Middle Creek Roofing Q&A

Are two roofs better than one?

One layer of shingles is acceptable, two layers are not. A single layer of shingles will look better, last longer, and will not put any unnecessary extra weight on the roof. 

Can a leaking roof collapse?

If you are experiencing a roof leak that is a sure sign that you have water pooling in between your ceiling and roof. Water pooling adds weight and stress to the beams of the roof, drywall and insulation which will cause sagging and drooping and could cause the roof to collapse. 


Can a roof leak cause a fire?

Roof leaks can be hazardous of there are any old, exposed wires in your attic. If you do not have an attic and a leak would get into a light fixture that could also potentially spark and lead to a fire. 

Can I finance a new roof?

Yes, you can finance a new roof! Almost all licensed, reputable contractors offer some form of financing. Here at middle Creek Roofing we offer some of the best financing plans including some that you have no payments for 1 year! Give us a call today and we would be happy to discuss that financing options that we have available! 

Can my roof be insured?

Most home insurance policies cover your roof for the following: Fires, vandalism and storm damage. 

Does my roof need to have gutters?

Gutters are designed to direct rain away from your home. They are meant to catch the water and carry it away from the house and helps protect the foundation from eroding. Gutters also help keep water from backing up and getting into your basement and causing issues with flooding, mold & mildew. They are an important part of your roofing system. 

How can I prevent my gutters from freezing and icing over?

One way to combat that issue is to run heating cables inside the gutters and downspouts. Make sure to turn the cables on during snowy, freezing weather so that it will help keep them from freezing and icing over. 

How do you know when an asphalt roof needs to be replaced?

There are several clues with the biggest clue being age. If your roof is more than 20 years old, there is a good chance that it is due for replacement. Younger roofs can also fail so it is always a good idea to have your roof inspected once a year. The most common thing to look for is shingles that are lifting, cracked, missing, or curling at the edges. 

How long will it take to install my new roof?

That depends on a few different factors such as weather and size of the project. Could be as quick as 1 day or in some cases maybe a week from start to finish. If the project is more than one day to finish, we take precautions to make sure that your home is protected from any outdoor elements. 

How much will my new roof cost?

This is a tough question to answer. The cost of your new roof is dependent on a few things such as roof size, slope, materials and warranties. The best way to get the most accurate quote for your roof replacement is to give us a call to come out and provide you with an estimate for replacement. 

I have noticed frosty nail tips in my attic. What does that mean?

When you see that the nails in the attic have frosty tips on them that means that there is warm, moist air from inside your house seeping into the attic, and moisture is condensing and freezing on the cold steel nails. You should do something to correct the air seeping issue because it can reduce the effectiveness of your insulation and encourage mold growth. 

Is there anything that I can do to get rid of the black stains on the roof?

The dark streaks are a type of algae that lives off the minerals in some types of roof shingles. Algeo thrives most in moisture. Algae do not damage your roof it just does not look the nicest. You can get rid of it using a pump sprayer to wet the roof down with a mix of one part bleach to two parts water. 

What are the most common roofing problems?

-Roof Leaks- This is one of the most common roof issues that homeowners face. 

-Standing Water

-Damaged Shingles


-Clogged Gutters

-Storm Damage


What are the most common types of roofing?

- Asphalt Shingles. This is the most common residential roofing material used in the United States. They are economical and easy to install. 

-Metal Roofing- both Corrugated and Standing Seam

-Rubber Roofing- Used mostly on flat roofs. 

-Slate Roofing

-Wood Shakes & Cedar Shingles

-Ceramic Roof Tiles

What are the top challenges for roofing contractors?

Finding skilled workers and recruitment, Tools to improve efficiency, Training and certification as well as easier product installation. 

What are valleys on a roof?

A roof valley is formed where two roof slopes meet. Water collects in a valley to flow off the roof. Your choice of valley installation method is critical because when improperly installed, valleys are at risk of serious leaks. 

What are ways to maximize your shingle lifespan?

1. Properly ventilate your attic to help avoid interior water damage from condensation. 

2. Keep the roof clean and free of debris like branches and leaves. 

3. Increase the pitch of your roof to allow it to shed water faster. 

4. Replace any cracked or curling shingles. 


What causes a roof to fail?

The biggest reason for a roof to fail is lack of roof maintenance. Roofing is typically built to last for decades however weather condition and minor leaking left unresolved can cause the roofing system to fail. 

What do I do if I have storm damage?

Make sure to take photos and videos of the damage. File an insurance claim and then contact a roofing contractor for repair and or replacement options. 

What is better a 3-tab shingle or architectural shingle?

As far as performance there is not much difference between the two however an architectural shingle has a little extra ply on it which provide more resistance to wind when properly nailed and installed. 

What is roof flashing?

Roof flashing is a flat thin material used to prevent water from entering the openings and cracks of a roof. It is placed underneath the shingles of your roof and redirects the water to another location. Roof flashing is made from metals such as copper, aluminum, stainless steel and galvanized steel. 

What Roofing Material Lasts the longest?

- Wood Shakes & Shingles: 15-20 Years

-Asphalt Shingles: 10-30 Years

-Slate: 50+ Years

-Tile & Concrete: 50+Years

-Foam: 25+Years

-Build-Up Roofs: 25-30 Years

-Single-Ply: 30+ Years


What should I do if I have moss growing on my roof?

Moss holds moisture against the shingles and will ultimately shorten their life span. If your shingles are in good shape, you can make a 50-50 mixture of bleach and water and spray it onto the roof, wait 15 minutes after you have saturated it, and then rinse it clean. You should complete this process from the ground because wetting the moss-covered roof will create a very slippery roof surface. In the event that your shingles are not in the best condition, it would be best to have the roof replaced. 


What things should I ask my roofing contractor?

1. Do you offer a workmanship warranty along with the manufactures warranty? If so, how long is it?

2. Will the roof flashings be replaced? i.e.: Step Flashings, Counter Flashings & Chimney Flashings. 

3. What type of underlayment are you using?

4. Are you licensed and insured? (Have them provide a COI)

Why is felt paper used in roofing?

Felt paper is typically used in most roofing as a release between the two materials, wood, and asphalt. It also provided some lightweight protection in the event that a shingle would blow off. 

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