New Roof FAQs
If you are having a roof replacement for the first time, you might have a few questions. Homeowners typically have questions regarding their roof, as replacements or repairs to your roof are not common occurrences, as they typically last for decades. These are some common FAQs when it comes to getting a new roof.
If my roof is leaking, does it have to be replaced?
If your roof is leaking, this is a sign there is a problem, but it does not mean your roof has to be replaced. Leaks can be a sign of a minor problem, such as your flashing may have come loose, or your shingles have blown off or gotten damaged. If you deal with the problem at the first sign of the leak, it might be solved with a simple repair. If you ignore the issue, it could turn into a costly repair or a complete roof replacement.
When is the best time to replace my roof?
Springtime is often the best time to replace your roof. Roofing contractors are better able to schedule replacements when they are not tied up with emergency repairs. Springtime also offers better weather conditions.
Will my existing roof have to be removed?
Typically it is not necessary to remove an existing roof, before installing a new roof, but often professionals will advise this be done. Removing your existing roof will reveal any issues with your roof decking, and the roofing contractor will be able to make repairs to these problems before installing a new roof.
Some of the issues that can be found by removing an existing roof will reveal any condensation issues in your attic. If condensation is detected, the roofing contractor can place more ventilation into your new roofing system. When the existing roof is removed, you will also attain a smoother, finished roof surface. If a new roof is placed over existing shingles, it can cause the surface of your roof to become uneven, which is not the best-looking roof.
There may also be issues with your existing roof being able to support the weight of two roofs, especially if the roofing materials were overlaid with a heavier material. When the roofing contractor removes your existing roof, before installing a new one, they will have the opportunity to ensure there is enough support for the added load.
What are the signs I should have a new roof installed?
Some of the signs your existing roof is failing include:
- Your shingles are beginning to curl
- You have broken tiles
- Your roof has suffered wind damage
- You are seeing leaks in your attic or on your ceilings
- Your asphalt shingles are thinning or have bare spots
If you have asphalt shingles on your roof, the typical life span of it will be between 15 and 25 years. Over time the granules of these shingles will begin to wear off causing the shingles to crack or rip. After this time, asphalt shingles can also begin to curl.
If you have a concrete tile roof, it will typically last up to 50 years, but this material will crack and break if someone walks on it. Weatherproof sheathing under your tiles can also start to tear, rip, or rot.
How much will it cost me to replace my roof?
A roof replacement costs all depend on several factors which can include:
- The configuration, slope, and size of your roof
- The roofing materials you will have installed
- Your local labor rates
- Whether the complete roof needs to be replaced, or only a part of the roof
- How accessible your roof will be to the contractor
- The time of year you need the roof replaced
Where to Learn More About Roof Replacements
Prime Time Roofing is your top-rated county roofing company. We are a licensed, trusted roofing company to provide all your roofing solutions in Douglas. If you are concerned about the health of your roof, contact our office and talk to one of our experienced, professional representatives to learn how we can provide you the best, affordable services in the area.