Roofing systems are complicated systems, and homeowners who are unfamiliar with it are bound to have questions. In this blog, the roofing contractors at Exterior Pros answer frequently asked questions about roofing.
How Many Years Does My Roof Have Left?
There are many variables that come into play when estimating the remaining years a roof has. An asphalt shingle roof is expected to last about 20 to 30 years, while a metal roof usually lasts for about 50. Factors such as the local climate and whether or not the homeowner adheres to the prescribed maintenance routine. Signs of aging, such as curling and missing shingles, can give you an idea when you will need a new roof.
How Much Does a New Roof Cost?
No two roofing projects are alike, therefore the prices vary wildly with a different set of variables: the chosen roofing material, roofing accessories, and if repairs will be needed. You can ask your roofing contractor to find a good roofing system that will fit your budget during a consultation.
How Soon Can Installation Start?
Here is another question that can only be answered after a consultation, as there are several factors that affect it. Generally, roofing replacement begins two to three weeks after signing the contract before installation begins, but this may vary depending on the season and availability of materials.
Am I Supposed to Pay for the Roof Upfront?
The short answer is: no. In fact, avoid contractors who ask for full payment upfront. A typical payment plan begins with a downpayment after signing the contract. Further installments will then be made after milestones such as delivery of material and a final one after completion.
What Happens to My Gutters During Installation?
Capable roofing contractors will exercise caution during roofing installation. Since gutters are typically installed on the fascia board, the roof can be stripped and replaced without touching the gutters. Gutters will also be cleaned thoroughly, along with the rest of the roof.
If you have more questions, check out this article from Porch.com where industry experts, including Exterior Pros, provide answers. For your roofing and siding replacement needs, give us a call at (262) 456-3530 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Waukesha, WI, and nearby areas.