What types of roofs are there?
There are a lot of different kinds of roofs to meet your modern roofing Pocatello needs, so we'll break them down according to what is most common for our area:
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What types of roofs does CCXteriors do?
As Pocatello roofers, we do all types of roofs. We have worked on residential and commercial roofing projects.
Asphalt is one of the most common materials you find in Pocatello and Idaho Falls roofing and the surrounding areas. Due to it's balance of cost and quality, it has proven to be a good choice for many and has come a long way in quality and longevity since its introduction to the roofing world.
Wood shake roofs are less common these days, but still hold the amazing quality that they have held for years past. We still maintain and install these roofs. Wood shake roofs have a heart-warming feel to them, but they do take more work to maintain.
Metal roofs are among the more expensive but long-lasting types of roofs. They still require some maintenance, but metal roofs hold up to the elements for far longer than other roofs.
What kind of roof should I get?
Naturally, each type of material offers different benefits when roofing in Pocatello, and most people decide based on price and preference in the look of the material.
All of these roofing types have an underlaid material under them, whether that is 15 or 30 pound tar paper or 15 or 30 pound synthetic felt. The felt is accompanied by Ice and Water Shield to protect cold surfaces such as eaves as well as in the valleys (to be laid 24" inside the inside of the exterior walls or troublesome areas where water will move slower or ice will build up).
The separate roof types for pitched roofs often found on residential buildings are the following:
Asphalt Shingles (3 tab: 200-300 lbs / architectural/laminated: 300-500 lbs. / high profile: 500+ lbs)
Click the following links to view shingle warranties (Please note that asphalt shingle systems have a typical life as follows: 3 tab = 20-30 years of use (not all of that time is under warranty). Architectural/ laminated = 30-50 years of use, (again not all of that time is under manufacturer warranty). All manufacturers have different warranties that govern the different aspects of the shingles. High profile shingles will often give you more than 50 years of use on your roof and many many years after that, especially when paired with their appropriate underlayment (30 lb synthetic felt):
The great thing about asphalt shingles is when they are installed correctly they are a maintenance free roof; they perform their function without help during their life and when their life is worn either due to old age or severe weather, they are to be replaced.
Asphalt shingles dominate the majority of the residential market because they are commonly much cheaper than a metal, stone, or wood shake roofs.
3 tab shingles are difficult to get on our current market, because they are quickly becoming obsolete, as architectural shingles are quickly taking over and have become the most common shingle, due to their higher resistance to wind and water penetration.
Designer shingles, or what are commonly known as presidential shingles or 500 weight shingles, are less common due to their cost but provide a longer lasting shingle. 50+ years of use is not uncommon to see in this class of shingle. Along with its longevity, this shingle typically boasts a class 4 hail impact rating, which means it can withstand 2" hail at storm force winds without damaging the shingle. This is slightly different from the (picture of 300 weight) 300 weight and 200 weight. 300 weight shingles usually boast a class 3 hail rating which is 1-1/2" hail ball at storm force wind impact, and 200 weight are often followed in class 1 or 2. Some 300 weight shingles fall into the class 2 hail rating.
At CCXteriors, we prefer to use Malarkey Roofing Products' shingle line, which include the Highlander , Vista, Legacy, and Windsor for roofing in Pocatello and roofing in Idaho Falls.
There are many other types of roofs that you can see in the photo album below. Stone roofs are even a possibility, but they are commonly seen in hot, dry regions as they perform best in those areas. They do require a lot of underlayment material to perform as intended, and they also require A LOT of maintenance. Because of the impact on cost, roofing product manufacturers have come up with a synthetic plastic/vinyl material that, at a distance, has the appearance of a stone roof; however, if money is not a factor, we can make any of these happen.
Metal roofing is typically double the cost of a typical asphalt shingle roof and sometimes even triple due to the complexity of a project. Many people investing in this type of roof understand this and are more interested in its longevity. As you do the math, the metal roof costs less over time as you should only need one for the span of the life of the home. Metal roofs are light, and because of this light weight have much less effect on the structure of your home.
