Getting a new roof is exciting, but this new addition to your home can come with some questions. Here are some of the most common FAQs on new roofs with detailed answers.
When Do I Need a New Roof?
You’ll need a new roof when it becomes damaged beyond repair or reaches its expected life and is no longer able to fully protect your home. There are a few different ways that you can tell if a storm has damaged your roof.
Here’s what to look for:
- Dented shingles
- Curling or cracked shingles
- Missing shingles
- Loose or missing granules
Typically asphalt shingles will last between 15 and 30 years depending on your location, climate, and the storms that come through during the roofs life. If you’re unsure whether you need a roof, you can always call WISA to get a free inspection!
How Do I Choose the Right Roofing Contractor?
Choosing a roofing contractor isn’t easy. The one thing that homeowners often neglect doing when searching for a contractor is thoroughly interviewing different roofing roofers before making their decision.
Here’s what to look for in a roofing company to ensure that you’ll be taken care of:
- Check for positive reviews online
- Check their website to see what kind of certifications they hold
- Ensure that the company is adequately insured
- They have been in business for at least five years (ten+ years is preferred)
What New Roofing Options Do I Have?
If you need a new roof, you’ll have two options. The first option you have is a full roof replacement. With a roof replacement, all of the shingles and tar paper are removed from the roof to expose the shoots of plywood that the roof is nailed to. This option allows you to see the sheets and ensure there is no rot, but it is more costly than the second option referred to as re-roofing.
Re-roofing is when new shingles are nailed over the top of the old shingles. In most states, the building code will only allow putting only a single second layer of shingles. So, if you don’t already have two layers of shingles, re-roofing might be a good option and way for you to save money.
Do I Need to Do Anything to Prepare For New Roof Installation?
There’s not too much that you need to do to prepare for a new roof, but there are a few things that you can do to make the process smoother. First, remove any loose items from your exterior walls and any shelves that might be right against exterior shelves. The hammering of the nails on the roof may knock some things loose in your home. You’ll also want to clear your driveway and any patio spaces you might have as much as possible. A professional roofing company is going to do their very best to keep everything clean and tidy. Still, roofing can be a messy job, so help them do an excellent job by keeping anything that you don’t want roofing materials to fall on out of the way.
Most roofing jobs can be completed within one to two days so that your life is minimally interrupted. We’ll take care of all the clean up after the job is complete and remove any nails from your property so that you don’t have to worry about finding garbage in your yard.
How Long Will My New Roof Last?
A new roof will last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, depending on the materials used and the weather. Heavy storms and high winds can cause your home’s roof to wear faster, and in climates where the sun is intense year-round, the shingles can degrade faster. Trees that shade your home for at least part of the day will help to keep your home cool and your roof in good condition for years to come.
At WISA, we carry a variety of roofing products. Some of the high-quality products are more expensive, but they will last longer and, in turn, provide a better ROI for you as a homeowner.
How Can a Homeowner Recognize When a Roof System Has Problems?
If you start to suspect that your roof system has a problem, then it probably does. But, if you’re unsure of what areas to be watching when you check your roof. Here’s a list:
Gutters – It’s always good to keep an eye on your gutters. Gutters are necessary for many climates. They take water away from the foundation of your house so that you don’t experience any leaks in your basement or washout around your foundation. However, if they become clogged, your roof or facia that they’re attached to may begin to rot from the extended exposure of water.
Flashing – Flashing is installed in areas where your roofline comes in contact with the exterior walls of your home or siding. When flashing is installed correctly, it will keep water moving off the roof and won’t allow any water to get under the shingles. After high winds, take a look up at your roof’s flashing to ensure that it’s still in place.
Shingles or Roofing Materials – As we mentioned earlier, there are a few different things to look for specifically with your shingles. Missing granules will tell you that your shingles are wearing out and may need to be replaced. You can often find granules caught in your gutters or near your downspouts. Missing shingles are a big red flag! Any missing shingles will need to be replaced as quickly as possible. Lastly, if there are any dented or cracked shingles, then you’ll want to have a roofing inspector come out and take a look at your roof.
Additionally, if you suspect that your roof could be leaking, check out these areas of your home. Always be sure to check your attic if you have one. That will help to tell you if your roof is leaking around the peaks and might help you to identify where the leak is coming from. If you can’t see anything specifically from your attic, check the tops of your exterior walls and interior walls where the ceiling meets them. Any discoloration in the paint, sagging ceilings, or bubbles in the paint is a sure sign that your roof has started to leak.
My Roof Leaks. Do I Need To Have It Replaced Completely?
If you’ve noticed that your roof is leaking, there can be a few different causes. Determining what is causing your roof leaks is critical to getting it repaired. That’s why if you think your roof is leaking, you should call a professional roofing company as soon as possible. A roofing inspector will be able to determine the extent of the leak, why it’s leaking, and how much of your roof will need to be replaced or repaired to stop the leak.
If your roof is relatively new and the leak isn’t very bad, we can often repair it. If your roof is more than ten years old, then it might make more sense to pay for a replacement than to get it repaired. Your roofing contractor should be able to talk you through the cost-value proposition of both options.
Can I Do The Work Myself?
A DIY roofing project is no small task. We recommend that only those who have professional experience working on roofs consider doing the work themselves. Roofing can be dangerous work especially because loose shingles can be stepped on, and when they slip, it’s possible to lose your footing and fall. Safety is one of the main reasons we encourage individuals not to tackle roofing projects on their own.
But, if you are a handy person that feels up to the task and you have enough help to finish the project quickly, then doing the work yourself isn’t impossible. Just be sure to buy a good quality shingle so that your roof lasts.
What Will a New Roof System Cost?
We can’t say the exact cost of a new roof system because every home is different. There are a few different factors that determine the cost of new roofing systems. The first is the size of the roof because the bigger the roof is, the more materials it will take to roof it properly. Second is the layout of the roof. Roofs with a greater pitch will take longer to complete, and roofs with multiple pitches and change will require more flashing and more time as well.
The average cost of a new roof in Northern Virginia in 2019 was $4.50 per square foot. That price can vary drastically based on the factors we mentioned above and the material you choose for your roof. But, it will allow getting a very rough estimate.
What if My New Roof Leaks?
If we replace your roof and you find that it’s leaking, it will be covered under our warranty, the WISA Pledge. We’ll come back to your home and make it right so that your roof no longer leaks. We will also work with you if there has been any water damaged caused by the new roof leaking. We want your roof to keep you and your family safe and dry with peace of mind.
You don’t have to worry; we’ll make it right and ensure that everything is good to go!
How Long Does it Take to Install a New Roof?
A roofing project will only take between one and three days to complete. Smaller roofing projects will be done the fastest and can be completed in just a few hours, depending on how many layers of shingles you have on your home. Re-roofing is always faster than roof replacement because of the time that it takes to remove the shingles.
Have More Questions About Roofing?
If you have more questions about roofing, reach out to us! We’d love to answer any questions you have about repairing or replacing your roof. Getting a new roof is no small thing, and it’s essential that you’re confident in not only the materials that you choose but also the crew that installs it.
And remember, we offer free roofing inspections! If your home has had a heavy storm go over, don’t hesitate to reach out right away. We’re happy to take a look and help you turn any information into insurance that you might need.