We’re sure you have many questions if this is your first time working with roofing contractors for repair, maintenance, or installation. We answer some of the most common questions in this FAQ special:
Q: How Do I Know If I Need a New Roof?
A: Most homeowners go by the roof’s age: asphalt shingle roofs typically last 20 to 30 years. This is not the only criteria, of course; other factors that affect a roof’s life span include regular maintenance and the roofing material itself. Some roofs show its age more obviously than others; if you’re unsure, have your roof professionally inspected.
Q: Is It Possible to Have a New Roof Installed Over My Existing One?
A: You may have heard that some roofers recommend installing an entirely new roof over an existing one to save on removal and disposal costs. While this is certainly an option if your roof meets certain conditions, we still recommend stripping the old roofing down to the roof deck prior to installation. There may be issues with the roof deck and/or the underlayment that may not be visible unless the old roofing is removed. Also, new roofs are less likely to require emergency roof services when a storm hits the area.
Q: Can I Choose a Different Roofing Material for My Next Roof Replacement?
A: The short answer is yes. That said, consider that with some materials, it’s not exactly a straight swap. Your roof has to be able to support the weight of the new roofing material, if you’re switching from a lightweight roof, such as asphalt shingles or metal, to heavier ones like tiles or slate. Another consideration is the roof slope; certain materials like tiles may not be particularly effective on steep-slope roofs.
Q: How Long Does Roof Replacement Usually Take?
A: The actual process takes about two to three days to finish for an average-sized home and may take longer for bigger homes or more complex designs. Installation methods also differ depending on the material and can also add to the installation time. Roofing professionals can provide an accurate time frame during a consultation, which should give you more than enough time to prepare for temporary accommodations and other arrangements as needed.