Roofing FAQ: 7 common questions for local roofing companies

Having served Alabama and Florida as a local roofing company for nearly a decade, Ridgeline Construction’s clients have asked hundreds, if not thousands, of questions. If you’re a homeowner looking into roofing replacement and repairs, you know that there are endless questions you can ask your local roofing company. We hear your questions, and we want to provide you with answers.

At Ridgeline Construction, we know that homeowners care to be informed when making a sizeable purchase as a roof. We don’t just want you to get your questions answered, but to answer your questions by the experts.  

For our roofing FAQs below, we’ve pulled some of our most commonly asked questions. We have provided simple answers for homeowners to feel more prepared when looking for a local roofing company for your roofing needs. 


Roofing FAQ: Your local roofing company answers


    • What will it cost to repair the roof?

      When it comes to costs, there are a lot of variables that lead to roof repair prices varying. Your roof’s pitch, type of shingles, amount of layers of shingles on the roof, and the general condition of the roof all contribute to the pricing of roof repairs. Typically, the best way to see how much maintenance to your roof will cost is to schedule a free estimate with a local roofing company.


    • What are my options for roofing products and services?

      Depending on your roofing needs, there are many options for quality products to service your roof. There are several roofing materials options, such as asphalt shingles, TPO membrane, metal roofing, and roof coatings. With each material comes its advantages, price points, and level of expertise needed for installment. Whether you are looking for roofing for commercial property or residential homes, your trusted local roofing company can explain the right choice for your project.


    • Should I have the old roof removed before the new one is installed?

      Technically, it is possible to layer one set of shingles on top of another. However, doing this is setting you up for future roofing problems. Roofers typically recommend for homeowners to choose to remove old shingles before installing a new roof. If your current shingles are damaged, you will need to have them stripped when installing the new roof. Additionally, if you already have two layers of shingles on your roof, the shingles will have to come off to install the new roofing.


    • How can I recognize when a roof needs repair or replacement?

      If you’re concerned that your roof has damage, several signs may reveal the state of your roof. The first step is to arrange for  an interior and exterior roof check to identify any cracked shingles, dark stains, sagging, rotting/mold, or leaks/water damage. It’s also helpful to determine the age of your roof, even if there aren’t any apparent spots of corrosion or loss. Most of the time, it’s necessary to call a local roofing company to come to evaluate your roof’s condition. Local roofing companies offer annual roofing inspections where roofing experts assess your roof.


    • If a homeowner decides to install an Ice and Water Shield, what are the difficulties encountered when re-roofing?

      Ice and Water Shields are a popular product during roof installations. Ice and Water Shields are a waterproof roof underlayment membrane developed to protect vulnerable areas on a roof from ice and water damage. In short, part of how these shields work is by bonding the adhesive back surface of the guard to the roof deck. The shield also forms watertight laps and a watertight seal around the nails when shingles are applied. Because of all of the adhesive, your shingles can be tough to remove without full removal of the Ice and Water Shield, as well. If you’re interested in purchasing a shield, talk with your roofer about the manufacturing recommendations for application. This conversation should lead you to appropriate expectations for your roof repairs or installment.


    • Does a 30-year shingle really last 30 years?

      This question about 30-year shingles (and the same for 50-year and lifetime shingles) is a commonly misconstrued concept to most homeowners. In short, most 30-year shingles do not last 30 years in perfect condition. Manufacturers base the life expectancy of a 30-year shingle on a shingle placed in ideal conditions, such as without strong winds and in minimal sun exposure. Also, warranties for 30-year shingles don’t typically last for 30 years, either. Ask an expert at your local roofing company for more information on specific shingle brands, material types, and warranties.


    • How can I choose the right local roofing company?

      The first step is doing your research and seeing what local roofing companies are present in your area. When a local roofing company comes to your home for an estimate, be sure to get a detailed quote. This quote should include thorough information from your conversation. Another way to review the legitimacy of your local roofing company is by viewing reviews and gaining referrals from previous customers. These customers can share about their roofing experience, the quality of their roof, and how the local roofing company respected their time, home, and property.

Still have questions?

If you have more project-specific questions about your home, we’re here for you! As residents of our Alabama and Florida service areas ourselves, Ridgeline Construction understands what it’s like to work, live, and own a home here. We’re eager to connect with you and answer any questions you may have. 

We appreciate the time you’ve taken to look read about Ridgeline Construction Roofing & Exteriors. We’d love to add you to our community of satisfied home and business owners.


Need more information? Contact our team today!

Ridgeline Construction Roofing & Exteriors is one of the best home improvement specialists in the area. We won’t sacrifice quantity for quality, and we’ll always strive to provide you with the highest level of service. Schedule a free estimate and consultation today by calling us at (256) 325-1345 or by filling out our online form.

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