First-Time Roof Replacement: Your Top Questions Answered!

Feb 28, 2024 | Roofing, Spouting

The unknowns of replacing your roof for the first time may make you feel anxious and a little overwhelmed. The good news? With our two decades of experience, roofing contractors like us have helped countless customers through this process. Since many of our customers have had similar questions, we’ve responded below to help during your roof replacement.

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Can I Get by With Repairs Rather Than Replacement?

Depending on the actual condition of your roof and the location of damage, you could get by with a roof repair rather than a replacement. Generally speaking, if the leak is at an isolated spot, then repairs will suffice. Getting a roof replacement would be the better option if the damage is widespread. Our team at Greenawalt Roofing Company will perform an inspection to evaluate the condition of your roof and provide you with an accurate assessment of what needs to be done. Learn more about when to get a repair or replacement here.

Can a New Roof Be Installed Over My Existing One?

While this is an option, we recommend removing your existing roof for optimal performance. If there are issues with the roof deck, we won’t be able to identify and repair the problem(s) if we opt for the re-roofing approach.

Can I Have a Roof Installed in the Winter?

To answer your question, yes, you can replace your roof in winter! It’s perfectly safe and sometimes more practical to replace your roof during winter. Your roofing contractor will take the necessary steps to ensure your roof replacement goes smoothly. View more about winter roof installs here.

Can I Choose a Different Roof Material?

Your ability to choose different roofing materials depends on the slope of your existing roofs. For example, asphalt shingle roofs can accommodate metal roofs and vice versa. Certain materials, like slate, require higher slopes, which may require a new or modified roof structure. Our expert sales team can provide several options and estimates depending on your needs.

What Kinds of Warranty Coverage Do You Offer?

At Greenawalt Roofing Company, our warranties cover materials and workmanship, ensuring your satisfaction and protection. It’s important to note that the length of our warranties depends on the roofing type. To learn more about our coverage, please check out our warranties page.

How Long Does a Roof Replacement Take?

Generally speaking, a roof replacement should take 2 to 3 days. However, the length of this process depends on the size of your roof and the materials used for the roof replacement.

Can I Live at Home While My Roof is Being Replaced?

While you can be at home during your roof replacement, there are some adjustments you will have to make during this process, such as:

  • Noise adjustment: Roof replacements are generally noisy, so if you work from home, this may be a distraction. Everyone has a different noise tolerance, so check out this video about what a roof replacement sounds like.
  • Pet consideration: If loud noises and vibrations have a track record of affecting your pet(s), it may be a good idea to relocate them during your roof replacement.
  • Car preparation: We suggest moving your car out of the driveway if you will need it throughout the day. This suggestion is not only because we don’t block you in but also to protect your car from being damaged by any potential falling debris during your roof replacement.
  • Interior preparations: We recommend removing anything hanging on walls that is valuable to ensure their safety due to the vibrations caused by getting a roof replacement. Furthermore, anything irreplaceable resting on a mantle, shelf, or anywhere else should be kept elsewhere since it could be at risk of being damaged from

How Do You Clean Up After the Installation and What Do You Do With the Old Roof?

We haul every scrap of discarded roofing and use magnets to pick up every roofing nail that has fallen to the ground. Materials such as asphalt, paper, and metal are recyclable, so we haul them off and send them to the proper recycling facilities. Only a small fraction of the disposed roofing ends up in the landfill.

So why Greenawalt Roofing Company?

Greenawalt Roofing Company is a Certainteed 5-Star SELECT ShingleMaster.  By choosing us for your roof replacement you are selecting a contractor in the top 1% of his profession who has met the most stringent credentialing requirements in the roofing industry. In other words, your home is in the very best of hands. Greenawalt Roofing Company has proven expertise in roof installations, is properly insured, and held to the highest standards of the program’s code of ethics.

Covering homes and commercial buildings with premier roofing, siding and gutters throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Delaware. Contact us today for your free estimate at 1 (888) 567-6631

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