Your roof is a key part of your home. If it is in good condition, it serves as a shelter against outdoor weather elements, keeping you and your loved ones safe. If your roof is damaged or old, it can cause leaks, grow mold and mildew, and pose health and safety hazards. It is important for homeowners to learn critical information about their roof such as when it was installed and what it is made out of. This information will help decipher the general time frame of when your roof will be due for a replacement.
Below, we have outlined a few of the frequently asked questions that we receive from clients regarding roof inspections, repairs, replacements, and new installations. Learning this information will help you make more informed decisions about your roof, thus, keeping you and your family safe.
How long should a roof last?
Every roof is different. Several factors are considered when answering this question, such as the material your roof is made out of (shingles, tile, or aluminum). Most roofs come with a warranty, but it doesn't mean that your roof won't wear out due to weather conditions in the long run. In addition, roofs don't last forever; some roofs are designed to last 20-30 years and others a lot longer (like premium shingles or tile roofs). The key to a long-lasting roof is to schedule a regular roof inspection and any needed repairs. By detecting issues early on and fixing them, these improvements will help extend your roof's lifespan.
What type of roofing is best here in Florida? Tile, aluminum, or shingles?
The best type of roof depends on what you need for style and function. Your roof must complement the features of your home as well as remain durable and stay within your budget. Tiles, aluminum, and shingles are all very durable, low-maintenance, and hold up well to the extreme weather we get here in Florida. Here is what makes each option different:
- Tile roofs come in clay, metal, or slate and they have the longest life expectancy among any roofing material.
- Aluminum is also one of the most durable building materials. It is also lightweight and energy-efficient.
- Shingles are economical because they are the easiest to fix and replace.
All three materials are great options for your roof, it just depends on your individual preference.
Should I repair/replace my roof before I put it on the market?
Yes. Newly repaired or installed roofs can boost your home's overall value. This will make home-buyers happy, especially the ones that are looking to buy a move-in-ready house. If the buyers know they won't have to spend money any time soon on roof repairs or a replacement, it is more likely that you will quickly get your asking price.
How many times can you "roof over" old materials?
The best way to replace or fix your roof is to remove any old materials and start again with the new materials. This is because it will give the professionals a chance to truly take a look at the structure of your roof and determine if there are any issues. However, if you do decide to "roof over" your old materials, it is highly suggested that it is only done once.
How long does it take to install a new roof?
Installing a new roof depends on the availability of materials, weather conditions, the size of your home, and any needed repairs to the structure itself. Generally, a roof replacement will take approximately two to four days.
How much does a new roof cost?
Just like the time of installation, costs vary depending on the size, materials, and condition of the structure. For each roofing material, there are different types and respective prices. There are also a variety of styles, cuts, and shapes. The average range of roof replacement in our area is $8,000-$16,500.
The best way to determine the cost of installing a new roof is to get a quote from a professional roofing company like ours.
What do you do if you have roof damage in the middle of the night?
Strong winds and heavy rainfall may severely damage your roof. As a result, your roof could suffer some leaks, cracks, and holes. For situations like this, it is so important to have an emergency number to call. Some professional roofing companies, including ours, have a 24/7 emergency call center so that you can get in touch with the right people at any time of the day.
What can I do about discolored shingles? Do they need to be replaced?
Discolored shingles are darkened from algae due to high humidity. The discoloration of your shingles won't hurt the integrity of your roof, so you don't have to worry about replacing it if the discoloration is your only problem. However, discolored shingles do decrease your curb appeal. Consider using bleach solutions to remove the algae.
Does your roof need a little TLC? Schedule our inspection, repair, and replacement services today!
A roof secures your house and all the things underneath it, which is why scheduling regular roof inspections and any necessary roof repairs or replacements is important. At True Roofers, our team of professional roofing contractors will ensure that your roof is in tip-top shape. We service properties in and around Wesley Chapel, Plant City, Lakeland, and neighboring communities in Florida.
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Call us today at 863-800-1800 to schedule a roof inspection, repair, or replacement with one of our expert roofers!
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