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Frequently Asked Questions About Roofs…

How do I know if my roof needs replacing?

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) suggests that you inspect your roof 2 times per year. It is a good idea to do an inspection in the Spring and in the Fall seasons. Begin with a trip to your attic with a flashlight in tow.

  • Check to see if you can see light coming through the roof.
  • Look for signs of leakage or areas that were once wet. You will recognize these with either dark areas or streaks.
  • Next, check for sagging and bagging of the roof deck.

Now, get yourself a ladder and take a trip up onto your roof top.

  • Check your gutters to be sure that the drainage can run freely from the rooftop.
  • Check your roof for torn, lifted or missing shingles.
  • Inspect the roof for missing or damaged materials such as vents and pipes, gutters and check your chimney for wear and tear.
  • Examine the roof for mold or other signs of rot. Remember that water runs down-hill so this may not be the source of the leakage. More than likely it is up higher than where the damage appears.

By doing regular inspections on your roof, you may be able to catch an issue and have it repaired before it causes further damage.

How long should a roof last?

An average life-span of a roof is about 20 years. The length of time a roof will last will vary depending on what materials are used. Certain metal materials as well as clay and slate will last longer than your typical shingle roof.

Your roofing contractor will offer guarantees or warranties set according to the materials as well as the design of your roof. Proper roof maintenance and the quality of materials can also affect the life-span of your roof.


What can I do to get the most life out of my roof?

You can do your wallet and your roof a favor by taking care of it. It is recommended to clean your roof once a year. And, inspecting it twice a year as previously mentioned should help extend the life-span of your roof.


How Can I tell if my roof can be repaired or if I need to replace it?

Here are some signs that will tell you that the roof needs to be replaced:

  • Several curled up shingles are a sign that the damage may be too great to repair.
  • Stains on your interior ceiling tells you that the leakage to too extensive to repair.
  • Several bare shingles where the rock material is missing is a sign of age on your roof.
  • Missing, lose or cracked shingles is an indicator that the roof may need to be replaced.
  • The age of your roof is another indicator that the roof should be replaced.

If you aren’t sure what to do with your roof give us a call 303-466-0161 or email us and we will be more than happy to come and take a look at your roof for you.


What types of roofing materials are available to me?

Factors such as style, material, color and of course cost will help determine which materials are right for your roof. Check out these possibilities to see your options.

How often should I clean my gutters?

The frequency of cleaning gutters depends on your environment. If you live in an area that has a lot of grown trees it is best to clean your gutters 3 or 4 times a year to keep them free from debris so that the water draining from your roof can run freely.

If you are in a neighborhood that has newly planted trees that are not as tall, cleaning your gutters once a year should be sufficient.


How long does it take to have my roof replaced?

This answer will vary depending on the size of your house or business. Another factor is the pitch of your roof, how much flashing will need to be done around skylights, chimneys etc.

Other things to consider will be the types of materials and if the roof is single ply or built up. Quality contractors will be able to give you a timeline along with their free evaluation of your roof. Typically from a few days to a couple weeks is a general timeline.


Why does a roof need ventilation?

All homes and business’ generate a lot of moisture. Moisture is similar to heat and rises to the top. Since moisture can do a lot of damage to any building, it needs a place to escape so that it doesn’t rot your roof.

Buildings are equipped with a ventilation system which includes ceiling fans, vents and ridge vents. This ventilation system allows air flow to keep the moisture from damaging the top of the building.

How much will a new roof cost me?

This depends on the materials you use for your roof. Also, keep in mind there are many variables that will affect the final cost of your job. Things like tear off, how many layers there are, the pitch of the roof and access will all affect the final cost.

Please use the following formula to calculate each: 10 x 10 = 100 square feet = one square

Keep in mind there are many variables in calculating your roof.

A roofing system may consist of the following components:

  •  Shingles
  • Hip/Ridge cap
  • Underlayment: Felt, Synthetic, Ice and Water Shield
  • Drip edge metal
  • Flashing
  • Lead and step flashing
  • Pipe boots
  • Nails, caulking and other small items

Every roof is different. Therefore it’s best to get an estimate for your total replacement cost be a licensed/insured contractor.

You can contact us by email or call us at 303-466-0161 for a free estimate.

What type of guarantee comes with a new roof?

There are both manufacturer’s warranties as well as the warranty that a contractor offers. These will both vary. The manufacturer’s warranty will be based on the materials used and will differ depending on the durability of those materials. And, the contractor should warranty their workmanship as well.

This is also going to vary according to the materials used and the size of the job. It is best to check with the roofing contractor ahead of time so that you will know what is covered and for how long it is covered.

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Can I put a new roof over my existing roof?

The simple answer is yes, you can shingle over existing shingles.

However, it is only recommended to do this if there is only one layer on their currently.

Also, it depends on the condition of the current shingles.

If they are worn out and damaged, water could seep through the new shingles and the old shingles will not provide the protection needed to keep your house or business safe from the elements of Mother Nature.

This question can be best answered by a professional roofer.

How do I know if I have hail damage?

The signs to watch for are discoloration, pitting and dislodged asphalt granules that leave the fiberglass and asphalt exposed to the elements.

If you are concerned your roof may have suffered hail damage check your insurance policy and have an adjuster come out and evaluate your roof.

Will my home owners insurance cover the repairs or replacement of my roof?

Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover roof replacements due to acts of nature such as hail, wind, rain and fire. If you are looking to simply upgrade the materials on your roof, most likely your homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover these expenses.

It is best to check your insurance policy to best determine whether or not the insurance company will replace your roof or simply pay to have it repaired.

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