Answers to Common Roofing Questions
While a lot of people think that a leaking roof needs to be replaced, this may not be the case unless the roof is old. Missing, cracked, broken, and curling shingles can be repaired and replaced to stop a leak, while older roofs or roofs with multiple leaks or widespread issues should be replaced. To see if your roof needs to be replaced use our QUIZ (here).
Costs vary greatly depending on the pitch of your roof, the type of shingles you have, what condition the roof is in, and how many layers of shingles you have. The best way to find out the cost is to have a free quote done. You can request one here.
While some small jobs can be tackled by DIY homeowners, major work or a roof replacement is a pretty complex process that requires training and thus should be left to the professionals. Professional roofing contractors goes to through training and certification by the manufacturer of the materials in order to obtain extended manufacturer warranty. The manufacturer won’t offer (or void) the warranty if the roof is repaired by a person he is not trained by the manufacturer.
There are typically several signs that a roof might be failing. Here are some things that you can look for without using a ladder:
- Use binoculars to check around the chimney, trim and other flashings for signs of cracks or shingles that are coming up off the roof and general wear
- For homes with asphalt shingles, look for dark areas indicating cracking shingles
- If you have a home with wood shake or shingles, look for pieces that are curled upward,split, broken off or missing
- For homes with slate roofs, look for cracked or missing shingles
- Look for heavy wear around the valleys, the place where water runs off the roof into the gutters
- Look at the materials around the chimney and vent pipes and check for cracks, gaps and missing or fractured caulking
- Check eave overhangs for water damage
- Conduct an interior inspection for stained or discolored ceilings, which may indicate roof problems
- Inspect the attic to look for damp insulation or mold, which can indicate water damage from a leaky roof
- View the roof both close up and at a distance. You may see something from across the street that’s not visible in your front yard
There are a lot of factors that go into how long a roof will last. While most roofs have a warranty, this doesn’t mean that your roof will necessarily go this long without needing to be replaced. Some will wear out faster due to severe weather and environmental conditions, while others could last longer. Most roofs, however, are designed to last between 15 and 25 years; some types of slate and metal roofs could last longer.
Severe weather, direct sun, algae and mildew growth can all be factors in what causes a roof to wear out. Hail stones striking the roof and removing some of the granules are also a problem. Darker colored roofs tend to wear out slightly faster than lighter colored roofs as well.
There are a lot of factors that go into whether or not the hail is damaging to a roof. The age and condition of the roof can greatly impact how large a hail pellet needs to be. In general, however, pea and marble sized hailstones do not typically cause damage to a roof without high winds also being involved.
No, hail storms can vary tremendously even in a small area. The roofs can all vary in terms of age and condition as well, which will impact how they are affected.
Leaks can be tough to spot because water wants to find the path of least resistance and can travel for a while before finally showing up through your ceiling. You can try going into your attic or crawl space with a flashlight the next time it rains and try to trace it, but your most accurate answer will come from having a professional come out to find it and give you a quote.
The shingles may not have been properly installed, they could have been placed over an existing layer of shingles that is not giving adequate coverage, or there could be new damage due to a recent storm. The best way to find out is to have an inspection and estimate done.
The answer depends on several factors, such as what is causing the leak, and the overall age and condition of the roof. If the leak is caused by a few minor issues with the shingles or flashing, this can be repaired easily in a few hours. However, if the roof is old and subject to widespread problems, it may need to be replaced, which could take a few days.
While it is technically possible to layer one set of shingles on top of another, this may be setting you up for future problems. If your current shingles are curling, cracked, missing, or are covered with moss or algae, you will need to strip them to install the new roof. Likewise if you already have two layers on your roof, they will have to come off to install the new shingles.
Every roof is different, as well as what the roofers will find when they get up there. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on the size and the scope of the job.
A roofing underlayment is also known as felt paper, and is installed beneath your shingles, over the wood of your roof. It helps protect your roof from wind driven rain that can get beneath your shingles and potentially damage your home.
If the wood beneath your shingles shows signs of water damage, it will need to be replaced as well.
The type of roof that you get should complement the rest of the style and features of your home. You should also take into consideration the material, how long it lasts, and the costs to make this personal decision.
The color roofing you select should complement the rest of your home. This should be a secondary consideration to what type of material you choose for your roof. Be sure to get a color guide or brochure for the type of shingle you select to see what is available.
Be sure to get a detailed quote from your roofer, and make sure it shows everything that was discussed on it. You should also ask for referrals and speak to some former customers. Make sure that the roofer cleaned up after themselves, finished the job when they said they would, addressed any issues in a timely way, and kept to the contract. Make sure that you trust whomever you hire to do the job correctly the first time. Do you want to know more questions to ask your roofer? Download our FREE Guide!
Identify key attributes of the existing roof such as type, age, repair history and last date of a field inspection with report. This will give you a quick assessment of your roof’s condition. Then look for interior past and present interior damage. If you are finding mold, water stains, or cracks, you need at minimum to have a commercial roofing contractor do an up to date inspection on the exterior and interior. Make sure to review the information you have gathered with the roofing contractor when he visits your location.
There are a few different types of materials that work well for commercial roofing, but what you will need depends on your circumstances. Absolute Roofing of SWFL, Inc. is comprised of a team of specialist with expertise in all things associated with commercial roofing. If you are considering a new roof, contact us today, and we will help you identify the best solution.