Frequently Asked Questions
How Frequently Should a Roof Be Replaced?
Your roof is the final barrier between you and the sky’s droppings so you’ll want to make sure it is structurally sound and impermeable to the elements. Of course, there are many types of roofs with varying life spans so pick your poison:
- Rock Roofs: 12-15 years
- Composition Shingles: 12-20 years
- Shake/Wood Shingles: 20-25 years
- Metal Roofs: 50-75 years
- Clay Roofs: 50-100 years
How Do You Square Frame Walls?
If you’re adding walls to your home, it’s vital that they are square and plum. You can make all the proper measurements but it’s still important to know the basic insights of structural integrity. An easy way to guarantee that your framing walls are truly square is by laying them flat and measuring diagonally from corner to corner in both positions. When both diagonal measurements are exactly equal, your frame is technically square. Hint: run a piece of lumber the length of the diagonal and tack it in place to avoid any shifting.
When Should I Bring in an Expert and Whom Should I Call?
When you’re looking to make some home improvements, your best bet is to always consult with an expert. For the bigger, more complicated projects, a certified technician will make sure things are done right the first time and typically be able to guarantee their services. If you attempt to repair things on your own, you risk user error, property damage and most importantly, your personal safety.