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    Commonly Asked Roofing Questions

    Having to get your roof repaired can leave you with a lot of questions. You may be confused as to what needs to be done and why. These are some of the most commonly asked questions about roofing in Flat.

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    Will I have to have my roof totally replaced if it leaks?

    Not all instances of a leaky roof require that you replace the whole roof. A leak may be caused by just a small section of your roof that’s damaged. If this is the case and the rest of your roof is in good repair then you may just need to have a repair done on part of your roof. However, if there are leaks in several different spots then there’s a good chance that you will need to have your whole roof replaced. The amount of damage that has been done will have the biggest impact as to whether or not you will need to replace your whole roof.

    If I Need To Have My Whole Roof Replaced, Is There Anything I Should Do To Prepare For It?

    There are some things that you can do if you need to have your whole roof replaced. Remove pictures and shelves from the walls. The hammering on your roof can cause the walls to vibrate and these items to fall down. Remove your cars from your driveway and park them on the street or in a neighbor's yard. Debris will fall off of your roof during a whole roof replacement and you don’t want to risk your cars getting damaged. If you have little ones it might be a good idea to find another place to go during the day when your roof is being worked on. The constant noise may be bothersome to them, especially for infants that need to nap a lot.

    How Long Will It Take To Have My Whole Roof Replaced?

    The amount of time it will take to have your whole roof replaced will depend on several factors. The weather can greatly influence how quickly your roofing contractor will work. Permits and inspections play a key factor as well. The size of your roof will also determine how quickly your new roof can be installed. For some homes, a whole roof can be replaced in less than a week.

    How Often Will I Need To Replace My Roof?

    There’s no definitive answer as to how long your roof will last. Maintenance of your roof is important and if it’s not maintained it might only last for 6 or 7 years. In hot climates or areas that receive extreme weather, a roof might last only ten years. In a perfect situation, you can expect to get around 20 years out of your roof. If you are concerned with how long your new roof should last, talk to your roofing contractor. They should be able to give you tips for maintaining your roof and recommend the best roofing materials for them to use in order for your roof to last long a long time.

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