Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will it take to complete my new roof?
A: Usually 1-2 days.
Q: Do I need to be home for my roof replacement?
A: No unless you are having a skylight replaced.
Q: Do I need to replace my skylight?
A: In most cases the skylight was installed with your existing roof and should be replaced.
Q: Do I need to replace my gutters?
A: In most cases the gutters have also reached the end of their serviceable life and should be replaced.
Q: How much ice and water shield do I need?
A: Building code is 24” inside warm wall of the home. In most cases 36” (one course) is not adequate.
Q: Can I install a ridge vent system if I already have the individual mushroom style roof vents?
A: No the existing roof vents would need to be removed in order for the ridge system to work properly.
Q: When should I replace my shingle roof?
A: Loose granules, storm damage, excessive wear, and missing shingles are the obvious red flags that let you know that a professional should inspect the roof.
Q: Where and how much ice shield do I need?
A: We live in a climate where ice shield is a must and required by local codes. The normal code is to install ice shield at the eaves to a point 24” past the inside warm wall line. Some communities require that ice shield be installed in the valleys and we recommend it.
Q: What do I need to know about roof venting?
A: It is vital for the contractor to review your attic ventilation prior to any roofing work. It is desirable to achieve a balanced exhaust and intake ratio to keep attic cooler and to help mold from forming. The desired ratio is 60% intake and 40% exhaust. Often contractors don’t think about insulation baffles but without the proper amount installed the venting will never work properly.
Q: What type shingle should I put on my house?
A: The most common shingle installed today is a lightweight laminated shingle that has a lifetime material warranty from the manufacturer’s. You can upgrade to a heavyweight laminated shingle or super heavyweight decorator shingles. There is also Cedar shake or imitation slate available.
Q: What is the normal process for roofing?
A: Once we get all the signed authorizations back the job is set up in our system. It then goes into our pipeline for scheduling. The salesman will keep our customer updated to when their project is scheduled. Our crews will start by tarping and protecting the area around the home. We do request that the homeowner moves all patio furniture, grills, and any other item that may get damaged to a safe distance from the home. Depending on how large or cut up a house is the work will take between two to five days on a typical single family home. A final inspection is made by our superintendents.