Roofing is a specialized industry, so we often get similar questions from our clients regarding roofing.  Here are some of the more common questions, along with their answers:

Q: What do you mean by a “green roof“?

A: Depending on your budget, different materials can be used in your roofing project which are considered “green”.

Green roofing doesn’t mean that your roof has green things growing on it.  In fact, unless your roof is built to support plants, no plants should grow on your roof as they deteriorate the materials.

Green roofing means that a roof has been created using environmentally friendly materials or in an environmentally friendly way.  For example, metal roofing is often considered “green”.  Using recycled materials is often considered “green”.  There are many ways to go green and some of these ways include tax benefits.  This is something to consider if you are getting your roof re-done.

Q: How do we catch a roof leak before it messes up the entire interior of my house?

A: It can be pretty tough to catch a roof leak before it starts to harm the entire interior of your home.  One of the ways that is usually easiest is, if you suspect a leak, go into the attic and see if there is any dampness in the interior of your attic.

Another thing to check is that your gutters are facing the proper direction – not funneling water toward your basement or foundation.  This helps stop water intrusion in lower parts of your home.

However, it’s hard to catch a leak before it harms the interior of your home.  The best preventative measure is to get your roof inspected if you are concerned, and repair it as needed.

Q: I don’t like the color of my shingles anymore. Can I paint them?

A: Yes, you can, but it’s not advisable.  Painting your shingles can make your shingles blotchy, or make the color look strange.  Finally, painting your shingles often makes it hard to see if harm has come to them.

Q: My flashing looks like it’s pealing.  Is that okay?

A: No, flashing should be clean looking and should be firmly installed.  If your flashing looks loose, rusty, or like it’s pealing, get it looked at.

These are just some roofing FAQs.  If you have other questions, let us know!

Tom Leach Roofing