Home and business owners always have questions about their roofs and the work that needs to be done to them. It can be expensive to have a brand new roof installed on your home or business, but it can be even more expensive if you ignore the warning signs that your roof may need help. There are a lot of good questions about roofing and they all deserve answers that can point the property owner in the right direction.
How long should my roof last?
A standard asphalt shingle roof will usually last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Metal and rubber roofs have much longer life spans, which can be determined by the warranty that the roofer offers when the roof is installed.
Why is it so important to be concerned about a little leak?
People tend to ignore ceiling and roof leaks because they do not see the bigger picture. The water you are getting in your living room may only be a fraction of what is actually leaking into your home. Water leaks can destroy drywall, rot roof decking and create mold in areas that you may not see until its too late.
What kind of pitch should my roof have?
The pitch of your roof is the angle it sits at to allow water and debris to roll off and into the gutters. The basic rule of thumb is that homes in warmer climates require less pitch because there is less of a threat of snow and ice. Your roofer will know how much pitch your roof needs in order to keep your home safe.
Should I get a metal or rubber roof instead of asphalt shingles?
The emergence of metal and rubber roofing material did not suddenly make asphalt roofs useless. Asphalt shingles are still used all over the world and they are still quality building materials for a good roof. In some areas, metal and rubber roofs may not be appropriate for the conditions. Before committing to a metal or rubber roof, it is important to discuss your options with a professional roofer.
Why do I need to clean my gutters?
Water and debris that are allowed to sit in your clogged gutters will eat away at the deck of your roof and cause rain water to backup and leak into your home. Clogged gutters also encourage ice dams in the winter, which can damage your roof and cause water to leak into your home as well.
Why should I have a professional roofer examine my leaky roof?
Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that the leak in their roof originates right where the water is dripping. Water has no rhyme or reason to how it works. If your roof slopes in a funny way, then a water leak that drops water into your living room could start in the part of the roof that covers your kitchen. A professional roofer knows how to identify the origins of leaks and he can offer the best advice for repairing the problem.
Do I have to have my entire roof replaced?
In some instances, a professional roofer will strongly recommend that a homeowner have his entire roof replaced because the current roof does not offer adequate protection. But many homes have roof sections that can all be in varying conditions. It is possible that you can have one section of your roof replaced now and then get the other sections replaced later. While it is always best to have the entire roof done at the same time, getting part of your roof repaired is sometimes a viable option.
Is it a good idea to just put new shingles over the existing ones?
As you drive around a neighborhood, you may notice some homes that seem to have several layers of shingles on the same roof. Installing new shingles over existing shingles saves money on the installation, but it is a very bad idea. One of the reasons you want your roofer to remove the old shingles is to check the roof decking to make sure that it is in good shape. If you put new shingles over old shingles that are hiding bad decking, then you are only making the problem worse. The best approach is to always have the old shingles removed, allow the roofer to check and repair your decking and then have the new shingles installed over a solid foundation