How do I know if I need a new roof?
Typically, roofs can last anywhere from 15-40 years depending on maintenance, product type, weather, foot traffic, original installation methods, and more. One way you can tell is if the seams and other flashings are starting to fail. While leaking may indicate a problem, it does not always mean you need a new roof. On the other hand, if you are experiencing leaking in several different areas, this may be an indication to consider a new roof. Annual roof maintenance check ups will help extend the life of the roof.
What type of warranties are offered?
We offer a variety of warranties. Manufacturer warranties are offered in 15 or 20 years. Some repair work can not be warrantied depending on the condition of the existing roof.
What should a customer do to look for potential roofing problems?
Several common problems to look for include: a ceiling that begins to dampen, water dripping from above, walls that show signs of moisture, and puddles accumulating on an interior floor. Contacting RL Bishop & Assoc., Inc. will allow our roofing specialist to assess the situation and ensure small problems do not become large, costly problems.
How often should a building’s roof be inspected?
We recommend your roofing system be inspected at least once every five years; however, some high maintenance systems may need it twice a year. If your roof has experienced damaging storms, please contact us to ensure that your roof has not been damaged.
What is the best method to inspect a building’s roof?
The best method to use to inspect a building’s roof is to partner with a roofing specialist like us. Experienced roofing professionals are trained to identify most current and potential roof issues and propose a solution that meets your needs.
How long should a building’s roof last?
A life of a building’s roof depends on several contributing factors including the quality of the materials, the quality of installation, and preventative maintenance to spot problems before they become large ones. Some roofs are designed for a life expectancy of 30-plus years while other roofs have a life expectancy of 10 years or less.
What causes a roof to fail?
Roofs wear out due to a variety of contributing factors that may combine to affect and accelerate roof deterioration. These may include ultraviolet radiation from the sun, extreme temperatures, exposure to wind, ice, and foot traffic on the roof. One of the most recognised reasons why roofs do not survive their anticipated life cycles is due to neglect of maintenance.
What hidden costs are associated with roof leaks?
Many costs are associated with leaks including: production issues, lost use of space, bodily injury, legal claims, mold, and damage to building structures such as rot and rust.
What can cause immediate problems with my roof?
- Extreme weather (Lightening, high winds, hail, blowing debris)
- Equipment additions or modifications improperly installed
- Trade damage (Punctures and other damage caused by trades performing work)
What type of roof is best for my building?
Many factors go in to our recommendation of roof systems such as building use, access, weight loads, foot traffic, number of penetrations, cost, and more all play a factor in roof selection.
Can we install a torch-down roof on my building?
NO! The major insurers of construction and roofing contractors will no longer insure roofers that use this torch applied roofing. If someone offers to sell you a torch-down roof, ask to see his or her insurance coverage for use of this product.
Can roof ponding be resolved?
It may be possible to use tapered insulation, add roof drains, or apply a product direct to the roof to fill the void.
What are the advantages of a white roofing system?
A white roof surface reflects sunlight, keeping it much cooler than a black roof. If lowering your cooling costs is a concern, then a white roof may help. Some larger cities, like Chicago, are now making white roof surfaces a requirement to help offset heat generated by asphalt pavement and concrete structures.
Can a new roof be installed over the existing roof?
Although it’s not always required, we do not recommend installing a roof system without removing the old system. Installing a complete new system ensures proper weight requirements, warranty coverage, and higher efficiency.