Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I know when my shingles need replacing?
Some warning signs are curling of the shingles (as they start to shrink), excessive granule
loss and cracking along the shingle tabs. The best way to answer this is by calling out a
professional to inspect the roof and give you their opinion. Weather All Roofing will
gladly inspect your roof and make recommendations for you.
Which type of shingle should I choose?
Shingles come in standard 3-tab styles, architectural style, heavy weight and super
heavy weight versions, so there are a number of choices available. Selection usually
comes down to your needs for your home or building and so you should select a grade
of shingle based on what your future plans are for the property, warranty desired,
texture, color and overall comfort level. We can assist in your selection process.
Why has my shingle roof only lasted 12 years , when I read they are rated for much
Manufactures of shingles test their products a number of ways to simulate years of
lifespan. But, depending on what part of the country you live in, whether you have
adequate ventilation in the roof, weather conditions in your area and different
environmental reasons; shingles can sometimes fail or deteriorate sooner than their
expected life expectancy. That is especially true in Florida's harsh climate.
I have a brown stain on my ceiling. Is this a roof leak?
Yes, there is a good possibility that stain could be the result of a roof leak. Contact a
professional immediately to have the problem looked at and get recommendations
before you get further damage inside your home.
Will my insurance company pay for roof leaks or damages?
This is a question you will have to get answered by both reviewing your policy or
calling your insurance agent. Our experience has been that most policies cover storm
damages from hail, hurricanes, winds, falling debris and lightning strikes, but do not
cover workmanship or material defects in the roof. Consult a roofing professional and
follow up with your agent if you believe you have a legitimate claim.
Can I switch my roof from shingles to concrete or clay tile?
This will depend on the construction of the roof structure and its ability to handle the
weight of the tile roofing. Most tile roofing weighs 4-5 times as much as a shingle roof.
An inspection by a roofing professional and a certified structural engineer will help
determine the answer to this question. In most cases, additional bracing can be added
in your attic space, to strengthen the deck, thereby allowing tile to be installed.
Can a new shingle or metal roof qualify for energy tax credits?
Yes, there are a number of brands of metal roofing that are energy star rated, along
with some grades of shingles that could give you as much as $1500 back on your tax
return in energy credits. Weather All Roofing can help you with the detail of choices.
My flat roof holds water. What should I do?
A flat or low sloped roof that has excessive ponding water sitting for more than 48hrs
could spell trouble for that roof. Water can encourage algae growth and break down a
roofing system earlier than its expected life. Installation of a slope can be achieved by replacing the roof or a portion of it and adding a tapered insulation to help drain water
off your roof. Our experts know tapered roof systems well.
How long does a typical residential shingle roof take to replace?
Most jobs under 40 sqs (2200 sq ft home) only require 1 to 2 days to remove the old
roofing, repair woodwork and install new shingles by our experienced mechanics.
I have rotted wood in my roof. How much will it cost to replace?
This question will be one that will require examination of the wood (if it can be seen
and is visible) and a cost estimated on the number of man hours to replace it and the
lumber needed. If the rot is non-visible, it will be unknown cost until the roof is removed
to see the extent of damage. Most professionals can give you a rough estimate, but until
the roof is opened up, they won't know an exact cost until that step in the process.Our staff can help you with a wood budget, so you aren't surprised.
What are the best ways to choose a roofing contractor to do my work?
Roofing Industry professionals suggest that you get copies of both workmans comp.
insurance and liability insurance, get several references of past work, verify the
contractor's license # with his state authority and meet your roofing company's agent face to face to make sure you understand what you are purchasing and why.
A large financial decision should not be made on price alone.
When you first contact Weather All Roofing to request us to look at a property's roof, this is
how the bid process works in a residential application.
1. First we will take your information about the property on the phone or you may e-mail us
at email@example.com We will need not only the property's address, but your
address or the owner's address to forward a copy of the bid to (if you or the owner do not reside there)
2. Next we will contact you to schedule a time to look at the roof and view the property. This
will often include access to walk around the building and possible access to look at the
ceilings inside or even attic access.
3. After gathering all the measurements, taking photos and notes we will normally take this information
to process and bid the job for you. Depending on the products you choose, scope of work
and specifications needed..this process can take 1-4 days. The more decisions you have already
researched ahead of our visit, the faster we can turn around a bid to you.
4. Finally when we have completed your bid , a Weather All Roofing rep. will contact you arrange
a followup visit. This face to face meeting is important, as you can now have the opportunity
to hear what we recommend for your home and answer any questions you have. Remember
residential roof estimates are absolutely free, so we ask that you please be considerate of our
time involved to assemble such a bid and present it to you.
A roofing purchase will probably be the single largest purchase for you home, so it is very
important to choose your contractor carefully. Factors such as quality products, details about
flashings and how a contractor will set up on your property should all be considered to help
smooth the process and leave you with a well thought out job.