Frequently Asked Questions
Can A Roof Be Installed In The Winter?
Yes. Depending on the type of roof, there needs to be certain precautions taken when installing in cold weather. Due to the low temperature, asphalt shingles can become brittle and hard to cut straight. Colder temperatures can create a higher chance of shingles blowing off as well. If the factors involved are carefully weighed and proper precautions are taken, a roof can be installed during the colder months.
Can My Roof Be Insured?
Your roof is covered by your homeowner’s policy in the event that damage is incurred to the roof due to fire, vandalism, or weather. This type of coverage is normally depreciated in value depending on the age of the roof at the time of the claim. There are many differences between insurance policies, carriers, and their coverage options. Check with your insurance agent to better understand your insurance.
Do I Have Different Options For Roof Replacement?
Yes. There are various options for materials and roof types when completing a roof replacement project. Depending on your location and climate conditions in your area, some options are better than others.
Do I Have To Replace My Gutters At The Same Time I Replace My Roof?
No, though 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 importantly structural issues.
Do I Have To Take Off Both Layers of Shingles When Replacing My Roof?
Yes. The building code in most states does not allow for three layers of shingles on a roof. In some areas that do allow for a third layer, the number 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 your roof. Beware of a contractor that tells you he doesn’t need one or asks that you pull a permit for him. All too often we see homeowners taken advantage of by contractors.
How Can I Tell If My Roof Is Failing?
There are many signs that indicate a failing roofing system. Here are some of them:
- Algae Growth
- Damaged Flashing
- Missing Shingles
- Ceiling spots
- Missing granules
How Do I Choose the Right Roofing Contractor?
This is an extremely important question in which few homeowners ask. Here are a few tips to get started:
- Find companies that specialize in the work you are looking for.
- Look at the company’s ratings and reviews.
- How good are they and how well do they perform?
- Are people satisfied with the finished result?
- Are they reasonable with their pricing?
- Going with the lowest priced company could mean lesser quality work.
- Check the companies website for proof and quality of previous projects worked on.
- See what certification, awards, and affiliations they have.
How Long Can I Expect My Roof to Last?
Some asphalt shingles used in roofing are designed to last for 50 years or beyond. Correct installation of the roof and underlayments, proper ventilation and weather conditions can all contribute to your roof’s lifespan.
How Long Does it Take to Install A New Roof?
Most full roof replacements can be done in as little as 2 days.
If My Roof is Leaking, Do I Have to Fully Replace it?
It depends on the existing conditions of the roof and the leak itself. Once an asphalt roof reaches a certain age or condition and the elasticity is compromised, the shingles become brittle. At that point, an attempt to repair would be impractical. If the leak has been extensive then the sheathing may need to be repaired and could result in a replacement of the whole section of the roof plane. Each condition of a leak should be carefully assessed to assure a proper seal.
Is There Anything That Can Be Used to Remove Shingle Stains?
Yes. An oxygen-based cleaning solution is used to clean black algae growth. This should be done with extreme caution as to not damage the shingles and is better if done on a moist or wet roof.
What is Roof Flashing?
Flashing is a crucial part of your roofing system. In fact, most roofing system failures are due to incorrectly installed flashings. Roof flashings normally are made of some type of metallic material and used at transitions on a roof. Chimney flashing and step flashing are two of the most common, but other types exist.
What is the Best Underlayment to Protect my Roof From Leaking?
There are two types of underlayment. The first is an ice and water shield, which 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 manufacturers with different advantages to choose from. The second type is the felt, which is used to protect the rest of the roof deck where the ice and water shield is not present. Once again, there are many different manufacturers with various features but we do highly recommend a synthetic felt.
Which Rate or Weight of Composition Shingles is Best to Use?
Normally, the heavier the better but this isn’t always the case. Higher grade shingles will tend to have additional weight due to additional piles. Also, innovation holds a heavy hand in the matter. Owens Corning SureNail technology has resulted in 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 of a completely operational roofing system. The first use is in the event of a blow-off and will act as the secondary defense after your shingles. The second use is that wind-driven rain and ice dams can at times cause moisture to penetrate the first roofing layer and felt would ensure the moisture does not penetrate to the roof deck. The third use is the felt can act as a moisture barrier from condensation from the hot air coming up through the house.