by: Content sponsored by Johnson Roofing Co
Posted: Jun 17, 2020 / 4:49 pm CDT
Updated: June 17, 2020 / 4:49 p.m. CDT
Neosho, MO – Your roof will protect your home from the heat of the sun and the onslaught of rain, snow and sleet. But as every homeowner finds out sooner or later, roofs don’t last forever. To help you better understand your roof and what repairing or replacing it can mean, we’ve compiled answers to frequently asked questions that our experts at Johnson Roofing Company receive from local homeowners.
How can a homeowner tell when a roof has a problem? Too often, roof problems are discovered after a leak or other serious damage has occurred. Regular (twice a year) inspections by experienced roofers in the Four State Area can often reveal cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated lightning bolts, excessive surface grains in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roofing problems. Inside, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof surfaces.
What options do I have if I opt for a roof?
You have two basic options. You can choose to do a full roof system replacement, demolishing the old roof, or re-covering the existing roof by just installing a new membrane and surface. If you’ve already had a restoration over your original roof, check with Johnson Roofing Co to see if your deck can support a second restoration.
My roof is leaking. Do I have to have it completely replaced?
Not necessarily. Leaks can occur because some indicators have come loose or because part of the roof has been damaged. However, roof failure is generally irreversible and results from improper installation or material selection, or from the installation of a roof system that is unsuitable for the building.
Can’t I just do the work myself?
Most of the work should not be done by yourself. Professional roofers are trained to repair or replace a roof safely and efficiently. Beginners can damage a roof with improper roofing techniques and seriously injure themselves by falling off or even by a roof that needs repair or replacement. Homeowner maintenance should be limited to roof inspections in both fall and spring to check for cracked or curled shingles and to clean gutters that are filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you need to see the roof for yourself, use a tightly braced or tied ladder with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof) whenever possible.
How long can I expect my roof to last?
The condition and lifespan of your roof will depend on the type of roof you have, the impact of your local environment, and the maintenance of the roof. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, asphalt shingles typically last 15 to 20 years. Wood shingle / shakes, 10-40 years; Clay / concrete tiles, 20+ years; Slate, 30-100 years; Metal roof, 15-40+ years. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties for their products. Take a close look at these warranties to determine what your responsibilities and financial obligations are if your products fail to reach their expected lifespan.
What does a new roof cost?
The price of a new roof varies widely depending on the material selected, the contractor, the house itself, the area of the land, local labor costs, the time of year and much more. To get a good idea of the cost of your roof, get two out of three estimates from renowned roofing experts in the four states or one of the surrounding cities. Remember that cost is only one factor and needs to be weighed against the quality of the materials and workmanship. There are different qualities for every roofing material – and corresponding prices. There are also a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full range of products and make a selection based on your budget and needs. There are different levels of competence and craftsmanship within the roofing profession. Johnson Roofing Co is committed to quality work.
Did you know Johnson Roofing Co offers FREE roof inspections?
Your roof is one of the most important and perhaps most overlooked components of your building. As they say, “out of sight, out of mind,” and this is often the case when it comes to roof maintenance. This often leads to building owners overlooking the importance of having their roof checked regularly. In fact, the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends a professional inspection for longevity of your roof at least annually!
For more information or a free roof inspection, visit www.johnsonroofingfourstates.com.