Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re building a new home, you have the unique opportunity to design the entire exterior of your home to suit your style. This means the sky is the limit on the style and color of your roof. To see all of our shingles in your area go to Browse Shingles. If you’d like to see our shingles on various house styles, check out the Design EyeQ®visualization tool compliments of Owens Corning™.
Replacing an old roof will add curb appeal and will increase the value of your home. This is especially helpful if you intend to sell your house. Not only does a new roof play a critical part in protecting the investment, it can really transform the look giving you an edge over the other properties for sale in your neighborhood. Return on your investment of a new roof is the same as remodeling a kitchen or bathroom—both projects which are well known to be desirable in a home resale.
Depending on the roofing system selected (underlayment, ridges work, ventilation, flashing, shingles, fasteners etc.) ,there are multiple options with varying degrees of longevity. The products chosen for the initial installation are an immediate indicator of anticipated roof life as is the quality of installation. 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. The architectural structure of your home such as pitch, slope can contribute to the eventual longevity. The remainder of the factors affecting roof life are, quite frankly, out of your control such as extreme weather consisting of strong winds, hail, debris and heat can reduce the life expectancy of your roof.
Knowing you have a roof leak is usually obvious when you see the water spot on your ceiling. However, it can be much harder to pinpoint the cause of the leak. You may assume your shingles are at fault, but it could be missing flashing around a chimney, or some other entry point, that’s allowing the water to get inside your attic. Once inside the attic, water can travel along rafters and other horizontal surfaces making it difficult to find the exact entry point.
If shingles are missing, cracked or otherwise damaged, water can, over time, begin to leak into the home. A leak can start out small and slowly cause a lot of damage if a warning sign is ignored.
Water entry can also be caused by an ice dam. Ice dams are formed by the continual thawing of snow over the warmer portions of the roof and refreezing over the cold eave. The ice dam can cause water to backup under shingles. If your roof doesn’t have an ice & water underlayment installed under the shingles, you could be experiencing leaks.
R & R Exteriors is a professional roofing contractor and can help diagnose your leak issue. We can help determine the cause of the leak and help in finding a solution. We are an Owens Corning™ Roofing Preferred Contractor.
Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It just looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home. If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your TO DO list. For help with your re-roof project, contact R & R Exteriors. We are an Owens Corning™ Roofing Preferred Contractor.
Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:
Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
Bald spots where granules are missing
Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles
Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life
The roof just looks old and worn
Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
Moss. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.
You never want to climb up on your own roof. It’s not worth risking your health and welfare by getting on the roof without the proper safety gear professional roofers use on a daily basis. From the ground, it’s very difficult to catch problems early unless you can observe missing shingles or visible hail damage to your gutters, fence etc.
Sadly, if you don’t request a free roof inspection you are likely to see evidence of the damage from inside your home after it has already caused considerable internal damage. Indoors, look for water stains on the ceiling, bubbled or cracked paint, wet flooring or 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