check with your agent). And, a new roof may help you achieve greater energy efficiency, lowering utility bills and increasing the comfort of your home for years to come.

The Roof Replacement Process

Here are the steps of the process of planning and executing your Las Vegas roof replacement project:

1. Hiring a Qualified Roofing Contractor

Validate the contractor’s credentials before you agree to any work. Contact your state’s licensing board or check their website to confirm that the contractor you choose is licensed and properly insured. Also, check the Better Business Bureau record for comments, complaints, legal actions and reviews. You can also check online reviews to see what your neighbors are saying.

2. Roofing Bid Process

Roofing contractors will inspect your existing roof, take measurements, and assess any detectable damage. The roofing quote should include:

  • A breakdown of all estimated charges
  • A description, quantity and per unit price of materials
  • Pictures of problem areas of your roof, if any
  • Estimated start date and completion date
  • Roofer’s license and contact information

Ask the contractors about additional charges that may not appear on the estimate, such as dumpster rental fees, clean up and debris removal, checking the property for dropped nails, or other costs not included in their bids. Roofer should also readily provide his insurance information.

The contractor should provide you with materials samples and roofing prices factoring various materials options you are considering.

3. Roof Replacement Permit and Inspection

You may need a building permit before starting the project. The roofer should be willing to assist in this process and guarantee the roof will satisfy the requirements of the permit. Whether you or your contractor is the party responsible for obtaining a permit for the roofing project, an inspection by your local municipality or county building construction authority will be conducted after your new roof is installed. The inspector will determine whether or not the new roof is in compliance with local building codes.. Be sure to save your approval after the roof inspection in case it is requested when you sell your home later.

The Roofing Project

Showcase Las Vegas home with luxury pool and metal roof

Change Orders

Change orders can occur due to discoveries made after the roofing work begins, such as:

Underlying Damage — The contractor’s initial inspection may not discover all the underlying problems. After the existing roofing material has been removed, hidden damage is sometimes found and the cost of roof replacement can increase. Examples of damage that may be discovered after the roofing work begins can include things like rotten wood threatening the stability of beams or roof decking or leaks around a chimney or roof vents.

Elective Repairs — A decision you may make during the project to allow replacement of worn gutters, soffit repairs or replacements, etc.

Your contractor should provide a written quote for any change orders and get your approval before doing the work.

Occupant Safety during a Roofing Project

On the day work is scheduled to begin and throughout the roofing project, follow safety procedures by keeping children and pets inside or off of the property entirely while roofing work is being done. An experienced roofing contractor will have a safety procedure in place and sufficient supervision to help ensure that everyone involved remains safe throughout the project.

Roofing Materials Options

tile roof ventilation fixture

Your selection of roofing materials can depend on various factors. For example, in some regions, Spanish-style clay tile roofs are popular, while in other areas metal roofing is a smart choice due to its fire resistant advantage and aesthetic appeal. Some roofs have a steep pitch, which allows for the option to use wooden shakes, while shakes are not a practical choice if your roof has a lower pitch.

The most popular options for residential roofing materials include:

  • Asphalt composite shingles
  • Metal roofing
  • Clay or ceramic tile
  • Wood shakes or shingles
  • Synthetic shakes or shingles
  • Slate roofing
  • Composite slate

Tear Off vs. Adding a Second Roof Layer

In some cases, it may make sense to add a second roof on top of an existing one to save time and money. However, even in areas where layering is permitted, you should carefully consider the potential consequences of applying a new layer of roofing material over the old one. Obtain the necessary assurances from local experts regarding the potential for excessive weight, and for repeating (compounding) some of the surface irregularities that may already be present and can cause problems later.

Roofing Cost Factors

Factors in the cost of a roof replacement include your choice of roofing materials (ranging upward from the inexpensive asphalt shingles, to the most expensive natural slate roofing tiles) or adding custom features. Also, the pitch (steepness) of your roof, its square footage, and the contractor you choose are factors in the roof replacement cost. In general, roof replacements generally cost between $8,000-30,000, again depending on the many factors involved.

In many regions of the U.S. the roofing season runs from late spring through early fall. Here in the Southwest, seasonality is less of an issue, even with the heat of summer, but spring and fall are usually busier as people clean up from winter storms in spring, or prepare for the next winter season by getting roof repairs and replacements done in the fall.  Seasonality can affect how long it takes to complete the project as well as influence the price. If you are not in an emergency replacement situation, be sure to ask your roofer about the best time to have your roof replacement done.

