FAQs About Installing a New Roof
We know that installing a new roof can be a difficult decision when it comes to home improvement. You want to make sure your decision is an informed one to ensure that you’re getting the best in quality, craftsmanship, and service. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we hear from clients to help you in making an important decision for your home upgrade.
How can you tell if your roof needs to be replaced?
Roofs should be replaced around the 20 to 25-year mark. By this time, important materials begin to fail. If you’re not sure of the age of your roof, there are a few signs it’s time for a replacement. Curled shingles, leaks, missing shingles, mold, internal water damage, dents, and bald spots are good indicators. If your roof is new and you are experiencing these problems, call the company who installed the roof to find answers.
How do you know if your roofing contractor is legitimate?
After natural disasters or large storms, fly-by-night roofers come out of the woodwork. These roofers will show up at your door with a van and promise you the world. Don’t fall for these tricks. It’s always best to choose an established, local company like A to Z Contracting to perform roofing work. This will ensure you know who to turn to if you encounter problems. Make sure to do your homework, too. Look into online reviews, consumer protection websites like Angie’s List and ask for recommendations from friends, colleagues, and neighbors. It’s also a good idea to find a company with a strong warranty to guarantee their work and one that has established relationships with the best material vendors. Paying attention to this advice will help you make a solid decision on the right roofing contractor for you.
What is the best type of roof?
There is no one answer to this question. The most common options for new roofs include asphalt shingles and metal, but here in the “Bold North”, asphalt shingles are the most used and most recommended for their ability to stand up to our extreme weather conditions. Beyond materials, you’ll want to discuss with your contractor if they install complete roofing systems, i.e., roofing structures and materials that are designed to work cohesively with each other. Not only will this provide a stronger and more durable roof, it will often result in an enhanced warranty for your roof as well.
If my roof leaks do I need a whole new roof?
It depends on why your roof is leaking. Older roofs with multiple worn spots and missing shingles will likely need to be replaced. If you have a leak coming in from the chimney or a single missing shingle, a repair may work just fine. The contractors at A to Z are skilled in determining what is the best fix for your situation and will determine how much damage has been caused and provide expert recommendations to help you determine the best course of action for you.
How long do roofs last?
Asphalt shingle roofs last from 20 to 30 years. If your roof has hit the 20-year mark, it’s a good time to call A to Z Contracting for a free estimate. Homeowners who are proactive with roofs and inspections will be able to plan better for roof replacements.
Why are my shingles discolored?
Discolorations on shingles are often caused by algae, fungus, or mold. Roofs are prone to inconvenient growths due to their constant exposure to intense elements. Spores from algae, fungus, and mold often land on your roof. If the conditions are humid and damp, the spores will grow into larger problems, such as algae or mold. The result is discoloration or streaky shingles. If you notice discoloration on your roof, try cleaning it with a commercial product. If the problem returns, call us for professional help.
What is cost of a new roof?
This is a good question but it’s the equivalent of asking how much a vehicle costs. The variables involved are endless. Metal roofs, asphalt shingles, colors, styles, textures, designs, slats, and many other factors weigh into this calculation. Luckily, we offer free estimates for potential clients!