Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?

A: Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system being damaged. A complete roof system failure, however, generally is irreversible and a result of improper installation or choice of materials or the roof system installation is inappropriate for the home or building.

Q: Can I do the work myself?

A: Most work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.

Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the autumn and spring to check for cracked tiles or slates and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system), if possible.

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

A: Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Some roof system types, such as slate, clay tile and certain metal (e.g., copper) systems, can last longer.

Actual roof system life span is determined by a number of factors, including local climatic and environmental conditions, proper building and roof system design, material quality and suitability, proper application and adequate roof maintenance.

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 manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lives.

Q: What will a new roof system cost?

A: The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things as the materials selected, contractor doing the work, home or building, location of the home or building. To get a good idea of price for your roof system, for each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs.

Q: How long does it take to have a new roof installed?

A: That depends greatly on your home and the pitch and design of your roof. Most residential roofs can be redone in three/four days but it could take as long as a week to complete your re-roof.

Q: How can I check my roof from the outside?

A: Inspect the roof covering for slipped, missing, or broken tiles any of these problems can lead to leaks, and the repair cost will be higher than it would have been had they been inspected.

Flat roof systems should be checked for blisters, sagging areas, clogged interior drains, spongy areas of roof deck.

The eaves of your roof should be checked for water stains

Q: What are the benefits of using a dry ridge system?

A: Dry fix systems offer a number of advantages over the traditional method of mortar bedding.

These include:

  • Allows all-weather laying and fixing
  • Essentially maintenance-free
  • Overcomes problems associated with mortar such as cracking and loss of ridges in high winds
  • Provides full mechanical fixing of all components to resist highest wind speeds ever likely to occur
  • Provides continuous ventilation at the ridge - this is particularly useful in many modern buildings where the use of insulation between or above the rafter precludes the use of traditional ridge vents
  • Provides a consistent attractive finish

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