Little-Known Roofing FAQs, Part 2
Things You Should Know About Your Roof
The average homeowner doesn’t spend much time thinking about their roof. That is, until something goes wrong. However, at Divine Roofing, Inc., all we do is think about roofing! Not only is it our job to know everything about roofing materials, installation, and replacements, but we love sharing what we know with our customers. With this in mind, we bring your our next installment of frequently asked questions about roofing.
Keep reading for five little-known Roofing FAQs!
Are You Allowed to Reroof in Colorado Springs?
No, reroofing is not allowed in Colorado Springs or El Paso County at large. Reroofing is when new asphalt shingles are laid directly on top of old shingles. This is typically done as a money-saving measure but is strictly forbidden by the Piles Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD). According to the PPRBD, all layers of the old roof must be removed and replaced when installing a new roof.
Read our blog to learn more about reroofing restrictions in El Paso County.
Does Roof Ventilation Matter?
Yes! Having a properly ventilated roof is crucial to ensuring that you get the most out of your existing roof. Without proper ventilation, your roof can become super-heated, causing your roofing materials to degrade faster, leaving the roof vulnerable to wind, rain, and hail damage. Additionally, roof ventilation allows warm, moist air to escape your crawlspace or attic, preventing mold and mildew growth and further protecting your roof structure from damage.
Is There an Ideal Roofing Material for Colorado Springs
You may be surprised to learn that where you live impacts the type of roofing materials you should select, but it does. Living in Colorado Springs, we see a wide range of weather, from snow and ice in the winter to snow and hail in the summer. Because we see such severe weather year round, you should select roofing materials that can take a beating.
Good choices for roofing in Colorado Springs include:
- EPDM rubber roofing
- Hail proof shingles
- Metal roofing
- Slate roofing
- Stone-coated steel
Clay tiles are another very durable roofing material, but hail has been known to damage and crack clay tiles. Similarly, lower quality asphalt shingles don’t have the same impact rating as those rated for hail. Before selecting a roofing material, you should discuss it with one of our roofing experts at Divine Roofing, Inc. We will go over all your options and help you select the material that fits your needs, your budget, and which will stand the test of time.
Should I Really Be Worried About Roofing Scams?
Yes, you absolutely should be worried about roofing scams. As previously mentioned, Colorado Springs is a high hail area. As a result, we get a lot of out-of-state and out-of-area roofers coming in after a storm trying to make fast money (we call them storm chasers). While not all of these companies are scammers, there are still quite a few scam artists out there.
Signs of a roofing scam:
- The company is going door-to-door trying to get you to sign a contract
- The company doesn’t have a local address or telephone number
- You can’t find any legitimate reviews for the company online
- The company refuses to show you their credentials
- The company refuses to give you local references
- They are offering you a deal that is too good to be true
When it comes to selecting a roofer, always choose a company that is local. Like Divine Roofing, Inc., a local company can be easily vetted. Not only will you find real reviews from real people living in the area, but they will not hesitate to give you references and show you their work.
How Often Should I Schedule Roof Maintenance?
Over the years, we have seen firsthand that maintenance is the key to getting the most out of your roof. But, you may be wondering how often you should schedule professional maintenance? At Divine Roofing, Inc., we recommend that homeowners schedule a roof inspection with us annually. Ideally, you will schedule your inspection in the spring, after the snow and ice have melted but before hail season is in full swing.
We will review your entire roofing system during your inspection visit, identifying any repair issues. We will also note any areas where your roofing shows signs of wear and tear. After the inspection, we will provide you with our full report and our advice on how best to approach maintenance and repairs. Our goal is to provide you with the information and services you need to get the full lifespan from your existing roof and to make repair and replacement decisions with confidence.
Have more questions about roofing or want to schedule your annual roof inspection? Send us a message online. We are always here to help.
Click here for our first installment of little-known roofing FAQs!