Here are your top roofing questions and answers:
How do I know if I need a new roof?
Each roofing material has a different lifespan. Mesa asphalt shingle roofs typically last anywhere from 12-25 years. Signs that your shingle roof has reached the end of its life include buckling and curling of the shingles, bald spots due to extensive loss of the granulation, as well as missing cracks, visible damage, and leaks.
Mesa tile roofs last longer (up to 70 years if maintained properly), but even though- you may need a new roof (or at least new underlayment) if you are noticing discoloration of inside walls, and obvious leaks. Usually, it is only the underlayment that needs to be replaced to whip your tile roof back into shape. It is hard to say without inspecting it, whether you need a new roof or not. It is always a good idea to contact your local Mesa roofing contractor to assess potential damage and roof issues.
Does my old roof need to be removed, before the new one gets installed?
It is easy to see that this may seem like a good idea. It would be so much faster and easier and cheaper too, if you could just leave your old roof up and place the new one on top of it. But if you roof is not in tip top shape, and it probably isn’t as you are looking to get a new roof, leaving the roof, would only invite trouble.
Your old roof absolutely has to be removed if it is in very bad shape, mossy, moldy or shows signs of decay and sagging. Lighter roofing materials cannot be placed on top of heavier ones. Just like a tablecloth won’t hit a rock that is hiding underneath, lighter roofing materials won’t be able to disguise any underlying issues. It is estimated that your new roof’s lifespan is cut by as much as 20% if you double install a roof. That is a serious factor to consider.
How much will a new roof cost me?
That is one of the most popular questions, but also one of the most difficult to answer. The cost of your new roof depends on a myriad of components such as the new roofing material chosen, the time it takes to install the roof, the equipment needed and so on. While we understand that going as cheap as possible is very intriguing, it is also true that you get what you pay for. Don’t choose a roofing contractor based on his or her quote alone. You will be much happier if you pay a bit extra for quality materials and top workmanship than saving some dollars and dealing with a ton of roofing trouble down the road.
Here at Express Roofing, we work hard to do the best job with quality materials, while also offering the most affordable rates possible.
Do I have to replace gutter and downspouts too?
No, if they are in good shape, you probably will not have to have gutters and downspouts replaced. Your AZ roofing contractor can tell you whether or not they are still in good and working order, however, you may want to upgrade them while you are getting a new roof to enhance the overall appearance of your roof and home.
Do I have to get a permit to get my roof replaced?
Usually yes, you need a permit, but if you want to make sure, check with your city government. However, any experienced and established roofing contractor can answer this question as well. Building permits are generally required if the project exceeds a certain amount of dollars and a certain size and roofs usually fall into that category.
How do I know what roofing materials are right for my roof?
It really depends. Shingles are suitable for almost all Gilbert roofing structures. They are easy to install, look great, can imitate many different looks and don’t really add any additional weight to your roof. If you are looking to switch from asphalt shingles to tiles, you may have to have a structural engineer to come and assess your roofing structure, because titles weight a lot more than shingles would.
Foam roofing is a great option for many commercial or flat sloped roofs, but you also need to hire a contractor who has experience with the installation.
How do I know I have the right Gilbert roofing contractor for the job?
Ask your friends, family, and neighbors for recommendation. Gilbert roofers know that a lot of their work comes from referrals and who better to get a referral from than from people you trust. You can also check online consumer rating sites such as Yelp, Google+ and BBB for positive reviews and experiences.
Hiring a roofing contractor that has been around for years is always a good strategy too as it gives you recourse. Ask questions about licenses, insurance, past projects etc. Any honest Chandler roofing company will gladly provide you with this information.
If you are looking for a foam roof replacement, you want to ensure that the roofer of your choice does indeed have experience in the installation for foam roofs, for example.
Of course, there are tons of other questions, we are asked on a daily basis and if we have missed any of them today, please feel free to contact us.
Express Roofing LLC has been roofing in Arizona and surrounding areas for decades. We are proud of every referral we get from our clients and treat each job as if it was our only one.