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Frequently Asked Questions

Below we've listed some of the most commonly asked questions which we hope will help you. We will gladly answer any roofing questions you need help with please fill out the contact form with your question and we will call or email you back with an answer.

How do I know if my roof has problems?

In most cases, roofing problems are discovered discovered after damage has occurred from a leak. However, not all leaks produce visible damage immediately. Some leaks can occur for up to a year before showing any signs of damage. To avoid this hidden problem, it is important to have your roof inspected at least once a year or after harsh weather events by a qualified roofing contractor. All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections often can uncover cracked, warped or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts; and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas. For example, you may see excessive granules running down the downspout, shingles in the lawn, or excessive curling and cupping of the asphalt shingles on the roof or on flat roofs you may notice cracks or holes in the seams of the roof or flashing. Exposed nail heads are another place where water can get in and cause damage. You can also check for a ring of dirt or discoloration to the rocks or gravel that may signify a low spot in the roof where water tends to puddle. Check these spots for signs of cracks or holes as well.

How can a homeowner prevent roofing problems?

Visible signs of roof problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as sings of damaged roof areas.

Can I just do the work myself?

Most roofing work should not be a do-it-yourself project. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. Do-it yourselfers can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques and can harm themselves by falling through a roof even falling off a roof.

How long should my roof last?

The life of your roof depends on a few factors-roof type, pitch/slope of the roof, ventilation, installation, maintenance, and weather. As a general rule of thumb, basic three tab fiberglass shingles last 15 to 25 years. Flat roofs generally last 5 to 15 years. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations they will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lifetimes.

How can I determine my annual roofing cost?

Annual Roofing Cost = Total Cost (Materials & Labor)/ Life Expectancy of the life of your roof depends on a few factors-roof types, pitch/slope of the roof, ventilation, installation, maintenance, and weather. As a general rule of thumb, basic three tab fiberglass shingles last for 15 to 25 years. Flat roofs generally last 5 to 15 years. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations they will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lifetimes.

What should I check before I accept a roof warranty?

Usually roofs get warranties from the manufacturers and the roofing contractor who want to stand by their work (Optional). On roofing materials you will get the manufacturers limited warranty or lifetime warranty with limited transferable option. Workmanship and labor warranty on roofs is usually offered by contractors. But these days you can also get limited workmanship and labor warranty from manufacturers extended warranty programs. These extended warranties are available only when you choose a roofing contractor who is certified with that manufacturer.

Why does a roof need ventilation?

Ventilation helps remove the heat that builds up during the summer months and helps reduce moisture buildup under your roof. This helps your roof and shingles last longer by preventing the rooting of the wood and curling or distortion of your shingles.

How long shingle roof last?

Depending on the system selected, every technology has a good, better and best option with varying degrees of longevity. Your roof will definitely last longer with proper maintenance. Routine maintenance, along with a well designed and properly installed system can as much as double a roofs life from 20 to 40 years.

What type of warranty should I get on my roof?

Non prorated warranty. You can get best warranties form the certified contractors through extended warranty programs.

What types of roof styles are available?

Tile is often known as red and round. However, roof tiles come in many colors, profile shapes and sizes. Concrete and clay roof tile manufacturers produce tiles that emulate such styles as authentic Tile roofs may be clay or cement (concrete) tile roofs

How difficult is it to find matching tiles for historic or obsolete tile roofs?

Various Companies that salvage and/or reclaim old roofing tiles are few and they are located throughout the country. Most of these will have a large variety of old roof tiles available and will also have a large database of smaller companies that have roof tile inventories. Through the search and match process more often than not, a roof tile match can be made. It always better to keep some extra tiles while installing the new roof.

Why tile roof?

Both clay and its modern partner, concrete roof tile, are extremely durable. With proper building design and installation, tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years, or more. Most roof tile manufacturers provide a minimum 50-year transferable limited product warranty. Unlike other materials, tile does not rot in wet climates and is not susceptible to destruction from pests. Tile can be used in any climate or region and can withstand the severest weather conditions including fire, wind and snow.

Can buildings support the weight of a tile roof?

Most new residential and commercial structures require little or no additional structural support for tile installation. Several tile roof manufacturers offer lightweight tile specifically designed for re-roofing projects.

How does the cost of tile roofing compare with other roofing materials?

As a general rule, concrete tile roofs cost much less than slate, about two times more than wood shakes, and approximately three times more than heavy-weight asphalt shingles. Clay roof tiles cost slightly more than concrete. Compared to other roofing materials, both concrete and clay tile can outlast the life of the structure, which makes tile a cost-effective choice over the long-term.

Do tile roofs need to be professionally installed?

A tile roof is a permanent roof and in most cases will outlast the structure it supports. To ensure its longevity, a skilled craftsman and quality materials are required for proper installation. There are many steps involved with the installation process, including the placement of underlayment, battens, flashings for valleys, chimneys, solar panels and skylights, as well as cutting tiles along roof hips and valleys. The Tile Roofing Institute offers installation guides to help first-time and veteran installers.

Are tile roofs more energy efficient than other materials?

Tile roofing has multiple properties that make it an energy-efficient roofing material. Light- or white-colored roof tiles were shown to cool the house beneath it by reducing the amount of heat transferred from outside to inside. Research from Oak Ridge National Laboratory also shows that tile roofing's reflectivity and ventilation beneath the tiles contribute to a reduction of heat transference of at least 50 percent, when compared to a traditional asphalt shingle roof. Coated clay tiles can cut the transfer of heat by up to 70 percent.

How long shingle roof last?

Depending on the system selected, every technology has a good, better and best option with varying degrees of longevity. Your roof will definitely last longer with proper maintenance. Routine maintenance, along with a well designed and properly installed system can as much as double a roofs life from 20 to 40 years.

Are tile roofs easy to maintain?

Under normal conditions, tile roofs require minimal maintenance. However, all roofing systems require some maintenance, and certain climates and regions have special issues to address regardless of the type of roofing system. With tile, maintenance is restricted to gutters, protrusion flashings and venting. With other roofing systems, maintenance may include coating, painting, cleaning and/or sealing the majority of the roof surface.

Can tile be used in hurricane-affected regions?

With proper installation, tile roofing systems remain one of the most durable and cost-effective options in high wind climates around the world. Tile roofing systems are the only roofing systems that are 125-mile-per-hour, wind-tunnel tested to ensure performance in extreme wind conditions.

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