Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Replacement
If this is the first time you’re getting your roof replaced, we’re sure you have several questions you want to ask. Signature Exteriors answers some frequently asked questions about roofing replacement.
QUESTION: Do I Need a New Roof If I See a Leak?
The answer depends on the condition of your roof. In many cases, what looked like severe roofing damage might actually be just minor damage that could be fixed within hours. We do recommend having a capable roofing contractor like us inspect your roof if you find a leak. The longer you keep them unaddressed, the bigger the roofing problem could get.
QUESTION: Can I Choose Tile/Slate/Metal Instead of Asphalt Shingles?
If your existing roof is installed relatively recently, chances are, you can. There are two factors that can affect this change. One is the slope of the roof; certain materials like slate are ideally installed on steep-sloped roofs. The other is the weight of the new roofing material. Metal is compatible with just about any existing roof structure thanks to its relatively lighter weight, however, tile and slate are much heavier. You should have your roofing contractor check your roof if it can accommodate the added weight.
QUESTION: Can I Just Have the New Roof Installed Over the Old One?
While it is possible to install a new roof over the old one, it is not a good idea in the long run. Materials like shingles are ideally installed as flat as possible, which is something that can’t be done if the old roof is still present. There’s also the weight concern, as the roofing weight is practically doubled. Finally, if the roofing structure or insulation has hidden issues, there will be little chance to get it fixed.
QUESTION: Why Can’t I Just Install My Own Roof?
We’re sure that there are some homeowners who can install their own roofs, but there are some risks with DIY. For instance, certain roofing systems have specific installation processes that require factory training. Improper installation can result in compromised performance. There’s also the matter of warranty. Installing the roof yourself means you’re on your own if any problem arises from installation errors, whereas you get full warranty coverage on a professionally-installed roof.
To learn more about new roofing installation, call Signature Exteriors today at (866) 244-8029. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free quote. We serve Westchester, Norwalk and nearby areas in Connecticut.