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Simple Steps to Extend the Life of Your Roof and Avoid Unexpected Costs

Unless you’re in a storm situation, replacing your roof out of pocket can be a significant investment. Being out of site to some degree, it’s easy to overlook the importance of your roofing system. But it’s one of the most costly components of your home.

The National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA) reports a new roof can cost $10,000 for a 2,000 square foot roof to up to six figures for a slate roof for a larger home. The most important think you can do is to keep your roof clean. Leaves, limbs and other debris can make water move into areas where it’s not supposed to go.

You must remember though that safety should be your primary concern and focus. If you do not have the right equipment, hire a professional to inspect your roof. People do not realize the danger a ladder can cause. The ladder must extend over the gutter by at least four feet, and at the proper angle.

Enlisting a helper is also a must. Have someone hold the bottom of the ladder to make it secure. Wear soft-soled shoes for added grip, and never go barefoot. Don’t even attempt to inspect your roof if you do not have the right ladder, or the right helper, for the job. If you do call a professional, the ongoing inspection and care of your roof is another reason to call someone local.

The nature of the roofing business is to chase the storms so chances are if a storm came through, you might be visited by an out of town storm chaser. But if you need a repair done, it might be hard to reach that company again. Hiring a local company will allow you to build a relationship with someone who can get to know your property and provide service for years to come.

If you do have the right equipment for the job, here are some tips to maintaining the health of your roofing system:

  • Remove leaves and other debris from around the edges of skylights and valleys.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Test downspouts by running a hose and making sure water flows out the end. If water is not flowing properly you might tap gently to find blockages within the downspouts.
  • Place wire mesh over gutters to keep out the leaves and debris.

Your roofing professional can install gutter guards, replace worn collars around vent pipes, replace flashing and remove clogs. If you’ve had a storm in your area in the last two years, it’s always a good idea to have a professional inspection. A professional roofer can spot damage that you might miss. Hidden damage can cause more problems down the road.

Often if you uncover damage from a storm, the repair or replacement of your roof may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. A professional inspection will help determine if your roof may qualify for replacement.

Slate Roof | St. Louis

Slate Roof Contractor – Experience Counts

Slate is a very special roofing material. To install it properly and professionally, it requires very special skills. Skills improve with experience, and there are very few contractors in the St. Louis area which have the same kind of experience as Innovative Construction & Roofing.  With over 200 historic slate roof restoration projects completed, Innovative is your choice!

Slate Roof ContractorInnovative’s experience comes in several forms. Our team has practical field experience evaluating the detailed  needs of every repair job.  The visual inspection of surface cracks and holes is just the start. Our team knows where to look for signs of damage in the interior of the home as well.

Our scope of expertise extends to experience in dealing with the complexities of working with insurance companies.  The typically high cost of slate repair results in special scrutiny.  The nuances involved in filing a correctly documented insurance claim for a slate roof repair require special care. Our Customer Relations Managers handle each and every claim with special care.

National Slate Roof Contractor Associations Make a Difference

Innovative is very proud to be affiliated with several national roofing and slate roof contractor associations.

The National Slate Association is dedicated to promoting excellence in slate roofing practices through the development and dissemination of technical information, standards, and educational resources on the materials and methods used in the manufacture, design, and construction of slate roofs and associated flashing systems.

The Slate Roof Contractors Association was founded to promote excellence in slate roofing by publishing installation guidelines, training materials and conferences.

Slate Roof ContractorInnovative Construction & Roofing team members use resources from both of these organizations to ensure the successful completion of each and every project.

It should come as no surprise that Innovative backs all its steep-slope projects (traditional slate roof construction) with an Installation Lifetime Warranty.

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Mastic Siding – Cedar Shake Authenticity

Shake and shingle siding products trace their history in America to the early colonial days. Over the centuries they have emerged as elements in various styles, such as the Craftsman. In the early years, shake pieces were hand or machine-hewed from cedar trees.

Over the last decade, vinyl products have come to the market that have attempted to capture the authenticity of real cedar.

