What’s Up with My Roof?

1. How often should I have my roof inspected?

  • On a properly installed asphalt roof you should be fine the first five years. I would suggest every couple of years after that.

2. How much should I pay for roof maintenance?

  • It depends on what’s needed; most Roofing Contractors will have a base service fee to cover the cost of gas and time to and from the job. Plan on $300 to $400 for basic maintenance.

3. I noticed my shingles are curling up or under, why is that they are only a few years old?

  •  There could be a few different reasons for this to be happening, never the less the end result is you need a new roof.
  1.   Improper ventilation – your soffits could be covered with insulation, not enough ventilation on top of the roof, or both!
  2. Manufactures defect in material, yes this is possible but not likely unless your roof is over ten years old and is an organic shingle (which is no longer in use)

 

4. I noticed that my old antenna is staining the roof with rust, will this hurt the roof?

  • If you are not using the antenna remove it and silicone the holes, if the roof is still pliable replace the shingles that have holes in them. The rust is harmful and can cause premature deterioration of the shingles

5.What is ice & water shield, and is one brand better than the other?

  • Ice & water shield has an adhesive on one side and granulated surface on the other, it’s main purpose is to be installed at the eves, and in the valleys. The adhesive will self seal it’s self to the existing decking so that ice dams cannot grow under the underlayment then melt and penetrate the interior of your roof. Most cold climates require it to be 24 inches from the interior of the exterior wall. Manufactures suggest it to be installed at the eves, rake boards, valleys, and around vents and skylights as well as over hip ridges and gable ridge. Most manufactures have their own and will give the homeowner a better warranty if used with their shingles and underlayment’s or ridge capping.

6. What are the black streaks on my roof?

  • That is an agley and with an algaecide it would eventually go away. Most shingles have algaecides in them today

7. My second story gets really hot in the summer time will a power fan or lighter colored roof make a difference?

  • Of coarse both of those will work but it is best is a whole house exhaust fan. This will draw cool air from downstairs and force air into the attic which will force hotter air out of the attic.

8. When is the best time to install a roof?

  • In the early spring, or fall when shingles are new they have a tendency to be soft which could get  damaged on a really hot day and end up having a new roof with damaged shingles.

 

9. My house is only 1700 square feet how can my roof be 2600 square feet?

  •  Your roof has slopes and the pitch of the roof will determine the length of the rake, the steeper the roof the longer the rake. There is also a 10% waste factor added on standard roofing systems a 15% waste to more complex roofing systems

 

10. Why are the prices do different between the three estimates I have received?

  • There are so many variables it’s hard to even know where to start.

                                        1. Proper insurance

                                        2. Experience labor

                                        3 Different types of materials

                                        4. Advertising 

                                        5. Size of the company

11. How do I know if I am getting a fair price?

  • Research your Roofing Contractor!
  1. How long have they been in business?
  2. Reputation with BBB and other rating services
  3. What type of warranty you receive from them (note new home builders give a one year warranty)
  4. Rule of thumb IF IT’S THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN THEY WON’T BE IN TOWN LONG!
  5. Trust your instincts and work with who you are comfortable with that has a good reputation and references.