Frequently Ask Questions Part 1

The roof of your home is one of the most important — and most overlooked — components of the structure as a whole. It has to withstand severe weather and ensure rain and snow aren’t allowed inside. It also plays a major role in ensuring that solar heat isn’t lost throughout the house. Due to its significance, roofing often leaves homeowners with many questions. So in order to help you with your roofing questions, we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive. These answers will give you a better understanding of your home and what services you may require from us.

How long should my roof last? There are several factors that contribute to the lifespan of a roof. The most important are material, shingle thickness, climate and weather conditions, and proper installation. In regions with severe weather conditions including wind, snow, and heavy rain, roofs generally last less time. Slate, tile, and copper roofs may last upwards of 50 years, compared to 12-20 years for traditional asphalt shingles. Metal roofs can last 40 to 70 years due to their durability.

If I have a leak in my roof, does it need to be completely replaced? Short answer, no. The long answer is it depends on the severity of the leak and how much damage it has caused to the existing structure. If the damage is severe, then a full replacement may be in order. A partial replacement could also be an option. To determine the extent of the damage, you should hire a roofing expert

What will a new roof cost? Unfortunately, there is no one specific answer to this question. It depends on the size and shape of the home, the materials used, and the price of labor. Additions to your roof like skylights and chimneys also play a part in the cost. 

How long will the roofing process take? Again, unfortunately, there is no specific time frame. Every roofing company is different, just as every home is different. The type of job also contributes to the time frame. Traditionally, the job can take anywhere from a day to a week, depending on the job. 

What is the best way to find a reliable roofing contractor? Your roof plays a critical role in ensuring the integrity of your house and the safety of your family. Since it plays such a significant role in your home, you want to make sure your roof is inspected every few years. If you’re hiring a contractor, make sure he or she is licensed, insured, and responsive to your questions and concerns. For more answers to your roofing questions, call the professionals at Sterling Construction.