Frequently Asked Questions
Our answers to some of the most asked questions we get
There are always questions before a project begins. The following are some common or frequently asked questions along with a short answer to help put your mind at ease and to make your decision easier. You can call us at any time to get answers to questions that may not be covered here.
General Roofing Questions
By performing a visual inspection you can tell if a roof is worn, peeling, cracked, old, and the most common concern is leaking. If leaking is occurring but not yet easily noticeable, sometimes stains will appear on ceilings, indicating a roof leak that needs to be checked.
If your roof looks in good shape, it can probably be repaired. If your roof is past its life expectancy and is obviously on its last leg, then you probably need a completely new roof.
- Shake or wood shingle roofs typically last 15 to 25 years.
- Composition shingles from 12 to 20 years.
- Hot mop, torch down, or cold application last 7 to 12 years.
- Rock roofs generally last 12 to 15 years.
These are all rough estimates based on experience. Many shake roofs will last beyond 30 years, but some are worn out at 12 years! Foot traffic, location, exposure, etc. can all impact the life of your roof.
- Composition roof will be between $1.50 and $3.25 per square foot.
- Wood shake/shingle should be the $3.50 to $6.00 per square foot range.
- Concrete Tile (standard weight) is between $3.00 and $3.50 per square foot.
- Lightweight Concrete is between $3.50 and $4.50 per square foot.
- Stone-coated Steel generally costs $3.50 to $4.50 per square foot.
It depends on several factors and there are advantages to each. In the case of a two-story or split level home, it is always better to paint before you install your new roof. This will prevent over spray and excessive roof traffic which may damage your new roof. A one-story home can be painted before or after re-roofing. However, it is a good idea to have the trim painted first. If you have a tile roof installed, it is a good idea to have the trim painted first because the tile rake caps cover 4 to 6 inches of fascia board that will not be exposed for painting later.
Special Tips: If you chose to paint first, ask your painter to include in his bid a follow-up visit to paint newly installed fascia or shiplap that may have to be replaced during the roofing job due to dry rot or termite damage and to touch up any scratches or scuffs that may have occurred during re-roofing. Be sure that your painter carries insurance if he is using spray guns just in case of overspray.
A typical project takes from 4 to 6 working days. If you have a large home or a steep roof, your project will take a bit longer than a typical one. Exceptionally large homes and steep roofs will often exceed ten working days from start to finish.
Our crews take pride in their work and clean up during and after each roofing assignment.