How can I tell if I need a new roof?
Signs your roof needs to be repaired or replaced:
Missing, cracked or curling shingles
Blistering or peeling paint
Shingle, sheathing or siding decay
Leakage in the attic after heavy rains
Stains on interior walls or ceilings
High energy bills
How can a homeowner recognize when a roof has problems?
All too often, roof problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections can often uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
My roof leaks. Do I need to have it totally replaced?
Not necessarily. Leaking can result because some flashings have come loose or because a section of the roof has been damaged. A roof failure, however, is generally irreversible and results from improper installation or choice of materials, or from the installation of a roof system inappropriate to the building.
How long can I expect my roof to last?
The condition and lifespan of your roof will depend on the type of roof you have, the effects of your local environment and the maintenance which the roof has received. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, asphalt shingles generally last 15-20 years; wood shingle/shakes, 10-40 years; clay/concrete tiles, 20+ years; slate, 30-100 years; metal roofing, 15-40+years. Roofing product manufacturers with a variety of warranties on their products.
How long does it take to replace a roof?
Replacing a roof, whether on a commercial or residential building, is a labor-intensive project and, depending on the type of roof, could take anywhere from a few days to 2 or more weeks. The time involved is substantially affected by the weather, as well. Wind, snow, rain, or even just the threat of one of these and will slow the process considerably.
For built-up roofs, removing and replacing the roof will probably proceed at a rate of approximately 1,500 square feet per day. For single-ply roofs, the rate is closer to 2,000 to 4,000 square feet per day. Careful planning and close project management can reduce some of the delays caused by bad weather.
Do I need rain gutters?
Yes. Rain gutters prevent water from destroying many components of your home. Dripping rainwater can cause cracks in foundations and walkways. These cracks lead to costly repairs. The rainwater rots all the lower wood components in your home. This wet, rotting wood attracts termites and carpenter ants that need damp conditions to reproduce and thrive.
Do rain gutters also protect entrances from becoming wet and slippery?
This is a great question as all guttering systems require some maintenance to ensure the integrity of its protection for your home.
You should periodically make a visual inspection of the system to make sure your gutters are free from all foreign objects, debris, leaves, granules from roof shingles, and birds or insect nests that may impede the flow of water through the system.
What are seamless gutters?
Seamless gutters are custom-fitted, one-piece gutters manufactured at your home. They are far superior to sectional plastic or aluminum gutters bought at home improvement stores. Seamless gutters do not have in-line seams, which always fail. Seamless gutters are made of aluminum, copper, or steel that will last for years.