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Does Roof Rejuvenation Work?

close-up of worn shingle roofing

What Is Roof Rejuvenation?

No matter where in the country you provide your professional roofing services, roof rejuvenation is something to present to your clients. When you do, you’ll most likely be asked a lot of questions, like what is roof rejuvenation? And how well you’re informed and answer these questions will determine if you make the sale. So, how should you answer that question?

The majority of homes in this country have asphalt shingle roofs. As shingles age, they lose their natural oil, becoming dry and brittle and overall less effective in doing their job. One of the best things your roofing services can do is have multiple choices to offer your clients. Those choices include roof repair versus replacement, along with roof rejuvenation thanks to today’s technology.

The Basics of Roof Rejuvenation

When they ask you what that is, explain to them it is soy fusion technology. With roof rejuvenation sprayed over their existing asphalt shingles. It is an all-natural bio-oil that restores flexibility back into the asphalt shingles, enabling them to withstand the changing temperatures and extreme weather that can be experienced across the country. Additionally, it can extend the life of the existing asphalt shingle roof life between 5 and 15 years! 

Of course, the homeowner’s next question will be, “What does roof rejuvenation cost?” Just like with a new roof installation, the cost can vary based on the size of the roof. With new asphalt shingle roofing costing up to $20,000 or more for many homes today, your roofing services can advise them that the cost of a roof rejuvenation will be a small percentage of that and provide them a list of the benefits that this treatment will have for them and the environment. 

Before you can sell your clients a roof rejuvenation treatment, you want to be able to answer basic questions for them. Some of the most common questions you should be prepared to answer are: 

How Can I Tell if My Roof Has Problems?

Before you answer this question, ask your client, “What do think? When should you redo your roof?” You may be surprised by their answers. It could range anywhere from, “I don’t know,” to “When it’s leaking!” This is when you want to take the time to explain to them what roofing services you offer and how you know when repairs are possible or if replacement is a must. There are several things that can indicate a new roof is needed. Here we have listed four indicators that cannot be ignored: 

A Sunken Roof

A roof that has sunk or buckled needs immediate professional roofing services. These are both signs of rot in the support beams and studs that provide structural integrity to the roof. If they are rotting, the integrity is weakened. 

Water Spots and Stains

If you have noticed water spots or stains on the ceiling, you have a roof leak, and the longer it goes unaddressed, the more water damage is happening. Schedule professional roofing services sooner than later to prevent your roof from rotting too much and becoming unsafe. 

Algae and Moss Growth

A roof that has algae, lichen, or moss growth can is often because of insufficient ventilation. Some growth is normal, but when it spreads, it is damaging the structure of your roof and home. A company that provides a full line of roofing services can inspect the attic and roof, then make suggestions on how to remedy the problem and save your roof. 

Cracked & Missing Shingles

Cracked or missing shingles are common after significant weather events like hailstorms and high winds. If it just one or two, replacing is them is sufficient roofing services, but a thorough inspection is recommended. A total roof replacement may be the best way to go based on unseen damage under the shingles. 

What is the Cause of Most Roof Problems?

A leaking roof is the most common complaint that companies offer roofing services hear. The problems can range from broken, cracked, or missing flashing and/or shingles. 

What Maintenance Should Be Done for a Roof?

As a homeowner, the things you can do to extend the life of your roof include:

  1. Keep the gutters and downspouts cleaned and repaired.
  2. Keep trees trimmed back. 
  3. Removing sufficient accumulation of ice and snow. 
  4. Perform monthly inspections looking for broken, cracked, or missing shingles.
  5. Schedule roof services for cleaning off algae, lichen, and moss buildup.
  6. Check the attic ventilation, insulation, and leaks.
  7. Have professional roofing services inspect the roof once a year.
close-up of shingle roofing in good condition

In Closing 

A company that offers professional roofing services should advise its clients of the options that we mentioned earlier. If they choose to make repairs, explain to them the method and the processes your company uses and how to repair a roof leak. 

Starting a Roofing Company in a Small Market, With Curt Visser of Property Revolution

Curt Visser founded Property Revolution to provide the impeccable, time-conscientious contracting service that was missing from his local community. Curt grew up in Michigan working in his family’s dairy farming business. He often credits the rough hours and more-than-occasional equipment struggles with sharpening his problem solving and stress management skills. 

