Roof replacement is not a homeowner’s top favorite thing to do but sooner or later, it is on the table for discussion. Roof replacement sounds like a big and scary thing to do that you should avoid by any means. Yes, roof replacement does take time and energy; but if you learn more about the process, you’ll discover that is not at all scary.
Before we proceed to discussing some of the frequently asked questions about roof replacement, is important to note that a replacement can spare you further risks and ineffective repairs.
Q: Should I replace or repair my roof?
A: Roof replacement is recommended when you already tried repairs and they no longer solve the issues that you’re experiencing. Also, consider the age of your roof – if it’s older than 50-60 years, then in the long run, a replacement is a better option. For a more thorough and case-based comments, consult with a professional.
Q: What are the signs that my roof needs a replacement?
A: The first sign is the frequency of problems. For instance, if your roof has been leaking and even after repairs it’s repeating then replacement is your go-to option. Other signs include serious damage (e.g. after storms), the age of your roof, missing or torn shingles or loose flashings.
Q: What kind of roofing material should I use?
A: The market is full of different roofing materials. You can find whatever color and shape you want, so to choose you need to know how you want your roof to look. Then consider the weather conditions, the durability of the materials and of course, the price. There are also eco-friendly options.
Q: Should I replace only the shingles or the entire roof?
A: Roof replacement is a wide term and it can refer to both shingle replacement and the replacement of the entire system – from foundation to shingles. To determine which one of these you need, you should consult with a professional roofing contractor. They will do an inspection and let you know how damaged your roof is and which option will benefit you in the long run.
Q: What is the best weather for roof replacement?
A: It depends where you live. In some states, winters are warm and perfect for the roofing technicians to work on replacement. Try to avoid winter, rain, winds and storms while planning your replacement. Excessive heat can also be dangerous. So, in general spring and mid fall are the best seasons.
Q: How much does a roof replacement cost?
A: The cost of roof replacement varies depending on roofing contractors. The scope of the project matters as well. In general, roofing contractors provide quotes based on the size of your roof. But if you’re looking for an average number, it is estimated to $3.50 to $5.50 per square foot or $350 to $550 per square of architectural shingles installed.
Q: What do I do with the old roofing material?
A: Roof replacement does create a lot of mess and waste. If your old roof material is absolutely useless then you can recycle but if it’s in good condition, you can also donate. Old roofing material can also serve you in creative ways like creating a path with it or make art.
Q: Can I replace the roof on my own?
A: You can if you happen to be a roofing technician. Roof replacement requires skills and equipment that even the handiest homeowners don’t have. Don’t put yourself in danger, hire a professional roofing contractor for the replacement.
Q: How do I choose and hire a roofing contractor?
A: A Google search is your starting point. Consider the expertise, list of services, certification reviews, and prices of the candidate. You can also ask for recommendation from your friends or family who have recently got their roofs replaced or repaired.
Q: Will my insurance cover the roof replacement?
A: Homeowners insurance usually covers roof damage costs. Not all insurance companies cover the whole replacement. In most cases, the insurance company will look at what caused the damage and assess if replacement is absolutely essential. Different companies have different policies, so check with your insurance provider.