At Quality Homes of Rochester, we do our best to ensure our customers understand the facts about their home improvement services. And we get lots of questions! Here, we present the top 10 questions you have about roofing.

Do I need to repair or replace my roof?

If the damage is localized to smaller areas, you may be able to get by with roof repair.

What are the signs that I need a new roof?

  • Your roof is more than 20 years old
  • Shingles are curled or cracked
  • There are excessive shingle granules in your gutters
  • Missing shingles
  • Leaks or mold in your attic
  • Excessive algae growth on your roof

How long will a new roof last?

The answer to this question depends on the type of roof. An asphalt shingle roof will generally last 20 years. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material.

How much does a new roof cost?

Several factors affect the cost of a new roof. The square footage, materials, pitch, old roof removal, and more all affect the price. Ask your contractor to break down the costs for you and to provide information about financing.

Is a new roof tax deductible?

No. A new roof is considered a home improvement and is not tax deductible.

Do I have to replace my roof with the same shingles?

No. Asphalt shingles have come a long way. You can choose from a wide array of colors and textures for your new shingles.

I received quotes from three contractors. Why are the quotes so different?

Examine your estimate carefully. Your proposal should be very detailed and include the following:

  • The type of roof covering, including manufacturer and color
  • Materials, such as underlayment
  • Scope of work
    • Removal of old roof
    • Flashing work
    • Vents, if being replaced or added
  • Installation details
  • Approximate dates for work
  • Warranty information for materials and workmanship
  • Payment procedures
  • & more

Your contractor should have broken all of this information down into line items for your review. Look through the estimates you’ve received and compare the details to see if everything is included.

Keep in mind that if a price seems too good to be true — it probably isn’t.

Will a new roof help me save on energy costs?

A new roof will decrease air leaks and drafts and remedy improper ventilation. Your home will be much more energy-efficient.

What do I have to do to prepare for a roof replacement?

Clear out your driveway and the area around your house as much as you can. The contractor will need room for vehicles and a dumpster for the debris resulting from removing your old roof. The inconvenience should only last a day or two.

What kinds of warranty will I have on my new roof?

You will receive any manufacturer’s warranties on materials, and your contractor should provide you with a workmanship warranty. All warranties vary by manufacturer and contractor.

We hope we’ve answered your questions! As always, if you have any other questions at all, contact us and speak to a helpful Quality Homes of Rochester representative.