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Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor: Siding & Carpentry Edition

Most homeowners aren’t aware of the importance of quality siding and carpentry as it relates to the roof, especially where the roof and the siding meet. This critical area can be a major source of leaks and ongoing damage. For example, any issues with weathered siding or bad flashing can cause leaks that destroy trim and even go so far as to destroy the foundation of your home. In many homes, there are several areas of concern: rakes fascia, eaves fascia, sloped trim on dormers, soffits, and corners. Roofing Doctor can help you identify these potential problem areas and provide recommendations to ensure your siding is up to the task just like your roof. We have compiled a list of questions to ask your roofing contractor before getting started on your next project to ensure your home is protected from future damage.

What type of siding is available to me?

Similar to roofing materials, there are a number of different siding materials that can complement your roof. Roofers often work hand in hand with carpenters to install products like wooden shingles, cedar, clapboards, and other wood type materials. Know that you aren’t limited to wood siding. There are many different types of siding including vinyl, clapboard, a clapboard blend, slate, metal, and clay. The table below can help identify which material is right for you depending on climate and other environmental factors. Cost can vary significantly between products. We recommend contacting us directly for most up to date pricing and custom quotes. 


Category Recommended Material
All-around Asphalt, Composite
Extreme Heat Clay Tile
Extreme Cold Slate or Metal
Extreme Wind Clay Tile, Slate and Metal
Durability Slate and Metal
Lightest Wood, Composite and Metal
Environmental Responsibility Recycled Composite, Wood


What about the doors and windows?

While we are replacing and installing new siding, we can easily change out doors and windows at the same time. It is also the perfect time to replace trim boards around the doors and windows. This is an important aspect of construction where carpentry comes into play. At Roofing Doctor, we offer a comprehensive list of services to ensure your home looks good and is protected from damage down the line. Being able to replace everything at once not only feels like a big accomplishment, but it can put you at ease as a homeowner, knowing that everything is taken care of in a way that will withstand the test of time. 

What kind of damage can I expect if my siding isn’t properly installed?

The longer you wait, the more likely problem areas can leak and get worse. It becomes a domino effect. Rotting wood and fascia can cause small leaks which could then turn into basement flooding and foundation damage over time. The integrity of siding can break down and cause leaks if not properly addressed. The ability to repair these issues will depend on the material. Some vinyl can be removed and reinstalled depending on condition, whereas materials like clapboard and wood siding may need to be completely replaced to ensure integrity. Be sure to talk to your roofer about siding and carpentry as you are considering your next home improvement project. 

Not sure where to start? Give us a call and we would be happy to point you in the right direction. You can reach us at (401) 246-0711 or fill out our contact form online.

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