Frequently Asked Questions
How can a homeowner recognize when a roof has problems?
All too often, roof problems are discovered after leaking or serious damage occurs. Periodic inspections can often uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams, and other visible signs of roof problems. Indoors, look for cracked pain, discolored plaster board, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
My roof leaks. Do I need to have it totally replaced?
Not necessarily. Leaking can result because some flashing has come loose, or because a section of the roof has been damaged. A roof failure, however, is generally irreversible and in addition to simply wearing out, can result from improper installation, choice of materials, or from the installation of a roof system inappropriate to the building.
Can I just do the work myself?
Most work is not do-it-yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. The shingles and other roofing materials you pay for only qualify for the manufacturer's warranty if they are installed correctly. Novices can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques or severely injure themselves by falling off or even through a roof in need of repair or replacement. Homeowner maintenance should be confined to roof inspections in the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles. If you must see the roof for yourself, use a firmly braced ladder with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber-soled shoes and stay on the ladder (and off the roof) if possible.
How long can I expect my roof to last?
The condition and lifespan of your roof will depend on the type of roof you have, the effects of your local environment, and the maintenance which the roof has received. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, asphalt shingles generally last 15-20 years. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations they will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lifetimes.
What will a new roof cost?
The price of a new roof varies widely, depending on the material selected, the contractor doing the work, the home itself, local labor rates, time of year, and more. Keep in mind that cost in only one factor, and it must be balanced against the quality of the materials and workmanship. For each roofing material there are different grades and corresponding prices. Plus, there are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs. Within the roofing profession there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Pick a contractor who is committed to quality work. Bernardino Roofing has proven over the last 30 years that we are this type of company!
The estimates I have received are very different in price. Why not just go with the lowest bid?
Most often estimates may appear to be offering the same or similar services, however, our experience shows that most contracts are not created equal. A low price can signal discrepancies and shortcoming is the reliability of the contractor or the actual materials. Still not sure if you are comparing "apples to apples"? No problem! We are always willing to through the proposals with you and offer and honest evaluation so that you can make an informed decision.