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Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

You are considering a new replacement roof for your home. You want best new roof possible for the least amount of money possible. You want your new roof installed quickly and efficiently and to look great. You want to know as much as possible about your choices of shingles and colors available. You want the best possible service and warranty on that new roof.

You also are very interested in how much your new roof will add to your homes ’ value. Contact Hansons’ now to get all the answers you want and need about that new roof. Hansons’ will give you a free in home, no obligation analysis of your homes’ roofing needs. Find out now how much beauty and value that new Hansons’ roof will bring to your home at a surprisingly low price.

What about warranties?
1-800-HANSONS roofing warranties are based on the type of shingle you choose. The warranties are from 10 to 30 years and are fully transferable.

Why does your roof leak?
A cynic might answer that there are two kinds of roofs, those that leak and those that will leak eventually. Roofs leak from a break in the waterproofing layer, sometimes caused by mechanical damage (ie like someone dropping an HVAC access panel on the roof), sometimes from an opening in the sealer such as pitch pans and caulking, and sometimes from deterioration or defects in the roofing materials. The key roof management task is leak avoidance. You can continually search for and correct defects or you can buy a Hansons’ roof with an outstanding warranty to avoid all the aforementioned problems.

How long should your roof last?
Like any building component, roofs degrade at different rates depending on a large number of factors: the quality of the original construction, the level of abuse, the level of maintenance, appropriateness of design and others. So how long should a roof last? We have seen poorly designed and badly installed roofs go as few as six or seven years before they failed. We have also seen well designed and installed roofs last over sixty years. Most building owners, roofing contractors and designers feel 20 years is an acceptable service life. That is why you want a roof from 1-800-HANSONS that comes with an exceptional warranty, the best in the business.

Can you cover over your existing roof?
Installing a roof over the top of an existing roof is generally acceptable under these guidelines:
1) A building cannot have more than two roofs; 2) No wet insulation can be left in place; 3) The roof structure must be able to handle the additional roof load; 4) The new roof must be attached to the roof deck to meet wind loads (it is not generally acceptable to adhere the new roof to the old roof).

What do you need to do to prepare for the installation of your new roof?
Remove all loose items from walls and shelves. The constant hammering during construction may cause enough vibration to shake those items down. Make sure to clear your driveway and items directly surrounding your home. Also, please see that electrical power is provided to the outside of your home. If exterior plugs are not available, please run an extension cord through a window or door.

What shingle colors and styles are available?
Hansons’ offers the widest variety of shingle colors and styles available anywhere for you to choose from, guaranteed! Visit this link to see a complete sampling: Hansons shingles: colors samples.

How can you get samples of roofing products?
Call Hansons’ to arrange an in home, no obligation presentation of all the roofing products available. A full range of samples will be available for your review as you make your decision.

How will new shingles look on your roof?
Choosing Hansons’ roofing is one of the best ways to improve the visual appeal and market value of your home. Their rich, dimensional appearance makes a statement that few other roofing materials can.

What is the best roof for your home?
Generally it is not simple to answer all roofing problems with one solution. A call to Hansons’ can make it much simpler to make the determination about the best roof for your home. Together you will be able to decide which products and type of roof is best for your home. The key to selecting the proper roof for your home is identifying its specific roof design parameters. The experts at Hansons’ will help you accomplish that task and recommend the best roofing solution for you home.

When is the best time to install a new roof?
The optimum time to install a new roof is when the temperatures are above freezing and the wind and rain are of the lowest intensity and frequency. The experts at Hansons’ will assist you in making this important decision. If it is not possible to wait the roofing experts at Hansons’ will help you choose a roofing system that is more tolerant of inclimate weather.

How do I know my roof has failed?
Different types of roofs fail at different rates with different failure modes. The most frequent failure clues are: Does the roof leak in numerous locations? Do leaks continue despite repeated repair attempts? Do repairs seem to make leaks worse, or do new leaks develop after repairs?
How tolerant is the occupancy to leaks? Low leak tolerance generally means the “failure” decision is reached earlier. It is generally better to re-roof at the appropriate juncture, rather than pouring money and time into ill advised repairs. A call to Hansons’ will help you make these very important decisions.

How much does a new roof cost?
Before we can tell you how much your new roof will cost, we will need to know what it involves. We understand your worries about budgets and keeping project cost under control. We have your concerns in mind and that is why we recommend that a Hansons’ extremely qualified representative visit your home for a no obligation, assessment of your roofs’ condition and cost to re-roof. You will then be in a position to make a qualified, intelligent decision.

What is an architectural or dimensional shingle?
Unlike standard 3-tab, or strip shingles, which are single layer in design, a growing number of shingles are multi-layered or laminated. This is another reason you should call an expert from 1-800-HANSONS to give you the best information you can get about your roof with no obligation.

What is algae (or fungus) found on roofs?
In some moist areas, algae can grow on shingles. Although the algae has no proven effect on shingle life, it does stain or discolor the shingle. Commonly called fungus, this algae staining can be unattractive. The algae-containing stains can be dramatically reduced by the use of special copper granules. Call 1-800-HANSONS to answer your questions.

What are ice dams?
The typical ice dam is a buildup of ice that forms near the eaves or gutters as a result of interior heat escaping into the attic and through the roof decking. The heat melts the snow and ice on the upper areas of the roof resulting in meltwater. This melted water runs to cold, lower areas or eaves and depending on the conditions refreeze. Call Hansons’ for a free, no obligation analysis of the problem.

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