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Your roof is most often forgotten until a leak reminds you that even roofs require tender, love and care from time to time. The roof is an important element to any home. It’s a protective shield from the sun, weather and bird droppings, among other dangers lurking in the great outdoors. There are many misconceptions concerning the affairs of roofing.

Nickerson Roofing wants to take this opportunity to dispel the myths that involve roofing.

1. Layering new roofing shingles over old is acceptable.
– Do not let anyone suggest this is okay. Removing the old shingles exposes the most important layer of the roof, which is commonly plywood. Due to leaks, inadequate ventilation, or even an extension of time, the roof under the shingles, could become rotted or deteriorated. To ensure the entire roof is intact and in optimal condition, remove the old shingles. If needed, make any repairs, and replace the roof with new shingles.
2. Asphalt shingles are generic and all manufactured the same.
– Shingles have been engineered to combat the different needs and specific climate conditions. With various warranties corresponding with the efficient durability and the assortment of faux designs, asphalt shingles are developed in an assortment of ways.
3. Replacing the flashing is only appropriate when a new roof is installed.
– The flashing is designed with metal materials to divert the rain waters away from the pipes, chimneys, vents and other rooftop openings. The flashing is sturdy and can be secured in place over the course of years, offering protection far longer than other roof components. On the other hand, the flashing can also fail within months after installation. For proper maintenance, the flashing should be inspected every 6 months. Look for dried out caulk or sealant, broken or flawed flashing segments and damaged shingles in contact with the flashing. If any of these issues is spotted from a safe vantage point, contact a professional for further assessments.
4. You can’t have too much attic insulation.
– Unfortunately, many homeowners believe that adding more insulation in the attic space will help save energy and enhance roof performance. Over insulating can obstruct ventilation openings at the soffits and eaves that contribute to moisture becoming trapped. If moisture is confined, the sheathing found in the interior of attics can rot, warp, and even lead to a mold outbreak. Insulation and ventilation need to go hand in hand, if you are in doubt, always consult a professional.
5. Gutters are a separate aspect of an exceptional roof.
Gutters are a needed roof accessory. The gutters are the final piece to the diversion of water from your structure. Often, a new roof installation includes a new gutter and downspout system. To prevent the exterior walls from over-saturation, the gutters are a contributing factor to help in this endeavor. On a side note, always make sure the gutters are clear of debris for optimal results, and to keep them from rust or other damaging dilemmas.

Roof Inspections, Installation, Replacement, Emergency Storm Damage Repairs, Preventative Maintenance in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California!

Applying any roof maintenance or inspections can be dangerous for those not comfortable with heights, or those with relating disabilities. Our professionals at Nickerson Roofing have the necessary training and experience to traverse the rooftops. Our skillful experts can apply roofing services to your satisfaction throughout the years. Call us today for all your roofing needs!

What You Need To Consider Before Replacing Your Roof

When you are at a point that roof repairs are no longer effective then a new roof is the logical next step. A new roof is a big deal and a large purchase for any family. Not only does it cost more than a simple roof repair but it takes time out of your life that will be disrupted during the tear off and new roof installation. There are several things that need to be considered when you are ready to install a new roof.

Nickerson Roofing List Considerations When Buying, Replacing & Installing A New Roof.

Choose a Roof Best Suited to Your Weather & Climate: What is the weather like where you live? This is a question that you need to consider when you are ready to buy a new roof. Some materials are better suited to areas that have more moisture in the air. Others are best for high winds or extreme heat. If you have a lot of snow like in Truckee California, you may want to consider what type of material holds up best for that type of climate and weather. When you hire a professional roofing company that works locally like Nickerson Roofing, our skilled roofers can help to determine the best style for the area.
What is the Budget for Your New Roof: This is the next point to consider. Just because you have chosen a type of material it doesn’t mean that you are set on a price. You can go with different quality levels of the same type of material. You want to get the best that your budget allows but be ready to go with a lesser product if you are not willing to pay more for the better quality. Make sure you know what you are getting so that you can be aware of the time that it is intended to last.
What is the Roofing Look You Are Going For: This is the next step in your new roof decisions. When you have settled on a type of material you can take some liberties in choosing the style and color that best fits your needs and desires. The material that you choose will come in different styles and you can choose what you want but be sure to consider what your roof will look like compared to the rest of the neighborhood. You want to have a nice roof but also not stand out with something that does not go with the area of the neighborhood that you live in.

