Frequently Asked Questions
When searching for a roofing company, there are many questions that need to be answered. Sometimes it is difficult to find the answers to these questions without hours and hours of research. Below we have compiled answers to a few of the most frequently asked roofing questions we hear to make your roofing company search a little easier!
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A NEW ROOF?
The most easily noticed sign that you need a new roof is a leak in the ceiling. As you can imagine, it isn't always that simple. There are a variety of other factors that could indicate you may need a replacement as opposed to a patch up. The first is to think about the age of your roof. If it is over 15 years old, it may be time to consider getting a professional opinion. This is around the time when your roof gets more and more expensive due to having to repair more often. In the long run, replacing your roof could save you hundreds of dollars. Other things to look out for are missing, cracked, torn, or bald shingles, a large amount of shingle granules in the gutters, and a large amount of moss growing on the roof surface.
How long does it take to replace a roof?
The amount of time it takes to replace a roof depends on a few different factors including how large the roof is, how many crew members will be conducting the replacement, and how experienced these crews are. On an average sized home, it should only take 1-2 days to get fully replaced, and the surrounding area to get cleaned up.
How much will it cost to get my roof replaced?
This is another question that varies heavily depending on a number of different factors including roof size, shingle type and color, extra warranties, and upgrades added to the project. Many of our customers have their roof replacement covered by their insurance company. This leaves the customer responsible for simply their deductible, and any extra features they wish to add that wouldn't be covered by the insurance company. For customers who pay out of pocket for their replacement as opposed to through insurance, there are financing options available. To get a more accurate estimate of the potential cost, contact a professional for a full inspection.
What is the best type of roof?
There is no one answer to this question. The most common options for new roofs include asphalt shingles and metal. Both types have pros and cons. If you’re looking for the most affordable option, shingles may be a good choice. If you’re looking for something modern and unique, a metal roof may be better.
If my roof leaks do I need a new roof?
It depends on why your roof is leaking. Older roofs with multiple worn spots and missing shingles will likely need to be replaced. If you have a leak coming in from the chimney or a single missing shingle, a repair may work just fine. Our contractors will determine how much damage has been caused by the leak and then make recommendations.
How long do roofs last?
Asphalt shingle roofs last from 20 to 30 years. If your roof has hit the 20-year mark, it’s a good time to call a company for a free estimate. Homeowners who are proactive with roofs and inspections will be able to plan better for roof replacements.
Metal roofs last 30 to 70 years on average. The long life of metal roofs can be attributed to the durable materials and coatings. Metal roofs cost more up front but pay for themselves in the end.
Why are my shingles discolored?
Discolorations on shingles are often caused by algae, fungus, or mold. Most of the U.S. falls into the category of a humid climate. This means our roofs are prone to inconvenient growths. Spores from algae, fungus, and mold often land on your roof. If the conditions are humid and damp, the spores will grow into larger problems, such as algae or mold. The result is discoloration or streaky shingles. If you notice discoloration on your roof, try cleaning it with a commercial product. If the problem returns, call us for professional help.