Residential Roofing Services
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Northcoast Energy Masters is an award-winning home improvement business based right here in the Northeast, Ohio, area. Since our founding in 1983, we have established ourselves as the company homeowners can count on for reliable residential roofing services – offering roof replacement, roof repair, and new roof installations. No matter what type of problem is plaguing your roof, we are confident that we can help you find a solution that works best for your home.
Asphalt Shingles & Other Top-Quality Roofing Materials
It is no secret that the weather in Northeast, Ohio can be unpredictable. Hail storms are common, and without a durable, top-quality roofing system, your home may be at risk for costly damage. That’s why, here at, Northcoast Energy Masters we use only the finest roofing materials to protect your home. Our Owens Corning™ asphalt shingles, , offer unrivaled longevity and performance against the elements. You’ll be hard pressed to find other shingles, roofing materials and craftsmanship that match the quality offered by Northcoast Energy Masters.
Why Choose Northcoast Energy Masters for Residential Roofing?
In addition to our high-grade roofing materials, there are plenty of other reasons why you should turn to Northcoast Energy Masters over other residential roofing contractors in the Northeast, Ohio area. For starters, we are a family-owned company that has a proven track record of success spanning many decades – a level of experience practically unrivaled in the industry. Plus, we have a team of dedicated customer service representatives and highly trained technicians that will go above and beyond to ensure your complete satisfaction with your new roof or repairs.
- Tear Offs
- Gutters and downspouts
- Siding – vinyl and aluminum
- Ice guard
- Ice melt cables
- Ventilation system consultation
- Carpentry work
- Tile – new roofs and repairs
- Wood shake repairs
- Wood shingle repairs
- Ventilation – new and additional
- Copper – flashings, metal roofing, gutters, and architectural work.
New or Repair
Do you need a New Roof?
From the outside:
- Are there any blistered, curled, or split shingles? A few can be repaired but if the general appearance of the roof is poor, it may be time to reroof.
- Are there loose or missing shingles or tiles?
- Do you see any exposed nails? They are a source of leaks.
- If your roof is covered with composition(asphalt) shingles, look for dark patches indicating the granular coating has worn away.
- Look for significant accumulation of granules in your rain gutters. Some granules are normal but a lot, combined with dark patches on your shingles, is a sign of an aging roof.
- Look for sagging along the ridges or in the middle of the roof.
- Any rusty metal or displaced shingles along the valley are signs of roof weaknesses.
- Inspect the flashing around plumbing vents and chimneys. Loose shingles or rusty, loose flashing is another sign of trouble.
- Check the guttersclosely for sagging and signs of leaks between sections. Are the downspouts firmly in place and directing water away from the house foundation?
- If you have a shake or shingle roof, inspect the flashing around chimneys and vertical walls carefully because acid in the wood can eat away at the flashing over the years.
- In the attic, look for signs of leaks. Dark stains on the rafters or the underside of the roof decking material generally indicate water trails.
- If you find dark spots, see if they are still wet or are old. Push a sharp screwdriver into the wood. If it is soft, it’s a sign of rot. If the wood is stained but still dry and firm during your rainy season, it may be an old leak that has been repaired.
- Look up through the roof for any pinpoints of light. If you find one, run a thin length of wire up through it so you can find it on the roof. Do not widen the hole. Shake roofs in particular may show daylight during the summer months, but the wood will swell shut again with the first rains.
- Look for sagging sheathing between rafters. This is one sign of an old roof in need of repair. Sagging or cracked rafters will certainly require repair or replacement as part of a new roof installation.
- Look for any blisters on the roof. If not already broken, blisters eventually will break, which may allow water to enter the roof. If you find any blisters, slit them with a knife and then coat with asphalt roofing patch material commonly known as roofing cement.
- Look for depressions around vent pipes where water can collect and begin leaking through cracks in the surface. Fill them with roofing cement.
- Check all flashing for any separations by the parapet that rings the flat roof.
- Clean drains at the low end of the roof so that water can run off without interruption.
