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6 (more) Things to do Before Summer Ends

August 18, 2017

It’s almost time for school to start back up, much to the woe of our children. While for many parents this can mean a welcome break from having to entertain the kids 24/7 or pay for childcare, it can still be hard to let go of the freedom of summer weather and outdoor activities. Earlier this summer we shared 6 fun outdoor activities in the Portland/Vancouver area. Today we want to share 6 more! Just because school is starting doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Take advantage of the afternoons and weekends and check off our end of summer activity list!

1:

Take a segway tour! That’s right, I said Segway! Along both the Vancouver and Portland sides of the waterfront you will find opportunities to take guided segway tours. These can be both fun and educational! Make sure to check times and age restrictions as these vary and are set by the specific company!

 

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Oneonta Gorge! This popular hike is a must do at least once in your life. When is a better time than now! While it’s short, it does require climbing over a pile of fallen logs and wading through water. This unique experience brings you out to a gorgeous waterfall! We wouldn’t suggest doing it with extremely young children as the logs may prove tricky especially when wet, but if your family is capable and up for an adventure we would highly encourage you to try it out! Just be prepared for a crowd if you go on the weekend!
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Kayak! There are multiple kayak rental companies based out of Portland that allow you to get out on the water in a new and fun way! You can choose a guided tour or just renting and going out on your own (dependent on who you rent from). If you have never kayaked before, no sweat, this sport allows you to be as intense or relaxed as you want to be. This is definitely a must try activity before the weather gets rainy!

 

 

 

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Hood River Fruit Loop! This is as tasty as it sounds! The fruit loop is a “loop” you can drive to visit multiple farms and produce stands to get delicious fresh fruit. While you will need to drive as they are not all close enough to walk, it still provides you ample opportunities to get out of the car and enjoy what nature has to offer (food!). Plus, the drive itself is in a gorgeous area that makes even sitting in the car enjoyable.

 

 

5:

Mini Golf. Okay, I know, this is a pretty well known activity, nothing new. But let’s be honest, it’s way more fun to do when the weather is nice and warm than when it’s cold and rainy! In addition, this is a great evening activity for after school or after work. There are multiple outdoor mini golf courses in the Portland/Vancouver area, all you have to do is decide which one you want to try! The whole family will enjoy some lighthearted competition and good old classic fun!

 

 

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Oktoberfest! This is a personal favorite for so many reasons. There are multiple Oktoberfests in the area, from Mount Angel to Oaks Park and others! All of them boast delicious food, fun family activities, and an awesome atmosphere. If you are over 21, Oktoberfests are also known for their awesome beer selections! Whether you go for a couple hours or a whole weekend, this is bound to be an experience the whole family remembers and enjoys! Check the schedules, between the various different ones being put on, there looks to be an Oktoberfest almost every weekend of September!

 

There it is, our 6 end of summer activities we suggest trying before the weather turns sour!

8 Questions to Ask a Roof Cleaner

July 21, 2017

Homeowners know it’s important to clean and maintain their roof; they just don’t know what they should be doing or who to hire. Picking the wrong roof cleaner can lead to leaky, damaged roofs. You could also end up on the hook for injured employees, or even a voided roof warranty.

Don’t let this happen to you. Ask these 8 questions when talking to potential roof cleaners to make sure you are hiring someone you want to work with.

 

Are You Licensed?

Roofs provide a shield against the weather for your home. It’s important anyone working on your roof be licensed professionals to ensure the work is up to a high standard. Different states have different requirements, but most have some form of certification.

  • Washington – In Washington state, anyone who performs construction work (including any roofing activities) must register as a contractor with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
  • Oregon – In Oregon, you must pass a test to become a licensed roofer with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.

Not working with a licensed roofer can leave you with few options if they perform faulty or damaging work. Even if nothing is damaged, you’re at risk for having a lower quality of work done, as the roofers cleaning your roof are not well trained.

 

Are You Insured?

Let’s face it; roof maintenance is dangerous! Experienced roofers like Northwest Roof Maintenance take every precaution to ensure our employees are safe, but anything can happen when you are on a roof.

