Our Arkansas roofing customers often have a million questions for us about properly maintaining, repairing and replacing their roofs, and they should, as caring for your roof is a substantial financial investment that greatly impacts your home and quality of life. We want to help those who want to be more educated about their roof as much as possible, so we’ve listed out the top 10 questions we’re asked about roofing, and provided expert answers to each. Here are the first five:
Q: What exactly is roof flashing, and how does it become damaged?
A: Flashing is a material usually made of steel or aluminum used in joints of a roof to prevent water damage. It is usually located in the valleys of your roof, around chimneys, pipes, dormers, and skylights. When a roofer finds flashing damage, it is either because of wear and tear from the weather, or it has come loose. Professional roofers can cut and shape flashing from metal fairly easily on a repair or replacement job.
Q: What clues do Arkansas roofing professionals look for to know when a roof with asphalt shingles needs replacement?
A: The first thing you’ll want to know is the age of your roof. Unlike people in their 20s, roofs in their 20s definitely show their age.After checking in on that, grab the binoculars and see if you spot damaged (lifted, cracked, curled) or missing shingles.Finally, take a trip to the attic and – with lights turned off – look under the chimney and stack vent for pinhole spots of light. If you see them, it’s an indication of flashing damage. Check for any wet spots and water staining as well.
This is all part of the annual inspection P.I. Roofing does as part of its maintenance plan that you can find here.
Q: How do you differentiate between a skylight and roof window. I’ve heard them both referred to a window placed into the roof.
A: We have our own theories on that, since there really isn’t that much of a difference in those terms as far as we can tell. They all seem to refer to an opening that allows natural light in from the roof – which we call a skylight. However, we’ve heard that if you only see sky through the window, it’s a skylight. If you can see landscape as well as sky, it’s a roof window. Sky windows are rarely used to refer to these descriptions.
Q: There are dark stains on my shingles that a friend says looks like may be algae. Will this cause any damage to my roof?
A: If your friend is right and it is algae, then your roof won’t suffer from any damage. Algae grow off minerals found in some roof materials, and is often found in wet climates on parts of the roof that receive lots of shade. There are algae-resistant shingles available from several manufacturers.
Q: We experienced some unexpected storms, and our roof received some damage that needs emergency repair. Until it can be fixed, what can I do to protect my home?
A: It’s important to cover any area that is open to the elements. We recommend calling our emergency line and we will cover the damaged parts with a woven plastic tarp and ensure it stays there until a repair can be safely done. We don’t recommend you do this, as the surface of your roof will be slippery and dangerous to climb or walk on.
We hope you feel more informed and educated about your roof. To get the answers to the rest of the most commonly asked roofing questions, check the blog next week!