Seasonal ChecklistsWhen 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 DoWhile 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.
The First Step in Roof RepairMost 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 ChallengesSome 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.
Catching Small ProblemsJust 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-UpHouses 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.
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.
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.
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.
First 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.
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.