All reputable roof cleaners will carry workers compensation and liability insurance to cover their employees on the job. If they do not have insurance, you could be held liable for any injuries incurred while work is done on your home.

 

How Long Have You Been in Business?

Good businesses tend to stick around. While there are plenty of good new businesses as well, if a roofer has been in operation for 10 or more years you know they are doing something right. Generally, these businesses are entrenched in the community and have built themselves a great reputation around hard work and friendly service.

 

How Can I Be Assured You’ll Do a Good Job?

Knowing if a roofer will do a good job is a hard thing to figure out. It’s hard to take any service provider at their word. That said, there are ways to figure out if a roofer does a good job.

  • Do they offer references?
  • Do they have good online reviews?
  • Do they value education and training?
  • Do they clean up after themselves?

If they don’t say yes to all four of those questions, it is probably a good idea to look elsewhere for a roof cleaner.

 

What Do You Use to Clean Roofs?

Different roofs require different approaches to cleaning. Using the right method to clean your specific roof is essential. Below, we’ve put some red flags to look out for when potential roof cleaners are telling you their methods.

Pressure Washing

If a roof cleaner’s first instinct is to just pressure wash your roof, you probably want to move on to the next roof cleaner. Not only can power washing damage your asphalt roof, it can also void its warranty. Just because your roof may look good after a power wash, it is only a band aid fix. The only way to truly attack the root of a problem like moss is to fix it with a targeted solution.

Dangerous Chemicals

Make sure your roof cleaner is not using dangerous chemicals to clean your roof. Many cleaners will not openly admit to doing it, for obvious reasons. Chemicals can damage and void the warranty on your roof. They will also wreak havoc on your yard and landscaping below and might be dangerous to use around children and pets.

 

Do You Also Perform More Serious Roof Maintenance?

Why hire multiple companies to complete all the work on your roof? It makes a lot more sense to form a lasting relationship with a roofer who will know the history of your roof every time they are cleaning and maintaining it. Since a roof cleaner will be on your roof, you will want one who will notice, and then be able to fix larger issues.

 

Do You Perform Free Inspections?

You should not pay for inspections. Reputable and trustworthy roof cleaners know they are offering a fair price, and do not mind quoting jobs for free. Look for a roof cleaner who will listen to your concerns and problems, and give you a free estimate. More than likely their estimate will be more reasonable than a roofer charging for a quote.

 

Do You Guarantee Your Work?

Never work with a roof cleaner that does not guarantee their work. Roof maintenance and care take a lot of skill, and good roof cleaners are hard to come by. All of the best roof cleaners out there guarantee their work and will come out to fix any work you believe is not up to par.

A reputable and trusted cleaner knows how important cared for roofs are to well-maintained homes. They will make you feel comfortable with the services being performed. They are looking for long-term customers who know good roof maintenance is not a one time job.

 

The NW Roof Team

Do you need your roof cleaned in the Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR area?

Work with Northwest Roof Maintenance to ensure you are working with experienced, well-trained professionals who know what they are doing. We help homeowners in the Portland and Vancouver area with roof cleaning, repair, moss cleaning, and preventative treatments.

Our friendly, knowledgeable consultants will take a look at your roof and recommend only the services we know will benefit you and your property. Contact us online or give us a call today at 503-740-4808 (Portland) or 360-910-8938 (Vancouver).

The Pros & Cons Of Different Roofing Materials

June 5, 2017

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When it comes to roofs, your experience with maintenance and repairs will depend on what type of roofing material you have. Some roofing materials require very little maintenance, while others require a lot and are more vulnerable to damage.

Tile, Cedar, and composition are three popular roofing options, each with unique qualities. Whether you’re choosing a material for your new roof or learning more about maintaining the roof you have, it’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of these common roofing materials.

 

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are a classic, distinctive style of roofing popular in the South and Southwest. No wonder! Tile roofs resist damage from scorching heat and sunlight, making them a great choice for these areas. Roofing tiles can be made of clay, concrete, or a sand-cast material, but they all function in the same way.

