5 Common Roofing Questions and Answers

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and one that can cause a lot of extra stress to fix.

When your roof is having problems, you want answers and fast. This guide is designed to provide general answers to the questions you may be asking.

These are brief answers and not to be taken specifically as stated, as the area you reside in and type of roof you have are only a few of the factors that will determine the exact answer.

How Much Will it Cost to Replace My Roof?

This is one of the most common questions that will vary upon each different situation. This price will be based on:

  • Your roof’s accessibility
  • The size of your roof
  • The pitch of your roof
  • Whether your home is 1 or 2 stories
  • Roofing materials needed
  • The square footage of your home
  • Amount of labor
  • Roofing permits and city licenses
  • Whether your roof can be fixed or needs a full replacement

These costs have been known to range anywhere from $2,000-$12,000, of course all depending on the factors mentioned above. Which brings us into the next question.

Can My Roof Be Repaired?

An expert roof specialist will be the best for determining whether or not your roof should be replaced, or if it can just be fixed. Yourself, along with the inspector should perform and inside and outside inspection of the roof to get a complete idea of the damage at hand, and make the best decision.

As a guideline, some of the things you should be on the lookout for include:

  • Peeling paint
  • Missing shingles from several locations
  • Stains on the ceiling
  • Age of the roof

Different types of shingles have different lifespans, and some will obviously last longer than others. It’s important to know what type of shingles are on your roof so you can know how far into their life they actually are. If your roof is well past its first decade and doesn’t show too many of the signs mentioned above, you will more than likely be able to get by will a simple repair.

How Long Does it Take to Replace a Roof?

The answer to this will vary depending on the size of the roof, type, and amount of labor that needs to be completed. The job is very labor-intensive and can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on the a range of factors.

Weather can also be a big factor that controls how quickly roofing repairs or replacements are done. Careful planning around all of these factors by the roofing professional of your choice can also influence how fast or slow your project moves.

Will I Need a Permit to Have My Roof Replaced?

You will always need to check with your local city about acquiring a permit for your repairs, but in most cases you are going to need one. Many areas will ask for a flat fee while others may base their fee on the value and/or size of the project.

If you choose to hire a roofing contractor, most of them will handle the permit for you. If you don’t find a company that does this it will be left up to you to speak with your city about the permit.

How Do I Chose the Right Roofing Contractor?

Speaking of roofing contractors, you want to find a good one as you will be investing a lot of your time and money into this project.

It’s best to select 2-3 potential choices and start making comparisons. You want to get detailed quotes from all of them and take a look into some reviews from their previous jobs, which can easily be accessed on the web on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and Angies List.

Sit down and take a detailed look at all of your information for a decent amount of time before making your decision. It may take more time now but it’s better to be prepared rather than surprised.