At Class EH! Roofing we get asked a lot of questions about roof replacements, so here are the answers to the most asked and we hope it may assist you in easily getting the information you need!
When Do I Need a Roof Replacement?
Typically, roofs should be replaced every 20 to 25 years. If the roof has damage or has been compromised, then you may need to replace it sooner.
What Are Some Signs My Roof Has Been Damaged?
If you are missing shingles or notice that a few have buckled, especially given the harsh nature of Canadian winters, then you may need a roof replacement to maintain its overall integrity. Holes in your roof shingles may also compromise the energy efficiency of your home, which is yet another reason to invest in a new roof if you notice any issues with the shingles.
Animal damage may also necessitate a replacement, especially since small animals tend to create holes in your roof to seek shelter from the element. The most obvious sign that you need a new roof is a leak. If you have an attic, look around with a flashlight routinely to determine if there are any water spots, streaks, or even stains on the ceiling.
Do I Need a Full Roof Replacement?
The answer? Maybe. Most professional roofing contractors will come out and inspect your roof and let you know what you are dealing with. HOWEVER if a roof is older and having issues often it is a good idea to do a total replacement.
The expense involved with replacing even a portion of the roof is considerable, so it makes sense from a financial perspective to do the entire roof at once versus piece-meal. This is only likely to make the project more expensive in the end.
Why Do You Often Recommend Asphalt Shingles?
Asphalt roof shingles are among the most common roofing materials, and can come in a variety of colors, although most are shades of black and grey. They’re easy to install, easy to replace, and simple to maintain.
Asphalt shingles are wind resistant and prohibit algae growth on your roof, a benefit in areas that tend to get more rain. They are also the most affordable of roof covering options and have sound mitigation that makes for a quieter interior space in your home.
How Long Will My New Roof Last?
Asphalt shingled-roofs last about 20-25 years, especially with proper installation and care.
How Much Do Roofing Replacements Cost?
The cost of roof replacements varies according to the size and scope of the project. Roofs that have multiple peaks, or those with a steeper pitch, will cost more than a flat roof on a single-story house.
The variance in cost is one of the reasons why it is important to get a full and professional estimate. A contractor that gives you a price over the phone is not providing a comprehensive enough quote since they do not know the condition of your roof (even if you have described it) and they have not taken the time to inspect the integrity and design of your home’s structure, which means the cost could fluctuate.
Which Roof Estimate Should I Choose?
When you’re planning a large-scale or expensive home modification or an upgrade to your home, it’s important to get several estimates (quotes) for your project. This allows you to interview different contractors and to gather the right information for the right choice.
If you notice that one out of the estimates is an extreme outlier, then it might be one you reject.
Warranty and Guarantee?
Every good roofing company will offer a warranty on the completed roof, and most will guarantee their work for a certain period. Ask for your company’s guarantee in writing, and make sure to ask about exceptions.
Can I replace my roof myself?
While you may be considering taking on the task of replacing your roof yourself, we advise against it. Allowing an expert to handle this massive undertaking can help ensure accuracy, efficiency and safety. Unfortunately, carrying out improper installation can lead to higher costs down the line.
Is a roof replacement covered by insurance?
The cause of the damage plays a pivotal role in this scenario. Most homeowners’ insurance policies usually cover damage that has been brought about by “acts of God” or unexpected accidents like storms, hurricanes, fire, or vandalism. These policies do not generally cater to damage as a result of lack of maintenance or normal wear and tear.
If your roof has been damaged by extreme weather conditions or unexpected incidents, you will need to immediately report the damage to your insurance company. It’s crucial to provide comprehensive documentation, which includes photographs, a detailed description of damage, and citations from professional roofers.
The age of your roof might also influence your coverage. If your roof is relatively new, your insurance might cover the total cost of replacing the damage — but the older your roof, the less valuable it is in the eyes of your insurance provider. Understanding your insurance policy can significantly alleviate the financial stress associated with roof replacements. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out to your insurance provider for clarification.
Will a roof replacement disrupt my daily routine?
While every roofing project is unique, traditional roof replacements typically last from a few days up to a week, depending on the size and complexity of the roof. During this period, there will be noise from the roofers working overhead and using various tools. You might also experience some vibrations in the house, which could disrupt tasks that require concentration or quiet.
READY TO GET A FREE ROOF INSPECTION?
Putting off roofing repairs and replacements can lead to significant damage both to the to itself and your home’s structure. Most roofing contractors suggest regular inspections of your entire roof, especially after a severe storm or hail.
The team at Class EH! Roofing are experts at identifying damage to all types of roofs and completing a thorough repair or full roofing replacement.
Class EH! Roofing is a leading roofing and home exterior renovation company located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON founded by Niagara resident Wayne Jeffreys over 15 years ago.
With thousands of installations to our credit in the Niagara Region, an exceptional level of service and products as well as unbeatable warranties, the team at Class EH! Roofing are dedicated to excellence in everything they do.
We specialize in the repair, maintenance, and installation of all residential and commercial roofing systems for the benefit of homeowners, property managers, condominium corporations, corporate clients, institutional customers, and individual building owners.
Our courteous, experienced representatives, are trained to evaluate and provide our clients, with cost effective solutions for correcting existing roof leaks, roof replacement, and maintenance solutions.
All of these solutions and services are designed to extend the life of your roof and building investment.
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!