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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a new Roof?

In general a roof 15 years or older is usually in need of a replacement. Newer roof systems are
designed to last 30-50 years, however older roofs weren’t designed to last as long. Also bad
rains, poor roof maintenance and other factors can cut the lifespan of a roof.
Other obvious signs, a hole, missing shingles, curling shingles and damaged flashing are also
clear indications.

What are the signs my roof has problems?

At first glance, you can see common roofing issues such as:
● Missing shingles
● Water stains inside of the home
● Exposed roof components that look out of place
However, there are also times where you might not see apparent roof issues such as rotting
plywood, pipe collar cracks, or leaks.

I have a roof leak, what do I do?

In the case of a roofing leak, you have options. Sometimes people ask if they need a new roof
because of a leak; it depends.
Factors such as the age of your current roof, the current warranty (if there is one), and the
extent of your roof leak will ultimately determine the next steps. In either case, the first step is to
always get the issue inspected by a professional roofing company.
Depending on the damage on your roof causing the leak – a few missing shingles or a serious
problem – will then determine your appropriate actions:
● Sometimes a simple roof repair is an answer
● A new roof installation is needed
● Partial roof replacement

How much does a new roof cost?

In the event that it makes sense to move forward with a brand new roof, you have a few options,
but the most common question we get is, “How much will a new roof cost?”
The answer varies depending on a few factors. One, the size of your roof will ultimately
determine how much a new roof costs first and foremost. Roofs are measured by what is called
“A Square” and this means 100 square feet.
Pricing is done per square, which includes tearing off the existing shingles, laying the new
garment, followed by the asphalt shingles. The cost per square is determined by the type of
shingles a homeowner selects. Additionally plywood (OSB Decking or Sheathing replacement)
can add to the cost.

How long will it take to replace my roof?

On Average: 3-5 Days. This depends on a few factors including the needed in progress
inspections by the City/County and also size and type of roofing system.
This includes removing the old roof shingles and underlayment, followed by replacing both with
new underlayment and shingles, followed by a thorough clean up!

What should you ask your roofing contractor before hiring?

Perhaps the best question we get, and the one you should ask the most before ever selecting a
roofing company to install your new roof, is the right hiring questions!
Making informed purchasing decisions is vital, especially when it’s an item like your roof, which
we recognize is not a small investment. Anything costing a few thousand dollars is a large
investment for most households.
That is why we put together this quick “Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist:”
Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist:
● Is your company insured?
● Is your company licensed?
● Are you certified by the shingle manufacturer? (We are certified by Owens Corning for
example.)
● Is your roofing company a BBB Accredited Business?
● Do you have references and reviews?
● What does your roofing warranty look like?

What should you ask your roofing contractor before hiring?

Perhaps the best question we get, and the one you should ask the most before ever selecting a
roofing company to install your new roof, is the right hiring questions!
Making informed purchasing decisions is vital, especially when it’s an item like your roof, which
we recognize is not a small investment. Anything costing a few thousand dollars is a large
investment for most households.
That is why we put together this quick “Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist:”
Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist:
● Is your company insured?
● Is your company licensed?
● Are you certified by the shingle manufacturer? (We are certified by Owens Corning for
example.)
● Is your roofing company a BBB Accredited Business?
● Do you have references and reviews?
● What does your roofing warranty look like?

Final Word

When it comes to your roof, the investment is large, but so is the actual roof, however, the return
on investment is also worth it! It is said that in the resale process a new roof can have over an
80% return on investment!
That is why we take roof replacements and new roof consumer knowledge seriously by
promoting the concept of an informed buyer. We want our customers to know EVERYTHING
about their home’s roof before getting one.

Still have questions?

Contact our team of roofing experts at 916-800-2892 or info@Americancoolconstruction.com
and we would be glad to help!
We’ll help you understand the ins and outs of your roof and roof replacement project.