All your Roofing FAQs Answered. If you’re in the market for a full roof replacement, it can be difficult to choose which materials and options are right for your home. Here at Matlock Roofing, we understand that there’s a lot to consider when replacing your roof. From financing options to shingle materials, we want you to be prepared for when you take the next step and invest in a full roof replacement, so we’ve gathered answers to some of the most asked roofing questions below so you can be as informed as possible when making your decision.
How do I know if I need a new roof?
The first step in determining if you need a new roof is to look at your existing roof. If there is significant damage like a hole in your roof, missing shingles, leaks, or animals living in your attic, it is very likely that a new roof will be needed.
The roof, like most things in your house, will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. If your roof is more than 12-15 years old, it may be time to get a replacement and get ahead of any problems that result from a damaged roof.
Curling shingles, missing or damaged flashing, ice dams, and discolored ceilings and walls are also good indicators that it’s time to replace your roof.
How often does a roof need to be replaced?
It is very difficult to predict the lifespan of your roof, although there are several factors that can impact upon it. The manufacturer of the roof also plays a part in how long it will last. The materials used in the manufacturing process also have an important impact on its lifespan. As well as the installer itself, weather conditions can play a role in how long the roof will survive. All these factors combined make for an interesting equation that needs to be considered before deciding how long your roof will last.
Typically, a solid, well-constructed roof will last between 12-15 years. Depending on the quality and type of shingles you chose and the underlayment of your roof, that number can go up to 30 or more.
When you choose Matlock’s Integrity Roof System® and SureStart PLUS™ warranty, you get the best value—long-term, flexible support that will keep your roof in top shape up to 50 years.
How much does a new roof cost?
When you look at the price of a new roof, you should consider the following three factors: size, old roof removal, style, shape, materials, and other features like chimneys, skylights, and vents that they need to work around.
When determining how much to spend on a new roof, roofers look at the existing conditions on the roof, its overall condition, and how much work will be necessary to get it replaced. A replacement roof is a big investment and giving a quote without examining your unique situation would not be in our customers’ best interest. Once you’ve got the numbers, it’s time to break them down into manageable chunks and come up with manageable financing options, making paying for your roof replacement easy and affordable.
Should I replace my roof before I list my home?
One of the biggest differences between a house that sells and one that stays on the market is the condition of the roof. According to Better Homes and Gardens, a whopping 40 percent of a home’s curb appeal is due to the condition and aesthetic of the roof. When selling your home, if your roof is in bad shape or in need of major repairs or a replacement, you may have a lot of trouble getting people to bid on your home.
A lot of buyers these days are on a budget, and don’t want to spend money on major repairs after they just bought a house. For this reason, if you want to sell your house quickly without enduring months of uncertainty as to whether you’ll be able to sell your home, it pays to make an upfront investment in a good-looking roof over your property.
What is the best time to replace a roof?
Weather also has an impact on the efficiency of roofers. Weather can influence when the work can begin and end, as well as the tools used to begin the job. While there is no official “roofing season” and roofers work all year round, summer and fall are usually busier months for most roofing contractors because of the weather and the work that’s needed. Factors like snow, rain, ice, and sleet can impact how quickly roofers can safely and effectively get your roof finished, which is why dryer, warmer months are when most people opt to get their roofs replaced. However, replacing your roof in the winter or spring could result in a quicker install due to more availability and less demand.
Keep in mind that the best time to replace a roof still depends on how old the roof is and how bad the leaks are.
Can I replace my roof myself?
While many home projects can be DIY’s, roofing jobs require a great deal of experience and knowledge. Doing roof replacement on your own puts your safety at risk. In fact, more than 6,000 Americans die from falls in the home each year, many of which come from tumbles off roofs and ladders while doing repairs or regular maintenance, making it one of the most dangerous DIY projects you can do.
If the shingles are installed incorrectly or if there is damage or water damage, you could be voiding the warranty on the product, resulting in more expensive repairs and replacements down the line.
Although DIY roofing may sound appealing to those who are comfortable doing things themselves, the process of installing shingles is very technical and requires frequent attention to detail. A one-man roof replacement job compared to an experienced team of professional roofers warrants a higher risk for mismatched shingles, holes, and other issues with the aesthetics and quality of your roof.
What roofing material should I use?
The type of roof you choose will ultimately depend on several factors such as your needs as a homeowner, weather conditions in your locality, desired aesthetic qualities, and cost of materials.
The shape and style of your roof will determine whether you need a shingle or flat roof, while your budget will most likely determine whether you use asphalt or designer/luxury shingles. It’s important to keep in mind that those aren’t the only materials of which your roof is comprised. In addition to shingles, there’s decking, drip edge, ice and water barrier, underlayment, flashing, and ventilation.
With LONG’s Integrity Roof System®, we pick the best quality materials and guarantee a dependable roof no matter what kind of home or budget you have. Let us guide you through the selection process so that you get the right roof for your needs – whether it’s a new home or an existing one.
Still have questions?
If you are considering getting a new roof, contact the roof experts at Long Roofing at 866-270-7058 or visit us online to learn more about our options, offers, and to request an estimate. We’ll help you navigate the ins and outs of roofing to help you get the best roof for your needs. Our goal is to help you save time and money by ensuring that you get installed the best roof possible.