As a trusted roofing contractor, we get asked roofing questions on a regular basis. We love answering the questions because it shows that homeowners are interested in learning about their homes and how to take care of them. The roof is often overlooked and forgotten about until it starts to have problems or leak, so when we hear that people want to learn about their roof, we get excited. Here are some of the most common roofing questions that people ask us, and the answers to them. Maybe these answers will help you take even better care of your home, too!
Some of the most common roofing questions we hear have to do with the color and wear patterns on the roof. For example, one common question is what the dark streaks are on the roof. Your roof can get discolored for many different reasons. However, the most common reason for having dark streaks down your roof is algae growth. Algae lives on the areas of the growth that tend to remain moist, which includes anywhere that water will drip following rain or with morning dew. There are sealants that we can put on your roof to help deter this discoloration and algae growth. If you want to find out more, give us a call!
Another roofing question that people regularly ask us is why one part of their roof will be more worn than the other sides. This is due to the way that the sun goes over your home. In most areas, you will notice an increase of wear on the southern side of your roof. This is where your roof gets the most direct sunlight. As time goes on, the direct UV rays are going to break down the roofing materials you have on your roof. There are some shingles that are more UV resistant than others, so call us to find out more!
One of the more concerning roofing questions people ask involves water dripping behind the gutters. What most homeowners see is that there is water the drips off the shingles, then it does not go into the gutter system itself. Instead, the water comes out behind the gutters. Are the gutters failing? No, your gutters are likely fine. What happened here is that the drip edge was pushed a bit too close to the fascia board. What needs to happen is that the drip edge needs to be pulled out a tiny bit. If you leave a gap of approximately ½ inch, the water will drip down off of the fascia and right into the gutter. This is what you want, since that will not cause the boards on your roof to remain wet and rot.
Roof vents tend to cause quite a few questions as well. People often ask us how many different types of roof vents can be used on their roof. The answer is not black and white, however. The type and number of roof vents your home can have depends on your roof. Can you use multiple types of roof vents on your roof? Yes, that is something that can be done. Unfortunately, you cannot get a definitive number of types that will work for all roofs. Some roofs do great with one or two types of vents, while other types of homes need a wide variety of vents. You have many options for roof vents, including:
Each of these types of roof vents has a specific role to play. If you want to find out which will work best to help keep your attic dry and comfortable, then call us so we can help you decide the types to include.
We see a lot of roofing questions that have to do with old roofs and new roof installations. One of the more common questions people ask us is if they can put a new roof over their old roof. This is common in our experience, but it is not always advisable. There are many reasons why doing a full tear off is preferable to doing another layer on the roof. Typically, the only reasons you would want to add a new layer would be if you were trying to save money, save time, or only fix a small section of roof. However, if your whole roof has issues, typically a full tear down is the better option.
When you put a new layer of roofing over your old roof, you add a lot of weight to your trusses. This puts a lot of stress on your home that could end up causing problems down the line. Whenever possible, a full tear down where you start over is the best option. However, when that is not possible, you can add another layer to your home in most circumstances.