Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to our home’s roof, most of us simply know that it provides protection and is an important part of our home’s structure. The actual roofing process is a mystery. There are many important factors to consider when replacing your roof. The experts at Freeman Roofing answer the most frequently asked roofing questions in simple, easy terms that anyone can understand.

How Can You Tell if Your Roof Needs Replacing?

There are many telltale signs that your roof needs replacing. Some of the most obvious signs are shingles that are curling, cracked or missing. Damaged flashing and shingle granules in gutters or on the ground are additional causes for concern. From inside the house, check for discolored, stained spots on the ceiling that could indicate leaks.

Can You Roof Over Existing Shingles?

Yes, this is possible. Is it recommended? The answer generally is no. Failing to remove an existing roof prevents you from knowing the condition beneath the shingles. Mildew, rot and other underlying damage could stay hidden and cause further issues.

Do I Need a New Roof if Mine is Leaking?

This depends on the size and severity of the leak. A professional can inspect the attic to determine the location of the water intrusion/damage. Additionally, the age of the roof is an important factor. A newer roof that has a small leak due to a loose shingle or recent storm may just need minor repair rather than replacement.

What is the Best Type of Roof?

The style and location of your home are a couple of the factors that play into this decision. Asphalt shingles are the most common for our area however, metal roofs are gaining popularity due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. Price is another consideration when choosing the type of roof that you would like for your home. An experienced roofing contractor can help you navigate the choices of what roof type is best for you.

How Important is Roof Slope?

Roof slope plays a key role in determining what type of roofing system can be installed. Code requirements for the city/county of installation will also need to be verified. If the slope is very steep, this could affect how materials are delivered.

How Long Does it Take to Replace a Roof?

Once materials have been selected and delivered the actual roofing process can be completed in 1-2 days, however, prior to work starting a notice of commencement must be notarized and recorded with the city/county clerk.

How Can I Protect My Storm Damaged Roof While Waiting on Repairs?

The most important step to protect your roof while awaiting repairs is to keep additional water and debris from seeping in. If you are able to safely do so, securing a waterproof tarp will help prevent additional damage. It is important to call a professional as soon as possible.

How Long do Roofs Last?

The lifespan of a roof varies. Typical 3-tab shingles may last from 12-20 years depending on weather and climate while architectural shingles may last up to 25 years. Metal roofs, when installed correctly can last 30-50 years as can composite roofs.

What is the Cost of a New Roof?

There is not a black and white answer to roof cost as there are many factors that determine the amount. House size, slope and roof materials greatly affect the final price. The typical residential roof ranges from $5000 to $15000. Commercial projects vary greatly but as with residential jobs, free estimates are available.

Warranty Information for New Roofs/Reroofs?

At Freeman roofing, we provide a 15-year warranty on workmanship for reroofing. Certain manufacturers, such as Atlas, may offer a lifetime warranty. Warranties on commercial properties will depend on the owner and the architect’s plans and specs for the building.

Knowing what questions to ask when considering a new roof for your home or business may seem confusing but it does not have to be. The professional team at Freeman Roofing can answer all of your questions and help you navigate the process in its entirety. We stand by our company motto of providing a quality roof at a fair price. Call the experts at Freeman Roofing to discuss your commercial and residential roofing needs.