Roofing FAQs

How do I know if I need a new roof?

The following are things that may indicate that your roof needs replacing:

 

What is the right price for a new roof?

The answer to this question depends on many factors. For a commitment-free quote, please contact our Sales Department.

 

What can I do about mildew on my roof?

Most home improvement stores sell a mildew cleaner that can be applied to your roof with a sprayer. Mildew cleaners shouldn’t damage your roof in any way.

 

How often should I clean my gutters?

Gutters should be cleaned at least once in the summer and twice in the fall.

 

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.

 

Can I replace missing and damaged tiles or shingles without calling a roofing contractor?

It is always recommended that you use a professional, but in case of an emergency, it is possible for you to replace the shingle or broken tile yourself.

 

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

Roof repairs require less labor, material and necessary disposal compared to installing a new roof. This cuts down on money and time. However, if you are going to make a repair it is still important to consider the ventilation of your attic.

Most expert roofers will agree that re-roofing will not last as long as a new roof. When re-roofing, the life span of the roofing singles is approximately 25% less than if you were to go with a new roof. Furthermore, if your home has any of the following, you should consider a new roof:

If you are still unsure which route to take, an experienced contractor will be able to guide you through your decision making. They can inform you on your options and let you know whether you need a new roof, or if it’s better for you to repair your existing one.

 

Roof Slope

Roof slope is a very important aspect and it is considered the primary factor in roof design. The slope of a roof has an effect on the interior volume of a building, the drainage, the style, and the material you use for your covering. For example, if you noticed water collecting on your roof the problem is probably related to the slope. The style is affected too because the framing of the roof changes the slope.

The slope of a roof is often referred to as the pitch. The slope, or pitch, of the roof is determined by the vertical rise in inches for every horizontal twelve inch (12″) length (called the “run”). A roof with x rise/12 run slope means that for every 12 inches horizontally (run), it rises x inches. Below are some of the common roof slopes and the terms which classify them.

Steeper sloped roofs are generally more visually pleasing and tend to last longer as well. However, they also cost more because a steep sloped roof requires a taller chimney and more lumber for framing. On average, a 12/12 roof can cost up to 50% more than a roof with a 4/12 slope. Many find that it is worth it though because the roofing material is estimated to last up to 50% longer and will require less maintenance in the long run.

Lastly, roof slope helps determine the appropriate materials for the roof. A roof with a 4/12 pitch will allow products such as shingles or tiles. However, these materials do not work well on low-slope roofs. Likewise, a single-ply membrane or a built-up roof will not be appropriate for a high-slope roof.