Roofing issues can be overwhelming for any homeowner. Most people don’t even think about a roof until something goes wrong and faced with a hefty repair bill. When the roof becomes a problem, you may start asking questions that need answers. But sometimes, finding the information you need is nearly impossible without hours of research.
To help you find answers, here are a compiled general roofing questions that homeowners often asked to help you be better prepared when it comes to understanding your roof.
- What will a new roofing system cost?
The cost of a new roof system depends on several factors such as the size of the project, removal, architectural style and shape of your home or building, materials selected, and the roofing contractor you hire.
The best way to get a precise idea for the price of your roofing system is to get at least three estimates from different reputable contractors in your area.
Bear in mind that price is only one factor. A cheaper estimate doesn’t mean a better quality of service. Sometimes, it’s better to go with a higher-priced contractor as they often have a better reputation. The quality of the materials they use and workmanship also balances out the price.
Be sure to ask the right questions about the type of material being used and the reputation of the company.
- How can a homeowner recognize when a roof system has problems?
Roofing Issues are often hidden until after leaking, and another severe damage occurs. Many different kinds of factors can compromise a roofing system, but it can be challenging to know where to begin to look, especially when you have no idea what you’re looking for.
That’s why it is a smart investment to hire a roofing professional to perform a roof inspection periodically. A professional will know the kind of damage to find and where to look for them.
But if you insist on performing the inspection on your own, you can take a look at your roof from below with binoculars or inspect indoors for any signs of damaged roof areas.
- How can I determine if my roof needs repairs or replacement?
Unforeseen problems can weaken the roof and lower its lifespan, especially when its incorrectly or inadequately designed, installed, or maintained. There are a few options for handling roof problems, such as a full replacement or simple repairs.
Roof repairs are preferable for minor problems that occur on roofs from time to time, while full replacements are warranted for a roofing system that is deteriorated beyond serviceable. However, deciding on a course of action isn’t that simple. Owners need to gather and analyze as much information as possible about their roof before choosing between repair or replacement.
Leaks, loose flashings, excessive shingle granules in gutters, ceiling spots, and missing or torn shingles can indicate roof problems, but these issues can also be repaired. When the age adds to the widespread of issues, it can mean that it needs a full replacement.
A clear indication that roof replacement is necessary is when it can no longer handle water infiltration despite regular maintenance.
- What are my options if I decide to reroof?
When the time comes for a new roof, homeowners typically have the decision to either do a full roof replacement or re-cover of the existing roof system. The first decision involves removing your entire current roof system and replacing it with a new one while the latter requires installing a new roof system without removing the existing roof covering.
A re-cover of your roof system is the less demanding option. However, most local building code requirements forbid multiple re-roofs. If only one roof is in place, there is no easy answer.
While roof tear-offs are not always necessary before installing new shingles, some roofing professionals will insist on a replacement because it ensures that a completely new roofing system is installed.
- Can I do the work myself?
Roofing projects take skill and experience to complete successfully. If you’re generally successful with DIY improvement projects, then you may have the ability to take a shot on this project of this magnitude and importance.
However, most work should not be done on your own. The roof is vital to the health of your home and internal condition. The improper roofing techniques of novices can lead to severe damages. You will end up spending more time and money than when you would have if you hired a professional to do it in the first place.
There’s also the risk of falling off that can cause severe injuries. Home and building owners should only perform simple maintenance tasks confined to roof inspections at least twice a year to check for cracked or curling shingles as well as cleaning rain-filled gutters with dead leaves and other debris.
Even then, it would be best if you were fully prepared to inspect your roofs with a firmly braced or tied-off ladder with rubber safety feet. It would also be better if you wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder if possible.
- How long can I expect my roof system to last?
The average life expectancy of most roofing systems is about 20 years with regular maintenance. However, certain roof system types such as clay tile, composite, slate, and certain metal such as copper can last longer.
The life span of a roof system boils down to several factors like roof system design, building structure, material quality, and suitability, proper installation, periodic roof maintenance. Some conditions can increase wear and tear on your roof that will shorten the life span of your roof.
- How to Choose the Right Roofing Contractor?
It can be a difficult decision to entrust another person to perform roofing services on an essential feature of your home. However, a reliable roofer will ensure that the job is done right the first time.
It’s imperative that you conduct exhaustive research on the ones that you’re considering to hire to find the right contractor. Portfolios, referrals, and reviews from former customers are some of the best ways to determine the quality of the roofer’s workmanship.
Roofing projects are a significant investment, so make sure that your roof won’t be in the hands of someone who will attempt to cut corners.
Fahey Roofing Contractors has the experienced and skilled contractors you need to help you with any necessary roof repairs and roof replacement. We serve various areas in West Virginia and Ohio. If you have more questions, visit our website today or contact us at (304) 736-7663 to learn more.