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Roofing FAQs: Answers to common questions

Roofs are an integral part of the house. Most people don’t pay enough attention to their roofs, letting it fall victim to the weather and other conditions. If you would like to know more about your roof or have questions regarding roofing, you have come to the right place. This article will answer some of the questions homeowners have about roofs.


How Can I Tell I Need a New Roof?

As a homeowner, a few things you can look for are stains on the ceiling; loose granule debris, which may show the roof is aging; and splitting and curling of the shingles.

When we inspect your roof, what we’re really looking at is the condition of the shingles—watching for deterioration and looking for brittleness—because these are the key signs of failing roofs. In roofing, there can be unforeseen, hidden, and unknown damage that we only discover once we remove the roof; it’s rare, but it happens.

It’s difficult to estimate something we haven’t yet discovered, such as rotten wood or long-term leaks. However, our promise to the homeowner is that we will fully document all that we find, and we clearly list in the contract all costs associated with the required roof repairs. You will know all the potential costs before we start your roof replacement.


How long does a new roof last?

That is one of the most asked questions. A new roof installation is not an inexpensive investment, so homeowners want to get the most for their money.

How long a roof lasts will depend on the type of shingle, the brand of shingle, the quality of the shingle, and components of the roof, but it also depends on the skill of the roofers who install the structure.

On average, a roof will last for between twenty and twenty-five years. It’s rare to see one last much longer than that, but it does happen. However, poor workmanship during the installation could, in fact, reduce its life expectancy or cause premature failure of the roof system


When Does a Roof Need To Be Replaced or Repaired?

Your roof will need replacing if you have already carried out several repairs. The affected area is another determinant of whether the roof needs repair or replacement. The larger the area damaged, the better it would be to replace it. You can ask us for a roof inspection to determine the state of your roof.

If your roof’s damage is more confined, we can repair that area. However, if the damage spreads to more than 30 percent of the roof, we might suggest replacing it.


Should I Replace my Roof If It’s Not Leaking?

Your roof doesn’t need to start leaking to show it needs replacing. Other problems can cause worrying, resulting in a roof replacement. It is better to replace the roof if there is extensive damage.

For example, if the roof starts sagging or has a few shingles missing, it could be time to replace it. The shingles protect your decking and gutter from harsh weather elements, like wind and humidity. If yours are missing, your roof is exposed to more damage, eventually leading to making a replacement.


How much will it cost to replace my roof?

Every home is different as to design details, slope factor, and accessibility to the property. To get a precise estimate (and the best price), we will come to your property to assess all elements required to complete the job.

Then we’ll help you choose the best option to meet both your budget and industry standards. An average shingle roof replacement could cost somewhere between $7,000 and $30,000.

However, it will depend on the above factors, the number of roof sections, and other details such as valleys, chimneys, skylights, and more. That is why it’s best to inspect the roof first to make sure everything is covered before providing you with an estimate. There are lots of options available—from economy to premium.

Our roof experts will work with you to provide the best value and solutions possible to meet your budget and needs


Do roofing contractors need a permit, license, liability insurance to perform work on my roof?

That is a definite yes! All roofing contractors across British Columbia are required to have a municipal business license from the city hall in the regions they are performing the work.

Also, every roofing company must have an up-to-date work safe clearance letter showing the contractor has paid all premiums to maintain their certification in good standing.

Liability insurance is paramount for roofing contractors (as much as for homeowners) as it covers damages or accidents should something go wrong in the high-risk roofing business.


Hire a Professional Roofing Contractor from Aspengrove Construction Ltd.

Don’t wait until it is too late to have your roof replaced. Our roofers at Aspengrove Construction can inspect your roof to determine if it needs repairing or replacing. Contact us today if you have any questions about your roof or need roof repair or replacement services.

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