Need an Arkansas residential roof replacement estimate? Don’t go in blind. Recognize a roof in disrepair, know what roof best suits you, and understand how contractors make quotes.
The more you know about your roof, the easier your decisions become when it comes time to replace it. A thorough inspection can determine the condition of your roof so that you can recognize the signs that a roof replacement is necessary. Then, when the time comes to replace, consider what roof type suits your house, neighborhood, and climate. Finally, know how to talk to a roofing contractor when you have an idea of how a replacement estimate is generated.
Visual Evidence of Roof Damage
While inside your home, take a flashlight into your attic or crawl space where you have access to your roof and look for the following issues:
- Sagging roof deck
- Water damage, leaking, dark spots or trails
- Spots where outside light is shining in
From the outside of your house, look for these problems:
- Damaged or missing shingles
- Wear around chimneys, pipes, and vents
- Sand granule accumulation in gutters
- Rot or mold
In many cases, one problem, such as missing shingles, can lead to others, like rot or mold. If you find evidence of any these issues, call a professional as soon as possible. They can determine the extent of your roof’s damage and whether the current roof can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.
Choose a Roof
In some cases, you might not be replacing a damaged roof — maybe you want to renovate with a new style or color to better suit your home or neighborhood. Another great reason to replace your roof could be rising energy bills, in which case you may want a roofing material that better retains heat in the winter or repels it in the summer. Whatever your reason, these are all important points to take into consideration before choosing one of the contractors that gave you a roof replacement estimate to do the work.
- Asphalt roofs are common on many homes, with asphalt shingles coming in two basic types: 3-tab shingles and architectural. 3-tab shingles are made with a fiberglass base and have one layer, so they’re inexpensive and easy to install. Architectural shingles, also called laminated shingles, have a double layer, are more durable, and can last twice as long as regular 3-tab shingles.
- Metal roofing costs more than traditional shingles but it is also more efficient and durable, requiring less maintenance and saving up to 40% off your energy bill. It’s also environmentally friendly as it’s often made from recycled materials.
The color of your roof can affect your home’s energy consumption and property value. Darker colors tend to absorb sunlight, keeping your home warmer in the winter and preventing snow accumulation on the roof. Lighter colors, however, reflect sunlight, keeping your house cooler in the summer. High-contrast colors tend to highlight other architectural features, and low-contrast colors can hide imperfections. So remember to also consider choosing a color and style that compliments your house and neighborhood.
What to Expect from a Roof Estimate
Roofing contractors estimate replacement costs based on a roof’s number of “squares.” They calculate squares by adding the square footage of each roof section and then dividing the sum by 100. A contractor uses these squares to estimate the cost of materials (nails, shingles, etc.) and labor.
Make the Call
If you suspect your home might be due for a roof replacement, conduct a simple inspection inside and out and call a professional for an expert’s opinion. Weigh the pros and cons of your choices for roofing materials, styles and colors and estimate your roof’s squares so you’re prepared for a contractor’s quote. When you’re ready, contact SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding for a free Arkansas residential roof replacement estimate. If you have any questions about our roofing services, call us at (501) 588-0842.