Frequently Asked Questions About New Roofs

As one of the top roofing contractors in Montana, we continually hear questions about roofing. Our goal at America's Choice Inc. is to educate Montana homeowners on everything there is to know about their roof replacement. For example, you may want to learn ways to maintain a new roof's integrity and lifespan. Fortunately for you, America's Choice is here with answers. Read on to learn more.

#1: When is it time for a new roof?

Replacing your roof is a significant investment and not one you should delay. Failing to replace your roof when it's time can lead to thousands of dollars in-home repairs from leaky shingles and structural damage. Several vital signs indicate roof replacement is in order, such as:

  • Bucking and curling shingles. Bucked shingles occur when moisture in the attic space causes nails to push out of place, loosen the shingle, compromise the shingles' performance, and expose the roof to the elements, resulting in leaks and even more moisture damage.

  • Algae growth. Bacteria from algae eat through the shingles, especially if they are low-cost shingles made primarily of limestone.

  • Missing granules. The small granules that makeup asphalt shingles can become loose, impacting the shingles' performance. You can locate missing granulates by watching for fragments in the gutter system.

  • Missing shingles. While professional roofing contractors are highly skilled at roofing installation and keeping shingles in place, Montana's high winds can cause shingles to blow away or become loose as they age. Missing shingles can allow rainwater into the home.

  • Mold in the attic. One of the most concerning roof replacement aspects is mold forms in areas such as the rafter beams and the plywood on the roof's underside.

These are only a few of the signs indicating it's time for a new roof. Requesting an in-home estimate from America's Choice Inc. can provide more insight.

#2: What are my options if I decide to reroof?

You have two basic options when it comes to reroofing: A complete replacement or a re-cover of your current roof system.

A complete roof replacement involves a "tear-off" of your existing system and is a full redoing of your roof system. Cost depends on the type of shingle, style, and warranty/durability you choose. The professionals at America's Choice can advise what best suits your needs and your budget.

Installing new shingles on top of your old roof may be cheaper, faster, and less demanding, but only if your current roofing system is entirely problem-free. A re-cover is not always possible because building code requirements do not always allow for multiple re-roofs, so if you've done this more than once before, you may need a complete roof system replacement.

A roof consists of much more than a layer of shingles. Replacing your entire system, which includes the materials below, is the best route for enhancing the roof's performance:

  • Leak barrier protection creates a seal to block water from the roof's vulnerable areas, such as the valleys and chimneys.

  • Synthetic roof deck protection provides a second layer of protection to defend against roof rot.

  • Ventilation is essential to the health of a roofing system. Without adequate airflow, energy bills can skyrocket, and roof shingles can become damaged during hot weather.

#3: What is the cost of a new roof system?

Keep in mind that the price of a new roof system varies based on other factors such as quality of materials selected, contractor and crew's skill, the location and size of your home, accessibility to the roof, and average local labor rates and time of year.

For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There also are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range to choose based on your needs and budget.

Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship.Choose a contractor who is committed to quality work. Get a roofing estimate for an accurate idea from America's Choice Inc today.

#4: Will a New Roof Lower my Energy Bills?

If your roof is worn and underperforming, roof replacement can help lower energy bills. Ideally, the attic remains close to the outside temperature, but overheating during the summer is a sign of inadequate ventilation. This can directly cause the HVAC to work in overdrive. A new roof will lower energy bills with ventilation and sound materials that prevent excess drafts and water leaks.

#5: Can I replace my own roof?

We're sure that some homeowners can install their roof on their own, but there are some risks with DIY. For instance, certain roofing systems have specific installation processes that require factory training. Incorrect installation can result in compromised performance. There's also the matter of warranty. Installing the roof yourself means you're on your own if any problem arises from installation errors, whereas you get full warranty coverage on a professionally-installed roof.

While you may be able to save money with a majority of home improvement projects when you do them yourself—roofing work is not one of them! You can harm your roof with improper roofing techniques and easily hurt yourself: Trust America's Choice, Inc., with your roof replacement. Contact our offices to schedule an estimate.