Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

This document was created to answer frequently asked questions about Sussel Builders Roofing products. Below, you'll find answers to questions concerning types of roofing, installation and Warranties.

General Roofing


How do I know if I need a new roof?

The following are things that may indicate that your roof needs replacing:

  • Missing, cracked or curling shingles
  • Blistering or peeling paint
  • Shingle, sheathing or siding decay
  • Leakage in the attic after heavy rains
  • Stains on interior walls or ceilings

Why does my roof leak?

Breaking of the waterproofing layer, sometimes cause by direct damage, breakdown of the shingles, deterioration or defects in the roofing materials and sealants.  Leak avoidance is always best.  Find and Fix defects before they leak.

What is the best roof?

Wouldn't it be simple if there was one answer to all roofing problems? Unfortunately there is no magic pill in the roofing market that solves all roofing problems. What the market does offer is a wide selection of good products, each having attributes and faults.

How long should a roof last?

Like any building component, roofs degrade at different rates depending on a large number of factors: the quality of original construction, the level of abuse, the level of maintenance, appropriateness of design, etc. So how long should a roof last? We have seen poorly designed and installed roofs go as few as seven to ten years before they failed, and we have seen old asphalt roofs that were over 30 years old. Most building owners, roofing contractors and designers feel 25 years is an acceptable service life for today’s products.

What type of warranty do you offer on your Roofing?

Depending on the type of shingles you purchase, Sussel Builders roofing products warranty can last from 25 to 50 years.

Can I cover over my existing roof?

No, the MN building code does not allow for new roofs to be installed over existing roofs.

What is the right price for a new roof?

Before we can tell you how much your job will cost, we will need to know what it involves. We understand your concerns about budget and keeping costs under control. We have the same concerns ourselves. Therefore, the best way to estimate a cost is to have a SusselBuilders sales representative come to your home and take a look at your roof.

What can I do about mildew on my roof?

Most home improvement stores sell a mildew cleaner that can be applied to your roof with a sprayer. Mildew cleaners shouldn’t damage your roof in any way.  Most new shingles have a algae resistant inhibitor built into the shingle to reduce or eliminate this problem.

How often should I clean my gutters?

Gutters should be cleaned at least once or twice in the fall.

Can heavy snow damage my roof?

Yes, it is important to keep heavy snow cleared away from vents and other critical drainage areas of your roof.

Why should Sussel Builders install my next roof?

When you need a new roof, Sussel Builders is there, working to simplify the process. From new construction to re-roofing, no roofing job is too big or difficult for Sussel Builders. Our installers are experienced in utilizing a full line of roofing materials.

How long does it take to replace a roof?

Replacing a residential roof is a labor-intensive project and, depending on the type of roof, could take anywhere from a one day to a few days or more depending on the size and complexity. The time involved is substantially affected by the weather, as well. Wind, snow, rain, or even just the threat of one of these and will slow the process considerably.

What is an ice dam?

Ice dams occur when snow melts near the ridgelines of warm roofs (roofs without adequate ventilation). As the water runs down the roof to the overhang, it cools and freezes. If the snow continues this melt and freeze process, an ice dam can form that can seep under the shingles, through the decking and into the house. This, of course, can cause serious roof leaks--even in freezing temperatures.

The best prevention to ice dams is a well-ventilated (cool) roof. Additional protection for your roof can be applied with an impermeable ice and water membrane. The membrane is installed on top of the decking, under the roofing material.

Temporary prevention of ice dams can also be done through the use of electric cables along the eaves of the roof (where the dams usually form). However, new ice dams can form above the cables and still cause extensive damage. Another emergency solution to ice dams is to fill a sock or nylon with calcium chloride. Lay the stocking vertically across the ice dam. The calcium chloride will melt the ice and release the water so that it can drain outside, and not inside your roof.

What is an architectural shingle?

Unlike standard 3-tab, or strip shingles, which are single layer in design, a growing number of shingles are multi-layered or laminated. Their weight and design give a three-dimensional appearance.

What is an asphalt shingle?

Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: fiberglass and organic.

What is an organic shingle?

Organic shingles have a thick, organic felt base reinforcement; the felt is saturated with soft, flexible asphalt. Organic shingles are tough, durable shingles with excellent durability in extreme cold weather and good performance characteristics in extreme heat.

What is a fiberglass shingle?

Fiberglass shingles are built on a core, or mat, of fiberglass reinforcement. Asphalt coating is applied directly to this mat and protective color granules are embedded into the coating. Fiberglass shingles carry a Class A fire resistance rating from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the highest rating available.

What is a Composite shingle?

The same thing as an asphalt shingle; any shingle constructed of a base (fiber glass or organic), asphalt and granules.

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