In our line of work there are always questions before a project begins. The following are some common or frequently asked questions along with a short answer to help put your mind at ease and to make your decision easier. Of course you can call us at any time to get answers to questions that may not be covered here.
General Roofing Questions:
How will I know when I need a new roof?
By performing a visual inspection you can tell if a roof is worn, peeling, cracked, old, and the most common concern is leaking. If leaking is occurring but not yet easily noticeable, sometimes stains will appear on ceilings, indicating a roof leak that needs to be checked.
How will I know if I need a new roof or just repair?
If your roof looks in good shape, it can probably be repaired. If your roof is past its life expectancy and is obviously on its last leg, then you probably need a completely new roof.
- Shake or wood shingle roofs typically last 15 to 25 years.
- Composition shingles from 12 to 20 years.
- Hot mop, torch down, or cold application last 7 to 12 years.
- Rock roofs generally last 12 to 15 years.
These are all rough estimates based on experience. Many shake roofs will last beyond 30 years, but some are worn out at 12 years! Foot traffic, location, exposure, etc. can all impact the life of your roof.
How much does it cost for a new roof?
- Composition roof will be between $1.50 and $3.25 per square foot.
- Wood shake/shingle should be the $3.50 to $6.00 per square foot range.
- Concrete Tile (standard weight) is between $3.00 and $3.50 per square foot.
- Lightweight Concrete is between $3.50 and $4.50 per square foot.
- Stone-coated Steel generally costs $3.50 to $4.50 per square foot.
Should I paint the outside of my house before or after I re-roof?
It depends on several factors and there are advantages to each. In the case of a two-story or split level home, it is always better to paint before you install your new roof. This will prevent over spray and excessive roof traffic which may damage your new roof. A one-story home can be painted before or after re-roofing. However, it is a good idea to have the trim painted first. If you have a tile roof installed, it is a good idea to have the trim painted first because the tile rake caps cover 4 to 6 inches of fascia board that will not be exposed for painting later.
Special Tips: If you chose to paint first, ask your painter to include in his bid a follow-up visit to paint newly installed fascia or shiplap that may have to be replaced during the roofing job due to dry rot or termite damage and to touch up any scratches or scuffs that may have occurred during re-roofing. Be sure that your painter carries insurance if he is using spray guns just in case of overspray.
How long will my new roof take to complete?
A typical project takes from 4 to 6 working days. If you have a large home or a steep roof, your project will take a bit longer than a typical one. Exceptionally large homes and steep roofs will often exceed ten working days from start to finish.
What about clean-up?
Our crews take pride in their work and clean up during and after each roofing assignment.
Do you replace gutters and flashings?
When installing a roof, we recommend replacing the gutters at the same time. We install all new jacks, flashing and valleys as a normal part of our gutter replacement service.
We're thinking of installing a skylight. How does that fit in with a new
The best time to install a new skylight is during the installation of the new roof. If you’re trying to bring light into a hard-to-reach area of your home, we suggest that you look into The Sun Tunnel Skylight.
What do you do about a solar panel system installation on my roof?
If you have a solar system on your roof, it will need to be removed before we can begin our work. Typically, McCormack Roofing Co. does not unhook or re-install solar systems. We cannot install your new roof properly with a solar system in place. Please ask your estimator about our new solar energy division. If needed, we will be happy to coordinate our roofing work with your solar contractor.
What does McCormack Roofing Co. do if there's existing dry rot and structural damage?
Although 95% of the homes we re-roof have no damage due to dry rot or termites, sometimes we find damage when the old roof is trimmed back or removed. When structural or sheathing damage is encountered, we will repair the damage for a small additional charge upon your approval.
What will you do about light fixtures, mirrors, and pictures?
If we tear off your old roof, some movement and shaking may occur. If you have fixtures, mirrors, or pictures that are heavy or valuable and/or not securely installed there’s a chance that the movement we create will be enough to cause them to fall. Please take all necessary measures to protect them while our work is in progress.
What will you do about antennas?
We will remove or work around your existing antenna. We’ll install your new roof by either removing and re-installing your antenna, or we’ll move it enough to allow the new roof to be installed, and then move it back. Our experienced crew will decide the best method depending on size and location.
How about the bushes and trees?
Our crews will trim somewhat in order to install the roof, but we aren’t landscapers. If you have trees or bushes that need trimming, you may wish to have your trees or bushes trimmed away from the roof by a landscaper before we start.
What do you do about using electricity?
We will need access to electricity while installing your roof. If you have a 20-amp circuit available, we can minimize the chance of tripping a circuit breaker or blowing a fuse. If your circuits are weak, we’ll need access to your fuse or circuit box “just in case”.
Who takes care of city codes and requirements?
Most cities have attached requirements for various code compliances to the final approval of any permit. We’ll secure the permit as required for re-roofing your home and will complete your new roof so that it will pass all final inspections of the roof. If your home does not meet codes for other work you may have done or was not built to code originally, you’ll have to meet these code requirements before your city or county will approve the final inspection of permit. We’ll do our best to inform you of the requirements in your area, but we don’t include the cost of any upgrade of code compliance in our contract with you.
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