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Replacement Roofing
Frequently Asked Questions

The Estimate Process

Most older roofing shingles have a 15- to 30-year lifespan depending on the shingles’ quality, the location, foliage around your home, and how well the roof was installed originally. Direct sunlight, weather/wind damage, and poor ventilation can shorten the life of your roof.

The CertainTeed and GAF shingles we use today have lifetime warranties, but that hasn’t always been the case. We advise that 12-15 years is a good rule of thumb to go by. At that point, check for these warning signs:

  • Curling shingles
  • Loss of the asphalt granulation (looks like bald spots)
  • Evidence of leaking on your ceilings
  • Missing shingles
  • Visible cracks
  • Broken or damaged shingles
  • Rusted or missing flashing

If your roof is older than 15 years old, we recommend to give us a call so that we can come out and assess for replacement.

Ourteam  will inspect your roof and will let you know the best system for your home.

The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things as the materials selected and the warranty selected.

Our shingle roof estimates offer a variety of options, including 3-tab vs. architectural, 10/20/25 year warranties, etc.

Our flat roof systems offer a variety of options including modified bitumen. PTO and coatings, warranties, etc.

You will generally get your new roof estimate 24 to 48 hours after our sales representative has visited your property.

Your estimate will enclose a detailed description of all actions that will take place during the re-roofing and offer 4 options of roofing choices that vary with warranties and product quality. If gutters, gutter guards or skylights were also assessed at your appointment, the pricing and product descriptions for those items will be included as well.

Weather permitting, it could be as early as a few days after we receive your signed estimate. When that is received, we put your property in the installation queue. Most often, your roof is installed within 2-10 days of receiving all of your completed paperwork.

Please give us a call to (423) 760-3333 when you are ready to install your new roof or send us your roofing estimate signed and completed with all color selections (shingles & drip edge) and we will schedule your installation.

We can install your roof all year round, except for the days with severe weather conditions: rain, thunderstorms, day temperature lower than 38F, etc.

Roofing Installation Process

The duration of the project depends upon the size of your roof. It will usually take one day to two days but can take longer under certain circumstances.

In the case of inclement weather, your roof install will be rescheduled to the next dry day. We do not open a roof unless we have a clear workday.

On installation day, your home will essentially become a construction site. The crew will use tarps to cover the immediate grounds around your home, as this will also assist with proper site cleanup. As the project starts, old shingles will be removed, nails will fly away and wind will blow shingles. Be advised – all will be cleaned and a magnetic sweep is completed to remove all debris and materials before we finish work on your home.

*Please be aware that your roof has been there for approx 15 to 20 years accumulating dust, pollen and tree debris. All that dirt will be in the air when our technicians take off the shingles.

*Crew members will remove the shingles from the roof and one member is responsible for throwing them down to a crew member on the ground to place them in the dumpster. This is why the dumpster needs to be located close to your home.

*Once we take the shingles and underlayment off, we will check the wood decking for damaged/rotten areas. A new roof cannot be installed on sub-par decking. We will replace damaged decking at a cost agreed in the installation contract.

*New underlayment is installed and then the new shingles.

*The crew members will clean as best as they can the blown shingles, nails or debris and put all in the dumpster.

*Dumpster will be collected the evening of or the day following your installation. The driver will clean up the area where the dumpster was located.

The crew will arrive between 7:00 am to 9:00 am or 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, pending weather and unforeseen conditions. There will be a crew chief and a field supervisor assigned to your installation. All concerns during installation are to be directed to the office via phone (423) 760-3333 or email [email protected]

Yes. Please be aware that temperatures on roofs can exceed 110 °F and it is very easy for them to dehydrate.

All members will take a lunch break all at the same time and few other shorter breaks, on a rotating schedule.

For every roof installation we have a dumpster to collect old shingles and all debris related to the installation.

Having clearance for the dumpster is the homeowner’s responsibility. Please have the driveway completely cleared in order to avoid being blocked in by the dumpster. If the dumpster has been scheduled to be parked on the street, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to block off the space in front of the property (using cones, personal car, trash bins, etc) prior to 5:30 am the morning of install.

