Frequently Asked Questions
What are the common reasons commercial roofing fails?
There could be multiple reasons why commercial roofing fails—specifying a few significant reasons here. - Weather: The leading cause of premature roofing deterioration. A roof's primary purpose is to protect the building from severe weather. By repairing any damage following a major storm, your roof will save your building for many years. - Materials: When it comes to roofing, longevity plays an important role. Roofing systems come in a variety of finishes, colors, and textures. It is essential to understand the lifespan of each option so you can make an informed decision about your project. - Drainage: Poor drainage is a real issue for flat roofs; it causes water to build up within your roof and can also cause mold and mildew to grow. We at Champion Exteriors recommend installing a rubber membrane that seals the bottom of the drain line. It will prevent water from pooling and keep the roof dry.
How can a homeowner recognize when a roof system has problems?
There could be many different damages that can compromise a roofing system. It can be hard to know where to begin to look, and often, homeowners aren't sure what they are looking for. It is a wise investment to hire a professional contractor to perform a roof inspection periodically (at least once a year). They will know what kinds of damage to look for and where to look for them. At Champion Exteriors, we offer FREE inspections, so there's no risk in having us take a look!
What are my options if I decide to reroof?
The two options for reroofing include: a) A total roof replacement: A complete roof replacement requires that your entire existing roofing system be redone. It involves a “tear-off” of your existing system and is a full-blown roofing process. The cost depends on your choice of shingle, style, and warranty/durability. Give us a call to get advice on what best suits your needs and budget. b) A re-cover of the existing roofing system: A re-cover of your roofing system is the less demanding option. This process involves only installing the new roofing system, which is a far more practical and cost-friendly reroofing option. However, building code requirements do not always allow for multiple re-roofs, so if you’ve done this more than once, you may need a complete roof replacement. Give us a call to ask about local building requirements.
My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?
A leaking roof is never a good thing. However, it doesn’t necessarily warrant a complete roof replacement. How much repair work needs to be done on your roof depends on the level of damage caused by leaking. Give us a call to know whether only minor repair OR a full roof replacement is necessary. Many problems can lead to roof leaking, so it’s important to inspect your roof periodically and check for common warning signs. You can perform this inspection yourself, but hiring a professional at least once a year is a good idea to check for any serious roof problems. At Champion Exteriors, we offer preventative maintenance packages for both residential and commercial roofs.
Can I do the work myself?
It depends. If you are someone who is generally successful with DIY home improvement projects, then you may have the ability to take on a project of this magnitude and importance (for your home’s health). However, if you are someone who is generally NOT successful with DIY home improvement projects, then this is not the time to be bold and “give it a shot.” Your roof is vital to the health of your home’s structure and internal condition. A full replacement can lead to serious damage to botch repairs or wings. Even more, you will spend both the time and money performing the DIY roof project and then spend more time and money later on when you need to hire a professional to do it right.
Can you replace the roof in the winter?
Extra care should be taken when handling and/or installing asphalt shingles when the air and surface temperatures are at or below 40° F (5° C). Owens Corning Roofing recommends the following procedures for additional fastening strength and wind blow-off resistance when shingles are installed during cold weather: 1. Hand sealing all shingles along the rake edges: Each should be hand sealed using 4 spots of asphalt roof cement (complying with the ASTM D4586, Type I, or Type II). The four spots of roof cement should be evenly spaced on laminate (architectural) shingles approximately 1 inch from the leading edge of the shingle and pressed in place. Take caution to ensure the asphalt roof cement does not squeeze out beyond the leading edge of the shingle. Be aware that excessive asphalt roof cement can cause the shingles to blister. 2. On Strip (three-tab) shingles, place 2 spots of asphalt roof cement under each tab approximately 1-inch from the leading edge and the corner of each tab. Take caution to ensure the asphalt roof cement does not squeeze out beyond the leading edge of the shingle. Be aware that excessive asphalt roof cement can cause the shingles to blister. 3. Ensure all nails are installed in the common bond (double layer) area on Owens Corning laminate shingles.
What if my new roof leaks?
Remain calm. Roof leaks are common, so don’t call your roofing contractor yelling at them or consider your leaking roof as a personal attack on you. Instead, call Champion Exteriors, your one-stop roofing solution company, and clearly explain the problem. Again, there is no need to exaggerate the leak, and it is important to calmly and clearly explain your situation. If you hire a professional roofing contractor, you can expect the leak to be fixed. Roofing contractors often provide warranties on their projects, and even if they don’t, most care enough about their reputation to amend the situation and ensure your roof is healthy. At Champion Exteriors, we offer a 5-year NO LEAK warranty on our work. So relax: schedule an appointment with Champion Exteriors for a complimentary inspection.