Roofing does more than just keep the rain out. It’s instrumental for everything from HVAC efficiency to curb appeal. Because roofs are one of the most important features of any home, when it’s time for a replacement, don’t hire a random roofing contractor. Instead, if you live in the Vancouver, Washington area, choose DL Baker Homes and get the high-caliber service your home deserves. Using the best materials and undertaking each project with the determination to do the very best work, we promise transformative results that look great and weather the test of the elements.
Vancouver Rooftop Replacement
- If you’re missing shingles, have been patching leaks, or there is visible weathering, a rooftop replacement can go a long way for your home. Not only will your house look great with new roofing, it’ll stand up to the immense amount of rainfall the Vancouver region sees annually. Our team is known for the high caliber workmanship we provide to our customers. We promise new shingles that look superb, laid perfectly so you don’t have to worry about premature shingle loss, degradation or leaks. And, when it comes to waterproofing, flashings, or other general components, trust that our roofers have the knowledge to install them all properly.
Owens Corning Shingles
- Owens Corning roofing shingles do more than just protect a structure from the elements—they also look superb! We offer a wide selection of color blends and styles, to bring out the true beauty in your home. We’ve relied on this trusted brand for building materials since founding our business more than 30 years ago. We’ll gladly give you all the information you need to choose the right shingling with confidence.
Reinvest in Your Roofing
If it’s been more than a decade since a roofer company did a replacement or there are signs of aging and wear, contact DL Baker Homes today at 360-356-1251. We’ll consult with you about a roof replacement, helping you choose the right materials for your budget. Let us deliver a product that’ll serve your home well for years and years to come.
Vancouver, WA was founded around Fort Vancouver in 1852. It’s not to be confused with the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia—our American city is actually older! In fact, Meriwether Lewis once wrote that Vancouver is the only desirable situation for settlement west of the Rockies, and that included our rainy weather. Vancouver—whose name in Klickitat and Chinook languages means “land of the mud turtles”—gets its fair share of rain, as you’re probably already aware!
Vancouver is located just north of the Columbia River, close to the Willamette River and the Cascade Range. It’s located in the Puget-Willamette Trough, which is known for often being blanketed by clouds. Vancouver has a warm summer, but historically it’s even colder than Portland, including freezing rain and snow. The short dry season—about July through September—can bring temperatures in the triple digits. The rainy season, however, brings an average of 40 inches of rain per year.
That’s a lot of weather for your roofing to withstand! It’s a good idea to have roofers inspect your home yearly so the rainy season never catches you unaware. If you’re noticing leaks, water damage, increased energy bills or other signs of a damaged roof, you need to address it immediately.
Whether you’ll need to replace your roof or can get away with a few simple repairs, you have a lot of options to consider. We’re happy to come perform a free in-home inspection and guide you through whether you need to repair or have your local roofers do a replacement.
Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?
Even if your roof is damaged, you might not need to replace the entire thing. Is your asphalt roofing over ten years old? Have you noticed any of the following issues? These factors and more could play a significant role in whether you repair or replace. If unsure whether to replace or fix your roofing, ask yourself if the following exists:
This can indicate an algae infestation. This can break down the shingles over a period of years, eventually robbing them of their UV protection and causing them to peel. Power washing may address this issue.
If your shingles are warped, peeling, or missing, your roof is likely suffering from old age. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may be able to patch it with shingles. Sometimes the roof is simply too old and needs to be replaced, however.
Granules in the Gutters?
If you’re noticing gritty granules from your shingles in your rain gutters, it means the protective shingle coating is breaking down. This is usually due to old age. If your roof is over ten years old, you’ll probably need to replace it.
Missing shingles don’t always mean you need to replace the roof. Depending on how many are missing and whether there are any other signs of damage to your roof, the flashing or the gutters, you may be able to have the roof patched.
Moss or Lichen?
Moss and lichen are very bad for your roof—they don’t just discolor the shingles, they invade the spaces between shingles, lifting them away from the roof as they grow. This can lead to water and structural damage. In a climate like ours, it’s important to be vigilant about moss and lichen!
Drooping or Sagging?
