Roofing Questions and Answers: New Roof And Re-Roofing Answers

* How do I know if I need a new roof?

The roof should always be checked. You should keep tabs of its state. The following are signs that you may need a new roof.

· Your roof is between twenty and twenty five years old.
· The shingles are excessively cracking, curling, or they are blistering.
· There are many shingles that are missing and/are torn or damaged.

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* How much does a new roof cost?

There is no definitive answer as to how much a new roof will cost. There are a variety of considerations needed before an estimate can be given. From that information, a price quotation or an estimate could be done.

Some of the considerations are:

· Size of roof
· Materials to be used
· Location of house (this is needed to determine which materials would be best for that area’s weather)
· Is it for a new house or a re roofing
· State costs and taxes
· Type of home

After that, you can have several contractors bid on the project to get the best price.

* When re-roofing, should I peel off old layers or simply add a new layer of shingles?

It is recommended that you add a new layer of shingles to your roof. Scrapping the old layers will just consume more time and energy, and at the same time by peeling off, the thickness of the shingles are decreasing, leading to possible leakages in the future. By adding new layers of shingles onto your roof, it protects the inner part of the roof and provides you relief against further leakages. Obviously, it would be a lot cheaper.

* What kinds of questions should I ask a roofing contractor?

Getting a roof contractor to do your roof needs a little certainty and guarantee. You can ask the following questions to the contractor to erase doubts regarding his/her services:

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• Ask your roofing contractor questions with regards to their standing in their field of expertise. It will give you a hint whether they are really offering quality service to their clients.

• Ask questions with regards to their operation. This includes whether they have necessary permits and licenses to operate such business, and if they are carrying insurance in case there are unforeseen incidents that may happen during the construction.

• And lastly, ask questions with regards to the actual roofing constructions and the post-construction services and warranty. Inquire if they can explain to you in layman’s terms how they will construct your roofing, what materials are going to be used, and what services and warranties they offer in case leakages or damages happened to your roof within a time period after construction.

* What kinds of questions should I ask references of a roofing contractor?

Sometimes, you need referrals from people who know the roofing contractor’s work you are considering, especially when you are unfamiliar with that type of business. As the roofing contractor for references, especially from customers who have had work done by him. Questions like the following can be asked of your references of a roofing contractor:

• Initially, ask questions with regards to their relationship with the contractor. Maybe the contractor is a friend or a relative of your reference. That will give you an idea how well that reference knows the contractor.

• You can inquire if they have acquired the services of the roofing contractor. Ask them if they have personally witnessed the construction of their roof, and at the same time letting your reference talk about the quality of service.

• Lastly, ask queries on the reliability of their service, if it withstands the different outside elements surrounding the roof. In this way, you will have no doubt of the integrity of the contractor because the reference himself will tell all.

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More Roofing Questions and Answers

 

Main Question:

Why is iron used for temporary roofing and copper used as a roofing material for large buildings?


Best Answer: by Tim

iron (steel) = temporary because it’s cheap but will rust away rather fast. Even galvanized or stainless steel (steel coated with other metals) will rust quickly once the coating is scratched.

copper = permanent because it is more expensive but not very expensive, and it will last forever with no maintenance once the green patina forms.

Water will not eat away at copper metal by way of rusting it to oxides like it does with iron metal, since copper is very inert. Copper does very slowly react with acidic compounds in the air (sulfuric acid, carbonic acid, water) and form copper coordination compounds having copper in the Cu(II) oxidation state. These compounds make a rock hard, waterproof layer that protects the rest of the copper from corroding. That’s why you can see old copper roofs and statues that look just like they did 400 years ago.


 

Main Question:

Why is iron used for temporary roofing and copper used as a roofing material for large buildings?


Best Answer: by Tim

iron (steel) = temporary because it’s cheap but will rust away rather fast. Even galvanized or stainless steel (steel coated with other metals) will rust quickly once the coating is scratched.

copper = permanent because it is more expensive but not very expensive, and it will last forever with no maintenance once the green patina forms.

Water will not eat away at copper metal by way of rusting it to oxides like it does with iron metal, since copper is very inert. Copper does very slowly react with acidic compounds in the air (sulfuric acid, carbonic acid, water) and form copper coordination compounds having copper in the Cu(II) oxidation state. These compounds make a rock hard, waterproof layer that protects the rest of the copper from corroding. That’s why you can see old copper roofs and statues that look just like they did 400 years ago.


 

Main Question:

Why is iron used for temporary roofing and copper used as a roofing material for large buildings?


Best Answer: by Tim

iron (steel) = temporary because it’s cheap but will rust away rather fast. Even galvanized or stainless steel (steel coated with other metals) will rust quickly once the coating is scratched.

copper = permanent because it is more expensive but not very expensive, and it will last forever with no maintenance once the green patina forms.

