Roofing Frequently Asked
How long should a roof last'
The average roof has a lifetime of 20 years.
A number of factors can increase or decrease that expected time such as design, structural, materials, proper installation, maintenance, and of course, weather and climate.
Any roofer you work with should be able to provide you all the details for a roofing system including warranties and expected lifetime.
How can I tell when my roof has a problem'
With various kinds of damages that can affect a roof, it’s hard to know where to begin looking for roof damage. And to make it more complicated, roof damage is subtle and can be worse than it looks.
We recommend a roofing inspection once a year. A certified roofer (like we have at D&W) will know where to look and what to look for.
What are my options if I have roof damage'
Depending on the age and condition of your roof, you can do a ‘re-cover’ or you will need a roof replacement.
A re-cover of your roof is the less costly option and requires fewer resources and time. This includes only the installation of a new roof system. However some building codes do not allow multiple re-roofs, so you may need a roof replacement if you’ve done this before. Part of our process is to gather this information for the estimate.
A roof replacement exactly what it sounds like. We will tear-off of your existing roofing system and replace it. The cost depends on the type of shingle, design, and material you choose.’
What should I look for in a roofer'
First and foremost, any contractor you work with should be licensed, bonded, and insured. This covers both parties.
Second, many companies promote themselves as roofers but are really general contractors. You want to select a dedicated roofing company to do the job, just like you want a good sharp steak knife to cut into your dinner, not a pocket knife.
What will a new roof cost'
The size of your investment will depend upon the size of the home. Square footage, architecture, materials, and labor all go into getting the estimate of your project.
Always start with a free estimate and talk with a roofer (like D&W) about your specific roofing needs. Anyone who tells you a general price quote is either padding their margin or planning to surprise you with an additional invoice.
What should I do if my roof is leaking'
A leaking roof should be addressed as soon as possible. There are many causes of a leaking roof, so it’s best to have a professional come to inspect the damage and confirm if it’s a minor repair or if a full roof replacement is needed.