VELUX Skylight Installation Guide

VELUX Skylight Installation Guide

VELUX Skylight Installation Guide

If you love natural light, fresh air, and saving on energy bills (who doesn’t love to save, right?), installing VELUX skylights can accomplish all three! High quality and high performing, these aren’t the skylights of old. VELUX skylights come in different sizes — even sun tunnels! — to brighten any size room, and when installed correctly, they can actually increase the energy efficiency of your home

The key words there are “installed correctly” which is why we’ve created this VELUX skylight installation guide.  

Why Install VELUX Skylights?

Skylights have come a long way, and VELUX skylights are certainly proof of that! These high-tech, premium quality skylights are not only beautifully designed, but also feature three layers of protection against leaks and in fact, offer a No Leak Guarantee. They can be automatically controlled with a remote or smart app, accessorized with blinds, and specially coated to help keep them clean as well as absorb solar heat. Basically, VELUX skylights work as good as they look, and good would be an understatement! 

Where to Install VELUX Skylights

Skylights can be used to make ceilings of all heights look even higher. They can bring in sunlight to dark spaces like hallways, staircases, or interior rooms. If you want to highlight areas of your home or “cheer up” a space like a closet or bathroom, a perfectly placed skylight can do the trick. However, the inside of your house isn’t the only thing to consider.

Let’s talk curb appeal. Outside appearance is where traditional skylights have had a bad rap, but the technologically advanced, sleek design of VELUX skylights allows for a low-profile exterior frame that blends into your roof rather than taking away from your home’s aesthetics. The location of the skylight makes a difference, though. 

The slope of your roof, the angle at which your skylight is placed, and the direction it faces all contribute to the amount of light it brings in, at what time of day you can enjoy that light, and how much heat from the sunlight is absorbed. 

Bottom line? When deciding where to install a VELUX skylight, you need to think about the outside of your house to ensure you achieve the effect you want on the inside! 

 

VELUX Skylight Installation

Just as deciding where to install your skylight involves both the outside and inside of your home, the actual installation of VELUX skylights involves the exterior and interior too. 

Installation occurs in two phases:

  • Exterior – this involves cutting a hole in your roof and attaching the skylight. It can take anywhere from a half day to three days depending on the pitch of your roof, the depth and shape of the light shaft, and of course, the weather.
  • Interior – this includes drywall and painting and typically takes about a half day per skylight, depending on whether your ceiling is flat or vaulted.  

Considerations for Installing VELUX Skylights

Obviously cutting a hole in your roof should not be taken lightly! It’s always best to consult with a professional, and hire your experienced local roofer for installation. They’ll have the know-how to take care of a few key considerations: 

  • Checking with local building codes to avoid any violations.
  • Determining whether your roof has rafters (which can be cut and reinforced) or trusses (which cannot be cut and will need a skylight that fits between them).
  • Ensuring the site you choose doesn’t have any hidden obstacles like ductwork or electrical wires. 

 

When to Call the Pros for VELUX Skylight Installation

As mentioned, cutting a hole in your roof is no small endeavor! Unless you feel absolutely confident that you can install a skylight without compromising the integrity of your roof, this is a situation in which we would definitely recommend calling a professional team. 

Leaving it to the experts will give you peace of mind that your skylight is installed correctly, so you can enjoy natural light, fresh air, and yes, even lower energy bills, worry-free.  

If you’re considering adding high performance skylights to your home, contact Werner Roofing. We proudly and expertly install VELUX skylights and are happy to come out for a consultation. We can help you decide on the VELUX product that fits best with what you want to achieve and install it exactly where you can benefit from it most. Reach out to us online or call 616-844-5382 today! 

 

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

What to Know About Storm Damage Roof Repair

What to Know About Storm Damage Roof Repair

What to Know About Storm Damage Roof Repair 

Sometimes Mother Nature and your roof just don’t get along! Wind, hail, and stormy weather can cause damage to shingles, leading to rot and leaks which can compromise your roof’s ability to protect your home. That’s why it’s vital to repair roof storm damage as soon as possible. How can you spot damage a storm has left behind and what can you do about it? 

