Below are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning exterior home repairs.

How much does a new roof usually cost?

On average, a homeowner can expect a new roof to cost $6,000 – $7,000. A home that is 1,500 square feet or smaller is usually around $4,000 – $5,000.

How long does it usually take to install a new roof?

Most roofs can be torn off and installed in one day. It can take an extra day if your roof is very large or steep.

Is it less expensive if I install new shingles over my existing ones?

At most, you may be able to save $100- $200. However, this installation does not allow us to inspect the wood underneath the pre-existing shingles to determine if they are bad or rotting. Also, we can only offer the 50-year factory warranty if we adhere to the strict guidelines during the roof installation process. This type of installation doesn’t allow our clients to feel assured that they won’t need to worry about their roofs again.

How do I know if I should replace my roof?

If your roof is older than 15 years you should get it replaced. If your roof is newer than 15 years old, but you suspect damage you can visually inspect it from the ground. Look for dark streaking on your roof, or shingles that look shiny when the sun hits them. If your roof seems to give off a reflective sheen in the sunlight this can indicate granule loss. You can always call us for a free inspection.

How do I know if I have storm damage?

We recommend having your roof inspected after there has been a strong storm in your area. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify storm damage without a proper inspection. If it seems like several houses in your neighborhood are getting new roofs, it could be a good indicator that your roof was also damaged. If your home was damaged during a storm your insurance may cover the repair.

If I have a leak, should I expect a big bill?

Some leaks are less expensive to fix. If there is a simple solution you could be looking at a repair for under $200. We recommend getting estimates from several different contractors. A good contractor will admit that they are busy, but some contractors will charge you more because they are busy.

How do I know if I can trust my contractor?

There are several things you can look for while selecting a contractor. First, you can check with the Better Business Bureau for listings. Once you have selected a contractor, you can ask them about recent jobs they have completed or even ask if they have references.

Here are a few things to look for. Most good contractors will not ask for any money down, this gives the homeowner complete control over the project.  A good contractor will complete the project in a timely fashion. Contractors should provide a copy of their insurance before working on your home.

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