5 Roofing FAQs Answered

5 Roofing FAQs Answered

Your roof is one of the most essential parts of your home. It shields you from outside elements like rain, sleet, and snow. It helps keep you warm when the weather is cold, and it even adds character to your home’s appearance.

While most homeowners understand these basic facts, we get questions every day about other roofing issues.  We have compiled some of the most common Frequently Asked Questions that we get at our office and as your area roofing expert, we have answered them. This way, you can build your roofing knowledge and keep your roof properly maintained.

Let’s take a look!

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Replace My Roof?

Keep an eye out for discolored or brown portions of your ceiling, as this is a good indication that there is an issue with your roof. Also, keep an eye out for water damage in your attic, like pools of water. If your roof has missing or cracked shingles in addition to signs of leaking, it might be time to get an estimate on a new roof. Other indicators of when to replace your roof are common-sense factors like substantial damage resulting from a storm or fallen tree.

Still not sure? Contact us now and we can provide a free roof inspection for your peace of mind.

What Does Water Damage Look Like?

We mentioned some signs to look out for above, like discolored or brown areas on your ceiling or in your attic. If you spot mold in these same areas, there’s a good chance that water is coming into your home via a leak in your roof or siding. Mold is an excellent indicator that unwanted moisture is accumulating in your home. You will want to kill the mold first and then hire a professional to inspect your roof for leaks that may be causing the mold.

Do I Need to Replace My Roof If It Has a Leak? 

Not necessarily. Roof replacements are not the only solution, so we always try to figure out if your leak is an isolated incident during our free roofing estimate. Your leak could be caused by any number of issues, like a pipe flashing failure, a clogged gutter or valley on your roof full of debris, and even a tree branch puncture. We recommend bringing out a professional to accurately diagnose the root cause.

Can I Replace My Own Roof?

While DIY roof maintenance can save you time and money, major roof work should always be completed by a trained, licensed, and insured professional. Hopping up on your roof to look for gutter clogs or flashing damage is one thing, but installing a new roof all by yourself is never a good idea. You run the risk of installing an ineffective roof that doesn’t keep the outside elements away from your family, not to mention there are huge safety concerns involved.

How Long Will My Roof Last?

This answer can vary greatly depending on the quality of the materials that you’re using and, of course, the quality of work and level of effort that your contractors put forth. Very generally speaking, a quality roofing structure can last between 20 and 30 years. Factors that help increase your roof’s life include regular maintenance, inspections, and issues that go unchecked like small leaks.

Relying on the Professionals

We hope that these FAQs have helped answer some of your questions! If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact our office. One of our friendly representatives from Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Madison WI would be happy to help out, no matter how complicated your question might be. We look forward to hearing from you soon!