Q. My roof has snow on it. Can you still do an estimate?
A. While an estimate can be performed with snow on the roof, it is far from the best strategy for receiving a quality estimate. Snow cover prevents us from seeing all the roof and it’s many accessories. A thorough and meaningful estimate can be conducted only when the entire roof is visible.
Q. My roof has been hit with hail. Can you help us?
A. Yes we can. As the homeowner, you may or may not feel comfortable with who your insurance company recommends to replace your roof. The homeowner alone decides who they choose to reshingle their roof.
Q. How do I know what style of roof I have?
A. Roofs are one or the other of two basic styles. The gable end consists of a ridge dividing the roof into two sides with an eavestrough at the bottom edge of each side. The hip roof generally has four sides and the eavestrough runs around the entire lower perimeter of the roof. Either style can include smaller roofs jutting out from the main roof.
Q. How long does it take to reroof my home?
A. Unless your home presents unusual obstacles, Boychuk’s Roofing will complete your reroof in one day.
Q. What happens to the old shingles?
A. Boychuk’s Roofing sorts the various roofing debris to comply with the latest recycling requirements. All debris is hauled away and your property left clean.
Q.What brand of shingle is the best?
A. There is no best brand, over the years all the various brands have performed to standard. Rather than attempt to judge each brand against the others, a more effective strategy is to select a shingle by their lifespan (warranty) and their appearance.
Q. What is an ice dam and what causes ice damming?
A. An ice dam is nothing more than the formation of ice on a roof. There are two sources creating ice dams, the weather and deficiencies in the roof structure itself. Ongoing fluctuations in the ambient temperature above and below the freezing mark will result in a thaw/freeze cycle. The moisture from melting snow freezes and becomes ice. The more frequent the cycle the greater the ice build up. The other source is really a combination of factors including excessive heat loss and lack of ventilation. Ideally, your attic temperature should be equal to the ambient temperature outside. Sufficient attic insulation and ventilation is the key here. A well insulated attic with proper ventilation will clear the attic of excess heat and moisture thus reducing the conditions which create ice damming.
Q. What is ice and water shield and do I need it?
A. Ice and water shield is a polybitumen membrane applied directly to the roof deck and the shingles are nailed down on top of it. When the nails pass through the ice and water shield, it seals itself around the nails thus preventing the passage of water. We apply ice and water shield along the eaves edges and in the valleys of your roof plus any other areas where ice dams might occur. Ice and water shield has protected many homes from damage due to ice dams and we strongly recommend its use.
Q. Is deckbase the same as ice and water shield?
A. Absolutely not. Deckbase is no more than glorified felt paper and does not possess the ‘self healing’ properties of ice and water shield.
Q. What is felt and do I need it?
A. Felt is not acceptable as eave protection by the Alberta Building Code, however it is acceptable as underlayment. Think of felt as a heavy paper that has been saturated with liquid asphalt. Although not required, we highly recommend applying felt to the entire surface of your roof deck. It can prove instrumental in protecting your home from leaks.
Q. What is dripedge and do I need it?
A. Quality dripedge is made of light gauge metal formed to fit the junction where your roof deck and fascia board meet. Dripedge serves two purposes. The first is to assist in directing water from your shingles into your eavestroughs. The second is to guard your roof deck edge against moisture and resulting woodrot. If your roof does not already have dripedge installed, we recommend you have us install it.
Q. What’s a gooseneck? An air vent? A plumbing vent flashing?
A. A gooseneck is a galvanized metal outlet on your roof connected to the kitchen or bathroom fan inside your home. An air vent covers a hole in your roof deck cut to allow hot attic air to escape. A plumbing vent is a rubber seal around the plumbing vent stack where it protrudes through your roof deck. Although these items may appear serviceable at the time, it is best to replace them to ensure they remain serviceable for the entire life of your new shingles.
Q. What is a ridgevent and do I need one?
A. Ridgevents are a continuous venting system designed primarily to vent a vaulted ceiling where standard air vents and turbines are ineffective. Ridgevents straddle the ridge/peak and sit low enough not to detract from the appearance of your roof and home.
Q. What is woodrot and do you replace it?
A. As the name implies, woodrot is wood which has rotted. Woodrot generally affects only your roof deck and not your trusses or other structural components. The reason for its development is moisture. If your shingles, flashings, or roof accessories were not correctly installed, moisture will contact the roof deck and initiate decay. Fortunately, woodrot is easily replaced with new wood at the time of reroofing.
Q. What is roof slope?
A. Roof slope is determined by a simple mathematical formula. It is expressed as the rise over the run. The rise varies but the run remains a constant of 12 feet. For example, most homes have a 4/12 roof slope. This means that the roof rises up vertically 4 feet for every 12 feet in length horizontally. A 5/12 roof is steeper than a 4/12 and a 6/12 is steeper yet. Roofs of less than 4/12 are termed low slopes and require a different application of materials than those roofs of 4/12 or greater. Roofs with a slope of 8/12 or steeper are commonly referred to as steep roofs and these roofs require special equipment to prevent the workers from sliding off the roof.
Q. My skylight leaks. Can you fix it?
A. Unless your skylight is very old and of a poor design, there should be no reason why it cannot be made weather tight during the reroofing process.
Q. Are turbines really any good?
A. Some are and some aren’t. We believe the Whirybird to be the best and install it exclusively.
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