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Klaus Roofing Systems by Master Services Q&A

Are gutters necessary?

While it doesn't go against code to not have gutters, they are extremely important. Gutters catch and direct water away from your home's foundation and landscaping, which prevents water damage and basement flooding. Gutters deter mold, mildew, and decay from sprouting on the exterior of your home. With a reliable gutter system installed, you also extend the lifespan of your roof. 

How do roofing companies help Realtors?

Problems often arise during a home inspection. Realtors need a reputable, dependable roofing company to turn to for opinions or repair work. Reliable companies should offer priority scheduling, payment deferment until closing, free estimates, timely written proposals, financing options, and more. 

Realtors face unique issues in their goal to negotiate a successful sale. A worthwhile roofing company will know how to ease the process! 

How does hail damage roofs?

Hail damages roofs by shattering or loosening shingles or wearing down granules. Once a shingle is damaged, water works beneath it to saturate the decking. If the granules on a shingle, which protect it from UV rays, are compromised, the lifespan of the shingle is shortened. 

Wet decking eventually rots, creating leaks and other costly problems. An inspection following a hail storm is important, as a professional can gauge damage before it worsens. 

How much does a gutter replacement, roof repair, or roof replacement cost?

The cost varies! There's no "one size fits all" solution, and a variety of factors impact cost. One roof could have minor damage and only require patching, while another may need a total replacement. 

Whatever the situation, financing options are available to help homeowners save money while getting durable, long-lasting roofs. 

What are signs I should replace my roof?

Signs that your roof needs a replacement include: 

 

  • Moss or algae
  • Cracked, loose, buckling, or missing shingles
  • Rusted flashing
  • Wet and/or rotten decking
  • Damaged boots near vents
  • Damaged or inefficient vents
  • Missing caulk
  • Chimney cracks
  • Loose gutters
  • Sagging spots

 

When durable materials are installed, a roof will last many years, particularly if it's composed of asphalt shingles! However, annual inspections are important to keep ahead of potential problems. 

What's the point of skylight repair or replacement?

Repairing or replacing a skylight improves lighting, prevents water damage, and lowers energy costs. Skylights offer a lot of natural light, which means homeowners spend less money on electricity. Skylights with cracks or flaws also leak, allowing damaging moisture inside. The seals on older skylights eventually abrade or wear down, letting air escape. 

Not all roofing companies offer skylight repair and replacement services, but those that do should be able to provide a thorough inspection to identify any problems. 

Why are asphalt shingles so popular?

Asphalt shingles are popular due to their durability, lasting anywhere from 20-50 years. Despite their value, they're relatively inexpensive and easy to install. 

Composed of powdered limestone and asphalt, these shingles do a fair job withstanding rain, wind, hail, snow, and ice. However, any shingle will eventually deteriorate or wear down, so regular inspections are important! One loose or cracked shingle could mean interior leaks and extensive water damage. 

Why do gutters need to be cleaned?

Gutters provide protection from water damage, but they also require maintenance. Gutters cannot ferry water safely away from your home and landscaping if they are clogged with leaves, twigs, acorns, or nests! During the winter, ice also will lodge in gutters and create harmful clogs. Clogged gutters create overflow, which means that water spills over the sides and creates issues like wood rot, flooded basements, eroded landscaping, and other damage. Some products protect gutters against clogs and overspill, thus extending the lifespan of the system. 

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