When the wrath of Mother Nature gets the best of your roof, here’s what you need to know:

Signs You’re in Need of Storm Damage Roof Repair

The first thing to do after a storm is assess the damage it may have caused. If a tree has fallen on your house, it’s pretty obvious you have some issues to address, but sometimes storm damage is not so easy to see. You’ll need to take a good look around. 

If you notice shingle pieces or granules on the ground, that’s a sure sign you should take a closer look up top. Inspect your roof (or have a roofing company do it). Look for torn, cracked, or missing shingles that may have fallen victim to high winds. Also, keep an eye out for shingles that are missing granules or have dents and impact marks from hail or falling tree limbs and debris.

Don’t forget to check your gutters and downspouts for clogging and damage, as well as the flashing found around your chimney and vents. Inside, look for signs of leakage like water marks and discoloration in your attic or on your walls and ceiling. 

Document everything you find and take pictures if possible so you can share the information with your insurance company, which brings us to step two…

Filing an Insurance Claim for Storm Damage To Your Roof

Once you’ve taken note of all the damage, it’s time to contact your homeowner’s insurance company to see if your policy provides coverage for roof damage due to storms. If so, they will send you the paperwork needed to file a claim. In the meantime, get an estimate from a reputable roofing company so you have a general idea of the cost of repairs. 

When your claim is approved, keep all your receipts to have on record whether you make the roof repairs yourself or you enlist the help of professionals.    

When to Leave Storm Damage Roof Repair to the Pros

If the damage to your roof is minimal and you feel confident you can address problems and repair shingles yourself, that’s great. However, if the damage is extensive or the idea of attempting roof repairs on your own makes you want to run inside and hide, it’s time to call in the pros. If that’s the case, you’re in luck — an expert team is at the ready!  

If your roof suffered damage during a recent storm, don’t hesitate to reach out to Werner Roofing. We’re happy to perform an inspection and provide an estimate free of charge. We can then make the necessary repairs, and even replace your roof if need be, quickly and efficiently. You can count on us to stop Mother Nature from making things worse and ensure you and your roof are ready to weather whatever comes next. Give us a call at 616-844-5382 today!

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

What’s Included in the GAF Roofing System?

What’s Included in the GAF Roofing System?

In the world of roofing, GAF products are favored by roofing companies and homeowners alike, not only because of their high quality performance, but also the fact that they’re backed by the most comprehensive warranties in the roofing industry. What could possibly be better? A whole system of GAF roofing materials, that’s what! 

The GAF Roofing System is a combination of GAF products that work together to keep your home safe and protect it from the elements. Here’s a closer look at all the components you get when you go with the lifetime roofing system from GAF:

GAF Roofing System Components

Leak Barrier

The worst enemy of any roof is a leak! Luckily, the GAF Leak Barrier provides an extra layer of protection between the roof deck and shingles to help prevent leaks caused by wind-driven rain and ice dams.

Roof Deck Protection

This specialized underlayment provides added protection against moisture trying its best to infiltrate your roof deck and cause damage to your roof and home. Not today, moisture!

Starter Strip Shingles

Besides protection from rain and stormy weather, your roof needs protection from the wind to avoid shingle blow-off. With their crazy-strong adhesive, GAF starter strips ensure shingles stay securely and properly in place.

Lifetime Shingles

Available in a variety of colors and styles to fit the needs of any home, these GAF high quality shingles maximize the performance and lifespan of your roof — no wonder they’re North America’s number one choice!

Cobra Attic Ventilation

A top-notch ventilation system like this one prevents moisture from building up in your attic and regulates heat, making for a more energy- and cost-efficient roof. You protect your house and the cash in your pocket!

Ridge Cap Shingles

These special shingles offer the finishing touches on your roof, adding beauty and dimension along with even more protection against leaks across especially vulnerable ridges.

