If you have Roofing Questions, you’ll find the answers you need in our Roofing FAQ
A roof replacement might not be quite as exciting as a new deck or other home remodel project, but it’s certainly a significant home improvement investment. It can bring long-lasting protection to your home, improve the look and curb appeal of your home, as well as improve the property value of your home.
Since a new roof gets installed on a home relatively infrequently, most homeowners aren’t familiar with the process – how to choose a roofer, what to look for in a roofing company, knowing the best roofing shingles, understanding roofing materials, and more. And that’s okay – these are all important roofing questions!
Have Questions? We are Here to Help You!
/01How do I know that I need a new roof?
Roofing shingles and wood shake usually have a 15-to-30 year lifespan, depending on the quality of the original shingles, how well the roof was installed originally, and the location and tree cover of your home.
A Minnesota roof is subject to weather extremes, wide temperature swings, snow, ice, hail, ice dam issues, direct sunlight, wind, and even poor deck ventilation – all of which play a part in the longevity of a roof. These extreme conditions are a perfect illustration of why it’s so important to choose an experienced and professional roofer that does the job with precision and chooses the best roofing materials.
While the roofing shingle manufacturers we use today like GAF and Owens-Corning offer lifetime warranties, in the past this wasn’t always the case. We advise our customers that 12 years is a good guideline to consider a replacement, but again it depends on the above factors.
Here are some issues to watch for:
- Evidence of water leaks on your ceiling (water spots/discoloration)
- Discolored or cracked interior drywall
- Curling shingles
- Hail / wind damage
- Loss of the asphalt granulation / bald spots on the shingle
- Decayed shingles
- Cracked / Damaged / Missing shingles
- Flashing that is missing or rusted
If your residential roof has any of these issues, or is over 12 years old, we encourage you to call us out for an inspection. Not all damage is visible to the untrained eye based on the ground, and having a professional up on the roof for a closer inspection can spot any damage early enough to avoid expensive repairs down the road.
/02If I see any of these roof damage warning signs, does that mean I need basic roof repair or a total roof replacement?
That depends on the condition of the shingles and if they’re collectively past their prime or not, and also if the original roofing contractor installed the roof improperly or not. Roofing shingles in good condition can be repaired, as long as the integrity of the shingle hasn’t been damaged too much. For roof shingles that are decayed, damaged, or just old, it can be economically smarter for your home’s protection and investment to have us perform a roof replacement.
/03How much does a new roof replacement cost?
There are several factors that determine cost of your new roof. Those include the professionalism and quality of your roofing contractor, the type, brand, and grade of roofing shingle that you select, the size of the roof as well as the slope and shape of your roofline.
Don’t choose your roofing contractor based on cost alone! Yes, price is a factor, but there are many other components to consider in getting the quality roof that your home deserves. Remember that Roofing Contractor workmanship and high-quality roofing materials have significant value. Simply hiring the cheapest roofing contractor could end up costing more in the long run if you need more frequent repairs due to shoddy work, as well as the need for an earlier roof replacement.
Storm Group Roofing can provide a no-obligation roofing estimate to get a fair and accurate cost for your unique home’s needs.
/04Would I have to replace downspouts and gutters at the same time?
If your downspouts and gutters are in good shape, our Storm Group Roofing contractors can simply work around them. And we won’t remove and reinstall them once your roof is complete to avoid damaging them. However, if your gutters need repair or replacement, Storm Group can provide this service too since we are a complete Twin Cities contractor.
/05How long will it take your roofing company to install my new roof?
As one might expect, there are multiple factors that affect all roofing projects – weather, if there is a second layer to remove, flashing issues, and more. But overall, our professional roofers at Storm Group Roofing can be completely finished with your new roof – from taking off the old roof to cleaning up – in three to four days, depending on the above factors.
Our crews are very efficient in the roof removal, new roof installation, gutters, and cleanup. Our professional roofers are trained to stay on schedule, handle city permits, and ensure your complete satisfaction with your roofing installation. These factors take coordination, and at Storm Group Roofing, we pride ourselves in being organized, efficient, and professional.
/06Do I need to do anything before the roofing company starts?
Since roof replacement and roofing repair can be a noisy and messy process, you may wish to consider going somewhere else for a few hours once the roofing contractors begin pulling off the old shingles to avoid the noise. Consider your pets as well. Unfortunately there’s no way around this, but we do our best to minimize inconvenience during this roofing process.
– Park your vehicles in the street or down the block. The roof removal trucks will need to occupy your driveway, and relocating your vehicles helps keep them safe and out of the way of stray shingles and nails. We are very efficient in our clean-up, and use mobile bins to collect shingles and materials, so you won’t have a big dumpster on your property for a few days – we remove this dumpster at the end of every work day.
– While we have done thousands of jobs without issue, we still encourage customers to protect any item that has high value. Since we will be literally walking on your roof, the vibrations could upset something that is unsecure.
– Cover your swimming pool if you have one. If you don’t own a pool cover, we will place tarp over it,
– Cover or move anything of value from the yard. We’re not as familiar with your yard as you are, so either move or alert us to any item we need to avoid affecting.
– We will take all precautionary measures to protect the items on your property – from covering items with tarp in the garage or yard, to using a blower to remove any residual dust, If you have a decorative driveway or sidewalk, we’ll take care to protect it from vehicles, debris, and footsteps.
/07What happens if my new roof leaks?
It’s covered. The GAF and Owens-Corning shingle manufacturers we work with offer lifetime warranties, and most are transferable to any new homeowner for a small fee. And that’s just the shingles.
We take great pride in our workmanship, and have done thousands of roofing installations without issues. But if any leaks came about, we would repair any leak and any damage to sheetrock, insulation, or paint.
Our warranties and commitment to professional craftsmanship are how we’ve earned the trust of thousands of customers in the Twin Cities, and we look forward to speaking with you about your roofing and exterior needs as well. Feel free to contact us at 612-559-2445 for a no-obligation consultation, and learn why Storm Group Roofing is considered one of the best Minneapolis Roofing companies in Minnesota and the Midwest!
There’s a lot more to putting on a new roof than we can fit on this Roofing FAQ page, but these roofing questions are ones we get asked the most frequently, and a good place to begin.
We encourage you to contact us at Storm Group Roofing for a more detailed explanation of how we can best help protect your home with a new roof, why choose Storm Group, and more.
Call us at 612-559-2449 for a no-obligation consultation customized to your unique home needs.