Q: Why is the water from the roof not going into the gutter? Where is it going?

A:  This is a problem to be concerned about. The water is actually going behind the gutter, resulting in dry rot of the facia boards and soffit, as well as dripping down on your head, where it shouldn’t be. The answer to this is that you need either install drip edge metal, so the water goes into the gutter or reinstall your starter row of shingles to overhang one inch and into  the gutter.

Q: Where are the most common areas of roof leakage?

A: The majority of the time, roof leaks are around flashing and penetrations such as pipe flashing, chimneys, attic vents, satellite dish installations, and improperly installed valleys.

Q: What are the main type of materials used today for residential roofing?

A: By far and away the most common material is architectural composition. It is made from a number of materials, including petroleum, rock and a base.  They are colored with different designs to lend an attractive look.

Q: How long can I expect my new roof to last?

A: Generally, depending on which quality of shingles you decide to purchase, you will get from 30 years to a full guaranteed lifetime warranty.

Q: Which brands of shingles do you offer?

A: We can apply any brand that our customers want. There are almost a dozen major brands on the market today locally. When a customer doesn’t have a strong preference, we generally recommend Owens Corning (the “Pink Panther” brand) or Malarkey brand shingles, both of which are locally manufactured.

Q: What about possible problems that arise from high winds?

A: Composition shingles have a wind rating, which generally varies from 60 to 130 mph resistance. It depends on a number of factors, such as the quality of the materials and the particular manufacturer’s warranty. You should ask about this before having a roof installed.

Q: What about preventing the growth of algae and the discoloration that algae can cause?

A: Nothing, sorry. Just kidding  :). Really, though, most manufacturers offer algae resistant shingles.  Some manufacturers offer it only in some colors  and others offer it in all colors.

Q: What about moss control?

A: You should ideally handle this twice a year, in the spring and the fall. We are available for moss treatment and removal any time, except during a snow storm!


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