Thankful for your home's roof | Dick's Roofing

Be Thankful For Your Home’s Roof

As Thanksgiving approaches and we ponder what we are thankful for, have you ever stopped and felt appreciation for your home’s roof? Are you guilty of taking your roof for granted? For many of us, the roof is simply something that covers the top of our home – we simply don’t think about it very often. The reality is that your roof is arguably the most critical part of your property! 

Read on to discover the many benefits having a roof in good repair can bring. We also take a quick look at what might happen if you fail to complete a timely roof repair or roof replacement.

Stabilize Your Property

The roof plays a key role in strengthening your property’s structure. Roof beams, joists, and rafters not only support the roof’s fabric but also help keep your walls in position and reinforce the supportive work done by the foundations. If part of the roof deteriorates, irregular forces can be set up that put unnecessary stress on other areas of your home, potentially creating weakness and an increased risk of failure. This is a serious roof problem you want to avoid. If you feel your home has a sagging roof, contact Dick’s Roof Repair right away for a roof inspection.

Waterproofing for Your Home

It goes without saying that your roof protects you, your family, and the interior of your home from precipitation. However, rain, hail, and snow can find their way into the tiniest cracks or gaps in a roof. Once inside, processes such as freeze/thaw action, biological contaminants, or rot accelerate structural deterioration. Regular inspection and prompt repair is the best way to avoid a leaky roof and potential water damage.

Keeping Your Fuel Bills Low

Studies show that more than a quarter of the heat produced in your home can be lost through poor roof repair and a lack of insulation. Not only does heat leak out during the colder months, inadequate roof repair and insulation also means your A/C bills will be much higher than they need be during the summer. Keeping your roof in good condition and well-insulated is kinder to your purse and the planet.

Enhance Roof Safety

Even a tiny crack in a roof can provide an opportunity for the wind to enter. High winds can easily lift a tile/shingle or cause large portions of the roof to detach. The best way to minimize the risk of storm damage is to keep your roof well-maintained. Even the slightest storm damage can eventually lead to significant issues, leading to significant repair costs.

Better Air Quality for Your Family

Unfortunately, a roof in poor repair will allow water to leak into your home. Moisture on your walls or seeping down into your ceiling doesn’t just cause structural weakness; it also provides a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and insects. From bug infestations to the growth of mold, moisture problems can have a real (and, sadly, occasionally devastating) impact on your family’s health.

A dry, weatherproof home is one of the most important ways of reducing the risk of biological agents colonizing your property. And weatherproofing starts with the roof to avoid potential roof leaks, ice dams in the winter, and other roof damage! Keeping your roof in good condition is one of the best things to protect your family from the ill effects of damp and the biological contamination that damp encourages.

Enhance the Appearance of Your Home

Keeping your roof in good condition adds curb appeal to your property. For some households, investing in a new roof can absolutely transform their frontage. Particularly if you’re considering selling your property, investing in the work needed to keep your roof looking good will optimize the chance of a sale.

In addition, a new roof, or a roof that’s been kept in excellent condition, also has the potential to increase the value of your property – new buyers see a high-grade roof that’s either been newly replaced or repaired and maintained correctly as a sign that the rest of the property has probably been cared for similarly.

If you want to optimize the value of your home, a high-grade roof is a key consideration.

Improve the Lifespan of Your Roof

Obviously, nobody wants to spend on major repairs or a complete roof replacement unless they have to. That means it’s essential to look at affordable measures that can prolong the lifespan of your existing roof for as long as possible and avoid wear and tear. Regular maintenance and timely repair (particularly if there is storm damage or signs of moisture entering the property) are the best ways to keep your roof working well for longer. Low roof repair costs are often more manageable than the expense of a complete replacement due to neglect.

If a roof replacement is needed, it’s worth noting that modern roofs last for decades and are designed to provide excellent insulation, as well as be easy to maintain and repair.

Keep Your Insurance Valid

In the event of damage to your property caused by structural weakness, moisture, or similar, some insurance companies will refuse to pay out if it becomes apparent that your roof was neglected and that this contributed to the problems you’re now putting in a claim for.

