FAQs about a New Roof

Replacing your roof is one of the best things that you can do for your home. It is like giving your home a new lease of life. As with anything new in life, you probably have questions about a new roof. You are not the only one. Most homeowners usually have questions concerning new roofs like how they should maintain the integrity and life span of a new roof.

Some of the FAQs and answers about a new roof include:

When do you need a new roof?

While replacing your roof is a big investment, it is also an activity that should not be delayed. When you don’t replace your roof in time, you can set stage for leaky shingles and structural damages that will cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Signs that it is time to replace your roof include:

  • Wets spots in the ceiling, attic or crawl spaces
  • Cracked chimney’s masonry
  • Curled, buckled, missing or broken shingles
  • Blistering shingles
  • Badly aging shingles and missing granules
  • A rotting roof
  • Water back up in your eaves
  • Damaged or compromised flashing

If you notice any of these sings then you should call professional roofers to inspect the roof and then replace it.

How do I choose the right roofing contractor?

Your new roof is as good as the contractor you hire. You must find a trusted contractor so that you don’t fall victim to contractor scams and get the most of your money. A new roof is a costly investment so you need to make the right decision. Use these tips to get the right contractor:

  • Do your research
  • Ask for suggestions from friends and family or social media
  • Look for the roofer’s testimonials and reviews from previous customers
  • Investigate the company itself.
  • You can look for manufacturer designations, positive ratings with the Better Business Bureau
  • Check for proper licensing and insurance

This should get you underway in finding the right contractor.

What new roofing options do I have?

Today, there are a variety of new roofs to choose from for any style home. From material, colour and style, you can choose according to your needs and personal preferences. Some of the available options include metal roofing, recycled shingles, slate tiles and clay tiles and rubber roofs. All these come in an array of stunning colours which you can choose from.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for a new roof installation?

There are a few steps that you need to take when replacing your roof in order to make the process as smooth as possible:

  • Remove loose items from your walls and shelves since hammering on your roof can cause vibrations that cause insecure items to fall off
  • Clear your driveway and the area around your home

How long will your new roof last?

All roofing systems have an expiration date even the best. Nevertheless, with a good contractor and the right materials, the roof should last for at least 20 years. Some roofs like slate tiles last longer. Other contributing factors are level of maintenance, weather and original construction.

Now you have answers to questions you may have. Don’t make excuses for your delays in replacing your roof.