Roof Repair Frequently Asked Questions

 In Residential Roofing, Roof Repair

Roofing FAQS

You might be in the middle of building or renovating your home and one of the biggest considerations is going to be your roof.  Your roof is crucial to the structural integrity of your home not to mention protecting you from the elements.  You probably have more than a few questions about roofing and which type of roof is your best option.  Here are some of the more common questions that roofing contractors get asked.

What is the best type of roof?

While that is a pretty common question, there is no short answer.  There are a variety of different roofing materials to choose from, from traditional asphalt shingles, to metal to tile roofs.  Which material you choose will depend on the area you live in along with the overall style of your home.  Sit down with a roofing contractor so they can present your options, go over pricing and make a recommendation that best suits your home.

When is the best time to replace your roof?

There are two answers to this question, the first concerns the best season to replace your roof.  Throughout the summer or early fall usually works the best.  You want to avoid spring rains and if you live on the eastern seaboard where storms and hurricanes are more common in the fall you want to avoid hurricane season as well.  If you live in the northern part of the country you don’t want to try replacing your roof in the winter time, the cold and snow just make it too hazardous. 

The second answer pertains to the condition of your roof.  Most homeowners pay little attention to the roof until they notice a leak.  Minor leaks may be able to be fixed, but if you have water damage or more than one leak then you want to replace the roof as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.  Get a roofing contractor to have a look and determine whether roof repair or replacement is necessary.  Your roofing contractor can also advise you whether the roof needs to be replaced immediately or if it can be put off until better weather. 

How long will your roof last?

On average a roof will last about 20 years, but that is not written in stone by any means.  Metal roofs, while pricier do have a life span of up to 50 years.  Other factors will include whether the roof was properly installed, the climate you live in and the weather conditions.  Even the best installed roofs can suffer damage during a hurricane.  It can also depend on if the homeowner is maintaining the roof, were the right materials used for the home, and where it’s located. 

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