Q: How can a home owner recognize when a roof system has problems?
A: Usually, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic 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
Q. What type of roof do I put on my house?
A. Whatever you think will look good on your home. Putting a roof on your home is not only an important financial decision, but it has an important aesthetic value for you home too. When you drive up to your home, you say to yourself “that’s a nice looking roof.”
Q. I am interested in a metal roof or possibly a slate one. I want something that will last a very long time and that will be beautiful as well. How much more expensive are these types of roofs than standard shingles?
A. Generally, roof material and installation costs are highest with slate, tile and metal but the life expectancy and aesthetic appeal are significantly greater than conventional shingles. Three tab shingles are least expensive and carry the least life warranty, 25 years typically. Architectural shingles are thicker, come in 25, 30 and 40 year and lifetime. Life expectancy warranties generally increase in cost as thickness (and warranty length) increase.