A roof leak is a sign that a problem exists, but it does not necessarily mean that your roof needs to be replaced. Sometimes leaks result from relatively minor causes, such as flashings which have come loose or shingles that are missing or damaged. If leaks are dealt with immediately, these problems can usually be solved by repairs. However, if ignored and allowed to compound a minor leak can grow into a major problem which can lead to more extensive damages.
Something to consider when a repair is necessary is the age of the roof. If the roof is approaching the end of it’s lifetime, it may make more financial sense to replace versus spending money on a repair that will only extend the life of the roof by a small margin.
Of course! You can also perform your own open-heart surgery, but we wouldn’t recommend it!
In all seriousness, though, let the professionals do their job. Roofing is a serious business and is not for “do-it-yourselfers.” Repairing and replacing modern roofing systems require specialized knowledge and highly specific skills. Working above the ground can also be dangerous. Home and building owners are best served by confining their efforts to periodic roof inspections and routine maintenance. Roof repair and replacement should be left to professional roofing contractors who are trained to perform these tasks safely, efficiently, and correctly.
It is not always necessary to remove the existing roofing material, but it is always recommended. Building code dictates that a roof cannot have more than 2 layers of shingles on it. If your current roof has two or more layers, they all need to be removed before installing new materials. As a business, we cannot be held responsible for your current roof’s shingles and underlayment and, therefore, do not provide any type of guarantee. One important thing to note is that roofing over an existing roof will not stop leaks from occurring. The cost difference between a complete replacement versus a re-roof is nominal when you take these things into consideration.
There are a few tell-tale signs that your roof has neared the end of its lifetime. The easiest for homeowners to identify is granule loss. As a roof shingle ages, it releases little pieces from its surface. Those granules provide the shingle important protection from the elements, including the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It’s common to see a light flow of granules through the years, but if you start noticing a heavier accumulation in your gutters, then it’s time to take a closer look at the overall condition of your roof. The granules are your literal first line of defense. That is what protects your shingle. If the granules are falling off at a higher rate, the shingle will rapidly deteriorate. As you get over that 10-year mark in the life of a roof then what you’re looking for is granules in the gutters.
No, not necessarily. Dark streaks on a roof are caused by the formation of algae. Algae growth occurs when a food source, such as the limestone filler in all asphalt shingles, is readily available. To temporarily remove the streaks, low-impact cleaners can be purchased at most home improvement stores, but the only way to prevent the formation of algae growth is by using an algae resistant shingle that is embedded with copper to fight this growth. The percentage of copper used in an algae resistant shingle varies. Those shingles with the highest copper content are awarded a 3M ScotchGard rating, such as Malarkey Roofing Products Legacy and Windsor shingles.
Assuming the roof is installed and maintained correctly, the average life expectancy of a lifetime shingle sold in stores today is approximately 13 to 18 years.
Some older houses really do have shingles that last for decades. But most “lifetime” shingles on the market only last about 15 years. The same is true for all the accessory items on a roof including caulk, chimney flashings and collars around the plumbing vents.
Some roofing products are higher quality than others and that can make a difference in how long they last. A roof inspection is a good way to check the condition of your shingles and all the accessories. If necessary, a roof tune up can be a cost-effective way to get everything in good shape for the next few years.
This will vary with each individual homeowner’s needs. We don’t believe in “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to roofing systems. There are many choices available – some long lasting, some more economical – our goal is to help you make the right choice for you and your home.
The majority of roof replacements will be completed in one day. Larger roofs and those with many complex features, may require two or more days. In those situations, we ensure that your roof is protected from the elements before leaving it overnight.
No. We don’t recommend wasting vacation time to watch roofers. Most homeowners prefer not to be home during the installation process. We turn your home and yard into an active construction zone. Because of this, we recommend homeowners either stay inside or spend the day elsewhere.
We try to make this process as painless as possible by taking care of all material orders and permits that may be necessary.
We recommend that you remove or secure any fragile or irreplaceable items on the walls or ceilings inside your home which may be disturbed from the vibration of the roof replacement. We will not be responsible for any damage to unsecured items that are disturbed or fall.
On the day of your installation our crew will arrive between 7:00 and 8:00 AM. We suggest moving all vehicles out of your garage and away from the driveway the night before. This will ensure our crews can get as close to your house as possible with our trash trailers and that they will be able to begin promptly once they arrive. If there are heavier items in the yard, our crews can help move those, if necessary.
Once the inspector you worked with turns in the agreement and necessary paperwork for your project, we get to work ordering materials, pulling permits, and assigning crews to the job. Someone from our office will provide a welcome call within 48 hours to discuss the timeline for installation. Several factors that can affect the installation date are material availability, the permit process for the municipality that you live in, and inclement weather. The time of year is also a factor. During the summer and fall months our schedule is booked further out, so the earlier in the season you can replace your roof, the better.
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