When it comes to replacing or repairing the roof on your home, many homeowners have a series of questions to ask before they move forward with the roofing project.

In this post we will take a look at five of the more common roofing questions homeowner’s may have.


What exactly is roof flashing?

Roof flashing is simply a material, commonly aluminum, that prevents water damage to your home. It is most commonly used in roofing joints or valleys as a barrier. Regular inspections should be performed to make sure that the outside elements aren’t oxidizing or shifting this protective barrier.

Why do I have stains on my shingles?

Stains on shingles are typically black stains from algae that is growing on the shingle. A one part bleach, two parts water mixture and very soft brush can sometimes clean the spots off. You want to avoid damaging the shingles with any kind of pressure spray from a garden hose or pressure washer though.

How do I temporarily cover my roof when damaged?

If you just sustained damage to your roof and you are looking to get it patched up before you contact the experts at Mark Daniel Exteriors, cover the damage with a woven plastic tarp that is held in place with 1×3 wood strips. We strongly advise against climbing on an already damaged roof though. Let roof repair experts handle the repair and patching, if needed.

Why can’t I just add another layer of shingles over what I have?

When too many layers of shingles build up on your roof, weight becomes a great concern. Trying to save money by simply layering on another roof layer could end up costing you more money in the long run. Let a professional roofing company assess your current layers and advise if adding a second layer will work or if this will make a third layer or more.

How often should I clean my gutters?

It depends on how many nearby trees you have, but a safe rule of thumb is one time in the spring and twice in the fall. Adding screens to your downspouts or even screens over your gutters can help prevent any kind of clogging issues you may develop.

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