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5 Common Roofing Questions Contractors Get Asked – And Their Answers

At Interstate Roofing, it is our job to help homeowners make the best decisions possible when they hire a roofing contractor. We’ve been in business since 1988, so we’ve been asked nearly every roofing question under the sun about repairs, materials, costs, and anything else you can imagine. Below are five of the most common roofing questions we’re asked and their answers!

1. How Can I Tell if I Need a New Roof or Roof Repair?

The first thing people want to know is whether they need a new roof in the first place. The answer is—it depends. The most obvious sign of trouble is a leak. If you’re experiencing a leak, you can be positive that you’ll need a repair at the very least. The longer you wait to repair a leak, the more likely your roof is to experience some kind of catastrophic damage, like rot, a partial cave-in, or collapse.

Another unmistakable sign that your roof may need to be repaired or replaced is any obvious sagging or damaged flashing. Flashing is the material, usually metal, that’s used to shore up the transitions of your roof, such as your chimney. Damaged flashing can cause leaks and other serious issues but is often relatively easy to repair. A sagging roof, however, is a serious sign of aged materials or previous leaks. If you notice a slight “u” shape where there was once a straight line, you should call an expert straight away.

There are more subtle signs that you may need to contact a roofing contractor. One of these signs could be the appearance of the shingles themselves. Are any shingles loose or missing? Are they curled, cracked, or blistered—or do they have strange dark spots? Are there exposed nails or other areas of extreme wear? If so, you may want to have a professional check out your roof to make sure everything looks safe.

Lastly, you may simply be up against time. Most roofs last about 20 years. When the materials begin to fail, you may experience discolored or missing shingles as described above.

2. If My Roof Is Leaking, Will I need to Purchase an Entirely New Roof?

It’s no secret that leaks are inconvenient and need to be addressed immediately. If they aren’t explained by a non-roof element such as damaged plumbing or a leaky HVAC system, then a leaky roof is a pretty good bet. A leak in your roof doesn’t always mean that you’ll need a new roof. Most leaks can be repaired by a competent roofer fairly quickly and at standard repair rates. Even if your roof does need to be replaced, a roofer can provide a temporary fix, sealing the leak to prevent further damage. That way, you’ll have some time to make the right decision for your home.

3. How Long Does It Take to Have a New Roof Installed?

No one likes having their routine interrupted with home construction and the noise and mess it can come with. The good news is that most roofing companies can install an asphalt shingle roof on a single-family home in one to three days. The larger the roof, of course, the longer it may take. A competent roofing company will do its best to perform the work quickly. It is smart, though, to get a time estimate along with any cost estimates you obtain from your roofer.

4. What’s the Best Roofing Material?

This question is not so easy to answer. The good news is that there are a variety of options when it comes to roofing materials, and many are great. The bad news is that you’ll need to decide what your priorities are for your new roof before you decide which material is best. For instance, if cost is the most important element of your decision, you may want to go with standard asphalt—which is also quite durable. If you’re more interested in going green, there are solar shingles available that can generate up to 1 kilowatt of energy for your home per 100 square feet.

If you’re dealing with extreme weather conditions, you may be interested in UV-reflecting materials, algae-resistant shingles, or another material that can withstand the elements. There are also designer options like aged-copper shingles that not only last a long time but will add a lot of beauty to your home, making it sure to stand out. Once you decide what’s most important, you can look for a contractor that has experience installing the materials you’ve chosen.

5. How Do I Find a Contractor I Can Trust?

If you’ve noticed some of the wear and tear mentioned above, it may be time to contact a professional roofer for an inspection and estimate. There are a lot of different companies and contractors out there, but you’ll want to be sure to ask the following questions:

Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?

Licensing requirements vary from state to state, but any legitimate roofing contractor should be able to provide you with their current insurance information.

Do you provide references from past clients?

While your roofer can give you all of the technical details, it’s extremely helpful to talk to past customers who can tell you how the company worked with them and whether there were any difficulties along the way and how they were handled. It will also help to look up reviews online to make sure your contractor has a good reputation.

Do you offer warranty and workmanship coverage?

A good contractor will understand that a new roof is a large investment that any reasonable person would want to protect. A solid, transferable warranty is the sign of a good company that is eager to back up its work.

We’re also asked, of course, how much a new roof might cost. As you can see from the variables above, it depends on the materials, the size of the roof, and many other factors. If you think you’re in the market for a new roof, or even a few simple repairs, feel free to contact Interstate Roofing for a free estimate.