Water will not eat away at copper metal by way of rusting it to oxides like it does with iron metal, since copper is very inert. Copper does very slowly react with acidic compounds in the air (sulfuric acid, carbonic acid, water) and form copper coordination compounds having copper in the Cu(II) oxidation state. These compounds make a rock hard, waterproof layer that protects the rest of the copper from corroding. That’s why you can see old copper roofs and statues that look just like they did 400 years ago.


 

Main Question:

Asphalt Shingle Roofing Hamilton ?


Best Answer: by Stephanie

Hey Derek,

I just got mine done on the long weekend after my cousin informed me that my roof was damaged severely on the side. He recommended a company called Lion’s Roofing for my job and they did a good job inspecting my roof and gave me good advice on what I should do for my situation. Overall they are a great company and offer sound advice and they are also very good at doing roofing.

Stephanie


 

Main Question:

Can I use a finishing nailer to attach roofing shingles?


Best Answer: by GuitarGeorge

You need a nail with a large head to hold down a shingle, which a roofing nail has and a finish nail doesn’t have.

A shed and a patio cover is a very small job, and can easily be nailed by hand.


 

Main Question:

Does roofing tar need time to set?


Best Answer: by Smokey da Bear

•Coat only when the temperatures are above 60o and unlikely to fall below 50o during drying time, a minimum of 4 hours after application.

•When temperatures are below 70o, coat only on sunny days when no moisture is predicted for 24 hours. In cool weather, stop coating early in the afternoon (2 PM) to allow for drying.

•Coat only over a dry roof and don’t dilute coatings. Apply only one coat per day.

***When in doubt… read the label for the specific product you are going to use, these are general guidelines for most asphalt roof coating.


 

Main Question:

Estimate cost of fixing the roofing?


Best Answer: by Mr Fixit

I am a contractor and it is always better if I get and pay for the materials. No I don’t underestimate the quantity. Many of my customer have estimated quantity without any margin for cutting. No if you are willing to pay for the shingles are you willing to pay the landfill fees, shipping fees, and taxes? Contractors often get a better deal on those things. The cost of all this has gone up recently and the value of roofing exceeds 150/square now. My estimate based on Alaska prices is 1750


 

Main Question:

How do you cut corrugated roofing material?


Best Answer: by ANF

Be careful not to use snips as the material will crack around the cuts and could shatter. Use either a fine bladed hand saw which will take time to cut. Do not push the saw as this could cause the cracking again. Let the saw do the work with just a gentle pressure. The blade should be thin similar to a junior hacksaw. You can use a power jig saw but the same rules apply. little pressure and let the saw move forward slowly. With the power saw be sure to have the material held down around the cutting area. Alternatively by the flat plastic twin wall material and this is a little easier to work with and will last for far longer as the corrugated material becomes brittle after a relatively short time. I have done perhaps 50 garage and car port roofs over my working life.


 

Main Question:

How do you operate a tar kettle for roofing?


Best Answer: by rookiewriter

I’ve been around construction and used tar kettles for years. Throughout that time I’ve hired many inexperienced workers. One important thing you should remember, never claim to know more than you do about a trade. It’s best to be totally honest from the off set with your employer about your experience. Trust my knowledge here. They’ll know before you finish talking how much you actually know. It’s best to level with them and ask how they want you to do something instead of chancing causing damage to their equipment or yourself. I’ll tell you how to run a tar kettle.

First check to make sure the tubes running through the kettle are completely covered with asphalt before lighting it. Turn the all the way on at propane tank. Open the valve going to the burner and light it. If the kettle is completely cold, then you need to set the flame at a low setting. (Too much heat too fast could possible cause damage to the internal tubes) Once the temperature gauge starts to increase, start increasing the flame. (All the time this is going on you should be busting up asphalt and filling the kettle.) Once you start seeing the liquid asphalt on the surface of the kettle, it’s normally safe to turn the burner up all the way. Always keep an eye on the temperature gauge. Usually it around 450 degrees, but again, ask your boss what temp. he wants it maintained at. Wear long sleeve shirt and heavy work gloves. When refilling a hot kettle, never let the level get below the tubes and let the asphalt gently slid into the melted tar. NEVER EVER stand back and throw chunks into the kettle, because it will splash and the 450 degree asphalt will seriously burn you faster than you realize. If you are using the pump on the kettle, never start the motor and engage the pump until the kettle is at operating temperature and you are directed to do so. Once you do engage it, STAND BACK away from the pump tubing until you are satisfied there are no leaks in the fittings. If you see one, shut the pump off immediately. PAY ATTENTION AND LISTEN TO WHAT YOU’RE BEING INSTRUCTED TO DO. IF YOU DON’T COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND, ASK. I hope this helps. I would like to say this to you and I don’t care how you take it. I don’t feel you knew anything about a tar kettle. Good Luck to you. Be Safe


 

Main Question:

How long should roofing nails be when putting on a second layer?


Best Answer: by Dubidiocho

You should be OK. 1 1/4 is the minimum and as long as your plywood sheeting is healthy underneath nothing should get loose. Shingles get damaged more from lifting in the wind because the tabs don’t get stuck down good. There needs to be a couple hot days so the tar spots can adhere to the tabs laying on them.


