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The Top FAQ About Roof Installation

Does your home need a new roof? Before you agree to an estimate, sign a contract, or start the replacement process, take a look at the top roof installation questions homeowners have answered.

What Is the Typical Roof's Lifespan?

Do you really need to replace your home's roof right now? While age isn't the only predictor of the need for a replacement, it does play a major role in an installation decision. The lifespan of your current roof depends on what it's made from.

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), a three-tab asphalt shingle roof can last for 20 years, a metal roof has an average lifespan between 40 and 80 years, and a clay or concrete tile roof won't need a replacement for a century or more. Even though these age ranges are typical averages, several other factors (such as maintenance) impact when you need to replace your roof.

What Type of Roof Does Your Home Need?

Should you replace your existing roof with a new type of material? Now that you've decided to install a new roof, you need to take the next step and choose a material. Each type of roofing material has pros and cons. Overall durability, lifespan, need for care/maintenance, aesthetics, weather resistance, and the price will all factor into your decision-making process.

If you're not sure whether to stay with the same roofing material or select something new, discuss the options with a qualified contractor. Roofing installers have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you choose the right material for your home's needs.

What Else Does Your Roof Installation Require?

Your new installation project will include more than the shingles, tiles, or other exterior materials. Along with the main part of your roof, the contractor may need to replace the deck, underlayment, flashing, or gutters. The contractor will inspect the different areas or parts of the roof and help you to understand what requires replacement and why.

How Long Will the Installation Take?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Most installations take several days to complete. The specific time-frame depends on the type of roof you choose, additional parts (such as flashing), the size of the roof, and whether your home requires a full tear-off or a re-roofing service.

The contractor should provide you with an estimated timeline before they start the project. This will give you a general idea of what to expect. It's possible unexpected structural or weather-related issues could extend the time it takes the contractor to install your new roof.

For additional reading, consider visiting your local roofing company's website.