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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Eave Drip/Drip Edge?

Eave and Drip Flashings are used on the overhang, at the side or ends, and at the edge of the roof. They provide support for the shingles and create a roof drip edge that helps channel water into a gutter or away from the fa├žade.

2. What are some advantages of synthetic underlayment?

  • Synthetic underlay is much lighter than felt underlay; therefore, utilizing synthetic as an effective water barrier adds less weight to the roof than asphalt felt underlay.
  • The lightness of synthetic underlayment makes it easier and safer to install than asphalt felt.
  • Synthetic underlayment is much more tear-resistant when exposed to high winds and foot traffic than asphalt felt underlayment.
  • Since synthetics do not absorb moisture, they are resistant to fungal growth and are wrinkle-free.
  • Synthetic underlayments are ultraviolet (UV) resistant. Sunlight exposure degrades asphalt felt.
  • Synthetic underlayment maintains its integrity when exposed to cold weather, while asphalt felt wrinkles when wet and cracks when cold.
  • Synthetic underlayment rolls are 3.5-feet long and cover closer to 875-square-feet; therefore, synthetic underlayment installs faster than asphalt felt rolls that are 3-feet long and cover about 400-square-feet.
  • Unlike synthetic underlayment, asphalt-saturated felt roof underlayment contains volatile compounds. Over time, these compounds will dissipate, particularly when exposed to heat, which causes the underlayment to become more moisture-absorbent and fragile.

3. How much does a new roof cost?

There are many factors to give an accurate quote. Factors such as, how many squares, what the pitch is, one story/two story. Other factors would include type and brand of shingle.

4. How do I know when I need a new roof vs. roof repair?

There's no denying when a roof destroyed by fire, windstorm, hail, or other severe weather needs to be fixed. But often, the need for repair or replacement is signaled by a seemingly innocent ceiling stain or drip. That telltale sign can end up being inexpensive to fix or may require a costly overhaul. Sometimes you can find the leak's source yourself if you have an unfinished attic and can locate the water trickle along a rafter or stud. However, it's best to have an experienced roofer do an inspection and handle the repairs. We don't recommend homeowners navigate steep ladders and pitched roofs themselves. The remedy may be as simple as filling in a crack with caulk, replacing a few shingles, or installing some flashing-a membrane of metal that redirects water. Most leaks can be stopped if they're limited to a few spots. But if you're experiencing recurring leaks and your roof is out of warranty, a new roof is in order. Even without obvious signs of damage, it's wise to replace an out-of-warranty roof that's more than 20 years old.

5. What color options are available for my roofing project?

Depending on what brand of shingle you use, color selection varies. The most popular colors in SWLA are Weathered Wood or Rustic Black.

6. How long does an Architectural Shingle last typically?

The truth is, a 30-year shingle will not really last 30 years. The expected service life of a 30-year product, if properly cared for, is approximately 25 years. If it's not cared for properly, that 30 year shingle will only last 12 to 15 years.

7. What is the difference between 3-Tab and Architectural Shingles?

You are wanting your new roof to last for many years. We are here to help you make sure the roof meets your expectations when it comes to durability, warranty, and cost. Shingles have much to offer for example: colors and styles.

The primary differences between the two are the amount of material used, as well as the overall quality of each product. Essentially, architectural shingles are more substantial than 3-tab shingles. In fact, they are about 50 percent heavier than the 3-tab kind. The base mat on an architectural shingle is thicker than that on a 3-tab shingle. This makes the architectural shingle a sturdier roofing material. Architectural shingles also comprise stronger adhesives, and they have more granules on their top surface.

These two types of asphalt shingles also differ in their appearance. 3-tab shingles are flat, and they have a single tab shape and size. They are uniform, which gives them a flat look.

Architectural shingles are also referred to as dimensional shingles. This is because they provide a more dimensional look to the roof. Each shingle appears more dimensional because it is multiple layers of materials adhere to the base. These shingles can be made to resemble cedar shakes, which may add much to a home's curb appeal.

The two shingle types yield different wind resistance ratings. While there may be some subtle variations, 3-tab shingles are generally rated for winds of up to approximately 60 miles per hour (mph). Since architectural shingles are thicker and of a higher quality, it makes sense that they have higher wind ratings than 3-tab shingles. They typically are rated for winds of between 80 mph and 120 mph.

8. What is the difference in Ridge Vents and Turbines?

Here is the complete list of the differences between whirlybirds (turbines) and ridge vents.


Roof Turbine Vents


Ridge vents


They have moving parts


They are static vents


Turbine vents remove air by active ventilation


Remove air by convection


Visible from outside


Hidden from view


Move more air than ridge vents


Move less air than whirlybirds


Require only a smaller area for installation


Require more area for installation


Costs less to install


Costs more to install


Require more maintenance compared to ridge vents


Require less maintenance compared to turbine vents


Do not work if there is no wind


Work irrespective of the weather conditions


Helps to remove more moisture during winter


Removes less moisture during winter compared to roof turbines


Chances of rust and mechanical failures


No rust or mechanical failures


9. What sets Lake Area Roofing apart from other roofing companies?

First and foremost, Lake Area Roofing is a truly local business. We value our community! Our sales guys go above and beyond to make sure you are informed from the beginning to the end of the project. When we issue you the quote that you are promised, not only is it FREE, but it is also ACCURATE! Ideally, a PROFESSIONAL roofing company will include an itemized list of materials that will be used on the job.