5 Commonly Asked Roofing Questions

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Close Up View on Asphalt Roofing Shingles — St. Marengo, IL — Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling Inc.

A home’s roof is built strong to withstand wear and tear. However, even with good maintenance, a roof will need to be replaced or repaired at some point. If you think you may need a new roof or a roof repair, check out these five common questions first.

1. Which Material Is Best?

All roofing materials have pros and cons, so choosing the best roofing material is more about choosing what is right for you and your needs. In general, however, people tend to choose asphalt shingle roofs or wood roofs. Both are excellent in most climates but you will need to keep them maintained.

Wood roofs may require a little more attention since you’ll want to keep the shakes and shingles sealed, but both types of roofs need occasional cleaning to prevent debris build-up on the roof and in the gutters.

2. What Is Most Damaging?

Your roof is durable, but it can experience damage. Some damage may be sudden, but most damage is caused by general wear and tear. Sudden damage includes a tree or tree branch falling onto the roof. Regardless of how well you maintain your roof, a tree ca destroy it. Damage from wear and tear, however, can often be prevented or reduced with good maintenance.

The elements can all affect your roof. If rainwater manages to pool on the roof or get trapped in moss, it can increase the risk of a leak. Similarly, wind can tear shingles away, exposing the roof deck. Even the sun can fade, crack, and dry out shingles. Other types of weather that can harm your roof include hail, ice, and snow.

Critters can ruin your roof too. Birds can attract bugs and can clog gutters and vents with nests, and the acid in their droppings can erode your roof. Rodents may also be attracted to your roof and may scratch at the roof trying to find an entry or food.

3. What Are the Most Common Signs of Damage?

A few signs can indicate a damaged roof. Naturally, if you see water stains inside the home on the ceiling or along the top of the walls, you likely have a roof leak. However, other signs of roof damage include lost or damaged shingles, damaged gutters, and bent or rusted flashing.

4. What Happens During a Roof Remodel?

Before the remodel starts, you should prepare the house and yard. This may include removing everything from the attic, protecting plants outside the house, and getting the kids and pets out of the way.

The project begins with material delivery, which usually involves big trucks, so be prepared to make room. Once ready, the old roof shingles are removed, which exposes any underlying damage. This underlying damage must be corrected before the new roof ca be installed. The process will be loud, and the house may shake a little, so secure valuable and delicate items inside and out.

5. How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

The exact cost of a new roof depends on many factors. In general, however, you may spend anywhere from $1,700 to $20,000 or more. The leading factor that determines the cost is the size of the roof. Naturally, bigger roofs need more material. However, keep in mind that even if your house is the same size as your neighbor’s house, your roof is bigger if it has a steeper slope. Therefore, the flatter the roof, the less material you need.

Another factor that indicates the cost is the type of material and the quality of the material used. For example, architectural asphalt shingles tend to cost more than traditional. Similarly, certain types of wood may cost more than others. In general, you’ll need to work with your roofing contractor to create a project that meets your budget.

Taking care of your roof will keep it in better condition for longer, but wear and tear eventually affect the roof, which could lead to leaks. If you would like to know more, or if you want a quote on a new roof or a roof repair, contact us at Jerry Newman Roofing and Remodeling Inc today.

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