It is very important to have a reliable, trustworthy resource when you have roofing questions. That way, you know you can rely on the answers you get. If you have roofing questions you need answered, call the experienced professionals here at AGS Home Services. We can help answer your questions, and we can also help you maintain your roof. When it comes to roof repairs, new roof installations, and roofing maintenance, we are a reliable resource to have.
When you want to figure out which type of roofing materials will work best for your specific situation, the answer is not a simple black and white. What type of material is best for your home or business may not be what is best for your neighbor. Every building has different shapes, which means they each have different needs. The materials used for the roofs of those buildings differ because the building is different. You want different materials for a flat roof than you do a steep roof. Plus, if you have a commercial building, you will have different needs than a residential building.
If you want to find out which materials are best, then you want to have one of our experienced roofers come out. We will look at your roof and give you our professional opinion on what will work best. We can explain why we would go with those materials, and give you a quote at the same time. That way, you can make an informed decision on how to care for your roof.
The other materials you use on your roof will also be dictated by the type and shape of building you have. For example, if you have a roof with a lot of ridges or a steep peak, you may need ridge vents. These allow the space below the roof to vent out heat and excess moisture, increasing the energy efficiency of your building.
When you replace your entire roof, this can bring about a lot of roofing questions. First, you may wonder when you should apply an additional layer, or when you should do a full tear-down. This depends on the building, what the problems with your old roof are, and how much weight the tresses of your building can hold. Adding an additional layer of shingles to your roof is heavy. If you have old or weak tresses, you never want to stress them excessively. Instead, a full roof replacement is typically a better idea.
If you get your full roof replaced, you may also wonder what else will need replacing. Do your old downspouts and gutters need replacing at the same time? Again, that answer depends on a few things. If you have old downspouts and gutters which already leak or do not work, then yes, you want to replace them at the same time. It saves you money and allows you to have all of the work done at the same time. However, if your downspouts and gutters have nothing wrong with them, or you recently replaced them, then no, you do not. Leaky gutters should not be left on your roof. They can actually lead to increased roof problems. If your gutters have something wrong with them, replace them now. It saves you money in the long-run.
One of the more common types of roofing questions we hear about involve heat. Doesn’t it get too hot to work up on the roof, especially standing over dark tar paper or shingles? Yes, it does. We try and avoid putting up new shingles when the temperature goes above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If we are up there and the temperatures go beyond 85 degrees, we can actually cause damage to the shingles. The coating on them can more easily wear off, and the materials are more likely to suffer from damage. You also want to avoid roofing if the weather is too cold. Below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, your roofing materials are also more prone to breakage. The shingles can crack, and they will not seal together. This means the elements are more able to get under your shingles and into your building.
Many people ask us about when shingles seal together. This happens when the shingles are all approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun is often enough to warm shingles up to this temperature. Then, the coating beneath the shingles seals together, creating a cohesive unit. That keeps more water out when bad weather hits, and protects your home or building more completely.