How do I know when it is time to re-roof?
If potential trouble is spotted by performing an examination of your roof. We can assist you in determining if a repair is in order, or if the roof should be replaced.
How frequently should I inspect my roof?
Spotting potential problems before they grow into big ones can save you a lot of money. Most roofing experts agree that you should check your roof for signs of wear/damage at least two times per year:
1) late Fall
2) early Spring
What is the best method to inspect my roof?
You’ll find you can safely identify some trouble spots from the ground using binoculars, spotting scope, or your camera’s telephoto lens. If potential trouble spots are identified, you should give us a call so we can inspect it.
How do I spot potential trouble?
Generally, the first sign of roof trouble is a leak. You may notice stains or dampness. More obvious signs of trouble will be raised or broken shingles, a loss of mineral granules in the shingles, or dark-looking spots in the sheathing.
First, standing back away from the house, look at the lines of the ridge and rafters. If they appear to sag, it may indicate structural problems. Next, look at the roof surface for signs of wear, checking the shingles for warping, cupping, looseness, or rot. Scan the roof for any shingles that may have been lifted by the wind or are missing altogether. Bumps can indicate that the roofing nails below have become loose.
What should I look for in a new roof?
Re-roofing your home is an important decision. It is a major investment and your new roof will be on your home for many years to come. Selecting the right roofing material can be a challenging process. We can help you with information you’ll need to make an educated decision. Selecting the right roofing material is the first decision to be made. Key points to consider when you choose the roofing products are style, color, performance and warranty protection.
How does the color of my roof affect my heating bills?
A dark colored shingle will attract the sun and it’s heat. This will cause the house to be warmer and probably increase the use of air conditioning in the summer, but decrease the use of the furnace in winter. A light colored shingle will attract the sun less, keeping the house cooler in the summer.
What factors influence the cost of a new roof?
- Tear-off of roof VS “going-over” existing shingles
- number of layers
- pitch of damaged deck or deck replacement
- size of roof (how many “squares”? 1 square = 10 feet x 10 feet)
- how many sides or angles the roof has
- how much flashing is needed? valleys? chimneys? step
- what type of materials are being used? 15 or 30# felt paper? 3-tab or dimensional shingles? 25, 30, 40, or 50 year warranty?
What kind of warranty do I get?
All of our projects come with a 10-year AD Roofing workmanship warranty, and all of the shingles we use include a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty.
How can an improper ventilation system cause damage to my roof?
It is the moist attic air that can cause the most damage to the structural integrity of your roof. Without proper ventilation, moist air collects on the underside of the roof decking and can cause the decking and attic insulation to expand slightly. As the wood dries out, it contracts. If your home was built without the use of deck spacer clips, this cycle of expansion and contraction can cause the wood to warp over time or lead to premature wood fatigue.
Ventilation is an important and often overlooked area to remember when re-roofing. The attic must be well ventilated to ensure a good quality foundation for the roof.
What questions should I ask any prospective roofing contractor?
When shopping around for someone to repair or replace your roof, there are some issues that are important to finding an honest, reliable and competent contractor. We urge you to ask the following questions of any prospective roofer:
- Do you have a contractor’s license? May I see it?
- Do you provide a written estimate?
- Are you bonded?
- Do you have public liability insurance?
- Are you covered by workman’s compensation insurance?
- Who performs the work?
- Will all trash and old roofing materials be hauled away?
I have a few leaks...do you think I need a new roof?
Not necessarily. A roof inspection will determine whether a repair or replacement is needed.
Do I have to tear off the new roof before putting on a new one?
That depends on how many layers of roofing are already on the house. In general, its a bad idea to have more than two.
How long will it take to install my roof once the work has started?
The average roof takes two or three days to complete. We would be glad to work with you as closely as possible if you have a preference for the installation date of your new roof.
Who will obtain the necessary permits?
AD Roofing will obtain all necessary permits – not all communities require permits for roof work, but some do.
Do I need to be home while you replace the roof?
No, it is not necessary to be home while work is being done. Often it is very noisy and customers prefer to be gone.
What happens if it rains while you're installing my roof?
It is our procedure to shingle the roof as we go, minimizing exposure to the environment.
Will you be doing anything that may cause damage to my yard?
We are careful around everything in the yard and around the house. We remove or tarp everything possible.
Will you use my favorite brand of shingles?
We will use whatever shingle you prefer in any color. Some shingles may need to be specially ordered, but we are able to do so at the customer’s request.