Spring Roofing FAQ’s

Q: Can I repair my old roof or does it need to be replaced?
A: A leaking roof should be addressed immediately but does not always call for a complete replacement. Repairs can be performed to stop leaks, but multiple leaks, blow offs and widespread issues will almost certainly require replacement.

Q: Should I have my old roof removed before installing a new roof?
A: If your home only has one layer of shingles, a reroof may be possible. If you have more than one existing layer of roofing or cedar shake shingles then a tear off is required to adhere to local building codes and warranty standards. Problems with roof decking and roof flashings will not be addressed with a reroof and could lead to future problems or premature failure of your new roof. Roofing experts estimate that the life of your new roof can be reduce by up to 20% if installed over a pre existing roof.

Q: What is the best roofing material to use on my house?
A: There are so many high quality residential roofing products available from asphalt roofing shingles to stone coated steel shingles. While each carry their own advantages over the other both are capable of increase your home’s curb appeal and providing long term durability if installed properly. Consumers should also keep in mind the strength of the product warranty when choosing a roofing material.

Q: Why did my roofing contractor tell me my porch is too flat for shingles?
A: Roofing manufacturers and municipal building codes will allow for the installation of asphalt shingles on roofs with a pitch as low as 2  1/2: 12( 11 degrees) of slope. However, a qualified roofer with your best interests in mind will not recommend shingles for any area with a slope less than 4: 12( 18 degrees). Asphalt roofing systems are only effective at shedding water,they are not effective  at withstanding ” pooling” water. Gravity and roof slope are essential for shingles to work properly.

Q:I have several roofing estimates, why do they vary so much in price?
A: There are several factors that will determine what price your contractor presents you with. Everything from the materials they use, the insurance they do or don’t carry, whether they use sub contractors and have commissioned salesman. If you have one estimate that seems to good to be true, it probably is. Most low bid roofers are uninsured and follow substandard installation practices.

Q: My roof was installed this winter, was it too cold for them to due a good job?
A: Asphalt roofing manufacturers have no predetermined standards regulating what temperature is too cold to install a new roof. To ensure a better installation as your contractor to store the materials in a heated area and only bring enough to complete each day’s work. Also request that they hand nail the fasteners when applying the shingles and use 6 nails per shingle. This technique is known as ” storm” nailing and will protect against blow offs until warmer weather can activate the sealing strips.

Do you have a question about your roof? Ron Ferris and Son Roofing has been helping homeowners protect their homes in the Greater Rochester Area since 1979! Call us today @ (585)288-0895 and see how easy getting a new roof can be.

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