Five Frequently Asked Roof Questions Answered

Roof contracting isn’t really something that most are familiar with. Sure, most know what it is and recognize the importance of having a sound roof over your head, but when it comes to the roof itself, most don’t think about it until it’s too late.

Knowledge is power and when it comes to your roof, the more you know the better off you will be. Not only for your piece of mind but your wallet as well!

Here are some of the common questions we get asked everyday!

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

A: 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 roof repair or complete roof replacement, we offer free inspections and estimates.

Q: Do I have enough ventilation?

A: That is a question most people ask. 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. 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.

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

A: 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

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

A: 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.

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

A: 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 today’s 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.

Atlanta Roofing Specialists has the answers to any roof question you can throw at us! Call us at 770-419-2222 today for your free estimate!

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