ROOFING FAQs

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On this page you will see some of the most popular questions that homeowners have asked about their roofs over the years. More than likely you’ll find an answer to your question by scrolling down. If you can’t find what you are looking for, just give us a call or send an email and we'll answer right away!

Roofing Cost

What will a new roof system cost?

The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things as the materials selected, contractor doing the work, home or building, location of the home or building, local labour rates and time of year. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship. For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes.

What are my options if I decide to reroof?

You have two basic options: You can choose a complete replacement of the roof system, involving a tear-off of your existing roof system, or re-cover the existing roof system, involving only the installation of a new roof system. In many instances, building code requirements allow no more than one roof system re-cover before a complete replacement is necessary. Check with a professional roofing contractor if you've already had one re-cover installed on your original roof system.

Roof Options
Roof Lasting

How long can I expect my roof system to last?

Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Some roof system types, such as slate, clay tile and certain metal (e.g., copper) systems, can last longer. Actual roof system life span is determined by a number of factors, including local climatic and environmental conditions, proper building and roof system design, material quality and suitability, proper application and adequate roof maintenance.

Can I do the work myself?

Most work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof. If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system), if possible.

Shingle Bundles
Hail Shingles

Can hail affect asphalt roofing shingles?

Hail can affect asphalt roofing shingles.  The damage caused by hail can be classified into two groups: aesthetic damage and functional damage.   Aesthetic damage results in slight granule loss and the life of the shingle is usually not affected.  Functional damage is characterized by substantial granule loss or cracking or penetration of the shingle.  Functional damage may result in short term leaks or a reduction of the life expectancy of the shingle.

Regarding shingles, what is buckling?

Buckling is defined as ridges that form along the length of the shingle, with the ridge spacing usually coincidental with deck board joints. These ridges are caused by the shingle being distorted from the movement of the deck. Buckling is more common with board decks and can occur when a new roof is installed, even if the old roof did not show any buckles. Make sure that the attic is well ventilated to reduce moisture build up.

Shingle Buckling
Ice Dams

How can ice dams be reduced or removed?

Remove as much snow as possible, but call a professional roofing contractor if your roof is steep, the snow is deep or the ice is thick. NRCA does not recommend using ice picks or shovels (or any tool with sharp edges) because there is a chance of damaging roof coverings and flashings. NRCA also does not recommend hosing down a roof with water or use of a hot air gun. Electric heat cables generally have limited effectiveness.

Will I have to replace gutters and downspouts?

If your gutters and downspouts are in good shape, most roofing contractors will work around them. To avoid damaging them, don’t remove and reinstall them once your roof is complete. Also use ladder gutter guards to avoid damaging your gutters. If your gutters are in relatively good shape, but need minor repair ask your roofing contractors about quick fixes to the problem.

Downspouts

Source information courtesy of everybodyneedsaroof.com and iko.com