Spring Roofing Check Ups

Spring has sprung, but for homeowners in Utah, it isn’t just a season of returning warmth. This is also a time when minor damage to roofing structures can have expanding consequences if it isn’t promptly repaired. Roofing contractors in any state will advise seasonal checkups for these small trouble spots, which when caught early, represent simple roof repair instead of significant renovation. In today’s article, we at First Call Construction will explore these easy fixes as well as potential projects for unchecked water damage.

Double and Triple Check

While many homeowners in the region ensure that Salt Lake City roofing contractors inspect their homes before the first snows of winter and conduct autumn gutter cleaning, spring brings its challenges. Harsh conditions of weather and climate frequently require residential roof repair once the temperature rises. Typically, roofing contractors will run a routine check on the exterior integrity of the roof surface material. Whether homeowners have a structure with tile or shingling, essentially this inspection makes certain no portions are damaged, uplifted, cracked or breached in any fashion. This material is the first line of defense against moisture and damage to the fabric of the building. Maintaining it throughout its lifespan is vital.    

Mitigating Infiltration

Roof repairs need not be specifically related to the surface material. It can also include maintaining the soffits, ensuring that gutters are securely attached and have not pulled away from the structure, and maintaining adequate or superior insulation beneath the roofing itself. However, Utah county roofing contractors are always on the lookout for signs of water infiltration during this time.  This can create dangerous circumstances for homeowners. The first should require no explanation. Electrical circuits run between walls, which often serve as expedient paths for water seeking sea level. Second, if the current homeowners are not the first to live under the roof, previous water damage can breed mold spores. While not all are dangerous to humans, inhaling the types of mold that thrive between walls and in insulation certainly isn’t beneficial.  If our Salt Lake City roofing contractors detect signs that water may have flowed down along the structural supports at any time in the past, we’ll advise our clients. Our expert teams are trained in the renovation of interior spaces, so we can also assist in this matter.
We are proud to provide the communities of Salt Lake and Utah Counties with residential roof repair. We also assist commercial properties in these communities with roof repair, and our Utah County roofing contractors are ready to meet community needs at home or work. If you’re ready to start your spring routine, call us at (801) 830-4642 for your free quote today.

Spring Roofing Checklists

Spring is just around the corner in Utah, and while there’s no shortage of roofing contractors, finding the right one for your needs can be something of a challenge. Whether you need residential roof repair or merely want a team of reliable Salt Lake City roofing contractors to assess the fitness of your structure, we at First Call Construction are here to help.

Seasonal Checklists

Shake RoofWhen it comes to roof repair, Utah County roofing contractors advise seasonal checkups to prevent small problems from growing. Many homeowners might not be aware of the types of issues we check for, especially as the year moves steadily toward spring. Over the winter, a number of problems can develop without the knowledge of residents, and once the weather warms, they can lead to more intense damage. Ice dams can and do develop even in newer houses, and once the warmth of the sun returns, that ice melts. Because water will always follow where gravity leads, the resulting melt-water can penetrate walls. As Salt Lake City roofing contractors and experts in home renovation, we know that this can be dangerous. Not only will it support the growth of potentially hazardous mold spores in between wall surfaces, but it can also damage electrical wiring and lead to a fire risk. Wildlife incursions and wind or precipitation damage are two other factors that we look for when conducting an inspection. While these issues can be relatively minor, leaving them off a roof repair checklist can result in escalating damage over time. It’s vital that homeowners work with Utah County roofing contractors before that point, so residential roof repair doesn’t become roof replacement.

What We Do

Checking RoofWhile we do offer our expert services for home renovation projects from basement finishing to room upgrades, a significant portion of our collective experience comes from our work as roofing contractors. First Call Construction has worked hard to build a reputation for integrity and excellence in the Salt Lake and Utah County communities. Although roofing materials will eventually wear out and require replacement, repairing the damage that occurs within the ordinary lifespan of the structure can maximize that term. Our expert teams at First Call Construction will conduct a seasonal checkup to ensure that there are no severe breeches or issues related to your roof’s integrity. If you’re ready to schedule a routine visit with one of our specialists, or you suspect there may be damage lurking under the eaves, don’t delay. Call us today at (801) 830-4642 for a complimentary quote.

