Roof replacement is one of the best things you can do for your home – but you probably have questions about the process. For example, you may need to know about ways to maintain a new roof’s integrity and lifespan. Fortunately for you, Able Roof is here with answers for homeowners asking about new roofs, resolving frequently asked questions with advice from expert roofing contractors. We bring more than 35 years of experience to you with these new-roof FAQs:
When Do I Need a New Roof?
Replacing your roof is a big investment, and not one you should delay. Failing to replace your roof when it’s time can lead to thousands of dollars in home repairs from leaky shingles and structural damage. Here are a few signs it’s time for a new roofing system:
- There are wet spots on your ceiling, in the attic, or crawl spaces.
- Your chimney’s masonry has cracked.
- Shingles are curled, buckling, missing or broken.
- Your shingles are blistering.
- Shingles are badly aging and missing granules.
- You notice signs of roof rot, such as a spongy feeling when you walk on it.
- There is water backup in your eaves.
- Your flashing is damaged, or completely compromised.
Hire professional roofers to inspect your roof thoroughly for signs that it’s time to replace it. Even if you don’t see any signs of damage, a roof that’s too old may be prone to breakdowns. Roofing contractors at Able Roof will give you honest, straightforward advice about when to replace your roof.
How Do I Choose the Right Roofing Contractor?
Once you decide you need a new roof, the most important decision you can make is your contractor. Find a trusted roofing company to avoid harmful contractor scams and get the most out of your money. A new roof isn’t a small investment – the right contractor can give you a pleasant, rewarding experience and a roof that will last for decades without issue. Doing your research before hiring a roofer can protect you from roofing disasters.
First, ask around for a good roofing contractor. Ask your friends and family members for suggestions, or post the question on social media. Word of mouth is one of the most reliable ways to judge the character of a roofing contractor, since you’re speaking to people who have already worked with the company. Also look at the roofer’s reviews and testimonials from previous customers.
Next, investigate the company itself. Look for manufacturer designations, positive ratings with the Better Business Bureau, and proper licensing and insurance. A contractor without these accreditations or one that refuses to show you licensing is probably a scam artist – or at least not the best quality contractor on the market.
What New Roofing Options Do I Have?
There are a variety of new roofs to choose from for any style home. You can select your material, color, and style, depending on your needs and personal preferences. Select metal roofing, forged iron, traditional shingles, RoofGuard, and more in an array of stunning colors. View our gallery at Able Roof to see the many roofing options available to you. Our contractors can help you select the perfect roof for your home or commercial building.
Do I Need to Do Anything to Prepare for New Roof Installation?
If you do need to replace your roof, there are a few small steps you can take for a smooth process. First, remove loose items from your walls and shelves. Hammering up on your roof can sometimes cause enough vibration to make unsecured items fall. Clear your driveway as much as possible and the areas around your home. There is a chance roofing materials could fall into the driveway. Your contractor will also appreciate the extra space for work vehicles and equipment. Able Roof completes most new roofing jobs the very same day for minimal interruption to your life. A quality roofing contractor will take care of the rest – you just have to sit back and enjoy your brand new roof.
How Long Will My New Roof Last?
Even the best quality roofing system has an expiration date. However, the better your contractor and materials, the longer your investment will last. Typically, 20 years is an acceptable lifespan for a new roof. However, roofs can last longer or not as long depending on the level of maintenance, weather, and original construction. Able Roof provides our customers with a lifetime transferable warranty – an extremely valuable benefit in today’s housing market.