Frequently Asked Questions About Roofing

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about roofing

Consult our Roofing FAQ to answer many questions about roofing. 

What are common causes of roof damage?

Common causes of roof damage include wind, hail, snow, ice, falling branches, and age.

How do I know if my roof needs to be repaired or replaced?

You may need to repair or replace your roof if you notice signs of damage, such as missing or damaged shingles, leaks, or sagging. A professional roofing contractor can assess the condition of your roof with an inspection, then recommend the appropriate course of action.

How much does a roof repair or replacement cost?

The cost of a roof repair or replacement can vary greatly depending on the size and type of roof, the extent of the damage, and the location of the property. On average, however, most homeowners can expect to pay between $1,000 for a basic repair and $15,000 or more (depending on the type of roof) for a roof replacement. Remember that homeowners' insurance will fully cover most types of damage, less your deductible.

How can I tell if my roof is leaking?

Signs of a roof leak include water stains on the ceiling or walls, a musty smell, or the sound of dripping water.

Can I repair my roof myself, or do I need to hire a professional?

Some small roof repairs, such as replacing a few shingles, may be able to be completed by a homeowner with some knowledge and experience. However, most roof repairs and replacements should be completed by a professional roofing contractor for safety and quality reasons.

How do I choose a reputable roofing contractor?

When choosing a roofing contractor, it's important to do your research and get multiple estimates, if necessary. Look for contractors with good reviews, a history of successful projects, and proper licensing and insurance. Also ask for personal recommendations from a neighbor, from your insurance agent, your homeowner’s association, or Realtor®.

What should I consider when choosing roofing materials?

When choosing roofing materials, consider factors such as the style and color of your home, the climate and weather in your area, and your budget.

Can I get my insurance company to pay for a roof repair or replacement?

In some cases, your insurance company may cover the cost of a roof repair or replacement if the damage is due to a covered event, such as wind or hail. Check your insurance policy for details and contact your insurance company to file a claim.

How long does a roof repair or replacement typically take?

The time it takes to complete a roof repair or replacement will vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. Most roof repairs can be completed in a few days, while a roof replacement may take a week or more.

How can I extend the life of my roof?

To extend the life of your roof, regularly inspect it for signs of damage, remove any debris that may have accumulated on it, and make repairs as needed. You should also have your roof inspected by a professional every few years. Southeastern Roofing offers a free annual inspection for our past customers.

What are the different types of roofing materials available?

Common types of roofing materials include asphalt shingles, metal, tile, slate, and wood shingles.

What is the best type of roof for my home?

The best type of roof for your home will depend on factors such as your climate, the style of your home, and your budget. A professional roofing contractor can help you choose the right type of roof for your home.

How do I properly maintain my roof?

To properly maintain your roof, regularly inspect it for signs of damage and make any necessary repairs. You should also remove debris from your roof and keep gutters and downspouts clean.

Can I replace my roof myself, or do I need to hire a professional?

In most cases, it is best to hire a professional roofing contractor to replace your roof. Replacing a roof can be a complex and dangerous job, and a professional will have the skills and experience necessary to complete the job safely and correctly.

How do I prevent ice dams on my roof?

To prevent ice dams on your roof, make sure your attic is well-insulated and properly ventilated. You should also remove snow from your roof regularly, starting at the eaves and working your way up.

How do I remove snow from my roof safely?

To remove snow from your roof safely, use a roof rake with a long handle to reach the snow without standing on the roof. Be careful not to damage the roof or gutters, and avoid standing on the roof if it is slippery or unstable.

Can I install solar panels on my roof?

In most cases, solar panels can be installed on a roof. However, it's important to choose a roofing contractor who has experience with solar installations and can ensure that the panels are installed properly.

What are the signs of a roof in need of repair?

Signs that your roof may need repairs include missing or damaged shingles, leaks, sagging, or water stains on the ceiling or walls.