Staying on Top of Roofing Repair with First Call Construction

Climate phenomena such as the polar vortex often bring weather conditions that can be difficult on the fabric of roofs. For homeowners looking for primary residential roof repair or roofing contractors to conduct more complex jobs to maintain the structural integrity of their houses, the task can seem daunting. Where does one begin? How do you know if you need roof repair? What are some of the signs that damage has occurred or is occurring to the roofing structure itself? First Call Construction is here to help.

The First Step in Roof Repair

Most Utah County roofing contractors would agree that regular assessments are a good step in preventing costly damage to a roof. After all, the region we live in can throw some severe weather at dwellings, and it’s always best to be aware of how it impacts them. One thing that we, as Salt Lake City roofing contractors, would also stress is that these regular inspections help to catch small problems before they have a chance to grow into big ones.

Examples of Issues and Challenges

Some of the most common problems that roofing contractors anywhere encounter are damage to shingles or tiles, clogged gutters that have pulled away from the house and damaged the structure, and the impromptu entrances that wildlife tend to make. However, in addition to these common issues, Salt Lake City roofing contractors are often called to repair some novel issues. Ice dams form in attic spaces when moisture is improperly vented from beneath the eaves. While it is invisible for most of the year, this moist air begins to freeze when outside temperatures drop. Even during the day in winter, the solar energy absorbed by the exterior roofing tiles or shingles is not sufficient to melt this ice, and it accretes. When spring warmth returns, the ice dams melt, and the water drains along any pathway it can find—through insulation, along spaces left for pipes and electrical wiring. Over time, these ice dams also cause indirect stress to roofing materials. The overall structure of the roof is weakened by moisture and hence more susceptible to damage from wind, frozen or overflowing gutters, and even incursions by the local fauna. First Call Construction is a locally owned and operated company of Salt Lake and Utah County roofing contractors. Our experts have seen just about all there is to see when it comes to residential roof repair, and we are proud to be a part of each community. If you’re in need of roofing replacement or damage repair, don’t hesitate to call us at (801) 830-4642 for your free quote.

New Year’s Roofing Resolutions

New Year’s celebrations have come and gone. The fireworks and parties have been enjoyed and tidied away. For many, 2019 brings resolutions, and homeowners in Utah may have a few improvement goals for their dwellings. Roofing repair is one of those tasks. Maintaining a sound, adequately ventilated roofing structure can save money and time in the long run. Today, we’ll explore what winter brings that can impact the lifespan of that structure and why timely inspection can help property owners anticipate more significant problems.

Catching Small Problems

Just as with any aspect of home improvement and maintenance, it’s important to be vigilant and troubleshoot before small problems grow into large ones. Utah homeowners may or may not be experienced with the weather our climate brings throughout the season. Snow and ice pose significant challenges, especially when driven by wind. Our autumn and winter weather cycles can damage roof tiles or shingles, creating small openings for moisture infiltration. But there are some other sources of trouble that call for roofing repair in Utah. The most vital thing to remember is that these issues generally begin as small, easily fixed problems, but can quickly grow unmanageable. Winter is the perfect time to catch such troubles.

Uninvited Guests and Moisture Build-Up

Houses provide a great winter hideaway for several types of urban and suburban wildlife. While many have no qualms with the existence of these little critters—usually furry or feathered and cute—they really shouldn’t be bivouacking under the rafters. They also almost never have the courtesy to enter through a pre-existing door, which means they make their own entrances in the roofing structure. Although you will want to call a wildlife removal specialist to escort these house guests elsewhere, the experts at First Call Construction can find and repair any damage they may have done.

Rain on Roof

Another issue that is easy to spot during the coldest time of the year is moisture buildup. This can result from inadequate ventilation in the roof for the humidity created during daily tasks—cooking, bathing, and breathing. As hot, moist air rises, it gets trapped under the roof. During winter, extreme temperature changes that necessarily occur cause that moisture to condense and freeze. Over the season, ice dams can develop, which thaw in the spring. True to the nature of water, it finds a way downward, often through the walls of the home. The time to mitigate them is while the water is still trapped as ice. First Call Construction is proud to provide affordable and quality roofing repair services to our communities in Salt Lake and Utah counties. If you’re in need of repair or wish to practice roofing due diligence and ensure your home is snug and sound, call us today at (801) 830-4642 for a free quote.

From Studs to Crown Molding

While we are proud to belong to the top tier of Utah roofers, First Call Construction is a company that can also help homeowners to finish interior spaces and create the homes of their dreams. As winter tightens its grip on the region, we’d like to explore these additional areas of expertise and how they can be put to work to finish any basement or interior area of the home. 