 

Main Question:

Is roofing a good job ? What should come next?


Best Answer: by Casey

It’s not a bad job, especially in this economy where all the building trades are hurting. A lot of homeowners are choosing to reroof their older houses rather than tear them down and put up McMansions on their property, so a little job security isn’t a bad thing.

All the building trades can be difficult, dangerous, and seasonal, but roofing is especially so. You’re always out in the elements and have to perform arduous labor where there’s always a risk of falling. The materials and tools are heavy and care must be taken to protect your skin from ultraviolet light. The roofers I’ve known are all extremely tanned and young because it isn’t an easy job for an older person to do.

A much better long term career plan might be for him to try to transition onto a framing, deck, or landscape crew. Finish carpenters, electricians, and plumbers work indoors, don’t have to haul nearly as much heavy material, and have a much safer work environment. Having roofing experience will be a good thing for your boyfriend to have on his resume, but you’re right, it is kind of a dead end job, not to mention a dangerous one. But, at this time, and at his age, he should be thankful he’s working and try to absorb as much information and skill as he can, not just from the roofers, but from everyone on the job site. Talk to the other trades. Carpenters, glazers, electricians, plumbers, cabinetmakers, flooring installers, painters, heating and air conditioning people. He should always be on time, work hard, and keep his eyes open. Make connections with everyone on the site, especially bosses, because they are always on the lookout for young people that are willing to work. Most high schools don’t have shop classes any more, so there is a real demand for unskilled labor that can do difficult work under tough conditions. Most people don’t start at the top, but work their way up, so if he can stick with it, he can move from helper to skilled (and well paid) craftsman.

He may find a trade that interests him more or one that is better suited to his skills and aptitudes, so he should keep his options open and try to connect with everyone he meets. The trades, like any industry, are a surprisingly connected group, and after a while, you start to meet the same people, even in a large city. Word gets around what kind of work an individual or company does, so it’s always smart to make sure you have a reputation for quality and dependability.

Good luck to both of you. I think he should stick with his current job at least until the economy turns the corner and there is more construction activity. But he should also keep himself open to any opportunity that may arise for him to find a better, safer, more comfortable career in order to properly provide for himself and his family.


 

Main Question:

Is roofing in the rain a bad thing to do?


Best Answer: by mark3321000

let it dry and roof it. it’s o.k.


 

Main Question:

Is roofing the hardest construction job or what?


Best Answer: by angelo

I agree it’s the hottest, working on a roof with hot tar but I don’t agree its the hardest. try sheet metal.

Main Question:

Men Roofing Poem Analysis?


Best Answer: by Rajpath

Go to eliteskills.note/analysis poetry and/or sparknotes.com with your query, to get expert help on it.

Good luck.


 

Main Question:

Roofing at night, opinions?


Best Answer: by bw022

You are joking right?

First, the current temperature in Edmonton is 10 C. Last few nights it dropped 33 C. That doesn’t include wind chill. Nearly 40 cm of snow has fallen in the last few days. Anyone working at 10pm on a roof would freeze to death, slip on ice and fall, loose fingers from frost bite, etc. You certainly can’t work, roofing materials would be cracking, you can’t see from blowing snow, etc.

Second, it is illegal in any city to perform outdoor construction after dark and most cities have specific noise laws preventing construction (even indoors) after dark.

Third, its a violation of worker’s compensation and likely your personal insurance. You get injured, no one is going to pay.

Forth, lights and noise (even in a fairly remote place with no noise complaints) is still likely to bring out the police even if to check that the site isn’t being robbed. The last thing the Edmonton police need right now is dealing with insane construction people on a roof in the dark in 20 temperatures.


Main Question:

What can you tell me about roofing for beginners?


Best Answer: by Harry

stay away from red gatorade, slow down in the heat, dont party all night and expect to work all day, learn a bull step so you dont slip and fall. use your brain more than your back, water flows downhill. dont afraid to realize its not for you, most people can not do this job. recognize your limits, like lack of sweat, or tingling skin/hearing sounding like a sea shell.

dont get cocky, and 3 points of contact on all ladders, never go down like a staircase. let more experienced guys work the bottoms and edges.

i dont know where your working, but some of the homes i roof, if you fall, its not about getting hurt, the fall will probably kill you. if you make enough money, buy a set of cougar paw roofing boots, i trust my life to them.

also dont move your feet constantly. once you get used to it, its easy, but you have to learn a few tricks like leveraging a bundle instead of dead lifting it. carry it like a guitar instead of over the shoulder and remember good roofing crews need beginners to, so dont limit yourself to a bad crew or crappy crook employer and watch for kissy kissy drama games and stay out of them.

if your laying shingles for piece rate, watch the vets a little while, they have developed techniques to be faster.

listen and do what your told exactly how your told and work hard. do that and even if your stupid they will keep working you. remember you can kill yourself or someone else in a hurry.


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Roofing with Asphalt Shingles (For Pros By Pros)

Roofing with Asphalt Shingles (For Pros By Pros)

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