The Roofing Process

Hands of roofer laying tile on the roof. Installing natural red tile. Roof with mansard windows.

The overall process of removing and replacing a roof involves these general steps:

  1. Remove existing shingles and place them in a dumpster for disposal. (The contractor should protect your plants and shrubs during tear-off.)
  2. Make minor repairs to the underlying layers of the roof, if it is found in good enough condition. Or, if necessary, replace deteriorated or damaged wood sheathing.
  3. Install ice guard (a synthetic waterproof barrier membrane) in areas vulnerable to water damage.
  4. Lay asphalt roofing paper over sheathing, as a water barrier.
  5. Add metal drip edging around the roof perimeter on eave and gable sides.
  6. Install new flashing in valleys where roof planes meet, if applicable.
  7. Lay tab shingles. Install roof vents as shingle installation progresses toward the roof peak, if applicable.
  8. Apply flashing around areas where leak prevention is necessary—against the chimney, around skylights and stack vents, etc. Or, this may be done as rows of shingles are installed.
  9. Place the ridge vent along the roof peak, or install other types of roof or gable vents, to enable air circulation in the attic.
  10. Finish the final site cleanup, and haul away all debris. (Workers should use magnetic tools to pick up dropped nails and other small bits of roofing metals from the ground around your home.)
  11. Have the new roof inspected and get approval by the local building inspector.

Timeframe for Completing a Roofing Project

The timeframe for completing any roofing project depends on the roof size and configuration, and the type of material being installed. On average, a roof replacement project takes a few days, usually less than a week, but more complex projects, such as custom roofing or very large homes, can take longer.  Keep in mind, too, that unforeseen issues, such as previously hidden damage that requires repair, or inclement weather can prolong the project.

Prestige Roofing, Las Vegas NV

Prestige Roofing team photo in front of their North Las Vegas, NV building

If you are in Las Vegas or Henderson, the professional and experienced team at Prestige Roofing can help with your roof replacement.  Our roofing project representative will make sure you understand the roof replacement process, complete a roof inspection, help you select the right roofing material for your home, work with your budget and schedule, and keep you fully informed throughout the process. We have built our reputation as one of the best roofing companies in Southern Nevada on customer service and high quality results.

For more information on a roof replacement, contact Prestige Roofing, Las Vegas NV, by calling (702) 646-7536 to schedule an appointment for your roof inspection and estimate.

Huge luxury home with new tile roof in Henderson, Nevada

Looking for a Good Roofer? Follow These Tips

When searching for a good roofing contractor, homeowners may focus on the roofer’s credentials and experience. But, like all contractors you will invite into your home, it’s also important to make sure this is a contractor you can trust and will feel comfortable interacting and doing business with. It’s important to evaluate a few things for yourself, like the contractor’s honesty, work style and how well they may handle problems if they arise. Here are some questions to guide you as you make a choice of a roofer, or any contractor, you plan to use for your home.

Make Sure You Answer These Questions Before You Hire a Roofer

Is this an Honest Roofer?

Roofer with sunglasses looking at camera

Always meet with your contractor in person before you sign a contract with them. This is the best way to gauge their professionalism and whether they are right for your project. First, you want to be sure they are honest. Notice whether they are open to answering questions, whether they avoid some questions or seem uncomfortable answering others. Decide if they seem to withhold relevant information. Basically, since you are their customer, your roofer should be happy to answer your questions. If they don’t seem willing to share information, then that could be a sign they don’t have enough knowledge to answer, or that they don’t want to share how they do things. Both are a sign of potential trouble.

Is the Pricing Complete and Understandable?

What if your roofer discovers more damage than originally quoted? You should know the price per sheet of plywood or per square foot of roofing material that has to be replaced in case that happens and an hourly labor rate. Be sure the quote you see is detailed enough that you can understand it and there are no hidden costs. Make sure everything you expect to pay is included so there are no surprise added costs. It’s important to ask questions here until you are fully satisfied, and if not, move on to interview another roofer.

Does the Roofer Offer a Warranty on the Work?

Roofing contractor shaking hands with customer at new roof construction site

The contractor should be willing to reveal whether they offer a warranty and to fully explain it to you. You should get a copy of the warranty in writing. There are different types of warranties depending on the work you have done and they may vary in length and coverage. Generally, a new residential roof will be warrantied 5-10 years, and repair work generally less than that. Look for a roofer willing to warranty their work so your investment is protected.

