The best advice is always simple, such as “if you don’t know, just ask” and today we are going to cover some roofing topics that come up from time to time. At Erie Construction Mid West, we want to make our customers comfortable and confident in their home improvement decisions.
Q: I hate the color of my shingles, can I paint them?
A: Yes, you can but it’s not advisable. Shingles lose their granules over time. What you can easily wind up with is a splotchy looking roof. Keep them painted every few years, though and you’ll be okay. Another thing, shingles are made so that there are variations in coloring. With a painted roof, there will be no variations. It will be all one color.
Q: The roofer didn’t remove the little plastic strip from the back of my shingles. Should this have been removed?
A: No, it does not need to be removed. That particular brand of shingle is designed so that the sealant seals right through the strip. The strip is there to help keep the shingles from sticking together before the’re installed.
Q: My shingles got beat up in the last hail storm we had and I’m tired of replacing them. What type of roof should I use?
A: If the hail is big enough, then it won’t matter what you use, the material will still get destroyed. There are some shingles that can take quite a hit and remain in good shape.
Q: I did some repairs to my roof and noticed there is no roofing felt under them. Is this the correct way to install shingles?
A: No, it is not. Unless it’s an overlay (recover), there should be felt underlayment separating the roofing materials and the deck. Many home builders install roofs this way so that they can save money. It is frowned upon by the National Roofing Contractor’s Association, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Assocation, and any roofer with integrity. Erie Construction Mid West does not condone thess type of installation practices.
Underlayment provides a vapor barrier between the roof deck and the shingles, is a secondary waterproofing element of the roof, and prevents the wood deck from leaching oils from the asphalt shingles.
I hope this has been helpful. At Erie Construction Mid West, we take an honest approach to making sure we satisfy our customers.