Replacing a roof isn’t as exciting as a kitchen or bath remodel, but it’s a considerable home improvement investment. A new roof is a once, maybe twice, in a lifetime purchase, so many homeowners aren’t too familiar with the process, the latest roofing shingles or even how to choose a roofer. We encourage homeowners to ask these import roofing questions!
There’s a lot more to reroofing your home than we can cover below in the Roofing FAQs, but these are the roofing questions we’re asked most frequently and a good place to start.
How much will I have to pay to have my roof repaired?
There are many different factors that can affect the price of a roof repair. So, there is not a one-size fits all answer. For example, the condition of the roof, the pitch, and the type of shingles can all impact the price of the repairs. If you want to know the exact price, you really need to get a quote done. Quotes from NewRuf.com are completely free.
Is it a good idea for me to repair my roof myself?
Unless you are a trained roofer, it is not a good idea for you to try to repair your roof yourself. Not only is roof repair extremely dangerous because of the heights, it is difficult work that requires skill. People who do roofing professionally have to go through training and obtain certification. This makes them qualified to do the work in a safe and professional way. So, you should just leave it to the professionals in nearly every circumstances.
What is the length of time that my roof is expected to last?
The exact amount of time that your new roof will last depends on many different variables. For example, the materials that are used, whether or not your roof is hit by a hail storm, or another serious weather event, and other factors can all impact it’s lifespan. It is common for roofs to last from between 15 to 25 years. However, roofs made from stronger materials such as metal can last even longer.
What is the reason why roofs wear out as time passes?
Roof damage can be caused by many different things as the years pass. For example, mildew growth, algae growth, direct sunlight, extreme weather, and other things can all provide challenges to roofs, and can harm them over time. Hail is one thing in particular that causes a lot of damage to roofs. In some hailstorms, the hailstones are as large as golf balls. So, when they fall from the sky and land on roofs, it can cause a lot of damage.
Can smaller-sized hailstones cause damage to roofs?
Generally speaking, the hailstone must be larger than a typical marble in order to be damaging to a roof. If it is smaller than that, then it is unlikely to cause damage to your roof, especially if you have a metal roof. If high winds are involved, then it is more likely that hailstones will harm your home if they are marble-sized.
Will every home that is hit by the same hail storm be damaged?
Definitely not. Whether or not a house’s roof gets damaged depends on what materials were used on the roof, and what condition the roof is in. Also, hailstorms can vary significantly in strength even in a small area. So, one roof in a neighborhood may be severely damaged by hailstorm, but other roofs may not be damaged at all.
If my roof is leaking, how do I find where source of the leak is?
This can be very tricky because water can travel for quite a ways before eventually forming a water spot in your ceiling. The best way to find the source of the leak is to have a professional come and inspect your roof. The professional can also give you a quote for how much it will cost to fix.
Why is my roof leaking when I just had new shingles put on it a year ago?
There are several reasons for why this could be happening. First, the shingles may not have been installed correctly. Also, there could be new damage from a recent storm. Further, it is possible that the shingles were added on top of older shingles which had a weak spot. A professional can come out, inspect your roof, and let you know exactly what the issue is.
What about the wood beneath my shingles, does that need replacing too?
It is possible that the wood beneath your shingles will need replacing as well. This will depend on whether or not it accumulated significant water damage. If it did, then yes, it will have to be replaced too. If not, then no, most likely, it won’t.