Seasonal Tasks and Preventative Maintenance: Clean Gutters and a Sound Roof

Autumn has arrived in Utah, and that means homeowners are turning their attention to home maintenance. Most Salt Lake City roofing contractors know that there are routine tasks that should be accomplished in preparation for winter to prevent some severe problems. While we’ve talked about ice dams, moisture build-up, wildlife incursions, and other issues that can plague homeowners during the colder months, it’s important to note that the solution to these issues is often simple preventative maintenance.

Tidy Your House Beautiful

Dirty GuttersAlthough the cooler seasons mean more indoor time for residents, interior projects are primarily completed during summer and spring. The routine maintenance and roof repairs that keep your beautiful home snug and safe are the work of October and November. Our first advice is to keep the gutters and drains in good order. During the year, leaves and dirt can accumulate, which will lead to water backup.
Once the temperature plummets, that water becomes ice, which can wreak havoc on gutters, and put stress on the roofing structure to which they’re attached. The experienced roofing contractors at First Call Construction know that this is the first point to examine when seeking to ensure a home is prepared for winter.Related to the periphery of your roof are the soffits, eaves, shingling or tiling, and even the beams that support the entire structure. By ensuring that each of these aspects is sound and sturdy, every homeowner can rest easy during the winter months. And since the same winds that bring clutter to your gutters often expose roofing materials to assault by larger debris, a general roof inspection is strongly advised.

Inside and Out

Dirty GuttersThe best time to fix issues is when those problems have not yet fully developed, saving time, headaches, and funds. Roofing inspections and a thorough assessment of your attic space can mitigate many of these. And like many Salt Lake City roofing contractors, we at First Call Construction know that the interior of a roofing structure is just as important as what meets the elements outside.We suggest checking for potential moisture buildup from routine activities such as cooking, bathing, and even breathing. Ensuring that your attic space has proper ventilation and insulation will save energy during the winter while also venting excessive moisture and keeping the humidity at an appropriate level.We proudly serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties, providing preventative maintenance, roofing repair or replacement, and many other essential services. If you’re ready to tackle that seasonal to-do list, give us a call for your free quote at (801) 830-4642. First Call Construction is at your service.

The Roof and All It Shelters: Our Basement Finishing Services

There are a number of excellent Salt Lake City roofing contractors who are quite capable of meeting homeowner needs for roofing repairs or replacement. First Call Construction is one such company, but we bring with our roofing expertise a few added skills. After all, the rooms beneath the roof are just as important as the structure that shelters them.

Finishing Touches

If you have an unfinished or partially finished basement level in your home, you may not be maximizing its benefit. Fully finished spaces add equity to any property, but more importantly, they increase the enjoyment and overall living space available to you and your loved ones. Whether you want additional play space for kids during inclement weather or you’d like to design a retreat that can double as a guest suite during the holidays, we at First Call Construction are equal to the task.Unlike most quality roofers in Utah, who elect to specialize, we’ve built our team of experts with an eye to diversity. The basement level is one that is often overlooked, but which has incredible potential for differing uses because it is separate from the main levels of the home. However, if you’re starting from scratch, it’s important to contract with experts.

The Importance of Quality

Unfinished spaces require the attention of highly trained teams, such as those at First Call Construction. There are several reasons for this. First, quality framing lays the foundation for all successive projects. If it’s done improperly or by those who lack experience, it can make achieving a clean, finished look nearly impossible.Another consideration is safety. Basements often house many of the home’s power, water, and heating or cooling equipment, and a great deal of wiring and piping runs from this level up into the primary levels. Sealing the wall before framing and allowing points of access are vital. Omitting these crucial considerations can lead to costly or life-threatening damage.New RoofAnother consideration is the creation of a unique space. Often basement levels are designed as simply as possible. However, transforming your basement into charming en-suite guest accommodation, an entertaining area or a playroom may require some additional division and points of access for wiring or water. Instead of consulting with several firms, simplify the process and allow us to transform your basement into the useful, beautiful rooms you’re dreaming of.We are proud to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties in our capacity as Salt Lake City roofing contractors. But we also offer expert services for the interior of the home. If you’re in need of more space and would like to finish your basement, call us today for a free consultation at (801) 830-4642. First Call Construction is at your service.

