Answers to your Residential & Commercial Roofing FAQs
Sylvester Roofing’s professionals are experts at diagnosing your roofing needs and building envelope solutions. Check our the sheet metal and roofing FAQs below. If you don’t find an answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact us at (760) 743-0048 or email office (at) sylvesterroofing (dot) com.
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 fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles 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.
All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections often can uncover cracked, warped or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts; and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
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.
This depends on the roof design and how well it is maintained. Your new roof must be properly maintained. Proper maintenance includes making sure the drainage is clear of debris, maintain a good quality coating on the membrane, and keep flashings in good condition. This will extend the useful life of your roof.
Either type of roof, if designed and installed properly, will perform well. The costs are dependant on the circumstances of your project. The three main considerations are the size, detail work involved, and the accessibility to the site. Often a single-ply membrane will be the roof or choice. There are numerous types of single-ply systems available and different methods of installation for each. Please feel free to discuss your situation with any of our roofing specialists.
It Depends! It is always good for long-term results to tear off an existing roof system. One should always tear off the existing roof if your insulation is wet or deteriorated, or if there is any concern about the condition of your underlying structural deck. Moisture trapped within the old roof will, in most cases, prematurely deteriorate your new roof system. The drawbacks to a complete tear off are a higher cost and possible inconvenience or disruption of your interior occupants.
If the existing construction is sound and an owner wants to save money, one can often leave the roof in place and install new materials over it. This is subject to city codes and restrictions.
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.
Most roofs that are now ready for replacement were built before energy conservation was important. Although added insulation will increase the cost of your roofing project, often the energy savings over the life of the roof will cover the cost of the added insulation. We will check the building codes in your area to determine the required “R” value for roofs of new buildings, or if your existing roof is torn off prior to replacement.
You have two basic options: You can choose a complete replacement of the roof system, involving a tear-off of your existing roof system, or re-cover the existing roof system, involving only the installation of a new roof system. If you’ve already had one re-cover installed on your original roof system, check with a professional roofing contractor. In many instances, building code requirements allow no more than one roof system re-cover before a complete replacement is necessary.
There are so many types of roof systems and membranes available. Most membranes are specifically suited to a particular structure or situation. This can depend on how much foot traffic there will be, how much and what kind of Mechanical Equipment is on the roof, will the roof be highly visible of if solar reflectivity has to be considered. These are just a few of the many considerations which may need to be considered.
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, local labor rates and time of year. To get a good idea of price for your roof system, get three or four proposals from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship.
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.
Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Insist on a contractor who is committed to quality work.