If you want to be sure your insurance is valid and will offer a payout in the event of making a claim, ensuring you’ve kept your roof sound and in weatherproof condition needs to be a priority. 

Celebrate Your Roof!

With so many advantages, it’s clear that replacing or repairing your roof is a good investment – not only can it provide you and your family with the weatherproof home you deserve, it also has a number of economic and health benefits.

It’s not just having a good roof that’s something to be thankful for – having a great roofing company on hand to carry out any roofing work you need is also cause for celebration!

Dick’s Roof Repair is an experienced provider of high-quality, long-lasting roof repair and roof replacement in Kenosha, Racine, and the surrounding area. Contact Dick’s today for your FREE estimate.

Cost of Roof Repair

Cost of Roof Repair Increasing, Schedule Now

A roof is low maintenance compared to lawn care and significant appliance upkeep. But too many homeowners neglect regular roof repair until they need a whole roof replacement.

Roof replacement makes up over 90% of the roofing industry’s work. Older buildings are especially vulnerable because some roofs last only 20-30 years.

If you want to get the most from your roof’s lifespan, now is the time to schedule home repair and roofing. Like so many other materials goods, roofing costs are increasing, and a roof repair budget that’s doable today might be a tight squeeze tomorrow.

Our essential guide to roof repair has all the information you need to keep your roof in tip-top shape and the reasons why you shouldn’t delay roof repair service any longer. Keep reading to learn more. 

Regular Roof Repair

Regular roof repair maintenance fixes minor issues before they become significant issues. Common problems include the following:

  • Water damage
  • Dry rot
  • Fixture issues (vents, chimneys)
  • Fashing issues
  • Skylight leaks and damage
  • Wind, ice, and storm damage
  • Broken or missing shingles
  • Inadequate water run-off
  • Roof sagging
  • Leaky roof
  • Damaged underlayment
  • Mold or algae patches

If neglected too long, these problems can cause major structural damage. For example, your roof can develop large holes or become a collapse hazard. It can also damage your home’s interior.

If the roof damage is too severe, you’ll need a roof replacement. The cost of replacing roofs is much higher than routine roof repairs.

If you want to sell your home, a buyer can negotiate a lower price based on estimated home repair and roofing issues. For example, a good condition roof can add over $15,000 in home value. And a roof remodel gives homeowners a 109% return on investment (ROI).

Roof Replacement

A roof won’t last forever, even with the best upkeep. An average roof lifespan can be anywhere between 15 to 50 years, according to Roofing Calculator.

Some common roof types and their average lifespan are as follows:

  • Wooden shingles- 30 years
  • 3-tab asphalt shingles- 15-20 years
  • Architectural shingles- 20-30 years
  • Premium shingles- 25-40 years
  • Stand seam metal- 50 years
  • Ribbed metal panels- 25-50 years
  • Stone-coated steel tiles- 30-50 years
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Some specialty roofs can last even longer:

  • Clay tiles- 50-100 years
  • Slate tiles- 75-200 years


But even hardy clay and slate roofs need regular maintenance to last so long. Seasonal weather, fungus invasions, and neglect can damage even the strongest roof.

And although some tiles last very long, roof fixtures like fashing, underlayment, and gutters will still need regular replacing as they corrode or get damaged.

Average Costs of Roof Repair and Replacement

Pricing roof repair or roof replacement depends on many variables, so you’ll only get a rough estimate until a roofing contractor evaluates it. Costs can depend on the following:

  • Roof material type
  • Roof size and pitch
  • The repair issue
  • Local area prices
  • Climate
  • Labor rates
  • Supply costs
  • City and state building codes

According to HomeAdvisor’s data, the national average is $963 for roof repair service and $8,429 for roof replacement.

A galvanized steel roof averages $3,000 for 17 squares, while a copper roof averages $25,000. And the average roof replacement cost is $8,000-$16,500 in Florida, but only $4,500-$9,500 in Maryland.