If you are ready to have your old roof replaced with a new roof installation on your home, call Nickerson Roofing in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California today.

When you are looking into a new roof for your home you may not realize that you have many different options. There are different colors obviously but there are also different materials that you can choose from as well. Most areas have a specific kind that is most common but that does not mean you have to use that style of roofing material. When you are going to choose a roofing material, make sure that you look at what your options are and what the pros and cons of each are. Some may be a cheaper option but may not last very long. Other choices may not stand up against the type of weather that is most common in the North Lake Tahoe area of California. Be sure to do your research and hire an experienced and reputable company.

Nickerson Roofing list different roofing options you can choose from when picking a new roof!

Asphalt Composition Shingles: This is the most common roofing material for homes in America. Not all homes use this type of material but there are many that do. The great thing about this option and the reason that it is so popular is the ease in installation and the fact that it is cost effective. There are several pros when you choose an asphalt shingle. One is that you can choose from a wide variety of colors. The con to this option is that they do not last as long as some other roofing material choices.
Clay or Concrete Roof Tiles: A clay or concrete tile adds a level of texture to a house and are usually more three dimensional than a shingle. The clay or concrete are a little bit heavy and will take a bit more work to have them installed. The clay tile pros are that they tend to last quite a bit longer than a shingle roof and are energy efficient and help to reduce the cost to heat and cool your home. The con is that they are much more expensive and require more steps to have them installed correctly.
Metal Roofs: Metal roofs are installed in sheets or panels and are most commonly found on cabins and commercial buildings. The metal can be aluminum, copper, and even stainless steel. This is a great option if you want something that looks very sleek and low profile. The pros of this choice is that the metal is able to with stand extreme weather conditions, is highly rustproof, has natural sound proofing qualities and is long lasting. The cons are simply that the cost of metal is more that clay or shingles.

If you are ready to have a new roof installed on your home call Nickerson Roofing to go over your options in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California.

One of the worst things to come home to is a leaking roof. Most likely this is going to happen on a day that is already not full of sunshine! A rainstorm brings much needed rain to the earth and is nature’s way of cleaning the land and roads. The problem is that your home is susceptible to leaks when it rains and storms. A leak can mean much more than damage to your exterior roof. The water that is leaking through the roof is surely causing water damage to the home and anything it touches on its way in. The leak will start through a part of the roof that is damaged and get into the attic or crawl space. The water damage and leak can actually go unnoticed for some time. The attic or crawl space is away from the main part of the home and if water is leaking into that space it can hide from you until it is bad enough that it leaks through the ceiling and culminates into a tell-tale stain.

Nickerson Roofing Offers Some Tips to Inspect and Stop Roof Leaks

Check Areas of Roof that Have Seams & Attachments: This is a big deal. If the roof was one big long pitched roof with no interruption then it would be much less likely to leak. Unfortunately that is not the case with most roofs. There are areas that are cut through the roof to install things like a vent or fan. Another roof fixture can be a part of an air conditioning unit. Whatever it is that is installed into the roof it needs to be checked. The installation of the roof and these items should be done to seal them up completely to ensure that water cannot get through. The bad thing is that sometimes this is not done or it start to come loose and cause a leak. Check these areas for chipping, cracking and dried out spots. If you see anything be sure to have it repaired by an expert roofer right away.

Check the Attic for Roof Leaks: The attic is the first area that will be attacked when you have a leak. It is also the spot to look if you want to see where a leak has originated. Once the leak gets into the attic it can follow along some wood beams or electrical lines and drop down from a totally different area. Take time to look in the attic for signs of light that would suggest a spot water could come in. You can also see if there is water damage from a leak that you may have already missed. If you even suspect a roof leak, it is important to contact a professional roofer for emergency roofing repairs.

If you are concerned that your roof may have a leak, call Nickerson Roofing today to make an appointment to have your roof inspected and repaired in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California.