What is the best time of year to repair or replace a roof?

The best time of year to repair or replace a roof depends on your location and climate. In general, it is best to avoid extreme temperatures and storms, so spring and fall are often the best times for roofing projects.

How often should I have my roof inspected?

Most experts recommend having your roof inspected by a professional every few years. This can help identify potential problems before they become major issues and extend the life of your roof. Southeastern Roofing offers a free annual inspection for past customers.

What are the different types of roofing warranties available?

Roofing warranties can vary, but common types include manufacturer's warranties, which cover defects in the roofing materials, and labor warranties, which cover the workmanship of the roofing contractor. Southeastern Roofing can offer better warranties because we are a Certified GAF Master Elite contractor.

Can I add insulation to my roof?

Yes, you can add insulation to your roof. This can help reduce your energy bills and improve the overall comfort of your home. We recommend hiring a professional contractor to install it.

What are the benefits of a metal roof?

Benefits of a metal roof include durability, energy efficiency, and a wide range of styles and colors.

What are the benefits of a flat roof?

Benefits of a flat roof include simplicity and cost-effectiveness, as well as the ability to use the roof for activities such as gardening or outdoor entertaining.

Can I paint my roof?

In most cases, you can paint a roof. However, it's important to choose a high-quality, weather-resistant paint and to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

How do I remove moss from my roof?

To remove moss from your roof, start by using a broom or brush to loosen the moss and remove as much as possible. Then, you can use a moss-removing product or a mixture of water and bleach to kill any remaining moss. Be sure to avoid damaging the roof or harming plants in the area, and by all means, be extra careful when on the roof.

What are the different types of roof ventilation?

Types of roof ventilation include soffit vents, which are installed along the eaves of the roof, and ridge vents, which are installed at the peak of the roof. Other options include gable vents, which are installed in the gables of the roof, and turbine vents, which are powered by wind.

What are roof accessories?

Roof accessories are an integral component of most roofing projects. They include items such as flashing, gutters, butyl tape, foam closures, metal trims, and fasteners. These accessories help to ensure the roof is properly sealed and protected from the elements.

Can I install a skylight on my roof?

In most cases, you can install a skylight on your roof. However, it's important to choose a skylight that is the right size and style for your roof and to have it installed by a professional. Skylights tend to be a source of leaks and may require a great deal of maintenance, so installing it correctly is imperative.

What are the different types of roofing underlayment?

Types of roofing underlayment include felt paper, synthetic underlayment, and ice and water shield. Each type has its own benefits and characteristics, so it's important to choose the right one for your specific roofing project, as advised by your roofing consultant.

What is the importance of high quality roof accessories?

The importance of installing high quality roof accessories cannot be overstated. Quality roof accessories are essential for ensuring a safe and secure roof system. They provide protection from water and air infiltration, as well as help to create a strong and durable roofing system. Quality roof accessories also ensure a long-lasting roof, as they help to protect against wind, rain, snow, and other environmental conditions. Additionally, quality roof accessories can help to improve the aesthetic appeal of the roof, making it look more attractive and pleasing to the eye.

Southeastern Roofing is a GAF Master Elite Certified Contractor

Southeastern Roofing is a GAF Certified Master Elite Contractor

The Master Elite® Certification is GAF’s factory certification program that provides ongoing training to roofing contractors and assurance to you, the homeowner, that the roof will be completed well and professionally. This is a highly prestigious award because only 2% of all roofing contractors in the country have qualified as Master Elite®. 

What does this mean for you as a homeowner?

Choosing a GAF Master Elite® contractor is your assurance that you will be dealing with a quality, dependable and professional contractor. In order for a roofing contractor to qualify for the certification, they must meet the following standards:

  • A+ BBB rating
  • Licensed in the state where they operate
  • Be current with distributor partners in receivables
  • In business for at least 3 years
  • Consistently show ethical contracting in their service area
  • Be adequately insured
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional training