Roof Repair, Replacement & Installation FAQ in Polk County, Lakeland.

1. How long can I expect my roof to last?

The average roof is designed to withstand the elements for up to 20 years. Some last as long as 25 years or more when they are made of robust materials like fiber cement shingles. Check with your roof materials manufacturer to determine the average lifespan of your type of roof.

2. I received three significantly different proposals from contractors. How should I decide which roofer to select?

This is a common issue but selecting a roofing contractor isn’t as easy as choosing the cheapest option. Instead, gauge the roofers by their experience level and how well they answer your questions with confidence. Finally, ask for referrals and contact those homeowners to get an idea of how well the contractors perform. By assessing the roofing companies individually, you should get a better idea of which roofer is more qualified to do the job. 

3. How do I know what type of roofing shingle is best for my roof and budget?

Our roofing experts have been working with a variety of quality roofing materials for many years. We can help you select the types of shingles to use or if you would be better off going with a metal or tile roof. Your choice of roof materials will depend on where your home is located, the size of your home, and your budget. One thing is for sure, we can find a roofing option that protects your home as well as saves you money.

4. How can a homeowner recognize when a roof system has problems?

You should call a roofing professional for roof repair when you notice shingles that are cracked or buckling. If you see signs of mold or algae, those are also serious issues that may require repair or complete roof replacement. Don’t just call when your roof leaks, but at the first sign that something may be wrong. Even if problems aren’t immediately apparent, there may be serious issues going on underneath your roofing materials. Our roofing experts can root out any problems and fix them fast for total home protection. 

5. Are roof repairs expensive?

We strive to save you as much money as possible when repairing your roof. We offer free estimates with no hidden charges and work directly with manufacturers while passing the savings on to you. That being said, the extent of your repairs will depend on how much damage was done to your roof. Let us come and assess your roof damage so that we can determine how much your affordable roof repairs will cost. 

6. Is a leaking roof an emergency?

A leaking roof is an emergency, as leaks only tend to get worse. What starts off as a tiny drip can quickly cause moisture to soak into your home, doing untold damage to your internal structures. You should call a roofing company like Residential Roofing Depot at the first sign of leakage just to be safe.

7. What is causing the algae growth on my shingles?

Black algae or roof mold is spread by airborne spores. Once they land on your roof, the algae cause colorful stains. This type of algae needs heat, moisture, and nutrients to grow, but can be removed by a roof repair team. 

8. How do I get rid of the algae growth on my shingles?

You can get rid of algae growing on your roof by using a mix of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Spray the algae director and allow it to set for about 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse away thoroughly.

9. How can I reduce some of the problems associated with low slope roofs?

Low slope roofs sometimes face problems like tenting, blow-offs, and reduced wind uplift resistance. These issues are more common if the roof hasn’t been installed properly or the roof wasn’t properly maintained. 

Low slope roofs can also be susceptible to leaks. We recommend calling our roofing professionals to assess your roof. We may be able to fix leaking issues or recommend stronger roofing materials to fix any low-slope issues to keep your home protected at all times.  

10. How are roofing shingles made?

Roofing shingles are made of organic felt or fiberglass that is mounted and fed into a dry looper. The material goes through pressurization before it is dropped into a tank of hot asphalt, which coats the shingle with fibers. This produces a strong shingle that keeps moisture and leaks at bay.

11. Do metal roofs leak?

Metal roofs only leak when they are improperly installed. Choosing a quality roof installation company like RRD is your first step toward getting a metal roof that stands up to any storm.

12. Do metal roofs attract lightning?

If you are apprehensive about getting a metal roof because you fear your home being struck by lightning, have no fear. Metal roofs do not attract lightning, nor are they struck more often than any other roofing materials. 

13. How much longer will a metal roof last than other common roofing materials, like asphalt shingles?

While asphalt shingles can stand strong against the elements for 20 to 25 years, metal roofing can last as long as sixty years or more. 

14. Does a metal roof cost more than other types of roofing?

While a metal roof is more expensive as a one-term cost than shingle or tile roofs, the long-term costs are much less. Metal roofs require less maintenance and don’t need to be replaced as often as shingle or tile roofing materials. 

