Roof Repair Rip-Offs: Beware of These Common Scams

Licensed roof repair contractors in Utah provide high-quality, ethical services for their customers. Unfortunately, homeowners frequently fall victim to scam artists intent on stealing their hard-earned money.Roof Repair Rip-Offs

Roofing repair scams are on the rise in Utah. One of the easiest ways to detect a scam is if someone comes to your door or cold-calls you. Few (if any) ethical roofing contractors go door-to-door or makes calls to solicit business – so stay safe by politely declining to purchase roof repair services from anyone who approaches you.

Being aware of common rip-offs and scams will help you stay safe and ensure you get the quality roofing repair and replacement services that only a licensed contractor like Knockout Roofing can provide.

Storm Damage Roof Repair Scams

So-called “gypsy roofers” prey on homeowners in the aftermath of severe wind and hail storms. They go door-to-door telling homeowners that they’re already in the neighborhood doing work for other residents.

They’ll offer their services to repair your roof and usually provide a low-ball price to entice you. Because their estimate is so low, however, they’ll request a large cash deposit to purchase materials.

Once they have your cash in-hand, they’ll disappear, never to be seen again – along with your money.

Roofing Repair “Insurance” Scams

These con artists go door-to-door in your neighborhood offering to sell you roofing repair insurance. They’ll start by telling you that your wise neighbor just signed up and suggested they come see you.

They’ll start by telling you how much Mrs. So-and-So two blocks over paid to have her roof repaired last summer, after a particularly harsh wind storm. The cost will be high enough to alarm you, and make you wonder how you could possibly afford it should the same fate befall you.

Once you’re good and worried, they’ll offer their insurance program. Simply pay them a one-time premium (usually a few hundred dollars) and, should you need extensive roof repairs in the future, you won’t have to pay a penny.

Guess what happens once you need roof repairs? The company is nowhere to be found and you’re out your money.

The “Elevator Ride” Roof Repair Scam

The elevator ride roof repair scam is easy to fall victim to because it’s often perpetrated by a local, seemingly legitimate roofing company – possibly even a licensed contractor.

In this common scam, the contractor will provide a low estimate – so low that it almost appears too good to be true – but only if you sign on the dotted line today. Once you agree and sign the contract, the contractor will get to work and everything will appear to be on track – until they find a previously unforeseen problem that increases your cost.

Usually, the first change order will be small, perhaps a couple hundred dollars. But then more problems mysteriously appear and your cost keeps increasing until it exceeds your other bids. The problem with this scam is that it can be difficult or impossible to prove that they contractor did anything wrong.

To protect yourself against roofing repair rip-offs and scams, check out any potential contractor before agreeing to have work done. Knockout Roofing is licensed, bonded and insured. We’ve been in business since 2002 and we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We have countless customer testimonials and we’re proud of the reputation we have built in the community. Our pricing is fair and transparent and we provide free roofing evaluations and estimates for residential and commercial clients.

In Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities of northern Utah, contact Knockout Roofing today for all your roof repair and replacement needs.

5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your New Roof

When the time comes to install a new roof on your Utah home, you will make a significant investment in the safety, comfort and value of your home. And, like any home improvement project, you want to enjoy the highest possible return on your investment.5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your New Roof

With a little time and effort, you can extend the life of your new roof and minimize the time and money you will spend on roofing repairs in the future.

No. 1: Add Attic Ventilation

Without adequate ventilation, your attic will overheat in the summer. This can encourage the growth of mold and reduce the effectiveness of insulation. It also superheats your roofing materials, causing them to degrade more quickly than they otherwise would.

Having sufficient air flow in the attic can extend the life of your new roof by as much as 20 percent or more.

No. 2: Upgrade Your Insulation

With the proper type and amount of attic insulation, you’ll cut your energy bills and improve the interior comfort of your home. You’ll also extend the life of your new roof.

Just like ventilation, insufficient attic insulation can expose your roofing materials to excessive heat, causing them to disintegrate prematurely. Consider adding radiant barrier insulation as well as upgrading your fill or blanket insulation.

