Roof Repair Frequently Asked Questions


Will 4U Roofing install a new roof in the rain?

Yes, 4U Roofing will repair or replace your roof rain or shine. Chances are, if you're asking this question, it's raining and you need to fix your leaking roof before more damage is done. We will work quickly and effectively to repair your damaged or leaking roof. Manufacturers recommend that roofing shingles be installed on a dry surface. However, the moisture that may be present on the felt surface will evaporate in time as the felt serves as a moisture barrier between the shingles and the roof deck, preventing any roof damage.

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

Obviously, if you have a leaking roof or have a storm damaged roof, you will want an assessment of the damage as quickly as possible. 4U Roofing will provide you with a free assessment of the damaged roof and provide you with a roof repair estimate, roof replacement estimate, or re-roofing estimate.

Early intervention can mean the difference between a small roof repair and a full-on roof replacement. By fixing a small problem, you can avoid the heavy costs associated with a re-roof. 

Signs of an Impending Leaking Roof

  • Missing or torn shingles expose the roof to water damage and rot, and make nearby shingles more susceptible to being blown away. Old shingles will curl, split and lose their waterproofing effectiveness. These weakened shingles are more likely to be blown away by wind gusts.
  • Rusted or missing flashing can result in a leaking roof. Flashing is the metal that surrounds chimneys, skylights and vent pipes and often is found in the valleys where roof sections meet.
  • Check gutters, downspouts and splash pans for evidence of decay or damage. Broken pieces of paint and scraps of roofing may be visible.
  • Indoors, look for discolored plasterboard or cracked paint and peeling wallpaper.

When evaluating composition roofing, look for gradual loss that may accumulate in the gutters.  As the roof ages you may notice that the edges of the shingles start to curl or split.  This is caused by the asphalt leaching out of the shingle over many years.

Flat roofs are especially vulnerable in Mobile's wet climate. Standing water on the roof may create a leaking roof or rotting roof. Sealants can wear over time and need to be resealed.

If you see any of these possible signs of roof damage, contact 4U Roofing immediately to preserve the quality of your home or office.

What is the difference between 15# and 30# synthetic felt?

Fifteen pound felt is the minimum requirement for shingle underlayment.  Thirty pound is twice as thick and is used to smooth irregular surfaces like most recover jobs.  Because plywood underlayment is older we always use 30# felt on our tear off jobs.

What is the biggest cause for roof deterioration in the Southeast?

The single biggest cause of roof deterioration is moss.  Moss attaches itself to organic matter like debris and even the asphalt itself.  As it grows, the minute root system weaves down into the shingle causing the shingle to separate.

Why don't the rows meet all the way around the house?

Roofing materials are started at the eave line and worked to the ridge.  Certain materials are adjusted at the ridge lines to give the appearance that all courses are the same.  This adjustment prevents the courses from lining up.