Caring for your roof can seem like a daunting task. Since most homeowners are not experts in the roofing business, we have answered some of our customers’ frequently asked questions so you can better care for your roof.
HOW CAN A HOMEOWNER RECOGNIZE ROOFING ISSUES?
Homeowners can perform a roof inspection from the ground by looking for loose or missing shingles and any shingle debris in the yard, gutters and garden. If your shingles are damaged or lifted, you could face bigger problems such as leaks and interior water staining. Monitoring the quality of your shingles is the best way to catch an issue.
Also, look for excess granule loss on your shingles. All new roofs will have some granule loss, but you should not see too much loss after the roof is a year old.
Lastly, check that your wind turbines are spinning properly and not rattling.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL A ROOFING COMPANY?
If you notice any of the above issues it is time to call an expert. Inspections and estimates are always free with Elliott Roofing. Give us a call today!
DO I HAVE TO BE HOME DURING A ROOFING INSPECTION?
Not always, but it is preferred. When the homeowner is present, it gives us a chance to get to know them, we can show them what we are inspecting and we can answer any questions on site.
HOW LONG DOES A ROOF TYPICALLY LAST?
The life expectancy for most shingles ranges from 25-30 years. Unfortunately for homeowners in Oklahoma, harsh weather can play a large part in how long your shingles last, so they likely won’t last as long as the average life expectancy.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BASE LEVEL AND PREMIUM SHINGLES?
The biggest difference between base level and premium shingles is the weight. Premium shingles have more fillers and ingredients, making them denser and offering better protection for your roof. Premium shingles also have a larger variety of designs, cuts and colors to choose from.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL A NEW ROOF?
Our average install takes two days. That can vary based on the size and steepness of the roof and the number of existing layers that would need to be removed.
WHAT ARE SIMPLE WAYS TO CARE FOR MY ROOF?
Keeping debris off of your roof is essential to minimizing damage to your shingles. Trim tree branches away from the roof and clean any build-up of debris and leaves from the gutters.
Also, stay off your roof as much as possible to minimize wear and tear.
Most importantly, never attempt to make roof repairs on your own.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD A ROOF BE INSPECTED?
Schedule a roof inspection every two to three years, especially when a big rain or hail storm comes through or right before the winter season. Regular inspections allow our team the chance to pinpoint a problem area before damage occurs.
Call us with questions or concerns on how to best protect your roof.