No. 3: Tend to Your Gutters & Downspouts

Clogged gutters expose your roof deck, shingles and fascia to potential water damage. Have your gutters cleaned and inspected at least once each year to prevent a problem. You might also consider installing gutter screens, to help keep your home’s drainage system working the way it should.

No. 4: Maintain Your Roof

Although many types of roofing materials require little or no regular maintenance, you should periodically remove any debris from the rooftop, Cut back any branches overhanging the roof surface and take action if you notice evidence that rodents or other pests have been spending time on the roof. Clean your shingles or tiles based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.

No. 5: Have Professional Roofing Inspections

The best way to extend your new roof’s service life is to take care of any problems quickly, to prevent them from becoming major issues. A periodic professional roofing inspection will identify and new or developing problems, so you can have the repairs done immediately, rather than waiting until you develop a leak or experience damage to the deck and underlying support structures.

The Knockout Roofing team of experienced professional contractors can help you learn to extend the life of your new roof. We provide commercial and residential roofing repair and replacement for clients in Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities. For exceptional professional service, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation and estimate for your new roof.

Address Leaking Roof Repairs Now, as Rainy Season Ends

If you have a leaking roof, repairs are imperative to prevent serious damage to your home or business.

Address Leaking Roof Repairs Now, as Rainy Season Ends

The northern Utah rainy season peaks in May, which means we’re on the way to our driest, hottest months of the year. If you’ve put off having your leaky roof repaired, it’s time to get a professional roofing contractor in to assess the extent of the damage and recommend the necessary work. Putting off the work any longer can lead to more extensive damage and, once things start heating up in the attic, you could end up with dangerous mold growth.

Unless you have extensive damage, the chances are good that Knockout Roofing can fix the problem rather than recommend a full tear-off and roof replacement.

Residential Leaking Roof Repairs

Your home’s roof can begin leaking due to damage caused by wind or ice. More often, however, leaks develop because roofing materials get old, crack and break down. You may have a missing shingle or tile, or the seals around roof penetrations (vents, chimneys, etc.) may fail.

For many Utah homeowners, poor roof design can speed up this process. For others, skylights, rooftop AC units and solar panel mounting systems can allow moisture to penetrate through to the underlayment or into the attic.

You may see signs of leaks, such as stained drywall or bubbling paint on the ceiling or walls but, in many cases, the problem goes undetected for months or years. In that case, the damage is likely to be much more substantial – and costly.

Commercial Leaking Roof Repairs

If you have a roof leak at your office, retail store or another type of commercial facility, you face the very real possibility of having your business operations disrupted if the problem gets out of hand.

Knockout Roofing performs repairs on all types of commercial membrane roofing materials, including PVC, TPO and synthetic rubber (EPDM). We’re also experts in metal, polymer and built-up roofing and repair, including bitumen, coal tar, asphalt and gravel.

For our commercial clients, we work hard to get in, get the work done and get out, to minimize the disruption of your employees and customers.

Roof Inspections & Maintenance to Avoid Roof Leaks

Having leaking roof repairs performed as soon as possible will extend the life of your roof and ensure the structural integrity of your home or commercial building. That’s why we recommend having an annual roof inspection conducted by a qualified, licensed contractor.

This allows us to identify minor problems and fix them before they become major issues. We can also help you plan and budget for the future by letting you know how much life your roof likely has left.

Serving customers throughout the Salt Lake City area, Knockout Roofing provides the highest quality materials and workmanship and affordable, transparent pricing you can trust. There’s no better time of the year to take care of your roof’s problems. Contact us today to request an inspection and no-cost, no-obligation estimate to handle your Utah leaking roof repairs.

Choose Designer Shingles to Improve Your Utah Home’s Value

Adding designer shingles to your Utah home can significantly improve the curb appeal and value of your property without breaking your home improvement budget.

Choose Designer Shingles to Improve Your Utah Home’s Value

Designer shingles is a term commonly used to describe dimensional asphalt single roofing materials that mimic the look of more expensive options such as tile and slate. And, even though these materials cost far less than the traditional materials they resemble, they are significantly more durable and long-lasting than traditional asphalt roofing.

