Residential Roof Installation
One of the most expensive repairs on any home in America is the cost of a new roof. Roofing costs have continuously gone up largely because of what the components are made of. And, there is no end in sight. Choosing the right roofing contractor is tricky. Everyone talks about how they are the best, and they offer the best customer service, and that they are insured, etc. But how many ARE really properly insured? How many are properly licensed? How many have workman’s comp insurance to protect YOU in the event someone falls off your roof during installation. Yes, you could be liable if the contractor you hire doesn’t have the proper license and insurance. That’s why it’s tricky. In the Quad Cities area, including Davenport, IA, Bettendorf, IA, Rock Island, IL, and Moline, IL, and surrounding areas, Mainstream Home Improvement is the best choice for high-quality, dependable, honest service with guaranteed results. We are dedicated to working with only the best manufacturers in the field to ensure you get the best quality materials as well as the best quality installation. We want to do it right the first time. Call our team of experts today to receive a free quote and secure the last roof you will ever need.
Owens Corning TruDefinition® Shingles
Owens Corning® has been recognized as one of America’s Most Recommended Roofing Products and is honored to have received the Women’s Choice Award® in 2021. This award is based on a national survey of female consumers that evaluates which brands they prefer. TruDefinition® is the trademark for our color design platform, featuring shingles specifically created to capture vibrant shades and colors that truly showcase the beauty of your home. These shingles come with the advanced SureNail® Technology—a scientific breakthrough in roofing. Owens Corning® is a trusted name in the business, as well as a leader in roofing shingles that provides truly exceptional products that look better and last longer. With all the selections to choose from, you can be sure when your roof renovation is finished, you will have a uniquely beautiful home that matches your ideal vision.
Benefits of New Roofing
A new roof installed correctly protects everything under it. Your family, your possessions, and your largest investment. If your roof is damaged or worn because of age, Mainstream Home Improvement can help. We can talk to you about proper ventilation, proper flashing, and ice and water shields. We can bring your roof down to your kitchen table by taking photos and showing you problem areas. We are serious about doing a great job. We are required to uphold certain standards because of our license. But our reputation is even more important to us.
Greater Energy Efficiency
The shingles do little to affect the energy efficiency. What is more important is ventilation. In the warmer months the hot air should come in through the eaves and exist at the ridge all the while constantly circulating fresh air. In the winter the opposite is true. We want to keep the heat inside and proper ventilation helps.
Proper Ventilation also offers cleaner, fresher air to breathe. When your roofing components are working together correctly the result is fresh air for your whole family which inhibits mold growth and other things that cause respiratory irritations.
Improved Curb Appeal
A new roof is a good investment to enhance the appearance of any home and make it look newer. The right color and design will give it a professional, polished look.
High Return on Investment
You’re likely to recoup most of your investment in your new roof, as it will appeal to prospective buyers to see a well-maintained home that is cared for and protected.
If installed properly and with high quality roofing components, there is no reason your roof can’t last up to forty years or more. With advances made in the last several years in the manufacturing of asphalt shingles, the companies making them are now making bold claims and offering lifetime warranties. The technologies today allow for those types of warranties, and we can pass them on to you, our customer. Older roofs can only last up to twenty years. Even if the shingle package said that they were thirty-year shingles when they were installed, that means little if the installation wasn’t up to code. Again, proper ventilation is critical to the life of the roof. Our estimators as Mainstream Home Improvement can walk you through any issues and provide professional guidance on next steps.
Do I Need A New Roof?
There are several signs to look out for when inspecting your roof to ensure it’s still up to code. If you notice leaks, missing shingles, ventilation issues, or the growth of mold in the attic, you may have problems that need to be addressed. Contact Mainstream Home Improvement in the Quad Cities area to perform a professional inspection and determine what action needs to be taken to ensure the safety of your home and family. Don’t hesitate because any of these problems can quickly worsen and turn into more serious and costly repairs. While we do not offer roof repairs, we can tell you if it’s time for a new roof. You can trust the experienced technicians at Mainstream Home Improvement
If Your Roof is Old, Outdated, or Damaged, Don't Delay on Replacing It
Your roof is critically important. If your roof fails, everything under it is in jeopardy. Regular inspection is key. If your roof is over fifteen years old, and you are not sure, give our team a call. We will come and have a look. We do not offer repairs, but we will tell you when you should be looking at total replacement. Mainstream Home Improvement can be trusted after installing roofs for more than twenty years right here in the Quad Cities area.