Pros

  • Unique curb appeal – Tile roofs create an attractive look for adobo and other Southwestern-style homes.
  • Built to last – Generally, a tile roof will last for years and years. Some claim to last 50 years, but you can find homes with tiles that are older.
  • Fireproof – Unlike untreated wood roofs, tile roofs are fireproof. They also naturally resist mildew, algae, and insects.

Pro Tip: Concrete tiles can be styled to mimic the look of cedar. This means you can enjoy a cedar roof appearance without the high maintenance!

Cons

  • Heavyweight – Tiles are heavy. So heavy, in fact, that your roof will need enforcement to support the weight!
  • High cost – It should be no surprise that heavy roofing materials — and roof reinforcements — come at a high cost financially.
  • Fragile – Walking on a tile roof can cause cracks, breaks, and other damage. Any work that needs to be done on or around the roof should be performed by a skilled professional to avoid damage.
  • Maintenance – While the tiles themselves require very little maintenance, the underlayment beneath them needs to be replaced every 8 to 20 years. This involves removing the tiles from the roof and repositioning them atop the new underlayment.

Learn more about maintenance for tile roofs.

Cedar Roofs

Cedar roofs are simply gorgeous. Cedar is a renewable resource that is locally sourced in the Pacific Northwest. Many homeowners are drawn to cedar roofing for its aesthetic appeal, but unfortunately, it can fall into disrepair without the proper maintenance.

Pros

  • Exceptional beauty – It’s hard to beat the appearance of a cedar wood roof. Cedar has a natural beauty which ages well too.
  • Durability – Cedar roofs are long-lasting, resistant to insects, and generally good with storms.
  • Energy efficient – Cedar provides a natural insulation, which helps to keep home heating and cooling costs low.
  • Eco-friendly – As mentioned, cedar is a renewable resource. It’s common for Cedar harvesters to replace every tree used with another.

Cons

  • High cost – A cedar roof is a significant investment. Cedar shingles are more expensive to purchase and install compared to other roofing materials. The longevity of cedar, provided it’s properly maintained, can often provide a high return on investment.
  • High maintenance – Cedar requires diligent maintenance. In addition to annual inspections and cleanings, cedar roofs need regular moss, mold, and mildew removal and prevention treatments.
  • Can be flammable – Some building codes prohibit the use of cedar roofing materials due to their flammability. However, cedar shingles can be treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives.

Learn more about maintenance for cedar roofs.

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Composition Roofs

We see a lot of composition roofs in the Vancouver, Washington area. In fact, they are found on more than 75 percent of homes!

Composition roofs are built with shingles made from composite materials like asphalt. There are three main types of composite shingles:

  • 3-Tab – The most basic, inexpensive, and least durable option. They get their name from the shingle having three tabs. Basically, 3-tab shingles are a low-cost alternative to more decorative and traditional materials.
  • Presidential – A more luxurious type of shingle with the look of cedar but the performance of composition roofing. Many homeowners enjoy the look of a hand-split wood shake roof without sacrificing durability.
  • Architectural – Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural shingles are high-quality, durable, and stylish. Made from a heavy fiberglass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules, they give the roof dimension and protection.

Pros

  • Low upfront cost – Composition shingles are the most affordable roofing material in the short term (average lifespan is 12 to 17 years).
  • Variety of styles – Choose from 3-tab, presidential, and architectural shingles with a range of colors and features.
  • Relatively easy installation – Compared to other roofing materials, composition shingles are easy to install for any knowledgeable roofing contractor.

Cons

  • Vulnerable to bad weather – Composition shingles can be dislodged during storms by strong winds. They can also crack or break from any strong impact such as hail stones or fallen tree branches.
  • Vulnerable to heat – Asphalt shingles are not resistant to extreme heat, which may result in cracks and color loss. Also, extreme fluctuations in temperature can lead to expansion and contraction damages.
  • Shorter lifespan – If you are planning on staying in your home for more than 20 years, a composition roof may not be the best investment.
  • Not environmentally sustainable – Asphalt shingles are a petroleum-based product. The manufacturing process is not environmentally friendly, and the shingles often end up in landfills.

Learn more about maintenance for composition roofs.