More minor roof repairs are only $150-400 dollars. Some homeowners put off repairing small issues like a broken or missing shingle until there are more of them, thinking it will save them money on repair costs.

But these minor issues can escalate quickly, especially if there’s extreme weather involved.

Instead of saving $45-$75 on an extra hour of labor, they end up with high-end repairs that can cost $7,000. Or they pay even more than that for roof replacement.

How These Costs Are Rising

The supply and demand chain has affected roofing prices. For example, the demand for roof repair service has gone up, so the cost of roofing materials has gone up too.

There’s also the Coronavirus premium, which caused material shortages during shutdowns and layoffs. The natural disasters in California and Louisiana added their own shortage effects to materials and labor.

HomeAdvisor estimates the overall increase for roof repair has been 5%-10% since 2020. This might not be so bad for low-end roof repairs, but it can add hundreds more to significant work or a roof replacement.

The material costs are still going up, so the average cost of replacing roofs will be exponentially more significant.

If the average roof replacement cost is $8,429, a 10% increase equals a new average of $9,271. That’s over 800 dollars you could save scheduling home repair and roofing before the uptick.

Labor shortages also mean delays in roof repair service. If you need urgent home repair and roofing work, a delay of 30-90 days can cause additional damages and stress. It’s better to schedule for small work before it becomes urgent work.

Finding Professional Roofers

Avoid costly mistakes to your roof repair budget by picking a quality roofing company. A sloppy roof repair service can be worse than no roof repair at all.

Local, family-owned roofing companies are usually more accessible than a national roofing chain. Some chains outsource their roof repair services to independent contractors, so you may pick a good company but get bad contractor work.

Along with more personalized service for your home, local companies are generally cheaper. They also have more specialized knowledge and experience of the area’s building standards, procedures, and codes.

Methods to evaluate a roofing company include:

  • Checking their licensing and qualifications
  • Checking their online reviews and ratings
  • Looking up their social media
  • Learning their reputation in the area
  • Asking for referrals
  • Learning how long they’ve been in business

A reputable and reliable roofing company gives you professional service and a written estimate. They won’t try to strong-arm you into contracts or artificially inflate the costs after you’ve signed with them.

Choose an established and experienced company over lowball offers from dodgy competitors. With the new roofing demand, predatory or inexperienced contractors may take advantage of the new market demands and stressed homeowners. So be careful!

Save on Roof Repair Today So You Don’t Pay More Tomorrow

With rising roof costs, you don’t want to delay scheduling your roof repair. And you don’t want to put off scheduling a roof replacement.

Contact us if you’re searching for a reputable roofing company with over 60 years of experience! We’re happy to bring you the best value for the highest quality home repair and roofing work.

Ice Dams | Dick's Roofing

Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” is a great song for this time of year but, unfortunately, all that cold and snow can also mean ‘tis the season of ice dams.

Ice dams forming in your home’s gutter system is caused by the lack of proper insulation in your attic.  If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters, it freezes and BAM, you have an ice dam.  This can cause havoc to your gutter system,  your roof in general and, eventually, it can cause serious water damage to your home.

A great rule of thumb, when it comes to your attic, is “if it’s too warm, cool it.” Your attic temperature is a result of heat rising from the inside of your home combined with the the heat from the sun shining on your roof.  Without proper insulation, your attic can become a hot little nest egg of trouble.

There are “bandaid” fixes for your ice dam issues. You could install heat tape (heat wire.) This is a heated wire system, across your roof, that creates pathways for melted snow to flow off your roof.  It is not a cheap system to install and it will also increase your electric bill. You can also make a point to rake your roof in the winter. Manually removing the snow, after each snowfall, can decrease your chances of an ice dam. But keep in mind that these are just temporary fixes.

Your best option, when it comes to eliminating ice dams, is to insulate your attic. Even Tom Silva, from “This Old House” agrees that the best way to eliminate ice dams is to properly insulate your attic.

Luckily, now is the time of year best suited for updating, replacing or installing new insulation in your attic area. If your attic is the “arctic tundra” in the winter and becomes the “Serengeti desert” in the height of summer, now is time to take action.  Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor.