What Are Designer Shingles?

If you’re familiar with the upscale appearance and superior protection that slate, clay, concrete or terra cotta roof tiles offer, you’re probably also aware of how much these products cost to install.

Designer alternatives are fabricated in the same way that traditional asphalt shingles are, but they offer significantly improved appearance and performance – at a fraction of the price of the slate and tile roofing products.

These roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and colors, designed to enhance the appearance and curb appeal of your home. In fact, you might be hard-pressed to tell the difference between

How Durable Are Designer Shingles?

Designer shingles not only look more impressive than their more basic predecessors, but they are also much heavier, more durable and significantly longer-lasting than traditional asphalt roofing materials.

Most designer roofing options include a lifetime warranty. Most of these products are also rated for high winds (up to 130 miles per hour) and coated with a special product that resists staining and mold growth.

Are Designer Shingles Expensive?

Depending on the manufacturer, you may see these roofing materials described as premium, high-definition or architectural shingles. But, no matter what you call them, they are only slightly more expensive than traditional, three-tab asphalt roofing.

Many Utah homeowners will enjoy an increase in their home’s value after installing designer asphalt roofing and, because they provide superior protection and insulation, you may see a decrease in your power bills.

If you want the upscale look, value and energy benefits of slate or clay roofing tile – but not the high cost – consider using one of these architectural asphalt roofing options.

Knockout Roofing offers a vast array of northern Utah’s preferred roofing materials, installed by our trained and experienced roofing professionals. We can show you your options and provide a customized estimate for tear-offs, reroofing and new roof installation. We serve commercial and residential roofing customers in Salt Lake City and throughout northern Utah. Call us today to learn more about how designer shingles can improve your home’s protection, curb appeal and value.

Replace the Roof Before Selling Your Home? Pros & Cons

Do you have to replace the roof before you list your home for sale?

Replace the Roof Before Selling

The short answer is that you probably don’t have to do a roof replacement before you list the home. However, you may want to, if it will help you get a better price for your house.

But what if the cost of roof replacement is more than you can get in increased value?

To determine the best approach, you’ll have to weigh the advantages against the disadvantages. Or you could consider some alternatives to help you achieve your goals.

Pros of Replacing the Roof Before Selling Your Home

When touring your home, one of the first things a potential buyer will look at is the condition of the roof.

Logical or not, buyers care very much about the condition of the roof and, if yours is sagging, cracking, leaking or missing shingles, it will scare off a substantial portion of your buyer base.

Sure, you could offer an allowance for buyers to use to make roof repairs after closing or discount the price to allow for the potential cost of roof replacement. However, you might still lose a potential sale simply because the buyer doesn’t want to have to deal with the hassle.

A new roof will also improve the curb appeal of your home, which may make it easier to sell. A quicker sale could provide financial benefits, based on your goals and objectives.

These are some of the most pressing reasons why you should consider replacing the roof before you list your home.

Cons of Roof Replacement Before Listing Your House for Sale

The biggest downside to doing a roof replacement (at any time) is the potential cost.

Investing in a new roof can be costly and you have no guarantee that you can recoup the investment at the time of sale. Data from Remodeling magazine shows that, for 2018, roofing replacement projects in the Intermountain West return on average about 62 percent of cost, slightly below the national average of 68 percent.

Should You Replace Your Roof or Not? How to Decide

After you consider the pros and cons of your situation, you may be no closer to a definitive answer than you were when you started. If that’s the case, it’s time to consider some other options.

A local roofing contractor can perform an inspection to determine the roof’s condition and let you know exactly what it needs. In many cases, your contractor can perform repairs (rather than a full replacement) and guarantee their work. You can show potential buyers the inspection report and the contractor’s guarantee, which can go a long way to easing any potential concerns they have.

In Salt Lake City and throughout Northern Utah, Knockout Roofing helps both businesses and homeowners with all their roofing needs. Before you decide on the best course of action for your upcoming home sale, contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We will give you our professional opinion on what alternatives you may have and whether you should replace your roof before selling your home.