Starting a roofing company was never Curt’s long-term plan. The business that would eventually become Property Revolution actually spawned out his experience as a property developer. As he purchased and cultivated new properties, Curt often struggled with finding dependable contractors who could meet their due dates and bids. He decided to found his own contracting company in 2017, only to be set back by a horrific personal injury on his family’s dairy farm. A scary encounter with an angry bull left Curt with severe spine and abdominal injuries, forcing him to work from a chair for almost the entire year. 

Even as he recovered from these injuries, Curt took the plunge into independent contracting and launched his full-service company.

Excellence in Specialization

While his business began as a one-stop-shop for meeting the needs of real estate developers, it quickly became clear that over-extension would severely hamper Curt’s team. 

“One of our company values is efficiency. We found that unless we were just going to be general contractors and be general everything and sub it all out, it was really hard to be efficient doing that because you would have a team of guys or a crew leader who was really skilled at one thing. You’re asking him to do what he’s good at and things he’s not quite as good at. We would always get it done and make sure the quality was there, but we’d find that we just spent too much time doing things that weren’t in our ideal route.” 

Even though the company produced excellent results (and happy clients), Curt realized that offering so many services was costing his team valuable time and revenue opportunities. That’s why he ultimately decided to scale back his solutions. 

“Over time, we found that home exteriors is what worked best for us, so we just kept eliminating services until we got down to what we offer currently.” Ever since he made the switch in 2020, Curt has noticed a profound impact in his company’s growth and efficiency

Overcoming Seasonal Slowdowns

As with many northern states, Michigan experiences seasonal cold periods that bring most roofing projects to a close. This would be bad news for most roofing contractors, but Property Revolution seizes the opportunity to provide other critical exterior services like siding repair. In fact, Curt maintains specialized teams for roofing, siding, deck building, and fence installation. 

Not only do the extra solutions – still under the exterior service umbrella – offer continued activity during the cold season, but they also allow his team to capitalize on relationships built from his roofing client portfolio. When Curt isn’t busy managing the exteriors business, Curt takes time to further cultivate his rental properties throughout the area. 

Where other contractors regularly drop off the map due to over-expansion, Property Revolution’s moderate 35 mile service radius also allows them to maintain their “local contractor” status in Google Search. Curt has found that a small cluster of exterior services makes this modest service area much more sustainable for long-term profitability. 

Key Lessons for Starting a Roofing Company

#1: Build Your Company on Outstanding Company Hires. 

Like many of our podcast guests, Curt takes time every month to consult with industry experts and mentors. Starting a roofing company is a big task, after all, so he takes every bit of advice you can get. One lesson he’s learned: There’s no investment that quite impacts your company growth like quality hiring. Curt maintains multiple specialized teams for roofing, siding, decks, and fencing. None of these divisions would be profitable without the exceptional management talent that keeps them focused, on-time, and motivated. 

“The most critical thing you can ever do is make good hires.” 

Once you find dependable managers and crews however, it’s crucial that your company works to equip and motivate them towards personal growth. Every employee at Property Revolution is encouraged to plot their own growth path and seek opportunities for promotion. While some employees may leave to continue their careers in other businesses, this dedication to personal growth ultimately results in longer average retention and greater company productivity. 

This employee empowerment allows Curt to spend his time where he’s needed most. 

“Don’t be afraid to let go of the reins where you can. As business owners, it can be difficult to micro-manage and try to be in everything all the time, but good people will step up if you give them the opportunity to.”

#2: Take Control of Your Inventory for More Efficient Project Fulfillment.

So many roofers and exterior service providers struggle with unnecessary project woes brought on by inventory mistakes. Whether it’s damaged siding materials or late metal paneling, contractors have to deal with a lot of problems caused by their suppliers. 

Curt’s solution has been to maintain a local storage facility to store materials and build in extra process control. His team purchases materials immediately after each client signs their contract, then has them shipped to their warehouse for sorting. Not only does this prevent material pricing shifts (which would impact the reliability of their quotes), but it allows Curt’s team to spot any manufacturer defects or supply damages weeks ahead of each construction project. 

While one might expect these additional quality assurances to cost extra man hours, Curt’s team actually saves time and money by eliminating job delays and re-ordering setbacks. This strategy may be challenging to implement in more populated areas with high property costs. If you’re planning on starting a roofing company in a small city or moderately sized-area however, consider an investment in your own material storage space!

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