FAQs

How long does it take to get a new roof put on my house?

It depends on the size and pitch of your roof, but generally, for a small to average size house it only takes one day from start to finish.

My chimney is causing a leak even after I've had it "fixed." What's wrong?

Chimneys are a common source of rook leaks. Usually the problem is a lack of a "cricket." A cricket is a small additional roof added between your chimney and the main roof deck. Its purpose is to divert the water to either side of the chimney, rather than let it run directly into the chimney. Slow moving water or standing water are sure ways to cause a leak. Even many chimneys that have crickets can leak if the cricket was not built wide enough to divert the water completely away from the area.

My roof isn't very old but my shingles look aged and are curling. Why is this happening?

Shingles can fail prematurely for many reasons. The main reason is poor or no ventilation in your roof system. If the roof deck gets too hot, it can greatly diminish the life of your shingles. A qualified roofing contractor can tell you how many vents and what type of vents are needed to keep your roof cool.

My shingles have blown off in strong winds. What can I do?

This is a common occurrence, especially with the strong storms we experience in the Midwest. The cause can be due to improper nailing, poor adhesion or simply low quality shingles. A well made shingle is your best defense against strong winds. That's why we strongly recommend using Malarkey brand shingles. The special construction and innovation in these shingles greatly reduces blow-off caused by adhesion and installation error.

My skylight won't stop leaking. What is the solution?

Skylights offer many benefits to your home. Unfortunately, they are a common cause of roof leaks, usually due to design issues and poor roof installation. If you live in an older home, you probably don't have the proper flashing or underlayment around your skylight. The only solution is to the remove the old shingles, install the right flashing and underlayment and replace with new shingles. In some cases, a leak can be due to the actual skylight itself if the gasket is breaking down. The first step is to have a qualified contractor inspect the situation from your roof.

I know I have a roof leak, but I can't figure out where it's coming from. What can I do?

Roof leaks can be tricky. Once water penetrates your roofing system, it can travel down trusses or mechanical systems that may be in your house. In some instances, water may travel down vents or conduit from your attic and not be noticed until it's in your basement! The best way to find a problem leak, may be to start from the roof, and then inspect the attic for wet insulation, water trails or signs of old water damage. Contacting a qualified roofing professional is a great first step.