Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Roofing
Prepare for Your New Roof From Arrowhead Roofing
How can I recognize when my roof system has problems?
All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Biannual inspections often uncover cracked, warped or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored drywall and peeling wallpaper or visible stains.
What are my options if I decide to re-roof?
You have two options. You can choose a complete replacement of the roofing system, which means we will tear off your old system and install new roof. In some cases, you can roof over the existing roofing system. If you’ve already had one re-cover on your original roof system, you should remove both layers and install your new roof. In some jurisdictions you may only have one roof system. Local building codes will determine the number of layers allowed.
My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?
Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a damaged section of the roofing system. A complete roof system failure, however, is generally irreversible and the result of improper installation or faulty materials.
Can I do the work myself?
Simply put, no. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roofing systems. You can damage your roof by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.
How long can I expect my new roof to last?
Most new roofing systems are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Some roofing system types, such as heavy lifetime shingles, tile, slate and certain metal systems, can last much longer. Actual roof system lifespan is determined by a number of factors, including local climatic and environmental conditions; proper building and roof system design; material quality and suitability; proper application and adequate roof maintenance and ventilation.
How much will a new roofing system cost?
The price of a roof varies widely, depending on the materials selected, the size and style of the roof, the accessibility of the roof, the roof’s height and pitch and other factors. We recommend looking at a full product range and make a choice based on budget and needs. Keep in mind that price is only one factor and it must be balanced with the quality of the workmanship.
How long will it take to re-roof my house?
It really depends on the size of your home and the pitch of your roof. We can complete most standard homes in one day. However, more complex roofs and larger homes take two to four days for complete removal and replacement.
When you tear-off my old roof, will debris destroy my plants and shrubs?
We believe that you are expecting more than just a new roofing system. We take the time to protect your home and landscaping. Crews will clean up every day and thoroughly at completion.
What is a laminate type roof?
A laminated shingle is made from two separate pieces that are laminated together through manufacturing.
What types of roofing do you install?
We are experts at installing all types of roofing systems.
What is the best time of year to roof?
Just about any time is a good time to install a new roof. We cannot install a new roof during an extended cold snap, or in ice, snow or rain. Otherwise, Arrowhead Roofing crews work year-round from daylight to dark.
Do you require full payment before you start the job?
No. Payment is expected at completion or according to the terms of your contract agreement.
How can I determine my annual roofing cost?
When considering your roofing options, the following formula may help:
Total Cost (Materials and Labor) ÷ Life Expectancy of Roof in Years = Annual Roofing Cost