When looking for a reputable contractor for your roofing project, asking questions will go a long way. It will also help you understand what causes the problem you’re facing and to prevent it from recurring in the future. Here are some questions you might not think to ask.
Q: Will a Roof With a Steep Pitch Last Longer Than One With a Shallow Pitch?
A: Other factors have more impact on shingle durability. The side of your roof that faces the sun and weather extremes are usually more prone to damage. A roofing system that doesn’t have sufficient ventilation will allow heat to build up underneath the roof, reducing its lifespan.
Q: Why Is Felt Paper Used in Roofing?
A: Back in the day, installers used felt on roofs because sap that comes out of the wood would break the backside of the asphalt shingles and cause them to deteriorate. However, this isn’t an issue today. Felt acts as lightweight protection against damage from storms. A roof that has a layer of felt protects the decking in case a shingle or tile breaks during a storm.
Q: For What Is Roof Flashing?
A: Flashing is installed over joints in roof and wall construction to prevent water from entering through the roofing and causing damage. You can find them in the valleys of your roof and around the chimney, pipes, windows and dormer windows or skylights.
Q: I Need to Re-Roof, But My Roof Already Has Two Layers of Shingles. Do I Have to Remove Them?
A: It’s better to tear off old shingles than install new ones over them. Having more than two layers of shingles will put unnecessary load on the roof. With a full roof replacement, your contractor can detect and address high-risk areas as well as install new flashing.
At Goodrich Roofing, we are committed to providing quality workmanship and excellent customer service. You can count on us for your residential and commercial roofing needs. Call us at (505) 884-0662, or complete our online form to get a free quote. We work with clients in New Mexico and surrounding areas.