QUESTIONS FROM CUSTOMERS ON ROOFING, SIDING AND WINDOWS IN CLIFTON PARK
We took some of the most asked questions on our roofing, siding and windows in clifton park and answered them the best way we know how. We hope that some of these questions will help you with your seasonal activities, like hanging Christmas lights on your home, or shoveling snow off your roof. What are the questions you have about roofing siding and window replacements? Visit our website to learn more or sign up for a free estimate on a roof installation.
Does your company do flat roofs?
Yes, Home Evolution repairs and replaces flat roofs. Many people over look that a majority of our work is on flat roofs and just assume we do traditional shingled roofs. We use EPDM to do flat roofs here in upstate New York. EPDM is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is extremely durable and strong. Often, our Clifton Park roofing contractors get calls for leaks during hard rain falls. The roofs that get replaced are at most times cracking due to old techniques used in sealing the roof for leaks.
What’s the best shingle color for our home?
Shingle colors are not always the easiest thing to choose due to there being so many factors that play a role in what looks good. First thing to look at is the type of shingle, picking which one is up to you and your roofing company. What our Clifton Park roof replacement team sees most often is a darker shade shingle being used. The darker roof stands out with the lighter siding on, and makes an overall nicer appearance all around. There is no best color because everyone’s house is different and something might look good on one house and look hideous on the other. So, pick and choose from the sample shingles given to you and see which one fits your home.
What siding is best against storm damages?
The traditional vinyl siding is the most purchased siding by our customers and is also durable. But, if you are not sure and want to go the extra mile with the protection of your home, we suggest that you go with the insulated vinyl siding. Like the name says, the siding is insulated to prevent small indents or punctures in the siding during hail and serious rain storms. Insulated vinyl siding is just like the traditional vinyl in that the choices for color and style is almost unlimited, so choose what you want.
Are my shingles supposed to look like this?
Sometimes when a new roof is installed it may take the shingles a couple of days, too two weeks to settle. Its varies to what types of shingles were used, some of the shingles are prone to not settling right away. If this is not the case and the shingles still look wrong, call your roofing contractor to review the shingle install and see what they have to say about it. If you still feel unconvinced, call another roofing contractor in the Clifton Park area to check, it’s always good to have a second opinion on the matter.
How Long does it take for a full roof replacement?
This will depend if there are any other factors at play, like rotten plywood decking boards. Most homes will take one full day to replace, but it all depends on the size and structure of the roof. If a roof has a lot of different angles, high pitched areas, and a lot of dormers, then cuts and measurements will be the leading factor in the time-consuming part of that installation. Rotten plywood will also take away some time to replace the roof in a timely manner. Don’t worry about the time it takes to replace your home but rather in the way it gets done.
Can my windows be fixed or should I get new ones?
Remember that anything can be fixed, but it all comes down to cost. Our window replacement contractors in Clifton Park have a lot of experience in fixing windows but to most it isn’t worth it. What would you pick, your old windows from 10 years ago, fixed up, or new windows for the same price? Most every time the customers always chooses new windows. Windows can become a very expensive fix, so instead of doing that, go the route all our customers go with.
One shingle fell of my roof, is it easy to add back on?
Yes, once and a while there will be a shingle that gets blown away due to severe wind. Don’t put the shingle back on yourself unless you know how to. Usually, your roofing crew will come back to your house and make sure everything is squared up. Warranty will allow the roofing contractor to come back and fix any mistakes they may have left. It will take the contractor less than thirty minutes to fix everything because it’s only a shingle or two.
How do I find a leak in my roof?
To find a leak in your home its often best to look inside your attic. That is unless you find some kind of displacement of shingles on your roof. That may be a shingle that’s damaged or missing. Now, that out of the way look inside the attic and check to see whether there are any black streaks along the plywood. If you can’t see anything, you will be able to smell a musty scent from the water. Take the right amount of precautions, when trying to find the leak make sure that you don’t fall off the roof or hurt yourself while in the attic.
What can I do to maintain my roof?
The best way to do maintenance is to clean off debris that’s falls on the roof with either a blower or broom. Make sure that when you clean off the debris, check your surroundings to make sure that you don’t fall or slip. Cut down low hanging branches from nearby trees to prevent damages to your shingles. There have been times where we go to customer’s homes to see that the low tree branches penetrate the shingles and plywood, leaving a small enough hole for rodents and squirrels to get in your attic. Snow is also a major factor when maintaining a roof. When large amounts of snow starts to settle down on the surface of your roof it can weigh down the structure leaving a large amount of stress. Having someone climb up to shovel the roof off is an option along with buying a snow rake to help the process go by fast without climbing on top.
How long does a new roof last?
A new roof, if done correctly, will last anywhere from 25 to 30 years depending on the type of materials used. If a roof was not installed correctly the years will vary. Our Clifton Park roofing, siding, and window contractors have seen some bad jobs that other contractors leave. Many times, they will see two layers of shingles, where the new shingles just get laid on top of the old ones to save time and money on the installations. This is very wrong and the contractor should not be trusted any more.