The Top Roofing Replacement Questions For New Homeowners To Ask

What do new homeowners need to know about roofing replacement? If this is your first experience with home ownership and you're not sure whether your roof requires a repair, replacement, or other professional service, take a look at the top questions to ask a roofing contractor.

Does Age Matter?

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) notes an asphalt three-tab shingle roof could last for 20 years, architectural asphalt shingles have a lifespan of up to 30 years, EPDM rubber flat roofs have an average lifetime of 15 to 25 years, slate can last for up to 150 years, and wood has a 25-year lifespan. These numbers show the wide range of ages a roof could potentially reach.

Even though there are industry-accepted averages for roofing material lifespans, the exact age of your roof may not predict when or why it requires a replacement. Along with age, the initial roofing installation, the local climate/weather, quality of the materials used, and care/upkeep will also affect the need for a replacement. A qualified roofer can help you to understand the connection between roof age, repairs, and replacement. They can also provide you with options that make sense for your roof's age, expected lifespan, and current condition.

Can You Save Money With A DIY Replacement?

No, it isn't that a DIY roofing repair or replacement will save you money. Unless you have the same skill level, knowledge, equipment, and experience as a licensed roofing contractor, leave this job to the professionals. Not only does roofing replacement take a high degree of knowledge, but it can also pose a serious home and health hazard if done incorrectly. Avoid unnecessary home damage or medical expenses and start with a pro.

Can You Choose a Roofing Repair Instead Of A Replacement?

The answer to this question depends on the current condition of the roof, the condition of the materials under the roof, the type of roof on your home, previous repair attempts, and the roofer's recommendations. If the roof on your new home is older and has had several repairs already, a replacement may make sense. But if the roof is newer, in otherwise excellent condition, or it's the first issue, a roofing repair may solve the problem.

Do You Need To Install the Same Type of Roof?

There isn't one type of residential roof. Instead, you can choose from several different materials—such as asphalt shingles, wood shakes, clay tiles, slate tiles, metal, or a rubberized flat roofing system. You can choose a different material than the current roof for your next roofing installation project. But the material you select will depend on the type of roof (such as flat roof versus sloped roof), your budget, the local weather, and the exterior's aesthetics.

For more information, contact a roofing replacement company near you.