Sustainable Roofing Materials for Your Utah Home

Sustainable roofing materials are quickly becoming the industry standard for new home construction. And, following that trend, customers who need a Utah roof replacement are also requesting more environmentally conscious materials.

Sustainable Roofing Materials for Your Utah Home

If you’re considering a re-roof project or a tear-off and replacement, give some thought to what type of material you might consider for a more eco-friendly home. Sustainable materials generally help you cut down your home’s energy use and help improve indoor comfort and stability. Many of these materials are fabricated from recycled materials or they can be recycled once you remove them. Others have such a long lifespan that you may never have to replace your roof again.

Metal Roofing Materials

Metal roofs – including standing seam, metal tile and metal shingles – are popular in Northern Utah thanks to their durability and low maintenance requirements. Metal roofing products can stand up to ice, snow, wind and even fire. Because these materials reflect the sun, you can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Metal requires virtually no maintenance and many products come with a 30-year, 50-year or even a lifetime warranty.

Polymer Composite Roofing Materials

These roofing products are quickly becoming an eco-friendly favorite. Fabricated from a blend of rubber and plastic, you can choose products that mimic the look of slate, asphalt and shake shingles. These products are lightweight but durable, cost-effective and recyclable, and some products are fabricated using recycled materials. They resist weather extremes, mold and rot. You might see these products called synthetic slate, synthetic roof tiles, rubber shingles or recycled shingles.

“Cool” Roofing Materials

The term cool roof is generally used to describe any roofing products that are white or very light in color. Cool roofs reflect sunlight rather than absorbing it back into the home. Typically, this approach uses asphalt shingles but you can achieve a cool roof using any type of light-colored roofing materials. Customers enjoy significant cost savings during the summer months, as they need to use less AC to cool the home.

Eco-Friendly Flat Roofing Materials

If your home has a flat roof (granted, these are few and far between in Northern Utah) you have several viable eco-friendly choices, including PVC membrane, EPDM membrane and TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane. Each of these products have high efficiency ratings and are resistant to weather and other types of damage. PVC membrane is EnergyStar rated and capable of reflecting up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat and most products come with a lifetime warranty in a residential setting.

So which product is right for your home? The best way to make that determination is to call Knockout Roofing to request your free consultation and cost estimate. We can review you goals and budgetary guidelines and make recommendations. We are located in Salt Lake City and serve customers throughout the Northern Utah area. Contact us today to learn more about adding sustainable roofing materials at your Utah home.

How to Prevent Roof Damage from Squirrels 

If you have a squirrel problem at your Utah home, roof damage could become an issue for you.

How to prevent roof damage from squirrels

These little critters might be cute, but they can use their sharp teeth and claws to work their way through shingles and destroy both your roof decking and underlayment. Fortunately, Utah roofers know a few tricks for getting rid of rooftop rodents.

Trim Your Trees

Watch the squirrels in your yard for a bit and you’ll be able to see how they’re getting up on the rooftop. Most often, trees are to blame.

If you have any long tree limbs or branches that extend over or near your rooftop, you may be able to prevent roof damage by trimming them. Remember, however, that squirrels are good jumpers. To be safe, leave at least 8 feet between the nearest branch and the rooftop.

Get Rid of Your Bird Feeders

Bird feeders don’t just attract birds — they provide an easy source of food that attracts squirrels to your yard.

To decrease the chance of your rooftop being overrun with rodents, consider getting rid of your bird feeders. You might miss seeing your feathered friends flying in for a visit, but you’ll appreciate not having to deal with roof damage.

Install Squirrel Guards

Trimming your trees and eliminating bird feeders will help, but it might not eliminate the squirrels from your yard or keep them off the rooftop.

To discourage the critters from seeking shelter in your trees, consider installing squirrel guards. Securing a sheet metal wrap around the bases of trees and poles can help prevent roof damage, as it makes for a surface that’s too slippery for squirrels to climb.

Cover Cables and Wires

Squirrels can easily scamper up most of the many wires and cables running up the side of your house.