The Upside of Roof Replacement: Adding Value and Lowering Costs

Replacing a roof isn’t something many homeowners want to contemplate for its own sake. It is an involved project. However, there are several reasons not to wait until the damage becomes apparent. The excellent news is that roofing materials come with warranties and won’t need to be replaced for years to come, barring unforeseen catastrophes. In today’s article, we at First Call Construction want to focus on the positive aspects of replacing worn out roofing materials in a timely fashion.

At First Glance

RoofBy the time you can see that your roof needs a major repair or a total replacement, there may already be extensive water damage, wildlife incursion, or a pest problem that you haven’t noted yet. This will add to the cost of any roofing task, and may even necessitate additional renovation projects. At First Call Construction, we train our roofing and renovation specialists to assess each situation. Roofing repair in Utah can be costly, but it isn’t always a worst-case scenario.In some cases, a simple patch or replacement of shingles is all that’s needed. Roofing repair often entails being thorough, clean, and consistent, no matter how small the task. We want to ensure that each client receives the best service and products that meet their needs as well as their budget. In the instance that a full roof replacement is essential, we have multiple options and approaches that are price scaled for convenience and ease.

Increasing Value

While most homeowners aren’t necessarily interested in putting their homes on the market, most real estate agents will agree that a new roof increases both the value of the house and the chances of meeting or exceeding the selling price. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, a new, high-quality roof protects the overall structure of the home and prevents structural weather damage and storm seepage.Clients may also elect to upgrade their insulation options when having the roof redone or repaired. This will not only help to bolster the value of the home, but it will also improve energy consumption. During the summer, passive solar heating and rising moisture make many attic crawl spaces into saunas, mostly due to inadequate insulation that no longer meets building code. Updating your r-value by changing insulation products or adding to the existing protection can also help reduce your heating bills in the winter months.Shingle RoofingThere are many reasons to consider roofing repair or replacement. However, as a part of the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties, we at First Call Construction want every homeowner to have all the facts before making a decision. If you think it might be time to improve or replace your existing roof, call us at 801-830-4642 for a free quote.

In the Heat of Summer: How Moisture and Hot Air Can Damage Your Home

In Utah, the weather is sublime. June is a beautiful month just before the hottest part of the summer arrives in July and early August. But have you thought about how your roof is handling all the sunshine? We at First Call Construction know that air conditioning can grow expensive, so it serves every homeowner’s interest to maintain two vital areas in their houses—the roof and, if applicable, the basement. In today’s article, we’ll talk about how heat impacts the structure of the roof and how it can lead to water damage, even without a leak in the roof.

Heat Rises, Water Falls

Old RoofWe’ve talked about the dangers of small leaks and breaches in the fabric of your roof. These are probably well-known considerations that most homeowners look for during months of storm and lower temperatures. But what do you do about a leak that isn’t a leak? Did you know that condensation in your attic space forms most easily when heat and trapped air commingle? Salt Lake City roofing contractors like First Call Construction encounter this issue on a regular basis, and we know the damage it can cause if it isn’t mitigated immediately.Beneath the shingles and the beams, the attic crawl space can be one of the hottest spots in the home during summer months. This is because traditional roofing materials tend to absorb solar radiation and heat is passed via convention into the crawl space. Couple this with insulation in older homes that is no longer up to code or r-value and this can create an unintentional sauna. When the moisture of daily life—showers, cooking, and even exhalation of human beings—is born aloft on rising air, it condenses in this sauna.

How We Can Help

True to the nature of water, the accumulated moisture will seek sea level. This process is responsible both for the Grand Canyon and for mold problems behind drywall. That might make you feel a bit bleak, but as experts in the field of roofing repair, First Call Construction has an array of helpful solutions that we will tailor to your specific needs.Old RoofFirst, our contractors will assess your roof’s integrity and inspect the attic space beneath it to ensure our complete understanding of any issues. Then, we may suggest new and better insulation to mitigate heat accumulation. By preventing solar heat from permeating the roof during the summer, we’re also providing added insulation to retain heat in the winter. This will lower your energy costs for every season. Then, if your roof is ready for an upgrade—most roofs are guaranteed for ten or twenty years before replacement is needed—we will offer a selection of appropriate roofing materials to meet your needs and budget.If you’re troubled about heat accumulation in your attic space, call us at 801-830-4642 for a free quote. Start saving on energy bills and ensure that your home is free of water damage in the months to come. We are proud to assist the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties because a finished home is a joy for everyone.

