Roofing Questions and Answers: FAQ
How long does it take to do a roof?
This question is largely determined by the contractor. If the contractor is professional, and organized the project will be swift. (1-2 days on average)
This will be due to the contractor having highly trained crews. The contractor will assign the appropriate team for your property. They will show up when they say, and stay until the job is complete, and not leave your home partially complete to finish other jobs.
How much more is metal?
Depending on if you are removing your existing roof, and what it is you are removing, metal roofing can be as much as double the cost of a mid grade asphalt composite. The reason for this is that the materials themselves are typically about twice as much, and the installation of a metal roof can take 3-4 times longer than an asphalt composite.
Roofing in the Winter?
The answer to the question is yes. However, it is crucial as to who you invite to perform the work on your home. Your most important decision in any contracting job is who you hire no matter what time of year it is.
The right contractor will design the job correctly, they will specify the correct materials, they will have the appropriately trained personnel assigned to the job, and they will do so with the weather in mind. Most standard jobs take 1-2 days to complete. If the contractor is adequately staffed with trained personnel the window of time that a roof is vulnerable to weather can be reduced to a few hours depending on the job.
For example, if the roof is an asphalt composite removal and installation, and the roof is installed on plywood a company like ours may only need a few hours of good weather to assure it is weatherproof. With that in mind it does depend on your situation. If you are considering re roofing, and would like some more information please call us. We will try to assist you in any way that we can!
What is a Ridge Vent?
Ridge venting is one of the many ways to vent a roof. Depending on your roof type, it may be the most efficient way. (Contact us for an evaluation of your roof) Ridge venting works by cutting a continuous slot at the peak of your roof to provide a consistent area for air to exhaust from your attic space.
Some ridge vents are warranted against leaking, and failure for the duration of the roof system. Many of the vents are the shingle over type. This means that the roofing material can cover the top of the vent and hide the fact that there is a vent there at all. For more information about ridge vent systems contact us.
Why would I want ventilation in the Winter?
Ventilation is important year round. In the Summer, heat from the sun is running attic temperatures up to 120 degrees or more. This overwhelms the insulation on the attic floor and causes your home to heat up.
In the Winter the cold air from outside cools your attic space. Because of how efficiently we are sealing the walls of our home, heat and moisture generated in the fall, and winter months is carried by rising heat into the attic space. When warm air meets cool air in the attic moisture is created. Moisture is a conductor, and insulation is an insulator. If moisture infiltrates insulation, the insulator becomes a conductor.
Thus compounding the problem of heat loss because now the insulation is not doing its job to hold heat in the home. This is why ventilation is important all year long. Ventilation is doing its job when it is removing hot air in the Summer, and moist air in the Winter. If you need a ventilation inspection, please contact us for a free evaluation.
Is there a charge for estimates?
There is no charge for new roof estimates, replacement roof estimates or inspection for damage!
The NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) recommends inspecting your roof system twice a year to help diagnose potential problems early. If you need a new roof, leaks repaired or just want peace of mind about the condition of your roof, please contact us.