To prevent roof damage, you’ll need to block their access to the rooftop from every avenue. Take several 2-foot sections of PVC pipe and saw through them lengthwise. Pull the sections apart slightly, then clip over any exposed cables and wires. The PVC pipe will spin and knock off any curious squirrels.

Seal Rooftop Entry Holes

Rooftop damage from squirrels isn’t limited to the outside. Rodents often gnaw their way inside, destroying the underside of the roofing structure and shredding attic insulation.

Check the rooftop and exterior walls for any potential entry holes and cracks. If you see any, seal them, but only after making a lot of noise to be sure no squirrels are still inside. Don’t skip small cracks and holes, as these wily rodents can get in through even small openings.

After more than 15 years of providing residential and commercial rooftop services to customers throughout Northern Utah, the Knockout Roofing team has seen many homeowners pay the price for not getting rid of squirrels on their rooftop.

If you have a squirrel problem, contact us and set up an appointment for a free, no-pressure consultation. You can trust our expert team to inspect your roofing and let you know if any repairs are needed. For more information on how to prevent roof damage contact our Salt Lake City office today to schedule a consultation.

Commercial Flat Roofs: 5 Tricks to Stop Water Ponding

Water ponding can be a problem for commercial flat roofs. Standing water can attract insects, lead to mold and algae growth, and create interior leaks. It can accelerate the deterioration of the roofing materials, reducing the longevity of the roof. Ponding can also invalidate roofing warranties and compromise your building’s structural integrity.

commercial roof maintenance

Fortunately, professional roofing contractors have workable solutions for eliminating or preventing water pooling on commercial flat roofs.

No. 1: Fix Low Spots

Despite the common perception to the contrary, commercial flat roofs aren’t completely flat. They have subtle slopes to facilitate drainage. If your rooftop has low spots, water ponding can easily occur. A professional roofing contractor can fill in low areas with roof plaster to better direct water toward drains.

No. 2: Flush Existing Drains

Just like the drains in your home, the drains on commercial roofs can become clogged with debris. In some cases, a serious clog can lead to standing water. Removing leaves, sticks and other rooftop debris from the drainage system is frequently sufficient to allow rain and melting snow to flow away as it should.

No. 3: Add More Drain Lines

Flat roofs in areas with high precipitation often need additional drains — a fact the building owner may not realize until water ponding becomes a problem after a heavy storm. Professional roofing contractors can install extra drain lines or widen the existing drains to direct water away from the rooftop.

No. 4: Install Roof Crickets

Water ponding near chimneys and large vents can often be solved by installing roof crickets. Crickets are ridged structures designed to divert rainwater and melted snow around roofing obstructions. Adding crickets can also help when standing water is associated with a transition between roof areas.

No. 5: Re-Pitch the Rooftop

With some commercial roofs, the pitch wasn’t properly designed or installed the first time around. Without adequate sloping, water can’t drain and pooling is likely to occur. Though the process is complicated and may be costly, re-pitching a flat roof is sometimes the only way to solve a ponding problem.

Have you noticed standing water on your building’s roof, or do you want to make sure that water ponding doesn’t become a problem? Either way, the professional roofing contractors at Knockout Roofing can meet your needs.

The Knockout Roofing team has more than 15 years of experience providing professional services to both residential and business customers throughout northern Utah. For an expert roofing evaluation, or to discuss our approach to solving water ponding on commercial flat roofs, contact our Salt Lake City office today.

When You Replace a Roof, Should You Replace the Skylights Too?

So you’ve decided now’s the time to replace your roof — and the local roofing contractors are urging you to replace your skylights at the same time.

Replace a roof, should you replace the skylights too?

Is that really necessary? Or are these roofers trying to pull a fast one?

The truth is that any reputable, experienced roofing contractor will recommend skylight replacement at the same time you do your roof replacement. You don’t have to agree, but if you replace your roof without replacing your skylights, you may come to regret the choice later when you discover a leak — which happens in many (but not all) cases.

Some Skylights Can Survive a Roof Replacement

There’s always a chance your skylights could survive a roof replacement. If they are non-opening, less than 10 years old, from a top manufacturer and designed and installed as part of a new home construction, they may not leak after the roofing is replaced.