15. What size hail is damaging to roofs?

When hail rains down, we want to dive for cover no matter how large or small the stones happen to be. On average, hailstones need to be an inch in diameter or more to cause damage to the most common type of asphalt shingles. 

16. Will a metal roof be noisy when it rains?

Despite what you might think, metal roofs don’t make any more noise than other roofing materials like asphalt shingles. In fact, metal roofs are excellent at drowning out noise otherwise caused by rain, hail, and windblown debris.

17. My roof is leaking, but I just had new shingles put on last year – What could it be?

The leak to your new roof likely doesn’t have anything to do with your new shingles. The culprit is probably the flashing or seal around a protrusion on the roof. Have your home inspected by an experienced roofing expert to learn the true reason for your leaky roof. 

18. What is a roofing underlayment?

Roofing underlayment is a waterproof barrier that is installed onto your roof deck. It is applied underneath the other roofing materials as an extra layer of protection from inclement weather. 

19. Do tile roofs need maintenance?

All roofing systems can require maintenance, and tile is no exception. Get an annual inspection of your roof to ensure your tile roofing is getting the attention it needs to mitigate problems before they turn bad.

20. Can I repair my roof instead?

It is tempting to want to fix your roof all on your own. However, Florida law requires roofing repairs to be performed by certified roofing professionals only.

21. If I repair my roof now, how much longer can I expect it to last? 

There is no easy answer to this question. Your roof will last according to the materials the roof is comprised of. Metal roofs will last longer than shingle roofs, for example. You can guarantee that when RRD performs your roofing repair, the repaired section will protect your home for the rest of your roof’s life, barring damage from storms or other reasons. 

22. How much return on investment does a new roof give?

Repairing or replacing your roof is an excellent investment, as you are doing your part to raise your home’s value. This can pay off in dividends if you ever decide to sell your house. You are also protecting your home, which can save you on costly repairs caused by leaks, saving you even more of a return on your initial roof investment. 

23. How long will a complete re-roof take?

The entire process of re-roofing your home depends on the size of your home, the types of materials, if the weather will cooperate, and how much de-roofing needs to take place. We assure you that we will expedite your project to fulfill a time schedule that works for you while putting supreme emphasis on a job well done. 

24. Will my insurance cover a new roof?

Insurance may pay for a new roof if more than 25% of your roof was damaged. Contact your insurer to find out if your policy gives adequate roof coverage. 

25. How do I know if I can trust my roofing contractor?

RRD stands behind our work and the professionalism of every one of our roofing contractors. Work with a company that invests heavily in its workforce and in customer service to ensure you are working with a roofing company you can trust. 

26. How often do tile roofs need to be cleaned?

We recommend that you have your roof cleaned at least once every five years. Depending on the type of materials you have – shingles, tile, or metal – we can recommend a roof cleaning schedule that works for you. 

27. Are tile roofs better than shingles?

All roofing elements have their unique benefits and downsides. Tile roofs may come with a slightly higher cost than shingle roofs, but tile roofs can be more customizable and sturdier against the elements, depending on your roofing goals. 

28. Do tile roofs leak?

Any roof can leak if it sustains damage or is not properly installed. If your new tile roof leaks, it could be an issue with the installation. Let the professionals at RRD assess your roof for a free estimate you can count on. 

29. Do tile roofs keep a house cooler?

 

Clay tile roofs do keep homes considerably cooler when compared to asphalt shingles and other roofing materials. This is due to the unique shape of the tiles and their thermal insulating qualities. 

1. How long should a roof repair last?

A quality roof repair should last as long as your roof lasts. Most roofs have a life of 20 or more years. 

2. Why is my roof leaking in the wintertime? 

Your roof installation may be lacking, allowing moisture to sink through your roofing materials where it drips into your home. We can provide you with a thorough assessment to give your home the moisture protection it needs. 

