A home’s roof is one of its most important structural features, but it can be hard to tell when a partial or full replacement is needed. Keeping your roof properly secured can help you ward off all kinds of natural hazards, from water damage to mold growth, so it’s essential to act quickly when issues arise and take steps to maintain its long-term stability. Since most homeowners have a busy schedule that may prevent them from researching into the basics of roof repair, we’ve put together this useful FAQ page to save you some time.
These are only a few of the common questions we receive, so be sure to reach out to the roofing experts at Adam Quenneville of Greater Boston with any additional inquiries. Our team of licensed contractors can help you assess your specific needs and create a comprehensive action plan that will fit into your home improvement budget.
How can I determine if my roof needs to be replaced?
First, it’s important to note that your home’s location plays a significant role in the longevity of your roof. Homes located in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Region often contend with harsh weather conditions and prolonged bouts of direct sunlight, which can be tough on your shingles.
On average, a new roof typically lasts between 15 and 30 years before needing a full replacement, though this can vary based on environmental factors and the amount of proactive maintenance you perform. Some of the warning signs you should look out for include:
- Curling, cracked or decayed shingles
- Rusted or missing flashing
- Sagging or pools of standing water
- Signs of leaks in your attic
- Fractured or discolored interior drywall
- Wind or water damage
- Missing shingles or loss of granulation
- Algae or moss buildup
The type of shingles used in your roof is another important consideration, as some materials are much sturdier than others. Older residential homes usually have wooden or asphalt shingles that were fabricated decades ago, so it’s unlikely they will fall under any existing warranty. At Adam Quenneville of Greater Boston, we use top-grade GAF shingles that are backed by a lifetime warranties to ensure our customers’ home are protected in the long term.
If you’re concerned about your roof’s condition, we recommend calling in a licensed contractor for a thorough inspection. This can help you locate minor vulnerabilities before they become major problems for your home’s interior.
If I notice issues with my roof, how can I tell if it needs minor repairs or a full replacement?
This largely depends on the extent of the damage to your roof’s substructure and external features. A few missing shingles can be easily replaced, but if the vast majority are worn, rotting or cracked, you may need to invest in a new roof. Additionally, if a majority of your shingles are curling or cracked, it’s usually a sign that your roof may need to be re-shingled.
How much does a new roof cost?
The cost of a new roof often varies between households and depends on the type of roofing shingle you select. There are a variety of brands, grades and materials to choose from, each with its own advantages and limitations. Top-rated shingles may come with higher upfront costs, but they usually last much longer and can save you money on maintenance down the line. The size, shape and slope of your roof are also important factors to consider, as steep residential roofs on large homes tend to be more expensive to replace.
While price is a key factor in buying a new roof, it’s also important to select a reputable roofing contractor with a long history of quality craftsmanship. Hiring the cheapest roofing company in your area can end up costing you more in repairs and damages than you spent on the replacement itself. A subpar installation can leave your home open to a wide range of risks, from water damage and flooding to more serious structural issues.
The best way to weigh your options is to ask contractors about their prior experience and get a roofing estimate before committing to a replacement.
What type of roofing shingle is best for my home and my budget?
Selecting the right roofing material can be challenging, as every homeowner has different aesthetic preferences and budgetary limitations. At Adam Quenneville of Greater Boston, we often recommend GAF asphalt shingles due to their superior quality, visually appealing design and affordable price. We also offer designer shingles, slate roofing, woodshakes and composite materials for those looking for a more unique style.
Do I have to replace my gutters and downspouts if a buy a new roof?
New roof installations do not require you to replace your existing gutters or downspouts, as a skilled contractor will be able to work around them. However, if your gutters need a few minor repairs or a complete overhaul, our team of roofing experts can help. Adam Quenneville of Greater Boston is a full-service roofing company with years of experience replacing gutters, siding, skylights and chimneys, so don’t hesitate to contact us for an estimate.
How long does a new roof installation take?
Depending on the scope of the project, it usually takes the roofing contractors at Adam Quenneville of Greater Boston about three to four days to install a new roof. This includes removing the old roofing materials and cleaning up after the installation has been completed, though there are several variables that can affect a project’s timeline.
New England weather is notoriously inconsistent, and sudden snowfall or thunderstorms could cause a minor delay. That said, our roofing experts are trained to anticipate these and other natural disruptions, and will take every precaution to ensure your new roof is installed on schedule.
What do I need to do to before a roofing company starts working?
Installing a new roof can be a loud and messy process, which is why many homeowners choose to run errands or take a day trip while we work. There isn’t much you need to do before we start removing old shingles, but there are a few precautions you can take to minimize disruption to your day-to-day activities, such as:
- Keeping pets inside
- Parking vehicles on the street
- Covering your pool
- Removing valuable items from high shelves
Our team of roofing contractors understands how to protect your home during a new roof installation, which is why we bring along tarps to collect falling debris and dust. If you have a decorative paver driveway, we’ll make sure it’s surface is safeguarded from roofing vehicles, nails and fractured shingles.