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What's the right way to fasten roofing underlayment? Roofing Question

Roofer's Select is an industry-standard felt underlayment manufactured by the CertainTeed Corporation of Valley Forge Penn Roofer's Select felt attaches to the roof sheathing and provides a waterproof membrane underneath many different types of roofing materials including shingles shakes metal... read full answer

What type of metal roof works best on a very low slope?Roofing Question

Metal has long been the preferred material of contractors who construct commercial and industrial buildings with very little incline in the structural roofing members Metal is a good fit for a roof with very low slope because it offers longevity... read full answer

Do I need to prep my rock and tar roof before applying elastomeric roof coating?Roofing Question

Let's answer this question in two parts First if you have removed all the old tar and rock roofing and plan to use one of the many different roof coatings available most elastomeric polymer roof coatings are relatively simple to... read full answer

What is the best way to treat wood shakes on the side of my house?Roofing Question

There are several methods for restoring wood shakes and then treating the material to preserve it going forward Household bleach can be mixed with water in a ratio and applied to the shakes with a yard or vegetable sprayer After... read full answer

What's the best way of preventing ice dams on low pitch roofs?Roofing Question

Contractors are not required to install heated gutter cable when replacing gutters but it is a good way to prevent ice dams from forming on a roof with low pitch The first step to ice dam prevention is understanding their... read full answer

Can you explain more about hot tar applied and torch down roofing?Roofing Question

Tar torch down roofing is an extremely popular roofing system for buildings that have flat or one-degree sloped roofs It is also called modified bitumen and it's a roofing system in use throughout the world Tar torch down roofing involves... read full answer

Can a metal roof be installed on top of cedar shakes?Roofing Question

I have a cedar shake roof that is -years-old with moss growing on the shake edges What is the life expectancy of this type of roof Can a metal roof be installed on top of the shakes or must the... read full answer

How expensive is it to finish the ridge vent on a new roof?Roofing Question

nbsp It's good that you realize the importance of proper ventilation which minimizes dampness and conditions that could lead to decay deterioration or excessive heat Unfortunately ridge vents are something that may be overlooked by roofing contractors Depending on the... read full answer

Is it okay to lay a new roof in the wintertime? Roofing Question

Laying a new roof in winter is a rare occurrence in some parts of the country but it does happen There are both pros and cons to hiring a roofing contractor in winter Contractors must make sure they are putting... read full answer

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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