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Looking at getting your roof replaced can bring up a lot of questions.  Check out our FAQ section below.  If you have a question that isn’t listed in the FAQ’s, please contact us and one of our experts will be able to help!


Roofing Questions and Answers

A basic roof inspection needs to be performed twice a year; typically in the spring time after the harsh winter, and in the fall after the intense summer. Both seasons take a toll on your roof. Inspecting them twice a year is a great way to stay on top of your roof's condition.
A homeowner can do a basic roof inspection. Things like missing shingles, overflowing gutters, moss, curling and/or bubbling shingles are problems that are easy to spot from the ground. A roofing expert should be called to do a detailed roofing inspection. They are trained and know what to look for when assessing your roof for potential damage that may not be as obvious to the untrained eye.
1. Check flashings to ensure they're sealed. 2. Clean debris off roof. 3. Remove moss or mildew. 4. Trim trees and greenery that is close to the roof line. 5. Clean and clear the gutters.
The type of roofing material you choose should depend on a variety of different variables. Aesthetics, cost and climate of your location all play an important part in determining what type of roofing material is best for your situation. Refer to our different roofing material pages under the heading "Roofing Types".
Asphalt shingle manufacturers recommend not using asphalt shingles below a 4:12 pitch. However, some say you can install them on a pitch as low as 2:12 with ice and water shield.
Any pitch less than 4:12 is considered a low pitch roof.
Yes and No. A couple of variables need to be considered before you can do a go-over (new roof on top of an old one). First, if it looks like the roof is leaking or has significant damage, then it is best to remove the roof to examine the roof decking for rot. Second, not all materials can be roofed over. Typically 3-Tab asphalt shingles and less prominent dimensional shingles can be roofed over. If your current roof is not lying flat, then chances are, you need to remove the old roof before installing the new one.
The best way to prevent moss from growing is to apply a moss killer that is specifically designed for roofs in the fall. Do NOT use a moss killer that is used for grasses as they will discolor and deteriorate your shingles. Consistent seasonal roofing maintenance keeps moss from becoming a big problem.
There are spray on moss removal mixtures for purchase or you can make your own solution. If you purchase a pre-made solution be sure to follow the instructions included with the bottle. If you prefer to make your own treatment, mix a solution of 50% water and 50% bleach and add it to a sprayer. Spray your roof and let the solution sit for 15 to 20 minutes. DO NOT LET IT DRY. Then wash solution off with a hose or use a long armed brush to scrub off the moss and rinse with water. If needed purchase a long armed scrub brush to gently brush the moss off. Careful with the brushing as you do not want to damage the shingles in the process. Whatever you do, DO NOT PRESSURE WASH YOUR ROOF! You will lose your shingle granules and damage your roof. Click on the link below for a more in depth understanding of moss removal.
Moss can hold moisture on your roof. Moss build up can also act as a barrier to the rain water and dam up the runoff. Without the proper run off, water will pool and there is a greater chance of water penetrating your roof.
Your shingles are buckling. Shingles buckle when they do not lay flat. It can be due to a few things. The underlayment can move from moisture build up under the shingles, or nails may not be secured properly which then can cause the shingles to bubble.
There are a few reasons why your shingles may be curling. One, they are old and need to be replaced. Two, poor installation. Three, improper attic ventilation. Without the proper attic ventilation heat from the attic can cause the curling from the underside of the shingle. This will cause your shingle to wear down quickly.
One, the most obvious sign is that water is getting in through your ceiling- that's a problem. Two, missing shingles! Even if there are three or four missing shingles,that creates a portion of your roof that is left unprotected. Three, curling, bubbling, or singles with missing granules are signs that your roof needs to be replaced or at least inspected. Many roofing companies offer free inspections so that you can know for sure if your roof needs to be replaced.
Typically, good weather is the ideal time to install your roof. Many people wait until mid-fall the schedule roofing work. This tends to be a busty time for roofing companies, and they can be booked out sometimes more than 6 weeks during the fall. When planning on getting your roof replaced, try not to wait until the last minute to schedule out a job because you most likely won't be able to get it completed ASAP. However, roofs do get replaced in the winter and bad weather. It is better to get your roof replaced when it needs to be done than wait until more damage is caused.
Possibly. The best course of action here is to call a roofing expert for an inspection to see what if a roof leak is really what you are dealing with.
Proper attic ventilation is vital to the longevity of your roof. This will ensure that there are less complications with your roof later on. Things like buckling, bubbling and curling could all be causes of moisture build up due to improper ventilation. Building code, and manufacturer warranties also require a specific amount of vents per square area.
We perform a number of tasks before, during and after to protect your property and your home. First, we prepare the area by moving plants and outdoor furniture that may be in the way. We use tarps to cover the surrounding area and plywood to protect the landscaping. When necessary we set up temporary structures to protect shrubs and plants as well as covering decks and railings. Every day we clean up and leave your home as neat as possible. After the job is completed we run a strong magnet over your property to pick up any nails that could have been left on the ground as well as move everything back to the way it was before our arrival.



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