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Roofing and Siding 101: Commonly Asked Questions

When you're looking to redefine the exterior of your home, it pays to consider all the factors. However, for those who aren't well-acquainted with roofing and siding, it isn't always easy to know where to get started. Take a look at some of the most common home exterior questions below to learn more. And if you have any questions that aren't answered here, get in touch with a professional roofing or siding contractor today.



When is it Better to Replace Rather Than Repair a Roof?


It may not always be easy to tell when it is necessary to completely replace your roof rather than just have it repaired. If you notice damage to your roof, or leaking, this could be due to a small and easily fixed problem, or an issue that goes down to the construction of your house.


One factor that might give you a clue is the age of your roof. If you have tile roofing, it should be able to last around twenty years before it needs to be replaced. If you're coming up on this deadline, there's a good chance it will need serious work.


How Long Will My New Roof Installation Take?


The short answer to this question is that a residential shingle roof can usually be completed within a single day. The longer answer is that this time can vary widely depending on a variety of factors.


Roof size, roof type, and weather conditions all factor into project timelines. If you are having an asphalt roof installed over an existing roof, the time can be cut down greatly. On the other hand, if you need to have a new roof installed in winter it can take much longer. The best way to find out for sure is to get in touch with a roofing contractor for an estimate.


How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Roof?


The cost of a full roof replacement can vary greatly, and it can be difficult to pin down a more specific price without knowing the size of your house and other factors. The best way to find an accurate price for your roof replacement is to speak with a roofing contractor and get a specific quote.


What are the Most Common Problems With Roof Shingles?


The most common problem with roof shingles is getting lifted or damaged by high winds. This can result after a heavy storm, or as the result of years' worth of weather beating down on it. After shingles get old, they are more likely to crack and break during a storm.


Another common roofing problem many homeowners run into is fallen tree branches. While smaller branches may just pry loose a few singles, larger ones can cause more serious damage that needs to be addressed by a professional.


What is Flashing?


If you've ever watched a home repair show or followed a roofing blog, you'll probably come across the term flashing pretty quickly. However as commonly as it's used, many people still don't know what flashing is.


Simply put, flashing is the material that covers the joints of your roof construction. Its purpose is to keep water out of these vulnerable areas to extend the life of your roof. The reason why it comes up so often is that it is often the part of the roof that needs to be replaced or repaired.


How Long is a New Roof Supposed to Last?


A roof is an investment worth making since a quality one can be expected to last decades. Specifically, a metal roof is durable enough to last for fifty years or more, while an asphalt one will be closer to twenty years. Keep in mind that these times can be shorter or longer depending on factors like weather conditions, the state of your home, and more.


Is My roof Covered Under My Homeowners Insurance Policy?


While it may be difficult to find an insurance policy specifically for your roof, rest assured that most homeowners insurance plans cover roof damage. When it comes to minor roof damage like torn shingles or small leaks, you can also check to see if your roof is still under warranty.


Are the Black and Green Stains on My Roof Normal?


If you spot any black or green stains on your roof you don't need to worry, they're completely normal. They are actually the result of plant growth, usually moss, lichen, or algae. While these little plants don't pose any immediate threat to you're home, it is a good idea to check for them regularly as they can spread if left alone, and ultimately lead to more serious problems like mold, rot, and leaks.


Luckily, it usually only takes a spray with a garden hose to get your roof looking as good as new. If you find your stains are a bit more tenacious, it may be a good idea to contact a roofing contractor.


Should I Hire a Professional Roofing Contractor to Repair my Roof?


Replacing a roof is serious business, not only because it's the only way to keep your home protected from the elements, but because it can be dangerous work. Because of this, we would always recommend hiring a professional when it comes to repairing or replacing a roof.


How Much Does it Cost to Side a House?


The truth is that the cost of siding a house can vary greatly, and depend on a number of factors including the size, style, and location of your house, as well as the time of year. If you're looking for a specific estimate for professional siding replacement, the best way is to get in touch with a siding contractor today.


How Can I Tell My Siding Needs to Be Replaced?


There are a few telltale signs that will let you know it's time to replace your siding. Visual damage such as cracking, peeling, and fading can all result from sun exposure and are a good indicator they are ready to be refreshed. Another good way to test your siding is to pay attention to how well they hold paint. If a fresh coat doesn't stick easily to the surface, you might want to call a professional for an evaluation.


From an inside perspective, old siding will lead to higher energy bills due to poor insulation. After a professional siding replacement, you will notice a significant decrease in monthly energy costs.


What is the Most Durable Siding?


With many options like vinyl, wood, stucco, composite, and aluminum available, it can be difficult to know which types of siding are the best for your home. While all of these materials have their pros and cons, vinyl comes out on top when it comes to durability. It is not only effective at resisting moisture, but it is also very tough and relatively easy to maintain. As a bonus, it comes in a wide variety of colors to customize your home's look.


How Often Does Siding Need to Be Replaced?


Generally speaking, vinyl or wood siding should be replaced every 20 to 40 years to ensure it is looking its best and protecting your home. However, this timeframe depends largely on how well you maintain the siding, as well as weather conditions.


To make sure your siding is in good condition, try to inspect it every six months, paying special attention to any signs of termites or wood rot. You should also clean it every year and re-treat it every two to five years. With regular care, your siding should last well into your home's lifespan.


Is it Less Expensive to Repaint My Home Rather Than Replace Siding?


If you are planning on selling your home within the next year or so, slapping a fresh coat of paint over it can be a cost-effective way to protect it and have it looking new. However in the long term, replacing siding will save money when compared to paint. The reason is that a fresh coat of exterior paint will only last three to five years. When you compare this to vinyl siding's 20 to 40 -year lifespan, the choice between painting and residing becomes clear.


Will New Siding Increase My Home's Value?


Adding new siding is a cost-effective way to improve the curb appeal of your home, making a statement that is visible right away. Not only that, but it will also help protect your home from future damage, protecting its value over the life span of the siding.


Get In Touch


If you want to learn more about getting in touch with a qualified roofing or siding contractor, feel free to contact us today. Our housing exterior specialists are ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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