Roofing FAQs

At Roof Right, we enjoy educating on their roofing FAQs (frequently asked questions). We love chatting with our clients and answering everything to do with Roofs! To answer some of the more commonly asked questions that we receive, we have compiled this list of Frequently Asked Roofing Questions. If you don’t find the answer here to your question, then please feel free to e-mail us at info@roofrightcalgary.ca or use our handy contact form with your questions and we will happy to answer it.


Q) How long does it take to have a new roof installed

Roof installation is very labor intensive. Depending on the type of roof, the average time is anywhere between days to weeks. Also please be aware that this time frame can be substantially affected by the weather.

At Roof Right, we pride ourselves on careful planning and tight project management. As a result, we are often able to reduce some of the delays caused by bad weather.

Q) How long should a roof last?

The life of your roof may range anywhere from 20 to 50 years depending upon the materials. People are often misled or confused by their roofing warranty, wrongly believing this is how long the new roof will last.

What homeowners are often faced with is a 25-year warranty on a shingle that will only last 10 to 15 years. This is because all they did was replace the existing shingles without taking the entire roof system into consideration (i.e. the roof deck, the insulation, the ventilation, proper underlayment covering the entire roof, and proper flashing details).

Q) What is the difference between fiberglass shingles and organic shingle?

The armature that is present in the manufacture of each shingle makes the difference. The organic shingle has a frame composed mainly of organic cellulose fiber derived from recycled paper and wood chips selected. The fiberglass shingle has for its part, an armature glass mat composed of glass filaments of varying length arranged in all directions and agglomerated using inert binders.  

Q) My roof is leaking. Does this mean I need a new one?

Not necessarily. You may only need repair work. The best way to determine the problem is to call in a professional roofing company for an evaluation. We’ll advise you on the most viable and cost-effective course of action.

Q) Why ventilate the attic?

In winter, the temperature difference between the attic and the outside (due to condensation and frost) can cause ice to accumulate on the roof. Consequently, the ceiling of your home could be damaged by water infiltration. In summer, the vacuum space reaches extreme temperatures undesirable. All these phenomena are caused due to a lack of ventilation, leading to numerous adverse effects in the structure of the house.

Q) What causes the formation of algae? Is it harmful to my roof?

Exposure of your home to wind and precipitation, factors such as ventilation, proximity to trees, slope, and orientation of your roof all plays a role. Increasing pollution of the air and rain also have a negative influence on this phenomenon. If you see that there are black streaks on your roof then it is a sure sign of the formation of algae on the roof. It only means that asphalt shingles have been invaded by algae and you need to treat it properly; otherwise, your roof appears very dirty and stained. However, it is important to mention that the algae only causes an aesthetic look on the shingle.


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