Industry-Leading Warranties

When you choose the GAF roofing system, you use enough GAF products to automatically qualify for the GAF exclusive Lifetime Limited Warranty, offering non-prorated coverage for a minimum of 10 years. Upgrade to a System Plus, Silver Pledge, or Golden Pledge warranty, and you’ll get services from a certified GAF roofing company too!

Talk about a bundle of joy! The complete GAF roofing system with its combination of high quality GAF products gives you more than unbeatable protection, it gives you peace of mind. In short: GAF is great.

Where Can You Find the GAF Roofing System? 

There’s good reason why homeowners and roofers love GAF products: they’re reliable, high quality, and provide the best warranties on the market, which is exactly why you should give Werner Roofing a call!

We’re proud to offer our customers the GAF Roofing System along with the highest level GAF warranty, the Golden Pledge. Our roofers are Master Elite certified installers of GAF products, and can ensure you get the best GAF has to offer for your home. Want to learn more? Contact us online or by dialing 616-844-5382 today!

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

What Type of Roof Should You Put on a New House?

What Type of Roof Should You Put on a New House?

What Type of Roof Should You Put on a New House?

Can’t you just picture it? The white picket fence, beautiful landscaping, and big front porch complete with a swing — it’s everything you wanted in your dream home! You know exactly what color you want to paint the walls, already have your backsplash picked out, but hold on a minute. Have you thought about what type of roof your new house should have? 

It might not be the most glamorous or exciting part of designing a new house, but the roof you choose is important, and we’re not talking about just aesthetics. You need a roof that works as good as it looks, which is why you need to consider the following things when deciding which roof is best for your new home. 

Roof Material: Selecting Shingles

There are three main types of shingles used on new house roofs in this area: asphalt, wood shakes, and metal. As with any decision, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons of each option. Here’s what you need to know before you choose:

Asphalt Shingles

The most common and cost-effective, asphalt shingles offer protection from water, fire, and moderate winds, work well on most any style of home, and last around 15 – 25 years. The two types typically chosen are called 3-Tab and Architectural.

  • 3-Tab shingles. These are the most economical up-front, and coincidentally enough, come in sections of three that lie flat, offering a traditional look.
  • Architectural shingles. These are thicker than the standard 3-Tab variety, thus offering more durability. In addition, they are more versatile aesthetically, providing a layered effect in varying shapes and sizes. While the initial cost is higher than 3-Tab shingles, architectural asphalt shingles tend to last longer and often prove to be a good investment in the long run, making them a popular choice.

Wood Shakes

If you want a more natural appearance, wood shakes or shingles are typically made of cedar, redwood or southern pine, though they require regular maintenance to keep their appearance from fading. They can be sawn or split and have a lifespan of around 30 years. While they have a natural resistance to water and insects, and are also resistant to damaging winds, they do need to be treated to offer appropriate fire protection. 

 

Metal

Metal roofs are the longest lasting, with a life expectancy set at a minimum of 50 years! They’re also more expensive than other options, though a worthy investment over time. Not only do they offer longevity, but they are also lightweight, resistant to water, fire and wind, and are quite energy-efficient

You can choose shingles or standing seam metal sheets, but keep in mind that repairs to these types of roofs can be more costly than those made of other materials, and metal roofs need to be installed over attic space or a closed frame to ensure noisy rain storms don’t keep you awake! 

Your New House’s Roof Design: Figuring in Other Factors

Probably one of the biggest factors that feed into which type of roof you choose is how much you can spend, right? You want to make sure your choice provides the best value, which means you want a quality roof with great curb appeal, but it has to be at a price that makes sense for you. Well, to find that balance, you need to weigh more than up-front expenses vs. long run. You need to consider more than just the cost of materials. You also need to think about the style, structure, and location of your new home and how these can affect your budget.

