Roofing 101: The Most Common Roof Questions, Answered

You’ve noticed a leak along the ceiling or a loose shingle about to give way. You think you may need a repair, or perhaps a replacement—but you’re at a loss for where to begin. How much will you have to shell out for up-front costs? Will your insurance cover a full replacement? Take a look at these frequently asked questions to inform your roofing project.

Q: Do You Need to Replace a Leaking Roof?

A leaking roof is never a good sign—but it isn’t irreversible. You’ll have to determine the amount of damage that has already occurred before deciding between a repair and replacement. Inform your decision by hiring a professional to inspect your fixture. 

Q: How Long Does a New Roof Last?

An average, cost-effective roof will last roughly 20 years. However, its lifespan may vary according to system design, material, installation method, local weather conditions, and more. Regardless of the type of material you select, ensure that you study the product’s warranty. 

Q: How Do You Know When There is Something Wrong With Your Roof?

If you’ve done without maintenance for quite some time and believe something is wrong with your roof, be on the lookout for molding, loose or rotting shingles, cracking, breaks, and rusting. 

If there is one telltale sign that your roof needs replacing, it’s wet spots on your ceiling. You’ll also want to consider your roof’s age or consult with a contractor to determine this number if you can’t pinpoint it yourself. 

Q: What Material Makes for a Sturdy Roof?

When it comes to roofing materials, you’ll find no shortage of options. For instance, asphalt makes for a popular economical choice that may withstand rains and high winds. However, it won’t protect against more extreme temperatures. 

Slate is another popular material contractors employ. Made with natural materials, slate roofs are more durable and will last longer than their asphalt counterparts. 

Q: What is the Average Cost to Tear Off and Replace a Roof?

The average homeowner will spend above $8,000 to replace a roof, though some will shell out upwards of $10,000. On the lower end of the spectrum, some will manage to replace their structure for only $5,000. 

This cost will depend on the material you select, the installation method you prefer, and other additional features. 

Q: Does Homeowners Insurance Cover a Roof Replacement?

In cases where roof damage results from a natural disaster or accidental event, homeowners insurance may cover a replacement. However, it won’t cover a naturally deteriorating fixture due to wear and tear or age. 

Q: How Long Does the Installation Process Take?

Depending on your property’s square footage, most residential installations will take no more than three days. First, your contractor will tear off the existing structure and install the new roof on the second or third day, reliant on the weather conditions. 

Q: How Do You Prepare for a New Roof Installation?

When facilitating a reinstallation, you’ll want to move valuable items such as vehicles and patio furniture out of the way. Free up space within any potential work zones and board pets with a neighbor if you can’t look after them yourself. 


When in Charlotte, the weather is often unpredictable. As such, navigating a roof replacement can be challenging, but it isn’t impossible, just like outdoor club chairs that become weathered over time but lasts your roof can be maintained for years to come.

Facilitate your roof replacement with our dependable contractors at Charlotte Roofing. Beyond the initial fix, we are happy to provide additional advice to create optimal conditions for your roofing system. 


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