Types of Roofs
There are many different options for your roof that you can choose from:
Cedar shakes and shingles: In the Pacific Northwest, old-growth cedar was hand split to create evenly patterned, vertical-grain shakes. Many of these roofs lasted 30 years or more, establishing cedar’s reputation as a fine-quality roofing product. Such roofs are still possible today but require extremely careful selection of material and high quality workmanship. One of the drawbacks of cedar, flammability, can be overcome with chemical treatment. Quality cedar can also be factory treated for wood rot. In order to get the maximum amount of use out of an untreated cedar shake roof, it is important to have the roof treated with a wood preservative (performed by a specialty contractor). Most cedar roofs can be cleaned and treated without pressure washing which can damage cedar roofing.
Composition roof:The newest of these roofs have fiberglass reinforcing mesh in the material and comes in a variety of colors, designs and qualities. It is not unusual to see a 25-year old composition roof in good condition, even though the original warranty was for 15 years.
A properly installed composition roof requires very little maintenance other than a periodic visual inspection. The best way to inspect such a roof is with a good set of binoculars. Walking on a composition roof for the purpose of inspection should be kept to a minimum – good advice for all types of roofs. Composition roofs should be cleaned with a pressure washer.
Metal roof: Metal roofs are becoming very popular, not only because of their improved quality but also because they can provide a new spectrum of colors, clean lines and an alternative to traditional materials for low-pitched roofs. Does rain make more noise on metal roofs? Depends on who you ask and how the roof was installed. Typically the metal roofing is installed over solid sheeting of plywood or oriented strand board. This application reduces any noise problems from the roof while adding strength and longevity. The better quality metal roofs are called Standing Seam metal roofs and are designed in such a way as to hide all of the fasteners which attach the roof to the sheathing. This also gives the roof a very clean line and a very modern architectural look.
Tar and gravel roof:Also known as the built-up roof, it is used primarily on flat roofs up to a 3-in-12 pitch. Even flat roofs are sloped somewhat to prevent water from ponding. Tar and gravel roofs are constructed from alternating layers of heavy roofing felt and hot asphalt or tar and finished with a protective mineral coat, such as gravel or mica. The roofs are rated by how many layers are installed, usually from three to five.
Modified bitumen roofing: This type of roofing combines many of the features in the standard tar and gravel roof with the addition of layers of polyester or fiberglass impregnated with bitumen, a derivative of tar or asphalt. The roofing is put down in multiple plies, or layers, and gains significant strength and resistance to weathering by adding the polyester membranes. Other bitumen modifier agents that enhance asphalt’s qualities include atactic polypropylene (APP) and styrene butadiene styrene (SBS).
EPDM rubber roofing:(EPDM) stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer and is a synthetic rubber membrane which can stretch up to 300% elongation, allowing for expansion and contraction in the building where it is installed. It is virtually unaffected by Ozone and UV radiation, therefore far longer lasting than bitumised products. It does not crack tear or split and is manufactured in various sizes of sheet greatly reducing the number of joints required in a large roof.
Roll roofing:Commonly used for sheds or inexpensive roofs, it is low-cost roofing material with a short life. It is generically known as 90-pound felt because one roll, which covers 100 square feet, weighs 90 pounds. Although it is mineral-surfaced and made from the same material as asphalt shingles, it has a life expectancy of 10 years or less because it is only one layer deep. Shingles last longer because the manner in which they are overlapped makes them three layers deep.
Roofing felt: Technically, roofing felt is roll roofing, but it is never used by itself as a roofing material. Although water resistant, it is thin and tears easily. Made of asphalt-impregnated felt, it is used as an underlayment between the roof deck and the roofing material. It is sold as 15-pound or 30-pound felt, a figure that represents the weight of one square (100 square feet) of the material. It is sold in rolls 36 inches wide that cover either two or four squares. When using roofing felt, it is important to roll it out flat and smooth. Any wrinkles and bumps may show through after asphalt shingles are installed.
Slate roof:The slate roof is in a class by itself. As with yachts, if you have to ask the price…. But even here one needs to be careful. Not all slate will last in this climate. Vermont slate seems to be the best choice, and some imported Chinese slates are the worst. If you install a good slate roof, the best maintenance is to leave it alone for the first 75 years.