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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!

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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.

 

 

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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!

Things to do in Portland/Vancouver This Summer

June 27, 2017

There is no doubt that the pacific northwest is a naturally beautiful area. From the gorgeous, prominent mountains like St. Helens, Hood, Bachelor, and more, to the wondrous waterfalls like Multnomah falls and Shoshone falls. If you love being outside, summer in this area is a haven for you! Whether you are an avid hiker, or prefer enjoying the outdoors without working up a sweat, we’ve compiled a short list of some awesome places to enjoy the outdoors this summer, right here in the Portland/Vancouver area!

1. Vancouver Lake Park While Portland may be who is known for hikes and outdoor activities, Vancouver is not lacking in it’s own nature sites. One popular summer destination is Vancouver Lake Park. This park spans an area of 190 acres and follows the shore line of the lake for about 2.5 miles. It’s a great family destination with options for water activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, and swimming, as well as land fun such as playground equipment, sports, and family walks! On top of providing an area for recreational activities, it also provides wonderful views of the lake and multiple mountains in the area.

 

2. Ridgefield Wildlife RefugeJust north of Vancouver you will find the beautiful Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. A place to not only enjoy the views of mountain and trees but also of many of the animals native to the area. If you prefer to enjoy the view from the air conditioning of the car, they have an auto tour route that allows you to drive through parts of the refuge looking for animals. Wanting to stretch those legs? They have multiple trails and viewing areas to provide you with a long or short walk and an even better chance of sighting an animal in their natural habitat. Some of the animals you might see include coyotes, deer, otters, geese, herons, or more! All in all, this family friendly refuge is a great option for a day out this summer!

 

3. Farmers’ Market – If you like to get outside, but prefer to stay in town and around people, many cities in the area offer an outdoor market during the summer! You’ll want to double check the days and times of each one before you go, to make sure they are open, but between Portland, Vancouver, Camas, Ridgefield, and more you have plenty of options to choose from!

 

 

 

 

4. Multnomah Falls A short drive outside of Portland is the iconic Multnomah Falls. This is a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. It’s no wonder either, with it’s easy viewing! If you want a short hike or a long hike you can choose to walk up to the bridge or you can do the whole loop hike that goes up to the top. If you prefer to just stay at the bottom you will still get a wonderful full view of the falls! With a restaurant and gift shop you can also enjoy air conditioning and lunch without getting in your car!

 

 

5. Oregon Zoo – This is another popular Portland summer destination. The Oregon Zoo spans 64 acres and features amazing exhibits and animals. They are well known for their elephants as they have an amazing conservation program and strive to provide the best habitat possible for them! They have plans to continually improve guest and animal experience, including updating the polar bear, monkey, and rhino habitats. But none of these plans get in the way of guests getting to enjoy a wide variety of animals and activities now! You can also check out their summer concert schedule and enjoy outdoor concerts in the center of the zoo!

 

6. Forest Park – A beautiful nature paradise in North Portland, Forest Park offers multiple hiking options ranging from simple walks to longer, more difficult hikes. They also have trails which allow horses, mountain bikes, and overnight backpacking trails. Whatever your preference, this is definitely a stop you should check out this summer!

 

 

 

We know this list doesn’t even touch on the vast amount of outdoor options in the Portland/Vancouver area, but it’s a great starting point! Grab some friends, family, or enjoy a day by yourself and enjoy the summer weather. As with anything, Northwest Roof Maintenance encourages you to be safe and smart. Take water, and food, and always let someone know where you’ll be in case something happens to you! Most of all, have fun, enjoy your summer and stay tuned for more ideas of how you can get out and about in Portland/Vancouver!

Take the pressure of off your composition roof!

May 27, 2016

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In America the most common type of roofing material is composition. With three main composition roof types – 3-tab, architectural, and presidential – composition roofs offer a variety of options in price, quality, and looks for the homeowner. In being the most common roofing material, it makes sense that many roof maintenance questions we receive have to do with how to properly maintain a composition roof. One of the most common questions we are asked, and what I want to address in the post, is “should I pressure wash my composition roof?”

 

In short, no, you should never pressure wash your composition roof.

