Spruce Up Northwest

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your service area?

We proudly serve a wide area, covering Columbia County, which includes Scappoose, Warren, St. Helens, Vernonia, and Clatskanie. Additionally, our services extend to encompass all of Washington and Multnomah counties, comprising the Portland metro area. Moreover, we work in many parts of Clackamas County, including Lake Oswego and Milwaukie. Wherever you are in these regions, you can count on Spruce Up Northwest to be your trusted roofing and exterior experts.

What makes Spruce Up Northwest different from other roofing contractors?

When you choose Spruce Up Northwest, you’re choosing a company dedicated to excellence. Our customer-centric approach ensures that your needs are at the forefront of everything we do. From the initial consultation to the final inspection, we are committed to delivering a seamless, stress-free experience.

What are some of your services?

We provide new construction roofing, roof replacement, roof repair, and emergency roofing services such as tarping to keep your roof dry during sudden roof issues. We’re experience with several roofing materials, including metal roofs and traditional architectural and designer shingles that make your home stand out from the crowd.

We also work with flat roofing and provide torch down services to ensure a nice, tight seal on your flat and low-slope roofing materials, and roof maintenance services such as moss removal and general roof cleaning.

Can you tell me about your involvement in the community?

We strongly believe that all companies should give back to the communities they serve. That’s why we support our local school with annual donations and sponsorships.

We also believe that we have a responsibility to help provide a safety net for our community members. So each year we provide at least one free roof/no-profit roof to less fortunate community members and support organizations like Community Action and Michelle’s Love.

Can you provide some more information about Malarkey roofing products?

Spruce Up Northwest is committed to environmental sustainability, demonstrated by our use of Malarkey shingles. Unlike standard roofing shingles, Malarkey shingles are made of rubberized asphalt, upcycled rubber, smog-reducing granules, and plastics that provide superior all-weather resilience, but also reduce landfill waste and help clean the air.

How to Prevent Roof Sweat and Why it is Important?

“Roof sweat” refers to the accumulation of moisture on the underside of a roof, typically in attics or spaces directly beneath the roof. Preventing roof sweat is important for mold and mildew growth, structural integrity, energy efficiency, damage to other personal property, and more.  

Make sure that the attic or roof space is adequately ventilated to allow moisture to escape and add proper insulation to help regulate temperature differences between the interior and exterior of the home building, reducing the likelihood of condensation forming on the underside of the roof. Regularly inspect the roof for any signs of damage or leaks and promptly repair them to prevent water infiltration.

How Can I Tell if I Need a New Roof?

Knowing when you need a new roof can be challenging if you’re not familiar with signs of damage. Take a look at the shingles on your roof. Are they cracked, curling, or missing altogether? Damaged shingles can allow water to penetrate the roof and cause leaks. If you notice a significant amount of granules in your gutters or scattered around your yard, it may indicate that your shingles are deteriorating and nearing the end of their lifespan.

Check your attic for any signs of water stains or leaks. Water stains on the ceiling or walls, damp insulation, or mold growth are all indications of roof leaks that may require repair or replacement. If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof or if you notice any concerning signs, it’s best to get in touch with Spruce Up Northwest to get advice and recommendations based on the specific needs of your roof.

What Is the Best Way to Get an Estimated Cost for a New Roof?

Start by researching local roofing companies in your area and reaching out to several roofing companies with good reviews to request estimates for your new roof. Schedule a time for a roofing professional to visit your home and assess the condition of your current roof. After the inspection, the roofing company will provide you with a detailed estimate for the cost of a new roof, including the cost of materials, labor, permits, and any additional services or warranties offered by the company.

Consider other factors such as the reputation and experience of the roofing company, the quality of materials used, and the timeline for completing the project. While it may be tempting to choose the lowest-priced option, it’s important to weigh all these factors to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money.

How Long Does It Take to Install a New Roof?

The time it takes to install a new roof can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the roof, what needs to be replaced, the type of materials being used, weather conditions, and the expertise of the roofing crew. Generally speaking, a typical single-family home with a straightforward roof design, the installation process usually takes anywhere from one to three days.

For larger homes or roofs with complex designs, such as multiple angles, valleys, or dormers, the installation process may take longer. A commercial building can take longer than a residential project due to the larger size and complexity of many commercial roofs. It’s always a good idea to discuss the expected timeline with your roofing contractor before the project begins so you can plan accordingly.

Why Is It So Important to Hire a Qualified Roofing Contractor?

Hiring a qualified roofing contractor is crucial when having a new roof installed for several important reasons. Experienced roofing contractors have the expertise and resources to accurately assess your roof’s condition. They understand the intricacies of different roofing systems and can identify potential issues that untrained individuals might overlook. 

Qualified roofing contractors are committed to delivering high-quality workmanship, adhere to strict safety protocols to protect their workers, your property, and anyone nearby, and ensure that your new roof meets all relevant requirements. Many roofing materials come with manufacturer warranties that may only be valid if the installation is performed by a certified or approved contractor.

How Can I Protect And Maintain My Roof Once It's Repaired?

Schedule regular inspections of your roof, ideally twice a year, to check for any signs of damage or wear. Clean your gutters regularly to prevent debris from accumulating and causing water back up on your roof. Trim any tree branches that overhang your roof to prevent them from rubbing against or falling onto your roof during storms.

Branches can cause damage to shingles and gutters–and provide access for pests such as squirrels and raccoons and a comfortable environment for moss or algae. Ensure that your attic is properly ventilated and insulated to prevent heat and moisture buildup, which can damage your roof and lead to premature deterioration. Finally, avoid walking on your roof unnecessarily, as foot traffic can damage shingles and weaken the roof’s integrity.