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25 November 2015

Answers to Some of the Most Frequently-Asked Roofing Questions

Your Most Frequent Roofing Questions, Answered

construction worker fixing roofYour roof is one of those things you probably don’t think about until there’s a problem. Because of this, many homeowners often have a lot of questions when something does go wrong with their roofing. Here are answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions we get asked about roofing.

How can I tell if I need to replace my roofing?

One of the most telling signs that it’s time to replace your roof is by determining the age of the roofing. Most roofing will last anywhere from 20‒30 years without any major issues. If your roofing is older than this, it may be time to replace it. Some of the other telling signs include:

  • Curling or buckling shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Leaks
  • Sunlight coming through the roof boards

Should I take on this roofing project on my own?

Many people take on their own home improvement projects to save money and to get the job done on their own time. While this may be great for some projects, roofing is typically best left to the experts. If you don’t have the skills or experience with roofing, it’s a much safer, better bet to hire a skilled contractor.

How much does new roofing cost?

Your roofing contractor can give you an accurate estimate of what your new roofing will cost. The factors to consider include the type of roofing material, the square footage of your home, the number of stories of your home, the accessibility to the roof, labor costs, and more.

How long should this roofing project take?

Depending on the above factors, the extent of the project, and the weather in your area, your roofing project could take anywhere from a day or two to a couple of weeks.

What should I do if my roofing starts to leak?

The first thing to do upon noticing a roof leak is to move anything that could potentially be damaged by the water. Cover anything you can’t move with plastic or another protective layer. Then, place a bucket under the leak to catch the leaking water. Once you’ve minimized the damage, you’ll want to try to find the source of the leak. Depending on the severity, you may need to repair or replace your roofing. A roofing contractor can help you decide what is appropriate.

Which type of roofing is best for my home?

From asphalt, to cedar shingles, to composite, to metal and steel, there are many great options for roofing. To decide which type of roofing is best for you, you’ll want to consider the following:

  • How much does each type of roofing cost?
  • How long will each type of roofing last?
  • Which type of roofing will hold up best under extreme weather?
  • What is the slope of my roof like?
  • Which style will best complement my home?
  • Which types of roofing are allowed by local building codes?

Our Roofing Experts

Whether you’re building a new house, repairing your roofing, or replacing your roofing, we’ve got you covered. At Lampert Lumber, our experts can help you choose from some of the best brands of roofing. We also offer a great selection of roofing accessories, gutters, and more to help you keep your home protected. Learn more about the types and brands of roofing we offer below.

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