  • Roof Style. If the shape of your new roof sports a lot of intersecting rooflines (valleys) or things like skylights, turrets, and multiple chimneys, it is going to cost significantly more to roof than a house with a simpler style. The same is true of larger homes compared to smaller footage. 
  • Roof Structure. It’s also good to inquire about the strength of your framing. How much weight can the structure of your new home handle? This can help you determine which shingles are the most appropriate to use.      
  • The Location of your Home.  Whether your house is situated under a shady canopy or exposed to full sun can make a difference in the type of roofing material you use. It can also impact the maintenance and possible resistant treatments required. 

Choosing the Right Roof for Your New House

A new house is definitely exciting, but it comes with a lot of decisions to make, not the least of which is what type of roof to put on it! If you’re ready to decide on a new roof for your new home, reach out to Werner Roofing. We offer the most reliable product lines installed by expert roofing crews and can help make your decision a whole lot easier. Give us a call today at  616-844-5382 and we’ll help you choose a roof that fits both your vision and your budget, and will protect your new home for years to come.

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

Your Complete Guide to GAF Roofing Shingles

Your Complete Guide to GAF Roofing Shingles

GAF offers a number of industry-leading shingle options for every homeowner. From their award-winning Timberline roofing shingles to their affordable 3-tab shingles, let’s take a look at the lineup in our guide to GAF roofing shingles.

Guide to GAF Roofing Shingles

Depending on your style and budget, GAF offers the best roofing shingles in the industry. Their best selling products include the high-performance Timberline roofing shingles, the premium Designer roofing shingles, and the economical 3-tab roofing shingles.

GAF Timberline Roofing Shingles

GAF’s Timberline series of roofing shingles are architectural shingles that outperform the competition in durability, protection, and style. Made with multiple layers of durable asphalt material, these shingles are made to balance the newest in roofing technology with a classic dimensional look and feel — at a practical price for the average homeowner.

GAF Designer Roofing Shingles

GAF’s Designer shingles are a premium option for those homeowners looking for the highest quality protective shingle with the added aesthetic features of a multidimensional, textured appearance. They are designed to mimic the old world feel of classic materials like shakes or tiles, without the weight or inefficiency. GAF’s Designer roofing shingles are the luxury roofing option that offers the best protection on the market.

GAF 3-Tab Roofing Shingles

3-tab shingles are perfect for homeowners looking for a high quality shingle option that is affordable and effective. GAF’s 3-tab shingles are made with fewer layers of asphalt than their Designer or Timberline shingles to reduce costs, but employ the same protective technology that keeps your roof, home, and family safe from the elements.

Why We Love GAF Roofing Shingles

Even when compared with other roofing material competitors, GAF products win because of their total protection system and comprehensive warranty options. 

GAF Roofing Shingles Total Protection System

Roofers love to work with GAF products because they provide everything the roofer needs for their complete project. The GAF total protection system includes leak barriers, ridge caps, deck protection, attic ventilation vents and more. All of the components in the system work together to protect your roof — which protects your roofing contractor’s work. Roofers love working with products they trust, and they trust the quality of the GAF roofing system.

GAF Roofing Shingles Warranty

When you choose to install three or more items from the GAF total protection system, you are automatically eligible for the enhanced GAF warranties, which protects your roof for 10-15 years. Also, if you have your roof installed by a GAF certified factory roofing installer, you may qualify for even better warranty coverage, which extends the length of your warranty and protects you against defects and installation errors.

GAF Master Elite Certification

To become a GAF Master Elite certified roofing installer, roofers must undergo extensive training with GAF products, have a high positive customer approval rating and commit to ongoing professional development to hone their craft. Only 3% of roofing companies are able to reach this certification level, and are capable of giving out the best service and warranties GAF can provide. 

If you’re considering using products like GAF’s Timberline roofing shingles or other products from their total protection system, choose a GAF Master Elite certified roofing installer to make sure your roof receives the highest workmanship to go with its superior materials. 

Got your eye on a specific line of GAF roofing shingles? Let us know! Werner Roofing is a GAF Master Elite certified roofing installer and has achieved President’s Club status for the 7th year in a row, which means we have exclusive installation access to all of GAFs best product lines and offer the best warranty on the market, the Golden Pledge. We’d be happy to install the GAF Shingles you love most. 

