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Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I check my roof and gutters?
You should check your roof and gutters at least quarterly. Be sure that both are clear of debris and will allow for unrestricted water flow. Look for problems with the shingles: cracking, curling, fading, etc... Make sure that your gutters are firmly attached flush to your fascia boards and that the downspouts are not blocked. If you notice any of these problems, contact a roofing professional.
What are the various shingle types?
There are multiple types of shingles: traditional 3-tab shingles, Architectural shingles, and Designer shingles. Architectural and Designer shingles are manufactured to imitate a specific look such as Cedar Shakes, Slate, or Tile roofing. Many shingle manufacturers make different versions and colors of the 3-tab, Architectural, and Designer shingles. Prices vary depending on manufacturer, length of warranty, and type of shingle.
What types of warranties do shingle manufacturers offer?
Most manufacturers offer the same range of warranties. Most start at 20 years and move to 25, 30, 40 and lifetime. It is important to know that all shingles from 25 year and above have an additional Algae Resistant agent applied to them, not found in 20 year shingles. This agent helps fight discoloration and streaking.
How long will my roof last?
Depending on the amount of ventilation and weather exposure, the shingles should last the duration of the warranty.
How important is ventilation to my roof?
Ventilation is the probably the most important factor in the performance of your roof. A properly ventilated roof will create an equal flow from the soffit vents at the bottom of the roof and travel upwards and out the ridge through a continuous Ridge Vent. Proper ventilation removes cold, moist air in the winter and warm, humid air in the summer.
Are attic fans and gable vents capable of providing sufficient ventilation for my roof?
Most likely not. Unless the area being ventilated by these systems is small, low-pitched, or partitioned, like with a “Hip” style roof, then they really are not providing adequate ventilation to meet today’s shingle standards. It is important to obtain the most even, continuous flow of air from top to bottom that can be achieved. Attic fans require electricity to operate them, will only operate during a specific temperature range, and can be fire hazards. A roofing professional can assess your ventilation needs.
What if I have rotten wood?
Most roofing companies can repair most of your needs when it comes to wood. Be sure to check the price as it will vary from company to company.
What if I have a leak?
If you have a leak and can’t locate and repair it contact a roofing professional. Most roofing companies have a flat charge for leak repairs. If you have damage from the leak, be sure to wait until you know that it has been stopped before performing repairs. Some leaks can be hard to locate and stop because water may run down beams or trusses and show up a long way from the site of the leak. It may take more than one attempt to solve the problem. A reputable company will only charge you once even if they have to make several attempts to stop the leak.
What is the average timeframe for a roofing job?
The timeframe for a complete roofing job depends greatly on the size, pitch, and complexities of the roof. A house with average size, average pitch and few complexities can be done in 1-2 days. A house with much more size, steeper pitch, or more complexities will require more time and can take 3-5 days.
Should I be prepared to pay in advance for my new roof?
Companies differ when it comes to payment. Some require a material deposit or a percentage of the full job cost in advance of any work being done. Other companies will simply provide you with an invoice upon completion of the job and allow a certain timeframe for payment. Our company mails invoices after the completion of the job and allows 15 days for payment. Payment options are available with some restrictions.
Are the crews supervised?
Yes. There is a foreman on each crew to oversee and manage the details of the job. In addition, our management will frequent the jobsite and are always available to answer any questions or solve any problems that may arise.
What is included in an estimate for a roof?
Normally, an estimate includes shingles, labor for removal and installation, underlayment, disposal fee, replacement of metal flashing around the walls, chimney, etc., replacement flanges around the plumbing pipes, replacement of vents from exhausts, metal drip edge for the gables and eaves, and Ice/Water shield waterproofing underlayment in certain locations. Wood repair is typically not included, but pricing for wood repair is provided as an addition to the estimate.
Can I put a roof over my existing roof?
Yes. However, it is not as common a practice today as it once was. In order to do this, the existing shingles will need to be in fair condition with no curling, significant cracking, etc. The existing shingles can only be comprised of one layer. The current fire and building codes only allow for two layers of shingles on a structure. If there is already more than one layer, then all layers will have to be removed and a new roof with a single layer of shingles installed..
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