No roof is designed to last forever. And while the most durable roofing materials can remain functional and protective for many decades, even they need to be replaced eventually. If you know your home or commercial building is nearly due for a roof replacement, chances are you have some questions about the process and what to expect.
At Alpine Roofing Construction, we know a new roof is a major expense, but we also know it’s an investment into the overall value of your home or building. We want you to be as well informed as possible as you prepare to invest in a roof replacement, so below, we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions about new roofs to help you out.
How Can I Tell Whether I Need a New Roof?
The best way to determine whether your home or building is due for a new roof is to consult with a Dallas roofing contractor who can perform an inspection to assess the condition of your existing roof. The contractor will look for signs of roof damage and deterioration and will let you know whether repairs or a complete roof replacement is in order.
Aside from consulting with a professional roofer, you can usually tell when your roof is due for replacement just by taking a quick look at the surface of it and its underside (in your attic). If you observe any of the following issues, it’s likely time to start planning for a replacement:
- Damaged, missing, blistering, or curling shingles
- Damaged or missing tiles or slate
- Corrosion on metal paneling
- Sagging in isolated areas (which is often indicative of roof rot)
- Widespread damage or deterioration of flashings and other roofing components
- Evidence of water intrusion or damage in the attic (staining, black marks, mold, etc.)
If your roof warranty is about to expire or has already ended (or if you know your roof has exceeded its recommended lifespan), that’s another sign you’re probably due for a new roof.
What Does a New Roof Cost?
The cost of a roof replacement depends on several factors, including:
- The size, design, and slope of the roof
- The roofing material you select
- The length of time required to install the roof
- The level of expertise required to install the roof
- Whether the existing roof is severely damaged and the decking must be torn off and replaced
Without knowing these details, it’s difficult to give an approximation of cost, but you should expect to pay several thousand dollars for a new roof. To get an accurate estimate, you’ll need to request a quote from one or more local roofing contractors.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Roof Replacements?
That depends on your insurer, the policy you carry, and the reason behind your need for a new roof.
Most insurance companies cover roof replacements that become necessary due to roof damage caused by inclement weather or sudden, accidental events. However, insurers typically provide little to no coverage for roofs that are more than 20 years old.
If you need a new roof because your existing roof has experienced normal wear and tear or deterioration, your insurance policy probably won’t provide coverage. The same idea applies if you’ve neglected your roof.
How Do I Find the Best Local Roofing Contractor?
Do your research! Look for Dallas roofing companies that have well-designed and well-maintained websites that provide plenty of background information on their services and experience. While you’re checking out various roofing contractors, be sure to look for:
- Customer reviews
- A gallery of previous projects
- Whether the company specialized in the type of roofing you want
- Accreditation and rating with the Better Business Bureau
- Other trust signals, such as affiliation with reputable roofing manufacturers, membership in local organizations, local awards or accolades, etc.
You’ll also want to get estimates from at least three roofing companies to compare pricing and contract details. Don’t select your roofer based on price alone because those that charge the least typically perform the lowest-quality work.
How Long Does a Roof Replacement Take?
The length of time required to replace a roof depends on the specifics of the home or building in question. Certain roofing materials take longer to install because they require a high level of expertise and precision. Certain roof designs are more difficult to work on, which can also lengthen the time frame for completion.
When you get roof replacement estimates, each roofing contractor should give you an estimated time frame for project completion.
Can I Have a New Roof Installed on Top of My Existing Roof?
In certain instances, it’s possible to install a new roof over top of an existing roof without tearing off the existing materials. That said, whether or not you can do that depends on the following factors:
- The condition of your existing roof
- Whether you already have an overlay
- The type of roofing material you currently have
- The type of roofing you’d like to install
- Whether the roofing company you select performs overlays
It’s important to note that if you do opt for an overlay, it can conceal roofing issues that you should know about. Should the materials beneath the overlay develop problems, you may not be able to detect them readily. And if you can’t detect roofing problems that need prompt, professional attention, those problems will inevitably grow worse.
Sure, installing a new roof over an existing one can save you some money in the short term, but in the long run, an overlay may end up being more of a headache than it’s worth.
What Should I Do to Keep My New Roof in Great Condition Long Term?
Ask your roofer! When you get a new roof installed, consult with your roofing contractor concerning the material’s routine maintenance needs. Generally speaking, you’ll want to clean and maintain your roof annually and tend to any necessary roof repairs as promptly as possible.
If your particular roofing material needs special attention, your roofer will let you know, and it’s in your best interest to heed their maintenance and care recommendations.
Looking for a Reputable Roofing Contractor in Dallas?
Does your home or commercial building need a new roof? Contact our team at Alpine Roofing Construction for a quote! We’ve proudly served the Dallas–Fort Worth metro since 1999 and specialize in a wide variety of residential and commercial roofing types. We’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau and hold an A+ rating and have received multiple awards for our excellent customer service.
If you’re ready to discuss your roofing project, give us a call today at 214-247-1698 (Dallas) or 817-409-8975 (Fort Worth). You can also request an estimate online, and we’ll be in touch with additional information.