5 Frequently Asked Questions About Roofing

Most homeowners aren’t roof experts, so naturally when it’s time for a roof repair or new roof, they have a lot of questions.

The following are five of the most common questions we receive from homeowners and answers.

How do I know when it is time for a new roof?

We look for a couple of things – Inspecting the shingles, are they curled, losing granules,
or shrinking? We also look at all flashings, vents, chimneys and in the valleys. Checking for any signs of wear or damage. If you are unsure about your roof and if the damage warrants repair or complete roof replacement, we offer free inspections and estimates.

Do I have enough ventilation?

Proper ventilation is extremely important. Do you have soffit vents? If not, are they gable end vents? You may also have ridge vents. Proper attic ventilation is very important to the life of your roof.

To tell if you have enough ventilation, we inspect all ventilation to ensure it is adequate on every roof. If ventilation is inadequate, we can install all types to vent your roof properly and extend its life and protect your investment.

Does shingle color matter for how long a roof will last?

Shingle color will affect the attic temperature to some degree. A darker roof will draw more heat into the attic where a lighter roof will draw less. Usually, a well-ventilated attic will perform quite well under a dark or light roof. The main thing that affects the life of a roof is the type of shingle. Atlanta Roofing Specialists installs all types of shingles, with a large variety to choose from, we will inspect your roof and present you with your best options

Should I ask a contractor for a copy of their insurance?

Yes, always! When you ask and receive insurance certificates it shows two things – you are
concerned who is on your property and that you are working with an insured, well-established roofing contractor. Atlanta Roofing is fully insured with workman’s compensation and liability insurance and we will provide insurance certificated upon request. By using a non-insured roofer you run the risk of being held liable for injuries on your property.

Is there a “best time” of year to replace a roof?

Spring through the end of November is typically the best time for roofing. In the South, with the much milder weather, this can extend all year round with some exceptions during the “dead of winter” months like January/February. As a rule, once the thermometer hits the freezing point, it’s better to wait for warmer weather.

With modern shingles, you can install in cold weather, however we try not to shingle in the cold if at all possible because of potential problems with installing shingles under 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, if a replacement or repair is needed we will come out and inspect and fix your roof if possible, and at the very least, institute temporary measures until the weather warms back up. Luckily, in GA, we don’t have that problem too long, but even if it’s below freezing, we will do what we can.

For more information or for a free estimate in Metro Atlanta, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222.

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