 

5 Ways Roof Replacement Will Improve the Value of Your Beaverton Home

Many homeowners spend their weekends on home improvement projects, which helps to give them a sense of pride in their homes. Putting your own elbow grease into your property helps personalize your home to your preferences for what a home should look like, and it puts your mark on your house and the surrounding property.

Owning your own property means you can expect a daily to-do list of tasks that will need to be done to maintain the quality of your property, such as watering and mowing the lawn, regularly clearing the pipes to maintain unblocked plumbing, and other chores that are crucial to the home working as expected. While most daily maintenance tasks can be completed by the homeowner, there are some tasks that will require you to hire a professional, such as cleaning your chimney or maintaining and eventually replacing your roof.

Nobody likes a leaky roof, and if you do not regularly clean your roof and maintain its integrity, you will find that leaks may start and you may find the home to be draftier than it used to be. Not only does maintaining a healthy roof keep residents dry and warm, but it also increases property value, which can mean higher profits and a quicker sale of your home when it comes time to move. The roofing experts at Interstate Roofing lists five ways roof replacement in Beaverton can improve your home’s value.

1. Improved Appearance of Your Home

When looking to buy a home, the first thing that catches your eye, other than location, is the curb appeal of the property. When one thinks of curb appeal, thoughts of bushes and pretty flowers most readily come to mind, but those aren’t the only things that make up a house’s curb appeal. The health and overall appearance of the roof of the home significantly impacts the curb appeal of the property.

Even if your home is well-cared for, with beautiful landscaping and a freshly painted outside, if your roof is showing signs of degradation, is falling apart, or is covered in built-up leaves and moss, showing its age and lack of maintenance, your home’s curb appeal will drop significantly. Especially if you are looking to sell your home, buyers are very aware of the cost of a poorly maintained roof that will need to be replaced soon after purchase. This can push buyers away from making a strong offer, or any offer at all. If potential buyers see the roof is newer and looks fresh and well-maintained, their interests will increase, and offers for purchase will increase accordingly.

2. Roof Warranties With a Longer Warranty Time Period

Not only does a newly installed roof increase the curb appeal of your home, but it also increases the actual dollar value of your home. One bonus of purchasing a home with a new roof is peace of mind knowing that the newly installed roof will not only last longer but may l come with an extended warranty if something goes wrong and needs repair after purchasing the property.

Roof warranties used to be only 15 to 20 years long. However, with the new materials available within the roofing industry, the life of the materials used can be longer, and therefore new roofs may come with much longer warranties. For example, roofs can come with warranties that last as long as 50 years, which definitely can provide a financial bonus to purchasing a home with a newly installed roof and an extended warranty. Just make sure to read the fine print. Only a small amount of contractors can offer the top tier of manufacturer’s warranties.

For those who are looking to stay in their homes after roof installation, building the equity of your home is equally important financially, and having roof replacement in Beaverton can greatly increase your home’s equity. This will in turn increase how much you can borrow against your home with a home loan if ever needed. This can greatly increase peace of mind. You know that in an emergency, you have that financial security that comes with homeownership of a property with a strong financial value.

3. Roofing With More Modern Features

With the focus of technology moving toward being more energy efficient, the roofing industry is not far behind. Roofing materials are now able to help reflect solar rays, reducing heat build-up inside homes with the newly adapted shingles. This means homes with newly installed roofs can reduce energy bills, making the cost of the roof installation well worth it.

The choice of roofing materials is very important to becoming more energy efficient, but don’t forget about proper roof ventilation. Bringing in cool air from the outside through intakes on the roof is important, as are vents to express the hot air and keep your attic cool, especially in the hotter summer months. Without proper roof ventilation, attics can reach temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it more difficult to cool your home and will significantly increase electric bills as you push your air conditioner to its maximum capacity.

4. Pass Inspections

One of the steps to selling a home is to pass a home inspection, and only after passing inspection can you complete a sale of a home. If you have a roof that looks old and in disrepair, this can trigger a home inspector to stop the closing of the home sale until the roof is fixed. It can also indicate a lack of home maintenance in general, which can lead to a home inspector digging deeper into what else might be wrong with the home. Having a newly installed roof can indicate a cared-for home that will pass inspection.

5. Increase Buyers’ Interest

Having a new roof will make buyers gravitate toward your home, which will look fresh and well-maintained. Knowing the home will likely have a lower energy bill, a longer roof warranty, and years of protection from the weather will ensure you receive lots of lucrative offers for your home, making your investment worthwhile.

For a free estimate, contact the roofing experts at Interstate Roofing today.