Unfortunately, this perfect set of conditions almost never exists.

You won’t typically need to replace your roof until it begins to have structural problems. And with a new home, that generally doesn’t occur for at least 20 years. By that time, the skylights are way past their 10th birthday, so the likelihood of them making it through a roof replacement unscathed is pretty low.

Why You Might Want to Replace the Skylights When You Replace the Roof

Why do skylights leak after roof replacement?

Simply put, the roofing tear-off can compromise their integrity. Even an experienced, highly skilled professional roofer can’t avoid disrupting skylights when tearing off an old roof.

Skylights have several seal points that can easily be disturbed enough to allow moisture to get inside. Adding new caulking and flashing can help, but once a skylight seal has been compromised, repairs are typically not effective against future roof leaks.

Replacing Skylights After Roof Replacement Can Create Further Problems

You could still decide to take your chances and skip skylight replacement for now. But if you go that route and your skylights leak a year or two later, you may face further roofing problems.

Replacing your skylights at this point will disturb your new roofing system. Just as a roof tear-off can blow the seals of a skylight, a skylight replacement can create similar issues with a roofing system.

So while your roof replacement project may come in at a lower cost if you decide against skylight replacement, you could end up paying a bigger price later when the integrity of your new roofing system is compromised.

Do you have questions about skylight or roof replacement? The professionals at Knockout Roofing, serving clients throughout northern Utah for over 15 years, offer expert answers and advice.

As the region’s leading roofing contractors, the Knockout Roofing team is known for exceptional service, superior workmanship and affordable prices. Contact our Salt Lake City office and schedule a free consultation, and we’ll help you make an informed decision on whether to replace your skylights when you replace your roof.

7 Residential Roofing System Performance Threats

When choosing a new residential roofing system, most homeowners tend to rank function above form. Aesthetics and architectural style are important, but customers naturally want their new roof to last as long as possible.

Residential Roofing System Performance Threats

A professional roofer can recommend high-quality, durable rooftop materials capable of protecting your home for decades. However, roofs do have a few natural enemies. Below are the top seven threats that can compromise your residential roofing system’s performance.

Sunshine

How much sunshine hits your rooftop each day? Over time, heat and ultraviolet rays can cause roofing materials to deteriorate. The effect on system performance is typically worse on roof surfaces that face west or south.

Rain

When rainwater gets underneath a roof, the support structure can begin to rot. The extra moisture also encourages the growth of mold and mildew within the roofing material, which can spread to the interior walls and ceilings.

Heavy Wind

High winds can lift the edges of a rooftop, blowing away shingles and allowing water and debris to work their way into the roof system. Extremely heavy wind can create extensive damage to most types of roofing materials.

Snow and Ice

As snow melts, it can refreeze at the rooftop’s edge, where the surface is cooler. This causes an ice dam to form, which can block the gutters and drainage system, which can, in turn, create irreparable damage. In addition, ice dams allow water to back up under the roofing materials, which leads to roof leaks and deterioration.

Moss and Algae

When some types of roofing materials become moist, moss and algae can grow. Not only is this growth unsightly, it also leads to roof leaks and the development of mold and mildew.

Poor Ventilation

Ventilation has a profound effect on your roofing system’s performance. In a poorly ventilated attic, condensation builds up inside and underneath the roofing materials. If the problem isn’t quickly addressed, the roof structure can deteriorate.

Overhanging Tree Branches

Trees may not seem all that threatening to your roof’s performance, but overhanging branches can cause trouble. Tree limbs can scrape and gouge roofing materials when the wind blows, and falling branches can create significant damage. Fallen leaves can block drainage systems or stick to the roof and promote rot.

So which type of residential roof system will perform best for your northern Utah home? A professional roofing contractor such as Knockout Roofing can help you make an informed choice, based on your needs and budget.

For more than 15 years, we’ve been providing residential and commercial roof repair, installation and maintenance services in Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities. The Knockout Roofing team has a reputation for high-quality work, exceptional customer service and affordable rates.

For answers to all your questions about commercial or residential roofing systems and performance, contact us today and schedule a free consultation.