Drooping or sagging is a dead giveaway your roof needs to be replaced as soon as possible. No matter what the slope or architectural components of your roof are, it should never have a curved appearance. Of course, if you maintain your roof, you will be less likely to encounter that problem.
Materials Matter Too
The material your roof is made of counts, too. For example, metal roofs and shingles don’t need to be replaced at the same rate asphalt shingles must be—they can last up to sixty years! Tile roofs are prone to breakage, which can lead to water damage, so tile-roof homeowners must be vigilant about inspecting for cracks. Slate tiles can last over a century. Wood shingles are prone to rotting, so you may consider replacing wooden shingles with another material when you live in a wet, rainy area like Vancouver. Other factors include:
If you need to get a roof repaired before a big storm next weekend, you probably won’t have enough time to get the roof replaced. In that case, take preventative measures—whether patching or using protective coverings.
Sometimes the damaged portion of your roof is so large it doesn’t make sense to simply repair the roof. In that case, you’ll need to replace it. DL Baker Homes offers a variety of roofing options.
The cost to replace part of your roof might make it smart to replace the entire thing! Be sure to compare the pricing so you make the best financial decision for your budget.
If your roof has already had a second layer of shingles installed, you’ll need to replace it. Two layers is the maximum for roofing—any more and you start to get weight issues or problems with ventilation.
If you’re worried about mismatched color, you’ll need to replace your roof. After years of exposure to the elements, your shingles will naturally fade. Adding new shingles will be obvious.
7 Factors to Consider About Your Roof’s Condition
Roofing can take a beating over the years, but eventually it will have to be replaced. How long it lasts depends on the roofing material, as well as how well you’ve maintained the roof. Sometimes it’s prudent to just replace the entire roof rather than continuing to patch it up. There are a number of factors and warning signs that will help you make that decision:
#1 Previous Patching
How many times has the roof been patched before, and where? If the same spot has to keep being replaced, it may be signs of more serious structural damage. A good roofer will be able to spot damage to the underlayer and more.
#2 Water Damage
Water can seep into the underlayer, causing mold and rot. Your roofer should inspect for signs of water damage.
#3 Wind Damage
Wind can lift shingles up and away from the roof, which lets air and moisture seep into the structure.
#4 Exposed Nails
Exposed nails are a sign of damage, including from missing shingles. This is especially important if your roof already has two layers of shingles.
#5 Recent Severe Weather
When a really big storm hits, you might not notice damage right away—which is why it’s a good idea to inspect your roof as soon as the weather clears. The sooner you address any damage, the less likely it will have spread.
#6 Natural Disasters
When you live in an area prone to earthquakes and wildfires, your roof can suffer damage there, too.
#7 Missing or Damaged Gutters & Flashing
If the gutters and flashing around your roof are damaged, you’re more likely to have water damage underneath the shingles. Gutters and flashing are designed to help water travel down the roof and away from your home. If water is left to drip into the roof and structure, you could have a disaster on your hands.
What to Look For in a Vancouver Roofing Company
Your roof is the first line of defense against the elements. Naturally, you’ll want to pick the best quality you can get for the lowest possible price. When you’re looking for a roofing company, here are some things to consider:
Free In-home Estimates
A good local contractor will come out to your home and give you a free estimate. They should be able to discuss your options, including the cost of materials and labor, and a ballpark estimate of your total cost.
When you choose roofing material, different kinds will have different estimates. Ask your roofer about the warranty not only for the roofing materials, but what kind of guarantees they offer on their labor.
How many years of experience does your roofer have? Do they perform the jobs themselves, or subcontract to other sources?
You’ll want to make sure the roofer has liability and worker’s comp insurance—and you should ask to see the certificates. This gives you an opportunity to call the insurance companies to make sure they’re valid.
Word of mouth is a great way to find out more about your roofing contractors. Ask friends and family about their experiences as well as checking reviews and testimonials online. Getting a roofer who is established in the community is key to a great experience.
DL Baker Homes is proud to offer free in-home inspections. We’ll come out and look at your roof, then help you decide whether you need to replace or repair. With our wide variety of Owens Corning shingles and other reputable brands, you’re sure to find the exact look and longevity you desire. Contact us today for an estimate!Get an Estimate