3. What happens when it rains during the roofing repair project? 

Our roofing professionals make sure the forecast is clear before beginning work on your roofing repair project. However, any Floridian knows that the weather can be unpredictable. If bad weather occurs, we will protect the work we have already performed – and your roof and home – until the weather stops. Once the skies are clear, we will resume work as if nothing happened. 

4. Can a roof be repaired instead of replaced entirely?

Only a thorough assessment by an experienced roofing professional can determine if your roof should be repaired or replaced. On the surface, your roof may appear to have slight damage, but there may be serious problems occurring underneath. Those hidden dangers can worsen, leaving your home at risk. That is why we recommend a free assessment by certified Florida roofers before making any decisions. 

5. How do you fix a buckled roof shingle? 

The best way to fix a buckled shingle is to remove it entirely. Our roofers will remove the affected shingle and replace it with a brand new one to match. This ensures that your roof protects your home as it should. 

6. How do you fix a crack in a shingle roof?

Any damaged shingles should be removed and replaced with new shingles, and the underlayment should be repaired as well to ensure the integrity of your roof stands firm. 

7. How do you repair a broken shingle roof?

The best way to repair a broken shingle roof is to remove the affected piece and look for accompanying damage to nearby shingles. If nearby damage exists, those shingles should also be replaced entirely.

8. Is a new roof a repair or improvement? 

 

A new roof is both considered home repair and home improvement and replacing your roof can do wonders for your home’s value and aesthetics. 

1. What time do your roofers start working?

When we give you an estimate for a roofing repair or installation, we will start by the time we say we will, guaranteed. Of course, there may be circumstances that delay the project, such as bad weather or sourcing the right product. However, we strive to keep to the planned schedule so that you can have the sturdy roof quickly and securely.

2. What does a roofing contractor do?

Our roofing experts have worked with all types of roofs and roof installations, as well as roof repairs. Before any work is conducted, however, our contractors must inspect your roof in person. This allows our experts to assess the scope of the project and provide a full estimate that includes parts and labor and no hidden charges of any kind. 

While working, roofing contractors look for spots in your roof that could lead to future damage, such as rust or shingles that have come loose. These areas will be repaired as needed so that it matches the rest of the roof structure. Florida has the 25% rule, where if a roofing contractor has to repair more than 25% of the roof, the entire roof must be done to maintain the proper integrity. This is to keep your home safe during hurricanes and other inclement weather anomalies. 

Roofing contractors work with a variety of materials like metal roofs, asphalt shingles, and tile to keep your home protected from the elements while improving your home’s value. A roofer also makes sure the entire roof structure adds to the aesthetics of your house, making your home stand out among all the rest on the block.

If you have questions, your roofer has answers. You can think of roofing contractors as the experts you need when you want full home protection. 

3. How do I estimate roofing costs?

We provide free estimates at Residential Roofing Depot, so you don’t need to worry about a thing. When you call for roof repair or roofing installation, we may ask about the types of materials we are working with and the dimensions of your roof. If you don’t have this information, not to worry, as our roofers can perform the necessary measurements for you. Our contractors will then calculate a fair and competitive estimate that includes parts and labor and no hidden charges of any kind.

4. How do you put a roof over an existing roof?

Some roofing projects require placing a layer of waterproof shingle underlayment (WSU) over the existing shingles for extra moisture protection. Ask your roofing professional when calling for your free estimate. 

5. How do I know when my roof needs to be replaced? 

Even if your roof hasn’t failed and it hasn’t suffered an accident, your roof may still be in need of a complete replacement. You should consider replacing your roof if you notice shingle edges that are curled or cupped shingle tabs. Look for bald spots where granules are missing or shingles that have cracked. Look at the shingles themselves and determine if they look old and worn. If so, you might want to call for a complete re-roof by Polk County roofing experts. 

6. Is re-roofing a good idea? 

In some cases, re-roofing your home is one of the best ideas you can have. If your roof has been damaged by heavy storms, you may be putting your home at risk, even if there are no apparent leaks. You are also lowering your home’s value by having a roof that has sustained damage. If your roof is completely worn out, you are still putting your home at risk, and your roof could begin failing at any time.

