When you realize you need a roof replacement, you need to think beyond the color, style, and brand of shingles. You need to think about the entire roofing system. A good roof replacement company will install a total roofing system including underlayment, flashing, and shingles. If you’re meeting with roofers to discuss a new roof, here are some questions to ask the roof replacement companies you’re interviewing.
1. Will You Do a Tear Off?
A tear off means tearing off the old roof before installing a new one. You should only consider a new roof with a tear off. Some companies quotes are cheaper because they’re not taking the time to remove the old roof, paying to dispose of it, inspecting the roof deck, and installing new underlayment. All of these extra steps take time and cost a bit more, but they will help your roof last. If the roof replacement company you’re speaking with says no, it’s not necessary or they don’t do that, choose another roofer.
2. What Type of Underlayment Are You Using?
For a long time, the only option was felt paper. Today there are many options including synthetic underlayment. Synthetic underlayment costs a bit more but provides superior protection. The purpose of underlayment is two-fold. One, to protect your shingles from the sap in your roof deck and two, it provides and extra layer of protection against the elements for your home should you have an issue with your shingles.
3. Are You Installing a New Roofing System?
Don’t just accept a simple “yes” on this one. Ask for details. Quality roofers, who cost a bit more, will use the materials recommended by the shingle or tile manufacturers in the installation. There is a difference in roofing nails and regular nails. You want nails made to be exposed to the elements. You want the roofer to use starter strip shingles, you want a leak barrier. Only when your new roof has all these elements will your home be properly protected from the elements. In some cases the manufacturer won’t honor their warranty if the roofing system installation caused the shingle’s failure. So choosing a roof replacement company who installs complete roofing systems protects you and your home.
No matter what type of roofing material or brand you want installed on your home, there is one Orlando roof replacement company you can trust to install a total roofing system and that’s Russ Noyes Roofing. We have the manufacturer training to ensure that the manufacturer warranty will be in place when your roof is installed and we offer our own installation warranty and satisfaction guarantee. Call us today for your roof replacement estimate – 407-388-7700 or fill out our contact form.