Recessed lights are often “open systems” that allow heat and moisture to pass from the living quarters to the attic. Furthermore, because of the heat generated by the light bulb, some recessed lights are not designed to allow for insulation to come into contact with the can because of fire hazards.
Insulation comes in many forms, the most common of which are shown below. Ideally, there is a vapor barrier between the house and the insulation to minimize moisture entering the attic from the house. This vapor barrier can be attached to insulation batts or is installed separately.
Decreasing the amount of heat entering the attic, by way of appropriate attic insulation, is another way to solve the problem of ice dams in the winter. Enough insulation in the attic also keeps your home cooler in the summer, keeping the sun’s heat on the roof from entering the house.
There are a number of ways for your attic to exhale. Pot vents are very common exhaust device. These are made to go near the peak, but we see many mounted down-roof, which creates problems.
Your attic needs a way to get fresh air in and the hot, moist air out. This is true in both summer and winter. Ideally, attic inhalation involves fresh air enters at the eaves, sweeps up the roof line, carrying the heat and moisture with it, and exits at the peak. Soffit vents are a solution.
Proper ventilation flushes excess heat and attic moisture once it’s in the attic. But another part of the picture is finding out how much heat and humidity are entering the attic in the first place.
Understanding of good attic ventilation has changed radically in the last 40 years. In our experience roofing in the Grand Rapids area, the majority of houses do not breathe as well as they should.
Once you begin your search for local roofing contractors, you will find several in the area. Hiring someone you can trust is so important, and there are resources available to help you narrow down your list. It is well worth the effort to make sure you are choosing a reputable roofer.
The best thing you can do when choosing a contractor is get informed. Finding a contractor you can trust means you get the job done right the first time and avoid costly repairs later.
My husband and I purchased a home in Jenison, MI this summer which needed a small roof repair done. The Above Roofing Team was easy to work with and provided a significantly lower quote than the competitors. Their guys cleaned up after themselves and left us feeling relieved to have the work done before winter.
20:14 20 Nov 19
We noticed some water damage on our ceiling and suspected a roof leak. I contacted Above Roofing and they were able to send out their estimator (Phil) that same day. Phil got up in the attic and on the roof and took pictures of what needed fixing so he could show me. He then got me on the schedule and the work was completed within the next two weeks. This was amazing because this was during a time of heavy rain and storms so they were quite busy. I did not think that I would be able to have the problem addressed this quickly and appreciate their response time.
20:44 05 Nov 19
Needed 4 boots replaced on my roof to stop some water dripping down to my basement. I was able to have someone take a look and get a quote the same day. Repair happened in the timeline that was given when I signed the quote and the issue is fixed. I was told I have another 2-3 years on my roof so when it’s time to replace, I’ll be giving Above Roofing the call.
21:20 16 Oct 19
My experience with Above Roofing was very pleasant from the beginning. Phil, the first one I met from Above Roofing, was very helpful and made the whole process of deciding what to do about roofing my house much easier. Everything was done just as he said it would be. There were no surprises.Benjamin and his crew were on the job first thing in the morning and caused no disruption to my day.They were all very professional and completed the job faster than I thought.You can see Benjamin enjoys what he does by the way he works with his crew, his commitment to the job, and the results he achieves.They left the job site spotless. You would hardly know they had even been there except for my new roof.I would gladly recommend Above Roofing to anyone who needs any type of roofing done in a professional and competent manner.Terrence Dunn
14:24 13 Sep 19
Very pleased with the quality of the workmanship, the professionalism of the estimator, the scheduling person and the lead workman on my project. Was disappointed that the project was delayed approximately a month due to apparent inability to get the right skylights. will recommend this business!
20:39 01 Aug 19
Really good experience with Above Roofing. Their bid was competitive, they were pro-active in communicating with me as to when they could do the work given the changing weather, and they showed up on time, worked hard, and even went the extra mile by coming back the next morning to assure that a second coat of sealant was applied to our flat roof. Can recommend them for sure.
00:16 30 Jul 19
GREAT JOB. The new roof looks great. Due to their small portable container there was no mess or damage to my yard. Everyone from the company that I was in contact with was knowledgeable and very friendly.
