l Roofs/Re-Roofs FAQ'sHow To Care For Your New Roof

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1 - Roofs/Re-Roofs FAQ's 

> Do I need a new roof?

Generally speaking, it’s wise to get your roof inspected when it gets to be about 10 years old. While most licensed roofers are going to install a roof warranted for at least 20 years, not all roofs are installed by professionals and their workmanship or materials may have08roof5.JPG (173922 bytes) been sub-standard. It is also very possible that damage can occur due to severe weather and although your roof hasn’t reached its life expectancy, there may be reasons for repair. Keep in mind, too, that stains, blisters or flaking paint on interior ceilings or walls can be indications of moisture build-up and should be thoroughly investigated. The way to know for sure is to get a roof inspection.
> How long will it take to install my roof?
Normally we can finish your roof in a single day, though larger roofs may take up to three days – and remember, weather may be a factor, as well.
> How much mess might be involved?
Every roof is different, though often, it is a dirty job. Older homes may have several layers of asphalt shingles on top of some other type of roofing material such as wood shingles and it is not uncommon to have debris fall between gaps in the boards of your roof. You should expect to cover anything in rooms with direct access to your roof.
> Should I install static vents or ridge vents?
It is a fact that poor attic ventilation creates high heat that can cause roofing materials to fail prematurely and installing roof vents helps to eliminate that heat build up and part of our first inspection is to correct any ventilation issues. We will be happy to add vents to your roof during the roofing project.

 

> Will you provide referrals?
Yes. After almost 10 years in the business, we have many hundreds of satisfied roofing customers and we’ll be happy to provide references.
> Will you remove the existing layer of shingles or re-roof over top of them are?
While, you can have a maximum of two layers of asphalt shingles on a roof, if your shingles have excessive curls or buckles or if there is evidence of rotted wood, the existing single layer should be removed before the new roof is added. Also, adding one layer on top of another may void the warranty, depending on the type of shingle to be used.
> Will you warranty your work?
Yes. Your roof will be warranted for workmanship and materials.

 



2 - How To Care For Your New Roof

> How long will my new roof last?

A properly laid and well cared for shingle roof can last up to 15 years without repair or replacement. The application of a good shingle coating will certainly improve the life your shingle roof as well as increase energy efficiency for you.

> What are some tips for caring for my shingle roof?

Keeping your roof clean is the most important tip we can give you. Built-up debris and plant matter will cause moisture to gather allowing mold and mildew 08roof6.JPG (186137 bytes) to grow leaving green stains or black streaks. These stains and streaks are unsightly and will damage your roof. Spraying 1 part bleach to 3 parts water on stains will kill mold and mildew, and adding tri-sodium phosphate will allow you to clean the roof at the same time. Thoroughly rinse your roof when finished to prevent drying and cracking.

> Can I power wash my shingle roof?

Yes, but only on the very lightest setting. Power washing will easily damage and loosen shingles if you are not cautious.

> How long does a typical roofing job last?

This is dependant upon your roof. A simple roof job can be completed in a day or two. More complicated jobs, such as larger structures with gables, steeper slopes, and other architectural can take up to a week or more. Inclement weather conditions can cause delays too.



3 - Tile Roof FAQ's

> How is clay tile roofing made? roof4.JPG (219644 bytes)

Clay roof tile is made in the same way that ceramic tile is made – it’s fired in the kiln. At one time, most clay roof tiles were made by hand by shaping each tile around a curved surface, or even around the tile maker’s thigh! Now, clay tile is mass produced to render a more uniform appearance, and to create a relatively inexpensive product as demand for quality tile for roofs increases worldwide.

> How many types of clay tile for roofs are available? 

There are a number of styles for you to choose from when it comes to clay tile roofing. Among the most popular is Spanish clay roofing, otherwise known as “barrel” tiles, which are semi-cylindrical tiles that overlap each other to render a series of rows with rounded profiles.

> What are the insulation benefits of clay tile roofing? 

One of the reasons that clay tile roofing has been a staple material is the tendency of clay to hold in warmth and coolness, while keeping out heat and colder temperatures. The clay tile keeps a cushion of temperate air between it and the roof deck which acts like an insulative layer. This helps to keep attic temperatures more consistent, and to minimize excessive temperatures to the upper levels of your property in general.

> How does clay tile roofing help my whole structure? 

Clay roof tiles add stability to your structure as a whole. Also, like ceramic tile, they are fire-proof. This obviously adds to structural as well as safety benefits to all kinds of properties.

