Local residents have a lot of inquiries when they call our roofing Kansas City office. As local experts in Kansas City roofing, we’ve pretty much seen it all — from slightly upturned shingle corners to totally tornado-trashed roofs. Periodically, we like to take a moment to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.
Q. How do I know I need a new roof?
A. It often doesn’t take a roofing Kansas City contractor to tell you need a new roof. If you’re brave enough to go up on the ladder, you’ll notice dark spots, curled shingles, blisters, crumbled materials, and areas where the granules are worn out.
Q. Is a water leak expensive to repair?
A. Not always… sometimes a roofing Kansas City professional can patch up one spot of the roof where the shingles were damaged by the elements, and you won’t need a whole new roof after all.
Q. What new roofing materials are available?
A. In recent years, we have seen many innovations in the strength and durability of shingles. In the past, it was uncommon for shingles to last more than 10 or 15 years. Today’s architectural shingles are built to last at least twice that amount of time. They are also build to withstand impact from hail. Many new materials are more resistant to water and ice, and homeowners are just loving the designer shingles that look like wood shake or slate.
Q. What should I look for in a roof?
A. The vast majority of Kansas City homeowners opt for weathered wood or driftwood colors that match any exterior paint. It’s smart to consider a shingle that may cost a little more, but is more weather-resistant.
Q. What are ice dams and why should I care?
A. Ice dams occur when snow melt backs up behind ice on a rooftop, causing small lakes that pool into your home, ruining carpeting, wood floors and sheet-rock. Once they occur, there is not much a roofing Kansas Citycontractor can do. The good news is that they are preventable by ensuring the home is adequately ventilated.