10:34 16 Jul 19
We had issues with our ceiling in one of our bedrooms, leaking after days of significant rain. This was on a Thursday evening. I called Above Roofing Friday morning and spoke to Bianca, she was very helpful. She let me know that Robert was able to swing by that same night and take a look at our problem. He was very thorough, checking out the attic space above the bedroom and spent some time on the roof, taking pics and was able to determine the cause of the leak. He emailed a quote the following morning and said he could fit us in within the next week or two. Our repair was done just over a week later, within a few hours. Everyone I interacted with was very pleasant and professional! I appreciate Robert being honest and upfront with the damage and what the repair would entail. I would highly recommend Above Roofing!
19:48 02 Jul 19
We are very pleased with the quality of the work and the speed that they were able to provide the service. Everything was cleaned up meticulously and the workers were courteous and "as quiet as possible". The roof looks great!! Thanks
Rae Anne Hansberry
15:10 11 Jun 19
We had tree damage to our roof - which had been replaced six years earlier by Above Roofing. We called for an estimate and their response was just like our earlier experience - responsive, professional, and friendly. When the crew came to do the repair they worked quickly and were pleasant to interact with. The result was perfect - can't tell where the damage was. I'd call them again without hesitation.
15:00 24 May 19
Very professional and did an excellent job with the roof and clean up. Would give them 5 stars for their great work.
22:28 23 May 19
Quoted just what was needed and right on the mark. Very professional estimator and installation crew. Highly recommend Above Roofing. Excellent customer service!!!
14:51 23 May 19
From the quote to the actual repair, my wife and I have a great experience. Erich was very informative and able to answer any of our questions concerning the leak we had. The actual repair of the roof matches the existing shingles almost perfectly, and was completed in a day with zero scrape or waste left behind.In the future when we need a new roof, we will definitely come back to Above Roofing.
14:23 15 May 19
I would highly recommend Above Roofing for any roofing needs. A few weeks back I had a couple leaks in my roof and Erich came over to see what was going on. Erich was very professional and on time, after his inspection he recommended that I try some minor fixes on my own. I was able to fix what he recommended and it fixed my leak, Erich saved me from filing a claim and paying my deductible. Thank you for professional/honest help!
17:33 01 May 19
Phil and the installers were great, very professionals and competent. I will use them for my next roof!!
12:56 29 Mar 19
We could not be any happier with Above Roofing. I contacted them through Home Advisor. Their response was quick and everyone that we had contact with was knowledgeable and friendly. My wife and I would strongly recommend these folks for any roofing needs.
23:03 28 Mar 19
Good experience overall- very honest with quote ( actual work that was needed ) work was done in a timely manner- Above Roofing staff were professional and great to work with.
16:15 23 Feb 19
During a recent ice storm we had received damage to our roof and contacted Above Roofing to help us. They exceeded our expectations in every area of response, service, quality and price. I would use them again and recommend anyone else to use them as well.
20:50 21 Feb 19
Above Roofing replaced a skylight in our master bathroom. They did an exceptional job! They were timely, efficient, and very neat. They are an honest company and the price was very fair. I would highly recommend them!
19:51 04 Dec 18
We were quoted for a new roof two years ago and they said we DIDN'T need a new roof and that a competitor was lying to us saying as needed a $20,000 roof. We called them back to fix a leak just recently and they went above and beyond. Our roofer called when he arrived and was very courteous and noticed some extra small stuff that he fixed at no extra charge than what was originally agreed on to "surprise us". I would recommend this company to anyone as they are honest and upfront through the entire process. They care more about customer service than getting a huge sale and that is the true secret to a successful business. Thank you again!
13:33 01 Nov 18
We used Above Roofing for a full roof replacement and they did a fantastic job. The work was top notch, everyone on their team was friendly and helpful, and the price was very fair. We got a few estimates before proceeding with Above and other companies had quoted us double what Above did for the same type/color of shingles but with half of the warranty offered by Above. Above was able to get the job completed in a day and a half and they did excellent with cleanup. Every single person we worked with always had a smile on their face and were eager to answer any questions we had. I would highly recommend Above Roofing - they were a pleasure to work with and did a wonderful job!
19:34 25 Sep 18
David came out to look at my gutter system. He suggested that I didn't need a new gutter system and sent me a detailed report with pictures on some fixes that I need to have done to keep my gutter system working properly. He did not charge me for this service even though he took the time out of his schedule to look at my gutter system and write and send the report with pictures. I will definitely call them first when I need a new roof or gutters!