> Are clay tiles for roofing waterproof? 

To an extent, although it’s a good idea for you to concentrate on the underlayment when it comes to the issue of waterproofing. Make sure you’re installing your clay roof on a roof deck that is flat and clean. Roofing paper should be applied to cover the entire surface of the roof deck. This will seal the structure from moisture.

> Can clay tile roofing be installed in any climate? 

Clay tile roofing is generally to be considered for more moderate climates, although installations in colder areas are not unheard of. Basically, it depends on your structure to a certain degree. Particularly, it refers to how steep your roof is – the roof pitch. For rainier climates, the steeper your roof pitch, the better. This will allow proper drainage and will discourage pooling, which can become a real problem in the long term.

> Can I install clay tile roofing myself? 

Unless you’re an experienced roofer, then we would say no. There is an element of danger when it comes to installing any kind of roofing, and it can be an even greater risk to the inexperienced. Roofs are uneven surfaces, and slips and falls happen unexpectedly and very quickly even to the experienced. In addition to this, it can save a lot of time when you hire a professional roofer which is generally worth the extra expense alone. 

> How do I maintain my clay tile roofing? 

On a seasonal basis, make sure that leaves don’t remain on the roof – try a shop-vac or a simple once-over with a broom. For moss and algae, there are herbicidal treatments and methods which can be employed to minimize their presence. Choose products carefully, read the labels, and follow all instructions.

And once again: when you’re on your roof, be very careful. Work while sitting down as much as you can, and always be aware of how close you are to the edges of your roof. When in doubt, always ask for help from the more experienced.



4 - Metal Roofing FAQ's 

> Why should I consider a metal roof ? 

Metal roofing is one of the most practical roofing materials on the market today and is "Sustainable Green Building" . It offers a long-life alternative to problem-plagued roofing materials such as asphalt, clay, wood and slate.

> What will it look like? 

Metal roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Whether you prefer tiles, shingles, shakes or traditional standing seam, there is a product to satisfy your taste.

> Isn't a metal roof noisy? 

This is a common question, and probably one of the biggest misconceptions about metal roofing. When it comes to this question, people think of an old barn roof where the metal is visible to the interior of the stucture. From a residential perspective, metal roofing is often installed over solid substrate. Further, attic space and insulation serve as additional sound barriers. Research has proven that metal isn't any noisier than traditional roofing products.

> Do I need to remove my existing roofing material? 

One of the benefits of metal roofing is that it is lightweight, which allows it to be installed over existing roofing material. However, the answer to this question ultimately depends upon your local building code requirements and the condition of your current roof's substructure.

> Isn't metal roofing expensive? 

Metal roofing offers homeowners a long-life solution. It is an investment in your home's future. Over the life of your home, metal roofing is probably the most economical material, because it can be the last roof you need to install. Traditional roofing materials have a very limited life expectancy before one is faced with the expense of another re-roof project. One of the basic concepts of Sustainable Green Building is creating less building waste.

> How long can I expect the metal roof to last before it needs to be replaced? 

Most of our products are backed by a 50 year limited warranty, and some a carry a Lifetime Non-Prorated Limited Warranty. Actual performance, however, can be well beyond 50 years. There are metal roofs that have been protecting structures for 100 plus years.

> Is a metal roof hot? 

Metal reflects 70% of the sun's energy. This minimizes heat retention and as a result, less heat is transferred into the building's structure. Further, research by the Florida Solar Energy Center showed that metal experienced a 34% less heat gain than asphalt shingles. Results indicate that metal roofing offers a similar effect of R-11 insulation on top of the roof during sunny day conditions.

> Does a metal roof attract lightening? 

Lightening is attracted to the highest point, not necessarily metal. A metal roof has no greater chance of being hit by lightening than any other type of roof. However, if your roof would be struck by lightening, a metal roof can help to prevent your home from catching on fire because it can dissipate the electrical charge. More importantly, it is noncombustible.

> Will hail damage a metal roof? 

Metal is a preferred roofing material in hail prone areas. Hail causes extensive damage to roofs because it can break, split and cause tear-off of traditional roofing materials. However, hail will not penetrate a metal roof. In the most severe case, the various styles and finishes available in metal roofing can help camouflage potential cosmetic damage.

> Can I walk on the metal roof after it is installed? 

Yes, but like with any roof, care should always be taken.


 

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