Take care of your attic’s insulation needs.  Dick’s Roof Repair team can inspect and insulate your home for you.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

Ice Dams | Dick's Roofing

Lack of Attic Insulation Leads to Ice Dams

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” is a great song for this time of year but, unfortunately, all that cold and snow can also mean ‘tis the season of ice dams.

Ice dams forming in your home’s gutter system is caused by the lack of proper insulation in your attic.  If your attic is too warm, this causes the snow on your roof to melt. As that melting snow pools into your gutters, it freezes and BAM, you have an ice dam.  This can cause havoc to your gutter system,  your roof in general and, eventually, it can cause serious water damage to your home.

A great rule of thumb, when it comes to your attic, is “if it’s too warm, cool it.” Your attic temperature is a result of heat rising from the inside of your home combined with the the heat from the sun shining on your roof.  Without proper insulation, your attic can become a hot little nest egg of trouble.

There are “bandaid” fixes for your ice dam issues. You could install heat tape (heat wire.) This is a heated wire system, across your roof, that creates pathways for melted snow to flow off your roof.  It is not a cheap system to install and it will also increase your electric bill. You can also make a point to rake your roof in the winter. Manually removing the snow, after each snowfall, can decrease your chances of an ice dam. But keep in mind that these are just temporary fixes.

Your best option, when it comes to eliminating ice dams, is to insulate your attic. Even Tom Silva, from “This Old House” agrees that the best way to eliminate ice dams is to properly insulate your attic.

Luckily, now is the time of year best suited for updating, replacing or installing new insulation in your attic area. If your attic is the “arctic tundra” in the winter and becomes the “Serengeti desert” in the height of summer, now is time to take action.  Inspection, installation and clean up is much easier and more comfortable at this time of year, both for you and your contractor.

Take care of your attic’s insulation needs.  Dick’s Roof Repair team can inspect and insulate your home for you. Take advantage of our Attic Insulation Special and insulate up to 1,000 sq. ft. with an R-19 rating for only $675.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today!

Residential Roofing Contractor

Choosing The Right Residential Roofing Contractor

Dick’s Roof Repair Service has practiced residential roofing installation and repair in Kenosha and Racine since 1957. With almost 60 years of experience, we are the experts at repairing, replacing and installing roofing systems. We use only the best and most technically advanced roofing products available. We purchase our products from ABC Supply Co., Inc., the largest exterior home supplier in the United States. If you decided on a specialty item, we will make every effort to find that product, deliver and install it.

Owner Jeff Milkie is extremely involved in the community. We understand that you have many responsibilities, so we try to make the process as simple as possible. We have the knowledge and experience to navigate the intricacies of different residential roofing systems, for new installations and repairs. Our team works with you each step of the way to fully understand your needs and recommend the best possible solution to fit your requirements and budget.

Here is what you need to know about a residential roofing contractor and the installation and repair of your roof:

1. We have a large experienced crew

We will arrive with a crew of 8 – 10 professionals who work quickly and efficiently to remove, clean-up and re-shingle your roof. The crew is respectful, as we treat the property like our own, and keep the disruption to a minimum. We typically complete the project within a few days.

2. Re-Roofing

Our experts will inspect your roof and offer advice if your roof can be shingled over the current shingles or if a tear-off is required. In addition, our team will replace all roof vents and add more vents where necessary.

3. Roof Repair

Dick’s Roof Repair Service specializes in repairing residential roofs that have valley leaks, chimney leaks, shingle replacement, rotten wood replacement, wind damage repair, and flat-roof leak repair. Our experts know what to look for when inspecting your roof and will recommend the best solution to repair your roof.

4. Dick’s Roof Repair Service is a Licensed Roofing Contractor

We are a Wisconsin State Certified and Fully Insured roofing company. When the bid is submitted, we provide you with all of the information that you need to make an educated decision in selecting your roofing contractor.