Vinyl Siding
Frequently Asked Questions

Most Common Questions

Vinyl siding is an option for your home that resists deterioration and rotting. Vinyl siding looks like painted wood, but with much more durability. However, it can be damaged in rare cases, such as being hit by large hail.

With all home improvement projects, the cost of new siding is dependent on several variables. Armor Xteriors always uses competitive pricing. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation and learn more about what options you have for your home.

Not completely, but pretty close! Armor Xteriors can replace all of your exterior wood surfaces that require regular maintenance. This can be done by replacing your exterior with a “no maintenance required” solution, or fitting custom aluminum over the existing wood siding.

After installing new vinyl siding, you can expect to see a return of approximately 80%, not including any savings on utility bills which can save you each month your in your home.

While every job is different, new siding can be installed on your home in less than a week.

Replacement Windows
Frequently Asked Questions

Most Common Questions

Yes, at Armor Xteriors we offer Ply Gem Premium, Pro and Contractor Series Replacement products with options and features to meet your needs.

Yes, Ply Gem products are available in a variety of colors. Head on over to our windows page to view some of our color, or click here to schedule a free in-home consultation with one of your window experts.

To maintain their industry-leading performance, windows need to be installed square and level, with a suitable water barrier. If your windows are not installed with these requirements, as a professional would do, it may lead to damage to not only your window, but additionally to your home.

The exact cost of a window installation will depend on the kind of window you purchase and the type of installation needed. The energy efficiency of the windows will help you save on utility bills, making the overall cost less in the long run.

Someone from your home will need to be there to let us in the house and answer any questions we may have. Part of the installation process necessitates we go inside your home to set your window according to our high standards. Your window will be installed by a highly trained professional that will respect your home leaving the site clean.

Glossary Of Common Terms

Roofing

Architectural

  • Dimensional, various sized tabs
  • Heavier, weight appx. 50% more than 3-Tab
  • Thicker and have a longer warranty, usually
  • More expensive

3-Tab

  • Flat, one size tab
  • Lighter weight
  • Shorter warranty, may need to be replaced sooner
  • Less expensive

Drip edge is a metal angle flashing that goes along the eaves and gable ends of your roof system to protect the edges and wood structure from water intrusions/damage. It is installed with an intended tilt, which is specifically meant to direct water away from your roof.

Drip edge aids to shield your home from the following damage:

  • Deters pests from accessing the space between the fascia board and a deck at the bottom of the roof.
  • Pushes water away from the fascia and reduces the risk of it developing rot.
  • Protects the shingles from potential water damage, which otherwise may cause the roof, deck, and fascia board to degrade over time.

In simple language, the ridge of a roof is the peak where two opposing roof planes meet. A ridge runs horizontally and is suitable for ‘ridge venting.’

A hip (or a hipped roof) is a roofing style where all roof sides slope downward toward the ground/eaves – where the walls of the house are below the eaves on each side of the roof.

A gable (or a gabled roof) is a roofing style where two sides slope downward toward the walls – and the remaining sides include walls that extend from the bottom of the eaves to the peak of the ridge.

When two roof surfaces meet, a valley is created. The valley creates a channel that allows moisture to run off the roof.

Gutters

Seamless gutters offer the best leak protection as there are only seams at corners and at end caps. Typical residential and commercial gutter installation is with miter strips and screws, but we also have the ability to make hand-mitered corners, securing them with rivets, for all seamless gutter systems rather than using miter strips. This ensures a great seal at the corners and creates a more attractive joint, much like a picture frame with barely visible seams at the corners. Seamless gutter options can be made for 5″ and 6″ K style, half round, and box gutter systems.

K-style gutters have a more modern profile, and they are ideal to manage the water produced in the heavy storms that are commonly found in this area. Our half round-gutters are also a good option, and they are a good match with tile and slate types of roofing options.

Box gutters are the more traditional option in older homes throughout the Chattanooga & North Georgia areas. These are large gutters with wood frames and copper, stainless steel, or tin metal lining the wooden box. These are very wide gutters, which have low maintenance requirements.

