Here at Asset Roofing in Snohomish, we are frequently asked the same questions about roofing. To help our clients we have put together a few of those questions along with our answers.
QUESTION: When I was repairing my roof, I noticed there was no roofing felt under the shingles. Is this how they should be installed?
ANSWER: No, it isn’t. There should be a felt underlay to between the roofing materials and the deck. To save money, many home builders install roofs this way. The National Roofing Contractors Association, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, as well as any roofer with integrity would not approve of this.
QUESTION: How long will a metal roof last compared with asphalt or wood shingle?
ANSWER: A metal roof can be expected to last 40 to 60 years or more.
The lifespan of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. However, depending on the climate and the pitch of your roof that lifespan can be shorter. Asphalt is made of oil saturated paper or fibreglass and as soon as it is exposed to normal weather it starts to deteriorate but this is not the case with a metal roof.
Roofing materials with varying degrees of problems related to weather which lead to breakdown, are wood shingle, slate and tile. These often need to be replaced before 20 years.
Metal roofing way-outlasts all of the other roofing materials, retaining its durability and good looks for decades to come.
QUESTION: How often should my gutters be cleaned?
ANSWER: Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year. If there are a lot of trees around your home, then clean them 3 or 4 times a year.
QUESTION: Why is roof ventilation necessary?
ANSWER: Roof ventilation is needed to remove any heat build-up in summer and to reduce the build-up of moisture under the roof. By preventing the rotting of the wood and curling and distortion of the shingles, the roof and shingles should last longer.
If you would like for any further roofing information, please give us a call at Asset Roofing, we’d love to help answer your roof related concerns. We’re happy to serve the Snohomish, WA area with great roofing advice and service.