Frequently Asked Questions about Roof Repairs and Roof Installations

How long should a roof last?

Like any building component, roofs degrade at different rates depending on a large number of factors: the quality of original construction, the level of abuse, weather, the level of maintenance, appropriateness of design, material used, etc. So how long should a roof last? A poorly installed roof may show signs of failure on the first rain. There are also well-crafted roof systems that use durable materials and, when well-maintained, have lasted for decades. Most building owners, roofing contractors, and designers feel that 20-30 years is an acceptable service life.

How can a homeowner prevent roofing problems?

Once a year inspections can discover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof problems. Indoors you can look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of a leaking roof system.

How much will a new roof cost?

The price of a new roof varies widely, depending on the material selected, the contractor doing the work, the home itself, the area of the country, local labor rates, and more. Keep in mind that cost is only one factor, and it must be balanced against the quality of workmanship and materials. There are a variety of material options including composition, wood, metal, clay, concrete, slate, and PVC. These materials vary in quality, style, shape, and price. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs. Within the roofing profession there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Choose a contractor who is committed to quality work so you are sure they will be around to take care of the roof you put on. We accept Visa and MasterCard in an effort to provide assistance to our clients needing a new roof or roof repair.

Can I cover up my existing roof?

Installing a roof over the top of an existing roof is possible; however, it's not recommended. Some manufacturer's warranties will not guarantee their product when it is installed over an unacceptable substrate. We believe that your roof is only as strong as its weakest link, and therefore prefer to accept responsibility for the craftsmanship of your home and start the reroofing process from the actual structure.

If there are wet spots on my ceiling does that mean my roof is leaking?

It's quite possible your roof is leaking if there's evidence of moisture inside your house, in particular on the ceilings or walls. This can also be a sign that your roofing system has inadequate ventilation. A large number of roofing system issues are related to poor ventilation, that is to say, there aren't enough vents moving air from the bottom through the top of your attic.

I've noticed some of the shingles coming loose on the roof, is it time for a new roof?

Shingle damage can definitely be an indicator of a roof reaching its final days, but it's best to have a roof inspection done before jumping to any conclusions. If you are noticing any torn shingles or if they end up in your yard after a storm, that's a strong indicator that it's time to get a professional opinion on the state of your roof.

How can I prepare for the installation of my new roof?

Remove all loose items from walls and shelves as constant hammering may cause enough vibration to shake these items down. Make sure to clear your driveway and items directly surrounding your home. Also, please see that electrical power is provided to the outside of your home for the duration of the project.