Frequently Asked Questions About Your Home's Roof
If you need further assistance beyond the information provided here, feel free to contact us. Until then, take a look at some of the FAQs we have here and see if it offers you the data you need.
Q. What are the dark streaks on my roof and is it something I need to take care of?
A. Often found on the side of the roof that gets less light, or on roofing that is not exposed to sunlight much at all, these streaks are actually a type of algae. It is very important that they are dealt with in a prompt and professional manner because this algae feeds off the asphalt granules in your shingles. This can eventually seriously damage your roofing.
Q. Should I go with the lowest quote?
A. Homeowners tend to confuse what getting estimates from different roofing contractors is about. The goal is not necessarily to look for the lowest quote. Keep in mind if it seems too good to be true, it almost always is. Also, you get what you pay for and a quote that is considerably lower than the others should be a red flag. In most cases, a low bid is the result of either inexperience, the lack of licensure and insurance or a combination of both.
Q. How long will my new roofing system last?
A. The longevity of your roofing system depends on a number of factors, mainly the type of material. However, even the expected lifespan is only as good as the maintenance invested into it. Without proper care along the way, a roof has little chance of lasting. Other factors that affect the condition and life expectancy include quality of the installation, local climate and the initial roof design. So, as an example, asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years while metal roofing can last 50 or more years. So make it a point to stay current with inspections and maintenance.
Q. How do I know if I need repairs?
A. The truth of the matter is that you may not recognize the signs of distress that indicate you need roof repairs. For that reason, it is vital that you schedule regular roofing inspections so that a trained and experienced professional can monitor your roof. The most commonly reported problem that homeowners report is a leak. The presence of moisture is something most homeowners can detect and know should be reported for repair service.
Q. How can I tell if I need replacement or if repairs are enough?
A. A concern many homeowners have is getting conned by a less than scrupulous contractor and told they need a new roof when repairs would suffice. So, the first way to avoid this type of situation is to only work with an established and reputable roofing company. Aside from that, know the age of your roofing system to determine if it is near the end of its life cycle. Also, take the cost of the repairs versus the current value of the roof into consideration. If repairs would be 50% or more than the current value, replacement is probably the better choice.