Replacing your roof is one of the best things you can do for your home. Roof replacement is a big investment and not one you should delay. Failing to replace your roof when it’s time can lead to thousands of dollars in home repairs from something as simple as leaky shingles to something more serious such as structural damage.
At Storm Restorations of America, we want you to be prepared when you invest in a roof replacement. You may have questions about the process and ways to maintain a new roof’s integrity and lifespan. To help you be prepared when you take the next step, we’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding roof replacements.
How Do I Know I Need a New Roof?
Sometimes the answer is obvious: there’s a hole in your roof, missing shingles, leaks, etc. Other times, the signs are more subtle. Below are some signs that it’s time to invest in a new roofing system:
Wet spots on your ceiling, in the attic, or crawl spaces
Your chimney’s masonry has cracked
Shingles are curled, buckling, missing, broken, or blistering
You notice signs of roof rot, such as a spongy feeling when you walk on your roof
There is water backup in your eaves.
Your flashing is damaged or completely compromised.
Typically, a solid and well-constructed roof will last between 12-15 years, sometimes up to 30 years. Even if you don’t see any signs of damage, a roof that’s too old will be more prone to breakdowns and damage. Hire a professional to inspect your roof thoroughly for signs that it’s time to replace it. At Storm Restorations of America, we offer a 100% free roof inspection with no obligation to purchase.
How Much Does A New Roof Cost?
Every roof is different, so every roof costs a different amount. Roofing contractors will take a few factors into consideration when determining the price of your new roof: size, old roof removal, style, shape, materials, and other features like chimneys, skylights, and vents that they need to work around. At Storm Restorations of America, we will provide you with a completely free roof inspection and an estimate based on the inspection to determine the approximate cost of your roof replacement. Once the price of your new roof is calculated, there are plenty of ways to finance your roof, making paying for your roof replacement easy and affordable.
How Do I Choose the Right Roofing Contractor?
The most important decision you can make once you’ve decided to get a new roof is your contractor. A new roof is a big investment, and the right contractor can give you a pleasant experience and a roof that can last decades without issues. Doing your research on your roofer before hiring one can protect you from possible roofing disasters down the line.
You should start by investigating the company. Check for ratings on the Better Business Bureau, google, etc. Check for customer testimonials and reviews. Ask the company for proof of licensing and insurance. A contractor without these accreditations or that refuses to proof of them could be a scam, or at least not the best quality contractor in the area.
How Do I Prepare for a New Roof Installation?
There are a few steps you can take to help make the process smoother before your new roof is installed. First, clear your driveway and the areas around your home as much as possible. Your contractor will appreciate the extra space for vehicles and equipment. There could also be a chance that roofing materials fall into your driveway, so this prevents the chance of damage being caused to anything in the area. Another thing you can do is remove loose items from your walls and shelves. Sometimes the hammering on your roof can cause enough vibration to make unsecured items in your home fall. A quality roofing contractor will take care of the rest of preparation.
How Long Will My New Roof Last?
Even the best quality roof has an expiration date. The better your contractor and materials, as well as the better your new roof is maintained, the longer your new roof will last. An average lifespan for your roof is around 20 years. Your roof can last longer or not as long depending on overall maintenance, weather, and original construction.