Frequently Asked Questions
Annual Roofing cost is a method of calculating how much your roof would cost if you were to pay annually instead of in one large lump sum when it is installed.
It’s important to know this number when considering whether to repair or replace the roof when issues start to arise. Before simply forking out hundreds and possibly thousands on roof repairs, you should ask yourself, is the cost of the repair going to cost more than it would to just replace the roof a little sooner than expected. Are you throwing your money away trying to patch a lemon.
Many homeowners will spend far too much in repairs to the roof in its last year before it is replaced trying to extend the inevitable by just a few more months, or a year; but where do you draw the line. If the repair cost more than your annual roofing cost, it’s actually cheaper to just replace the roof sooner, than waste money on repairs and then replace it anyways in 1 year.
A: When considering your roofing options, the following formula may help:
Total Cost of Roof (Materials, Labor, Disposal) divided by Life Expectancy of Roof System (in years) = Annual Roofing Cost
For example, a new roof for John would cost $8000.00 and is expected to last 30 yrs.
$8000.00 divided by 30 = $266.67 (Annual Roofing Cost)
If the repairs are going to cost more than $266.67, it’s actually cheaper to replace the roof a year earlier than to repair and try to make it last another year.
A: The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things as the materials selected, contractor doing the work, home or building, location of the home or building, local labour rates and time of year. To get a good idea of price for your roof system, get three or four proposals from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship.
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 and make a choice based on your budget and needs.
Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Insist on a contractor who is committed to quality work and informing you of your options.
A: All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic (twice-a-year) inspections often can 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 plasterboard and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
A: Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system being damaged. A complete roof system failure, however, generally is irreversible and is usually a result of improper installation, choice of materials or the roofs installation is inappropriate for the home or building.
A: Most work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off or through the roof.
Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you must inspect your roof system yourself, use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear soft rubber-soled shoes.
A: Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for about 30-50 years. Some roof system types, such as slate, clay tile and certain metal (e.g., copper) systems, can last longer.
Actual roof system life span 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.
Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lives.