A roof that is installed properly and well-maintained should last many years while protecting your home from the elements. But even the best roof needs to be replaced eventually.
Like many homeowners, you’ll have plenty of questions when it’s time to replace the roof on your Park City-area residence. You may wonder about the cost, the type of materials needed, and how to find a contractor who’s dependable, trustworthy, and able to do the job right.
Let’s take a look at some of those questions to help you make the right decisions when you need to replace your roof.
1. The cost of a roof replacement
Replacing a roof is one of the most significant investments you’ll make in your home. The cost of a new roof varies from home to home depending on a variety of factors, including the following:
- Type of roofing material – The roofing material you choose has a significant impact on the cost of a full roof replacement. While new roofing materials come onto the market all of the time, the most common option remains asphalt shingles, which experts say are used on 75% of all homes. Among the many reasons asphalt shingles are popular is their price. They’re the most affordable option, but you should check out materials – such as metal, wood, clay, plastic, slate, and others – before you choose. Your roofing contractor will help you choose the most appropriate material for your roof.
- Size of the roof – Your roofing contractor measures your roof based on square footage and then calculates a number based on total roofing squares. Most roofing materials are sold by the square and not by the square foot.
- Roof pitch or slope – The roof’s pitch is another factor that helps determine the cost of a roof replacement. For one, a very steep roof requires more significant safety measures, staging, and more labor to complete the replacement correctly and safely. The pitch also determines the kind of underlayment used – which is another essential part of the overall cost. For example, some roofs require more than one piece of underlayment depending on the pitch.
- Tear off vs. overlay – Roofs with only one layer of materials on the roof may require only an overlay in which an additional layer of shingles is added to the existing layer. Or, you may decide – with advice from your contractor – to strip the current layer off and start with a “clean deck.”
- Access – The ease by which your contractor can access your roof is another factor that helps determine the price of a replacement. Troublesome access means using more equipment and requires more labor.
2. Time frame
Many homeowners also ask how long it takes to replace a roof. Like with the cost, the answer depends on a few variables.
- The material – In general, an asphalt shingle roof replacement should take one to two days. On the other hand, a concrete tile roof replacement may last more than a week.
- Size of your home – The bigger your home’s roof, the longer it takes to replace it. For houses of 1,200 square feet or less, a new roof installation may take only a day.
- The condition of the decking – Damage to the roof decking can lead to repair work and add extra time to the replacement. Or, in cases in which damage is severe, the deck may have to be replaced.
- The weather – Utah weather can be unpredictable and determine how quickly your roofers can complete the replacement, especially during months when precipitation is high.
Another thing to consider is the roofer’s schedule and what other jobs they may have going at the same time. Roofers never know when surprises may pop up and cause some jobs to take longer than others.
3. Value of the roofer
You should always evaluate potential roofers carefully before hiring one to handle your roof replacement. Choosing the wrong one can cost you time and money in the long run.
For starters, check out the roofer’s credentials. Are they a Certified Roofing Contractor? If so, then you know they use better practices and products than other roofers. You should also consider their training.
You should place importance on communication when choosing a roofer. Do they practice proactive communication in which they address issues head-on rather than putting them off? Responsiveness and good communication are hallmarks of professionalism.
It’s also a good idea to seek out a roofing contractor’s customers to see what they say about them. It always pays to do your research.
When it’s time to replace the roof on your home, don’t settle for less than the best. RoofTek® Roofing Solutions install the highest-quality roofs with superior craftsmanship.