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San Diego’s Leading Residential Roofing Company Answers Your Questions About Roof Repair and Replacement.

With over 60 years in the roofing industry in San Diego County, we have heard almost every question there is about roofing from our customers. Below are some of the most common questions about residential roof repair and replacement.

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How Long Does It Take for a Roof Repair?

The length of time required to properly repair your roof depends on a lot of factors, primarily how much damage your roof has and the total square footage. If you only need to repair a relatively small part of the roof, the job may be completed very quickly. Even if you need extensive roof repair work, it could be done in several days depending on the size of roof. If you have a large home or extensive damage to the structure, it might take a few weeks to finish the project. Your contractor should give you a timeline for your roof repair or replacement after a full inspection, and should keep you informed if there are any changes to the expected completion date as work begins.

How Long Does It Take for a Full Roof Replacement?

Again, the timeline for your roof replacement is largely guided by the condition of your roof. For instance, when there is structural damage underneath the roof material, additional repair work will be needed – you should not put new tiles or shingles over core building damage because the new roof will not be structurally sound. The more work that needs to be done to get the structure of your home prepared for the new roof, the longer the project is likely to take. You may not be able to see the structural damage just by looking at the roof. The only way to tell if there is damage to the structure itself, and not just the roofing materials, is to have a full inspection by a professional roofing company.

How much damage can a typical roofing contractor handle?

Some roofing contractors will only be qualified to work only on the roof itself and not on the underlying structure.  If you suspect that you have extensive damage to your roof or structural damage, you should check references to be certain that you employ a roofing company that has a track record in complete roof replacement or new roof construction.  Your professional roofing company should the equipment and experience to handle a variety of roof damage, from natural disaster aftermath to a dilapidated roof resulting from wear over time.

What happens to all the debris?

Your roofing contractor will take away the debris that results from your re-roofing project. Depending on your city’s regulations, it may not be legal to throw certain debris into the trash. For residential roofing in San Diego, CA, while you are allowed to send your materials to the landfill, it’s recommended that you recycle as much of the material as is possible. California is already experiencing an overflow of construction materials in its landfills. You should not be responsible for the disposal, however. Your roofing contractor can bring a large dumpster to store debris until it’s ready to be removed from your property. Make sure that debris removal is included in your roof repair or replacement bid.

What happens if it rains during my roof replacement?

Your roofing contractor should always check the weather report to see if rain is in the forecast. If it does rain, it’s in your best interest to postpone work until the work can commence in dry conditions. In the mean time, your roof should be protected so that it’s water-tight. This can be accomplished by applying paper and tarp over the part of the roof that is currently exposed with no shingles or tiles. Any experienced roofing company will make sure that your home is protected from weather while working on your roof repair or replacement.

Typical costs

Costs associated with a roof repair or replacement include; materials, labor, and disposal fees. The cost of a total replacement can vary between a few thousand dollars, or in excess of $10,000 depending on the roof materials you choose and the size of your roof. Your roofing contractor should provide an itemized estimate for the project in writing, so you will know what the project will cost before work begins. Ask for any updates regarding new fees or unanticipated expenses that pop up during the project. You will usually be asked to pay at least part of the bill before the project begins, so that your contractor can purchase the necessary supplies.

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