Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our roofing services – roof replacement, roof repair, siding and gutters.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS A ROOF NEEDS TO BE REPLACED?
Leaks, missing or torn shingles, loose flashings, excessive shingle granules in gutters, and ceiling spots can signal roof problems. Age is another indicator; if your roof is 20 years old, it could be at the end of its lifespan.
MY ROOF IS LEAKING. DO I NEED TO HAVE IT COMPLETELY REPLACED?
Not necessarily. Our crews can often make repairs to extend the life of a roof that is otherwise in good condition. However, if a roof is demonstrating many symptoms of age and wear, replacement may be the only option.
HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH ROOFING MATERIAL TO USE?
Choosing which type of roof is right for you will depend upon numerous factors, including your budget, taste and needs. Before making your choice, consider the lifecycle cost of your roofing material. Some materials, although initially more expensive, require less maintenance and have a longer life expectancy than others. An asphalt shingle roof might last 20 years, but a metal roof can last more than 50 and might be more cost-effective in the long run.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE HAIL DAMAGE TO MY ROOF?
You may be able to see severe hail strikes from the ground, but most often hail damage is not visible to the untrained eye. If you’ve experienced hail in your area, call Warren Thompson & Son to schedule a professional inspection.
WHAT IS AN ICE DAM?
Ice dams are formed by the thawing and freezing of melted snow at the eaves. The ice dam can force water up and under shingles, causing leaks. In areas where winter temperatures frequently drop below freezing, ice dams can cause serious and expensive damage to a roof and to the structure of a home.
HOW LONG DO ASPHALT SHINGLES LAST?
Shingles come in different grades. The better the grade, the longer the life expectancy, which can range from 15 to more than 40 years.
WHAT IS THE LIFESPAN OF A METAL ROOF?
New alloys and coatings make metal roofing panels more durable, with extended lifecycles that exceed those of shingles or shakes. Today’s metal roofs can be expected to last at least 50 years.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REPLACE MY ROOF?
Most residential roofing jobs can be completed in a single day. If a roof takes more than one day, we clean and secure the site at the end of each day and take care to protect any vulnerable areas from the weather.
WILL YOU CLEAN UP AFTER MY ROOFING PROJECT?
Yes. At the end of the job, we conduct a thorough clean-up and walk-through. You approve final cleaning upon completion, and we won’t leave until you are happy!
HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH SIDING MATERIAL TO USE?
You have several choices when it comes to siding your home, from traditional wood siding to more advanced materials like fiber cement. The decision on which is best for your home depends on many factors, including how long you plan to remain in your home, local weather conditions, budget and your tolerance for maintenance.
WOULDN'T IT BE CHEAPER TO CONTINUE PAINTING MY WOOD SIDING?
Compared to the cost of painting your home every few years – more than $50,000 over the life of your home – low-maintenance siding is a bargain. With a service life that is counted in decades, the initial investment you make in siding your home will be paid back quickly.
DOES VINYL SIDING REQUIRE MAINTENANCE?
To keep it looking its best, you should wash vinyl occasionally with mild soap and a garden hose.
WHAT IS INSULATED VINYL SIDING?
Insulated siding includes a layer of strong foam insulation attached to the back of the siding panel. This extra layer of insulation keeps your home warmer during cold winter nights and cooler during the warm summer months. This can translate into lower monthly energy bills that over the life of the siding can add up to significant savings.
WHAT IS FIBER CEMENT SIDING AND HOW IS IT MADE?
Fiber cement is made of a mixture of wood fiber, Portland cement, sand and water. The mixture is molded and cured under high heat to create a material that looks like wood but lasts much longer with minimal maintenance.
HOW LONG DOES FIBER CEMENT SIDING LAST?
James Hardie fiber cement siding includes a warranty of 30 or 50 years when installed by a certified contractor. It can last much longer when properly maintained.
DO YOU OFFER MATCHING TRIM AND ACCESSORIES FOR MY SIDING INSTALLATION?
Yes. Warren Thompson & Son offers many trim packages to complete your home’s siding makeover.