Ray St. Clair Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to worry about ventilation in my attic year round?
Ray St. Clair Home Enhancement Company wants to remind you of the importance of ventilation this winter. Yes this winter! We all know the importance of ventilation during the summer months. Trapped heat in the attic makes your home uncomfortable and causes your air conditioner to work over-time. It can also cause your roof to prematurely age.
Do I need to worry about ventilation in the winter? Yes, ventilation is very important in the winter months. Once the heat within your home rises and passes through the attic insulation you have obtained the heat’s usefulness. The problem arises when this used warm heat, which contains moisture from cooking and bathing reaches the cold winter attic air space. As you know, when cold air meets warm moist air without air movement condensation occurs. Attic condensation results in wet insulation, which just like wet clothing is ineffective at keeping you warm. Wet insulation allows heat to escape through the attic. It is almost as bad as leaving your door open in the winter, which results in a terrible waste of money and energy. Moisture is also a primary cause of peeling paint, cracks in ceiling, mold and even buckling and rotting of wood.
There are two sources of ventilation, in-take and exhaust. Generally in-take ventilation is created along soffit and eaves of home. Exhaust ventilation is found near the peak of your roof or at the gables of your home. Most manufacturers of shingles, insulation and paint require there to be one square foot of ventilation for every 300 square foot of attic space. One half of this vent area should be in-take ventilation and the other half exhaust. All of our staff is trained and knowledgeable to determine the right combination of ventilation needed for your home.
So this winter, protect and ventilate your home with Ray St. Clair’s full line of ventilation products which will conserve energy and save money all year long! Call 874-1234 for a free estimate!
What is an Ice Dam and what can I do to prevent one from occurring?
Explanation of an Ice Dam:
An ice dam normally starts when a sufficient amount of snow fall takes place and accumulates on your roof. There is a slight thaw from heat rising through the ceiling into the attic which warms the roof surface and melts the snow close to your roof deck. The snow heated from these various portions of your home now flow down until it reaches the soffit and gutter areas where it will freeze, due to this area of your home not being heated. As this process repeats itself, day after day, an ice dam forms and will grow as the melted snow reaches the soffit and gutters of your home. This ice dam will eventually cause water to back up or dam up and find its way beneath roofing material, which in turn will leak into insulation, ceiling and your interior walls. Learn more here.
- Additional Insulation in your attic space can help slow down the quick release of hot air through the attic and slow down the melting process.
- Installing Ice Guard as underlayment along gutter lines, valleys and penetrations can also help. Ice Guard is a petroleum based product that has a sticky backing that adheres to the roof deck. When nails penetrate this material as the roof is applied the ice guard self-seals itself around the nails, making it water-proof.
- Heat Coils can be installed along gutter lines, valleys, troughs and gutter systems to prevent icing from taking place.
Note: Unfortunately an Ice Back Up is an act of Nature that is hard to remedy. None of the above measures can be guaranteed against ice back up, but in several cases have solved many ice related leaks.
Can you give any pricing or estimates over the phone?
Unfortunately we can not. There are so many variables that can dictate the cost of your project. Here are just a few of the variables that need to be considered:
- How accessible is the work
How many layers of existing roof today
Steepness or pitch to the roof
How many stories tall is your home
How many flashing details are there
What style, warranty, color and make do you prefer
Do you give free estimates?
Yes we do! But we do charge for roof inspections. Let us explain the difference.
When a customer has a problem or a need for our services -- this is an estimate. It could be a roof leak, an estimate for new gutters, ventilation, new siding, insulation, etc.
When someone is not aware of there being any problems and just want their roof, siding, gutters, etc. checked for potential attention that may be needed or for preparation to sell or buy – that is considered an inspection which we do charge for.
If we find a problem during inspection and an estimate is provided and accepted in most cases we will wave the fee of the inspection.
Are you insured?
Yes, Ray St. Clair Roofing is fully insured with workmen’s compensation and liability Insurance.
Do I need to be there for an estimate?
We encourage the home owner to be present – we find it in your best interest to be there during the exam of your property so we can investigate all aspects of the job accurately and offer the proper solution or scope of work you are requesting.
Do you offer evening and / or weekend appointments?
Yes we do! Ray St. Clair Roofing is at your service.
Do you make or do repairs to existing roofs or do you just do new or replacement roofs?
Does Ray St. Clair Roofing do Commercial properties or just residential?
What type of insulation do you offer?
Do you insulate attics and walls?
We only add insulation to attics, however we do offer insulated siding for your exterior walls.
Does Ray St. Clair offer financing?
Yes, We offer 12 month same as cash financing through your hometown bank Fifth Third. This is your chance to get those home improvements done now and pay very low to no interest for 12 months. Or you can go the traditional way with a home equity loan and Fifth Third Bank can take care of all the paperwork for you! No hassles, no lengthy application process, just call us today and we'll be glad to show you what Ray St. Clair can do for you! Learn more here!