Like many aspects of a home your roof has a life expectancy and having to change the roofing on your home is a mandatory procedure that you have to take every now and then, and more urgently if your existing roof is showing signs of wear and tear. Although a roof replacement is a common process, most people will only go through it a couple times in their life, leaving them with questions about the process.

To help answer these questions, we have put together a list of some of the toughest roofing questions we receive.

Why do roofs fail?

This is a tough question to answer with a simple response because there are many reasons that can lead to your roofing needing to be replaced. Your roofing is constantly exposed to the harsh weather conditions, rain, hail, snow, wind and the heat and UV rays from the sun all take a toll on your roofing system. Over time these elements cause your roof to break down and may even lead to it failing. Other reasons for roofs failing include poor materials and faulty installation, both usually resulting in premature failure of your roofing.

Should I Repair or Replace?

It all depends on the situation and the overall condition of your roof. If you had a few shingles lift due to a harsh windstorm, having your roof repaired makes the most sense, however if the overall condition of your roof is not the greatest, perhaps a complete roof replacement makes the most sense.

What is the Best Roofing Type?

Because of the wide variety of roofing options available, it is hard to say which is the best one overall. Each roof material has their own unique advantages and their own disadvantages as well. Depending on what your living situation is, a contractor will be able to recommend to you the best roofing solution for your needs and budget.

Would it be Beneficial to Hire a Contractor?

Long story short, yes it would be beneficial for you and your roof to hire a roofing contractor, but not just any roofing contractor will do. It is important to select a contractor that has strong credentials to support their ability to do the job. With their experience and academic background in this industry, it is far more likely for them to complete the job properly and efficiently than you doing it on your own. Furthermore, hiring a contractor from an established company will guarantee you that your warranty will remain valid especially during the times you need it.

Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover All Roofing Damages?

Homeowner’s insurance can cover some forms of roofing damage, but what is covered depends on your individual policy. In almost all cases, home insurance will not cover any issues that result from the roof being in poor condition.

Hopefully the above helped answer some of your roofing related questions. If you have any additional roofing related questions or any questions regarding your current roofing system, contact a local roofing contractor in your area today.