Metal roofs don't hold snow on the roof in cold climates, the weight of snow has much less impact on your structure usually due to the slick surface of the metal roof not holding on to the snow. and as the sun warms the surface of the roof the snow sluffs off, or if you warm it from below, using your home's heat, it also sluffs, making metal roofs a must have in the deep snow climates like Sun Valley, Island Park, Driggs, Tetonia, Ashton etc.
Different roof types are built out of different gauges of steel or different thicknesses of aluminum. The typical gauge found on a roof is 26 gauge steel. Metal roofs are often used as accents, giving the owner both the look they want and the higher quality as well as increasing the cost of the home.
Things to know about metal roofs: 1. Metal roofs require some maintenance depending on the type of metal roof you get. This maintenance includes keeping the screws at a proper tightness to ensure water tightness and wind protection. 2. Keeping leaves and debris clear from your roof is a must for metal, and any roof really. 3. Metal moves as it heats up and cools down with the seasons and sometimes makes seams crack or expand where two panels meet, keeping a fresh line of sealant in these areas will also ensure the quality of the roof for the duration of its life expectancy.
These maintenance items should take place about every 5 years, and as needed. If your roof was installed a long time ago (more than about 5 years), let us know, so we can come inspect it, to ensure things are tight and sealed up. The cost to maintain a roof is far less expensive than re-doing it. The metal will be fine for a long time, but the wood underneath is often what is damaged and causing a compromised roof structure. Some reports of metal roofs being louder than asphaltic roofs have been brought up. Clients have mentioned that they can now hear every rain storm, and the snow sluffing off can be a new experience for a new metal roof owner (snow sluffing off sounds like a rock slide on top of your house and depending on how deep the snow can be quite loud).
Metal roofs are typically cooler than asphaltic roofs. This is not always true, because color makes a different. Lighter colors help a metal roof stay cooler. Metal roofs often carry a much stronger resistance to hail impact and can be installed with a high wind rating in mind in regard to screw spacing and thicker gauges.
For more information on styles and colors, visit www.tetonsteelidaho.com/products. We trust Teton Steel to manufacture the products we need AND in the quality we expect for modern roofing Pocatello projects.
How much will it cost to replace my roof?
The cost of roofs vary greatly based on several factors. There are several factors that make the project more or less difficult. This can include things like the season to the pitch (or steepness) of your roof. Naturally, the size of your roof, material and the level of complexity (many facets and angles) all affect cost.
We love our everchanging seasons in Idaho, but each one can certainly pose unique challenges. The main things that we see, as far as effect on cost is: 1) Summer is an incredibly busy time of year for construction trades, meaning that we have A LOT of jobs we are working on and demand is high. 2) In the winter, with the cold, ice, and snow, it often requires us to spend more time on job sites. 3) Spring can be very rainy and wet.
Does all that mean that fall is the perfect time to have your roof done? No. If you’ve lived here for a year or two, you’ve probably found that our fall season is usually VERY short. What it all means is that we do roofing year round, and the seasons are just one factor that can cause price and timeline to vary. Don’t let the weather discourage you from calling us!
Most roofs in Idaho tend to have asphalt shingles. These are more common, because there isn’t really any maintenance as long as the roof was installed properly. As far as asphalt shingles, we prefer Malarkey as they have proven to manufacture a superior product and lead the industry with the following:
Increased nail strip size ("The Zone"), which allows for a larger target, which ensures your home receives an efficient and proper installation and proper wind protection.
Smog reducing granules. Time Magazine did an article on Malarkey shingles, calling them The Best Invention of 2018. The smog reduction equation is as follows: For every 10 squares of shingles (or 1000 square feet) installed on a roof is the equivalent to one mature spruce tree in its effects on pollution).
Polymer modified asphalt, which allow for greater elasticity and granule retention. On a hot summer day, we have even seen it regain its original shape after someone had stepped on the shingle. Malarkey Roofing Products also contain recycled products. The polymer uses plastics extracted from milk jugs, and for every 1000 square feet of Malarkey roofing products, they contain approximately five tires worth of recycled tire.
