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My old house in Bothell, the roof is leaking. Do I need to replace the whole roof, or just do a partial re-roofing?

My old house in Bothell, the roof is leaking. Do I need to replace the whole roof, or just do a partial re-roofing?

The single most effective thing you can do for your roof is to get an inspection. Especially if you have any worries or concerns about a potential problem. And if you know for sure you have a leak, my advice to you is to put down what you’re using to read this now, and contact a roofing company right away. As I type this, it’s mid-September, and the forecast is for about five more days of rain. If you’ve got a roof leak this very moment, the urgency is clear.

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Do you have tips on keeping a roof in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) in great shape?

 Do you have tips of keeping a roof in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) in great shape?

Surprisingly, most home owners neglect the roof of their house until a serious problem presents itself. The roof might look terrible, or it has sprung a leak, or there was a terrible storm overnight, and the owner finally decides to ask a roofer for a checkup. But most roof problems – certainly those that require the roofing material to be replaced – occur gradually. That is, the heating, cooling, freezing, snowing, thawing, raining and heating cycle takes its toll on the the materials over many years and many seasons.

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What is the best material to use on a roof replacement project on a typical Buchan style home in Seattle / Bellevue area?

There is probably no single answer to this question. A lot depends on the look of the house itself, and of course, what the prevailing neighborhood style is. On some streets, even in affluent Bellevue, for example, every house might have a composite roof. If you replace your roof with a shake or synthetic shake roof, it will definitely stand out. While shake can often look fancier than composite, your house may stand out in a way that might alienate your neighbors. So, the first place I’d start is, take a look at the neighborhood covenants, if there are any.

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How long does a roof replacement project take in the fall/ autumn weather? ( I live in Kirkland)

How long does a roof replacement project take in the fall/ autumn weather? ( I live in Kirkland)

The good news is, it’s a little bit easier to get a roofing company to sign up for your roof replacement project just after the summer. That’s because most roofing companies in the Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond areas are often jam-packed for the summer months, when children are out of school, the weather is very suitable for roof replacement work, and to a degree, some families like to get a roof job done when they are out of town.

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Is replacing a roof on a house so difficult? I hear it's easy. Can I do it myself, to my house in Redmond WA?

Saving money on replacing the roof of your house is like saving money by doing your own dentistry. Yes, you can save a few dollars in the short term, but any one single mistake could be very painful and very expensive.

To be honest, I never thought dentistry was so difficult. In a pinch, I feel like I could learn all the important elements of it pretty easily, perhaps in about two months, and could set myself up in a practice, if only the state government would let me do it. But I digress...

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Can I get my roof replaced in the winter? (I live in Issaquah, WA)

Can I get my roof replaced in the winter? (I live in Issaquah, WA)

Seattle and the whole Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest is famous for one thing: Rain. Even in the summer. And quite possibly the greatest nemesis of the perennial wooden roof of the Pacific Northwest is – yes, you’ve guessed it – rain! That problem creates a unique challenge for roofers in the region, but not an impossible one.

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