FAQs for Stockton Roofing
What should I do when my roof is leaking?
First, contain the leak by immediately placing a waterproof container like a bucket underneath it to catch the water. You need to protect the inside of your home or business space. If needed, move around furniture pieces or cover them with plastic sheets. Then, call our professionals at Stockton Roofing— we will come to your place and look into your problem.
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How can I find the exact location of a leak?
Locating a leak requires a thorough, challenging investigation. It involves inspecting your roof for small holes, mold, black marks, water stains. Head into the attic to get a good look at the underside of the roof with a bright flashlight. If you don’t have an attic, check the gutters, downspouts, shingles, and other parts of your roofing system.
Thoroughly inspecting it yourself is a huge challenge. The best thing to do is to reach out to expert roofers. Our licensed experts can inspect your roof, locate your leak accurately, and give you a quote.
Can I repair the roof myself?
While it’s perfectly fine for you to DIY small issues, major roofing jobs require experts’ skills. For instance, roof replacement is a complex process that needs to be done by a trained professional.
How often should I get my roof inspected?
Yearly inspections are always recommended, even if there are no visible signs of water damage. An inspection is crucial after extreme weather conditions or sudden temperature changes— either very hot or cold climates. It’s also necessary if hurricane season is coming, and you haven’t had a recent inspection.
What are the common signs I may need a new roof?
Curled or Cracked shingles
Roof shingles are your first line of defense from the elements. You should replace your roof shingles right away if they’re curling or cracking to prevent more significant roofing system damages.
Mold or algae
A constantly wet roof can trigger the growth of algae, mold, and other plants. Eventually, it can deteriorate your roof, become a potential health hazard, and cost you. Make sure that none of this is happening to your roof by getting an inspection from experts.
Missing or Faulty shingles
Losing multiple roof shingles after a windy day should not be taken lightly. This means that your roofing system has finally reached the end of its lifespan and needs a replacement ASAP.
Excessive granules in the drain system
Piles of granules near downspouts? These granules are from your roof shingles and are supposed to help prevent rain and sun damage. Replace your shingles immediately before it deteriorates even further.
What are the common types of roof damage that may need repair?
You might notice cracks appearing in your flashing due to high wind damage or heat expansion. They may appear intact, but this state can cause water intrusion.
Drains and gutters
Over time, scuppers, gutters, and drains can loosen. Cracks may also appear at the connections to the roof membrane.
Roof membranes can deteriorate for several reasons, including sun exposure, excessive foot traffic, and high winds. Improper installation can also cause the membrane to crack or split apart.
Does rainwater remain around your home for a long time? Standing water is a sign of a problem with your roof drain systems.
Do interior water stains always indicate a roof leak?
Not really. Water stains may also come from plumbing issues, air conditioner drain problems, or leaking fire sprinklers. Expert roofers can help you by accurately determining the cause of those internal water concerns.
What causes a roof to wear out?
Severe weather conditions, such as mildew and algae growth, cause roofing systems to wear out. Moreover, hailstones and branches striking your roof can also result in huge problems— the impact removes granules that protect it from water and sun damage.
Does my new roof come with a warranty?
Yes, new roofs come with warranties. The warranty ranges from 10 to 30 years, depending on the material.
Can a new roof be installed over the old one?
In some cases, it’s possible to install a new roof over the old one. However, we would have to remove both if you already have two in place.
How does a flat roof drain water to prevent damage?
Some flat roofs are installed with a slight slope for proper water drainage. However, other flat roofs designed without a slope will drain thanks to normal water evaporation.
Why should I hire a licensed contractor to install my roof?
A licensed contractor is certified to perform roofing work in accordance with building codes and safety standards. Always hire an authorized contractor instead of an unlicensed company. Unlicensed professionals don’t guarantee protection against fraud and poor workmanship and can put you at risk.
How do I know if my roof needs repair versus a replacement?
Let our team at Stockton Roofing inspect your roof. We’re highly knowledgeable and experienced in roof repair, replacement, and restoration. We’ll guide you towards the best possible actions to take.
How long will it take to install my new roof?
Installing your new roof will depend on various factors, including building size, type of roofing used, and any underlying damages. Do you need to install a new roof? Call us for a quote.
What hail size damages roofs?
While hailstorms can be devastating, it’s severity varies— hailstones can be as big as a softball or as small as a pea. Large, softball-sized hail are heavy enough to destroy roofs, but it can already damage your roof as long as it’s larger than 1 inch in diameter.
Should my new roof be a different material than the old one?
Roof membranes are constantly undergoing improvements for better durability and longer lifespan. It’s also possible that the old materials you loved and used before are no longer available. Contact us at Stockton Roofing, and we can determine the best material for you.
What are my options if I decide to re-roof?
When it comes to re-roofing, you have two options. First, you can go for a full roof replacement— it’s a full-blown process that tears off your existing system. The more affordable option is to re-cover your existing roof. However, building code requirements don’t always permit multiple re-roofing work. If you’ve re-covered your roof previously, a complete replacement is necessary. Talk to us today to know the best solution for you.
Can a new roof offer any energy savings?
Yes, a new roof can lower your energy bills. How? Older roofs tend to darken with age, mold damage, and dirt. A new roof is bright and durable— reducing your cooling requirements and reflecting more sun.
What Is a roofing underlayment?
A roofing underlayment, or felt paper, is installed beneath the shingles and helps protect your roof from wind-driven rain that can damage the shingles and your entire home.
What type of roof should I get?
The best type of roof for you depends on many factors. There are several factors to take into account, such as cost, material, and its lifespan. You need to choose a highly durable material that complements your home’s features and style. Call us now, and we can assist you in getting the roof you need.
What are the difficulties with re-roofing if I install an ice and water shield?
Water and ice shields are just some of the most popular products used during roof installations. They protect the most vulnerable parts of the roof from water and ice damages. However, these shields will form watertight seals along the nails to prevent leaks — making the shingles hard to remove. To fully remove it, you need to tear off the ice and water shield— making it an extra expense. Let us provide you with our expert recommendations regarding this.
How do I know what type of roofing shingle is best for my roof and my budget?
The right type of roofing shingle depends on a lot of components. First, check whether you need a complete roof replacement or just roof re-covering. Next, consider what materials to use— think about the appeal, durability, and costs. Another thing you should consider is your home’s architectural style. For example, if your roof is steep, you should not get the ones made from slate or clay because they are heavy. Remember, the more hard-to-get, complex areas you have, the more expensive the project will cost.
What if my new roof leaks?
Leaks are common occurrences, so don’t panic. Reach out to your roofing contractor, and calmly explain the situation. If you made the right decision in working with a reliable, licensed company, rest assured, the leak will be fixed. And make sure to set a timeline for your expected repair results.