Q: How do I know when it’s time for a new roof?
A: We look at the shingles themselves to see if they are curled, losing granules, or shrinking. We also look at all flashings, vents, chimneys, and valleys. Call us to schedule a free estimate.
Q: Do I have enough ventilation?
A: Properly ventilating your attic is vital to the health of your roof. We inspect all ventilation to ensure it's adequate and we can install new ventilation when necessary.
Q: Does shingle color make a roof last longer?
A: It will affect the attic temperature to a degree. A darker color will draw in more heat than a lighter color. However, the quality of the shingle is most important. We have experience with all types of them.
Q: Should I ask for a copy of a contractor’s insurance?
A: Yes, of course! This not only ensures you are working with an insured company, but also shows that you care about who is working on your home. When a non-insured roofer is employed, you may be held liable for any injuries suffered on the job.
Q: What’s the best time of year to replace a roof?
A: Though we normally roof from around April 1 through around Thanksgiving, today’s shingles can be installed in cold weather. However, cold weather installation does carry potential problems. But in the event of an emergency, it is possible.
Q: Do I need an ice and water shield at the roof’s edge?
A: Most towns now mandate shields on tear-off roofs, and it does help to protect it. We always follow manufacturer specifications, as well as removing and reinstalling your gutters for a proper fit, when installing these.
Q: Should I tear off my existing roof or go over it?
A: A tear-off allows us to inspect the roof deck and install new ice and water shield at the edge. It also reduces the weight on your home. Though a tear-off does involve additional costs in labor, new materials, and dumping fees, it is worth it due to these advantages.
Q: Who is responsible for obtaining work permits?
A: Blue Ox Roofing takes care of it, and we will provide copies whenever is necessary.
Q: How many workers can I expect for a job?
A: Typically, we use a full-time foreman and four or five workers on each project.
Q: What if it rains during my roof project?
A: You are protected. We only remove what we can put back on completely during each day and never leave your home open to the elements.