Roofing FAQs

We answer some frequently asked questions about roofs. If your question is not answered here, feel free to contact us for more information.

Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a new roof?

There are several signs that indicate a new roof may be needed for your home:

  • Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
  • Shingles are cracked or missing granules
  • The roof has missing shingles
  • The roof looks worn
  • Water is leaking into your attic
  • There are water stains on interior walls or ceilings

How much does a new roof cost?

This varies depending on the size of the roof, the current condition of the roof and the type of roofing material used. We provide free estimates so you will know the cost of a new roof for your home with no obligation.

How long should I expect my roof to last?

A roof can last anywhere from 15 years to more than 50 years, depending on the type of material, how it was installed, weather and other factors. Typically, asphalt shingles last 15 to 30 years whereas a metal roof can last up to 70 years.

What do I do if my roof is damaged by a storm?

If hail, wind, rain or snow has damaged your roof, you will want to have it inspected for damage as soon as possible. You’ll need to contact your home insurance company and provide photos for documentation. You’ll then want to have a professional roofing contractor assess the damage, and schedule the work as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Can I replace a roof myself?

It is not recommended to attempt roof repairs or replacement as a DIY project. It requires expertise and training to be done correctly and safely. Proper installation will also ensure your roof lasts as long as possible. Always trust a professional roofing contractor for roof repair or replacement.

What types of roofing materials are available?

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material; however, there are many other options such as metal, slate and cedar shakes. For commercial buildings, flat roofs can be covered with a rubber material, like EPDM or TPO.  At JTR Roofing, we can install all types of roofing materials.

What is the best roofing material?

There are pros and cons to all types of roofing materials. The best material will be the one that fits the needs of your home or building while also being affordable for you.

Can snow damage my roof?

Yes! Heavy snow can cause leaks and structural damage. If the weight of the snow exceeds the roof’s snow load rating, it’s possible for a portion of the roof or the entire structure to collapse. In addition, as snow melts it can form ice dams, which can damage the roof and cause leaks.

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