When you’re looking to book a roofing contractor, you’ll certainly have a lot of questions. You’re not alone and generally, most people have the same or similar questions for their roofer, before they book them. Below, is a collection of the most common roofing FAQs, as well as an answer.
How long should my roof last?
The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors including: material, climate and weather conditions and installation. Most roofers usually provide their customers with a 10 year warranty, meaning the work is guaranteed for 10 years, but the actual life of the roof will be anything from 20 years to 40 years, depending on how well it is maintained.
How much does a new roof cost?
Again, the answer to this question is dependent on the materials your roof is using and the size of the project. Additional items such as chimney stacks and skylights will incur an extra fee. The best course of action to determine an accurate price tag for the work, is to ask some roofing companies in the North East for a written quotation, so you can assess all of the options on the market.
How long does it take to replace a roof?
On average, a full roof replacement takes between 1 and 2 days. Of course, there are exceptions to this, such as how large the roof is, how many people are in the crew and the level of experience.
How do I know if I need a new roof?
There are several obvious signs that your roof needs replacing. The first, and possibly most obvious sign is a leak in the ceiling. However, other factors such as the age of the roof, damage to the shingles, granules in the gutter and a large amount of moss growing on the roof surface are all reasons to consider a roof replacement.
Does a leaky roof mean I need a roof replacement?
Not all leaks are severe enough to require a full roof replacement. In some instances, you would be better off opting for a repair rather than a replacement. It is all dependent on the extent of the damage and how many layers of the roof are involved. Again, age also factors into the decision to repair or replace, as it could be more sensible to replace the roof to avoid having to fork out for further repairs.
What is the best type of roof?
In the UK, the most common type of roof is a gable roof, as it is the most resilient against storm damage, which we are susceptible to in the UK. However, the amount of storms we experience in this country is dependent on where you live, so different roofing options will be more appropriate, based on location.
It is perfectly fine to ask your roofing contractor any of these questions, as many of the answers are specific to your unique roofing situation. Asking questions such as these will also help you to determine whether or not the roofer you are looking to hire is reputable and confirm that your job will be done properly.