When do I need to get a new roof?
This question cannot be answered with an exact day. If your roof's age has reached the 20-30 year mark, it may be wise to consider repairs and/or maintenance before any noticeable damage occurs. The best way of determining when you should call for a replacement (aside from the obvious deterioration of the materials) is going by certain warning signs such as leaks in various places, an increase in noise during rainfall, visible cracks or the presence of moss on your roof .
Where does one even start when planning out a roofing project?
There are a few things you must take into consideration before planning out your roofing project. First, the location of your house is important since you must be able to access it with heavy machinery. You should also know if there are any nearby power lines which could potentially shut down electrical grids in the vicinity for an indefinite period of time . If possible, try to avoid working during windy days or whenever rain is forecasted; this will prevent you from having to stop midway through your work due to unsafe weather conditions.
What's the difference between 'roof shingles' and 'shingles'?
Technically speaking, both terms refer to asphalt based (often fiber cement) tiles that are installed on a roof . Roof shingles are usually thinner than shingles and lack the protective mineral granules that are placed on top of shingles. They are usually used for aesthetic purposes since they provide a uniform look on a roof, but without the added bulk.
How much does it cost to install new shingles?
The price of your project will vary depending on several factors including the size of your roof, the current condition of your roof and which material you intend to use . In general, an average residential roof costs between $9,500 - $15,000. It is important to note that this price does not take into consideration any potential plumbing or electrical modifications which may occur from this process.
Why does a metal roof sound way louder during a rainstorm than my old one?
The sound generated by rain hitting a roof is usually due to the air pocket formed underneath the tiles. This vacuum effect occurs when any waterproofing sealant used has lost its elasticity and no longer holds the roof in place, giving way to water infiltration . Replacing your shingle or asphalt tiles with metal ones will help solve this issue as they allow proper drainage which means that your property (and your neighbors!) will be protected from weather damage.
Can anyone install my new roof?
While it is possible for an inexperienced individual to successfully complete a simple installation project with enough funding, we would not recommend it – especially if you require certain safety features such as flashing and ridge caps . These pieces are important because they aim at preventing leaks and keeping your roof watertight. You should always seek out a professional to install these features, especially when you are dealing with certain factors such as age or the type of tiles used.
What's the difference between 'insulated' and 'non-insulated' shingles?
Non-insulated asphalt shingles rely on an air pocket underneath them in order to provide proper drainage during rainfall events. The problem is that this also results in heat accumulation which leads to overheating of the attic space. Insulating your roof will help prevent hot air from accumulating under it and thus reduce any potential discomfort for individuals living in the house. Money wise, insulating your roof will usually return a cost savings since you require less energy to cool your space in the summer.
Why are ridge caps important when installing tiles?
It is pretty simple, without a ridge cap, water can accumulate underneath the tiles rather than being directed towards the guttering system . This will quickly lead to leaks in your roof which could result in expensive damages. The best way to avoid this issue is by investing in appropriate accessories such as flashing and/or ridge caps for your installation project. A professional installer should be able to provide more details on these two products since they are essential pieces of any quality work.
How will my new roof be installed?
There are several ways professionals install roofs (overlapping, interlocking, side lap etc.) . The one that will be used on your roof is usually selected according to the current condition of your roof, climate conditions and aesthetics requirements . Asphalt shingles are usually installed by interlocking which means that they are laid in rows with the lower edge of one course overlapping the upper edge of the adjacent course . Shingles are then typically nailed into place. The important thing to remember is that your installer should always give you a layout plan before starting any installation project.
How long will my new roof last?
Asphalt shingle roofs have an estimated lifespan anywhere between 15-25 years, depending on drainage capabilities and proper ventilation . Metal tile roofs will most often stand up to hail or wind damage because they do not contain organic material (such as asphalt) , thus making them very resistant against weather conditions, but their lifespan also depends on the type of metal used. This is why it is important to always invest in a quality roof, with a reputable manufacturer who stands behind their product.
What kind of warranty should I expect?