The following are things that may indicate that your roof needs replacing:
Missing, cracked or curling shingles
Blistering or peeling paint
Shingle, sheathing or siding decay
Leakage in the attic after heavy rains
Stains on interior walls or ceilings
High energy bills
Q: What are some of the typical causes of roof problems?
Weather and Climate. Extreme weathers can expedite the deterioration of a roof. Hail, Wind, Snow and other air pollutants are other contributing factors.
Flashing problems. Flashing’s are used to make the roof watertight. Improper installation and weak flashing can make the roof leak and by the time it is discovered, water damage may be too big.
Not enough roof maintenance done. Not checking minor roof problems can lead to a bigger problem later on. Structural damage done by any physical contact can lead to a bigger problem later on.
Q: What’s the difference between 25-year and 30-year shingles?
30-year shingles weighs much heavier than 25-year shingles. In laminated architectural type shingles, the 25-yr weighs between 235 and 265 pounds per100 square feet, while the 30-yr weighs between 265 and 310 pounds per 100 square feet. Their thickened state makes the 30 year shingles much more durable.
Q: How often should I clean my gutters?
Gutters should be cleaned at least once in the summer and twice in the fall.
Q: Can heavy snow damage my roof?
Yes! It is important to keep heavy snow off your eavesdrops and cleared out of your ridge vents.
Q: What is Continental Roofing?
When you need a new roof, Continental Roofing is there, working to simplify the process. Whether looking for information about roofing materials or searching for a reliable contractor, we take the hassle out of your roofing experience. No roofing job is too big or difficult for Continental Roofing. Our contractors are certified and experienced, utilizing a full line of roofing materials. All the information you need is just a mouse click away.
Q: Why should I choose Continental Roofing?
There are many reasons why Continental Roofing is the right choice for you. First and foremost we provide you with a FREE Estimate and Inspection that saves you both time and money!
Time savings – You are saved time and hassle when Continental Roofing sets appointments with qualified contractors. Yes, that’s right, you will not ever have to search through the phone book for a roofing contractor again!
Provides confidence- Contractors that are preferred are pre-screened to assure that they are reliable and qualified. No more need to worry that the contractor you picked from the phone book will cheat you or use inferior materials.
Online education – Our site offers free advice and information.
Q: How long does it take to replace a roof?
Replacing a roof is a labor-intensive project and depending on the type of roof typically takes one to two days. Your estimator will be able to give you a more definitive time frame once they inspect your roof.
Q: What is an ice dam?
Ice dams occur when the snow melts near the ridge lines of warm roofs (roofs without adequate ventilation). As the water runs down the roof to the overhang, it cools and freezes. If the snow continues this melt and freeze process, an ice dam can form that can seep under the shingles, through the decking, and into the house. This, of course, can cause serious roof leaks–even in freezing temperatures.
The best prevention to ice dams is a well-ventilated (cool) roof. Additional protection for your roof can be applied with an impermeable ice and water membrane. The membrane is installed on top of the decking, under the roofing material.
Temporary prevention of ice dams can also be done through the use of electric cables along the eaves of the roof (where the dams usually form). However, new ice dams can form above the cables and still cause extensive damage. Another emergency solution to ice dams is to fill a sock or nylon with calcium chloride. Lay the stocking vertically across the ice dam. The calcium chloride will melt the ice and release the water so that it can drain outside, and not inside your roof.