Q. When should I replace my roof or does my roof need to be replaced?
With Shake Roofs– Most roofs start telling you they need to be replaced when the shakes start to crumble under your feet or when you start finding them in your yard after a windstorm. With composition shingles- These usually wear out in a more discreet way. Granules start coming off leaving black patches showing. Shingles also start to curl at the ends.
In General, some people think if a roof leaks they need to replace it. Unless it’s an older roof, leaks can usually be repaired. With leaking in older roofs and/or if your roof has leaking in more than a few areas, this can mean trouble. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
Q. Can I do the work myself?
Most work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors, such as our Roofing Experts at Jenesis, are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.
Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system), if possible.
Q. What type of roof do I put on my house?
Putting a roof on your home is not only an important financial decision, but it has an important aesthetic value for your home too. When you drive up to your home, you want to say to yourself “that’s a nice looking roof.” Jenesis Roofing offers a wide selection of high quality products, each having attributes and faults. The key to selecting the proper roof system is identifying the specific roof design parameters of your building, and how each roof system meets those parameters. The Roofing Experts at Jenesis Roofing can help you determine which product is best for you.
Q. What color should I choose?
The color of roofing material should blend with and compliment your home. It should not be the focal point though.
Q. Do you replace water damaged plywood if you find it when old roofing is removed?
When we find damaged material, we let the owner know. Our usual fee for removal of damaged plywood is $65.00 a sheet plus materials.
Q. How long does it take to get a new roof installed?
It could take anywhere between two days & two weeks, depending on the size & pitch of the roof & how many layers need to be removed. However, Jenesis Roofing guarantees to finish each project on time, within your budget, and meet all your specifications.
Q. What are my options if I decide to reroof?
You have two basic options: You can choose a complete replacement of the roof system, involving a tear-off of your existing roof system, or re-cover the existing roof system, involving only the installation of a new roof system. If you’ve already had one re-cover installed on your original roof system, check with us to see if you can re-cover your roof or if you will need to do a complete replacement. In many instances, building code requirements allow no more than one roof system re-cover before a complete replacement is necessary.
Q. What are the life spans of different roofing materials?
Generally, real wood will wear out the fastest, followed by three-tab asphalt shingles. You can maybe get 15-20 years out of each of these; which for most home owners is great. Most building owners, roofing contractors and designers feel 20 years is an acceptable service life. Some metal roofs can last up to 50 years, depending on their warranty. Synthetic roofing tiles last up to 50 years and require minimal maintenance attention. Real slate also lasts many years on a home … some slate can last up to 100 years!
Q. What will a new roof system cost?
The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things as the materials selected and the size of your home or building. For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes. Call us for a FREE Estimate and let us show you the full range of products available to you, and help you make a choice based on your budget and needs.
Q. What can I do about mildew on my roof?
Most home improvement stores sell a mildew cleaner that can be applied to your roof with a sprayer. Mildew cleaners shouldn’t damage your roof in any way.
Q. Why do you need gutters?
Clogged or leaky gutters are one of the biggest causes of basement leaks, mold and other foundation problems. Standing water in gutters is one of the common places mosquitos breed; leaky gutters can cause damage to a house’s structural integrity by allowing water to damage the fascia, soffit, or wood framing of the house; many homeowners have experienced damaged landscaping caused by gutter problems; excess water flowing into the ground near the house can erode the dirt directly beneath driveways, patios, and walkways. As the dirt is washed away, the driveway, patio, or walkway is no longer fully supported and can settle, crack, or even collapse. If you have already experienced this type of damage, fix the gutter system or downspout problem before replacing or repairing the driveway, patio, or walkway.
Q. When should I replace my gutters?
If you have steel or vinyl gutters, you will need to replace them eventually. You should replace your gutters at the first signs of rust. Rust will often show up as little orange speckles that show through the paint, rusty colored stains at the end of the downspouts, or at gutter seams that are separated and leaking. Gutters rust from the inside out. When they begin to show rusting on the outside, the inside is rusting through. Often, however, because of standing water, the gutter may need to be repaired in just one or two areas.
Q. What type of gutters should I get?
We recommend seamless aluminum gutters and downspouts. Aluminum, because they are thick enough to be durable in the event of being hit by tree branches. Seamless gutters is the keyword here, seams often begin to leak over time. With a seamless gutter manufactured on site with our gutter truck, you’ll get continuous runs of gutter so that there won’t be glued or caulked seams in the middle.
Q. How often should I clean my gutters?
Gutters should be cleaned at least once in the summer and twice in the fall.