 

Now I’ll give you some detail. Composition shingles are made of a fiberglass reinforcing mat in the center, with asphalt and fiberglass granules coating it. Any sort of exposure to the elements can cause wear and tear to this material. Wind can loosen granules from the shingles and loosen shingles from the roof. Rain can wash away granules, causing thinning of the roofing material. Extreme sun can melt and wear the asphalt and fiberglass materials. This is why roofs only last so long, because they are inevitably exposed to things every single day that wear them out. It’s the purpose of a roof, to take that wear so that the decking material underneath, the attic, and the interior of our homes don’t have to take that wear.

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This being said, it begs the question of “if my roof is already exposed to the elements, why would pressure washing be any worse?” Well, it’s like a child, just because you can’t keep them from being exposed to every
germ it doesn’t mean you will intentionally take them to visit the infectious disease ward at the hospital. Rather you wouldn’t expose your child to unnecessary illness. Just because your roof is exposed to the elements doesn’t mean you should intentionally cause additional wear and tear to the roof. Pressure washing inflicts a higher volume of water to the roof at a proximity that guarantees it is harder impact than normal rain water. This high impact of water can loosen and wear out granules, it can force little pieces of moss up under shingles keeping them from working properly and allowing rainwater to penetrate underneath and leak into the home. It can also loosen the shingles themselves making them more vulnerable to wind. All of this can shorten the life of the roof significantly.

 

Not only can it shorten the life of your roof, but when you do find yourself needing repair or replacement, you will find that having pressure washed your roof makes many warranties void and is an out for many insurance companies. Where as a hand brush off, while still not “natural” wear and tear, if done right, does not put unneeded stress on the shingles. It also loosens the moss without loosening the granules. It removes the surface moss, not the dirt.

 

So, if this is true, why do some companies still offer pressure washing of composition roofs? That is a good question. The most common answer I found was “If the homeowner wants it and will pay for it, why wouldn’t we offer it.” Unfortunately this careless, even selfish, attitude is a common one found out there. Other reasons for pressure washing compositions roofs varied. Some companies approached it from a “it will look cleaner” angle, operating under the idea that a pressure wash will remove more grime and dirt from the roof leaving it looking better than just a brush off. There is some validity to this, a brush off isn’t going to remove every layer of built up dirt on the roof, but it’s also not going to remove layers of shingle granules. So the choice is yours, a “cleaner” roof or a roof that does it’s job and lasts long enough to be worth your investment?


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The last issue I want to address is why clean your roof at all, if brush offs won’t make it squeaky clean and a pressure wash will damage the roof, why even bother spending money on cleaning the roof? I mean you can learn to like the look of moss right? Well, you might learn to like the look, but I can tell you that your roof won’t like it! Moss can be extremely damaging to the roof if left unaddressed. For more detail check out our blog about spring cleaning your roof. To summarize for you though, moss can deteriorate shingles and cause leaks. It’s not something to be ignored. Removing the moss from your roof is a key part to keeping it effective. The great thing is that once you get the moss cleaned off, if you stay on top of less invasive upkeep, like treatment as soon as there are traces of moss, you can maintain your roof in a way that’s truly best for your roof!

What you need to know about leak repair and rain

December 18, 2015

Leak 1It’s the moment every homeowner dreads, hearing that faint drip, drip, drip indicating a leak somewhere in your home. Or maybe it’s spotting a wet splotch on your ceiling that wasn’t there before. Whether it’s a drip in the attic the inspector caught, or the obvious Niagara Falls in your living room, no one is excited about a leak. We get it, no one has damaged sheet rock or wet floors on their Christmas list! However what homeowners want even less is unnecessary damage to the plywood and roofing materials. Therefore, we don’t recommend repairing most leaks while it’s heavy or steady rain. This view may leave you wondering why not in the rain, when can your repair be done, what can you do?

Firstly, the “why” we won’t do many repairs in the rain. The fact is that repairs on the roof, especially leak repairs, generally involve opening up a larger portion of the roof than just where the leak is. Whether it’s replacing the surrounding shingles or extending a patch of the protective underlayment, it exposes the framework and at times the attic. When there is steady water coming down while this exposure is happening it allows that water to freely access the otherwise protected areas and can cause way more damage in a short period of time than would be caused by the leak if left for a few days. Think of it like a leaky pipe. You recognize your pipe is leaking, and you know you need to replace a portion of the pipe to fix it. You don’t want to replace that portion of the pipe while the water is running though, this would cause water to get everywhere, and would cause the repair to be harder to complete because you would be battling an extra force. While it’s not an exact analogy, it’s an easy way to see the trouble of repairing leaks in the rain.

