As a homeowner, you don't spend a lot of time thinking about your roof. When it does its job, at least. But certain circumstances like humidity, storms, wind damage or simply old roofing might leave you with questions about the state of your roof. Read these FAQs here and call your local roofing company for help with your roof.
Can I Put Shingles Over An Existing Roof?
You might wonder why some roofers don't just put new roofs over old roofs. After all, it could save a lot of time and labor that way. In some cases, it is okay to put one layer of shingles over another single layer of shingles. However, it is best practice to remove the old roof in entirety before putting new shingles on. This reduces the weight of the roof (especially important if you live in a place with high snow pack), looks better and will last longer. Ask your roofing contractor if your specific situation warrants shingle removal or not.
Does A Leak Require Full Replacement?
A leak in your roof may have you thinking that the entire thing needs to be replaced. But are there some instances in which you can replace just part of the roof instead of the entire thing? Turns out, there are. Your roofer can determine if the leak is caused by a damaged flashing or section. In that case, your roof is not failing because of age and can be repaired.
What Are Some Signs of Roof Problems?
What are the warning signs of a faulty or failing roof? Look for shingle debris in your gutters, which is a sign that the shingles are old and starting to deteriorate. You should also look at the shingles closely. Are they cracked, deteriorating, or warped? Can you see the flashing underneath? Inside, look for peeling wallpaper and cracked paint.
What Kind Of Warranty Will My New Roof Come With?
When you hire a contractor to install a new roof, you will likely see two warranties. First, the company that manufactured the shingles will typically offer a 20 year warranty on their product automatically. Your contractor can also issue a warranty on the actual installation of the roof. There is no industry standard for this, but a fairly normal warranty lasts between 1–2 years.
Don't be afraid to ask your local roofing company any further questions about getting a new roof installed on your home.