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Let’s explore both options. Most roofing manufacturers allow you to
cover up your old roof. And depending on where you live, some building codes
will allow you to install a second or third layer. However, it’s a good
idea to have your old roof removed so you can check for any damage to the roof
decking. It’s always better to start with a clean, smooth surface. That
way, there’s no possibility of the old roof creating bumps and imperfections
in your new roof.
Those streaks are caused by algae growing on your roof. The algae itself is
uglier than it is harmful, but it can promote future moss growth. You’re
probably wondering what you can do to prevent it.
Woodfeathers carries a number of products that kill the algae growth along
with several types of asphalt composition roofs that come with copper coated
granules. These granules will help prevent the algae growth before it starts
and have 10- to 20-year warranties, providing a wonderful long term answer
to your algae problem.
Well, I prefer chocolate shakes myself! But there are several roofing products
on the market today with the appearance of wood shakes. Metal, concrete, asphalt
and composite materials can all be used to achieve that shake look. Consult
with a Woodfeathers contractor on your type of house, roof and budget, and
we can help design a solution that is right for you.
Architectural shingles, also called dimensional shingles, have a textured
composition. They come in a variety of shapes and warranties, and bring design
to your roof. You see, your roof is more than just a covering, and architectural
shingles can help protect your home while topping it off beautifully!
All asphalt shingles come with a wind warranty between 60 and 110 miles per
hour. That’s some strong wind! But most wind warranties are good for
about five years, depending on the shingles’ weight.
Not unless you want to make some quick, low budget sky lights. The degreasers
in today’s laundry detergents will actually eat through your roofing
and cause numerous leaks in a matter of days. Laundry detergents used to be
very efficient in controlling moss and algae, but they no longer contain the
phosphates because of today’s concerns about hurting the environment.
*NOTE: The information provided by the Answerman and Woodfeathers is for general
informational purposes only, and should not be taken as architectural or engineering
advice. The examples above are fictitious and should not be used as a basis
for planning a real roof. Woodfeathers does not endorse substituting or
replacing cedar shakes with chocolate shakes. Consult a licensed roofing
contractor or roofing specialist for help with your specific roofing needs.