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Frequently Asked Questions- # 1 Roofing Contractor Queens NY

Frequently Asked Questions-Master Roofing Inc.

Do you need help determining the right Roofing Contractor Queens NY? Rest assured, you’re not alone. The multitude of options available can make decision-making overwhelming. That’s why our team at Master Roofing Inc. has compiled this comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to assist you.

Is it necessary to remove my old roof before installing a new one?

While the New York State Building Code permits up to two layers of roof materials, we strongly recommend removing the existing roof before installing a new one. The short-term cost savings from a “layover” roof installation are outweighed by the long-term peace of mind that comes from confirming the integrity of the decking and ensuring that existing flashings haven’t caused moisture issues in the roof deck, potentially leading to leaks and damage. Our recommended approach involves inspecting the substrate/deck and the overall integrity of the roof structure and components before installing a quality roof and new flashings. Experts suggest that installing a new roof on top of an existing one can reduce its lifespan by up to 20%, and it may also void manufacturer wind rating warranties.

What is the cost of a new roof system?

The cost of a new roof system varies widely, depending on factors such as material choice, contractor, location, labor rates, and the time of year. To get an accurate estimate for your roof system, we recommend arranging a free roofing inspection and estimate with a reputable contractor. Keep in mind that while price is important, it should be balanced with the quality of materials and artistry.

Why are warranties important for a new roof?

The cost of a new roof system varies widely, depending on factors such as material choice, contractor, location, labor rates, and the time of year. To get an accurate estimate for your roof system, we recommend arranging a free roofing inspection and estimate with a reputable contractor. Keep in mind that while price is important, it should be balanced with the quality of materials and artistry.

What causes algae growth on shingles?

Algae growth, typically seen on light-colored shingles, appears as brown to black discoloration caused by Gloeocapsa algae. Sometimes, it manifests as green moss-like growth in shaded areas. While algae on shingles is mainly an aesthetic issue and doesn’t affect shingle performance, most roofing manufacturers now produce algae-resistant shingles with a Limited Algae Resistance Warranty. Algae stains can be removed with roof and shingle washes or prevented using copper and zinc strips.

At what temperature is it too cold to install asphalt shingles?

There are no specific temperature guidelines regarding when it’s too cold to install asphalt shingles. However, asphalt shingles can become brittle in cold temperatures, particularly fiberglass shingles. It’s advisable to store shingles in a warm area and load them onto the roof a few bundles at a time to minimize breakage. Self-sealing strips may not bond sufficiently in cold temperatures, and hand-tabbing is recommended, especially in windy areas.

 

Why is attic ventilation important?

Proper attic ventilation is vital for controlling temperature and moisture. During summer, excess heat in the attic increases energy costs for cooling. Without adequate ventilation, moisture from inside the home can accumulate in the attic, potentially damaging insulation and construction materials.

 

What are my options for reroofing?

You have two primary options for reroofing: a complete replacement involving a tear-off of the existing roof system or a re-cover involving installing a new roof system over the existing one. Check with a professional roofing contractor if you’ve already had a re-cover to ensure compliance with building code requirements

How long can I expect my roof system to last?

Most new roof systems are designed to last around 20 years. However, the actual lifespan depends on various factors such as climate, design, material quality, proper application, and maintenance. Manufacturers offer warranties on their products, so carefully review these to understand what’s covered and for how long.

How can a homeowner recognize roof system problems?

Regular inspections can help identify roof system problems before they escalate. Look for cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams, deteriorated flashings, and excessive granules in gutters. Indoors, watch for signs like cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper, which could indicate roof damage.

My roof leaks. Do I need a complete replacement?

Not necessarily. Leaks can be due to loose flashings or localized damage. Complete roof system failure usually results from improper installation, material choice, or an incompatible roof system. It’s important to assess the extent

Can I do the work myself?

Most roofing work should be handled by professional contractors who are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. DIY roof work carries risks of improper techniques, potential roof damage, and personal injury. Home and building owners can perform limited maintenance tasks, such as inspecting the roof system, but should prioritize safety and leave major repairs to professionals.

Is Master Roofers USA a licensed and insured Roofing Contractor in Queens, NY? Can I obtain a copy of your insurance certificate for verification?

At Master Roofers USA, we prioritize your peace of mind and assure you that we are a fully licensed and insured roofing contractor operating in Queens, NY. Our commitment to transparency and professionalism extends to providing you with the necessary reassurances regarding our insurance coverage. Suppose you require a copy of our insurance certificate for your verification and records. In that case, we will be more than happy to furnish you with this document directly from our trusted insurance broker. Your confidence and trust in our services are of utmost importance to us, and we are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of compliance and accountability in our roofing operations.

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