5. Check our References

Be sure to visit our gallery page to view other roofing projects that we completed. We will also provide you with references to go and look at.

6. Warranty

We will provide a 10 year workmanship warranty that includes leakage or materials that blow off due to installation.

By choosing an experienced and licensed contractor like Dick’s Roof Repair Service, you will be assured and confident that you hired a contractor that has the appropriate credentials and the resources to complete the project in a timely fashion.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today for a free estimate.

Roofing & Siding Contractor

We service our warranties and answer your call backs

Dick’s Roof Repair Service is the preferred residential roofing contractor for Kenosha and Racine. With almost 60 years of experience, Dick’s Roof Repair Service has the knowledge and experience to navigate the intricacies of different residential roofing systems, for new installations and repairs. Our team works with you each step of the way. We evaluate your home’s needs and recommend the best possible solution to fit your requirements and budget. Family values, professionalism, and roofing philosophy are the cornerstone of Dick’s Roof Repair Service, that have helped us become a leader in the roofing industry in southeastern Wisconsin.

Home improvement projects — such as having a new roof installed or your home re-sided — are major decisions, and we understand the impact it has on your family. Most people tend not to think about their roof or siding until something happens, and it needs to be repaired or replaced. We try to make the process as simple as possible for you and your family. Dick’s Roof Repair Service provides a 10-year workmanship warranty that includes any leaks or material that should blow off due to the installation of the roof. Not to mention, you are receiving the warranty that the product we are installing offers as well. You can rest assured that the investment you made to update your home is well protected.  After your roof or siding has been installed or repaired, Dick’s Roof Repair Service is available via phone call to answer any questions that you may have about the service or product. We return all phone calls and messages in an appropriate timeframe, usually within 24 hours of receiving your call. At Dick’s Roof Repair, customer satisfaction is our primary goal.
By choosing a licensed contractor with years of experience like Dick’s Roof Repair Service, you will be assured and confident that you hired the right contractor. Contact Dick’s Roof Repair Service today for a free estimate.

Homeowner Association Trusted Contractor

Living in a community with a homeowners association has its advantages. We at Dick’s Roof Repair understand that repairing / replacing exterior areas of your homes can be a tricky endeavor, which is why we are a homeowner association trusted contractor. As a homeowner association’s trusted contractor we have the experience and a large enough team to deal with your association board’s needs, and individual owners to make sure that your roofing, siding, gutter or other exterior project goes smoothly for everyone involved.

Dick’s Roof Repair understands that the Homeowners Board has many responsibilities, so we try to make the process as simple for them as possible. Not only do we have almost 60 years of local experience, we come with the creditientals to prove we are the right company for the job. Here are some things homeowners association need to know about working with us on their roofing project.

1. Dick’s Roof Repair is a Licensed Roofing Contractor

We are a Wisconsin State Certified and Fully Insured roofing company. When the bid is submitted, we provide you with all the documentation that you need for your Association Board to make an educated decision in selecting your contractor.

2. Check Our References

Being in business for almost 60 years has allowed us to work on numerous Condo Association roofs. Some of our most recent references include:

Cornerstone Condominiums in Kenosha at 74th Street and 98th Ave

Greenridge Condos in Racine at Spring Street and Newman Road

3. Dick’s Roof Repair has a large experienced crew

We arrive on the job with a large experienced crew to complete the project in a timely manner. The crew is respectful of the individual owners and property, as we treat each like our own and keep the disruption to a minimum.

4. We don’t inconvenience Individual Owners

With numerous families living in your association , we do our best to accommodate all parties involved and follow the association’s rules and regulations.

5. One point of contact

With large enough crew working on the roofing project, there will be numerous people on site at any given point during the project. To make it easier on us and the association, we have one point of contact for all of your questions and needs throughout the entire process.

Exterior projects are a major decision for any association. By choosing an experienced and licensed contractor, like Dick’s Roof Repair, you will be assured and confident that you hired a contractor that has the appropriate credentials and the resources to complete the project in a timely fashion.

Contact Dick’s Roof Repair today for a free estimate of your next association project.