How do I know for sure I need a new roof?
Older roofing shingles and wood shakes typically have a 15 to 30 year lifespan depending on the shingles’ quality, the location and tree cover of your home, and how well the roof was installed originally. Direct sunlight, weather/wind, heat, and poor roof deck ventilation are rough on Sacramento Area roofs.
Though the Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and GAF shingles we use today have lifetime warranties available, they didn’t a decade ago. We tell our customers that 10 years is a good rule of thumb to go by. At that point, check for these warning signs:
Loss of the asphalt granulation (looks like bald spots)
Evidence of leaking on your ceilings
Cracked or discolored interior drywall (painted or wallpapered)
Broken or damaged shingles
Rusted or missing flashing
If I see any of these roofing warning signs, are we talking repair or total roof replacement?
This depends on whether the roofing shingles are past their prime or the original roofing contractor installed part of or the whole roof system improperly. Perfectly good roofing shingles can be repaired if the damage hasn’t affected their integrity. If your roof shingles are old and decaying, it is usually economically smarter to replace the entire roof.
How much does a new roof cost?
Several factors go into determining the cost of your new roof. They include the quality and professionalism of your roofing contractor; the brand, type and grade of roofing shingle you select; the size of your roof and the shape and slope of your roofline.
Don’t choose a roofing contractor on cost alone. Price is a factor, but not the only factor you should consider. Quality roofing material and contractor workmanship have value. Hiring the cheapest roofing contractor could cost more in the long run when you consider the cost to repair sub-par roofing and the damage it causes.
Get a roofing estimate for an accurate idea. Curtis Pacific Roofing company’s estimates are convenient, fair, no obligation and you don’t have to be home.
How do I know what type of roofing shingle is best for my roof and my budget?
This is a roofing question where aesthetics and finances come into play. Not one roofing shingle manufacturer compensates Curtis Pacific Roofing to promote their products.
Will I have to replace gutters and downspouts at the same time?
If your gutters and downspouts are in good shape, our roofing contractors will work around them. To avoid damaging them, we don’t remove and reinstall them once your roof is complete. If your gutters are in relatively good shape, but need minor repair, we can provide this service too. Curtis Pacific Roofing company is a full-service roofing contractor.
How long will it take a roofing company to install my new roof?
Of course there are variables that affect all roofing projects, like weather, whether or not there is a second layer to remove, and more. But typically, Curtis Pacific Roofing is completely finished with your new roof—from removing the old roof to clean up—within a week.
Three crews are involved—roof removal (Tear Off Company), roof installation and gutters. Roofing vendors deliver sheeting and shingles. Our trained roofing contractors stay on schedule to coincide with two or three required city/county inspections. It takes a lot of coordination and Curtis Pacific Roofing are pros.
Is there anything I need to do to before the roofer company starts?
Roof replacement and roofing repair is messy and noisy process. Consider going somewhere else for about two to three hours once roofing contractors start removing the old roofing shingles to avoid all the noise. Keep pets in mind too. There is no way around it. However we do all we can to minimize hassle and inconvenience during the roofing process.
If your garage doesn’t have a ceiling, our roofers will place tarps to keep debris from falling into your garage. After the solid decking is installed, we’ll remove the tarps and use a blower to clean out the dust.
Park your cars in the street. The roof removal trucks need to back up to the house. You’ll save your tires from nails and your car from dust and falling debris.
Use common sense and protect any item that you would be upset about if it broke. Many contractors tell you to remove pictures from walls, chandeliers from the ceiling, knickknacks from shelves, etc. With thousands of roofs under our belt, we have never heard a customer say that anything fell off their walls or shelves, but advise the customer to judge their level of comfort and take appropriate steps to protect their precious items.
If you have a paver or some other form of decorative driveway, we will cover it with plywood to protect the surface from roofing vehicles and falling shingle debris.
If you have a swimming pool, make sure the pool is covered as debris from the roof may fall into your pool.
And what if my new roof leaks? Then what?
Manufacturer shingle warranties are now lifetime. Most manufacturers’ warranties are transferable to the new homeowners for a small fee. That covers the roofing shingles.
Regarding roofing shingle installation and roofing contractor workmanship: Curtis Pacific Roofing’s workmanship warranty is very clear with as little legal jargon as possible. The integrity of our roofing work is reflected in the warranty, which of course, is transferable to the new owner should you sell your home. (Transfer may require inpspection and inspection fee prior to transfer).