Mastic Siding’s Cedar Discovery

Mastic offers several genuine, historic profiles. For the rough split look, choose the Hand Split Shakes. For a more uniform, smoother appearance, choose the Perfection 5″ or 7″ shingle. For an stylish accent, choose the Half-Round. Choose from the subtle shading and color variations of naturally-weathered cedar, or the fresh look of recently-painted shingles.

Mastic SidingRegardless of your choice, you’ll never have to deal with the negative aspects of real wood products – rot. With Cedar Discovery, you can enjoy the true American look of wood, but without the lifetime of maintenance or repair needed with real wood products.

Cedar Discovery Hand-Split Shake
Cedar Discovery Hand-Split Shakes have the rough texture and wood grain of real cedar shakes, but without the costly maintenance and repair.

Cedar Discovery Perfection Shingle Double 7″
Cedar Discovery Perfection 7″ shingles have the medium texture and random gaps of real No. 1 grade red cedar shakes.

Mastic SidingCedar Discovery Perfection Shingle Triple 5″
Cedar Discovery Perfection 5″ shingles recreate the clean appearance and warm, traditional look of cedar shingles.

Cedar Discovery Half-Round
Cedar Discovery Half-Round shingles provide a stylish option that beautifully recreates the cozy, traditional look of half-rounds.

Mastic Siding An Element of Designed Exterior by Ply Gem

Mastic Home Exterior Siding, along with all brands in the Ply Gem family, have been incorporated into the Designed Exterior system. The Designed Exterior is a design process, crafted by architects, that brings together the timeless designs and styles with modern, low maintenance materials. In many cases, GREEN building concepts can also be applied to ensure maximum efficiency and energy savings.

Mastic SidingThe Designed Exterior was featured last year in a seven home / seven design / seven day building project in tornado-devastated Joplin, Missouri.

The home exteriors were all constructed from Ply Gem building components and completed with support from ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and host Ty Pennington.

For one week 13,000 volunteers worked around the clock to build Seven Houses in Seven Days for Seven Families. These families would finally have houses to come home to after several months of trying to make due living with friends and family.

Mastic SidingTwo of the completed projects are pictured here, the Craftsman, at the top of the page, and the Beach House, at right.  All of the homes reflect the distinctive tastes of their new homeowners.

“The construction of these homes is one step in rebuilding the lives of families who have suffered incomprehensible loss, but who are also looking toward a new future,” said John Stephenson, vice president, marketing, Ply Gem.

“This build is one of the most inspirational Designed Exterior by Ply Gem projects to date. We are grateful to have helped the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team provide low maintenance, energy efficient, worry-free dream homes for deserving families, while inspiring others to visualize what’s possible in personalized exterior design.”

Slate Restoration

Slate Restoration Project – Teasdale Avenue

Browse This Month’s Featured Slate Restoration Project

Innovative Construction & Roofing is very pleased to reveal our featured slate restoration project for January, 2014.

This beautiful property is located just outside St. Louis in neighboring University City.

Originally built in 1936, this home was renovated during the summer of 2012.

Click through our gallery of images and imagine what how great a restored roof would look on your property.

storm damaged slate roof | St. Louis, MO

Slate Restoration Project – Hampton Park

Browse This Month’s Featured Slate Restoration Project

Slate RestorationInnovative Construction & Roofing is very pleased to reveal our featured slate restoration project for December.

This beautiful property is located just outside St. Louis in neighboring Richmond Heights.

Originally built in 1927, this home was ready for an update this past fall.

Click through our gallery of images and imagine what how great a restored roof would look on your property.

Interested in learning more about the various color and texture options for slate? Hilltop Slate is Innovative’s preferred slate quarrier and producer of high quality natural slate roofing. Visit Hilltop Slate’s online Color Palette to get an idea of the selections available today.

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CertainTeed Roofing – Designing With Shingles

CertainTeed Roofing Offering Design Tips for Homeowners

Sometimes its a matter or Good, Better or Best… sometimes its a matter of getting just the “Right Look”. The design experts at CertainTeed have a few tips to help you and your designer wade through the countless combinations of color, texture and style.

