Roofer in Tallahassee FL

We know that you may have a lot of questions regarding your next roofing project so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we receive as a roofer in Tallahassee FL. This list is meant to give you a quick reference and answer to common questions but if you do not see your specific question below or simply need more clarification please contact us at 850.577.1233 and we will be happy to assist.


How do I know when I need to replace my roof?

There are several ways:

  • Age – If your roof is around 20 years old, it is probably nearing the end of its useful life. There is some variation in life due to shingle color, sun exposure and ventilation under the roof.
  • Appearance – If you have shingles that have broken off, or look buckled or warped, or have lost some of the granule surfacing, it is probably time to replace it.
  • Leaks – Not the best way to find out. By the time you see evidence of water leaking inside the house, it has probably been leaking for quite a while prior to that. This leaking can cause expensive structural damage to the rafters and the boards on top of them, not to mention the damage to your ceilings and walls. It is usually much less expensive to replace a roof before you see leaks.

Can the new roof be installed on top of my old roof?

It depends. If you have only one layer of roofing in decent condition, you can probably install a new roof on top of it. If you have two or more roofs, if the existing roof is badly buckled, if there is a need to inspect or replace decking, or if there is an accumulation of moss or algae, the old roof should be removed.

How is a new roof installed?

If the old roof needs to be removed, we remove all roofing down to the bare boards covering the rafters. We then replace any damaged wood and install what is called an “underlayment”. We use an asphalt-saturated fiberglass felt designed to be installed under shingle roofs. It is much stronger and more durable than the typical asphalt felt used by many contractors. We then install the metal edging. We use heavy duty painted galvanized edging that is much stronger than the light gauge aluminum edging used by many. If homeowners have had ice backup problems in the past, we install a special roll roofing material to reduce future problems. We then install the shingles paying particular attention to areas where the roof is penetrated by chimneys or vent stacks or where it meets vertical walls (these areas are called flashings).

Is this a messy job?

If your old roof needs to be removed, it can be an extremely messy process. Go to this page to see an explanation on what to expect. If we are installing a new roof on top of an old one, it will be noisy due to the hammering and there will be some shingle scraps on the ground while we are working. Your job will be thoroughly cleaned to your satisfaction after the work is completed.

What is the best way to compare prices from several roofing contractors?

The best way is to compare their estimates to Burnette Roofing & Construction proposals. Our proposals are typically much more thorough and spell out all the items we are including in our work. In most cases, a big variation in price is due to differences in the quality of the shingles and other roofing materials being used and additional work being done. If the proposal is not detailed, you should ask for clarification based on the proposal you like.

How quickly will you be able to start work?

This is a big variable. We usually have a reasonably accurate estimate on our backlog. Our representative figuring your work can give you an idea. We cannot tell you exactly, though. The reason for this is that we do not know exactly how long each job in front of yours will take. If we have one week of solid rain, all jobs will be backed up one week.

How long will the job take?

It depends on crew size and weather conditions. We have crews that vary from two to five people. A larger crew will reduce the time but we cannot tell you which crew will do your work. It depends on which crew is available when your job is next. Also, the time will vary depending on weather. We are not able to work in rainy weather and, if your job requires removing the old roof and the forecast calls for a chance of rain, we will not work. In general, a smaller job without a tearoff could take several workdays. A larger job with a tearoff could take several weeks.

Can roofs be installed in the winter?

Yes. Cold weather does not hurt the materials. The limiting factor is the comfort of the installers. If the weather is sunny, with little wind, and the temperature is reasonable, we can work. If there is ice or thick snow on your roof or exceptionally cold temperatures with high winds, we may not be working.

How do I choose the best shingle?

Today, shingles are compared based on the length of their manufacturer’s warranty. This is very misleading, though, because the wording of each manufacturer’s warranty is not the same. Also, the length of the warranty does not really mean that the shingle will necessarily last that long. The warranties for most manufacturers pay almost nothing in the later years of the term of the warranty. In general, though, the longer the term of the warranty, the heavier and more durable (and more expensive) the shingle is. Today’s shingles offer many new “textures” than were available a few years ago. These new shingles can approximate the look of hand split cedar shake and slate roofs. So you have a wide variety of colors, textures, and performance to choose from. We will help you wade through all the options.

Can shingles be installed on all my roofs?

You can if your roofs are steep enough. In general, Burnette Roofing & Construction does not recommend installing shingles on roofs with less than a 6-12 pitch (6” of rise for each 12” horizontally) in our climate unless additional provision is made to address the increased potential for water backup problems.

Why is ventilation important?

Inadequate ventilation can cause condensation in the winter and excessively high shingle temperatures in the summer. Also, most shingle manufacturers warranties are voided if proper ventilation is not installed.

What do you mean by proper ventilation?

The air space beneath the roof needs to have openings to allow outside air to flow through it. The best way to ventilate this space is to install a ventilation strip (ridge vent) at the peak of the roof. But this is not enough. For the ridge vent to work properly and allow the hot humid attic air to pass through it, the attic space needs to allow cold outside air to come in. The best way to do that is to provide ventilation at the bottom of the roof using vents in the roof overhang (soffit vents) or ventilating drip edge. In difficult roof configurations, even powered roof vents may be needed.

What causes condensation?

Every house produces water vapor from showers, cooking, laundry, plants, etc. If this moisture is not vented outside properly, then it condenses on the cold underside of the roof deck in the winter. This condensation can destroy your roof deck without you knowing there is a problem. It can also cause what appear to be leaks during cold weather.

How can I reduce the chance of condensation?

We will assist you in recommending proper ventilation. In extreme cases, we will help you find the source of excessive moisture so it can be eliminated.