FAQ's Roofing

  • How long should my roof last? About 80% of all homes are roofed with asphalt shingles, which have a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years, depending on your location. Metal roofing can last much longer. Sooner or later, every roof needs to be replaced due to the long-term effects of weathering.
  • How can I tell if my roof needs replacing?Some obvious signs include wet spots in the ceilings or attic; cracked, curled or missing shingles; or heavy amounts of the protective mineral granules missing from the shingles themselves.
  • What is the best way to inspect it? Give Bassett Gutters and More a call at 888-819-3182 for a free inspection, with recommendations. Still want to do it yourself? Use binoculars and remain on the ground while conducting a visual inspection of your roof. DO NOT CLIMB ONTO YOUR ROOF OR WALK ON YOUR ROOF! This can cause damage.
  • What makes the asphalt shingles go bad?The extreme heat from North Carolina’s long muggy summers is the biggest culprit. Engineers say asphalt shingles last longer in cooler climates. The mineral granules (tiny rocks) embedded in the asphalt shingles are actually what resist and shed the water from your roof. Under extreme heat, the asphalt begins to soften, releasing the minerals during thunderstorms and heavier rains. Look for black or dark sand-like granules inside open gutters or at the bottom of your downspouts.
  • Can I roof over my existing shingles? We don’t recommend it. Studies by engineers found that roofing over existing shingles is a very bad idea. The extra layer(s) underneath the new roof actually cause more heat build-up and destroy your new roof even faster than Mother Nature herself. It also makes a smooth, even appearance hard to achieve. Additionally, taking off the old roof gives us an opportunity to inspect the wood on your roof for any damage.
  • Why are so many homes roofed with asphalt shingles?They provide quality, durability and versatility at an economical price. Bassett Gutters and More features a great selection of leading brand asphalt shingles, in a wide variety of colors and shapes, expertly installed.
  • What is the difference between 25 and 30-year shingles?These are references to the manufacturer warranties offered on the shingles themselves. Most home owners in our area prefer the “less boxy” look of the 30-year shingles, also known as architectural shingles. The 30-year shingles are slightly heavier and offer greater wind resistance. Our estimators can recommend what’s best for your home.
  • What other types of roofing are popular?Metal roofing has exploded in popularity the past few years. The advances for exterior coating technology and an increasing variety of metal choices led many of our customers to install a metal roof. Ask your estimator about some of the metal roofs that Bassett Gutters and More has installed on residential homes, churches, apartment complexes and office buildings in the area.
  • How much longer will a metal roof last?The quality of materials and installation are big factors in how long any roof will last, along with the slope of your roof, location and weather conditions. Many manufacturers warranty the metal itself 20 years or longer and the exterior coatings up to 40 years.
  • Aren’t metal roofs expensive?Since metal roofs last longer than asphalt roofing, they are a better overall value in many cases. A rise in crude oil prices, used to make asphalt shingles, has narrowed the gap in cost between metal roofing and asphalt shingle roofing. Ask your Bassett Gutters and More representative for a comparison on your home.
  • Is metal really a better way to go?It can be a better choice for many home owners. Metal roofs last longer than asphalt shingles, they are very fire resistant, offer great resistance to wind and hail damage, and are extremely energy efficient if properly installed with correct underlayment.
  • Is a lighter colored roof really more energy efficient?This is true to an extent, since lighter colors do reflect more sunlight. Engineers tell us that installation and ventilation techniques are more critical factors than exterior color. A high quality underlayment and proper ventilation of the roof itself reduce heat build-up underneath the new roof. A knowledgeable and professional installer, like Bassett Gutters and More, makes a huge difference in getting optimum performance and efficiency of a new roofing system.
  • Why should I choose Bassett for my roofing needs?We have 21 years experience in the home improvement industry. We expanded our line of services to include roofing, windows and siding because our loyal customers wanted to stick with someone they know and trust. Our company is still small enough to be competitive in a price-sensitive market, yet large enough to tackle a project of almost any size. All of our installers are fully trained, licensed and insured. We offer a written estimate up front and back all of our work with a warranty. Ask your estimator for more details.