FAQs About a New Roof
Nobody wants to have to spend a ton of money on a new roof, but sometimes roofs need replacement. When that happens, you have the opportunity to look into major upgrades. You can also keep things simple and try to get through it all as quickly as possible. It’s all up to you, but while you consider what to do about your roof, you might run into some common questions, which you can find answered right here.
When Do You Need a New Roof?
There are plenty of signs that your roof is nearing the end of its life. If you have shingles, any time they start to curl is a sign that the whole roof is on its way out. Similarly, missing shingles, blistering shingles, or shingles missing granules are all indicators that your roof needs a major repair or a replacement.
Whether or not you have shingles, there are universal indicators to keep in mind. If you see leaks or wet spots on the ceiling, you need immediate help with your roof. If there is obvious visible damage to the roof, it must be addressed. Signs of rot or damage to the substrate show that the outer roofing material is no longer doing its job. Lastly, cracked masonry on the roof is a sign of serious problems that may require significant work, in addition to a new roofing layer.
How Much Does a New Roof Cost?
This is the scary question. How much will the new roof cost? That depends on several things. The size and shape of your roof have a lot to do with costs. The material you choose is probably the biggest factor. Copper roofing costs considerably more than asphalt shingles. So comparing materials is important.
Who does the work will matter too, as each contractor picks their own labor pricing.
In general, you can expect a new roof to run at least in the ballpark of $5,000 at the low end. If you choose the most expensive materials and have a particularly challenging roof, costs could get up to around $30,000, but that is uncommon.
The most important thing to remember is that you can get a free estimate to compare materials and options and make an informed decision.
Will Insurance Pay for It?
There are no guarantees with insurance companies, but in many cases, they will in fact pay for a new roof. It turns out that many roofing contractors have skills, knowledge, and experience that can help you navigate your insurance claim for a better chance of getting financial help.
Depending on the cause and extent of damage to your roof, most insurance companies will want quotes to compare repair and replacement costs. If it really is time for a replacement, that will show in the numbers, and they will opt for a replacement.
You will typically have a deductible to pay, but any money coming from your insurance company helps.
How Long Does It Take?
Once again, there is no flat answer for all roof replacements. It mostly depends on the size of the roof and the type of installation. For example, asphalt shingles go in faster than any other roofing type, so that will matter a lot.
Permitting and inspections can also impact your roofing schedule. That’s why some jobs can be completed in a single day, while many others require a whole weekend.
For the largest and most complicated jobs, you can expect roofers at your house for more than a week.
Here’s the thing about timing. When you get an estimate for the cost of the roof, you should also get a timing estimate. That will help you work with your roofers to schedule the best time for the work and minimize their impact on your daily life.
How Long Will the New Roof Last?
A new shingle roof is usually expected to last around 20 years. Warranties will vary, but for shingles, they rarely get above 25 years. Keep in mind that extreme weather can shorten the life of an asphalt roof considerably.
There are roofing options that are much more durable. Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials that can last anywhere from 30 years to more than 100 years. Tiles are also known to consistently last for more than 50 years and are typically considered a lifetime roofing investment.
If you’re not sure if you need a new roof, get an expert to take a look. They can help you weigh options and really understand what you are facing. For a free estimate, you can contact Paradigm Roofing today. We’ll come and take a look at your Collin County roof to help make sure you know exactly what is going on with your roof and what options you have. Contact us today.