When it comes to a long-lasting roof, proper maintenance and repairs-as-needed will ensure your home stays structurally sound for years to come. We know you’re protective of your property, and that means you’re bound to have some questions—we encourage homeowners to ask away! Whether you’re looking for a simple roof inspection or an entire new roof, here are answers to five frequently asked questions.
(By the way: If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to us directly by calling 845-ROOFING (766-3464.))
1. How can I tell if my roof needs maintenance?
There are so many aspects to a healthy roof and not all damage is obvious. There are a few things to look for, including:
- Check your attic for excessive heat in summer; you could need better ventilation. Learn more about attic ventilation here.
- Examine the flashing around your chimney—this should be watertight.
- Look for moss or algae growing on shingles, as this can indicate moisture damage.
Your best bet may be to call a professional roofing company like GKontos Roofing Specialists to thoroughly examine your roof for a periodic inspection.
2. Does a leaky roof mean the entire roof needs to be replaced?
A roof leak does need to be fixed, but it’s possible that repair can be localized—though, it wouldn’t hurt to have an overall inspection done just to make sure there aren’t additional problem areas. From there, the amount of work that needs to be done will depend on the level of damage.
3. How long does a typical roof system last?
The lifespan of an older roof is typically 20 years, but that depends on its individual factors. The quality of the roofing materials is just as important as the structural design of your roof. Weather patterns play a key part in determining a roof’s longevity as well. But with proper maintenance, and our new roof, you can expect to get decades out of your roofing system.
4. Can roofing work be done in cold-weather seasons?
The answer is yes; even though shingles are known to become brittle in cold weather, most roofing work can still be done in winter climates as long as the conditions are safe. However, certain follow-up work may need to be finalized as the weather warms up, such as ensuring proper bonding of sealants.
5. Can I just do the work myself?
We generally advise against doing roofing work yourself unless you are specifically trained to do so safely and efficiently. It’s advised that the best way to reduce the risk of self-injury—or the risk of making roof damage worse—is to call a professional roofer. When it comes to you protecting your home, property, and family, you don’t want to cut corners.
At GKontos Roofing Specialists, our team of highly trained professionals has been providing roofing services in the Hudson Valley and Westchester for more than 15 years.
Want to work together? Contact us today to schedule your free estimate or to have any additional questions answered.