How can I recognize when my roof system has problems?
It’s a little difficult to discover a problem in your roof system without the help of inspectors, unless a noticeable leak or discoloration has started to show. Most of the time, a homeowner only finds out when it’s way too late. That’s why, if you notice any cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper, this is usually a sign of a damaged roof.
You can also consider having your roof inspected twice a year to uncover any problems that are often missed.
What are my options if ever I decide to reroof?
You have two options when reroofing. You can either opt to have a complete replacement or recover the existing one. If you choose to have a replacement, you will need to tear-off the existing roof system and install a new one from scratch. On the other hand, recovering it only requires replacement of roofing system without involving the base.
However, if you have already recovered your roof before, you might have to consider installing a new one, especially if roof problems persist.
If my roof is leaking, do I need to have it replaced completely?
Not necessarily. Repairs or replacements will highly depend on the severity of the damage. Oftentimes, leaks result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system being damaged. You can have this repaired.
But if the problem is a poorly installed roofing system, you might have to replace it. Whatever the case is, you can first consult your roof inspector.
Can I do the work myself?
While some repairs might be easy to do, it is not recommendable to do it on your own. It’s always best to leave the professionals to do the work. In this way, you can be assured that the problem is properly fixed.
How long will my roof system last?
This highly depends on the roof materials used in the construction of your roof and how well it is maintained. But generally, a properly installed roofing system can last up to 20 years.
How much will a new roof system cost?
New roof costs depend on a lot of factors: materials, contractor doing the work, size of the house, location of the home or building, and labor fees. To get a good estimate of how much you will need to install a new roof, ask for proposals from reputable contractors; this can also help you choose a contractor that can work on the project that suits your budget.
How can I determine my annual roofing cost?
Annual roofing cost is often computed using this formula:
Annual Roofing Cost = Total Cost (Materials & Labor) divided by Life Expectancy of Roof System (in years)