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Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of things to deal with when beginning a construction project.  Every property has its own unique set of considerations.  Here are a few common issues and solutions that may help you figure out what can be done about them.

Q: How long does it take to get a new roof put on my house?
A: The answer to this question depends a lot on the size and pitch of your roof, but generally for a small to average sized house it only takes one day from start to finish.


Q: My chimney is causing a leak even after I've had it "fixed".  What's wrong?
A: Chimney's are a common source of roof leaks.  Usually the problem is a lack of a "cricket".  Basically, a cricket is a small additionional roof added between your chimney and the main roof deck.  It's purpose is to divert the water to either side of the chimney rather than let it run directly into the chimney.  Slow moving water or standing water are sure ways to cause a leak.  Even many chimneys that have crickets can leak if the cricket was not built wide enough to get the water completely away from the area.

Q: My roof isn't very old but my shingles look aged and are curling.  Why does this happen?
A: Shingles can fail prematurely for many reasons.  The main reason though is poor or no ventilation in your roof system.  If the roof deck gets too hot it can greatly diminish the life of your shingles.  A qualified roofing contractor can tell you how many vents and what type of vents are needed to keep your roof cool.

Q: My shingles have blown off in strong winds.  What can I do?
A: Blown off shingles happen all the time.  The cause can be due to impropper nailing, poor adhesion, or simply low quality shingles.  A well made shingle is your best defense against strong winds.  That's why we strongly recomend using Malarkey brand shingles.  The special construction of these shingles greatly reduces blow-off caused by adhesion and installation error.  <more info>

Q: I can't get my skylight to stop leaking.  What is the solution?
A: Skylights offer many benefits to your home.  Unfortunately they are a common cause of roof leaks, usually due to design and poor roofing installation.  If you live in an older home you probably don't have the propper flashing or uderlayment around your skylight.  The only solution is to remove the old shingle, install the right underlayment and flashing and install new shingles.  In some cases a leak can be due to the actual skylight itself if the gasketting is breaking down.  The first step is to have a qualified contractor inspect the situation from your roof.

Q: I know I have a roof leak, but I can't figure out where it may be coming from.  What can I do?
A: Roof leaks can sometimes be tricky things.  Once water penetrates your roofing system it can travel down trusses or any mechanical systems that may be in your house.  In some instances water may travel down vents or conduit from your attic and not be noticed until it's in your basement!  The best way to find a problem leak may be to start from the roof, and then inspect the attic for  wet insulation, water trails, or signs of old water damage.  A qualified roofing contrator is always a good person to consult.  Here are some examples of water leak culprits.

(1) Any roof penetration is a potential roof leak.  Dormers or turrets slow water and give it a chance to work its way under your shingles.  (2) No amount of tar can stop a leak forever!  (3) And, a $7 box vent can cause thousands of dollars in damage if it fails.

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