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New Roof FAQs: All Your Burning Questions Answered

09/28/2021

Having a full roof replacement can be one of the best things you can do for your property – but it involves a lot of decision-making that can make the entire process a bit overwhelming.

Which material should you go for? How do you know if you need a new roof? Is there anything you should do before the contractors arrive? Not to mention the financial aspect of getting a brand new roof – how much will the whole thing end up costing you?

Fortunately for you, Fortified Roofing is here to answer all your burning questions, followed by professional advice from expert roofing contractors. We understand that a roof is a bigger investment, so we want you to be fully prepared before committing to any decisions.

Below, we bring you answers to all the frequently asked questions about investing in a new roof so that you can make the smartest decision for your home.

When Do You Need a New Roof?

Sometimes, knowing that you need a new roof can be pretty obvious. If there are constant leaks, curling shingles, damaged flashing, and especially if you’ve noticed a hole in your roof, then it’s a no-brainer.

On the other hand, there are also times when it’s not so easy to determine whether you need a roof replacement. Sometimes, there are no visible issues on your roof, but it is nearing the end of its lifespan. And that is when a roof replacement is a wise move, as it will help you get ahead of potential problems and avoid costly, frequent repairs.

Failing to get a new roof in a timely manner can result in many structural issues down the line, which can easily be avoided by simply calling your contractor to conduct a detailed inspection and check for any signs of irreversible damage.

How Often Should You Have Your Roof Replaced?

It’s difficult to give a straight answer to this simply because the longevity of any roof hugely depends on the materials used, as well as the installation, ventilation, and many other factors that play a crucial role. Provided that your roof was installed properly, you can expect it to last anywhere between 15-30 years. 

How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

To give you an accurate quote for your roof replacement, your contractor will have to take many things into account after conducting a thorough inspection. The most significant factors that affect the price are the size of your roof, the removal of the old roof, materials, style, shape, and whether there are chimneys, vents, or a skylight that they will have to work around.

Should You Replace Your Roof Before Listing Your Home?

It is a widely known fact that the aesthetics and condition of a roof can play a significant role in a home’s overall curb appeal and resale value. So, if you’ve decided to sell your home but your roof is in any type of disrepair, you might not have many people bidding on your property. 

The majority of buyers are looking for a move-in-ready home that doesn’t require additional investments or upgrades, which means that replacing your roof before listing your home will go a long way in helping you sell it.

When Is the Ideal Time to Replace Your Roof?

There isn’t an official “roofing season,” and the majority of roofing contractors work all year long, but summer and fall are usually the busiest months for many roofers. The reason is very simple – snow, ice, rain, and sleet can affect the work that needs to be done, not to mention that they can prolong the process and pose a potential safety hazard. This is why most roofers do the majority of their work during dryer and warmer months.

Can You Replace Your Roof All By Yourself?

There are certain DIY home projects that will likely turn out okay but rest assured that roofing is not one of them! Moreover, attempting to replace your roof without the help of a licensed professional can be one of the most dangerous DIY projects ever. The last thing you want is to risk falling off your roof or ladder and endangering your life for no reason. Plus, you would most probably violate your roof’s warranty and do a bad job that will result in costly repairs sooner than you think.

Which Roofing Materials Should You Go For?

Choosing a roofing material depends on your personal preferences, budget, location, as well as the style and shape of your roof, and your contractor will be the one to professionally advise you on selecting the perfect one. Before making the final decision, consider how long you’d like your roof to last, whether it’s important to you that it complements the design of your home, what’s the price you’re comfortable with, and whether you’d like to go the eco-friendly route.

What Can You Do to Prepare for New Roof Installation?

If you’ve decided that you are, indeed, getting your roof replaced, then there are a few things you can do before the contractors arrive. For starters, if you have any loose items hanging from your walls or shelves, take them off and place them somewhere safe. The vibrations from hammering on top of the roof can cause stuff to fall, break, or worse off – hurt someone.

You can also clear your driveway to make extra space for your roofers’ vehicles and secure the area around your property, as there will likely be some roofing materials falling down. At Fortified Roofing, we complete all roofing jobs with as minimum disruption to your every day as possible while creating a safe work environment for everyone involved. Your safety and satisfaction with the end result are our primary goals.

Still Have Questions?

Get in touch with your #1 local roof replacement contractors at Fortified Roofing, and we will happily answer them all, as well as familiarize you with all of our options and offers. We can help you navigate this process with ease and provide you with the high-quality, beautiful roof you’ve always dreamed of!