What Your Free Roof Estimate from Sherriff-Goslin Roofing in Lansing Means

At Sherriff-Goslin Roofing in Lansing, we know that you wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t already made calls seeking a free roof estimate. Typically, when summer rolls in, the winter snow melts and home and business owners get a good look at their roofs and realize that there’s work to be done. Their first step, in most cases, is to contact a roofer about an estimate or inspection. But, what are these roofers looking for? What are the elements of your roof that could, potentially, lead to failure? Today, let’s talk about what all these elements and terms and discuss why they matter to you when you’re considering a new roof or a roof replacement.

Eaves are the part of your roof that extend beyond the perimeter of your home. They overhang the ground immediately surrounding your home and serve to direct water away from your roof and toward the downspouts.

Rakes are the inclined edge of a gable roof at the end wall of the house, usually perpendicular to the eaves and ridge. A roof rake always angles down and the overhang may be closed with soffit or left open.

Gables are the triangular walls on the sides of your house between the walls and the roof.  Gable roofs have two roof surfaces of the same size pitched at the same angle back to back. Common variations include the side gable, front gable, cross gable, and Dutch gable roofs. Gable roofs are not ideal for high wind areas.

Soffit is the under-portion of the overhang of your roof that has been closed off for a more finished look. Soffit vents – the small openings you see when you look at the soffit – allow cool air to enter the attic space and exit through the ridge or gable vent at the top of your roof.

A dormer is a roofed structure that rises vertically from beyond the plane of a pitched roof and often contains a window. Sometimes knows as a loft or rooftop window, dormers come in a variety of types, some being gable fronted, hip roof, flat roof, wall, eyebrow or eyelid dormer. A blind or false dormer has no internal floor space but appears, from the outside, as a dormer.

Valley describes the lowest point of your roof where two roof sections join at an inward angle. Just like a valley. Valley leaks can be prevented with woven or laced valley, or metal flashing. It’s a good idea to make sure your roof’s valleys are cleared of leaves and debris at least twice a year to avoid mold and algae forming.

The ridge is the high point of your roof and is capped or shingled to keep water from seeping in at the high point. Ridge vents are often installed for attic ventilation and allow warm air to escape to the attic. Improper ventilation may cause condensation or frost to accumulate.

Hip refers to the place where the two highest parts of the roof come together. A common hip roof does not have flat sides, but all sides slope down to the walls of the house. Common types of hip roofs include simple, pyramid, cross hipped, half hipped, and Dutch gable.

When your local Sherriff-Goslin roofer comes to your home for a free roof inspection, each of these items is important. Our team also takes photos of problem areas to discuss with you and evaluate the scope of the job – how easy/difficult it is to access and the slope/pitch of roof – as well as how debris will be handled in the event of a tear-off. Finally, we do a job site safety analysis to learn what will be needed to keep our roofers safe.

If estimates are incorrect or the inspection not thorough enough you, the homeowner, could face additional charges. It’s critical to hire a qualified professional roofer like Sherriff-Goslin Roofing in Lansing who will cover all these important parts of the roofing project with you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home.