Commercial Roofing Specialists
Serving NJ, NY, PA & CT Since 1982
Frequently Asked Questions
Warranties / Emergencies
1. What should I do in the case of an emergency leak?
On a built-up roof, a can of flashing cement will do wonders. On a single ply roof system duct tape and urethane caulk may close off a hole. For all emergencies, it is best to contact Pfister Roofing’s Emergency Hotline at 1-800-367-2207 to keep damage and repairs minimal.
2. If a manufacturer warranties my roof can I make my own repairs or have my HVAC contractor flash a unit?
No! For the entire length of the warranty the manufacturer is responsible to keep the roof watertight. Call Pfister Roofing at 1-800-367-2207 for repairs or modifications to equip rooftop equipment.
3. How can I protect the roof from other trades and foot traffic?
By installing protection mats or a concrete paver system for high traffic areas (chillers, ventilation, cleaners etc). Call Pfister Roofing at 1-800-367-2207 to install protective pathways for rooftop foot traffic.
4. What is the best roofing warranty?
A warranty issued by a manufacturer who has the roofing experience to match the longevity of the warranty. All Pfister Roofing manufacturers have recognized experience and an excellent reputation in the roofing industry. Pfister Roofing is a certified contractor for numerous manufacturers and offers a full manufacturers warranty on all our products.
5. How many years is a typical manufacturer's' guarantee?
Hiring a Roofing Contractor
6. What do I look for in a quality-roofing contractor?
7. Can I request an insurance certificate from the roofing contractor?
8. How should I pay the contractor?
9. What kind of insurance certificate must a roofer carry?
10. What is the definition of a workman's compensation modified rate? Is it important?
11. How do I get a cost effective estimate?
12. Should roofing contractors be bonded?
13. What are building code requirements?
14. What are re-roofing costs without tear off?
15. What are re-roofing costs with a tear off?
16. How often should a roof be inspected for deficiencies?
17. What is the best drainage system that I can design?
18. Are roof scuppers an effective way to drain a roof?
19. Can a roof collapse if drains are clogged?
Design and Maintenance
20. Are pitched roofs better than flat?
21. Should roof exits be in or outside?
22. Are skylights an effective way of bringing in daylight?
23. Are light color or white roofs better than black?
24. What is the most cost effective roof system?
25. How many different single-ply membranes are on the market?
26. Why is there a trend to more single-ply systems?
27. Which roofing system is the longest lasting?
28. Is the Asphalt Built-Up Roofing (BUR) system still a viable option?
29. How much ridged insulation should I have on my roof?
30. Over how many roofs can I install another layer of roofing material?
31. Which roof provides the greatest fire protection?
32. What is the typical live load of a roof in the northeast?
33. Can I re-roof effectively over my existing roof surface?
34. What is the life expectancy of a metal roof?
35. When is it time to stop repairs and install a new roof?
36. What can be done to lengthen the life expectancy of my roof?
37. Can I roof over wet insulation?
38. Is ponding water on my roof OK?
Still have a question? Please contact Pfister Roofing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-367-2207.
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