Common Roofing Q&A

Common Roofing Q&AWith significant influence from the advances in technology and lower costs for obtaining working materials and resources from the boom in the home improvement industry, homeowners and property owners have gone on to DIY projects and self repair.

A new roof is a major investment, so before you hire a roofing contractor, it pays to ask a few questions. Getting estimates from contractors is the easy part, but the contractor who promises to get the job done the fastest and cheapest, isn’t always the best choice. When you’re looking for a reputable roofing company, a few questions, and a little sleuthing, will ensure that you get the best roof for your money.

Here are some common roofing questions and answers that curious owners want to know. This ‘questions and answers’ is a great starter for those that are looking for the first stepping stones to a roofing project.

5 common roofing questions with specific answers:


Question 1 * How do I know if I need a new roof?

Answer 1: The roof should always be checked for damages. Typically, a roof requires some sort of small maintainence to keep it fresh and clean. You should also keep tabs of its state. The following situations are good indicators of purchasing a new roof:

· Your roof is between 20 – 25 years old.
· The roofing shingles are excessively cracking, curling, or they are blistering.
· There are many shingles that are missing and/are torn or damaged.
· The roof is leaking in many places.


Question 2 * How much does a new roof cost?

Answer 2: There is no absolute definitive answer as to how much a new roof will cost. This is because every roof is different and  there are lots of things to take into consideration. Once dimensions of the roof, and type of roofing material are chosen, the actual cost can begin to show. Then, from that information, a price quotation or an estimate could be done.

Some of the considerations are:

· Size of roof
· Materials to be used
· Location of house (this is needed to determine which materials would be best for that area’s weather)
· Is it for a new house or a re roofing
· State costs and taxes
· Type of home

After that, you can have several contractors bid on the project to get the best price.


Question 3 * When re-roofing, should I peel off old layers or simply add a new layer of shingles?

Answer 3: It is recommended that you add a new layer of shingles to your roof. Scrapping the old layers will just consume more time and energy, and at the same time by peeling off, the thickness of the shingles are decreasing, leading to possible leakages in the future. By adding new layers of shingles onto your roof, it protects the inner part of the roof and provides you relief against further leakages. Obviously, it would be a lot cheaper. But in the end, it all depends on your location, material and the professionals expertise.


Question 4 * What kinds of questions should I ask a roofing contractor?

Answer 4: Getting a roof contractor to do your roof needs a little certainty and guarantee. You can ask the following questions to the contractor to erase doubts regarding his/her services:

• Ask your roofing contractor questions with regards to their standing in their field of expertise. It will give you a hint whether they are really offering quality service to their clients.

• Ask questions with regards to their operation. This includes whether they have necessary permits and licenses to operate such business, and if they are carrying insurance in case there are unforeseen incidents that may happen during the construction.

• And lastly, ask questions with regards to the actual roofing constructions and the post-construction services and warranty. Inquire if they can explain to you in layman’s terms how they will construct your roofing, what materials are going to be used, and what services and warranties they offer in case leakages or damages happened to your roof within a time period after construction.


Question 5 * What kinds of questions should I ask references of a roofing contractor?

Answer 5: Sometimes, you need referrals from people who know the roofing contractor’s work you are considering, especially when you are unfamiliar with that type of business. As the roofing contractor for references, especially from customers who have had work done by him. Questions like the following can be asked of your references of a roofing contractor:

• Initially, ask questions with regards to their relationship with the contractor. Maybe the contractor is a friend or a relative of your reference. That will give you an idea how well that reference knows the contractor.

• You can inquire if they have acquired the services of the roofing contractor. Ask them if they have personally witnessed the construction of their roof, and at the same time letting your reference talk about the quality of service.

• Lastly, ask queries on the reliability of their service, if it withstands the different outside elements surrounding the roof. In this way, you will have no doubt of the integrity of the contractor because the reference himself will tell all.

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