5 Frequently Asked Roofing Questions Answered

Submitted by Zenka Hattingh

on Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:12

Whether you’re thinking of changing up the entire look of your home or simply need to do a few repairs before the rainy season approaches, you’re going to need to know exactly what to do or who to hire in order to get the job done. You may have a few important roofing questions needing answers before signing on the dotted line. Thus, in order to make the roofing process easier and perhaps more understandable, keep the following frequently asked roofing questions in mind – giving you ultimate peace of mind while your roof receives much needed TLC.

1. “How do you know when an asphalt shingle roof needs replacement? Are there clues to look for before telltale water stains appear on our plaster ceilings?” – Pat, Plymouth, Minn.

It’s always a great idea to replace a roof that’s 20 years or older. However, younger roofs can also cause problems before they should, so it’s important to inspect your roof on a regular basis. It’s important to check whether the shingles have curled edges or appear darker in certain spots. Whilst in the attic on a sunny day, keep an eye open for any light spots which could indicate that it’s time to call a professional.

2. “How long does it take to replace a roof?”

The time frame depends on the type of roof you’re installing, the efficiency of the team working on your roof, the weather, as well as the type of inspections that need to be carried out. However, installing a new roof on a normal-sized family home shouldn’t take longer than a few days. For large commercial buildings, it could take a few weeks up to a few months for installation.

3. “What can I do about mildew on my roof?”

Just like any other part of your home, your roof will also get dirty at times. Thus, in order to ensure that you get the most out of your roof and gutters, it’s important to hire a professional roof cleaning service for regular roof and gutter cleaning – ensuring that your gutters are open and clear of any leaves and particles which may prevent the water from draining as it should. If not, you could end up with much bigger problems down the line.

4. “My roof is streaked with black stains. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them? The shingle manufacturer says that staining isn’t covered by the warranty because it doesn’t affect the performance of the shingles.” – W. Howard, Warwick, R.I.

The staining is caused by pesky algae that thrive on minerals found in certain shingles, making a home for themselves in moist areas on your roof. Apart from hiring professional roof cleaning services to ensure that your roof is spotless, you can also mix one part bleach to two parts water and spray it onto the affected areas. Use a soft brush to get rid of the algae and follow with clean water to rinse off any leftover bleach.

5. “What is the best roof?”

Although there is no one size fits all answer, the perfect roof for your specific needs is out there. It’s important when choosing a new roof, to identify the roof design of your home, your budget, as well as your needs. Only then can you decide on a specific roof type to match your wants and needs without blowing your budget completely or making a big mistake in the process.

Remember, when it comes to fixing your existing roof, purchasing a new one, or simply cleaning what’s already there, it’s important to keep the above-mentioned roofing questions and answers in mind in order to make an informed decision. If not, you could end up spending a fortune on something that could’ve been quite inexpensive to begin with.

 

Sources:

http://www.advancedroofingandsheetmetal.com/get-the-facts/faq/

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/29-your-toughest-roofing-questions-answered