Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do You Recommend the Removal of My Old Roof?
Removing the old roof before putting on the new one is an important step for two reasons. First, it gives us the opportunity to check for underlying damage or wood rot. Second, it gives your roof a cleaner, flatter look that is much more appealing.
What is Dry Rot?
Dry rot is a form of wood decay caused by a fungus. It can affect the underlying structure of your roof that is typically made of wood. This is a potentially very destructive condition that requires immediate attention from an experienced roofer.
Do You Repair Dry Rot?
Yes, Phoenix Roofing & Solar is equipped to repair dry rot in your roof. If the rot has extended too far into the infrastructure of the roof, we may recommend a full replacement instead.
Should I Inspect My Roof for Dry Rot?
Typically, you do not pull up the roofing shingles to check for dry rot. However, an experienced roofer can identify early signs of dry rot and repair the problem before it becomes severe enough to require the complete replacement of your roof.
Is Dry Rot Visible From the Attic?
Yes, dry rot can be visible from the attic. Look for bowing wood, cracks in the roof rafters, dark spots and white streaks that indicate the spread of the fungus.
What is a Dry Rot Inspection?
A dry rot inspection involves the examination of your home and roof for areas where the rotting fungus may be spreading. Phoenix Roofing & Solar can help conduct an inspection of your roof, using our experts who are trained to spot even the earliest sign of this problem taking hold in your home.
What is Spaced Sheathing?
Spaced sheathing refers to sheets of plywood nailed to the rafters of the home with spaces in between each sheet.This structure works well for wood shakes, because it allows for moisture to dry, but is not sturdy enough to support other types of roofs.
What is Solid Sheathing?
Solid sheathing refers to the placement of plywood underneath the roof without leaving gaps that could allow in air or moisture. This structure works well for most types of roofing materials, such as asphalt.
What is a Nailing Inspection?
A nailing inspection involves examining the sheathing, spacing, nail size and other particulars of the plywood infrastructure before the new roof is installed.
Should We Use Synthetic Roofing Felt?
Synthetic roofing felt can cost more but it should last you longer than traditional materials. It may also offer you greater protection against water damage.
What is Roofing Felt?
Roofing felt is material consisting of a base and a protective coating that is installed between the roof deck (plywood) and shingles.
Roof Penetrations, Flashings, etc…
I've Been Told That Larger Flashing is Not Worth the Additional Expense. What Do You Recommend?
The goal of roof flashing is to protect the seams and joints around the perimeter of your roof from water intrusion. As long as the flashing is wide enough to accomplish this task, you do not need to spend money on additional flashing. Our experts can help you evaluate the appropriate size you require for your roof.
Should My Roofing Contractor Use Sealants?
Roof sealants are important in adding a protective layer to your home to guard against weather-related damage, wear and tear that can cause leaks.
WHAT ARE COMPOSITION SHINGLES?
Composition shingles, also known as asphalt shingles, are made from multiple materials. Typically, fiberglass or cellulose forms the base, and asphalt and other materials form the top of the shingle. These shingles tend to be durable and waterproof and therefore make a good choice for many homeowners.
What Should I Do If I Have Missing Shingles?
If you notice shingles missing from your roof, contact an experienced roofer right away to have your roof inspected and repaired. You may not need a whole new roof, but you should repair the missing pieces in order to ensure complete water and weather protection for your home.
What If I Have Shingles That Are Missing Some Granular?
If you notice that some of your shingles are missing the shiny granular coating on the top, you should contact an experienced roofer. They can help inspect and repair your roof, including replacing the missing granular.