How Can a Homeowner Recognize When a Roof System Has Problems?
Typically, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic inspections (ideally twice a year) often uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles and tiles, loose seams, deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules in gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof spots.
What Are My Options If I Decide to Re-Roof?
You have two basic options if a professional recommends re-roofing service. You can choose a complete replacement of your current roofing system, involving a tear-off of your existing roof, or you can re-cover your existing roof, and install a new roof system on top of it. If you have already had one re¬-cover installed on your original roof system, roof sheathing replacement may be necessary. In many instances, building code requirements allow no more than one roof system to be re-covered before a complete replacement is necessary.
My Roof Leaks, Do I Need to Have It Replaced Completely?
Even if your roof is leaking, you do not necessarily have to replace it. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system that is damaged. A complete roof system failure, however, generally is irreversible and usually a result of improper installation, choice of materials, or poor residential/commercial roofing service. If leaks occur constantly on your property, it is possible you are headed for a complete roofing system failure, in which case you will need to replace your roof entirely.
Can I Do Roofing Work Myself?
Almost all roofing work should be done by a professional. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair and replace roof systems. Conversely, you may damage your roof by using improper roofing techniques, and severely injure yourself by falling off your roof or even through it. Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you absolutely have to inspect your roof yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder, equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof system) if possible.
How Long Can I Expect My Roofing System to Last?
Most new roof systems are designed to last for 10, 15, or even 20 years. Some roof types, such as slate, clay, and concrete tile, along with certain metal systems (e.g. copper) can last even longer. Actual roof system lifespan is determined by a number of factors, including local climate and environmental conditions, proper building and roof system design, material quality and suitability, proper application, and adequate roof maintenance. There are a range of warranties you may be able to take advantage of when it comes to roofing products. Take a close look at these warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach the expected lifespan.
What Will a New Roof Cost?
The price of a new roof system varies widely depending on such things as the materials selected, the contractor doing the work, the home or building location, labor rates, and time of year. To get a good idea of the price of your roof system, request a proposal from a reputable contractor. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, however, and must be balanced with quality of materials and workmanship. For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There are also a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs. There are also different levels of expertise and craftsmanship within the roofing profession. At Professional Roofing Services, we are committed to quality, speed, and affordability. Our experts are happy to offer you a variety of cost-effective choices to maximize your roof covering system’s beauty and longevity.
How Can I Calculate My Annual Roofing Costs?
When considering your roofing options, the following formula may help: Materials and Labor + Annual Life Expectancy of Roof System (In Years) = Total Roofing Cost.