FAQ – Frequently Asked Roofing Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions About Roofing

What are the best roofing choices for re-roofing my home or building?

There are many types of roofing systems and materials that can be used for re-roofing a home or building. The most common are asphalt shingles, metal, tile, and wood shake. The roofing system you choose will be based on the budget, the style of your building, and other factors like the local weather in your area and more.

How long can a roof last before replacement?

Different roofs last longer than others. The lifespan of a roof depends on the weather it is exposed to, along with the system installed. Asphalt shingle roofs typically last 20-30 years, but if a hail storm hits it, the roof may need replacing. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years if well cared for and maintained. Tile and wood shake roofs can last a long time also but wind storms, fire and other weather-related events can shorten the life of a roof.

How can I tell if my roof needs to be replaced?

A good and obvious indicator your roof needs replacement is if it leaks. Leaks are a tell-tale sign there is a

Standing water on flat roof
Standing water on flat roof

problem. Other signs that your roof is not healthy include missing or damaged shingles, visible water standing in areas of the roof, plus sagging areas. Hail storms can inflict punctures to the surface as well as damage the surface by removing the top layer of waterproofing material. New Roof Plus has professional inspectors that can let you know the condition of your roof.

How much does a new roof cost?

The size of your roof and the material you choose to replace it with will determine the cost. If your roof replacement is covered by insurance, your out-of-pocket cost will just be your deductible. Homeowners can expect the cost to be anywhere from $5,000-$20,000 to remove the old roof and replace it with a typical-sized suburban residential roof.

Should I repair or replace my old or damaged roof?

The decision to repair or replace a damaged roof will depend on the extent of the damage on your roof and the age of the roof. If the roof is newer and the damage is only in a small area, it may be okay to repair the damage. However, if the roof is old or the damage is extensive, it is likely to be more cost-effective and proper to replace the whole roof.

Can I DIY my roof or should I have a professional do it?

Hiring a professional, like New Roof Plus, to install a new roof is usually the best decision for a homeowner. Roofing is more complex and dangerous than one might think.  It is important to have the work done correctly to ensure the roof is properly sealed and secured for many years to come.

How do I know if my roof has been damaged by a storm?

Hail penetration on roof
Hail penetration on roof

If you think your roof has storm damage, get it inspected as soon as possible. Inspections are usually free. You can also look for obvious signs of damage, such as damaged shingles, and debris in the downspouts of your gutters. Also, check for leaks inside the house. If you are unable to safely inspect the roof yourself, hire a pro, like the team at New Roof Plus.

What is important to consider when choosing a new roof?

When choosing a new roof, you should consider things such as the climate and weather in your area, the style of your home, and of course, your budget. You should also consider the durability and maintenance requirements of the different materials. Most people want to have a roof they don’t need to worry about again for years to come. New Roof Plus can help you find options to consider for this.

How can I maintain my roof to extend its life?

Depending on the type of roofing system you install, maintenance will include a few basic things. If you have a lot of trees that drop debris on your roof, like leaves or needles, you will want to clear those off each year. Keeping gutters cleaned is also important. It is also a good idea to have the roof inspected every other year or so to identify and address any potential issues.

Can I get a new roof installed in the winter?

If you live in Florida, any time is a good time to replace your roof. It is generally not recommended to install a new roof during the winter months in northern climates like Colorado. Cold temperatures and inclement weather can make the installation more difficult and potentially dangerous. However, in some cases, if the weather is good, it may be possible to install a roof in the winter, which can be in Colorado. It is best to consult with your New Roof Plus professional roofing contractor to determine the feasibility and timing of winter roofing in your area of Colorado.

Do I need a new roof?

There are many indicators that you need a new roof, such as water damage or leaks, missing or damaged shingles, and sagging areas on the roof. If your roof is old (typically 20-30 years for asphalt shingles, 40-70 years for metal or tile), it may also be time to consider replacing it.

Should I repair my roof instead of replacing it?

In some cases, it may be possible to save money by repairing a damaged roof rather than replacing it. However, if the roof is old or the damage is extensive, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire roof. It is important to have a professional assess the damage and provide an estimate for both repair and replacement options to determine the best course of action.

How do I choose a reputable roofing contractor?

When selecting a roofing contractor, it is important to do your research and choose a reputable company with a proven track record. Look for a contractor with experience in your type of roofing material and a good reputation in the community. It is also a good idea to ask for references and check online reviews. You can read some of New Roof Plus Google reviews here. Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured, and get a written estimate before starting any work.

Can I install new shingles over old shingles?

This was common practice years ago. The theory was that more shingles gave greater protection for the decking below. But this is no longer accepted practice. Insurance companies do not like it and will not pay for the extra labor to replace the old layers. It is possible, but not recommended.

Can I install solar on my roof?

Yes, it is possible to install solar panels on a roof, but this is a technical application. A professional is best to do this. Otherwise, it is important to make sure the roof is in good condition and able to support the additional weight of a solar system. You should also consider the orientation and slope of the roof, as well as any potential shading issues. A professional would know all these things. It is recommended to have a professional provide guidance to you on the challenge of installing solar panels.

Can I paint my roof?

You could, but why would you? Joking aside, there are some roofing materials, such as metal and asphalt shingles, can be painted. You would need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and use high-quality roof paint. Painting a roof can be a difficult and labor-intensive process, and it is generally best to hire a professional to do the job. Painting a roof does not repair any existing damage and may not extend the lifespan of the roof.

Can I clean and maintain my roof?

Yes, you can. Most of the maintenance is keeping debris off the roof. To clean your roof, you can use a soft-bristled brush to remove debris and moss, and you can use a hose to rinse off any dirt or build-up. Using a pressure washer or harsh chemicals can damage the roofing material. As one more step to care for your roof, it is also a good idea to have it inspected annually by a New roof Plus professional and to repair any damage or issues as soon as they are identified.

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