Buying a new roof for your home isn’t always as simple as it may sound. With all the different material options and styles to choose from, people that are considering investing in a new roof are often not sure where to even start. But don’t panic, you are not alone! Many people thinking about investing in a new roof, just like you, often find themselves in the same spot. That is why we are going to help answer 5 of the most frequently asked questions about investing in a new roof for your home.
1. How Do I Know When I Need a New Roof?
If you are unsure whether or not you even need a new roof, there are a few signs to look for. First off, if your roof is approaching 25-30 years old you may want to start thinking about getting a new roof just to play it safe. Roof wear and tear does often depend on the climate the house is in, but even in mild climates, 30+ year old roofs are likely getting close to the end. Regardless of your roof’s age, here are some signs to look for when wondering if you need a new roof or not.
- The shingles are curling in the form of cupping (edges turn upward) or clawing (edges stay flat & the middle starts to come up). Also, if the shingles are covered with moss/algae or are cracked or missing altogether, that is also often a bad sign.
- You’re finding granules in the gutter.
- You can see sunlight from your attic due to cracks, holes, or leaks.
- The entire roof is sagging – which is typically an indication of a structural issue.
2. What Are My Roofing Options?
When it comes to roofing options, there are many materials to choose from. The following are some of the most popular roofing options in 2020.
- Asphalt Shingles – This is the most common residential roofing material used in the US because these shingles are economical and easy to install.
- Wood Shingles and Shakes – These have been thought of as the go-to roofing choice for hundreds of years. Homeowners like the look of wood shingles/shakes and how they weather to an attractive shade of gray.
- Metal Roofing – Metal roofs are popular for their resistance to extreme weather conditions.
- Concrete and Clay Roof Tiles – These tiles are popular as they help add texture and elegance to a roof.
- Slate Tiles – Slate offers beauty and a distinctive elegant appearance with a variety of color options, such as black, green, grey, red and purple.
3. How Long Does a New Roof Last?
Roofing materials like slate, copper, and tile can often last upwards of 50 years. However, homes with wood shake roofs should expect their roof to last them about 30 years. Furthermore, fiber cement shingles can last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs often last about 20 years. Regardless of your roof material, the climate and weather conditions, such as snow, hail, and hurricanes, will play a huge role in how long your new roof lasts.
4. How Much Does a New Roof Cost?
According to sites like HomeAdvisor, the typical range of replacing your roof can cost anywhere between $5,100 and $10,000. However, roof replacements can be as low as $1,200 or as high as $30,000 – depending on the size of the home. Many roofing companies often charge somewhere between $3.50 and $5.00 per square foot.
5. Can I Roof My Own House?
We always recommend hiring a roofing professional when reroofing your home, especially if you are someone who is generally not familiar with DIY home improvement projects. One should be wary of tackling a home improvement project of this scale for the first time as there is much room for error. However, it is definitely possible for you to roof your own home. With a little bit of DIY research, elbow grease, and trial and error, anything is possible.
If you are considering replacing your roof and would like a second opinion or an inspection to ensure that you are making the best possible decision for your home, contact RT Roofing Specialists Inc. to speak to one of our friendly staff members. We’ll get you set up with an appointment, so that you can confidently move forward with your home improvement conquests!