Roofing FAQs

Frequently Asked Roofing Questions

The Basics of Roofing

We know we can’t answer all of your questions without talking to you first, but here are a few of the most common we get from our customers. If you questions not listed here, feel free to contact us by filling out our contact form or using the chat bot in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

All the seasons have their pros and cons, but a big factor at play here is where your home is located. Some would argue that the summer season is the best time of year to have your project scheduled, but the extreme heat could make it really hard on the crew to complete the project. Additionally, summer is usually the busiest time of year for the roofing industry so availability could be limited. Spring is also a popular season to schedule for due availability being a little more flexible and temperatures in most areas do not scale on the extreme side; however, some areas in the US are quite wet during this time so it would be much harder to schedule. Fall is also a preferred time to schedule a roof installation. It tends to be on the cooler side without being too cold for other operational problems and less busy during the fall season too. Arguably, winter is the worst time to have your roof replaced. If there is an emergency, you might not have much of a choice, but the good news is that winter is usually the most available time for roofing crews to complete a project. Wintertime is a bad time for installations due a few different reasons: roofing materials harden and become brittle, shingles could crack, shingles take longer to adhere than in warmer temperatures, and sealants wouldn’t be applied as effectively. Shingles can only be installed in 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit so any colder than this would be the roof would not be properly installed. So really the best time to replace your roof is up to you!
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Here is a list of some common reasons you would need to replace your roof
  • Damage due to water, weather, or wildlife
  • Your ceiling is sagging, has dark streaks on roof or shingles, or light shining through roof boards. 
  • Decayed, Missing, Curled, or Broken Shingles
  • Missing Granules on Shingles
  • Age of Roof (20 year mark is a good time to start thinking about a new roof)
  • Visible Moss
  • Chimney Flashing Damaged
  • Poorly Installed Roof 
Another study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory concludes that each kW of solar installed can raise your home value by $5,000. An average residential solar system is 5kW, raising home value by an estimated $25,000.
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This is a great question as you invest in a new roof for your home. You want to know how long your investment will last in terms of roof lifespan. The lifespan tends to depend on the types of materials used for your roof. A standard asphalt roof will tend to last about 25 years; however, around the 20 year mark is when you should start considering roof replacements. Premature roof failure is another reason to look into roof replacement. Improper roof installation and inadequate attic ventilation are two reasons your roof could fail prematurely. Finally, weather damage is another reason to have your roof replaced. If you live in a heavy weather area, your home might need more replacing than the average roof lifespan. In our full article you can find the different kinds of roofing materials and their average lifespans. You can always schedule a consultation with Phoenix Exteriors to determine what would work best for your home!
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Roof replacements can vary especially since there is planning done well before the installation. If we are only talking about installation time, after permits have been approved locally, we schedule a good time that works for the client. Once scheduled and as long as the weather is permitting, a roof replacement installation could take anywhere from 1-5 days. Different factors play a part into the timeline of an installation. Accessibility of your roof contributes to how the installation crew will be able conduct the tasks and if the roof is of a particular design that can add some time. The design of your roof, tear down, and cleanup of the site all contributes to the process.
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Roof replacement costs can vary due to a variety of factors. Some of those factors include: square footage, materials, labor, where the home is located, the layers of the roof, the tear down, environmental conditions, the extent of roof damage, and finally roof design. The square footage, materials, labor, and roof design are all pretty self explanatory. We do charge based on the square footage of the roof so we know how much to charge for the material and if the design of the roof is more of a challenge, we also will be required to take extra safety precautions for our installation crew. Additionally, if your roof has any rotting wood, this also adds to the difficulty and safety of the project. Pricing a roof replacement can seem daunting, but if you get in touch with us, we can get you a complimentary roof estimate hassle-free.
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