Do they have Worker’s Compensation and Liability Insurance?

Any hesitation in answering this question should be a red flag. Some contractors evade paying the workers’ compensation insurance meant to cover costs in case of employee accidents at work. General liability insurance protects your home in the case of damage to your property during the work. Ask the roofer for proof he has insurance, usually in the form of a Certificate of Insurance. You don’t want to find out too late he has no insurance and you may be stuck with the bills.

Check out the Roofer’s Reputation

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Nowadays, there is plenty of information available on most companies. References, online reviews and business license records are three places you can gather information to help you choose the best roofer.

Can the roofer supply references?

References from satisfied customers are important to check out. It’s especially good if the customer is local, a neighbor or someone in your town. When you call, ask questions about the experience of working with the roofer as well as their satisfaction with the project now that it’s done. Ask them to tell you a good thing and a bad thing about the experience, which often turns up surprises you otherwise wouldn’t know about. After speaking with at least one or two references, you will be in a better position to judge your own impression of the roofer against the other person’s experience. If they don’t match, move on.

How are their online reviews?

We all know what the Internet is like, so check out reviews with a grain of salt. It’s best to check a few sites and read as many reviews as you can, since you’ll need more than one for a good representation. Reviews with a lot of detail are usually the best and most authentic, and give you a good idea of the roofer’s strengths and weaknesses. Because they get most of the postings for a wider range of consumer experiences, the best review sites to check out are Yelp, Facebook, Google and Angie’s List.

How does your roofer work?

Roofing contractor has left his tools on the roof.

What will day to day life be like while your roofer is working? Obviously you can expect some disruption to your normal routine, but you want that to be minimal. And, you want to be sure the roofer is organized, reliable, responsible and neat. So ask a lot of questions in this area to make sure you can trust that he will treat your home, yard, neighbors and family with respect and get the job done in a professional way. Ask things like what time they arrive and what time they leave, do they leave tools and equipment around overnight, and how they protect plants, trees and fences, including those of any close neighbors, from possible damage.

How will the job proceed when they start?

Finding out how long the work will take should give you an estimate of the contractor’s expertise and experience. They should also explain how they will handle possible challenges – like extra unseen roof damage, materials shortages or delays, worker absences, etc.

What happens when there are weather interruptions?

The contractor should explain what happens in the case of weather interruptions and how that may affect the schedule. You don’t want a roofer who has to move on to another project, leaving yours unfinished because of a rainstorm. Also, in case of storms, the roofer should offer to send someone on site to check the work area to avoid any water or wind damage to the unfinished project.

How do they handle waste generated during the project?

Understanding how refuse will be handled is important so you don’t get stuck with debris and waste left in your yard and having to pay to get it hauled away. A good roofing contractor should have a reliable waste disposal plan that keeps your yard clear of debris and removes all signs of the work at the end of your project, leaving your yard just the way they found it.

Prestige Roofing in Las Vegas

Prestige Roofing team photo in front of their North Las Vegas, NV building

At Prestige Roofing we are committed to offering our clients ideal roofing solutions for their unique needs. Having been in business for over two decades, we have built a solid reputation for quality and reliability. Get in touch with us for an ideal roofing solution for your living space.

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In Las Vegas or anywhere in the Southwest, the combined effects of the desert summer heat, dust, and monsoon rains and winds can take a toll on our roads, buildings and vehicles. Over time, harsh summer weather may crack asphalt, damage paint, tear away window screens and damage other vulnerable parts of our homes. Even our cars experience the effects of direct sun and prolonged dry heat on rubber tires, trim and other components. At home, our roofs can also feel the effects of our summer weather. Roofs need a little extra attention to help them cope with the scorching heat and monsoon storms to make sure they continue to protect our homes, year after year.

The Effects of Summer Sun on Your Roof

Daytime temperatures in Las Vegas consistency average in the low 100s during the summer months, usually with clear skies that allow the white hot sunlight to beat down on everything below. Older roofs that haven’t been maintained can experience damage after years of absorbing the effects of the hot desert sun. Persistent exposure to the Las Vegas sun’s intense UV rays weakens the roof and strips it of flexibility. That can cause it to go through thermal shock, meaning the roof starts expanding and contracting depending on the weather. If this continues, the roof can split, causing extensive damage and requiring costly repairs.

Roof Materials Make a Difference

Roofing damage to asphalt shingles that needs repair showing shingles lifted by wind or heat damage

Asphalt shingle roofs can be vulnerable to sun damage. In general, shingles reflect only around 30% of the sun’s rays. The tiles absorb much of the sun’s heat, some of which enters your home, raising energy costs. The solar rays, in the form of UV radiation, react with the asphalt roofing, causing what used to be gleaming, strong shingles to become brittle and dry. That means the roof is losing its waterproofing abilities as the oils are dissolved by the sun’s rays. This can lead to water seeping under the shingles and leaking into the structure, causing damage to the home.

Many newer types of asphalt tiles are more energy efficient and resilient to heat and the effects of solar radiation, so be sure to discuss the weather resistance and energy efficiency qualities of asphalt shingle roofing you are considering with your roofer before deciding.

Tile is the go-to material in many sunny, hot climates, including Las Vegas. A correctly-installed, quality concrete or clay tile roof will last many decades if it is properly maintained. The material is naturally insulating and energy efficient, keeping your home cooler in summer. It is highly resistant to solar rays and, if not weakened or damaged, holds up well to monsoon rains and winds.

Metal roofs also do very well in hot areas as they naturally reflect most of the sun’s heat so your home interior stays cooler. They are highly durable and damage-resistant.  When there is a problem with metal roofing, such as buckling in high winds or water leaks, it is due to improper installation. Always choose a roofer who is qualified and experienced in installing metal roofing – or whatever type of roofing you have chosen – to avoid future costly repairs due to use of the wrong materials or techniques during installation.

Summer Sun and Roof Ventilation

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Roof ventilation is an essential component of good roof design and construction. When it gets hot, heat needs some way to escape from the home. An improperly ventilated roof causes hot air to remain trapped in the attic and forces the air conditioner to work harder to cool the home.

In winter, poor ventilation allows moisture to build up in the roof material in the attic, where rot and mold may develop. When temperatures fall below freezing, warm inside air trapped in the attic may cause snow or ice along the edges of the roof to melt and run into the gutter and refreeze. That could eventually lead to a dangerous ice situation around the home.

Have your roofer make sure that your roof ventilation system is properly installed and working well. This will help keep your energy costs down and allow your roof to better handle weather extremes and avoid damage due to poor ventilation.

Las Vegas Monsoon Season and Your Roof

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The cumulative damage caused by the sun may leave your roof vulnerable when Las Vegas’ monsoon season arrives. The desert Southwest experiences heavy downpours and even hail during this time. Roofs are more exposed to water damage if the roof has lost its waterproofing abilities. In addition, any damaged or warped roof shingles may allow the roof to leak. And, damaged, loose shingles may not be able to stand up to a heavy round of wind or a severe hailstorm.

Dust and Wind Storms

A monsoon season dust storm at sunset near Las Vegas over some tract homes in the desert

The dust storms capable of inspiring beautiful desert photography can cause some much less attractive damage to your roof. These swirling storms bring with them heavy winds carrying dust and grime, coating everything and potentially destabilizing or ripping away parts of your roof structure already left vulnerable by the sun and rain.

Dust storms are a part of life in much of the Southwest. A well-maintained and well-insulated roof that does not leak will help avoid damage and keep flying dust from entering your attic and home.

The Importance Of Roof Inspections

Regular roof inspections give homeowners a chance to fix small problems before they become costly. A good inspector will go over the entire roof and recommend any roof repairs that are needed to make sure your roof is ready for the summer season. If you’re in the market for a new roof, your roofer can help you make the right roof material selection that holds up best in your local climate. Using the right roof materials will also help keep your home interior more comfortable and energy costs down by properly managing the transfer of heat and cold.

Common Roof Inspection Techniques

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A good roofer will look over your entire roof and inspect for things such as:

  • Identify patches of brittle, broken or cupped (buckling) shingles
  • Locate holes in and underneath your roof
  • Check for spaces in flashing located along your walls and chimney
  • Spot nearby trees and branches putting your roof at risk
  • Inspect ventilation
  • Look for pooling, stains or other signs of leaks
  • Check inside your attic for signs of problems

Make sure you give your roof a once-over after a period of intense heat or after a lot of rain. Call in a professional if you think there’s a bigger issue going on. Prestige Roofing has over 25 years of experience with all kinds of roofing, keeping Southern Nevada homes cozy, dry and comfortable year round. Give us a call for more information.