Sometimes, repairing a roof over and over simply isn’t enough. Over time, it gets more costly and less effective. At some point you will need to replace your roof. Much like taxes, it’s something most homeowners have to contend with at some point in time.
Roofs don’t last forever and there is only so much patching and plugging you can do.
Roof replacement is an expensive, time consuming process so it’s understandable that you want to be absolutely sure that replacing it is your best option.
Here are some common questions asked by homeowners who are considering roof replacement:
How do I really know that it’s time to replace my roof?
It’s tough to tell if it’s time to replace your roof without a full inspection, generally though older roofs that are nearing or past their expected lifespan should be considered for replacement. Especially if the roof has become problematic.
Signs it might be time to replace your roof include (but are not limited to):
- Chimney Leaks
- Rotten Soffit or Fascia
- Stains on interior walls or ceilings
- Attic Leaks
- Missing, Cracked, Decaying or Curled Shingles
Excess roofing granules in the gutters or washing out of downspouts is also an indicator that the roof may be close to the end of it’s life.
All of these warrant further inspection by a qualified roof contractor. Only then can you be sure if it’s time to replace your roof.
How much does a roof replacement cost?
While we obviously can’t tell you how much it will cost without knowing what you want, how big the job is or what your budget is, we can tell you what the costs are based on.
When inspecting a roof for replacement, roof contractors take the following into account:
- Size of the roof
- Shape of the roof
- Slope of the roof
- Roof Materials
Combined with regular business costs (labor, overhead, etc), roof contractors come up with a number that should cover everything.
Finding out the true cost of your roof replacement requires a full roof inspection and discussion with a roof contractor.
Can I install the new roof over the old one or should I tear the old one off and start fresh?
In the State of Georgia where we operate, no. Georgia adopted the International Residential Building Code in January of 2012. The code states that you are not allowed to install a second layer of shingles when the building is located in an area subject to moderate or severe hail exposure, which all of Metro Atlanta is.
How long will it take to finish my roof?
On average, re-roofing a home, including tearing off the old roof, shouldn’t take more than a day or two, of course this depends on this size of your roof, availability of special order materials and the weather.
Commercial roofs don’t really have an average time, but we will provide an estimated time of completion after inspection.
Roof replacement questions aren’t easy to answer over the internet or the phone. Everyone’s home or business is different. To get an accurate estimate for your next roof replacement in Metro Atlanta, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 today.