 

Keep Your Roof In Top Shape No Matter The Material

No matter what material your roof is made from, it’s your responsibility to keep it well-maintained. Northwest Roof Maintenance can help!

We offer inspections, cleanings, coatings, moss removals, repairs, and more for homeowners in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas. Contact us for a free estimate and for all the answers to your roofing material questions.

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Clean Your Own Roof

March 23, 2017

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Many homeowners love DIY projects around the house. From painting to yard work, it can be fun and rewarding to do home maintenance projects. There is certainly plenty of home maintenance work that can be handled without calling a professional. However, roof cleaning is not one of them.

Especially in Portland, Vancouver, and the Pacific Northwest, regular roof cleaning is critical to remove moss and other weather-related issues. Roof cleaning prevents decay and other costly damages to your property. It also extends the lifespan of your roof, protecting an important asset to your home.

While technically you can clean your own roof, it’s not recommended. From personal injury to property damage, there are plenty of compelling reasons to leave roof cleaning to the professionals. Before you go grab your ladder and head out on the roof, consider why cleaning your own roof might not be a great idea.

6 Reasons Why You Should Not Clean Your Own Roof

Falls

Let’s get real. Roof cleaning is dangerous. You may not think your roof is too high or too slanted, but you may change your tune once you’re up there. Falls from roofs account for more than one-third of fall-related construction fatalities, and these are experienced professionals.

Falls happen for all kinds of reasons. One second of lost balance can lead to a whole world of trouble. All kinds of unforeseen events can cause a fall including early morning dew, brief summer showers, a sudden gust of winds, faulty equipment, or even a pesky insect. No matter how confident you are in your abilities, anyone can be a fall victim.

Plus, even if you don’t fall, there are all kinds of way you can hurt yourself cleaning your roof. It’s pretty easy to twist your ankle, strain your back, or suffer all sorts of cuts and bruises.

Insects

Despite what you may think, you might not be alone on your roof. Insects like wasps, hornets, and bees may have built nests in the area, especially in places that are difficult to see. Insect nests can be located on your roof, in your chimney, or in nearby trees.

If you clean your roof yourself, you risk running into these tiny creatures when you’re already in a vulnerable position. A swarm of wasps or hornets is the last thing you want to deal with while you’re trying to keep your balance. Not only are you susceptible to painful stings (hope you’re not allergic!), but you’re also more likely to fall.

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Experience & Expertise

How many times have you cleaned a roof in your life? For the average homeowner, the answer is not many. For the experienced roofing professional, the answer is a ton! With that much experience and hands-on training comes a level of expertise that only professionals can reach.

Here are a few things a roofing professional can spot in a second, but the average homeowner might miss:

  • A potential weak spot
  • A leak or potential leak
  • Areas in need of repair
  • Signs the roof needs replacement

Not all roof damage is visible to the untrained eye. By attempting to clean your roof yourself, you risk missing key signs of damage that could escalate into larger problems. Plus, if you do find an issue, how will you know if you’ve fixed it or made it worse?

Improper handling of roof issues can lead to more serious problems down the road. It takes experience and expertise to even know what to look for, let alone how to treat problems. Simply put, roof cleaning is just not a recommended DIY project.

Cost Effective

DIY enthusiasts will argue that hiring roof cleaning professionals is a “waste of money.” However, cleaning your own roof is not necessarily a way to save money. If you clean your roof yourself, you will still have to purchase tools and supplies. Plus, actually doing the work will take you longer because you are not a trained and experienced professional. And in the end, despite your best efforts, your roof still may not be adequately cleaned.

Consider the costs of not getting a proper roof cleaning. The cost to repair roof damage or even replace your roof is considerably higher than a routine cleaning. You’re simply making a small investment in your property that will pay off over time. Especially if your roof cleaning provider, like Northwest Roof Maintenance, offers preventative treatments to keep your roof in good shape for longer.

Time Is Valuable

Cleaning a roof is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process. Do you really want to spend your summer weekends up on your roof? Probably not. Your time is valuable. That’s just another reason why you should leave roof cleaning to the professionals, so you can spend your time doing things you love.

