FAQ Putting a Roof Over Your Head with Pride

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  • General

    • What is better, nail gun or hand nailing?

      GreenLight Roofing uses the manufacturers recommended 1 1/4″ nail. For most our projects, we use coil. Some feel that coil nails can be over driven through the shingle, leaving nothing to hold it down to the roof. While we have seen examples of this in the field, we have also seen overdriven nails that were hand nailed. The nailing issue is truly a matter of project management.

      Quality control makes a greater difference in the workmanship of your roof than which fastener is used or how it’s applied. As part of our roofing process, all GreenLight Roofing Project Managers are responsible for conducting quality control checks during the entire installation and repair process. Inspecting nailing patterns and nail penetration are key components of the quality control process.

    • Will you clean up after my roofing project?

      Yes. At the end of the job, we conduct a thorough clean-up and walk-through. Your satisfaction is our main goal on every job we do!

    • How long will it take to replace my roof?

      Most residential roofing jobs can be completed in a single day. If a roof takes more than one day, we clean and secure the site at the end of each day and take care to protect any vulnerable areas from the weather.

    • How long do asphalt shingles last on average?
      Shingles come in different grades. The better the grade, the longer the life expectancy, which can range from 15 to more than 40 years.
    • How do I know if I have hail damage to my roof?

      You may be able to see severe hail strikes from the ground, but most often hail damage is not visible to the untrained eye. If you’ve experienced hail in your area, call GreenLight Roofing to schedule a professional inspection.

    • How do I decide which roofing material to use?

      Choosing which type of roof is right for you will depend upon several factors, including your budget, taste and needs. Before making your choice, consider the lifecycle cost of your roofing material.

      Some materials, although initially more expensive, require less maintenance and have a longer life expectancy than others. An asphalt shingle roof might last 20 years, but a metal roof can last more than 50 and might be more cost-effective in the long run.

    • My roof is leaking. Do I need to have it completely replaced?
      Not necessarily. Our technicians can often make repairs to extend the life of a roof that is otherwise in good condition. However, if a roof is signs of age and wear, replacement may be the only option.
    • What are the signs a roof needs to be replaced?
      Leaks, missing or torn shingles, loose flashing, excessive shingle granules in gutters, etc. Age is another indicator; if your roof is 20 years old, it could be at the end of its lifespan.