There eventually comes a time when every homeowner needs some roofing repair done by a roofing contractor. If your roof is aging or you are experiencing problems, you may have some questions about what to do next. Below are some of the most common questions asked of roofing companies so you can understand what work may be necessary and what to expect.
1. Can My Roof Be Repaired or Must It Be Replaced?
This is the most common question a roofing contractor is asked by homeowners like you; however, the answer is different for each building owner. Generally speaking, repair is usually suggested when a problem is isolated to one area, the current installation is newer, or the damage is not too severe.
Replacement is recommended when damage or degradation is widespread or severe, if the current installation is nearing the end of its serviceable life expectation, and the current condition of the roof.
The best way to determine whether you need a roofing repair or an entire re-do is to have an experienced roofing company take a look at your roof and give you some options on the best ways to handle your individual situation.
2. How Much Will A New Roof Cost?
The cost of a new roof for your home will vary based on a number of specifics including the size of your home, the materials you choose for the roof, the difficulty of the job, and a number of other details. As such, a new installation can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars for a small home with the least expensive materials to tens of thousands of dollars for large homes and more expensive roofing systems.
Your roofing contractor can give you a detailed estimate of how much the installation will cost using a variety of materials after viewing your home and assessing the work that must be done.
3. How Long Will the Installation Take?
Installation for an average size family home will usually take anywhere from a couple of days to a week. Installation time will vary depending on many other things, including the size of the home, the complexity of the installation, and the type of material being installed. Some particularly complex jobs can take weeks to complete. Your roofing company will include a time estimate as a part of a complete estimate.
4. What Type of Materials Should I Have Installed?
All roofing materials have advantages and disadvantages. The most common materials installed today are asphalt dimensional shingles, which are quite economical in comparison to many other systems although they do not last as long. Metal is another popular option installed by roofing repair services and it can last more than twice as long as shingles; however, that comes at a higher cost.
Various types of tile and slate installations are extremely durable and can last a century or more. Again, they are even more expensive and also susceptible to hail damage. The best way to decide on which materials you should have installed is to discuss available options that fit your budget first, then look into the pros and cons of each type of roofing material.
Although these are the most common questions roofing contractors are asked, they are not always easy to answer. Because every home and specific situation is unique, a roofing repair contractor must typically view your home and discuss different materials with you before most of these questions can be accurately answered. If you have questions about your roof or suspect it may be time for a new one, it is best to arrange for a roofing company to view your home and give you an estimate of the work that needs to be done!