Roofing FAQ

How can I, as a homeowner, recognize my roof has a problem/s?

Paying attention to any discoloration in the form of streaking or darkening patches in the shingles, noticing shingles that are beginning to curl up near the gutter or even throughout the surface of the roof are all things to pay attention to that could result in further damage to your home. Damage to shingles is also very common after heavy wind or hailstorms, and you should pay attention to any changes to your roof after these events. Other obvious signs your roof may have problems is seeing missing shingles or pieces of shingles in the yard, as well as noticing the granules from the shingles in your downspouts or in the grass of the downspouts, which would indicate damage or weathering to your roof. However, the best option is to have your roof inspected every 3 to 5 years to ensure that you are not missing any signs of damage that a trained professional would be able to quickly and easily notice. 

When do I know it is time to replace my roof?

If an asphalt roof is installed properly and maintained correctly, you shouldn’t have to replace your roof until 25-30 years.

Can I replace my roof in the winter?

Technically, yes, an asphalt roof can be replaced in the winter; however, if the replacement is not an immediate need, then waiting until spring or the warmer months is better. Aside from having to work in the cold temperatures, asphalt shingles become less pliable in lower temperatures. Also, the sealant used on the shingles may not activate until the correct temperatures and conditions are reached, which means extra care is required in the installation. Extra care and work need to be implemented in the roof installation during winter, and this can potentially add to the cost of the roof installation, which is also something to consider.

Should I only replace damaged shingles or replace the entire roofing system?

Depending on the age of the roof, it can be repaired, but typically for roofs older than 15 years, it is not recommended. After a certain age, shingles are not as pliable. This can also depend on the insurance company. For example, some damage may be deemed unrepairable, but that same damage could still constitute as wind damage and be covered. 

Do I need to replace my whole roof if there is a leak in my roof?

If your roof is leaking, in many cases it is safer and can possibly be cheaper to replace the whole roof rather than try to simply fix the origin of the leak. This is due to the fact that if there is a leak, there could be further damage between the multiple layers of a roof that could promote more significant damage such as mold. Whether the entire roof should be replaced due to a leak or not would also depend on the severity of the roof’s leak, and a complete roof replacement may not be necessary. 

How long does a new roof last?

An asphalt roof can last up to 20 years with the proper maintenance, such as consistent gutter cleaning and regular roof inspections every 3 to 5 years. 

What type of roofing shingle is best for my roof and my budget?

This is completely based on the budget of the homeowner. We will work with you and your budget, considering the size of the roof and the materials. Between the wide variety of shingles, as well as financing, we will find something to accommodate your needs. 

How much does a new roof cost?

On average, a new roof can cost around 8,000, but the price can vary greatly based on the size of the roof and the type of material used. 

How long does it take to have my home’s roof replaced?

A full roof replacement typically takes 1 to 2 days.

I received three significantly different proposals from contractors. How should I decide which contractor to select?

The best thing you can do is research: check into and compare the estimates, the references for each company, whether they are an accredited business, and online reviews. You can also do your own research into the products you are being offered, as well as look into whether the company is specialized in that particular project. An estimate may be higher due to the project not being something they regularly do.

My contractor is offering a one-year warranty on my asphalt shingle roof system, is that the industry standard?

 The industry standard is typically 2 to 5 years for a workmanship warranty, and 30 to 50 years for a manufacturer warranty.

Will insurance cover my roof? Will insurance cover this?

 Whether your insurance will cover certain damages or not depends on the insurance. In the state of Indiana, most insurance companies go back to a date of loss of 2 years, which means you will have to make a claim on the damage a maximum of 2 years after the incident. We will help you find out whether your insurance will cover the damage by doing a full inspection, and we will also walk you through the claim process or assist in starting a claim.

Can you layer shingles?

Yes, you can layer shingles, but you cannot go beyond 2 layers. Generally speaking, it is not the best option to layer shingles. The layers don’t seal as well as just properly installing a single shingle layer, and layered shingles has the possibility of voiding the manufacturer warranty.

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