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Top 10 Common Roofing Questions:

We are Charlotte Ace Roofing a Roofing Contractor in Charlotte NC specializing in roof repair, replacement and all kinds of storm damage. Understanding your roof can help you save time and a lot of money when it comes to repairs and replacement. Below are 10 common roofing questions asked by homeowners.

1. How Long Should My Roof Last?

The life expectancy of your roof depends on several factors:

  • Material
  • Shingle thickness
  • Climate and weather conditions
  • Proper installation

Traditional Owens Corning asphalt shingle roofs typically last between 15 and 25 years, while slate, tile, and copper roofs may last upwards of 50. In regions that experience severe weather conditions such as high winds, hail and significant rainfall, roofs generally have shorter life expectancies.

2. Does My Homeowner’s Insurance Cover My Roof Damage?

Yes, most homeowner’s insurance covers structural damage caused by hail, wind, fire, and falling trees. This coverage includes your roof. Depending on your policy, coverage may include repair or replacement and may require you to pay a deductible. Some policies also can include exclusions for certain conditions.

3. Does a Leaky Roof Need to Be Completely Replaced or Not?

Not all roof leaks require a complete roof replacement, whether you repair or replace your roof likely depends on the damage. On a relatively new roof, a few damaged or missing shingles may be cost-effective to repair. If the damage is extensive and involves an older roof or multiple layers of roofing materials, a full replacement is likely needed.

4. How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

This is a very tricky question. The cost of a new roof in Charlotte NC depends on its size and shape and the type of materials needed. Chimneys and skylights will also affect the overall price of roofing. Be sure to factor in disposal costs for your old roof as there is a charge for the dumpster and disposal of used shingles.

Most roofing companies offer free, no-obligation roof inspections.

5. What Are the Early Signs of a Failing Roof?

Many signs of a failing roof are obvious and can easily be spotted during a visual inspection from the ground. Warning signs of a failing roof are:

  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Obvious sagging
  • Exposed nail heads
  • Curled, blistering shingles or cracked shingles
  • Granules or debris inside your gutters
  • Missing or damaged flashing
  • Higher-than-average heating and cooler bills
  • Dark or stained areas
  • Water leaks in your top-floor ceilings

If your home has an asphalt shingle roof that’s more than 20 years old, it most likely needs to be replaced even if it is not showing visual signs of failure.

6. Why Is My Roof Stained?

In Charlotte NC area it's common to have stains on roofs. Black and green stains are evidence of algae, lichens, or moss. They’re common, particularly in wet and humid climates, and should be cleaned regularly to avoid the mold, rot, and water damage that they can cause.

7. How Long Does a Roof Installation Take?

The roof installation process can range from a day to a few days depending on the size and shape of your roof, the selected materials, and the size of the roofer’s crew. A roofing contractor should be able to provide a comprehensive time line, although Inclement weather may delay installation. Charlotte Ace Roofing usually does not schedule work if there is more than 30% chance of rain on any given day.

8. What Is Flashing?

Flashing is a layer of waterproof material that’s placed over joints in the roof. It keeps water from seeping into the vulnerable valleys of your roof as well as gaps around chimneys, skylights, and pipes.

9. What Re-roofing Options Are Available?

If it’s time to put on a new roof, the good news is that you have options. If you’re re-roofing your home for the first time, a new roof may be installed directly over the original materials, saving you time and money.

Shingles are available in a variety of materials and colors, and your choice may depend on aesthetic preferences, local climate conditions, and your budget.

10. How Can I Find a Reliable, Trustworthy Roofing Contractor?

Your roof is vital to ensuring the integrity of your home and the safety of your family. This is why roofs should be inspected every few years. Make sure the contractor you choose is responds to your questions and concerns in a timely fashion. Call the roofing professionals at Charlotte Ace Roofing for more in-depth answers to all your roofing questions.


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