The Wind and the Rain: Precautions to Prolong Roof Integrity

The summer weather in Utah can be intense, although the thermometer rarely reports temperatures hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, high winds or severe storms can cause significant damage to roofing materials. Debris and moisture infiltration are two other common causes for roofing repair in Utah. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss some preventative steps that will help prolong the life of your roof and maintain the integrity of your home.

Moisture

Rain on RoofWe’ve talked about moisture accumulation before, but ice dams aren’t something anyone worries about in July. What every homeowner should be aware of is that moisture infiltration can and does happen all year round in Utah. Our severe storms are nothing to laugh about, with strong winds and heavy rains that can cause both direct and indirect damage to shingles, soffits, and gutters.If we have a few weeks of consistent precipitation, moss can grow on the shingles of your roof, which traps moisture between the shingle and the plant. Over time, this causes the shingle to deteriorate. Once even the minutest pathway for water appears, homeowners should expect to see visible signs of water intrusion. Over time, water will drip into insulation, insinuate itself between walls, damage electrical wiring and elevate the risk of fire, and create the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and even pests.

Debris

Another feature of heavy rains is windblown debris. Sometimes, this is blatantly obvious—such as tree branches, objects caught up in strong wind, or an excess of loose foliage. But in other cases, the subtle debris is what will cause the most damage and send you searching for the best Utah roofers.Wind Damage RoofOver time, small debris and airborne dirt will accumulate in gutters, causing constriction or obstruction. Then, when the first heavy rain of the season moves in, there’s nowhere for all that water sluicing off the roof to go. While gutters are relatively lightweight when dry and empty, a gutter full of mud and rain is substantial enough to tear free from the roof, causing significant damage.Luckily, it’s also something that can be prevented with a seasonal cleaning of your home’s gutters. This should be a part of regular home maintenance during both the spring and the autumn, to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises. If the worst should occur, homeowners can take comfort that Utah roofers like those at First Call Construction have plenty of experience quickly and efficiently repairing the damage it can cause to the roofing structure.The experts at First Call Construction recommend multiple annual inspections in attic spaces and up on the roof’s surface. Our experts can assess existing or potential trouble spots and offer advice on the most cost-effective solutions. We believe that a sound roof makes for a safe home. If you’re ready to check off this box on your spring cleaning list, call us at 801-830-4642 for a free consultation.

The Lived-In Look: Springtime Renovations, Wildlife, and Your Home

Flowers are in bloom, and warmer weather has returned. Now is the time for homeowners to ensure their roofs are sound for another yearly round. After the last of the snows have melted, spring is a season of repairing or replacing your roof. But at First Call Construction we don’t stop at the top. Once your roofing structures are secure for the year, why not look to the rest of your home? In this article, we’ll explore some services our expert craftspeople can provide for homestead improvements.

Space for Work and Play

While we are established Salt Lake City roofing contractors, and always on call to resolve issues with repairs and replacement, there’s more to us than meets the eye. Our professional teams at First Call Construction also love to assist with home renovation. While many houses in the area do have basement levels, they aren’t always finished and habitable—at least, not for human residents.Part of spring cleaning is ensuring that no animals have decided to move in on your real estate. This season brings plenty of four-footed or winged neighbors looking for new digs, and the last thing anyone wants is to need to call the wildlife removal specialists. But animals don’t share our taste in décor. They’re unlikely to set up housekeeping in places that are apparently already in use, which is why it’s important to finish your basement spaces.First Call Construction can help. In addition to ensuring your roof is in great shape, our roofing contractors also know how to spruce up interiors and render unfinished basements into the living spaces they ought to be. While you can still maintain a storage area, why not set up an in-home office or playroom?During summer months, it will be the coolest and most serene space in your home—because even semi-subterranean levels are cocooned from the noise and heat of the outside world by the earth itself. Our teams will ensure that your new spaces are fully insulated and safely wired, so when winter returns, you can efficiently heat your new den or work-space.
Remember that spring is a great time to check the integrity of your roofing structures and conduct roofing repair here in Utah. However, if you’re also in need of a redesigned basement, attic or other underutilized areas in your home, First Call Construction is here to help. Call us at 801-830-4642 for a consultation and your free quote.

An Ounce of Prevention: Keeping Water Out of Your Basement

Spring is only a week away, at least according to the calendar. In our part of the world, that means thawing ice and melting snow. While nearly everyone may be looking forward to warmer weather, we at First Call Construction feel that it’s essential to remind homeowners of a few maintenance tasks. While there’s never a wrong time to see to them, early spring poses a few issues with moisture that are unique.

Your Home Isn’t Just a Roof

While we know there are some trusted names in the Salt Lake City roofing business, most of them focus exclusively on roof repairs or replacement jobs. Our company is guided by our belief that a house is more than just a roof, and that problems with one aspect can easily translate into other issues. That’s why we employ craftspeople who know renovation and skills related to roofing repair or installation.

Creeping Damp

When the snows begin to melt, individuals with basement levels in their homes should be vigilant for damp seeping into the fabric of their homes. While the cause can sometimes be extreme, such as stress cracks in the foundation, more often than not, it’s merely a case of creeping moisture as meltwater moves down into the water table.While this is a routine maintenance task, allowing damp to settle into your walls and insulation can cause two major or long-term issues. The first problem is mold. Even though we are lucky in our regional climate and seldom have to cope with mold spores in our homes, when water settles into insulation or drywall, it can go unnoticed and undisturbed. This infiltration sets up a perfect environment for molds to prosper and spread throughout your home, using the walls as their highways.Ice DamThe second issue is that water expands when it freezes. If you invite damp into the fabric of your basement walls—finished or unfinished—it can often become a permanent situation. When winter comes around again, that water will expand. This essentially sets up a freeze-thaw cycle that can cause damage to your foundation or exterior walls, to say nothing of internal wiring, piping, insulation, and other materials.Luckily for homeowners, spotting damp is relatively easy and it’s also an easy fix in most cases. So, while we’re inspecting your roof and attic spaces for winter damage, we are happy to investigate your basement for any issues. It’s the best time of year to catch water in action, whether under the eaves or below stairs. For a free consultation, just call us at 801-830-4642. We are at your service.

As Winter Fades: Ice Dams and How They Form

While winter isn’t finished, the Northern Hemisphere is looking forward to springtime. Days grow a little warmer and longer as the planet tilts back towards the sun. However, for many in Utah, this time can be dangerous to roofing materials and the integrity of the whole home. Roofing repair isn’t something to be given to the lowest bidder or an untried company. First Call Construction is proud to be a part of the community, applying years of experience to every task, no matter how minimal or extensive. Below, we’ll discuss one of the most common issues with winter roofs and the underlying causes.

In the Know

For most seasoned residents of Salt Lake City, roofing repair tasks go hand in hand with what makes this part of the country a winter wonderland—snow and ice. But for those new to the region, ice dams and breeches to shingles as a result of the constant stress of snow accumulation are a new problem; one that homeowners may not even know to look for in these last weeks of winter weather.The most reputable roofing companies in Salt Lake City will ensure that these new homeowners are adequately educated about the dangers that these winter features pose to the whole home. That’s one of our missions at First Call Construction, informing the property owner of how they can avoid problems with minimal roofing repair, and what they can do if an ice dam develops.

Ice Dams

An ice dam is the result of several coinciding factors. First, even if a roof is in top condition, convection currents carry warm, moist air upwards within the home. It often becomes trapped beneath the eaves, especially if there is inadequate ventilation.  During the day, while the sun shines on shingles, tiles or snowpack that has accumulated, this isn’t quite such a problem. However, once temperatures plummet after sunset, the vapor condenses and freezes.Ice DamOver the course of weeks or months, the ice accumulates. Dams take their name from where they tend to form—between rafters. The problems they pose aren’t merely to roofing materials, though. Think about what happens when spring sunshine returns to Salt Lake City. The space beneath a roof also warms, and the water trapped in its solid state will melt. When this happens, additional damage can be done. Water always flows downward, whether in nature or inside your home.We’ve been working with communities in Salt Lake City for years, and know exactly how to proceed. If you suspect you may have damage or an ice dam lurking beneath your roof, don’t delay. Just contact us today at 801-830-4642 for a free quote.  First Call Construction will bring the combined knowledge and expertise of our local team to every task.

