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Frequently Asked Roofing Questions

Roofs are incredible. We think so, at least. They work hard to keep the weather outside, but to some, roofs can seem intimidating. We’re here to help answer some of the most common roofing questions we come across when working on roofs across the Kitsap Peninsula.

Q: Does my roof need to be replaced?

A: In general, roofs need to be replaced every 25-30 years. This is simply because, at this point, the materials begin to fail. If you don’t know the age of your roof, there are a few signs, like curled or missing shingles, that indicate it’s time to replace your roof.

If you want to learn more, we go into detail in a recent blog here.

Q: What are the best roofing materials for the Pacific Northwest?

A: When it comes time to replace your roof, you have plenty of options to choose from. In the Pacific Northwest, our top three roofing materials are: composted or fiberglass shingles, metal roofs, or wood shakes. These are all sustainable materials that are cost-effective while requiring little maintenance and offering impeccable aesthetics.

Learn more in a recent blog post here.

Q: What causes roofs to leak?

From our experience, there are three common reasons roofs leak. First is age – if your roof is past its prime, it's more susceptible to leaks. The second is that there is debris on your roof. Pine needles and moss are a roof’s nemesis, so if your roof has debris, it’s time to clean it up. Finally, your roof leaks because your gutters are clogged. Keeping your gutters clear is the best way to avoid leaks.

Learn more about roof leaks here.

Q: How do I get my roof winter ready?

It’s always a good idea to get your roof ready for winter. No one wants to deal with a leaky roof in the middle of December. To help get your roof winter-ready you need to get rid of any debris (that means moss removal and gutter cleaning), check for damage, and finally check your attic space. Your insulation and ventilation will be critical for keeping your home warm all winter long.

Check out a recent post we wrote about getting your roof winter-ready here.

Q: Does my roof need a spring cleaning?

Like most things around the house, your roof can always benefit from a spring clean. We have a five-step checklist that details all our recommendations here.

As your go-to roofing company, we benefit when you better understand the complexities of roofing. We hope this helped to clear up a few of your questions. If you think it might be time to replace your roof, give us a call. We offer free inspections, which are done by our owner, Jim.

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