Know Your New Roof: 5 Common Questions Asked By Homeowners

Grand Manor - stonegate gray (2)Once you’ve decided you have had enough of your old roof and all the pain that old roofs can bring, it’s time to get down to business.

Time to call your local roof contractor(s), get a few estimates scheduled and help you decide on what’s best for your budget.

While you wait for your appointments, it doesn’t hurt to do a little homework to learn a bit more about the process and help make the coming decisions a little easier.

Very few homeowners are roofing experts so inevitably homeowners have many questions during the inspections process.  These are some of the more common ones we come across:

How long will it last and what kind of warranty does it have?

With roofing materials you get what you pay for. How long your roof will last and how good the warranty is, will be determined on the materials used and the workmanship of the roof contractor.

Putting the extra money into quality materials and a highly skilled and knowledgeable roof contractor now could save you from having to replace your roof again in 10 or 15 years.

How will it hold up during extreme weather such as hail storms and tornadoes?

Here in the South we are subject to extreme variations in weather. It could be clear and warm one day and stormy and cold the next. If there is one thing you can count on is you are going to be hit by a storm sooner or later. The question is, how well will your roof fare?

The best roof contractors understand the climate and weather patterns of the areas they serve. During your estimate, they should take into account these factors and offer solutions to ensure your roof stands firm.

Does the roof have enough slope?

Slopes help route water away from your roof averting expensive damage and other problems. It also matters how much slope your roof has to determine walk-ability and how proportional it is to the rest of your home.

Calculating slopes is best done by a professional, if your slope is in question ask your roof contractor to check before work begins.

How will the roof complement the rest of the house?

Your roof isn’t just for protection anymore. These days with the number of materials, styles, and colors you can make your roof just as beautiful as the rest of your home.

When choosing a new roof, check out the rest of your home and see how the materials and color mesh with the existing architecture and be sure you are clear on how the final product will look to be sure you get what you want.

How much does it cost?

The question on everyone’s mind when replacing or buying a new roof. It’s not going to be cheap. As with many things, roofing is very much a “you get what you pay for” type of investment. While skimping on materials and hiring someone less than professional may seem great when your saving thousands today, often these types of roofs end up costing much more over the years in maintenance, repairs, and even replacement costs.

Don’t kid yourself, even a roof with top quality materials can be undermined by shoddy workmanship. This is the reason why material warranties mandate specific installation instructions. A roof is only as good as it’s installer.  Don’t be that person, do your homework, buy quality materials and get what you pay for.




In Metro Atlanta, Atlanta Roofing Specialists will help you determine what the best material and design is for your specific project. Get the ball rolling towards that new roof you always wanted! If you need help with these questions or are ready to get your new roof now, call us today at 770-419-2222!

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