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Frequently Asked Roofing Questions


Q:  How can I tell if I need a new roof?

A:  There are several telltale signs that your Michigan roof is nearing the end of its service life and may need to be replaced, including:

  • Shingles are cracked, curled, worn or missing
  • Granule worn off of asphalt shingles
  • Excessive mold or moss growth
  • Leaks or spotting on interior ceilings
  • Staining of rafters or on attic ceiling
  • Streaks along exterior walls
  • Storm damage (punctures, tears, etc.)
  • Ice dams forming in gutters and along eaves

Q:  How much will my new roof cost?
A:  The cost of your roof will depend on Size, Shape, Slope and the number of existing roof layers. The best way to determine your cost is to have an Aaron’s representative come to your home and prepare an estimate.

Q: Do you charge for estimates?
A: No, we provide written estimates free of charge.

Q: Can my existing roof be covered?
A:  Yes, it can, provided it meets certain criteria. First, no more than one layer of shingles can be on the existing roof. Second, the building must be able to handle the additional weight. Third, the surface must be uniform and smooth. Fourth and final, the new roof must be able to be attached to the existing decking to avoid wind damage and blow offs.

Q: Can we put the roof on during the winter?
A: We can install a roof year ‘round, with only minor adjustments due to severe weather conditions. It’s best to install a roof when temperatures are above freezing and when it is not raining or too windy. At Aaron’s a roofing system is generally installed in one day, making it easier to avoid inclement weather, allowing us to install your roof under optimum conditions.

Q: What do you do with the old roofing debris?
A: All debris is recycled for use in our roads.

Q: What type of roofing system should I use?
A: We will inspect your home to determine the best methods, materials, warranties, and prices for your individual building.

The major shingle manufacturers (GAF, Owens Corning, CertainTeed) each make a good product, however, shingles alone don’t necessarily make a good roof. Shingles are just a component of a roofing system. A properly installed system should include a starter strip, ice and water shield, a reinforced, breathable underlayment, new flashing, proper ventilation, ridge cap, and of course the shingles themselves. Finally each system should be designed specifically for the house in question.

Q:  Do light colored shingles last longer than darker shingles?
A:  Dark shingles should last as long as lighter shingles given that they are installed on a house that has a properly vented attic. Proper attic ventilation is the key component to a longer lasting roof.

Q: What is a ridge?
A: The ridge is the top of your roof, which runs level to the ground (does not have slope). The ridge is usually covered with ridge caps (short shingles laid in a straight line) or, preferably, with a ridge vent.

Q. What kind of warranties does Aaron’s offer?

A: BE AWARE! There are two types of warranties, a product warranty and a labor or workmanship warranty. Aaron’s is one of a few companies that the manufacturer warranties not only their product but also Aaron’s workmanship and labor as well! Warranties for material typically last from 30 years to lifetime. Labor warranties last from 10 to 30 years.

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