Roofing FAQs

Answers to Frequently Asked Roofing Questions

A common saying, that applies to about everything is:

You don’t know what you don’t know.”


And in the world of roofing, it’s no different. Roofs are important, costly, and typically not understood. If you’re getting a new home, a new-to-you home, a new roof, or roof repair, it’s important for you to understand as much about the process and the product as possible. In an earlier blog post, I talked about Roofing Definitions, and today I would like to address some frequently asked roofing questions.

Roof Problems FAQs:

  • If my roof is leaking, do I need to replace the whole thing?
    • It may not be necessary to replace the entire roof because of a leak. Leaks can often be localized in one area, such as by a faulty piece of flashing or a damaged section. When something like this is the case, your roof can be repaired. But if the entire structure has failed, then yes, the roof needs to be replaced. If you have a leak, the wise thing to do would be to schedule a roofing contractor to take a look at your roof and determine the extent of the damage.
  • Are there signs that my roof may need to be repaired or replaced?
    • Absolutely! The one sign you never want to see are water stains on your ceilings or water dripping on your floor.
    • At least once or twice a year, it’s important to at least “eyeball” your roof for tell tale signs of problems. (A more detailed inspection is preferable). Things to look for are:
      • Shingles that are curling up around the edges
      • Missing shingles
      • Cracked or broken shingles
      • damagedshingles-mastercraftroofingShingles that appear darker than the rest, because they are missing the protective granules
      • Sections of the roof that appear bowed and uneven
      • Flashings that have deteriorated or have come loose
      • Check in the attic for light coming through and if there are water marks or mold
  • Can the shingles hang too far over the gutters?
    • Yes, shingles that hang more than 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch over the drip line are not only blocking the proper exit of water from the roof, but make it easier for debris to build up and clog the rain gutters. They should be cut back.
  • If I need to repair or replace my roof, is it OK if I do the work myself.
    • Certainly you can choose to do the work yourself, but unless you’re an expert, you risk making errors that a professional roofer wouldn’t make, and it may turn out to cost a lot more than what you thought you would save. Plus working on the roof can be dangerous.
  • If I need to replace my roof, is it acceptable to leave the old shingles on and place the new roof over the old?
    • Yes, this is  an acceptable practice, but there should never be more than two layers. A single layer of roofing is preferable because:
      • A single layer roof looks better
      • There is less weight on the roof with a single layer
      • When roofing over a previous roof, you may be roofing over current problems
      • Two layers are not better than one.
  • If I need to replace my roof, do I also need to replace my rain gutter system?
    • Talk to your roofing contractor to determine the condition of your rain gutters. If there are no problems, they won’t need to be replaced and your contractor will work around them.

Hiring a Roofing Contractor:

Hiring a good roofing contractor is one of the most important parts of repairing or replacing your roof. Take your time, ask all the right questions, get references, check licenses and sign contracts.

Getting a new roof is no small undertaking, be sure you have the right team for you job.

MasterCraft Roofing Services is the Seattle Area’s Best Roofing Company.

During the Project: We employ OSHA standards for safety, we use the highest quality tools and materials because there is more than just shingles. Along with a quality roof, we intend to leave your property in better shape than when we found it. We police our nails and debris with military discipline.

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