Elm City Roofing FAQs

There are many things that property owners need to know when pursuing a roofing project, whether commercial or residential.

Here are some frequently asked questions to help you get started.

What are the signs that indicate that you need a new roof?

It is very important to distinguish between needing a new roof or needing a repair. Common signs that may indicate if you need a new roof include water stains, mold, missing shingles, worn roofing covers, flaws in roofing seams, bubbles along with the gaps of the roof covers, and gaps in flashing. The age of the roof can also indicate whether or not you need a new roof. The average lifespan of a roof is approximately 17 years. 

Do I need Roof Repair or Roof Replacement?

If you are experiencing defects with your roofing then you can either opt for a full replacement or you can repair your existing roof. A full replacement can be beneficial if your existing roof is more than 25% defective. If you want to use the latest energy-efficient technology, having a whole roof replacement can help you achieve that.

If the insulation is intact and in place, roof repairs are your best option. A total replacement is more expensive compared to specific repairs, so if you are looking for a low-cost option, repairs are your best bet. Minor repairs help to extend the life of your current roof and you can even install roof coating to protect it from leaks and harmful rays of sun, thus lowering your energy bill. 

If your roof requires additional repairs, it may be time to consider a full replacement. 

What Type of Roofing System is Good?

Different roofing systems include: 

  • Built-in Roofing: roof layers are built up and bonded with each other
  • Tapered Insulation Roofing: prevents standing of water and is ideal for non-sloped roofs 
  • TPO Roofs: fireproof, flexible, and durable
  • Single Ply Roofing: long-term roofing solution 
What is the Impact of Geography on Roofing Options?

Geography highly impacts your roofing options. If you are located in the south your building may be subjected to different weather conditions compared to the northeast or other regions, including rainfalls, wind velocity, or snowfall. 

Aside from the weather, the direction of the building face and roof orientation also affects your roofing options. Roofing experts like Elm City Roofing in New Haven understand that every building is unique and requires a specific roofing system that best suits your particular building. 

What are Energy Efficient Roofs?

Energy-efficient roofs save you money on your electricity bill and allow you to utilize green technology while maintaining leak-proof roofing. This roofing reflects UV rays and keeps your home insulated from the cold. You may also be eligible for a rebate with energy-efficient roofing. 

How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

The cost of the roof replacement depends on various factors. One major factor is roof size. The larger the size, the more labor, and material are required. If there are objects that extend beyond the roof, you may incur some additional expenses in order to cut around that area. Building location can also affect the cost of the roof. 

On average, a built-in roof with alternating layers of materials can cost $2.5–5 per square foot. The material includes tar or bitumen, and other waterproof material.

Plywood can last from 20–30 years and the single layer can range from $3–4 per square foot, on average. You can also have rubber or metal material.

Can I Do The Roofing By Myself?

This all depends on the individual. If you are experienced with different DIY home improvement projects, you may be able to take on this large-scale project. However, if you are not experienced in dealing with these types of projects then you should leave it to the professionals. The roof is the first defense of the home so you need to make sure that it is installed and handled properly.

How Long Can My Roof Last?

The average lifespan of a roof is expected to be 17 years but can extend to almost 20 years. The lifespan depends on a number of factors including material quality, building structure, installation, periodic inspection, proper maintenance, climate changes, etc. The materials used is the most important factor when considering the longevity of a roof. Our team at Elm City Roofing uses Owens Corning which provides a 30 year warranty for the shingles.

Can My New Roof Leak?

If you have a brand new roof, you should not have to worry about a leak. However, in the rare event that you do experience a leak, the warranty will often cover the cost and the roofing company will provide you with the solution. Be sure to reach out as soon as possible if you experience any issues with your new roof.

Do You Seal Mobile Home Roofs?

We seal mobile home roofs every so often. It’s not a job that homeowners typically hire a roofer for. It’s a fairly straightforward job that anyone physically able can do. 

If you’d like to do it yourself and have questions about choosing which sealant to use, please refer to the following article about which mobile home roof coating to choose by Colorado Mobile Homes. 

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You can contact our Elm City Roofing professionals to know how we will be going to help you. We are here to handle any roofing-related needs and to answer your questions. Our team of experts will divulge any service you need.



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