Couto Construction Q&A

Can a roof be installed in the winter?

Yes, Depending on the Type of roof there needs to be certain precautions taken when installing a roof in cold weather. Due to the cold weather can make asphalt shingles brittle and hard to cut straight. Colder temperatures can create a higher chance of shingles blow off. Carefully weighing the factures involved and taking proper precautions a roof  can certainly be installed.

Can my roof be insured?

Yes, your roof is covered by your homeowner’s policy in the event that damage is incurred to the roof die to fire, vandalism, and weather. This type of coverage is normally depreciated depending on the age of roof at the time of the claim. There are a great deal of differences between insurance policies, carriers and their coverage options. Check with your insurance agent to bette3r your knowledge on your insurance.

Do I have different options for Re-Roofing?

Yes, there are various options of roof materials, and roof types when completing a re-roofing project, depending on your location there are better options for climate conditions in your area. 

Do I have to replace my my gutters the same time I replace my roof?

No, Although, it is a good time to replace them if necessary. Gutters are an essential part of your home and could protect your home from water, mold, and most importunately structural issue 

Do I have to take off both layers of shingles when replacing my roof?

Yes, the building code in most states do not allow for 3 layers of shingles on a roof. In some areas tht do allow for a third layer, the number of layers allowed is based on the pitch of the roof. 

Do I need a permit to replace my roof?

Yes, a permit is required to replace a roof. Beware of a contractor that tells you he doesn't need one or ask that you pull a permit for him. All to often we see homeowners taken advantage of by contractors and in most cases is a the trend of no permits or homeowner pulled permits.

How can i tell if my roof is failing?

There are many signs that indicate a failing roofing system:

      I.        Algea Growth

    II.        Damaged Flashing

   III.        Buckling

   IV.        Curling

     V.        Blistering

   VI.        Missing Shingles

  VII.        Ceiling spots

 VIII.        Missing granules

   IX.        rotting

How do I choose the right roofing contractor?

This is extremelt important question in which to few homeowners ask. A great article on this is here: https://www.coutoconstruction.com/about-us/news-and-events/30063-the-importance-of-finding-a-good-contractor.html

How long can i expect my roof to last?

This is dependent on the type of roof and manufacture. The warranty can vary dramatically in range from 10 years to lifetime. The biggest variance which is of fiber glass. asphalt. and granules. This type of roof can range from 20 years to 50 years. There are numerous designs and profiles to these shingles, also known as asphalt shingles, that pertain to the warranty life. The biggest factors determining a roofs lifespan due to weather conditions. and proper ventilation.

How long does it take to install a new roof?

Most re-roof projects can be installed in as little as 2 days. Although this is only the installation portion and other precautions and planning should be done to insure that this is done correctly.

If my roof is leaking, do i have to fully replace it.

This greatly depends on the existing conditions of the roof and the leak itself. Once an asphalt roof reaches a certain age or condition and elasticity is compromised the shingles become brittle, and an attempt to repair would be unpractical. If the leak has been extensive then the sheathing may need to be repaired and could result in replacement of whole roof plane section. Each condition of leak should be carefully assessed to assure proper seal.

Is there anything that can be used to remove shingle stains?

Yes, oxygen based cleaning solution is used to clean black algae growth. This should be done with extreme caution to not damage the shingles and should be done on a moist or wet roof.

What is a roof flashing?

Flashing is a crucial part of your roofing system; in fact most roofing system failures are due to incorrectly flashings. Roof flashings normally are made up of some type of metallic material and used at transitions on a roof. Chimney flashing and step flashing are two of the most common. However other types exist.

What is the best underlayment to protect my roof from leaking?

There are two types of underlayment. First is ice and water shield, this is primarily used at eaves (Where your fascia and gutters are), valleys, and penetrations. This has an adhesive backer to it that allows it to fully adhere. There are many manufactures with different advantages to choose from. Second is the felt, this is used to protect the rest of the roof deck where the ice and water is not present. Once again, many different manufactures with different features but we highly recommend a synthetic felt. 

Which rate, or weight of composition shingles is best to use?

There is a lot more to this question the which weight is best. Normally the heavier the better but this is not always the case. Higher grade shingles will tend to have additional weight due to additional piles. Also, innovation hold s a heavy hand in the matter. Owens corning sure nail technology has resulted a lighter shingle with a greater wind warranty.

Why is felt paper used on roofs?

Felt paper is used as an underlayment and is a critical part to a completely operational roofing system. First use is in the event of a blow off this is a secondary defense after your shingles. Second is that wind driven rain and ice Dam can at times cause moisture to penetrate the first roofing layer and felt would insure the moisture does not penetrate to the roof deck.  Third is the felt can act as a moisture barrier from condensation from the hot air coming up through the house.

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