FAQs

Roofing

Q:  My roof is only 10 years old but I’ve noticed a leak, does that mean my roof needs to be replaced?

A:  Not necessarily.  You would first want to check the following:

Pipe collars

Chimney flashings

(Why?  Because the above items don’t last as long as the shingle roof warranties.)

Q:  In the winter, especially after a snow, there is one spot in my attic that is wet, but then it’s dry when it’s not wet outside.  Does that mean a section of my roof is bad?

A:  That issue can arise from a couple of things:

(i)  if you have bad insulation, the coldest spot will have ice but when the temperature rises and the ice melts, you will get a drip.  THAT is an insulation problem.

(ii) Improper nailing when shingles are installed could lead to rusty nails and cause holes in roof shingles.

The best way to determine the condition of your roof is to give us a call and have one of our experienced contractors come take a look to see what exactly is happening.  All of our estimates are FREE.

 

Siding

Q:  My siding is less than two years old but a few pieces are definitely loose.  What causes this?

A:  Siding may sometimes come “unlocked” when there is improper spacing during the installation process.  If siding is installed during the winter, due to colder temperatures it shrinks if not put on tight enough.  Similarly, if siding is installed during the summer, due to warmer temperatures it expands and could pop if put on too tight.

 

Windows

Q:  My electric bill seems to be getting higher every month and I feel a draft when I sit in front of my window.  Does that mean my window needs to be replaced?

A:  Not necessarily; your window could possibly just need to be re-caulked around the exterior trim.

Q:  How often should windows be replaced?

A:  Contractor-grade windows (newer built homes) typically will need to be replaced within 10 years unless the buyer used an upgraded window option; better-grade windows typically last 20 years.

Q:  When it comes time to replace my windows, what should I use?

A:  Install “Low E” vinyl windows with insulation (use Tyvek wrap for better energy efficiency).  One of the BIGGEST MISTAKES subcontractors make during window installation is not securing the Tyvek around the windows. Tyvek is specifically for wind and moisture resistance, so if is not installed properly, the windows will likely need to be replaced sooner than typically needed.

 

 Insulation (attic)

Q: What’s the difference between the blown insulation and the rolled insulation – what would make me choose one over the other?

A:  The blown-in insulation is more efficient to install and tends to be more energy efficient because it can get into the soffit area where the roof rafters meet the ceiling joist.

 

Concrete

Q:  When should I consider getting my concrete surfaces redone?  Are there specific signs of wear I should look out for?

A:  After the winter months, you will be able to notice whether your driveway or sidewalk is raised, cracked, or roots are coming through.  Depending upon how badly there is visible deterioration would determine exactly what needs to be replaced and how quickly.

 

Sealcoating (blacktop)

Q:  How often should my blacktop be seal coated?

A:  It is recommended that a blacktop surface be seal coated after every winter (or when you can see the stone aggregate).  At the very least, it should be done no longer than every 2 years.

 

Parking Lot Striping

Q:  Do you only do big companies, or will you also consider doing smaller jobs, such as daycares or private establishments (like doctor’s office, private school, cheer, dance or karate studio)?

A:  We are happy to come out and determine your road surface marking/parking lot striping needs – whether you’re located in a strip mall, a shopping center, private schools, or any type of state work.

 

Lawn Care and Maintenance

Q:  Do you do neighborhoods?  My civic association is looking for a reliable person to cut grass.

A:  Absolutely!  NVR does both residential and commercial grass cutting jobs, whether small or large.  We will cut either weekly or bi-weekly (per customer request) and bill on a monthly basis.

 

Snow Plowing and Removal

Q:  If I need my driveway done, do you do that or do you only do big companies?  We don’t have an actual civic association but a bunch of us would be willing to pay someone to take care of it.

A:  We do both residential and commercial snow plowing and can do individual(s) or civic associations are also welcome to contact us.

Q:  Is snow plowing and removal the same?

A:  Snow plowing and snow removal are NOT the same.  “Plowing” only clears the area (that’s when you see the big piles of snow pushed to the side of streets, etc.); “removal” is typically more for commercial customers who need parking lots completely cleared, so once the snow is plowed, there is a designated area where it is taken for removal.

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