Eventually, every roof has to be replaced. It’s a major job and can be a source of disruption. It costs money that we would all rather spend elsewhere, but you have to have a reliable roof. Here at Bert Roofing, we’ve been replacing roofs for decades, and in that time, we’ve been asked plenty of questions about how it all works and what people should expect.
We want to cover the most common questions here to clear up some of the mystery surrounding roof replacements.
When Do You Need a New Roof?
There are a few key signs that a roof needs more than a little patchwork. The first is leaking water. If a roof is leaking, there are significant problems, and replacement is the best choice. Similarly, if shingles are curling or thinning, they are at the end of their lifespan.
Broken tiles on a tile roof or overtly damaged sections on any type of roof show that you need a replacement.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of a new roof will vary heavily depending on the size and design of the roof. The type of roofing also greatly influences the total cost. Generally, a roof replacement will run somewhere in the range of thousands of dollars. Forbes did a nationwide survey that said the average cost is around $8,000. For any given roof, the cost can be several thousand dollars more or less than that
What matters most is that we will assess your roof and give you a quote before you have to commit to anything. You can make an informed decision about roof replacement based on costs that are tailored to your roof.
Will Insurance Pay for It?
We cannot make commitments on behalf of insurance companies. What they pay for depends on the individual policy that you have. That said, in the majority of cases, insurance companies pay for at least part of the cost of a roof replacement.
We have experts who can help you with the insurance claims process to aid you in getting as much help as possible from your insurance provider.
How Long Does It Take?
The duration of a roof replacement will depend on the specifics of the job at hand. Obviously, larger roofs take longer. Also, some roofing designs are significantly more complicated than others. On top of that, each roofing material will take more or less time compared to others.
Most roofing jobs can be done within a week. There are plenty that can be done in one to two days, but when we give you a quote on the roof replacement, we will include a time estimate. That way, you will know what to expect, and we can try to work with you to get the job done quickly and minimize disruption.
What Do I Need to Do?
A roof replacement is a big job, and we will need your help in a few ways. First, ensure that you can keep children and pets inside while work is active. We are as safe as possible, but the job requires pulling old material off of the roof and getting it to the ground. Everyone is safer if kids and pets stay inside while we are actively working.
We also need a clear space to work. Clearing the driveway is the easiest way to give us room for trucks, equipment, and waste management. We’ll have to process a large amount of waste and new materials to replace your roof. Any space you can clear for our work will help enormously.
Do I Have to Get the Same Roof?
The answer to this question will depend on the design of the building. Most of the time, you will have a choice of roofing materials. You can upgrade from shingles to something that lasts a lot longer. If you’re interested in an upgrade, let us know. We’ll survey your roof and show you which options are viable.
How Long Does the New Roof Last?
That largely depends on the design of the roof and the materials you select for your new roof. At the low end, roofs are usually warrantied for 10 to 20 years. At the high end, warranties can get up to 50 years.
That answers the most common questions we hear, but if you have more questions, we’ll be happy to talk to you. Contact Bert Roofing and speak with one of our experts. We’ll answer your questions and provide you with professional insight regarding what you need to know about your roof replacement.