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- Fully licensed to perform roofing work.
- Adequately insured for your protection.
- Have a proven reputation for providing quality roofing services to our community.
- Committed to ongoing professional training to ensure quality installation..
Q. We are having plans made up for an extension to our house the kitchen and spare room. We are unsure whether to go for a flat roof or a tiled roof. Which is the preferred option or will be longer lasting?
A. A tile roof will last longer and have less maintenance. You have several options with a flat roof, and depending on the company that installs it and for both the climate you are in, it can last for years, or be a perpetual headache. Single ply membranes (like a rubber roof) typically last 10 years or so before they need maintenance. What happens is the rubber will shrink, creating tears at seams, or at the termination strip around your roof perimeter.
Depending on the design, a properly installed hot-mop roof (another type of flat roof system) will last 15-25 years. Both these designs call for rock aggregate over the top. This rock is used to help protect the under lying material from the weather.
Q. I'm thinking of changing from white/gray asphalt shingles to a light brown. Someone told me the brown would absorb more heat and raise my cost of air conditioning. Is there a rating for heat absorbency?
A. Actually, it's a bit more complex than that. It also depends on how well your roof is vented. Plus darker shingles help keep the house warmer in the winter. You need to weigh all the needs, not focus on a single season. The white/gray are called frost, the light tan are usually called autumn. The absorbency rate between the two is not very much.
Q. I noticed a bulge about 2 feet long and 6 to 8 inches wide in my roof. Upon going onto the roof I have found that there is no evidence of anything hitting the roof, and the shingles are all intact, but it feels like the bottom of one of the pieces of plywood sheeting has buckled upward several inches.
My house is only two years old, and my wife works for the homebuilder, so getting the roofers to repair it cheap or free is not a problem. But I was just curious if anyone had any idea what would cause this. While I was up there I inspected the rest of the roof and all seems fine.
A. How about the possibility that the decking was never completely nailed off during original construction? One problem with new construction is that a lot of the roofs are only warranted for a year In fact, even the smallest area of unnailed decking has a tendency to "poof" and buckle up if allowed to do so.
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