If your roof has chimneys, dormers, and walls, then you will see flashing on your estimate. Flashing prevents water from seeping behind and under shingles, causing water damage to the structure.
Mold grows indoors when spores in the air land on wet surfaces caused by roof leaks, plumbing problems, ventilation issues, and other moisture sources. Molds produce allergens and in some cases toxic substances that can cause reactions in people with allergies and asthma. Mold spores grow when moisture is present so keeping your home dry will prevent a problem in the first place. After cleaning up mold, if the water problem isn't solved, mold will return. It is important to accurately assess a mold problem and have clean-up and moisture problems handled professionally.
For more information on Mold, check out the EPA's Guide to Mold, Moisture, and your Home.
Or this article on the dangers of mold from a leaky roof and this article on mold removal from Water Damage Advisor.
Craig Gouker Roofing has been installing quality residential roofing in South East Pittsburgh since 1991 and is the expert in shingle roof replacement.
Gutters play an important role in the protection of your home's structure. Regular maintenance is needed to keep them working properly. How do you know when it is time to repair or replace. These are some signs to watch for.
One item that should be included on every roof replacement estimate is underlayment. Underlayment is a layer of protective material between the roof deck or plywood and the shingles. Often called felt paper, it is the first layer of waterproofing for your roof.
In addition to the standard felt paper there are new types of underlayment. Some manufacturers reinforce the underlayment with fiberglass to strengthen and resist tearing, make installation easier and improve its waterproofing effectiveness.
Manufacturers are constantly developing new underlayments. Newer synthetic underlayments further increase the effectiveness of and ease & safety to install underlayment and increase longevity. Some manufacturers have developed organic and green underlayment products.
It is usually recommended to use underlayment from the same manufacturer as your shingles as they are designed to work together and it may be required for a valid warranty.
A contractor will choose the best type of underlayment for your roof replacement based on the type of roof and climate in which you live. If you have any questions regarding their choice, they are the best resource for your specific project.
Craig Gouker Roofing has been installing quality residential roofing in South & East Pittsburgh since 1991 and is the expert in shingle roof replacement.
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