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- Top 3 Reasons
- What’s Included in an Inspection?
- Roofing Materials
- Handling the Cost of a New or Replaced Roof
Top 3 Reasons
If you’re like most homeowners, you may occasionally find yourself wondering if it’s time to get a new roof. The roof is one of the hardest areas to inspect, and as the years pass, it can become even harder to know if it’s in good shape. This quickly becomes more important when you start to see areas that don’t look the way they used to or notice the common red flags that let you know your roof needs help.
At Colonial, we understand that your home is your biggest asset, and protecting it is your number one priority. We are happy to provide a quality, professional inspection to help you determine if your roof needs repairs or replacement before it’s too late.
Below are some of the common reasons homeowners call our team for an expert roof inspection:
- An Older Roof That Hasn’t Had A Recent Inspection.
If you’ve lived in your home for a few years, it is definitely time to schedule a roof inspection from a professional roofing company. Normal wear and tear and regular sun and storms can wreak havoc on a roof over time. If you’ve gone more than 2-3 years without an inspection, or your roof is reaching 5-10 years of age, it’s time to schedule an assessment. You’ll be able to get an understanding of your roof’s current condition and gain awareness of any problems or sections that may need additional attention or repairs soon. A comprehensive report can help you prepare in advance for necessary work rather than wait for an expensive emergency that can happen without warning.
- Your Roof Is Showing Signs of A Problem
We recommend that you do a regular assessment of your roof from the safety of the ground. A quick walk around your home can help you spot any indications of an impending roof problem. Look for broken or missing shingles or missing granules. You may also notice what appear to be dark spots or depressions in sections, all of which can indicate an area that may need repairing. If your ceiling is starting to show water stains or you notice a leak, it’s time to get a professional company onsite to conduct a full inspection. Don’t wait for a small problem to become a major emergency if you notice any of the signs described above.
- You Were Hit By A Storm
Storms accompanied by wind, rain, and hail are often damaging to your roof. If you’ve survived a recent storm, contact a professional roofing company right away to assess your home. Often, damage caused by natural events may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance if a claim is made in time. Our team can work with you and your insurance adjuster throughout the claims and repair process.
Before you schedule your free roof inspection, take the time to research and find a quality roofing company you can trust. Most reputable businesses, like Colonial, offer no-cost, no-obligation assessments. We are proud to provide the information you need for free to help you make the best decisions for your roof and home.
What’s Included in Our Quality Roof Inspection?
- A Detailed Report – We create a comprehensive report that you can use to understand the condition of your roof, any areas of concern, and our recommendations for repair or roof replacement. We take measurements of your roof’s pitch, length, and width so we can give a solid quote you can count on.
- A Roofing Estimate – You never want to be surprised by unexpected fees or costs that weren’t included in a roofing quote. That’s why our estimates outline all the details and takes into account your unique roof structure, chimneys, gutter systems, overhangs, and skylights, etc. We’ll also have all the necessary measurements of your roof size, pitch, and materials incorporated, so the total price is one you can count on.
- Selections For Your Roof – If your roof needs to be replaced, our expert team can walk you through the process of choosing the best materials. We source quality products from the best manufacturers to give you a selection of styles and choices within your budget.
If a roof replacement is required, we’ll schedule your project right away to limit the continuing damage that can occur with time.
Costs play a big part in any roof replacement, and many customers are curious about what to expect. In general, a homeowner with a 1,200 square foot home and pitch of 4:12 would expect to pay between $4,500 and 6,500 for a new roof with architectural shingles. Keep in mind that the final cost depends on many additional factors unique to the property and the type of materials selected.
Below are a few common choices and a general guideline of the price per 100 square feet for roofing materials. (pricing does vary – this is only meant to be a guide)
- Asphalt – usually the cheapest option, at $120 to $400 per 100 square feet.
- Metal – next in line is a metal roof, ranging between $500 and $1,800 for the same 100 square feet.
- Tile – tile is typically double the cost of a metal option, pricing at anywhere from $600 to $4,000 for 100 square feet.
- Slate – a similarly priced choice is slate, at roughly $800 to $4,000 per 100 square feet.
Handling the Cost of a New Roof
If you need a new roof but don’t have the cash on hand, there are multiple options to assist you in getting the work done affordably.
- Use Your Homeowner’s Insurance
If you have homeowner’s insurance, your new roof may be covered under your policy. Our Colonial contractors often work side by side with your insurance agent to help you get the work done at little to no cost.
- Use Financing Options
Homeowners can use a credit card, personal loan, or special financing to get the funds they need upfront to repair or replace their roof. Most reputable roofing companies, like Colonial, can connect you with a financing partner. They’ll likely require good credit and proof that you can make monthly payments over time.
- Use Grant Assistance
Government and grant programs exist to help elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners. If you believe you would be eligible based on those conditions, look for information on the Weatherization Assistance Program, the Section 504 Home Repair Program, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Very Low-Income Housing Repair Program, for roof repair grants.
After you’ve received your roof inspection and secured your funds, you may be ready to get your repairs started right away. Use the report to move forward. It should include a detailed outline of the suggested repairs, costs, and timelines for your project. Be sure to ask your contractor for specific start and end dates in writing before signing any contract.
It’s also essential to review the outline of work from your report. By understanding what’s included and asking any questions, you can know what to expect and eliminate the possibility of additional charges or fees down the road.
If you don’t see it in your inspection report or follow-up documents, request a copy of your contractor’s licensing and insurance papers. You’ll want to know that you’re working with a reputable company that’s registered with your state before signing a contract of any kind.
At Colonial, we recognize that your roof protects your home and your family’s important belongings. As your first line of defense against the elements, we are happy to provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation inspection that delivers essential insights into your roof’s condition – and provides peace of mind. With the details you’ll receive, you’ll be able to make wise decisions to avoid a roof emergency and protect your most significant asset.
Contact our expert team to get your free inspection. We’re qualified and experienced with all types of roofing styles, materials, and situations.
From commercial to residential and everything in between, we’re here to be your trusted, experienced roofing contractor. Give us a call at 703-754-9551 or visit us here.