Re-roofing A Home

Every 20 years or so, an asphalt roof needs to be completely torn down and replaced with new shingles, and this job has to be done quickly when the weather permits so that rain doesn’t destroy the home’s interior. Ocean County roofing contractors should be able to work within a homeowner’s schedule and complete the project on time so that life can go back to normal with minimal disruption for the residents of the property. A full teardown of a roof is a major undertaking, and most reputable roofing contractors undergo regular training to ensure they don’t make mistakes that could cause serious problems down the line.

When roofing materials are installed incorrectly, leaks can form around a roof’s eaves as well as around the skylights, and improperly installed gutters and downspouts can cause soil erosion, foundation problems and basement water damage. This project is a high-pressure assignment, and inexperienced roofers might make mistakes if they’re in a rush to finish on time. When a roofer is awarded the GAF Master Elite status, it shows that the contractor always follows the proper procedure because only the best 3 percent of contractors are given this award. GAF is a shingle maker that specializes in fiberglass asphalt shingles, which is the roofing cover used on 80 percent of residential buildings in the United States.

GAF also offers professional training for roofers and extended warranties on shingles installed by Master Elite contractors. Homeowners who get a full teardown and re-roofing by Master Elite roofers may qualify for a factory inspection performed by GAF; these extra details give homeowners the peace of mind that they won’t have to invest in a new roof for several decades.

Asphalt shingles were invented in America, and they’ve been around for more than 100 years. There have been significant improvements in the technology, but asphalt only lasts for a certain amount of time before it loses its pliability and water resistance. It’s the most economical roofing material because most people don’t expect to need their roofs to last hundreds of years as clay and slate tiles do, and tile roofs are much more expensive. Special, long-lasting asphalt shingles come with lifetime warranties and typically last about 80 years, so homeowners who buy a new property with these shingles may never need a roof replacement if they schedule regular preventive inspections. Routine inspections can help clear up leaks, algae, fungus and mold before they get out of control. Any of the roofing contractors from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County can answer your questions about skylights or roof repairs.

Term explained by the roofing contractors from Fortified Roofing of Ocean County:

Algae, fungus and mold

Microorganisms don’t necessarily harm shingles or cause leaks, but they can certainly bring down a home’s curb appeal. Some shingles are made with algae-resistant materials and come with limited warranties guaranteeing no algae growth. Homeowners also have the option of installing zinc or copper wires to stop algae.

Ocean County roofing contractors provide a FAQ:

Are shingles the best roofing material?

Inorganic, fire-resistant asphalt shingles are the least expensive and most common residential roofing cover in the U.S., but they’re not the longest-lasting. Wood shingles, which are highly flammable, can last hundreds of years if they don’t catch on fire. Clay and slate tiles are quite expensive, and because they’re held in place by gravity, they require lower-sloping roofs than shingles.

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If you would like to ask a question regarding roofers, a new roof installation, roof leak repairs, skylight options or gutters and downspouts please contact Fortified Roofing today!

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