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As a trusted Roofing Contractor in Northern New Jersey, Proven Contracting often gets questions from our customers about roofing and home improvement. Check them out here:

We serve all of Northern New Jersey, but have locations in Bridgewater, Long Valley, Randolph and Livingston.

The wear of a roof will differ based on climate, altitude, and direction the house is facing. A general guideline is a 3 tab roof should last 15-20 years. Older architectural roofs should last 20-25 years. Flat roofs should last 10-15 years. A new roof with proper underlayment and flashing should last 30-50 years.

Yes, the rubber boots and flashing should be checked after 10-15 years to make sure they aren’t failing.

Yes, if your roof is over 5 years old, a bi-annual inspection is recommended.

An estimate should take 30 minutes to an hour depending on how difficult the roof is to measure.

A new roof will generally take 1-2 days for a complete install.

Yes, we will register your roof with the shingle manufacturer making it transferable to the next homeowner.

The correct order is the outside first, roof, windows, gutters, siding. Your roof will protect your new kitchen or new bathroom. If your new kitchen has a leak because of an older roof it can turnout to me more costly then if the roof was replaced first.

Older Gutters are nailed in and the nails tend to start popping out over time which can cause the gutter to fall off the house during the winter once the snow and ice build up. Also check for leaks in the corners as the sealants last about 15 years and may be failing. Also if the gutters are pulling away from the house or dented it’s probably time for new gutters.

If your house has a larger or steeper roof it might be recommended. Also if you have certain trouble spots that tend to overflow the gutters in a storm then you probably need bigger Gutters.

They help keep most leaves out the gutter but typically still require a gutter cleaning once a year or so. The Guards are more meant to protect the underground drainage you may have by directing the water away from the house. Having guards on should stop the drains from clogging which can be an expensive fix as typically you need to dig them up either on your lawn or even under your driveway.

At least twice a year is recommended. If you live in an area with a lot of trees, you may want to consider quarterly cleanings.

The best way to prevent ice dams is by having proper attic insulation and ventilation, however, you can help prevent ice dams by installing a heating cable on your roof and in your gutters. If you have an older roof you may require ice and water shield to be installed to prevent ice dams from backing up under the shingles and into the house.

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