Replacing the roof of your home helps protect the structure and adds value to the house if you’re planning to sell. Professional roofing companies are the best choice for roof replacements, as opposed to the homeowner undertaking this as a DIY project. We’ve gathered answers to some of the most common questions that homeowners have about the roofing replacement process.
What You Will Learn In This Article
Navigating the roof replacement process can be complex and confusing, especially if you have never done it before. Asking the right questions ensures that you choose the best contractor for the job and that you know exactly what to expect from the process. This article walks you through the details of roof replacement, laying out the benefits of asphalt shingles and cost considerations.
When it comes to roof replacement, timing is everything. What might seem like an insignificant issue today can result in a catastrophe down the road if you don’t take care of it before it worsens. Roof replacement needn’t be stressful if you plan for replacement based on recommended timeframes, maintain your roof in the interim and inspect it routinely.
When Do I Need a Roof Replacement?
Typically, roofs should be replaced every 20 to 30 years. If the roof has damage or has been compromised, then you may need to replace it sooner.
What Are Some Signs My Roof Has Been Compromised?
If you are missing shingles or notice that a few have buckled, especially given the harsh nature of Canadian winters, then you may need a roof replacement to maintain its overall integrity. Holes in your roof shingles may also compromise the energy efficiency of your home, which is yet another reason to invest in a new roof if you notice any issues with the shingles.
Animal damage may also necessitate a replacement, especially since small animals tend to create holes in your roof to seek shelter from the element. Routine roof maintenance can sometimes catch these holes before they allow the elements in as they grow in size.
The most obvious sign that you need a new roof is a leak. If you have an attic, look around with a flashlight routinely to determine if there are any water spots, streaks, or even stains on the ceiling. If you notice light shining into the attic in places it should not, then you might have a leak. It’s best to look during daylight so that you can identify the issues with ease.
Here is our complete guide to recognizing the signs that it is time for a roof replacement.
Do I Need a Full Roof Replacement?
The answer? Probably. Most professional roofing contractors recommend replacing the roof from the felt or rubber undercoating to the shingles, as that gives the home a more uniform look and ensures that the roof can be replaced cyclically.
Moreover, the expense involved with replacing even a portion of the roof is considerable, so it makes sense from a financial perspective to do the entire roof at once versus piece-meal. This is only likely to make the project more expensive in the end.
Why Do You Recommend Asphalt Shingles?
Asphalt roof shingles are among the most common roofing materials, and can come in a variety of colors, although most are shades of black and grey. They’re easy to install, easy to replace, and simple to maintain.
Asphalt shingles are wind resistant and prohibit algae growth on your roof, a benefit in areas that tend to get more rain. They are also the most affordable of roof covering options and have sound mitigation that makes for a quieter interior space in your home.
How Long Will My New Roof Last?
Asphalt shingled-roofs last about 20 years, especially with proper installation and care.
How Much Do Roofing Replacements Cost?
The cost of roof replacements varies according to the size and scope of the project. Roofs that have multiple peaks, or those with a steeper pitch, will cost more than a flat roof on a single-story house.
The variance in cost is one of the reasons why it is important to get a full and professional estimate. A contractor that gives you a price over the phone is not providing a comprehensive enough quote since they do not know the condition of your roof (even if you have described it) and they have not taken the time to inspect the integrity and design of your home’s structure, which means the cost could fluctuate.
Which Roof Estimate Should I Choose?
When you’re planning a large-scale or expensive home modification or an upgrade to your home, it’s important to get several estimates (quotes) for your project. This allows you to interview different contractors and to gather the right information for the right choice.
We recommend at least three quotes. If you notice that one out of the three is an extreme outlier, then it might be one you reject. As professional roofing contractors, we believe that you get what you pay for, so if one quote is significantly less than the others, you may have a contractor that uses subpar materials, cuts corners, or may take a long time to complete the project.
This is why it is important to get an estimate from a contractor in person, so that you can ask important questions about process, material, experience and learn more about what is included in the quote. This opens up the lines of communication between you and your contract to make the experience much more transparent.
On the flip side, a quote that’s much more expensive than the others may mean a contractor that jacks up the price – or you may have found the very best contractor in your town.
What Should I Expect From the Roofing Installation Process?
A good roofing company may be able to replace your roof in as little as two days. This is, of course, barring any weather-related conditions that might prohibit a safe working environment. Most will work with your schedule and find times where the hammering isn’t as disruptive. One note – if you have close neighbors, it’s a common courtesy to tell them when you’re having your roof replaced, so that they know to expect excess noise.
First, the process begins with completely removing the old roof and the materials underneath. The entire top of the roof is inspected for leaks and weaker spots, which are then fixed. If significant leaks are found, your contractor will alert you to have the interior of your home inspected, including mold detection.
Once the exterior is pronounced leak-free, the roof covering process begins. First, a felt layer is placed, sealing the roof and giving a good base to place shingles. Then, the shingles are placed. Finally, the completed roof is inspected to make sure that everything is placed correctly.
Professional roofing contractors will also completely clean up and dispose of all the wasteful materials. Good ones will double-check your lawn for those small roofing nails that can cut unwary barefoot walkers.
Take a look at what you can expect during the roofing installation process.
Do You Offer a Warranty and Guarantee?
Every good roofing company will offer a warranty on the completed roof, and most will guarantee their work for a certain period. Ask for your company’s guarantee in writing, and make sure to ask about exceptions.
You can check out our guide to lifetime roofing warranties here.
Can I replace my roof myself?
While you may be considering taking on the task of replacing your roof yourself, we advise against it. Allowing an expert to handle this massive undertaking can help ensure accuracy, efficiency and safety. Unfortunately, carrying out improper installation can lead to higher costs down the line.
Is a roof replacement covered by insurance?
The cause of the damage plays a pivotal role in this scenario. Most homeowners’ insurance policies usually cover damage that has been brought about by “acts of God” or unexpected accidents like storms, hurricanes, fire, or vandalism. These policies do not generally cater to damage as a result of lack of maintenance or normal wear and tear.
If your roof has been damaged by extreme weather conditions or unexpected incidents, you will need to immediately report the damage to your insurance company. It’s crucial to provide comprehensive documentation, which includes photographs, a detailed description of damage, and citations from professional roofers.
The age of your roof might also influence your coverage. If your roof is relatively new, your insurance might cover the total cost of replacing the damage — but the older your roof, the less valuable it is in the eyes of your insurance provider. Understanding your insurance policy can significantly alleviate the financial stress associated with roof replacements. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out to your insurance provider for clarification.
How can I find a reputable roofing contractor for a roof replacement?
Finding a reputable roofing contractor for a roof replacement is a crucial step in your home improvement journey. They will ensure not only a high-quality job is done but also smooth communication, reasonable timeline, and transparent cost. Here are some tips to help you find the right contractor for your roofing project.
- Do Your Research: The internet is a trove of resources that can provide you with vital information about prospective contractors. Look up online reviews and ratings of different companies and their services. Consider factors such as their professional competence, quality of work, pricing, and timeliness. Local contractors are often a better choice because they understand the local weather conditions which can impact the long-term durability of your roof.
- Ask for Recommendations: Word-of-mouth referrals from friends, family members, or neighbours can be extremely valuable in knowing the contractor’s workmanship firsthand. They can give you an honest review of their experience including any issues they encountered and how well these were resolved.
- Check Certifications and Licenses: Hiring a licensed and certified contractor is key to ensuring professional and competent service. They should have all the requisite training and can adhere to safety norms. Certificates such as the ‘Certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor’ by GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, are a good sign of credibility.
- Verify Insurance: A reputed roofing contractor should carry both workers’ compensation and liability insurance for the protection of their workers and your home. Make sure to ask for the necessary documentation. This shields you from any potential financial risks in case of an accident during the work period.
Remember, a competent and reputable contractor will be more than willing to provide you with all the necessary information to assure you of their service.
Will a roof replacement disrupt my daily routine?
While every roofing project is unique, traditional roof replacements typically last from a few days up to a week, depending on the size and complexity of the roof. During this period, there will be noise from the roofers working overhead and using various tools. You might also experience some vibrations in the house, which could disrupt tasks that require concentration or tranquillity.
However, good roofing contractors understand the need to minimize disruption for homeowners. They usually operate during working hours, allowing you to plan around their schedule. Here are some points to consider:
- Communicate your daily schedule to the roofer to help them plan the loudest tasks at the most convenient times.
- Consider making arrangements for pets and children who may be distressed by the noise and commotion.
- You may want to schedule your own more demanding tasks or meetings to take place away from home.
The key to a smooth roof replacement process is communication and flexibility. While there will inevitably be some disruption, this is temporary and necessary in order for you to gain the long-term benefits of a new, secure and efficient roof.
Schedule Your Inspection and Roof Replacements Today!
Putting off roofing repairs and replacements can lead to significant damage both to the to itself and your home’s structure. Most roofing contractors suggest regular inspections of your entire roof, especially after a severe storm or hail.
The team at T. Simpson roofing are experts at identifying damage to all types of roofs and completing a thorough repair or full roofing replacement.
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