Frequently Asked Questions
Many homeowners are not familiar with the process that roofing repair and installation entails, typically because this home improvement investment is only likely to occur a couple times in a lifetime. Below are questions many homeowners have when first starting their search for best roofing material, lifespan of materials, how to save on repairs and other factors that come into play, making this a perfect place to start your search. There's a lot more to this process than we are able to cover in this Roofing FAQ, but feel this will provide you with enough information to get you headed down the right path.
How long do shingles last?
Roofing material life span depends on the specific material used. Asphalt and wood shingles typically last up to 20-40 years, while metal roofing typically lasts between 40-80 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Slate, concrete, and clay tiles typically have a life expectancy of 100 years, according to the NAHB.
What kind of shingles last the longest?
The National Association of Home Builders has rated slate, concrete, and clay tiles as the longest-lasting roofing material, with a life expectancy of 100 years.
How much will it cost to repair my roof?
Great question, tough answer. There are many variables when considering the cost of repairing a roof. Building size, design, materials used and other factors weigh into this calculation. We know price is a factor in your decision but our high-quality materials and workmanship will save you money in the long run. Feel free to give us a call for an estimate!
How long will it take for my roof to be repaired or installed?
This varies depending on building size, roofing type, and external factors such as weather. Residential homes are typically completed in two days or more. Commercial buildings may take longer, but we are committed to work as fast as possible in order for your life to be impacted as little as possible.
Why are my shingles discolored?
Most people think dark spots and ugly streaks on their roof come from dirt, mildew, or mold, but these spots are actually from algae. The most common type of algae that forms on roofs is known as gloeocapsa magma, also known as blue-green algae. Most of the time, this algae is present for months before the homeowner notices it.
How do I get rid of black streaks on my roof?
If you decide to clean your roof yourself, never use a power washer, as it can damage your shingles and the protective coating on them. You can use trisodium phosphate and bleach mixed with water as a solution but remember to remove or cover anything below runoff may damage.
Do I need to replace my entire roof if it's leaking?
This depends on why your roof is leaking. Older roofs may need to be replaced if multiple worn spots and missing shingles are present. If the leak is coming from a single missing shingle, a repair will be enough. Call and tell us about the leak, we will happily provide recommendations.
How can I save money on my roofing repair bills?
The best way to reduce repair bills is to prevent damage before it occurs. Periodically inspecting your roof, at least twice a year, will help recognize any future issues. If you do not have access to your roof or if ladders aren't your thing, play it safe by calling a professional like us. You can also donate a winter jacket or blanket and get $100 off your next service!
How often does my roof need to be replaced?
The age of your roof and the materials used will provide you insight into the life expectancy of your roof. Depending on the material used will determine how long your roof will last and when your next replacement is needed.
If my roof is being replaced, will I also need to replace gutters and downspouts?
Depending on if your gutters and downspouts are past their prime will determine if they need to be replaced or not. If they are still in good shape we won't remove and reinstall them to avoid unwanted damage.
Do I need to do anything before my roof repair starts?
Due to the inevitable messiness and constant noise from the nature of our work, we recommend going out for a few hours in order to avoid any headaches. Keep pets in mind too. If you have a driveway, park on the street. If you have a pool, cover it.
What if my roof leaks after repair or installation?
We proudly offer a lifetime warranty on all shingle installations. If you experience any problems with your shingles, we will repair them for free at your nearest convenience.
What are the most common reasons for roofing repairs?
The most common reasons for roofing repair include storm damage, wind damage, leaks, and the age of roofing materials.
How do I know if my roof will need to be replaced soon?
The biggest clue to needing a new roof is the age of the existing one. If your roof is over 20 years old, it may need to be replaced or may need minor repairs to extend its lifespan. Here are some things to look for: shingles that are lifted, cracked, missing, or have smooth dark spots. You can also take a trip to your attic and look for any wet spots on a rainy day and any light shining through on a sunny day.
What type of roof erodes fast, flat or slanted?
This is difficult to determine. A slanted roof doesn't collect leaves and other things that hold moisture, inviting algae to grow, but depending on what direction the slant is facing it may be exposed to direct sunlight. Flat roofs may have spots where water can sit, causing accelerated damage.
Do I need gutters around my home or business?
Gutters play an important role in protecting your home or business. They protect your foundation, siding, doors, windows, roof, fascia, soffit, and decorative landscaping from water damage.
How long do gutters last?
If you maintain and take proper care of your gutters, most will last for about 20 years.
How often should I clean my gutters?
We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, in spring and fall. If located close to trees you may need to do so more frequently. If your gutters need to be cleaned frequently, a gutter guard system may be needed.
Why do I get a lot of runoff water on one side of my house?
This is more than likely due to a clog in your gutters causing an overflow of water. This can be fixed by removing leaves and other debris from gutters. If you can not reach your gutters, play it safe, and call an expert.