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Roofing Questions People Always Ask

Do you have questions about the roofing industry? It’s alright, most people do. The difference is that you are looking for the answers, which means you’ve already made the first step in the right direction. On this page you’ll find a few commonly asked questions by clients prior to getting their roof replaced or repaired.

What causes a roof leak?

Roof leaks are caused by many different things. The best way will always be to have a professional perform an inspection, but if you’re looking for a quick guide, follow any of the links below that you believe you may be dealing with:

  • Missing Shingles
  • Missing Silicone
  • Nail Popping
  • Inadequate Ventilation
  • Inadequate Insulation
  • Missing Drip Edge

How do you repair a leak on a roof?

Leaky roofs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It really depends on your specific circumstance, but every repair begins with an inspection from your local experts.

What is the insurance claim process for your roof?

If you believe you have an insurance claim, it is good to have a contractor (we recommend up to 3) come out and confirm you have damage. If you do, contact your insurance company and open a claim for storm damage on your roof. Try to have one of your contractors come out to meet with the insurance adjuster when they do their inspection. If all goes well, you have a claim opened.

What is the general cost to replacing a roof?

A new roof cost varies depending on your chosen roof covering, size and pitch of roof, pre-existing conditions such as decking quality or number of old shingle layers, as well as, anything that may need to be brought up to code. A good rule of thumb, however, is to expect a new roof cost to range from $450-750/SQ of roof covering. A square (SQ) is 100 square feet and is the standard unit of measurement for roof coverings. The new roof cost for residential is significantly lower than commercial.

How do roofing insurance claims work?

This is dependent upon your specific policy. However, most claims work as follows: 1. You have already opened a claim and your insurance has approved the claim. They send you an RCV (Replacement Cost Value) check to get the work started. After it is completed, the contractor will invoice your insurance company. Your insurance company will release your Depreciation check (difference in value between new, completed roof and the old rood in it’s damaged state). In some cases where a supplement is needed (insurance was short on some line items), your contractor will invoice for that separately and that check will usually come after the Depreciation check. After you have received those checks, then you pay the contractor.

How often should I perform a roof replacement?

In Denver, CO, the average lifespan of a roof is usually around 15-20 years. Twenty years is really pushing it in most cases, however. It can be expected, with the amount of hail storms that occur, a replacement will actually happen more frequently.

What type of insurance should a roofer have?

A roofing contractor needs to have $1,000,000 in general liability with $2,000,000 in aggregate. They only need worker’s compensation if they have employees that will get on your roof, unless that employee is the owner. Owners are waived from needing worker’s compensation. If a contractor is using a sub-contractor for labor, that subcontractor needs to match the general liability and also hold their own worker’s compensation.

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