Is it time for a new roof for your home? You may be at a loss as to where to start. How much will it cost? How do you know your chosen roofer is doing a good job? You understandably have lots of questions. Here is an FAQ guide to the new roofing process so you can feel at ease about tackling this project. Be sure to ask your roofers these questions and more.
How do I know my roof is failing and needs replacement?
There are a few indicators that can point to the need for replacement. Age is a big one. If you have a shingled roof, for instance, that’s older then 20, 25 years, expect to start seeing some failure. You can also be on the lookout for the following problems:
- Missing or curling shingles
- Damaged flashing
- Peeling paint
- Shingle, sheathing and siding break-down
- Leaks in your attic
- Stains on walls and ceilings
- Rotting fascia and soffit
- Leaks from the chimney
How much does a new roof cost?
This is a tough one to pin down exactly because so many factors come into play, from the size of your home and its shape to the slope of your home and the type of material you want to use. Other factors include how many layers of roofing you need, type of application, your location (some materials aren’t readily available in some areas and thus must be imported at higher cost), code requirements and how many accessories you have on the home, such as chimneys, eaves, and skylights. In general, the national average for a new roof is about $6,800, with the low cost at $2,000 and the high end at $30,000, according to Home Advisor. Most homeowners spend between $4,600 and $9,000.
How long does a new roofing job take?
This will depend on many factors, such as the complexity of the job, materials used, weather and availability of the crew. But on average, it takes just one to two days to get the job done, provided the weather cooperates. Expect this time to be extended for large roofs, those that require extensive structural repairs and those that are being constructed with specialty materials. Of course, commercial roofing jobs take longer, but that will depend on the size. When your roofer comes out for an inspection and consultation, you will get a better estimate on your cost.
What do I have to do to prepare my home before the crew arrives?
The roofing process is messy, loud and inconvenient for homeowners, but most reputable roofers will do what they can to minimize your hassle by getting the job done as quickly as possible and cleaning up after themselves. On your end, protect fragile items inside the home by taking collectibles off shelves and removing picture frames from walls. Park your car in the street rather than driveway. Keep kids and pets inside, or make arrangements for them to be elsewhere during the roofing process. Close the cover on your swimming pool to prevent debris from accidentally falling in the water or staining your finishes.
Contact Ferris Roofing
The contractors at Ferris Roofing would be happy to answer your FAQS on new roofs. Just contact us toll free at 888-939-7663 or at one of our four main locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.