Many of us don’t give our roofs much thought until the worst happens. But, if your roof is more than 20 years old, it’s time to start paying more attention to it. By being proactive, you can help avoid dangerous and expensive water damage by replacing your roof before it fails. To help you prepare to get a new roof, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of roof replacement FAQs with the most important things to know. 

Continue reading to get the answers you need to help you feel more prepared for your roofing project. 

What Are the Most Common Signs That I Need a New Roof?

One of the most common questions we get from homeowners is about how to identify issues with a roof. Fortunately, there are some tell-tale signs that your roof is in distress and about to fail, so long as you know what to look for around your home. 

Damage to Your Shingles

Start by giving your roof a visual inspection. If you notice cracked, missing, curling, or loose shingles, it’s a good indication that you need to replace your roof. You might also notice granules in your gutters or moss and algae growth on your shingles. These are also signs that your roof is starting to fail. 

Large Leaks

If you notice a small leak after a storm, it may just need a simple repair from a roofing contractor. However, larger or more persistent leaks usually indicate the need for a full replacement. At the first sign of a leak, call the SHS Pros team for further inspection to help you determine whether you need repairs or a full replacement.  

Interior Water Damage

In some cases, you may have a leak without even realizing it. In that case, keep your eye out for interior water damage in the form of streaks, water spots, or stains. When you have a roof issue, you might notice these signs of water damage in your attic, on your walls, or on the ceiling. If you see signs of water issues, get your roof inspected before the damage gets worse. 

Do I Need to Replace the Shingles or the Whole Roofing System?

When thinking about your roof, your first thought is likely the shingles. But, there are many more parts that make up your whole roofing system, including the following:

  • Leak barrier, which prevents water from coming into vulnerable areas
  • Starter strip shingles, which prevent your shingles from coming off your roof during windy weather
  • Synthetic roof deck protection, which provides another layer of protection against rot
  • Ventilation, which allows for airflow to prevent damage and increase energy efficiency

Whether you’ll need to replace only your shingles or parts of your whole roofing system largely depends on the state of your roof. After our team does a full inspection, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what needs to be replaced. 

What Materials Should I Use?

Once you decide to move forward with your roof replacement, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is which material to use. Asphalt shingles are the most popular option on the market because they’re cost-effective, available in a variety of colors, and durable. 

Here at SHS Pros, we proudly install asphalt shingles from two of the leading manufacturers on the market: GAF and CertainTeed. 

Both companies have extensive product lines so you can choose the perfect shingle to complement the rest of your home’s exterior. Both manufacturers also have great warranties, helping you to protect your investment. 

Roof Replacement FAQ

What Time of Year Should I Schedule My Roof Replacement?

While many homeowners opt to replace their roofs in the spring, summer, and fall, the reality is that roofing services are a year-round option. You can replace your roof at any time throughout the year, so don’t put off necessary services until you think it’s the “right” time. 

However, keep in mind that the weather can impact your project. Rain, ice, or snow may delay work on your roof, which can be inconvenient. When you hire the SHS Pros team for your project, we’ll communicate with you about any weather delays so you’ll always know what to expect. 

How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

Another common question we get from homeowners is about cost, as they try to budget for their projects. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. How much your roof replacement will cost largely depends on the following factors:

  • The size of your roof
  • The extent of the damage to your roof
  • The complexity of your roof’s design
  • The materials you choose
  • The roofing contractor you hire for the job

Our team would be happy to give you a more accurate estimate once we come out to evaluate the state of your roof. 

Will Insurance Cover the Cost of My Roof Replacement?

Some homeowners insurance policies will cover the costs of roof damage, but not all policies will cover the whole replacement. We recommend working with your specific insurance company to determine how much they’ll cover for your replacement project. 

Is a New Roof a Good Investment?

Speaking of costs, many of our customers wonder if replacing their roof is a good investment. The short answer is yes! Here in North Carolina, a roof replacement using asphalt shingles offers an average 58% return on investment, which is excellent. 

Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the near future or you intend to stay in your house for the long term, replacing your roof is a good way to boost your home’s value. 

What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for My Roof Replacement?

When you hire the SHS Pros team for your roof replacement, we’ll go above and beyond to minimize distractions to your life and take care of all the heavy lifting for you, cleaning up after ourselves when we’re done working. 

That being said, there are a few small things you can do to make your replacement a bit easier. We recommend removing loose items from your walls so they don’t fall or get damaged during the replacement process. It’s also a good idea to clear your driveway and remove anything that might make it difficult for our team to access your roof. 

How Long Will My Project Take to Complete?

The timeline for your project may vary based on a number of factors, such as the time it takes to order your roofing materials (if needed), or the complexity of your roof. However, in many cases, we can complete your roof replacement in as little as one or two days. 

When you hire our team for your project, we’ll be able to give you a more accurate estimate of how long your project will take to complete. 

How Long Will My New Roof Last?

We understand that replacing your roof is an investment and one that you want to last. One of the reasons that we proudly install GAF and CertainTeed shingles is that they’re made with durability in mind and built to last. 

However, even the best materials will start to degrade eventually. As a good rule of thumb, you can expect your new roof to last around 20 years. So, depending on how long you plan to stay in your home, this might be the only time you have to replace a roof in your lifetime!

How Do I Choose the Right Roofing Contractor?

Perhaps the most important decision you’ll make when planning your roofing project is who to hire for the job. When searching for the right company, keep the following tips in mind. 

Read Customer Reviews

Start by reading through reviews from past customers to get a better idea of what it might be like to work with a particular roof replacement or repair contractor. 

Ask About Licensing and Insurance

Before hiring a roofing for your company roof replacement, ask for proof of licensing and insurance. The right licensing gives you peace of mind that a company is trained and certified to install your new roof safely. They should also have liability insurance, which protects you, as the homeowner, should an accident occur on your property. 

Ask for a Written Estimate

We’ve heard too many horror stories about homeowners getting a verbal estimate for a project, only to receive a much higher bill after the completion of their roof replacement. You can help avoid this by asking for a written estimate upfront. 

Here at SHS Pros, we operate with honesty and transparency and will always communicate with you if something changes that could affect the cost of your project. 

Use These Roof Replacement FAQs to Prepare for Your Project

After reading through the list of our roof replacement FAQs, we hope you feel more prepared about what to expect when planning your project. We also hope you’ll agree that the SHS Pros team is the best choice for your project. 

As the Charlotte area’s leading roof replacement contractor, we’ve helped hundreds of homeowners like you over the years and would be honored to work on your home next. To schedule a roof inspection with our team, contact us today.