United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLC provides roofing services and we often have our customers ask us questions about what the best practices for their roofs are. We compiled a list of some of these questions below.
The following are things that may indicate that your roof needs replacing:
Breaking of the waterproofing layer, sometimes cause by wind damage, direct damage, breakdown of the shingles, deterioration or defects in the roofing materials and sealants. Leak avoidance is always best. Find and fix defects before they leak.
Like any building material, roofs degrade at different rates depending on a large number of factors: the quality of original construction, the level of abuse, the level of maintenance, etc. So how long should a roof last? Poorly designed and installed roofs go as few as seven to ten years before they failed, and we have seen old asphalt roofs that were over 30 years old. Most building owners, roofing contractors and designers feel 20-25 years is an acceptable service life for today’s products.
Before we can tell you how much your job will cost, we will need to know what it involves. We understand your concerns about budget and keeping costs under control. We have the same concerns ourselves. Therefore, the best way to estimate a cost is to have a United Fire and Water Roofing Division sales representative come to your home and take a look at your roof.
Gutters should be cleaned at least twice per year, but especially in the fall when leaves and debris are more common.
Replacing a residential roof is a labor-intensive project and, depending on the type of roof, could take anywhere from a one day to a few days or more depending on the size and complexity. The time involved is substantially affected by the weather, as well. Wind, rain, or just the threat of one of these will slow the process considerably.