00:49 22 Sep 18
Extremely pleased and impressed with this company. Business integrity and great people make it a no brainer to choose them. They did an awesome job taking care of my leaky roof giving me total peace of mind that it was done right. Do Not Hesitate to choose this company, for repairs or a new roof.
20:11 10 Aug 18
Above Roofing does such a good job. They put a new roof on a few years ago, three years ago they put new windows and siding on. I needed some work done around my chimney. They came out and put a sealant on the brick and new flashing around the chimney. They do excellent work. They clean up as they go. They are friendly and professional. I have recommended to several of my friends. They also have been pleased with their work as well.
00:53 31 Jul 18
Salesman with the business stopped out to give a quote. He advised my roof still could last several years and recommended I hold off until then. Still gave me a quote and was very thorough with information.
16:42 28 Jul 18
Just had Above Roofing install a Sun Tunnel skylight and a new ridge vent. From the time the job was quoted to the point of completion, they were very knowledgeable, friendly, considerate, and professional. They took the time to explain what they were doing, to work with me on placement, and to provide the product details I needed. They minimized the mess by laying down tarps and cleaning up afterward. Oh, and they completed the job an hour before lunch. Two thumbs up.
15:27 26 Jul 18
We have a 100 year-old home that has a balcony off an upstairs bedroom. Under the Wolmanized wood flooring, was the original tin roof and there was a leak into the half bath and breakfast nook below. Of 6 roofing companies that advertise doing residential flat roofs, 3 didn't even return my voice mail, 2 said they'd have to check with the boss because it was a small job, then never called back, and Above Roofing came the next day to do a bid. Because we didn't get multiple bids, I can't comment on the cost, but we have been so impressed with the professionalism, communication, education, and timely completion of the job. While on vacation, we received a courtesy call that they were at our home putting a temporary fix on the roof to prevent further water damage until they could complete the job. The job was completed within two weeks. One important thing to note is that their roofers are not subcontracted, they are valued employees of the company. Everyone is background checked and drug tested. A totally impressive company.
14:12 20 Jul 18
Very easy to work with. The job changed a couple of times as we discovered more. They were very flexible and did a great job. Highly recommend them.
21:07 08 Jul 18
Fast, friendly, quality service with integrity and reasonable pricing. We had a major ice issue for years that now no longer exists thanks to the Above Roofing team! We recently had a tree fall on our external garage. Above Roofing removed and installed a new garage roof and new siding, gutters and covers that now looks better than the original. We highly recommend Above Roofing.
Lloyd Guyot II
02:09 08 Jul 18
Above Roofing is top notch! My husband and I have used their services for a few different projects at our house and they never disappoint! From start to finish, they are friendly, efficient, and provide quality work! Give them a call, you'll be glad you did!
19:55 02 May 18
I appreciate good service however when I am the beneficiary of OUTSTANDING SERVICE from all four Above Roofing team members (I say team and not employees because employees do a job team members support each other to be sure the customer is satisfied) the team I experienced from Ashley the welcoming-friendly and kind first contact, to Erich the excellent estimator who was thorough, friendly patient and acrobatic in crawling through my attic, then Courtney another gentle, friendly caring voice and ending with Jason, the Michael Angelo of Roofing truly amazing work. I cannot even tell there was a repair and l have a 15 year old roof amazing job and Jason could not have been nicer which seems to be a wonderful theme for Above Roofing teammates. So I want to thank all four of you for making what could have been an unpleasant painful repair a wonderful experience and I thank you for not only what you have done but how you do it. I would and will recommend Above Roofing to anyone I know that has a Roofing need. You all are great people and yes I can say that because you made this experience feel like I was dealing with friends not a business. Thank youJohn Pettit
02:33 25 Mar 18
We obtained 3 quotes for a new roof. We appreciated that Above did the most thorough estimate—took pictures, crawled through attic space, and then sat down to review the pictures. The cost was comparable to the other estimates we received.
01:36 15 Feb 18
Very professional and take the time to make sure the job is done right. They are quick to find solutions and correct issues that might arise during construction. Through working with them, it is clear that meeting client expectations is their top priority.
19:36 07 Dec 17
These guys are good workers.....got the job done right and on time! Great business to deal with. They don't leave you a mess to clean up either. We highly recommend them!
15:17 12 Oct 17