Frequently Asked Questions

Below we’ve listed some of the most commonly asked questions, which we hope will help you.
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FAQs

How do I know if my roof has problems?

Other than the most obvious clue of a leaking roof after a rainstorm, most signs of damage can be seen. If shingles or other roofing materials are cracked or misshapen, there are rust spots or natural growth on the roof, or roofing material is missing, then it’s time to call in a professional.

How can a homeowner prevent roofing problems?

While not all roofing problems can be prevented, many can be through proper maintenance. It’s also essential that you hire a quality roofing contractor who will properly install your roof from the get-go. In addition, it’s important to choose the right roofing material for your climate. Finally, take the time to periodically inspect your roof. This will help you to identify small issues before they become big ones.

How long should my roof last?

Roofs can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years depending on the material. Asphalt shingles are on the shorter end of the spectrum with a lifespan of 20 years. Fiber cement shingles will last only 5 years more. Wood shake shingles have a lifespan of about 30 years, while copper and tile roofs can last for more than 50 years.

How can I determine my annual roofing cost?

Start with the total cost of your roof, including labor and materials, and divide that by the number of years that your roof is expected to last. The resulting number is your annual roofing cost.

What should I check before I accept a roof warranty?

Take the time to read all the fine print involved with any of your roofing warranties. You should check to see if warranties cover materials only or labor and materials. If you’re accepting a contractor-only warranty, it’s best to investigate the solvency of your contractor.

Why does a roof need ventilation?

Roof ventilation allows warm air to escape, which can lower cooling costs in the summer. It also helps to prevent temperature variations that can exist between floors. A properly ventilated roof will also prevent ice damming, which happens when ice thaws and re-freezes on your roof, ultimately damaging the roofing material.

How long does a shingle roof last?

This will depend on the type of shingle used. Cedar shake and architectural asphalt shingles will last for about 30 years. Fiber cement lasts about 25 years. Asphalt and composite shingles have a lifespan of 20 years. Keep in mind that a number of other factors will affect these numbers including climate conditions, regular maintenance, etc.

How difficult is it to find matching tiles for historic or obsolete tile roofs?

This process can be very time consuming due to the limited number of companies who can provide these types of tiles. Frequently, a matching tile can be found. But in some instances, it may not be possible.

How does the cost of tile roofing compare with other roofing materials?

Tile roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingle roofing, but it less expensive than metal or wood roofing.

Are tile roofs more energy efficient than other materials?

Tile roofs are considered to be an energy efficient choice. They are more energy efficient than asphalt shingles.

Can tile be used in hurricane-affected regions?
Concrete and clay tile roofing is very resistant to severe weather and high winds.

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