The tapered shim, which reduces the likelihood of troughing.
Larger reveal, which actually provides more covered area reducing overall cost whereas some companies covered area is slightly smaller and requires you to purchase more of their product. In other words, when purchasing shingles to cover a standard 10' x 10' area, Malarkey shingles gets you 10' x 10' (100% of a square unit) of covered area whereas other companies come up just short (around 98%), causing you to have to purchase more shingles.
Carbon Black. Malarkey also uses Carbon Black in the asphalt of their shingles, which reduces erosion from the sun and aids in granule retention and longevity of your shingles.
You may also see the occasional wood shake roof. While they may seem to be a fire hazard, wood shakes are saturated in chemicals that aid in fire resistance and reduce moss and molds for years and years. That being said, they are still made of wood and susceptible to fire. While wood shake is beautiful, it does take more work to maintain; however, if maintained properly, they are a lifetime roof.
You still see some tar and ballast (gravel) roofs on shallow pitched roofs. It can be difficult to find contractors who will install this type of roof. Many of these roofs were installed many years ago and require a lot of maintenance. They are susceptible to shrinkage and cracking. They are heavy and cause can be the source of sagging or bowing in your roof structure. We prefer an EPDM or TPO roof. EPDM and TPO are often installed over a foam deck, which is lightweight and adds to the insulation value of your home, helping you save on energy costs.
Metal roofs are great, because they are the most long lasting, and while they generally cost about twice as much as asphalt shingle roofs and do come with their own maintenance items. It is proper to maintain a metal roof every 5 years, ensuring screws are tight, washers are not deteriorated, rubber washers are not cracked, and that any seams that may have opened through the season are sealed. They also offer several different styles, such as delta rib/tough rib, which will be much cheaper than a metal shingle, metal tile, or a standing seam. Metal roofs also have the capacity to last over 100 years and typically hold up better under harsher climates with large amounts of snow.
TPO and EPDM are most commonly used for commercial roofs. Commercial roofs are typically more expensive than residential roofs. When it comes to commercial roofs, there are generally three major factors that account for this difference: Materials, expertise, and size of the project. Materials for a commercial project are more expensive than residential roofs. Commercial roofs also require more expertise and are usually larger than residential projects.
NEW ROOF VS EXISTING ROOF
Do you have a new build or a pre-existing roof? New roofs are cheaper to do than replacing an existing roof due to the fact that there is no existing roof to tear off, clean up, or dispose of. We at CCXteriors do not believe in cutting corners. Simply put, we tear off every roof we install. There have only been certain circumstances where we have installed new material over existing materials. In these circumstances, we cannot offer our standard warranty.
In conclusion, price varies greatly depending on the project. Whether your roof is new or needs replaced, residential vs commercial, materials used, and the season can all affect pricing. We as your roofers in Southeast Idaho are here to help you decide what material, style, and type of roof would be best for you.
How do I file an insurance claim?
Note: If the damage is the result of a crime, make a police report. If your home has been damaged due to a crime, contact your local law enforcement and be sure to get a copy of the police report as soon as it’s available. It’s a good idea to make note of all law enforcement officers you speak to as you may need to provide these details to your insurance company.
1) Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. There are a few good pieces of information to find out sooner, rather than later. You will at least want to know if you are covered, how much time you have to file a claim, if your claim will exceed your deductible, how long it may take to process your claim, and if you will need to obtain estimates for repairs.
2) Fill out your claim forms promptly. If you decide to make a claim, your insurance company will send you the needed claim forms—by law, these must be sent to you within a specified time period (usually 7 to 10 business days). Fill out the forms properly and return them as soon as possible in order to minimize any delays. If you need help with the paperwork, be sure to talk to your agent.
3) The damage should be inspected by an insurance adjuster. Your insurance company will likely arrange to have an adjuster come and inspect your home. The adjuster is a representative of the insurance company, and their job is to decide how much the insurance company should be pay for the loss. The adjuster will likely interview you and inspect your property.
4) Preparing for the appointment with the insurance adjuster. The insurance adjuster will be coming to inspect your property, so it’s good to be prepared with a list of any damaged items, including structural damage. This will help the appoint go smoothly and be as efficient as possible for everyone involved. It’s important to note that, if you’d like, we can be there for this inspection, because it can be helpful to have the perspective of your contractor as well, since we are familiar with common issues that can likely occur, which aren’t always readily visible to the adjuster up front, and sometimes unseen issues can arise after we have started our work. There is no need to worry, because oftentimes, we can submit supplements with photos to the adjuster and work with them to adjust the scope of work. There can sometimes be other delays; however, if you have any questions during the process, feel free to contact us or your insurance company for a status update on your project. We are happy to get you up to speed.
5) If your property needs immediate measures taken, you can make temporary repairs after you do this... Be sure to document the damage by taking pictures and/or videos. THEN take reasonable steps to ensure your property doesn’t suffer from any further damage. If you need help, because you have a hole in your roof, or something is just beyond your capability and skill, call us! We will make every effort to make your house safe for a temporary time during the processing of your claim. If you can, don’t throw away damaged items until the adjuster has a chance to visit to assess the damage. Also, remember to save any receipts for money spent; you might be able to submit them to your insurance company to be reimbursed. Be sure to ask your agent and/or adjuster about that for more information.
6) Be prepared with a list of lost/damaged items. You’re going to need a list of specific items to prove your losses, so take time to prepare that list beforehand, and it is always a good idea to have a copy ready for your adjuster. (In general, it can be a good idea to have a document, which lists your belongings, including descriptions and receipts, especially items that bear serial numbers. Include the serial number(s) in your list. It’s a good idea to upload a copy of this document to an online cloud service, because if it is a hard copy in a safe or a digital copy on a computer, those things can potentially be destroyed or lost in a disaster.) Then make a COPY of the list of lost/damaged items for your adjuster.
7) Need to relocate outside of your home? If your home has incurred damage to the point that you need to find other accommodations while your property is being repaired, be sure to keep all receipts and records of all expenses that you incur due to the relocation. Most homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage for additional living expenses incurred due to these types of circumstances, but you will need to provide receipts as proof of these costs.
8) ASK QUESTIONS! Lots of questions are sure to come up, so don’t be afraid to contact your insurance agent regarding claim filing laws in your state or your state’s department of insurance. If you’re not in a position to make a quick call, be sure to write your questions down so you don’t forget.
9) Receiving payment from the insurance company. As soon as you and your insurance company come to an agreement on the terms of your settlement, it is required, by state law, that they promptly send you payment. Payment is usually received within 5-10 business days, or sooner. If you haven’t seen your payment in that time frame, call your adjuster to get an update as to what is going on.
Please note: If you have ANY questions regarding your homeowner’s insurance policy, it is best to contact your agent BEFORE you ever run into issues. Coverage-related questions are best answered by your agent. Claim-related questions are best answered by your adjuster.We can assist in many claim-related questions as well. We know the adjuster can be hard to reach. Feel free to contact us, and we will strive to assist you in finding the answers you need.
It is our intention to educate our clients in all exterior trades and the process of filing claims with insurance companies to ensure as professional service as possible. We strive, each day, to assist all of our clients by answering any questions that may arise and to ensure we are there for you in times of need. Please ask questions. If you need anything, you can always call us at 208-709-8496.
When it comes to modern roofing Pocatello and southeast Idaho, roofing is key to ensuring that your home will stand up against the elements, because we all know the weather can change fast. We trust only the most reliable products to protect you. After all, you wouldn't buy the cheapest car you could find, would you? Neither would we.
What products does CCX recommend?
We do all types of roofing in Pocatello, but when it comes to the asphalt shingle, we trust Malarkey to get the job done, because it has proven to stand up against the harshest of abuse. See for yourself! Check out this torture test we performed!