PJ’s Roofing has been answering questions for concerned homeowners for over twenty years. We find that some are asked more frequently than others, and we’re always happy to address your concerns. We’ve compiled the most common ones into a helpful blog post!
1. How often does a roof need to be replaced?
The longevity of your roof will depend on wear and tear and the quality of the materials used. Generally speaking, it needs to be replaced every 15 years. Investing a little more in your materials can increase longevity to 20 or 30 years.
2. What can I expect to pay for a replacement?
There is no concrete answer to the price of a new roof in Maryland until you receive estimates. The final pricing will depend on the materials chosen, the cost of removing the existing structure, replacing any damaged decking, and physical factors such as chimneys and skylights.
Contractors understand that this is a big, often unexpected, expense that homeowners don’t consider until their current roof fails. Look for contractors that provide several different financing options so you can find one with the terms and conditions that suit your budgetary needs.
3. Will a new roof add to the home’s value?
Yes! Not only will it help protect your biggest investment, but it also adds instant curb appeal to the home. If you’re looking to sell the home, a new roof is attractive to buyers on a budget who aren’t looking to spend a lot of money on repairs. Your home will be even more appealing if your contractor includes a transferable warranty on the work and materials.
You may receive discounts on your home owner’s insurance, too, because a new roof means more protection for the structure.
4. Do I need a contractor?
If you’re looking for less expensive options, you may be tempted to do it yourself or hire a general contractor. Either of these options will involve purchasing materials from a big box store or hardware store, which will limit your options.
Initially, you may think you’re saving money, but when you factor in the underlayment, the decking, and the overall quality of the finished project, you won’t be saving as much as you thought. Removing the existing roof and materials from the property is another cost factor that DIYers don’t consider.
Additionally, the work is not guaranteed and the materials will come with limited non-transferable warranties. Hiring a contractor ensures that the project will be completed end-to-end with higher quality materials, experienced roofers, and all cost factors bundled into the final estimate.
5. How do I choose the right materials?
There’s a lot to consider when choosing your roofing materials. Aside from the shingles themselves are water barriers, underlayment, decking, ventilation, and flashing.
Your choice of materials will largely depend on budget, structure, longevity, finished appearance, climate, and availability of supplies. Your contractor is experienced in finding the best materials for your budget and needs at a price point well within your budget.
We can answer all your questions!
PJ’s Roofing has over two decades of experience in the industry. We’ve handled all kinds of projects, from repairs to replacements. Don’t put off your project because you have questions. Contact us today for the answers you need about the roof you want.