Finished or Unfinished Remodels

In addition to conducting roofing repair and inspection, we enjoy taking on projects within the house. One of the most interesting is the basement renovation, in part because this space can be finished or unfinished. In either case, homeowners often struggle to put these subterranean spaces to the best use. But our design teams and builders can help to change that. 

Shingle Roofing

In the case of unfinished basement space, drywall is often not even laid over framed stud work and exposed pipes or wiring. These basements aren’t inviting, and it can take a boatload of imagination to see them as warm entertaining or living spaces. However, our expert craftspeople will transform what might serve as a holding space for unused possessions or appliances into a family room, guest suite, or playroom. 

When it comes to homes with finished basement areas, there are several additional concerns. If the house was sold with a completed or semi-finished basement level, drywall could hide some dangers—from improper wiring or ductwork to water damage. We at First Call Construction are adept at locating and remedying these issues. An underutilized finished basement with damp issues or wiring problems can quickly be brought up to code and the homeowner’s specifications. 

You Dream It

Basement areas have so much potential that often goes unrealized. For example, while there are some building code requirements unique to bedrooms, an en suite apartment with its own entrance is ideal for guests, older children living at home, in-laws, or even renting parties.

Repairing Roof | Roofing in Lehi UtahFirst Call Construction can construct stud framing, ensure wiring, duct-work, piping, and insulation installation are completed to the specification of building codes and apply the beautiful finishing touches. We each pride ourselves on superior standards—whether we’re installing a vapor shield or ensuring that drywall is straight. 

Whether you’re in need of roof inspection, repair, or interior finishing services, First Call Construction proudly provides the skills you seek. Don’t put off necessary maintenance or the re-purposing of interior rooms within your home. Call us today at (801) 830-4642 for a free quote.

Talking Turkey: Why You Should Schedule a Pre-Holiday Roof Check-Up

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, everyone in Utah knows that winter isn’t only on its way. In many places, it’s arrived. Salt Lake City roofing contractors also know that this is one of the busiest times of the year, which can cause many homeowners to delay essential repairs. At First Call Construction, we’d like to add our voices to those of our colleagues and advise against this. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss why roofing repair should be at the top of everyone’s holiday to-do list.

Disasters Rarely Start Big

Roof DamageWe certainly don’t want to alarm anyone, but it’s an ugly truth that many roofing and structural damage disasters begin as small problems. Our aim in mentioning this is to encourage every homeowner to double check their roofing integrity and insulation quality before winter. That way, minor issues can be inexpensively fixed, preventing bigger and costlier projects down the road. These can include gutter problems, slight damage to shingles or tiling, animal intrusion, ventilation difficulties, insulation problems, and other easy fixes. Let’s walk through how First Call Construction would help the homeowner assess and fix these general problems. Gutters should be cleaned at least once a year after autumn and before truly cold weather sets in. Dirt, leaves, twigs, and other detritus build up in the gutters, which makes them heavy or prevents water from flowing down and away from the roof. The added weight puts stress on the brackets that attach the gutters to the roof structure causing incremental damage to the fabric of your home; once freezing temperatures come to town, this is compounded. Animals of all sorts seek a safe, warm place to pass winter months. Don’t let that place be in your home. While we don’t specialize in wildlife removals, we can assess and remedy the damage done to your roof and attic spaces by innocent critters trying to stay warm. While we’re checking for squirrel burrows in your insulation, we’re also happy to assess its R-value and add additional batting. If you’d like to try a more efficient style of insulation for your attic spaces, we have several about which we can inform you.

Homes experience—ventilation of heat and moisture

Roof Damaged by Wind This brings us to our last issue that many homes experience—ventilation of heat and moisture. Yes, it’s ideal to retain heat during the winter and save on energy consumption. However, a home without proper ventilation poses a considerable problem. Moisture is a fact of human life, whether it comes from showers, cooking or pure respiration of human occupants. Because heat rises, the attic space in your home has an important role to play. You want to retain heat but vent moisture, which rises with that hot air. Finished Home Services employs experienced roofing specialists who can ensure that your attic is playing its part, venting moisture while retaining the toasty goodness of your winter home. Even if everything seems to be running smoothly and there are no apparent issues, we and all Utah roofers advise a seasonal checkup to assess any future problems. Call First Call Construction at (801) 830-4642 today to schedule a consultation and your free quote. May you have a safe, warm, and happy holiday.

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.