When it comes to understanding your current (or future) roofing system, there is no “wrong” question. As a homeowner, it is essential that you ensure the integrity of your roof at all times, properly care for and maintain the shingles, and protect it from outside elements that could lead to damage that could have otherwise been avoided.
Let’s review the Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions about residential roofing – which in some cases also apply to business or industrial roofing setups.
1. How do I know when it’s time to purchase a new roof?
Typically, roofing shingles or wooden shakes will last between 15 to 30 years, depending on the weather and environment you live in, as well as any obstructions or damage from surrounding elements – such as branches. Another common trouble with worn or broken tiles is inadequate water irrigation systems, and flooding on your roof which may eat away at your current roofing system at a higher rate than anticipated.
Some signs of a broken or beyond repair roofing system needing a total replacement are: curling shingles, decayed or missing shingles, visible cracks, missing or rusted flashings, wind damage, missing shingles, and cracked or discolored interior drywall.
In such instances, investing in a professional roof replacement by a trusted roofer would likely make the most sense.
2. How much will a new roof cost?
Depending on the type of roofing system you choose, as well as the roofing professional you hire, prices can vary significantly. Also, take into consideration the grade, brand, and type of roofing systems you’re going to go with, as well as the size of your roof and if it has a sloping roofline.
Starting with an expert roofing professional is the way to go, and often you can receive a free quote in doing so. Don’t settle for cheaper materials or labor, as this can be more costly in the long-run for repairs, or an otherwise improperly installed roofing system.
3. If I’ve received three various offers for repairs or roof replacement, how do I know which one to go with?
Depending on the scope of work to be done, whether it’s removing entirely or fixing your current roofing system you should take into full account the necessary work. In many cases, flashing work, ventilation or adding new vents, and removal-costs might be included in the quoted price – or additional. Also, the installation method, as well as proposed deadline should play significant roles in determining which professional to go with – and why.
Other variables to take into consideration are payment procedures, and of course length or type of warranty, such as what is covered in the instance of poor installation, improper workmanship, or even water leakage later on.
4. Why has my professional roofer only offered one year warranty on my asphalt shingle roofing system?
It is important to create a distinction between a manufacturer’s warranty and a contractor’s warranty – which is typically one based solely on his or her workmanship. However, a contractor’s warranty will likely offer much less coverage and typically remains relevant only to installation issues. Therefore, carefully review the contract and warranty details to see what’s covered or isn’t before starting the work. Always ensure you also receive the necessary certificates, documents, and warranty or guarantee contracts for your new roofing system.
5. Can I replace or repair my current roof on my own?
Speaking frankly, attempting to change or repair a roof on your own can be very dangerous, or even more costly in the long run. Typically, professional roofers have years of experience, and certain qualifications, licensing and insurance that the average home owner will either not be familiar with or possess. Worse, an everyday homeowner might damage the roofing system further, accumulating even more unwanted costs.
Also, the professional equipment – including safety equipment – necessary for most roofing system jobs and installations are very costly, and may not be something considered by the average DIYer.
Ultimately, depending on the style, materials, and type of home you have, roofing experience, and installation can vary greatly. This is why it’s so important to go with a reputable, trusted, and licensed roofer.
If in doubt, continue to research online the various types of roofing systems available to you, and what might make the most sense given the climate and environment you live in.
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