The roof of a house is usually one of the often-ignored parts of a home. We don’t usually give it as much attention as, say, the flooring or walls. This is because we don’t really get to see its condition daily, and for most of us, as long as we’re not bothered by leaks, we don’t bother about the roof at all.
Now, if you suspect a problem with your roof but are not 100 percent sure if it’s urgent, or if you have any roof-related questions, we’re here to assist you. RainTight Roofing has been in the roofing business for several years now, and to help you out, we’ve answered the most common questions we’ve encountered in our field below.
1. How do I know if I have a serious roof system problem?
Aside from obvious roof damage such as one caused by a fallen tree, there are several signs of roof damage you need to be on the lookout for. These include:
- Curled, cracked or missing shingles
- Dark, dirty and wet shingles
- Shingle granules in the gutters
- Water stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings
- Deteriorating roof objects/openings such as the chimney, pipes, vents, etc.
- Peeling or blistering exterior paint
- Sagging roof deck
- Worn flashings and loose seams
- Leaks after a storm or regular rain
- Exterior light streaming into the attic
- A sudden surge in energy use, or higher energy bills
There may be other reasons other than a roof problem when you observe certain signs. However, to be on the safe side, get your roofing system checked or your home inspected to get to the root of the problem and get it sorted right away.
2. What alternatives are available if I want to re-roof?
You can either go for a total roof replacement or a re-cover of the current roof system you have.
When you get a complete roof replacement, your entire roofing system has to be redone. Your current system will be removed to make way for a full-blown roofing process. The cost of a roof replacement will depend on the type of shingle, style and the warranty you opt for. If you’re unsure, it’s best to discuss this with trusted local roofing professionals.
A less demanding option would be to go for a re-cover of your current roof system. A new roof system need only be installed, so it can be done quickly and will cost less than the first option. However, if the re-cover you want is not the first time your house is getting one, building code requirements may not allow it – meaning multiple re-roofs are not allowed, and you may need to prepare for a complete roof replacement. Again, enlist the help of a local roofing company, so they can check this for you.
3. How long does roof replacement or repair take?
The duration of a roofing job can take several hours to a few days, depending on the severity and extent of the problem, the size of the affected area and the scope of the job. Your roofer will have a better idea after an initial assessment of your roofing system.
4. Which type of roof should I get?
When choosing a roof, always consider the aesthetics of your home, such as its architectural style, theme and features. You also need to carefully select the material based on durability, as well as consider your budget.
5. How do I find a reliable roofing contractor?
Aside from asking for referrals, you can check online for professional roofing contractors nearby. But don’t contact just anyone. Make sure to look into their professional background, customer reviews and testimonials. Check their website for any work samples.
Once you’ve shortlisted some, ask for detailed quotes, and get permission to speak to their past clients. Ask about the quality of their work, how they communicate and if everything in the contract was delivered. You need to find someone trustworthy and reliable, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
You can also come to us at RainTight Roofing. We are your reliable roofing partners in the state of Louisiana. So, if you have any roof-related queries or emergency, please contact us.