Below are answers to some of our most asked questions. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us during business hours.
Do I need to do any prep-work prior to commencement of work?
All remodeling projects are messy; roof replacements are not the exception. The roof deck contains crevices that although small may still allow dust and debris to enter your attic space, if you have items stored it is recommended that you cover them for protection. To avoid property damage, we recommend moving vehicles from the driveway to at least 20 feet away from the worksite. Additionally, it is best to remove items from ceilings and walls that could come loose due to the vibrations produced during the project.
How long does it take to install a new roof system?
Normally a new residential roof system can be installed in a day. There are factors that can vary the duration of the project such as roof size, material, weather, complexity, and unexpected issues during installation. We are happy to review the timelines and potential changes to the schedule.
How can I identify a reliable contractor?
Multiple factors should be considered when selecting a contractor. Always obtain a written quote in which the scope of work is clearly stated, material to be used is indicated, price, payment terms, and workmanship warranty. Additionally, the contractor should be licensed and insured. Do not be afraid to ask for proof and references.
How much does a new roof system cost?
The price of a new roof system is driven by type of materials, project complexity (i.e. steepness, amount of layers removed, etc.), and local building codes. It is recommended that you obtain 3-4 quotes from different contractors. Refrain from basing your decision solely on price, be sure to understand what each contractor offers including the quality of materials and workmanship value.
What is the expected life of a roof system?
The life of a roof system varies by a number of factors such as proper installation, system design, climate exposure, material type and quality. On average most asphalt shingle roof systems can serve its function for about 20 years, keep in mind that the factors listed above will influence the life.
I have a roof leak; do I need to replace it completely?
Not all roof leaks require complete tear-offs. Our knowledgeable professionals will inspect the leak and identify the source. Depending on the severity and source, it is possible that only a section of the roof requires replacement to eliminate the leak.
What parts make up my roof?
In order to have a reliable over-the-head protection the following factors must be considered:
- Roofing Material
Decking is the undermost layer of protection a roof provides, typically made up of Plywood at least ½” thick.
Underlayment blocks out water from reaching the decking, which can eventually cause water damage. Underlayment consists of two components: ice and water shield and felt paper. Ice and water shield is applied in areas prone to ice forming and/or backup of water. Most local codes at a minimum require ice and water to be installed at the lowest edges (eaves) of all roof surfaces such that the ice and water extends a minimum of 24” inside heated areas. Additional regions where ice and water shield is applied are valleys and roof openings such as vent holes. Felt is applied anywhere that ice and water is not installed such that the entire decking surface is covered.
Roofing Material is the outermost barrier of the roof. The most common material used is asphalt shingles, which offers a variety of colors and styles. Other materials include cedar, ceramic, and metal.
Flashing is a continuous metal whose purpose is to divert water and prevent accumulations.
Ventilation allows air to flow in (through soffit) and out (through roofing) of attic space. Adequate ventilation is necessary to regulate temperature and moisture levels inside attic space, without it, energy costs can be negatively affected and long-term problems such as mold can be caused.
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