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Roofing FAQS

Q: What preparations should I make before the installation of my new roof?

A: First you should remove all loose items from walls and shelves. The constant hammering may cause enough vibration to shake these items down. Make sure to clear your driveway and areas directly surrounding your home. Also, please make sure that electrical power is available on the outside of your home. If exterior plugs are not available, run an extension cord through a window or door.

Q: What are reasons that my roof is leaking?

A: Roofs leak from a break in the waterproofing layer caused by either mechanical damage, an opening in the sealant (such as pitch pans and caulking) or from deterioration or defects in the roofing material. The key roof management task is leak avoidance. Find and correct defects before they leak. Preventative maintenance is far less costly than repairs. Keeping your "eyes open" for any visible damage or changes can save you money.

Q: How long should a roof last?

A: Roofs degrade at different rates depending on a number of factors: the quality of original roof construction, the level of abuse, the level of maintenance, appropriateness of design, etc. But you will find that most building owners, roofing contractors, and designers feel 20 years is an acceptable roof life.

Q: How much should a new roof cost?

A: That depends on many factors; the type of material you select, the size of your house, the amount of labor you do yourself prior to the installation and what time of year it is installed. The cost of each roof is different for everyone.

Q: Can I roof over my existing roof?

A: Installing a roof over the top of an existing roof is generally acceptable under these guidelines:

  1. A structure cannot have more than one layer of shingles
  2. No wet insulation can be left in place
  3. The roof structure must be able to handle the additional roof load
  4. The new roof must be attached to the roof deck to meet wind loads

Q: How can I determine my annual roofing cost?

A: When considering your roofing options, the following formula may help:

Annual Roofing Cost = (Total Cost (Materials & Labor)) / (Life Expectancy of Roof System (in years))

Q: What if I want to add solar power to my roof?

A: We recommend you trust the Michigan Solar Installers, Hartland Solar and their Michigan Electrician partners, Hartland Electric for solar panel installation.