In this day and age, information on practically any topic is available by clicking a mouse, tapping a smartphone, and by voice command. This includes plenty of information on roofing topics, such as roof replacement in Twin Cities Metro, roof maintenance and inspections, ice dam removal, and more. Further, you can do a comprehensive search of roofing contractors to answer questions you have about your roof or about hiring a roofing company.

Although, at times you may want to hear or read the answers to your questions straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. With this in mind, our pro roofers and staff have compiled a list of 10 frequently asked questions we hear almost every day to help you with your questions, concerns, and roofing needs.

How do I know if I need a new roof?

Sometimes the answer is clear, such as a collapsed roof, animals in your attic, and hail and storm damage. Beyond obvious damage, the two variables to consider the most are the age of the roof and its condition. If a shingle roof is more than 12-15 years old with fading, missing shingles, leaks, ice dams, for example, it’s time for a new roof.

How long does it take to install a new roof?

Variables to consider are material availability, size of the roof, weather conditions, and if there are any repairs needed to the sheathing and attic timber. Generally speaking, a roof replacement takes 2 to 4 days.

How much does a new roof cost?

The answer to this question is specific and unique to each customer. Like installation time, roof replacement costs are subject to material costs, roof size, structure condition, and roof material and style. Contact a reputable roofing contractor that offers free inspections and estimates with no obligation.

What type of roof is best for Minnesota weather?

With weather conditions we have here in the Twin Cities Metro area, you should install a roofing material that holds up well to cold temperatures, snow and ice, humidity, and rain. We recommend architectural composite shingles for a nice balance between curb appeal, durability, and costs. Architectural (also called dimensional) shingles last about twice as long as asphalt shingle material.

When is the best time of year to replace my roof?

Roof replacement does not have a specific season, such as cleaning out gutters before and after winter snows. Roofing materials are sometimes less expensive in late fall and winter, but there’s no guarantee. If your roof has suffered damage or is in such disrepair it is causing other problems for your home, you should get a roof replacement right away.

How much does a roof inspection/estimate cost?

We offer free estimates for all of our roofing services as well as all of our other construction services. We offer free insurance claims inspections.

How long should a roof last?

Factors affecting how long a roof will last are weather conditions, ongoing maintenance, timely repairs, and the quality of the installation. In general, asphalt shingle roofs last 12 to 15 years, and architectural shingle roofs last up to 30 years.

Should I replace my roof before I put my home on the market?

Lots of home buyers don’t want repairs once they take ownership of a home. Further, according to Better Homes and Gardens, the aesthetic and condition of the roof is as much as 40 percent of a home’s curb appeal. A new roof replacement will be appealing to many potential home buyers who are likely to ask for a roof inspection.

My roof’s color has faded. What should I do?

Color fading indicates the breakdown of asphalt shingles and signals it’s time for a new roof. Call your roofing contractor for a roof estimate and inspection.

If my roof leaks, do I need a new roof?

If your roof is uniformly worn out with more than one leak, you would benefit with a roof replacement. If the leak is due to one or two missing shingles, then a repair would probably do the job.

If you need additional information or clarification about these roofing FAQs, or if you have a question not listed here, please call Welter Construction at (763) 780-6007, or use our online contact form. We are Minnesota’s trusted roofing contractor for roof replacements, roof repairs, siding replacements, and more!