Frequently Asked Roofing Questions
How do I know if it is time to replace my roof?
Research indicates that the aging process for a roof begins soon after the shingles are installed and progresses rapidly during the initial curing phase of its life cycle. During this stage, granule loss may occur, small blisters may develop, or the shingles may curl slightly at their edges. You may even notice that this curling is more pronounced during cold weather and the shingles may life flat as temperatures rise. The good news, however, is that after this curing stage the shingles enter a long period of slow aging, which lasts for the major portion of the shingles’ natural life.
What do I need to know when it is time to replace my roof?
So you need to re-roof your home. Maybe you’re not quite sure where to start. Or maybe you have re-roofed your home before, but you need to brush up on some of the latest products and procedures. Whatever the reason for your decision to re-roof your home, you don’t want to make any costly mistakes. We have some helpful blog posts that can help you know if it maybe time to replace your roof.
How do I protect my home against ice dams?
Ice dams are formed when heat from the inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking during the winter. This heat, combined with heat from the sun, can melt snow on the roof. Melting snow then runs down toward the eaves as water. When it reaches the cold eaves and gutters it refreezes. This continual thaw and re-freeze process creates ice dams. The result is water backing up under the roof shingles where it can soak through the roof decking or wall sheathing, causing damage to attics, ceilings, and walls.
There are three ways to defend against the damage ice dams cause:
- Attic Insulation
- Attic Ventilation System
- Water-Proofing Shingle Underlayment
All three work together. Read more about Protecting Your Home From Ice Dams.