I assume your question is about the roofing materials, so I will answer the question accordingly.
Roofing in the Pacific Northwest presents a unique challenge that almost no other region in the country faces. A lot of rain. Clearly, it rains in places like Florida, too, but it tends to rain, then stop raining so a roof can get a break and a chance to dry out. It’s also much warmer, and the sun can bake a roof dry quickly in that heat and sunshine.
I assume from your question you are planning or installing or replacing an existing roof on your home. There are a number of considerations, not just question to ask your roofer, but how to approach the project from beginning to end.
My house in Bellevue gets a moss on the roof because it is shaded. How can I prevent damage and avoid replacing my roof?
A lot depends on what your roof is made of, but almost any roof surface in Puget Sound will eventually collect moss, or something like moss, especially if it is always in the shade. Direct sunlight is a great way to keep moss from reaching critical mass on your roof, and there are certainly many things you can do to limit the effect of moss, algae and other things from growing on your roof.
My old house in Bothell, the roof is leaking. Do I need to replace the whole roof, or just do a partial re-roofing?
There are several critical elements of a house, but it has to be said about the Puget Sound that a roof might be the most urgent part of a house to fix when there is a problem with it. Once a roof begins to let water into the house, you can’t always tell how much damage is finally going to be done. You might have great insurance coverage, but every insurance policy on Earth has conditions under which the payout amount may be reduced. If, for example, it was decided negligence was involved, or the roof was not adequately replaced in time, you the homeowner may be partially at fault.
We all pride ourselves in living in a unique house. In the Old Country, rows and rows of houses were built to be mostly identical. Only time made them look a little different, but here in the Pacific Northwest, we want our little ‘castle’ to look unique. We paint it the colors we want, put whatever roof we like on it, and even when it was first built, it looked different for all the other houses on the block. The American Dream, they tell me. So, when it comes to replacing that roof, what options do we have?
What is the best material to use on a re-roofing project on a typical Buchan style home in Kirkland / Issaquah area?
“How long is a piece of string?” is how my father would have answered the question. There are so many roofing materials to choose from these days – and more coming onto the market every year – that you now have both form and function options you did not have a few short years ago.
How long does a re-roofing project (roof replacement) take in the autumn weather? ( I live in Bellevue)
For the typical Bellevue home, a roof replacement project can be done, theoretically, in a single day, but there usually isn’t the need for such a rush job, and there are many reasons to stretch it out over several days or longer. It’s actually not a function, necessarily, of the size of the house because for a really big roof on a equally big house, you could in essence, have several crews working on the same home, and the size of the house means they’re not bumping into each other.
I share a roof with those in the town homes my own town home in Issaquah is attached to. How do I re-roof it?
My first thought is about the management of the complex. In many cases, common areas are covered by your community dues, and those funds are carefully allocated to take care of projects that need to be done periodically. That money can go to a number of things, from grounds maintenance to roof replacement. Usually, though, you would have to get so much involved in any such roof replacement, other than to be be informed that work on the building is scheduled, and for you to be aware of it.
A few short decades ago, the available options for roofing materials were limited to about a dozen. Today, and indeed every year, new products are coming along that we could have only dreamed of back then. Today, you can install roof tiles that look like real wood cedar shakes. It’s only when you pick them up that you realized they are made of synthetic materials. But wait, there’s more! With the rapid advancement of solar panels, now you can also get realistic looking roof tiles that are also electricity generating solar panels.