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Frequently Asked Questions About Roofing

Roofing is such a wide topic that people often have more questions than they have answers for. Therefore, we’ve collected an assortment of Frequently Asked Questions to provide you some ready answers to your roofing needs. 

How do I know if I need a new roof? 

A. There are several general tips you need a new roof.

The first is that your roof is getting old. A roof typically will last 20 to 25 years. Also, you need to know if the roof was previously repaired, and how long ago.

Another obvious sign is whether the shingles are buckling or curling on your roof.

A third is how healthy are the valleys of your roof. Roof valleys are critical areas of roofing.

Fourth, your chimney flashing or skylight flashing looks old and decayed.

Fifth, whether you find lots of shingle granules in your gutters. It means your shingles are on their last legs.

Sixth, whether you have missing shingles on your roof.

Finally, whether you can see daylight through your roofboards. Call a roofing contractor for inspection if you have any of these issues. 

How do you contract with a good roofer? 

The best indicator of a good roof contractor is experience. If a busines has been in business locally for several years, it means they are generally getting enough customers to sustain the business for several years. This tells you a lot. Success doesn’t come accidental in the life of a roofing company. They earn it. 

How much does a new roof cost? 

Roof repair companies normally charge by the square foot, and also by the materials used. Typically, roofing companies charge around $3.50 to $5.00 per square foot. 

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So, a typical 1800 square foot home will generally cost between $6,000 and $9,000, but it depends greatly on the materials used. For example, if you use slate for your shingles, the shingles alone will cost about 10 times more than an asphalt shingle. 

How many estimates should I get? 

In general, you should get a minimum of 3 estimates from reputable contractors, and 5 is better.

Should I go with the cheapest roofer? 

You will find from your estimates that roofing various significantly in cost from one roofer to another. However, you don’t want to necessarily go with the cheapest roofer.

For one thing, the cheapest roofer may use low grade materials. For another, one contractor may use only union labor, which costs more, but means that the men and women on working on your roof are generally well trained and experienced.

Finally, some of the cheapest roofers may wind up costing you more than a more expensive roofer. That’s because along the way they come up with lots of add-ons which poos the cost of a roof up substantially.

Additionally, if the work is done poorly, you may need a second contractor to repair the problems the first one created. 

I’ve found two good roofers but one is significantly more expensive than the other.What should I do? 

Don’t be afraid to challenge bids. Go back to more expensive roofer and ask them to justify their bid. Provide them with the details of the other roofer.

Sometimes you fill find that the more expensive roofer has no logical reason for them to charge more other than the fact that they wish to make a greater profit.

Nine times out of 10 however, the more expensive roofer may have quite good reasons why their estimate is higher, such as they only use first class building materials, they train their roof workers better, or they offer a free annual roof inspection.

If I elect to go with asphalt, should I choose 3-tabl shingles or architectural shingles? 

Three-tab shingles are the cheapest, but not necessarily the best option. Not only do architectural shingles look better, which enhances the curb appeal of your house, but they are doble walled, so they will protect your home better.

With 3-tab shingles you typically have wind resistance to around 60 miles per hour, but with architectural shingles, wind resistance is typically around 110 miles per hour.

Finally, for around $1800 more for a typical house, architectural shingles typically have a 40 to 50-year warranty, as compared to 20 to 25 years for 3-tab shingles. to

How often should I have my roof checked by a contractor 

The vast majority of savvy homeowners have their roof inspected once per year to make sure the roof is doing exactly what you expect it to do but keep out the elements.

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