Frequently asked questions

How much does your average roof cost?

Unfortunately the answer is...it depends.  How many layers, how steep the roof is and the materials you are looking to put on the roof all factor into the cost of the project.  However, the average home has approximately 1500 square feet of roofing.  If the average home also has two layers and a walkable pitch the price would likely be in the range of $6,000-$8,000.

How long will it take to replace my roof?  

The typical home can be completed in one day.  However the size of the house in addition to the product being installed and pitch of the roof can all extend the length of the overall project.

Does a permit need to be applied for?

Depends...New Jersey recently changed its policy to not require a permit for a roof or siding replacement.  Other states may vary.

Are all asphalt shingles the same?

No. There are many different manufacturers of shingles and there are many different styles, colors and weights.  GAF, Owens Corning and Certainteed are the largest manufacturers of residential roofing products in the USA.  Typically the heavier the shingle the longer it will last and the more expensive it will cost.     

Do I need ventilation for my roof?

Yes. Improper ventilation can lead to excess moisture in your attic.  This can lead to roof deck decay and shortened life expentancy of your foof.  There are many different methods for venting your roof including ridge vent, attic vents, and slantback vents.  

What is Ice and Watershield and do I need it?

Yes. Ice & Water is a thin membrane that should be installed on the eaves, rakes (overhangs), valley's, around chimneys, pipe stacks, skylights and other areas where you may accumulate snow or water buildup.  The watershield adds additional protection should ice cause water to back up and get underneath the shingles.  

Why do I need to move tables, chairs and other things away from my house?

Roofing is a dirty job.  The shingles are heavy and a typical roof pitch causes the shingles to fall from the roof when removed.  As a result, a good roofer will take precautions to protect your home to the best of their ability.  However, it is impossible to protect everything or foresee where all the debris will fall, as such moving items away from your home is a necessary precaution. 

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