Replacing a roof is a considerable investment that can help in improving the value of a home. A new roof is not a frequent purchase and as a result, many homeowners are not familiar with the processes involved, the most up to date types of roofing shingles or how to choose a professional roofer. Highlighted below are some of the most common FAQs that we encourage all homeowners to ask.
How do I know that I need a new roof?
Older roofing shingles can last for about 15 to 30 years based on the quality of the shingles, the location of the home and how well the roof was installed. Direct sunlight, wind and poor roof deck ventilation can affect the quality of a roofing system.
You need a new roof when any of these signs are noticed in your roofs:
Loss of asphalt granulation
Cracked interior drywall
Damage caused by winds
Rusting or missing flashing
Will I have to replace gutters and downspouts at the same time?
Our roofing contractors will work around your gutters and downspouts if they are in good condition. We take great care in ensuring that your gutters are not damaged during the roofing process.
How much does it cost to replace a roof?
This question does not have a simple or direct answer. The quote that will be given by your roofing contractor will be based on square footage, the pitch of the roof, accessibility, roofing material to be used, the removal of the old roof, city license as well as labor. The size of the roof and the quality of workmanship as well as materials used will dictate the cost of replacing your roof. It usually runs anywhere from $6,000 to $12,000.
Can I replace missing and damaged tiles or shingles on my own?
We recommend that you use a professional. However, if there is an emergency, you can replace a shingle or broken tile yourself.
How can I choose the right roofing professional?
You need to get detailed quotes from at least two different roofing contractors. Then, compare the estimates and pay special attention to the materials that will be used and the labor costs. Also, talk to those that have used these contactors to get first-hand reviews about them. With this information, you should be able to choose the contractor that suits you best.
Can my roof be repaired?
When deciding whether to repair or replace your roof, let an experienced roofer inspect it. Both you and the contractor can carry out an inside roof as well as outside inspection. Find signs that indicate that the roof is failing. Such signs include stains on ceilings, missing shingles and peeling paint amongst others. You also need to consider the age of the roof. If the roof is still within its expected lifespan and you are not seeing other warning signs, you can simply replace the shingles that are responsible for the problem.
Should I remove my old roof before installing the new one?
The advantages of leaving the old shingles include cheaper, less labor-intensive and faster installation. However, unless the old shingle is single-layer and problem-free, you may be putting yourself in trouble. Thus, you need to discuss removing your old roof with your contractor if you notice the following:
Inspection reveals that the roof is in bad shape.
The decking is rotting or deteriorating.
The material used for the new roof is lighter than the old one.
Your roof has more than one layer.
Your home is located in an area whose climate has ice dams.
How long does it take to replace a roof?
Replacing a roof is labor-intensive and the duration of replacing a roof depends on the type of the roof to be installed. The replacement of roofs can take anywhere from a few days to about 2 weeks or more. The duration is also affected by weather conditions such as wind, snow and rain.
Should I check my chimney before my roof work is done?
If your chimney requires any form of maintenance or repair, then you need to work on it before you install a new roof. Ensure all chimney flashing and chimney repairs are done properly before a new roof is installed.
Do I have to remove my solar panels before installing my new roof?
Most solar panels are bolted or mounted on the existing roof and need to be removed before installing a new roof. Solar panels should be removed and reinstalled by a licensed plumber (since they are charged with a type of antifreeze) that can accomplish the job properly.
Are you ready to explore your roofing options? If so, give Denver Roofers a call for your FREE roof inspection!