Regardless of which CertainTeed Roofing shingle you choose you’ll be protected by the industry’s strongest warranties.
• Lifetime Limited Transferable Warranty
• 15 Year StreakFighter Warranty; 10 Year SureStart Warranty
• Class A Fire Resistance
• Class F 110 mph Wind Resistance Protection with 15 Year Wind Warranty

The LandMark Series
The Landmark Series offers four levels of high performance shingles with varying weight and thickness. The heavier the shingle, the more depth, thickness and dimension. All four offer the exceptional value of the industry’s toughest fiber glass mat and the strongest materials available. The premium LandMark TL features three-piece laminated fiber glass construction with the rustic appearance of hand-split wood shakes.

CertainTeed RoofingHighland Slate
Cut to a true craggy profile, Highland Slate has the look, texture and tone of natural slate. Dark shadow lines accentuate its appeal from the curb.

Each tab is individually colored by state of the art Precision Color technology to provide a rich, deep, hue. Its four-across tab is the ideal design to deliver color, contrast, and perfection when mounted.

Independence
Its distinctive surface is the result of an unusual color blending process, but its underlying character comes from CertainTeed’s patented Shangle design.

Featuring a one-piece full-size base shingle, random laminated tabs and deep shadow lines. The dramatic, dimensional appearance is something no other asphalt shingle can claim.

Presidential Shake
Presidential Series is the original luxury shingle created to replicate the look of cedar shakes with the performance of fiber glass construction.

Presidential Series shingles costs a fraction of natural wood shakes. Unlike natural shake they also won’t rot or decay, and it offers excellent wind and fire resistance. Plus, with StreakFighter, it will protect your roof from the streaking caused by airborne algae.

Carriage House
Carriage House combines two full-sized base shingles, four layers of protection, and an oversized 8″ exposure. Made of the industry’s most durable roofing materials, you’ll have a roof that really endures the elements.

With cut-away corners and wide, dark shadow lines, Carriage House creates a one-of-a-kind look of scalloped-edge natural slate.

Grand Manor
Grand Manor says it all! With style and grace that is exceptional from every angle, Grand Manor is the very best from CertainTeed Roofing. The luxurious multi-layered laminated shingle replicates the look of slate with the confidence backed by a lifetime warranty.

Deep shadows and random tabs are the secrets behind the design genius in Grand Manor. The result is a shingle with the incredibly authentic depth and dimension of slate. And generations of durability to complete the illusion. Our exclusive Super Shangle construction design results in a shingle that, once installed, offers virtually five layers of protection.

CertainTeed Roofing Designing With Shingles Video

CertainTeed Roofing Online Design Tools

CertainTeed has made the shingle selection process easier with the ColorView design tool. You can upload an image of your home and then see how it would look with a new roof or you can choose a similar stock image.

CurbAppeal is iOS design application for iPads which include both CertainTeed Shingle and CertainTeed Siding components.

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TPO and Shingle Commercial Roofing

TPO and Shingle Commercial Roofing

This TPO and shingle roof was completed just last month for Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service. We had to wait a few weeks for some friends to arrive with a boom lift before we could get these great images.

The building’s existing EPDM roof was removed in it’s entirety prior to the installation of the TPO (Thermoplastic polyolefin) covering from Carlisle-Syntec. Due to its color and highly reflective properties, Carlisle’s TPO membranes are Energy Star-qualified and Cool Roof Rating Council-certified. The owners of this building are looking forward to a reduction in their cooling costs for many summers to come!

Special attention was paid to the detailed TPO tie-in with the existing shingle-covered dome, the only portion of the roof visible from the ground.

TPO

EPDM Roof Before Removal

Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service assists individuals of all faiths by providing basic necessities such as food, shelter, and much more. For more information about Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, click here:

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Hawthorne Blvd Slate roof Restoration

Restoration Project – Hawthorne Blvd. St. Louis

Browse This Week’s Featured Restoration Project

Innovative Construction & Roofing is very pleased to reveal our featured restoration project for this week.  This is beautiful property is located in the historic Hawthorne Boulevard – St. Louis neighborhood. Very pleased homeowners living here!

Click through our gallery of images and imagine what how great a restored roof would look on your property.

Interested in learning more about the various color and texture options for slate? Hilltop Slate is Innovative’s preferred slate quarrier and producer of high quality natural slate roofing. Visit Hilltop Slate’s online Color Palette to get an idea of the selections available today.

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