Keep the weather and moisture out and boost your home’s value by re-roofing your home when the time has come. Don’t know when that is? Our roofing professionals can help.

7. Do roofers give free estimates? 

Our roofers do. If you live in Polk County or the surrounding areas, call and one of our roofing experts will assess your home for a complete roof replacement. 

8. Can you stay in your home while your roof is being replaced? 

Roofing your home can take a few days. If you work from home or generally prefer to stay at home, you may want to schedule to be elsewhere while the replacement is ongoing. The loud noises and walking on the roof can sometimes be unsettling to homeowners, which is why we usually prefer to work on a vacant home. 

9. What time of year is best to replace my roof? 

We recommend that you consider replacing your roof in the springtime, as the hurricane season is behind us and the temperatures are generally mild. 

10. Is it okay to replace my roof in the winter?

Springtime is a very busy season for roofers, so you may find your springtime roofing project delayed. The good news is that Florida winters are another ideal time for roof replacement. The cooler temperatures usually mean for quick roofing work any time of day.

11. How long does it take roofers to replace a roof? 

A full roof replacement project can take from one to a few days, depending on the size and scope complexity. The time to replace the roof can also be delayed by the weather. 

12. Do I need a permit to replace my roof myself?

Florida has certain laws that pertain to roofs that dictate when a roof can be repaired and the types of people that can perform those repairs. With regards to self-replacement, unfortunately, Florida does not allow DIY roofing jobs. Your roof must be assessed and replaced by a roofing professional who is certified to work on Florida roofs. Call RRD for a free estimate and we can help you with your roof replacement. 

13. How do I estimate roofing costs?

There are roofing calculators online that can help you estimate how much a roof replacement will cost. The calculators take into account your roof size and slope, as well as the complexity. You then select the tear-off layers, number of levels, the roofing materials you want, and your region. 

We provide free estimates that include competitive prices for all premium materials and labor with no added costs. 

14. What is the difference between a re-roof and a new roof?

A new roof is performed a new home construction. Home builders may want a specialized roof, which is easy work for our tenured roofers. A re-roof is when we replace your existing roof with one that uses modern materials and that holds up to the strongest elements, no matter what. 

15. Can you replace just part of your roof?

You may be able to have a small section of your roof replaced if it was damaged, such as by a storm. However, in the state of Florida, if 25% of your roof was damaged or more, than the entire roof will need to be replaced, as per Florida state law. 

16. How do you shingle over an old roof?

After assessing your roof, we can determine the best course of action for giving your home the most protection. If necessary, we can de-roof your home before providing you with a complete roof replacement. 

17. My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced complete? 

A leaky roof does not automatically mean that you need a complete re-roof. We may be able to patch holes or fix shingles to give your home the protection it needs for less. 

 

1. Do roofing companies offer financing?

While other roofing companies may require you to find financing options all on your own, we take our customer service a bit further. Our founders have a background in finance and can point you to one or more financing options that are perfect for your unique situation. We can even walk you through the process of financing your roof for a headache-free affair.

2. Is my roof covered by insurance?

Only your insurer can answer that question. Most storm damage will be covered by home and rental insurance policies, but you should check your policy coverage just to make sure. 

3. How can I get my insurance to pay for my roof?

We can help you file a claim for your damaged roof. Our founders have experience with insurance and can walk you through the claims process, making roof repair much easier on you and your family.

4. Is a leaking roof covered by insurance?

The source of the leak would determine if insurance covers the damage or not. If your leak is due to a roof that merely became too old, your damage may not be covered as well as if your roof was damaged in a hurricane. Check your roof insurance policy for coverage information. 

5. What kind of roof damage is covered by insurance?

In most cases, home insurance policies will cover roof damage caused by vandalism, fire, and storms like hurricanes and tornadoes. Check with your insurer to see if your damage is covered by your policy.

6. How do I claim roof damage on insurance?

 

We can take the burden of filing an insurance claim off your hands. Let us walk you through the process so that you can get insurance to potentially cover your roof and we can start the repairs.