Roofing, Siding, & Window FAQ’s

Find the answers to your roofing, siding, and window questions below.

Roofing FAQ’s

Should I Replace Gutters During Roof Replacement?

Gutters and downspouts that are in good condition can be worked around. If this is the case, our crew will remove your gutters, and re-install them once the new roof is completed. Usually, an entirely new gutter system is included in your roofing estimate. Reliable Window and Siding is a full-service roofing contractor.

How much money does it cost to get my roof done?

The cost of a complete roof replacement depends on the square footage, steepness of the roof, the material being used, and location.

What are the different types of windows used on roofs?

The different types of windows used on roofs are skylights, sky windows, roof window.

If my roof is leaking, do I have to replace the whole thing?

If your roof is leaking, a simple patch may do the job. Although, many factors can play a role in the final decision for a contractor. Here at Reliable Window and Siding, we do a full roof inspection to ensure a patch will do it. In some instances, a full replacement is warranted.

How long does a roof installation take to complete?

The timeframe to replace a roof depends on the contractor. A homeowner can get a better idea by factoring in how many workers the crew has available, the size of the roof, and the shape of the roof. An average roofing job installing asphalt shingles can take a minimum of one day and last up to a few days. These delays can occur because of weather and other issues that may arise.

How long do my asphalt shingles last?

Asphalt Shingles last about 20-30 years. Architectural asphalt shingles, which is a thicker material, will last about a 30-year lifespan.

Siding FAQ’s

Should I side my home before selling?

Replacing old, faded, or defective siding should be the first thing a homeowner does before selling. Homeowners that don’t do this, can make their home a major deterrent to prospective buyers. If an offer is placed, the buyer will most likely want a sizable discount which will hurt your final price. Even if the siding is in good shape, homeowners are still encouraged to replace.

Do you need house wrap under vinyl siding?

When vinyl siding is installed, it is crucial to put a protective layer of house wrap before installation. This protective layer will stop and reduce moisture inside the house and reduce water condensation or mol problems getting into the wall cavity.

Does Everlast look like real wood?

Everlast does look like real wood. The texture of Everlast is embossed from real cedar and resembles realistic wood grain. The product’s thickness and bevel angle are consistent with cedar clapboard.

Can you use a pressure washer on vinyl siding?

Cleaning the exterior of your home using a pressure washer can help maintain the appearance and resale value of your vinyl siding. The pressure washer will allow you to blast away any mold or dirt.

What is the life expectancy of vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding has a life expectancy of 20-30 years. The life expectancy of a paint job is approximately 10-15 years.

Windows FAQ’s

What happens to my old windows?

Disposing of old windows is just part of the job. Here at Reliable Window and Siding, we discard all debris and make sure your home is 100% cleaned after every job.

What are U-values and R-values?

U-values and R-values are two terms homeowners should understand. U-values stand for the amount of heat that escapes through a window. When a U-value is low, the more energy efficient the material is. R-values are a little different and measure’s resistance to heat flow. When the R-values are high, the more resistance the material has, decreasing the amount of energy loss. The R-values depend on how many layers of glass, the type of gas that is between the layers of glass, and the number of Low E coatings.

What is Low Emissivity (Low E)?

“Low E” means low emissivity. Low E is a clear coating, that is non-visible, and is applied to the surface of a glass window pane. The coating provides greater energy efficiency, that gives homeowners increased comfort and protection from damaging UV rays. When Low E is introduced to the window, it reduces a window’s U-Value and increases its R-Value.

What is the lifespan of replacement windows?

Quality windows are designed to last. Most vinyl windows last between 20 and 40 years on average before you have to replace them. Windows that may be exposed to harsh elements, such as the sun, will not last as long. Heat is the number one reason for window deterioration, so windows that are in these hot climates will require frequent window replacements.

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