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Generally, a roofing contractor will: inspect your roof, prepare a cost estimate, secure permits as needed, and perform the roofing work required.
Common tasks include: removal of old and damaged roofing material, inspection of decking to make sure it's attached to the roof rafters, repair of roof rafters as needed (e.g., replacement of soft or rotted wood, re-nailing), installation and/or repair of thedrip edge, to prevent rain from getting underneath roofing, installation of roofing felt to prevent leakage, weather-related damage and other problems, installation of new roofing material, and, clean-up and final inspection.
During the process, contractors are on the lookout for: pooled water or poor drainage, holes, shrinkage, cracking and blistering, nature-related damage (e.g., from trees, ice), structural issues.
Most roofers offer some sort of warranty; larger roofing companies may offer more substantial warranties.
"What should I ask a roofing contractor?"
It’s important to ask the right questions before hiring a roofing contractor: How long have you been in business? Are you licensed? Do you have workman’s comp and general liability insurance? How will get rid of old roofing material? Are you going to install drip edge or edge metal when you install the new roof? How will you protect my house, landscaping, and gutters? What if it rains during the installation? What is the warranty on my new roof? Can I have a list of three or four references? Do you provide a written estimate? How far out are you scheduling?
Doing your research, getting referrals, and asking the right questions is key to a successful and long-lasting roofing project.
"How long does roofing last?"
The lifespan of a roof will be affected by: the climate and weather in your area, how well your roof was installed, how well your roof was maintained, including occasional inspections and repair.
Additionally, different roof types come with different lifespans, from 10 to over 100 years: asphalt -basic: 10-20 years asphalt -architectural: 15-20 years asphalt -premium: up to 30 years cedar shake: 20-45 years composite: 30-50 years metal-ribbed panels: 25-50 years metal -standing seam: 30-50 years metal -stainless steel, titanium, zinc, and copper: up to 100 years slate: 50-100 years tile -clay: 50-100 years tile -concrete: 40-75 years
If your roof has a water-resistant or waterproof material installed and is well ventilated, you will extend the life of your roof.
"Is it a problem that my roof makes a creaking noise when it's windy?"
Generally, no. The pressure from wind can cause wood sheathing in your roof to rub against trusses or metal fasteners, causing the creaking noises you hear.
Other reasons for creaking include: changes in indoor and outdoor temperature, an insufficient number of roof vents.
Creaking isn’t structural damage, so in most cases, it isn’t a serious problem. That said, an inspection from your roofing contractor, or a residential structural engineer, might help to identify the source of the noise.
"Is it a problem that my roof makes noise when it's cold?"
Most of the time, probably not. Because your interior walls are warm, and your roof is exposed to the cold, your roof can shrink slightly while the walls do not. This creates pressure that causes nails and metal plates to move, creating cracking or banging noises. Perfectly natural!
HOWEVER, large accumulations of snow or ice can weigh down on a roof, which also causes noise. To be safe, make sure you don't have a lot of snow or ice built up on top of your house. If you do, move immediately to a location of safety, until you've resolved the issue!