“Roof replacement” sounds like a big and scary task that most homeowners want to avoid by any means. A reroof does take time and energy; but if you learn more about the process, you’ll discover that is not at all scary. Additionally, a roof replacement can spare you further risks and wasted money in the future.
We’ve compiled some of the frequent questions we get regarding roof replacements, and hopefully these will make you confident for when the time rolls around for a roof replacement in your area.
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 roof replacement is a better option. For a more detailed and case-based scenarios, consult with a professional roofing contractor for a thorough evaluation.
Q: What are the signs that my roof needs a replacement?
A: The first sign you may need a reroof is the frequency of problems. For instance, if your roof has been leaking and even after repairs it still comes back, then replacement is your go-to option. Other signs you may need a new roof 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 options for roofing materials. You can find whatever color and shape you want, so to choose between tile or shingles, you should first consider how you want your roof to look. Then consider the weather conditions, the durability of the materials, and of course, the price. Ask your roofing consultant and they will provide samples for you to select the best option for your home before the installation begins.
Q: Should I replace only the top layer of shingles or the entire roof?
A: “Roof replacement” is a broad 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 it, but if it’s in good condition, you can also donate it. Old roofing material can also serve you in creative ways, like creating a path with it or making 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.
We hope these answers are useful in your search for a professional roofing contractor. And if you’re in Southern California, more specifically LA County, we offer a variety of roofing services. If we sound like a good fit for your roofing needs, then connect with us today!