Also, cleaning a roof isn’t really that fun. The staff at Northwest Roof Maintenance loves it, but we don’t expect the average homeowner to share our passion. So go out and enjoy your weekend with your friends and family. Come back to a clean roof!

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Ready To Call In The Professionals?

Owning a home is a big responsibility. Some home maintenance tasks you can easily do yourself, while others are best left to professionals. Take roof cleaning off your to-do list by contacting a professional roof cleaning company.

Of course, you shouldn’t just hire anybody to clean your roof. Make sure you work with experienced, well-trained professionals like the staff at Northwest Roof Maintenance. We help homeowners in the Portland-Vancouver area with roof cleaning, repair, moss cleaning, and preventative treatments.

Our friendly, expert consultants will take a look at your roof and recommend only the services we know will benefit you and your property. Contact us online or give us a call today at 503-740-4808 (Portland) or 360-558-3274 (Vancouver).

Q and A’s About Your Roof

July 13, 2016

 

LogoWe all have questions about our roofs, and let’s be honest, roofs aren’t exactly straight forward. They can be a variety of materials, shapes, pitches, sizes, etc. They can leak, sag, warp, etc… There is no end to the things that can happen on a roof and no end to the things you can learn about roofs. From how different weather affects roofing materials to various types of repairs and maintenance needed and so much more, we could write endless blogs and still not cover every detail or answer every single question. That doesn’t mean we can’t answer some common questions though. Below we’ve compiled a few commonly asked questions regarding your roof!

 

Q: How often should I have maintenance or repair done on my roof?

A: There is no straightforward answer for this question, no one size fits all. The need for maintenance inspections is going to vary on different factors that affect your roof. If your roof is heavily shaded you will probably need it inspected/treated for moss more often. Whereas, if your roof is in a heavy sun setting, moss won’t be as big of an issue. If there are bad wind storms one year you might need an inspection for wind damage versus a year with mild weather. The best thing to do is keep an eye on your roof. If you notice moss growth, missing shingles, warped areas, or anything else indicating a need for work, call a roofing professional to come take a look! So be flexible, pay attention to the different factors, and ask a professional for advice on your specific roof.

 

Q: I’ve heard it’s bad to pressure wash my roof, is this true?

A: It depends on what type of roof you have. If you have a Cedar Shake or Tile roof in good condition, it is most likely completely fine to pressure wash your roof! A roofing professional can let you know for sure by checking how brittle your roofing material is.
If you have an asphalt shingle roof, then you should never pressure wash your roof! Some companies will push pressure washing as a “thorough cleaning”. While it may remove more moss than just brushing or treating, it will also remove granules from your shingles, shortening the life of the roof. This can also potentially cause leaks!

 

Q: I had my roof treated, and now there is a white powdery substance on my roof, is this normal?

A: Yes, If the treatment being used is Zinc based, this white powder is just a zinc build up. It won’t damage your roof, and will wash away the next time it rains. The zinc is what kills moss and prevents future growth. So having a large ratio in the treatment is actually a good thing!

 

Q: If my roof is leaking do I need to have it replaced?

A: Don’t panic, a leak does not automatically mean you need to replace your roof. A small leak can be an indicator of a underlying problem with your roof, though more often than not a leak is localized and can be taken care of with a patch job. The best way to know for sure is to have a roofing professional inspect the area. They should look at three areas: the interior where the leak is appearing, the attic (if possible) to see if the leak is appearing at the intrusion point or if it’s traveling, and the exterior of the roof to determine how large of a patch is needed.

 

Q: How do I know which roofing contractor to choose?

A: It’s going to come down to who do you trust on your roof. Before you choose any contractor make sure to get a detailed bid from them. This ensures that you know what you are paying for, since it’s never fun to get blindsided. Trust your gut! If you get a weird feeling about a company don’t just dismiss it because they are the low bid. A lower price shouldn’t be your only factor, since often times (though not always) a price that is way below the competitions price will mean sacrificed quality or service. Always with choosing a contractor feel free to ask questions. A company that knows what they are doing should always be able and willing to help you understand what’s going on.

Have a roof related question that we didn’t answer here? Feel free to e-mail us any and all questions at office@northwestroof.com.