Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Synthetic Underlayment

The photos above feature our crew stripping down a roof to wood decking and installing a new synthetic underlayment. Roofing underlayment is a barrier that helps preserve the overall roofing system. It is essential.
There are many kinds of underlayment for different types of projects. Differences may vary when looking into underlayment’s. Some may include: how water resistant (remember this does not mean waterproof!), protection from decking, vapor protection, temporary protection (in case there is a storm). These variables play into the decision making process along with where you live, how big your project is, and how big your budget it.

One the project above we used synthetic underlayment. We recommend this to many customers because It is a water and vapor resistant underlayment that is much lighter and stronger than other underlayment’s. Synthetic was made to replace felt underlayment and has been a great product for many.  
If you have any questions about underlayment or roofing needs in general please give us at call at 502. 643.4333. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Preparing For Fall

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing. Fall is in the air! Before it gets too cold and too late in the season, make sure to take a couple of hours to prepare your home and yard for the season.  Below we listed suggestions that may be helpful to you.

1. Remove debris from roof and gutters.

2. Inspect shingles (make sure there are no loose or missing shingles).

3. Inspect seals on your house (including chimney, windows, doorways, etc.) to examine potential leaks.

4. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.

5. Replace dirty furnace filters and have a professional check your heating system before using it for the season.

6. Check both gas and wood fire places to ensure safety for the winter (this may include having a professional come out and check it as well).  

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call at 502- 643-4333.

Better to be safe than sorry this upcoming fall and winter season! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Before and After

Here at Elite Roofing we take some pretty crazy before and after photos that feature services we offer and products we use. Check out this months photos and stories below!

The picture above is of a home that was custom built and had a leak in the roof for years! (What a bummer!) Luckily the homeowner hired us to fix the leak that had been persistent for so long. The leak was in a very narrow spot (a dead valley) on the roof where snow and ice melt slowly. As our team removed shingles, the pictures show what we found. 

This is a white chalky mold on the back of shingles which indicates a significant leak. There was also mold on the underlayment as well. 

We fixed the problem by installing ice and water shield in the valley of the roof (instead of installing felt paper and then laying new shingles on top). The water shield product self seals around nail penetration to help minimize leaks. We recommend it in the valleys, skylights, and penetrations. Because who wants to have a leaky roof!? 

Our next story has to do with this chimney....


Remember that crazy hail storm in Goshen, KY last year? Yeah us too! This family's roof got really beat up from all the hail! We found that all of the metal chimney flashing needed to be replaced around the base of the chimney. We did a complete roof replacement verses a partial replacement.  Why you ask? 


Many customers ask if we can reuse accessories (flashing, ventilation, skylights, etc.) when replacing a roof. We highly recommend that everything gets replaced at the same time and not to reuse materials for three reasons.

1. The material warranties will be longer on new material verses reused material. 
2. The technology of today's building materials has significantly improved (verses older materials) and gives the customer greater options.
3. If needed, the cost to make a roof repair after the roof has been replaced will be more expensive verses replacing everything from the very beginning. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cool Roofs

Last August Liza Barth wrote a great article titled “How to Beat the Heat with a Cool Roof.” Liza had some great insights about how roofs can actually help homes stay cooler. We all know how hot and muggy summers in the South can get with humidity. We wanted to share some insights on how roofs can ACTUALLY help that crazy heat! 

-Because darker colors are known to absorb heat, we aim to wear lighter colors in the summer and Liza said that it is the same for roofs. It is known that generally lighter colored roofs will absorb less heat. 

-Cool roof colors include: light tans, light grays, and even whites!

-A cool roof can cut down on air conditioning bills to help save money and keep the air conditioning  unit working longer (which reduces maintenance costs…and lets be honest...all of the above are a plus!).

Liza's article was super interesting and made me consider the color of my roof! To read her whole article go to http://blog.gaf.com/how-to-beat-the-heat-with-a-cool-roof/

Monday, July 31, 2017

Thank You!

Here at Elite we love customers like you! We welcome your opinions and value them. If we have served you at any time in the past, we ask that you click on the link below and take a 2-5 minute survey letting us know how we did. We want to know what we did well on and what we can improve on. By doing this we can: 1. Improve our service quality 2. Get recognized for a job well done 3. Help other customers in identifying top service providers.

Thanks again!