You Don’t Live in the House of Falling Water: Water, Basements, and Winter Repairs

This year, winter weather has driven even the hardiest Utahan to seek shelter at times. While being snug in your home is one of the perks of this time of year, it can also call to light some interesting issues. We at First Call Construction have worked hard to make our mark as trusted Salt Lake and Utah county roofing contractors. But did you know we also have experience working on basements and tackling all sorts of general redesign and construction projects in and around the home? In today's entry, we'll talk about the problems you might notice in your basement during the cold season and how we can help remedy them.

The Persistent Presence

In any home with a basement level, moisture will be a continuing concern. Even if standing water or persistent leaks are not a common problem in the particular basement, the fact that its partially or fully subterranean means moisture. This is because, as an underground story, your basement is at least in the path of surface water seeking the water table, responding to gravity and percolating downward through the soil strata.In houses with persistent leaks or issues with water accumulation, a sump pump is usually installed. Maintaining this will keep your basement dry, except in the most extreme cases of precipitation or flooding. However, what about the occasional or long-term slow leaks? These are often innocuous in and of themselves. Yet, they do have some unpleasant problems associated with them.

Water is Life

Refinished BasementEven organisms that live in extreme environments, in which water is almost entirely absent, need it to survive. That goes for the flora and fauna that make your basement smell musty, too. Whether you've designed a comfortable retreat or are content to leave the basement level unfinished, any incursion of water invites mold, mildew, and dust mites into your home.Incidental leaks or slowly developing flows also damage the fabric of your foundation and your home. Because it's the universal solvent, water can break down drywall and widen cracks almost as effortlessly as it can carry salts and other minerals into the walls of your basement. This leads to ugly, stained drywall or salt efflorescence on your concrete. Just as paint will chip if wetted repeatedly, concrete erodes under the influence of salts, powdering and fragmenting. Small cracks in any surface will widen over time unless they are adequately sealed.Whether you have a finished or unfinished basement level, First Call Construction wants it to be safe, dry, and stable. If you think you may have a leak or have located the source of the problem and require expert repairs, we are pleased to be of service. Just contact us at 801-830-4642 and we will provide a quote free of charge.

The Life of Water: Roof Ventillation and Damage Prevention

Repairing Roof | Roofing in Lehi UtahUtah roofers know that, as a part of your home’s insulation, the roofing structure is critical. It must play to the delicate balance of heat retention and moisture dispersal. Especially in the winter months, ensuring that your roof has adequate ventilation while also helping to keep you and your family snug and dry is an important consideration. In today’s article, we’d like to address some of the potential issues that result from inadequate ventilation and how we at First Call Construction can help mitigate them.

That May Not Be a Leak

While minor roof damage can lead to slow leaks that permit water to infiltrate the structure of the roof, appearances can be deceiving. If you’ve noticed evidence of what seems to be a leak, roofing repair may be in your near future. However, our experts will thoroughly evaluate the situation to be confident it isn’t merely an issue of moisture build up in the attic space.Slow leaks are sneaky. Water can infiltrate the insulation, which will conceal it until it becomes saturated. This development provides time for moisture to inflict damage on the structural elements, such as beams and supports, and often necessitates some intense roofing repair by the time you notice it. But if it isn’t a leak, what can you do?

Living the Humid Life

Roof Replacement | Roofing in Lehi UtahWhile water trapped in insulation also becomes water vapor when exposed to heat in your attic space, there are other sources of humidity. Merely occupying a home can create an issue if the problem is with ventilation. Hot showers, running the dishwasher and breathing or sweating release moisture into your home atmosphere, which rises with heat. It then becomes trapped in your inadequately ventilated attic, surrounded by insulation, which partially absorbs it.But water expands in two ways. With the introduction of heat, either in the summer or during winter when central heating is employed, it expands and places pressure on your roofing structure. If there is no escape provided for this vapor, it can create breeches, which will allow water into your home at a later point. It can also condense again as the air around it cools.This brings us to another means of expansion. As the water cools and freezes, it also expands. When you have excess, trapped moisture in your attic, it responds to the cooling temperatures of winter nights, by freezing. Ice is accretive, which means it builds upon itself, becoming more difficult to melt as it grows. Ice dams develop over time and can create disastrous pressures on roof structures. When things warm up again, they also create internal leaks that can damage your home.If you are in need of roofing repairs, or just want to ensure the integrity of your roof this winter, First Call Construction is at your service. Contact us at 801-830-4642 for a free quote.  We are here to help.