Charlotte roofing expert discusses replacement factors

Charlotte roofing expert discusses replacement factors

What do I need to consider when replacing my roof?

When replacing a roof, you should also consider replacing rotten decking, repairing improper flashing and making sure your water diversion is set up correctly.

People often don't realize the damage clogged gutters can cause to a roof. When water isn't properly routed away from the house, it can lead to mold and mildew under the roof.

Keeping your gutters clean is the easiest thing you can do to prolong the life of your roof.

What factors play into the cost of a roof?

Factors that can increase costs include the pitch and height of the roof. Both aspects add to the cost of labor because there's a lot more setup involved.

A roof with a steep pitch is more difficult to stay on while working and a higher roof makes it more labor intensive to get materials to the roof.

Energy Star shingles are a great thing to consider, especially if you can get a tax credit. You should also consider your carbon footprint and who manufacturers the shingles. We use CertainTeed shingles that are manufactured in North Carolina.

What is the most popular type of roof replacement?

The most popular roof replacements use 25-year 3-tab or 30-year architectural shingles. Some people want a metal roof because they've been through roof replacement due to hail damage too many times. Metal roofs last a lot longer, but are a lot more expensive, so it can be hard to justify the cost.

How do you determine if there is hail or wind damage?

When we're called for a roof replacement, we do an initial inspection, and if you have hail or wind damage and want to file a claim with your insurance, we'll do a ladder assist inspection with the insurance company.

Some hail damage is acceptable, it's just the extent of it. Hail damage compromises the integrity of the roof because it bruises the shingle and knocks granules off of it.

Wind damage is more noticeable because the wind lifts the shingles and blows debris and water under them, once they're lifted, they'll never lay back down like they should.

Once you get a new roof, you should have it inspected annually because it's subjected to the elements. There are areas of the roof that need maintenance - like checking the caulk around the boots for cracks and making sure they are sealed properly.

Do you have any tips for choosing a roofing contractor?

When choosing a contractor, there are two ways to look at it - did you call them or did they come to you? Don't pay more than 25 percent for a deposit and make sure you give your work to local people. Storm chasers follow the storm and they won't be around if you need them in the future.

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