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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long will my job take?

A standard house takes just one day to complete. Larger jobs may take 2-3 days to finish.

Will my property be damaged?

All your bushes, plants, windows, siding, and other items are protected with tarps and sheets of plywood. Your yard is then cleaned and a large magnet is ran to collect any nails.

What if something were to go wrong and damage happened?

We hope this situation never arises, but should something happen – that is why we carry adequate insurance to protect against any misfortunes.

What are my choices?

We believe in using the highest quality materials. We will come to your home and bring you a variety of samples from Owens Corning and Certain Teed – Some of North America’s largest roofing manufacturer.

Can I “shingle over” my existing shingles?

We do not believe in installing shingles over existing shingles. Here are a few reasons why it is always better to remove your existing shingles:

  • New shingles may not lay as flat over existing shingles – this results in your roof looking “bumped” up in certain areas.
  • Plywood underneath the existing shingles cannot be inspected for damages that need replaced. On most roofs we install, it is usually necessary to replace even a minor amount of plywood.
  • New technology cannot be installed under your new shingles.
  • Excessive weight on your roof structure. Shingles are a tremendously heavy product and installing a second layer of shingles on your roof can produce a lot of stress onto the rafter system and plywood decking. This extra weight can cause “sagging” in your roof’s appearance.
  • YOUR NEW ROOF MAY NOT LAST AS LONG. Shingles are an oil based product. The flexibility of the asphalt comes from the natural solvents within it. If you install a second layer of shingles over a “dried” out layer of shingles, this can cause the new shingles to “dry-out” prematurely resulting in your roof breaking down sooner than it should.
  • Install flashings and other critical components of the roof system is much more difficult when a contractor cannot work with the wooden decking underneath.
  • Many shingles today have “dark streaks” on them which is algae growth. Installing new shingles over this growth will provide a habitat for continued growth of the algae which results in a breakdown of your new shingles from the underneath side.

Can you roof in the winter?

We normally run our roofing season March through December, into early January. The critical component to making sure the job is done correctly is to hire the right contractor.

Your most important decision in any contracting job is who you hire no matter what time of year it is.

Some homeowners worry about the shingles sealing down. With today’s heavier style shingles (architectural style), we are able to work in colder temperatures with less risk of shingle blow-offs.

Most standard jobs take 1-2 days to complete. We make sure the forecasted weather is suitable and allows us the necessary time to complete your job.

For example, if the roof is an asphalt composite removal and installation, and the roof is installed on plywood a company like ours may only need a few hours of good weather to assure it is weatherproof.