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About Us Blog Q&A: Answers To The Less Common Roofing Questions

Q&A: Answers To The Less Common Roofing Questions

Asking questions can go a long way in your search for the best roofing company in your local area. Doing so helps you understand what the project would entail and set expectations about the whole process. Here are the answers you should hear about some of the less common roofing questions.


Q: Why Is Felt Paper Used in Roofing?

Felt paper is used as a release between wood and asphalt.  In the past, roofers used it to keep the sap coming out of the roof deck from deteriorating the underside of the asphalt shingles. This is no longer the case, but the material remains a vital part of any roofing project. It provides lightweight protection against damage resulting from inclement weather.

Q: Which One Lasts Longer: A Roof With a Shallow or Steep Pitch?

A: This one is hard to determine. Steep roofs are less likely to collect leaves and other debris, preventing moisture from promoting algae, moss and other organic growth. Then again, the same roof, particularly the side facing south, will receive too much sun, which is hard for any roof. Every roofing contractor agrees that other factors can affect the durability of roofing materials aside from pitch. For example, lack of ventilation can cause heat to build up underneath the roof, shortening its lifespan.

Q: My Roof Has Two Layers of Shingles. Do I Have to Remove Them?

If you are planning to re-roof, it would make sense to just tear off the old shingles instead of installing a new set over the existing layers. More than two layers of asphalt shingles can put unnecessary load on your roofing system. A full roof replacement allows your contractor to identify and address vulnerable areas, and install new flashing for better protection against moisture.

Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc. is a family-owned and -operated roofing company that focuses on adding a “personal touch” to every project. We have the certifications to prove our ability to provide high-quality roofing products, top-notch workmanship and exceptional customer services.