FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
No matter what company you choose to roof your home, insist on having your roof nailed. Some companies will apply your shingles with staple guns. Some areas have actually banned staple guns. The holding power to a staple versus a nail in the wind is significantly less and your roof may blow off more easily. Our company only uses nail guns.
Q: Is removing my old roof required?
A: Not always, but it is usually best. Primarily, it aids in assessing the condition of the roof’s substructure. It is not uncommon for us to find unknown dry rot and pest infestation at the time of tear off. With the roof removed, these problems can be addressed right at the source. Please note that any irregularities in the existing roof will more than likely show through new roofing. With some types of roofing, local building codes limit the number of layers allowed.
Q: Can I have my roof done in the winter or during bad weather?
A: Haider Construction does roofing all year round. It usually only takes 3-6 hours to actually tear off the existing roof and apply water tight felt paper. Start to finish, a roof is usually completed in 2-3 days. The new roof itself can often be installed during inclement weather.
Q: Are your estimates free and how long are they valid?
A: Estimates are free and they are good for 30 days. Past 30 days it is best to call us and ask if a re-estimate is needed. Often an estimate will be good beyond 30 days but this depends on material costs.
Q: What are my options for a flat roof?
A: We consider a “flat” roof to be a pitch of 2/12 or less. There are methods available to apply standard roofing to lower pitches. Special waterproofing underlayments may be applied or maybe a type of metal roofing would suit your needs. At some point it is best to go with a roofing system designed for completely flat surfaces. After assessing your situation we would be more than happy to advise you on the best options.
Q: I have always had a moss problem. What can I do to treat or solve this problem?
A: Moss is a very common problem in this area. There are a few options for moss removal; either sweeping the moss off directly or using a “moss killing agent.” The latter method usually involves sprinkling a powder over the problem areas which dries out the moss. It is best to keep on top of this problem with annual cleanings. To aid in keeping the moss from returning, a strip of zinc metal can be applied to the ridgelines of the roof. This type of product is rain activated and can be applied to existing roofs as well as part of a re-roof.
Special composition shingles made with algae inhibitors are now manufactured. These inhibitors are impregnated into the material to retard the growth of moss for up to 15 years.
Q: What sort of damage will a roofing job have on my landscaping? How do you prevent damage to your customer’s gardens?
A: Our crews are very adept at preparing a job site in a way that prevents almost all construction debris from reaching the ground. We understand your concerns and we take great pride in leaving the property and landscaping in pristine condition.
Q: My roof seems to be leaking and it is NOT raining. Why?
A: Condensation is most likely your problem. Vaulted ceilings are prone to this problem and may need to be vented, if possible, at the ridge and eaves. A moist crawl space can produce 20 gallons of water vapor per 1000 square feet and should be covered with 6-mil visqueen. Also, plants, bath fans, and other humidity all contribute to condensation problems. Another possibility could be plumbing leaks from toilets or sinks and the piping that connects to them.
Q: I would like to pressure wash my shake roof. Any advice?
A: The end result depends on the age, workmanship and quality of cedar used and the power and skill of the washer. We often see shake roofs that have been improperly pressure washed causing unnecessary damage resulting in leak problems the following rainy season. If a roof is older, it should be carefully assessed to see if pressure washing or replacement would be most cost effective.