Which takes us to “when” can it be done. Rain doesn’t necessarily mean all repairs are stopped. If it’s on and off light showers, many field, skylight, and flashing repairs can still be done. Some repairs that are more surface repairs and are small can even be done in heavier rain. But for more complicated repairs or repairs in water vulnerable spots like troughs and valleys, or repairs in which you are replacing everything down to the plywood, it’s best to go with a completely rain free day to complete the work! Don’t stress about trying to figure it out on your own though. Listen to and trust your roofer to know when it’s safe to do the repair.

Lastly we come to “what” can you do. My first advice is DON’T panic! Being able to explain your situation calmly to a roofer, and being able to listen to any advice they have for you is going to be one of the most valuable things for you. Another thing you can do is take precautionary measures. Placing buckets to catch the drip can be helpful, especially if you are able to place them in the attic and catch the leak at the highest point, minimizing internal damage. Tarping can also help minimize the water getting in, however don’t tarp your roof if you have to nail or staple the tarp, as this can make holes in the roof and create even more leaks!

Hopefully some of those questions have been answered for you, leaving you more confident as a homeowner and ready to face any leak that comes your way!

Customer Reviews of Northwest Roof!

December 10, 2015

“Trust” is defined as “the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” It takes time and evidence to firmly believe in someone, however you don’t always have time when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor. We want to help make your decision easier by letting you see what some of our past customers think about us!

 

The new year–and a renewed mission

January 2, 2014

logoIMG_20130926_102622It’s the new year already! We wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014.

In 2013, Northwest Roof Maintenance served more customers than in any other year in our history. We realized dramatic growth by dutifully living up to our mission statement: “To provide the most outstanding roof maintenance service every day.” Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are ready to serve you–for emergency leak repair, concrete tile power washing, gutter cleaning, skylight replacement, and much more. Regular care and maintenance adds years to the life of your roof, so be sure to call us for a free, no-obligation roof inspection.

We offer excellent value. Our warranty, service, and knowledge are second to none and add up to long-term savings. You’ll experience true peace of mind knowing that your roof is in the experienced hands of professionals who stand behind their work and do it right the first time.

Valley troughs–a potential weak point

September 6, 2013

On the many roofs that we inspect, repair, and maintain, we see a large number of uniquely designed roofs. Many of these include intersections and troughs that pose quite an obstacle to roofers during installation.

Over the years, the norm has been to overlap valley metal down through the trough. This method works–usually. The trough in the accompanying picture hasn’t leaked yet, but the debris build-up in the trough could cause trouble. If the debris sits long enough, it will turn to sediment over time and cause a dam. This in turn causes rain run-off to back up under the metal and possibly over the sides. If you have a problem with a trough like this, we can help. We remove the metal, as well as the roofing material around the metal, and put down a layer of rubberized low slope roofing. This effectively provides homeowners with a leak-free roof.                                             An example of a complex trough intersection where problems can occur.

My tile cleaning estimate sounds too good to be true. Is it?

August 26, 2013

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Always get a second opinion on a moss removal project.


I inspected a roof today on which a competitor had made an amazing promise to the homeowner. This other company claimed that its roof treatment would kill existing moss, cause the moss to drop off the roof, and prevent further moss from growing.

The first time I contacted the homeowner was about four months ago, and I was told about this other company’s “moss-free” guarantee. As it turns out, since then the homeowner has needed to call the company back twice for a re-treatment. My experience, to quote the old saying, is that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Our roof-treatment process features a low-impact, dry-brush cleaning that knocks the moss down from the roof. (We do power wash tile roofs quite often, but do not recommend power washing for red or other brightly colored tiles.)

Next, we blow off any remaining debris as well as remove debris from gutters, patios, decks, sidewalks, and other areas. We then apply a treatment that kills any remaining moss and inhibits moss growth for up to two years, largely depending on the amount of sunlight the roof receives. If you’d like a free roof-treatment estimate, just give us a quick call at 360-910-8938 or 503-740-4808 or fill out this form and we’ll call you!

 

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