FAQ’s 2017-10-05T16:48:04+00:00

While no one can determine the condition of your roof without a firsthand evaluation, we are happy to provide some preliminary answers to our clients’ most frequently asked questions.

Classic Roofing & Gutters, LLC of Marietta also urges you to contact us for a straightforward assessment of your roof without any future obligation.

What does routine roof maintenance involve, and why should I bother with it? 2015-05-06T05:53:48+00:00

All too often, roof problems are discovered after leaking or other signs of problems when serious damage has already occurred. The expense involved can often be avoided with periodic (twice-a-year) inspections.

Classic Roofing & Gutters, LLC frequently uncovers cracked, warped, or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts; other visible damage and deterioration.

What are some signs of a potential roofing problem? 2015-05-06T05:51:31+00:00

In addition to any leaking, look for the following indications indoors: cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper—all signs of damaged sheetrock.

If my roof leaks, do I need to have it totally replaced? 2015-05-06T05:50:01+00:00

Not necessarily. Leaking can result because some flashings have come loose, or possibly a section of the roof has been damaged.

On the other hand, a roof failure is generally irreversible. Other than age, roof failure usually results either from improper installation or materials, or from the installation of a roof system inappropriate to the building.

What are my options if I decide to re-roof? 2015-05-06T05:47:42+00:00

If you decide to re-roof, two basic options exist:

  1. You can choose a complete replacement of the roof system, involving a tear-off of the old roof.
  2. You can choose to re-cover over the existing roof, which involves only the installation of a new membrane and resurfacing. If you have previously recovered your original roof, we can tell you if your deck can support a second recover.
Why shouldn’t I attempt to save money by doing the work myself? 2015-05-06T05:46:09+00:00

Most roofing work should not be do-it-yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to repair or replace a roof safely and efficiently. Novices can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques and severely injure themselves by failing off—or even through—a roof in need of repair or replacement.

What kind of roofing work makes sense for me to do myself? 2015-05-06T05:43:23+00:00

Homeowner maintenance should be confined to roof inspections in both the fall and spring. You’ll want to check for cracked or curing shingles and to cleaning rain gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris.

If you must see the roof for yourself, use a firmly traced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof) if possible.

How long can I expect my roof to last? 2015-05-06T05:42:05+00:00

The condition and lifespan of your roof will depend on the type of roof you have, the effects of your local environment and the maintenance that the roof has received. According to the American Society of Home inspectors, asphalt shingles generally last 15-20 years; wood shingle/shakes, 10-40 years; clay/concrete tiles, 20+ years; slate, 30-100 years; metal roofing, 15-40+years.

Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products, and Classic Roofing & Gutters, LLC will present your options with that information in detail.