Roof Replacement FAQ:
Below are the typical roof replacement questions we get asked very often. We enjoy educating our clients and helping them make the best decision based on individual roofing repair needed.
How do I know for sure I need a new roof?
Shingles and wood shakes on older roofs usually have around a 15-30 year lifespan, depending on the quality of the shingles, and the location and amount of tree cover near to your home. When it is punished by direct sunlight, weather and wind, and poor ventilation, the roof eventually cannot withstand the multiple elements. Warranties and lifespans are much better than they were just a decade ago, but for good measure, around a 12-year old roof is a good time to keep an eye out for repairs or replacement that we can offer. Curling shingles, loss of asphalt granulation, evidence of leakage, decaying shingles, missing shingles, wind damage, and visible cracks are all things to look out for.
How do I know whether I need repair, or replacement?
This depends predominantly on whether or not the shingles are past their prime years, or the original contractor did their job well. When shingles are still good, they can be repaired if the damage hasn’t affected their entire placement as well as integrity. If the shingles are old and decaying, it’s smarter to replace the roof in its entirety.
How can I tell which type of shingle is best for my house?
Both how much you want to spend, and how you want your roof to look come into play here. We will always stand by the best brands, and ones that are known to withstand abuse and the various forms of Michigan weather. We can go over with you which shingles are best for the monetary value, and which are the best for the curb appeal of your home.
Do I always have to replace gutters and downspouts as well?
If your gutters and downspouts are still holding up and in good shape, the roofing team will work around them. To avoid severe damage, we will remove and reinstall them once the roof is complete. If your gutters are still in relatively good shape but need just minor repair, we can be of help to you as well. We are a full-service, bonded and experienced roofing contractor.
How long will a roof install take?
There are many variables that will affect the length of time for installation. Whether or not there is a second layer to be removed, the type of weather elements at play, and how the old roof needs to be removed are all important things affecting the time of the job. In most cases, we are going to be finished with removing the old roof, vital clean-up, and all final details within around 3 days or less. Our well-trained team will stay on schedule to make sure they are present for numerous city inspections, and will always offer their continuous expertise during the various job stages.
What do I need to know before the roofing company starts?
This can tend to be a noisy process. Once we begin to remove the old shingles, you may want to keep you and your pets’ peace and sanity in mind. We pledge to do all that we can to minimize hassle and any inconvenience to you during our new roof installation process. Attempt to park your cars in the street, as our roof removal trucks need to back up as close to the house as possible. If you have a swimming pool, it’s a good idea to close the pool cover, as some roofing debris may stain finished plaster.
What if my existing roof is leaking?
You may not need a complete replacement. Leaks can result from flashings that have recently come loose, or a section of the roof that is severely damaged. A complete roof system failure is irreversible, and a result of bad material choice. Our trained inspectors will give the property a thorough look, and tell you exactly what you need.
How long can I expect a new roof to last?
Most brand new roofs are designed to stay tough for about 20 years. Some materials such as slate and clay tile can even last longer. We will provide you the best warranty possible.