Frequently Asked Questions
When You Have Questions About Our Roofing Services, Look No Further
Before contacting a professional roofer, some homeowners like to be well-informed of the process and ensure they’re asking the right questions. Feel free to look at our Frequently Asked Questions Page to see if you can find readily available information for your inquiries. If you can’t find the answer there, please call our expert staff and we’d be more than happy to assist you in any way we can.
Most of the claims made about metal roofing being a better solution than asphalt shingles can’t be substantiated. The truth is, some metal roofs delaminate. Some require paint after a few years. Some start to rust. Some can damage easily by a person walking on the roof to perform simple maintenance. Some can be permanently damaged by large hail. So, being able to substantiate the claims is key and that will be very hard to do without more time. The other major consideration is the cost. Metal roofs can cost up to 60% more than a shingled roof. Today, some asphalt shingle roofing products are made to last fifty years and beyond. The warranty on a shingled roof is typically stronger and better than a metal roof and for a longer duration. Don’t believe the hype, do your research before you blindly accept the claim that metal is better than shingles. Because in some cases, it’s not.
If you have attic access, one of the best ways to see if you have a leak is to go up with a flashlight and look. Sometimes you may want to stand on the ladder itself and brace yourself as you look around. Don’t walk in the attic unless you know for sure where you are stepping so you don’t step through a drywall ceiling and hurt yourself in the process. If you do have a leak, you should be able to smell it. That is always a great sign there is an issue. Properly vented roofing systems circulate fresh air constantly. If there is a leak, there may be a musty smell. Also, water stains or discoloration around penetrations in the roof is a great indicator. Leaks typically happen around penetrations like vents or chimneys. That is usually because proper flashing wasn’t installed when the roof was put on. Check the wood framing for signs of moisture that will appear as dark spots or rot. Inspect the insulation to see if it is matted, damp, or eroding. During and after major rainstorms, you can also walk through your home and look at the ceilings and walls for signs of staining, bulging, or drips. Should you see any of these, call us.
There is no question that a new roof helps sell your home. Especially if the new roof comes with a transferable warranty for your buyer. Roofing is one of the single biggest expenses a homeowner will have. Roofing is very expensive and there is no indication that it will ever be less. Plus, some mortgage companies will not offer a mortgage on a home with an old worn-out roof. More and more insurance companies won’t insure a home that has a worn-out roof at all. This is happening more and more as insurance companies evaluate their losses and have determined that roofing is a major cost to their business. If you can’t afford a new roof, you can always negotiate with a buyer so that they can put one on once they take possession. You can also finance a new roof and then pay it off when the house sells. There are options.
Steep slope roofs that are exposed to the sun and are not vented properly will wear out the fastest. Flat or low slope roofing products are made of rubber or another synthetic material. There are many variables to consider when trying to determine which roof will last the longest. The variables include climate in the region, exposure to direct sunlight, proximity to trees and other vegetation, ventilation, materials used, and installation techniques used.
Ice and water shield is a thick membrane with an adhesive back that is typically installed at the eaves and around penetrations on a roof. Its sole purpose is to provide an extra layer of protection from moisture getting on the deck. Take for example the area closest to the gutters. If the gutters are full of ice and then there is a thaw, then there is ice again, this can push ice up under the shingles. When it gets warmer, that ice turns to water and you can have a problem. When this happens many people that don’t have ice and water shield installed incorrectly believe that their roof is failing. Ice and water shield are a requirement by most building codes today. That’s because without it you’re exposing yourself to unnecessary risks.
Our experts believe that for a roof installation to be successful, we need to start with a clean slate. We don’t want to install brand new roofing material over old, damaged, or rotting material. So, we employ a roof tear-off service. This process will take longer, but the results are 100% worth it. Our highly trained technicians will carefully remove all your old shingles and search for any other problems that might be hiding underneath. This process allows our experts to be as thorough as possible and determine if you need any more services to have a truly healthy and functional home.