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

How to Prepare Your Roof For Winter: A Complete Handbook

How to Prepare Your Roof For Winter: A Complete Handbook

Winter is coming in Michigan and it’s never friendly to our roofs. It’s important to prepare your roof for winter now so you don’t have to worry about it when too much snow falls or an ice storm is headed your way. We’ve assembled all the resources you need to prepare your roof for winter, spot common winter roof damages, and solve problems confidently this season.

Prepare Your Roof For Winter

Getting Your Roof Ready for Winter

Winter can be hard on a roof, but there are some things you can do to make the season a little kinder to your home’s roof. Here are some things to check before winter hits so you can trust you and your roof will be protected.

Gutter Cleaning

Getting Your Gutters Ready for Winter

Before the cold temperatures set in, here’s what you need to do to prepare your gutters for freezing rain, snow, and ice.

Best Way to Clean Gutters and Downspouts

If your gutters are looking a little cluttered, here’s how to clear them out so they’ll be ready to handle the melting snow and protect your roof from damage this winter. 

When to Replace Gutters: 5 Key Signs

If your gutters are getting a little worn out, it’s a good idea to replace them before winter starts. Here’s how you can spot the signs your gutters need to be replaced to prepare your roof for winter.

Common Winter Roof Problems

Common Winter Roof Damages and How to Fix Them

If you notice any of these winter damages, it could mean your roof needs some help. Here’s a few common problems to watch out for, and how to solve them.

Ice Dams 

What are Ice Dams?

Learn how to identify ice dams on your home’s roof, and what you need to do to prevent them.

5 Best Ways to Get Rid of Ice Dams, Safely

If you’ve identified ice dams on your roof, here’s what you need to know to get rid of them safely and effectively.

Werner Roofing’s Step-By-Step Guide to Removing Ice Dams

Here’s another guide to removing ice dams. This time, we’ll take you through the process one step at a time, so you’ll know when you can remove them yourself, and when it’s time to call for backup.

Snow

How Much Snow is Too Much for Your Roof?

If you’re snowed in after a lake-effect storm, will your roof be okay? Here’s how to know how much snow your roof can handle.

Wind

How Wind Can Damage Your Roof

Snow and ice aren’t the only dangers winter weather brings to your roof. Wind can loosen shingles or force water underneath your roof and into your home. Here’s how to anticipate wind damage and how to deal with it if it occurs. 

Winter Roof Repair

Why Can’t I Get My Roof Installed in the Winter? 

Winter roof installation and repair is risky and doesn’t set your roof up for success. If you’ve been told you can’t schedule your roof work during the winter months, here’s why.

Pros and Cons of Winter Roof Repair

If you’re still considering winter roof repair, we put together a pros and cons list about winter roof repair to help you understand the risks and rewards.

What to Do About Winter Roof Damage

If you can’t get a roofing crew out to repair or install a roof in the winter, what can you do if you notice damage to your roof? We’ll take a look at a few common instances of winter roof damage and what you should do right now.

Roof Maintenance Tips

To help you prepare for the winter season and recover from it once it’s over. Wondering why you really need to worry about maintenance tasks?

5 Reasons Why Regular Roof Maintenance is So Important

It saves you money. It protects your home and your family. It extends the life of your roof and protects your investment. Don’t wait until damages pile up, stay on top of roof maintenance to save yourself the trouble down the line.

Fall Roof Maintenance Tips

Some things you should do before the snowy weather starts to prepare your roof for winter.

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

Although many repairs will need to wait until warmer weather, there are some maintenance tasks you can perform during the winter months to help your roof.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Roof

Spring is a great time to get out and inspect your roof for damage and do a little spring cleaning! Here are some maintenance items you can do to your roof in the springtime.

Winter is just around the corner. Use these resources to get ahead of any potential roof maintenance or damages and prepare your roof for winter. Still running into problems? Give the experts at Werner Roofing a call.

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OUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION

How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.” 

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