first-time roof replacement

Replacing your roof can be an intimidating task, especially if it’s your first roof replacement. You have to choose the materials and find reputable roofers to handle all the administrative and budget issues that arise from such a grandiose project. 

To help you feel a bit more confident about the process, we answer some of the most common questions we hear about roof replacements. If your questions aren’t on the list, don’t hesitate to give us a call. One of our trusted roofing professionals will be more than happy to answer any queries.

Can I repair my roof instead of replacing it?

This repair will depend on the condition of your roof. Repairs are certainly cheaper and quicker than an entire roof replacement, especially if there’s only damage in one spot of the roof. If your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan, however, or has sustained significant damage to large portions of the roof, it’s necessary to replace the entire roof.

If you’re unsure whether you can get away with repairs, the best thing to do is to get in touch with one of our trusted professional roofers. We’ll be able to do a full, comprehensive inspection and offer our opinion on the next steps.


What happens if I want another roofing material?

If you’ve done some research on roofing materials and think you’ve found a superior option, you may want to install this type of roofing material instead. Whether this is possible will usually depend on the slope of your roof. 

Certain materials, like slate, require steeper slopes and a more robust structure than asphalt tiles. If you want to install slate instead of asphalt, you may have to look at modifying the entire structure of your roof, for example. 

If you want to switch out asphalt for metal roofing, however, that’s usually possible without any modifications. Speak to one of our professional roofers who will be able to provide you with several options and quotes if you’re looking for a change.


Can I install a new roof over my existing one?

Homeowners think it’s simpler to install a new roof over the existing one, and while this is possible, you may find that the replacement roof’s performance is not quite as you expected. For the best possible performance, it’s a good idea to remove the existing structure. It also gives the roofers a chance to identify and repair any problems within the underlying structure, which might otherwise escape detection.


What happens to the old roof after the new one’s been installed?

Reputable roofers will generally dispose of the old roof responsibly. They will haul any scrap away from your property, as well as making entirely sure that all roofing nails are collected using magnets. Any materials that can be recycled, such as asphalt, paper, and metal, should be delivered to a recycling center, with very little waste ending up in a landfill. 

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