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Does my roof need to be replaced?

  1. Every roofing system has a life span. This question is easily answered if you know the projected lifespan of your roofing system. If the life span has expired, there is a good chance your roof needs to be replaced.

  2. In some areas with particular harsh climates, like the Northeast, the lifespan of a roofing system may be cut short due to extremes in temperature, and ice and snow damaging the roof.

  3. Our friends at GAF have put together a 'key danger signals' sheet, primarily for existing shingle roofs, which may be helpful in determining whether or not your roof needs to be replaced. Click here to look at the 'key danger signals sheet. 

 

What are some of the advantages of standing seam roofing?

  1. Longevity: metal roofing is very durable, providing decades of worry free protection.
  2. Snow will not generally build up on a standing seam roof.
  3. There are a variety of colors and material (steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and copper) to choose from.
  4. Standing seam weighs less than slate or shingle roofing, minimizing the burden placed on the frame of the house.
  5. Metal can be easily recycled when its life is over.

 

What are some of the advantages of slate roofing?

  1. Longevity: slate roofing, when properly installed, will last many, many decades. However, a yearly check of the slate roof is recommended. You can see more about properly installing a slate roof in our Phoenix Advantage section.
  2. Ease of maintenance: if a slate is broken due to ice or some other factor, it can be easily repaired.
  3. Beauty: slate roofing has a very traditional and appealing look. Slate is a stone that is quarried from the earth, so it has a natural look.
  4. Slate roofing comes in many different sizes, shapes, and colors, and can be customized quite extensively to fit your tastes.

 

What are some of the advantages of shingle roofing?

  1. Cost: shingles cost less for materials and generally for labor than other forms of roofing.
  2. Snow does not slide off easily, creating a natural snow stopper to prevent snow pile-up on a deck or in a walkway.
  3. As with most forms of roofing, there is a wide variety of styles and colors available.
  4. We prefer to use GAF shingles, and we are a certified installer, enabling us to offer the homeowner an enhanced warranty on their roof. More about this can be seen in our Phoenix Advantage section.

 

Do people still install slate roofs?

Yes, there are many quarries in Vermont as well as in other parts of the world which produce slate roofing. We are one of a few contractors who install new slate roofs.

 

 How long do shingles last?

Shingles are generally rated for 'Lifetime,' which is usually 50 years on a residential home.  

 

Should I vent my roof?

We recommend that all roofs be vented. Venting allows any moisture from inside the structure to escape the roof system. If moisture is allowed to be trapped in the roofing system, mold often develops. Mold is not only an aesthetic problem, but can also be related to a number of health issues. Some older homes, due to construction methods, cannot be vented without building a venting system on top of the existing roof deck.

 

Is condensation a real problem?

In many cases we have seen, condensation accumulates so heavily that it 'leaks' into the home just as though the roof were leaking. This is often mistaken for a roof leak, and is very difficult to fix after the roof is installed. As mentioned above, condensation problems can also lead to harmful mold growth.

 

What is a 'cold roof'?

A cold roof is a roof system that employs venting and proper insulation to block the roof from receiving any heat from the interior of the house. A cold roof is advantageous, especially in the Northeast, because it prevents the formation of large amounts of ice, which can cause leaks and damage the roof. A cold roof also ensures that there is proper insulation to prevent heat loss, making the home more energy efficient. We design and install our own venting and roof insulation systems, to fit your particular project.


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