FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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1How do I know for sure I need a new roof?

Older roofing shingles typically have a 15 to 30-year lifespan depending on the shingles' quality, the location and tree cover of your home, and how well the roof was installed originally. Direct sunlight, weather/wind, and poor roof deck ventilation are rough on roofs.

Though the CertainTeed and GAF shingles we use today have lifetime warranties, they didn't a decade ago. We tell our customers that 12 years is a good rule of thumb to go by. At that point, check for these warning signs:

  • Curling shingles
  • Loss of the asphalt granulation (looks like bald spots)
  • Evidence of leaking on your ceilings
  • Decaying shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Visible cracks
  • Wind damage
  • Broken or damaged shingles
  • Rusted or missing flashing

If a residential roof is over 15 years old, we recommend you call us out for a look. Sometimes damage isn't visible to the untrained eye on the ground, and catching it early can avoid expensive repairs in the future.

2If I see any of these roofing warning signs, are we talking repair or total roof replacement?

This depends on whether the roofing shingles are past their prime or the original roofing contractor installed part of or the whole roof system improperly. Perfectly good roofing shingles can be repaired if the damage hasn't affected their integrity. If your roof shingles are old and decaying, it's economically smarter to replace the entire roof.

3How much does a new roof cost?

Several factors go into determining the cost of your new roof. They include the quality and professionalism of your roofing contractor, the brand, type and grade of roofing shingle you select, the size of your roof and the shape and slope of your roofline.

Don't choose a roofing contractor on cost alone. Price is a factor, but not the only factor you should consider. Quality roofing material and contractor workmanship have value. Hiring the cheapest roofing contractor could cost more in teh long run when you consider the cost to repair sub-par roofing and the damage it causes.

4How do I know what type of roofing shingle is best for my roof and my budget?

This is a roofing question where aesthetics and finances come into play. Not one roofing shingle manufacturer compensates Norwest Roofing to promote their products. Having been a roofing contractor for many years, we can recommend without hesitation CertainTeed and GAF asphalt shingles. These roofing shingles deliver the best value for the money and look for curb appeal.

5Will I have to replace gutters and downspouts at the same time?

If your gutters and downspouts are in good shape, our roofing contractors will work around them. To avoid damaging them, we don't remove and reinstall them once your roof is complete. If your gutters are in relatively good shape, but need minor repair, we can provide this service too. Norwest Roofing company is a full-service roofing contractor.

6How long will it take a roofing company to install my new roof?

Of course there are variables that affect all roofing projects, like weather, whether or not there is a second layer to remove, and more. But typically, contractors are completely finished with your new roof- from removing the old roof to clean up- in 1-2 days.