A full roof replacement is a big decision, from financing options to material Types. 48Solar and Roofing , we want you to be prepared in taking the next step to invest in a full roof replacement, so we’ve provided answers to some of your most frequently asked roofing questions.
How do I know if I need a new roof?
Sometimes, this answer is obvious: a hole in your roof, missing shingles, leaks, or animals living in your attic. Other times, the signs you need a new roof are little more subtle. If your roof 12-15 years or older, it may be time to get a replacement and get ahead of the problems that result from a leaking roof.
Curled 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?
The longevity of your roof really depends on its materials, the installation, and ventilation, so it’s hard to know exactly when it needs replaced without performing a free roof inspection but a solid, well-constructed roof will last between 15-20 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.
How much does a new roof cost?
Every roof is different, so pricing can differ greatly depending on the type of roof. When considering the price of your new roof, roofing contractors take a few factors into consideration: size, old roof removal,shape and angle of the roof, materials and other features like chimneys, skylights, and vents that they need to work around. A replacement roof is a big investment, and giving a quote without examining your unique situation would not be in our customers’ best interest.
However, once the price of your new roof is calculated, we off multiple ways to pay for a new roof including easy financing making paying for your roof replacement easy
Should I replace my roof before I list my home?
According to Better Homes and Gardens, 50% 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 as condition or needs 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 have a budget and don’t want to spend additional money on major repairs after they just bought a house. Replacing your roof before you sell can help you get ahead of trouble while still recouping most, if not all, of the costs when you sell.
What is the best time to replace a roof?
While there is no official “roofing season” and roofers work all year round, summer and fall are usually busier months for most roofing contractors. Factors heat and rain are the two biggest factors that can impact how quickly our 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.
Can I replace the roof myself ?
While some home projects can be “DIY’d” and turn out fine, roofing is not one of them. Each year, more than 8000 Americans are hurt or killed working on their own roof, many of which come from tumbles off the roof or ladder while doing repairs or regular maintenance, making it one of the most dangerous projects you can do. Plus, you could be voiding your roof’s current warranty or damaging the roof even more, resulting in expensive repairs and replacements down the line.
Not to mention, a DIY roof replacement job compared to an experienced team of professional roofers warrants a higher risk for mismatched shingles, holes, and other issues that will degrade the quality of your roof.
What roofing material should I use?
The shape and style of your roof will determine whether you need a shingle or flat roof, while your budget will most likely determine the type and quality of the material you will use. 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, Flashings, drip rail ice and water barrier, underlayment, and ventilation.
At 48Solar we help you pick the best quality materials to guarantee a dependable roof no matter what kind of home or budget you have.