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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.

 

What Is the Best Roofing Material for Your House?

A roof is one of the most important features of any home. While you may be able to make compromises on other home features, you certainly can’t compromise when it comes to your roof. That’s because shoddy roofing material can lead to cracks, leaks, and other issues. So save yourself the headache down the road by choosing the best roofing material for your home today.

Interstate Roofing specializes in residential roofing installation, maintenance, and repair services. We know the trademarks of quality roofing material. So if you’re looking for the best roofing for your house, we can help you find it. Here are our top picks for residential roofing material.

Composition Shingles

There’s a reason composition shingles are one of the most commonly used types of residential roofing material in the US. For starters, they’re among the most widely available, making them a popular and affordable option.
In addition to being budget-friendly, composition shingles have many other benefits that make them a favorite among homeowners. For example, composition shingles are incredibly durable, which means you’ll often get a good return on your investment.

In fact, in some instances, composition shingles can have a life expectancy of 50 years or more. Because they’re so long-lasting, composition shingles can add to your home’s resale value as well.

One of the reasons composition shingles are so durable is that they’re waterproof, oftentimes fireproof, and weather resistant. They can frequently withstand the weight of snow, as well as hold up during mild to moderate hailstorms.

Composition shingles are also extremely low-maintenance and easy to repair. It’s quite simple to replace individual shingles that become loose or damaged. This means you can avoid the costly expense of a roof replacement if an issue arises. They also require minimal upkeep to maintain their shape and color, another reason they’re loved by so many homeowners.

Speaking of shape and color, another advantage of composition shingles is that they come in a variety of colors and styles. From three-tab shingles to classic timberline shingles, there are a number of options to satisfy even the most discerning homeowner.

One of the few downsides of composition shingles is that they can sometimes come loose in high winds or in climates with abrupt temperature fluctuations. However, these typically aren’t issues in the Pacific Northwest, making our region an ideal climate for installing composition shingles.

Affordability, durability, and versatility make composition shingles one of the best roofing materials you can choose.

Single-Ply

Another roofing material we highly recommend is single ply. Single-ply roofing offers many of the same great benefits as composition shingles, such as low cost and minimal maintenance. However, this budget-friendly option will save you money in more ways than one.

Single-ply roofing systems provide long-lasting performance because of their resistance to ultraviolet radiation. However, this benefit has an added advantage. Because of its reflective qualities, single-ply roofing systems also absorb less sunlight than other roofing systems.

This means they can keep your home cooler, thereby reducing your energy costs. Because of their high efficiency and eco-friendliness, installing a single-ply roofing system often translates to increased utility savings.

Single-ply roofing systems are also lightweight, making them an ideal choice for many roof designs. They are an especially good option for flat or low-pitched roofs. The lightweight material also makes installation quick and easy.

As with composition shingles, single-ply roofing systems have the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Making Your Decision

There are many types of roofing materials to choose from, and there are many factors you should consider when making your selection. Some things to keep in mind are your budget, the architectural design of your home, and the climate in which you live.

If you need a roof replacement and aren’t entirely certain which roofing material will work well, call your roofing contractor. A professional will have the experience and knowledge necessary to know what kind of roof will suit you and your home best.

Beyond the Best Roofing Material

One thing to keep in mind is that, regardless of what type of roofing material you ultimately choose, it’s incredibly important to maintain your roof. A well-maintained roof will not only help you avoid costly repairs, but it’s more likely to last longer as well.

Generally speaking, you should have your roof inspected twice a year—once after the warm weather season and again after the cold weather season. This way, you can ensure there’s no damage following any heavy snowstorms or other types of inclement weather. It’s also a good idea to have your roof inspected after a major weather event or if you notice any issues arise, such as loose shingles or signs of sagging.

Interstate Roofing is a one-stop shop for all your roofing needs, from installation to maintenance to cleaning. We guarantee our quality of work by offering workmanship warranties ranging from 5 to 15 years. We also offer lifetime material coverage and transferable warranties if you ever decide to sell your home. To get a sense of the type of work we can deliver, check out our gallery. You can also request a free estimate for your upcoming project.

When things go wrong, the world can sometimes feel like it’s caving in on you. That’s why Interstate Roofing takes great pride in helping people feel secure in their own homes. We want you to use a trusted roofing material that will withstand the test of time and the unpredictability of Mother Nature. So let Interstate Roofing help you find the best roofing material for your needs. With the right roof for your home, you’ll be able to weather any storm.