Half-round gutters are popular on historic and modern homes and buildings. They can be made seamless with aluminum or copper or in sections in paint grip steel. Many people find these gutters more elegant than other styles and are installed with 4″ round downspouts and have options to be installed with hidden hangers or exposed brackets and with or without leaf guard systems. Half round gutters hold less water than other K-style systems, but they don’t have problems with adequate drainage due to the size of the gutter and downspout. Contact us for gutter installation services today.

Downspouts are the vertical, pipe-like devices connected to gutters, installed along the sides of buildings, which redirect water and safely lead it away from your home and towards a designated drainage area.

Gutter guards can be defined as rolls of special material such as a mesh that are fitted into your existing gutters in order to stop leaves and other debris from entering the gutter and potentially blocking the gutter, downpipes and even the stormwater drain.

Windows

Awning windows open out by pivoting from the top of the window sash, operated by a crank. Awning windows commonly are paired with large picture windows and may be placed along bottom, sides, or top of the picture window to provide ventilation. They can also be installed above doors, much like transom windows. Because they open out, awning windows are not recommended near walkways and other traffic areas, lest the open windows obstruct the traffic path.

Casement windows also open out (like awning windows) and usually pivot from side hinges. Many casements have fairly large glass panes to provide ample light that is uninterrupted by muntin bars or other framing. Casements also typically offer more open ventilation area than other window types. When closed and locked, casement windows can make a very effective seal for improved energy performance. Like awning windows, casements should not open out into traffic lanes.

Box gutters are the more traditional option in older homes throughout the Chattanooga & North Georgia areas. These are large gutters with wood frames and copper, stainless steel, or tin metal lining the wooden box. These are very wide gutters, which have low maintenance requirements.

Picture windows are best in areas where airflow is not important because they do not open. They are often large glass expanses occupying the center portion of a wall to provide broad views and ample sunlight. Picture windows also work well for high windows in two-story foyers. Because they do not open, picture windows are less prone to air leakage than operable windows, but their large glass panes can lose or gain a lot of heat (compared to an insulated wall), even with energy-efficient double-pane construction.

A bay window is a window space projecting outward from the main walls of a building and forming a bay in a room.

Slider windows slide open sideways. Like casements, they can offer clear views and ample ventilation, but they cannot be sealed as tightly as casements. Sliders are commonly used for egress windows in basement or below-grade bedrooms, due to their large openings and easy operation. Utility windows at the tops of basement walls also tend to be sliders.

Sliders are quite simple, having no mechanical parts (other than a lock), and usually very basic seals and no tension mechanism. This simplicity often makes them the least expensive type of window

Siding

Clapboard siding is designed with long, narrow boards of around 4”. These planks are nailed lengthwise to the wall of the house. They overlap each other top to bottom and look like wood in texture and profile. The overlap of planks produces a shadow line that creates an interesting profile. It is more subtle than other siding options that also overlap.

Dutch lap siding takes the traditional lap to the next level. The angle of the bevel is sharper, creating more of a contrast between the planks. The troughs in the overlapped areas are deeper, creating an even stronger shadow line.

With beaded seam siding, you have an even more interesting shadow line. Each plank of siding has a rounded notch cut into the bottom edge. When siding planks were handmade, this was a very expensive feature and only found on very upscale homes.

Also called barn siding, board and batten siding is the widest of all, with planks of up to 12 inches wide. The boards are installed either vertically or horizontally, with narrow strips of wood nailed over the gap between the boards.

Cedar shakes are a traditional siding option and were originally made by hand. Workmen would chop a cedar log lengthwise to obtain wedge-shaped sections of cedar that would then be attached to the wall. They are very rough and have a lot of texture, which makes them unique.

Real cedar shakes are a rich color, but over the years, they dry out and turn gray. They also must be maintained with fresh stain every few years. With vinyl siding manufactured in sheets to look like cedar shingles, you can have the look without the upkeep. You also have your choice of colors with the vinyl selection.

Staggered-edge siding looks like hand-split shingles, much like cedar shakes. With shingle siding, the individual shingles are installed and the overall look shows complex shadow lines. Vinyl siding made with staggered-edge may be manufactured in panels.

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